Star Trek

Posted by Dan on May 24, 2009 under The Multiplex | Be the First to Comment

startrekposterPreface: I have never seen a full episode of Star Trek. I have never seen any of the movies. I know about as much about the characters as anybody who has a deep knowledge of pop culture and spends every Wednesday in a comic shop. Well, probably not compared to those guys, but in short, I know the names, I got an idea of the picture, and I know a few of the catchlines. (“I’m a doctor, not a …”, “Live long and prosper”, “Beam me up…”)

Yet, I really enjoyed this movie. The bad guys didn’t seem all that tough, but I did like seeing Kirk get punched by just about everyone but the Russian kid. Halfway through the movie, I wanted to punch him.

It was very entertaining. I laughed often. More often than I was probably supposed to, at least judging by the lack of laughing by my fellow movie goers. I like the Russian kid named Chekov. I also like the plays he writes later in life, if it’s the same person. Simon Pegg is still a genius as well. I didn’t know he also did a Scottish accent. And Dr. Bones was hilarious. I believe I did laugh (and was supposed to…I was in a lame theater) whenever he spoke.

However, the little love triangle between Uhura, Kirk and Spock didn’t really do anything for me. Thought it was a bit lame.  Love…who needs it?

I look forward to the next installment. And the best rating I can give it was: I never looked at my watch.

I’ve Loved You So Long

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lovedsolongposterIf you have a heart, this movie will affect you. The acting is superb and the story is fantastic. After fifteen years of separation, two sisters are reunited. One has become a popular professor at a French university, married with two small children, who all live in a beautiful house with her husband’s father. The other has been in prison.

Kristin Scott Thomas shows, through mainly facial expressions, all of the emotions of returning to society after being imprisoned. The other actors, specifically the actress who plays her sister, the actor who plays her parole officer, and the actor who plays a colleague of her sister, shine and add many layers to this rich story.

Throughout the movie, you learn her past. You piece together why she was in prison throughout the movie, but by the end, you are not as concerned with that portion of the story as with if her will readjust to society. I had multiple tears in my eyes as others accept her for her past and learn not to judge someone for where they have been, but instead, for what they can do.

Made in France (yes, with subtitles), I felt incredibly sympathetic for this character even as I found out her past. I hope in real life I would be as sympathetic to real person.

I believe I will add this movie to my collection soon. I believe it deserves multiple viewings. I would most likely force people to watch it though. Highly recommended.

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Posted by Dan on under A Literal Corner | Be the First to Comment

the-book-of-lies_lI have read every novel that Brad Meltzer has written. I picked up The Millionaires when I was in DC back in 2002. Then he went on to write Identity Crisis, the Justice League, and Green Arrow. I have enjoyed every one of his novels and his comics…until this one.

I finished the book and did not really feel like I got anything out of it. Unlike The Book of Fate, his last novel, the mystery did not interest me and did not have me guessing. I saw where this was going and none of the twists caught me off guard.

The writing was typically short and not high in characterization or details, but it is a thriller, not John Updike. I understand that much, but it seemed very thrown together.

By the time we get to Cleveland and the Superman related mystery aspect, I knew who the bad guys were and I knew where the story needed to go.  If you want a somewhat interesting summer read where you can quickly enter a world and leave without much of a taste in your mouth, this will be a good book for you. If you want a better thriller, find one of Mr. Meltzer’s earlier novels. Any of them. I am very fond of The Tenth Justice and The Book of Fate but really, they are all very good.

I hope his next novel hits on more of the right notes.

Scrubs: The End?

Posted by Dan on May 6, 2009 under The Happy Medium | Be the First to Comment

I went in and out when it came to Scrubs. I watched the second season, I believe part of the fourth and the last three. I have also seen a lot in syndication. I can’t explain why I never got into the show as I do with a multitude of other shows.

But the last episode that was on tonight got to me. The sentimentality of J.D. is definitely something I related to. And that may be why I don’t really like him: I’m quite similar without being over-the-top. I daydream a lot and think about the possibilities of life. I overdo things and try too hard. I want people to like me and I want to like people. I just want to help.

And I think I accomplish a lot of those things. It is hard to say goodbye. You do just keep moving on and hoping things don’t pass you by. Read more of this article »