Ah Yes, The Dreaded Scholarship Application…

May 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm (The Way Earl Sees It)

Yea, this is kind of a rant, but it’s my site, so deal with it, I need to get this off my chest. Any way, next week I have been “honored” with  being able to participate in the State BoysState, which is where they take two guys from every school (one’s real the other’s an alternate) and then they place you in hell. Anyway, I’m kinda dreading it, but that’s just b/c I didn’t know it was kind of a military thing. Plus I’ve heard some bad stories. Anyway if I don’t come back James gets all my Wii Games… But as part of the appointment, I get the honor of getting to fill out the Samsung American Legion Scholarship Application. Now I understand the process of scholarships. It’s free money, but you want to kill yourself before you finish them…. Right, right right…. I’ve been filling this jesse out all day. The first page is filled with the basic info, and that’s the easy part. Then my Talent Search coordinator somewhere is laughing her tail off b/c she told me to write all my community service down exactly, but I didn’t. This satanic hole of a paper asks me to lists all the hours I’ve been active in a club, their activities, 5 national accolades (yea that makes me feel stupid-BLANK) 5 local accolades (yea that makes me feel real stupid-Make up crap and the rest is second best). What my parents do, how old my sisters is, why I can’t pay for college (i’m not frickin Bill Gates’ kid), my most significant accomplishment, and of course, what I do in my spare time. So I’ve had to wrestle with just being able to fill it out all day long, and now I still have stuff left to fill out on it before I have to take it all back and have my guidance counselour (Who I’m sure is ready to strangle the life out of me) re-fill out her part and re-fill the part where she says I’m in 6th place for my class. Oh the joys of being 6th Best. This form also kinda reminded me of all I’ve done in high school. It’s kind of a mixed array. On one hand I’m proud of all my accomplishments, there’s the other that thinks I should/ should still have done/do more, then there’s the part that really thinks I should have wrote it all down. (Writing the biggest achievement was a toughy.) SO YEA, I’m gonna be filling out a lot of these in the next year, so I might as well start recording my community service and try to remember, and maybe, just maybe, start listening to my instructors…..

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Resident Evil 5-Under Racial Pressure?

January 28, 2009 at 9:39 am (The Way Earl Sees It, Video Games)

For those of you that may not understand or haven’t heard, Resident Evil is a survival horror game, in fact one of the most, if not THE most critically acclaimed horror series of all time. Resident Evil 4 was proclaimed by X Play as “The Best Game They Ever Reviewed”. Now the new installment of the series, Resident Evil 5, is due out in about a month and a half, and the game’s demo is receiving criticism on both ends of the spectrum, and from an IGN article, it got me thinking. Back in 08, there was some controversy over the fact that you play as a white man, that you’re in Africa, and that all the zombies you’re shooting… are black. A lot of people took offense to this, saying it was racist. Now, Capcom has buckled under the pressure and added white and Asian zombies…. to a game set in African villages. This honestly made me a little mad. It makes me mad that the community of African American people, or just regular game journalists, will cry “RACISM” just b/c a game looks a certain way or has certain characteristics, or just b/c they don’t know what they’re talking about. Of course you’re shooting african-american people, YOU’RE IN AFRICA!!! That’s not racist, that’s realistic. Now if all the zombies were gangsters, ate fried chicken and talked really southern, that’d be racist. Having a game set in New York with only African American zombies, that might be racist. But just having African American characters as your enemy, in an AFRICAN setting, that’s nowhere near racist. What if the game was set in China? Most people would be Chinese. What if it was in Russia? Most people would be Russian. What if it was in a Tom Jones concert? EVERYBODY would be white. My point is, it’s not racist to be true to your setting, even if that means that all your characters are black, white, or asian. If it was a movie set in Africa like this, then there sure wouldn’t be a multi-race rainbow. They’re not saying all people from Africa are crazy or zombies, they’re just staying true to their game. Capcom shouldn’t have to buckle to the pressure and throw in some other character types just b/c some people are getting all upset and throwing down the racist card.

