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The World Still Needs a Superman

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Christopher Reeve passing. Still to this day, Christopher remains not only many people’s favorite Superman but THE quintessential Superman. There is an honesty and purity Christopher brought to this role. Having watched Superman The Movie countless of times, I still love the scene where Lois is interviewing Superman before their flying time in the sky. He is a bit pensive at first by the line of questions but he ends the discussion about never telling a lie. That line blew me away. In an age of heavy skepticism, you still believe him after all these years. He is honor bound by his word.

Those who remember the movie, Lex put on Superman a kryptonite chain which he could not escape. Ms. Teschmacher saved Superman by insisting that he save her mother in Teaneck, New Jersey. While he could have chased the other missile heading towards California, Superman kept his word. That is a trait that I’ve admired in Reeve’s portrayal and have tried to live so. We could use more people like him in our world today.

Over the years, there have been many other versions of Superman including last year’s Man of Steel by Henry Cavill. Some say that newer incarnations fail rivals Reeve’s more optimistic tone. I’ll give you that but Superman needs to adapt to the times we are in to stay relevant. Still, Cavill’s Superman channeled Reeve’s Superman for extra help in one scene that is amazing.

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This brings me to this point, I am by no account a Superman but if I tell you something that I am going to do for you or myself, I will do it. Sometimes keeping that promise requires the strength of Superman. When I’m running, I am blasting the Man of Steel soundtrack and remembering the shot above so I too can channel the strength of Superman. This may sound weird but when you believe in something so strongly positive things can happen.

One of those positive things came to me last year when I spoke in front of the Miami Dade County Commissioners for saving my library. While I used a Star Trek 2 line of dialogue about the needs of the many… I was wearing a Superman t-shirt underneath the shirt I was wearing. The image below is the design that I wore. I love this shirt. My voice was part of a larger chorus that help save our library system but believing in a Superman and finally myself led me to believe in myself even more.

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Yes, Superman does not exist but once actor made me believe in one. If we all believe in the symbol that Superman represents imagine what we can do to help this ourselves, those around us and the world. I can not think of a better time for the world to have a Superman. Thank you, Christopher.

When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do

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A wise cgi muppet once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  I read the article below in which the writer talked about how anger to make one feel empowered depending on the situation. I think if one could channel the anger like how Bruce Banner and become something greater to produce a positive outcome, then yes, anger is the way to go.

A couple of months before I was laid off from the library, I was transferred to a branch which was my wife’s former supervisor. Since I already knew the problems my wife had to deal with, I prepared myself for an un-fun and soul sucking experience. However, there was one incident, my supervisor got on my ass for having a longer bedtime storytime program than planned for. For me, if a library program, especially a kids program runs longer, I consider this to be success. Many times, kids are ready to leave at the first chance if they don’t like something but if you can get them to stay, be engaged, and don’t want to leave, that is the ultimate success for any librarian. My supervisor thought otherwise and practically chastised me for being over 15 minutes. Later than night, my supervisor had her adult program which not only did it run longer than expected but the branch was closed and those patrons were still in the library. Quite the double standard – do as I say not as I do. I felt that night hating my supervisor with all the piss and vinegar in my blood. Yet, even by the time I got home, my hostility for my supervisor did not wane. I had to something.

I put on The Incredible Hulk dvd, (you know the good one with Ed Norton). I started to notice, like with many movie characters, I found myself living through the actor who portrayed Bruce Banner. For the most part of the film, when Banner did change to the Hulk, I too felt strong and empowered. Towards the climax of the film, the Hulk finally spoke with rage, “Hulk smash!” I felt a release come over me like a tipping point that made me realize what I had to do the next day. “I had to confront Vader again.” I had to talk to my supervisor and tell her how unfair and unbalanced her treatment was to me but I had to say it with out the anger. The “Hulk smash” line was the push I needed to get past the anger. And it worked.

The next morning, I worked out what I was going to say on the drive to work. Luckily, there were no other staff members but my supervisor noticed my dour demeanor. I spoke in measured tones to get my point across. I told her that I when it comes to running a children’s program anything she had to say I would take it as something constructive to improve future programs. However, when it came down to telling that I was in the wrong to letting the program running longer than planned for, I brought up how her program ran longer than planned for. She said point taken. That was it. (ok) From that point on, I did not have any further problems with her on that level. Had I known at the time that I would have been laidoff shortly thereafter, I would have probably done nothing and let it fester. This time, I didn’t let that happen.

Anger gets a bad rap. Sure, when there’s too much of it or when it’s improperly applied it can cause damage, but you could say that for nearly any other emotion. Learn how anger can make you smarter, more competent, and more realistic.

Anger is a Great Substitute for Fear or Despair As nasty as anger is, it’s a picnic when compared with terror, depression, or despair. That sounds like damning with faint praise, but it’s not. No one’s ever going to have a life so smooth and sunlit that nothing bad ever happens to them. Unless we are able to achieve serenity to the point of complete detachment, when bad things happen to us we feel negative emotions. Anger can be the best option

via When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do.

