Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Just the bit...


As you know, I am a RS driver.  I wish I could I reveal the story that happened to me last night, but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s career or rep.  Let’s just say I saved someone’s life and helped keep a dangerous driver off the street and hurting some people. Someone gave him a huge break and I hope this person changes his ways because of it. 
I wish I can go into detail about it, but I can’t.  It was certainly a first for me. 

Wal-mart Thingy

Wal-mart Thingy
Yeah, this thing of a group of black teens rampaging through a store tends to happen more and more and no one really does anything about it. We had a “Wilding Out” incident in Louisville where a group of black teen ran around punching people and breaking into cars.
They did catch one guy so far from this incident. 

 Yep, looks like an honor role student.  
Black people, we can be better and we can do better than this. We need more honor, art and tech students and less thugs.
BTW, did you notice the Green Lantern guy in the left corner. You're a freaking superhero and you stood by and did nothing. What about your GL ring?

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective darker elements

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective darker elements
Yes, the script was much darker with darker humor in it. I know that some of the darker elements were in fact filmed, but edited out for a more kid friendly movie. Jim was burning hot at the time and teens and kids love his work on In Living Color.
The hook killing scene was in fact filmed from what the DVD commentary says. But they edited out the goons deaths and they were just knocked out in the final cut. Now, the gas station scene, I am not sure that was filmed or not. Suicide won't go over as well as two bad guys dying though.
The Mask also went through extensive changes. 
Both shows would go on to cartoon TV shows aimed at kids.   
 Side Note:  Would this movie be made today with the twist of the main villain being a transgendered/cross dresser?  Or the reaction from the police when it's revealed? 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Man, what a freaky movie. Like other movies recently, this movie takes a huge dump on the press. “If it bleeds, it leads” sort of mindset is the focus of local news. The movie isn't prefect, but does a good job with its subject matter.
The movie is about a guy that stumbles into the world of the news gathering. He goes around filming shooting and accidents. He then sells them to news stations. But, what happens when he starts to get involved with the news he's filming?
Jake Gyllenhaal is wonderfully creepy in the lead role. He plays a very dark character that morphs into whatever person that can get him ahead. I love how dangerous this guy is and how willing he is to switch from hustling to violence in a matter of moments. His character plays everyone in one form or another. It is truly fun seeing him manipulating everyone and everything.
His character slips from being a junk collector to a news gather in minutes.
The movie has some wonderfully directed moments where violence has happened and these news guys show up within seconds of the scenes filming the aftermath. And, Dan Gilroy does a masterful job with the directing of these dark scenes.
Things really get intense from in the last act with the introduction of a home invasion. Gyllenhaal's character takes advantage of this incident and manipulates it. The dark twist the story goes from this point on is get. Plus, the movie ends on a bleak note, but plays it as a triumphant call for the main character. However, it's just bad for everyone else around him.
Nightcrawler is a neat little film that takes you on some dark paths, while giving some shit to local news channels in the process. It doesn't come across as being too preachy either. Gilroy does a good job with the script and Jake Gyllwnhaal knocks it out of the park with his portrayal.
Grade: B

Monday, June 29, 2015

Nice Pic, bro I mean sister.


Facebook friend posted this...
This picture sums up my thoughts on the conservative religious right on their views of gay marriage.  I have huge problems with the left and the far left, but we’re on the same page when it comes to this issue. I tend to have right views on certain things, but I really can't care what happens in someone's bedroom.  And, the far right doesn't really understand this. 
I hate marriage all marriage.  I think the concept of marriage is extremely flawed and out of date, but everyone should have the right to get married and ruin their lives gay or straight.  I want more people to realize how silly marriage is as a whole more than banning a segment of our population from doing it. 

Mother of the decade?

