Week 13 of 2019 (3/25 – 3/31)

Amelia 2.0
3/27Atlantic Rim: Resurrection2018
3/28Moontrap: Target Earth2017
3/29In The Loop2009
3/31Harry Brown2009

So, with this week finished (today, specifically), we’re officially a quarter of the way through this year-long challenge! I have to say it has gone by very quickly, as most of the days do of late.

So what have I learned so far in undertaking this challenge? Well, I’d say the following has held true:

  • I watch much less TV as a whole, which I had to do in order to make time for a full film every day. But it is a good habit in general as I was watching waaay too much TV every day.
  • Some days, prior planning is crucial to make sure I block out time to watch something. There have been a couple of days where I didn’t watch a film while at my day job (thanks to them for allowing me the privilege to do so!) and had a bunch of other activities running late into the evening. I ended up staying up late to watch something (usually a shorter documentary) so that I could post every day.
  • Some Sundays, when updating this blog, I just don’t have a damn thing to say about the week. And I give myself permission to just post the list for the week and move on.
  • This movie challenge has not kept me from doing other things. I’ve made sure that other commitments take priority. Thankfully, being able to watch stuff at work on my iPad has made it easier. that also gives me the benefit of limiting my choices of what to watch that day, so I don’t try to skip something that looks terrible (see Wed & Thurs in the list above).
  • This is really far more of a low-impact challenge than I expected. Not that it’s not challenging in terms of time management, because I committed to doing this every single day.
  • I’m definitely older than I feel. I keep forgetting that some of these movies I’ve seen came out in my teens… THIRTY F**KING YEARS AGO.

Anyway, we shall plug on with this challenge. You never know exactly what changes will come down the line. Right now, I anticipate the biggest challenge ahead will be Labor Day weekend, when DragonCon lands on this city. Since I had a ball last year all 5 days, I plan to do it again. I’ll just have to be extra meticulous in planning… and maybe take in part of the film festival or partake of the 24-hour video room while enjoying that weekend…

Week 10 of 2019 (3/4 – 3/10)

3/4Shattered Glass2003
3/5The Russian Revolution2017
3/6My Name is Jerry2009
3/7The American2010
3/8Kickboxer: Vengeance2016
3/9Thunderbolt and Lightfoot1974
3/10Captain Marvel2019

While I’ve been considering things for a while in terms of improving my health, like many folks I still hadn’t really taken the dive in terms of focusing on actually doing something. But I was prompted a bit by this YouTube video posted this past week by my VO coach where he got kind of vulnerable about some of his own past & present health challenges. It was surprising to hear from him, as he’s usually a rather private individual when it comes to his personal life, but also rather inspiring to me personally. I’m glad he said what he did and I hope other people were motivated like I was as a result.

So I started with a workout regimen the other day, courtesy of Darebee, a great site that offers up easy-to-follow workouts for all fitness levels. I’m using the Foundation Light workout for 30 days, then I’ll see what I want to do from there. The first couple of days weren’t too horrible, although the Day 1 cardio kind of kicked my butt.

Next step is improving my food intake. I’ve been a vegetarian (by choice) for almost 6 years, but it really hasn’t improved my health much. To be fair, though, I’ve been making some not-great choices in terms of what I eat. It’s entirely possible to be a vegetarian or even a vegan and still eat like crap.

Before I forget, the best movie I saw this week was probably My Name is Jerry. Yes, Captain Marvel was really awesome, but I didn’t count it as I knew it would already be at that level and it’s brand-new.