Monday, September 23, 2013

Aging As It Should Be Done

Having the heart of a teenager when we become adults is not that uncommon, but when a grandmother well into her seventies has the sensibilities normally associated with the young we tend to marvel. A teacher of spirituality, a priest writing in the With Bible magazine, was so impressed by the poem the grandmother sent him that it became the theme of his article in the magazine, causing him to ponder his own thoughts on the gift of life we've been given.

As we age there is the tendency to act with aloofness, he says, and at the same time inadvertently, being enticed by many things indaily life. To live habitually without expectations, without the fluttering of the heart and the promptings from our true nature, is a great sadness. To be like a block of wood as we age and let the opportunities life presents to us slip by is not what we need, he says.Our precious memories and our sensitivity gained over the years should be integrated into our lives.

Friday, September 20, 2013

48-Hour Script-to-Screen Contest

Press Release, Sherman, TX, September 6, 2013

48-Hour Script-to-Screen Contest, a part of the Sherman Arts Festival

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Anime Reviews: Dragon Half, Gunsmith Cats, Time of Eve, Little Witch Academia

Wherein I review a pair of old-school series, a new-school series, and an OVA that wonderfully mixes old and new styles.

As part of a little "classics" journey to watch some things I missed back in the day, Dragon Half is token nineties anime material through and through. It has that nineties style, with the sharper angles than your softer digital fare today, as well as plenty of color, reliance on visual glow effects, and lots of SD to keep animation costs lower. It's wacky, silly, and doesn't resolve much of anything, but hey it's just a little two-shot OVA adapted from a much longer running manga. What it does have is good ol' fashioned style, humor, and just that "different" feel that is so nice to get after the myriad cookie-cutter high-school-based slice-of-life/rom-com series.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

RBR: Olympus Has Fallen

When I saw White House Down a couple of months ago, I did not have the luxury of comparing it to the other "Die Hard in the White House" movie that came out this year, Olympus Has Fallen. Now that this one, which stars Gerard Butler in the "John McClane" role, is out for rent I can see that both films share similarities beyond their set-up. Both films are also flawed. Where WHD decided to take a lighter approach to the terrorist plot, Olympus is far more somber. The death count is higher and the kills are more graphic in this one. There are also some problems with the film playing fast and loose with the timeline of event. Compressing the time of events would not be so bad if it was not for the fact that they chose to constantly put a clock up telling us what time it was. You sit there wondering what everyone has been doing for the past two hours when they jump ahead, yet nothing seems to have happened since the previous scene. Plot holes and shoddy filmmaking can be ignored if a film is entertaining, but this movie treats everything so seriously that it's difficult to enjoy any of it. Even Morgan Freeman, who plays the Speaker of the House and eventually takes over as President, seems weary playing his role. While White House Down is no cinematic classic, it at least had the sense to have some fun with its ludicrous plot. This one may boast a higher number of celebrities in its cast, but that's no reason to opt for this dreary disappointment. RATING: **
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Friday, September 13, 2013

"Terminator" Polymer Discovered, Capable of Healing Itself

Spanish scientists, who have apparently never seen a James Cameron film, have developed a new polymer that spontaneously heals itself. Dubbing the material the "Terminator" polymer, after the T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2), the scientists maintain that the material's true use is to improve the lifetime of everyday plastic products.

First reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Materials Horizons, no self-healing material has ever been created - until now. Basically acting like living Velcro, the Terminator polymer can fix any imperfections in itself up to 97 percent. And we're not just talking about tiny blemishes, here; watch this video of someone literally slicing it in half with a razor blade before it magically heals itself:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Rio de Janeiro is prepared to use military force against demonstrations on September 7th reduce military parade due to "violent threats" and warn that they are prepared to "self-defense actions of the physical integrity of the troops"


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Elysium: Action movie, not a call to action

Elysium is not a subtle movie. Neill Blomkamp doesn't do subtle. District 9 was an impressive science fiction action movie which stopped just short of holding up flash cards to remind the audience that apartheid was a thing which had been completely real within the lifetime of every single person watching the movie. Elysium throws a boat-load of action at the screen, but this time Blomkamp is taking a swing at something which is going on right the hell now and probably not going to be solved within the lifetime of anyone who sees the movie. Sadly, it's not that likely that a big action movie is going to drive any kind of big action in the real world.

