I cant help but love these 3 movies over, and over, and over again. The first of my favorites is ‘After the Promise” starring NCIS’s very own famous Mark Hamorn. Released back in 1987, After the Promise is the story of a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up his 4 young sons after the loss of his wife to cancer, The story follows his struggle to get his sons back after the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions. It also follows the abuse the boys are subjected to and all the pain the carpenter (Jackson) faces to get his boys back. No matter how many times i watch this movie, i cant help but cry. Its still emotional even till today. I remember seeing it for the first time when i was still in high school and i’ve loved it ever since.
My second favorite Movie is “The Notebook” played by the gorgeous Ryan Gosling. I think just about every romantic person on the planet has seen this movie. If you haven’t, i wont give any spoilers, just go get the DVD. It’s the kind of love everyone wants and people look for in just about every nook and cranny. Funny enough this movie was actually inspired by a Real Life couple. Originally written by Nicholas Sparks, Sparks said he was inspired to write the novel by the grandparents of his wife, who had been married for more than 60 years when he met them. Just the thought of knowing this kind of love did and does exist out there does makes my heart warm. All the same, i still cry every time i watch it.
My latest beloved Movie is ‘The Vow”, got to see it last weekend and for some reason i got so obsessed with the storyline, i’ve ended up watching it 3 times in just 1 week. I didn’t cry through this one, but i’ve definitely been inspired to come up with 3 more love poems from this True life inspired Tale. Again if you haven’t seen this movie. Its a MUST Watch!!! grab a copy. It’s based on a true life story like i said, but what’s most intriguing is that the real Lady never got her memory back. What are the odds of falling in-love with the same person twice in 1 lifetime huh?
You already know i’m a hopeless romantic and as long as there’s a cheesy love story to be told out there, i’ll keep loving these hopelessly romantic movies. If you have any favorites please do share them 🙂
For the first time in a long time, i decided to buy a Blu-Ray DVD as opposed to just waiting on my Netflix delivery, and the Movie i choose to buy this time was ‘Prometheus’.
Even though i had heard from a couple of friends that it was a terrible movie, my obsession with Greek mythology and the name ‘Prometheus’ got the better of me. I couldn’t walk away from the counter the moment it came out on DVD. Now i’m left with a need to join the Crowd in Chanting the Phrase; ‘it was beautifully produced and Cinematography was damn near perfection, but the storyline wasn’t that great’.
What i do find however interesting, is the origin of this storyline and the recycling of ideas within Sci-fi. If you’re into Greek Mythology like i am, you probably already know that the Greek god Prometheus was credited with creating Man from Clay. And if you’ve been following the History Channel’s Documentary Series; ‘Ancient Aliens’, then you probably already know, much of this storyline was borrowed from proponents of the ‘Ancient Astronaut theory’ like Giorgio A. Tsoukalous.
A few years ago i remember reading works of Sitchin that echoes this storyline, so to see a full movie completely wrapped around it, is somewhat unoriginal to me. If you haven’t tied the dots here, let me quickly tie it up for you.
Economists Zecharia Sitchin is one of a few group of people to lead a new a paradigm slowly making its way into modern popular folklore. Through his major work; ‘Genesis Revisited’ Sitchin explores ancient mythology and the mysterious megalithic ruins found around the globe. from Sumeria, to Egypt, Greece and Peru. He seeks to demonstrate that there was a time in ancient history when an extraterrestrial race had genetically manipulated and manufactured mankind for various reasons, one of which includes slavery. The theory, now embraced by a lot many other writers, who have incorporated it into what is apparently a new worldview, essentially assert that these ancient Sumero-Babylonian gods, ‘the Anunnaki’, are aliens from the planet Nibiru (Sitchin’s “12th Planet”), which passes by the earth every 3,500 years and that the genesis story is a modification of a more ancient Sumerian folklore.
While the likes of Giorgio A. Tsoukalous don’t believe these ancient creating aliens may be dead. Sitchin’s school of thought seem to think these creating gods may be dead in their home planets. I’m guessing the writers of Prometheus chose to follow Sitchin’s school of thought on this one.
The only foreign idea introduced in the movie unfortunately wasn’t even original in any way. It was more or less stolen from the Movie ‘Aliens vs Predators’.
So i guess through all this, my biggest question is; ‘Is there any such thing like Pure Creativity? and above all else where does sci-fi cross over from fiction to fact and is it possible to have fact without fiction and the Choice of Belief, is that what it is, as proposed my the Movie ‘A personal choice’?
All the same, I guess it’s also a great movie since its got Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender 🙂
Today i was gonna write about 3 other topics but this video caught my attention so i decided to blog about it first. The video is actually titled ‘Get down Tonight’. However, i decided to give this Blog a different title for very specific reasons, which i’ll get to in a bit.
If you haven’t been paying any attention to the EME label, this is actually the 3rd video off the ‘EME State of Mind Album’. An album i can’t seem to press the stop button on. I think i may have played the songs on this album so many times even my 5yr old knows the lyrics to “Baddest Boy”.
