Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Victor Frankenstein

synopsis

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

~ Victor Frankensetin

review

I am overdue in reviewing this movie because of a combination of depression and laziness. I thought this movies takes on an interesting perspective of a story that is as old as the hills.

I was impressed by Daniel Radcliffe simple because I did not recognize him as Igor. This did present a bit of confusion, but I caught on quickly and followed the movie with no problems.

If you like the monster genre, you might enjoy this fresh perspective.

It’s Not Easy Being Me

Mom supposedly found a discount dentist for Mojo, whose teeth are just about as bad as mine. The other day I gave him a chicken thigh bone and I noticed blood all over the bone, too much to have come from inside the bone. Yesterday, I was able to take him to the vet, who determined that Mojo has exposed roots on his molars. This is not good, as the teeth cannot be cured or treated. They want to give him some antibiotics, do some blood work and put him under for a deep teeth cleaning.

The silver lining is that I learned that it is the human food minus brushing that caused the damage and the kicker is that he is getting much needed treatment faster than I have been able to get my teeth attended. I have emailed the doctor today and will follow up on Wednesday to confirm receipt of my email.

I have the money for Mojo’s care, but it will come from my car savings…might as well admit that I will probably never have another car.

In the meantime, the pain is still present near my right moob. The constant pain and lack of knowledge regarding what is happening inside my body is really getting me down. I have reverted back to the mental state that I am just waiting to die. I am going for an ultrasound on Wednesday, but don’t expect that it will show much. I am also going to have my kidneys scanned as there was an indication in my last blood labs; an indication of what, I don’t know yet.

In the meantime, I have been contacted by my cousin, inquiring if the Oakland Raiders Afghan is complete. I have not even been working on it, owing to my depressed mental state. I have resumed, trying to get at least five rows per day done. At that rate I should be finished in about a month…if I don’t die first.

The Beginning

Plush LionMy first memories as a kid were a lion plush toy that had a pull cord to make him growl and a portable record player with a mirrored spindle cover that would animate the illustrations on the children’s record. The lion pictured is definitely not like the one I remember, but close enough. I can’t verify the record player below was the actual record player I had as a kid, but it look very much like the one I had. Even more unbelievable is that I found the record spindle cover. I am pretty sure that is the exact one I had. I can still see the ducks in the mirror as they swam around. WOW!

Record Player with Spindle CoverI also remember the apartment building we used to live in on Overland Avenue, and our neighbors: Mary, Pattie and Tommy; I think the father was Frank. Wait a minute…I think Franks was their last name.

The reason for this post is that I have always thought I had a bad memory, which I still admit to for most of my life. As I get older, and in relation to my new category: Death Diary, I thought it might be interesting to see how much of it I can actually remember.

Death Diary

A couple of nights ago, I realized that I am just waiting to die…again.

Before recovery, that was my constant feeling; smoking crack facilitated that feeling. Then I got sober and after about four years, I finally felt happy again, until I relapsed again, leading to my relocation from Florida to California again.

I now life with under the auspices of my parents, which for me acts as a barrier to crack addiction. Yet, I realized with all the health problems I had in 2015, I am not happy.

Anyway, a couple of nights ago, I decided it might be interesting to document all my ills and pains from this midpoint – I am 52 and will be 53 in July – in my life until the end.

For about a month I have been experiencing a pain under my right armpit and on the side of my moob. The pain is a dull, constant pain which intermittently is sharp and radiates in an upward arch from my nipple to my back. I am currently scheduled to undergo an ultrasound as a means of diagnosing what is going on inside, as nothing can be appreciated by tactile examination. I have always been under the impression that I have internal shingles, but the doctor explained that shingles is always expressed on the outside of the body.

My biggest fear is that, having recently finished radiation treatment for Kaposi sarcoma, cancer may have metastasized, as I know there are lymph nodes in our armpits. However a full body CT Scan prior to radiation treatment, in January 2016, revealed nothing.