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Everyone IS Kung Fu Fighting

January 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

 

This is just one of those posts where I just had a random thought, and decided to write a post about it. Has anyone else noticed the recent trend in action movies? It’s not fancy swordplay, sweet gadgets (unless you look at superheroes), or the underdog, it’s just plan brutal beatings. It’s like Jackie Chan brought in all of our favorite and future action heroes, and taught them how to take a guy out with 2 fingers. Anyone else notice this? I first realized it when I saw the trailers for Taken, and Liam Neeson is describing how brutal his daughter’s captor’s deaths are going to be. It seems that all action heroes now-a-days don’t focus as much on the right tool for the job, they just focus more on “Okay…. how many seconds and how few fingers is it gonna take me to bring this 400 pound guy to his knees?” I guess you could say Jason Bourne started this trend in the Bourne movies. I simply noticed that it was really prevalent in the new Bond movie, and that Neeson’s character in Taken is kicking some serious tail in that movie. Hopefully, this will be a new trend. It looks really cool on screen to see, it definitely adds a more realistic sense to fight scenes I’ve never seen before. My hat goes off to you Liam Neeson, Daniel Graig, Matt Damon, and anyone else that brutally destroys others’ internal organs, keep doing what you do. 

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TAKE THAT ESPN!!!

January 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm (Television, The Way Earl Sees It)

Warning-This is one of those rant posts. Alrighty, this is a new year, so I figured I’d take on one of the big forces out in the world today-ESP-FRACKIN-N!!! Where to start? I’d just like to set out a post to point out all my grievances with not only the channel ESPN, but all channels that broadcast football games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the anti-football nerd that doesn’t enjoy a good ol’ football game on a loud, cold, Friday night that smells like buttery popcorn and gatorade. I’m all up for that. I’ve become a football nerd recently. Back in ’07 I was a football manager for my local team and had a great time (that is except for some of the doofs I worked with, that made styrofoam seem smart).

For one, I’ve noticed that all these broadcasters, all these guys that sit in the studios talking football with their guy friends, almost all of them look like they play or could play football. All of them are these big buff guys. For once I want to see someone that doesn’t look like they’re poppin’ steroids, look like they’re about to take my lunch money, or sexually harass some woman (take that Terry Bradshaw). Get somebody that looks like a regular guy down their to the field, or, here’s a thought, someone who wears glasses, or maybe weighs less than 300 lbs. 

Another thing, ESPN should really work on their game montages. Not that they’re not cool sometimes, it’s just that some of their music choices are a little strange. Using pop songs from divas like “Hot And Cold” is not exactly testosterone-filled, and doesn’t really get my blood pumping to get excited for the big game. When they’re not playing songs from the latest overnight fad, they’re playing a lot of the same AC/DC, Black Sabbath, or Guns N’ Roses song that we’ve heard playedbillions upon billions of times. Try something new ESPN, put in some Korn or an under-the-radar AC/DC tune, give us something new, but suitable. Once again, I’m not mad, I’m just making some points and blowing off some steam. Glad I got that out of the way. I’m gonna go re-watch Utah beating the snot out of Alabama from Saturday. BTW, you had it coming Alabama.

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Earl’s Evaluation-It’s Your Life, Do What You Want

December 19, 2008 at 10:28 pm (The Way Earl Sees It)

 

This is a new series I’d like to start, maybe every Friday set aside some time to share my opinion on some sort of topic. Whether it’s life, something in the video game or movie world, or it might be just something that was on my mind. Sort of like the regular Way Earl Sees It, but more structured. In this time of giving, I feel as if I should give you, the viewer, the reader, the subscriber, a gift. Not a physical gift, an Ipod, a PS3, or some blu-ray player that I’m hoping will never really catch (I don’t wanna spend $30 on a movie I’ll only watch once), however a mental lesson, a life lesson if you will. I’d like to share my thoughts, help you and even myself with coping and making it through life. If you don’t wanna read this, think I’m preaching to you, I’m not. I don’t preach, preachers do, and I’m not a preacher. I’d rather you listen to a preacher than me. 

