Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

happy_new_year_266942Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do.  For me it is less about the “New Year” and more about getting goals down on paper (or on your blog, as the case may be).  It is easy to remember New Year’s Day as a time to do this, but I make sure that I check in with those goals a couple of times over the course of the year as well.  Maybe I’ve got some of those that I can cross off the list.  Maybe some of them need adjusting, and, quite rarely, maybe everything is right on track.  Goals don’t do you any good if you just write them down and forget about them, right?

New Year’s Resolutions 2014

  1. Commit Random Acts of Kindness (at LEAST one per month)
    1. DVIS Volunteer
    2. Packages for homeless
    3. Food for…whoever
    4. Smile & wave at strangers (if nothing else, it will freak them out a little, but most likely it will just make their day better.)
  2. Make time to write more.  Set up a daily writing schedule and STICK TO IT (also make sure to eat and sleep, that didn’t happen with the last writing schedule).  I love it so DO it!
  3. Make time for my family.  They’re awesome and I love them, spend more time with them, for crying out loud!  Work in some one on one time with each of them every once in a while.  They are fun and entertaining, but they are more fun and entertaining one on one!
  4. Make time for my friends…see above.  Regularly schedule something together or separately once a month.
  5. Create a realistic, manageable, budget and find a way to keep it. (It doesn’t count if I write it down but never track it.)
  6. Take time for myself.  Nothing else works well, if I feel overwhelmed or too stressed.  Take at least an evening (or two) every week to de-stress and relax.
  7. Eat more meals at home.  (I am a great cook…do it!)
  8. Set up meal exchange with a friend (less cooking, more variety, and I might try a new thing or two)
  9. Eat more vegetables (I love veggies, I could practically be a vegetarian, well, three days a week, maybe.  Why don’t I eat more of them?)
  10. Utilize all the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of recipes I have
  11. Make more food myself and get rid of all the extra sodium and processed food.  I hate the way the processed food tastes…don’t eat so much of it.  I love baking bread, bake your own bread.  If I have extra, freeze it or give it away.  I’m doing a random act of kindness every month, give away food!  There are great freezer tips for freezing your own soup and etc.  USE THEM
  12. Exercise – Run with my friends, train to run a 5K in October.
  13. Drink more water…just because I can drink soda again doesn’t mean you SHOULD!
  14. Be healthier – mentally, physically, spiritually… ( This is perpetual, but still necessary.)
  15. Run the Tulsa Run 5K in October.
  16. Train my dog.  We’re not talking therapy dog training time here, just more training.  It is fun and you love it…do it!
  17. Read every day.  It relaxes me, I love it, it makes you smarter, and improves your writing…why don’t I do more of that and less Television?
  18. Treat myself to a massage every now and again…seriously, I need it.
  19. Actually go to all my doctor and dentist appointments.
  20. Say “No” once in a while.  No one is going to hate me forever if I tell them I can’t do something.  If they are going to hate me forever for saying “no” do I really want to hang around with them?
  21. Go someplace new…or that I haven’t been to in a really long time (I’m thinking London here.)  Seattle, New York, Austin, North Carolina, Paris, Morocco (Wow, that last one just kind of typed itself.  I didn’t actually know I wanted to go there, but yeah, let’s go to Morocco!)… There is a lot of this country I haven’t seen.  Not every trip has to be out of the U.S.  I know lots of people in lots of places, maybe I should visit them.
  22. Seriously look into growing my own vegetable and herb garden. (Not like last year where all I did to “look” was pin stuff on Pinterest.)  Look into structure, pricing materials, really plan this thing.
  23. Plant my own herbs. (Even if I don’t do a whole garden, set up something on the back porch with my favorite fresh herbs…it will save me a ton of money!)

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?  What do you think?  Any tips to accomplish any of these goals?

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Sherlock, Many Happy Returns

So, I know yesterday was a bit of a rant about the delayed viewing of Sherlock’s Season 3 for American fans.  After meditating on a quote from the Dalai Lama.

Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

Fine, it wasn’t about meditating as much as really hoping I could make it true, I decided to breathe deep and watch the mini-episode released Christmas Day…again.  Have you seen it?

