Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Realigning Back to Reality.


Well after my very crazy and stressful day yesterday things are beginning to resemble my usual order, not that the problem has been solved, but that I am beginning to accept, deal, and move on with the rest of my life. Reality will always be more horrible than disassociating from it, however I can't live that way for the rest of my life. Therefore, this week will be very unproductive (which means no writing whatsoever unfortunately) as I am merely going to attempt to survive it and slowly with methodical reasoning deal with the problems that were dropped in my lap late this past Monday night. I have a feeling the problems will not be easily solved and I might be in for a long, stressful, and most difficult fight but I am a survivor and if I can go through everything that has happened to me over the past 26 years of my existence then I will most definitely survive this latest calamity. With all of the stress yesterday I forgot to do Clone Wars Tuesdays. Massacre is the latest episode when Count Dooku takes revenge on the Nightsisters for their part in attempting to kill him via Savage Oppress. I have to admit that I loved this episode; the powers of the darkside of the Force really come forth, and I happen to love all of the characters that were involved. Mother Talzin is amazing, I love Ventress, Grievous is always fun to have around, and Count Dooku is one of my favorite Sith Lords so how could I not love this episode. There are a few surprises in this episode, and it is very dark which actually surprised how dark they went. Season 4 is really turning out to be the best season yet, and still the best is yet to come. When I mentioned dissociating from reality there is no better way for me then to use good television shows, or fantasy; today was a little of both. I was a good number of episodes from the television series Commander In Chief starring Geena Davis as the President of the United States of America. I remember a little when this was released back in 2005 and that it didn't last that long, which is unfortunate as I now watch the show. I think it is brilliant, not as good as The West Wing but still very good. It has an excellent cast, compelling story and plot lines, relevant and thoughtful issues are brought to the table, and it is quite entertaining. I really like it so far and am slightly irritated that it wasn't continued on television, but I guess people for some reason simply aren't ready to see a woman as President of this great country. I'm going to get on my soap box for a moment and say that I would love to have a woman be President of this country, and I think it is something that is needed; my mother even agrees with me on that one. I would hope that most men are over the fact that women can be just as strong willed, and resolute a national leader as any man can be; Margaret Thatcher hopefully showed the world more than just being "The Iron Lady." There we are I'm done once again. Will try to slip back into more normalcy tomorrow, which means hopefully I'll sleep better and eat more, God only knows though how all of this is going to turn out. I certainly hope that everyone is having a better week than I.

Clone Wars "Massacre" Preview

Latest Avengers Trailer (looks pretty sweet)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One Really Crappy Day.


Remember last night when I said I had a financial situation that I thought would quickly go away and be resolved today? Well.......the situation didn't go away, and it is still looming over my head somewhat. Needless to say my wonderful ex-roommate got me somehow into a huge, freaking mess and I am once again left with the pieces to pick up. It sucks. Life sucks. I'd rather be living on a world all by myself like....like...Pandora (from the film Avatar) with nothing but the animals and nature around me. After tomorrow we'll see where I stand with all of this crap, but for most of the day I was trying to get that under control and once I dealt with it I then tried to get through the rest of the day, which wasn't easy. I escaped into Star Wars and then Harry Potter, which I found easier to disassociate into (I watched some of The Deathly Hallows Pt. 1). My good friend and co-worker Heather came over for a bit to cheer me up and breathe some confidence and cheer into, and I went to work (since it was in the same area where I used to live before moving to where I am now) to get a little unconditional love from the SED kids ironically and I also spoke with another good friend and co-worker of mine, Olympia. Thanks both of you for the positive energy sent my way, and prayers, good luck, and anything else is appreciated; life once again really, really sucks. However, I found this one prayer which was my motto throughout the day:

God Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the Difference.

The damnedest crap happens for no apparent reason in life without warning or preparation; why? No one really knows, and it can be years before you reflect back and wonder if that was the reason all of that crap happened to you so long ago. Fortunately, I'm only a little still shaken up but much calmer and my mind and body are more at ease. Laffy Taffy is an amazing kind of candy; I'd like to thank whoever created the concoction as it has made me happy on countless occasions. I would also like to send my prayers to Jill, who also had something rather tragic happen today. All of that up there that I wrote applies to her as well, although different situations and far more tragic circumstances; God is with you Jill, as are all of your friends. I hope all of you had a far better day than me as there is no sense in all of us having a really crappy day. The show must go on however, and I'm hoping for a happy Job ending for all of this (I'm speaking by the way about the book of Job in the Bible, check it out if you haven't; has a better ending than a Disney fairy tale). 

You Raise Me Up by Westlife

Monday, February 27, 2012

Frittatas & Omlettes.

Well work went very well, aside from a few odd bumps along the way. It rained fairly hard out here in not so sunny San Diego at the moment, which was very lovely, although I wasn't a big fan of the cold that accompanied it. As for the title, it is a new "joke" of sorts that I learned from one of my co-workers tonight; it actually had us all rolling in laughter. The bad part of the day came when I got back to my apartment and found out that my old, wretched roommate racked up an unpaid bill of about $7,000 at where I used to live with him before I moved to where I am currently now, and somehow my name ended up on the collection agency's radar. So it is going to be interesting to see what is up when I call them tomorrow; I'm kind of rattled honestly so hopefully there is a logical explanation for it all that will easily clear me out of the way. I need lots of prayers and positive thoughts pointed my direction right now. So I'm going to snack on something, read a book, and hopefully get some sleep. All of you people enjoy your week as I hopefully enjoy my days off.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

And The Oscar Goes To..............