I hear so many people complain about life. I hear people whine about the position they’re in, the people they’re around, complaining about how they don’t like their life. It’s one thing to state that you’re unhappy on something, that you don’t like something in your life, that something really burns you. That’s life. If you’re out in the world today and you don’t already know it, life ain’t fair. Life can have you feeling like you’re on the edge of the world sometimes, but other times it’s gonna roundhouse kick you, then keep kicking you in the gut over and over until you get up, or you can just choose to stay there and keep gettin’ kicked. It’s another thing to constantly whine, constantly brood over those things. It’s unhealthy to let that fester in your gut. If you know what I’m talking about you know it’s no fun to bearound someone that just complains all the time and is just so pessimistic. It’s not just lack of optimism, it’s also laziness. If you’ve got something in your life that you don’t like, change it. Don’t just sit there, whine about it and expect it to get better on it’s own, you get up and you fix it yourself. I understand you can’t apply this standard to all things-bad family, etc., but that doesn’t mean you can’t change your attitude, or even other people’s. It’s not always your fault either. Sometimes you might just have to pray and help others to get better understanding. Sometimes you might just have to get over things, but long story short-There’s never any situation that you can’t get out of. When life kicks you in the groin of couple of times and throws you to the ground, when you get dealt a bad hand, it’s up to you to do a little praying, get up, dust yourself off, and fix your life. If you’re lucky, you might just have some people around you to help you. You can’t change the past, but you sure can change your future, I learned that from Heroes. Whenever life starts to beat you up, you can’t let it get to you, you can’t let that keep you laying on the ground. I know I’ve said it 15 times, but it’s your job to either A) Change your attitude B) Change Others’ Attitudes C) Get Over It and Adapt a Little or D) Change your life yourself. Life’s what you want it to be. (I am so glad I didn’t say Life’s what you make it to end this one….)

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My Apple Love Affair

November 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm (Music, The Way Earl Sees It)

It’s almost Christmas time, which, according to my mom, means I need to start accumulating items for my Christmas list. Asides from The Dark Knight (picture like one big list with the words “THE DARK KNIGHT” etched in blood at the top where I wrote with my finger), I’ve really been interested in getting an Ipod. I really didn’t start a music obsession until about 3 months ago, when I started working for my Spanish teacher, and was able to rummage through his Itunes library. About 2 years ago I unexpectedly got a MP3 player for Christmas. I had looked at them before, but never really upgraded from my CD player. The player was really nice, had about 300 MB, and greatly served by basic music needs. I put a few songs on it, and I love it. But as my music collection grew, the memory on the player shrunk. I really don’t have enough room on there for my entire music collection (about 700 MB and growing), so that’s really why I’ve turned to Ipods. I like the idea of the Ipod Classic, the ability to easily fit all of my music, download a few videos, and even put some tv shows and movies on there. It seems like a lot of today’s media is being geared towards this digital age, and Itunes is the preverbal messiah. So, if I planned and hoped on getting an Ipod, I would have to familiarize myself with it’s software. That’s where it began. I downloaded Safari about 5 months ago, but it was nowhere near the euphoria I got from adding my album artwork to Itunes. I now have all of my music in a very convenient, sleek, and stylish format that plays them in a top-notch quality. (See below pics-that’s actually my music collection.) I’ve rummaged through the Itunes Store, and see the easy access they allow. Just give them a credit card number, charge one of all the songs for just 99 cents, a $9 album, or a $3 episode of TV. You can even put games on your Ipod. There’s so much that Apple has provided for their market, I love it. They provide this great library of content that is easily accessible full of the latest in tv (ind. episodes or seasons), movies (that you can rent of buy), little games, full albums from 15 years ago, just lists and lists of stuff that would make any nerd happy. Apple, I salute you. I could spend days just rummaging through Itunes. I have my own podcast to watch-Adam Sessler, you’re my hero, and have made my own playlist. Did I mention I could spend days just rummaging through Itunes? Hopefully if I do get an Ipod I’ll be able to keep all that style and organization and preserve, and carry it over to the Ipod. If or if not, it will still be a Merry Christmas, even if I have to start an Itunes-Anonymous. 

