Saturday, September 14, 2013

Look Closely......

Another week in paradise is over. The weather has finally begun cooling down thank goodness, and now I find myself for frosty than warm; not certain how much I am going to like the trade-off. We humans are never satisfied. By the way, whoever decides and decided what APA format is for writing papers, research, and citations for academic work should be....well....told quite firmly that using a format to write papers should make the process easier, not more difficult. Part of my grad school homework was about familiarizing myself with the inner workings of APA format; not a whole lot of fun. That was half of my day, and has pretty much been my nightly rendezvous throughout the week. Grad school has become my "other woman," of which my writing isn't very happy about how she has been replaced, so to speak. Between working and graduate school, pleasure is hard to come by, so I try to spend my extra time doing that, which sadly doesn't always include writing like I should. I couldn't actually imagine having a romantic relationship with an individual with all of this going on currently; that would be nuts. I just finished watching the film Now You See Me starring Jessie Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. The film is about four stage magicians who use their tricks to rob a bank, and also create some other mischief. Two agents try to uncover their deceptions, but always find that they three steps behind their foes. This was an enjoyable and fun film to watch. All members of the cast were a delight to watch, and it was nice to see Michael Cain and Morgan Freeman in their less traditional roles. I wouldn't say that anyone stood out in particular, although Jessie Eisenberg I think stole the show pretty much. He is a very talented actor that I highly enjoy to watch on screen...aside from his role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (which has nothing to do with his acting, but rather I find the character abhorrent and distasteful; an accurate depiction of the real life man I am sure). Louis Leterrier is the director and did a fantastic job with the film, and he's had a fairly good track record so far with his short film list. Apparently he's going to make a sequel to the film, but I doubt it will be as good as the first. I won't say anything, but there is a surprise at the end. I give it a very "Strong Ability" and highly recommend it, and it would also be a good date film too. I don't know if any of you have been paying attention to the news lately, but it appears that as long as dictators "promise" to hand over some of their deadly weapons, that it is alright to let them remain in power even though they are butchering their people, and tearing their country asunder. While President Obama is setting one of the worst foreign policies in decade, President Vladimir Putin of Russia is swooping in beefing Iran and Syria up and sending a message that tyrant based regimes will help each other out. I wonder when China and North Korea will join in the fray? Despite President Obama and his administration being the loser in this unfolding scenario, even though they are attempting to save face, the Syrian people continue be the majority loser. Just when they thought they might have an ally, President Obama backpedals on his word and yields to Russian authority. Such a shame. Keep those people in your thoughts, and all of the other people in the world that are oppressed in places like China, North Korea, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Russia, Bahrain, Cuba, Myanmar/Burma, and several nations on the continent of Africa. One day these people will be free.

Now You See Me Opening scenes

August: Osage County trailer (odd, but interesting looking...I think. Good cast at least.)

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