Also, if you haven’t seen the 1st and 2nd videos, you may have to watch them before you can grasp the beauty of the picture i’m about to reveal.
First let me go back in time and recount some stuff about the EME boys from good old memory lane lol…
I’ve watched what i like to call “The Banky Diaries” evolve since when he first came out as a young artist back in 2006, with the song “My Regret”. I thought he sounded a lot like Joe back then, and while i wasn’t completely blown away with his Music, i thought he was cute with a humungous amount of potential if given the perfect opportunities. I’ve been somewhat of a passive fan ever since. Now, I didn’t get to hear about Wizkid until about a year ago and even when i did hear “holla at your boy” and “Don’t Dull” i still wasn’t completely wowed.
Unfortunately, if you know me, i’m a very intense person, so its really hard to wow me at first impressions. It usually takes a series of events for me to be completely blown away. The first time i was blown away with Wizkid was after i saw the “Pakuromo” video. To me, it was Creativity at its finest. I didn’t care so much for the song till i saw the video. After the video i kept looking out for new ‘EME brand” related videos. it was kinda like the “Kanye West Effect”. You know; that feeling of; “a song doesn’t say much till Kanye puts a video out on it”. if you have no idea what i’m talking about, listen to kanye’s ‘Diamonds are forever” then watch the Video… or watch every other Kanye produced Video and you’ll get my point…
Now when Banky announced on Twitter that The EME group would be releasing an Album, i waited to hear what was brewing and the First single “Baddest Boy” was an instant banger for me. I had that song on replay for the longest. For some reason, that song got me through many angry moments… When the entire Album came out, ‘Roll it’, ‘Find My Trouble’, ‘Get down tonight’ and ‘Repping Emeazzyy” instantly married my replay button. So Naturally when Banky Announced again that the videos would be coming soon. I was kinda looking forward to them with anticipation and hoping to get that ‘Kanye Effect’ thrill again. But Video 1 came out and i wasn’t exactly blown away, it was your typical video; where everyone is partying in an American Club style setting, kinda like an R Kelly video, with the main theme being “Our Music is traveling international”. It was a great, well produced video and i still love the song but it didn’t give me that vrooom i was looking for (or maybe i shouldn’t have been looking for it in the first place? who knows?). Well video #2 came through and it was still beautifully produced, but it still didn’t tell a story; just the same usual, underground club type setting. However this time i happened to notice there was a blend in the theme. It had that “Diddy partying in an underground type Club in England” feel to it. Now when video 3 came out. A light bulb suddenly came on for me. All three videos suddenly stood out like a timeline of events. Now i don’t know if they had done this intentionally or not, but the sequence of their videos suddenly started telling a story and they suddenly hit a home run with me. These boys weren’t telling a stand alone story, they were telling a single story with all the videos off of this album.
Again, like i said, i don’t know if this is intentional or accidental but it does throw a whole new light on how this group thinks. I suddenly started to see the story of a group of “underdogs” who see the beauty of Globalization and what it means. “Pakuromo” was a great video but “Pakuromo” was created for a Single “geographic market”.. These 3 videos however, took advantage of a globalized society. A single market place and blended cultures. It was Afro hip-hop meets indie and a little bit pop culture. It was the minds of Big dreamers taking their music from a little city called lagos to a global market place called “Planet earth”.
There’s something to be loved by everyone from every culture in these videos. and i can’t help but love these beautiful underdogs with each work they put out… hope you enjoy the Video..
Season 1 of the popular History Channel Documentary – Ancient Aliens (you can get all season on Netflix or buy the DVD box set on the history channel website)
When my mum saw me watching this series for the first time 3 years ago, she threw a tantrum. She hates conspiracy theories, especially because she’s a very conservative Christian. So any anything that potentially led to one questioning the authenticity of the bible was in her opinion; “Of the Devil”. I did laugh when she told me to stop watching it and out of respect for her, I turned the TV to a different channel. But I was hooked, the first day i saw the documentary. I wanted to hear more. Not so much because i believed every word or every theory presented in the series, but because I believe that over the years, we’ve lost so much information that what we have and do practice today is founded on half-baked truths. It’s easy to draw assertions from anything and everything, and extremely enticing to get sucked into conspiracy theories, but the reason why i like the series is because it stirs up that thirst for wanting to know the truth.
I mean what is Truth? is it what we have all come to accept unanimously as valid? or is it what society has forced us to accept as truth? or does the truth speak clearly and loudly for it self?
There may be a few basic instincts we were born with to help us recognize truths from fallacies. But I’ve come to realize those instincts deal mainly with survival and adaptability. Today all that we know was passed down from generations of old, and with the birth of each new age, Information is lost, replaced, and twisted to suit someone Else’s perception of truth.
Now I’m not encouraging anyone to hold tight to conspiracy theories of any sort, but i do find this particular Series interesting. Like i always tell my friends; It’s easy to believe anything, including the lies you are willing to tell yourself. it all depends on the state of your heart. Hope you enjoy the video.
If you need to see the entire Season 1 through 4, you can rent it on Netflix or visit the History Channel website to purchase the DVDs