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Time To Stand Behind, Or Get Out of the Way

November 8, 2008 at 9:51 am (The Way Earl Sees It)

I’m sure any and everyone reading this post know who won the election this past Tuesday. I even made a post about it earlier this week. Barack Obama from Illinois was the victor of the historical election, and I’ll let you know something: I’m glad he won. I believe it’s great to have a black president, and we should have had one years ago. However, I live in Tennessee, and it is full of racist people. Why are they racist? I don’t know, I don’t even think they know. I had my ears filled with the jibber jabber of racist neanderthals who repeatedly used the incredibly derogatory term for African Americans, and knew they weren’t voting for him. I’ll admit it, I don’t like agree with Obama 100%, I didn’t agree with McCain 100%. However, I agreed with Obama more, and that’s why I supported him over McCain. Wednesday after the election was even worse. People groaning, so physically upset because Obama had won, saying they didn’t want a n- in office. I was one of the few people that now supported Obama, and quite frankly, I believe we all should now. It doesn’t matter if you supported him then, it doesn’t matter if you supported him 21 months ago when he announced his presidency, it doesn’t matter if you supported him Tuesday night and got down on your knees praying for McCain to win. The fact of the matter is that Barack Obama, a senator from Illinois, is now our president, the president of the United States of America. We can accuse, whine, insult all we want, we can say horrible things about him, hope awful things happen, but that doesn’t change anything.I got an email from a friend whining about how Obama’s a dictator, how he plans on ruining our country. I told him that his attitude is what is hurting our country, and is what is helping put our country in the situation it is in right now. That’s division of the country, and it is wrong. Like I said, I wasn’t an Obama fan, I’m saying this to you all as much as I am myself. I didn’t support him fully, but now that he is president, I, along with everyone else in the country, should support him now. Obama is our president now, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change it. If you didn’t support Obama in the race and hated that he got president, suck it up, get over it, get behind him, or get out of the way. Obama has some good ideas for the country, and I believe he’s gonna do all in his power to help us out of these hard times, you may not believe the same, but if you’re the one sitting in a corner throwing a little tantrum because you didn’t get your way, you need to look at what’s really important-Supporting the future leader of this country, or pouting because your guy didn’t get the win.

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Fear Itself

October 24, 2008 at 10:37 am (The Way Earl Sees It)

 

What is fear? Fear, you know that creeping emotion that comes over you every so often. That emotion that grips you like a bear trap every time you go through the lunch line, every time Mr. Harris passes out one of his tests and you haven’t studied, and every single time Mr. Luker comes over the PA to deliver the announcements? That little emotion is called fear, or in some cases, nausea, or both, depending what kind of person you are. Fear is one of the strongest emotions known to man, and it can provoke bravery in tough situations, or it can cause us to cower in, well… fear.

                Fear is classified as an innate emotion, alongside other emotions like anger, joy, or sadness. There are several described causes of fear, including certain traumatic experiences that may have occurred. For example, if you fell into a cave filled with bats, you might develop a fear of bats. This might also lead you to fight crime and avenge others as a superhero, but that’s an entirely different multi million franchise entirely. The first use of the word fear as the noun to describe a sense of terror was around 1290 in a medieval work written in Old English. Fear can also be attributed to be a cause of learning of something, as in the case of the Little Albert Experiment. In the experiment, an 11 year old boy was “trained” to be afraid of a white lab rat. There are several different classifications of fear, almost different levels. Sure we can look at fear on different levels in the way of “How Afraid Are You”, 1 being puppies frolicking in a meadow, 10 being “Holy Cow I Think Lucifer Himself is at my Doorstep”, but I’m afraid there is a more scientific classification. There is paranoia, in which one person may have a heightened perception of persecution, with or without cause. This may be caused by some sort of compulsion, disorder, or may lead to a phobia. There’s also Distrust, which is not a loss of faith in someone, but is more like a sense of caution, like you feel before you read these editorials. Finally, there’s terror, which is the fear most of us are accustomed with. It’s the sense of panic that comes over us when approached by something we are afraid of or an extreme phobia. It can overwhelm the person and become so much that the person makes irrational choices. It has even been shown that extreme fear in certain circumstances can lead to death in the form of cardiac arrhythmia, literally being “scared to death”.

                Fear is such a prominent part of life. People flock to theaters to see the latest movie about some serial killer trapping some more teens at a summer camp; thousands go to theme parks just to be scared out of their minds by huge drops, loops, and spins on the latest thrill ride. Fear is such a large part in media as well. It can serve as a wonderful prop for villains in our favorite TV shows, or be a basis for ourfavorite comics. Villains like Jonathon Crane a.k.a. the Scarecrow in the Batman series uses fear to intoxicate and paralyze his opponents, when he is nothing more than a normal psychologist with knowledge of the human mind. Supervillains like Benjamin “Knox” Washinton on Heroes use the fear in their enemies to strengthen themselves.

