Archive for February, 2014
With a title like 3 Days To Kill, you’d expect there to be a constant ticking clock device propelling the characters through the plot and keeping us on the edge of our seats. Why, then, are we given notice even before the main titles are presented that the main character, Ethan Renner, is dying of some type of cancer, only to turn around and give him an arbitrary deadline by a CIA operative to track down and kill some foolish baddies for a possible cure to said cancer. Not much tension in that description, now, is there? Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Today, we lost a master of comedy.
Actor, writer, director and producer Harold Ramis, who got his start on the sketch comedy show SCTV (which also included John Candy, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara), passed away this morning from a rare immune deficiency disease. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
If the last two nights are any indication, a male performer is definitely going to win American Idol this year.
Though not all of the guys were anywhere near great (and I do have my preferences), the overall performance level of the boys far outmatched the girls in almost every way.
Milestones, no matter how big or small they might seem, must always be appreciated. They are the rocks we use to travel across the river of life, and if we skip one, or fail to acknowledge its weight or size, we may very well trip and fall, leading to a much longer and heavier burden than we were meant to carry. Every achievement a person makes in life will lead to another, and though we may one day reach our ultimate goals, another road will always be waiting for us there to lead us down a new and even more exciting adventure that we never once thought we wanted until our final milestone had been completed. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
As long as there are movie trailers, there will always be some movies that are advertised one way but turn out to be something far different. Whether it be in tone, plot or character, the studio’s marketing department chooses to tease the audience into thinking one thing only to throw you a curveball that spins your head a little in confusion. And though the marketing behind Akiva Goldsman’s new film, Winter’s Tale, wasn’t completely unrelated to the actual events of the film, it still left me a little off-center at how they chose to deal with the magic and the miracles of human interaction and love. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
As many of you may have probably noticed (and then again, maybe not), I’ve been all but missing from my blog for the past couple of weeks (with the exception of an update or two on the progress of my new business, Phoenix Moirai, and my weekly movie mayhem review). But I have a good reason: I’ve been laser focused on meticulously building the website for Phoenix Moirai, not only to get it up and running (which I needed to do if I wanted to get any business whatsoever), but to avoid a healthcare.gov-style meltdown (of course, there was very little possibility that would ever happen, since my website is nowhere near as complicated as that; not by a long shot). But now that it is officially complete (and live — check it out: www.phoenixmoirai.com), I can take a breath and catch you all up on a few other things I’ve had on my brain. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Anyone who has ever played with LEGO bricks knows that if you have enough pieces of the right color, shape and size you can build almost anything your imagination desires. If you don’t, you can still build pretty much anything you want, as your imagination is only bound by the lack of the pieces themselves (and even then, you can always get by without a door here or a wheel there). So when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were given the reins (and an unlimited stock of bricks thanks to the boundless resources of computer animation) to create The LEGO Movie, a feature film based on the ageless toy, they didn’t hold back one bit, utilizing almost every piece in just the right way. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Let’s set the scene: Jason and his newest lady friend, Ellie, are lying together in bed having just completed their latest act of sexual mingling. Ellie, a little upset with herself, playfully says she was going to make him wait and suffer before giving into him (after having been ditched the last time over an oddly-reasoned misunderstanding). Jason smiles. “Yeah, I was going to do that too. Then I remembered… I’m a dude.” That small, seemingly throw-away scene perfectly sets the tone for That Awkward Moment, the closest thing I think we’ll ever come to getting a romantic comedy for men. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More