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Paradise
26 January 2018 @ 04:40 am
Hello LJers!

I've friended several new people today to reconnect me to one of my favorite things about LiveJournal, the *people* themselves. I love the clever ways people use their LiveJournals. I love reading journal entries. I love how distinct and personal each LJ is, and I love the kinds of people it attracts!

I am looking forward to getting to know my new friends better.

Have a wonderful Friday! xoxoxoxo

Love & light,
Paradise


 
 
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03 January 2019 @ 10:15 am

Dinner Menu

Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon (but with short ribs instead of stew beef)
Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin
Emeril Lagasse's Spinach Casserole
Sally Lunn Bread

Dessert Menu

Pecan Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies with 1/2 Cup of Pecans

 
 
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2001: Space Odyssey (1968) ~ Pretentious and insufferable artsy nonsense.


The Graduate (1967) ~ I just don’t get it.  The entire movie can be summed up in a single sentence and the movie poster was more exciting than the film itself.


Top Gun (1986) ~ In the dictionary under “dick flick”, there is a picture of this movie.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ~ An abridged version would’ve helped.


Avatar (2009) ~ What a waste of a film budget.


Jurassic Park (1993) ~ I really don’t think this movie is deserving of FOUR sequels.


Million Dollar Baby (2004) ~ This is singlehandedly the most fucked up, filthy, onerous, disturbing, uninspired film I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.  My cousin picked it out for the family to watch and that was the last time she was ever allowed to choose the movie.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) ~ ‘Unbearable’ is the word.


English Patient (1996) ~ Puts me to sleep every time.  I finally got to the end of it and I still had no idea what the movie was about.


Star Wars (1977) ~ I know, I know.


The Piano (1993) ~ This film was nothing more than an ugly movie about ****** up people.


Monster’s Ball (2001) ~ Trash.


American Beauty (1999) ~ Absolute SHIT. Again, nothing more than an ugly movie about ****** up people.


Out of Africa (1985) ~ Ugly and boring.


Slumdog Millionaire (2008) ~ I want my two hours back.


Brokeback Mountain (2005) ~ AWFUL.  The story was lame, the acting was lame. It wasn’t romantic, the characters were unsympathetic, it was poorly written and boring as hell. I found myself realizing that all of the fame and awards that were bestowed on it were motivated solely by those promoting a political agenda and not due to its entertainment or artistic value.


Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ~ I love Tom and Nicole but Stanley Kubrick is one DEEPLY fucked up man.


The Shape of Water (2017) ~ The worst best picture Oscar winner since American Beauty. Boring, slow, uninspired. The lead actress was excellent. The rest were caricatures: the supportive black friend, the understanding gay neighbor, the evil military. I kept telling myself, “Stay awake. This thing won best picture. It’s GOT to get better.” No such luck. Two dimensional storytelling by artists who should have aspired for something more. A major disappointment.


A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (2001) ~ SO disturbing that even as a teenager, I cried, had a panic attack afterwards, came home and asked my mom if I could sleep in her bed that night.  :((((


The Way We Were (1973) ~ This is supposed to be a great love story? What kind of man walks away from the woman he loves right after she’s given birth to his child?  As in RIGHT after. And all because “she was so difficult that he couldn’t take it”?  I was watching the whole time and she wasn’t that difficult. So again, a great love story?  I remain underwhelmed.


Splendor in the Grass (1961) ~ I certainly recognize the venerable actors and the excellent performances, however, the hopeless romantic in me is so not interested in watching this movie again. 💔


Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) ~ Director David Lean has a terrible habit of falling too in love with his own work. He needs to take a step back from his pictures and massively trim them down. His films also have a subtle condescending quality to them that I find unappealing, despite their “epic” stature. This film was no exception.


 
 
Paradise
27 December 2018 @ 11:14 am
5 Reasons to Keep Your Landline



According to ACA International, only 41% of American homes are operating solely through the use of wireless services. Holding on to a landline may seem like a dated feature, but that is because many families are unaware of the excellent benefits and purposes that landlines have to offer. Here are 5 reasons why you should keep your landline:

1.) A landline provides better security.

What many people do not know is that cells phones can only detect the general vicinity of a user and cannot detect the exact address or coordinates of their location like a landline can. A landline connects you to your exact address and even apartment number, so in case of emergencies the 911 operator or other safety service can locate you. Not to mention, many home security systems require a landline to operate. In addition, a landline will still work during a power outage as long as it is connected to a corded base.

2.) Landlines have a clear connection.

Do you experience frequent dropped calls or interference with your wireless phone? Do you live in a remote location that makes it difficult to receive the proper wireless needed for your cell phone to receive and make phone calls? Landlines are known for having consistent and high-quality voice transmissions making each phone call crystal clear.

3.) A landline is a low maintenance device.

Landlines usually don’t require upgrades and are generally durable devices that can withstand years of wear and tear. Not to mention, they are convenient as they can receive service at every end of your home without transmission interruption.

4.) It serves a more general purpose.

A landline is a perfect alternative for those who are not comfortable giving out their personal cell phone number. It is perfect for over-the-phone bill pay as sometimes it can be dangerous to use cell phones because they often run off of radio waves which can be intercepted and can lead to someone stealing your information.

5.) There are many different devices to choose from.

Whether you want a classic antique corded phone to make a statement in your home, or a cutting edge wireless phone that you can use even outside of the house, there are home phones that are suitable for everyone. Many landline phones sport impressive features like large touch tone buttons, 3 way calling, and caller id.

