Archive for April, 2008

30
Apr
08

Gandalf Returns

Hurray! Gandalf’s back! I’m sure by now you know that The Hobbit will be made into a movie. Peter Jackson will be somewhat attached to the project, but he won’t be directing. However, Jackson handpicked Guillermo del Toro to take the reins. Here’s the odd thing though: they will be making two movies. The first one will be the actual story of The Hobbit, and the second one will fill in the time between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This I am opposed to. I’m excitedly waiting for The Hobbit, but I see no reason whatsoever for a movie that fills in the blanks between the books. It probably wil be rooted in some of Tolkien’s appendix work, but still: there’s no need for it. But we’ll see; maybe it will be enjoyable.

But to get on to the real topic of this post. Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the three Lord of the Rings movies, will be reprising his role as the lovable wizard. It will be interesting to see him only in the Gandalf the Grey character, as he was Gandalf the White for two-thirds of the Lord of the Rings movies. Not to mention that Lord of the Rings movie marathons will take longer than they do now with the added movies! It’ll be neat to watch The Hobbit and then the Lord of the Rings.

Production slated to start in 2009, with the release of the first movie in 2010 and the second in 2011.

29
Apr
08

A Notification of Upcoming Changes

Just so you won’t be caught completely off-guard, I’m going to tell you about some upcoming changes. Starting Sunday, I will begin:

Movie Review Monday, in which I write a movie review of a movie I’ve seen, past and recent. And don’t be surprised to see the individual movies of Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones crop up, as I will review those separately.

Words of Wednesday, where I shall bring your attention to a recent article on contemporary issues.

Friday Book Festival, where I shall write a review of a book I have read or am reading.

I may write on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, given the time.

29
Apr
08

Look-Forward to Movies of 2008

Yes, here I go again, talking about movies. As I’ve stated before, I’m a huge movie buff, and I have a list of must see movies before the end of the year is out. I’ll start with my favorite one to look forward to and go down the list.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As I’ve also stated before, I love the Indiana Jones movies, and I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Personally, I hope this one outshines every other movie this year (which it most likely will) and Spielberg and Lucas will team up for another sequel. Both George Lucas and Harrison Ford have hinted at the possibility of a sequel. The only thing that could ruin this film for me is if Indy and Marion (reprised by Karen Allen) get married, Indy gets killed, or Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams turns out to be Indy’s son. I’m rather looking forward to the science fiction aspect of this upcoming film.

Expelled

This movie will probably end up as one of the most controversial films in history. It’ll also probably be at the top of everyone’s Worst Movies of 2008 list. (Those lists mean nothing at all, by the way. Classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark are often found on those kind of lists.) But Expelled is on its way to being one of the most eye-opening films of the year. It won’t be a great success money-wise, but in the long run I believe it’ll be a gem.

Iron Man

This movie looks really, really good. I think it’s only one of the two opponents of Indy 4. Robert Downey Jr. looks as if he’ll give the most riveting performance of a superhero yet. It looks to be a blend of Batman, James Bond, and Fantastic 4. The CGI looks astounding, the actors seem to be well-chosen, and the story is one of the most beloved by comic book enthusiasts.

 

The Dark Knight

R. I. P. Heath Ledger. I believe that the tragic actor will give one of the most memorable performances ever as the all-around favorite villain The Joker. Now, to get this straight out, I simply dislike Christopher Nolan, the director of this film. His style is ok, but his casting techniques are downright arrogant. And his approach to these films. I believe he achieves something he doesn’t meant to. But this movie is going to be a success. It is the other big contender for Indy 4. This movie will be a hit for sure. What with the hype around Heath Ledger, there are going to be a LOT of people racing to see this movie.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This movie is going to seriously disappoint die-hard fans of the book. That’s just the simple truth. The trailer looks awesome, but it already shows FAR more action than was in the book! There were no large amassed armies with catapults in the book! The fight scenes were between Miraz and Peter, and now it looks as if Caspian is going to be fighting his uncle himself. And the trailer obviously shows Caspian and Trumpkin the dwarf going to fetch the Pevensies. Now, there are some things I’m fair excited to see: improved sword fight scenes, and most of all, Reepicheep. The BBC version of Reepicheep was just terrible. I can’t wait to see Disney’s take on him. But if the rumors of a Caspian-Susan kiss scene are anywhere near to the truth, then this movie is going to be a gigantic stinker.

24
Apr
08

Hillary or Obama?

Neither! Ha! Fooled you. I was going for Mike Huckabee. But then John McCain captured the nomination, so I’m going for that guy. But, let me outline why I dislike both Hillary and Obama.

