Well, I've recently discovered two things: One, I love prequels and I'll explain why further down in my movie review section. And two, I've discovered that my maternal grandmother is cruel. She is and I feel in a way that by recognizing this, I've lost an innocence that I didn't even know I had left to loose.
If you met my grandma you'd think her the sweetest woman and in a way, you would be right. She is super sweet and most enjoy her presence. What you wouldn't know is the necessity of guarding your tongue. My grandma is a hound dog for gossip and once she's got something juicy, she'll spread it around like wild fire. Gossip isn't a bad thing. Old biddies love to gossip but my grandma is smart, smarter than I've given her credit for. Or rather, it's not that I didn't think her smart it's that I didn't think her capable of wielding such passive aggressive cruelty against her own family.
Here's what happened: My mom's birthday was last week. She had a good time. A real good time. Give my mom three glasses of wine and she's a hoot and a holler! Thinking nothing of it, I went about my life. A few days later, my grandma calls me all serious like wanting to know if my mom was mad at her and if she had a good time at her birthday dinner. My response was of course, couldn't you tell? Apparently not. My grandma distorted every moment into a vicious act by my mom all of which she believed was directed at her. A bit shocked by my grandma's misguided observations, I told her repeatedly throughout the conversation that she was wrong and that her impressions where hers and hers alone. Knowing that my grandma spreads gossip, I didn't want her telling people that she thought my mom had behaved poorly especially where my grandma was concerned. My efforts were in vain.
It turns out that my grandma told my mom's sister who phoned my mom peeved as hell. Now mind you, her information is totally wrong because it's coming from my grandma. Some further back story: My family is a extremely divided but it's left me wondering if some of the reason is because of my grandma. She intentionally pollutes one or more people with her own misguided perceptions effectively turning that person against another. It doesn't help that no one will confront each other or resolve issues, instead, things are brushed under the rug to fester and rot. In a way, this allows my grandma to have control over each individual. She'll always be overlooked in a group but on an individual scale, she'll appear the one with all the knowledge.
Not so funny ending: My grandma calls my mom making no mention of the fact that she's been bad mouthing her to the entire family but instead acts as though she has no problem whatsoever. As if the whole thing never happened. As if she's just a little old lady minding her own business. Now that's the cruelest act of it all.
Weekend Movie Review!
I've come to the realization that I love prequels. Think "Casino Royale", "Wolverine: Origins" and now "X-Men: First Class". I love learning why characters are the way they are. For instance, I loved learning why Bond wears tailored suits, why he likes his drink shaken not stirred, why he's a womanizer, and most importantly, why he distrusts all but himself. Simply put, I love the rush of discovery.
"X-Men: First Class" featuring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. First of all, it's official, I've fallen head-over-heels in love with Michael Fassbender and to some extent, James McAvoy. God these boys with their lilting brogues know how to bring me to my knees!! This is the prequel to X-Men. We learn the discovery of mutants and the entire backstory for Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Eric Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto (Fassbender). This was good. So good! Set in the sixties during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the mutants unite to help stop World War III while also unveiling themselves to the world. My only complaint, the movie didn't feel or look like the sixties era except for when it came to the TV's. It was a bit jarring to randomly see old TV sets. Otherwise, loved the film and the actors. Rating: 4.5 Stars
"Thor" featuring Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth. After his arrogance thrusts his world to the brink of war, Thor (Hemsworth) is banished to exile on Earth. He must learn the error of his ways, to think of others and not only himself. Once he's done that, he can reclaim the powers he's been stripped of and return home. In the meantime, he's thumping and fighting his way on Earth with the help of Jane Foster (Portman). On the brink of scientific discovery, Jane wants answers from Thor but she's also finding herself falling in love with the him. When this golden hunk of man starts to gentle and show some manners, he's pretty stirring and definitely not hard to look at. Not much of a plot but featuring some laughs, excellent special effects, and a beautiful lead hero, "Thor" is good one night stand. I doubt I'd give him a second run though. Rating: 3 Stars
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TANGLE OF NEED by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Series: Psy-Changeling Book 11
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