You will not only benefit from the added safety and features from keeping your landline, but also from the low maintenance and usability. Landlines provide users with a service that is easy to use and always reliable.

 
 
 
 
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23 December 2018 @ 08:25 pm, reposted by paradisekendra
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I love this episode!! Eliza Dushku and the hot that is Michael Trucco! ♥

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Paradise
12 December 2018 @ 04:33 pm

Broadcast News (1987)

”Let’s never forget, we’re the real story, not them.”

Empire says it all with their critics review quote, “In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance.”

Yet again, James L. Brooks creates relatable, complex, human characters.  What a script!  What incredible actors!  What an amazing story that explains so much of why journalism and news are in the situation they are in today.  And how long the fight for journalistic integrity has been going on.

This film was filmed in its fictional city of Washington DC with no sets, all real historic DC houses and buildings, so the look is much more authentic and intimate.  The camera has to move within the actual space of the physical locations, and that kind of filming always makes a greater connection between audience and character.  James L. Brooks is famous for that kind of cinematography in all of his 1970s sitcoms.  And I love it!


My Rating: ★★★★★

 
 
Paradise
10 December 2018 @ 01:42 pm

drivenbats-blog:

I just read this essay about the Tess Mercer/Clark Luthor relationship in Smallville.

She discusses how the physical abuse of Tess Mercer by Clark Luthor is not something she finds sexy, and instead finds it problematic.

She compares it to the Buffy/Spike relationship on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and explains that while Buffy is able to defend herself against Spike, Tess is not.

And I completely agree. Even if you are into the rough stuff (like Buffy/Spike) Tess/CL goes way beyond rough. Clark has the power to crush her windpipe with a pinch of two fingers. He has the ability to burn to death with his heat vision, or freeze her with his super-breath. He has the ability to catch her wherever she runs. She will never be able to run fast enough. I highly doubt a sociopath like CL would go easy on her. So not only is it problematic, it’s just ridiculous.

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Wow, this is the stuff I have been saying word for word for years.  How much of a relief to know there are others besides myself and our VERY small group who feel the same!

When Clark Luthor threatens to kill her….he is a very, very powerful man threatening to kill a mortal woman who CANNOT defend herself.

Yes!  I understand that when you’ve been as isolated as Tess had been, that receiving such personal attention from a strikingly handsome man would be extremely powerful.  But I think even in her mind she was sitting there across from him at dinner thinking, “Wow, another really powerful man telling me he’s going to kill me if I don’t do exactly what he says.  How unusual.”  💤💤💤  She was inwardly (and outwardly) rolling her eyes during the entire dinner.

Tess’s fascination with power had in a way, come and gone.  She wasn’t nearly as seduced as she once was now that she’d experienced the betrayal and deceit that came along with these “offers”.  She now cared about being a PART of something meaningful and having close relationships.  In the past, power had always been great as long as there was some form of deep, exceptional love that came along with it.  With Oliver, he was the love of her life, Lex was her mentor, and Clark (Kent) was a restoration of her faith.  And TESS herself is powerful, so of course she’s going to be attracted to others with power of their own.  However, when that power comes with abuse, it gets old REALLY fast.  To say NOTHING of the fact that Clark Luthor was sort of substituting Tess Mercer for Tess Luthor.  You know if it talks like her, looks like her, and has BEWBS like her, then he’ll suffer through sleeping with her.  Dude, really?   Niiiiiiiiiiice.

She’s [Tess] written as a pathetic victim desperate for affection who is willing to take physical abuse if it means she can be with the man she is obsessed with.

A minor quibble, but I’m bothered by this description of Tess.  I don’t think Tess Luthor was weak at all.  She was a little less mature, a little less sure of herself, a little “younger” in her behavior, but hey, being raised by Lionel definitely infringes on your ability to develop into a regular person.  Tess Luthor still walked away from Lionel’s empire and managed to hang onto hope for Clark and try to help him.  That’s a lot.

But Tess Mercer?  A pathetic victim desperate for affection?  WTF was she supposed to do?  She had JUST promised Lois and Emil that she would do anything to keep Clark Luthor distracted while they fixed the…the transportation thingy (?) that teleports people from one world to another, and that’s exactly what she was doing when she went to dinner with him at the Ace of Clubs.  I give her such props for managing to neither have sex with him nor kill anyone since that’s pretty much ALL he was interested in doing!  I think she deserves a round of applause, personally.

I like my ships to be EQUALS.  Power plays are one thing.  And they are fine as long as they’re not done in a degrading way, but more like a “dance”. (GREAT DESCRIPTION SPIKE)  Going back to Spuffy for a minute, Buffy wasn’t a normal woman. She had super powers to match Spike’s.  When they fought, they fought as equals.  Technically she was a little stronger than he was, but he was more experienced.  So I’m going with “equals”.


It is the same with Tess and Oliver.  Oliver wouldn’t ENJOY bugging Tess so much if she didn’t have a fantastic chance of winning.  There’s actually a line in this Tollie fan fiction that states Oliver’s POV perfectly. “Their game isn’t over and he loves taking control, only to have it taken out from under him. He’ll take it back, of course—that’s the dance."



 
 
Si_Crazy
08 December 2018 @ 08:56 pm, reposted by paradisekendra
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