This boy reaches for Fame! Woohoo! Remember his name!
This boy reaches for Fame! Woohoo! Remember his name!
This is my third year watching the riveting and what I consider the best written and well acted dramas on television today, BBC America’s Skins. It is an edgy, no hold barred look into the lives of young, urban youth in Great Britain.
There is a gritty, honesty to the plot lines that are so transparent in exposing what lies underneath the “skins” that we wear that borders on genius to me. The stories literally grab me and I love these characters. What is amazing is that in this third season, they have replaced nearly everyone in the original cast except for a couple of them. Literally, everyone else graduated and moved out of town.
Nothing has degraded in the new season. It has actually gotten better and the stories are even richer. This is mainly due to the diverse writing staff made up of talented teens and experienced older writers who keep the story viewpoint always from that of a young person. It is the key to the show’s success.
Skins should be used as a template for how to make good television and how to create good writing. It is a gem of a show that I hope continues for a few more seasons because, frankly, nothing much exists out there that even ranks close to it in terms of quality.
There are a couple of stand –out performances. Returning cast member, Kaya Scodelario, who plays the intelligent but slightly disturbed , Effy, brings such emotional depth to her role. She definitely is a break out star whose acting is not overwhelmed by her natural beauty.
Merveille Lukeba, who plays illegal immigrant, Thomas Tomone, is the strongest actor of the cast. He was introduced in the latest episode. He immediately steals every scene he is in as the very likable Thomas from the Congo who is trying to bring his family into Britain. He runs into the lowest forms of society and stills keeps a positive outlook on life. Lukeba is a superb actor who brings much to the role and there will be much buzz about this young man.
If you have not watched this show catch it on the BBC America. The season has already ended its run on BBC in Britain. Click here for the official web site: SKINS
Eminem’s song and video “Beautiful” is reflective of his latest work and validation of his artistry. His lyrics are raw, to the point, honest. His music has made a mark on our society. His voice is one that is heard. I am a fan.
J.J. Abrams and the writers did it! They took one of the most beloved science fiction sagas, shook it up and reinvented it. The result is another blockbuster Star Trek movie and the beginning of another chapter in with new story arc that is exciting and fresh.
The characters are familiar: James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, and Scottie…only younger. Also, the characters are played by a whole new group of actors who add their own unique twist to these characters that millions of fans have loved so dearly. Even Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, makes an appearance as an older version of the character.
The story involves time. It also takes on the question of what would have happened if certain events changed in the past. What unfolds in the movie is the kind of storytelling that holds us riveted because it understands the heart of the Star trek universe but understands the way to take us to a Universe we have never explored before. It embarks us on a whole new mission with the crew of the starship Enterprise to a different future than the one we had already shared with them.
The visuals on this movie are beautiful and spectacular. It is a feast for anyone that has a love affair for space and the possibilities of future exploration out there. It truly is our final frontier in that vast expanse many millions of light years across.
Chris Pine plays a more contemporary Captain Kirk with some of the same elements that made him the maverick trailblazer. Zachary Quinto is pitch perfect as Spock. He adds humanity and depth to this character that I believe is the best out of everyone in the cast.
See this movie. You will love it!
Looking back to the 70′s we see how our favorite female superhero was able to get these evil villians on a skateboard. Wonder Woman was a popular show back then and gained kind of a cult following after it was cancelled. Linda Carter will forever be stamped in the minds of America as their favorite Woman Superhero with the Golden Lasso and the invisible airplane.
There are plans to now to put Wonder Woman on the big screen. It is about time.
I just finished watching the movie, Twilight, with my partner, Gary. I have not read the books. I am the father of three daughters who have read all of the series by Stephenie Meyer. They loved the books. I am in the middle of reading Host, a science fiction book, by the same author. I can tell you from reading that book that Meyer is a gifted writer.
After watching the matinee at Jack London Square in Oakland, I came away feeling really impressed with the movie. I can only imagine how good the book was, which gives credence to my daughters’ endless praise and their genuine fandom of Meyer’s writings.
I expected the audience to be mostly made up of teenage girls. There were a lot of them. However, there were a lot of adults who were there without children which speaks well of Meyer’s reputation and also speaks well of the orchestrated hype that came before the opening of this movie.
This tale of teen angst and vampire lore is intelligent and layered with a storyline that is compelling which keeps the audience’s interest throughout the film. It is storytelling at its best. I can see why my daughters love the books. It has a strong handsome male hero with enough danger to fulfill any girl’s romantic fancy, but it also has n intelligent young woman central character.
I found the film appealing because of this world Meyer has created in our modern world that lies beneath our reality that is fresh and does not lose the story of the characters to the fantastical.
Robert Pattinson is cast perfectly as Edward Cullen, the vampire drawn to Bella Swan, played also perfectly by Kristen Stewart. The chemistry between these two actors inflames the screen as their sexual chemistry underlies the blood dance that they play against each other.
Like the power that vampires can exert over humans, the movie is able to seduce the audience craftily into a world where tribal rules of werewolves and vampire clans exist. It is a world where there are vampires who have sworn off human blood, only keeping to animal blood, “the vegetarians” of their kind. There are even vampire baseball games in lightening storms!
Twilight is not just a teenage girl movie. Meyers has created a world that has now been put on film that is for a family (with children over 13 years old) to see and enjoy. Twilight is a perfect holiday film to enjoy between the Turkey and the shopping.
Interview with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Twilight Official Movie Web Site : www.twilightthemovie.com/
My earlier post on the Book: http://tasithoughts.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/she-can-read-the-miracle-of-the-twilight-series/
Juno immediately takes the heavy handed judgment out of teenage pregnancy structuring the film in a whimsical, comedic space. In doing so, it actually makes the poignancy of such a situation more acute and more powerful to the audience.
Credit goes to Diablo Cody who took the Oscar home for Best Original Screenplay at the 80th Academy Awards. The central figure of the film is 16 year old Juno, played impeccably by the talented Ellen Page (who was also was also nominated in the Best Actress category in the same year for an Academy Award).
The life of this intelligent, witty, sarcastic girl is turned upside down where one act of sex with a more naïve boyfriend played by an equally talented Michael Cera, produces fertilization. Now the story follows an idealistic take with Juno taking charge of her situation and looking into alternatives and finally deciding on adoption. She actually selects the adoptive parents out of a Penny Saver ad.
Then she tells her liberal parents who, although shock, support her. I think the story did not take the usual Lifetime dramatic pitch of teenage daughter plot on purpose. Instead, it took us on a journey with Juno that laced with comedic wit brought us home to the fact that bringing a child to into the world is serious business. We may not be prepared for it at 16 or at 35.
Enter in the adoptive parents, the Lorings –played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner. On paper, successful childless couple with everything that fits what a young infant should have in this world. Except for one thing, only one of them wants to be a parent.
Juno is about how growing up for some is escalated quickly by events like teenage pregnancy but it is also about how the love of family and friends can help you regain your course. It is also about how babies born into such circumstances can find loving nurturing homes of parents ready to embrace them.
This is a great movie.
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This Tuesday, Nov. 4th, let us all work together an vote NO on Proposition 8. Marriage Equality should be granted for all Californians. That is what exists now. Many LGBT couples have been able to be married since the California Supreme Court decision earlier this year.
Now, Churches like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ( The Mormons) have contributed millions of dollars as well as launched a major campaign to legally discriminate against a certain group of people. They are legislating their own brand of mortality. They are mixing religion and state.
Please vote and remember to not let these groups take away the rights of Californians to marry whom they choose.