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Before I begin, a little background/exposition: In the early summer of 1984, I moved up from Houston to a small town in Southeastern Oklahoma called Broken Bow (the future site of First Contact with the Klingons!), where I would graduate from high school.
When I started school, I was informed by my counselor that since for some reason they had not received my credits from the schools I had attended before coming here, I was going to have to repeat my Junior year. That lasted approximately two weeks (during which time I accidentally dropped the f-bomb in open class--but that's another story), when I was called into the counselor's office and told the good and bad news: First, my credits from X school had come in, so I was a senior! However, my English requirements had not been met, and in order to meet them I would have to take TWO English classes. Okay, fine. I ended up taking Senior English and Junior English at the same time.
Shortly afterwards, I was again called into the counselor's office. Turned out MORE credits came in and so my requirements were complete for just about everything else. Except English. So in the 4 1/2 credits I needed to graduate, I was still in Senior English, but was moved into Freshman English. It is here where our story begins.
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Here it is, to those of you who are interested. I give this film two stars, and to explain why I have to go into major spoilers, so I am ( putting this behind a cut. Proceed at your own risk.Collapse )
I am not aware how the novel that served as the basis reads, but I would hope it is not as dark and depressing as this film was.
So why did I give it two stars? Two words: Andy Serkis. Anybody smart enough to get this guy in their movie cannot be all that bad, right?
Tiffany Hall must die.
That is all.
I found out that another good man passed last month...
Rest in peace, buddy. You will be missed.
Want a taste of irony? I did not forget what yesterday was. I spoke about it with co-workers. I commented on it with someone here. The only thing I did not do is make a post about it here. Still, a day late, a dollar short, eh?
First off, if any of you watched The Path to 9/11 last night I am sure you were as disappointed with it as I was. In fact, it was crap. Especially with the way the film ended, with the dust covered guy walking through while an epilogue ran. That was pretty fucking goofy. And they got Father Judge's uniform wrong. Hell, they didn't even really show the planes hitting the Towers. The footage is there: Show it!
If there's anything you should really be watching, it is the oft mentioned documentary film 9/11 (which aired Sunday night with some cuts and additional footage I never seen before, including a firefighter telling Tony Benetatos he was standing on the roof of the Marriott when Tower 2 came down and it just rained body parts--and a 5 years later update), and the National Geographic special Inside 9/11 (which is thankfully available on DVD).
Now, I would like to tell you a story. About a television series that aired on FOX in the summer of 2001. It was a reality/competition show called Murder in Small Town X. A group of contestants were brought to a small town to solve a mystery involving the disappearance of a family. They would act together to question people and get clues. Then, at the end of the program, two people would be sent out. One would find an important clue, the other, the killer, and would be eliminated.
I watched every episode of that program, and commented on it with others at the FOX bulletin boards. Of the contestants, we were particularly struck by one guy. His name was Angel. His profession was a firefighter. And he had a magnetic, charming personality, along with a lot of compassion, even for those who were disliked the most.
Me and the fans were surprised and delighted to see that when it all went down and the finale aired, Angel made it through and solved the mystery. For his efforts, he got a car and $250,000. (I found out shortly thereafter he gave the car to his dad. Not sure what he did with the money.)
Now, here's the thing: During the series run, most episodes ran over consecutive weeks on Tuesday nights. For the final episodes, however, FOX decided to run both the penultimate and final eps together on September 4. If they had stuck with the original plan, the finale would have aired September 11.
Now, you either may be wondering why I mention this, or perhaps you are a step ahead of me and figured it out. You see, Angel Juarbe, Jr. was a member of the New York City Fire Department. He was last seen inside the Marriott on September 11, 2001. He was laid to rest in December.
There are names, faces associated with the horrors of that day: Barbara Olsen. David Angell. John Moran. But I always think of Angel Juarbe.
With the film version of James Ellroy's novel, "The Black Dahlia" soon to be released, it is necessary to let people know the Elizabeth Short portrayed in the novel and on the screen is not the real Elizabeth Short at all. Here is a website created and maintained by Mary Pacios, who actually knew her, and author of the book, "Childhood Shadows."
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Just listen. It should serve as a reminder to us all.
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Rewards from Coke not so sweet, suit says
Weight-loss pro alleges the offer can kill children
By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD
CLAYTON, MO. - A St. Louis weight-loss instructor is suing the Coca-Cola Co. over its product loyalty campaign, claiming the program might encourage children to drink so much of the soft drink that they could die.
The campaign, called "My Coke Rewards" gives customers points for buying Coca-Cola products. Customers trade in points for prizes that range from baseball gloves to free vacations.
Julia Havey says it's no sweet deal. The program expires in January, and to accumulate enough points by that time for high-end prizes, customers would need to drink hundreds of Cokes a day, she said.
Coca-Cola spokesman Scott Williamson said Havey is "horribly misinformed" about the rewards program, and the lawsuit is simply an attempt to drum up attention for the weight-loss books she writes.
Havey said she filed the lawsuit out of a sense of moral obligation. The suit doesn't seek monetary damages but asks Atlanta-based Coca-Cola to alter or drop the program.
"We're parents, and this isn't right for our children," Havey said.
Williamson said Coke doesn't require customers to drink all the products they buy to amass points. Havey's suit seeks a restraining order against Coca-Cola and a permanent injunction that would force it to drop the campaign.
Williamson said Coca-Cola has no intention of changing its program.
No, Julia, you are a fucking food nazi using the courts and the media to accuse Coca-Cola of trying to kill children.
Shame on Coca-Cola for not responding in kind by filing a defamation suit that would leave her understandably and rightfully financially bankrupt. It's the moral thing to do, don't you know.