Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I grieve for the love I’ve never had,
Rather than to grieve for the love I’ve lost.
For a love lost brings with it the sting of pain,
That unrequited love does not in cost.
Where the senses go in such a personal blow,
Is not achieved in love’s reservation.
For to have and to hold and to have that go cold,
Is past all devastation.
It is the game of love in the search for the prize,
To be forever had.
That the searching end will bring either joy,
Or a heart forever sad.
But the truth be known for all who dare,
To seek love’s perfect destinations.
Some will find it; others will not,
But all will share in love’s expectations.
Picture: Labyrinths Of Love 1 By Svilen Milev
Saturday, October 12, 2013
It’s here! New York Comic Con 2013 is underway - The annual convention dedicated to Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels, Anime and more has landed in NYC on Thursday, October 10th and will end Sunday, October 13th. Many fans look forward to this annual fantastical event where they can dress up and live as their favorite characters for a weekend and enjoy panel discussions from veterans in the business and special guest appearances from their favorite actors and actresses. Below are just some of the sights you can only see at Comic Con!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
On this muggy summer night in New York City, one can not help but gaze at the twin shafts of blue projected to the heavens where the Twin Towers once stood. They stand as beacons of light, helping us to reflect on all of the innocents who lost their lives twelve years ago.
I reflect upon the thousands who populate heaven now as well as those loved ones in my life who I have lost recently. The solace inspires me to live my life to my fullest. Our lives on Earth are truly short. Do not waste time. Pursue your dreams in the face of critics. Don't wonder why that person doesn't like you. Don't chase after money in the hopes of being happy. Happiness is free. Say Yes. Say No. Smile on a cloudy day. Change your outlook in life. Stop and watch, a spider, an ant, a pigeon. Walk, run, soar! Life is precious, priceless and short. Live it now while you can.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
It's my worst nightmare come true! I hoped beyond hope that Christian Bale would return as Batman in a film with the new Superman but no $$$$ in the world would move the actor. I was hoping that they would choose an actor who was at least a close 2nd. It was difficult for me to envision anyone else in that iconic black suit. I even considered Ryan Goseling.
But Ben Affleck?!!! The man who destroyed the character of Daredevil?!!! Imagining Affleck in another tight suit is not something I ever wanted to do again. This is a travesty. It's not about his body because anyone could be made to look Hollywood buff. Affleck's acting is not up to par; Especially not for a dynamic superhero character who exudes deep darkness but yet is ruthless in his dealings with bad guys as he obsessively protects his fellow man; one who possesses a stoic, otherworldly heroic stance and a unmistakable swagger and high likeability quotient. This is not Ben Affleck. This is a sad day in Gotham City!
Monday, August 19, 2013
by Nicole Richards-Sharpe aka Ambrosia
Sounds like an alcohol banned in 48 states, a day spa and a prescription drug for migraine headaches with a really cute and mindless cartoon commercial. Instead it is a B-side song on Pearl Jam's "Yield" album. Just joking!
Elysium is a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Set in the year 2159, Elysium is a space station right outside of Earth's atmosphere that serves as a paradisaic home for the elite. The rest of mankind is left to scurry around fighting to survive on a ruined Earth policed by robots programmed to keep the masses in subjection.
Elysium, which curiously resembles the Mercedes Benz logo, becomes a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged as they can see it clearly in the sky. It is the dream of children and a source of agitation for adults.
The title sounded familiar to me so I had to look it up. It turns out that in ancient Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields or Elysium is the underworld, apart from Hades, where the "special dead" eternally reside in peace in natural beauty and splendor. The special dead consist of human relatives of gods and heroes. The concept of Elysium evolved throughout time to include the righteous, hand-picked by the gods.
You can see why this title was chosen. While the film introduces an interesting concept, that is all it felt like to me; an introduction. There was some meat missing. Elysium was enjoyable, don't get me wrong. It just seemed to lack some elements. I was looking forward to seeing more of life on Elysium. The "Elysiumites" appeared Barbie and Ken-like with just as much brain power.
Maybe Elysium was meant to be short and sweet. Maybe it was meant to be a creative conversation starter for immigration issues and elitism vs. natural human rights. All in all, it was an entertaining film that I wish was a bit longer and more detailed. I advise you to go out and see it for yourself. (Mark my words, I see many future fan fiction opportunities)
*Check out the character "Spider", played by actor Wagner Moura. Great!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Ambrosia aka Nicole Richards-Sharpe
I went out to see the newest release from the Marvel big screen explosion - The Wolverine. A friend of mine who is a huge fan of the fiery mutant convinced me to see the film. I have loved the character of Wolverine since childhood too but I did not plan on seeing it. I honestly thought it would be a flop. Why? The commercial previews. They were a convoluted mix of explosions and flying ninjas. It reminded me of 8 different movies I saw before. Nothing looked original. Boy was I wrong!
This is the only time that I was glad to be duped. At the outset of the film, I knew The Wolverine would be better than expected. It opens with the immortal Wolverine, imprisoned in Nagasaki right before the U.S. drops their atom bomb on its civilians. I don't want to give away anything but the explosions and flying ninjas actually fit into the film.