Before I get started let me say that yes I called in sick primarily so I could watch the Academy Awards, but I also was actually sick as well so it worked out after all. Fortunately when my guest arrived, I was able to speak somewhat in a normal voice and I didn't feel like crap like I had been feeling like in the morning. Yes the day was lovely and I was busy making preparations for the big night. My chicken fajitas turned out masterfully, and my home made angel food cake (not using even a mix) was divine. The company was great, and the entertainment was....surprising to say the least. Overall my predictions were half correct with The Artist being dominant, but I was unexpectedly surprised when Hugo kept receiving award after award. Eventually whenever it was nominated in a category, I just called it and it mostly won, at least when The Artist wasn't present. That threw me for a loop that such a film was snagging up the awards; 5 in all, with Hugo taking 5 Oscars as well. I cheered when Meryl Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress, smiled when Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor, cheered again when A Separation won Best Foreign Film, and cursed the screen again when Jean Dujardin won for Best Actor for his work in The Artist. Overall it was an excellent Oscar show, thanks of course to Billy Crystal hosting (it always seems to be a fantastic show when he hosts). For the most part the fashion for both men and women was rather nice; Christopher Plummer being perhaps the best dressed man and Cameron Diaz perhaps being the best dressed woman...at least in my opinion. Cirque du Soleil performed a remarkable number, no songs were sung from the nominees (which wasn't odd considering the selection) so that was a little unusual. There were a lot of good comedic moments, the best being of course from Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis who both carried a pair of cymbals while delivering their presentation of nominees in the category of Best Original Song; it was perhaps the best moment of the entire show I believe. Here's some more things that I thought and noticed throughout the show: a lot of the women were trending very short hair, or hair that was done up (for lack of technical language), Angelina Jolie is deathly anorexic looking (poor woman; Brad Pitt should feed her more), speeches were shorter and much more enthusiastic (not as boring and longwinded as they used to be), and thankfully politics were kept out of the show aside from one very short, but funny jab to the Republican Presidential Nominees. All in all it was a very lovely evening, aside from my very rude and loud neighbors creating enough racket so that I had to turn the volume up on my television and pound on the wall to get them to stop being so noisy, which didn't help because they just pounded multiple times back. Anyways. I am very thankful I had the day off to rejuvenate, heal, and enjoy myself along with this event which is my "Superbowl" for me, due to my love of film. Tomorrow I work again though, but then I have three days off, which will be immeasurably needed. Oh, my updated map for the second edition of The Curse of a Warrior has been completed along with a few other things that I will be shipping off to the publisher on Tuesday. Progress is coming along, and soon I will be assigned a cover artist. That will be so much fun! Have a great night everyone, and if you missed the Oscars, well.....you missed quite a show.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finishing it Up.

Aside from feeling like crap most of the day, work wasn't too bad. I did some more painting for the cottage and some other stuff, and there were some behaviors but nothing too heavy. I can't speak really at the moment, unless you call sounding like Darth Vader with a cold any form of communication. So there was my day, even though it all seems rather blurry to me at the moment. I once again am exhausted, but I am looking forward to tomorrow; getting better and the Oscars of course. Finishing up the nominations tonight we have firstly Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Well I would like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to win the Oscar because it was brilliantly written and played out, but I have a sneaking suspicion that The Descendants will nab it. Finally, we have the nominees for Best Original Screenplay: The Artist, Bridesmaids, Margin Call, Midnight in Paris, A Separation. This is another one that I think will be simple to choose for myself and what the Academy would choose; A Separation. Call it a deep gut feeling, but I have a feeling that will win it, and I also think it deserves it as well. That film looks like it has a lot of guts, and those Iranian filmmakers were very brave to take on an issue like that in that particular country. So there ya all are. Have a great weekend, enjoy the Oscars if you watch them, and take time to relax and partake in something you really enjoy doing. Hopefully I'll feel better, and none of you will get sick.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Painting the Walls


At work, after all of the SED's went to school, and after I finished cleaning up the cottage, I began to paint the walls. You see we are redoing the theme/program which was previously the planets/space; now it will be the Wonderful World of Disney! It's going to look amazing after we are done with it all. I painted so much and for so long; I think that is pretty much what I did from 9am to about 4:30pm with a few interruptions here and there. I'm very sore and tired; going up and down the ladder and holding onto a roller and paintbrush is quite taxing on muscles which haven't been used that much in a while. A sure sign that I need to work out again. Other than that work was fine, except of the SED's tried to strangle himself with a belt and beat up a peer that was far younger and wimpier than he is. I was too exhausted to do anything when I got back to my apartment except eat and watch television. For the Oscar Nominations tonight we will be starting off with Best Sound Editing: Drive, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and War Horse. I think War Horse should win it but Hugo will most likely nab this award. For the nominations of Best Sound Mixing we have: The Girl With the Dragon TattooHugo, MoneyballTransformers: Dark of the Moon, and War Horse. I think the obvious winner for me is definitely Transformers: Dark of the Moon  because those films have some of the richest mixing that I have ever heard, but I think once again that Hugo will nab an award in the sound category. The last category of the night is Best Visual Effects: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I'd like to think that the answer to this nomination is easy for both me and the Academy: Planet of the Apes of course. I don't think that I have to regale any of you with how striking not only the effects were, but how real Caesar appeared and acted was astounding; truly groundbreaking. Darth Maul returns from death in The Clone Wars; the trailer below is incredible, as I am certain that the season finale will also be thus from season four. Well I exhausted and still feeling sick so I am going to get some sleep; I trust most of you average workers enjoy your weekend off, and watch the Oscar if you can and see which ones you can guess will win.

Darth Maul Returns Trailer

A nice little Oscar poke from an unlikely comedian. Very funny, especially if you see the trailer for his film.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

IT.

