Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday's Flick Picks

New Release - Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Anytime a classic film is remade, there runs the risk of comparison.  Comparison which essentially works against the remade version.  It sets itself up for imminent failure when trying to recreate the success that another film has already created.  I could sit here and list a good number of remakes that have been released over the past couple of years but that, my fellow film fans, would probably take forever and a day.  It seems that Hollywood has chosen to take delight in recycling as many stories that it possibly can.  Sometimes it works out; sometimes it tanks horribly and ends with a devastating crash and mega explosion that claims the careers and reputation of everyone involved.  Conan the Barbarian kind of sits in between those two places for me.  I mean even if such a place exists.  Trying to dust off any betrayal to Mr. Schwarzenegger that I felt for wanting to see this film, I walked into the theater with mixed emotions.

Stargate: Atlantis and Game of Thrones alum Jason Mamoa takes over duties playing Conan in this recent version to the 1982 epic.  I really liked the first 15 minutes to the film.  It focused on a young Conan played by youngster Leo Howard, who also played a young Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a couple of years ago.  He played the character a little too far on the sadistic side for my liking but it played out in the action sequences that he was a part of.  With a knowledge of martial arts (did his own stunts in G.I. Joe), I see bright things for this kid in the future.  So, Conan loses his mother at birth and loses his father, Corin (Ron Pearlman), years later when his Cimmerian village is raided by a bandit named Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang).  Zym is on the search for a special magical mask that will, of course, allow him to be pretty much invincible and “rule all the land”.

Revisiting Jill Scott's Summer Block Party Tour

Not even a hefty amount of heavy rain and some thunder could stop the show that was a part of the tour that made a stop in Virginia Beach this past Sunday, August the 21st.  Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party didn’t allow the moisture that fell from the heavens to rain on its summer parade.  Rocking out the Verizon Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach’s Amphitheatre, the tour stop was well worth weathering the storm.  It definitely held true to its claim of “rain or shine” as stated on the ticket.  Luckily the weather let up a little to let Ms. Scott’s fans enjoy themselves to her soulful sound backed by a live band.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review Blood: TRUE BLOOD Re-cap of Ep. 44

Episode 44 and counting…"Spellbound"

This week we’ll start things off a little different.  Since the episode began with how last week’s ended… with Jessica about to be turned into a very crispy vampire by the sun.  Our resident hero, and member of the Bon Temps sheriff office, Jason comes to her rescue just in the nick of time.  I began to question just how he managed to wrestle her to the floor, him being a mere human and all, but she quickly took over.  But not to resist him, to deliver a kiss on his lips no doubt for saving her life.  To this inevitable gesture, he responds with a very passionate kiss of his own.  He returns her to her resting place besides Bill who states that they are forever in his debt.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Me vs. Emotion

"Where would you be without them?"

In all honesty, I didn’t think writing about this was going to be as difficult as it wound up being. I do realize it’s a bit of an odd topic to discuss it’s something I’ve been obsessed with for as long as I could remember. Emotions. It’s hard to define specifically what an emotion is, yet it’s the driving force behind each and every one of our actions and decisions throughout our lives. Similar to the soul, they help to define not only who we are but why we are the way we are. It’s possible the two are even linked somehow. There are dozens of different emotions we all experience throughout our lives but I’ll only discuss very briefly the different ones we are all familiar with.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Silent Suffering

He pulled his car into the parking lot and shifted it into park.  He looked around the small, quaint restaurant before exiting the vehicle to see if he noticed the familiar gray coupe.  No, it wasn’t in that corner.  He turned to look in the other part of the lot.  Nope, not there either.  That was weird, she had texted him and said she was only a couple of minutes away.  Just as that thought crossed his mind, the two-door sports car rolled past his car and parked a couple of spaces away.

He quickly looked away before she could notice him.  Out of the corner of his eye, he could see her get out of her car and begin to walk toward the entrance.  She looked as good as ever.  Her jeans cupped her body; the tank top she was wearing revealed just enough skin to make a man wonder what was underneath.  To top it off, her heels made a slight sound on the pavement that seemed to whisper the word sexy with every step.  He watched her walk all the way into the restaurant.  What a show it was.  After she disappeared behind the front door, he took a deep breath and stepped out into the parking lot.