Posts Tagged ‘Karen Gillan

06
Dec
18

Belated Birthday Wish/Greeting to Karen Gillan

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I suppose this is silly.  Why bother more than a week after the fact?  And, what are the odds it will get where it’s intended to go?  Anywho.  I’m just putting it out there…here…to show I care…just not enough to remember to post it on time!  I am sorry I cannot keep after everyone’s birthday every year.  Yet, for such a special woman, it’s a shame to forget.

A belated Happy Birthday, Karen.  May this next year treat you better than the last.  May you dance fight your way into good times and… and… (find love with yours truly).  Ehem.

May a rainbow be the Tardis to divine inspiration.  May a pond bring you a Jumanji heap of happiness and no scary monsters.  May winter shower upon you a million things better than an Infinity Stone.   [And, may I get a chance to spend more than a day with you, sometime in the near future. :)]

I’m rootin’ for ya. 😉

 

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20
Mar
18

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Movie Review

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Jack Black, Kevin Hart, the lovely Karen Gillan and Dwayne Johnson get in touch with their inner children as they play video game avatar (character) versions of four troubled teens escaping punishment at school in a new spin on the original concept of the 1995 Robin Williams film, Jumanji:  Welcome to the Jungle.  The humor is a bit juvenile, but these ARE kids, after all.  Kids will laugh at the nonsensical violence.  Teens will snort and scoff at the impressions of their age group.  And, adults who remember 1995 and who enjoy console video games will enjoy a few references to the original film as well as the video game nature of the new film.

The story begins with a solitary teen finding the original board game on the beach (where it washed ashore at the end of the first film).  When he tosses this aside (because “no one plays board games anymore”), the game evolves itself and sucks the foolish young man into a cursed console.  Four students, figuring out who they are and where they belong, learn how to work together in some surprising ways and solve the mystery of a neighbor who vanished while eluding a mad treasure hunter’s goons and solving the puzzle built into the game which will ultimately allow them to return to their world.  But, if they die in the game, they cannot return to their world.

I honestly cannot complain about any actor in this film (which may be a first for me).  Each brings their own “game” and earns your interest.  However, Jack Black goes the extra mile by (no spoiler here if you’ve seen enough ads/trailers) playing a girl (in an overweight man’s body).  Karen Gillan is just fabulous (as a person).  This is not her best performance.  Yet, she gets a few “kicks” in for big laughs.  [I really enjoyed the “dance fighting.”]  Dwayne shines when he genuinely sounds like an awkward teen and, sadly, when he knocks anyone into next Tuesday.  Kevin Hart is consistently, mildly amusing in ways you’d expect from him, always pouting about his size.  [That old joke, getting older.]  But, he blends into the group nicely and goes out with a bang.

While this can be enjoyed as a rental or cable TV movie night option, don’t miss your chance to see it on the big screen as some of the visuals are best appreciated larger than life.  Overall, I give it 4 stars out of 5.  I can’t rave about it.  [It’s not the first Jurassic Park.  You know, that “old” 1993 film before Chris Pratt decided to milk the decayed corpse of a velociraptor and someone made a turducken out of a T-Rex.]  There are a few moments that made me raise an “awkward” eyebrow (not the People’s Eyebrow).  But, other than those tidbits, I’d watch this one, again.  The final few minutes strike a nice note, putting the whipped cream on the sundae.

I’ll let you decide if there’s still room for a sequel.

 

02
Dec
15

Dear Karen Gillan,

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Psst! Karen! Who? You! Yeah! You, you blushing Sagittarius snow fox with that lovely red hair reminding me of spaghetti sauce. [Or, is it brown? Just painted red? Either way, you’re still enchanting.] You white fire rabbit with that cute, curling nose beckoning me to come closer. You five-foot-eleven winter beauty with that sweet, sly grin and bubbly voice (which garbles your words when you get into a frenzy).

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The red lipstick is a bit much/heavy on your naturally lovely face.  [But, if it’s (for) playing a part…]

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What fire. What range you have. Even if a twinge of silliness seems to leak from your serious pores. It seems you are always a clown even when you stop me dead in my tracks. That wit is as charming as it can be frustrating. [I know myself.] Where does this humor come from? Nerves? Or, an irrepressible inner child?

How could I not notice you on Dr Who? Of all the lovely companions that have come and gone, who can hold a candle to your towering radiance? I see you with that goofy TV boyfriend/husband and think that loyal dope could very well be me (though I like to think I’d have a more fiery personality in your presence).

Maybe I am just captivated by your astrology, your perfect height and that fabulous hair flopping about your face. I see us having a ball on a comfy sofa, watching movies, playing games and getting a little too silly with our hands and feet.

But, maybe we’re too much alike. Maybe we’d find fault with each other and pick ourselves apart. It’s a fair concern to mention. Some sources say two like us would have to work at happiness. Others say it’s a recipe for bliss.

Sure. You wrapped up your stint with the Doctor (though your essence seems to echo). And, you’re onto other projects, guarding the galaxy from boredom, welcoming gamers to the jungle with your fierce, roundhouse-kicking legs. Other pretty faces will move into your old territory. But, I won’t likely forget yours.  [And, please, please, PLEASE don’t do anything to ruin that lovely hair of yours…other than aging taking its course.  Shaving your head?  I pale at the thought.]

If by some chance you are able to send a message through time and space to my doorstep, I’d be most appreciative and respond in kind with the utmost respect for privacy.

Sincerely,
Writingbolt, a kindred fire spirit looking for his match

Dr Who star toys with new action figure

Dr Who star Karen Gillan comes face to face with a five-inch version of her character Amy Pond. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 18, 2010. Gillan, 22, is pictured with the figure ahead of an event for fans of the sci-fi show at the Glasgow branch of the toy store Hamleys. See PA story SHOWBIZ DoctorWho. Photo credit should read: BBC / Simon Ridgway / PA Wire

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From “The Many Loves of Writingbolt”
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