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Jan. 1st, 2011

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Moving

As it is a new year I have decided to move away from livejournal (at least posting me blogs here).

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Enjoy!

Old blog posts will not be moved over as that would take too much time (remember I have been blogging for a year or two).

Dec. 28th, 2010

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Best and Worst Movies of 2010

Let me start off by saying that I don't go to the movie theater regularly so my list isn't really a list. I have seen a bunch of movies this year but they haven't been released this year. And, as the end of the year calls for a best and worst of that year, I can't rank all of them.

I will only be listing The Best Movie of the Year and The Worst Movie of the Year. I wanted to see Predators, The Expendables, True Grit, Black Swan, and a few others before making this list but I haven't. Why not wait until the last day of this year? Well...I don't expect to be getting much done on that day.

The Worst Movie of the Year goes to LITTLE FOCKERS!
I was going to give this to Shrek Forever After but I gave it a 3.5/5 but I would give Little Fockers a 2.5/5 (I didn't review it even on my fanpage). The movie was full of unfunny jokes that made me just sit in my seat and wonder who would laugh at it. And who would laugh at the unfunny jokes? The family member I went with.

Another thing is that a good majority of the scenes you could guess how it was going to play out and even some of the little jokes that were going to be put in. I go into a movie wanting to be surprised. I can stand some scenes where I know something that will happen in the scene (Terminator Salvation) but not the entire movie!

Also, if I found out a lady had tried to rape my son I wouldn't smile and dance with her! I mean...what the heck? So, yeah, avoid this movie at all costs.


The Best Movie of the Year goes to INCEPTION!
Now I'm not saying Inception is the best movie of the year because of all the hype. Heck, when The Dark Knight came out I thought it was a good movie, well done, but nothing to fangirl over. But Inception just blew me away.

The movie is made up of deep, insightful points, and yet still allows people that don't want to look deeply something to stare at (beautiful graphics, actors, and sets). It says something when a movie can appeal to both types of audiences. This movie definitely has something for people that want to go below the surface of the movie.

I must say that Inception isn't just the Best Movie of this Year but ALSO one of my favorite movies of all time (the other two being 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Beautiful Mind)! It is also the first movie I reviewed that got a 6/5. See Inception right now! If you don't have it: Shame on you and go get it!
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Dec. 26th, 2010

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Christmas 2010


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Dec. 22nd, 2010

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The Host 4


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Dec. 17th, 2010

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Terminator: Derek Reese (TSCC)

Now let me get this out of the way. I think Derek Reese (played by Brian Austin Green) is hawt! In fact, for a few months I had a picture of him shirtless as my background on my desktop. But I do like him as a character too.

Sadly Derek Reese doesn't appear in the movies (at least not yet) so I will talk about him as he appears in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC).

PRE-JUDGMENT DAY: Derek Reese and Kyle Reese (his brother) are a normal bunch of kids. As far as could be told in two season of the tv show, nothing really exciting happens. In fact, the most exciting thing to happen is that they both share a love of baseball.

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, PRE-RESISTANCE FIGHTER: Derek Reese manages to survive and becomes very protective of Kyle. He feels that telling Kyle about the robots taking over isn't something you don't tell a young kid (nevermind that Derek and Kyle are pretty close in age). Derek ends up killing a deer at one point but doesn't eat it because Kyle doesn't want to (because the deer was cute, Kyle is young at this point).

POST-JUDGMENT DAY: Kyle is captured by Skynet. At some point Derek ends up joining the Resistance.

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, RESISTANCE FIGHTER: Kyle finally escapes (most likely with John Connor) and him and Derek form their own part of the Resistance (squad?). At one point Derek ends up being captured by Skynet.

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, POST-KYLE REESE TRAVELING BACK IN TIME: Skynet just leaves Derek and the rest the rest of the captured Resistance fighters. Derek (upon finding the picture of Sarah Connor that Kyle always kept on his person) realizes that Kyle is truly gone. He becomes frustrated that John (and the rest of who know what happened to Kyle) won't tell him what happened to Kyle. As Kyle is gone Derek becomes suicidal and takes on missions that most likely will kill him. It is on one of those missions that he meets his girlfriend, Jesse Flores, who convinces Derek not to kill himself. He grows very close to Jesse (probably due to the fact that he has to cling onto something) and partially because of his love for her (also for Kyle and Andy Goode) decides to go back in time (with a few other Resistance fighters).

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, POST-TIME TRAVELING: When Derek comes back he fulfills his mission to kill Andy Goode (Andy was one of the people that helped create Skynet and wanted to die because of what Skynet turned into). After he kills Andy he is captured by the police and put into jail. Sarah Connor ends up finding out who he is and rescues him (along with the help of John Connor and Cameron).

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, POST-TIME TRAVELING, LiVING WITH THE CONNORS: Derek suffered a bullet wound from the Terminator who was out to kill him. John gets Charley Dixon (who was Sarah's fiance) to help Derek. While he recovers he decides to stay with the Connors. He does missions with them and it's made clear that he does not like Cameron, respects John Connor (though doesn't like that he acts young), and respects Sarah Connor (though they come into conflict a lot). I believe there is some chemistry between him and Sarah (though BAG, the actor, said he didn't want Derek to have a relationship with Sarah).

