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Subject:Interview by Cheryl
Time:01:23 pm
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Rules:
1. If you would like to play, comment with an "Interview me!" (or something along those lines)
2. I will ask you five questions.
3. You will answer those five questions in your journal along with posting these instructions.


Q & A:
1.If you had to watch one single movie every day for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
*After 20 minutes of thinking about it and still not sure* Forrest Gump because it's one movie I've never gotten tired of.
2. Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Bahamas.
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Rolling down the hill with my puppy (Gus) chasing me.
4. Have you done anything exciting this summer? If so, what?
I don't believe I have. My summer's been mostly consistent of working or looking for work.
5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Web-slinging. It'd just be so fun to go to Chicago or New York and swing around the buildings.
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Subject:It's a Bird! It's a Plane!
Time:02:48 pm
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So... Today is my first day at Woodman's and they have a no facial hair policy for employee's so my goatee is gone. (GASP!)

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But as for the title, I'll tell ya a li'l story--

My mother and sister bought my dad a new recliner for his room for a Father's Day gift, and guess who was in charge of running the old one to the Goodwill and picking up the new one... That's right: Your's truly.

So I drop off the old chair at the Goodwill... Nothing too unusual

I get to Value City Furniture to pick up the new recliner and the guy who put it into the truck stands back looks at me and says "Y'know who y'all look like?" Me: "No, tell me." Guy: "Y'all look like Supaman!"

I found that amusing and a bit eerie at the same time. Just thought I'd share.

--Joshua J. Skaar
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Subject:Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Review
Time:02:07 pm
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The wait was finally over. “Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End” came on May 24th and, according to rumors, sailed the series off into the sunset. Taking place probably a few weeks after the huge cliffhanger of "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest" with Capt. Barbossa being resurrected by Tia Dalma and a quest to save Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker was set in motion.

The quest to find Jack starts with finding the notorious Sao Feng, a ruthless pirate lord who controls the passages of the east seas from Singapore-- and what pirate wouldn’t be complete in these movies if they didn’t have one heck of a grudge against Jack Sparrow-- and coerce him into giving Barbossa, Elizabeth Swann, and Will Turner the navigational charts to “world’s end” to find Jack. After Will strikes a bargain with Feng the charts show the crew through crazy landscapes like frozen waters and down Niagara Falls.

Once finding Jack, a bit more out of his mind, back upon the Black Pearl, the crew is now “double captained” by Jack and Barbossa, acting like five year-olds, back to the Caribbean and Shipwreck Cove for a meeting of the nine Pirate Lords to debate about whether or not to go to war against the East India Trading Company and the Flying Dutchman. Barbossa proposes releasing the sea goddess Calypso from her imprisoned body and appeal to her good side to see if she could help them win the battle.

“At World’s End” is an entertaining movie in itself. There are several scenes where you can tell that the script writers were trying way too hard to try and make this a movie of epic proportions, as if the movie wasn’t going to be good enough itself, they needed to add in that extra nugget to try and push it over the edge… And it did; a bit too far over the edge.

The biggest downfall of this movie was the lack of suspense created when trying to have a secret created, but as soon as a secret is brought up the camera cuts straight to the person(s) of “mystery.” The secret of whom Calypso may be lasted all but 2/10’s of a second. The attack of the 50 foot Calypso was another piece of the overdone cake that was the plotline of this movie.

Two really big positives about this movie is the character development within Will and Will’s father Bootstrap Bill. Will becomes quite the sneaky lil fella and creates quite a few Jack Sparrow-esque plans to help his own cause. Bootstrap Bill becomes a very sorrowful character, slowly becoming attached to the ship like the crewman Exposition in “Dead Man’s Chest.” Bootstrap is made out to be a Gollum-like character. A character whom the viewer will feel sorry for him, but there’s a bit of evil that is being stirred up in him because of his deal with Davy Jones.

If there’s one big complaint about the movie is that is doesn’t drag you in as easily as "Curse of the Black Pearl" did. Throughout the movie you are constantly being teased to where you can be brought in and kick back and enjoy a movie, but then they do something like another rousing speech by Elizabeth to make you come to your senses and realize that you are watching a movie.

Visually “Pirates” is an amazing picture with a few good twists along the way. While running just shy of three hours there are several scenes that could have cut from the movie: i.e. a western homage on a long, random beach just before the big fight scene that could have saved about five minutes of the viewer’s time. The, supposed to be, big epic speeches given by none other that Elizabeth, continuing from origins of the character in the first movie, are just cheesy and are just obvious and not very gripping.

