"I hid under your porch because I love
~ Dug the dog in Up
As I previously reported, the summer blahs have set in pretty heavily
with me. Usually energetic, I've spent way more time than usual
watching TV and movies. Unfortunately, my movie viewing does not
include having Andrew parked right beside me. But some people are
luckier than I... And thus I shall turn this newsletter over to
one such individual.
PS- I hope our North American members had a happy Canada Day and/or
Summer Movie Guide
Dyeland Daily Gazette
We here at the Dyeland Daily Gazette
have found ourselves with a serious bout of summer laziness. As a
solution, we have turned this issue over to two Dyeland residents who
promised to write something appropriate. One particular guest
writer was warned that she was NOT to write a treatise about Andrew's
hair. We hope that worked out. The views expressed in this
edition are not necessarily
those of the editors of the Dyeland
Daily Gazette. Thanks.
Lift Your Spirits with Up!!!
by Lady JenniAnn Dwynwen
So I've been feeling a little down
everything that's going on with my beloved godfather, Vincent.
And being away from ya'll and in New York (though I love the Tunnels)
has made me more than a lil homesick. That's why I jumped at
Andrew's offer to take me to a movie to cheer me up and/or distract me
(as if he alone wasn't already accomplishing both goals). Since
not big on action movies and Andrew didn't fancy having to save me from
drowning in my own tears while watching My
Sister's Keeper, we
opted for the film Up
and I'm so glad we did!
First, a warning. Andrew
and I both went into this movie thinking
we'd be watching a really light, colorful, bouncy, carefree animated
film. Like Toy
Up *is* a lovely,
colorful, and at times light and bouncy film. However, there are
also some very, very serious moments.
I think I managed to sob
for an entire eight minutes at the beginning. Those minutes were
sooo sad! But Andrew was totally a good sport about the fact that
the right shoulder of one of his white shirts is now purple thanks to
the running eye shadow of yours truly. (We're gonna have a
tie-dying party once things settle down, maybe on the 4th, so it
won't be noticed.)
This particular montage I'm speaking of is, nonetheless, beautiful
and very artfully done. It's amazing, even with animation, how
much small movement and lighting can depict emotion.
Stunning. Andrew said I could report that he cried, too. He
just didn't damage any clothing in the process.
As far as the plot, Up
is about a recently widowed man named Carl. Carl is about to be
forced out of the home he shared with Ellie, the love of his
life. Carl is, of course, very upset about this. And his
stress isn't aided by the incessant visits from Russell, a young scout
trying to earn his "Assisting the Elderly" badge. Just when it
looks like Carl is about to lose his home for good, he lets loose a
bazillion balloons and away float Carl and the house! They're
bound for a place in South America where Carl and Ellie dreamed of
going. Except, unbeknownst to Carl, little Russell has stowed
away! When they arrive in South America, it's up to Carl and
Russell to survive a maniacal naturalist, escape a pack of talking
dogs, reunite a rare bird with her babies, and learn a whole slew of
So what did Andrew and I
learn? Well, obviously that Andrew
shouldn't wear light shirts when I'm liable to cry on them while
wearing colored makeup. But I'm gonna talk about what the movie
actually made us think about. First, there's an amazing
friendship that grows between Carl and Russell. It made me think
about how much we need each other, even when we don't realize it.
And how friendship knows no bounds. It doesn't matter what the
difference in ages are. It doesn't even matter if the concerned
parties are of different species as demonstrated by the bond that grows
between Carl, Russell, Kevin the bird, and Dug the dog (a personal
favorite). Second, the movie stresses that it's never too late to
fulfill your dreams. In the aforementioned montage, we see Ellie
and Carl saving for a trip to South America but always putting it off
when an unexpected expense pops up. That was entirely too
relatable. Who among us hasn't deferred a dream? Yet, Carl
*does* end up going to South America.
He fulfills their dream. Finally, and maybe my zeroing in on this
has a lot to do with recent events around here, the movie reminds us
that death is not the end. Love continues. Those we lose
will continue to inspire us. And we need to hold close to those
Awesome movie, especially when
seen with an equally awesome friend.
Top Ten Lessons I've Learned from
Watching Movies with Dyelanders
I thought about doing a movie review also but I decided a sort of feel
good, humor column might be
more fun. And since this is JABB, I'm going with the top ten
format. 0:-) So here are some things I've learned while
watching movies with all of you:
10. Getting eye make up out of your shirt after your viewing
partner has wept into your shoulder is difficult. But I'd still
rather be cried on than watch the movie alone.
things at the movie screen is okay in Dyeland as long as the object
thrown is something soft that won't break the screen. It's also
shout at movie characters if you feel they're giving death a bad
8. Going to the movie theater is fun but maybe not as much fun as
spending a summer evening watching an old favorite from a projector in
the Fields of Gold while our pets play together and we enjoy Willy's
treats and not some high fructose concoction sold at ridiculous prices.
7. If a historically based movie brings on an unwanted flashback
to a past assignment, someone will squeeze my hand or pat my
6. Speaking of historical movies, after viewing one I will be
required to show visual evidence of myself in the depicted fashions or
Eli will be contacted and find the most embarrassing piece of evidence
possible. Tess and Adam just might help.
5. Road trip movies make me want to hop into the Jolly Green and
go for a long, long ride. Maybe go see the world's Largest Ball
of Twine and the National Lighter Museum. Who's with me???
4. Escapist summer movies can be fun but after spending some time
in Dyeland, you know, I just don't feel like escaping. Besides,
watching Lulu gleefully tear up a toy or the turkeys chase Adam is more
fun than watching
Transformers blow things up or a high speed car chase.
3. Despite the fact that I am very, very, very old and have seen
many, many, many things someone will still try to protect me during
risque or violent movie scenes. And it's actually kind of sweet
even if a little misguided. 0:-)
2. I am
awesome than Edward Cullen? I don't think I wrote that.
Yes, you did.
Pretty sure I didn't.
Well, it's true!
Far be it from me to second guess
a lady. I am more awesome than Edward Cullen.
1. Movie ticket
price: $16 for two. Popcorn: $5.
Watching your fellow viewer explain to the kind old lady sitting next
to you that you are not her boyfriend but instead married to your job
as a "transitional life coach" all before the film begins: Priceless.
Thanks for all the fun!
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