Last night, I cozied up in front of my laptop and watched A History of Violence for the first time. I liked the movie and let's all admit that Viggo Mortensen was just smokin' in that film to make up for all that it lacked. Am I biased because I think Viggo is wonderful?!
Then I thought to myself-- wow, just a few days ago, I touched that man and he touched me.
Why yes! I am that happy, nerdy, Asian girl in glasses with Viggo's arm around me!
Do I not look like the happiest female geek on the planet in that photo or what?! The happiness had three parts: A) VIGGO MOTHERFUCKIN' MORTENSEN! B) I'm with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, bitches and C) He couldn't have been ANY nicer. Seriously, people-- the man was lovely and patient with us slobbering fanwomen. What a true gent; and super nice celebrities make me feel fuzzy inside especially when I have the upmost respect for them.
My friend, Missy (as also seen in the photo), invited me to an advance screening of The Road, in which Viggo showed up afterwards to do a Q&A session. As far as the movie goes, for me it was incredibly dark, foreboding and depressing. I've never read the book and I'm afraid to do so because these days, I want my entertainment to lift my spirits up, not make me feel sad for the world.
Nevertheless, the movie was beautifully done with amazing performances by the whole cast. The production was unbelievable and made you feel that the Earth really was dying slowly and painfully by the dead trees, bleak weather, and the never ending overcast of just gray and dark, looming clouds. The whole world, it seemed, was in a post-apocalyptic state. How it happened? We don't know and will never know. It didn't matter because the viewer is immediately wrapped up in the lives of the two, main characters. The Man (Viggo) and his Son, struggling together and just trying to survive in what has become a brutal, dead, and very frightening world.
Apocalyptic films always affect me deeper than any horror movies can. Just the thoughts of: "That could REALLY happen one day." and "Will I survive?" gives me a little anxiety deep down. To see Viggo's character tramping through a hopeless world, running away from fallen human beings who choose to cast away their morality for survival... it's VERY scary to me. We take civilization for granted and none of us will really know what to do when it is all taken away from us in one sudden strike.
The ending, without spoiling it for anyone, is interpreted by different people. Some see hope, and some-- already so overtaken by the depression through the film-- will see none. Maybe what we see in the end of this film says something deeper about ourselves.
I updated a few clips on my youtube channel from the Q&A, but here is the end of it where Viggo makes a comment on the topic of hope. ***WARNING*** Video may be spoiler-ific!!!
To end this post on a more upbeat note!... Let us review my Fellowship Tally so far, shan't we?!
Viggo Mortensen = met 1x Orlando Bloom = met 1x John Rhys Davies = saw from a distance pinching womanly butts 1x Sean Astin = met 2x Elijah Wood = met 1x Billy Boyd = met 2x Dominic Monaghan = met BAJILLION TIMES IT DOESN'T COUNT ANYMORE!
The Hello Kitty celebration ended for me at the Bats & Cats Masquerade, hosted by the super BubblePunch team... but what a EPIC, FABULOUS last party, it was!
I arrived at Royal/T Cafe at around 8pm after work that night and the line was already insanely long!!! Wow!!! An indication of how the cafe would be constantly crowded throughout the night!!! It was a little scary.
Inside, some of us relished the opportunity to move around and talk as the crowd slowly trickled in. I got my drink on before I worked to help moderated the line for the Hello Kitty photo booth. People sure got restless every time Hello Kitty went on a break...
I got the 'Black Cat' drink, by the way. It was really yummy.
After a couple of hours, I was relieved of duty and was allowed to prance around the crowd to take some photos. I ran into so many familiar faces that night! I'm so happy they all made it (and made it in inside, for that matter...). I was on my feet and talking every minute to so many people that my voice was GONE by the end of the night... and for that rest of the weekend. That's how you party, people. Ha.
Seriously, Michelle and True Mee did an amazing job putting the whole shebang together. I can't imagine organizing anything to that extent (okay, so I did it ONCE and I learned my lesson, that's for sure XD)-- over 1000 people attended! Big kudos to them and all the people that helped them out.
Checking on my friends, waiting in line-- they were troopers for waiting it out for so long.
When Missy and Lisa finally made it in, things got a little silly...
Went to ZIPPERCUT's Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style-- good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn't get to stay long and take as many photos that night.
The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn't overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture... this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I've never taken the time to delve into its full history. It's a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some 'power' in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I've always found Japan's extreme rebellions quite interesting... but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.
I arrived at Disneyland a little late that day and so I missed the morning get together. Didn't get to sign up for the Coin Quest, after all... maybe next year?! I'm going to re-read all the books! Okay, I probably won't. Is there a Harry Potter wiki website I can peruse, maybe? Ha!
My friend, Julia, and I hung out for most of the day and spotted some wizards walking around, collecting coins. Although we didn't get to participate in the day long game, we were LUCKY enough to watch Stevie Wonder film for the ABC Christmas Special in front of the castle! So watch out for us... we might be on TV on Christmas day, dancing to Stevie's performance!
I think this free concert with a musical legend made having a Disneyland annual pass totally worth it!
Julia left early in the evening, and I was about to go home, myself-- but then another group of friends called me just in time to say that they just arrived at the park! We went to the night gathering of the Harry Potter fans. I took some photos (which was all I wanted to do) while they handed out prizes and be Potter geeks together. I thought it was adorable. I missed the days when I got together with my high school buddies just to nerd out on Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings... sigh!!!
I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!
I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d'Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes... I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn't even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.
The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn't have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!
The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It's going to be amazing and fun.
The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.
It's fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: "I used to have that!"
It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people's childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here's to another 35 years!
If you heard that dim uproar in the horizon, don't worry... it's just the nerd community crying out in horror and despair because the San Diego Comic Con just sold out its 4-day passes. Pretty nuts, right? They sold them earlier this time and a lot of people missed out (but a lot didn't, that's for sure...). I guess raising the price to $100 a pop wouldn't really deter the more hardcore SDCC lovers.
As for me, I am hoping they will approve me of a professional badge again, but I won't know till later! So who knows if I'll be at SDCC this year. Deep down inside, I am quite saddened at how difficult this convention is becoming. Not to mention the insanity with trying to book a hotel for a reasonable price without having to sneak in ten of your friends in order to afford it.
I will try to focus on other things for now though before I really freak out about the SDCC reckoning.
This next couple of weeks are going to be fun! Tomorrow, the Meet the Artist Reception is happening at Royal-T for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition! There will be live painting from the artists, t-shirt screen printing, and toy releases!
Sunday, November 8 is HARRY POTTER DAY AT DISNEYLAND!!! I am EXTREMELY excited about this event. I have my Slytherin outfit all planned out, and I'm decorating myself with all sorts of Harry Potter... things!
My main goal is take photos of all the participating Wizards that will be flying in on their brooms, but there will be a game called the Coin Quest and I think I will have to make my friends participate with me. I'm sure we will fail miserably. I know for sure my HP knowledge isn't up to par, but it should be fun.
This is still a temporary layout for the blog. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to push my true vision to life...! I'm still making tweaks here and there, so hang on. The blog portion is going to remain relatively the same though.
I had a fun Halloween! BEHOLD! My boyfriend and I as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine!
It was worth it slaving away under the sewing machine for those costumes.
We are self-proclaimed girl-GEEKS who needed a place to write about it! We don't really do anything special with our lives, but we do enjoy the occasional comic book or fantasy film. Also, the occasional pie. With ice cream. Yeah. Ice cream.