I was coming home from work and stopped by a lovely street fair! Im grateful of spontaneous surprises!
I was in a comedy mood and I’ve been missing Robin Williams a lot. The wonderful thing about movies is that it immortalizes performances forever. One of my favorite movies from childhood was “The Birdcage.” I haven’t seen the film in years and I completely forgot it was about drag queens (ok, it’s really about a lot more than drag queens, but drag is a gigantic theme of the film) I think I may be finding the root of my drag obsession.
With that said, wow was this movie pushing the boundaries for what would normally be just a regular rom-com. It gets deep into taboo issues for 1996 like being gay in America, drag culture, the roles men and women in society and even a few abortion jokes here in there. The script today is just as biting as ever and really tackles the issue of what it was to be gay in America in 1996 while still managing to be laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Robin Williams plays the straight man to Nathan Lane’s farcical female impersonator. Their chemistry together really gives the movie its shine and Hank Azaria will always be unforgettable to me as their hilarious butler. This movie still holds up with the help of Mike Nichols on helm as director and Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest as the conservative WASPs from hell. I finally found out it’s an adaptation of “La Cage Aux Folles,” which explains a lot about its storyline.
So if you ever need to be put in a better mood put this on your Netflix and it’ll do the trick.
I have a weird obsession with YA novels no matter how ridiculous and frivolous the stories can be. I read “The Selection” by Kiera Cass a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to read the second novel ever since. The storyline is basically if the reality show “The Bachelor” featured a real prince who happened to live in a dystopian future. We follow a princess in training named America who has to contend with love triangles, girls (fellow competitors for the prince’s heart) vying to take her spot as a future princess, and a dystopian world crumbling to pieces where the rich get richer and everyone else suffers. No matter how silly this story gets, I find it a compelling and easy read that’s the literature equivalent of cotton candy for your brain.
I was out running errands when I stumbled upon an outdoor fair for the Feast of San Gennaro! I’m thankful for happy surprises!
Grateful for set-ups, aka the first two acts of a novel. I read “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell this week. It’s a bit of a rom-com in novel form. The fun part about the book is how she sets her protagonists up to fall in love, in almost impossible to meet expectations. Unfortunately I feel like the third act didn’t live up to the first two, but I think it had a lot of promise. I was squirming in my seat figuring out how the protagonists would finally end up together.
Grateful for the eNYPL, aka the New York Public Library online. My grandpa told me about it long ago when I first got a kindle and it saved me a lot of money on popular e-books that I didn’t want to pay for. Instead I got to take them out of the library and onto my kindle for free! I’ve been using it a lot more lately, and it makes me grateful that long ago (when I was 4 to be exact) I got my library card!
If you’ve ever wondered how an acupuncture student learns the location of points when they don’t have another body to practice on, then I may have just answered your question.
I’m grateful for my left arm. ^_^
I’m grateful that, with a simple image and powerful words, I can help someone feel better.
Sometimes things will come when you need them most.