 

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Wait, are we going to end up actually liking Anderson?  Hmmm….

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Sherlock Season 3 … Or Why I’m Angry at England and On Hiatus From Social Media

I’m not the only one who feels this way! 🙂

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The day of my fangirl birth stands out in infamy. I was minding my own business, and my husband was scanning Netflix. From my office, I heard snippets in the background: British snippets. Next thing I know: “Babe, come watch this scene.”

“What is it?”

“The BBC’s Sherlock. You gotta watch this part.”

It was the scene where Watson and Sherlock first meet in the lab at St. Bart’s and Sherlock tells Watson his whole life based on nothing but observations. I remember thinking, “Well, this Sherlock guy is cute, isn’t he?”

I sat down and watched the first episode with my husband. Soon after, we finished season one. Then, season two. By that time, I was enamored with the show and the odd fellow with the odd name: Benedict Cumberbatch. And … oh, right, Sherlock had apparently jumped off a building to his death.

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Sherlock Season 3…

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was holding out hope that BBC America would show Sherlock on January 1, 2013.  That hope has indeed been crushed.  Fortunately, I hadn’t planned an elaborate watch party or anything…okay, fine, I hadn’t bought anything for the elaborate watch party.

It wasn’t going to be quite as elaborate as my Doctor Who 50th Anniversary party, but it was going to be pretty stinking cool.  A traditional English tea was planned, I was even busting out a tea set my Grandmother gave me for the occasion.  Tea, cucumber sandwiches, maybe some ham sandwiches if anyone just disliked cucumber, cupcakes…maybe sausage rolls were to be consumed.  There may have been a bit of decorating planned too…wax pencil on the windows reading “Get Sherlock”, Moriarty was Real and I Believe in Sherlock posters were to be printed (from my home printer), and I was even thinking of crowns for the Moriarty fans…I may reschedule, but maybe not.  Sunday, January 19th isn’t exactly convenient for many of my Sherlock addicted friends.

So what happened?  Yesterday, I decided to go on to my DVR to schedule Sherlock to record on January 1st…just in case I forgot. (Yeah, because that was likely.)  I already knew the American release date was January 19th, but BBC America has been so wonderful about simulcasting Doctor Who…Why not do the same with Sherlock?  (No, that’s an actual question…BBC, please feel free to answer.)  For all of two minutes, I considered boycotting all BBC programming…well, except Doctor Who and Sherlock.  Then I realized that wasn’t going to work.

  1. They wouldn’t notice anyway
  2. I watch too much BBC programming

Seriously though, I feel like I’m being punished for being an American fan.  I’m disappointed in the network and anyone else who had a say in this decision.  Do they not realize that the internet has made this a global community?  The actors and creators know this, because they’ve commented on the fanfiction, fandom, popularity, etc…Do I blame Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat?  Did they have a say in this decision?  Then yes, if not, no.  Frankly, after watching the below video, I believe they’re so looking forward to the fans watching this play out for themselves that I doubt they got a say in this debacle…yes, debacle.

I know there are ways to get around this with streaming video and downloads, but why should I have to buck the system to watch a television show on the same day it gets aired in Britain?  I searched the guide for “Sherlock” (you know using the little magnifying glass thing) and my show didn’t come up as a listing…at all.  My heart started beating a bit faster, and maybe my palms got a little damp, because how could it not be on at all?  A heavily anticipated return after what felt like a hiatus that lasted a century?  How could the airwaves not be filled with promotional material for this?  Now, I am not a PBS watcher, typically, so the fluttering, panicky feeling didn’t abate until I looked at Masterpiece Mystery and found “Sherlock II: A Scandal in Belgravia” listed.  No picture of Sherlock or John, no listing of the actors, just the title and a nondescript description.  If they could have revealed less about the show or episode in a description…actually, I’m not sure how they would manage it.  I set it to record, because I need to be absolutely certain that this is my Sherlock before January 19th.

BBC, do you not want to grow your fan base?  Do you not want us spending our money on licensed merchandise, etc?  Messing with one of the most dedicated fandoms out there is not the best way to go about this.  We’re creative…and possibly vindictive.

