Archive for November, 2012

Quote Quiz – 11.30.12 – ANSWERS

1. “All fighters are pig-headed some way or another: some part of them always thinks they know better than you about something. Truth is: even if they’re wrong, even if that one thing is going to be the ruin of them, if you can beat that last bit out of them, they ain’t fighters at all.” - Eddie Dupris, Million Dollar Baby

2. “Monty, this is Hackensack, New Jersey. No scout comes here, you understand that. Trains are going through the outfield right now. But you strike this guy out, I’ll take you with me tonight and get you drunk, that’s a promise.” - Spike Nolan, Brewster’s Millions

3. ”I’ll wait for you at the train station every day at five.” - Jamal, Slumdog Millionaire

Rise of the Guardians is a new DreamWorks movie that hit the theaters just in time to get people in the mood for Christmas. It is a story about legends–North (Santa), Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost–who have to join together to fight against the darkness and fear spread by the bogeyman Pitch.

It’s a relatively predictable story, but it has enough fresh touches and humor to make it enjoyable and entertaining. What I found particularly amusing is that North merely tolerates the help of the Elves, but the real work in the North Pole is done by Yetis. Also the Easter Bunny, with his Australian accent and ability to open tunnels anywhere, is pretty amusing.

Much of the story focuses on Jack Frost and his search for belonging. It’s also about the faith of children, and the ability to keep a sense of wonder. It is an entertaining movie, one that both parents and children can enjoy.

Love at First Bite – Movie Review

I’m not much of a fan of vampire movies, so I was skeptical when a friend recommended Love at First Bite (1979). He quickly added that it was an older movie, more of a spoof of vampire movies. That got my attention. Spoof movies can be excellent.

Love at First Bite stars George Hamilton as Count Dracula and Susan Saint James as the Cindy Sondheim, that woman he’s after. The movie is quite campy, and the special effects are almost laughably bad, but it seems to be intentional. The movie does seem to mock the stereotypes about vampires.

It’s a strange movie, but not a bad one, unless campy 70s style movies bother you. If not, and if you’re interested in watching a non-Twilight movie, you should check out Love at First Bite.

Quote Quiz 11.16.12 – ANSWERS

1. “I’m a soldier, but in serving my country, I have betrayed my conscience.” – von Stauffenberg, Valkyrie

2. “It occurs to me that I have been thoughtless, so deep in my own anguish at Lucian’s betrayal that I gave no thought to your feelings.” - Viktor, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

3. “Now, I got no problem with you showin’ up in court tomorrow with your head blown in half.”  -  ”Get in line. That one stretches around the block.” - Frank Lucas and Ritchie Roberts, American Gangster

4. “I’m sorry, dear, but when I chose Katie Nana, I thought she would be firm with the children. She looked so solemn and cross.”  -  ”My dear, never confuse efficiency with a liver complaint.” - Mrs. and Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins

5. “Why are you so freakishly annoying?” - Ralph, Wreck-it Ralph

It is interesting the different ways one can be lead to a book. I watched an online video of a speech by Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, and then a friend enthusiastically recommended the book to me.

Cain talks a lot about the difference between introverts and extroverts, emphasizing that one type is not better than the other, but rather that both are needed. However, as she points out, our schools, workplaces, and culture tend to glorify the extrovert to the exclusion of the introvert.

Cain spent time studying how introverts and extroverts react in specific situations and with other people, and with each other. There were some chapters of her book that I found dwelt a little too much with statistics and studies, but they were made up for by other chapters that dealt with issues like how an introverted wife should relate to an extroverted husband. Some of the examples were humorous, fascinating, and always helpful.

I am an introvert, so I found Quiet fascinating and helpful. I am not a painfully shy introvert, although I was for years when I was younger. I love people and interactions and shared moments, but I also enjoy peace and quiet and space to think.

Cain has written a good book, one that can be affirming for introverts, help them to gain more confidence and be better leaders and interact better with others. If you’re an introvert or just interested in how they think, you should check out Quiet.

If you’re still not sure, you can watch Susan Cain’s speech by clicking on the link below:

http://youtu.be/c0KYU2j0TM4

Added “feature”

Welcome to the new and improved Reel Quickies site! Okay, the layout is still the same, and I will still be doing movie and TV reviews. However, I have decided to add book reviews as well. After all, it seems that Hollywood is increasingly using books as their beginning scripts for movies, so why not look at the original source?

