Thursday, July 25, 2013

"I Just Missed Your Heart."

Ah what a day, what a week more like it. I cannot believe that Friday is tomorrow already! Soon it will be August and then September and then I will be in the midst of grad school. Wow! How time flies when you keep busy. Work has been better and not as stressful thankfully, but I don't know if that's because I'm avoiding the stressful parts of it, or just not letting them bother me. I suppose what matters is that I am not stressing out, as of now at least. I finished watching season 5 of Merlin which apparently was also the last season as well considering how the show ended, of which I was greatly disappointed. You'd think that after all the changes they made to the story line and characters that they would have changed the ending, but whatever. I really need to read The Once and Future King by T.H. White; that should be the next book that I read, if I am ever able to get around to such things again. Merlin is a fantastic and highly entertaining and well done show; one that I recommend, even for families, as there tends to often be a moral to the story. Apparently according to rumors there are going to be some spin-off shows from the series, which if it is true should be quite interesting. It's odd I remember the first episode of Merlin that I watched on NBC back when it was first broadcast in the U.S. a few years ago or so...I think it was fall 2009. So I just finished watching a film called Hanna which is about a young 16 year old girl trained by her father to be an excellent assassin, although the reason doesn't become truly obvious until the end of the film. The girl, Hanna, makes her way through Europe to rendezvous with her father, once she's killed a particular individual. So Saoirse Ronan plays the title character and does so immeasurably well; growing up isolated in the frozen tundra she knows nothing of the modern world, and so her wonder is captured quite profoundly. Eric Bana plays his character well, although the individual is rather flat; but I do always enjoy seeing him on film. Cate Blanchett is another individual that I love to see on film, and her depiction of the villain Marissa Wiegler is tasteful and truly, almost diabolical; there's this one scene and she's brushing her teeth so hard that she is bleeding profusely. An all around fantastic actress. A British cast (mostly) filled the rest of the supporting roles, and they were of course amazing as always due to British excellence in the field of drama and acting. There was Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams, and Jason Flemyng, and all of them gave such a splendid performance. The film was a bit action like The Bourne Identity while also being intimate and dramatic enough as well. The characters were engaging, the story and plot were okay, but it came across as really weak because motivation and the intricacies of why people are doing what they are wasn't explained very well whatsoever unfortunately. It certainly was a lovely idea and it was a good film, something I would see again; I'm giving it an "Admirable Ability." If you like action then you'll enjoy this film, if not then you'll at least be distracted from your "....meaningless consumer driven life..."
Oh yeah best exchange in the whole film, but to really understand you have to see it in context, so you might not laugh quite as hard as I did when I first heard it. "How did your mother die?" "With three bullets." You had to be there I guess.

Hanna trailer

Hanna interviews

47 Ronin Trailer (looks...interesting at least, but I'm not sure about the rest).

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