What do you think?  Also, about those alternatives…I have today and tomorrow to search the internet for solutions, because, so help me, if someone tells me, writes to me, posts a spoilery thing hidden in an innocuous…something before I get to see this all unfold for myself, I will not be held responsible for my actions.  Therefore, I will be scheduling some pre-written blog posts and banning myself from social media until I can be sure that I won’t have to take adverse action against anyone. Since the internet was safe today, I did check it out, I’m not the only one to feel this way.

‘Til next time,
Jessica


On the First Day of the New Year the BBC Gave to Me….Sherlock!

So, in anticipation of Sherlock’s season 3 finally airing on New Year’s Day, I went hunting for something to tide me over…Okay, so I watched all the other episodes and then tried to find more stuff online…here are some highlights from the Nerd HQ panel.

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica


What do Nerd HQ, Spider-Man, and True Blood Have in Common?

What do Nerd HQ, Spider-Man, and True Blood have in common?  Joe Manganiello has appeared in all of them!

Don’t you love it when really beautiful people turn out to be geeks?  Well, I do!  Joe Manganiello would be one of  those.  A star of the HBO series True Blood, he not only plays a hunky werewolf, he also is a humongous comic book fan.  I first discovered this on The Nerdist television show on BBC America, and again on The Nerdist podcast with Mr. Manganiello.    Then he did the Nerd HQ panel at San Diego Comic Con.  He’s a really funny guy.  Here are some highlights.

For those of you who may have missed it in previous posts of mine, Nerd HQ was created and is hosted by Zachary Levi and ticket sales go Operation Smile.  Operation Smile does fantastic work correcting cleft palates and similar things for children in developing countries.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 


At Last, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

hobbitmoviebilboThis weekend I went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  I know, no one was more surprised than I.  I actually made it to see a long-awaited movie on opening weekend.  (I have issues over-committing my time.  Who me?)  I admit there were some nerves sprinkled in with the excitement as the previews began to roll.  As happy as I was with Peter Jackson’s treatment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I knew there were some big changes coming to this adaptation of my favorite book. (Yes, this one is actually the ultimate favorite, unless you count…okay, never mind.)  New characters, characters from Lord of the Rings that weren’t in The Hobbit…I was worried.  One of these days, I’m going to actually trust that guy to take care of my favorite stories.

The changes blended so seamlessly with the familiar tale, I left the theater vowing to go back and read the book again, just so I could check my memory.  Peter Jackson stayed true to the heart of the story while adding interesting new elements that weren’t necessary for the book, but play well for a modern movie audience.

Legolas makes an appearance, as a woodland elf, and plays a large enough role to get decent screen time (and who really minds looking at Orlando Bloom?).  However, his addition doesn’t detract from the original story, and it gives dimension to the character he becomes in Lord of the Rings.  It depicts the lack of trust between the Dwarves and Elves that viewers are familiar with from Lord of the Rings, but I could see the seeds being sown for the change of heart he makes when he befriends Gimli.  Tauriel, an addition to the story, surprisingly, helps that along.

As much as I like Evangeline Lilly, I was fully prepared to dislike her character, Tauriel.  Expanding some of the female roles in Lord of the Rings to give them a larger presence was one thing.  They were already there, the movies just gave them a bigger voice.  Creating characters out of thin air was pushing it for me. Peter Jackson hasn’t disappointed me yet, so I figured reserving judgement was the least I could do. Tauriel’s role surprised me.  Sitting down in that theater, I was convinced I knew what Tauriel was there to do, but she was much more than I expected.  The strong, independent female played as expected, but the impact to plot and character development pleasantly surprised me.  Again, the script writers wove her into the story incredibly well.

As always, I am impressed with the ability of this team to bring the images embedded in my imagination to the screen.  Rarely is a setting unexpected, and, if anything, they exceed my expectations.  Although I’ve spent more than half my life creating Tolkien’s vision of Middle Earth in my mind, somehow the film settings solidify those imaginings adding depth and detail, enhancing the plot further.  This wanderer bumped New Zealand (and Australia) up her very long list of places to visit.  It is Middle Earth for crying out loud!

