Monday, July 29, 2013

"What's Past is Prologue....."

I'm not certain why filmmakers are determined to turn something that was bred for the stage into something for the screen. The Tempest is one of William Shakespeare's more simpler and delightful plays, although I could see how someone could draw several complexities from its characters and many plot lines. In this adaptation by Julie Taymor, it is visually stunning and beautiful; a truly modern epic take on the rather old story. Having this been my first time ever to be exposed to this Shakespearean play, I do not know how accurate or well performed it was in accordance to the original source material, but it seemed as good of any adaptation as any I have seen of the great writer's plays. The cast was phenomenal! Helen Mirren was Prospera (versus typically Prospero) and boy can that woman perform Shakespeare. She was elegant, forceful, and witty. She was the main reason that I wanted to see the film. A hidden gem was the spirit Ariel, who was played by Ben Whishaw (you'll know him as "Q" from Skyfall). He was fascinating, and played his rather curious character with such brilliance; there is also something quite ethereal about his voice which gave him an extra added dimension to his character. Djimon Hounsou who played Caliban, had a promising beginning as a character, but then I was so disappointed after his first scene with Prospera. Lot's of potential (like the story in general) but didn't go anywhere very interesting. Felicity Jones, David Strathairn, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Russell Brand, and Alfred Molina were also present making a really amazing cast, but honestly the film's only characters and performances worth seeing were the ones I initially mentioned. Now. I almost fell asleep a numerous amount of times throughout the film. I was also immeasurably bored a good portion of the time as well. I wouldn't say I would watch this film again, but I really want to. The film should have taken the essence of the story Shakespeare wrote and then made something based upon it; not merely an adaptation of the mere words and characters, but something so much more and then the film would have been far better. Instead you got great visuals, good acting, but once again I say such words are for the stage, not the screen. But whatever. Okay. I haven't heard back from the publisher yet on the official word of Book II, but I shall keep all of you posted. Now I must sit down and begin work on Book III and then be finally done with the trilogy! What a fantastic feeling that will be. What's going to be really great is that my writing has improved so much from the beginning to now, that Book III will truly be the culmination of all my experiences and learning that I have thus far accumulated in life. A fitting end to something that has occupied my life since 2001 or thereabouts give or take. It's hard to remember when the beginning was; one of these days I am going to have to go back and really think about it. Enjoy the rest of July everyone. Oh, and Happy Birthday to my incredible brother in-law "Phil"! He's an awesome guy, and he takes such fine care of my sister and nephew. God bless him. Good night and good luck everyone. Pray for the Syrian people as civil war continues to ravage their country, and pray for the Egyptian people as violence and political conflict continue to erupt and destabilize their country.

The Tempest trailer

"Caliban Clip" from The Tempest

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Agony of Artists.

It's rather dreadful to consider that the weekend is almost over, and so is the month of July in 4 days...although that bit isn't quite so dreadful as it is nearly surprising. It's remarkable to note that time goes by so incredibly swiftly, especially if one is constantly busy and stimulated as opposed to just sitting around and doing nothing, or merely entertaining oneself. So at last today I finished reviewing the edits for Book II of my trilogy and sent it off to the publisher; now we shall see what happens next. It's taken me a whole lot longer to get to this point then I thought it would have, but at last I have made it. Thank God. Now I just have to begin working on Book III and get that underway, which will be difficult with graduate school on the horizon. I also wrote an essay for graduate school today as well and sent that over; apparently it's to test my ability to write and articulate thoughts in the written format. Hopefully my skills as an academic writer haven't waned since I really last used them back in 2008, but it was an easy 500 word essay, so I should be alright, unless they're ridiculously picky. So I decided to take two jumps back in time; one was to visit the era of Michelangelo when he was paining the Sistine Chapel, and the second was to watch a film from 1965 called The Agony and the Ecstasy starring Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston. Basically it is story about the relationship that Pope Julius II and Michelangelo had while the famed artist was paining the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I remember stumbling across film many, many months ago and always wanting to watch it; well I finally got my opportunity. It has the longest and most boring introduction before getting to the actual film, but after seeing the performances by Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II and Charlton Heston as Michelangelo, it was definitely worth it. There's something about older films that I find highly enjoyable. You see, they didn't have all of the fancy computer, special effects like we do now, and thus they had to be creative and inventive to find ways to blow audiences away. This was done of course through fine acting, fine writing, and stunning visual cinematography and set design. It was also interesting to see a little bit of the history surrounding 2 large historical individuals. Not necessarily a masterful epic like Becket but it was good enough; I think I would watch it again sometime in the future, but I would definitely skip the boring intro, which was more like a documentary than part of a dramatic film. Well here's to the final days of July. Good night and good luck everyone.

