It is unfortunate to hear about what is happening, recently, with groups of young United States citizens whom were attempting to brighten their futures. I believe the first thing that needs to be kept in mind is that these were young adults, students, trying to improve themselves through the acquisition of higher education. Yet, due to the expression and the highlighting of the lower aspects of our society, these students’ efforts were taken to terrible terminations.
Rutgers University is where a recent suicide occurred, dealing with the unpermitted exposure of a sexual encounter between homosexual students. A student named Tyler Clementi, 18, chose to commit suicide by leaping off of a bridge, and into a frigid, rapidly flowing river. Clementi took himself to this extreme after learning that what he believed to be a private time with himself and another male was being broadcast, live, over The Internet. Eighteen year-old Clementi chose to jump into the Hudson River, leaping from New York’s George Washington Bridge, where he drowned.
Clementi’s roommate, eighteen year-old Dharun Ravi, along with his accomplice, eighteen year-old Molly Wei, were taping him, secretly, as they hid in the dormroom closet. As the aftermath of the taping made it back to Clementi, his likely states of anger, confusion, embarrassment, and possible shame lead him to feel as if he had nowhere else to turn. The shocking situation sent Clementi into a mindset that encouraged him to commit suicide by jumping into icy waters, drowning himself.
The Student Body President at The University of Michigan has been attacked, recently. His situation is especially interesting because the raid against him is being lead by a high-post legal figure within Michigan. Assistant Attorney General, and University of Michigan alumnus, Andrew Shrivell has a blog currently running, with postings aimed to demean this young man. Chris Armstrong is an openly gay student, and he is under regular fire from Shirvell for what the lawyer is calling Armstrong’s attempts to push “a radical homosexual agenda”.
Now, after listening to Shrivell on the news, he does not seem to be so straight himself! I have not been able to determine as to whether or not this is some kind of revenge tactic that Shrivell is taking against Armstrong, possibly for being sexually rejected. Yet, Shrivell is presenting himself on CNN, and other news programs, with a particularly pansy presentation (I thought that I saw a lil’ nut dripping out of a corner of his mouth….) about how Armstrong does not deserve to be The University of Michigan’s student body president. Shrivell is saying that Armstrong is pressing what he is calling “a homosexual agenda”.
The actual depths behind Shrivell’s attack on Armstrong have not been revealed. Yet, Armstrong has been on several news programs, and he wrote a letter to CNN, which was read by Anderson Cooper. Shrivell did not apologize for his antics, and he stated that he is a Christian who is expressing his First Amendment rights!
It is very sad to hear about how these young adults with very bright futures felt that they had no other options than to kill themselves. Furthermore, it is shameful to know that these situations could have been prevented, easily, with the assistance of concerned and responsible people within their general areas. It is rediculously disgusting to know that we continue to have allegedly intelligent adults, and elected officials, no less, who are involved in the more atrocious aspects of activities which ultimately boost the lesser settings of our society.
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What a terrific and terrifying time we had at the theater, tonight! I was really looking forward to seeing both of these films, and I was NOT disappointed! We ran through a range of emotions, from humor to horror, fun to fright. Yet, I have to say that it was worthwhile!
Our presentations began with the fun animated film Alpha and Omega! The film starts with young wolves playing in the woods. Kate (voice of Hayden Panetierre) collides with Humphrey (voice of Justin Long) while she is practicing her hunting techniques. She is called away by her father, who reminds Kate that she is meant to be an alpha wolf, and she is not to mingle with Humphrey, who will be a lowly omega wolf.
When Kate gets back from alpha school, she and other wolves go hunting. While chasing animals, Kate and pals have to escape a stampeding herd of caribou. Kate is very acrobatic while running, then assisting other wolves. Then she ends up going with other alpha wolves to break up a fight between the omega wolves.
Kate talks with Humphrey after the feud, but her siblings take her away. Kate is reminded by her dad, Winston (voice of Danny Glover), that she is an alpha wolf, and she is not to mingle with the lesser wolves. As the alphas were celebrating a successful hunt of caribou, the omegas were forced to eat squirrels and berries.
