Cold Morning and Transformers Movie

"Summer's Over" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Summer’s Over” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning we woke up to some chilly weather as you can see from the photo above. It feels like Autumn has really arrived, but this is Texas, so a heat wave has a good chance of making itself felt again before the month is out. But it does feel nice! (I’m sure I’ll be wishing for the summer heat as soon as the temperatures hit the 50’s)

This evening I went with a couple friends to see The Transformers: The Movie from 1986. I was never into Transformers and don’t know much about them, but the movie was really fun because of the non-stop robot fighting, 80’s metal music, and voice acting by Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Scatman Crothers, etc. I do admit that my eyelids got a little heavy at the beginning, but then I was fine the rest of the way through. I don’t think this film made a Transformers fan of me, but it was definitely fun to hang out and laugh with friends at the theater.

"From 1986" Cedar Park, 2018
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“From 1986” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!


Off to China

"787" Los Angeles, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“787” Los Angeles, 2018


Well, our trip to China is underway as we began our long flight from Los Angeles to Beijing. Luckily the plane is a Boeing 787 so we have plenty of modern amenities including large overhead bins and a modern entertainment system. The movie selection is huge and varied! If you check out the photo down below, you can see how there are some obscure titles.

Because it’s a super-long flight, I was able to watch four movies: “Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them“, “Ready Player One“, “Destiny: Kamakura Monogatari“, and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl“.

I enjoyed all the movies except perhaps the Japanese one, which was a bit boring. I think I may have slept for half an hour through the middle of it. However, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” was excellent, funny, and really sad. After that one, I had to turn off the screen and read my book. 😭

Anyways, we’re almost to China, and the excitement is running high!

Talk to you later!


"Spacious" 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Spacious” 2018
"Movie Choices" 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/70 sec, ISO6400
“Movie Choices” 2018
"Bathroom Selfie" 2018
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“Bathroom Selfie” 2018

Diva (1981) – Movie Review

"Diva" Austin, 2018
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“Diva” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。Tonight Bay and I went to see my all-time favorite movie in the theater. Diva (1981) was showing at the AFS theater so I just had to see it… in fact, this is my first time to see it on the big screen. The first time I watched Diva was probably around 1985 on VHS, and I was immediately captivated by the beautiful visuals, atmospheric soundtrack, and the coolness of Paris. It really made a huge impression on me. The following year, I traveled to Paris with my dad and we visited some of the same places that were in the movie. It was like a dream! ❤️🇫🇷

Watching Diva on the big screen was just as awesome as I thought it would be. Since I have seen the film many times, I didn’t discover any new details, except the subtitles were different from the version I grew up with so a couple of the nuanced jokes had a new angle. But my favorite scenes (sentimental walk, subway chase, and driving to the castle) were amplified by being in extra-large format. It was surreal.

Tonight’s viewing re-affirmed Diva as being my favorite movie of all-time. It was funny, but I overheard the couple behind us after the movie ended, and the woman asked, “Still good?” and her partner said, “Yes, still in the top five.” 👍

Diva is based on the book of the same name, by author Delacorta. He wrote a series of six books featuring the adventures of Gorodish and Alba. I read the first three, which were super-difficult to find in the pre-Internet age, but I enjoyed them quite a bit. I’m going to have to hunt down the entire series now, so I can finish up reading about the two characters. Something to look forward to!

And lastly, for some reason this particular scene is one of my favorites of any movie. It’s just magical! If you haven’t watched Diva yet, please give it a viewing. 😀