Overall “At World’s End” is far and away a better and more enjoyable movie than “Dead Man’s Chest.” There is a lot more originality, and a lot less rum jokes. Overall the alleged final installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” receives a B-.
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Subject:Spider-man 3
Time:07:28 pm
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In the summers of 2002 and 2004 Spider-man was the standard for the summer blockbuster. Now it's 2007 and Spidey appears to have lost a step.

The primary storyline of Spider-man 3 lies within concluding the story of the Green Goblin from the first film. Harry Osborn, the son of Norman (the original Green Goblin,) taking on his father's trade and "modifies" his father's old Goblin helmet and glider into an electronic ski mask with a flying snowboard fully loaded with the trademark pumpkin bombs. With Harry thirsty for Spider-man's blood for his apparent murder of Norman, Harry gives himself a full dosage of the "Goblin Gas" and confronts his one time friend.

While Peter and Harry duke it out a new villain is being born in Flint Marko aka The Sandman. During a particle acceleration test Marko, through some amazing CGI has sand grafted to his DNA and now his body is completely sand and can act and mold the sand into any form or size (which the size part is a bit overplayed in this movie.) The "birth" of The Sandman is probably one of the best bad guy origins in comic-movie cinema. Everything flowed with that scene, the music was right, and the special effects were astounding.

It is revealed after the first confrontation between Spider-man and Sandman that Marko is the real killer of Peter's Uncle Ben. Driven by grief and a need for vengeance a sticky goo, called a symbiote, attaches itself to Spider-man's costume creating a new black costume that enhances Spidey's agility, strength, rage and his dance skills apparently.

After realizing the suits effect on his rage and the way he treats people Peter detaches the goo from him and the goo finds itself a new host in Eddie Brock, a man who not only hates Spider-man, but Peter Parker as well. With the goo enhancing Brock's aggression and giving him Spider-man-like powers creating the much hyped super villain: Venom. Who ironically was the most hyped part of this film, but was never officially named IN the movie.

Spider-man 3 for all it's hype does not live up to the standard of the first two movies. The story between Peter and Harry runs smoothly through the film and gives a good sense of closure. But the other villains in the movie come and go, they do some fun visual effects and then disappear for a while and everything culminates in the end.

The CGI in this film was incredible. If this film doesn't win for best visual effects the Oscar's truly are rigged. The only real complaint lying within the visual effects was, regrettably with Venom: Venom is known for his sharp teeth, large jaw, and tongue. Where this incarnation of Venom has the awesome teeth, he is not so much with a large jaw... That is until his head expands like a Stretch Armstrong and he gives out a raptor-esque squeal. The make up for Topher Grace while having his "mask" peeled back looks really good, but when it's just the "mask" Venom just ends up looking way too cartoony. And this is a live action comic book movie we're talking about.

And what Spider-man review would not be complete without an analysis of Kirsten Dunst? Dunst just plays an emotionless self-absorbed screen version of herself, she doesn't seem to truly care for this role other than it gets her a paycheck. And her lip-syncing is even more atrocious than Ashlee Simpson's.

The main tag line of the movie is "The battle within" with an emphasis on Spider-man and the black suit. This tag line also fits with Harry and his fateful decision at the end of the movie. But the standard set by the first two installments has been knocked down a notch.

Spider-man was the film to beat, but this summer it will face some stiff competition and probably be dethroned in the next few weeks with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean At Worlds End.

Overall Grade: B-
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Subject:My Chains are Gone
Time:12:09 pm
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I'm not sure how many of you know this, but there's a movie coming out this Friday Amazing Grace starring Ioan (Yown) Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Albert Finney as John Newton, the author of the original poem of "Amazing Grace."

As some/a lot of you may know John Newton was a slave trader before he was saved and wrote the "anthem" of the Christian nation. I'm not too sure how closely to the story follows the actual events. But it looks like it'll be worth the money.

There's also a "new" version of Amazing Grace playing on the radio, and that is attatched to the movie - "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin. If you haven't heard/worshiped to this version you're missing out on a very powerful song.

The original version of "Amazing Grace" was originally a poem, and has been "modified" over the years, and a lot of the lyrics to the hymn we know and love today were actually added and changed years later. This new version by Chris Tomlin, he has added in his own chorus, but uses the original final verse written by Newton.

