Monday, June 24, 2013

Now on to More Important Things

Well as I previously announced, Friday was my last day at work. I had planned to give notice today and work 1/2 the week, but noooooooooooooooooooo, the antagonists at my former place of employment who have been the source of stress and migraines, made matters worse on Friday. So I went to the office this morning, early before most people arrived, and just slid my resignation letter under the supervisor's door. Fast forward 2 hours, I get a delicious email from my ex co-worker buddy telling me that it was chaos with management very upset and surprised about me quitting. Gee, I was just a temp, I guess they really did value my work and realize how much smoother things were when I was there. Ha! I feel good and I'm moving on.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed my first day of my 'between jobs' vacation time. In getting prepared for my 10th consecutive Toronto Int'l Film Festival (Sept 5-15), I have applied for media accreditation. The process is very detailed and it's quite exclusive. I realize I have a snowball's chance in hell in getting a media pass, but I had to try. For all this time that I have been going to TIFF, I have written movie reviews, and wrote about my close encounters with celebrities, and my delightful time in Toronto. I created this blog for the very purpose of one day qualifying to apply for media accreditation. But after going through the application process, I followed the instructions and submitted samples as they requested, but, I just don't know if it's good enough. The first criteria was to submit a letter from 'my editor' validating my purpose in Toronto, on company letterhead.

ToZ "company letterhead" logo
Well, I'm the writer and editor of ToZ and Fassinating Fassbender, so I had to quickly cook up "company letterhead" so that I can submit the letter of request to the accreditation coordinator. I must say that in the end, my spontaneous letterhead looked pretty good. I typed up a letter, saved it in .pdf form and submitted it along with some writing samples from last year's TIFF. I don't know when I'll hear something, but if they are going to deny me, I'd rather receive the rejection quickly, get it over with.

For the remainder of this week, I will be watching DVDs that I checked out from the library. I'm still thinking about my wonderful trip to Paris, so I find myself renting films about that city. Just the other day I watched the 2008 movie 'Paris', starring Juliet Binoche, and it was very good. It was like a darker French version of the British film 'Love, Actually'. And today, I rented 'Paris, Je T'Aime'. Along with those, I got the Irish thriller 'Five Minutes of Heaven', 'The Paperboy', and I finally got my hands on the 2012 flop 'John Carter'. I really wanted to see this movie to see for myself why it failed so badly at the box office, I think I will like it. And just yesterday, I went to the library at EMU to check out a book I've been wanting to read for a while, and I have the time now and again, the timing is perfect.

Can you believe that Marvel fans are hating on this man?
The book by Jonathan Gray, et al., 'Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World', will give me great insight into what fandoms are like per the various studies and observations of a variety of fandoms. Because I've been in the Michael Fassbender fandom for almost seven years now, I have seen the ebbs and flow of the good and bad in that fandom. And right now, at the height of the box office success of 'Man of Steel, I have seen a lot of irrational hate for the movie and it's principally coming from anti-fans who hate the superheros of DC comics, specifically Superman. Yeah, I scratch my head over that too, silly right? Who knew that there was a rival between Marvel and DC comics nerds? And speaking of Man of Steel, I'm going to see it again this week. I'll say it again, Henry Cavill owns Superman!

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