Saturday, July 12, 2014

...And We Shall Call It...This Land

     The Applewood Wal-Mart store I was at a couple of days ago appears to have a Firefly fan in their electronics department, or that would be my interpretation of THIS:

I curse his sudden but inevitable betrayal

     While I was down in the area, I visited the famous Shrine of the McDonna, lit as it was by late afternoon sunlight.

     Legend Foretells that if you place a perfect French Fry, of ideal size, shape, and goldenness at the shrine, you will receive your hearts desire within a year

Friday, July 11, 2014

Separated at Filming 2

     Take a young man, recruited by a ancient secret organization, for the primary pupose of destroying his father, and what do you get?

you get this

and this

and possibly others I have not thought of yet

In both works, the young man is deceived into becoming a weapon for the good of the world(or galaxy) but primarily to destroy what their fathers have become. In both works, the fathers are destroying the organizations. In both works, the lofty goals of the organizations in question have gotten lost

   Yep, going to elaborate on that point. The Jedi are in a long term process of breeding force sensitivity out of species by finding young sensitives and making them part of a celibate order. It's not their stated goal, but it is the eventual conclusion, in this authors opinion. The Fraternity has been perverted by one man, who has started choosing the targets instead of following the neccessity of fate...sort of like if the Jedi Order had made Palpatine the head of the council

     In both works, you get a kind of clean slate ending. The Jedi and The Fraternity are each down to one man, to abandon or to rebuild

     So would you rather curve a bullet, or have a lightsaber?

for Prior movie siblings, check here

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sleight of Hand

     I saw Transformers: Age of Extinction today, and I loved it. it had a great storyline, believable characters (with the possible exception of the white house chief of staff) and good development. It gives hints of where the next movie will go ( I suspect Quintessons as the Autobots secret "makers" {Spoilers}) and it shows that even a good 'Bot can get driven down by tragedy and betrayal.

     As a Trasformers fan for most of my life, it is my secret shame...well, now my public shame, since I am publishing it, that TF4 was not my favorite movie I saw this weekend

That has to go to "Now You See Me"
In the film, a main character cautions us that the closer we look, the less we see. Another of the main characters asks the audience at their second show if the show is a collection of little tricks, or is the whole show one big trick...
     I tried to think back on my favorite parts of the movie and realized that it was all favorite parts. I was left feeling like I had just watched something akin to a cross between "The Illusionist", "The Usual Suspects" and a superhero Origin Story
     For the record, all Films referenced in this blog post are highly recommended by me, with the addition of one other, now I think of it- "The Prestige"
     In Somewhat related news, I am re-reading all 15 novels of "the Dresden Files" plus "Side Jobs" after finishing "Skin Game"-also highly recommended- Film Noir detective with a magical bent

Friday, July 4, 2014

American Independence Day

     I always like to do my own traditions- I like a few legal fireworks, makes me feel like when I was growing up...

     And I like holiday appropriate movies. Here are a few examples from my own collection, that I consider to be thematically aligned with the 4th of July

Independence Day(naturally)

and I will be adding Transformers Age of Extinction to the list after I see it on Monday

I can't put Captain America: The Winter Soldier on here yet because they are releasing it not the week of July 4th but in September(?)

     To be on this list, for me, the movies have to have lots of action, and make me feel good about being American, and these all fit that bill

     I'd love to hear any of yours that fit for you