Add to this fear the fact that about 6 months ago, I was having similar pain across my stomach. I was scheduled for a CT Scan back then to rule out hernia, but the general surgeon who referred me fucked up the required labs and the pain subsided, only to return about two months later across my chest. This led to a cardiology referral, which determined my heart was healthy, the pain subsiding again until it presented in my armpit area.

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-Wee's Big Holiday

synopsis

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

OMG! The perfect boy-crush movie. That scene where Joe – OMG! His name does not even appear in the cast list, so I am not going to spoil the secret – at the ice cream shop…picking chin up off the floor!

That moment when you realize you’ve met your soul mate.

Just happened to catch Paul Rubens on Kelly & Michael and thought I might find on Netflix…sure enough!

Absolutely loved it!

Any Day Now (2012)

Any Day Now

synopsis

Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

~ Any Day Now

review

Sometimes judging a movie by it’s cover really works out…Saw Alan Cumming on the cover…gay couple…Down Syndrome…biased legal system…I knew I was gonna cry!

This movie expertly portrayed the joy of new love, the moment when your life is gonna change, when things are falling into place…let me feel that without being judgemental and without resentment…WOW!…and Marco’s situation allowed me to express that deep and lonely pain…where Paul argues that the court has lost it’s focus, that they are there for Marco’s, whom no one wants…so honest…so touching!

Impressive acting…I am pretty sure Garret Dillahunt appeared in…Raising Hope!…and Alan I know from The Good Wife.

Beautiful retrospective.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Foce Awakenssynopsis

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

Could not believe it was available for rental at Movies and More. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I thought it might be fun to watch.

Entertaining and imaginative.

A bit confusing for someone with a terrible memory. Actually, tee hee’d when I realized plot comparison to riddle about family relations.

Vote Purple!

Vote Purple

And then the creative side of me took over and here is the first of the marketing collateral…ha ha ha ha ha!

Note the difference in type. If this concept ever takes off, that first political service announcement on behalf of this political ideology will be a collectors’ item…ha ha ha ha ha!

Purple because it is a combination of red (republicans) and blue (democrats), integrating both parties of average citizenry into larger group that might realize the power they have to change and improve government to cater to the people’s needs.

Flamingo: Flock mentality symbolizing unity and sameness of species; promoting Social Democracy versus Capital Democracy.

Okay…need more inspiration…gonna go watch more Pee-Wee’s Playhouse…ha ha ha ha ha!

Channeling Energy

I have never been a huge fan of politics or how our government is so biased to the more fortunate. A Social Democracy versus a Capital Democracy always seemed more fair to me in school. Bernie Sanders has reignited my interest in the United States government.

I have always thought that our congressional representatives should be subject to term limits, as well as, the President of the United States, and which should not exceeded presidential term limits. Of my own accord, I began to compare the constant clogging of the legislature due to bipartisanship to a failing human heart in a body that would not survive the same..quick nod to the Anonymous program.

I also have a history of a sense of renewal on Easter Sunday, of all days. Well, there is where my mind went…

Vote Purple: Polital Service Announcement

When I was a kid, people used to tell me I could be president…

…not one of them mentioned that I had to be a millionaire also, but it is so true. To that point, I am voting for Bernie Sanders who sees the benefits of free education, which at this point is only available if you divorce yourself and give your body to the government to control and abuse; and because he believes in socialism, I have faith that he can make changes to government and healthcare, as well.

If Bernie does not get the nomination, I am voting for Donald Trump because I am so sick and tired of “American royalty,” a.k.a. Hillary Clinton.

I saw Ben Carson on The View this morning. I was surprised that he had endorsed Trump, but understood his reasoning perfectly. He stated that when looking at the big picture, Trump was the only candidate that was not beholden to anyone else in government. I think this is the exact reason why Trump is so popular. People would rather take a chance with a rebel, than the same old shit.