Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Movie Trailers as of 8/21/2010

Here are some of my favorite movie trailers as of today I just finished viewing on IMDB. A little side note I'd like to highlight is that the following trailers all feature young women as the main character. I'm pretty hyped about that since there aren't too many of them out there. But that's another topic, enjoy the trailers!

Case 39

Renee Zellweger plays a social worker who saves a girl from her abusive family, but turns out there's more to the girl than meets the eye. Also stars Jodelle Ferland and Bradley Cooper. October 1st, 2010 release date. Looks like a pretty decent horror flick that mixes in a lot of elements from past movies of the like. May not be a total original idea, but there are some innovative scenes based of the trailer alone. (3 stars)

Black Swan

Natalie Portman takes the role of a veteran ballerina going for the lead role in Swan Lake and befriends a new dancer played by Mila Kunis as they embark down a twisted path of deception, obsession and...well, you'll see at the end of the video. Also starring Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel. The director is Darren Aronofsky who directed two movies I feel are vastly underrated, The Wrestler and Requiem For A Dream, based off that I'm willing to bet this will surprise a lot of folks. December 1st, 2010 release date. (4 stars)

Fair Game

Naomi Watts plays a CIA agent who's CIA job is in jeopardy by White House officials who are allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. For the subject matter alone I give this at least 3 stars. The fact Naomi Watts AND Sean Penn play the lead roles pushes this to a 4.5 rating for me. November 5th, 2010 limited release date (not shocked by the "limited" part at all)

Conflict Within (Revisited)

"Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head."-William Forrester, From the movie "Finding Forrester"

Four years ago I wrote a poem to what I felt was the best poem I've ever written, and that feeling still stands today. I was never as open and honest about anything in my life at that time I was writing it. You can actually read it here in a blog post I wrote back in March called Blast From The Past. I was actually considering taking the exact same poem and entering it into a poetry contest or two just to give me a confidence boost because I've actually been doubting myself as of lately and have been in a writing funk which in turn put me in a funk. I didn't have to win, although it would be nice, but just to say "I did it and I believed this was good enough to submit" was all I needed. Okay I'm lying, I wanted to at least place in the top 10. Just being honest, but I digress.

I go back and read the poem which is entitled Conflict Within and something was wrong. Actually it was all wrong. I ended up hating it. I couldn't believe I actually thought it was good. Then I realized something else. My self-proclaimed greatest poem was shit. A big steaming pile of jumbled, confused, shit. It was as if someone took a ball of yarn and tied an infinite number of knots in it and told you to untie them. Just all over the place, despite it being written in the free verse format it was STILL a mess. It had no prose whatsoever. Now that really put a damper on my self-esteem. Maybe it's because I am a different writer than I was 4 years ago but I saw a lot of immaturity and confusion in that piece. I didn't know what to do. How can I make something that I once felt was the best I ever done, better? Well that's just that. I go and make it better.

Over the course of the past 3 days I had conversations with friends that made me think to myself and read a few quotes that made me nod my head in agreement but I just kept it moving along. Then the other day it hit me like Brennan Huff swung a pillowcase filled with bars of soap that all these "random" events in the past three days actually formed as a whole and I finally begun to understand. I can't explain it into words exactly because that's just too much. But what I did after I had this grand epiphany was I broke "Conflict Within" out and sent it to who I call "my muse" and asked them to read it for me and give their honest opinion. I asked "my muse" to do this because they don't hold back and are very honest with me at all times. They came back and broke it down for me and gave me the answer I needed to hear, "It lacked a flow and it was a bit of a challenge to follow." The truth. I needed someone to see what I was seeing that had a trained eye for these kind of things. This poem wasn't for leisure at this point, this was going to go up against other writers in a judging contest. It needed structure. And I'm hoping that's what I did. The quote I posted at the beginning is what I read this morning as I was JUST finishing up revising "Conflict Within". That is what really made me realize this was needed. To use another quote, "It is finding truth that gives us proper despair so that you don't become conceited." And without further ado here it is, the new and revised (not saying it's BETTER), Conflict Within. Enjoy. I hope.