Lockout Movie Review

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Filling the lull between Captain America 2 and the upcoming Godzilla movie, I’ve decided to look at movies that I missed for one reason or another. Working at the library, when movies are returned, I would look them over to see if this is something I would want to watch. I have several criteria that I follow to determine what I am going to watch. Best of all, they don’t necessarily all have to be met. For example, this movie stars Guy Pearce who Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 which I enjoyed his performance immensely. So, I like the lead actor plus it’s a scifi flick – ok, I checked it out. So what is the premise?

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. – IMDB

Had I read the back cover or looked it up on IMDB, I would not have bothered. Sometimes, like trailers, there is too much information given to either give away the movie or prejudge the movie by disliking the premise. Going into the opening scene, Snow (Guy) is getting the shit kicked out of him during an interrogation. We get the sense that Snow is a smart ass as he continues to come back with funny one liners after each punch; I actually laughed and enjoyed it.

Langral: Again, what happened in that hotel room?

Snow: Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.

[Snow is punched in the face]

Langral: You’re a real comedian aren’t you, Snow?

Snow: Well I guess that’s why they call it the punch line.

[Snow is punched again]

Langral: You don’t like me, do you?

Snow: Don’t flatter yourself. I don’t like anybody.

Langral: With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.

Snow: Oh, come on. People love me. Just ask your wife.

[Snow is punched again]

His co-star Maggie Grace looked familiar but could not remember from where until I IMBD her. She was Shannon Rutherford from the series Lost. Grace played Shannon ala Paris Hilton which was off putting but that was the nature of the character. In Lockout, Grace played the role of the President’s daughter, Emilie Warnock, who looks stunning and channeling a Charlize Theron vibe.

The first 20 minutes I was on board with the actors, premise and modest sfx. However, there was a chase sequence in which our hero, Snow, is being chased while riding a futuristic one wheeled motorcycle. I understand the what they were trying to achieve with their limited budget. The “continuous” one shot zooms around the action and the actor at a pace that feels cheap and rushed. This threw me out of the film at this point and sadly, this movie went downhill soon after and the climax was something out of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The only bright moments for this film was Joseph Gilgun as Hydell.

hydell If this face looks familiar that is because is Rudy Wade on the show called Misfits. While Rudy came into the show while many of the prime actors were leaving the show his character took a while to grow on me. However, for the short amount of screen time, Joseph’s performance as Hydell was the perfect. Sadly, there was not enough of him to balance out this weak story. Great beginning, good performances but not worth a second look.

The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening

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I had to make sure of what the date was before I posted this. Back on April 1, it was reported the Netflix was getting new episodes of Firefly; I got punked for a bit. Now, the reports for a Farscape movie was months ago which I kept in the back of my head as to not to get too excited over the prospects. Reading this morning news, I could not be pleased by the news and the process of a new Farscape movie is in the works. However, after reading the article below, I was kinda dumbstruck by the “premise” of this new film. I will be talking about this in the next podcast and would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. Are you happy with a new Farscape movie? Do you wish for another Farscape series? Or should Farscape receive a rebooted treatment? Let me know on this blog and your comments might show up on the podcast.

Back in February we brought you news that a Farscape movie was supposedly in the works. Now Rockne O’Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening.

Confirmation comes by way of TV.com:

Just a little bit of, maybe interesting, information to report. ;-p Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O’Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

via The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening.

Noah Movie Commentary

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On one of the rare times that I go to the movies, an even rarer times going to the movies with my wife, we decided to see Noah. I can honestly say my wife like this movie more than I did. For me, it was not so much the artistic license with the story, though this seemed I was watching a fantasy movie a la Lord of the Rings, Mad Max or some alternative Earth story. My problem lies within the context of this bible story. Since I don’t follow a religion, though I observe religious holidays, I am not a religious person. I get the idea of faith and that there is something greater than us that made the world that we live in today. How do we know all this went down the way that it did?

I know everything is up to interpretation in the bible and not as gospel of truth. We have Adam and Eve who had two sons. Cain killed Abel and Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth. So, out of the four, we give credit to them for the birth of civilization? Flash forward to Noah and the flood. Carrying out God’s will to protect the innocent – the animals, Noah believed that after his family died, there would be no more men on Earth. Yet, the barren Ila (Emma Watson) is given the ability to have children and as so upset Noah’s plan. Since the babies were girls, Noah planned to kill them as to not have any more off-springs. When the time came, Noah was unable to commit murder of his two new granddaughters. By the end of the movie, he is telling the same thing that “God” said about being fruitful and multiply. With that said, we have Noah and his wife, his oldest son with Ila and their two daughters, and then Noah’s youngest son. Noah’s middle left the family due to conflicts with his father which were very valid but are we to believe that this small handful of survivors had enough genetic material to populate the Earth? There had to be incest on some level to procreate, right? So my wife is really my sister and Noah is my father, NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That’s impossible and no, I will not search out my feelings because I know this to be false.