Kate later speaks with her elders about her wedding plans. When she marries Marcel (voice of Larry Miller), an alpha male of another pack, it will unite the area wolf packs. However, as Kate is not excited about getting with Garth, Humphrey finds himself pushed aside, and toward a lesser female.
Kate is thoroughly irritated by Marcel, as his howl is disgusting to her and other wolves. Yet, as she is listening to Humphrey mocking Marcel, she is darted by humans, then so is Humphrey! They are taken away, on a trip to Idaho! They get there, finding that they have been relocated to an animal reserve.
Humphrey and Kate start chasing geese, and they find out that they are in Idaho. They have been taken there to help with wolf repopulation! Kate does not want to do that, as she is ready to return to her Canadian home. It is there where her parents are angry that her parents are angry with other wolves because Kate has been lost!
Kate and Humphrey are shown humans by a flock of geese. The birds want the humans’ trailer for refuge, yet the wolves see it as possible transportation home. As Kate is being annoyed by Humphrey, other wolves and her parents, back at her home park, are searching for her.
Kate and Humphrey reach an opening, and they find that they are being hunted by humans. The people chase the wolves into a nearby forest. A storm begins to form, and Kate runs into a dangerous setting. She almost is swept into rushing waters, yet Humphrey arrives to save her. Then, a flock of geese lead them to a nearby train, onto which they climb to get home.
Once at home, Kate cautiously bonds with another female wolf, and Humphrey bonds with a bear cub. As Kate joins them, the adult bears chase them away. They encounter humans, who shoot at them, but they escape on a nearby train. Nightfall arrives, as Humphrey and Kate bond while howling at the moon!
Suddenly, Humphrey finds himself targeted. Garth’s wolf family is hunting Humphrey, yet he and Kate escape by train. As they now are alone, Humphrey shows that he likes Kate, yet she still is not interested. He gets her to howl at the moon with him, and they find that they make good music together! Yet, Humphrey finds out that enemy wolves are after him!
The attacking wolves are from Garth’s pack. They also have rage toward Kate’s pack, as one challenges her dad for the title of alpha wolf. Kate and Humphrey arrive, where she admits that she likes Humphrey. A fight ensues, and Kate shows that she is a powerful alpha female. Her dad still does not want her with Humphrey, though he congratulates Humphrey for returning his daughter.
Kate unhappily chooses to be with Garth to unite the wolf packs. Yet, she realizes that she is in love with Humphrey. A hunt happens, and Humphrey is able to tell Kate that he wants to be with her. As Garth winds up being lost, Kate is able to be with Garth!
Our second feature was the anticipated Devil! Thrilling director M. Night Shyamalan presents another picture about horror that captures a group of seemingly innocent people whom find themselves trapped in an elevator of a Philadelphia office building. Yet, the story begins with the investigation of a man who seemed to commit suicide by leaping from atop an office building,
Four people get to this building, where a security guard named Ben Larson (Bokeem Woodbine) is monitoring the first floor. He enters an elevator, followed by a man and a woman, as two others are inside of it, already. They head upward, yet the elevator suddenly stops. Two security guards outside see this, and they call for help.
The people inside of the elevator hear a repairman, but he can not hear them. Outside of this building, something falls from the rooftop. Detectives arrive, and they begin an investigation of what seems to be a heavily-damaged building. Inspectors cut off the power, and Larson starts to panic in the elevator. Meanwhile, it is being searched from above, as guards believe that someone jumped onto it’s rooftop.
One man inside of the elevator decides to use his time to make sales for his mattress company. Then, something scrapes inside, and a female passenger feels her back touched. Repairmen outside are not detecting any problems, but a guard sees an image of something dead inside of the elevator!
One guard goes into the elevator shaft, beneath the car. He winds up trapped, as the elevator falls! All of a sudden, the lights inside are turned on, and one woman is bleeding.
