Thursday, June 24, 2010

30 Letters In 30 Days

Today, June 24, 2010, I took a vow to not write all day or the following day. Just to take a break from my writing and relax for once. That lasted all but 6 hours and here I am, writing. But within the 6 hours I was actually surfing the net and came across something I found very interesting called 30 Letters In 30 Days. I don't know the exact origin of how it started, but I'm actually going to do it for the whole month of July and I thought it would be cool if some of you guys tried it with me. The beauty in this is that you don't have to be a writer, just be yourself. Sometimes we need to just express our inner thoughts out loud to find solutions to problems we have or may not even have known we had. At the end of this post is going to be the "rules" on how to participate in 30 Letters In 30 Days. I suggest you just pick out which letters you'd like to write if you feel you wouldn't have time nor the dedication to keep up with this. I'm for sure going to try and do it starting July 1st, so if you want to join me that will be my first post of my 30 Letters In 30 Days that I will be posting on my blog site here.

This is more so for my personal well-being as well as writing practice, so if you think you're going to be part of my Letters then you will and you're going to get the truth as well as everyone else seeing it because I am going to post them in the open for the viewing public...but don't worry, I'm not going to list your names unless I have to.

You can either send it to them (anonymously or with your name) or keep them to yourself.

On this day you write a letter to:

Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your Crush
Day 3 — Your parents
Day 4 —Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror

Good luck to all those that decide to participate!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A-Team (2010) Review

In case you didn't know, The A-Team consists of 4 former Ranger officers who combined their specialties forming super group that is hired to complete outrageous missions by any means necessary. A perfect recipe to cook up just about anything for you action junkies to get off to. The team consists of Liam Neeson (Taken, Kingdom of Heaven) as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) as Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (known for his UFC fighting days) and rounding out the powerhouse group is Sharlto Copely (District 9) as Captain James Murdock who is actually quickly becoming one of my favorite upcoming actors. The movie starts off giving a brief and action filled backstory on how the A-Team was formulated before we get into the present day storyline. Just like the show, the team is presented with a mission and they go out to achieve said mission. Sounds simple but of course its easier said than done. The team is then blackmailed and that's when the real fun starts going into the second act. Some of the most craziest and innovative action scenes ever thought of came to life in this movie. I'm actually shaking my head right now as I recall a jumbo jet scene that you'll have to see for yourself. The stunts were highly entertaining and shot very well, I was impressed. The acting was pretty blah and the dialogue isn't going to win any awards but its still entertaining and fresh enough to keep you engaged. One of the great things about the film for me was the lack of corny and cliche lines that are usually ladened throughout an action film. It was strictly all about plot progression through the flow of the action as a film of this stature should be. The team's friendship goes beyond just work, these guys are brothers and the direction of the film wants you to know this and they do a pretty good job at it. So if you enjoy non-stop wild unbelievable jaw dropping action then this movie is for you. A-Team is a true action film through and through, and an action junkie such as myself approves this film.

The Karate Kid (2010) Review

A couple of days ago, me and my good friend Britnie went and saw the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith as Dre Parker aka the "new" Karate Kid and Jackie Chan as Mr. Han filling in the shoes of beloved Mr. Miyagi. Taraji P. Henson played Dre's mother Sherry. As a big time hater of remakes and I still stand by the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it", this Karate Kid was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. It was more of paying homage to the original Karate Kid instead of trying to be exactly like it or even try and be better. The movie followed the same formula of course, some lines being the same as the original as well as scenes but just done with more flare. Which is where remakes and franchise reboots fail at doing, but I digress. Let's get to the review.

The story follows 12-year old Dre Parker as he is forced to move from Detroit to China per his mother getting a job transfer to the country. That right there is what got my interest in this remake. Instead of bring the Karate to the kid, or in this case Kung Fu to the Kid, we bring the Kid to the Kara-err Kung Fu. That opens many avenues that the film can travel down instead of trying to be what the original was. In a sense, it automatically became its own film but at the same time can still create some of the elements that made the original what it was, which is key. Jaden Smith owned every single scene he was in. It won't be long before the media will stop calling him "Will Smith's son" and he'll be known as simply "Jaden Smith". I see a lot of promise in him, I hope he does well and was a refreshing surprise in the film. Another surprise was seeing action star Jackie Chan in his first serious role. Trust me you will be moved by his performance as Mr. Han. Seeing both of these characters grow together from start to finish was honestly very moving, just like Daniel-San and Mr. Miyagi moved us years ago. Especially after a memorable scene with Smith and Chan that will sit with you well after the movie. The film was able to capture a lot of the beauty that China has to offer. From the rundown neighborhoods, The Great Wall, and even a glimpse of The Forbidden City the film will always keep you engaged with its beautiful transition shots. The last moments of the movie with the tournament taking place trumped the original film. The fight scenes were choreographed so well and kept you on the edge of your seat. Me and Britnie went during the 2:30 showing and it was almost a full house of people clapping, cheering, ohhs and ahhs and I even heard a few sobs behind us. I haven't had so much fun at the movies in a really long time that took me through so many emotions. This was truly a fun family film that will be enjoyed for years to come, I'm already anticipating getting in on Blu-Ray. I highly recommend seeing this movie especially with the summer out. Treat the kids! They'll learn something as well as get their kicks out of it. No pun intended.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Conceited, but do you have a reason?

"It is finding truth that gives us proper despair so that you don't become conceited."-UNKNOWN

I really like this quote, just read it this morning and it couldn't have came at a better time for me. The word "conceited" is always compared to being cocky and arrogant. Another form of being conceited is also being presumptuous and you become too comfortable in a given situation. Its because as humans, we are all conceited in one way or another with something. Not necessarily being vain, but we sometimes turn a blind eye to things knowing good and well the end result doesn't spell success. You should always understand the true meaning behind a situation, good or bad. I say good because you don't want to get caught up in a good thing and ignore all the other logical signs that brought you to that moment of tranquility. You get too comfortable, your actions become lazy, and then you get replaced. I'm obviously speaking about relationships in this case, but this could also be pertaining a job or being used as a reliable source that's always called upon. We get so caught up in the beauty of things we forget the ugly, and that's usually how we end up where we are. I say this because I found the truth out about something recently, something that I knew deep down but didn't want to face it. Because I was honestly being conceited. Not comfortable in my position, but conceited. And I was given a major wake up call when that truth came to light and I went into exactly what the quote states, a "proper despair." Sometimes that hard cold truth smacking you in the face is needed and I'm thankful for it now. What we need to understand is someone is always making moves to take our position whatever it may be, whether they mean to or not. When it happens that's the blindsided truth, that feeling of despair, that gives us our wake up call. Embrace that wake up call. Finding the truth in something that concerns you benefits you, and that's all that matters. Denying this will only attract even more despair once that truth finally surfaces.