The Oscars are about three days away, and I have more nominees than days left so I'm going to be tripling and doubling up a little to squeeze them all in before this Sunday. However, before I get to anything else I will share the answers of the word jumbles that I posted yesterday in the same order: Giant, Rural, Lotion, Valley, Panda, Moose, Figure, Tackle. Perhaps you were better at these than I am; I got quite a few but I swore up and down that several of them couldn't have been intelligible words, obviously I don't know my ordinary English words very well. Today actually flew by relatively quickly. I went to a goodbye party for a client that was discharged today to go home and live with his family. I made him some brownies and wrote him a note; he had excellent humor and a brilliant imagination which I hopes he puts to a productive and positive use. I think I might actually miss this one rather then being stuck with the SED that threatens to kill everybody. Spoke with me mum for a bit and caught up, although I swear that I was doing all of the talking and she was just listening, which is a bit of a switch for us. Can't believe it's the last full week of February and then next week tomorrow is March. Time will not relent. So one of the Oscar categories for tonight is Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet" (The Muppets) and "Real in Rio" (Rio). Ummm....well there are only two nominees for some odd reason and both of them are from children's films; I think I'm going to pass and say that I don't care. Some how the Academy let the ball fall on this category; what a shameful disappointment. Another category is Best Animated Short Film: Dimanche/Sunday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, La Luna, A Morning Stroll, and Wild Life. I love short films, but I have no idea where you would even find these to watch which is real shame because there is a lot of good talent that creates these. I'm going to go with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore as my winning choice, and La Luna to win it. The next Category is Best Live Action Short Film: Pentecost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak, and Tuba Atlantic. Well..... short titles for short films I suppose. Raju sounds really interesting so I'm going to choose that one as my choice, and Tuba Atlantic as the Academy's choice. Back to work tomorrow formally; should be a good two days and then......The Oscars!! I haven't seen them broadcast like this for years, and Billy Crystal is hosting so it should definitely be a good show. Have a good weekend everyone.

Pixar's new film Brave. Looks interesting.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birthdays of Smallest to Greatest.


First of all Happy Birthday to my sister Cindy; may she have a lovely day, a lovely time with her new family, and many more joyous birthdays to come. Secondly, happy birthday to George Washington; the United States of America's first President, and the Commander and Chief of the army that got this great nation through the Revolutionary War. Without him, it is dubious that America would be the place that it is today. So today was quite productive although I didn't get any writing accomplished. I spoke with two of my sisters both totaling about two hours, and then I was doing some financial work. A little later I did some play though, and made myself a rather hearty dinner. Fortunately for the most part I didn't feel ridiculously sick, although instead of drowning myself in tea I drowned myself in water. In paper a few days ago a puzzle of sorts caught my eye; word jumbles. These were the words I tried to unscramble: AGNIT, ARRUL, INLOOT, LYALVE, DANAP, OMEOS, RIUFEG, KECTAL. All of them are ordinary English words, nothing fancy; I was mostly unsuccessful to my grievous irritation, but it made so much sense when I saw the answers the following day. I will share the answers tomorrow, unless you found all of them by then. For some reason I felt like watching The Phantom of the Opera today, which I just recently got on Bluray. I must admit that the image looks much crisp and sharper on this format than standard DVD; I'm thankful my friend lost my DVD copy. You see, sometimes good things happen when bad things occur; you just have to see beyond the crap. I really enjoyed the music that Andrew Lloyd Webber created, and even though the film was good (cinematography was astoundingly breathtaking), there were definitely things I would have done differently. It was a lovely distraction for a while though; I guess that's what films are supposed to be anyways. One of my favorite Academy Award nominations is featured tonight......Best Original Score: John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin), Ludovic Bource (The Artist), Howard Shore (Hugo), Alberto Iglesias (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and John Williams (War Horse). Below are samples from all five films. Well, I have listened to a bit of all of them and I think that Alberto Iglesias should get it for his work, which was good although not really much to my liking. I think John Williams and Howard Shore have won enough Oscars for now, but Ludovic Bource will most likely snag it for The Artist. Well there it is everyone; I'm beginning to suddenly feel like crap as I continue to cough and sound like the old hack that I act like. Have a fantastic evening, day, and night.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Alberto Igliesias

Snowy's Theme by John Williams

The Reunion by John Williams

The Chase by Howard Shore

The Artist Overture by Ludovic Bource

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dreams of Being........Sick?


I don't know how I feel about blogging about being sick again after seemingly blogging about it for months last year. To quickly sum it up, it sucks once again. I woke up this morning and felt like crap. Throughout the day I felt like crap as well, but it was bearable for the most part. I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds for me in that regard. So the day was fairly ordinary and as relaxing as it can be when one is sick. Last night I finished reading Darth Bane: Rule of Two and then began reading Darth Plagueis and yes I know that they're both Star Wars books, but hey I'm a big fan of the Sith, their teachings, and the Dark Lords. Top favorites are: Naga Sadow, Freedon Nadd, Exar Kun, Darth Revan, Darth Bane, Darth Tyranus, and of course my most favorite of all Darth Sidious (the emperor). Reading these kind of books is a nice break from reality, which my job often reminds me that it sucks, reality that is. I did manage to get some more writing done, and it has happened again; another one of my short stories is taking on a whole new life of its own. The witch short story is developing into something that is taking far longer to finish writing than I thought that it would, but I believe when I have all of the parts put together that it will make quite a powerful story. During dinner I watched What Dreams May Come; I remember this film because I was watching the Oscars of which it won one for Best Visual Effects. It looked interesting then and I thought that it would be good, especially since it had Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Max Von Sydow starring in it. I was for the most part mistaken. The film was essentially boring; it had some fascinating notions about the afterlife, but not very pleasant ones if you ask me. I'd like to think that there won't be any heartaches or tears once I'm in Heaven. I liked the story/relationship between Robin Williams' character and his wife played by Annabella Sciorra; it was powerful, and perhaps the best part of the film. The visual effects for which it won an Academy Award for were quite good for the era, and quite visionary. But I kept waiting and wondering when the film was going to be over, therefore I am giving the film a "Yearning Ability;" it just could keep my interest going, and Robin Williams is much better suited for comedy than drama. In the Oscar nominations lineup we have Best Makeup: Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2, and The Iron Lady. I'm uncertain why this category always has so few nominees, but for me personally it is a slam dunk that The Deathly Hallows Pt.2 should get the Oscar, but it will probably go to Albert Nobbs. All three of these films are good nominees, but I would think that they would get more films that have.....well....more intense makeup features. Hopefully I will be feeling a little better tomorrow, and pray that I don't drown from drinking too much tea.