                As I stated earlier, Fear is one of the strongest emotions known to man. Although at times it can paralyze us and cause us to run, screaming in terror, at other times if we can confront, overcome, and control the fear, it can give us that much needed adrenaline rush, and even strengthen us to do something we’ve always been afraid to do. 

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“Caped Crusader” Idea

September 30, 2008 at 11:06 am (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

You really never know what we’re going to talk about in Spanish class. One day we’re actually studying Spanish, the next, like today, you’re coming up with ideas for the next installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman series. Yesterday my pals and I were talking about Batman, as we do every day in Spanish, and DS and I came up with an idea for the next Batman film to be directed by Christopher Nolan.

In the third film, we have Batman as a fugitive. Everyone hates him. Everyone blames him for the whole Joker fiasco, nearly destroying the city, and they blame him for all of their troubles. The only person that knows the truth about Batman is Gordon and his family. So, we have to give the city of Gotham a reason to want Batman back. We introduce Bane into the mix without having to delve into the backstory any, we just introduce him as this incredibly strong (doesn’t even have to be super-strong) guy who is terrorizing a few people, or he’s part of some drug deal. Introduce him like they did with Scarecrow in TDK. Then, Batman swoops in, fights, Batman is spotted perhaps, and Bane gets away. We then go on with some secret meetings between Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, and the rest, and how Bruce hates to see the city like it is. The mob is also rising back up to power. Bring in some new people to play mob members, and have a new head, The Penguin. That’s basically what he is in the comics. We don’t accentuate the Penguin-ness, we just show him as a regular, yet extremely wealthy and powerful guy, who has that nickname. Maybe even tie him into Bruce’s family so that Bruce can have some relations with him. The mob and crime are so poor that the police bring in Edward Nigma, a.k.a. The Riddler to help find Batman to take care of him, to get him off the streets. The Riddler is secretly working with the mob to bring in bad guys so he can appear as a hero to the cops when he outsmarts the very people that he hires. He becomes part of the inner circle of the cops, and they begin to trust him. Nigma himself becomes obsessed with Batman, and sees him as a good challenge to try to outsmart him. The only person that doesn’t trust Nigma is Gordon, who, after one of his family members is killed, knows Batman is the one they need. Maybe even bring in Mr. Freeze, focusing on his human element, where he is not related to the mob. The end just really needs to focus on people finally accepting Batman as the hero Gotham needs, sort of a happy ending. 

As far as who to cast goes, I am still wanting to see Hoffman (or maybe even Vigo Mortensen or Ed Harris) as the Penguin, and either David Anders or Hugh Laurie possibly as the Riddler. For Bane, you’ve gotta get someone strong, but can act well, and for Mr. Freeze… I don’t know.

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The Cellular Pandemic

September 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm (The Way Earl Sees It)

 

Just so you know, this is an article I’m putting in my school’s newspaper. This is an editorial by myself. 

