Pompeii & It Breaks My Heart

I have to point out this new movie that comes out this month. For a couple of years now, I heard rumors it was in the works. I figured it was just that, a rumor. I didn’t see any during-the-filming shots of it at all. I can’t help but feel super annoyed and angry. Well, for starters one of the actors in Pompeii comes from the HBO show Game of Thrones. Another show, that I wanted to make since I was reading the books in high school and on through the military. I’ve had this idea for a movie for a long time. Ever since I was a little girl. I was totally fascinated with the Titanic and always thought of doing a movie for that, but hey, James Cameron beat me to it. I was in high school during the time when Titanic came out. Then I was thinking, why not Pompeii. Like I’ve said before, I’m a history buff. While I was in the Navy, I started to read more on the events that happened at that time. I knew I wanted it to be a romance. I was getting more into the craft of the story, while I was in a budding relationship with my ex husband. Later, after my son was born, I used to read books about Pompeii to a curious big eyed baby. While I was in college, I doodled ideas about it a lot. My son really got into it also when he was a little bit older. Watching documentaries with me and drawing a mountain as often as he could. As well as, doodling on my sketches.

Even though, it’s a painful thing that yet another idea beat me to the punch line, I’m trying to think of it in a more positive light. I need to let it go. Let the past go. I’m pretty sure my version of Pompeii is better than whatever they put together. I have other more important ideas to dream up. I’m stepping out of the kiddie pool. I will acknowledge that its been done, accept I have good ideas, and keep improving. It’ll happen. This is just a sign that it will. Keep an eye out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UqaCUAGCOk                                Pompeii doodles

Review for Anonymous

Anonymous. Such a great movie. I am in complete awe of whoever wrote this movie. This review may not be very long, but the facts about this movie must be pointed out. For starters, I must say ,that maybe the writer (or writers) got the idea from the news. I remember not to long ago there was a bit of hubbub in the media concerning the fact that Shakespeare may or may not have written all the plays by himself back than. So, I would say, this was a good diving board to jump off  of when writing this drama. Then there was the way they took the politics of the time that Shakespeare lived in  and morphed it into a beautifully shot movie. It certainly motivated me when I watched it to think hardcore about my writing. After this movie, I decided I should keep my writing on my computer and in journals. (I have a lot of ruled journals from college and I figured putting them to good use this way, would keep me from wasting them. Plus, around September, the back to school sale makes them cheap.) I feel, even though this story may or may not be real, they stayed true to the spirit of Shakespeare.

There was, however, a few things I didn’t like about the movie. What I didn’t like, was how confusing it was to decipher who was Shakespeare’s actual son and who was just his son’s friend. Something they sort of clear up at the end, but it still really confuses me, and here’s why. They have a lot of cutting back to the past, when Shakespeare was  much younger, and then jumping to the future. Both actors who play the son and the younger Shakespeare sort of look the same. If anyone has ADD like I do, that can be confusing. Also, the guy who plays Ben Johnson, seemed to overact, in my opinion. Nevertheless, it’s still an excellent film and worth watching. Or owning, I bought it the second it was out on DVD. Someday, I will do one of his plays. Shakespeare, his legacy is a true testament of how words never die. No picture does the movie justice. The preview is pretty sweet too.

The Paperboy (This review should of posted back in 7/1/13)

Where do I begin with this movie? I guess, I should state right now, that I’m going to ruin parts of it, so if you plan on watching it. Stop reading.

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THE PAPERBOY stars Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Mcconaughey, and John Cusack. It’s set in the South during the  late 1960’s and it’s narrated by the R&B soul singer Macy Gray. (I love her voice, and for a while, her music.) This sexually charged movie is, at times, difficult to watch. However, the hidden meanings and especially the acting is exceptional.

The movie starts with Ms. Gray being interviewed about the killing of a local sheriff. The reason she’s being interviewed is because she used to be the help around the house of a Journalist and his two sons (McConaughey and Efron.) McConaughey plays Ward, who is trying to become a breakthrough journalist like his father, and who is investigating the killing of the Sheriff. Efron plays Jack, who is Ward’s kid brother. Jack’s character is an average teen trying to find himself in that era. He was a pro swimmer but, like most teens, he lacks any ambition or goals for the future. He ends up falling in love with Kidman’s character. Her name is Charlotte and she is always coming around Ward and Jack’s house. The reason she sticks around is because Ward and his partner, Yardley, are trying to prove the innocence of her boyfriend (played by Cusack.)  who was charged with the killing of the Sheriff.

Charlotte is this sex addict, who writes to men in prison (for some reason,) and her main goal is to help free Cusack so she can marry him. Cusack’s character, Hillary,  hunts and kills alligators. There is this one scene, that is extremely uncomfortable, where her and the convict are “reminiscing” about what their relationship could be like if he were free. What eventually happens is, with the journalists and the aid of Charlotte,  they do help Hillary to get acquitted.