The Agony and the Ecstasy trailer

John Williams discussing scoring Star Wars VII

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).

Monday, July 22, 2013

Closing the Loop.

Busy weekend and busy past two days. Been trying to finish up all of the approval edits for Book II so I can get it off to the publisher, but something always seems to get in the way, and now that I think about it, I have something going on this weekend, so who knows how much I will get done. I guess I should work hard then to finish it before the week is up then, I guess. I did some stuff for graduate school; I cannot believe that I begin in less than 2 months! Wow! But then come the end of 2 year (God willing) I will be a Master....so to speak at least. Then the last step to climb will be Ph.D., but that's a long ways off right now I think. So I watched the film Looper tonight and honestly I was greatly impressed. My sister gave it a bad rap, but I highly enjoyed it; I kept waiting for something to make the film dreadful, but I never came across anything like that. Now, I wouldn't want to watch it all of the time, but I would like to see it again. So the short of it is this: a man kills people that the mafia from the future sends him, but then one day they send himself to him to kill, and something goes terribly wrong. So he has to hunt himself down in order to save himself; if that makes any sense. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does great; he truly is one of the great upcoming and coming actors in this business thank goodness, and surprisingly he is an American. His character is Joe, the hitman who has to kill himself. Then meet the older self; Bruce Willis, who plays himself (think Die Hard), so there's no stretch there at all. Then there's Emily Blunt who does a lovely version of an American hick, complicated, but still quite "hickish." There's also a nice role played by Jeff Daniels (Abe) one the bosses in charge of the Loopers. What I enjoyed most about this film was it's originality, but mostly its simplicity. It took a rather complicated story notion and turned it into something more intimate and character driven than some sort of crazy, mad action film. It was refreshing, as ultimately the film is of the science fiction genre, but it didn't come across that way. I give it an "Admirable Ability" and if you like films that are different for the normal smash and bash action type, then you will like this. There are a few interesting surprises, but nothing dreadful I assure you. I do recommend that if you are highly sensitive to violence, then this movie might not be for you, but I won't say what though. I hope all of that made sense. Well there you have it. All of the news is bad and keeps getting worse, and people's stupidity continues to get worse as well (common sense appears to be getting quite elusive to the "common every day person:) so I don't really even want to touch on any of that. So goodnight and good luck!

Looper trailer

Looper interviews

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Anyone in the Mood for Fishing?