What Dreams May Come Trailer


Monday, February 20, 2012

Sick on Mondays.

Well I wouldn't have thought that after reading that article in the newspaper about the flu season getting a slow start that it was actually true, however tonight I stand most aggravatingly corrected. One of the SED's got me sick, who he himself has the flu or something like it. So now my throat is quite pained, sinuses are draining, and my nose is getting stuffy. It sucks, and my ears once again are popping after I feel like I just  got done being sick and dealing with this crap. The day at work was okay, although there were times when I wanted to pull my hair out of my head, but I was able to cope with the situation. Good help is difficult to find these days. Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film are: Bullhead (from Belgium), Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), A Separation (Iran), Footnote (Israel), and In Darkness (Poland). In all truth I only know about A Separation, and despite how good the other ones sound, I'm going to go with that for my pick to win and for the Academy to choose as well. It actually looks quite good from the preview; I encourage all of you to look it up. I think I posted the trailer a couple months ago or so. My days off are finally here! I am going to enjoy them immensely.......if I am not suffering in sickness.

Bullhead Trailer

Footnote Trailer

In Darkness Trailer

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sundays Are Something.

It was a rather routine Sunday. I got up and went through the morning paper while I watched an old Jack Lemmon film called Avanti. Those were the days when comedy films possessed class, wit, and good stories; now they're on average just plain crap. And yes that is technical language. Work went well and thank the maker there were no major crises. I'm kind of getting over my job, but for now I have to stick it out; can't be too picky these days when it comes to making money. And the nominations for Best Film Editing are: Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Kevin Tent (The Descendants), Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Thelma Schoonmaker (Hugo), and Christopher Tellefsen (Moneyball). This is a difficult category to choose if you haven't seen the films. I'm going to go with The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo; I remember how the film was edited together, and it was actually quite brilliantly done, but The Artist will most likely snag the award. My days off are almost here; just one last day.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Halfway Point.

Two more days left of work before my days off once again arrive. This weekend at work has gone well so far (knock on wood) perhaps all of the SED's got the wretchedness out of their systems Lord willing. Minor tantrums, attitude, and a lot of defiance but for the most part they behaved themselves. After work I cam home and chilled. Got an order in the mailbox from Amazon: Got a couple of books, a film, and a new mouse. Definitely can tell from the contents that it was really exciting to open. The Oscars tonight continue to be a little boorish, for we have Best Documentary Short: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, God is the Bigger Elvis, Incident in New Baghdad, Saving Face, and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Not much to on here, but Saving Face sounds rather interesting and I think that I would like it to win. However, I think The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is going to win; something about the title just screams Academy Award. Well....there it is. Hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend, and if I am forgetting any national holidays, events, or anything else like that it is because I am very spacey for whatever reason and that also my calendar is very boring when it comes to significant days and times.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Vicious Circle of Work.

One works really hard so that one can get to the days off. One works really hard so that one can reach the pay days. One works really hard so that one can do it all over again, and again, and yet repeatedly again; it becomes a vicious cycle. I suppose this would be alright if you loved your job, or were distracted by a life outside of your job that gave you something constantly to look forward to or keep you from thinking about your job. At the moment this is where I find myself; caught up in a job that I find increasingly stressful and unlikable. Yet because of the economy and my lack of adventure there seems to be little that I can at the moment do about it. It sucks. Fortunately today work went well; I was constantly busy, but I was able to manage through it all. For some odd reason towards the end of the shift I began to get very, very sleepy; I almost fell asleep while driving home. Once I got home, I relaxed, took a shower and ate some dinner while watching some documentaries of the American Revolutionary War. Lots of good insight, like how Nathaniel Green was one of the greatest commanders of the Continental Army along with Daniel Morgan who kind of reminded me of General George Patton. Speaking of documentaries, for tonight's Oscar category we have Best Documentary Feature: Hell & Back Again, If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Pina, and Undefeated. This is one of the Academy Awards that I always know very little of unfortunately and where guessing is somewhat futile. However, I have heard a lot of chatter about Undefeated so I am going to choose that one to win and also to be the one I would like to see win as well. Not very sporting I suppose, but life goes on; it is possible that the tree documentary could win though; Hollywood is filled with enough such sympathizers.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Patriot.


At first my day began with updating my computer operating system (Windows) which took over an hour; to say the least it wasn't what I had expected. All I wanted to do was install the new internet explorer, but first I had to update Windows; I thought it would be quick and easy, but it wasn't that way. After I thought (by now an hour and fifteen minutes plus had gone by) it was installed and then I could get on with my morning, it said that it had failed to update and was reverting back to the way the system was before the update began. This took another lump of time, and then getting fed up with the whole bloody process as my screen was blank I restarted my computer. Bad idea. For a few minutes my computer did nothing except get so far booting up and then restart. Before I thought all was lost I grabbed the operating disc and slipped it in and was able to boot up the system from that and initiate some sort of file recovery and get the blood machine working. To say the least, I hated Microsoft, then I was thankful they made it relatively easy for me to solve the problem. It comes from all of those years back when I use to toy with the computer operating system MS. DOS for those of you who remember the far more simpler days of running a computer. After that I got on with my day and all that was in it. Don't you hate overbooking social engagements. I did it last week with a friend and completely forgot until she called me about it last night, but being in the middle of a desperate battle with India nothing really registered until this morning when I looked up at my calendar. Life sucks sometimes. The evening went well, and upon returning at home I decided to watch The Patriot since I have been watching this documentary on the American Revolutionary War. It was surprised how many historical inaccuracies the film had, including how brutal the British were depicted and how nice the American colonials were also depicted. Hey it made for a great film, and who could forget John Williams' brilliant theme. The big Academy Award Nominations are tonight with the nominees for Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Pyane (The Descendants), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), and Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life). It's obvious that The Artist will win the Oscar, but personally I think The Descendants should get it; now it comes down to which one of the "the titles" will win best director. Work again begins tomorrow, but I really hope that this weekend calmer heads will prevail and no biting, spitting, punching, kicking, or screaming will reign dominant from the SED's.