A guard viewing the inside from a security post tries turning off the elevator’s music. The passengers see that one man’s hands are bloody, and they want to search him. The guard is watching, and he calls the police. Meanwhile, guards inside of the building see a strange image from inside the elevator viewscreen, and one of them named Ramirez (Jacob Vargas) goes into a religious outburst. Now, the viewing guard named Ben suspects one of the male passengers as the perpetrator.
Philadelphia police arrive. Ramirez still is terrified after seeing the face. The other guards try to identify the passengers, as the lights inside flash on and off. Then, glass inside of the elevator cracks, and one male passenger, who had been rude, was stabbed through his neck! The viewing guards call for more backup.
Ramirez goes into further religious rants, talking about seeing The Devil. Ben is being investigated, and it is revealed that he has a criminal past. Now, the passengers are trying to figure out who stabbed this one man in his neck, murdering him! They take paper from his pocket, finding that he was a marine returned from Afghanistan.
As a note is found, details are read that talk about recent news, and something about The Devil. Ramirez tries to escape, but Larson tries to lead a frisking of the passengers. One outside guard that is seeing a taping from inside of the elevator sees a stange image that leads him to suspect that The Devil is involved. Other guards begin to suspect that a female passener may be the culprit.
An older, female passenger pulls out a can of mace. However, Larson slaps it from her hand! An investigator tries getting to the elevator, yet he slips on the car’s cable. He falls, slamming onto the top of the elevator. The noise causes one passenger to go into a religious outburst.
Stranger things begin to happen! Investigators that have seen tapes of the elevator are identifying the passengers. The elderly lady inside (Jenny O’Hara) is identified as well as another passener named Dwight (Joe Cobden), who is found to be a thief. While more information is gathered, the lights inside of the elevator go out!
Ben lights a match, and a face is seen! Then, the lights come on, and the elderly lady is found hanging in the corner! The guards see this, and they call for back-up! Another passenger gets the body down, as he, Ben, Sarah (Bojana Novakovic), and the elderly lady are the only ones left. Cops that are viewing the monitor get hold of a bag full of tools, and one viewing guard begins praying in Spanish!
One passenger reveals himself as Tony (Logan Marshall-Green). As Sarah and the elderly lady are seemingly calm, Tony and Ben begin to fight. The cops watching the monitor ask them to separate, as the praying guard now believes that everyone in the elevator will die. Also, the police learn that Sarah has a criminal history!
One guard is dufus, as he tries to twirk the elevator’s wiring, and he electrocutes himself! The people inside of the elevator separate, but the elderly lady turns around. Sarah reveals that her husband owns the security company of that particular building, for which Ben works. Suddenly, the lights go out!
The passengers use the lights from their cell phones to see. Then, the lights go out, and Tony is cut! Sarah and Ben now hold slivers of glass toward one another, and Ramirez tries using religious philosophy to calm the situation. The viewing guards try to broadcast logical statements inside.
The elderly lady removes her glasses, and she pulls glass from her back pocket. Then, the lights go out, and Sarah is dead. Ben now is the suspect, but the elderly lady stands to make her presence known. She asks Tony if he is ready to die, as a scene flashes to when Tony crashed his car into a car carrying the elderly lady, and a young woman, killing them both. The elderly lady reveals herself as Satan, and he has come to get Tony!
As Tony is pleading for himself, and admits responsibility for the car crash. It was a hit and run, where one of the building security guards was killed, also. Tony says that he is responsible for those death, in a seeming moment of repentance, leading Satan to say “damn”! The power is restored, Satan leaves, and Tony is left alive after having repented for his sins!
Get ready for more great films and features! September will wind down with Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole! Movies to highlight October include Chain Letter, The Company Men, Let Me In, Red, and Secretariat. Other features to anticipate are The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, For Colored Girls, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Little Fockers, Megamind, Red, Skyline, and Tron: Legacy!
A lil’ late night, relaxing recall…..
