Archive for August, 2008

Movie Dude: Death Race

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

A mix of The Road Warrior and Running Man brings to life the remake of DeathRace 2000! A movie Roger Corman made 30 years ago is now produced by him also…..A man,Jason Stratham, is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and happens to be an ex-Nascar driver…winds up in my fellow Philadelphian Joan Allen’s Prison where she is the Hardest Bitchiest Warden on the planet. As corporations now own everything and the government is useless(sound familiar,oil companies!) the world is placated by Death Race,driven by nothing but inmates,it is a no holds barred to the death finish! The race is run in 3 parts and the winner of 5 races wins his freedom,but the warden has other ideas,ratings. Her champion by the name of Frankenstein,is played by whatever driver wears the mask…he has 4 wins and the offer to drive for her goes to Stratham. He figures out he was set up and the adrenaline gets boosted! As the innocent man is not so innocent in his revenge as one by one they fall…the special FX are great and the pace is rumbling through the entire movie as the unlikeliest of pair team up to prove that not only the bad guys can win if there are badder guys against them…. great action lots of gore in the blow-em-up scenes….check it out,and for you action fans,a MUST! 

Comfort in You

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

I was tired and worn at the end of the day;

then your warm message came my way.

I thought my patience was at an end,

but I found comfort in your kindness, dear friend.

It’s good to know that along life’s road,

there’s someone there to lighten the load.

 Just knowing you’re there to lend an ear,

 renews my cup of joy and cheer.

Perhaps there’s nothing that time can’t mend,

but my heart finds hope in yours, dear friend.

2008 sheila maurer 

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

If I Dream About You…

 You’re so far away,

but I know that if I dream

 about you,

that I’ll be just fine.

 For I can escape

to the place

where I’m yours,

 and you’re mine.

2008 sheila maurer 

Movie Dude: Tropic Thunder

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Tropic Thunder is a work of genius all around! A satire with so much great acting,it had me in stitches! From the opening sequence,we  see the trailers of all of all the actors in the movie,PHONY TRAILERS! The all so proud actors and their respective collection of work leading them to this Vietnam action pic. It is written by Four Leaf Taggert,a POW vetern who lost both his hands,played by the ever charismatic Nick Nolte, is soon to be seen into a movie. But 5 days into shooting,they are 50 million in the hole! The producer,played byTom Cruise as a hirsute ,balding caricature of himself,is so funny that I laughed so hard I was out of breath! As the head of the studio,with a Runyonesque name of Les Grosseman he barks out orders as sycophants surround him in his studio. Ben Stiller (buffed out) is terrific as the actor who is worth more dead then alive,plays Tuggman, a man on the edge of the abyss of his career. Stiller has directed a comedy worth many views over as he allows ALL the actors to go over the top in their performance! A -list actors have cameos through out the movie and it is just a riot as twists and turn happen in a predictable way that satisfies the movie and the audience. Jack Black,plays an actor who is so strung out,he is constantly high…Robert Downey Jr,is an actor so method,who won 5 Oscars,that he undergoes a drastic operation to make himself black! As typical,most actors have neurotic issues and they blown way out for this movie! They are just terrific as are all the cast..Stiller really has done a bang up job with all his crew. If I was being paid for writing this,you would have detail after detail,but this is what you get for free…GO SEE THE MOVIE!

Cliff Claven “Beer Theory” ,from the show “Cheers”

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

one episode of ‘Cheers’, Cliff is seated at the bar describing the Buffalo Theory to his buddy, Norm. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the
concept explained any better than this: ‘Well you see, Norm, it’s like this . . . A herd of buffalo can
only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the heard is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest
ones at the back that are killed first .. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and
health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only
operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and
weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient

machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers

Love Has No Boundries

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Love is unconditional

Love can and is personal

Love is deeper than any ocean or sea

Love flows through you and me

Love will penetrate, in, around and on

When all hope seems gone

Love has no boundries 

Love has not inventories

Love reveals many stories

Love lingers on and stays close and dear

Expressed to put a smile from ear to ear 

Its the laughter , the love we make

Love will never take

Love is my inner passion and not fake 

2008 cynthia thompson

Movie Dude: The Mummy,The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Rob Cohen has done it again! A rousingly beautifully shot saturday afternoon adventure! The scenes are breathtaking as we open with the Emperor (Jet Li in a great role) staking claim to everything in the known world,crushing his opposition with ruthlessness,as do all despots of the ages. He claims a witch(played by martial arts fav Michelle Yeoh),who is to place a spell of immortality on the Emperor,but knows she has been betrayed and  places a curse on him and his army instead! This places our next scene in present day,late 1940’s postwar china,with young Alex now grown to manhood and is also an archeologist,like his parents..He soon finds the tomb and his future.. Attacked by a mysterious assassin who takes his heart instead of his life, we have the running theme through all the Mummy franchises.. It than leads to England where The O’Connells are now a bored couple waiting for the next adventure to come their way. The Gorgeous Maria Bello,is just perfect to replace The Gorgeous Rachel Weitz! While she gets to do a great line about” I am a completey different woman” at a book reading of her latest novel! We all get the joke and it is cleverly done. She has her tough moments when she seems awkward,but Brendan Frasier soon has her acting so smoothly with his onscreen charm, you soon forget any other woman played his wife! The FO(Foreign Office) soon involves the O’Connells into a trip destined to be another adventure! The scenery is gorgeous,the chinese is so beautiful to hear and the action is nonstop! All thanks to Mr. Cohen’s wonderful direction. The Yeti’s are just the coolest and the battle by Shangri La is breathtaking! you get to see enough of the fabled Lost City for you to use your own imagination,for this I applaud Mr. Cohen..the CGI is great and the story seamless! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon Mr. Cohen!

Solar Eclipse

Friday, August 1st, 2008

View of a total eclipse of the sun. A total eclipse of the sun a week before the Beijing Olympics will spook the superstitious but Chinese authorities have no reason to fear for the Games, astrologers and feng shui experts say.(AFP/File/Karim Sahib)