Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

In highly anticipated movie news, Warner Brothers announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will still be on track to open in theaters on Christmas, but in an unprecedented move, it will also be released on HBO Max on Christmas for a month. While Covid-19 is still rocking havoc on our lives, with over 250,000 Americans dead of this virus, many theaters throughout the country are still closed, and HBO Max is the best place to allow fans to watch this movie that we call need right now. I did not want to wait until next summer for WW84, there have been so many films pushed in 2021 already and Wonder Woman 1984 has a moment to shine all on its own on Christmas and the weeks after.

Most of us who voted for Biden/Harris are still stressed out by the post-election crap in delaying the Biden transition. So a superhero, a Goddess superhero is what we all need to distract us from the madness! I will happily watch Wonder Woman, starring Gal Godot, Chris Pine, the sexy Mandalorian Pablo Pascal, and Kristen Wiig, on Christmas day while eating Chinese or Thai. I graduated from high school in 1984 so I'm very excited to be taken back into the best decade of my life, the 80s. Thanks, Warner Brothers!




Sunday, November 8, 2020

America Elected Compassionate Human Beings

 


A week ago, my last blog post ended on an optimistic note in declaring that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be elected. I wrote the following:

I believe in my heart that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will win the election. We as Americans are at the precipice of where we will tell the rest of the world exactly who we are. The majority of Americans are good human beings... - ToZ 1 November 2020

After four sleepless nights, I woke up Saturday morning under the benefit of living in Pacific Standard Time here in California, at 7:15am. After making breakfast, I turned on the TV to CNN to see what happened overnight. I saw the same electoral vote tally from the previous evening, however, CNN was just about to receive the latest numbers from the key state of Pennsylvania. Not 10 minutes later, after Joe Biden earned another 3,000 votes, CNN's Wolf Blitzer announced that CNN Projected Joe Biden as President-Elect. I watched this historic moment live, something that I have been waiting for 4 years to witness! See the historic announcement moment below.

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1325163627771355136?s=20

Just as Wolf was positioning himself to make the announcement, I knew he was about to call it and I just stood up to listen to enjoy every second of this live historic moment. I started to jump up and down and I was squealing and yelling, just so overjoyed and relieved!!! It was so surreal because it was something I have been thinking about and wishing for many years, and my prayers and the hard work of nearly 75 million Americans paid off.

Throughout the country, millions of people partied and celebrated in the streets. It's as if it was destiny that this news would break early on a Saturday morning, allowing people to celebrate for the rest of that day as if it were a holiday. More impressively, as news spread around the world, human beings of good conscience also celebrated with the Americans, and leaders from our ally nations reached out to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate them. The world breathed a sigh of relief along with the Americans who voted for Biden/Harris. I'm not going to waste font space on the opposition, all that matters is that the people voted in record numbers and decency and compassion prevailed. This is the one grand thing from 2020. 

(Photo) AP: Noah Berger

May our nation now begin to heal after this horrible nightmare!


Sunday, November 1, 2020

At the Precipice

I must admit, I have not been in the mood to update the ToZ blog because the pandemic has literally ruined the primary purpose of utilizing ToZ. Covid-19 has Los Angeles and the country pretty much on semi-lockdown, but on full lockdown when it comes to the entertainment industry. There are no movie theaters open so that I can see 2-3 films a week; there are no film festivals I can attend in-person to watch Oscar contender films; there are no red carpet events; I can't even meet up with my few friends to do exciting things to write about and share with my limited audience. This year has sucked for me creatively and I feel it in being anxious and semi-depressed. 

I was able to thoroughly enjoy my birthday trip to Sedona, AZ in early September, and I overspent my budget in treating myself to some fun things I bought for myself. I think I did this in an effort to cheer myself up and give things to myself to make up for the misery that I know we're all feeling together. I live and work at home in the same space M-F. Everyday is exactly the same.

Everyday is exactly the same. This is a song from Nine Inch Nails' 2005 self-titled album. In fact, I'm wearing that t-shirt right now, a shirt I ordered from NIN.com in September when they put these limited edition t-shirts on sale. It sold out quickly and that's no surprise as surely, everyone felt the t-shirt reflected their current lives. Anyway, I think for the most part I am coping as well as could be but something is missing in my life that makes it so much more fulfilling, and that thing is the theatrical experience of watching a new film in the theater. Now, when I was in Sedona, I went to the Harkins Theater three times to see 3 different films: Tenet, The New Mutants, and Unhinged. Social distancing was employed, and mask-wearing was required. I felt safe and comfortable and was reminded of how much I missed going to the theater. 

When my highly anticipated Dune was pushed from December 18th to October 1, 2021, I was not surprised because the spike in Covid-19 infection rates, and the fact that LA and NYC theaters are still closed, it just made no sense to have such a blockbuster be released during a time when not many people would be able to see it. Since then, several other very high profile films have been pushed into 2021, but as I publish this entry, Wonder Woman 1984 is still slated to open on Christmas Day. I'm sure within the next week or so, that will be pushed too. It makes no sense in keeping it on this release schedule when infection rates are at levels similar to March/April. 

Timothée Chalamet | GQ Magazine Nov 20 | Renell Medrano

However, in this darkness, I have found a new creative outlet for my Club Chalamet (CC) venture. In September I created the Club Chalamet Conversations YouTube video series to focus on the latest news on actor Timothée Chalamet and have discussions with select friends. Three videos have been created thus far and I'll be recording another one today. They are a lot of fun and it's a way for me to connect with local friends who have supported CC for quite a while. I'm producing and editing the videos, and I even self-taught myself how to create a damn intro video! In conjunction with videos, I also hired a graphic designer to create a new logo for the CC Instagram account, a logo design to be used at the CC forums, and a design for merchandise to be sold at the CC Zazzle store. All this is in an effort to professionalize my Club Chalamet brand and to stand out from the hundreds of other Chalamet fan accounts. So at the least, I am being creative and having fun with my stan project for Chalamet and as we're heading into the most important Presidental election, this project has alleviated some anxieties about the upcoming unknowns. 

The next President and Vice President

Speaking of the election. I believe in my heart that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will win the election. We as Americans are at the precipice of where we will tell the rest of the world exactly who we are. The majority of Americans are good human beings and for the first time in American society, record numbers of people have voted early and will vote on Election Day because they want to get rid of the current President. He who shall not be named is not only corrupt and evil, but he's a mentally unfit person for the job, and the current mismanagement of the pandemic we're in is testimony to the fact that he is the wrong person to be President at this very challenging time in our country. I voted early by mail and received confirmation days later that my ballot has been received and counted. It's my hopes that for the election of 2024, all of America will have it as easy as me to vote by mail so their voice is heard. I will update ToZ on election night of the outcome of the results. Good will prevail over evil!