Thursday, June 17, 2004

Sydney, Where Have You Been All My Life. . .

Some of the people I live with where watching the Alias Season 1 DVD. I decided that I had no better way to waste a few hours so I sat with them. I haven't had cable for the last few years which means I'm pretty out of touch on the hit shows. I'll admit I haven't seen much Alias in my time. Basically, this was my first time to see a good bit of what Alias is all about. I have to say, I pretty much dug the show. What isn't there to like? There is fun gadgets, evil spies, wild gunfights, hand combat and a cute girl. I'd say that is exactly what the doctor ordered. There are a whole lot of plot twists that keep you guessing and just begging to watch the next episode. Isn't episodic television all about hooking you in to watch the next week? Alias seems to be doing a really good job of it. I think I'll have to convince people it's time for Season 2.

Monday, June 14, 2004

True Measure of Greatness. . .

I've found myself lying around a lot lately. When my ribs put me into agony every time I decide to move there isn't much option for much else. This lying around has allowed me for some thinking. I've thought about the usual things like how funny a bear would look in an evening gown or which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle has the greatest singing voice. I also started pondering what it meant to be a great person. I thought about the big difference between being known as a great person and being a great person. Truly being a great person does not mean you'll ever be known as great. The thing that really hit me was, being a good friend might mean you won't be seen as a good friend. Have I made your head spin? The simple truth is, doing the right thing isn't usually the popular decision. Doing the right thing for the person you love may not make them love you more. Doing the right thing might actually make people you care about start to hate you. To me, that is a really scary thought. I care about what other people think about me. At the same time, I want to be a really great person. I want to do the right thing. I want to do what is best for the people I care about. Am I willing to upset those people in order to help them? Am I willing to confront a friend when that friend needs confronting? Am I willing to make the unpopular but right choice. I hope so. Even if it means I'll never be known as a great person.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Peter Pan & 50 First Dates. . .

This isn't going to be about the love life of a boy who never wants to grow up. I'm sure some network exec at FOX Broadcasting thinks that would be a great idea for the Fall season. I'm sure it would be a bundle more entertaining than the plethora of reality television garbage that pollutes the tube. Anyway, I'm actually doing a quickie review of these two films because I watched them this weekend. Watching movies has been what I do now since my ribs have now made me a man devoid of physical activity. Not that I'm bitter I missed a 3 day climbing trip that I've been looking forward to for the last few weeks. Ahem. I think I promised movie reviews.

Peter Pan:
I was a highly imaginative kid. I made up imaginary friends. I liked to pretend I was searching for lost gold or traveling to another magical universe. Imagination was something I had buckets of. When watching the new Peter Pan film, I was very much reminded of my childhood. As a kid, I know I would have very much wanted to travel to the Never Never Land shown in this film. I would have wanted to fight alongside Peter Pan against the vile Capt. Hook. I would want to fly through the night sky or play in the secret Lost Boys fort. I would have loved living in a magical land with Mermaids, Indians and Fairies. Those things are exactly what made Peter Pan a magical film. I appreciate a film that gives me fond memories of my childhood or makes me wish for a second I was a boy again. Peter Pan did exactly that.

I honestly do not know how accurately this movie stayed to the orignal story by P.M. Barrie since it's been many years since I've heard it. I am someone who can accept when a film doesn't follow the orignal tale completely and realize that is why they usually use the word 'based'. I have heard that when it comes to films based off books, this particular movie is pretty loyal. Either way, this film does a great job of getting me immersed into the world of a fairy tale. The set in this movie seems exactly like something I would have imagined as a child. The scenery screams out magical. I also found the dilaogue and acting a great way to throw me into the story. The children acted exactly like children. Peter Pan talked and acted exactly like a boy who doesn't want to grow up should. I know these things sound like common sense but often, a film with mainly kid cast tends to try to make the children more grown up. This film embraces the child. In a crazy way, I then got to see the real wisdom within a child. I really found the dialogue to be brilliant in it's childishness.

Peter Pan was a fantastic fantasy. A film that I have every intention of owning on DVD. It reminds me of another great fantasy film known as Legend. The two films are entirely different but both help me find my inner child.

50 First Dates

I like Adam Sandler movies. I will admit that right off the bat. I loved the Wedding Singer as I found it sweet and hilarious. 50 First Dates helped keep my streak of loving Sandler movies alive. 50 First Dates meets the fine line of being a 'chick flick' and a 'guy movie'. The film is very centred on the romance but any time a guy starts to feel silly watching the film, it makes sure to throw in the madatory cheap gags and potty humour. I laughed a few time mainly because I enjoy the silly humnour Sandler and Rob Schneider tend to provide. I also found myself being sucked into the romance. I really enjoy Sandler and Drew Barrymore as a team (thus the reason I love Wedding Singer). I thought this was probably the sweetest and warmest of the Sandler films. The ailment of Barrymore is totally silly and unrealistic but the emotion behind the film is real. You have to be touched as you watch the romance blosom. It was great seeing the loyalty of the Sandler character trying to stand by the women he loves even if she forgets him every time she wakes up.

I'm sure people will laugh at me but I found this film pretty deep for Sandler. The key is that it is deep for Sandler. It is still a fluff film. I enjoyed the question raised of how do you love somebody who doesn't even know you? I don't plan on taking life lessons from Adam Sandler. I do plan on continuing to enjoy the silly films he makes. This film is probably another DVD I'll need to call my own. Of course, I'll except gifts.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Don't Flush This. . .

I'm a wrestling fan. I will admit it. I will also admit that most people probably think I'm pretty silly for being a fan of it. I've found myself having to try and defend my fandom throughout the years. I know wrestling is fake but I still argue the wrestlers are athletes. I've been entertained many times over by wrestlers who have put their body on the line by doing high risk stuff. I enjoy the fact that wrestling is completely scripted. It allows for compelling storylines to unfold each week. Wrestling is basically a soap opera that is pretending to be a sport. I admit it completely entertains me. I'll admit another thing too. With all the cool and exciting stuff wrestling has come up with, it has created just as much cheesy and goofy things. Wrestling has probably fathered some of the most absurd things in entertainment. Wrestling can lay claim to such things as a dancing turkey that hatched out of a giant egg, two grown men dressed in complete body spandex known as the Ding Dongs, to a wrestler who was cursed by having green goo run down his head, and many other things that would make your head spin (actually, a wrestler did that to someone too). Needless to say, wrestling has a very stupid side. I must add that this side may be my very favourite. I fully embrace the corniness and silliness of wrestling. The campier wrestling gets the more I get to laugh at this bizarre form of theatre. I encourage you all to check out a website that embraces all that is bad in wrestling. I hope you all strut on over and step in some Wrestlecrap.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Bring On The Funk

This weekend I learned some very valuable lessons. Lessons that could be considered life changing. I learned the importance of funk. I discovered that there really is a Man trying to hold down the black people. I now know that Dennis Rodman, Steve Urkel and Mr. T are creations of the Man in an attempt to make Black Culture unhip. The most important lesson was to make sure I stay 'Solid'. I owe all this new knowledge to the very educational film, Undercover Brother. Without this film, I may not have found my funk. Without the funk, I might actually start eating mayo. . . cringe.

So maybe, I'm going a little overboard here. The film may not be completely life changing or enlightening. If you have two hours to turn off your brain for some mindless entertainment, than Undercover Brother is the ticket. I definitely found it a very funny movie and one that you continue to laugh at the jokes well after you watched it. Most importantly, it helped me find my funk.