The Soloist

Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx in The Soloist (2009)
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What is it?

The 2009 British-American drama movie The Soloist.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Columnist Steve Lopez is at a dead end.

The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can’t entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place.

Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles’ Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers, pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin.

At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions.

But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest.

Imagining he can change Ayers’ life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music.

But even as he fights to save Ayers’ life, he begins to see that it is Ayers–with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love–who is profoundly changing Lopez.

My Thoughts

This movie was brought back to my attention thanks to a YouTube video by the YouTube channel Double Toasted called GREAT ACTOR TRANSFORMATIONS IN MOVIES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN – Double Toasted.

I saw this movie years ago probably not long after it was possibly a Redbox rental, and I possibly rented it from a Redbox when I was possibly staying at a hotel in the city of L back when I was trying to make a return to college.

I remember this movie having some good performances from Jaime Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., and the movie was pretty good I think.

The end,

-John Jr

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson in My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2006 American superhero comedy movie My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

What is it?

The dark fantasy action horror comedy movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Walking Home From School

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I remember part of one dream from last night that took place in D, and it started at D High School; and I was a student I guess, the bell rang for school to end, and as I was walking to the bus stop I stopped at a Redbox-like machine to see if I wanted to rent something.

This machine was more of a neon green color I think and was like most of the Redbox-like machines that are sometimes in my dreams that probably have films, games, TV shows, et cetera; and I think that this machine had a lot of Japanese animated (anime) films/TV shows/ & Japanese games, after looking at the selection of things to rent I remembered that I needed to catch the bus so I hurried to the bus stop.

Once I got outside my school bus being driven by Mrs. M and several other school buses were leaving and I could not catch up to my bus, and so I was going to have to walk home or call my parent’s to pick me up; and so I decided to try walking home, and so I started walking home.

As I walked the sky and clouds looked like a storm was coming soon, and so I stopped on the field on the left side of the D Junior High School to call my mom with my mobile phone; but I heard an automobile on the other side of the field, and then I turned to see a tall truck drive over one or two objects (maybe a lawn-mower & maybe a car) causing them to breaks/smash/crack/flip/et cetera.

I was surprised wondering how did they accidentally drive over those objects, it did not seem accidental to me, but I ignored it & I continued calling my mom; and at some point my mom answered the phone and as I started to talk to her I heard a woman say something to me in the field, so I told my mom just a moment, and I turned to see who was talking to me & it was a woman who had driven the tall truck.

The woman asked me if I saw her drive over those objects and I said yes, and she started to explain to me why she drove over the objects; and so I told my mom that I would have to call her back later, and I listened to the woman’s story.

The woman had whitish colored skin with shoulder-length orangish colored hair and she spoke with a slight country accent that sounded nice compared to many country accents, and she explained that the objects belonged to her boyfriend or husband or now ex-boyfriend or ex-husband; and she said that she was angry at him for something he did (he probably cheated on her with another woman it seemed or she explained eventually) that caused her to not to be sure if she could ever trust him again/she felt betrayed/she felt hurt/she felt angry/et cetera so she decided to break some objects that he liked to get some revenge/to cause him some pain.

I calmly tried to acknowledge the bad things that were done to her, I explained that what happened to her was bad but that what she did was wrong, I tried to comfort her the best that I could, I listened to her, I offered some advice to her to think about if she wants to either give him another chance (since she seemed to have loved him) & they both get relationship counseling or she tries to move on & get some counseling to help her do that, I offered other advice and talked about how I might have treated her/how I expect people in romantic relationships to treat each other, et cetera; and I seemed to help the woman feel better, and she was surprised by me & she commented about me probably being a better boyfriend/husband or something like that.

At some point she left to follow some of my advice, to think about how she wanted to handle the situation, et cetera; and the weather outside started to improve, and so I started back walking home but I saw my mom driving up the road looking for me & so I walked to the road where she could see me.

I got in the automobile and started explaining to my mom what had happened, but a lot of school buses & automobiles passed by us on their way to the D High School it seemed; and my mom mentioned that some sport games were about to take place, and we decided to drive over there to see what was going on briefly & I decided to stay & my mom left.

At some point the students/athletes/teachers/et cetera & I all went to the D Junior High School, and I remember going to a small hall that was more private to hangout in a small classroom; and at some point I went to the bathroom on this small hall, and the bathroom was small with a partial wall (about 5 feet 7 inches tall) that divided it from another part of the bathroom that was bigger & located on another hall.

So the bathroom was really one bathroom divided into two parts, I was actually able to urinate at a urinal without getting interrupted again (which is somewhat rare for my dreams), but some students went into the other part of the bathroom not even knowing that the part of the bathroom that I was in existed; but at some point they saw the top of my head since the wall was slightly shorter than me, and some of them climbed the wall to see what was on my side of the wall.

I think that my former classmate CW was one of the students who climbed the wall, they were surprised that another part of the bathroom existed, and then they followed me into the hall surprised to see that a separate hall existed on this side as well; and this slightly annoyed me since my private hall & bathroom was now known by other students, and so they went to tell some other students & more students came to my hall to hangout.

Some of the students who came to my hall were former classmates of mine like JP, LB, A, and several others; and we sat at desks and talked, and we found and/or some teacher brought us old yearbooks/photographs/et cetera from years ago when we graduated from school (which was odd since we seemed to be back in school again) & this brought back many memories for us.

We all started exploring the objects and talking about old memories, this part was amazing/magical watching these dream characters being so amazed & remembering so many past memories, and we had a good time; and I remember talking with JP, and A talking to me about memories that she had of me from her point-of-view.

More things happened after this part but I can not remember what happened, I might have left at some point to continue my journey home, but I woke up.

The end,

-John Jr

Trying To Fix A Redbox Machine (Kiosk)

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Last night I only remembered part of my last dream, I remember going to the Redbox automated machine (kiosk) at Walgreens in D to rent a DVD, but the machine was not working.

For some reason I decided to try to fix it so I opened it and inside was a space big enough from me to climb into it, so I did, and inside was a computer.

On the computer was an operating system that I predicted was some unknown Linux distribution, I remember seeing orange and green colors as part of the theme or GUI (graphical user interface), but I was not sure which distro / distribution it was.

I started to look for an icon that would launch the program that would make the Redbox machine start showing the Rent or Return DVD screen again, as I was doing this three men came up to the Redbox machine waiting for me to finish, they were speaking only Spanish; I tried to tell them what I was doing but they could not understand me and I could not understand them, so I kept trying to find the program again.

I did not see an icon for it on the desktop, so I tried to look for some menus that would show all installed programs, while doing that I wondered to myself if I did fix it; how does a person go about getting a job fixing and/or restocking Redbox machines, but I woke up.

The end,
-John Jr 🙂

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