The Lego Batman Movie Review: I am slightly less bad at MarioKart then my parents (look, guys, I love you, but you’re really bad, we both know that, we played it today)

I am. Extremely bad at keeping a blog. I am extremely bad at a lot of things. I’m just really goshdarn lazy.

Uhhhh so what on EARTH have I been up to since my last (serious) blog post?? Well, I had to work for a big exhibition my school had. That was cool. And now my professionally-printed art is hanging in my house! Baller. I also continued rehearsals for a little 45 minute play and performed that four times in two days. I like to believe I did an excellent job. Oh, and I got my hair cut. And I saw Rent. Then we went up to Oregon to meet my sister at college, then we went up to Seattle to tour two colleges before flying back home. Then I saw The Lego Batman Movie, which was so amazing oh my gosh??? So if you couldn’t tell this is going to be a review of The Lego Batman Movie.

So first off, backstory of me going to the movie. So basically if you didn’t know I’m kind of bad at making friends, so I’ve been trying harder this calendar year. Which meant that I invited a friend I made to come to the movie with me! First time in a long time I’ve invited a person to do something, hah. After a bit of scheduling mishaps we managed to decide on Thursday in the afternoon. We met up at the theatre, got snacks, sat down and watched this masterpiece of a movie, then hung out afterwards to finish off the free refill we got on popcorn. And we’re probably going to do this again in September when The Lego Ninjago Movie comes out! Oh, and I put on a special outfit for this momentous occasion.

So first off: spoiler-free review. If you’ve seen The Lego Movie, it’s pretty much as good as that one! And if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie, you’re fine. There isn’t anything in there you can’t understand – there are like 2 references to it in there, tops. There are definitely some jokes that are specific to Batman lore, but I think you can enjoy it without extensive knowledge of Batman’s history – I mean, as long as you understand Batman’s basic premise (guy dresses up as bat and fights crime along with various youngsters in halloween costumes) you can certainly get most of them!

Honestly? This movie was a breath of fresh air when it came to superhero flicks. I’m sure everyone and their mother has told you by now that superhero movies have been ridiculously serious and gritty recently, and boy howdy that is true. I mean we don’t need it to be ridiculously campy like the Batman 60’s show, but we can have a serious movie without making everything boring grays! And this certainly shows it. There is a serious conflict and sense of urgency in this film, but it still manages to be light-hearted and funny.

I just realized last time I tried to divide this review up into categories or something?? LOL that’s for scrubs, real reviewers just barf out their feelings without any sense of structure.

Alright let’s go into the SPOILER ZONE!! Below the cut.

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Periods, Presidents, and Dreams, Oh My!: A big long rant post about various topics

So, I was writing a post, it was totally awesome and wowing everyone, I was so glad I was finally getting my shiznit together and actually making another post, and then I realized I dreamed the whole thing up. Pbbbt.

Which leads me to the topic of today’s post: why I fricking hate dreams. Also various rants about other things happening in my life right now, like politics and menstruation, which will be put below a “read more” so that little kids don’t get scarred by opinions on the Head Cheeto and the completely natural thing about 50% of the population goes through at least once in their life.

So, dreams. For most of my young life, I didn’t experience dreams so much. And by this I mean I didn’t remember my dreams. Everybody dreams, I just don’t like remembering them. Why? For me, they’re too realistic. Now, of course, I don’t mean they make sense, really – once I wake up I often look back and kind of wonder how I could’ve possibly thought it was real. Regardless of the content, the scenarios I find myself in are just realistic enough to confuse me – for example, as in the recent dream I had, I was writing a blog post for this very blog.

I think now is a fine time to note that I am able to read in my dreams. The first time I observed this phenomenon personally was a few years ago when I was in middle school, but in the dream I was at the elementary school with a DS that had a sticker that said “This is the property of Emily and Adam”. Now, it didn’t actually say “Adam” – it had a different name – but that’s not important here. I have talked to my family members about this, and they say they cannot read in their dreams no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, I dream and find myself browsing the Internet, using Discord, and watching Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. (Look, I told you they were realistic, right?) I also saw an episode of Batman: The Animated Series where he (Batman) figured out he was in a dream because he couldn’t read in it. My casual Google searching on the matter has yielded no results, so I’m curious: can you read in your dreams? Or am I just a Special Snowflake?

Anyways, back to why I hate dreams. The thing is, once I wake up, I’m not sure what actually happened and what was in my weird dreamscape, like say, the blog post I wrote in the dream. (I have absolutely no idea what I was writing it about, but I definitely wrote it.) Of course, details may be tweaked in a dream – like the layout of Disneyland when I dream I’m there and trying to help two lovely tourists find a ride only to find I don’t know where the ride is even though I’ve been going to the park for 15 years and should definitely know this by now.

Quite possibly the worst instance of this was a few years ago. Remember how I mentioned the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episode? At this point in time, BLITD was kind of… sporadic with when the episodes were released, and we hadn’t had one in months. I was also the only active admin on the wiki. Thus when I dreamed there was a new episode, I recall getting excited in the dream about having to update the wiki. A little while later while I was conscious I realized it was a dream and instantly became depressed that there wasn’t a new episode.

So while my brother is trying to get lucid dreams (he got really close the other day, apparently – he became aware he was in a dream seconds before he woke up), I’m trying to get my dreams to go away. Maybe if I had a better sleep schedule that would help? Or would that be detrimental? Hmm…

Alright, that’s enough of that. Time for me to rant about periods and politics after the read-more.

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