Happy Blogiversary to me!

Who would have thought that five years would see so much change, and yet so much stay the same!

Five years ago today, I started writing about my life in a very small town, as a new teacher, aware that I was too progressive for the area I was in, and thinking that my blog would be my way of dealing with the pressures of being so liberal in such a conservative, backwoods area.

I fully expected this to be like Dangerous Minds, but in the country.

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Hidden Figures: The Best Way to Spend MLK Day

It’s been a while since I did a movie review, but this one was so good, and so inspiring, I felt I had to comment about it.

Obviously, I’ve been dealing with some of my own fears of limitation, such as the idea that I’m not lovable or good enough, but this movie restored my sense of Hope. And to watch it on the day we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seemed especially fitting given the current times we live in.

If you haven’t seen¬†Hidden Figures¬†yet, you absolutely should! I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but there may be a few.

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Find your Nerve

It’s about time I got back to talking about movies. I’ve seen quite a few this summer, and most of them have been good. I quit writing about them at some point because the pretty constant confusion I was experiencing due to the Pirate kept me from being able to really focus enough to talk about them. Most of my intellectual energy was being spent trying to figure out how he felt since his words and actions didn’t match (that’s a running theme in my life), or in trying to convince myself that I¬†did¬†actually like him, since he ticked several of the right boxes… though, if I’m honest, not enough for me to have tried so hard to convince myself.¬† Continue reading

Neighbors 2, an Unlikely Coming of Age Story

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opens tonight, and it’s better than I expected.

It seems like I say that an awful lot lately, but, then again, I did not have high hopes for this film at all! For one thing, I expected to feel more embarrassed for the characters than I did. I have issues with satirical movies. You know, the parody movies like the Scary Movie franchise, where they make a mockery of legitimate horror stories in the most embarrassing way possible, and yet the characters have no shame. I feel embarrassed for them. The Finnish have a word for it.

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The Nice Guys Review

I was lucky enough to see this movie a couple of weeks ago,but haven’t been able to write about it because of some sort of media¬†embargo. Seems they didn’t want any details leaking before they premiered at Cannes. I can see the reasoning behind that. But as a review from Cannes has been posted, I think I can finally add my two cents about how awesome a movie¬†The Nice Guys¬†is!!

To start, it’s directed by Shane Black, the guy¬†apparently responsible for creating¬†the Lethal Weapon movies (the first of which I only just saw last week…), and thus is kind of the progenitor of the buddy cop movie. He’s a big fan of the film noir style of the 70’s it seems.

He’s also apparently a fan of porn, parties, and conspiracies, which are central to the plot progression of this film.

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Captain America: Civil War Review

I normally do marketing posts on Mondays, but I’m a little behind schedule, and I’ve got a couple movies to review, so enter Movie Monday instead!

Let’s begin:

So I had a date. He took me to see Captain America: Civil War late-ish on a Tuesday.

I knew (from the trailers) that I would want to be Team Cap because of the reason for the split. If it could be said that I was a member of any particular political party, I would say I was a Libertarian, the party that is ostensibly the party of freedom. Libertarians believe in as much freedom as possible. Want guns? You’re free to own them so long as you’re not using them to take freedom away from other people.

Side note, the Tea Party crazies are part of the Libertarian party, but just as all Catholics are Christian but not all Christians are Catholic, not all Libertarians are crazy Tea Partiers. Also, though the title of this blog involves tea, I am decidedly NOT a member of the Tea Party!

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