Denzel Washington is probably one of my favorite actors these days. He’s always in such good roles, no matter the character he plays, and that’s the kicker – his characters vary all over the damn place. I heard he once said that he doesn’t pick the script, the script picks him. I know how that goes. I experience something similar with certain aspects of my life.
Gary Oldman also plays a large role in this film as Carnegie, a small town mayor with big ideas on how to control people. He’s also one of my favorite actors these days and it’s just stellar to watch him work any role on stage or screen.
The Book of Eli is …
Not at all what I expected it to be, and that’s a good thing. It released somewhere around the same time as Legion (which I’ll be reviewing next, since I just watched it), and I thought The Book of Eli was a similar story because Hollywood nearly always has two films releasing around the same time that are essentially the same story, just two different studios producing them. For example: giant meteor going to hit Earth and destroy everything – Armageddon and Deep Impact. And that’s just one example.
So let’s take a look at The Book of Eli.
Movie tagline: Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it.
This Hughes Brothers film is a post-apocalyptic tale about a lone man – Eli – as he makes his trek across a deserted America to take the book he’s carrying west. His job is simply to protect it and take it where it needs to be. We don’t know exactly what the book is right away and contrary to what others believe, I didn’t think it was blatantly obvious, but then I’m not an overly religious person either.
The cinematography is incredible in this movie, the clear, sharp images that flash across the screen with vivid cuts and displays during fight scenes. Breathtaking and reminiscent of the movie 300. There are several points in the movie that are quite funny, whether intentional or not and does it really matter if it makes you laugh? No, it doesn’t. The desolate view from the camera’s angle is perfect and precise and says so much with just a few shots or scans of the set.
Now, I’m not going to give you a full synopsis of this movie and ruin it for you, but I will tell you a few things.
Regardless of what others believe this movie’s meaning was, I don’t believe this film actually “promotes” Christianity. I don’t believe this film was written and created solely as a propaganda that tells the world how Christianity will save everyone in the end, will save civilization. On the contrary, it shows through Carnegie (Oldman) how religion is used as a powerful tool/weapon to control people. Carnegie knows the power of the words within the book Eli has. He knows, has seen, what those words can do. In the wrong hands, those words can be used as a weapon, as a way to enslave or control the population by way of giving false hope for the future, giving the population something to believe in, by putting the fear of God into the population (does any of this sound familiar yet?). The two fight over the book because Eli is supposed to protect it in its written form and Carnegie is just simply evil incarnate and will do anything to get the book, including shooting Eli.
It’s only clear that the book must survive alongside Shakespeare and other great works. It’s about the writing (to me anyway), not the content therein. I mean, think about it, the bible is the biggest bestseller known to man. Right? Why wouldn’t you save a piece of work that has defined the history of the human race?
Mila Kunis plays a good role in this movie as Solara, Claudia’s (Jennifer Beals) daughter, even though it took me forEVER to figure out who she was. Ray Stevenson as Redridge is wonderful (yes, that’s the guy from the series Rome – Titus Pullo – NOM). I think I have a mini-crush on him.
I giggled at the end destination of Eli with his book. I couldn’t help myself, but I won’t spoil it for you. Watch the movie. If you like crisp images, clear imagery, and a decent storyline that’s not preachy, you’ll enjoy this movie.
I give The Book of Eli 0 Jinxes because it’s that damn good and one I’d like to own.
I absolutely read the same stuff I write. When I have time to read, that is. My To Be Read pile has been swelling at an exponential rate, despite the fact that my free time to actually read has shrunk. As for the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting, it’s something I personally enjoy. They’re like modern day gladiators in a way, so it seemed natural that someone who’s been trained to fight would still gravitate toward fighting even with his memory stripped away.
KN: Well despite a lengthy stint writing romantic suspense (police/FBI type), I currently write straight up paranormal romance, with planned branching into Young Adult.
KN: I write in general because I have to. I don’t have much choice in the matter. If I don’t write, I’m pissy beyond all get out and a little unbalanced. When I write, I can sort of reset the internal balance, if that makes sense. I guess it’s its own variety of drug. As for what inspires me…anything and everything. I get ideas all over the place. Sometimes from current events, sometimes from TV or an overheard snippet of conversation. It’s a lot of fun for me to take something from the ordinary world and turn it into the extraordinary. I think that’s the real attraction to paranormal for me.
Forsaken By Shadow, available for $1 at Scribd, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the iBookstore.