This may sound like a freaky story made up, but it isn’t.  There is a woman kept her son’s rotting corpse in the trunk of her car for over 10-11 years.  You read that right.  Is this the parent of the year or what? 
On June 6, the cops pulled over Tonya Staton for expired tags. If you're going to keep a decaying corpse in the back of your car, how about keeping your tags up to date? I don't want to help out criminals keep in mind. Plus, the cop noticed the bleach stain on the floor of her car, and he started to notice the smell of decaying flesh.
From USA Today, ((Slaton told the trooper she only had clothes in her trunk, but when the trooper opened it he smelled "rotting flesh," according to the document. ))
I guess she was using “Rotting Flesh” fabric softener.
From USA Today, ((Slaton began throwing clothes on top of the spare tire, which is where the trooper found two plastic bags wrapped in duct tape full human remains. ))
Because, that doesn't raise suspicion. And there was her son wrapped up in two bags tied with duct tape. What a way to go and to have your mother to cover it up for ten years.
It also seems the community and city also failed too. No one questioned his disappearance for ten years? No one questioned his mother or family about not seeing him around anymore? No one asked why she didn't put out a missing person report?
From USA Today, ((No witnesses have seen her son, Quincy Jamar Davis, since 2004 when he was in seventh grade at Virginia Beach Middle School. Davis would have turned 25 this past Tuesday. ))
This might be part of the bigger problem in the black community too. Young black males tend to go “missing” all the time and no one cares. This needs to change.
The other questions I have are these; Why would you drive around with your son's dead body for over ten years? And, did you ever have to take the car to the shop? Wouldn't other people smell the car around her home? Did she want to be close to her child? WTF?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Random Stuff

Random Stuff
~Going out yourself: I talk to a lot of people that refuse to go to the movie theater by themselves. This is such a strange concept to me because I spend a lot of time by myself. I forget that most people go out for the social experience and not for the very thing they're going out for. I go to restaurants and movie theaters just for that thing; to eat and watch a movie. I spent most of my life being a loner that I am use to it. Plus, whenever I do take a lady to the movies, which is extremely rare, I end up not talking to her and just watching the movie. That probably explains why I am constantly single. 
 ~Star Trek 4 is happening: Well, Star Trek 3 hasn't even been released yet and they're already talking about ST4. Can we wait a bit until the dust settles, before setting up shot? There was such a major power change behind the scenes with ST3 that I would wait before announcing ST4. By the way, the new movie is called Star Trek Beyond. I kind of like it better than “Into Darkness”. I'm still looking forward to the new Star Wars movie more than ST3.
~Khloé Kardashian, who is she again: For some reason, she ends up in my Google News stuff. And, she is the so-so sister to the famous for being famous sister. Okay, what does that make you?
 
~Orange is the New Black: Man, I loved the second season, but this season has been very good too. I like seeing the side characters getting their story arcs and background flashbacks. This season, so far seems to be focused on the actual prison changing from a state-run place to a private one. It shows the changes the place goes through in the transition. The season also seems to take a extremely dark path with some serious subject matters, which I won't discuss here. I am not done with the season, but I am close to the end. Oh, and the main character Piper seems to have taken a back seat to the other characters.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Gone Girl

Gone Girl
 With all the hype from critics and audiences, I was a but let down with Gone Girl. That's not say it is a horrible, but I expected a little more from the movie. David Fincher is extremely good with the direction and it has some Fincher moments in there too for the fans. The story takes some interesting turns, which you can see coming, but not all of it is powerful. The writer of the book this is based on also wrote the screenplay. Gone Girl has so much to enjoy about it, but a few pacing and boring scenes that slow it down a bit.
I can enjoy how the movie does straddles the line of morals and actions. It also has some nice commentaries on the media and how the media wants to create its own narrative. And, the people in the news want to produce their own narratives in return. It actually handles these issues without being too preachy. The media really takes a beating in this movie. And, they're one of the bad guys.
What doesn't really work is Ben Affleck's somewhat wooden performance in some of the early scenes. I know he wants to go for the restrain approach, but it makes the movie a little bit boring. However, Affleck is playing two different versions of his characters, but that is more of the story than his acting choices.
On the other hand, Rosamund Pike's performance is something to behold. Her character sort of fills out whatever role someone else' s wants her to be until she snaps and starts doing some crazy things to herself and other people. Let's just say some severe things happen to her by her own hands. Pike's personally changes over the course of the movie, but also there is a fake meek character she wants to portray to the media too. Pike is the person people talk about when discussing this movie. It is deserved.
Neil Patrick Harris gives a good performance too. His character is close to being creepy and possessive. Harris plays it completely straight here (no pun intended). Tyler Perry also does a good job with his limited role. Hey, he's good when he's not dressed as a woman.
Yet, I also feel the movie isn't what it is cracked up to be. It is a good movie, but not great. The ending is very dark and disturbing, hinting at a horrible future. The movie sometimes has some dull moments, but the acting from Harris and Pike is where this movie really shines.
Grade: C+