Work for the past few days has been a mixed bag of nuts. Sufficed to state that I am disappointed and that the individuals who run the company should employ an I-O Psychologist, and that's all I am going to say on the matter as I do not want history to repeat itself. In other news, Detroit declared bankruptcy; should be interesting if this becomes a habit for U.S. cities, or perhaps even the country itself. Rather depressing isn't it, but if you watch or read the news, there is very little if anything that is positive. Kind of sucks, but that's what happens where there are a lot of evil and selfish people in the world. Anyways. So ironically tonight I watched the film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and I also ate salmon tonight as well (that truly was not planned). There is something about small, intimately made British films that I enjoy so much; such was this one. Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Amr Waked. It's about a Yemenese Sheikh that wants to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the country of Yemen, and brings two particular individuals together to make it all happen. All good things to say about the leading cast of course. It was a humorous and endearing story, with excellent writing and lovely characters that pulled you in and had the audience caring deeply and cheering for their successes and weeping in their distresses. The screenplay was well written (Simon Beaufoy) which was based upon the novel written by Paul Torday. The music by Dario Marianelli was pretty good as well; not necessarily memorable, but beautiful like he usually composes for films oftentimes. It was a delightful film that I would watch again; the performances of the leading cast were fresh and compellingly intimate. It's good when as a filmgoer you come across something that could be construed as a breath of fresh air; not all of that sexed up, rehashed crap that Hollywood and average American audiences enjoy assaulting their senses with on a constant basis. I'm giving the film an "Admirable Ability" and encourage individuals who enjoy good films to watch it, although it is a character, intimate driven drama; there is no action or steamy sex scenes, so there you have it. Well I'm finishing the work week tomorrow thank goodness, and then in two days it will begin all over again; I cannot wait to get my graduate degree and then be able to use it.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen trailer

Interviews with Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Near The Rim.

Aside from the great deal of painting that I did today and some editing I did for Book II, I watched Pacific Rim. I actually just got back from watching it, so the experience is still very fresh inside of my mind. I have to say that it is one of the best alien type films since Independence Day. Based on the trailers I wasn't really certain going into it, but now I do have to say that I was greatly impressed. I shouldn't have even suspected disappointment as Guillermo del Toro was directing and helming the feature. So in essence, big bad alien monsters called Kaijus come to earth from underneath the ocean from a different dimension to wreak terror, and through the plot of the film you find out that there is more going on than just that. Large war machines called Jaegars are piloted by two melded minded individuals; think massive robots, almost like the zords from the Power Rangers (dreadful comparison, but you get the point). Anyways. The cast was virtually unknown, but chosen well. Charlie Hunnam (Raleigh), perhaps must well known for his role in the British version of Queer as Folk, but he has been in several things since then like Sons of Anarchy. I suppose you could say that he is the hero of the film, although I would say it is a lot more complex than that. His character was interesting, cool, and likable. Not too shabby for one's first major role in a major summer blockbuster. Idris Elba (Stacker Pentacost) was perhaps the most well known actor, aside from Ron Perlman, to be in the film and boy was he just plain awesome. That man has serious acting talent, and is always a pleasure to watch. The comic relief was Charlie Day and Burn Gorman; both eccentric and exuberant scientists who try to understand what the monsters are up to. A lot of good moments, and some awkward ones, but not too bad overall. Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori) played the...love interest? For lack of a different term, I'm not certain, but there was a lot of compassion and care between her and Charlie Hunnam's character. I would say that they had relatively good chemistry together. There were other excellent cast members as well, and they were just dandy. Now. The special effects, 3-D, and action sequences were astounding and worked oh so well together. Many action sequences are boring these days, but something about how everything was done made it seem so dynamic and interesting, and the 3-D just added such an incredible layer of depth to it, which made it appear that much cooler. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are the masters of fantastic action sequences, but I do have to say that Guillermo del Toro is making his way there. Try to see this film in IMAX 3-D if you can; I do not think you will be disappointed. The music by Rmain Djawadi was relatively negligible, although there were some moments of awesome musicality. I do have to say that I loved the concept of the story overall; it was new and different, with a kind of intimate and old take on something that was rather large scale. I highly recommend this film and give it a "Strong Ability," and I also believe it is the best summer blockbuster yet, beating out in my opinion Iron Man 3 and yes even Star Trek: Into Darkness. And be certain to stay past the initial credits after the film is over, you'll get a good kick out of it.

Pacific Rim trailer

Jaegar Featurette

Pacific Rim interviews

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"Beware The Wheelers...."

