So I've been out of school for a month and I kinda feel directionless. It's nice to get a break from having to read and think and breathe therapy concepts and complex social issues that make me want to break things, but now I'm left with nothing to do as time marches on for the next couple of months. I'm looking into possible internships or volunteer opportunities but I kinda feel a little helpless and bored and that's not a good combination.
At the very least I'm actually doing fairly well at school thus far. I'm not entirely sure why I'm shocked at my A in my Domestic Violence class and B+ in my Practice with Families, Groups, and Task Groups. Realistically, I've gotten all As in every DV paper I wrote prior to my final and one B+ and two As in the other class so I should have seen it coming. I guess I need to reevaluate how I think I do in writing and research to my actual output. I am relieved that it seems that my DV final in examining how Twilight
and Fifty Shades of Grey
portrays domestic abuse and its subsequent romanticization was well received (oh, the masochism I apparently have concerning these two properties) was indeed well received and the other final didn't seem to hurt my grade too much.
So far the highlight of the past month or so has been an act of kindness from my mom that I'm not sure I'll ever repay her for - going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. I'm not entirely sure what possessed her to do this for me but it is incredible that I have a mom who actually had interest in seeing the park (despite her and pretty much everyone else in my family not quite sharing my nerdy obsessions) and wanting to make me happy. The actual park itself was really well done and it was quite amusing to see the stores selling all the tchotchkes that make up the Harry Potter world. And I even got my mother to go on a rollercoaster that went upside down (which is what the Dragon Races coaster does), so that was immensely amusing.( Souvenirs be under the cut!Collapse )
Needless to say, when they complete construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at LA's Universal Studios, I'll be so there.
The other thing that's been staving off the monotony so far has been movies. I've managed to see "Iron Man 3", "Star Trek Into
Darkness", and "The Kings of Summer" and have enjoyed them all in varying degrees. "Iron Man 3" is a pretty good start to Marvel's Phase Two (especially considering that I'm waaaaay more pumped for "Thor: The Dark World" than anything else in Phase Two because, come on, Thor and Loki y'all) and I appreciate that they allowed Tony Stark to really grow and mature post-Avengers. I also like what they did with the Mandarian (yes, I know it deviated a lot from the comics but the Mandarian as a comic book villain was also really racist so I consider the twist they did progress of sorts) and the best scene was clearly
either the ending with the Science Bros impromptu therapy session or
Adam Pally's cameo as Gary the Cable Guy.
It's such a shame "Happy Endings" was cancelled, because Adam Pally needs to be in all the comedies. And if you haven't seen "Happy Endings", watch it. You won't regret it.
As for "Star Trek Into Darkness"...*sigh* It was enjoyable enough but it kinda lacked the magic that the 2009 film had for me. Namely, I exited the 2009 movie pumped to see more and with this it is was all..."eh, perhaps I see more of alternate universe Trek or maybe not." And to be honest, I think a lot of it had to do with
Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan. I'm not a Trekkie by any stretch of the word, but I know enough to know that Khan was a character of color and while the whole casting-any-brown-person-as-a-brown-character is incredibly iffy it was still a big deal to have the Latino Ricardo Montalbán as an esteemed adversary to Kirk and crew. Throwing in Khan into this new movieverse with a clearly distinct "alternate timeline" personally feels like a cheap nod to the original show. (Although yes, promoting the adversary of STID as a "terrorist" would've not been good if JJ Abrams had cast a brown guy in that role. Baaaaah this is why I tend to stay out of race conversations on the internet.) Plus, given that Khan was cryogenically frozen with 72 other people, why couldn't "John Harrison" have the same exact backgroud as Khan and co.? Still would've worked even if the apparent Eugenics Wars were hundreds of years before the alternate timeline became a thing, and let's all face it, the 1990s did not actually produce that.
I can't criticize Benedict Cumberbatch for his performance though - he was most definitely an effective villain with his imposing voice and total commitment (even if I had to suffer his face in IMAX 3D, god help me). And I love everyone else on the Enterprise
even though Zachary Quinto's "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!!!!1!1" scream was hilariously pathetic
. It was a fun summer movie but I can't say I'm looking forward to more alternate timeline!Star Trek.
I can recommend "The Kings of Summer" much more highly. This I kinda saw by accident because I went with a friend to a $8 double feature at a tiny theater in West Hollywood that was screening this after a showing of "Stand by Me". I really enjoyed both coming of age stories much more than I anticipated, and "The Kings of Summer" has the additional benefits of possessing utter charm to the t and having Ron and Tammy Swanson, Annie from "Community" and Rico from "Hannah Montana" (who turns out is a very capable comedian as an adult outside of Disney's clutches). "The Kings of Summer" is in limited release right now but do go see it if you can. It's seriously one of the best movies I have seen in years.