Elysium is about the gap between the haves and have-nots; the haves are up in a luxurious space station, and the have-nots are stuck down on earth, which is one great big slum. Turns out, in Elysium-world, the poor aren't always with you. You can keep them at arms' length while you live forever in orbit, thanks to medical boxes which can just make anything go away (leukaemia or having your whole face blown off are both sorted out within a matter of seconds). Elysium, the space station, is a paradise; earth; well to get the look right, they did principal photography in a rubbish dump in Mexico City.

Speed Reading

I've been working recently to develop a skill.I feel like developing new skills is something everyone should do - and something I haven't done enough.

One thing that recently caught my attention: people were talking on the radio about speed reading.Okay, not really.They were talking about something else, but someone made mention of speed reading.I took that concept - (and let me stress again that speed reading itself had little to do with the conversation on that radio talk show) - and did some thinking about it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Star Online: Lifestyle: Bookshelf

DON Tillman is looking for a wife. He is an intelligent and successful associate professor of genetics, physically very fit, lives in a nice apartment, can cook a great meal and is not too shabby in the looks department. He has everything going on for him as a promising life partner, and has been on many dates. The only problem is he has never been on a second date.

To start off, Don is socially awkward, which is what hinders every first date from progressing on to a second. Secondly, he has a very high expectation for who qualifies as his wife. To name a few criteria: she must not smoke, must not be a drinker, must hold high regard for punctuality (just like him) and must not be a vegetarian.

Glasgow Scotland Loves Anime Tickets and Times Available

Tickets for the Glasgow leg of the Scotland Loves Anime festival are now available online, along with confirmations of the times of the screenings from October 11 to 13. The venue is the Glasgow Film Theatre. Additionally a guest is confirmed - Masayaki Miyaji, director of Fuse, one of the films represented. Originally all three Evangelion features were due to screen at Glasgow. ANN contacted the festival, which said that due to building work at the venue, there were no slots available for the first two films, although the third (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) will still begin the festival. However, the three films will still all be shown at the Edinburgh leg of SLA. The image below, by the artist 'Abe-san' will be shown on posters and flyers for the festival. The Glasgow screenings are as follows: Friday October 11 6.15 - Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo 11 p.m. - Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon's classic 1997 debut horror) Saturday October 12 1.40 - Mystery film 4 p.m. - Fuse (a historical fantasy set in the Edo era). Followed by Q&A with director Masayuki Miyaji 6. 45 p.m. - Patema Inverted (an adventure film about a girl who lives underground by Time of Eve creator Yasuhiro Yoshiura) Sunday 13th October 1.15 . - The Place Promised in Our Early Days (first feature by Makoto Shinkai) 3.30 - The Life of Guskou Budori (a fantasy drama by veteran director GisaburSugii) 6 p.m. - HunterHunter: Phantom Rouge discuss this in the forum |
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Monday, September 2, 2013

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scotland Loves Animation 2013 Festival Line-Up

On the day that , I report about this year's takes place in GLASGOW (OCTOBER 11TH-13TH) and EDINBURGH (OCTOBER 14TH-20TH). If the former bit of news is sad for the loss tat the film and anime world will suffer then the line-up offers positivity because these titles have so much imagination and originality that, even with the Miyazaki-sized hole in anime, great works will still be made.

The line-up features a lot of the biggest anime films released in Japan over the last two years. There are some genuinely lovely surprises like Fuse: A Gun Girl's Detective Story, Garden of Words, and Gusko Budori and some great surprises like Hal and Patema Inverted. Some of these films already have UK distribution deals and some are classics that are getting re-released.