Here are the lyrics:
"Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine"


And here's a link to Mr. Tomlin performing the song :


Here's a video made by meethz with the song attatched to a very nice video:



If you would like the buy the CD with this song it's on Tomlin's most recent album - See the Morning, and the Amazing Grace soundtrack

--Joshua J. Skaar
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Subject:My Pirate Name
Time:10:22 pm


My pirate name is:


Black John Roberts



Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. Two things complete your pirate persona: style and swagger. Maybe a little too much swagger sometimes -- but who really cares? Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
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Subject:Pirates of Aladdin?
Time:01:04 pm
So, recently I was just doing my usual random thinking, and I realized something:

Pirates of the Caribbean is a live action Aladdin

Jack Sparrow = Genie

Will Turner = Aladdin

Elizabeth Swan = Jasmine

Movie Similarities
Aladdin

Movie One.)
Aladdin finds a magic lamp that helps his female interest Jasmine, who pretty much already likes him, fall in love with him by showing his real self, and intend to marry.

Movie Two.)
Genie returns to stall Jasmine and Aladdin's wedding plans, which are going rather rough.

Movie Three.)
Aladdin and Jasmine marry, but not before Genie and everyone meet Aladdin's father: Ali Babba, king of the 40 Thieves.


Pirates of the Caribbean
Movie One.)
Will turner meets Jack Sparrow who tells him he's a pirate, which just so happens to be Elizabeth's fancy, and through wacky misadventures Will and Elizabeth end up together and in love, with and end up engaged.

Movie Two.)
Jack Sparrow returns to create a more difficult transition into married life for Will and Elizabeth.

Movie Three.)
We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

--Skaar
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Is it too early? Will it be tasteful? How accurate will it be? These are all questions surrounding “United 93” the theatrical retelling of the flight that crashed near Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001.

“United 93” is sort of a tale of two cities; on one side you have the flight traffic controllers ordeal with the high jacking and on the other you have United flight 93’s heroic attempt to retake the plane. In the beginning of the movie once American Airlines flight 77 was overtaken, the audience is sent into a whirlwind of jargon that confuses them almost as much as the controllers must have been on that fateful day.

The first half of the movie briefly recounts the first two planes hitting the World Trade Center in New York City, with a short-lived mention of the Pentagon attack. But it mainly focused on the mass confusion of the airlines and military. The latter portion of the movie consists of the planning of the passengers attempt to retake control of the plane and eventual crash.

“United 93” not only is about as accurate as one can get, without actually being there. From the preparations of the terrorists, to the final phone calls of the passengers made on the flight. This movie is going to tug on some heart strings for those who were impacted by the nation’s darkest day. But it may also return your sense of patriotism that many felt after the attacks.

The ending of the movie is done about as tasteful as it possibly could have been done: You go out with the plane, there’s not tasteless aftermath, or recap. It simply fades and leaves you with a few words about how off guard we were caught with the attacks, and the memories of those who were lost.

“United 93” is rated ‘R’ for some intense sequences of terror and violence.

Grade: B
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Subject:The Sentinel
Time:01:09 am
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Take a pinch of “Enemy of the State” add in some of “The Fugitive” and a pint of “Basic Instinct” and you have the movie “The Sentinel” based off of the book of the same name.

This action packed thriller circles around veteran Secret Service Agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) who has even taken a bullet for former President Reagan. Despite his commitment to the Service he has been denied any advancement in his long tenure, losing out to younger, “smarter” agents.

After being black mailed for an affair he is having, Garrison goes under investigation for a plot to assassinate the President. The agent in charge of the investigation is Garrison’s ex-friend David Breckinridge (Jack Bau… I mean, Kiefer Sutherland.) This sub-plot is a bit too stereotypical for this kind of movie. The “he said, she said” misunderstanding which causes old friends to become bitter enemies.

“The Sentinel” does a good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat once the pieces start to fall into place. The problem is; once those pieces are in place we get “24: The Movie” starring Michael Douglas.

Eva Longoria plays the role of the rookie female agent, Jill Marin, who is trying to be taken seriously while still wearing skimpy clothes and high heels. This role was pretty much useless, outside of showing off Ms. Longoria and her body.

While not trying to take away any of the movies originality; the movie was essentially a less extravagant two hour episode, featuring Michael Douglass and a smaller, more laid back role for Kiefer Sutherland. The movie felt like it should have started with a “Previously on ‘24’” introduction.

“The Sentinel” is worth the $6 matinee fee, but if you want to catch an evening or late night show, waiting for the movie to hit the Dollar Theatre would most likely be your safest bet. It is rated PG-13 for some intense action violence and a scene of sensuality.

Grade: C
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Subject:Was it I?
Time:08:52 pm
Jesus Hanging on the cross

Tell me was it I?

There are great big tear drops Lord,

Did I make you cry?

I have been a naughty child

Naughty as can be,

Now I am so sorry Lord,

Won't you pardon me?

By Irene Burm (Jan. 7, 1914 - April 22, 2006)
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