Cover of "The Hobbit"

Cover of The Hobbit

I’ve lived with this story for a very long time, and I have some strong feelings about these characters.  (This is where I’ll gush about the acting.)  It would be incredibly disappointing to have someone mangle any of the characters.  This cast is…just wow.  After moving past the fact that some of the Dwarves were a lot better looking than I imagined. (That may have something to do with that animated version that was done so very long ago.)  These actors have disappeared into these roles, which is just perfect.  Whether it is Bilbo and Thorin or the Goblin King and Smaug, they are just as I expect them to be.  That credit has must be divided between the script writers, actors, and director.  However, these actors…just wow.  When I’m watching the film I never think about Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, or Ian McKlellan. All I see are Thorin, Bilbo,and Gandalf.  The rest of the cast is the same. Incidental characters enjoyed detailed development as well.

New to the screen this time around are the characters Beorn, Thranduil, and, of course, Smaug.  Beorn comes across as both a bit darker and more gentle than I had expected.  For whatever reason, Beorn has always stuck in my imagination, but he never came across as particularly menacing. (I think that had a lot to do with things I watched as a kid like Gentle Ben and a movie where a family moves to the mountains and befriends a bear named Samson. I think it was The Adventures of the Wilderness Family maybe.  Anyway, bears weren’t nearly as frightening as they should have been.)  Beorn was definitely frightening…at first.  In fact, their portrayal feel much more true to the character than the character in my imagination.  A balance is struck in the film between fierce protector and the gentle soul who appreciates all living things.

Thranduil, the elf king, certainly appears in the book, but for me he came across as a disinterested, removed figure who has no use for the outside world. Truthfully, I gave him little thought as the pages turned.  Certainly, I never thought him to be damaged or a little mad.  In the film, Lee Pace’s performance was just spectacular, giving life and depth to a character held no lasting memory for be before this movie.  The elf king of the Mirkwood is a much more interesting individual than I had ever given him credit for.

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. – J.R.R. Tolkien

Of course, this would not be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug if it weren’t for Smaug.  “Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” Sarah Ban Breathnach.  Well, there’s certainly a dragon here.  A chill went down my spine when the old dragon began shifting beneath his blanket of riches, and I got goosebumps when I heard that rumbling voice speak out.

Well thief! I smell you and I feel your air. I hear your breath. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The HobbitIt took an unusual amount of self-control to not bounce around in my seat with the over-brimming enthusiasm of a little kid.  Truthfully, I’m not sure that I succeeded on that front at all.  The visuals were just stunning.  Leading up to the release of the film, I’d read about Benedict Cumberbatch not only voicing Smaug, but also going in to do the movements.  Although, I really couldn’t picture how that was all going to mesh.  Wow.  It was truly a bit scary.  Smaug had always lumbered a bit on the ground in my head because he’s so large.  I suppose I figured, giant dragon, cramped space.  In my mind he was cozy.  Snuggled down into his bed of gold like a dog curled on the rug in front of the fire or a fox in a den.  Erebor was much larger than I imagined. (Enough headroom for a dragon, obviously.)  It gave Smaug the grace of movement on the ground that I imagined in the air.  The way he would slither around columns with this sinewy grace, until frustration at the “thief” leads him to…well, lose his temper.  Then there is no weaving around a column, it is barreling through.  Not even showing off his size and strength so much as taking the most direct route to his prey, fed up with games, riddles, and taunts.

The voice is exactly as I imagined, and although I knew going into the movie who the voice was, other than a split second’s thought during the first line, I never gave it further consideration.  The dialogue between Bilbo and Smaug has always been a favorite bit in this story.  Partly because this is it.  The big showdown with a dragon.  The culmination of the quest, the big baddie to defeat, and Bilbo’s chance to shine.  The great triumphs of Mr. Baggins of Bag End have been hidden from The Company.  Gandalf shines as the hero who defeats the trolls, no one knows about Gollum, and his big successes are defeating the spiders in the Mirkwood (my fear of spiders makes so much more sense after this movie, by the way.  That part was just as I imagined…still imagine it, in fact.)  and engineering their escape from the woodland elves.  The Dwarves have no appreciation for the spiders because almost immediately they’re thrown before Thranuil…and imprisoned.  No one is overly impressed with the escape because…apparently Dwarves dislike water.  Bilbo’s interactions with both Smaug and Gollum showcase the agility of his mind and his intellect. No matter how he trembles in fear during these moments, his brain earns him a triumph, an escape, a vital bit of information.  Bilbo’s brawn may not get him far, but he excels at a game of riddles. Bilbo’s description of himself to Smaug is one of my favorite pieces of both the book and the movie.

