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And he never moved again.
This is me now.
Heading into award season (my favorite season), there are more movies being released in the next couple months that I want to see than movies I’ve been excited to see in the previous 9 months. And so, here is my current list of movies you probably should have seen so far in 2012.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Jeff Who Lives At Home.
The Cabin In The Woods.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Safety Not Guaranteed.
Your Sister’s Sister.
People Like Us.
Celeste and Jesse Forever.
Sleepwalk With Me.
Sunday night, in the midst of a terrible cold I thought to myself, “I think I love cough syrup to the same degree that I used to hate it as a child.” It was just a passing thought, but then Monday morning, I woke up to this. Do It Anyway by Ben Folds Five. Now… if there is a list somewhere of everything that I love, Ben Folds Five, the Fraggles, Chris Hardwick, and Rob Corddry surely are on it.
But it got me thinking about “all the things I used to not like but now I think are ok.”
My best friend in high school
My best friend from college
Fresh mozzarella cheese
How many times do I decide I don’t like something and never give it another chance?
Do I discount people because I don’t like them? Where would I be in life if I never gave any credence to someone just because of my feelings?
One specific person pops up in my head, a speaker at a weekend retreat who changed my life. I had heard him speak in a small group… and rolled my eyes the whole time. He said, “God is giving you a word. This is your word for the year. Write it down, post it somewhere you can see it everyday, and each time you see it pray that God would make it the year of that word.” As I laughing silently at him, a word popped into my head. Man, I hated that guy even more after that. About 4 weeks later, the weekend he was speaking at arrived and I found myself convicted, thinking about that word he made me write down a month earlier, and doing more crying than eye rolling. It was a time that defined who I wanted to be as an adult, what I was willing to sacrifice to be that person, and how far I would go to ensure I never ended up back where I was before.
I can’t imagine what my life would be like without that guy I used to not like but now I think is ok.
This is Paul F. Tompkin’s rant on Jeffrey Wright (feat. Eugene Mirman) from one of the live Doug Loves Movies from last year’s Bumbershoot Festival. I was present (I am one of those woos in the beginning). This is why I can never not laugh at Jeffrey Wright again.
If for some reason you haven’t heard of Paul F. Tompkins, here’s a quick introduction.
I am great at making plans.
I am also great at ignoring them.
I am the best at ignoring my own plans for myself.
I am very tired of this cycle… decide to make my life better, write out the ways to do so, look at the list and instead sit on the couch and watch TV.
I’m sure there’s some deep seeded psychological reason for this. Maybe it’s a fear really trying and failing, or refusing to accept that I’m an adult, or I’m afraid of people seeing who I really am. Probably all of these.
"This time is different. I’m actually going to follow through," I’ve said to myself many times. What am I going to do differently this time? Why would I do it now but not before?
I have no good answers. Maybe because this time is different. No time is exactly the same. Things are always evolving. I am always changing. This time I might actually follow through. But if not, I am going to keep trying. Even if I fail. Who knows, one of these days I may get my life together.
You. Tell. Them. Stephen.
The Best Video on all the internet.
No arguments here.
Sometimes you just need a song that leaks joy. This one does. Listen. Smile. Dance.
It was a good week. Josh Brolin was good without especially adding anything, except maybe his awesome rapping skills which he showed off while expressing his excitement about being an uncle.
The writers showed off how awesome they are, the performers outdid themselves, and while it was hilariously funny, it felt a little sad… like a goodbye.
During the Cold Open - a GOP sketch, they literally sang Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), Laser Cats had a series end, Garth and Kat came back to Weekend Update for the Songs of Spring. I didn’t think much of Gilly’s return last week, but in the context of this week’s sketches, the addition of Kate McKinnon last week, and the frequent appearences of Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh this week… it’s seeming like the rumors of a cast change might just be true.
I liked or loved every sketch except for the monologue, which just wasn’t very funny and Principal Frye at the Prom. I like Jay Pharaoh, the sketch just felt like it didn’t really have a focus.
From the Cold Open to Weekend Update everything was just great. The Californians, my favorite sketch of the week still makes me laugh so hard I cry… and I’ve watched it probably 7 times. The Empire State of Mind Parody Competition was great, I give it “infinity”. I always love Laser Cats, Piers Morgan Tonight was such an awesomely random collection of characters… I love when I can’t predict the joke of a sketch… and with the return of the Super Bowl Half-Time tightrope guy came out of left field. If you’ve seen Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know video or just love Andy Samberg and Taran Killam then you will love the second Digital Short of the night, Gotye Backstage.
There should be 3 more live episodes this season, starting with Eli Manning and Rihanna May 5th. I hope we see the return of Kristen’s Penelope, Judy Grimes, and Aunt Linda; Andy’s Shy Ronnie, Nicholas Cage, Mark Wahlberg, and as many Digital Shorts as they can fit into an episode; and Jason as the Devil, the red tracksuit wearing dancer in What’s Up With That, and Jeff the terrible boom operator. (Also, if they wanted to throw in a Two A-Holes, The Muppets, and a Song Memories I would love that.)
Welcome to the first installment of Bethany’s Favorite Things Ever For Right Now. Today I take a trip down memory lane to Bret’s Angry Dance, one of the sure fire ways to make any day better.
This was awesome.