For all the good the movie tried to give you a story that might have happened a long, long time ago, I for one was taken out of the movie by logic. Later in the day, I was watching Cosmos on Fox which blew me away on the origins of the Universe. Having experienced these polar opposites, there is room for both in my life. I am not about to get into the details here because I am getting physically worked up on this issue. I will try to make mention of it on my podcast which has been long overdue.

Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon – Yahoo

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DougI love it science catches up to futuristic ideas as seen in popular science fiction books and movies. Now personally, I do like the idea of being able to understand a dog through a translation device rather than being able to speak to fish ala Aquaman. 1) I don’t like the idea of talking to an animal where I might eat it later on and 2) Squirrel…..

What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he’s scratching at the door? It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, “Up,” but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind. The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind “No More Woof” — technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone. “The brainwaves differ quite a lot from different races as well as individual dogs,” NSID writes on their website. “However it is possible to detect some common patterns and we have no doubt that in the future this technology will open up a vast new era of communication between dogs and humans, or animals in general and humans.”

via Talking Dog Device Ready to Hit Market Soon – Yahoo.

‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety

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And you are??? Any relations to Minnie Driver? Taxi Driver? Pile Driver? Ok, even of this crap. Now, could this be a good this to have an unknown actor, at least to me anyway, to play a villain role in the new Star Wars movie? Sure, there were many relatively unknown actors to play the heroes in Episode 4 like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford who had many smaller roles in Coppola’s movie. The two more established actors were Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing helped to round out the cast. Now for the new movie, the unknowns will be the stars of the movie and unknown, Adam Driver, to play the villain. My two cents, now worth less than that, is this character going to have a long lasting screen presence like Darth Vader as the article suggests below or will he be done in by the end of the new movie ala Darth Maul? (yes, I know Maul lives on in the comics and in the animated clone wars but no one cares.) I for one loved seeing Maul but they hype and the limited amount of screen time made this a less than impressive character let alone a villain. I can’t say that Adam will be doing Admiral Thrawn from the Zahn series but the cannon after Return, made clear by Disney, will not matter.

Any thoughts on this matter?

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

via ‘Star Wars’ Adam Driver: ‘Girls’ Actor in Talks to Play the Villain | Variety.

The Lego Movie Review

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the_lego_movie_2014This will be a very short review. Trust me when I say, “Everything is Awesome!!!” By writing any more and to include a spoiler alert would not be fair to you. Trust me when I say, I was completely blown away and so will you. Go watch it now.

Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety

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This has been one hell of a week for reveals in the land of geekdom. We have the new Dr. Who Peter Capaldi sporting out his new dudes –  SPOILERS – no bow tie. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Michael Bay has had several leaked pictures of favorite heroes. Even the new animated Star War ‘Rebel’ series introduces us to a new droid called Choppers. Still for my money, this latest bit of new about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman will have people talking for days. (ok not people but just us NERDS!!!)

To begin with, Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor and has several great films under his belt like Zombieland and The Social Network. My only concern with Jesse as I see him as this smart kid with a hoodie as seen above. Granted, we did get a young version of Luthor in the Smallville series with Michael Rosenbaum. But I for one, don’t want to see a similar take of this villain on the big screen. As I posted on my Facebook page for this site, it is getting hard to keep the faith that this is somehow all going to work. Perhaps, we are living in an age where we put too much expectation or give our knee reaction to the littlest bit of news. Still, it feels a bit clunky.

I don’t know what else to say except as a fan and a DC Comics (doesn’t DC stand for Detective Comic? and when we say DC Comics are we really saying Detective Comics Comics?) and I want my Justice League movie just like The Avengers. Sadly, we’ll get it but I maybe not the way I would like.

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.

via Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred | Variety.

Gentlemen Broncos DVD Review

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Benjamin (Michael Angarano), home—schooled by his eccentric mother (Jennifer Coolidge), is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat and hilarious journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement) and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town’s most prolific homespun filmmaker.

via Fox Searchlight

I’ve wanted to see this movie for some time. For one reason or another, I forget to request this movie from my library. When I see this trailer on a dvd, I have a laughing fit which leads me to say, “I have to rent this.” This last time, I didn’t forget and I am so glad for it. This third outing for Jared Hess has the same off the wall goofiness as Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. What pushes the movie over the top is the scene stealing Sam Rockwell. Playing the lead ficticous character Bronco as written by Benjamin (Michael Angarano) and then rewritten as Brutus by Chevalier (Jemaine Clement), Sam makes both version of the same character absolutely hysterical to watch. He plays both parts with so much fun that I could not wait to see him on the screen again. This is not to the rest of the film was bad it just that Sam was that good that, in my opinion, stole the movie. I loved watching Sam in Moon and his role as Zaphod Breeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Sam is indeed the man

Check out this dvd. Long live Yeast Lords!!!

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