“OMG! LOL! BRB! TTYL!” Do you know what I just said? Did I just type some random letters and put in different letters to confuse, am I cussing you out in Swahili, or is this some secret code known only to those known as “the teenager” or as the more elderly call them, “young hooligans”. Of course I am talking about the language of text messaging. It’s estimated by the board of totally made up statistics that 95% of all teenagers have a cellphone, and use it often. I work at the local gas station/convenience store, maybe you’ve heard of it, Hasti Mart, and I notice things. Nearly every teenager that comes in uses a cellphone. It’s no secret that some use theirs at school, and I’m sure they use them at home. I see people either calling or texting everywhere I’m at. A lot of adolescents talk on their phones while driving, which I don’t really have a problem with, however with texting, it’s a little more dangerous. Please do not mistake me, I do not condone talking on your cellphone while driving, in fact I disrecommend it. Wherein talking on a phone you have 1-2 hands available to drive, and you don’t have to look at anything but the road. However, with text messaging, you’re constantly looking down, pushing keys, checking the screen, making sure that’s the right letter, if you’re on the right menu, searching through your contacts to find the right one, etc. You’re driving a 2 ton piece of machinery capable of going faster than 50 mph, steering, and it’s all in your control, yet you’re looking down at a 2 x 4 inch piece of plastic so you can send an LOL. I have nothing against text messaging or cellphones, I just don’t think we should depend on them as much as we do. I’m not Jack the doomsday prophet standing on the side of the street yelling “THE END IS NEAR! SOON THERE WILL BE NO L to TTY!” I myself didn’t really see the point in text messaging (Why “LOL” when you can “call”), that is, until I myself started text messaging. I am by no means, however, a fluent text messager. I have 50 messages in my inbox. I have deleted 10 since I got my phone. For those of you at home that’s a whopping total of 60 text messages over the past 2 years. Just to give you some perspective, half are from my preacher (Not that there’s anything wrong with that Mr. Lee), or wrong yet creepy messages asking me if I want to scrimmage. Another thing I’d like to point out in this article is some people’s selection of a ringtone. Too many times I’ve been in somewhere public, and some really inappropriate song I really could have done without hearing starts blaring. It’s embarrassing for everyone. Sometimes it can be funny, say if “Jesus Takes the Wheel” starts up in church, but if “Gold Digger” starts up at a woman’s funeral, you’ll have some explaining to do. Please use caution when picking a ringtone, for both yours and everyone else’s sake. I for one just don’t want to lose the art of conversation. We never heard of cavemen speaking in text: “L-O-L Prometheus, brb gtta go hunt trex, ttyl, ugh.” Cellphones are a great tool to have in day-to-day life, but until we develop too high of a dependence, I won’t have to l-o-l out loud.

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TDK’s Ultimate Opponent: High School Musical 3?

August 18, 2008 at 11:13 am (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

 

At the beginning of the new year approximately 8 months ago, a lot of ideas were brought up of which movie would do the best in the following year. Some believed it might be Iron Man, some thought Indiana Jones 4, a few like myself were hoping that The Bucket List would make a huge success. As the bigger movies came out like Iron Man, new racers began to emerge as highest grossers. Many people expected great success out of it, plus success from the runner about a month later, Indy 4. However, I throughly believe no one expected the huge success that came from The Dark Knight. As I’ve stated earlier, it was estimated at maybe $70-$80 million opening, and it more than doubled it. The movie’s trailers were huge and promising, and it exceeded my expectations, something I didn’t expect to happen. I am in fact ashamed of thinking the movie wouldn’t be too good when hearing of all the big dramatic elements. However it proved to be a truly entertaining movie throughout, even in the parts most movies would bore you with. The Dark Knight has now settled in with approximately $500 million dollars in the United States, making it the second highest grossing movie of all time. This beats Iron Man and Indy 4, the summer’s next two closest competitors, by nearly $150 million. It would be safe to assume that TDK is going to be the highest grossing movie of the year, if not the decade, that is if it wasn’t for the tale of teenage angst that is High School Musical 3. DS and I were having a mundane conversation as we always do in Spanish class in the morning, and he believes that TDK will have a run for it’s money with High School Musical 3. The movie has a cult following for some reason, and proves to be entertaining after the 5700th viewing to little girls, teenage girls, younger parents, and some dudes. The series really just took off for Disney, and shows nearly every night on Disney Channel. The series has clothing, backpacks, pencils, food, drinks, etc. It’s absolutely insane how much endorsing this cash cow has. I personally believe the movie will score big at the box office, but this is the first time a big series like that from Disney has been pushed onto the big screen, so it’s hard to estimate how well it will do. However, I don’t think the movie is going to score as big as TDK. Mainly because HSM3 really just appeals to the female and younger audience. The Dark Knight appeals to nearly everyone that goes to see movies. Younger kids went to see it, maybe more would have went if not for the darker theme, plenty of teenagers went to see it (nearly everyone at my school has seen it and we mention it every day in Spanish one way or another), older audiences went to see it including adults, females went to see it with their boyfriends and wanted to see Ledger, and there’s the nerds who go see it more than once. High School Musical 3 will definitely score big, however in my opinion it will never reach the critical and commercial reached by TDK. I will be in Disneyworld the week before this bad boy opens, so I can imagine it’s going to be a huge deal there. I guess we’re just going to have to wait until the weekend of October 24th, more than a month away.

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I Don’t Wanna See Saw Anymore!

