Sooo...I've known for a long time that I would need to watch Game of Thrones because I'm a fan of fantasy - especially medieval + dragons fantasy. I mean, who isn't?
I'm presently watching season 2, episode 8 (I promise, no plot spoilers) and I'm grateful that I've waited so I can just power through a whole bunch in a row. I suppose there are two sides to that. On the other hand I know a lot of spoilers from being a citizen of the internet. In my opinion, it's a positive since I'm prepared for the mental and emotional anguish.
Believe me, there is anguish. Sometimes just disgust or perhaps a lot of loathing, maybe now and then a glimmer of victory, which you languish in briefly before it's cruelly snatched away. Oh Game of Thrones, she be a harsh and unforgiving mistress but she be beautiful. Ar, she be beautiful.
I don't know why that just happened. Anyhoo...I decided in my musings to list my favourite characters so far - that way you can pinpoint the exact moments of my unfathomable grief.
I was contemplating what to write today and thought about many subjects until I realized that Mondays shouldn't be bogged down with anything too serious. So I've decided to share a few funny and interesting videos.
Happy 49th Birthday Nicolas Cage! Today we celebrate over 30 years of acting. I can't believe how fast time flies. While I was looking over Nicolas Cage's filmography I quickly realized that I've seen most of his films! He is definitely one of my all time favourite actors. He is incredibly diverse and enigmatic. Not to mention humourous and committed. I believe he is truly a consummate professional.
If you're at all familiar with the Coen brothers then you know their films are always rife with bizarre circumstances and even stranger humour. In Raising Arizona (1987) Nic Cage plays an unfortunate criminal who marries an officer. Due to their inability to have children, they hatch a scheme to take a baby from a family that simply has "too many".
Vampire's Kiss (1988) is probably one of Nicolas Cage's most surprising roles. The movie is unexpected and brilliant. He plays Peter Loew, a publishing executive who thinks he's been bitten by a vampire. The entire film is chalk full of dark humour. The character eventually degrades to the point of buying cheap vampire teeth and sleeping beneath his coffee table.
Probably one of the funniest aspects of Vampire's Kiss is the surprising familiarity of a still image taken of Nicolas Cage. Somehow it has developed into a well known internet meme entitled, "You don't say?" Often used in situations where a particular statement is already painfully obvious, representing a sort of facetious humour. Truly hilarious.
If you're looking for a great action film, look no further than The Rock (1996). Starring alongside Sean Connery, Cage is a weapons specialist called upon to infiltrate Alcatraz in order to stop a rogue group of marines. They're armed with dangerous rockets capable of releasing a terrible gas that would decimate entire populations.
Not all of Nicolas Cage's films are dark. In City of Angels (1998) he is a mysterious figure living between the light and shadow. In this sweet and romantic film, playing opposite Meg Ryan, the audience is confronted with the opposition of life and death, love and loss. I've watched this movie countless times and each time I enjoy it more than the last. It will make you fall in love.
Another great film is The Family Man (2000). Nicolas Cage is Jack Campbell, a man of great wealth and success. Despite his apparent happiness his life contains little substance. In a bizarre instance he is transported to an alternate timeline where he meets the family he could have had and experiences unconditional love, changing him forever.
One of his best films by far is Lord of War (2005). Yuri Orlov is an arms dealer that makes his money by providing weapons to anyone who wants them regardless of what side they're on. Although he makes a substantial profit he begins to wonder at what cost.
If you think you've watched all of his brilliant roles, you might be wrong. In my opinion my favourite character is Joe from Bangkok Dangerous (2008). Joe is an assassin living in Thailand for a month long assignment. He is detached and withdrawn from the rest of humanity. Despite himself he becomes interested in protecting a woman he barely knows.