I absolutely read the same stuff I write. When I have time to read, that is. My To Be Read pile has been swelling at an exponential rate, despite the fact that my free time to actually read has shrunk.
As for the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting, it’s something I personally enjoy. They’re like modern day gladiators in a way, so it seemed natural that someone who’s been trained to fight would still gravitate toward fighting even with his memory stripped away.
I have a friend, who doesn’t even live in this country by the way, and she’s a researcher. On this blog, here’s some information she found about Arizona’s new laws and she discusses them. It explains some of the “racial profiling” misunderstanding about SB1070, which is the immigration law. So, this law, HB2281, I don’t agree with. It’s the Anti-Ethnic Studies law. Tom Horne is an idiot. Always has been, and while I worked for one of the school districts. Some things never change. Arizona education, for that matter. It’s a joke. Really. If I had kids, I would NOT send them to public school anywhere in Arizona.
Go read and fucking educate yourself.
Some of you may know that I disowned about one-fourth of my family a little over three years ago. Some of you walked through it with me. I blogged about it immensely on my Myspace blog, which is now private access only and those particular posts have been deleted. I aired a LOT of dirty family laundry over those weeks, ousting my blood relatives with the things they’d said and done, and to this day I don’t regret doing so. They’re a mean bunch of people, manipulative, and nothing but users. Incidentally, my disowning them with what I had to say prior to the posts got them disowned from the rest of the family. The lesson they learned here? When I’m backed into a corner, I WILL come out fighting and I tend to play dirty. Mind you, it’s not often I do this. I’ll stay quiet for a very long time, until I’m personally attacked, which I was and was the cause of my defense. They underestimated me and it was their undoing. This means that they believed my darling father who thinks I’m dumb. Yeah, I’m laughing at that too.
*stares at blank page*
This may take a minute or two because I’m still rather brain dead from the move last weekend. Excuse me.
Okay, so I’ve reached this point in my life where another chapter is ending (a big one too), yet the next hasn’t quite started, kind of like placing the bookmark between the pages before you pick it up to read again. I’m in a state of limbo, transition, whatever you want to call it. And I’m fine with that because I know that what’s coming is good. I mean, I’ve already been through hell once again, right? No, I’m not going to say it, although in my experience with the universe, you only have to think it.
*banishes bad thoughts*
I’ve mostly successfully moved to Tucson and now live with Kitty. By mostly, I mean that I haven’t finished getting all of my stuff from the ‘Copa house and storage. There’s quite a bit left too, but it’s mostly boxes and gardening stuff. However, as you can see from this picture…
…we don’t really have the room right now. Actually, it doesn’t look like this anymore. We moved the desk on Sunday because it was basically blocking everything else. But this is a shot from the other end before I started moving things around and unpacking…
Kind of frightening and overwhelming, huh? Nah, not so much. We girls got the washer and dryer all hooked up too, after two trips to Home Depot because I had to change out the dryer’s plug, since I moved from an old house to a newer one. We had to change from a 3-wire to a 4-wire plug. That was entertaining and is all documented somewhere on Twitter (ie. my favorites)
This was taken yesterday, I think…
See? It’s getting better. In fact, I just put the kitchen table together and set it up a bit ago, and all the small appliances are now in their place.
There are probably about three posts that I should write before this one because they contain information that’s relevant to this ending chapter in my life. But for some reason, this particular one wants to be written now, and I must obey as I’m only the messenger for the voices in my head. I’m also working on unpacking while writing this, so I’ll write a bit and go work on that, and then come back to this.
Oh wow! I got way sidetracked. That’s what happens when I try to blog in the midst of putting a house together…and ordering business cards…and changing my address.
Okay, so where was I? Chapter’s end – closing this chapter of my life. I’d say it was probably one of the biggest chapters aside from my marriage, but this was essentially a marriage without the legal documents. And let’s not forget having to take care of Umi, which I’ve now passed off to Akhi. Umi doesn’t want to move out of state anyway, so it works out, and I do plan to leave the desert far behind. The heat is killing me at this point. I need moisture in the air, if only a little. I live for that two weeks of monsoon season now. I don’t even care how humid it gets. Besides, the lightning shows are fabulous!
So, about three-fourths of the way through this chapter of my life, the walls around my perfect world once again came crashing down and I hit a tailspin into the downward spiral toward hell. I will say, however, that when I fall, I do it on a spectacular level, plummeting down the spiral, not really knowing where or how I’m going to land. It’s such fun! My life is kind of like watching a phoenix burst into flames, disintegrate to ash, and rise again. This is the second time I’ve been reborn, and it’s part of the reason I’d like that tattoo covering my back someday.