Conflict Within

Too many reasons why I should keep going
But too many reasons why I should stop
Which one is it
The outcome will be so blissful if I keep giving my all
Is it just my imagination
That's causing me to give in to the temptation
They are everywhere
There is no use to fight them

A feeling such as that
Can't be obtained within by any force
Letting your guard down for a second
Reveals your weaknesses
I should just give up
Why am I still going for this feeling
That isn't there in the first place
Maybe I'm not digging hard enough
There's too much potential flowing within this body of mine
Waiting to explode

It's happened before
Giving into my potential
I release only a small portion and they run
They fear me
They all do
They don't understand nor care to try
But I wonder still
Is it you
I've sensed it before and I will again

I have to tap within and show the one
The potential, the source, the feeling that is above all
If you is there
And has been sensed where are they
In the same place as I
They have to be found
You only shows themselves when they are forgotten
And one stands alone above them with you

Show yourself
It's not time I have to find me as do you
And when we rejoice
The conflict within will cease
And you and I will be above them
And they will be extingushed
Like a fire being doused by oceans of water
From the heavens that will never cease
Because we are together for all time
Constantly intertwining

But until then
I know
You doesn't exist
So they will reign within me
Until I am overthrown
Not by you
But by myself within
The key to finding you
Has always been within me

Chauncey B.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Media Revolution Part 1: Facing The Problem

"Imagination should never lose out to reality as a source of entertainment. It's okay to laugh at life's circumstances, but you should never make a spectacle of it."

Over the course of the past 10 years or more the lack of quality entertainment has declined and reality television and entertainment news such as TMZ, Jersey Shore and For the Love of *Insert Celebrity* to name a few have become the mainstream source of entertainment in our society. The age of the sitcom (Seinfeld) and hour-long drama (Battlestar Galactica) are slowly dying out as shows like Bad Girls Club and The Bachelor rule the airwaves. It's not just television, this is also being shown in movies, music, the internet, and even in sports.

The over exposure of the mundane and everyday drama of one's life has run rampant and has now been indirectly socially labeled as the norm and flipped as one's source of merriment. Every once in a while we receive a truly remarkable story but more often that naught it gets lost in the masses that is the tomfoolery that is being exposed during one's everyday life. Are other people's problems really that interesting that we look for it to appease our appetite for a few shits and giggles? When did this drastic shift happen, and more so why has it happened? Where has the originality and creativity gone in the world that no longer piques our interests but would rather see how many times a woman on Maury Povich goes on the show to see who's the father of her child? Has the well run dry on original ideas that we need to reboot movie franchises and slap some 3D graphics on it in order to fill seats in the theaters again?

So many questions, so many problems. So I will breakdown in my opinion these issues as to why the quality of innovative media entertainment is a dying art form in a series of blogs. This is part one, just simply addressing the issue. I will try my best to address these questions and use more specific examples in order to state my point in later posts. This is a serious issue folks, one that is changing the face of our society and I'm fearful it is reaching a point of no return. Unless we as a unit become more than we are worth and realize our true potential that we deserve better quality entertainment, these outlets of ridiculousness will continue to grow. I'm sure to most of you that sounds like a wonderful idea, but to me it doesn't. And deep down you know it's not a good thing for this to happen either. I have a lot to say on this topic as you can probably already tell, so bare with me as I sort through my thoughts and the vast amounts of trash in order to make sense of it all. It's hard tackling a social issue alone that's obviously way bigger than you and to simplify it in Layman's terms. But I'm going to try.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Upcoming Movies/Return To Blogging

Return To Blogging

First off I'll like to say I'M BAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!! Or at least working it out. Sorry for the long layoff, (over 2 weeks) I just had to do a lot of soul searching and finding myself PLUS I was in the middle of moving. July was a very taxing and busy month for me to say the least. But I feel I'm refreshed and ready to go again. So I will be starting back with my 30 Letters In 30 Days...but I'm just going to call them "Letters" since the 30 day expiration date has obviously passed and post them at random. And right now isn't one of those random moments. But what I'm going to be doing right now is posting a few trailers for upcoming movies and of movies that you may not have even heard of that have caught my interest while I was on one of my favorite websites Internet Movie Database. Hopefully you'll make the time to check out some of these films, as will I. For now, enjoy the trailers with brief descriptions and my personal ratings with ( *-*****) next to the title:

The Illusionist (French animated film). June 16, 2010 (*** 1/2)

The Illusionist

Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. November 12, 2010 (****)


Jackass 3-D starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O. October 15th, 2010 (*** 1/2)

Jackass 3-D

Sucker Punch starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone. March 25, 2011 (**** 1/2)

Sucker Punch

The Debt starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington. December 29, 2010. (*** 1/2)

The Debt

Catfish starring Nev Schulman. No release date as of yet. (**** 1/2)


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Letter 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country

Dear Reesy,

I don't even remember how we started talking or came across each other, but all I know is I'm glad we did. Not only do you live in a different state, you live in another that I take pride in making fun of as much as possible and you know this :). But I digress. It's refreshing to know that someone like you exists in this world that is filled with closed minds who are afraid to think and act out of the norm. You're a brilliant, creative, goal oriented, and charming woman with a heart of gold. I throughly enjoy our conversations but I just wish our time zones were the same so I'm not falling asleep on you for most of these wild and random talks that we have. You're such a sweet person and always making me laugh with your quick wit, sometimes even getting the best of me. Sometimes. I just wanted to thank you for simply being you and being my muse.