Thor is a pleasant surprise after the deluge of mediocre hero movies abounding. A pleasantly handsome and nicely well spoken Chris Hemsworth heads a small but stellar cast in a well paced adventure that was engrossing, sometimes amusing without going over the top. The cgi was class, the casting excellent with the likes of Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Colm Feore to round out a well chosen cast.
Unfortunately the lack of chemistry between Hemsworth and the charming but rather over used Natalie Portman was almost palpable. It was the lack of believable romance, noticeably the lack of any emotional intimacy between the leads–a scene or two might have done wonders–to elevate the movie from comic book into story. This is surprising considering the excellent Kenneth Branagh directed and surely would have noted the shortcoming. While Thor might have not been a great love story, epic adventures usually have them as more than an aside. As usual with mythical stories less cgi and more story is the only complaint that could be made of an enjoyable film.
7.5/10 Great Film to watch with that special guy
Silence used to be golden but the endless void spanning my work emails has become depressing. I was getting used to the rejections of the fantasy, even enjoying some of the strange comments of agents. One thought a multiple universe–mulitverse meant it was written in poetry, another stated that the fantasy was far fetched–my instant thought was that if it wasn’t then wouldn’t it be reality? I have come to the conclusion that no one is brave enough to take on something as different as the Vampiris Series and I have made my peace with it. I might try the Vampire book later on to see if there is any spark but right now my efforts concentrate upon the children’s book.
While I might have had my doubts about creating an enjoyable boy adventure, the go-ahead from Tom had me submit it to all that might be interested. Being that I’m in Australia I expected the British Agents to take a look and the American to reject. Imagine my surprise to find the reverse and find interest from the American market. Having lived in Canada for many years I am quite capable of translating the book into American English if need be–I know my sidewalk from footpath. So I wait and of course while I wait I write another book. Mr. Smith is now 3/4 finished and I am looking at the final four chapters to wind up the romance. It was far harder and easier than I imagined for reasons that make no sense. The parts I thought I would have troubles with I breezed through and the bits I thought were mundane I struggled to polish into something that suited.
I expect to have this all done by mid September and then once again will try another genre in order to get a foot in the door. It has been quite an adventure and I have to admit an exhausting one. I finally have given myself a time limit before reassessing everything as I can’t keep on saying I will try another of the fantasy or the young adult series. I do have three young adult books first draft finished but I am loath to keep on throwing stuff into the void forever. So maybe one book and then it is time to consider what I am doing or doing wrong. So many people say the fun is in the journey to get there but I wonder how this relentless pushing of myself can be anything of the sort. Hope your day is going better than mine!
Hollywoodgossipedia the creator of many false, fictional and sometimes even horrifying products is now recalling two of its former items. The now defunct Bennifer has been outdated with a new and almost normal Jenniben, odd as it may sound the product Ben Affleck did merge in a blendentity with two consecutive Jennifers. This created some confusion for the potential consumers of Gossipedia; however, the Dictionary of Tabloid was able to distinguish swiftly between the blendentities.
Another recall was the surprise crash of the NicTom merger, while it appeared to outsiders that this Tabloid structure was intact, in fact it was the introduction of the irresistible CruzCruise confusion that led the creation of a new dictionary of the Tabloid, called Same/Maybe. The latest addition has been the Unisex Paris merger where any gender can be the Paris of their choice. The CruzCruise addition was removed when this product outlived its purpose of the rebound and was replaced by a better reflection of the midlife crises, the TomKat.
Another product recall is the very old but fraught with difficulty JenBrad. This blendentity which started out on a strong footing degenerated into a system fault of selfish recrimination. The latest Brangelina while posing as Couple Familiarus is actually a clever Tabloid cover for Interlust Exhibition. Other outmoded products include the DemiBruce, now known as the Demitoyboy, the MelanieDon, which is now the MelaniedrivingAntonioinsane, and the RyanQuaid that had the replacement of the Quaid component with a less superior product, the Crowe.
These continuing Blendentities appear to be the combination of mid life crises, lackluster careers and occasional lustfolly. After exhausting the avenues of nipple slips, indiscreet affairs and finally nudity, stars are resorting to the Blendentity solution for their continued media exposure. While the Tabloid manufacturers continue to assist with the creation of these shoddy and rather foolish products, consumers will find themselves purchasing ever-increasing amounts of additional translators to keep up with the strange new personas that continue to invade the Celebrity Arena.
Bad Teacher is a comedy that comes together due to the excellent performances of the entire cast. The understated performances of every actor gives this somewhat dark comedy a lift with some well delivered, witty lines.
The standout is Justin Timberlake with a great tongue in cheek performance–his love song one of the best worst sung songs around! Cameron Diaz redeems herself beautifully from the chaos of Knight and Day with a wonderful bad girl part. A quieter Jason Segel reveals charm while Lucy Punch–a very funny English actress—does a superb job as the vicious neurotic.
I was expecting the usual boring pap that passes as comedy these days, either fart jokes or escapades of pointless people, this had me laugh and kept me laughing. For the boys there is always the lovely long legs of Diaz and the girls can enjoy Timberlake in a perfect sex scene.
Worth the money 7.5/10
The digital man no longer belongs to myth, no longer a product of scifi or the imagination; they now walk amongst us as us. The pursuit of the artificial man in terms of scientific quests and their philosophical implications has engaged the minds of the industries and their robotocists. This biomedical enterprise has resulted in androids able to mimic human capabilities, while research in androids leads to better and bigger implants the cosmetic industry keeps a close eye upon their achievement. The combining of nonliving with living parts has enabled the creators to make an android very similar to the being it is emulating.
In their newest product WSTR presents the ENTERTAINBOT. This lifelike android was specifically designed to replace high profile celebrities in order to give them the much needed time away to pursue varied opportunities such as rehabilitation or cosmetic surgery.
Combining biology, electronics, and mechanics, the new Entertainbots are remarkable in their ability to replace their counterparts. The only hint of their artificial beginnings is the unusual texture of their faces.
As one technician put it, “We understand the world has trouble coming to terms with a sixty year old person with a perfectly smooth face, however, as we attempted to perfect the wrinkle we discovered resistance from the star the android was representing. They preferred to be shown with the smooth android skin.”
These robosapiens run on the flash of cameras, sign autographs and pose for any amount of pictures. They can gush about the latest fads and feign interest in any pseudoenlightment that is revealed. They are programmed to wear poorly crafted designer clothes and be unable to form an intelligible opinion on any subject except the best rehab centres available. They will admit to being in love six times a year with their “soul mate”, be following a strict regime of diet and exercise regardless of weight, and be clean of all mind altering substances, regardless of erratic behaviour.
As human stand-ins these androids are economical as they have no use for entourages, limos, champagne or therapists. They are punctual and often sober while coming equipped with facial expressions their counterparts are often unable to mange under the botox influence. The new millennium is one of simu-people allowing the digital world to take the reality out of life once again.