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Since 2014's intro into the cinematic Lego-verse, the franchise has spawned Batman and Ninjago spinoffs and video games. "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" is like a reunion plumb full of more songs and pop culture references. It's five years later. Emmet, Lucy and the gang are living in Apocalypseburg, a dystopian land of "Fury Road"-ish proportions.
Lynn Schwarzkopf remembers the excitement, "the lightness in your heart" she said, recalling meeting her husband, Erik. The Duluth woman felt it again when she talked about their date with a friend. And again when Erik texted her. Rebecca Davenport has been with her partner for about six years. There are times that he drives her "crazy," but there's something right about their union. They have chemistry, she said, and they both knew it right away. What these women experienced is common for people in the early stages of romantic love.
In the season of celebrating affection, we asked Northlanders to love share their stories, in 100 words or less. Here's what they had to say. ***
Erin DeWitt doesn't like to use the term "shaman," but the Duluth woman does identify with the work of a healer assisted by spirit guides. And she has built her faith and her livelihood around a spirituality that began in the Northland. She was living in Florida when she came to Duluth to visit her father. During a wintry night in the North Shore woods, DeWitt fell in a snowbank and saw the northern lights for the first time. "That, without me knowing it then, was my first closeness," she said. "I had this awareness of a presence bigger than me.
From true crime to zen stuff, your DNT newsroom has a large scope of tastes. Here's what we're listening to, Podcast Edition. *** "My Favorite Murder"
Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski rakes in three Oscar noms with "Cold War." It's post-WWII, and music director Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) travels the Polish countryside recording folk songs from the locals. (Each song foreshadows ill-fated love and caste separation.) Holding auditions for a musical production, he meets Zula (Joanna Kulig), who sings a haunting tune about the heart.
Every year, Kelby and Whitney Sundquist do something as a couple that's a little out of their comfort zone. Travel to Iceland, city-to-city bike tours, rappelling down the side of a canyon. Their latest was to build a mobile sauna and start a business. Hiki Hut hit Duluth streets in December, and so far, the bright blue sauna on wheels has made its way to events like the Superior Ice Festival and the Duluth Winter Village, and pop-ups at Lester Park and Hartley Nature Center.
For the most part, she tries to avoid the cat play area. She's not looking to add to the family. Animal Allies volunteer Annette Petersmeyer calls her third cat an "oops baby" because they connected during a shift. That was a few years ago. Today, Petersmeyer mostly works with dogs, and on a frigid January afternoon, she took a large mixed breed into an outdoor play area.
In "Serenity," Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain, sailing off the island of Plymouth. His ex Karen (Anne Hathaway) resurfaces, offering him big bucks to kill her abusive husband, Frank (Jason Clarke). Baker isn't into it because his sights are set on catching a giant tuna called justice. Note the start of symbolism overkill. It's got all the film noir devices — broken man, femme fatale, one-dimensional antagonist — but this film kills their potential. With Oscar winners.
Post-holidays and past the winter solstice, it feels like we've got a long way to go till spring. As temps drop this weekend, here are some easy picks to help beat the blahs — for whatever mood you're in. If you want to understand the memes • "Bird Box" You've seen the memes: people in blindfolds, a man prying open eyelids. "Bird Box" brings the sci-fi and suspense from the get-go, with Malorie (Sandra Bullock) spitting orders and threats to preschoolers.