Monday, July 15, 2013

A Highly Useful Set of Skills.

So the painting project that I was working on with my sister and brother in-law is finally at long last completed, after some very long and intense painting marathons. Their place never looked better, and by the end of this week it will look as if it belongs in Better Homes & Gardens. There's nothing quite like painting and dripping sweat at the same time. Work was productive, but didn't fortunately seem that long. Nothing interesting or eventful really happened today, of which I am highly thankful. So I got home and was able to relax and watch Taken 2. Not the most imaginative title in the world, but very rarely do Hollywood film sequels have decent titles. Now I saw the original film a few years back and enjoyed it; granted it isn't an Oscar, but it came off as a very stylish, interesting and dynamic action film with a good portion of suspense as well. Liam Neeson as the retired CIA agent is the reason why you watch these films; he makes Harrison Ford look like a Saturday morning kids show. The interesting thing about these films are that they are all quite short, even the 2nd one was quite short, and you would have thought that they would have made the sequel longer; perhaps Hollywood is onto something there with action films. Tasteful and short. Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace were good, but obviously not why anyone would want to see this film. Honestly there's not much to really say about the film; it was quite short (too short in my opinion) and was nearly action oriented the entire time. I would have liked to see anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of additional screen time for the characters and storyline. Oh well though. The action that was there was good with an interesting story. I suppose I'll give it an "Admirable Ability," but it could have done far better for itself had the film been longer. Hopefully though, enough people have learned not to mess with "Liam Neeson's" family, and there won't be any more sequels, although it would be a fascinating concept to see his daughter pick up where he left off. Anyways. Well, I just saw a news report that President Obama and his administration are doing essentially nothing to help the Syrian rebels eliminate Bashar al Assad, according to a New York Times report. I suppose that doesn't surprise me, but it must be a huge disappointment to the over 100,000 people who have died in the conflict so far, and those that are yet to perish. His hesitation and slowness to act is going to shadow his presidency forever, just as Watergate for Nixon, Iran Hostage situation for Carter, the Monica Lewisky scandal for President Clinton, and the Iraqi war for G.W. Bush (I think the jury is still out though on whether or not that will be a good or bad thing to be remembered for, at least he was decisive). God be with Syrian people. Good night and good luck everyone.

Taken 2 trailer

Interview with Liam Neeson

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