Some things are perfect

Update: What happened?!!!! Well, it was Miranda Lambert singing Tin Man live on an awards show. It was brilliant. Oh well.

Update 2: Here’s a lyric video of the studio version. Definitely one of the best country songs in a decade.


I can watch this over and over and over and over and over again. The words, the performance, the beautiful, clear sound of her voice … sublime.

Sweet dreams!


Early Friday Morning

You know who I have a crush on right now?

I think it’s Cassian I have a crush on, to be honest. Not that Diego Luna isn’t crush-worthy, but Cassian is an ideal. A concept. His character arc and his style lit up the screen for me. A hero lost and found.

And I loved this movie. So much. I’m going to buy the book, I loved it so much. And the Blu Ray when it comes out.

To be clear, I’m not a Star Wars fan. At all. I think every installment after the first two has been hugely contrived and poorly executed. Often boring and poorly written as well. The latest one … The Force Awakens … was nearly, freaking awful. It just didn’t reach the depths of the prequels (good golly what a trio of stinkers).

If they did more like this — basically movie fan fics in the Star Wars world — I’d become a fan and quickly. Of course, the quality of screenwriting, acting and production would have to be there as well. I can dream.

And on that note: sweet dreams of Cassian, kick ass battles, and redemption!  photo d29c1cc4-c064-4c77-a13d-c4eb4bb55603_zpsxyqt7mxa.jpg

The Martian — The Movie and the Book

I absolutely loved the book, The Martian, by Andy Weir.

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And of course everyone already knows — since the movie’s out and all — that they cast Matt Damon as Mark Watney. *sighs* I’m going to see the movie because I loved the story so much and from what I’ve heard the film tracks well with the book. But even knowing that Matt Damon is an excellent actor, I just don’t think I’ll be able to buy him in this part. It’s like Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. The character becomes subsumed by the movie star. No matter how well they may act the part it is always THEM, not the character.
I guess I feel a little protective of Watney. Who couldn’t after that story? I’m sure that if the character were real, he’d be completely pumped to have Matt Damon playing him in the movie. Still … as a reader … I’m disappointed.

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The Martian, by Andy Weir
A Review

I had seen this book positively referenced by some of my fellow fantasy/science fiction fans so when it came up in an ad on Goodreads, I clicked over to Amazon and bought the ebook. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I’m honestly NOT an actual science fiction fan. I usually find the genre rather cold and lacking in humanity (I realize that depends on the author, but it’s usually pretty far down on the list of genres I go for). But I read the blurb for The Martian and it was intriguing. Even though I don’t like science fiction all that much (so far), I do love stories of human spaceflight and exploration. That’s exactly what this is.

The story is told mostly through Mark Watney’s POV. He’s been left for dead on Mars and he’s got to figure out how to survive long enough to be rescued. The reality of a Mars rescue is explored in depth and it seems completely impossible. Weir digs into all the possibilities and finds ways to work through problem after problem.

In a Q&A at the end of the book, he talks about how he wanted to make science drive the story. No meteors crashing into Watney, no advanced lifeforms, just the actual challenges that might occur in this situation. They are NOT mundane trials by any means, they’re just realistic.

The POV shifts at different parts of the book and that works well to keep the action moving. Weir, for a first time novelist, does an amazing job of building suspense while also constructing a story of hope. It could have gotten bogged down in the science, which is explored in minute detail, but it doesn’t. Watney’s humor and personable take on things is refreshing and the material becomes anything but dry. No, I couldn’t pass a test on the science in this book, but I can say I didn’t feel lost. I knew what he needed to happen, I knew what he was going to do to make it happen, and then I understood why it did or didn’t happen in the end. It’s masterful in its simplicity. Other authors who write about their beloved hobbies should take note.

I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie so you can read it with fresh eyes. But since the movie came out this past weekend, that’s kind of a tall order.

And, yes, I bought the dead tree version at Target when I saw they only had two left with the old cover and all the rest were Matt Damon. I may never actually crack that book, but I had to get it just in case. I’m kind of OCD like that.
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Great Article on Sam Elliott

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Most people have pictured Sam Elliott as one of the characters in a book they’re reading. His voice is part of our lives telling us, “beef, it’s what’s for dinner”, and making us want to buy Ram trucks.

But he’s also a happily married (40 years!) man with a long career. He seems like one of the most stable people in the entertainment industry. There aren’t many of those, so the few that exist should be widely celebrated.

Here’s the article. It’s not long and there aren’t as many pictures as female fans would like (I know!). But it’s definitely worth the read.