I'm going to make this short as I possibly can considering how passionately I felt about what had happened in the last 2 hours of my life after seeing this movie and I'm going to ruin the movie for you, so if you're REALLY hell-bent on seeing the movie and don't want any spoilers, then don't read this...
It's Indiana Jones vs. Aliens. Aliens!!!!! OMG. I have several good things to say:
1. Harrison Ford does not make a fool out of himself. I was nervous that it was going to be embarrassing because he is so old now, but it was not. 2. Shia LaBeouf is funny as always, although there is a scene where he is swinging in trees with these anti-Communist monkeys. Not the greatest plot line if you ask me. 3. The movie itself is great, like the cinematography and all that. It's action-packed, it's adventure, it's all those kinds of things.
IT'S INDIANA JONES VS. ALIENS!!!
I mean, come on. What in the world does that have to do with archeology? Trying to make an alien landing correspond to the Aztecs? That's just not Indiana Jones. Give me the ark of the covenant (IJ & the Raiders of the Lost Ark), give me the cult rituals in the Temple of Doom, give me the search for the Holy Grail (IJ & the Last Crusade), but for the love of all that is good and holy, DO NOT bring aliens into the picture!! It killed it for me. And in the end when he pops that crystal alien skull back on the skeleton and then it comes to life, the room starts spinning, and the flying saucer shoots out into space, I just wanted to cry because it was so far below what it could have been.
Honestly, rent National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets - you'll have the same search for a hidden city made completely of gold and it's actually much better.
And if you're really interested in seeing some old geezer come back from the 80's/90's to suck out all the money he can from the popularity of his first movies, rent Rocky Balboa because it actually closed the Rocky series out on an excellent note as opposed to this which just was preposterous.
(I bet there are even a couple of people who think I'm joking about this. No, I'm not. It's about aliens.)
"We already have a savior. We can't look for our president to be a governmental Jesus."
I love this quote.
Petie is a friend of a friend and I read his blog from time to time. I really think any of you who are Christians and trying to sort out the big "who to vote for" question this coming November, go to his blog to read some of the different posts and conversation that has sparked. I'm not totally done reading all of it yet. I just want to go ahead and share it.
I emailed my friend Travis today to find out his Lost Theories and I loved what he had to say, so I want to share it with you and see what you think!!
I think [Jacob] could be Alvar Hanso. He has been on the show since season two and has not spoken... We have only seen pictures of him and heard references to him...
I would also like to throw in that I think there will be a dramatic scene tomorrow night where Sawyer chooses to get off the helicopter as it flies to safety.
As for moving the Island... I think there is a deeper meaning to the word Island- I think it doesn’t necessarily mean the land mass- I think we are going to start to see the essence of the Island... Remember in the red haired chick from the Boats flashback we see her uncovering one of the polar bears in the middle of the desert... I think the concept of the Island is bigger than we assume it is.
All in all this show is f’ing crazy and makes my mind hurt. I want the following things to happen...
I'm not sure the best way to put words to this and give it the respect it deserves, but I was overwhelmed when I found out about this and I wanted to share it with you if only to request your prayers as well for the Chapman family and friends. I cannot imagine the grief associated with this loss.
I will quote from this site which was set up by Steven Curtis Chapman's manager. Click here for more and for a video of Maria.
"Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him... not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted."
According to IMDB, Eagle Eye stars Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson & Billy Bob Thornton. It is directed by D.J. Caruso, best known for directing Disturbia (also with Shia LaBeouf). It is about a slacker and a single mom who get framed for terrorism and get caught up in "a terrorist cell plotting a political assassination."
I will be seeing it if only for Shia LaBeouf. He's becoming one of my favorites.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is the second part of the series based on C.S. Lewis' world-renowned books. My initial reaction was one of slight disappointment when compared to the first movie, although I expected as much. I don't think that any sequels will compare to the original for several reasons, but the main one in this case being that more people have read the first book and are familiar with the story. I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly what it was beyond that, but the movie was more battle and war than other storylines. I felt more drawn to the characters in the original movie than I did in this one.
One main problem I did have with the movie was the complete cheesiness of a couple of scenes. I was just all too aware that I was watching a Disney movie. When Prince Caspian is calling the Narnians to his side in the woods and then when that ridiculously voiced grizzly bear calls out, "For Aslan!!" I was just almost embarrassed by the complete corniness of the way it was portrayed. The entire theater laughed at the scene with the bear. Be prepared for that.
