movie: Pacific Rim

 

 

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This weather is awesome! I’m so excited for spring. Everything is warm. The flowers are blooming. I just wish I had more time to get outdoors and enjoy it. Should I complain about a lack of outside time right before talking about an indoor activity? Probably not. 

Onward.

Description from IMDB: “As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.”

This movie is entirely too long for what it is. However, I did like it. The special effects were awesome, of course. There was a scientist with a bunch of forearm tattoos, which I found very appealing. His personality was annoying, though. In fact, there were a few annoying characters, and for the most part, they weren’t really developed.

There was the stereotypical overprotective father figure, the quick-tempered egomaniac soldier guy, the underappreciated, underestimated female character, and some semi-scary foreign people. Come on, let’s get some originality.

Another lack of originality involved the various ways they straight ripped off Independence Day. They had a really good concept with the giant robots versus aliens. They really didn’t need to go there. Stealing was unnecessary.

The movie does get bonus points for the presence of Ron Perlman and his weird glasses.

Pacific Rim is entertaining but nothing too far out of the box. It gets a B-.

Movie: 47 Ronin

Movie: 47 Ronin

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Description from IMDB: “A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.”

This movie is…hmmm. I liked it very much, but it had a lot of shortcomings and unutilized potential.

First, the setting. Ancient Japan with witches, demons, and ghosts. That was quite awesome. It was beautiful and mysterious. I’d like to see more movies set in that time period with that level of living mythology. Very nice.

What I didn’t like was the use of the characters. The movie first centers on Keanu Reeves’ character, Kai, then it kind of veers over to this other guy, the leader of the Ronin. His character was better, but the shift was still kind of weird.

Another thing that really irritated me was Keanu’s acting or lack thereof. It’s completely one dimensional and boring to the nth degree. He spent the whole story either moping or fighting.

Granted his character had some bad things happen to him but this emotional monotone was so persistent that I wanted to reach through the screen and shake him awake. His character had the potential to be infinitely interesting. I was disappointed.

Whoever wrote the movie also kept hinting at this backstory that was never brought completely to light. That was annoying. They did reveal where the half-demon guy was raised, but there should’ve been more to it than that.

Also, that tattooed man on the graphic I grabbed from imdb was in the movie for like 2 minutes. I’m not sure that warrants an appearence on the cover or poster or whatever the heck that is.

47 Ronin was definitely worth a watch if you can overlook the weak storytelling and lackadaisical acting. It gets a C+.

movie: The Wolf of Wall Street

Nobody had a guess on the fish rock thing? Ah well. I did have a couple of outside guesses. One suggested fossilized fish head. Another went for an ear. I can see an ear-like shape from a certain angle. I still have no definite answers.

Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Description from IMDB: “Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.”

This movie is nuts. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort. He starts out at this kind of wide-eyed rookie broker at a fancy firm. The firm promptly closes, landing him flat on his ass again. He gets another job selling penny stocks and basically applies the con-artist skills from the big leagues to selling these other stocks, which are pretty much worthless.

Needless to say, he kills it, so much so that he opens his own firm, makes all the money in the world. He gets the giant house, the big car, the trophy wife and a drug habit that must be one of the most monumental drug habits in all the world.

He downs everything from Quaaludes to coke to crack. He also provides employment to like every hooker in the country. Ew. There’s a lot of bobbing and weaving with the government, a lot of very self-destructive behavior and some highly questionable antics in an office environment. Stuff just gets crazier and crazier.

The Wolf of Wall Street is a little slow in the beginning, but once it gets going, look out. Also, I think it could’ve been a bit shorter. 179 minutes is a long time for this kind of movie in my opinion. Regardless, it was still good. The Wolf of Wall Street gets a B.

What the heck is this

Ok, I found this partially buried in some dirt today. I thought it was a bone. I still think it looks like a bone, but when I turned it over, there was a fish face.

This first picture is the part that I saw sticking out of the dirt. It has a couple of layers with the inner one having an almost porous texture. Possibly marrow? There’s also the round indentation on one side. I don’t really know that much about bones, but I will say that it seems heavy for the size that it is if it is a bone. It weighed in at 1.4 ounces, so could it be a fossilized bone?

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Then I turned it over, and it was looking at me. This side looks like a freakin’ fish head.

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This is another view. Don’t mind my adorable fingers in the picture. I was blocking light from the window so the detail would show up. If this were a fish head, this would be the dorsal view. 

 

 

 

 

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Allrighty then, another turn and the “fish” is looking straight at us. In person, it looks more like stone from this angle. The rock or bone or whatever is a couple of colors. Most of it is a pale tan color or a gray color. This part, under what looks like the fish mouth, it’s grayer (more gray?). It looks more like rock where all those little cracks and crevices are.

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Piece of a bone? Just a weird rock? I do not know. If anyone has any ideas, I hope you will let me know. I plan to keep it, regardless, because it’s pretty freaky looking. Oh, and I found it in Indiana (US). That’s where I am. That might make some kind of difference. I know there are deer, rabbits, coyote and beaver in the area.

 

questions and answers

Okay, my totally awesome author friend, Jerry Hatchett (who I might add was just accepted into the Thriller Writers Association!), tagged me in this blog tour thingy, for which I’m supposed to answer questions. And hence…

What are you working on?

I’m currently working on a rough draft for a romance-murder mystery that ventures into psychological thriller territory. I’m really excited about it. I do have a kind of fear that I won’t be able to write it to the level I want to, though. The story is challenging, which is good.

How does your work differ from others in its genre?

I write in different genres. Horror, paranormal romance, fantasy. I’m not sure how my writing is any different from that of other authors in these genres. It might get a little weirder than the run of the mill stuff.

Why do you write what you write?

I write what I like to read, the strange and a bit creepy. I also try to write my stories in the most vivid way I can because that’s also what I like to read.

What is your writing process?

My writing process changes with each book. There are some consistencies, however. I always do a lot of planning before I start. Unfortunately, I never know whether my notes are enough until I actually start writing.

For the actual writing, I do most of it on a tablet because of the convenience. Due to various responsibilities and schedule constraints, I get writing time in snippets. With the tablet, I can pick it up and be writing in seconds, whereas with the laptop, I have to set up and load up and the thing is heavy.

Ok, that’s it. I must now attempt to pass the questions on to other writers. I bequeath these questions to:

Dee Crabtree, author of Promise Road and a bunch of travel blog posts. Her blog is here: http://simplywonderfulbooks.blogspot.com/

and

Rowan Brigid McShane, author of Pure Phallusy: http://rowanbrigidmcshane.blogspot.com/

Will they answer the questions? Who knows!

Oh, and not that he needs my help, but be sure to check out Jerry Hatchett’s books. He’s a kickass writer, for reals. Jerry’s Amazon page