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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mythology – Horse / Ass

General – Horse : royalty, divinity, otherworldly transport, water and storms, especially thunder,
peace and good harvest, indestructibility, purity and loyalty (one of Buddist's seven treasures)
Ass : matter, body, misfortune, rampant sexual desire, ridicule, lazy, stupid, poverty

Culturally Specific – royalty: Celtic kings and priests's chariots drawn by white horses, Irish kingship rite's symbolic copulation with a white mare, then bathing in her broth, divinity: Welsh Rhiannon, Celtic Epona, Old Grey Mare (aspect of the Celtic goddess in winter at Yule and New Year)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Movie review - Wonder Woman (better late than never)

(PG – 13) (2hrs 21 mins) I went into this movie not expecting much because after all, it's DC. If you read my last post, you'd know that I find almost all DC comics to take themselves too seriously. Many of the parodies of DC heroes, Lego Batman, How It Should Have Ended You Tube parodies, etc, are hilarious because it's so easy to poke fun at DC heroes' overly dramatic and pompous lines. This movie, though, knocked it out of the park. The director, Patty Jenkins, did a fabulous job. The star, Gal Gadot, playing Diana / Wonder Woman, was amazing! I had never seen her before. How she managed to look so young, fresh and innocent, I'll never know. She had me buying that she was a young immigrant from an Amazonian Island and had never seen modern civilization before she went with Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, to England to stop the war. Chris Pine who played Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek reboot makes a far better Steve Trevor than he did Captain Kirk, but I'm bias having loved William Shatner's Captatin Kirk way more than Lyle Wagggoner's Steve Trevor. While I'm on the TV series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (1975-9), having loved Lynda Carter's Diana, I was dubious whether her performance could be topped. Gal Gadot blew my doubts away. She looked enough like Lynda Carter that I could give her a try, but her acting was superb, surpassing my every expectation.

My one complaint of the movie was that the main villain ***SPOILERS*** Sir Patrick Morgan / Ares played by David Thewlis looked old and decidedly unpowerful. I loved David Thewlis as Harry Potter's Professor Lupin, but here he just isn't Ares, Greek God of War, material. That kicked me way out, though not so much that I couldn't ***END SPOILERS*** enjoy the movie's ending and solid deliverance of a great message.

Having been so impressed with Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, we decided to check out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though we're not DC fans and it got terrible reviews. 

***WARNING*** Don't bother. It was far worse than everyone said, even though it had big name actors among the large supporting staff such as: Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Kevin Costner. The main actors Ben Afleck, playing Batman, and Henry Cavill, playing Superman, did alright, though Henry Cavill was a far cry from Christopher Reeves's Superman in 1978. But really they had a lousy script to work with and a blind director, Zack Snyder. I will probably never go see another film directed by him again. But ultimately the idea for the movie was bankrupt from the very start. It's the juvenile idea of: Batman v Superman, battle to the death, who would win? Go!

How could anyone write a good story or script, direct a good movie or do a good job acting with an idea that's so lame to begin with? Whoever bought the pitch of this idea for a story was clearly reliving his 9 year old fantasy and should never have bothered to waste so much time, money and resources in such a... [please insert your own vanilla comparison that lacks the vitriol of my original words involving mashing and baby spit up.] It was slow, ponderous and mostly incoherent. And to add insult to injury, Gal Gadot was hardly even in it and had almost nothing to do with the plot, except some lame attempt to imply the Justice League was forming because of this... [please insert another vanilla comparison involving fertilizer.] Though she did do a good job in the few seconds of screen time that she got. In fact if it wasn't for the decent performances of her and Ben Afleck, I would have seriously considered destroying the library's DVD, and paying the fine of course, to save the world the disappointment of watching this movie, but that would be censorship. I guess bad movies have a right to exist too.

All of this to say, despite Wonder Woman being a DC movie, I highly recommend seeing it. I almost as highly recommend not seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's all DC in spades, taking itself way too seriously. Maybe DC needs to employ Patty Jenkins to direct more of their movies, like the up coming Justice League one. If that happened I would give DC another shot.

Did you see the movie? What did you think of it?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review - Unexpectedly Funny

It's been a while since I've posted anything other than my About Me page. I had forgotten I do movie reviews, too. In my next post I'll review
Wonder Woman, [I know, old news, but better late than never.] but for now...
I have a hot relevant topic: Spider-Man: Homecoming! (Pg-13)

Monday, May 22, 2017

About Me

I guess after 3 1/2 years it's about time I post an official About Me page in an effort to make this blog more professional. I haven't posted in a few months due to the extreme stress of teaching a high school level science class amide my numerous other obligations, but that's completed and I can get back down to the business of writing. Yeah! I've previously had my list of interests and skills at the top of the blog. I'm going to change the heading. It was hard to read anyway. So on to About Me...

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Occult Takes New York - Movie Reviews of Dr. Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Two movies have recently debuted about the occult taking over / protecting New York City: a Marvel film about a sorcerer supreme starring the much revered Benedict Cumberbatch (a need to posting about the Climate Change agreement preempted a post about it, though I enjoyed the movie immensely. So little time in these days of homeschooling and teaching three classes at homeschooling co-ops that I have to choose my battles for time to blog.) and last night I watched the new movie about the wizarding world with only a few big names scattered among the villeins, Colin Farrell and Johny Depp. But the main actor Eddie Redmayne, playing Newt Scamander, was wonderful.

(For some unknown reason beyond my control this site has decided to print this portion in white instead of black like the rest of it. Hmm.)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Climate Change

At the Global Warming Alert Conference in Harrisburg, there were messages of hope, accompanied by speakers typically talking about climate change dangers predicted to take place in the future. That future is not only getting closer, but according to Donald Brown of Widener University, we only have about 5 years to drastically change our behavior to stop a ecological switch from flipping that would trigger runaway global warming.

He also spoke about a campaign of disinformation and named perpetrators. Disinformation gets my dander up, especially about such an important topic and for so self serving an end. This inspired me to poll readers about their understanding and feelings about climate change. Please take the poll on the side bar to the left.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Animal #1 - Horse - Science

The first talking animal I'm going to be writing is a horse. Since I am currently working on a horse scene.

Animal Horse
Classifaction Scientific nameEquus caballus
Genus – Equus (One toed hoofed animals - Horses, zebras, asses)
Family – Equidae (Odd toed hoofed animals - Horses, tapirs, Rhinos)
Order – Perissodactyla (hoofed animals)