Monday, March 9, 2015

"I Have a Bad Feeling About this Mission...."

In the film Gravity there is a statement that nobody can hear you scream in space, which I am assuming is true even though I myself do not know for a fact, but what they presented sounded reasonable. It took me forever to watch this rather short film starring Sandra Bullock supported by George Clooney. Well, I think the best way to define it would be that it was very short, and in space. Honestly, I don't know if there is much to say about essentially a one woman show in space trying to get back home. Ms. Bullock provided an excellent performance that was quite believable and powerful, and Mr. Clooney was hilarious, serious, and in turn an excellent foil to Ms. Bullock's character. The plot of being stuck in space while completing an upgrade or to repair the Hubble telescope isn't necessarily anything new, and it reminded me a little bit of the 80's film Space Camp. There was suspense, which was nice and some really good drama; I have to say that the film's suspenseful turns were anything but predictable. The special visual effects were excellent; Alfonso Cuaron (director, writer, editor, etc.) did a fine job of putting the film together, and the sound editing was perhaps one of the finer technical parts of the film. Steven Price, who composed the music, didn't have a really memorable score; the music at the very end of the film sounded a wee bit like Hans Zimmer. The screenplay was well written, and the dialog was delivered beautifully thanks in turn to Ed Harris (mission control voice), Ms. Bullock, and Mr. Clooney. I might watch the film again possibly, so it has medium watchability. It's a good film, but if you don't watch it then you won't be missing anything super fantastic. Nobody may hear you scream in space, but on a rollercoaster ride everyone can hear you scream. This past weekend I visited Florida with my family and together we went to Sea World, which was cool. I did something I have never done in my entire life; I went on a rollercoaster ride called "The Kraken." All I have to say is wow! I have never done anything so death defying in my entire life. The way the ride began was us slowly going up and then there was a complete vertical drop as if I had stepped off a cliff and then....well, I closed my eyes for the duration of the rest of the ride. I don't know how or why people enjoy rollercoaster rides; it was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done in my entire life, yet at the same time after it happened I was kind of proud of myself for surviving it (as weird as that may sound).....though I don't think I would ever want to do that again.

Game of Thrones Season 5 latest trailer

Bates Motel interview with Freddie Highmore 

Bates Motel season 3 trailer (looks even more disturbing than the last season)

The Kraken rollercoaster ride at Sea World  (it was much more terrifying in person)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The House Begins to Tumble Down.

The end of this school term was very satisfying and successful, and I hope that trend continues until the very end. I took the day off of work to prepare for my miniature vacation to Florida, and while I was getting ready I took a few moments to finish watching the 3rd season of House of Cards. Well I think my title says it all, and I am not of course referring to President Underwood's house, but the show. I had a lot of hope and desire for this season of the show that it would really up the ante what with Francis being President and all, but for 13 episodes all I saw was all of the main characters that I loved so much get weaker, and weaker and more vulnerable and less fulfilling. Frank I thought would be titan to be reckoned with as President, but he comes off more ineffective and powerless than he ever was previously. Don't get me wrong, Kevin Spacey's performance was astounding that isn't the problem; the error lies in how the character was written for this season, which I didn't care for. The same goes for Robin Wright; Claire as well seems powerless, lost, and ineffective, and although she gave a remarkable performance as always, the character was not written well. As a matter of fact none of the characters were really written that well for this season now that I think about it; I guess the writers had an off season, even the season finale ending was lame, whereas the ending to the 2nd season was powerful. They spend a lot of time on superfluous characters in the 3rd season, on pointless storylines; it was just not plotted well. I suppose the writing that was there was good, but nothing near to what the first two seasons were like; the 1st season remains the best so far. I was deeply disappointed with the 3rd season, and they had better improve upon the 4th otherwise the show will most likely (in my opinion) tank. There were some good moments in the 3rd season, but nothing really stood out to me. The show was shot really well, and one cannot deny how real all of it feels or looks, so in that regard it remains a visual masterpiece still. There is a lot going on in the world, and even here in the United States; even something very tragic almost happened to one of my clients at my job. All of us struggle day after day and fiercely wrestle with ourselves and others. Hopefully despite all of the difficulties that we have to work through none of us lose sight of matters of importance, and that none of us lose our genuine humanity. Good luck and may the Force be with us all.
House of Cards

Ex Machina trailer (looks kind of blah unfortunately)