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, POST-TIME TRAVELING, RELATIONSHIP WITH JESSE FLORES: One day while Derek is out eating a hotdog (which he does a lot, can be told from dialogue) he finds that Jesse Flores went back in time too (though she won't tell why she really went back and she wasn't sent by John). I believe Derek decides not to read too much into Jesse because he loves her and she's something to cling onto. He hides the fact that he's sleeping with Jesse (or any woman) from the Connors. Cameron is the only one to show any real suspicion. Derek Reese does end up showing some suspicion but never does anything because of it (at one point he gets angry but Jesse has sex with him so that must've calmed him down). It's not until John tells Derek what he knows about Jesse and Riley that Derek does anything. He is pissed off that Jesse used him and goes to shoot her (whether he ends up shooting her or not is to be debated, but I believe he did). He still loves her as he tries to convince himself that HIS Jesse (as the Jesse that killed Riley is from another timeline) would never do what THIS Jesse did.

POST-JUDGMENT DAY, POST-TIME TRAVELING, POST-RELATIONSHIP WITH JESSE FLORES: Derek Reese is sad that Jesse is gone and keeps her jacket with him. The spark between him and Sarah is gone. His final mission is trying to take down a Terminator that is going after Catherine Weaver's daughter. He is going around the house when he is shot in the head and killed. Sarah is sad and when she mentions the two deaths that happened to James Ellison, she mentions Derek before Charley.

ALTERNATE FUTURE THAT JOHN AND "CATHERINE WEAVER" GO TO AT THE SEASON FINALE OF SEASON 2: Not much is known about this Derek. What can be inferred is that he lives with humans (whether there is a Resistance or not is not yet known) including Kyle Reese and Allison Young (who is the skin template for Cameron). What happens in this Derek's future? I can infer (through things that happened in season 2) that he is captured and tortured, finally being released with the help of "Catherine Weaver" (a T-1001). He falls in love with Jesse Flores and is sent back in time.

I find Derek Reese to be a very fun and sexy character to be around. I like his storyline and I feel that TSCC doesn't really pick up until his character gets introduced.

Fun Fact: Derek Reese was originally only supposed to be a minor character who ended up leaving. Luckily enough, that plan was changed.
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Sam Worthington 3 (COD: Black Ops)


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Dec. 15th, 2010

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Sushi, Sake, and Tanuki: Enslaved 1

Country: Japan


Life. That was my first thought. I felt my presence grow and my form mature. By mature I mean that it gained some shape. I saw a raven and then my form changed into a weak imitation of it. My eyesight also changed and it seemed that I lost some of my form.


I heard a voice. I didn't think it was my parents as I felt I didn't need them. Maybe a creator. I turned and saw a snake as big as a large hill looking at me. It was trying to talk to me. Its eyes were the color of rubies and it put its head to mine.


I would like to say I felt fear but, no, I only felt curiosity. Curiosity to find out who this snake was and to find out what I was. The snake let out its tongue and it touched what was now a raven-like face. I suddenly was able to know everything about myself and that this snake was my creator. That this snake, whose name was Hijunaki, was half-demon and had spent years making me.


I transformed into a male human form. My hair grew long and my eyes grew thin. My hair was black and I was naked. I bowed before Hijunaki and he bowed to me.


"You are free to roam this land, Rig." He said and indicated the landscape with his tail. "You are a creature born to be free but will come if I call."


I did not like the fact that I was expected to come when someone called, but I wasn't yet strong enough to rebel against anyone.


"Can I leave this land if I choose?" I asked.


"Not as long as I live." Hijunaki hissed and I bowed once again.


* * *


It had been a few months and I had adapted just fine. There were creatures called humans but I hardly paid them any attention. Why would I? It was much more fun to fly or run as different animals. The humans could die for all I cared.


At least Hijunaki had not called for me. For the first few days I had also been afraid that this land would be too small. But, as fortune would have it, it had turned out to be big enough for me.


Today I was in the form of a wolf and was running along to test out the speed of the form I was now in. It was fun to run and I howled as the wind blew through my fur. My fur was a lovely white color that matched the snow that was now on the ground.


Suddenly I noticed a scent. It smelled like a group of humans. Those humans could not catch me! To prove that point, I ran even faster but was suddenly stopped by an awful smell. I turned the other way and a net was thrown on me.


I went down and struggled. Within a few seconds my fur had turned to sharp spines and I was able to easily escaped. As soon as I got out of the net I turned into a raven and started to fly away. At first the humans were confused, but they finally were able to pull together and started shooting arrows at me.


I laughed as the joy of dodging the arrows got to me. An arrow got implanted in my left wing. I screamed as this was the first real sensation of pain I had ever felt. How had these humans been able to get me? Why would they shoot me? They could tell I was not a source of food. When I came crashing down the whole world went black.