I grew up watching Return to Oz, but aside from the special effects being a little apparently outdated, I find it still a lovely film to watch. One of my sisters had all of the books that Frank L. Baum had wrote in the "Oz" series, and she would explain what was going on and so forth and so on. It is actually a rather remarkable and complex world that the author weaved together. Despite there being no "big names" attached to the film, I think they did a rather excellent job with casting. I love the characters, with Tick-Tock and Jack Pumpkinhead being some of my most favorite, although Belina the chicken is quite hilarious as well. If you haven't seen the film or haven't a clue what it is about, think of it as a bit of time after The Wizard of Oz for Dorothy, and a long time for the people in Oz. She comes back to discover everything has been destroyed and all of the people in Oz turned to stone by the Gnome King, who has taken captive the Scarecrow in his mountain. Along the way Dorothy makes new friends and comes across some oddities. I don't know about the rest of you, but there was something about fantasy films made in the 80's that really made them seem like genuine fantasy films. Now everything is either so....tame or so violently extreme; for some reason adults/studio owners believe that all family films have to be "Dinseyfied" that there can be no sense of darkness to them like several 80's fantasy films had (Krull, The Black Hole, & Something Wicked This Way Comes to name a few). The latest Disney made "Oz" film has moments of darkness, but is replete with so much gooey goodness that it takes away from the real danger of what is going on. I liked that film, but there was something really missing. Guillermo del Toro is truly a man who understands fantasy film making, and I wish Disney or someone who has the ability would let him sink his teeth into the Oz world. So I'm getting better thank goodness, or rather I think that I am. I have so much going on though right now between the job, writing, graduate school, personal life stuff, and whatever else comes my way. It's irritating to not be able to find the time to do everything that I want to do. That's all for now I think. Editing takes up so much time, that I was able to do much of else tonight besides the film. That will soon be done with though. Good night and good luck everyone; the weekend is almost here!

Return to Oz trailer (not the best depiction of the film, but there you have it)

Saving Mr. Banks trailer (this film looks incredible!)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I Got In!!!

I remember back when I was in my freshman year of college that I was planning to go to graduate school and get my Ph.D.  Ever since then my pursuit of even higher education after obtaining my B.A. has been a large priority. I've looked into Masters & Doctorate level programs for Counseling, I-O Psychology, Social Work, Marriage Family Therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology. My reasons have changed constantly with what I thought that I wanted to do within the realm of psychology, but apparently me losing my job and leaving San Diego was the catalyst for me to finally find the path that would be the correct fit for me. In short, I applied recently to gain admittance to a graduate program for a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and I was accepted as of today into the program! Classes begin in September, and according to my guidance counselor, it should take approximately 22 months to complete the program, although that is somewhat dependent on how quickly I move through all of the work and courses. For about six years I have been waiting and working towards this moment, and now that I have finally reached it, I feel as if I can take a deep breath. I still want that Ph.D or Psy.D, but for now I will keep my eye on the immediate prize. I finished watching season 7 of Dexter yesterday evening, and it was good with a surprising twist. Overall though, it was good, but not great; the ending wasn't all that impressive. The earlier seasons were fantastic, especially season 4. That I think might have been the best season, or season 5 which had Julia Stiles in it. Season 8 is apparently the final season, so it should be interesting to see how they wrap all of this up after so many years, so many kills, and some pretty incredible drama. I remember the first time I ever heard the show Dexter referenced. I was working in a Borders bookstore as a barrista, when one of my co-workers mentioned that she wanted to go home after a long day of work and watch her Tivo'd episode of Dexter, at first I thought that the show was about some odd, little eccentric man who was some sort of geek. It wasn't until I got Netflix and looked into the show that I really knew what the show was about, and right from the first episode from the first season I was hooked. Got a fair bit of editing for Book II completed tonight despite being a little sick, which hopefully will turn into nothing. Things are getting worse in Egypt, and oddly yet again Syria seems to have been omitted from the news; I'm not quite certain what's up with that, but for the people and country of Egypt let us hope that it is the dark before the dawn.

