Face Your Own Heart

Ojibwe Saying

A Poem for Bea

There is nothing like a red bird in winter to store your memory

Smiles and laughter and the blue sky…A sparkling gem against the snow

When I see it, I remember you are free.

Robo Vampire, review

The best part of the movie are the hopping vampires.  I didn’t know vampires hopped in China.  It makes them look a little silly.

The Day the Earth Stood Still, review

The original TDTESS is one of my all time favorite movies.  Life was simpler back when the world was black and white and I remember being so amazed and moved by the message and special effects.  There is no way I would miss seeing the new version on the big screen even with the bad reviews.  Keanu Reeves gets a lot of flak about his limited range of emotions, but I like him and he is still very handsome.  Michael Rennie he is not, but not many are.  Jennifer Connelly was quite good as the woman.  There is no touch of romance like the original.   I am disappointed that she did not have to track down Gort and utter the famous phrase “Klaatu, barada, nikto”.   The pace is fast in the beginning.  Jaden Smith is adorable as the son.   The movie did not have that special oomph reserved imo opinion for movies like Matrix, Alien, 2001 Space Odessey,  and Bladerunner…no brilliant originality that will make it a classic.  But I was pleased that it was much better then 1/4.  I will rate it 3.5/5 acorns, no clives.  arts_dayearthstill_584

Wanted, Review

Wanted is a rolicking good fun movie starring Mr. Blue Eyes McAvoy and Angelina Jolie. Throw Morgan Freeman in there for some extra points. McAvoy has lost his accent in this one. He is a bored loser, brow beaten by his his boss, his best friend who is banging his girlfriend, and even himself. Then one day he is attacked by a stranger in a convenience store and saved by Angelina Jolie, and his life changes forever. He barely survives his initiation into a group of assassins descended from medieval weavers. Yes, weavers. Like the textile type. Seems as though they get messages from the secret loom and cloth and carry out assassinations based on those messages. Failure to carry out the terminations has serious repercussions. Someone else may die instead, or maybe thousands.

I didn’t recognize the Danny Elfman music until the credits were running, but it added a great deal to movement and flow in this movie. The stunts were pretty fantastic. I feel sorry for the rats, but oh well, they are rats after all. Hopefully CGI rats.

I wasn’t sure how Mr. McAvoy would fare as an action hero, but I would say he fared very well! Angelina looks lovely as well.

There be blood…thoug as this movie is about assassins. i will rate this 4/5 acorn and 1 clive. Nothing too horrible , no eyes popping out. Can’t have it all.

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Last day of the year 2007 late post, and Atonement, Wool 100%, Reviews

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2007 ended in a very nice way…no rain and a blazing sunset. Lucky live Hawaii:)

I had to think about the movie Atonement before writing about it. It is a very sad movie. I normally avoid sad movies:( Keira Knightly and James McAvoy have a flirtation. He is the son of the cook, and she is the daughter of the Lord of the Manor. I love the costumes and the great house. Her green dress is my favorite.

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The period costumes hang well on her. James McAvoy shows a nice range of emotions. Keira’s pesky younger sister also has a crush on him. In fact maybe I have a crush on him, too! She observes an few incidents between her sister and Mr. McAvoy and one night she also happens on her cousin being raped. She names James McAvoy, and her cousin goes along with it. James ends up in prison, although he is innocent. The movie jumps back, and fourth and this doesn’t always work. It also spends more then necessary time in Dunkirk. This bit of the War is quite interesting, but it is a little long IMO. The ending is a surprise. According to Wikipedia, “atonement is a doctrine found within both Christianity and Judaism. It describes how sin can be forgiven by God”. Miriam Webster adds, “reparation for an offense or injury”. I thought about this movie a lot after I saw it. Lives are affected by all types of incidents…chance, war, foolishness, accidents, malice and of course regret. If given a chance, humans can make amends, choose to forgive and let go of regrets. I repeat, this is a sad movie. I think it deserves more clives then Hellraiser for sadness. I will rate this movie 3/5 acorns.

A fellow knitter recommended Wool 100%. I suspect I can think about this movie endlessly and not come to many conclusions. I love the visual effects in this movie…the funky house, the animations, the great wool sweater dress. Two elderly sisters are the ultimate clutter junkies. They go out daily and collect stuff others have discarded and bring it home. They are quite selective. When they get home they clean the junk up and draw a picture of it for their scrapbook. One eats and dresses Western and the other Japanese. They move in much the way the sisters in Gormenghast move, as if they are joined at the hip, completing each others sentences and anticipating the next moves. One day they collect some red yarn and after that a young girl shows up knitting a red dress from the yarn, then unraveling it and complaining in a loud annoying way after that that she has to knit it again. I won’t say more for fear someone out there deciphers what it all means. I will rate this 2.5 acorns, no clives. It’s just plain strange and I kind of like that!

