Friday, September 30, 2005

Serenity, ...Wow! Unique, New, Intelligent, Exciting!

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Last night, we went to the Pre screening of the new Universal release, Serenity. I was expecting a Battlestar galactica, Sci-Fi, movie with R2D2, 3 headed aliens, laser beams and very little story.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Serenity was a surprise for several reasons, but the biggest surprise is that Hollywood is capable of creating something new. This movie was refreshing for its avoiding all the clichés of past space movies. When you get so lost in the story that you forget that it is a space movie, then it ceases to be a space movie and becomes just what it is, a riveting story with interesting characters.

Captain Reynolds’s ship is his final refuge after losing a war to a big brother style empire that is imposing its utopian model on its neighboring planets. The infighting and dissention amongst his crew of freebooters takes a turn when one of the passengers becomes a target of government assassins. Reynolds’s crew questions his decision to protect the young girl and even the audience might ask the same question, but you begin to realize that Reynolds may not have been looking for a fight, but a fight found him.

The result is an intelligent storyline surrounding the desire of some to create the perfect state at the expense of free will, individuality, and love itself. This philosophical debate does not occur on a PBS roundtable, it happens at high speed in incredible fight sequences, well-timed comic relief, and in the context of relationships between the rich characters.

One thing I appreciated was the richness of the female characters. It was not interstellar T&A and it was not Females filling less than credible male macho roles. The women were well-developed personalities that existed wholly on their own merits, not because of the men they were attached to, yet all of them were vulnerable as well.

The word that kept running through my head as we left the theater was "balance". Serenity is not a space movie, nor is it a western dressed up like a space movie, but the cowboy metaphor is touched on just enough to create some entertaining sequences. I enjoyed the homage to Woodcock from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the man on the train that protected the vault and said, "Butch, you know that if it were *my* money, there is nobody that I would rather have steal it than you. But, you see, I am still in the employment of E. H. Herriman, of Union Pacific Railroad." The audience roared with laughter as Reynolds was robbing a bank and debated with the bank security man about how to explain it to his boss. The comedy was balanced in that it did not take away from the action or seem out of place. The characters were balanced. The story was evenly paced and pulled you a long. The only pause I had was wondering how the story could resolve itself and the loose ends did come together in the end in a number of clever twists.

My wife had told me before we went that she didn't like Science Fiction. So as my wife and I left the theater, she said, "What a surprise! That was a great story". She said, "That movie was not at all what I expected. It was Exciting and thoughtful". She said, "It was very balanced". I thought what strange word to apply to such an action packed movie.

If you are tired of Hollywood's endless sequels, Grisham/Clancy, Cartoon remakes, 70s spin-offs, and the copycat knock offs, try something new. Don't wait for the Video. Go see Serenity this weekend. If you think Serenity is just a space movie, then a Kurosawa film is just a samurai movie.

This movie is Unique, Refreshing, action packed, Funny and one of the more literary and intelligent messages I have seen in years. I highly recommend this movie.

Friday, September 23, 2005

My Political test results, I don't know if I liked the questions...ahem.

You are a

Social Moderate
(43% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(93% permissive)

You are best described as a:


You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness. loc: (-25, 162)
modscore: (56, 26)
raw: (5529)

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Friday, September 16, 2005

Clinton exercises 20th Century consensus building, Blair respectfully declines

Bill Clinton took us on a trip back in time to a simpler time in the realm of foreign affairs.

Reuters waxed nostalgic about this week's retreat for world leaders, describing the event lovingly as a "four ring circus" with the vigorous former president engaging in his trademark "flurry of behind the scenes meetings".

Unlike the current chief executive, George Bush, who relies on a direct approach and backing up his words with actions, Clinton proudly declared "promises" and "commitments" from world leaders who conveyed to him "..promises from global leaders to do things to make the world a better place..".

In a lighter note, Clinton's old soulmate reminisced with his old pal, that he now thinks that Liberal utopian dreams like the Kyoto treaty are not "practical". Refering to his new world view as "brutally honest", Blair spoke on stage with the former president looking on:
"...Blair, a longtime supporter of the Kyoto treaty, further prefaced his remarks by noting, "My thinking has changed in the past three or four years." So what does he think now? "No country, he declared, "is going to cut its growth." That is, no country is going to allow the Kyoto treaty, or any other such global-warming treaty, to crimp -- some say cripple -- its economy ..."

When Blair said he would speak with "brutal honesty" the levity of the four ring circus became a bit less bustling and the typical bold rhetorical flourishs of those heady days gone by seemed as if from another century.

Maybe, because they were.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Guantanamo abuse allegations may have been exagerated by Arabic speaking translator

Guantanamo abuse allegations may have been exagerated by Arabic speaking translator. An interrogator at the Cuba base was relieved after being investigated for sharing private and family information about the MPs that guard the Terrorists including social security numbers.Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 12, 2005

Glad all the Papparazi are back in Hollywood right now. This might make me look stupid. Posted by Picasa

Grannys in a home and "W" won't call her a cab

I missed the School Bus, my shoes got wet, and the dog ate my homework. It's all George's fault!! Posted by Picasa

**Update** 09-22-05
Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard made headlines in the Mainstream media when he screamed out accusations against George Bush's failure to save the mother of a close friend who eventually died when her daily pleas for help were ignored.

Turns out the entire story was a lie!!

The 92 year old woman died in her Nursing home the same day the breeched levee sent water into the Home which was not evacuated in contravention of the State and local evacuation plan.

When I first heard the story I wondered, why didn't her son do anything over the alleged four to seven days that she would have been in danger. According to the bawling Broussard, she called every day, "Save me!, Save me!". Is this not the epitome of finger pointing when your own mother calls for help and you don't lift a finger but you tell her that Big Brother is on the way?

When the waters dissapate, I'm sure we will find the skeletons in Broussards closet.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

911 slideshow at pajama media

See the 911 slide show at Pajama media

Combat Blog ends with blogger returning home safely

Mark at Boots in Baghdad is posting his last web post on his Milblog, because he is coming home from Iraq. God Speed.

Michael Yon's latest combat report

Here is the latest Michael Yon blog post.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Protesting in front of the White House-Comedy of the Absurd

Byron York tells of a hilarious account of dueling protests in front of the White House. Our forefathers would be rolling on the ground laughing.

Monday, September 05, 2005

National Geographic describes Katrina...last year?

From the National Geographic October 2004:

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Sunday, September 04, 2005


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