I could go on and on about Nicolas Cage's great film legacy but I have a feeling it would be unending. Every movie I've ever watched with him as the star has been absolutely enrapturing. I know that there are many people who say nasty things about him but those people have not achieved his success. I believe that more than anything their opinions are borne of jealousy. The internet can be cruel but it seems to me that people who spend their time putting others down are they themselves insecure.
Although some comments can be cruel, others are just silly. In a strange post on eBay, there was a photo (most likely spoofed) allegedly from "1870" Tennessee. The portrait seems to portray someone of great similarity to Nicolas Cage. It has been said that this is proof Nic Cage is indeed a vampire. While it's obviously ridiculous, it's quite amusing. One could pretend that his great success and fame is due to his innate hypnotic powers. In a way that's true, he is incredibly charismatic.
It is my honour to thank Nicolas Cage for entertaining millions. I look forward to many more films because I know I'll enjoy them.
It Could Happen To You (1994)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Matchstick Men (2003)
National Treasure (2004)
The Weather Man (2005)
Season of the Witch (2011)
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Today is Jeff Bridges' 63rd birthday! I can't believe the spectacular film legacy he's created in over 40 years (over 60 years if you count his role as an infant in The Company She Keeps). As usual with famous birthdays I would like to honour this actor by discussing some of my favourite films.
One of my favourite films of all time, without a doubt, is The Last Unicorn (I really should have put it on my Top 10). Jeff Bridges is the brave and dashing Prince Lir who falls in love with the mysterious Amalthea. Unbeknownst to him Amalthea has a secret that changes everything.
This handsome man is Jeff Bridges as Christopher Sheldon, otherwise known as "Skipper" in White Squall. A typical Ridley Scott film of epic proportions, Skipper has to help his young crew survive one of the worst possible storms in the ocean. It's inspiring, touching and suspenseful. A truly terrific film that should never be forgotten.
That's quite the Dude there, wearing a bathrobe in a supermarket and openly drinking half and half. In fact that's his name, the Dude from The Big Lebowski. His real name is Lebowski but no one calls him that and it's this fact alone that creates utter disaster. Full of unusual humour and adventure, a true Coen brothers film.
I've only mentioned a few but Jeff Bridges has been in 74 films (once again, 75 if you include his infant role). If you're sitting there counting and think wait, there's only 73, you'd be right except he just finished a movie that premiers next year called R.I.P.D. I found out by looking at his filmography on his website. I'm really excited since IMDb describes the synopsis as a movie about an undead police department known as the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.). The cast looks phenomenal as well since it's also starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker. It's directed by Robert Schwentke who's directed RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous), Flightplan and The Time Traveler's Wife. How have I not heard of this movie before?
Happy birthday Jeff Bridges! I can't wait to see your next film!
Today is Oded Fehr's birthday! You're probably wondering, who? Well there's a very good chance you've seen him in a movie or two. He's an actor originally from Tel Aviv, who's played many interesting roles. I recommend watching his films if you haven't already.
Recognize this man? This is Oded Fehr in the hit blockbuster (of da summah) The Mummy. (and The Mummy Returns). He plays the role of Ardeth Bay, the leader of the Medjai.
He's a courageous warrior who will do everything in his power to stop the resurrection of the vicious and evil Imhotep. Unfortunately as you can tell by the title of the movie, he is unsuccessful in preventing his awakening but does help in putting him back to rest.
It's truly a terrific adventure movie, Oded Fehr stars alongside Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. If you haven't seen this movie yet there's no time like the present! Despite it's poetic license it's still a fascinating tale about ancient Egypt, the afterlife and mysterious powers.
This man is Antoine Laconte from the hilarious film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Oded Fehr is an expensive male escort with the dream life. Rob Schneider tries to emulate him after he is given the responsibility of taking care of his place. Let's just say the results are comedic. An excellent, easy movie to enjoy and laugh at.
Last but certainly not least are the movies Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction. Oded Fehr is Carlos Olivera, a strong solider part of the Special Tactics And Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) in the film Apocalypse. Unbeknownst to him there is a separate agenda to eliminate all STARS operatives. He must survive the onslaught of infected and navigate the overrun city in order to escape with his life. Lucky for him he meets Alice (Milla Jovovich).