John Williams' The Patriot Theme

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

And The Rain Came Down.


It was lovely. It was for the most part cloudy all day and rained all day. At one point I sat my chair down in front of my living room window, turned on some relaxing "rain like" music and watched it for about a half hour or so. This kind of weather I just love; I really don't fully understand why, but it is just relaxing and beautiful to me. Not to mention, it is better than snow/freezing rain, super hot/dry heat, humid & muggy weather, or so cold it can't even snow. I personally like thunderstorms, but those don't happen very often in San Diego; not enough humidity I think. Anyways. Today was a whole lot more relaxing than yesterday, which therefore means it was a whole less unproductive as well. I managed to get more writing done though, but remained unfinished with the short story. It's turning out to be longer than I anticipated, but that's a good thing. Perhaps I'll be finished with it tomorrow, perhaps not. Over the weekend when I was experiencing some internet difficulties, or I suppose it was before, I watched this film called Snow White: A Tale of Terror. Aside from Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neil everyone else was unknown. I thought with the emergence of interest with the Snow White Tale, that it would be interesting to see what this one was all about, not to mention that I like Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neil. Actually the film was rather dreadful; with the exception of Ms. Weaver as the wicked Queen, everyone else was rather annoying. She however played a wicked queen masterfully and beautifully; there was magic, but it was ever so subtle. I wouldn't recommend anyone to see it. It had a lot of potential, but fell miserably flat; I can say that it was relatively entertaining though despite coming across as very cheesy at times. The Snow White character was quite annoying. Anyways. The Academy Award Nominees for Best Costume Design are: Lisy Christl (Anonymous), Mark Bridges (The Artist), Sandy Powell (Hugo), Michael O'Connor (Jane Eyre), and Arianne Philips (W.E.). If you've paid attention to this category it always seems to be the period films that win the award on the average, and this is for good reason in my personal opinion. Therefore I think Anonymous should win the award, but The Artist will likely continue it's predominance throughout this category as well and obtain the award which doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve it, but I remain with my opinion where it lies. It's hard to believe that I only have one more day off left; it only seems like the other day that I was getting bitten. Well I suppose I will just have to be prudent with my time tomorrow.

Snow White: A Tale of Terror trailer (and yes it is a made for TV film).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day.


Well to all of those lovers and kind hearted souls this is your day; for those of us who are melancholy, glass is half empty today was just another day. I began the day with a blast. Of course I have been itching to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace since it was released in theatres this past Friday, and it was quite an experience seeing it in 3-D, actually it was quite something seeing it on the big screen again after almost thirteen years. I remember the first time I saw it. I must have been....around 13 years old at the time; my sister Paula was calling on the phone to the theatre getting the times for the film while she was baby sitting a couple of boys (I was with her for some odd reason I can't remember). Eventually us two and my sister Cindy went to the theatre to see it after telling my oldest sister Christina that we were going to the library (you see growing up we were forbidden to go to the movies). Anyways once we arrived at the theatre and got our tickets, low and behold there was my sister's boyfriend (Andrew) and a friend of his (Bob). At the time my sister and the two gentlemen acted as if it was a coincidence that all of us were there at the same time, but later on I found out that wasn't the case. Anyways after first starting out in the wrong theatre room, we found the right one and waited for the film to begin. Once the music started and the script rolled down the screen I was hooked to the screen; I didn't look away once (according to my sister's boyfriend and her it was quite funny to see). Once it was all over, we were the only ones that stayed for the credits and heard the Vader breathing, we parted ways and returned home with our story. My sister was really bummed though that she didn't get to see Darth Maul cut in half as her boyfriend distracted her. However, our older sister didn't buy our story and proceeded to tell our mother that something was up. Considering I was the youngest, most naive and idealistic, she began interrogating me. Of course at that age I couldn't withstand my mother's profound interrogation techniques and caved in and spilled my guts. My two sisters and I got grounded for...how ever long it ended up being. The irony of that whole situation is three years later I took my oldest sister, and my mother both separately to see Attack of the Clones. Anyways, the 3-D in The Phantom Menace was fairly good; I think it could have been far better than it was. George Lucas and I disagree about the purpose of 3-D; he likes it to add depth, I like it for it's immersive qualities of being able to suck in the viewer as if he or she is actually in the action of the film. Digital Yoda was awesome, of course the climactic lightsaber battle with Darth Maul was totally sweet, and I just saw all kinds of incredible details that I'd never noticed before. It was nice. It wasn't awe-inspiring since I have seen it many times, but it was a brilliant reminder of good times and why I love this saga so much. For your Oscar pleasure tonight we have the nominees for Best Art Direction: The Artist, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Pt.2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and War Horse. Based on what I've seen I think Hugo should get the award, although I believe Midnight in Paris will actually win the award. Back to The Phantom Menace for a moment, I found something interesting while watching it. Just like the violence and political situation in Syria is spiraling out of control, and bodies of government intervention like the U.N. & the E.U. find themselves figuring out how to deal with the matter by discussing possible solutions in a committee as China and Russia buy time for Assad to get his house in order. This to me seems very similar to what the Trade Federation does to the Naboo and how the Republic attempts to try and use political methodology to deal with an obvious invasion and war like situation where action is clearly needed, and in the end is what solves the solution, otherwise it would have been prolonged and drawn out with neither side really probably winning. Sound familiar? It might if you are keeping up with what it happening in Syria. For Clone Wars Tuesdays today we have the end of quadrilogy "Crisis on Naboo." The bounty hunters getting ready to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. It was actually well done with a good bit of action and mystery to it all, but I'm still confused why Dooku would want to kidnap his own master, and why Darth Sidious would even come up with the plan. It would have been nice to see what Dooku was trying to accomplish and why Darth Sidious hatched the plan, but other than that it was a good finale to the four episode story arc. You got to see Anakin angry at the notion of being kept in the dark by the Jedi Council, which was a nice touch. Okay I think I have yacked enough for tonight. I will continue to enjoy my days off and hopefully finish that short story this week.

