Monday, November 29, 2010


I think, for the right kind of movie, primarily action movies, 3D can be an appropriate choice. Although, it's certain, it’s not absolutely necessary. If the movie is compelling enough, it will draw us into its onscreen world, where the movie begins to take place, not just on screen, but in the viewers mind, as well. This is where the the movie going experience, is at its most compelling. I think it can be argued, to film a movie with equipment that produces the highest quality 3D, makes it easier for the movie maker, to produce a compelling movie. The 3D, tricking the mind into quickly entering a state of open receptivity.  The viewer, walks out of the theatre, believing he’s had an exceptional movie watching experience, but really, he’s just been flummoxed into thinking that, by the potent addition of 3D. A compelling story is preferable, to the whiz bang addition of 3D. Just ask the families, that once would gather around a radio and be enthralled by a story teller’s ability to transmit the listeners to another world.

Monday, November 22, 2010

'arry Potter

I'm not a major fan of the series, so my opinions are not necessarily made as a starry eyed believer. It's been years now since I've read the book, but from what I do remember, the book and the movie were very much alike. This movie, like the book, plays like an extended third act that pulls back some from the action in order to not steal impact from the climactic final movie. I see comments like, Ron and Hermione forever and I don't necessarily agree with that. It seems to me, Rowling, resisting the clamor of her fans and their fan-fiction, to couple romantically Harry and Hermione, did so, by pairing Hermione with Ron. To me, this pairing cuts against the grain and is so obviously a mistake. Ron's a secondary character compared to Harry and Hermione. Even appearing on screen in soft focus, when he shares the screen with the two main protagonist. In the end, it was Rowling's book to write, as she saw fit and it still feels like a false note to me; an unrequited conclusion. 

I post stuff like this on movie sites (and did post this) and I thought, I might as well, up it to my blog. Let me be clear, I post on and not for. There's a difference.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

summer nights

On summer nights, after the sun has surrendered its place in the sky to the other stars and it begins to cool; I find myself wishing for a motorcycle. Something to climb aboard and circle Fort Worth on and around 820. Foolhardy maybe, especially on weekend nights. Nights that are filled with people who are likely to be imbibing and children turned loose by fretful parents and busting out with emotions of liberating exuberance, and are dangerous behind the wheel. Despite all this, I can feel this wistfulness in me. A flick of the wrist and I, like a teenager, wish to feel, once again, the liberating emotions of freedom. Maybe just a jeep, then.

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July and fireworks

There's a group of young people who I like to ride bikes with. They're not what anyone would call hardcore bikers. I'm not a hardcore biker. Riding a bicycle, for me, is a relaxing form of enjoyment. I'm not into spandex or emulating someone by putting on a colorful costume of sorts. Because we all have our jobs, it's necessary to meet up and ride in the evening time. Our fitness ride is generally around twenty miles in length, along a river's side. There's a trail, constructed by the city, in which I live, that runs along its length. Its flat and flat-out fun.
Last night we met up to ride downtown to view the fireworks. The greatest part of the joy of that, is just getting there. We ascended a parking garage in the hopes of getting an unobstructed view of the show. While we waited, there was a youthful charge in the air, with all the people in eager expectation of the fireworks. Standing on the top floor of the garage, overlooking the streets, I watched the traffic in an unbroken stream of cars passing below. It felt almost like Christmas, what with the illumination of their tail lights and the mad rush of people trying to get somewhere, somewhat unsuccessfully. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope all is well with you.
Get out and ride a bike. Enjoy your life now, for now is all we have. If there are things happening that overshadow your life in a negative way, try to slice out the little moments of enjoyment and savor those.
Peace and love.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

snow day

It's not often we get snowy weather in Texas. Generally, if we get any kind of icy precipitation at all, it'll usually be sleet. Today was a little different, though. Today it started snowing not long after midnight and it didn't slow down for most of the day. Snow is heaped up in our yards like great white heaps of cotton candy. Pretty as a picture it is, too. Like a lot of things, snow is like relatives coming to visit. Glad to see them come and glad to see them go. The weather prognosticators have opined that tomorrow our temperatures will top out around forty. Unfortunately, they are also promising us that the sun will be shy tomorrow and hide its warming face behind the clouds. That's too bad. If the overcoat were to come out, it'd put to flight the thick white pillowy sheets laid down today.  Winter has been an adventure this year. I wish for spring.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Grey Day

The winter weather, for us, this winter, has been decidedly wintery. Today wasn't any different. A dense gray pall of clouds obscuring the sun, causing the brightness of late afternoon to be little different than the brightness of dawn. A creature of habit, I was want to follow my usual Sunday routine of going to the library. The central library, opened on Sunday, has a large bank of internet connected computers for those who have no access to a computer at home. There's a small busload of people surfing the net and half as much waiting for their turn for the computers.
I don't put my nose in the air at people who occupy a different class than myself. Both high or low, I think to myself; there but for the grace of God, go I.