Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monkeys, Monoliths, Marcy & the Midway Mark of the Month

Hey everybody, it's M-Day! Welly, well well, looks like we are at the midway point of The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, so why not discus it all a little bit. In the months leading up to this so-called challenge, I kept reading about how so many bloggers were worried about being able to post 26 posts this month. Like it would be hard. How is this hard? I usually post about twenty times a month, so a stretch to six more really isn't that big a deal. When I was doing my old film blog, The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World (hey, that fits in on M-Day too), I had many months with 25, 26, or even 27 posts. And other than my Heavenly Body of the Week posts, I tend to ramble on, so many of my posts are quite long-winded. So yeah, I had no worries - and I still have none at the midway mark on M-Day. Maybe I'm just crazy though. Well, no maybe about it. But what do I think of the BFAtZAC? I'm having fun. My comments ratio have definitely gone through the proverbial roof. Whether these new regulars will keep coming back after the challenge is over, is still up in the air, but I am hoping at least some of them do. I know I will try to keep visiting the blogs I have discovered along the way.

And ya know what? I should probably mention some of these aforementioned blogs. Free press and all that. So, without further ado, some of the fresh new blogs that I have discovered during the challenge so far (and with over 2000 blogs playing along, I have not even made a dent in checking them all out) are, and in no particular order, Fangirl Next Door; The Lair of the Silver Fox; Warped Nerdversity; The Movie Geek's Blog; The Blutonian Death Egg; BB Creations; and I'm still working on finding more as I check out more blogs in the second half of the challenge. Like I said, I've barely made a dent in the 2000+ blogs listed in this challenge. But enough of this midway mark, there are other M-things to celebrate here on M-Day. Things such as marmalade; the movie Manhunter (the first Hannibal Lecter film); Mary, Queen of Scots; Marshall on How I Met Your Mother; the word Magnanimous; the word Mugwump; the band Mr. Mister; Mean Mr. Mustard; mustard; moo said the cow; Middlemarch; Magnum P.I.; Magnum condoms; Moops (that wrong Trivial Pursuit answer from the Bubble Boy episode of Seinfeld); Mormons; minions; motor bikes; Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil (shhh, that's supposed to be a secret - kinda); mayhem; May Day; Aunt May; silent film star, Mae Marsh; mother may I; and multitudes of other M-thingees, but we got other places to be, so I'll stop listing there.

Oh, but while we're on the subject of the Letter M, let me tell ya 'bout one of my all-time "favourite" films. And you may notice that the word favourite is in quotes. This is not because I dislike the film, and am just being snarky. No sirree, I really do love this movie. Others though, not so much. This film is actually considered a terrible movie by many of my fellow cinephiles, but not me, baby - not me. Oh, I suppose you want to know of which film I speak. Okay, I suppose you have the right to know. I mean, I did bring it up, after all. So, this oh so laughed at film, and one that fits into the M-Day mold, is called The Monolith Monsters. Basically, this 1957 ultra B-sci-fi, is about a small California desert town, where after a meteorite hits, is terrorized by giant black rock monoliths. That's right, monoliths. Basically these obsidian towers grow and then fall and crash into hundreds of pieces, with each piece growing into more monoliths. Sounds scary, huh? Actually it is pretty fun. One of the best of the slew of B-1950's sci-fi films.

Now, since I did put it front and center in the post's title, I suppose we need to discuss monkeys a little bit. Ya know, just to make it O-fficiaaal. Actually, let's not discuss monkeys, but instead let's discuss one of my biggest pet peeves - people calling apes, monkeys. It happens all the time in movies and on TV. People calling a chimp or a gorilla, a monkey. They are not fucking monkeys, man - they are apes. Great apes to be exact. I could go on forever about this (and have on occasion). I do go on more about this in one of the top ten lists I did (relatively) recently right here at All Things Kevyn. It's a list about apes - not monkeys, dammit!! Hey, I know, why not post a link to this list/diatribe? Okay, I will. Said link is just below here. Go check it out, and then come back here for my closing remarks on this midway mark post.

So there ya go. Not much more to say on this M-Day (and yes, I have named this day after the tragic events of Marvel Comics' M-Day - Magneto was right!!) other than maybe spouting of some more random M-things. Such M-things as the classic TV show, My Favorite Martian; or Mannheim Steamroller (remember them, anyone?); or maybe the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb (I heard his fleece was white as snow); or perhaps the afore(parenthetically)mentioned Magneto, Mutant Master of Magnetism; or howzabout mock turtlenecks, mock turtle soup, or just plain old mock turtle; or more monkeys!; or the mighty mandrill; or the band Meat Puppets; or Milton, Michonne, and Merle from The Walking Dead; or the cult classic, Manos: The Hands of Fate; or Moon Pies, or Moon Boy (friend of Devil Dinosaur), or Moon Knight, or for that matter, Moon Glow, Moon Beam, Moon Unit Zappa, the Van Morrison song, Marvelous Night for a Moondance, Gidget's Moondoggie, the Moon Landing, and the Denny's sandwich, Moons Over My Hammy! Okay, there are a lot more M-words to muss about with, but my hands are starting to cramp up from excessive online rambling. Enough is enough, I say! Oh, and before M-Day ends, I would be remiss if I did not mention a lovely little M-Lady in my life.  She is mentioned in the title after all. That would be little Marcy Proust, our impossibly adorable seven month old part Chihuahua, part Pug, part Jack Russell. She was named after my wife's favourite author, Marcel Proust. But there will be more on little Marcy in a later post, when we do a puppy fashion show. Oh yeah, baby. So, that's it gang. See ya 'round the web.


  1. OMG-Thank you for mentioning moi! I usually create cards and join in on the fun with the insecure writers support group so this is really nice. Hey-Mae Murray-Ms Bee-stung lips herself is another M-My favourite quote of hers after seeing Sunset Blvd-"None of us floozies was ever that nuts". Hey, hey, We're the Monkees! Why am I thinking about Charlton Heston right now ("Damm Dirty Ape")

  2. No problem. I always try to promote things I like.

    I loved Mae Murray in von Stroheim's The Merry Widow. She is also fun in Broadway Rose, and what I have seen of the semi-lost Peacock Ally.

    Take care, and thanx for stopping by.

  3. I hate it when people call apes monkeys, especially when the mistake is made by a scientist or other learned person in a movie or tv show.

  4. Yeah, bruthah! That is one of my biggest pet peeves, along w/ the misuse of literally and someone saying that they COULD care less.

    Thanx for the fly-by.

    1. Unfortunately, according to Merriam-Webster, "literally" now means literally and figuratively! That sucks! Check this out: http://www.salon.com/2013/08/22/according_to_the_dictionary_literally_now_also_means_figuratively_newscred/

    2. Yup. Instead of fixing people's grammar, they fix the word so everybody is correct. Pretty sad.

  5. Marshall is/was one of my fave HIMYM characters -- and he's from Minnesota, another M-thing! My mom was a Mannheim Steamroller fan; I always got them mixed up with Trans-Siberian Orchestra for some reason. Probably cause that was the only music she listened to in winter.

    I'm still amazed that you write 20+ posts a month, especially when they're so loaded with pop culture references. Here's hoping that those new followers stick around after A to Z. Personally I'm more likely to comment regularly once this madness is over, when I don't have so much coming at me all at once.

  6. Thanx Chris. It's always good to have people who actually read me. And as for the 20+ posts a month, I really have no life, so...

    Take care. Se ya 'round the web.