* * *


I heard a crackling sound like a fire. Sniffing the air with my human nose I smelled smoke. I opened my eyes quickly to see where the fire was. When I looked I saw that there was a fire like the humans used. I turned my head and there was a human. He looked different. Normally the humans wore skins but this one only wore a skin to cover his genitals and his body was covered with markings.


"Obake, I have captured you and forced you to wear human skin." The man said. I realized that I had been a raven last and now I was a human. A tied up human, at that. How could a human do this? Their frail bodies made it seem a miracle that they could walk.


"How can you do this?" I asked. "You're a mere human. You're a weakling."


Another human took a stick and whacked my face a few times. "Stop." The marked man said. "I am now your master. Tell me your name."


I tried to resist but my mouth spoke for me. "My name is Rig." I felt confused. Why had my mouth done that? Did this human really possess some of the powers that Hijunaki did. If so, I hoped Hijunaki would come for his creation.
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Dec. 14th, 2010

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The Host 3


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Dec. 13th, 2010

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Terminator: Sarah Connor (TSCC)

Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (the Terminator tv show, aka TSCC) went through some changes herself. In TSCC she has calmed down a little but still has a deep relationship with her son. I will talk about her relationships with a few people on the show.

Charley Dixon: This is her fiance that she breaks up with because she feels she has to keep moving on. She also doesn't want him to become involved with the Terminators if they ever show up again. In the show you can tell that they both still love each other deeply but they can't recover from what happened (Sarah leaving him). Charley does end up becoming involved with Sarah's life and is the reason why Derek Reese survived. And, when Sarah decides to leave John because she has cancer, she decides to let Charley take care of him.

John Connor: Sarah Connor is protective of her son and sometimes controlling at times. She is distrustful of Cameron and Riley Dawson because John likes both. One reason Sarah is so close to John is because he's the only person she can really trust. The fact that he saves the world is just another fact about him to her.

Derek Reese: Sarah finds out that Derek is Kyle's brother and probably tries harder to free him because of this fact. She ends up not trusting him because he lied about not killing Andy Goode. I believe she did learn to like him, as she was very heartbroken about his death, but could never admit it. This was probably due to the fact that he wasn't Kyle, just his brother, and that he can be a handful to deal with. The thing that put up a wall between them was that he hid his relationship with Jesse and so endangered John's life (nevermind the fact that John basically knew what was going on and it was his fault, Derek didn't know about Riley knowing Jesse).

Cameron: Sarah Connor was nearly killed by the first Terminator she met and so doesn't trust Terminators. Cameron is no different. Sarah ends up trusting Cameron but isn't even conflicted when the choice comes down to kill her. Why would you care about a heartless machine? Sarah ends up putting up with Cameron for the sole fact that Cameron has been sent to protect Sarah and John.

I'd put in about her relationship to James Ellison (the FBI Agent that at first goes after the Connors but that changes) but he isn't really involved with her enough to warrant it. Maybe with a Season 3 that would've change (as Sarah and James were having to look after Catherine Weaver's daughter).

Also, it seems anyone that Sarah likes ends up dying at some point (Andy Goode and Charley Dixon among them).
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Dec. 10th, 2010

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Terminator: Sarah Connor (T1 and T2)

Sarah Connor is one of the most iconic characters in the Terminator franchise. Star Wars has Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (among others). Terminator has Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese. I will be talking about Sarah Connor as she is presented in the movies.

In The Terminator (aka T1) Sarah Connor is a waitress down on her luck. She goes on dates and has a roommate that listens to music even when she is having sex (in my opinion, this character is about as rememberable as Arnold's Terminator character). Change is brought into Sarah's life when she is chased by a Terminator and rescued by Kyle Reese. While with Kyle, Sarah learns that she is the future mother of John Connor (leader of mankind/The Resistance) and will become a kickass woman. Things happen and it leads to Sarah and Kyle having sex, figuring out that Kyle is the father, and Kyle dying. When Kyle dies Sarah changes.

In Terminator 2: Judgment Day (aka T2) we get to see this changed Sarah. Now she starts off in an insane asylum/mental institution. She is in there because she's been blowing up buildings and warning people about Judgment Day (the day when Skynet causes the end of the world). She is still in love with Kyle and hasn't forgotten about him as we see her having at least one hallucination with him. In this it's shown that Sarah has a deep connection with John as she is angry that he risked his life to save her from the T-1000 (with MAJOR help from Arnold). Sarah debates about leaving Arnold with John (as she feels that she isn't that good of a mother) and figures out that she has a hard time killing people (as she fails to assassinate someone who has spent major time and effort on research about, and recreation of, Arnold from T1, though I blame her failure more on the fact that the man's kids come in). The movie ends with Sarah and John driving away (as Arnold died, AGAIN) and Sarah thinking about the future.

This leads perfectly into the tv series (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, aka TSCC). Another blog post will be about Sarah Connor as shown in the tv series. I must make note of the fact that the branch off between the movies and the tv show is here.

aka In the movies Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines comes after T2. While, in the tv series, TSCC comes after T2.
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