Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? And I Truly Hope Ms. Jones Sees This.





      Well the Ghostbusters of course!

      This post covers three topics.
First-
      If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for?  The effects are amazing and not to missed on the big screen.  It is FUN!!!  So well written, and the cast was just great all around.  
      Honestly, I enjoyed it the most of any summer movie I've seen thus far.  I went with my daughters and they loved it.  Neither are 13 yet, but other than some language that they hear pretty much every day as it is, so that was not an issue.  All the ghosts were done with such finesse that they were just so cool!  It is the first movie in a long time that I would like to see again, before it leaves the theaters.

     Now, to all those folks out there that somehow feel this movie ruined their childhood...

     REALLY?
     The first Ghostbusters came out in 1984, when I was in high school and was older than my daughters are currently.  I even own both Ghostbusters, the first and the sequel that came out in 1989, Ghostbusters II.   However, my daughters are not the biggest fans due to a couple of reasons.  Much of the humor falls flat for them.  Bill Murray's classic line, "Back off man, I'm a scientist, " follows a questioning of the woman in the library, specifically, if she was currently menstruating.  I get more of a kick out of watching my girls roll their eyes.  Then there's the scene with Dan Aykroyd, and his dream of a ghost unbuckling his pants and then you're left to your imagination as his eyes cross as to what's going on.  Not exactly their taste.   That's not to say it wasn't a fantastic fun movie when it came out, it was, and it still remains a classic.

      So, unless your childhood centered on teenage boy fantasies of the 1980's genre, I fail to see what the problem is. 

      If it's the female lead cast that's preventing you from going, I'm hopefully not the first to tell you: YOU'VE GOT PROBLEMS.   
     If that is in fact the reason, allow me to add, welcome to my world.  Well in a manner of speaking.
If you're a man and don't think you're going to be able to relate, please consider a few points.  As I pointed out in,   
"With Best Picture nominees this year for the Oscars, two out of 8 featured women as the central character.  The other six, men not only were the central character, but women hardly figured into the stories at all."


      If you would like further illustration click-> MOST POPULAR FEATURE FILMS RELEASED IN 2016

     Now, click on each movie and count the ratio of men to women in just the first page of cast members for each movie.  Even in Ghostbusters, the 2016 production, men outnumber the women. 
I rest my case.  For now.

     Now, on to my my second issue of the moment. 
     If you didn't know, I'm on Twitter, (@Sadiesgathering), and one of the many people I follow is Leslie Jones.  This morning I saw something that broke my heart.  She was leaving Twitter, due to some... heartless idiots.  Know that I could describe these people in much worse, offensive, terms, and not even come close to the level of bullying they level at people that they do not know. 

    What the hell is wrong with people?  I've dealt enough with it being just lil ol' me.  There is only so far I'll go in debating anything.  I don't have time, actually, but I still leave wondering if they just don't get it?  That my convictions are just as strong as theirs, and what's more, there are many reasons that my convictions are as strong.

     I hope that Ms. Jones knows that aside from these idiots, she has way more people that not only does she bring smiles and laughs to, she's incredibly inspiring.  

    We are the same age.  I cannot express my admiration for Lorne Michaels when he brought on Leslie Jones in 2014.  I started this blog in 2013, but I was still trying to figure out what I wanted it to be for the first year.  Not to mention, I was still researching, applying and interviewing at restaurants.  The interviews were less than great.  But after more than 20 years of graduating with a degree in journalism, and finally starting to write every day for really the first time ever, there was something that was changing. 
There was still, the What the hell am I doing? I need to be realistic. What are the odds?  Well, I'll tell you one thing; the odds are squat if you don't try.

     Leslie Jones is a testament to the fact that dreams can still happen, long after the years you quit dreaming and shooting for the stars.   For this 48 year old girl, that is A HUGE SOMETHING.
So for that, I say thank you.  

And for all the meanies...

     

     keep your eye on the pretty birdie.  
Good luck sleeping at night, looking at yourself in the mirror, and making any kind of meaningful connection with another human being. 





     
      As for my third point of this post- I've been trying to find out when the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live will air.  According to this Wikipedia pagethe earliest it ever began was in 2008, on September 13th.  So... we all know what transpired that year.  Given that this election year has been a doozie, I'm gonna bet on Saturday, September 17.  The Emmy's are on, on Sunday. 
     I am sure I am not alone in wondering who is going to make up the cast.  I'm sure that there may be a new face or two, but I hope that Leslie returns, as well as Kate, Collin, Michael, Cecily, Jay, Beck, Keenan, and Vanessa, to start with.  It's late so I know there's probably at least a couple I'm leaving out that I would like to see back.
     With the election drawing closer, I'm willing to bet some former cast members will at least have a few cameos, as well as a candidate or two to boot.  Some I can imagine easier than others.  Hillary's already dropped by during the primary, but I'd be surprised if that was the last 30 Rock has seen of her this year.  Donald even hosted once last fall.  So we may have another appearance.  But is it me?  I cannot envision Mike Pence swinging by.  He does not strike me as someone who can laugh at himself; much less has any resemblance of any sense of humor.  But we shall see.  
     That's entertainment.