Very interesting series ... had a chance to check it out this past spring and was impressed by the survival skills of the subject profiled, Ed Stafford. He's had quite the career over the years, and I'd heard good things about the series & enjoyed how the 60-day experience was documented. The tactics for hunting and gathering and general food scavenging were interesting, as was the maintenance of safety and sanity. It was a 3-part (episode) series.
Daily Mail - "Two years on, Stafford’s next challenge would be rather different: 60 days spent alone on Olorua, an uninhabited island (near Fiji) in the South Pacific. The idea: to see if he could survive for two months equipped with nothing – including any clothing
– but the video cameras he would use to film himself. Here, he talks to Chris Leadbeater about eating raw lizards for tea, coping with isolation and worrying that he was losing his sanity in the middle of the planet’s biggest ocean."
Wikipedia - "Ed Stafford
(born 26 December 1975) is an English explorer
and former British Army
captain. He is the Guinness World Record
-holding first human ever to walk the length of the Amazon River.
Stafford was born in Peterborough
and raised in Leicestershire
. On 9 August 2010, he became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River
documented in the 2011 TV series Walking the Amazon
on Channel 5
. Stafford's expedition began with a friend, Luke Collyer, on 2 April 2008, on the southern coast of Peru. Collyer left after three months, and Stafford completed the journey with Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera. He undertook the attempt for several charities.
In May 2009 Stafford appeared on the cover of the Royal Geographical Society
In April 2010 Stafford passed the two-year barrier, having been walking since 2 April 2008.
In May that year Stafford was made Diane Sawyer
's ABC News "Person of the Week".
Stafford's accomplishment of walking the Amazon
river has been described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
as being "truly extraordinary...in the top league of expeditions past and present".
Stafford was announced as one of National Geographic
Adventurers of the Year 2010 and then in March 2011 he was awarded European Adventurer of the Year
in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2011 Guinness World Records formally recognized Stafford's achievement and he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records. Commissioned by Discovery Communications, in August 2012 Stafford filmed a three-part survival experiment for Discovery Channel where he was dropped on the uninhabited tropical island of Olorua (18°36′19″S 178°45′15″W) in the Pacific for 60 days with no food or equipment to help him survive. "Ed Stafford: Naked and Marooned"  was aired on Discovery Channel in the U.K. in March 2013 and "Naked Castaway" (U.S. version) aired in the U.S.A. in April of the same year.http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2013/03/ng-interview-naked-and-marooned-tv-show-films-on-location-on-remote-fiji-island/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2293306/Explorer-Ed-Stafford-talks-naked-marooned-South-Pacific-desert-island.html
This destination has always been a pleasant visit in Vancouver. I usually aim to visit a few times a year, and we last visited this past Wednesday evening just prior to 9pm. Plenty of people there ... everyone quietly doing their own thing ... nice warm evening. I'd definitely recommend the park to locals & visitors to town. Plenty of greenery & available parking.3300 Victoria DrVancouver
Neighbourhood: Kensington-Cedar Cottagehttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/john-hendry-park-trout-lake-park-vancouverhttp://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/trout-lake-community-centre.aspxhttp://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/trout-lake-beach.aspx
Got around to checking out the Man of Steel movie in 3D and enjoyed it for the most part. The first 15 or so minutes of the film included plenty of back story and sci-fi storyline. After awhile it sort of felt like a videogame though ... special effects aplenty and plenty of green screen and post-production work going on ... so that didn't intrigue me too much ... with plenty of focus on "the good guy" (Kal-El's father played by Russell Crowe) and "the bad guy" (played by Michael Shannon as General Zod). Once the live action of the film kicks in ... it held my interest more steadily. Some recognizable names in the film include Henry Cavill, the aforementioned Crowe and Shannon, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and more. The flashbacks to childhood & teenage(d) years are quite good and Cavill does a good job carrying the lead role. The Superman franchise has had quite the staying power over the years, and if you like superhero/action movies and the Clark Kent/Kal-El story on the whole ... I'd recommend checking it out at your convenience in the future. I'd give it a 6.5 - 7 /10 score, as it was good, but far from great or terrible.
That's just my $0.02 though ... cheers.
