Temporary Break

I’ll be going on hiatus for a while. Just a few weeks. My laptop charger died and my finances are so stiff right now that I can’t be bothered to get a new one.

I’m happy to say that I am starting fresh. The world is changing and my excitement is bursting at the seams. I just had to let all of you wonderful readers know. Thanks again. Much love.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Interstellar

This post is important to me, so it has been written and edited over the course of several days. I hope you find it insightful and recommend you see the movie before reading this review as there will undoubtedly be spoilers. It’s not a review, per say. It’s more along the lines of “I’m spewing my thoughts and feelings about this movie onto my blog” kind of post.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Whether or not Dylan Thomas meant it or not, to me, this poem that is repeated throughout the movie is about mankind’s drive to push forward and fight for survival. We, as a people are dreamers, explorers, and survivors. The world has thrown many challenges are way and we always find a way. Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, even says “We’ll find a way, Professor. We always have.” This is at least half the premise of this film. We watch as a father risks his life to find a way to save his family and “millions of other families” by leaving the world we call home in a desperate attempt to find another.

Far from home

The other half of the movie is about a father’s relationship with his daughter. Murphy (or “Murph”) is a very intelligent redheaded lass with a heart filled with love for her father, passion for understanding the universe, and strength when faced with the fate of the world. She stays on earth while Cooper and a team of scientists are sent on the last mission NASA can send into a wormhole to another solar system in another galaxy. Talk about long-distance. Cooper faces various challenges from personal betrayal to the laws of physics themselves. Time becomes his greatest enemy as it becomes relative when he approaches Gargantua.

The Heart of Darkness

The Devourer, a beast of tremendous ferocity, and one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on the big screen; Gargantua is a representation of what a black hole would actually look like (with an accretion disk added to give perspective). It was a titan onscreen and it shook me when I first saw it. Could you imagine taking a wormhole to another galaxy to the only habitable worlds within range and discovering that they all orbit a black hole?! It blew my mind. I couldn’t have been more excited. This was when the film turned into more than just another movie. I felt that this was a masterpiece.

And I still do. Interstellar is able to present a captivating story, brilliant scientific theory, compelling characters, and the coolest robots you’ve ever seen into a single film. Flawlessly. However, after watching this movie again, I have to admit that the main reason it resonated so perfectly for me, was the score.

Mastery of Music

Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers. His work on Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean are some of my favorite soundtracks ever. When he revolutionized the film score industry with the iconic “Inception BWUAAAAAH!” I knew he was going to make something that truly struck a chord in my heart. The other soundtracks were great, but I felt like the emotional bond I wanted to have had not yet been formed. Until Interstellar.

I knew I would love this film, but I set that aside so I could have a fresh experience and be unbiased. Within the first five minutes my excitement was already back and overwhelmingly high. Every moment of the film, even the time Cooper was still on earth, was important and vital to understanding the characters and plot. There wasn’t a single moment out of place and I couldn’t believe how well it was put together. And then he goes into space. I got a little nervous about the robots, a little nervous about the wormhole, a little nervous about the planets and the black hole. And then, when he and the crew pass through the wormhole, my face froze in my excited smile face. I’ll take a picture of that next time it happens, as I can’t replicate it without the genuine experience. It’s pretty derpy.

Murph and Coop

I felt every emotion that I was hoping to feel and had a wonderful experience watching this film. Rewatching it, I felt the same thing. Nothing had diminished. I love this film and it’s a solid 10/10 on my scale. For those of you who don’t know, only 3 other movies out of the thousands I’ve seen have ever made it to 10/10. I’m very picky. This film will live forever in my heart and mind and I’m so grateful to have the experience of watching it.

We live in a time when movies are held back only by our imaginations and this film pushes us beyond anything we’ve seen before. We get to explore fantastic worlds, experience every human emotion, and walk away from this dreaming about our place in the universe. This movie made me feel small, but undeniably special. Humans are filled with potential and we are capable of great and terrible things. Christopher Nolan manages to show us all of this in a single film and I’m so happy that he did. (I plan on doing an entire post about Christopher Nolan soon, so keep checking back for updates.)

Thanks for reading, you guys. You’re all amazing. I hope you get a chance to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars. Many blessings, all the joy, happy happy things for you. Etc.

Remember: if you’re going to dream, dream BIG!

Video of the Week: Doraleous and Associates

I’m going to pretend like this is a regular thing and who knows? Maybe it will become a regular thing.

For those of you who are not yet aware, I love YouTube. I think the idea of sharing videos with people is amazing thing and I love perusing the corridors of the World Wide Web Wilds in search of the things that make me happy. Chief among aforesaid things is my desire to laugh. My sense of humor is relatively stagnant, in that it doesn’t change as frequently as everything else in my life does, but lately I’ve been drawn to this kind of humor.

If you finished watching the episode (or skipped it to continue reading) instead of just leaving the page altogether, thank you. You and I can be friends.

-SPOILER ALERT-

My favorite character in this video (and throughout the show) is definitely the Lady of the Lake. Keeper of the mighty Zephyr Blade, the Lady of the Lake is a sarcastic Pond Woman with a pathological need to annoy people. You can imagine why I like her so much.

"Behold, DeLorean, the TRUE Zephyr Blade!"
“Behold, DeLorean, the TRUE Zephyr Blade!”

When asked, the Lady of the Lady will present adventurers and warriors from across the land with various objects (while claiming they are the true Zephyr Blade). She’s a sociopath who makes fun of the people who come to see her by sarcastically insulting their character or mispronouncing their names. She also sends people on ridiculous and life-threatening quests just for the fun of it. Probably bored with waiting for (possibly) thousands of years for the Chosen One to arrive and take the Zephyr Blade, or emotionally distanced because she’s tired of people coming to her and being disappointed in not receiving the magical blade of magicness, The Lady of Lake now seeks but one thing: entertainment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, as well as Doraleous and Associates. May your day be a little better, the laughs a little heartier, and the may the Zephyr Blade be yours one day!

Dream big!

More To Come!

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. I have a couple ideas cooking in my noodle and hopefully they will be ready for publication soon. Wednesday (which is technically today) is the day my brother gets home from his Mission. There will be plenty of stories to tell about it later. I will talk about that, and Easter, my new job, the movie I’m interning on, and so on! I’m so excited, guys and gals. You’re all so incredibly wonderful and I can’t wait to share what’s been going on. Love you all!

Sleep well and dream big!

The Posts

When you run out of things to say, you must simply wait for more words to come. My absence from the blog has nothing to due with anxiety, fear, or lack of information to share with you all. On the contrary. Life has been amazing. I have new goals and plans and I’m growing and learning more about the world and about myself faster than I ever have before. I’m excited to share what I find with you. Brace yourselves.

This is the Year of the Tay! I’m going to rock it and own it and change my life into something so powerful and magnificent that it will shock all the other people like me into action. If I can do it, then you can too! We got this, guys and gals of the interwebs. We got this. Don’t forget: If you’re going to dream, dream BIG!