The Great Marvel Re-Watch 2018: Part 2

Just finished Iron Man 2. I really love this movie. The story is rock solid. Soundtrack? Excellent. The references to Epcot are a delight. But two things really stood out for me after this viewing.

1. I really need to listen to The Clash more often.


2. The people who really love you will push you to be your best. If it weren't for the tough love Tony gets from Nick Fury and team, he'd literally be dead. It's the people who see our potential and call us on our self-sabotaging garbage who really care about us.How'd you like to have Nick Fury as a life coach?


Truthfully, I skip the Thor movies. I feel guilty about it. But...no I don't. So it's on to Captain America: The First Avenger next.


How do you prep for Marvel May?

I usually do a Marvel March prep run for Marvel May. I'm only through the first Iron Man, so I'm looking forward to continuing my re-watch.

I must admit, I'm a little worried about Infinity War. I'm the weirdo who preferred Whedon's tone to the Russo Brothers. I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron seven times in the theater and loved it.

I also prefer the tone of Ant Man, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to the more serious Captain America sequels. I go to the movies to have fun and forget my troubles for a little while. Some writer/directors think that raising the stakes means making things as miserable as possible. And I know the comic version of Infinity War pretty well. It's not gonna be fun watching the heroes I love die in a bloodbath. So...yeah. Not as excited as usual this spring.

Here's the other reason I love my annual Marvel marathon. I get to revisit each movie and boil them down to a takeaway or two.

This time, Iron Man felt like a poignant reminder that sometimes a sickness, and what we have to do to care for ourselves in the face of one, can create a super power. I live with a chronic illness. I'm looking into every avenue I can in the hopes of a cure. I use every treatment available to me. (I'm currently looking into stem cell therapy.)

In his first couple appearances, Iron Man is isolated. His scattered focus means he's not spending too much time feeling sorry for himself. He just does whatever he needs to do to stay alive. He even drinks anti-inflammatory green juice. He goes through ups and downs, overmedicates from time to time.

But Tony Stark is spurred on to live as much life as he can because he knows death set up camp on his doorstep.

Tomb Raider Reaction - Respect Your Action Heroine Elders and Let People Have Their Feelings

I held back on publishing this for days. Mostly because it's a topic I've written about over and over again.

I promise this is the last post where I wax poetic about the action heroine's cinematic past. It's too broad a topic to live in comfortably.

As a writer, sometimes you have to ask yourself who you're trying to persuade. When I feel compelled to defend what I love, I think I'm writing to old bullies. Old boyfriends who told me I was wasting my time. It's time to move on to my own characters and scripts

But one last time for the people in the back. This is why Tomb Raider is important.


The Bachelor Is Over and The Bachelorette Is Now Filming!

Here's what I think we should do about that...

Seriously, people. Every day, we vote with our dollars and our viewership. Ignore this dumb garbage, and it all goes away.


American Idol Is Back

...and it weirds me out, you guys. It occurred to me last night while I was falling asleep how funny it is that we have a show called "American Idol" when that word has such an ancient, negative context.

I can't handle it when the celebrity judges emerge and the audience freaks out. Or when a contestant loses it over a celebrity. Maybe it's my own past of fangirling out coming back to haunt me...

Back in my day, there were no reality shows. And I walked uphill both ways...ugh...I'm too tired to even finish that joke. The point is, I'm old. It just makes me laugh. Golden idols, amirite? I know it seems a little silly, but I always think of this around Oscar season too.

Ancient religious references and nomenclature in modern pop culture is something I'd like to write about in more depth, actually. When you start looking for those themes, you see them everywhere.

Jurassic World Won't Be For Me, And That's Okay

This will begin as a blog about Jurassic Park, then it's going to turn into something else. What? You'll just have to see.

(Or you know, make inferences from the title.)

The brilliant and talented Michael Giacchino posted this image on his Instagram yesterday morning. I love this man's work. My husband introduced me via The Incredibles score and like many others, I then followed him through LOST and the rest of his prolific career.

In fact, I was just writing about his Star Trek score the other week.

I also love Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed. It was a beautiful, funny, perfectly cast indie film that had a wonder-provoking finale that made me cry happy tears. I think he's a talented director with a specific vision.

I also love the Jurassic Park franchise. In fact, I love dinosaurs. In first grade, our teacher told us we could write an extra credit report about a specific dinosaur. I went home and wrote twelve. Plus an extra report about ducks for reasons adult me simply cannot fathom. Why did that seem like a logical addition? We'll never know.

The point is, young Nerdly Nerdlington over here never does anything halfway. I think that's a pretty common trait among geeks and nerds. We'll come back to that...


The Haunted Mansion TV Series

I'd watch! I think the usage of the paintings as a plot-framing device (Get it?!) is a brilliant conceit.

If you're in the mood for more Haunted Mansion stuff, you can read this, or my suuuuuuuper nerdy Haunted Mansion/X-Files mashup from an old blog.

I had a pitch for a Haunted Mansion theatrical live show worked up back in 2007, but I'm still saving it in the delusional hopes that someday I might actually get to share it with the right people. (See: Disney execs.)



A Reel Pitch Fest: Borgin and Burkes - The first Harry Potter TV Series!

Hey! Here I am in this thing:

Here's the TV show I accidentally stole the idea from:

And here is the charismatic and criminally under-used Louise Robey who starred in the series. She has a very His Girl Friday, Rosalind Russell, ocassional Rita Hayworth vibe. If I ever get a proper film or TV series up and running, I'll look for her!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, while I work up the gumption to go through official channels (I'm redrafting for a handful of contests right now and I have some comedy shorts ready to enter too.) if you find this and you're a cool executive type looking for writers, hire me! I'm prolific, hard working, and irritatingly optimistic.