It has passed my bedtime, yet I am being obstinate, right now. I don’t wanna go, and I can’t make me! Oh; anyhow. I have the usual late-night television shows on, behind me. I will fumble between the television and the computer for a little while.
My fella Craig Ferguson is on right now, so I will put the television on that channel, for the moment. I usually get some good laughs from Ferguson, and leaving the station on CBS will suffice. Now, he is talking about beef tacos filled with tongue, so I turned around, for the moment….. funny! A Cialis commercial came on right afterward!
I turned around to see if the pussy posse is in here, but I only see the boys. Celia is out of the room, laying by the fireplace (no fire is burning…). I went out to check on her. Of course, I got to see that one of our recently usual backyard wildlife displays was present when I looked out of the patio window. The now resident oppossum was back there, on the deck. I think that the raccoon was out there, a little earlier.
It is a strange setting of evening symbiosis! There are stray cats are out there, staying because we care for them, every now and then. I realized that this would attract other animals, yet I was thinking that it would be other stray pets, possibly mice, or even birds. I really had no idea that opossums and raccoons were among the animals within our residential area! I still remain amazed that they are around. Where are they hiding during the daytime?
It has started raining, now. The outdoor animals now all are hiding. I am not certain as to where they go for shelter. They may have some burrowed areas near to the house, or within a neighboring yard. I think that one neighbor has a dog, but it may be an indoor dog. I think that the stray cats have hiding spots in our yard, or in near yards, where they stay dry. The raccoon and the opossum likely went to the closest spot to get out of the water!
Alright. William Shatner and Craig Ferguson are making jokes. I will watch a bit of this before falling asleep. Let me move. Celia has lept into my lap, and her claws are stabbing me! Ehhhh!!!! …..and what is this about First Lady Michelle Obama?!?!?
A mild movie evening, this was. I will admit that I have not gotten into all of the hype of the Resident Evil films, so seeing Resident Evil: Afterlife was more or less so-so, for me. There was excitement to it, though!
Alice (Milla Jovovich) returns for daring crusades to destroy vampires. She has been exploring the remains of the planet after the last extinction event that nearly eliminated all of humanity. Alice means to find surviving humans, yet she finds herself again entangled with the sinister schemings of Umbrella Corporation. Her journeys have included several encounters and battles with mutated humans that now are vampires due to the previous viral mutation. Alice heads into the ravaged remains of Los Angeles, attempting to find Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), who has been the leader of Umbrella Corporation.
Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Alice is confronted immediately by blood-thirsty vampires. A brief battle occurs, and Alice is able to find help from local human survivors. These people have remained hidden after the vampires’ conquest, uncertain of how to proceed in order to restore some semblance of humanity.
Knowing that Umbrella means to catch her for the control factors within her DNA, Alice is prepared to battle the bloodthirsty businessmen. She does not have the immediate assistance of Claire (Ali Larter), who remains destitute after suffering through amnesia. Yet, Alice does have the help of survivor leader Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) and Claire’s brother, Chris (Wentworth Miller).
Once combining with this team, Alice leads toward Umbrella Corporation’s Tokyo headquarters. Upon reaching Japan, the battles with the bloodsuckers ensue. All of them are found in a fight situation that appears to have the settings for a film continuation!
Next week has a light and dark theme to it, with two anticipated features premiering! The fun Alpha and Omega animation, featuring the voices of Danny Glover, Justin Long, Hayden Panettierre, and Christina Ricci, will open next Friday. The same day will have the horror-thriller of Devil, along with the humor of Easy A and Leaves of Grass! Films to anticipate include Burlesque, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Faster, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, I Love You Phillip Morris, Little Fockers, Tangled, The Tourist, and Tron: Legacy!
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A man went to his doctor for a check-up. During the session, the man was told that he had to stop masturbating. The man curiously asked why. The doctor replied, “because I am trying to examine you”….. (Robin Williams, from Late Night With David Letterman).
Little Daddy has grown before our eyes!!!
