Movie Review: Interstellar

November 16, 2014
I'll try not to give away any spoilers.

I went into this movie a little skeptical because as much as I adore Matthew McConaughey's accent, I wasn't sure I could take him seriously as a father and the hero of a serious sci-fi movie. I wasn't sure that I could take Interstellar as a serious movie for that part either, but OMG! Did it ever deliver!

Disclaimer up front, I took Physics for Dummies in college. The topic fascinates me, but the math is entirely over my head, so I won't be addressing any of that below.

First off, I was stunned and impressed by the score, and lack of it. The silence was used perfectly. By the way, the IMAX theater I saw it in had no issues with the sound mix. I wasn't taken out of the movie at any point due to sound issues. The score did exactly what it was supposed to and then some.

The Hunk was with me (and he's an A/V nut) was so stunned by the visuals of the gargantuan and I quote "What music?" He did notice the silence and the effectiveness of it during all of the scenes that occurred outside of the ship.

T.A.R.S. and C.A.S.E. are my new favorite robots! Especially T.A.R.S. Love his sense of humor, at all levels.

Anne Hathaway's Dr. Brand came off as smug and supercilious without a real reason to behave so, especially once the twist near the end is revealed. I think they could have done so much more with her character since she was the only female scientist on the team and obviously believed in the success of Plan A.

The other doctors didn't leave as quite a strong impression, except for Matt Damon's Dr. Mann ... but *spoilers*. His whole story arc brings an added tension to the movie and further examination of human motivation and need to survive no matter what.

Throughout the movie I was reminded multiple times of 2001 and 2010 and think a rewatch is needed of those two classics and then watch Interstellar again. It is worth multiple viewings. Some people may complain about the slow pace of the movie, but it's needed just so you have time to absorb everything that's going on; and there's A LOT going on, in multiple timelines. For a nearly three hour movie, it passes quickly enough. You may need a kleenex or two, just in case.

Overall verdict: Must see. Must own.

Geek Out in November!

November 11, 2014
Cosplay everyday? And I have to go to work in corporate wear and can't wear t-shirts? Challenge accepted.

I think I might be nuts. The first few days were easy with Comikaze going on and some easy inspiration:
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but by the end of the week I was taking polls on G+ (still am, at least every other day) and letting the interwebz help pick my outfits.

So far, I haven't had to buy anything new, but the day may come where I need something shiny and metallic, or red. You can follow along at my Instagram, and sometimes on G+.

 Want to join? Here are the rules and prizes: The Return of #NERDVEMBER « Set to Stunning

Menu Plan Monday: Let's try this again

November 10, 2014
I admit, I fell off the bandwagon, a few times lately it seems. We've been eating in/out a lot (thanks +EAT24), and a lot of rotisserie chicken, and breakfast for dinner, or popcorn for dinner. I just haven't been motivated, you know?

So this morning I gave myself a kick in the ass and went through all of my recipes that could easily be converted to dairy-free, soy-free (the hardest part), and gluten-free. I had no idea how many items have soy in them! We're trying out three different butter alternatives right now. I got some ghee at Trader Joe's for myself (going to try Bulletproof coffee - but with k-cups and coconut oil) and two other brands, one explicitly soy-free, the other has soy lecithin, from Ralphs. I also need to find some coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative), but Joy has been OK with me making any Asian meals with the spices and no sauce (like Beef and Broccoli).

I only made it to the C's in Pepperplate (available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle Fire). And it only took me 10 minutes. I guess I have more paleo-type recipes than I gave myself credit for, not including all of the chocolate desserts I seem to have in there.

Here's what's on deck this week:
Monday: Apple Chicken Sausage and Kale soup. Finally biting the bullet and eating kale instead of spinach.
Tuesday: Turkey Tacos - minus the cheese. That will be interesting.
Wednesday: Orange Chicken - no soy sauce
Thursday: Cajun Salmon - whew! No conversion necessary!
Friday: Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple-Black Bean Sauce (and mango chutney!) (rice for her, not for me).
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