P.S. - As per the first link below ... the film has recently cleared the $500 worldwide box office mark, Savers.http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130630-900519.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_Steel_%28film%29http://entertainment.time.com/2013/06/25/how-man-of-steel-inspires-even-as-it-divides/http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1709798/man-of-steel-visual-effects.jhtmlhttp://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html?home
Man of Steel is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film is a reboot of the Superman film series that portrays the character's origin story. The film stars Henry Cavill in the title role with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Man of Steel is intended to launch a shared fictional universe of DC Comics characters on film.
Development began in 2008 when Warner Bros. Pictures took pitches from comic book writers, screenwriters and directors, opting to reboot the franchise. In 2009, a court ruling resulted in Jerry Siegel's family recapturing the rights to Superman's origins and Siegel's copyright. The decision stated that Warner Bros. did not owe the families additional royalties from previous films, but if they did not begin production on a Superman film by 2011, then the Shuster and Siegel estates would be able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film. Nolan pitched Goyer's idea after story discussion on The Dark Knight Rises, and Snyder was hired as the film's director in October 2010. Principal photography started in August 2011 in West Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Vancouver and Plano, Illinois.
Man of Steel's red carpet premiere in the U.S. was attended by its principal cast members in New York City on June 10, 2013. The film was released to the general public on June 14, 2013, in conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters.
Watched the film Parker on dvd recently, and it was ok on the whole. Formulaic, but then again ... it was to be expected. Jason Statham plays the lead role, and other notable names include Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Bobby Cannavale, and Nick Nolte. We enjoyed the build-up in the film ... but it sort of lost us as it went along. Good, choreographed fight scenes & Lopez played a fun role ... but the challenging thing with Statham at this point is that he's played so many action roles the past decade and change that after a certain point they all sort of blend together. Also ... in the real world ... don't the police show up immediately when gunfights are taking place either in residential settings or public places? My $1,000,000 question to Savelanders is ... how come in most movies the good guys & bad guys often just skate off into the night =)?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_%282013_film%29http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/parker_2012/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1904996/http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/filmdistrict/parker/
Parker is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, the film is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark.
Primarily set in Palm Beach, Florida, the film revolves around professional thief Parker (Statham), who is double-crossed by his crew. He sets out for revenge on them, travelling to Palm Beach, where he enlists the help of Leslie (Lopez), who assists him in a quest to steal what his former crew, headed by a man named Melander (Michael Chiklis), rob in their jewelry auction heist. As the story develops, Leslie falls for Parker, who remains faithful to his longtime girlfriend Claire (Emma Booth).
Parker marked a departure in Hackford's career, as he had hoped to make it his first film noir. The film, produced on a "mid-30s" budget, was conceived following Westlake's 2008 death, when producer Les Alexander secured the rights to it.
It premiered in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 24, 2013, and was released in the United States on January 25. Reviews have been mixed to negative with some film critics finding Statham appropriate and well-fitted for the role of Parker and praising the work of Lopez as providing comedic relief. Many other critics felt it was a poor adaptation of the book, and typical of Statham's sub-par action films of the past few years.
Really enjoyed the film after having a chance to check out the advance screening on Thursday, June 20th in North Vancouver. Crowd response was positive there and it was good to see the film with a mixture of ages on-hand ... from kids and teens to young adults, adults, and seniors. If you're familiar with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you'll enjoy the look and feel of this film. It is highly stylized during the action sequences (especially the final 1/4 of the film - lots of fun in notable big budget action)
and it's got some nice Gore Verbinski (who has worked with Johnny Depp before) and Disney touches. The film opens in a few days (early-July)
and it's certainly a popcorn film for the big screen, and/or one to be enjoyed on home video later this year. Recognizable names that Savelanders will be familiar with include the aforementioned Depp ... Armie Hammer (The Social Network) ... Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Fight Club) ... Canadian actor Barry Pepper (Snitch) ... Tom Wilkinson (The Ghost Writer, Michael Clayton, Batman Begins) and William Fichtner (Prison Break tv series). On that note, Fichtner plays another good bad guy / villain in "Butch Cavendish". For those who watched Prison Break on Fox/Global years ago ... you might not recognize him at first ... they do a good job with his hair, make-up, teeth & scar, etc.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lone_Ranger_%282013_film%29http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Rangerhttp://disney.go.com/the-lone-ranger/The Lone Ranger
is an upcoming 2013
-adventure western film
produced by Walt Disney Pictures
and Jerry Bruckheimer Films
and directed by Gore Verbinski
, based on the radio serial of the same name
. The film stars Armie Hammer
in the title role and Johnny Depp
. The film marks the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger
character in over 32 years.
