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So many movies to watch.

Yup, I’ve got many movies to watch. My list continually grows and there have been many times where I’ve missed the chance to watch said movies in theatres and have to settle for Blu-Ray. (Yes, Blu-Ray. I love me some HD.)

But I’ve been luckily catching up! I just saw Disney’s Frozen and I really enjoyed it! A big part of that was that Idina Menzel played the Queen who is basically Iceman — as in original part of the X-Men’s Iceman — and her voice is spectacular. (She was the original Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked and she’s just a Broadway powerhouse in general.) But it was also full of laughs and great songs (though I wish there were more). If this ends up in a stage version, I’d love to see it, especially if it means those castles in it get built in some form. I’d also immediately visit the expansion of Disney World that would house these castles, because it’s too epic not to visit.

Earlier in the week, I caught Anchorman 2. It had its moments, and I did enjoy it, but it’s pretty hard to re-create the magic that was the first Anchorman. I mean, I’ve seen that movie easily 20 times or more since watching it in university. Plus, all the quotables from the original movie were pretty much a language all on its own that we spoke during Frosh Week. So that, in itself, holds a special place in my heart. Loud noises. I love lamp.

But my list goes on! I’ve got enough Scene points for two more free movies, and one of them will definitely be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and, if I can still find a theatre playing it, Thor: The Dark World.

And beyond the cinematic adventures upon which I will partake through those movies, I have a number of Blu-Rays that need to…be…unwrapped…and then immediately watched. (In a previous post, I’ve mentioned my problem where I continue to buy new collectible entertainment — video games, books, movies, comics — but never get around to enjoying them before purchasing more. It’s the best problem.)

I really need to get on that two week staycation where all I do is enjoy all of the entertainment I’ve been acquiring over, specifically, the past 5 years. (Or however long it was that I bought Metal Gear Solid 4. Because it’s been since then that I’ve been acquiring all these yet-to-be-enjoyed items.)

I want to overload my brain with entertainment. Books included. Because that’s a healthy and balanced brain diet, right? Cool.

Note: this isn’t MY movie collection, but this is a pretty accurate representation of what I own but have yet to really enjoy. Or at least this looks like what I feel.

-Mickey

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Those compact days.

Time is a funny thing. We experience it so differently from moment to moment that sometimes events just blur together or inexplicably spread apart. We’ll recount things happening in different places, different dates, even with different people sometimes when we try to tell a story about it. It happens, it’s often time hilarious when it does, but it’s always intriguing and interesting how our mind can remember so many details but then mix and match them, seemingly at random, sometimes.

Today was one of those days where so many things happened that it feels like it happened over a span of a two or three days instead of just one. It was non-stop, moving from location to location, each one a different vibe and energy from the last (but thankfully all positive and awesome), and it was completely filled with things I love to do. Music recording session, theatre/dance rehearsal, an unexpected studio, friends at work, work itself, the movies, and a tough workout all happened in a span of about 16 hours. Surprisingly, it did not feel like a long day at all. I could feel a little lower in energy than usual near the end, especially through the workout, but overall throughout the day, I was feeling great.

And even though I’m a huge believer in time flying while you’re having fun, and today was a lot of fun, it didn’t just fly by. It wasn’t long, and it wasn’t short. (So it was just right, I suppose?) I’m not sure how to describe it. I guess you could say it had the right pace, overall. There were times where I felt like I had to race just a bit, but I can’t say that I ever felt the pressure of feeling rushed. It was as if I was in high-gear, but at my discretion only, and no one else’s, which would explain it never felt stressful or pushed at any time through the day.

What’s intriguing to me is that, looking back at the day now as I write it, it feels like I’m recounting my entire week. But the whole week itself was packed with interesting events. Today seems to push those events back even further into the past, but really they just happened a couple of days ago. Oh time, you’re so awesome, mysterious and weird sometimes. (Or at least my perception of you are those things, I suppose.)

Another random blabbering post, but one that intrigues me and also makes me realize that I love doing what I do, and I don’t mind packing all of that into one day and really getting the most out of my non-sleep time. (Speaking of which, I think I need more sleep, in general. I’ve got to find that balance!)

What’s that? You caught that I wrote that I went to the movies? Nice work. This is what I saw:

– Mickey

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Getting screen time. (Or loving what I do, once again.)

