Few efforts have been as futile
As my love for Christie Moore.
I loved her more than most girls since,
And more than any girl before.
We had class together in fifth grade,
But seventh grade I fell hard.
I tried to woo her with roses
And romantic words from the Bard.
She didn’t fall for me one bit.
Back then I couldn’t see why,
But my hindsight vision is clearer.
I see why she would deny.
I reeked of desperation,
Although my heart was pure,
And I wasn’t much to look at,
Nor was I very secure.
Seeing her now I grow wistful.
My love for her never quite died.
Like her beauty, and memories of her,
My feelings for her I’ll abide.
FAST FIVE is still the best in the series. FURIOUS 7 was okay, but again, my main complaint is the same as always: Pull the camera back, slow down the action, and keep the damn camera still. There are some cool and ridiculous things going on in the ways of stunt-work and whatnot, but too much of it is muddied up with CGI, which only helps make it more difficult to see exactly what the heck is going on. I can’t hit on this point nearly enough. When Jason Statham fights The Rock, I want to be able to actually SEE what’s going on. When Jason Statham fights Vin Diesel, I want to actually see them fight, not a bunch of shaky, superfast camera edits. When Tony Jaa is edited in a way that makes him seem not nearly as incredible as he is, you’ve done something wrong. But okay, enough of that. It’s still mindless fun. Not much of it will stick with you after the movie is over, except maybe the cars falling from the plane, The Rock ripping off his cast and strolling down the street with a ginormous machine gun, Kurt Russell being a badass, the tribute to Paul Walker, and the gorgeous Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei from Game of Thrones) exiting the water. One more thing, I don’t know if it would be considered suspenseful or not, but every time Paul Walker was onscreen I wondered if that was the scene in which his character was going to die. It’s a rather morbid thought, but I couldn’t help think it. I will not spoil anything regarding Paul Walker. FURIOUS 7 a big, stupid dose of brain-dead moviemaking. Enjoy it while it lasts. You may not remember much of it later.
I saw IT FOLLOWS today. What a cool, little horror movie that was. It’s not full of a bunch of “scary” jump cuts. It also doesn’t go the grungy, grimy route a la SAW and HOSTEL. It takes a neat little premise: the idea that a person who is being followed by this thing has sex with someone else and passes it along, and makes it a well-acted, nicely-photographed, thrifty little horror/thriller. The star, Maika Monroe, might just make a name for herself in the horror and thriller genres, if this movie and THE GUEST are any indication. She’s good at being scared and screaming, and the camera seems to like her. I recommend IT FOLLOWS.
Well, I went to see CINDERELLA by myself. Yep. I don’t care. I’m telling the World Wide Web that I did, and that I liked it. It is nice to see a fairy tale end how it should. And though there is a little darkness to it, it is a nice complement to Disney’s animated CINDERELLA and not an overly dark, ugly contradiction, as MALEFICENT was to SLEEPING BEAUTY. The production design was beautiful and the costumes will probably be nominated for Oscars. These fancy, florid touches help enable the belief in a world where fairy godmothers and magic can exist. Also assisting in that ability is the fact of Cinderella’s relationship with her animal friends. They don’t so much converse with each other as in the animated version, but they understand her and she understands them. Lily James (Cousin Rose from Downton Abbey) is lovely, and totally believable as a pure, sweet, kind-hearted girl. Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) is the type of blandly handsome prince that is just right for a movie about a Disney princess. Cate Blanchett owns as the wicked stepmother. Her wickedness is somewhat “explained”, but it is not meant to be understood or for sympathy. You will not sympathize with her. Her daughters are simply awful, as they should be. Helena Bonham Carter is daffy and fun in her scene as the Fairy Godmother. Other familiar faces are British acting legend Derek Jacobi as the King, Stellan Skarsgard (THOR and THE AVENGERS) as the Grand Duke, British actor Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s father, Rob Brydon (THE TRIP and THE TRIP TO ITALY) as the royal painter, and my future baby mama Hayley Atwell (CAPTAIN AMERICA’s and TV’s Agent Carter) as Cinderella’s mother. The evil stepsisters are played by Holliday Grainger (TV’s Bonnie and Clyde and The Borgias) and Sophie McShera (Daisy on Downton Abbey). With the little bit of darkness there is no real danger and nothing of which little ones might be afraid, but there are three parental deaths, which is probably a Disney movie record. None of them die in violent ways however, so the trauma, if any, should be minimal. All in all, Kenneth Branagh has directed a very nice, lovely complement to the original animated Disney classic.
Pecks shouldn’t last as long
As the kiss between us did.
Your gaze was much too strong.
I tried to keep mine hid.
Folks might start to wonder
If they see us kiss again.
‘Cause it’s your spell I’m under,
And it’s hard for me to pretend.
Pretending I don’t love you
May take a heavy toll,
But it’s what I feel I must do
To keep me under control.
There’s too much to lose if I don’t,
And too many people to hurt.
So I’ve decided that I just won’t.
My feelings for you I’ll divert.
Unrequited and unreturned;
The love story of my life.
Never loved and always burned,
I’ve lived romantic strife.
That certain, excited, initial charge
When I’d meet somebody new?
A small waste of energy, yet writ large
When she gathered the slightest clue.
“Someday”, “Maybe”, and “We’ll see”,
Were the favorite phrases at play.
They’re all basically the same to me:
“Not ever”, “No, sir” and “No way”.
The rare first dates all went badly,
So the second dates, of course, wouldn’t come.
I used to always drive home sadly,
But eventually I just became numb.
Some things are pointless in this life.
No effort can make them unchanged.
I’ve only ever known romantic strife,
My love life and I are estranged.
Dear Mr. President,
The “IS” in ISIS stands for “Islamic State”, so regardless of whether you believe them to be Islamic or not, THEY believe they ARE. You have said that radical Islamic terrorists are not Islamic and have perverted Islam. You also recently said that Christians engaged in the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, and Jim Crow. So Christians did those things you attribute to THEM, but Muslims who do horrible things in the name of THEIR religion are not of the religion they claim to be? Did the Christians who did those horrible things not pervert Christianity? You didn’t make that statement.
Now, it is true that we are not at war with Islam, but we ARE at war with terrorists who claim radical Islamic beliefs based on their interpretation of the writings in the Quran (KORAN), and carry out terrorist acts because of that. The religion aspect is not nearly as important to US as it is to THEM, but that is why they are fighting. They are at war with us due to our beliefs, our multitude of religions, our culture, and so on. All that we stand for goes against what they believe. It serves no purpose to say they are not Islamic just because they do not resemble the religion you grew up around when you were a child in Indonesia. They are at war with us because they believe themselves to be the true followers of Islam. The longer you ignore that, the longer you will continue to have a problem dealing with it.