It is set to release July 3, 2013.
I had a chance to watch this documentary online earlier this past spring and quite enjoyed it. It's just over 1 hour in length, if I recall correctly, and did a good job involving the perspective of the documentarian, his family (mother and sister), his own father's health decline, and the general views of the public and society at large. I would certainly recommend it, and it held my interest throughout.http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/soul-food-junkies/https://www.facebook.com/SoulFoodJunkieshttp://www.amazon.com/Soul-Food-Junkies/dp/B00B0TO2S6http://www.bhurt.com/soulfoodjunkies.phphttp://www.bhurt.com/
About the Film
Filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits smothered with gravy, bacon, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue chicken and ribs, candied yams coated with cinnamon and brown sugar, and other delicious but fatty foods right out of the black southern tradition.
Both of his parents are from Milledgeville, Georgia, a small southern town. It’s a place where soul food is beloved by black and white folks alike. Soul food is a long held culinary tradition passed down from generation to generation, and is a source of pride for many black people. Some soul food, depending on how it is prepared, can be good for you. But when it is cooked with lots of fat, sugar, and salt — which is often the case — it can lead to obesity and other health issues.
Hurt can speak from personal experience. From his earliest memories, his father was overweight, his mom the soul food chef. As an adult, growing concern about his father’s health prompted Hurt to confront him about his eating habits, but to no avail. Eventually, his father made small changes to his diet and began to exercise more, but the changes came too late in his life. In 2004, doctors diagnosed him with terminal pancreatic cancer, a virulent disease that disproportionately affects black people. Statistically, black Americans are more likely to die of the disease than whites; figures for 2001 to 2005 from the National Cancer Institute show that blacks had a 32 percent higher death rate. One of the risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer is a high fat, meat-based diet. Hurt’s father died in 2007 at the young age of 63. This is sadly a common story in the lives of many African American families in the U.S. — losing loved ones too soon from a nutrition-related illness.
In Soul Food Junkies, Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers' markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexism activist, and lecturer. Hurt is also the host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. The Independent named him one of the "Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch" in 2011. His most popular documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on Independent Lens.
Went to the advance screening of After Earth this past Wednesday. Tough to gauge crowd response, as it was pretty quiet throughout (being a sci-fi movie) and there wasn't much discussion afterward. The movie is being widely panned of late, and director M. Night Shyamalan has been receiving mixed reviews of his films for many years now (for most projects post-The Sixth Sense, which was better received overall). The movie is more of a vehicle to continue build Will Smith's son Jaden's star power (as he pursues his movie & music careers). Will himself plays a secondary character. Both sport semi-Southern accents in the film (which many moviegoers and critics are mentioning this past week) and this writer didn't feel as though the story was well enough developed. Give us more back story ... make us care about the people involved. That said ... hard to recommend it, as I don't closely follow the sci-fi genre & find it confusing more often than not.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Earthhttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/after_earth/http://www.metacritic.com/movie/after-earthhttp://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=1000ae.htmhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815862/
Went to see the advance screening of The Heat in late-May. It was quite the advance screening as the movie is pegged to be released in late-June of this year (over a month later). Most screenings take place the week of, but occasionally studios will do them 3 - 5 weeks early, or have a handful of release dates (for screenings) in various provinces, states, cities, etc.
Security was pretty tight at the event, and it was a full house. We enjoyed it more than expected, and it had just the right amount of buddy comedy flick, police work, and edgy humour (especially from Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" tv series fame, and The Bridesmaids in recent years). Also, fun to watch Sandra Bullock in comedies as she can hold her own pretty well as the straight-laced one while her peers are up to antics, etc. There were plenty of notable names in the movie too ... so keep an eye out for talent from Saturday Night Live, MadTV, In Living Colour, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Weeds. If you like fun(ny) and silly movies with an appropriate amount of profanity, you'll probably like this one. Like I said ... we enjoyed it more than expected, and it did have the crowd laughing.
