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Batman

Last night I went up to Dolphin Mall’s Cobb Theater to catch The Dark Knight.  It was a very good movie, but I am struggling to understand how it received enough votes on a reputable site to make it the #1 rated movie of all time.  The acting was great from all parties.  Bale, Ledger, and Oldman were excellently cast, with Ledger’s Joker stealing the show.  It was dark (The Dark Knight).  I can’t exactly say it was a happy movie, and there is no way a child should watch this movie.  There are a few portions of the movie where you have to totally suspend reality to enjoy the film.  But that is understandable with a comic book super hero movie. One of the things that made it a very good movie, was the way it turned the movie on its head, making you love and hate characters at the same time.  The audience was both horrified and humored by the Joker.  I would go see it again, but I would not say that it is one of the greatest movies ever made.

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Saturday Top 5: Sci-Fi Movies

For those that haven’t noticed, I like movies. Sci-Fi movies are particularly fun for me. For my list, I have almost completely eliminated Horror flicks from my list. I have also grouped franchises in one place and added a few honorable mentions. So here is my list of the top 5 Science Fiction movies ever made.

Honorable Mention:
2001: A Space Odyssey – It’s a bit of a slow film, and it can be a little bit confusing, but the music and scenery are amazing. The highlight of the movie may be the chimps learning to use weapons.

ET – How did they make such an ugly character so lovable? Only Spielberg could have pulled that one off.

Soylent Green – Chuck Heston stars in this film about a bleak future where populations are out of control and food is rationed by the government in little colored wafers. I won’t tell you what Soylent Green is made from, but I can tell you that it ain’t lettuce.

The Terminator – This franchise is about a computer system gone mad which sends a robot/android back through time to kill a future rebel leader while he’s a kid. The whole series has some great twists, action, characters, and quotes. “I’ll be back!”

#5. Planet of the Apes – Chuck Heston makes the list again with this sci-fi film about a crew of astronauts which land on a planet run by talking apes which have enslaved non-talking humans. What planet could this be? The end, like Soylent Green, is pretty dramatic with a major twist.

#4. Blade Runner – Harrison Ford stars as a bounty hunter/agent out to destroy some criminal replicants, androids that look, act, and think just like a real human. He has a test which can determine if they are real or impostors, but maybe he should try it on himself. This is a seriously good movie.

#3. Back to the Future – Michael J. Fox leads the way in this fun and funny 80’s franchise about time travel and the effects of tinkering with the past. These flicks tie in a bit of a western theme and actually predicts a World Series win by a Miami baseball team. This is a movie I can watch just about any time.

#2. Star Wars – Harrison Ford makes his second appearance in my list with a classic tale of good vs evil. I loved this whole franchise but I wasn’t to keen on Jar Jar. He may be one of the most annoying movie characters of all time (stay tuned for a future Top 5). One of the greatest heroes (Luke) and greatest villains (Darth Vader) have it out in this series. This movie franchise brought about the best special FX for it’s time.

#1. The Matrix – I love this franchise because of the way it values reality over the perception of what is reality of the characters. The heroes are fighting for a free world which is a hard existence as opposed to false reality which is a much easier and more pleasant life. The action and special FX, like Star Wars, are revolutionary. Much of the movie uses religious metaphor and imagery. The movies also have a running theme, that is that even though it seems that everything is destiny, you have a choice.

Think I missed something? You ask,”What about Star Trek, Alien, Minority Report, or Jurassic Park?”. If you think you can do better, make a list and I’ll gladly tell you why I am right.

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Some good things can be right under your nose

On two occasions I rented the Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris, and on two occasions I fell asleep 15 minutes into the movie. I ran out of free time and never finished. I had this impression based on the first part of the movie that it was a pretty boring flick. WRONG. This is a great movie. It’s been sitting in my DVD collection now for over a year and I just decided to watch it. WOW

It reminds me of the times that I had a quick first impression of a person, place, event, etc. Because I didn’t take the time to really get to know it, it struck me as boring and I gave up. Sometimes we have the coolest things under our nose, if we would just take the time to look.

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Citizen Kane – Why is it so great?

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Last night, Marcela and I watched one of my favorite movies, Citizen Kane. Let’s leave for a different discussion all of the technical reasons Citizen Kane is listed by many experts as the greatest American film ever made: the cinematography, the clarity, the production value of this 67 year old movie. Let’s talk about the meaning of this movie.

WARNING – this could spoil the movie, so don’t read any further if you plan on seeing this film but have not found the time to do so since 1941.

Charles Foster Kane was a young boy whose family was living on a massive fortune unknown to them. They were poor. When the fortune was discovered on the very property they lived, a trust was set up for young Master Kane and his mother sent him away to be raised by Mr. Walter Parks Thatcher, basically the bank in which the trust rested. When he came of age to claim his fortune, he was asked by his Mr. Thatcher what he wanted to do with his life. He determined that he was not interested in the financial world, he didn’t want to run the railroad, and he was expelled from the finest institutions of higher education in the land. He wanted to be a newspaper man; he thought “it would be fun to run a newspaper” to the scorn of his executor Mr. Thatcher.