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Random Things

Random things
~Still Moody: But, driving around the city meeting people has entertained me. I've really enjoyed all walks of life. I've gotten a few regulars I've driven around town a few times and they're good people . My ratings have gotten pretty good overall. I still a bit saddened by the loss of my uncle, plus I lost my Grandmother in the same year. I am not sure how much more of my real job I can take without totally freaking out, because I hate the place so much. I have to hang in there though.  

 ~Confederate Battle Flag: All this talk of this ugly flag has got me thinking. I really don't care if people fly their flags. I will probably try to avoid you if I see you wearing it or flying it. You and I will probably have very little in common. I never understood why the far right would support this flag given their stance of not burning the American flag. Why support a flag that stands for slavery and divide? It is good to see some from the GOP take a stance against some of the Confederate symbols though. 
Most of these fools are aware that the actual Confederate Flag looks like this.  The one above was merely the battle flag. 
 
~Dick Van Patton Dead: I had no idea this guy was still alive up until this point. He just passed away at the age of 86. That's pretty old in my book. He will always be remembered as the father figure on TV. I remember him from the show Eight is Enough. I loved Dick Van Patton in Spaceballs.
 ~Jaden Smith explains that stupid Batman suit he wore Kim and West's wedding: And, it doesn't make sense. He wanted to “heighten his experience and protect everyone at the wedding”. Yeah, shut the f' up you foolish fiend. I am really started to hate this kid even more. He has no talent, but wants to be famous. He's a teen now and he's still dressing up as a superhero...at social evets. Kind of strange, dude.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Get On Up

Get On Up
 Get On Up is a movie telling the story of James Brown's life. On one hand, it does some things really right, such as us seeing that Brown wasn't a nice person. On the other, the movie tends to lose traction. The subject is an interesting man, and his history is very compelling, but the movie is a bit disjointed, so we lose that human connection to James Brown.
The movie opens with a brilliant scene, which happened in real life, where James Brown threatened a woman that used his private bathroom in his strip mall. The scene shows that Brown had totally lost it at this point, and it is directed brilliantly. Some of the later scenes seemed to never reach the agitated and edginess that opening conveys. By the way, that incident led to the infamous police chase that Brown led the police on. We get glimpses of it throughout the movie.
The thing the movie does right is revealing the complex nature of James Brown. Brown was truly a bully in every meaning of the word. He would pick on his band members and treat them like second class people. He thought everyone was out to get him. He would belittle even his loyal members, but demanded everyone call him “Mr. Brown”. The movie absolutely shows this in its full glory.
However, the movie also shows the creative side of the man. This was the stronger aspect of the man. To him, every instrument was a drum and had to keep beat. The movie also shows us some interesting way Brown view doing business.
I also love the small cameo from a young Little Richard.
What doesn't work is James Brown stopping and breaking the fourth wall. It works in House of Cards, but not in this movie because it doesn't come across as interesting.
-Chadwick Boseman is James Brown. He’s looks, sounds, and feels the part. He was meant to play this guy. I love the expression Boseman has when he gets real mean with his band-mates.
-Nelsan Ellis plays Bobby Byrd: Booby was Brown’s right-hand man for a very long time. Ellis is brilliant and I hope he gets more roles.
-Dan Aykroyd: Well, Aykroyd actually knew and preformed with James Brown in both Blues Brothers movies. He plays Brown’s business guy. Aykroyd knows R&B and Blues music, so it’s a good olive branch. He’s not in the movie much.
Despite the good acting from most of the outstanding cast, director Tate Taylor’s movie isn’t that compelling and feels a bit more mundane than fascinating. The movie would have probably worked better with a straight narrative than having the story jump around to different time periods. I think the story’s emotional value and payoff is weakened with the disjointed narrative. And, the movie sort of just ends.
Grade: C
 
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