i wanted something to happen but it wasn’t an option and couldn’t happen but then when the opportunity for it became a possibility to happen and could happen i became unable to make anything happen. which brings me to my current state in which nothing happened.
My directorial debut in a 72 hour short film contest lulz.
steve song is my hero
last week of my internship. living with the pastor and a friend at my church cause i got kicked out of my apartment last week. immense stress put on my by my multiple bosses yesterday preparing for a presentation i had today that ended up being really easy. getting my heart ready to leave the sunshine state.
its pretty disappointing that i have to leave this vacation state to go back to michigan the second worst state ever (ohio being the worst). leaving the church i’ve grown to love that has blessed me more than i’d ever been blessed in any given two month period in my life. leaving the friends i’ve made that have shown me kindness and eased me into the transition of living in florida in time for me to leave. leaving the internship right when i started doing work that i could see progress in. it’s all disappointing but those are the pessimistic ways of looking at things.
on the other hand i have gained a community that i don’t think i’ll ever let go of and i know they will always open their arms for me when i’m in tampa. i made friends that have changed me and molded me in a way that would never have happened if i didn’t come and go from tampa. and lastly i got a resume booster and hopefully (fingers crossed) a full time employment offer. and lastly lastly, i get to go back to michigan the 49th best state ever. see my family, my dog, and my friends. i miss y’all.
A movie about a teacher that has a bit of a drug problem and is found out by one of her students while in the locker room smoking crack. and much to my surprise their relationship becomes stronger through this experience.
the movie was good. it wasn’t your ordinary student school teacher film which is something i really enjoy. it has a deeper message than just a teacher making a difference in it’s students lives. there’s a scene in the movie that slapped the previously stated idea in the face where ryan gosling is in a bar and a man comes up to him and talks to him about his daughter that was in his class in middle school. and now she’s goign to georgetown majoring in history because of the things he did for her in the class. and ryan gosling doesn’t care. doesn’t even really recognize the student’s name. then the dad walks away.
one last thing to say about this movie is research “dialectics” before you watch it. it plays a big role in understanding why the writers and the director made the film how it is. the difference between the classic teacher film and this one because there are a ton of scenes like the previous one that are specifically geared towards this train of thought.
Half Nelson: 9/10
Movie takes place in Iraq during the Gulf War after the Americans are heralded victorious. What most Americans probably do not know is that this conflict didn’t end with America’s victory. George Bush Sr. told the Iraqi’s to fight against Saddam so that they can be free from the dictatorship. i’d rather not go into debate about the rights and wrongs of our politicians so i’ll end the background here.
the main characters are george clooney, marky mark wahlberg, and ice cube. one and a half rappers and george clooney. after confiscating a map the three are tipped off to a collection of gold that belongs to saddam and could make them all multimillionaires.
the movie follows these three guys in their conflict between their desires to make a lot of money and their humanistic sympathy towards civilians being punished by saddam’s men. although this description makes it seem like a war movie, the portrayal of the civilians makes this movie a bit different from the average war movie. and although it seems like a war movie/drama. its not. it is a hilariously funny comedy that you should watch. very funny
Three Kings: 9/10
O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU:
Another movie with george clooney. i don’t even remember how i came across this movie but it seemed entertaining enough. extremely loosely based on the odyssey during the great depression. george clooney and a couple goofs escape jail in an attempt to find treasure. but if you know anything about the odyssey its about odysseus going home to stop his wife from getting married. but yeah the movie is entertaining and funny. i mean i haven’t read the odyssey in its entirety myself but i did read parts of it in my mythology class in high school so i have some things i can compare to it.
which brings me to my next point. it seemed like the writers of the script tried so hard to just throw random elements of odyssey into the movie. and after watching the movie i read about the movie and found out the writers actually never read the odyssey either. sooooo if you are a huge homer fan then don’t expect too much out of it besides entertainment. and… there’s a character in the movie that plays bluegrass named chris thomas king. and he actually produces bluegrass/hip-hopish music. but back on track the music in the movie is actually really good. i listened to a couple of the songs for several days after watching the movie and its all like country/bluegrass music which i’ve never enjoyed in my life.