July 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

Back in 2004 Horror Fans across the nation got to see Saw for the first time, which I’m sure was a delight to some-

“Hey Honey, wanna go see people get brutally tortured, not excluding any horrific and gory detail!”
“Sure babe, just let me put the kids to sleep and get my purse!”

Well, I never really had anything against the series back then. I watched the very beginning of the film where two guys are locked in the same room and one guy has to saw the other guy’s leg off or something like that, I nearly passed out. I’ve never really been a horror fan, and now I’m becoming less and less of a Saw fan. In 2005, we saw Saw 2, in 2006, Saw 3 came along, with, you guessed it, Saw 4 rearing it’s ugly head in 2007. Now in 2008, we have Saw 5! YOU GUESSED RIGHT! SAW, LET’S COUNT, SHALL WE, THAT IS UNLESS WE’VE BEEN TORTURED SO LONG WE CUT OFF OUR OWN FINGERS! 1, 2, 3, 4, FIVE! You’re supposed to be torturing the characters in the movie, not the audience. DS and I actually had a conversation with a fan of the franchise-

Earl-“I don’t get Saw 4, I mean Jigsaw died! THey just found a tape recorder in his stomach!”
Mindless person I was talking to-“No, he swallowed it.”
Earl-“So, wouldn’t the acids dissolve it?”
DS-“Are we this bored?”

There’s even a planned SAW 6! Just quit Lionsgate! Just stick with the only other person who makes your movies, Tyler Perry! Or combine them! (JD Moment-“Madea! Where are you?” “I’m caught in this #^$&$ beartrap”) I guarantee it would be more entertaining. I don’t know much about the franchise, but I do know this-People get caught, people get tortured, lather, rinse repeat, pay the executives, let’s make another. Please, quit making these movies. I’m begging you. Just stop. Stop it stop it stop it stop it stop it! Move on to another franchise! Do something original! I guess 20 years from now I’ll be telling my kids, or knowing me, my friend’s kids about how Saw was the Friday the 13th of my generation.

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Critical Mass with Critical Mass

July 28, 2008 at 9:15 am (The Way Earl Sees It)

You may not have heard of this, but on my ride out for breakfast this morning I came across the news reports for a bicyclist radical group called “Critical Mass” on the my local radio talk show. The group is basically a bunch of bicycle nuts that want to “express that bicycles have just as much right to be on the road as cars”. I don’t have a problem with that, even though I wouldn’t want to ride 150 miles on something powered by… well, me. I prefer my transportation to be engine-powered. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with trying to “express your rights” and what not, however when you cross certain lines, you’ve went too far. The riders have been known to block intersections, cause disruption in what would be normal driving circumstances, and injure car-driving (sane) citizens-

 

On July 25, 2008 Critical Mass bicycle riders were confronted by a motorist who was temporarily being prevented by several cyclists from driving his automobile from a curbside parking space into bicycle traffic on East Aloha on the July 25, 2008 Seattle ride.[33] The distraught motorist backed into at least two cyclists while attempting to leave the scene.[34]

A group of mass riders caught up to the vehicle, broke its rear windshield, and assaulted the motorist inside the car through a broken window, pulling him from the car. At least one cyclist slashed the motorist’s tires. [35] [36] [37] The motorist was struck in the back of his head by an object after being pulled from his vehicle, and taken to a local hospital following the incident for head injuries.[38] Two cyclists were arrested for suspicion of vandalism to the car; the motorist was not considered by the Seattle Police Department to have committed a crime due to several witness accounts.[39]

Sure, there are some reports of car drivers provoking some of the incidents, however in most cases the Bicycle supremacists are going way too far, as in the incident above, which was the one I had heard about on the radio. These bike gang members are going way outta line with these protests. Sure, if you wanna make a point, go ahead. You don’t have to nearly kill a guy to do it though! Even though they claim to be in the right for standing up for their bicycling rights, brutally beating other motorists, slashing tires, and costing thousands of dollars in damage only puts them in the wrong. I personally hope I never run into a section of the gang, I personally am not sure what I would do if I ran into them. I would probably run into them a little more. Let me get this straight. I have no problem with bicyclists. Sure, it’s a little hard to get past them, and a little scary because you think you might hit them, however I don’t have a problem with them. I’ll be honest, yes you do get in the way sometimes. But that’s just because the road was made with lanes big enough for cars, and fast enough for motorcycles. I don’t have a problem with them, as long as they don’t resort to these violent and extreme manners.