In Extinction Carlos is helping survivors to escape to a hopefully better place while working alongside Alice. Of course things are never simple in an apocalyptic world where humans are not the only infected. With every step of the journey there are unprecedented hardships making it next to impossible to see the next day. The Resident Evil franchise is a truly powerful one, with a total of 5 movies thus far.
I recently finished reading Confessions of a Shopaholic which was lent to me among other Sophie Kinsella novels including, Gatecrasher, The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret.
I left Confessions of a Shopaholic to the very last since I had already seen the movie with Isla Fisher. I had no idea that the film had completely and utterly misrepresented the book. I mean, completely! I had enjoyed the movie but now that I have read the book, I will look at it differently.
So these are my confessions, describing the great injustice done to the novel. Let's just say that in some ways I'm glad I watched the movie first because otherwise I would have hated it. It is literally shocking how much the film differs from the book. What a tragedy. What I can't understand is why they decided to shift around the story so drastically?
At the end of October my city had the pleasure of hosting the Star Wars Identities Exhibition. I had been looking forward to it since last year when I first heard they were coming. Up until today I could only imagine what wonders were in store and my goodness, it was wondrous. I visited the exhibit with my family and partner. I suppose the first thing I should mention is that I had bought tickets online for a specific time, well it turns out they were running an hour behind schedule. Even though we showed up early we didn't have the pleasure of getting into the exhibit for over an hour. What did we do with our time? Browsed the other galleries and mostly waited in line. Despite the long wait I would have to say it was definitely worth it.
When we finally made it to the front of the line we were presented with an ear piece, receiver and wrist band. Then we watched a quick 5 minute video on the quest we had all undertaken to discover the hero inside of each of us. It made me so very excited. I cannot fully explain the excitement that was coursing through my veins. Star Wars has been one of my favourite stories my entire life and here I was about to witness some of the greatest props, costumes and concept art that has ever existed. I got to see Boba Fett, C-3P0, R2-D2, Yoda, Han, Leia, Chewbacca...you name it! They were all there!
Maybe you're wondering what they meant by discovering the hero inside of us, well the wristbands we were given were more special than any of us realized. The exhibition had an interactive feature; inside were 10 stations each with a question designed to develop a personal character. You would press the wristband against an illuminated hexagon and voila! You would make choices in order to pick what kind of Star Wars character you wanted to create. The questions ranged from what species you are, how your parents raised you, what your personality was like to choosing the empire or rejecting the offer.
The best part about creating your own character was the consideration they had put into designing these questions. They actually used a variety of psychological theories that were very familiar to me. I truly appreciated that. What an awesome and brilliant idea! Not only were we able to enjoy the amazing movie props but we each created a unique and memorable character. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Star Wars Identities you should take it! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was truly a wonderful experience.
I want to update the Blog properly but at the moment I need to spend a little more time writing. No worries, I will be back again to update it Saturday since I'll be visiting the Star Wars exhibition in town and again on Storytime Sunday to continue the next segment. In the meantime watch this funny video. See you later!
Today is Sam Neill's birthday! He is 65 today (incidentally the same age as my mother). I thought the best way to celebrate such an occasion was to discuss his most notable movie, Jurassic Park. Sam Neill is Dr. Alan Grant, a leading paleontologist who's been invited with his colleague, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler a paleobotanist, to a "biological preserve" by Mr. Hammond. Richard Attenborough is John Hammond, an eccentric billionaire and CEO of InGen who's "spared no expense".
Jurassic Park is a great film, it's absolutely timeless and unforgettable. My favourite character is probably Jeff Goldblum as the "chaotician" Dr. Ian Malcolm. He's sarcastic, charming and intelligent. He's the comedic relief, without him the movie would be much more difficult to watch.
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