"Crisis on Naboo" Clone Wars Preview

Trailer for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Very odd, weird, and I don't know what the former U.S. President would think of being a vampire slayer.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Absences & War.

Technology is a double edged sword. It is very helpful, but also can be very stressful and a royal pain in the backside. After chatting up a storm with Cox internet service technicians over the weekend about my problematic internet connection I finally got a date with a technician today, which didn't show of course before I went to work. They called me numerous times though once I was at work, but since I don't carry my phone on me I didn't get of any it until hours later after the fact. They were sorry that they missed me; I was fit to be tied of course, but for some God blessed reason my internet seems to be working fine so far knock on wood. My blogging absence over the weekend has been because of that, so I apologize. Work has been hellish. Two SED's were completely nuts all of Saturday, and almost all of Sunday; this involved restraints, light fixtures being yanked down from the ceiling, biting, spitting, scratching, kicking such foul language and violent gestures that it would drive the average person, unequipped to deal with it, mad which I almost became. I am physically exhausted from the weekend, and today this one SED got hold of my wrist and went to town on it with his teeth. Fortunately he didn't break any skin, but the red puffy marks tell their own story nonetheless. This SED also tried to strangle himself, beat his head against the wall and window, and tried to swallow stuff so that he would choke and die. This was my early evening between 3:15pm-4:30pm, and then he calmed down and was pretty chill the rest of the evening. I am skimming over so many interesting details of my work weekend, but that is short and quick of it all; stay out of mental health if you never want to experience what I just related. And it gets worse the older people get; this SED was 9 years old by the way and he was quite adamant about killing himself and trying to hurt and or kill me as well when he realized that I wouldn't allow him to harm himself. Now I have my days off, and I intend to rest and relax a lot. For tonight our Oscar Nominations for Best Cinematography are: Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson (Hugo), Emanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life), and Janusz Kaminski (War Horse). Okay, so I've only seen The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo but I've seen enough of the others to know how best to select. I really liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with it's dark edginess and bleak Swedish countryside. However, there was something about Hugo which was equally appealing in its presentation which made the film seem mechanically surreal. I a

Friday, February 10, 2012

Technical Gremlins.

My internet is flipping out yet again despite calling customer service to try and fix the problem. I almost broke my computer out of frustration and anger, but fortunately none of the damage was permanent. So I'm skipping over a few things because I haven't a clue when I'm going to lose the connection again, which sucks because I won't be able to do the Oscar nomination tonight. I could try I suppose, but my severe lack of patience right now is really a danger to my computer and immediate possessions. Hopefully by tomorrow things will have...corrected themselves. Signing off begrudgingly; I hate technology when it doesn't work without any reason as to why it doesn't work. Have a great weekend everyone as I listen to SED kids scream in my ears and whine and complain about going to their rooms.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Returning to the Ending.


To celebrate and in a way prepare myself for the 3-D released of The Phantom Menace in theatres tomorrow I decided to watch Return of the Jedi. It isn't my most favorite of the films, but I've come to like it more over the years. It's just so sad when Luke throws the Emperor into the shaft of the Death Star's main reactor, and I always tear up when the Executor plunges into the surface of the Death Star in a blaze of inferno. Oh well, but the celebration sequence always gets me; and personally I like the additions that George Lucas made to the DVD editions. I won't unfortunately get to see The Phantom Menace until Tuesday, but it will be well worth the wait after seeing it only once in the theatres almost thirteen years ago. Today was a rather lazy day again, but I did some reading and also I did force myself to sit down and do some writing. I texted my sister Paula and told her to give me an idea for a short story, she came up with a rather interesting notion; witches infiltrating the White House. You may think that sounds ridiculous, but I actually liked the idea upon hearing it and have taken it and shaped it into something truly unique and emotionally powerful....at least that is what I am going for. It took me an hour almost to develop it a little before I sat down and began writing, but the words just poured out of my fingers as I began typing; it was rather amazing. I'm not finished yet, and I don't know how long it will take me, but I am confident that when I am finished it will be a great little story. How can it not be with those two things together. For nominees of Best Animated Feature we have: A Cat In Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, and Rango. Well not being rather that all interested in the average animated film I have seen none of these films. However, I would like Rango to win but I'm sure the Academy will choose A Cat In Paris. Why do you ask perhaps, do I think that will get chosen for the Oscar? Well, on average the Academy likes to choose animated films that aren't popular money making ones in favor of more artsy foreign animated films like the one I suggested. We'll see if my prediction and theory rings true. Back to work again after three days off; it's getting kind of sad when you can't wait for your next round of days off before you actually begin work again. I need to work on that.

The Phantom Menace Superbowl Spot 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Legacies and Food.


Today was rather uneventful, save for the fact that I got paid and the U.S. federal government accepted my tax returns! Shouldn't be too long before I receive my refunds, and I know just what to do with them. Today was nothing really exciting. I got some grocery shopping done and then relaxed; I had a friend over for dinner which was lovely. Speaking of friends, I had two flake out on me for dinner and lunch plans that we had arranged over the past weeks. It was kind of disheartening to get two texts in a row cancelling; fortunately my dinner date tonight did not cancel otherwise that would have really sucked. I seem to attract really flaky friends who can't seem to be consistent, and especially aren't reliable; tis the bane of my social experience. Anyways. I was surfing the web this morning and I found a lovely trailer for The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. It looks like it should be really good, but I will leave the jury out on that one until I see it, or find out more about it. And the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are: Alexander Payne, Nat Fraxon, & Jim Frash (The Descendants), John Logan (Hugo), George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, (Moneyball), and Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). I have seen only two of the nominated films, which is apparently my average at the moment for Oscar films seen. I would like to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy win it, but I have a feeling that The Descendants will be taking home the golden statue unless Brad Pitt can bribe a few individuals to vote his direction for Moneyball. Well perhaps I'll get some writing done tomorrow. I've been really short on motivation lately for whatever reason; it's been more fun to not write oddly enough, so I think I might just have to get into the swing of things again. Hopefully that's all it takes, although it would be nice to get all of this stuff with the second edition of The Curse of a Warrior and the second book of the trilogy all finished. Time and patience; oh how I wish I had more of both.

