Today, I want to talk entertainment with you, specifically television and movies. I’m what you might call a nostalgic consumer when it comes to movies. I catch new movies here and there, but, for the most part, I indulge myself in older ones. I don’t know if it’s because they take me back to my childhood, and it probably is, but I also watch a lot of old movies that I haven’t seen because there are so many great ones out there to catch up on.
My all-time favorite movie is Goonies. I love that movie, and I’ve seen it many, many times. The last movie I saw in theaters was Jungle Book. I was supposed to see Suicide Squad, but something happened last minute, so I ended up seeing that instead. I still haven’t seen Suicide Squad, which is kind of crazy, because so many people have told me the Harley Quinn character fits me to a T.
Personally, I identify more with Black Widow from the Avengers. It doesn’t have anything to do with looks. It’s all about the attitude and who she is internally. She’s a badass assassin, but she’s on the right side, fighting for the greater good. She’s efficient and precise and she always gets the job done.
I enjoy watching a wide variety of actors, and my list of favorites is pretty diverse. I love the Rock (who doesn’t), and while I haven’t watched Ballers yet, it is on my list. Vince Vaughn is one of my all-time faves, and I don’t know why. He always seems like such a jerk in his movies, but I still dig them. Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. are also on the list, so I guess you could say I have a type—the sarcastic, assholish, yet still lovable characters.
I’m a big fan of Sandra Bullock, too. She’s always in powerful roles and has some really nice acting chops. Jennifer Lawrence is doing good things in film, and I’ve always like Elizabeth Banks, too. There are so many I love watching, but those are the names that immediately come to mind.
As far as television goes, I love Ellen Degeneres. She’s funny without being vulgar, and she has great comedic timing. Her show is always fun to watch, with fresh ideas and an incredible guest list.
My most recent television craze has been Game of Thrones. That was an amazing show, and I devoured all the seasons over the span of a week or so. Carla [Esparza] was here helping me with my last training camp, and she binge watched it. She was going on and on about how great it was, so I made it a priority to watch it on my next period of down time.
If you don’t like spoilers, I would skip to the last paragraph.
I’d been sick with the flu a few weeks ago, so that week, I watched all six seasons. The Battle of the Bastards might just be the single best battle scene on TV or in cinema, ever. I probably watched that scene 10 times.
There were so many “Oh shit!” moments in that show. I had a love/hate relationship with the way they make you get really invested in a character only to snatch them away with no notice at all. What is that?!!?! How do you kill Ned Stark? How do you kill Prince Oberyn?
There are so many characters (almost the entire Stark family) you want to root for, but you kind of have to hold yourself back, because it seems like George R.R. Martin intentionally lures you in just to snatch away your happiness. I got my feelings hurt so many times when they killed off characters I was growing attached to.
The scene that probably hit me hardest was when Stannis killed his daughter. That was super hard to watch, and the scene stuck with me for days. Another was the Red Wedding. I was so happy to see Arya get revenge on that old geezer that engineered that.
Disturbing moments were aplenty in the show, too. Who can forget when Theon Greyjoy was mutilated by Ramsay Bolton, or when Ramsay killed his father’s wife and child, or when he killed his own father? Cersei and her rotten son Joffrey had plenty of horrendous moments, as well.
Game of Thrones seems like the author was conducting a study to see how far he could push the audience before they reached a breaking point. It’s like he wanted to see how many times he could smack your hand before you finally stopped putting it out there to be smacked. I won’t lie, I can already feel myself sticking them both out there again as I wait for the last two seasons. Bring it on George, bring it on!