August 2010 is when I began writing this blog, and that was over 4 years ago, and it is still going, not as strong but still going. I have reached over 1000 posts finally. My website has halted completely unfortunately, but there should be enough information to keep people busy on that for a while, until I figure out what to do with it eventually. It was lovely to have a relaxing weekend, although I haven't touched any writing in a while. I suppose right now my focus is really narrow on grad school and surviving it. Since I was able to complete my homework in a fashionable time, I was able to watch a movie tonight Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, and Kevin Costner. Well, the title of my blog says it all. Ever since Harrison Ford did his last Jack Ryan film, neither Ben Affleck or Chris Pine have been able to break through with the character, and no one can compare to Alec Baldwin and The Hunt for the Red October; the best Jack Ryan film of all time, and possibly best sub film of all time (and yes that is a genre type). So it was weird hearing Keira Knightley without the British accent, but I guess she did alright with the character, even though there wasn't much for her to do. Kevin Costner's character had potential, but it was never fully developed. Kenneth Branagh was potentially a great villain, but became quite powerless early on I thought. Chris Pine....is well...came off as an action hero, not a thinker, or analyst as he so frequently reminded everyone. The story was boring, the plot mediocre, and the screenplay choppy. It wasn't a horrible film, but it wasn't good; it was merely tepid and received a similar response from film goers. Hopefully they'll either give some thought to the next screenplay and set of characters, or stop making films built around this character. Well the week awaits with all of its troubles and splendors. May everyone have a lovely time.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer
The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies trailer (looks good, should be interesting to see the conclusion)