The Bourne Legacy trailer.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I'll Give You Taxes!!!!!


Yes today was the day that I filed my income taxes for federal and state governments, and I was blessed to come out with a sizable chunk of change which I'm going to invest. It was nice to get it out of the way quickly, and it didn't even take that long fortunately. I remember the first time that I did it; it took me forever because I was so worried that I was going to make a mistake, but now things go much smoother. Before I did all of that though, I went and saw the film The Woman In Black. I was curious and very interested to see how Daniel Radcliffe would do apart from the Harry Potter franchise; I wasn't disappointed to say the least in many regards. His performance was excellent, and the film was definitely......scary, creepy, and almost a little too dark for my taste. There were two moments during the film where all of the hair on me stood upright for a few seconds and I'm sure I didn't breathe; my facial expression would have been priceless. It was the same feeling of sorts that I get when I go down roller coasters; those were some intense scary moments. So if you like getting freaked out really good, then this film does it fantastically. See it in the theatre though to get scared really good; I think it had something to do with the large screen which amplified the scariness taking place on-screen. The Clone Wars Tuesdays continue with......"The Box." Yes this next episode had quite the....title I suppose, although the action taking place during the episode wasn't quite as trite. Basically a bunch of bounty hunters and assassins are gathered together for a test to single out the lame ones and acquire the best ones for an assignment to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine. The action was good, and things were thought out quite inventively. In terms of episode layers, these four episodes are lining up nicely into something rather cool and entertaining ending most likely in something quite climactic and dramatic (at least I hope so). The next episode sees everything unfold to the last. I will only briefly touch on this subject which has been frustrating me maddeningly ever since it has been occurring; the Syrian civil crisis. While Europe and the U.S. decide on how best to get Assad out of power, his army has killed almost 6,000 people and the number continues to rise every day. China and Russia have blocked the U.N. Security Council from doing anything really productive, so nothing is happening, people continue to get massacred, and the crisis is getting worse and worse. China & Russia are nervous about ousting another dictator like they did in a way with Libya, and rightly so because their governments might be next. The dictatorial government is becoming an endangered specie; hopefully soon they all will be extinct. Everyone in the world should pray that Assad takes the high road and abandons his office, or that the western powers will get off their greedy, lazy backsides and do something for the people that really need some help. That is the end of my soap box segment for tonight. Moving on to the nominees for those who are contending for Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist), Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumlo (Bridesmades), J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris), and Ashgar Farhadi (A Separation). Now, what makes this difficult is that I haven't seen any of the films nominated, but of what I've seen and heard I would like Ashgar Farhadi to win for A Separation. It is an Iranian film, and from the preview a rather fascinating one at that. I also believe that film will get the award; call it a sixth sense, but considering everything that happened and is happening, it seems to politically fit. So there was my full day, and a little bit of relaxing was thrown in along with some deliciously baked chicken. A good first day off.

The Woman In Black trailer.

The new Spider-man trailer. This version of the web slinging superhero actually looks really, really good. I cannot wait to see it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies.

Now those are words that you won't see very often from my mouth or written by my hand, however since several of the girls where I work at are part of that organization they were naturally able to coax me into buying some of the delicious cookies, despite my favorites being discontinued. Replacing the lemon cookies of last year are what are called "Savannah Smiles" which are a lemon cookie covered in powdered sugar, which I also think is lemony tasting. I got a whole case for myself, because they are rather addicting, and I thought it would be nice to help out the troops where I work. It was weird as I was getting the box all of the girls were hugging me, and shouting thank you; it was a little overwhelming. The work day went well, despite acquiring a new client in the cottage I usually work at; he's a screamer and likes to punch aggressively, but he did really well tonight so all of us are hoping that will become the norm for him. The film directors up for winning the Oscar for Best Directing are: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), and Martin Scorsese (Hugo). Ummm....I haven't seen any of these films so I'm kind of going on what I've heard and the little I've read and seen. I think Alexander Payne will get it for The Descendants, and I would also like him to get it. From everything I've heard it's a really good and engaging film with engaging characters with depth, so a win win. The others well....they get a nod at least, the only real competition will come from Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, but I'm fairly certain he won't nab it. At last my days off have arrived. Now I can be lazy and relax for another three days.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Inconsolably Violent.

I don't know if that is even a word, but there you have it. I wouldn't say that describes any of the SED's that I really dealt with today, except for Miss Tantrum and Mr. Insatiable Violence which aside from a few spouts weren't too bad. It was another SED that had many issues, and is always angry and trying to attack people over the smallest thing; it is truly ridiculous and boot camp honestly would be the best thing for that crazy child. It was a very long day at work, thanks to people skipping out because of the Superbowl, we were quite short staffed irritatingly enough, although I do send my congratulations to the New York Giants. I'm sure one of the founding fathers of this country would be so proud that one of the original 13 colonies won such a sporting event (you see the sarcasm right?). And the nominees for Best Supporting Actress are: Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), and Octavia Spencer (The Help). Honestly I don't care for any of the nominees, nor have I seen any of the films. I would like to see Janet McTeer win for Albert Nobbs although Berenice Bejo will probably win for The Artist. I hope that everyone enjoyed their Superbowl Sunday Party or plural, and that all of you are ready for the return week to work as mine is winding down.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Gap Between Brain & Brainstem.