Interview with Michael C. Hall and Yvonne Strahovski

Dexter Season 8 trailer (don't watch unless you want everything spoiled)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Must Never Take Mask Off......"

So I have been up to my arms in paint all weekend, which has been fun to spend time with my sister and brother in-law. Despite working previously for a general contractor and doing painting and other such work, I had forgotten how much time and work it was to paint a good deal of surface area. So after all of the painting yesterday we all went out for a film, The Lone Ranger. I suppose you could say that I walked in with no expectations; the film was going to be what it was going to be. To say the least, the film was not that good the first time around. I honestly expected more from Gore Verbinski, but with Jerry Bruckheimer I'm not that surprised as that is not the first time with him producing that something "mega epic" wasn't that good (does anyone remember Prince of Persia?). I personally think that mostly any film director that gets money thrown at him or her tends to go a little crazy with it. Think Peter Jackson and King Kong, or Bryan Singer and Superman Returns just to name a few. I think smaller budget films tend to make better and more memorable film going experiences. Johnny Depp as Tonto was the saving grace of the entire film. Splendid acting, witty and humorous; it was like a different kind of Jack Sparrow. Armie Hammer was the perfect Lone Ranger/John Reid; good looking, charming, well spoken, and that boy scout attitude tempered with a streak of darkness. unfortunately Helena Bonham-Carter had a small and negligible role that wasn't all that impressive, but it could have if they had explored it a whole lot more.Tom Wilkinson (Cole) had a dynamic role and did very well with it. Our villain, Butch Cavendish, played by William Fichtner, did quite an effective job; there was actually quite a grotesque scene where he demonstrated how villainous he was. Ruth Wilson played the love interest, Rebecca Reid, although there wasn't interesting at all about her character. The remainder of the cast did well, but that wasn't where the problem was. The film couldn't strike a balance between whimsical and serious, often going back and forth between the two throughout the entire film. There were moments of great darkness, intense drama, and then some of the most ridiculous things would happen. I'm just going to say it; the writing and directing sucked big time. Hans Zimmer's score was also negligible; you would think that some sweeping/epic score would be called for, but nada. For some odd reason they used the William Tell Overture (the music used by the old television show) for the largest actions sequence rather than create new music, that didn't sound quite so...trite. Perhaps I would watch it again, but honestly if I don't ever see it again, then I wouldn't shed a tear, and I don't know how much I would recommend it to anyone. It garners a "Yearning Ability" from me, but who knows how I'll react once I see it again in the future. After all I didn't really like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl the first time that I saw it. Well there you have it. Pacific Rim looks like it might be a better option for summer film going, but who knows. Work begins again in earnest tomorrow. Good luck to everyone in the world.

Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Interview

For those feeling nostalgic....

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Pleasures of a New Diet.

And no, I am not referring to the Diet of Worms (a German/Catholic title for someone of great religious authority, if you were wondering). Apparently aside from being lactose intolerant, I apparently am also wheat and gluten intolerant as well. That really sucks. No bread, pizza, pie, cake, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, tortilla shells/tacos, no breading on fish or anything else, and no danishes. The list actually goes on and on, but I'm going to leave it at that as I am certain the picture is well painted. So after work (which was super productive and long) I stopped by this one store which specializes in fresh produce, and got a lot of fruit, potatoes, and some vegetables along with some fresh meat. I enjoy all of that, but I am going to really miss my bakery section in the store, and how horrible is it that a baker can't eat what he wants to bake, or what he bakes. I've been checking out gluten free recipes (as well as diary/lactose free) and oh my goodness talk about expensive. All of these different substitutes (of which there are dozens which you all need without gluten) come in small amounts but are so ridiculously pricey. I am going to have to be really, really wealthy if I want to remain gluten free yet still bake and eat as I did before. Granted there are other things in the world that suck and are far worse than that, but who knows what will come my way next. Speaking far worse fates,let's all keep Egypt in mind as it goes through this turbulent time in their fledgling democracy. I don't know if the military is rescuing the country, or if it really was a coup on their part when they ousted President Morsi; I suppose that time will tell. Interestingly enough, Syria has been out of the news and Egypt has been at the forefront...that and Edward Snowden, who cannot seem to acquire asylum in any country. That's either cruel irony, bad luck, or highly comedic. So Merlin Season 5 is impressive so far. Morgana continues to be an amazing villain, and Merlin and Arthur continue to provide plucky, comic relief and good action and drama along the way. What I love about this show the most is how deeply the creators and writers delve into Celtic mythology and history; it is quite impressive, and awesome. Of course who would know better how to do Arthur and Camelot then the British and Celtic people. Some more character development would be nice to see in the leading cast members, but considering the type of show it is and the target audience, it doesn't do too bad. You should watch it if you're able. Well here comes the weekend, and not a moment too soon. I am utterly exhausted and ready for bed already. It should be good, albeit hot weekend. Live long and prosper people of the world.

