Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Over the moon

As a nerd, today was a very huge day for me.

For one, Lady Gaga (the least nerdiest of this bunch of three, I'd say, but it still fits in with how extreme a fan I become of things) premiered a remix of a new song off of Born This Way at some French fashion show.  My friend and I sat there in awe during class, glued to our earphones.  Since it was illegally recorded, the lyrics aren't clear; in fact, there isn't much singing at all, except for one line whose melody is gorgeous.  The rest is spoken - reminds me of Dance in the Dark - and I'm convinced it's German.  I have yet to hear words, but I'm sure I will after I listen to it five hundred times.

Next: Anne Hathaway was cast as Catwoman in the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.  OH MY GOD.  I love Anne Hathaway, I like Catwoman (happy that the character is in the movie), I love Batman, and I love that just a few hours before reading the news I was explaining to someone over text about how I wanted the then rumoured Hathaway to play an unconfirmed Catwoman.  So awesome.



So I'm the biggest X-Men fan on the face of the planet, right?  Imagine my happiness at hearing a new X-Men movie, a prequel entitled X-Men: First Class, was to be made.  Imagine my delight when learning Wolverine wouldn't be a part of it - I hate him - and that it'd be an origin story of the characters we already know, as well as introductions to characters who I've been dying to see in their on screen forms.  Imagine my euphoria after hearing about the cast: James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) as Magneto, Kevin Bacon as villain Sebastien Shaw, January Jones - who.. uh.. after those photos might be one of my new.. obsessions - as Emma Frost, among others (a young Beast! a young Mystique! Havok! Banshee! Moira McTaggart! Angel! [wait who's Angel.. oh some bug chick.. okay]).  Now picture me after seeing these photos.

In truth, I had seen the cast photo yesterday; it leaked in low quality.  To be honest, I was completely underwhelmed; the photoshopping of characters together and the horrible shadows and the overall mediocrity of the picture left me feeling cold; the costumes weren't quite what I pictured.  I had no problems with Ms Jones, but otherwise.. eh.  Truthfully, my opinions haven't EXACTLY changed.  I think Beast looks awful, and the costumes are still a bit meh, but the movie is set in the 60s and I can understand that they wouldn't look lavish.  It might also be a case where things look bad in that particular shot, and may look good in motion.  So here I am, waiting for a trailer..

(an update: apparently the director is furious that the cast photo exists because he said it's unofficial and looks like shit.  That's extremely relieving.  I woke up this morning to find more pictures, and the next is BEYOND badass)

But the rest.. holy fuck.  I'm over the moon.  I'm beyond ecstatic.  My doubts about the film (the fact that the production was rushed, that it's coming out in June and we haven't had ANY promotion aside from this) all vanished.  I can't stop staring at these pictures.

February 13th (Born This Way single premiere) better get here soon.  May 23rd (Born This Way the album) better get here soon.  June 3rd (X-Men: First Class) better get here soon.  2012 (The Dark Knight Rises) better get here soon.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I've literally dropped the ball this month!  One post, and it's some stupid lament about being over-stressed!  Well, I won't be changing anything with this; in fact, the only purpose of this post is as a disclaimer to you poor and helpless readers who don't know what to do with themselves without posts from Matt.  I could talk about my life, but it's nothing but melodrama, mostly with my schoolwork.  Nothing's changed, I'm stressed as ever, and it's starting to take a toll on my mind since I'm losing things and forgetting about things all together.

Hold tight!  I'm sure inspiration will hit me like a train, and I promise multiple posts at once, each of which will not mention my blah life and will likely be lighthearted or painstakingly angry.  Due time, due time.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Ah so, the ceremonial first post of 2011!  I wish it came with good tidings and news of happiness, but I report nothing but the opposite.

I've been back at school for two days and I'm already burnt out.  I sit here completely exhausted with absolutely no desire to do the readings that need to be done for tomorrow, and to be completely honest, I won't be doing them tonight - that's what tomorrow morning will be for.  I don't know why I'm so tired, or why I'm beyond stressed out, despite only just starting with no work due.  Am I not capable of handling six courses?  I'm sure I can, but perhaps the thought of having added work is mentally distressing me.

Maybe it's because there is so much added work.  Taking both Children's Literature and the Canadian Short Story - both of which meet three times a week, Monday Wednesday Friday - didn't seem like that great of a feat, given that they're, well, kids books and short stories, but now I look at the schedules and see at least one of each type for each course per class, I feel stressed.  No, the thought of reading a short story and something like Where the Wild Things Are by a given day isn't stressing; I think it's more keeping on top of everything, constantly referring to the syllabuses, and finding time where I can actually just sit down and do it.  On top of that, I figured a course on writing would be easy, and from a content and grading standpoint, I don't think it will be; however, the course itself is intense, since a heavy amount of work is needed to be done for each class (meeting once a week).

I think, though, it might have to do with my status as a commuter.  This semester, though, it's a bit different.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I start at noon; on Tuesday and Thursday, at 1.  Despite my start time, I'm always on the 10:10 train, because that's the only time (and latest time) my mom can take me to the train station.  Then, as the train arrives, my bus leaves.  Even though I run, I watch the bus leave the station.. daily.  I then sit at the train station for another 40 minutes, since the buses run so (stupidly) infrequently.  What should be a relatively short travel time turns into something unnecessarily long and painful to endure.  Sure, you think to yourself, that regardless of the bus times, I'd still be there that early.  I'd say, I would much prefer being ridiculously early on campus and having something to do instead of sitting at the train station in a state of fury.  Point is, my days are extended by about two hours, and even if I have a short day of class and am able to be home early enough for dinner at 6, I'll still have been gone from the house for more than eight hours at a time.  Don't blame me for not having any motivation to do work?

Maybe things'll lighten up in the second week of class when I'm back into the groove.  But then, on the flip side, things should undoubtedly get a bit more hectic, as I already have deadlines for work due next week and that by then, classes should completely be into full swing after the introductory babble.  I wish I could just go to sleep until April, but for now, I'm holding out for the weekend.