I love the character of Wolverine. Not having a concrete identity, he skirts between the human and animal community. His animalistic nature actually helps him to be more "humane" than regular humans. His love for a woman who he blames himself for murdering haunts him and dives him into a depression that he has to overcome. His inner conflict and refusal to conform makes him an attractive hero. And on the subject of attractive, no one can play Wolverine as convincingly as the sexy, multi-talented Hugh Jackman. I'm happy he continues to say yes to the character.
Although I was pleasantly surprised as I started to watch The Wolverine, it still fell a little short towards the end. It could have had a better ending. I would still encourage you to see the film. It is truly entertaining. Like all Marvel films, stay after the credits for a sneak peek. I will say no more. :-)
Saturday, June 22, 2013
When I first heard that Christopher Nolan, director of the Dark Knight series was named producer and Zach Snyder, director of such notables as 300 and Sucker Punch, was named director of Man of Steel, I knew it would be a hit. I just didn't realize how great it would be. This film, I must say, is my favorite for the year 2013 thus far. For all of those Marvel fans, DC has blown you out of the water with this masterful adaptation of a beloved superhero.
From Laurence Fishburne to Kevin Costner to Diane Lane to the uncomparable Russell Crowe, this film is riddled with star power. Hence, I knew Man of Steel would be great. (Then again Cloud Atlas was a flop.) Fortunately, Man of Steel rises far above the rest.
Man of Steel has a superb screenplay. The film starts off by giving us more of a look into the world of Krypton; the feuding factions of its society, the army, the scientists and the government. This concentration on disagreements leads ultimately to the destruction of the entire planet. (Sound familiar?) I don't mean to sound like a downer. There is hope on the horizon; literally hope on the horizon of Earth when Kal-El's parents launch him safely to our planet with all the DNA of Krypton downloaded into his being. This concept was such a creative and interesting one to me.
Telling the story of Kal-El's childhood on Earth as Clark Kent could have been a bore if it wasn't for the great storytelling techniques. Everytime the adult Clark Kent would get into an impossible situation where he felt weak, similar memories from his childhood would pop up, and give him the strength he needed to overcome discouragement. His backstory was told this way without the slightest feeling of being subjected to the retelling of an old story.
The casting was excellent. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane embodied the quiet and yet powerful character of Superman's parents. Through the weaving of the story, you can see why he had such character and integrity. He was taught how to control his powers, not only in the form of superhuman strength but in the form of peace keeping. How many of us would agree that walking away from a volatile situation takes more strength than giving in to the temptation and blowing up? I picked up on a set of themes and lessons, but the one that stood out most to me is summed up this way - Just because you can get away with doing something, doesn't mean that you should do it.
Without a doubt, Superman was fashioned after the likeness of Jesus. Not the physical likeness, but the spiritual. Every Superman fan knows this but the film exposes this more with particular imagery during significant scenes. Pay attention to the background.
On another note, I have to say that I loved the character of Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams, better than any Lois Lane I have seen. I am so happy that Lois and Superman's love affair was not paramount in the film. It can not be denied that it exists but in this film, it is not overwhelming. It's not a Romance after all. For the first time, I wanted Superman to be with Lois, as opposed to the overly pushy and rude character originally played by Margot Kidder. I'm sorry Kidder fans but I always wondered what Superman saw in her.
Henry Cavill is simply perfect as Superman. He embodies that innocent, loving spirit that is so Superman. And he is also soooooo easy on the eyes!
Man of Steel is a must see. Fly out and experience this great film that I am sure will be nominated for many awards.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
So I returned to the theaters this weekend to see a film that I had no intention of watching. With a spur of the moment invitation, I found myself in a theater with this (below) on the screen for 15 minutes before the real show began.
Anyway, I should have seen this computer malfunction as a warning to proceed with caution (or to run for the hills). I must say that it also took all of the magic out of the movies before The Purge did. About 20 minutes into the film, I realized I was duped.
The Purge carries an enticing concept that you would think would be entertaining. It's 2022 America and a no guilt/no arrest crime spree is instituted each year. This is born out of the theory that all humans are inherently evil and thus need an opportunity to purge their hatred. No emergency services are available during this 12-hour period and all crimes are legal, including murder that can only be carried out with class 4 weapons and below.
In this setting, you can imagine that the poor are the overwhelming victims. The rich can afford top notch security systems. This is where the star, Ethan Hawke comes in. He is a seller of these security systems. This successful business has furnished his ticket to affluency, at the same time, inciting jealousy from neighbors.
The previews with the psychos in the masks hopping around in private school uniforms and virginal white dresses sprinked in blood made the The Purge a hit, but it was totally disappointing. The script spent too much time bring preachy. Don't get me wrong, virtues are wonderful but when it is being forced down your throat during a movie that's supposed to be a thriller, it can be an annoyance.
The film was underdeveloped. Scenes that should have been terrifying, made the audience laugh at the stupidity before their eyes. People kept disappearing and reappearing with no real explanation. I actually tried to fall asleep like the man behind me, rolling up my scarf as a make-shift pillow but the laughter and groans from the audience were too loud.
If you are bold enough to leave the comfort of your home to throw $14 away to your local theater all in an effort to be annoyed, I am curious as to your take on this film. I am currently trying to purge my memory of The Purge.
Next: THE MAN OF STEEL!