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One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve recently been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the folks at Graphic Novelty2, a blog that is constantly producing great content related to comics and graphic novels.  Definitely check them out if you get a chance.

So as I understand, I’m supposed to make this post, and nominate someone else for the award.  Here are the rules, the reciever of the award must

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

Wow, seven things? That’s quite a lot.  Since I’m a pretty dull person in general, and there is precious little about me that would actually be interesting, or pertinent to my site, I’ve decided to focus on some of the more unique aspects of my personal taste.  These aren’t reviews per se, but rather some of the things that have shaped my reviewing.  I’ve mentioned some of these things before, and some of them, I now feel the need to expand upon in later posts.  Here goes.

#1. I don’t hate the Star Wars Prequels

I know, I Know, they suck.  But not really.  There is certainly a lot wrong with them, but I really admire George Lucas for creating such a paradigm shift from the original trilogy.  Of course, it isn’t the greatest thing ever, and it is by no means better than the originals, but I’ve always enjoyed watching them.  (Except for Jar Jar, Meesa wish he didn’t exist.)

#2. I really enjoy Kenya Barris’s Blackish

A lot of my friends that I’ve talked to about this show are surprised that I like this show, –probably because I’m a white guy — but Kenya Barris’s excellent writing transcends race or any other differences.  It breaks down social issues in such a way that all viewpoints are represented, but none are unfairly shot down.  Plus, the show is hilarious, with an excellent cast to boot.

#3. I really didn’t like Civil War

Something about the way this project was done was surprisingly lackluster for me.  Its lack of conviction, and urgency to just show us superheroes fighting was severely off-putting.  Also, besides being contrary to the comics, the sides chosen by certain characters made no logical sense other than to create a spectacular battle in an airport.  Plus, special care was taken to ensure that there was no conceivable aftermath to this film in the MCU, nobody dies, so the emotional stakes and narrative poignancy are all but absent.

#4. I have seen the band Switchfoot 3 times

I’ve always been a huge fan of Switchfoot for their deep lyrics and complex sound, and they are just as amazing in a live setting.  Man, I need to review one of their albums.

#5. I used to enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid

eew!

This is the one I’m least proud of, but up until about the fifth book, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  These are not instances of great literature, nor are they remotely stimulating for more than an hour, but there are some moments of great humor that Jeff Kinney sets up with his wacky style.  My favorite moment was when Greg’s (the protagonist) friend Rowley — whose mother always snuck spinach into his brownies — eats a real brownie at Greg’s house, and subsequently spits it out.

#6. I freaking love Shakespeare!

I’ll counter that brain cell depleting fact with a slightly more intellectually themed one.  Shakespeare is one of my favorite writers.  He has excellent variety in his work.  Very few people can excel within such a wide spectrum.  He travels from comedy in The Taming of the Shrew, to fantasy drama in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to epic tragedy in Macbeth, and delivers the goods each time, with his stirring language and lilting poetry.

#7. My favorite kid’s movie is Ratatouille 

For years I watched this film, and saw nothing out of the ordinary.  Then one day it hit me; Ego’s moment of epiphany, Remi’s passion, and linguine’ acceptance that he really isn’t a genius.  What had been a competent kid’s film became for me, an emotional and heartful masterpiece.

My nominee for this is award is MovieBabble.  Moviebabble publishes excellent movie reviews, thoughts and rankings, usually spoiler free, and always perfectly informative.


2 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    enjoy your writing style.

    Liked by 1 person

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