Who you gonna call?

Today I felt old because:

Ghostbusters came out 30 years ago.

Thirty freakin’ years, folks. Holy hell, how did that even happen!?

I wasn’t even Cadence’s age when it premiered in the theater, and I vividly remember watching it for the first time shortly after. I’ve probably seen it 100 times since. It will always be one of my favorite movies.

And now, three decades later, there’s a whole new cast hoping to bring the Ghostbusting craze to the next generation.

And of course Cadence is on board. She’s already watched the trailer a dozen times and even decorated the fridge with a new Ghostbusters/inspired piece of art, complete with two Slimers because, well, he’s just that cool.

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And now I guess it’s time to officially introduce Miss C to the original Ghostbusters movies. This is going to be fun.

Project Life 365 – Day 82 – Musical

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I am ridiculously excited about the new Les Miserables movie/musical. Saw it in the theater (well, most of it…Cadence just couldn’t quite make it to the end), and made sure we pre-ordered it so it would be delivered to our doorstep as soon as it was released. Worth every penny.

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Project Life 365 – Day 57 – Blue

In spite of all the maddening moments–the tantrums, the stubbornness, the intentional pushing of the parental buttons–I have to admit, 3 is a pretty fun age. Steven and I have a front row seat to witness our daughter’s personality really beginning to emerge. And, I gotta say, the only thing better than my baby girl’s beautiful blue eyes are the expressions that go along with them.

I’m telling you folks, if this kid doesn’t grow up to be a star on the stage or screen, I will eat my camera strap. Believe me, I’m not about to push Cadence down any path or into any extracurricular activity or career that she has no interest in, but I have seen very few children who love to perform (and practice it as much) as Cadence does. No joke. She can spend several hours a day acting out scenes from her favorite movies and cartoons in front of the mirror or window (or any shiny surface where she can see her reflection), changing her position and expression a little each time until she gets it just right.

Remember the scene in Cinderella where the stepmother announces that the girl who fits the glass slipper will the Prince’s bride, and Cinderella gasps, “The Prince!?” and drops the tray full of dishes? Yeah, Cadence practiced that one over two months until she mastered it, dropping pieces of her toy dinnerware all over the house and scaring the shit out of Steven, Electra, and I the first few dozen times we heard things crashing onto the wood floors.

Movie scenes, lines from her favorite cartoons, commercial jingles, TV theme songs, choreographed dance moves–you name it, Cadence will have it down, memorized, and ready to perform. Who needs cable when you’ve got Cadence in the house?

And for anyone who knows my movie-line-quoting husband, you can imagine how excited he is to have someone besides his wife who thinks it’s awesome to repeat favorite lines and scenes over and over and over again. He’s already plotting to ask Cadence if she wants to do the “Who’s on First” bit for her first school talent show. And knowing this kid, I have every reason to believe that she will freakin’ ROCK it!

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365 Project – Day 344 – Why I Love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

There are a lot of great Christmas movies. Scrooged, Bad Santa, Home Alone and A Christmas Story to name a few. From the sappy and sentimental to the downright ridiculous, look long enough and you can find a Christmas movie to suit whatever sort of holiday mood you happen to be in.

One of my personal favorites though, will always be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation because, let’s face it, there’s something about Christmas that can bring out the crazy in the sanest of people, and there’s something about seeing another family’s dysfunction that can help you take your mind off your own.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite holiday flicks?

365 Project – Day 343 – Where I Draw the Line

So, as I was browsing through the news today, I came across this little story…

Star Wars meets biker bars with Storm Trooper motorcycle gear

All I can say is that I am kinda glad that my husband does not own a motorcyle because we all know he would be the first in line to buy this gear.

I already had to put a stop to him wearing his Boba Fett helmet in our Christmas photos. I can live with our Yoda Christmas tree topper. I think he’s kinda cute, and I like how his lightsaber lights up because there are Christmas lights inside. Hell, I think that having a few of the original movie posters framed to hang on our walls is pretty cool because we’re both movie buffs. But even I have to draw the line somewhere, and this, my friends, is it.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my dear, Star Wars obsessed husband. Should he one day suffer a mid-life crisis, I imagine this would be right up near the top of his Must Buy List.

365 Project – Day 293 – Why You Need to See Kevin Smith’s “Red State”

A few years ago, my husband Steven started a little something called the People I’d Like to Have a Beer With List. Essentially it is a list of his idols, people that he thinks are deliriously funny, and people he would just like to sit around and talk to for an afternoon. You can think of it as sort of a Christmas wish list for adults. Instead of toys, Steven would like to ask Santa for a personal meeting with some of his favorite celebrities. Nothing stalkerish about it. He’d just like a couple hours to sit around and shoot the shit with some of the people he admires most. People like Matt Sorum, Seth MacFarland, Lewis Black, and his favorite director of all time, the one and only, Kevin Smith.

Now, most people know Smith from his films like Clerks and Mallrats, which he wrote, directed, and even acted in as the quietly lovable character named Silent Bob.

His most recent film, however, is a sharp detour from the comedies Smith is known for. The independently-financed horror film, Red State, is something else entirely. The reviews thus far have been a very mixed bag, but I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Now, perhaps I should explain, because when I say “enjoyed” I don’t necessarily mean that I am dying to watch it again tomorrow. In fact, as I sit here writing this, I am pretty disturbed by what I’ve just seen. I felt the same way when I left the theater after watching the movie Seven, yet it would probably be in my top 50 favorites if I was making a list. The reason? Because sometimes there are movies that just seem to resonate, that hit a chord, that hold up a mirror (however warped it may seem) and allow us to see, with razor sharpness, some of the most glaring issues in our society.

Red State is one of those movies.

If you are somehow still unaware of the beliefs or activities of the Westboro Baptist Church, it is definitely time to climb out from the rock you’ve been living under and start watching the news. While few of these protests have actually turned violent, I believe it is only a matter of time before we have another David Koresh, Waco-style massacre on our hands. And essentially, that is one of Smith’s points in the film.

See, we live in a world where we often prefer to deal with unpleasantries by burying our heads in the sand and pretending that nothing is wrong. We don’t want the burden of having to deal with things or having to put forth the effort to change them, so we just look the other way and ignore the warning signs. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet by talking about it too much in detail here, but I think the thing that rattled me most while watching the film is that I don’t think the WBC is very far removed from the Five Points Church depicted in the film. When you’re dealing with this level of hatred and religious fanaticism, it’s only a matter of time before things get ugly. Real ugly. And I commend Smith for taking a stand against a group of people that even our federal courts can’t seem to bother with.

I’m proud to be a Nebraskan. I was born here, raised here, and even though I moved away to attend college, I found my way back here twelve years later to settle and start my own family. I was even prouder to be a Nebraskan when our state passed a law prohibiting the funeral protests that the Westboro Baptist Church has grown so famous for staging. Too bad the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to reverse the ruling. But, we Nebraskans will fight it, all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to, because, like Kevin Smith, we believe in taking a stand against the things we know are wrong. We just wish more people would listen.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to Kevin Smith for writing, directing, assembling a phenomenal cast, promoting, distributing, and standing behind Red State, in spite of whatever criticism might come your way. Bravo, sir! I hope someday my husband gets a chance to check your name off his People I’d Like to Have a Beer With List, because you are definitely one guy we would be proud to say we know.

And if you’d like to do a little more reading about the recent repeal of the Nebraska protest law or what the members of the Westboro Baptist Church thought about Red State, click the links below.

8th US Circuit of Appeals opinion strikes down Nebraska’s restrictions on funeral pickets

Phelpses give mixed reviews to ‘Red State’