O Brother Where Art Thou: 6/10
because i saw this…. i ate a salad for lunch at mcdonalds while i smelled the fries and burgers…. it was torturous. and i’m still hungry. here’s a hint to all my
many readers. never eat salads at a fast food restaurant where u love the food that is alternatively sold
i’ve finally realized why tithing has become so difficult for me. in my parents attempt of enforcing the importance of providing offering to the church. they provided me with a weekly offering of $1. throughout my childhood to my understanding one dollar was a completely satisfactory offering amount. which at the time given my weekly income of $0, a one dollar offering was technically an infinite percentage of my income (some can argue 100% cause i had the ability to choose whether or not that money goes into the basket or not) but that’s besides the point.
fast forward to the present when my weekly income exceeds the earlier weekly income of $0-1. about 18-19 years of my life i was so used to offering up $1 and now i’m taught that i must tithe. i was never rebuked for dropping a george washington into the basket but now i feel odd signing a check for an amount that much exceeds that because the amount i put in one sunday exceeds the allowance i was previously required to do in a whole year. which means at this rate. in 21 weeks i’ll far exceed the amount i have offered to the church and God in my whole lifetime combined. plus the many sundays i have skipped offering and the years of my infancy when i didn’t have the ability to even hold and drop a dollar bill into a basket i could probably beat the total offering in my lifetime in like 10-15 weeks.
doing these calculations when writing the check gives me an uncomfortable feeling because this is not what i was taught to do at an early age. does this mean i was taught wrongly growing up? should my parents have not given me that dollar every week? but they didn’t want to do that cause i would miss out on teaching me the importance of offering. oh well. YOLOTEOBEF (you only live on this earth once but eternally forever)
hopefully some day they’ll stop handing out these pills like candy
Reality is what you make it. So telling your children to grow up and punishing them for their imagination can ruin their future creativity to bring to our reality.
Don’t do it.
July 25, 1992
Can’t go wrong with mark wahlberg and peter griffen right? i’ll leave that to your own discretion. movie about a guy that has a talking bear that he grew up with. I think mark wahlberg movies are usually do or die and this one is one of the first movies i was just eh about at the end. i was expecting to come out either demanding a refund or laughing and reminiscing all the funny one liners in the movie. but in a way neither of them came to be but at the same time both of them came to be.
the good: funny. it really was i can’t deny the jokes in the movie were pretty good. very family guy feel which makes sense cause the writer is the same. they both really enjoy making references to other things in the world outside of the movie world. the bad: the story was whack and unrealistic. i KNOW its somewhat of a fantasy movie. i KNOW so don’t bash me on that, but what i mean are the human relationships in this movie seemed unrealistic to me.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI:
I chose to watch this movie after several recommendations that this movie was amazing or what not. I watched the preview and I was confused and didn’t really get what the movie was going to be about so I decided, “hey what the heck. why not just watch it”. is it bad to say i was disappointed? i’m not sure if i was expecting too much but it just wasn’t amazing. i thought the movie tried to do too much too often in the film. too many parts in the movie that when i think back didn’t need to be in the movie. none of the characters in the movie are relatable myself or anyone i know. it was just too ridiculous for me. while watching it the feel the movie kept giving off was a i heart huckabees kinda thing but i didn’t enjoy it as much. but the situations the dude got in were pretty funny and i really liked julianne moore’s character. so meh it wasn’t bad.
The Big Lebowski: 6/10
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW:
i came across this movie very randomly. i was listening to npr and they talked about something that led to me thinking about asian americans or something. and i read an article on the term “model immigrants”. but yeah i read stuff and i came across this movie. its a movie about these suburban high school kids living somewhere in california that are all on track to go to top high schools that are missing something in their lives. so they decide to turn crime.
the movie was really well made to my surprise. well i was expecting it to be good considering it was a sundance film and so far to my knowledge sundance films have yet to disappoint me but i mean it was made by an asian guy and featured only asians. so it was hard to expect a lot but it was really well made and its the type of movie that i can tell gets better watching multiple times cause there are a lot of elements to the film that made it really good.
Better Luck Next Time: 8.5/10
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:
the time has finally come to write about this much anticipated film. and how did i enjoy it? it was good. just good. honestly if this movie came out before the second one than it would have been great. but following the dark knight. just made it difficult for me to love the movie.
one thing i was extremely satisfied with was catwoman. anne hathaway was really good to my surprise. everyone disagrees with me when i said all the past catwomen were bad including michelle pfeiffer but now i’m pretty sure it will be universally agreed upon that anne hathaway did the best. but yeah the movie from my recollection seemed to have too many holes and left things unexplained and just seemed not as complete as the dark knight.
The Dark Knight Rises: 8/10
i think i’m going to stop now… this is exhausting but for some reason i really enjoy doing movie reviews so i’m going to keep doing them. to be continued.
O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU: