Kyle MacLachlan's Emotionally Fulfilling Year

It looks like this is becoming the Kyle MacLachlan Blog. I won't apologize for that. I haven't had much else in the past month and a half besides Jurassic World (Chris Pratt was great as always) and Spy (Melissa McCarthy was hilarious as always). There's also Defiance's so far excellent season 3. But I don't have time to talk about any of that. Why not? I'm still working on posts about this season's finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and my new obsession with Twin Peaks, both heavily featuring - you guessed it - Kyle MacLachlan! They're long overdue, but instead and once again I'm taking time out from what I'm supposed to be working on to show you two interviews that are just too good to not share. I actually watched the first one over a week and a half ago, but time got away from me.

First up, so often interviews are too short and give minimal information about the subject's past or upcoming project(s). They're usually unsatisfying and then I find myself scouring YouTube to find more and better, but always in vain. This one, though, from Gold Derby is 27 minutes long! The interviewer questions Kyle about Portlandia, where he plays the wonderfully goofy mayor, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where his character was manic and heartbreaking. Such different roles, but both brilliantly done.

It allowed me to really...really do some really deep work, emotionally, that I hadn't had a chance to do. And I was so grateful for the opportunity and so pleased with the way it went. And the added benefit was the fans of the show were very accepting and very, I think, happy that I was on, and that's always nice to feel that, too.

Then there was The Good Wife. I only saw his most recent episode, but I loved it. The interview continued with Twin Peaks. In the final episode of that series, his quirky and compassionate character was so very wronged. Simultaneously the best and worst cliffhanger ever. Good thing it's returning next year. And finally it came back around to and ended with Portlandia and the song Kyle had to make up and sing about Portland. Somewhere in all of that, I also learned Guardians of the Galaxy is his favorite Marvel film because it was such a surprise. Same here. I couldn't believe it was far, far better than my first impression. I mean, there was a talking raccoon and a walking tree. I assumed it would be not so great, but I had to try it because it was Marvel and Chris Pratt.

Each question was answered at length with a cheerful attitude. MacLachlan is apparently someone who needs little prompting, and that's wonderful because it means he really loves what he does and he's happy to talk about it. The interview could have easily been twice as long, but let's not be greedy. So, set aside some time and start watching.

Don't forget to actually go to Gold Derby to read the video summary and to make your Emmy predictions for a chance to win prizes.

Part of the fun of working is that you laugh a lot, because you recognize, as you were saying, the truth of that scene. And the way they put it together, and the bouncing back and forth between each of the characters' five emotions - because we all have them - I thought was brilliant.

But wait, there's more. Stick around for another excellent interview. Kyle didn't tweet about it, so I didn't see it until a couple days ago. I would suggest also clicking through to JoBlo.com to see the nice introduction that JimmyO wrote about Kyle's ability to bring heart to what he does. He really did that beautifully in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this year, and it's what prompted me to finally start Twin Peaks, so I can't wait to see it in Inside Out. I keep hearing it's one of Pixar's best, and that's saying something, because so much of what Pixar does is wonderful.

I found myself continually surprised - as you watch the movie to where you're going - and that doesn't happen that often. Usually you can kind of see it coming, and these were things that were completely just a surprise and so emotionally fulfilling. It was genius.

Now, doesn't all this talk about Inside Out make you curious or excited to see it? That would be a nice way to celebrate this holiday weekend. And if you have seen it and you loved it, it'll be even better the second time around. At least see it for me since it's unlikely I'll be able to go before it's out of theaters. My family isn't interested for some reason. And how sad it is to go alone to a comedy? I never laugh as much as when I'm with people. :*(

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Inside Out ~ Don't Make Him Angry & Emotion Headquarters

Normally, I don't post a t-shirt on this site unless I've seen and loved the series, movie, game, book, whatever. Then I can actually write about what it means to me rather than just post a pic and expect people to open their wallets. Even if it's a very popular thing, if I don't like it or I haven't made it to the theater, I'll skip it, sometimes save it for later if I ever do see it and if the shirt is an amazing design.

But I'm making an exception for Inside Out today. First of all, it's from Pixar and that's just about always a sign of quality in story, character, and animation. Then there's Louis Black playing Anger! He was born for this role. But the best reason to see this movie is that people are saying it actually is fantastic. I keep seeing tweets and reviews about how Inside Out is a must see. And there are plenty of interviews with Kyle MacLachlan, the dad in the movie. Of course, he's promoting the movie, but MacLachlan is always a genuine person and you can tell he really loved the experience and how it turned out. The sentiment always comes down to Inside Out being surprising and "emotionally fulfilling," as he said in this JoBlo interview.

Now, I don't love to cry, unless I'm alone. But I love Pixar and I always look forward to their heart-tugging moments. So there is no way I am missing this movie. Unfortunately, I might be going alone. My family doesn't seem to be interested. This is the family that immensely enjoyed all the Pixar films we saw - only missed two. We quote Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and Up all the time. So what the heck? I think it's the commercials. The teasers didn't tease enough to get them interested....even with Louis Black. It's possible I'll have to wait until it comes out on Blu-ray. And I'm sure after I see it, I'll be wanting an Inside Out shirt of my own.

Sorry for the short deadline here. I didn't know this was coming up and I was already at work this morning before I realized. The sale is over at the end of the day. Emotion Headquarters and Don't Make Him Angry, both by the fantastic Drew Wise, start at $11 each and $3 for shipping. You also get a free button today! Cute. :)

If you miss this sale, I can look for the shirts for you on other websites where the artists dwell. Just leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Inside Out, Don't Make Him AngryInside Out, Emotion Headquarters

Emergence

I have never seen a more eerily gorgeous Batman shirt, or Batman anything.

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I would absolutely buy this for me, or my brother (who is REALLY into this series), if only I hadn't spent so much money satisfying my new Twin Peaks obsession recently. I'll definitely be buying it in the future if the artist, AlynSpiller, makes it available somewhere else. For now it's available for today only starting at $11 at TeeFury.

You can read more at ConsoleLife, where I talk a little bit about Arkham Knight (now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4) and the fact that it can be hard to find time to play games.

Jurassic Park & World ~ Dino DNA Collection

It has been quite a while since I've talked about t-shirts. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Art of Evolution prints pretty much became all there was for me for eleven weeks, and since then I've been writing a really long post about the spectacular, bittersweet finale. That won't be done any time soon, so I'm finally getting back into the one-a-day t-shirt world (or fifteen-a-week, in the case of collections).

I was supposed to bring this sale to you last weekend, but that's when TeeFury moved to a new affiliate network and that's when I was kicked out of the program. I hadn't sent any customers their way in a while, because life happened, so I thought they no longer wanted me. Good thing I kept a cool head and worded my email to them as discouraged but curious rather than unleashing the wrath of a thousand gods. I personally find that the former tends to get better results.

Turns out it just was a mistake and everything was cleared up. But it coincided with a sale I'd been looking forward to of tees that celebrate Jurassic World, the already very successful third sequel to one of my all-time favorites. I have a number of movies I count as favorites, and only The Princess Bride I think I watched more than Jurassic Park, but only because I'm usually more in the mood for laughs. So those are my top two, and when clever t-shirts are designed with either of them in mind, I get excited.

This collection was supposed to end on June 22. Luckily, it seems the sale has been extended for another four days. Just for me? Haha, no. I assume it's because they added a bunch of other great shirts that they hadn't started the sale with, two or three of which I badly want, one of which I may just get. I really have to curb my spending, though. I recently fell madly in love with Twin Peaks and I've gone mad buying all the things.

To showcase here, I picked my four favorite shirts of the ones I don't own (Gotta Love Me and Jurassic Bingo) or haven't already posted/seen before (Jurassic Aquarium, Just Keep Flying, Dino DNA). Wow, Super Jurassic World is adorable with a bunch of Yoshis following Mario, but I'll save that for a looooong overdue post on ConsoleLife...if I can get to that later. Nah, I don't think I'll have the time since it's Father's Day. I'll be a bit busy. I also actually need to see Jurassic World. I'm always at least a week behind on every movie. But I heard good things from @docsaico and I'm really itching to see it. [Edit: Ooh, just heard from my brother that we will be seeing it today, very soon. I should go get ready now.]

Tees start at $17 each and the shipping is more than reasonable, starting at $3. If none of these designs appeal to you, check out the rest of the Dino DNA Collection. The ones I mentioned already that I own or have posted before are highly recommended. [Edit: I couldn't help myself. I bought the first two shirts below, Attack on Dinosaur - Blue (No Text) and The Raptor Squad. They were just too good to pass up. And I couldn't choose between them. One represents the old and I had to celebrate the new, since Jurassic World was a lot of fun...except for the people next to me giggling constantly at the most inappropriate times. "Sorry, I forgot to laugh at people getting crunched in half. Trying to actually get into the mood here of this world where chaos reigns in the terrifying form of killer dinosaurs." Now I have to see it in the theater again to erase the memory of them nearly ruining the experience. They were hard to ignore.]

Attack On Dinosaur, Blue No Text by Justyna DorszThe Raptor Squad by zerobriant Hold On to Your Butts by TabnersJurassic Toy Story by trheewood

Kyle MacLachlan Behind the Scenes on Pixar's Inside Out

I'm in the middle of work, and I have even more work to interrupt that work, but I had to stop for a minute to share. Because how cute is this? Oh, I do love behind the scenes stuff. I wonder how odd it is to act opposite no one. However strange it may be, Kyle did a great a job being both sensitive and hilarious. Of course, that's no revelation since he always delivers.