Merlin Season 5 Trailer

The White Queen Series Trailer (definitely looks quite interesting, but we shall see if Starz actually picks a winner this time unlike Camelot).

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A 237 Year Old Experiment.

Approximately 237 years ago a group of individuals had this idea that they could govern themselves without the protection or strength of a foreign potentate, and thus the United States of America was born, although it was not a certain thing. Europe was still under the sway of omnipotent singular rulers, as was a good deal of the rest of the world. Great Britain had parliament, but it was still ruled by a monarchy. Nowhere else in the world was a large nation ruled democratically in an elected manner by the people, or rather representatives of the people at the time (hence the electoral college). Everyone thought that the United States would fall apart after the Revolutionary War, and it almost did a couple of times, but through compromise, hard work, faith, and patience the United States is still around today. It isn't a perfect country, and there leaves much to be desired, but there is no place I would rather live....well except for perhaps in the Star Wars universe. Happy Birthday America! God bless this great country, its people, all its government representatives, and of course the men and women who protect it every day of every year continually since its inception 237 years ago. So I was thinking to celebrate in the way that I do, that I was going to watch Independence Day like I did last year, but then I thought The Patriot would be more appropriate since it is after all about the Revolutionary War, but then I also thought Act of Valor you know to honor the men and women who fight America's wars. Somehow though I settled on The Hurt Locker, it isn't perhaps a thematically patriotic film in comparison to the previous two, but I think there is something to be said of the sacrifice both body, mind and soul that the men and women yield when they join the American military forces. And I believe that is something that should be remembered and never forgotten, yes we should honor and remember those that have died, but we must also take care and raise up those who survive armed conflict and see the horrors of war. I think it was my second time watching the film, and I have to say that I enjoyed more this time around, although I did like the first time that I saw it as well. Wow that was a long time ago! I think it was three years ago in San Diego, back when so much was different in my life. Anyways. Speaking of things that are different, I will (if I understood correctly) find out if I get accepted into the graduate school that I applied to next week sometime. So, keep your fingers crossed. I was busy editing Book II today, and I would have been busy all week, but I was assisting my sister and brother in-law with their new place. I'm making huge progress with it, and soon I will be sending it off the to the publisher and then start all of the waiting and tinkering process once again. I can't wait (lots and lots of sarcasm there by the way). Work has been busy lately, and I have had some....challenging clients with some...challenging difficulties that can be quite exhausting, but that comes with the territory I suppose. Dexter Season 7 continues to be quite delicious; I only have one disc left, and then I can begin to look into season 8. After posting this, I am going to begin watching Merlin season 5 as Netflix finally put it on streaming thank goodness; I'm very excited about that. I feel like there is something else that I want to write about, but my mind has gone blank. Well I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July celebration, or if you aren't an American or aren't into that kind of thing, then I simply hope that you had a fantastic day. Goodnight and good luck.

The Hurt Locker Trailer

Over There! One of my most favorite USA patriotic songs.

The Star Spangled Banner