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Dear Joseph Gordon Levitt

Please stop making movies that make me do this:


This is a reenactment of me watching Looper.

The husband and I hotly debated the ramifications of repeating/changing the past, and then I decided he was dumb and he decided I was dumb. And that’s where we stand to this day. So, thanks for that, JGL.

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4 Reasons Why I Had the Best Anniversary Weekend Ever

Or, 4 Reasons Why, If You Live in the Detroit Metro Area and Frequent Zoos or Used Bookstores, You May Have Witnessed Some Weird Girl Seriously Geeking Out

1. My OED dream came true.

For years I’ve fantasized about owning my very own copy of the world’s most amazing dictionary. What’s so amazing, you ask? (Shhh. We’re pretending you did actually ask.) Well, for starters, let’s look at this quote from the preface of the 1933 edition:

“The aim of this Dictionary is to present in alphabetical series the words that have formed the English vocabulary from the time of the earliest records [ca. AD740] down to the present day, with all the relevant facts concerning their form, sense-history, pronunciation, and etymology. It embraces not only the standard language of literature and conversation, whether current at the moment, or obsolete, or archaic, but also the main technical vocabulary, and a large measure of dialectal usage and slang.”

In other words, let’s define every single word ever used in the English language and then, because that’s not awesome enough, let’s also track its history and usage in meticulous detail and illustrate with examples from literature so that entries for words like “red” require eight whole pages. There is only one response to that, and it is ::SWOON::. (If you’d like to read more about the fascinating history of the dictionary’s creation, which required decades to complete, I enthusiastically recommend The Professor and the Mad Man by Simon Winchester.) So anywho, I’ve been salivating over the OED for ages but I’ve never had a freaking fortune to spend on one. I’ve just been yearning from afar until Friday when I found a used compact 1991 edition in beautiful condition at John K. King Used and Rare Books in downtown Detroit. And—brace yourself—it was only $45. Seriously, y’all. I am not even joking. Of course it didn’t come with its original slipcase and magnifying glass, but who needs that? I picked up a $20 4x dome magnifier at Barnes & Noble and I’m set. For $65 I have what Amazon is selling for $360. If I had a trumpet, I’d be playing fanfares in your face right now.

This compact edition is a micrographic reproduction of the original 20-volume set, meaning there are 9 tiny pages on each large page which must be read using a magnifier. It’s ideal for people with empty wallets and full bookshelves (i.e., me).

2. I enjoyed The Avengers so much I think I have to nominate it for “Best Movie Autumn Has Seen In, Like, A Long Time.”

I saw Thor, which was only ok, and I was also disappointed in the lackluster Iron Man 2, so I never even bothered to see Captain America after it got mediocre reviews. Thus my expectations for The Avengers were pretty low. Wow, did I get my socks knocked off. The action sequences were after a girl’s own Die-Hard-loving-heart, the characters were so artfully developed that my English major soul was leaping for joy, and the constant injections of humor kept the whole thing beautifully balanced between tension, poignancy, and fun. In fact, it was so good that we saw it twice, and we caught the 3D show for the second time around—even more awesomeness. The graphics are just stunning. Go see it right now!

3. I saw a red panda at the Detroit Zoo.

This animal is so cute it makes me want to die. And if you don’t know what a red panda is, check out these pictures first. Then watch the video below. Say goodbye to your reason and prepare to hyperventilate from all the awwww-ing.

And I actually saw one in the flesh! Walking around on its widdle furry paws wiv its widdle fuzzy face and fwuffy stripey tail ANNNNHHH ::blackout::


4. I did it all with the husband.

I feel sorry for everyone who didn’t marry him. He’s my favorite person on the planet and all the things I want to do and see in this big wide world would be completely blah if he weren’t there too. Look at us. Aren’t we presh? Five years, people. #winning

Our pictures together are a constant (painful) reminder of my dwarfishness.

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5 Reasons Why “How to Train Your Dragon” is a Near-Perfect Movie

Or, 5 Reasons Why I Will Obsessively and Repeatedly Watch How To Train Your Dragon Until My Husband Hates Me

1. The art is addictively gorgeous (thus the multiple viewings).

The filmmakers chose a story ripe with visual interest. A lonely island surrounded by sea and sky, scaly dragons, Vikings in long ships…what more could an artist wish for? The animation is superb in terms of quality, but more than that, it’s brimming with imagination, beauty, and power. The expressive face of Toothless, the dizzy flights, the pee-your-pants terrifying uber-dragon, and the final fiery battle in the clouds all give me thrills.

2. The music makes me want to a) do a jig, b) heft a battle-axe, or c) weep into my Slanket.

The score generally sticks to strings and drums–appropriate to the austere feel and historical roots of the movie. The Celtic-inspired melodies are perfect, whether the mood is poignant or stirring or scary.

3. Unlike some children’s movies, HTTYD doesn’t sugarcoat stuff. [*spoiler-ish alert*]

Sometimes, in the course of protecting your Viking clan from a monstrous prehistoric dragon king, you may lose a limb. This teaches us that life often brings hardship, injury, and misfortune. Not much you can do about it except carry on (see Item 4).

4. The film promotes good moral values for the kiddies.

These include compassionate treatment of animals, respect for differences among people, commitment to personal principles, and courage in the face of criticism, danger, and personal loss.

5. The story is just GOOD.

Making sure your movie has a good story isn’t simple–even if you’re adapting it from an existing story which is good in its own right. The process involves a lot of teamwork between screenwriters, editors, producers, designers, musicians, etc., as well as lot of intangible qualities like humor, perspective, character development, timing, and so forth. HTTYD hits the nail on the proverbial head on all counts.

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