Nuts & Bolts

It’s been some time since I last posted a Nuts & Bolts entry. I think we are long overdue.

 


Star Trek

It’s April 26th and the husband and I are still on our Trek Marathon. Last year, we made a commitment to watch every single Trek show and movie. A big task. Currently, we are on Star Trek: The Next Generation (My personal favorite) and we are nearing the end of Season 7. We just got through with “Sub Rosa,” which focuses on Dr. Beverly Crusher. I have to admit that I am actually dreading finishing TNG. I really love the series even with its imperfections. Soon, we will be watching Deep Space 9.

It’s hard to believe it has almost been 20 years since Gene Roddenberry left us. I worry about the legacy of Star Trek. While the new movie was entertaining, it doesn’t capture what Star Trek was and is, and I certainly don’t think it’s advancing it either. Star Trek isn’t supposed to be Star Wars and this is a grievance I have against Abrams intentions toward this reboot of the franchise. They cast aside what makes Star Trek – Star Trek: human kind as a positive force in the universe. At best, the movie is a hodgepodge of plot lines from the Original Star Wars franchise mixed in with Star Trek TOS and oh, I get it they beat the bad guy. Don’t get me started on the unnecessary romance between Spock and Uhura. The whole thing is a vacant, typical action film. While action is present in Star Trek. Star Trek is not simply action itself. There’s no real exploration.

Miranda July

I kept hearing her name. So, I happened to stumble across one of her films on Netflix – “Me and You and Everyone We know.” This movie came out in 2005. I can’t believe I never heard about it. It’s a quirky film which usually gets filed away under Indie and Art-House in my mind. It’s not your run of the mill Rom-com or Drama. It’s a people piece full of interesting takes on life, living and interpersonal relationships. I was really moved by how easily she worked in the odd and quirky natures of people with simple, every day surroundings. A very artistic, thoughtful film. By the end, I honestly wanted to hang pictures in trees myself. Yeah, that was a very odd statement but watch the movie and you will understand. A movie with a search for ourselves and how we belong in the world and to others – it’s perfect if you really feel put out by many of the films coming out.

Pixar

I recently watched Toy Story 3 on a whim. I knew of the characters from the first two, but Toy Story is a franchise that I never was interested in watching. Watching it casually, allowed me to get over my reservations and enjoy it. It’s a thoughtful and cute children’s movie. I enjoyed it, and I especially like the heartfelt themes of dealing with growing up and never letting go of our childlike spirit. I can see why a lot of people including children like these Pixar movies.

 

 

You already know I am excited about Brave, but at CinemaCon 2012, Pixar announced a new project: Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson are working on “a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.” (Source: /Film) I love Dia de los Muertos art. This is something I would totally think Tim Burton would have moved on a long time ago. I love Pixar’s work, and I am terribly excited about the project.

Until, then check out Viva Calaca! by Ritxi Ostariz. L I N K

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