I’m now ready to begin the next chapter of my life, so I’ll end this post with a song that speaks volumes to me right now. The link to the song is here, and the lyrics follow:
Feel So Different
- in the country legally;
- have the means to sustain themselves economically;
- not destined to be burdens on society;
- of economic and social benefit to society;
- of good character and have no criminal records; and
- contributors to the general well-being of the nation.
- immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor;
- foreign visitors do not violate their visa status;
- foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics;
- foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported;
- foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported;
- those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.
Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
- Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)
- Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
- Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
- The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)
Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:
- Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
- A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
- A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).
- Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:
- Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
- Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)
- Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
- Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
- Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
- Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.
- Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says, ”A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
- Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
- Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)
Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
- A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
- Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)
LONDON GOLD – this is where I went today to see if they’d buy my ring, mostly out of curiosity. The only reason I did this was because they were nearby, only 30 minutes from the house; otherwise, I wouldn’t have made the trip. Now I’m wishing I hadn’t because it was a waste of my time. The diamond district in Arizona is in north Scottsdale. With traffic, that’d take about an hour and a half. I don’t have the gas for that drive right now, considering where I live.
So, let me tell you about my ring. Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t do this but my address isn’t easy to find and I have not only dogs, but guns in my house. I have no problem shooting to kill anyone who intends harm upon me or those in my house. Besides, I’m moving tomorrow anyway.
Yes, that was probably a bit uncalled for. It shows you the type of mood I’m in, though.
I have a Professional Gem Sciences report and appraisal on this ring, by the way. When I had a house, I had the ring insured under the homeowner’s policy.
I have a 1.005 carat diamond solitaire ring. It’s H in color, SI1 in clarity, and has a very faint blue fluorescence. The polish is very good, the symmetry is good, and the girdle is excellent. It’s sitting in a 14K white gold band that’s specifically designed for me because I wanted a thicker band (I tend to wreak havoc on my rings), but that’s irrelevant at the moment because the band cost me less than $400. All that matters is the diamond.
I’ve done my research over the last few days. I know how much I paid for the diamond originally and the price seems to have gone up by a few hundred dollars. I mean, diamonds and gold don’t depreciate. I’ve looked at several websites and calculators and diamonds at retail value AND wholesale value. The replacement value four years ago was $6900, diamond and mounting. Right now, my diamond alone is worth (wholesale) somewhere between $3000 and $4500. I just saw one that said $5600. I know I’m not going to get that amount, and that’s fine.
The LONDON GOLD buyer today offered me $1400, and then proceeded to explain the reasons: they’ll scrap the metal (which I don’t even care about in the first place, but they SAY they buy gold); and in order for it to be worth their while, purchase price would be considerably less than the replacement value.
Um, do I have MORON or IDIOT stamped across my forehead? Let me guess, it was the jeans and piercings and tattoos, right? You think that because I look this way, I don’t know jack about what I have to sell? I never expected to get an offer anywhere NEAR the replacement value. Duh.
I’m deeply insulted, by the offer AND the way I was spoken to, as though I know nothing about diamonds. I’m not your average store customer, people. I do know what I’m looking at. One website told me I should expect no more than 40-50% of the price I paid. I’m not telling you exactly what I paid for it and this buyer doesn’t know what I paid for it, but that $1400 offer barely touches the 30% of what I paid range, and is the reason I’m insulted by it. I plucked the ring from her hand and put it back in the box, telling her “that’s considerably less than the wholesale value.” Then I said thank you and walked out of the store. How I was spoken to is irrelevant right now, seeing as how I’ll never walk into another LONDON GOLD store again. I’m going to say they’re probably a few steps above pawn shop, but not much more. LONDON GOLD is not the best.
Kitty is heading up from Tucson late tonight and in the morning, bright and early, we begin making phone calls and setting appointments in north Scottsdale for tomorrow afternoon. Yep, we’re hitting the diamond district, and I hope to God one of those places doesn’t think I’m a complete moron because I will write about them too.
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET
- A JOB,
- A DRIVERS LICENSE,
- SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
- FOOD STAMPS,
- CREDIT CARDS,
- SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
- FREE EDUCATION,
- FREE HEALTH CARE,
- A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
- BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
- THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
- AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION