Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Empire State of Mind

This past week, I went to New York City with 10 of my friends and it was just the best. We spent 5 nights in the city (way better than the 1 night I was there last time!), and it was pretty much everything I wanted out of the trip - I got to wander around aimlessly in DUMBO and eat some tasty pizza (and I found an autographed copy of Richard Hell's book Hot and Cold!), checked out some Egyptian and Greek exhibits at the Met, drank some Sonic Screwdrivers at the Doctor Who themed Way Station bar, spent the night on a rooftop with the most amazing views of Manhattan, saw some comedy shows including sets by Hannibal Buress and Brooks Wheelan, finally got to go to Coney Island, and of course, saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway with NPH. Plus the whole reason we went: Katy Perry!

Almost the whole crew, pre-Hedwig

Had one of the best pizzas of my life at Juliana's in DUMBO

Post-Katy Perry excitement!

A few of us at Coney Island

Wonder Wheel

Took a stroll in the park

Some street art in DUMBO

Despite the disgusting heat/humidity that made me feel like I was going to pass out almost the entire time, I really had a fantastic trip. I'll have some more detailed entries for a few of the things we did, but really, it was just what I needed; a really great summer road trip with some of my best buds.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

My Precious

Life has kind of gotten in the way of my bucket list (and also my less extensive summer bucket list), but I did manage to finally watch the Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings.

The first time I tried to watch it was when it first came out, and I think I lasted about 20 minutes before walking out of the room, and then mostly swearing off any Fantasy/Middle Earth-y type stuff for the next 10+ years. So I decided to finally give it another shot, especially since it's on the AFI Top 100 list.

And I have to say, I still wasn't terribly impressed. I understand how big of a cultural impact its had, and that it's obviously well received critically, but I just couldn't get into it; there was nothing making me invested in the characters or story. I'm not sure if it has something to do with the fact that I accidentally watched the Extended Version without realizing it, but I really didn't find it all that interesting and thought a lot of the CGI was really poorly done.

I'm still going to finish the trilogy because I can't not now that I've started it, but I'm definitely seeing out the theatrical versions instead of the extended this time.

My inability to enjoy it makes me question whether or not I should bother watching Game of Thrones since I kind of lump them in together. Does anyone not like LOTR at all but like GoT? Is it worth it?

In other news, we're leaving for NYC in just a few days! I'll get to see Katy Perry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, visit Coney Island, and finally spend more than one night in NYC! And all with 10 of my friends! I'm so incredibly excited.

Once I get back home, I'm going to try to cross off a few things from my summer bucket list (it's mostly a lot of really simple things like trying out a few new restaurants in town, having a picnic, going to the drive-in) but I really want to do some cool things so that it doesn't feel like I've completely wasted the summer.

Here's to an exciting August!