The movie begins with his death in his lavish mansion and the last words “Rosebud”. The newspaper writing a piece about the life of this powerful man believed that you could tell everything about a man’s life based on his last words. What/who was Rosebud? FAST FORWARD: Rosebud was not a beautiful woman he loved at a younger age, it was not some item he could never quite get with all the money he had. Rosebud was his little snow sled that he played with as a young child. Just before he died, he saw the snow from a little snow globe that reminded him of his simple yet poor childhood. All the money he had, all the power he consolidated as an influential newspaper tycoon, all the priceless statues, art, and mansions were meaningless. The one thing he thought about was the childhood that was taken away from him by money. As the movie ends, the workers in his home toss the sled “Rosebud” into the fire, as it is only junk to them. Sadly, the threw away the piece of the puzzle that could have answered the writer’s questions concerning the tragic life of Charles Foster Kane.

Enjoy the little things. Cherish the times with your family and loved ones. Don’t live life for the wrong things only to find that you had everything you needed and threw it all away. As a follower of Christ, I find it easier to enjoy life and harder to understand not enjoying life. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I have my wife, my family, my friends, and most of all Jesus in my life. That makes life beautiful regardless of the material goods I attain.

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smothered thoughts

  • I ended up kayaking at Biscayne National Park instead of Black Point. I’ll throw out a couple pics later.
  • It started out peaceful around 2pm, but by 3ish the wind had picked up to around 15 to 20 mph. Dave had a difficult time navigating his canoe since his wife was watching the little ones and he was the only one in the boat with a paddle.
  • There were a few whitecaps splashing me. Good thing I left my phone in the car.
  • We didn’t see any crocs, eagle rays, dolphins, or sharks.
  • We found a nice cove in the mangroves where we plan on doing some snapper, snook, and shark fishing this summer.
  • Dave brought two female connections for my kayak paddle so we had to rig it to get it to work. We had fun anyway.
  • On the tourney tip, Tennessee is out, UNC is moving on.
  • To the ESPN Life Pointe crew, you were right about Georgetown. (Still scratching my head on that one.)
  • UNC vs Kansas for the whole enchilada seems like a pretty good bet at this point.
  • I watched Citizen Kane with Marcela last night. I will post my thoughts on that incredible film later.

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Top 5 Saturday – Music made for movies

These songs are some of my most memorable movie tunes. Click the links for the video clips.

#5. As Time Goes By from Casa Blanca

#4. Circle of Life – Elton John from the movie Lion King

#3. The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the movie Dirty Dancing

#2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor from the movie Rocky

#1. Imperial March – John Williams from the movie Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back

Honorable mention:
Godfather Theme from Mario Puzo’s Godfather
Meglio Stasera (It Had Better Be Tonight) – Henry Mancini from the Pink Panther
Staying Alive Bee Gees from Saturday Night Fever
You’re the One That I Want – Olivia Newton John and John Travolta from the movie Grease

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Top Five Saturday – Movie Quotes

These are some of my favorite movie quotes. I am considered to be one of the leading movie experts.

5. Wizard of Oz (1939)- Wizard said “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

4. King Kong (1933)- Carl Denham said “…it was beauty killed the beast.”

3. On The Waterfront (1954)- Terry told his brother Charlie “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender.”

2. Jaws (1975)- Chief Martin Brody, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Godfather

1. Godfather (1972)- Don Vito Corleone “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Honorable mention:
Godfather Part II (1974)- “I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”

Godfather (1972)- “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

Forrest Gump (1994)- ” My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.”

A Few Good Men (1992)- “You can’t handle the truth!”

Good, the Band, and the Ugly (1966)- “You see Tuco, there’s two kinds of people in this world: those with a loaded gun, and those who dig. You dig!”

There are a lot more great movie quotes, but you cannot beat those. That’s a fact… according to me.

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“I wish the day would hurry up!”

Have you ever said or thought,”I sure wish this day would hurry up and end,” or,”I wish the time would hurry up!”? I have been guilty of saying and thinking that many times. I never really thought about the consequences of my wish; I just wanted to go home from work, get out of a tough situation, go on vacation, or something along those lines. What was I really wishing? I was wishing that a part of my life would pass me by. Do you realize that your bad days, your tough times, your boring workday, and your times of sorrow are all part of your life as much as the rewards, the vacations, and all the good times? They may not always be enjoyable, but tough times are part of your existence. It reminds me of the movie Click. Yea, it’s a bit corny, but has a good principle. If you go around cutting out all the parts of your life that are not fun, or completely enjoyable, you wake up asking yourself where the time went. Besides, the bitter and sour only make the sweet taste sweeter.

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