Wikipedia - "The Heat
is an upcoming 2013 crime comedy film directed by Paul Feig
, and starring Sandra Bullock
and Melissa McCarthy
. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 28, 2013.
The film takes place in Boston
. FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock
) and Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy
) must take down a Russian
Watched this acclaimed movie on dvd recently. Excellent performances across the board, especially from co-leads Q. Wallis and Dwight Henry. The film was unique and heartfelt, and there was plenty to absorb throughout. Sadness, desperation, triumph, poverty, mysticism, optimism, community, love, hope and more.
Quite an intense father-daughter bond (especially considering the lead initially auditioned at age 5) and a movie I'll watch again in the months or years to come. Definitely recommend it and a strong 8.5 - 9 / 10 in my opinion, Savers.http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beasts_of_the_southern_wild/reviews/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beasts_of_the_southern_wild/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA6FFnjvvmghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beasts_of_the_Southern_Wildhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/How-Benh-Zeitlin-Made-Beasts-of-the-Southern-Wild-179986201.htmlhttp://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/beastsofthesouthernwild/
Wikipedia - "Beasts of the Southern Wild
is a 2012 American fantasy drama film
directed by Benh Zeitlin
and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious
. After playing at film festivals
, it was released on June 27, 2012, in New York and Los Angeles, and later expanded wider. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards
at the 85th Academy Awards
, in the categories Best Picture
, Best Director
), Best Adapted Screenplay
(Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Best Actress
). At age 9, Wallis became the youngest
Best Actress nominee in history.
As a storm approaches a southern Louisiana bayou
community called the "Bathtub" (a community cut off from the rest of the world by a levee
), five-year-old Hushpuppy and her unhealthy, hot-tempered father, Wink, are optimistic about their life and their future. The children in school are being taught by Miss Bathsheba about nature and the release of prehistoric creatures called "Aurochs
" from the melting ice caps. At home, Hushpuppy fends for herself while her father is missing. When he returns, he is wearing a hospital gown and bracelet. They argue and Hushpuppy sets her house on fire. A chase ensues between the two, and she ends up getting slapped by Wink. When she retaliates by punching him in the chest, Wink collapses. Hushpuppy, realizing the damage she has caused, runs for help only to find her father missing when she returns."
Watched the movie Snitch on dvd this past weekend. Enjoyed it as it was one of the better roles in recent years from Dwayne Johnson (aka - "The Rock" of WWE fame). Good amount of tense moments ... a nice supporting cast in Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, and Benjamin Bratt, etc. I'd give it a 6.5/10.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snitch_%28film%29http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0882977/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/snitch_2013/
Wikipedia - "John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson
), owner of a construction
company, receives a call from his ex-wife Sylvie Collins. His estranged son Jason (Rafi Gavron
) is being charged for distribution of narcotics
; while Jason is not actually a dealer
, his friend set him up in a sting operation
to reduce his own sentence after being caught. Jason's charges carry a minimum
of 10 years in prison
. John feels responsible because he was not there for his son, and he becomes desperate as he realizes that Jason may be killed before he finishes his prison sentence."
Bought this product at Superstore in late-April and tried the muffins out this past week. They were tasty. The package apparently makes 12 muffins, although they were smaller in size once baked. In the future if I do purchase them, I'll probably aim to make 6 - 8 muffins of larger size instead. Tasty though & I would buy the product again (given all the good experiences with PC Blue Menu items over the years). Either that or try out some of the other varieties as well. It was priced around $2.47 or so. 500g package.http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=details&keywords=muffin&productId=prod490115
Made with whole grain whole wheat flour, wheat bran and oat hull fibre.
