Note to Self: Don’t Forget These Upcoming Movies

Star Trek Beyond (July 2016)

Space Between Us (August 2016) alien kid coming of age
Ben Hur (August 2016)
Collide (August 2016) chase movie
Florence Foster Jenkins (August 2016) they made a movie about her. MUST see.
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (August 2016) documentary
Kubo and the Two Strings (August 2016) animation
Book of Henry (September 2016) single mom raises 2 sons (Naomi Watts/Lee Pace)
Snowden (September 2016) not excited about the story but Joseph Gordon Levitt
so..
Bridget Jones’ Baby (September 2016) I dunno. hated the sequel.
Light Between the Oceans (September 2016) book by M. L. Stedman – want to see even if Michael Fassbender – has Rachel Weisz who will balance him.
Masterminds (September 2016) comedy heist
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (September 2016)
Queen of Katwe (September 2016) Mira Nair directing
Monster Calls (October 2016)
Birth of a Nation (October 2016)
Nocturnal Animals (November 2016) thriller based on novel Tom & Susan by Austin Wright – Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams
Disappointments Room (November 2016) haunted house – Kate Beckinsale
Seasons (November 2016) scif adventure
Doctor Strange (November 2016) WANT
Lion (November 2016) Dev Patel – boy traces his family after becoming lost as a child
Moana (November 2016) disney sea adventure

Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz

Tarzan, now much refined as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, is sent to the Congo, unaware that he is a target.

It’s probably going to be terrible. I’m definitely going to watch it.

Thorne Smith on the Silver Screen

Thorne Smith wrote a slew of light fantasy novels in the 1920s and 1930s.  Topper with Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as an irreverent ghostly couple is the most famous adaptation of his novels.

Other adaptations are a TV series called Turnabout – an early body-swapping comedy; Passionate Witch – prototype for Bewitched ; the Stray Lamb – a man named Lamb transforms into different animals; Skin and Bones – a man and his dog turn into walking skeletons frightening all but those who truly see them; and the Glorious Pool – a fountain of youth in a swimming pool.

And then Night Life of the Gods in which a man can make stone into living creatures and heads off the the Metropolitan Museum of Art to turn the Greek Gods alive. They wreck funny havoc.

But coming soon is a fantasy movie, Gods Behaving Badly with Alicia Silverstone. It doesn’t say so but you bet your boots it’s inspired by Thorne Smith.

So many of our light fantasy films owe him much.

PIPA (the bill) and Piglet (me)

piglet

OK. *gulp*

So, I am a U.S. citizen.  I vote.  I pay my taxes.  I use my turn indicator at 4-way stops when no one is around.  I give blood (not germane but virtuous).

All my life, I have been a Piglet.  For the most part, I feel small and squeaky.  To this day, when I have politely-worded arguments, I feel trembly.

Politics are full of Heffalumps and Tiggers.  Neither type seems to enjoy quietness and small days as much I do.  I leave the blustering and the bouncing to them.

There are all kinds of big threats to liberty to protest.  But there are Christopher Robins and Rabbits who very capably Know What to Do in These Cases.

In my case, there are very little and mostly silent things to do:  giving of small monies and helping Winnie the Pooh fix things up and bringing to notice those whose pain has not been noticed.

While I don’t have much of a voice, it’s due to temperament.  It’s not due to anyone forcing me to be quiet, to not be there.

I think that’s why the PIPA and SOPA issue upsets me so.

I don’t like rich and powerful Heffalumps telling other forest creatures to shush.  I don’t think the Tiggers are the only voices which should be heard.  I don’t think the practical Rabbits and benign Christopher Robins should be sent out of the forest and barbed wire wound around the tree trunks shutting them out.

I especially think us Piglets should be let to poke about in the Hundred Acre Wood.  We are small and of no importance but we have a right to be here.

I have, for the first time in my life, contacted my senator.  My voice definitely squeaked but I said my say.

If you are a Piglet too, please step up and please speak up.

Because if we can’t speak, we can’t speak for anyone who has been hushed.

Book Log for 2011

books I read last year…

Adult Fiction

  1. Blonde with a Wand by Vicki Lewis Thompson (fun, I want to find the others)
  2. Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne (good series, best of the lot)
  3. Tales of the Black  Widowers by Isaac Asimov (disappointed)
  4. Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (excellent)
  5. Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton (I forget how good her early stuff is)
  6. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (still loving series)
  7. Fired Up by Jayne Krentz
  8. Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz (enjoyable)
  9. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne

Graphic Novels

  1. Lone Goat and Kid by Stan Sakai (excellent)
  2. Tramps Like Us vol. 11 by Yayoi Ogawa (addictive)
  3. Skim by Mariko Tamaki (found the teacher utterly distasteful)
  4. Prince Needs a Princess  by Barbara McMahon & Reiko Kishida (so bad! I loved it!)
  5. Old Man’s Cave by Jeff Smith
  6. Kilala Princess vol. 4 (adored it but I think there are no more)
  7. Shinobi Life vol. 3 by Shoko Konami (really like this series)
  8. Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci
  9. Tramps Like Us vol. 10 by Yayoi Ogawa
  10. Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
  11. Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Hunger Games by Susanne Collins (clearly I much enjoyed it)
  2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  3. Beet Fields by Gary Paulsen
  4. Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
  5. Night of the Living Rerun by Arthur Byron

Nonfiction

  1. Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters And the Power of Three (Smart Pop series)
  2. Got Issues Much by Randi Reisfeld (hilariously dated but well meaning)
  3. Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict (philosophical)
  4. Serenity Found by Jane Espenson  (Joss Whedon’s Firefly & Serenity)
  5. Tough Guide to Fantasy Land by Diana Wynne Jones  (satirical guide book to fantasy cliches)
  6. Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide by Jeremy Daldry
  7. Deal With It (from Scarleteen.com)

Kat’s ABC of Fun

Kat’s been working hard on her posts

M is for Music

There is nothing quite like getting your groove on to some sick beats.

N is for Nail Polish

painting nails at a slumber party is definitely my speed

O is for Ocean

finding new and amazing stuff that lives in ridiculous extreme underwater environements.

P is for Picnic

Picnics, much like solitaire, can be done however the attendees wish.

Irena Sendler – Woman of Worth

Irena Sendler was a social worker who resisted the Nazi occupation of Poland.

She first worked independently with Matylda Getter, and later joined the Zegota.  They smuggled infants and toddlers from the Warsaw Ghetto and gave them new identities and new families.  She carried out the children in toolboxes, potato sacks and body bags.  She wrote their real names in code and put the information in jars which she buried in her neighbor’s yard.

In 1943, they arrested her and, during her interrogation, they broke her legs and arms.  The Zegota bribed the guards with a bag of money to spare her life and she was left unconscious by the side of the road.

Sendler later uncovered the jars and tried to reunite the children with their families.  There were few survivors.

In 1965, Yad Vashem recognized Irena Sendler as Righteous Among the Nations.

In 2003, Poland awarded Sendler its highest distinction, the Order of White Eagle.

She was also nominated for awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  However, she was not given that honor.  She died in 2008.

She saved 2,500 lives.