However, what is so brilliant about this movie is how Hillary isn’t just a hunter of alligators. The editing of close up shots of  dead alligators, spliced with the voice over of Hillary and  Charlotte arguing, is genius. Jack is so madly in love with Charlotte that he has a sixth sense connection with her and runs to her rescue which eventually leads to him out smarting Hillary. Bringing him to justice.

Efron is really trying new roles and flexing his amazing acting muscles, and I approve. You really feel his happiness, confusion, pain,and sorrow. This was such a screwed up movie. I love it. I think there should be more movies out there that can make you feel something, especially if it’s an assortment of feelings combined for about one hundred and seven minutes.

Last of The Mohicans 4 Christmas= Grandma, I love you.

I haven’t written a review for some time. Mainly, because at the end of this year, I suffered a huge loss. My grandmother died, and she raised me, so it’s been rough to come to terms with that. I loved her and still do love her, very much. I honestly, cannot see the rest of my life without her. I’ve dealt with my fair share of ups and downs in life, but I’ve never had anyone this close to me, die before. It’s an indescribable pain. I mean, where do you go, and what do you do, when your backbone is gone?

That being said, I decided since it’s Christmas, that I would share something she shared with me when I was about 12 years old. That would be my review for Last of The Mohicans. I remember she said my sister and I could watch it, even though we were young, because it was about history. She said that we could watch anything that was historically correct. I know at that point, we were watching a lot of A&E Biographies on historical people. This movie is packed with beautiful picturesque scenes in the wilderness. Michael Mann has this subtle way of shooting scenes that are striking to look at. For example, the one scene where a bridge is mirrored in a calm river and a carriage crosses over.

Daniel Day-Lewis is an excellent actor. He was my grandmother’s favorite of all time. His role in this movie is my most favored acting. I know he got tribal tattoos for this movie and his onscreen chemistry with Madeline Stowe is steamy. The action scenes are romantic. I always wanted to be saved like that. The ending, was epic. When Cora’s sister leaps to her death for her love of the Mohican, I was forever changed. I thought it was the most amazing moving scene, I had ever seen. I knew from that point on, movies we’re my destiny, and my life has been fashioned for that purpose.

I am a huge history buff. My grandmother contributed to that through her own love of history. I feel like my father did too. He used to read Egyptian books when I was little. However, I feel mostly that the love of history might come from somewhere else. Like genetically? Anyway, because of my Grandma and Last of the Mohicans, I have found that historical fiction is my niche. Most of my ideas for stories are much like Last of the Mohicans. I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen this movie to watch it. It’s a classic.

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I hope everyone has a good Christmas. Grams, wherever you are- I am forever grateful and will miss you. I hope I make you proud, and I promise to get out of this rut that loosing you has put me in. Here’s a first step, getting back to writing. XOXO (-Nini-)

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Catwoman/Selina Kyle: From The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises comes out in 4 days. Personally, I will be flying to meet up with my sister in Hollywood to watch it opening night.  We always see movies like that, esp. Batman. Last time, my sister was going to school to be a bartender so we designed a drink called The Joker. It was made of Cranberry XS energy drink, chombard, and Orange Grand Marnier. The best part is, it was red like the Joker’s smile. I am getting off the subject. I’ve decided to discuss Catwoman.

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Above, we have the comic character of Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman and then a scene from TDKR. Now when word hit the internet last year, that Christopher Nolan picked the actress Anne Hathaway for his portrayal of Catwoman, I know a number of people were not very happy or pleased with his decision. While in a way, I understand where the concern may come from. I have to say, has Christopher Nolan ever steered us wrong? I don’t think there’s a movie that he made that the general population didn’t like. Also, he likes to portray his Batman in a very realistic way, that makes the viewer seem like his version could happen in real life, while sticking close to the comic. I think Anne Hathaway was a perfect choice in the look that Christopher Nolan was going for. That’s why I posted the two different pictures.

There is one little detail about Catwoman, to wrap this post up, that makes me slightly nervous. That is, it seems to me, that Christopher Nolan gave more attention to the character’s of Batman / Bruce Wayne and Bain then he did on Catwoman. Here’s why I think that: In a featurette for TDKR, Mr. Nolan says, and I quote, “I think Anne understood, almost from the start, that she was going to have to do everything for herself. She is going to have to be her character. She took it on in the most extraordinary way…”. While he might of said that, I hope it’s not entirely true. In (three days for me) four days we’re just going to have to figure out on our own, if indeed, that Christopher Nolan’s decision is the wisest.

Decided On Additions!

I’ve decided to give you a glimpse into the new additions I will contribute to this site. Here is the latest photo editing I have done for an up and coming actress named Desiree Hunt. Keep tabs on her, because she’s going to be the next big siren to grace the silver screen! 

I’ve decided to continue with my photography from Amorette Photography. I did a huge amount of color correction in the Navy because I was cross training from a Plane Captain to a Photographer’s Mate. Don’t take my word on it, the proof is here, for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!

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