Not all the books I review will be ones made into movies, but some of them will be. I will try to indicate in the heading whether or not the new pieces are book or movie reviews, in case you don’t want to read one or the other.

I hope most of you will enjoy the new feature. Thanks for reading!

Bloodmoney

I recently watched the 2010 documentary Bloodmoney: The Business of AbortionBloodmoney is narrated by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King, also a civil-rights activist.

Many could have a knee-jerk reaction to a documentary like this, thinking that it’s propaganda made by right-wing religious extremists who want nothing more than to do away with every single abortion. While there are a couple of pastors interviewed, there are also scientists, but mostly people who worked at abortion clinics and women who have had abortions. The majority of the people interviewed are women.

Bloodmoney is not a condemnation of women who have gotten abortions. Rather it is an attempt to show what is not being shown about the whole process so that people can make a more informed decision. It is worth watching, even if it’s difficult to watch.

One of the main points of Bloodmoney is to show that groups like Planned Parenthood, which was founded by the confirmed racist and eugenicist Margaret Sanger, are often more interested in the money they can get from abortions than they are with telling women of the possible side effects. Apparently, unlike every other medical procedure, abortionists are not required to (and usually don’t) tell their patients of any of the possible side effects or results–which can include pain and bleeding, sterility, and depression severe enough to lead to suicide. Why is no one told about this?

Dr. Alveda King has another major problem with abortions, other than the facts that they take away life and expose women to trauma. Dr. King points out that minority women make up about 13% of the population, yet they make up about 36% of the number of women who get abortions. There are other groups in the African-American community who are bringing these statistics to light. There is even a group that calls it “black genocide.”

Much of the documentary is taken up with interviews of women who have suffered for years because of getting abortions. One woman stated that it would have been far easier to go through nine months of shame and discomfort to bear a child and give it up for adoption, rather than to bear the years of guilt and depression that came after she got an abortion.

Can you name any medical procedure where the patient is not advised of possible outcomes and side-effects before under-going the procedure? If abortion is such a good and necessary thing, why could it possibly be bad to know all there is to know about it? These are some of the questions that a movie like Bloodmoney can provoke, even if it doesn’t provide all the answers.

Quote Quiz 11.9.12 – ANSWERS

1. “I’m a hopeless dancer, but this looks like you just screw in a light bulb with one hand and pat the dog with the other.”  -  “You know what? I suggest you find yourself a simple, traditional girl to teach you to dance like the natives.” William and Lalita, Bride & Prejudice

2. “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!” - Scarlett, Gone with the Wind

3. “Stories don’t always end where their authors intended. But there is joy in following them, wherever they take us.” - Beatrix Potter, Miss Potter

4. “I grew up in this town, people used to walk tall in this town. They wouldn’t have traded the mill for a crooked casino and they wouldn’t have stood around while drugs were being sold to kids.” - Chris Vaughn, Walking Tall

Quote Quiz 11.2.12 – ANSWERS

1. “And when you charge, yell like furies!” - Stonewall Jackson, Gods & Generals

2. “I don’t want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.” - Old Joe, Looper

3. “Don’t you get it, Waldo? She’s making a choice not to give you your lighter because you’ll torch the Self-Help library again.” - Kym, Rachel Getting Married

4. “I’m sorry I said anything about it now. I’ll try to find a more agreeable piece of news. [pause] Old Marjorie at the lodge is dead.” - Lord Cumnor, Wives and Daughters

5. “I tried to tell you, but no, no, no, you wouldn’t listen! Your traps just never work. And now look what you’ve done to your mother’s castle!” - Sir Hiss, Robin Hood

Here Comes the Boom

Here Comes the Boom is one of those movies that has an unfortunate tag line–teacher becomes MMA fighter to raise money. It’s almost drowning in cliches. The movie itself, however, is excellent.

Here Comes the Boom is a good, clean, and entertaining movie. Perhaps even an inspiring one. It is about setting a good example, following your dreams, the power of music, and not giving up. All of those have been used in movies many times, but the themes work together well here.

It almost has to be seen to be believed, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable movie. I highly recommend it.