Hillary: She’s Bill’s wife. Ha, but it doesn’t stop there. She looks plastic. Ha! Doesn’t stop there either. I can’t stand her constant: “We have to stop Bush!” Guess what Hillary! No matter who wins in November, BUSH GETS STOPPED! Republicans, Democrats, Ralph Nader (heaven forbid)–no matter who wins, Bush is out of office. He’s stopped no matter what. Secondly, I also can’t stand her (and most Democrats’) constant: “Our soldiers need to come home!” Guess what! Our soldiers are doing a good work. And every other time that we’ve pulled out of wars that weren’t over, things have gone badly. They’ll do it again this time. Why is America so quick to forget? There’s a saying that says something to the effect of “A defeat means nothing if nothing is learned from it.” I forget the actual quote. But it’s true: our country hasn’t really learned anything from defeats in war.

Obama: His middle name is Hussein. No, I don’t discriminate him because of his name–but still, it’s something to think about. Do we want Barack Hussein Obama to lead our country? He also wants to pull out of Iraq. And negotiate with terrorists! You don’t negotiate with people who blind-side you! They’ll prolly bomb the building they’re in with you, just to kill you. It’ll kill them, of course, but they only want one thing: your death. We’ve seen time and again how terrorists are willing to kill themselves for victory–that pretty much is the doctrine of terrorism. You don’t negotiate with people like that.

You know, when I watch Democratic debates, I get the feeling that I’m watching a documentary about monkeys on Animal Planet.

21
Apr
08

An Overview of Authors

This past Christmas I asked for and recieved about 25 books. all classics. It’s now 4 months down the road, and I’ve only read probably 7 or so. Some I had actually read before though. Right now, I’m in the middle of Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. Kipling is one of my favorite adventure authors; I absolutely love The Jungle Book. I also recieved a collection of H. G. Wells most famous novels: The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The First Men in the Moon. I like The Island of Dr. Moreau the best, followed by The War of the Worlds. I also have The Lost World, by Arthur Conan Doyle, which is heads higher than his Sherlock Holmes stories, which were excellent enough. The Lost World was definitely the inspiration for Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park series, not to mention the fact that he took the title for the second book from Conan Doyle’s work. Besides works of fiction, I also have The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (which, ironically, was written by Franklin himself. That was sarcasm, in case you didn’t catch it.) I haven’t read that one yet though. I also have some interesting resource books, such as A Dictionary of Symbols, The History of Piracy, and The Duelling Handbook. I especially loved Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf. I’m still trying to figure out what message London was trying to convey. It was really a very deep book, not meant for the light thinker. All in all though, Jules Verne remains my all time favorite author. I absolutely love 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was the first real novel that I ever read, so it has a sort of special memory about it. It was a work of fiction that was far before its time. That and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Those two books are, in my opinion, the very best works of fiction out there, and if you haven’t read them, SHAME ON YOU!

18
Apr
08

What Have They Got in There, King Kong?

The character that says this line is one of my favorite movie characters, up there with Indiana Jones and Captain Nemo. Ian Malcolm has a wit that I admire (and try to copy. I’m a nerd.) I absolutely love the way he says things matter of factly–“Oh yeah, ooh, aah, that’s the way it always starts. Then later there’s running…and screaming…” Anyway, to get to the topic of the blog. The Jurassic Park movies often fall into the horror/adventure genres, when really they should be in science fiction. Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park: The Lost World, often gives powerful scientific messages in his novels. In these two books, he warns the scientific community to be careful about the power of genetic engineering. It is, as Ian Malcolm describes it, “The greatest force the world has ever seen, and you’re handling it like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun.” Now again, Steven Spielberg isn’t exactly religious, but this is a powerful quote, and I believe it means more that he meant for it to. Genetic engineering opens the world up to thousands of extreme possibilities. Possibilities that could, depending on how they are used, could destroy or benefit mankind. In Jurassic Park, Crichton and Spielberg paint a picture of how these possibilities could destroy mankind. Genetic engineering, I believe, is best left alone. It is God’s tool, not ours, and to use it as He would is “playing God,” as Dr. Alan Grant says in Jurassic Park ///.

17
Apr
08

Contradictions–Or Grasping At Straws?

It’s probably the latter. Yeah, it’s the latter. One thing that atheists absolutely love to do is point out “contradictions” in the Bible. About 98% of the time these contradictions are simply a matter of dishonesty; i. e. taking the words out of context. And the context is very important. Anyone who says otherwise is a downright fool. Other times atheists simply don’t understand that times are nowhere near what they were when the Bible was written. This website gives an example of almost every type of wrong Bible reading, the first is that they used the King James Bible to point out contradictions; that Bible uses older language that many people don’t understand anymore. It’s quite easy to “point out” contradictions there. The site also lists ways that Christians justify the “contradictions;” most of which are actually legitimate. In fact, really the only one that someone wouldn’t want to use is number 6. Probably number 4 also. Anyway, any atheists out there who want to show me some contradictions? I could go through and tell you why each of the contradictions on the website are wrong, but that would take a while and come out to a very long post.




Quote of the Amount of Time I Want to Leave it Up Here

"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've seen C-Beams... glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost... like tears... in rain. Time... to die." ~Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
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