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Hi y'all. Still alive over here. Sometimes I feel like maybe it's time to close the figurative doors on this place, since all I seem to do is use it to reassure people that I remain among the living, and to detail my body's ongoing efforts to the contrary. Mostly, I wish I had more to SAY, but I just don't have the energy to, like, think about things, lol. Which sounds lame and stupid, because it seems like dealing with physical pain shouldn't impact my ability to review television shows or make icons or whatever else I used to do, but... it does. 

I'm still doing about the same - lots of pain, lots of Percocet, no progress on the Entyvio. I'm starting another new clinical trial, but have to taper off the Prednisone first (which I am happy to do, goodbye hairy moon-face!) so it'll be about a month before I get the new drug. At least it's open label, so I know for sure I'm getting real medicine and not placebo.

Anyway. It also seems ridiculous to post holiday pictures now that it's MID-JANUARY, but whatever, here's Chelsea wearing a fancy bow for Christmas:




I meant to do the end of the year meme, if only to help myself keep track of all the TV I watched, but... meh. I also contemplated doing the hair meme that was going around, but then I remembered I'm allergic to selfies and so I don't actually have any good photos of my hair to post. Not that my hair is really interesting enough for a meme, anyway.

Uh, bad news for some of you: I FINALLY got around to watching Mad Max: Fury Road, and I found it pretty meh? Like, it was fine as an action movie, but I don't get all the wild love for it? I can see why the prominence of female characters in this kind of movie would make a lot of people excited, but, like, is that it? It seemed like there was a ton of backstory that was just... not explained (like why any of this was happening, lol) and it kind of surprised me that people who, on the whole, tend to place a high priority on STORY loved it so much when it's basically 2 hours of non-stop action with the barest minimum of plot to justify it. Maybe it's just not my genre, or I had too high expectations because it seemed like the entire internet flipped their shit over it. (I will say this: flaming guitar guy was as hilariously weird and fantastic as I'd been led to believe.) So, tell me what I'm missing, Internet!

I watched MM:FR as part of my Oscar movie challenge - my friends and I are attempting to see all the Best Picture nominees. So far, I've seen 3, the other two being Spotlight and The Martian. I LOOOOVED The Martian. It probably shouldn't have been in the Comedy category for the Golden Globes, but it WAS pretty hilarious, and Matt Damon is fantastic. We as a society really ought to stop leaving him in dangerous places, though. It's costing an awful lot in money, effort, and lives to keep retrieving him.

Date: Jan. 18th, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snickfic
Honestly, I loved MM:FR for three reasons: lots of women, enjoyably weird worldbuilding, and a deep and meticulous commitment to its aesthetic. I loved all the little details of the world, and I thought it walked that line of sheer ridiculous zaniness perfectly. (FLAME GUITAR.) I love weird dystopia in any case, and I love extreme outdoor environments, and I love big weather (the dust storm!). It was just really, really pretty, and also it felt so grounded, largely due to the high proportion of practical effects, as opposed to CGI.

So that's why I loved it.

Date: Jan. 18th, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
it seems like dealing with physical pain shouldn't impact my ability to review television shows or make icons or whatever else I used to do, but... it does.

Pain is exhausting. ;_; I'm not surprised that it's affecting you so badly.

I'm glad you're hanging in there, and I hope the new clinical trial has some really good results for you.

Date: Jan. 18th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
I liked MMFR because the action WAS the story...every moment setting something up or paying something off, characterization accomplished through tiny moments/significant looks without needing exposition or long conversations. It was a great movie to watch in the theater because it was totally absorbing and swept me along with it and is the kind of thing only movies can do. And I know some people are never going to love that kind of movie no matter how well executed it is but I'm glad on the occasions when they get made. (I feel like 'Alien' is a similar type of film even though the pacing and aesthetic are very different.

Date: Jan. 19th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
That hesitant smile + thumbs up Max gives one of the women after she's accomplished an unlikely move -- and then seconds later she's crushed by the bad guys...

Date: Jan. 22nd, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] goldenusagi
I can see why the prominence of female characters in this kind of movie would make a lot of people excited, but, like, is that it?

Those were pretty much my feelings exactly.

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