Saturday, April 20, 2013

Friday Night Review


What did I think of this movie?

I think it was ‘Top Gun’ meets ‘Far and Away’, and had a kid called ‘Logan’s Run’.

*Spoiler* - The future is always a lie.  Well, at least from a certain point of view.


Was this the greatest Sci-Fi movie of all time?  No.
Was this the best Tom Cruise movie of all time?  No.

Did I like this movie?  Yes.

Why?  Interesting question.

Going into this movie, I did not know what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I also will not give away anymore spoilers.  The movie is easy enough to figure out, but it is still an interesting ride.  Just watch for the little things and enjoy the rather short story as it unfolds.  There is complexity in its simplicity, and enough action to entertain. 

My only suggestion on this movie is if your local theater has a cheap night, then you should watch it at that time.  The movie was good, but paying full price on opening night, still haunts my wallet.  At that price I could have bought the Blue Ray.  I could have watched it on my 55” TV with surround sound, and got the same quality of viewing with more comfortable seating. 

“Watch” or “Don’t Watch” Scale – Watch this movie.

Then tell me what you thought about it.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

A Story Teller

and nothing more.

There are a countless number of stories in this world.  Many of these, you will find written in the great and small books, of old and new.  Others are simply notes on a scrap of paper, heading for rubbish bin.  Then there are stories of the moment, being passed in conversation. Their telling is left floating on the wind, for whichever ear dares to catch them.  Some you may have heard.  Some you may have lived.  How many can you count as your own?  Do you remember how full of stories, the lives of your parents and grandparents were?  How many of you listened as they were told?  How many have you forgotten?  What I would not give, to once again hear in their voice, the stories my grandparents told.   I am ashamed to admit, that I did not listen as well as I should have.   I was young, and wrapped foolishly in my affairs of self importance.  Now, to look back on every wasted moment, and each is dearly missed.

That is why we tell stories, and why stories need to be remembered.  A piece of a person can live on in their stories.  I have a great love for stories, and a love of telling them even more.  As a simple purveyor of words, that is all I wish to do.  I want to place pen to paper, and scribble my words, from line to line, to have one word flow word to the next, and shaping my thoughts into the song of a story.  In the melody of words, my worlds will be created, shaped as only I before have seen.  Characters of all types shall be given life.  Some will be good, the most interesting are always bad, and some not much of either.  You will cheer for their victories, and weep for their losses, or vice versa. 

Certainly these are not the tales my grandparents told, or even dreamed of.  Still, I know they would appreciate their telling.  They are good stories and I claim no ego in saying so.  Honestly speaking, I am no master of this craft called writing, nor do I possess the spirit of an artist.  As I have implied before.  I am but a story teller.  I am here to entertain with wit and word.  My stories may not rival those in the great books, or even the small ones, but they will be exactly what they are.  They are for your enjoyment, and I wish to share them.  Now if you want, please visit my world, and I will spin you a tale of many others. 

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- Spared by Fire*
- Awakening*
- Revenant *  (Editing)
- Light in the Darkness  (Editing)

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Friday, April 5, 2013

*******Movie Review********

Olympus Has Fallen

**Warning** -- There may be spoilers, or maybe there won’t be.  Either way you have been warned.
So… let’s start by simply stating that this was a good “Action” movie.  We could probably finish there too, because that's all it was.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Now do not get me wrong.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.  I love a good action movie, and this is exactly that.  For that simple fact alone, I enjoyed this movie.  It was the action, it was excitement, and the story got you from point "A" to point "B".  It followed the formula to the letter.  (No pun intended.)

Getting the formula right is the key to any good “Action” movie.  It has to have and underlying sense of fun.  Things blowing up are fun.  Throw in a few emotional high points for spice.  Then toss into the mix your typical hero. In this case, we have Mike Banning, played by Gerard Butler.  He’s a stand up guy, with a little baggage from his past.  The character that is, for I don’t really know the actor.  In this movie, most of the hero's baggage stems mainly from the fact that he was unable to save his friends wife while instead saving his friend, who happened to be the President of the United States, played by Aaron Eckhart.  Obviously the friendship is strained and the two go their separate ways.  Okay, in this case, the one friend with the slightly more power has the other reassigned.

Shall we cut to the chase?  North Koreans dressed as tourist, and others disguised as members of the South Korean diplomatic party, launch a coordinated attack against the White House.  Lots of things blow up.  It was very impressive.  The Washington Monument has the top clipped off by a crashing plane, and the North Koreans take control of the White House and the secure, super secret bunker underneath.  The Hero Mike Banning shoots his way in, rescues the President’s son, half the White House is blown up, he kills all the bad guys, disarms a doomsday device, and then strolls out the front door with the President, and says one last witty remark.  “Sorry about the house.”  The two friends share a light laugh, as they walk past the bodies of many dead Secret Service agents and Terrorists.

That’s right boys and girls… “Action” movie.  If you want an exciting movie, where things blow up and lots of people get shot, then this is your movie.  If you were expecting Shakespeare, and honestly if you really were, then please ask the person next to you to smack you in the back of the head…. Twice.

With this type of movie, many will find much to complain about, I sure.  So I will offer a few of my own to be fair.  My major complaint was that I felt there were hints being dropped throughout about a conspiracy subplot, and I really thought Morgan Freeman was going to turn out to be the villain.  I was mistaken.  Not a single plot twist in the entire movie.  It seemed like at some point, they chose to cut out the plot twist, and inserted the ticking time bomb for the hero to defuse.  *Spoiler* - Surprise, he did it and saved the day at the last second.

My other complaint is that I thought the first “Die Hard” movie did this story better.  Rick Yune who played Kang, the villain, was really a poor man’s version of Alan Rickman’s, Hans Gruber.  Also the White House isn’t really that big, when compared to the Nakatomi Plaza Building in “Die Hard.”  Though in both movies they did blow up the top of each during a helicopter landing, and in both movies the hero goes over the side during the explosion.  No bloody feet on glass in this one though.

So do I recommend this movie?  Yes!  Most definitely!  Shakespeare lovers should have a friend smack them now.  Watch and enjoy this movie for the sheer fun of watching it.  Hero wins and the villain dies.  Trust me.  It’s better than sitting through another one of the Oscar winners.  Enjoy.


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