Previously, I’ve written about getting back on stage and doing more acting than I did last year. It’s been a slow start for that side of my artistic careers this year as my focus has been mostly on music, but today was a step in the right direction and it was a fun, hilarious and laid back step to say the least.

I’ve recently become part of a team dedicated to the creation of a series of side-episodes related to a Sci-Fi series’ universe and story lines. It’s kind of like the extra features on a Blu-Ray where you see featurettes based in the universe of the movie, but not necessarily directly tied into the main storyline of the movie itself. It can relate to main characters of the story, main events, and even known locales, but it’s the kind of content that if it didn’t exist or if you didn’t happen to watch it, that wouldn’t take away from the main series. But if you do watch it, it can add a whole new (awesome) level of depth and layers to the main season.

I’m not sure how much more I can say about it other than that at this point, but I can tell you how good it felt to be creating material in front of and behind the camera. It was great. It was funny. And at times it was surprising to draw blanks in my mind when trying to come up with clever lines. I know it’s because I’ve been out of practice with my improv skills, but I just need to sharpen that comedic blade, shake the rust off, and keep it going so that I can get my flow back once again. This was actually the second opportunity this month to get some time on camera, but I think I was feeling a little more pressure than the last one because this material will actually be cut together and presented, whereas the last session (with a different team) was more of a screen test and workshop for the creators. Both were a lot of fun, but with this one having higher real-life stakes, I could feel a bit of that excited-nervousness pop up now and again.

I think I could have been on top of my game more, but now I have something to look forward to and to improve upon for when we next meet. I’ve always liked making movies, even as a kid. I figured how to use my Dad’s big and bulky VHS camera when I was really young, and when my Dad upgraded to a better camera, I would use the old VHS camcorder to make my own silly videos. I was a huge fan of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the first North American episode, and I realized that some of their “special effects” were simple camera tricks involving starting and stopping the camera while characters were in mid-jump to make it seem like they would disappear and reappear. Now, of course, I was the only one in the house making these videos, so I would play both the villain and the hero and the camera man, disguising myself in a cloak and a “faceless” halloween mask and changing my voice as the villain, and using retractable two-sided lightsaber-esque weapons as the hero. And while this session was more “professional” it had that same playfulness that I miss from my home-made movie career. (Which in the end, had an audience of one: myself.) It helps that the team I’m with are some of the funniest characters I’ve worked with in a while, and it definitely makes me want to step up my game for the next round.

And just like the other recent dives into my creative side, today reminded me how much I love what I do and how important it is to me to never stop working for that successful career as an artist and a performer.

– Mickey

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Open to your imagination, open to everything.

I like wandering around in my imagination. I love it, actually. It brings me comfort, knowing that this other world is always at my disposal, existing as my own personal holodeck, in many ways. It’s a sense of play, really. It’s a sense that we slowly release as we travel further and further into so-called adulthood. You always hear about people wishing they could get back that sense of play from their childhood, but being too jaded from knowing about the real world to make it so. I say that it’s never too late to be open to your imagination.

Sometimes, admittedly, I can let my imagination get a little carried away, but I know myself well enough to keep it under control. Sometimes I let it mix in with my reality perspective, and might just play around in it a bit as someone else. This is especially true if I’ve just watched a movie or a television show where I either really relate to the protagonist, or if they’re someone that I would like to play because of their interesting behaviours or accents. (I’ve probably mentioned it before, but if you ever go to the movies with me, and it was a particularly good movie with a likeable, inspiring protagonist, watch my mannerisms and listen to my speech patterns. They might look like something you just watched.)

I’d be lying if I said I’ve never pretended to be in an action movie while simply walking through a mall. I’ll often have a movie score playing in my earphones, providing me the audible emotional cues to follow during my imaginative walks. When The Bourne Trilogy came into my possession, and was something I rotated through the week on my DVD player, I also acquired the soundtracks and would have it playing in my car during drives from place to place. It made rush-hour traffic much more entertaining. (And no, it didn’t make me speed or drive erratically. It just made me imagine that I was being tailed by some government spies trying to take me down. That’s better, right?)

Staying open to my imagination keeps me open to everything around me. I’m more perceptive of my surroundings — chalk that up to video games, as well — and it actually allows me to troubleshoot and solve problems more efficiently or sometimes more laterally. It’s more than just daydreaming. It’s practically applied daydreaming. And it’s one of the few ways that I can be a superhero or a super agent or a one-man army without all the real training and destruction.

It’s just playing in my mind. And I love to play.

– Mickey

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