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I am 33 years young, born October 7, 1982.
I live in a very small town north of Dallas.
I work “kitchen” at a fast food chicken restaurant. Yeah, I know it’s not a career, but it’s a paycheck.
I love to read, listen to music and watch movies in my spare time. I will read anything from classic literature to Stephen King (I have all of his novels). I enjoy listening to alternative rock music for the most part, but I might “slip” and listen to some pop, rap, or country. I enjoy a wide range of film genres. I love horror movies the best, as long as they’re not too cheesy or unoriginal.
I also enjoy nature. If I’m anywhere near the woods, you can guarantee I will hike, or trek, through them. I love the weather, mostly bad weather.
My favorite color is blue. Yes, original, I know. My eyes are blue, therefore, my eyes like blue.
I enjoy watching sports, and I may occasionally play them, too. I like football and basketball. Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team, no matter how they are doing that season. Dallas Mavericks are the greatest!
Across the Universe (2007)
I have seen the past, present and future of U.S. cinema and it is "Across the Universe."
Words are flowing out Like endless rain into a paper cup They slither while they pass They slip away across the universe
Who knew that the trippy lines from songs of the Beatles could become a hit movie? I know what your saying, they already did with "A Hard Days Night," "Help!," and "Yellow Submarine." No, this is a movie with the Beatles' songs but without the Beatles singing the, and has nothing to do with the Beatles whatsoever.
This movie centers around the northeast in the time of change, yes it's the sixties.
Jude (hey) leaves his home in Liverpool (even more familiar) to go find his father in America. His father was an American soldier who impregnated his mother and is now a janitor at Princeton, that's just a side story. Along the way, he makes friends with a student there named Max (as in "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"), who has a sister named Lucy (like as in the one who's in the sky with diamonds).
Lucy has a boyfriend who's off to war in that place we were in during the sixties, I forgot, oh yeah, Vietnam. She writes him letters and they maintain a good relationship until he gets killed over there and Lucy (played beautifully by Evan Rachel Wood) decides to take a stand and join the peace rallies. That's right Wood is not "Thirteen" anymore she needs to get off her wild side and give peace a chance.
Jude, Lucy and Max move into an apartment with Sadie (yep), Prudence (another) and Jo Jo (get back!) and they come together and go through the sixties like strawberry fields forever.
Sadie is an aspiring singer and Jo Jo (who reminds me so much of Jimi Hendrix, another Beatles offspring) is her very trippy guitarist. They put on gigs at the local go go joints and get by with a help from their friends, and get high with a little help.. OK nevermind.
Max gets called to join the Army and being the hippie that he is, he doesn't want to go. Oh, he goes through the recruitment process, but thats all before he and his friends go to a hippie commune with Bono (yes, that Bono, but he plays the head hippie) to hear Eddie Izzard on his commune. Izzard's character looks a lot like Johnny Depp in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Well, there's a lot of other plot to the movie, something about a "Revolution" and everything goes "Helter Skelter" at a college campus. I don't want to give away too much plot.
Julie Taymor (director of "Frida") is a imaginative genius and "Across the Universe" is more evidence of that. She took the songs of the Beatles, with the backdrop of the sixties; and a story of star-crossed lovers and has turned a cinematic masterpiece of a movie.
Oh, of course there's the music, never forget the music. The music tells the story, and it's of the Beatles, the best band ever! Also, the actors sing the songs as the scenes unfold. I never really like musicals before because they always occasionally broke out into song. Well, with "Across the Universe," the actors breaks out into the songs of the Beatles, and that's just fine with me.
See this movie! Watch it over and over and when you're not watching it, because you're sleeping, listen to the soundtrack. Dream of the movie, because if my dreams could be a movie, they would be "Across the Universe."
Panic Room at 40,000 feet
Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) has just lost her husband in a tragic accident in Berlin. So, now she and her six-year-old daughter, Julia are flying his body to New York for burial. The plane is an interesting aspect of the movie. It's a two-story state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, which she designed. Kyle doesn't get to give Julia the tour, because when she awakes from sleep, she isn't sitting next to her anymore. In a panic, Kyle goes to every passenger and flight attendant asking if they have seen her daughter. All of them say the same thing: "Your daughter wasn't with you when you got on board." After that, everyone becomes a suspect. Of course, what would you do if your daughter had come up missing like that? She notifies the captain (played by Sean Bean of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and he has the flight attendants perform a search. A somewhat friendly air marshal (played splendidly by Peter Sarsgaard of "Garden State") offers to help Kyle with the search. For some reason, Julia doesn't show up on the plane's manifest and her boarding pass is gone. Everyone around her thinks she is just losing her mind from grief of the loss of her husband. "Flightplan" is a first-rate movie. It's like "Panic Room" at 40,000 feet. It's a very taut psychology thriller. The suspense comes as often as bouts of turbulence. It will have you on the edge of your seat until its dramatic conclusion. And don't forget the movie's star, Jodie Foster. She shows why she has won two Oscars. She really pulls off the role of a grieving mother. Her emotion is so real her eyes are bloodshot throughout the entire movie. Jodie rocks! She'll punch, kick, or knock anyone out who gets in the way of the search of her child. Don't be fooled "Flightplan" and "Red Eye" are not this year's "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact." They are entirely different movies with different plots. Don't let anyone tell you differently.