I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.  And through the air.  I am he that walks unseen.  I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly.  I was chosen for the lucky number.  I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.  I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me.  I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles.  I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The whole scene was just awesome.  Smaug even more menacing, Bilbo more frightened, and it then it was done.  Of course, it ended on a cliff hanger!  Now, we have to wait until next December for the final installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  Grrr!  In the meantime, I think I need to see this one in 3D…well, except for the spiders…I really don’t like spiders.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S.Also, Ed Sheeran’s song, “I See Fire” plays as the credits roll.  I immediately took to my phone to download it.


Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy…An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer did a thing a while back.  A joint kickstarter to do an album of mini-tour they did together.  There was music, stories, questions & answers, and amazingness.  How do I know about the amazingness?  Was I there? No, I didn’t get to go to any of the shows on their mini-tour.  However, I did pre-order the album…and a t-shirt…and a…there were packages, and they are awesome!  I can’t wait to get the physical package in the mail.

An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer

I received my download of the album a while ago, and I love it!  I am not surprised.  I plugged in this album as often as possible on my last two business trips.  I may have even danced around a hotel room…or two.  I just couldn’t help it.  Let me tell you, on a plane, listening to Neil Gaiman read a story is pretty freaking awesome.  Actually, listening to him read a story in person, at my desk while working, on my couch…it doesn’t matter where, the awesomeness never decreases.  There were some odd looks on the plane, as I couldn’t help but giggle during parts of the story.  Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar is just fantastic.

There are so many songs that I just adore.  The Ukulele Anthem has been stuck in my head for days.  The Ukulele Anthem is a big step up from the last song(s) I couldn’t keep from playing on repeat in my mind!  (“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea”….and “I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay” are a couple that persisted for far too long!)  This song is all about being yourself, being creative, and the overall joy of music…especially when played on a ukulele.

I got inspired.  I bought a ukulele…no, I haven’t had time to learn to play it yet, but give me a minute.  Actually, in The Ukulele Anthem, Amanda sings that it only takes about an hour to teach someone how to play the ukulele.  So give me about an hour with the thing, and hopefully, I will stun (in a good way!) my family with a Christmas carol at our family celebration.  Friends have already requested a video of me playing the instrument…video, really?  Who wants to watch a video of me playing a ukulele?  I did discover that my Grandma Joye used to play the ukulele.  I guess it runs in the family. Seriously, this video thing keeps coming up in conversation.  What do you think?

Now, I’m not going to try to list my favorite stuff off these albums, because we’d be here all week.  The list would include the entire discography.  Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not the type to have one favorite…no, that’s too easy!  I have favorites for dancing, for signing, for laughing, for crying, for thinking….see how it goes?  Never ask me to pick a favorite, because I choose them all!  An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer packs so many of the things I love into one set.  Music, not just music, but piano music that I can sing to containing lyrics that speak to me and sung by an artist I admire.  On top of that, the music is paired with stories by an author that I can’t seem to stop reading. (Not that I’ve actually tried!)  The only thing better would be if I’d actually been able to be in the audience during one of these shows!

You can actually buy An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer too.  Her website has it in a couple of different formats, and there may be others as well.

They did a series of mini-documentaries about this mini-tour.  This is one of them.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 


Eleven’s Hour Is At An End

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The Doctor’s influence is everywhere.  Have you discovered this?  I’m running into fans all over the place!

