I went to go see Thor: Ragnarok last night. It was pretty good. In case you don’t know, Taika Waititi directed it. In case you don’t know who Taika Waititi is, he’s a New Zealand film director, writer, and actor. He made the movies Boy, What We Do In The Shadows, and Hunt For The Wilderpeople. I highly recommend all three films. Boy is a touching and slightly sad coming of age story, What We Do In The Shadows is a mocumentary about four vampires flatting (rooming for you Yanks) together in Wellington and is absolutely hilarious, and Hunt For The Wilderpeople is funny and finally made me stop hating Sam Neill.
My problem with Sam Neill goes back to years ago when my mom and I went to go see this movie that we THOUGHT was a sci-fi called Event Horizon. It was not a sci-fi movie at all. It was a horror movie where Sam Neill was possessed and started skinning people alive on a spaceship. It was pretty horrifying and it made me really, REALLY dislike Sam Neill for a very long time. But in Hunt For The Wilderpeople he’s a gruff but loveable Kiwi mountain man so he’s now redeemed in my eyes. My mama agrees. She disliked him for years as well.
Here’s a clip from What We Do In The Shadows. It’s over two minutes but it’s hilarious. I really suggest taking the time to watch it. It’s sooo funny.
Anyway….so Taika Waititi was asked to direct Thor, a bit of a different style movie than what he normally does but I thought he did a great job. It was an entertaining movie that was just fun to watch and Waititi’s humor was evident in a lot of the dialogue. . Plus, a few of the fight scenes were accompanied by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, and I love that song so it kind of made me a fan just from that alone. It’s a long movie, but I really enjoyed it. Like I said, it’s just fun.
Oh! Also, I almost forgot. Remember how I said NZ doesn’t put any butter or NOTHING on their movie popcorn so I bring nutritional yeast flakes? Well…my container fell out of my purse while I was buying the ticket and the popcorn and I had to explain what it was. The guy kept telling me, “You’re not supposed to bring food in from outside” and I told him, “It’s not really food, it’s nutritional yeast.” And he looked at me like, “What the HELL are you talking about?” And I said, “I’m used to butter on my movie popcorn but y’all don’t do butter here so I bring this to sprinkle on the popcorn. It’s more like salt than anything else.” There were people behind me waiting to buy their tickets and snacks and they were listening to me. And the lady at the counter next to me was listening. And I’m sure every single person thought, Who is this sad little American woman going to the movies all alone with some weird yeasty thing in her purse? I really wanted to say, “I’m normal! I have a boyfriend! He’s just in another country right now!” But instead I did something even weirder which was to ask the guy behind the counter if he wanted to TRY THE POPCORN WITH THE NUTRITIONAL YEAST ON IT. Really Leah?!
Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be allowed out of the house alone.
I’m thinking about making a couple of banners to hang on the walls of my house that read “DON’T BE WEIRD” just to remind myself before I go out on excursions.
After I left the movie I was driving down the main road to a friend’s house to drop off her sunglasses and there were fireworks popping off everywhere. I think they were Roman candles or something and they were loud and some were going off right over the street and dropping down sparks. I felt like I was driving through a war zone. It made me quite nervous.
I got to my friend’s house and she told me, “It’s Guy Fawkes Night” as if I should know.
The only thing I know of that dude is that Hugo Weaving stayed anonymous behind a Guy Fawkes mask through the entire movie, V for Vendetta.
So I looked up Guy Fawkes and it turns out that he’s pretty much a terrorist. He was a British Catholic fundamentalist who was upset about the conversion of England to Protestantism and he sought to spread his extremist religious views through force. On November 5th 1605, there was a Gunpowder Plot to blow up King James I. The plotters placed explosives beneath the House of Lords but Fawkes was arrested while guarding the explosives and King James I was not blown up.
From what I can gather, Guy Fawkes Night is actually a celebration that the Gunpowder Plot failed. I’m not sure why they don’t call it King James Day since it’s a celebration of the king’s survival. Calling it Guy Fawkes Night makes me think the dude is some sort of hero. Maybe I just missed something in the readings.
Apparently in England they even burn effigies of Guy Fawkes. Here they go crazy with fireworks. I read an article this morning that said fireworks were out of hand last night because the Auckland Council cancelled the public fireworks display for safety reasons.
I guess they thought it was a better idea to let people shoot off Roman candles willy nilly and terrify hapless American drivers who had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on.
To be fair though, I am easily startled.
That’s all I’ve got to say today.
Love love love.