I celebrated the last day of June with a $5 Tuesday movie with my teacher buddy, KG. Monika seemed dead set against seeing it although it has a 98% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which I totally trust). I had not heard one bad thing about it and I loved the concept. What I did not expect was the depth. I left the theater holding back tears. Had I watched this movie alone I would have totally bawled my eyes out, and not from laughter.
So according to Pixar there are only 5 basic emotions ruling the brain; Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Fear. The movie seems to have a lot of actual psychology embedded into the plot line and was not a typical Hollywood animation. The movie isn't really about what is happening outside, although that plays a part --the heroine, Riley, has moved from Minnesota to California and is pretty bummed about it as any 11 year old girl might be traumatized by moving at that age. Maybe this is part of what made this movie so moving for me personally. I too moved at that age and could understand the emotional turmoil. One of the most artistic scenes was when the characters take a shortcut through Abstract Thought, which turns them into Cubist, not-so-representational characters and then mutate into flat 2D figures. While I don't want to spoil the movie, what left me personally so emotional was the realization that Joy was not as much of a driving force in the realities of life as Sadness. I have spent the past year recognizing my own Sadness but trying so hard to keep "Joy" in the driver's seat while at the same time keeping Anger, Fear and Disgust at bay. It is difficult to for me to fully understand the depth of my sadness and so I often wish it away. The complexities of our emotions was certainly a great subject for an extremely entertaining animation.
As for my Tuesday... it was really great. Summer school continues to be a nice way to spend my morning after a my walk with Balt. Jessi spent some time out on the shooting range and sent me a few videos of her shooting a M240B and a 50 Cal machine gun. I grabbed this screen shot for my blog. She seems to have a grin on her face. I think she's having a bit more fun being a Marine than she anticipated.
This afternoon, after the movie, I went out and purchased a kettle bell to start a 30 day workout. I only got a 15lb. one to start out with but would like to be using a heavier one by the end of the month. I read that the kettle bell was the best work out there. My swimming isn't enough as I'm not losing any weight, so I'm upping the game. I got my first workout this evening while Monika went to another hot yoga class.