I think for one month I am going to come up with blog titles that make absolutely no sense and are completely ridiculous just for the fun of it; that and I couldn't think of anything good for a title...so for some odd reason I came up with that one. Aside from 9 temper tantrums by three 9 year olds the day wasn't too bad; I didn't get to work with who I usually do, but I survived and miraculously so did the kids. One SED during his tantrum kept trying to throw stuff at my head, but luckily I got an A+ in "dodging school" so he missed. Got back home and did nothing. That chocolate cake I made last night turned out to apparently taste really good, although it didn't grow/expand whatsoever which was really, really weird. I'm going to try it again eventually just to make certain that what I think I did wrong wasn't what I should have done, I think. The next Academy Award category is Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marylin), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). I like all of the contenders for the award, but I think it would be really cool if Christopher Plummer received the award; not only did he most likely do a good job, but after all of these years he really deserves it, especially for a film that would have been considered out of his league or taste several years ago. I actually think that he will get the award for some of the reasons I mentioned above, and it seems to make sense oddly enough that he should get it. Although I wouldn't mind if any of the other gentlemen received the award; all of them are fine actors, although I don't like Nick Nolte as much. Hope everyone continues to have a fantastic weekend, or begins to have one.

Friday, February 3, 2012

False Dread.

Alright so work wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and I lived to tell the tale without any additional or unneeded stress. All in all it was a good day, although this one SED had to be picked up from school because she was being assaultive. Then of course she presumed to act like a maniac and had problems, screaming like a banshee. There is something about that girl that infuriates me, and also I can't understand....although it might have something to do with the fact that I cannot do anything about it, like I usually am able to do with the boys. It is quite infuriating at times. Made a cake that didn't go over so well for an SED that is celebrating a clinical program achievement; the cake basically didn't rise for whatever reason and it is driving me insane. I'm not per se a perfectionist, but I get rather livid when things happen without reason or explanation as to why they happened that way. I just hope that it tastes good considering I used my really good butter to make it. For your Oscar pleasure tonight we have Best Actress: Glenn Close (Albert Knobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marylin). Now I would like Meryl Streep to get the award, because she did a fantastic job in The Iron Lady, and I have a feeling that she will get it. However, Rooney Mara has a good chance of getting the Oscar for her work which was edgy and very well done; just what the Oscars are usually all about for these categories often. Well, hope that everyone has a good evening and a fantastic weekend. Good night and good luck.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Laziness Supreme.


What a most ridiculous day I had. The funny thing to this whole day was that I got up earlier than I normally do and got my morning routine done earlier than I normally do as well, so I had a long day with lots of time to do whatever productive I wanted to do, but also get some play time in as well. But apparently when faced with the decision to work or play, I played all day long. I haven't spent that much time on the computer playing a game in many years, but for some odd reason I just didn't want to end it all. I should have stopped playing much sooner than I actually did, but I guess I liked being in that world so much as opposed to the one I currently am in. I also think I was trying to put off tomorrow and the rest of this weekend as much as possible. You see my job situation is beginning to become somewhat unpredictable, which gives me a measure of anxiety that makes me not want to look forward to work whatsoever. It sucks, because I haven't felt that way in a long time as I and the co-worker I usually work with have worked really hard to get it that way and make it pleasant to come to work, along with all of the other people I directly work with. When you get really good at your job it seems like the people in charge just want to pile on more responsibility and make your work life suck in many regards. I'm not complaining as I have a job and get relatively good money for what I do, but they certainly aren't making a sucky job any better especially considering the kids that I am taking care of. So anyways, now that I've got that off my chest the remainder of the day. I watched this one documentary series called The Revolution; as the name suggests (in context with the picture) it is about the American Revolution for Independence from Great Britain. It is actually very fascinating with a great deal of insight about the founding fathers of this country, their philosophy, and their struggles to get to where they did eventually with winning their independence from King George III. From Jefferson drafting the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" it seems to have it all, along with personal anecdotes from all kinds of people who lived and fought during that era. In the Oscars for tonight we have Best Actor nominees: Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball). I have seen only the last two films and like them both immensely, but I really believe that Brad Pitt deserves the Oscar, but for some odd reason I think that Jean Dujardin is going to get the Academy Award. It always seems like the Oscars usually pick the opposite of what I want, unless it is clearly obvious who should get the award. There ya go, There way my day, and now for the four days of working with the SED's; here we go.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

25 Days Begins.


25 days of Oscar excitement begins, and then on Sunday February 26th we shall see what happens. To start it all off we have the nominees for Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. Of the 9 nominees I have seen only Moneyball and really liked it, therefore it is hard for me to choose what I would like to see win and what I think will actually win, but here it goes. I would like Moneyball to win, but I have a feeling that The Artist is going to snag the Oscar; it sounds artsy, and has the right title for an Oscar win. Next time is Best Actor. Aside from doing a little shopping today, I went and saw the film Red Tails. That was a fantastic film! I gave it a "Strong Ability" and boy did it deserve it. The finest war film I have seen in a long time that isn't pure drama or from the Nazi/German perspective. I highly recommend everyone see it; I even sniffled a little bit throughout the film. Oh yeah, 13 more days until Valentine's day. Good luck all of you who are attached romantically to someone. This is a terrible transition, but I was reading my newspaper today and came across a story about a man who had molested children in L.A. which included photographing, videotaping them, putting cockroaches on them, and spoon feeding them........what authorities believe to be his semen. At that point I set the newspaper down, closed my eyes and prayed for those children. It took me a few moments to shake off the disgust, but I couldn't return to reading that story what happened to those children was way to heavy for even me to read about and subject my thoughts to. It's hard to imagine that the man was a teacher for like 26 years; God only knows how many people's lives he annihilated. Men like that are what the lowest levels of Hell are for. Although this may seem completely trivial in comparison to what I was just writing about, I saw a spot for The Phantom Menace while I was at the theatre and it was so surreal to see many of the scenes from the film on the big screen again after 13 years almost. I remember that film going experience quite vividly; my eyes were glued to the screen, but I'll share the rest in about a week as it is quite the humorous story. God bless and watch out for all of you.

Red Tails trailer.

First Official picture from the new James Bond film Skyfall.