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The Place Promised in our early Days, review

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English translation for the the title of this movie is not very catchy. At first I had a difficult time following this movie as it jumped back and forth in time. The other anime by Makoto Shinkai I watched was called a Voices of a Distant Star. Both animations are very beautiful and the stories very thoughtful and philosophical. Can any of us return to a time in our past where our destiny took a turn and get that special moment back? Can we travel the road not taken?

The setting for this movieis a futuristic Japan, divided and at war. Two boys and the girl everyone has a crush on embark on a friendship based on budding love and adventure. When the girl disappears one day which just a word in school that her family has moved, the boys go on, both a little bitter over the lost promise. It seems, the girl had started sleeping longer and longer until she never woke up. When the 3 get together again, she has been sleeping for 3 years.

I was drawn in by the story and was satisfied although the ending was a bit hokey.

I will rate this one 3/5 acorns. No clives.

The Die is Cast

The count down clock is started…6 months, 25 days, 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 45 ….seconds until I retire.

So Many movies….

13 Tzameti is a tense French thriller.  It starts off a bit slowly.  A young man is doing some work on the roof of a strange man and his housekeeper.  The man gets a mysterious letter and then dies.  It blows out the window and the worker takes and finds some instructions on how to get lots of money.  As he and his family are in dire financial straits, he decides to take a chance.  He is followed by lawmen, who are following a lead.  When he gets to his destination, he finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of Russian roulette.  A lot of money is bet and the players get a portion of the bets if they are  left standing.  It is quite tense and well done.  There is some spray of brains here and there.  I will rate this one 3.5/5 acorns.

Hour of the Wolf
Vargtimmen (1968) is directed and written by Ingmar Bergman and starring Liv Ullman and Max von Syndow.  I don’t associate Berman with horror movies, but this is a Gothic horror movie.  I must say I was distracted by two fiber creations in the movie.  One a knit dress worn by a former lover, and a long evening wrap that looks crocheted.  I tried to get some good captures, but haven’t worked out the bugs yet on my new system.  Liv Ullman’s character is a very grounded woman who resists being drawn into the madness of her husband.  In the opening narrative she speaks to camera about how couples sometimes come to resemble each other after years.  In the end  she reiterates this statement and expresses how dangerous that can be. The scenery in this movie, although black and white is very beautiful.  The special effects are dated.  In the extras it talks about the fun they all had making this movie.  I like that Liv Ullman was interviewed then and years later.  I will rate it 2.5/5 acorns.

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Crank is written and directed by two men who started behind the camera.  It is frenetic and well acted by a British actor who is a hitman for drug lords in LA.  It starts off with him seeing a video of himself being poisoned.  He calls his doctor, Dwight Yoakam, of all people, and they decide he can prolong his life by using stimulants.  He wants to stay alive long enough to get revenge.  He calls his girlfriend for help.   She is a very pretty, not too bright, woman, who loves him and doesn’t know what he does for a living.  When he is with her, his whole personality changes and he is patient and sweet, even when she scolds him or slows him down.  So we go from brainbashing and shootouts, to him trying to repair her microwave oven, while he robs drugstores and hospitals looking for ephedrine, nose spray and epinephrine.  I will rate this one 3/5 acorns.

The Devil’s Backbone
Espinazo del diablo, El (2001) written and directed by Guillermo del Toro is a ghost movie that I enjoyed a lot.  A young boy, who doesn’t know he’s an orphan is taken to an isolated place and left.  He thinks his father is away fighting in the war, but he has been killed.  Being new and having led a sheltered life, he becomes the target for an older boy.  He is tricked into leaving his room at night, and he enounters an eerie boy.   The old man running the orphanage is a doctor who shoes him preverved fetuses with open spine defects.  They are preserved in pure alcohol and he sells the fluid to the villagers as they feel it has magical powers from the Devil’s backbone.  He is kind to the boy and also very deeply in love with the one legged mean lady that really wields the power.    While not a good as Pan’s Labyrinth, it is a very enjoyable film by this talented director, and I liked it better then Hellboy and Mimic.  I will rate it 4/5 acorns.

The Contract should have been a better movie as it had John Cusack and Morgan Freeman, but it just didn’t work for me.

Fantastic Four was one of my favorite comics way back when.  The movie while entertaining, was ultimately forgettable.

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