Archives May 2010

PERILS OF THE BADGE

The videos say it all.

An officer never knows where or when it will strike. Can be in the urban jungle or the sprawling countryside.

This is for Monday morning quarterbacks always on the ready to criticize cops without walking in their shoes. Three very short videos that depict why officers must be on the alert at all times. And why, sometimes, cops get a little edgy.

Always think twice before rendering judgement. This is why:

Click here: Hamilton Police shooting video 

 Click here: YouTube – Police Shooting Video    

Click here: » Real video of a cop getting his ass kicked:

AMERICAN IDOL BOMBS AGAIN

As usual, the best does not win.

The problem with the show,  is the voters.  Folks who truly are a good judge of talent, are not the people who call in votes by the millions using multiple cell phones on redial. The majority of those are young females who are, not surprisngly, drawn to cute young fellows with raspy voices who playing guitar. Such has been the case in the last three years.  Such was the case last night when Lee Dewyze pulled off a final win as the Idol for 2010 when Crystal Bowersox, clearly, was the greater talent of the two…by far.

Last year, no one could hold a candle to Adam Lambert as a showman, singer and overall talent. He was a show biz dynamo. Yet, the much more subdued, cute fellow with an average voice, guitar playing, Kris Allen, got the most votes from the viewing public. Why? In that case, Lambert made no secret of his gay lifesyle. Thus, the girls would vote for the heterosexual cute guy.

In 2008, it was raspy, guitar playing David Cook, same profile as Kris Allen, same as Lee DeWyze. It’s the girls, stupid!

I would rather see one Simon Cowell select the winner any day, than a zillion screaming fans, many of whom can’t discern real talent before their very eyes. At least we knew that Cowell was brutally frank with his assessments.

My two cents.

MESSAGE TO MY READERS

 

I wish to thank all my readers for their interest in my blogs, and to all those who contribute comments offering their own thoughts and opinions. Regardless of your position on any issues, your input is always welcome, so long as it’s submitted with respect for me and for other commenters as well. As I’ve often said, I’m not always interested in singing to the choir. All voices are welcome.

I have the liberty of deleting comments with profanity or any other that I otherwise deem revolting or totally irrelevant. (Which I have done a very few times) There’s no point for that in these dialogue formats, no matter how passionate we feel about issues.

If you read the opening paragraph the Frankly Speaking Home Page, it states:

“…appreciate if responders would leave their names, city of residence and, if possible, e-mail address.”

This is not required, obviously. But at minimum, an e-mail address would enable me to make a private contact with a responder if I think it worth intervening. What is not welcome, are insults by those who hide behind anonymity.

Let’s not only cherish, but exercise the freedom of speech, while we still have it.

Thanks again.

 

MOVIE REVIEWS: "ROBIN HOOD – "CITY ISLAND"

 
CITY ISLAND” = 9
Stars Andy Garcia as a Bronx jail guard secretly aspiring to be an actor, from which many lies and complications evolve within his uninspired family life.
Finally, a movie high on drama and low on action, without herky jerky cameras, unending special effects, computerized graphics, explosions, gunfire, karate kicks, monsters, blood and guts. With plenty of humor injected, I wouldn’t know whether to call this a romantic comedy, a family tragedy or a simple drama mired in New Yorkese, mixed with loved, struggle, ego, and the never ending quest for truth.
Imagine, being a career jail guard, then learn that a young inmate hoodlum is actually your biological son from a wistful affair of another era. The secret must be kept.
I’ll say no more. Arguably the best acting performance of Garcia’s career.
You won’t hear much about this picture. It’s a deep story with real-life characters that will probably flop at the box office because it doesn’t appeal to the youth mentality which today’s movie industry thrives on.
See it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head, especially at the ending scene.
“ROBIN HOOD” = 7 ½
If you’re expecting the traditional swashbuckling character which was made famous by Errol Flynn, trapezing through the forest, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, evading the Sheriff of Nottingham, forget it. This is an entirely new take, but it was surprisingly good.
Russell Crowe plays 12th century Robin, an archer with King Richard’s crusades who bolts from the mainstream in search of integrity in war, and the defense of his country from French invaders. All of which takes place within a well-acted drama by such actors as Cate Blanchette (Marion), Max Von Sydow, (Sir Walter Loxley), William Hurt and Crowe, who performs credibly, as usual.
Most interesting is the epic nature of the scenes, authentically depicting warfare methods, weaponry and living conditions as it was in the 12th century. The producers must have hired virtually thousands of extras for the battle scenes which, to my pleasing, were not over played.
No Oscars here, with the possible exception of set and/or costume design.
“IRON MAN II” = 3
Nothing close to the original Iron Man which had a decent story blended with special effects and the heroic character played by Robert Downey Jr. In this sequel, the director/producers relied on selling a film which is 90 percent graphics, special effects, monsters and clashes of titans which get so old after the first hour, I felt like walking out for the second hour…and should have.
The bad news, is that this picture will probably break some box office records, which means it’s especially entertaining for the young crowd…which the industry relies on for survival.
But if you’re over 40, save your money. It’s not even worth a rental.

MOVIE REVIEWS: “ROBIN HOOD – “CITY ISLAND”

 

CITY ISLAND” = 9

Stars Andy Garcia as a Bronx jail guard secretly aspiring to be an actor, from which many lies and complications evolve within his uninspired family life.

Finally, a movie high on drama and low on action, without herky jerky cameras, unending special effects, computerized graphics, explosions, gunfire, karate kicks, monsters, blood and guts. With plenty of humor injected, I wouldn’t know whether to call this a romantic comedy, a family tragedy or a simple drama mired in New Yorkese, mixed with loved, struggle, ego, and the never ending quest for truth.

Imagine, being a career jail guard, then learn that a young inmate hoodlum is actually your biological son from a wistful affair of another era. The secret must be kept.

I’ll say no more. Arguably the best acting performance of Garcia’s career.

You won’t hear much about this picture. It’s a deep story with real-life characters that will probably flop at the box office because it doesn’t appeal to the youth mentality which today’s movie industry thrives on.

See it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head, especially at the ending scene.

“ROBIN HOOD” = 7 ½

If you’re expecting the traditional swashbuckling character which was made famous by Errol Flynn, trapezing through the forest, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, evading the Sheriff of Nottingham, forget it. This is an entirely new take, but it was surprisingly good.

Russell Crowe plays 12th century Robin, an archer with King Richard’s crusades who bolts from the mainstream in search of integrity in war, and the defense of his country from French invaders. All of which takes place within a well-acted drama by such actors as Cate Blanchette (Marion), Max Von Sydow, (Sir Walter Loxley), William Hurt and Crowe, who performs credibly, as usual.

Most interesting is the epic nature of the scenes, authentically depicting warfare methods, weaponry and living conditions as it was in the 12th century. The producers must have hired virtually thousands of extras for the battle scenes which, to my pleasing, were not over played.

No Oscars here, with the possible exception of set and/or costume design.

“IRON MAN II” = 3

Nothing close to the original Iron Man which had a decent story blended with special effects and the heroic character played by Robert Downey Jr. In this sequel, the director/producers relied on selling a film which is 90 percent graphics, special effects, monsters and clashes of titans which get so old after the first hour, I felt like walking out for the second hour…and should have.

The bad news, is that this picture will probably break some box office records, which means it’s especially entertaining for the young crowd…which the industry relies on for survival.

But if you’re over 40, save your money. It’s not even worth a rental.