That being said, it is an epic story, one that has resonated with people for generations so far and will continue to do so in the future. The cinematography was well done and the 4 children in the main roles are very convincing, in my opinion. It definitely had more violence than I would have expected for a movie that is basically a children's movie. There is a scene where someone's head is cut off, although in true Disney fashion, there is little to no blood.
I'm not going to recommend it for everyone the way I would some movies, but if you go see it, I'm very interested in your thoughts!
For those of you who haven't heard about Invisible Children, it's definitely something that is worth your time. It's not something I can very effectively put into words, so here are a couple of videos...
Have you seen The Chronicles of Narnia yet? I'm posting a review tomorrow. It's worth seeing. But I'm sure you'll all be wondering - who is that guy playing Prince Caspian? At least my friend Hannah was. His name is Ben Barnes and he is a newcomer to the Hollywood scene. According to IMDB, his only big productions have been Stardust (as the Young Dunstan Thorn) and Prince Caspian, but he is set to be in Easy Virtue - with Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth - and the next Chronicles of Narnia movie - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
I've been watching One Tree Hill videos on YouTube tonight. Check them out! Also, if you haven't watched the show yet, they are spoilers!! Watch the first one for an idea of what it's all about and don't watch any more until you watch it on DVD!!
My beautiful and wonderful hairdresser, Sarah, just called me and told me about Barnes & Noble's Release Party for the new book in the Twilight Series, Breaking Dawn!
It's a wedding reception for Edward & Bella!!!! We dress as bridesmaids and people attending a wedding!! There will be cake!!
I will be there and so should you if you live in the area and have read the books! If you haven't read the books, you have until August 1 because that's when the party will be. The book comes out at midnight on August 2.
Reserve your copy now! Barnes & Noble Hamburg Pavilion 1932 Pavilion Way Lexington, KY 40509 10pm - midnight, Friday, August 1
I've asked Peter to contribute some political comments to my blog during the upcoming election season. Peter is going to be giving me periodic updates so I can keep all of YOU updated! I have several friends who say they don't vote because they aren't informed...well, I'm helping to inform you. Peter says posts will never go over 500 words, so it should be fun. I am not going to 100% endorse everything that Peter may say, but I do trust that he investigates his viewpoints and political beliefs in a more in-depth way than most people I know.Also - "Politics with Peter" is my cheesy name for it, not Peters and I like to think of it as cute and not cheesy.Here is his first post, read more here:
Election Day in Kentucky. As a longtime politico, I always look forward to this day with great excitement. And today was no different, but last night was. I stayed up late into the evening scanning the endorsements and webpages of the various candidates running for U.S. Senate. Then I reviewed whatever information I could glean from the web about another race – City Commissioner.
Many Americans view Election Day as a quadrennial affair. I do not. I think that every race – from President to county magistrate – is important in that it has an effect on each of our lives. In fact, it is those races closest to home that will impact us the most.
But the world’s focus is currently on the Democratic nomination for President, and so it should be. After eight years of the failed policies of the Bush administration, Americans yearn for change. That is why today I voted for Senator Barack Obama. He is our best hope for uniting this country after eight years of divisive politics because, as he said in 2004, “we are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”
Senator Clinton is a formidable opponent and would make a terrific President. But so is Senator Obama. A few policy differences exist between these candidates, but what truly distinguishes these fine candidates is Senator Obama’s ability to inspire Americans to overcome the status quo and accomplish greatness. Obama walks in the footprints of those who have similarly encouraged Americans. Lincoln. Roosevelt. Kennedy. King.
Many, however, disagree with my assessment of Senator Obama. I am the Democratic Precinct Chair in my precinct and had the privilege of canvassing my precinct for Senator Obama over the past week. We received tremendous support, but the amount of misinformation circulating among the populace is also amazing. I was inaccurately informed that Senator Obama was a Muslim. Others preferred to label him the Anti-Christ or were more ambiguous when they described him as “dark skinned with a slippery tongue.” I was accused by my neighbors as being “un-American” and was condemned: “Shame on you. You will stand on judgment day for this.”
I wish that such personal attacks were no longer and that misinformation did not abound. Unfortunately, many believe whatever they hear or read and many still live in fear of the unknown, aversion to that which is different, and intolerance toward those with whom they disagree. And what is more is that so many vote based on their fears, their intolerance, and their bigotry.
So I encourage each of you not only to vote – but to be informed. To understand the issues and the candidates and to make your decisions based on solid information. Voting is a privilege and it is one that should be executed only with great care. Exercise due diligence and exercise your right to vote because America needs wise leaders and hope as we brave the challenges which lie ahead.