I enjoy movies. I like different kinds of movies, mostly the kind that have an ending where almost everyone ends up happy (or @ least content & resolved of issues!). But, movies that are too real… those I don’t enjoy as much. One I just watched it called “Motherhood” with Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, and Minnie Driver. It’s about a mother who tries to write a daily blog to keep her writing skills up to par & to keep herself from getting lost in “motherhood.” She & her husband work out a way for her to do both, @ the end of the movie. I have been thinking a lot recently about this very thing. I don’t think that it matters whether you are a stay @ home mom, or a working mom (both types of moms are full-time, anyway!), but it is very easy to get consumed by your children & all that must be done to take care of them. So, the problem is finding the balance between staying involved & having a non-child life as well. It’s a difficult thing. When I just had theblondeone I think that it was easier for me, because she has always been a very good independent player & it has always been a very simple child to entertain (mostly just putting something in front of her that interests her & she is content). I was still able to read many books & was able to keep up with some of my craft stuff. Now that theminione has arrived in our lives, I have much less free time to keep up with “just me” things. I read some books, but have barely any time for my crafts. I wouldn’t want my children to be gone, but the addition of any others requires some serious thought on my part! Continue reading “movies that are too real”
In 1966 Gene Rodenberry had an idea for a “wagon train to the stars.” In the midst of the ever popular western, Gene wanted to offer up something completely different. The idea that the people of Earth had put aside their differences and now worked towards the betterment of all mankind rather than for personal gain. Okay, so it takes place in the 23rd century and they wear kooky outfits and they can zip around the universe in the blink of an eye. And yes, the Captain talks funny, we can all see the strings and they always kill the guy in the red shirt. Those are just some of the things that made “Star Trek” what it is today. Storylines about morality, racism, oppression and friendship underpinned the whole series. Good characters, diverse characters, working together in a time before Martin Luther King, Jr inspired us all with a dream; Gene Rodenberry had a vision. Continue reading “Boldy going where no reboot has gone before…”
If you didn’t know that yet, now you do. I love the idea of putting a series of images together and telling a story. I have done work behind the camera and in front of it. Personally I prefer being behind it. I love editing, I can’t explain why but I love editing. It would drive most people absolutely nuts sitting in front of a computer and watching the same thing over and over trying to nail down the pacing. Looking at what shots should go where and how long they should be to keep with the flow of the piece. In my brain it is fun. My wife says she doesn’t understand how I can do it (she watched me do it once). It is an art form, it is subjective. However, I do think that there are good editors and bad editors. Michael Khan is probably my top inspiration when it comes to editing, he gets it. Michael doesn’t interfere in the story, he drives it. You have seen his movies and probably don’t even know it. Don’t believe me, check out his IMDB page.
Anyway, I am getting my Video section built and would love comments and feedback on my own work. Check it out.
This is a follow up to my last post about ‘Fast & Furious’. All I can say is that when a movie makes this much opening weekend it had a much larger appeal than just to car guys like me. Not only did it destroy some box office records it landed somewhere in the realm of an opening weekend for ‘Spiderman’. If Iwas a betting man, I would bet we see part five with Paul and Vin again.
My best friend, Brian, and I are both gearheads of one form or another. We both enjoy movies with cool cars, big chases, awesome stunts and a decent story. Together we have explored various “car” movies; Ronin, Gone in 60 Seconds, Transporter, and The Fast and the Furious, to name a few. Let me say that ‘The Fast and the Furious’ (the first one) caught me at a time when I was just out of high school, making my own money and buying my own cars. I saw that movie and was introduced on a much larger scale a sub-culture that I had just barely become familiar with on my own. “Street Racing.” Continue reading “‘Fast & Furious’ Worth the Ride”