It was a curious evening at the theater. It might have been good; it might have been bad. I do not think that I have decided, yet. Perhaps, by the end of my entry, I will know whether or not I liked what I saw.
We started off with Machete! Actually, this was curiously enjoyable! A former federal agent of Mexico who is called Machete (Danny Trejo) has moved to Texas. He is fleeing after having fought a violent drug lord named Torrez (Steven Seagal), who was responsible for his facial disfigurement.
Once in Texas, Machete meets the gangster-character called Benz (Jeff Fahey). Benz presents a paid assignment to Machete, offering to pay him to kill United States Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro). McLaughlin has a reputation for being shady, having made many enemies, and now facing assassination. It is the overwhelming call of the $150,000 offer that causes Machete to follow through with the task.
So, Machete goes through with the mission. He meets Luz (Michelle Rodriguez). While with Luz, he learns that his current assignment really is a set-up by Benz to have him killed. He learns that it is Torrez who is behind the assassination plot against him. Machete works with Luz, also aligning with the semi-priest, Padre (Cheech Marin), and with party-girl April (Lindsay Lohan) to battle those out to kill him.
While the group travels through Texas, U.S. immigration agent Santana (Jessica Alba) is on their trail. They do encounter, yet Santana lets Machete go. Meanwhile, he and his cohorts gather artillery to begin a hunt for the criminals whom attempted to destroy Machete during past encounters!
We watched Takers, second. Two detectives, Eddie Hatcher (Jay Hernandez) and Jack Welles (Matt Dillon), get clues that lead them to investigate a possible bank robbery. They learn that a downtown Los Angeles bank is the target, and that a group of thieves organized by thug-papa Gordon Cozier (Idris Elba) is behind the likely looting.
Gordon gathers his his team of goons, which includes A.J. (Hayden Christiensen), Ghost (T.I.), along with brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown). Ghost ends up not being involved because his being a part of a robbery attempt years ago would place a standout marker on the group. He winds up being jailed, and Jake starts a romance with his now lonely girlfriend, Rachel (Zoe Saldana).
Some years pass, as Jake and Rachel remain involved. Yet, Ghost is paroled, and he comes to find the group. He presents a plan to rob an armored truck that is carrying $30 million. Ghost warns the group to stay low after one successful robbery, yet some of them opt to show off their dishonest earnings. These actions catch the eyes of Detective Welles, who does see Jesse running after a heist had happened.
Welles chases Jesse, and he is joined by Detective Hatcher. Hatcher finds himself being shot by Jesse, and he is killed. Jesse returns to the group, telling them that he killed Hatcher, yet their meeting is interrupted. Then,Russian gangsters, with whom Ghost had made an earlier and undercover deal barge into the room. As they are shooting, Ghost vanishes out of a window. Then, Jake and Jesse leave to go home, and they find Jake’ girlfriend, Rachel, has been murdered!
As Jake is in fanatical rage and sadness about Rachel, police arrive. Jesse attempts calming Jake, yet both of them begin to feel that they are out of time. After pondering their options, the brothers decide that their best choice is to die by the gunfire of the police.
Meanwhile, lead gangster Gordon is teamed with John. They realize that Ghost has been playing the entire group. Ghost has gone with another cohort, whom he kills, then takes the rest of the stolen money. As he is trying to escape, Officers Gordon and Welles catch him. Gunfire erupts, and Ghost does shoot both Gordon and Welles. Just as he is about to shoot Gordon in the head, one of the team-members, John (Paul Walker), arrives and shoots Ghost to death!
Alright. I will admit that both films were fun. Once I see them again, I believe that they will be satisfying cinematic adventures. Machete did have it’s sadistic twists of humor and adventure. Takers was suspenseful, with a couple of arousing silver-screen highlights to the film. I do not think that I can complain because I did get thrills from both features. I do want to see them again!
As for what is on the way, several good features remain for the rest of 2010. Get ready for Alpha and Omega, Devil, Going the Distance, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Secretariat, Sparkle, Tron: Legacy, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and You Again! See you at the cinema!!!