Archive for May, 2008

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May
08

My Favorite Characters: Cinema and Literary

As I’ve said before, I’m a movie buff and I love reading. If you love movies and books, you’re also going to have some favorite characters. These are my all-time favorites.

The Joker Why do I love this guy? I’m simply obsessed with him. It’s probably his devil-may-care attitude. Nothing fazes him. There’s one Batman comic in which he and the Scarecrow team up to rob a bank. After they succeed in robbing the bank, Scarecrow turns his fear toxin and unleashes it on Joker. The toxin does nothing, however, and the Joker proceeds to bash Scarecrow over the head with a chair. I simply love the Joker’s method-in-the-madness way of doing things.

Indiana Jones This one is easy. Indiana Jones is a character that just about everyone can identify with, as opposed to James Bond, who has the expensive gadgets and expensive cars. Indy is the kind of guy that messes up, but always finds a way to get out of it. And who doesn’t want to risk their lives for priceless treasure?

Captain Nemo This is a tragic character, of sorts. Bordering on insane, Captain Nemo rules the seas in his submarine, the Nautilus. The terror of all surface boats, Captain Nemo left land after losing his family and suffering the injustices of mankind. He’s a character we all pity, yet oppose.

Ian Malcolm Even though this guy is a mathematician, he’s still a likeable character. After going to Jurassic Park twice, and getting injured both times, Ian Malcolm stil holds that cynical outlook on life and everything about it. “See, now I’m uh, in the car talking to myself. That-that’s chaos theory.”

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07
May
08

Words of Wednesday: Kentucky Derby Blues

I’m sure that by now, most people in Kentucky know how the Kentucky Derby ended. Big Brown won the race, with filly Eight Belles making a glorious second. However. Eight Belles broke both front ankles and had to be euthanized. It’s a very sad ending. However, pestering animal rights group PETA won’t let it rest. This article tells it all. The poor jockey that rode Eight Belles is under PETA suspicion. This poor guy probably considers it his fault that Eight Belles died. The matter under questioning is the fact that the jockey applied the whip at the last minute. The trainer of the horse however (who is the best authority on the subject at hand, by the way) justifies the jockey’s actions by saying that Eight Belles had a habit of riding near to the rail. The jockey simply applied the whip to keep her from crashing into the side. No sane person would apply the whip to try to make the horse go faster! Big Brown won the race by a landslide! There is no horse that was going to catch up to him in that time. And Eight Belles obviously had second place. There was no reason whatsoever for the jockey to try to get the horse to go faster. But PETA, idiots that they are, want the jockey suspended. PETA has no concern for their fellow human beings. Their campaign for animals is blatantly anti-human. PETA is nothing more than a massive bullying group.

Here’s another article that “illustrates the brutal side of horse-racing.” There is no brutal side to horse racing. You want to know what would really be brutal? Keeping racehorses from racing. They’re bred to do this! Any racehorse would fall into depression if they were kept from racing.

05
May
08

Movie Review Monday: Lord of the Rings, Pt. 1

As promised on Tuesday or whenever it was, I begin the changes. For today’s Movie Review, I shall summarize, critique, and otherwise talk about The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in the legendary film series The Lord of the Rings. The movie begins with a telling of how the evil lord Sauron lost the One Ring to mortal man, passed from their to Gollum, and then from there to Hobbits. And so we begin the tale. Frodo Baggins, a hobbit of the Shire is given the Ring by his uncle Bilbo. Gandalf the wizard then tells Frodo he must get rid of it because Sauron is actually alive and searching for it via the Black Riders. So Frodo departs on a quest, is joined by some of his hobbit friends and the Ranger Aragorn. Frodo is then wounded by the Black Riders and taken to Rivendell, the House of Elrond the elf. From there, Frodo is joined by 5 other beings (including Gandalf and Legolas an elf, my personal favorite of the series.) In a long journey, the Fellowship loses Gandalf and one other comrade, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli the dwarf set off to find two of the hobbits that were captured, and Frodo and his ever faithful pal Sam set off to Mordor alone, to destroy the Ring. No language, high action and scary images make this an enjoyable movie.
An actual plot/storyline is a plus.

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May
08

American Swiss Cheese

Our country is in need of some serious security. If there’s anything I have to complain about the Bush administration, that’s it. We just don’t have security. Some who claim to work for national security should have their jobs taken away. In this article the daily life of an illegal immigrant is described. She goes to El Paso, Texas, with a group of immigrants, and they stand outside of businesses and simply beg. And when the day is out, they simply wait to be picked up by the “Border Patrol.” I’ve gotta say, this “Border Patrol” doesn’t deserve the name. This is simply ridiculous. The Border Patrol is to keep illegal immigrants out! To make sure they stay out! These border patrol agents are seriously neglecting their duties to America. “They do qualify for jail and prosecution. However, we’ve got to look at the humanitarian factor first if we are going to have to separate the family.” These are the words of a pure idiot. The humanitarian factor is important, sure, but you are dealing with people who break the law! Law-breakers aren’t due  humanitarian respect. In the very words of the border patrol agent, “they do qualify for jail and prosecution.” Well by all means, jail and prosecute them! It’s these kind of idiotic people that get us into the mess of 9/11 and things of that sort. Listen up, Border Patrol! These immigrants are using you! They do their work and then wait for you to bring ’em home! This is astoundingly ridiculous.

I simply can’t voice my frustration enough. What America really needs to invest in is a real wall. Not like the Great Wall of China, of course; no, we need a wall of Border Patrol outposts. Outposts that are within sight of each other and anything in between them. Our security is not that at all. We have no national security. We need some. It’s hard though, when stupid people say and think things like this: “It’s good to see that the Border Patrol is showing some common sense in dealing with the reality that is life on the border.” This isn’t common sense. This is, as one of my friends says it best, “Human stupidity at its finest.”




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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