Last week my dishwasher sprung a leak.  I know, really fun stuff.  The guys that came in to dry out the flooding were pretty cool.  One of them commented that I had the best coffee mug ever.  I didn’t even have to peek around the corner to know which mug had caught his eye.  It was the disappearing TARDIS mug I got for my birthday.  Like I said, Doctor Who fans are everywhere.  For 20 minutes we discussed the show, Peter Capaldi, and the 50th anniversary episode that he hadn’t seen.  (Don’t worry, no spoilers.)  The only spoiler-y bit I disclosed was that an older Doctor in Peter Capaldi makes perfect sense after seeing The Day of the Doctor.  I know it was a little cruel to whet his appetite with that tidbit, but…how could I resist?  We finally had to explain what we were talking about to the other gentleman working with him.

In the airport’s Starbucks, my barista had a “Police Call Box” lanyard around her neck. Again, speculation about the Christmas episode swirled through the air along with the sounds from the espresso machine.  Our conversation did more to wake me up for the flight and meetings ahead than the caffeine in my chai latte.

During my Random Acts of Kindness last month, I gave “awesome” cards to everyone I came across in Doctor Who apparel.  There were more than a couple out and about.  It is like belonging to a not -so-secret club or something.  Every time you hear the whooshing groan of the TARDIS, you look around, just in case a blue police box really does show up somewhere, and if anyone else’s head pops up at the unique sound, you can’t help but share a smile.

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a new Doctor Who Christmas special trailer for The Time of the Doctor.  Matt Smith is facing all of those villains? It took me a while to warm up to the 11th Doctor, but now I am not ready to see him go.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Peter Capaldi will be amazing, but Eleven stormed his way into fans’ hearts.  Of course, Steven Moffat is an expert at tugging on those same heartstrings, so I expect a thrilling, emotional roller coaster for Christmas from him.  This trailer is all the confirmation necessary for me to stock up on tissues, straighten my metaphorical bow tie, and make sure the shock blanket will be freshly laundered for the occasion. Oh it makes me giddy…and fills me with dread…so, here it is.  

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What do you think about the trailer?  Have you run into fellow Whovians in unexpected places?

Geronimo!
Jessica


How Did I Miss That I Haven’t Actually Read This Book?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (film)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I completely convinced myself that I’d read a book that I haven’t.  Yeah, it happened.  How did I discover this?  Well, I got the movie on Netflix.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy of all things!  I was certain that I’d already read this novel by Douglas Adams, but as the movie was rolling along a thought came to me.  I had no idea what came next.

Now before you go getting the wrong idea here, (I’m not sure what the right idea actually is.) I knew so many little details!  Maybe that’s why I thought I’d read it?  “So long and thanks for all the fish,” “Don’t forget your towel”, “42”, there was a fair amount of detailed knowledge floating around in my brain.  How had I not read the book!?! I ordered the movie because I knew the book was so good. (Ha!)  

 

English: 42, The Answer to the Ultimate Questi...

English: 42, The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Русский: 42, Ответ на главный вопрос жизни в произведении Автостопом по галактике. Deutsch: 42, die Antwort auf die große Frage nach dem Leben, dem Universum und dem ganzen Rest, bezogen auf Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis von Douglas Adams. Italiano: 42, La risposta Fondamentale alla Domanda sulla Vita secondo la Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The movie adaptation features an outstanding cast.  With people like Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel and Helen Mirren, how could I go wrong?  Plus there are characters voiced by Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman and Mark Gatiss!  Throw in Bill Nighy and I was sold! You already know that I admire Martin Freeman from my Sherlock rave.  So, I’m doing what I do with any talented actors I come across.  I pull them up on IMDB and then proceed to order just about everything they’ve done on Netflix.  Everyone does that…right? Anyway. Well, the DVD starts playing and I’m practically singing along.  After that it wasn’t long until I realized I didn’t know the story, at all…oh, wow.  How did I think I’d read this?  This isn’t a plot you just…forget.

The point isn’t my delusion.  The point is, I really enjoyed this movie. The cast is amazing.  They have some great comedic timing, and the sets were just fantastic.  I found myself really wanting to watch it again over the weekend, but I’d already mailed the disc back to Netflix.  Hmmm….this one may have to be added to the permanent collection.

Now don’t get all excited.  I am going to read the book.  Thanks to a certain friend who lent it to me, it is at this very moment sitting on my coffee table to be read at the earliest opportunity.  Now if I could just find a little free time…

So long, and thanks for all the fish,

Jessica