What do you think? Do these bicyclist protestors earn the right to destroy property or should they just buy a car and join the rest of us? What would you do if you ran into a group of these radicals? Let me know.

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My Dark Knight Sequel Idea

July 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

(Just so you know, there are a lot of spoilers in this following article of The Dark Knight.) Over the past 70 years, the superhero Batman has been across many transformations, and many personalities. He started in Detective Comics, moved onto TV serials, Adam West took over in the 60s with the more stylized version, Burton took over with his Burton-esque feel in the late 80s early 90s, Schumaker gave it a try in the mid 90s, and now Christopher Nolan has taken over Gotham City with my favorite 2 iterations for the past 3 years. If you’ve seen The Dark Knight, you know what happens. Rachel died by the Joker’s hand, The Joker was taken most likely to Arkham Asylum in my opinion, Harvey became two-faced, and was killed by Batman in a frighteningly real scene where he threatened to kill Gordon’s family. Batman had to make that choice, and made the right one. They realized, however that Dent, who was thought of as Gotham’s only hero, had to die respectively, so they decided to blame the murders on Batman, for whom a manhunt was issued. So basically the only real plot-line that can be bridged into a sequel is the idea that Batman is a fugitive, and the whole manhunt premise, which is very interesting and has not been explored by the movies. The Dark Knight was definitely left on a grim note, which the whole movie was about. The idea of the third film focusing around Batman’s fugitivity does sound promising, however doesn’t sound like it could live up to The Dark Knight’s quality. Here’s another thing that comes with that idea and one possible outcome for the plot: In order for the people to accept Batman and for him to be able to return, in the scenario in my mind is concerned, there needs to be a unifying cause, a reason the public would need him, like a big villain. The Joker has already been defined by Heath Ledger, and I personally don’t want to see that be replicated. The idea of villains like the Riddler, the Penguin, or others have been tossed around, and all are possible. An outbreak and violence and mob action, possibly led by the Penguin or influenced by another super villain could be a reason for Batman to come back. Honestly there’s a dozen ideas that can be used for a sequel, however in most cases it will involve Batman’s fugitivity. Nolan, Bale, and Caine, all originally signed on for three films, however there might not be a third. Nolan said himself he was tired with the franchise, and personally I believe I’d be ok with that. The Dark Knight’s ending was also a little resolving in some ways, in that they end it with him not being accepted by the public, and you kinda get this sense that he never will be. Either way I believe that Nolan can provide a wonderful sequel, if not he has created a defining duo of superhero movies.

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IMAX: The Future of Movies Deafening People

July 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

 

One of film’s innovations that started approximately 20 years ago is IMAX, which stands for Image Maximum, is a type of movie going experience that practically doubles the size of the screen for movie goers that are looking for….. how should I say this? Movie going experiences that nearly kill you. Before you attack me, unless you have seen an IMAX movie, you have NO ROOM to talk. I went to a documentary in IMAX when I was on a 5th Grade Beta Trip about 5 years ago and I felt as if my head was going to explode. It was actually really loud and bright and in your face, however the thing that got me was the size of the theater. When you walk in it’s literally walking straight up to get to your seat. The whole documentary, although very quiet (and boring) came across very loud and in your face. Over the years the number of movies being presented in IMAX has increased, and the format has grown in popularity, the original in Canada. Movies over the years  such as Micheal Jordan to the MAX in 2000, Star Wars Episode 2 in 2002, The Matrix Reloaded in 2003, Spiderman 2 in 2004, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, Superman Returns in 2006, I Am Legend in 2007, this year’s The Dark Knight and so many more mainstream movies have shown in IMAX theaters across the globe. It kind of frightens me that a movie like a documentary was intense in IMAX, thinking about what a big loud scary action movie would be like. Even though I was younger when I visited that IMAX movie, I still run in fear when I see an IMAX theater in my local mall. Even though IMAX movies have increased in popularity, something tells me these movies won’t go extinct, however will stay just where they are as an INTENSE and LOUD moviegoing experience for years to come, so don’t expect to see your local normal theater over run by IMAX any time soon.

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