500 g- (UPC 6038398698)
Per 1/12 package (42 g), 1 muffin prepared
%DV PV %PDV Calories 160 Cal
170 Fat 1.5 g 2
4 Saturates 1 g
Trans 0 g
Saturates + Trans g 5
5 Polyunsaturates 0.3 g
Omega-6 Polyunsaturates 0.3 g
Omega-3 Polyunsaturates 0 g
Monounsaturates 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 280 mg 12
12 Carbohydrate 33 g 11
11 Fibre 6 g 24
24 Soluble Fibre 1 g
Insoluble Fibre 5 g
Sugars 14 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 0
0 Vitamin C 0
0 Calcium 4
4 Iron 20
20 Key %DV = % Daily Value PV = Prepared Value %PDV = % Prepared Daily Value
Watched Project X on dvd this past week. The movie is geared towards teens and young adults given the subject matter, language, general debauchery & soundtrack. Pretty wild on the whole ... especially given all the chaos & property destruction, etc. Basically the neighbourhood & block gets taken over ... especially the backyard & front street. It was produced by Todd Philllips (Savelanders may know him from the Hangover franchise in recent years). See the linkage for additional information, if interested. Thanks.http://www.doblu.com/2012/06/30/project-x-review/
Wikipedia - "Project X
is a 2012 comedy film
directed by Nima Nourizadeh
in his feature film debut, written by Michael Bacall
and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips
. The plot follows Thomas (Thomas Mann
), Costa (Oliver Cooper
) and J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown), three friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party, a plan which quickly escalates out of their control.
The title Project X was initially a placeholder for a final title, but interest generated by the secretive title kept it in place. A nationwide open casting call was employed to find fresh faces. The majority of the cast were sourced from this casting call, but a few with prior acting credits, such as Mann, were accepted after multiple auditions. Filming took place on sets in Los Angeles, California over five weeks on a US$12 million budget. The film is presented as a home video from the perspective of an attendee using a camera to document the night's events.
Project X was released in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on March 2, 2012, and grossed over $100 million worldwide during its theatrical run. Criticism focused on the "loathsome" behavior of the lead characters, the perceived misogyny and the disregard for the effects of drug use. Other reviews considered it funny and thrilling, and equated it to a modern incarnation of the 1978 comedy Animal House. Following release, incidents of large scale parties referenced or blamed the film as an inspiration. A sequel was announced shortly after release, with Bacall returning to write the script."
Quite the documentary. I had heard and read peoples' reviews of the film in recent years, and had a chance to check it out a few weeks back. Quite eye-opening on the whole, and it put things in perspective as far as our food convenience(s) here in N. America, and how much harm we're doing to our bodies over time. I would recommend the documentary, and rate it a good 7.5 - 8/10. I'd say one of the best compliments I can pay the doc' is that it's made me a smarter grocery shopper as to what I'm placing in my cart or basket. More food(s) in their natural state, etc.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv3vEXy_EwU
Wikipedia - "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast
to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman
, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.
Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board.
Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet
, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.
During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting. The film has been credited with doubling the sales of Breville juicers since the documentary launched on Netflix in the US in July 2011. "
Quite the film. We saw it back in the day on dvd after it was released to the big screen in late-2001 / early-2002. It was good to see it again in early-spring 2013 on dvd
, and I'd forgotten how intense it all was. The film runs just over 2 hours, 20 minutes and has quite the ensemble cast. Many notable names. It is a film adaptation of a book of the same name, and certainly is a film recommendation if any of our Savers are interested and/or unfamiliar. I've included assorted relevant links & more info per norm, for those who may be interested in following up further.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJ6cxWdZwAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Down_%28film%29http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265086/http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/blackhawkdown/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_hawk_down/http://www.sonypictures.com/
Wikipedia - "Black Hawk Down
is a 2001 American war film
directed by Ridley Scott
. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name
by Mark Bowden
, which chronicles the events of the Battle of Mogadishu
, a raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali
warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid
The film features a large ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner and Sam Shepard. The film won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 74th Academy Awards. The film was received positively by American film critics, but was strongly criticized by Somalis.
In 1993, famine and civil war have gripped Somalia, resulting in over 300,000 civilian deaths and a major United Nations peacekeeping operation. With the bulk of the peacekeepers withdrawn, the Somali militia loyal to the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid have declared war on the remaining U.N. personnel. In response, U.S. Army Rangers, Delta Force soldiers, and 160th SOAR aviators are deployed to Somalia to capture Aidid, who has proclaimed himself president of the country. To cement his power and subdue the population of Somalia, Aidid and his militia seize Red Cross food shipments, coercing the cooperation of the people, while the U.N. forces are powerless to directly intervene. Outside Mogadishu, Rangers and Delta Force operators capture Osman Ali Atto, a warlord selling arms to Aidid's militia. Shortly thereafter, a mission is planned to capture Omar Salad Elmi and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, two of Aidid's top advisers. The U.S. forces include experienced men as well as new recruits, including Private First Class Todd Blackburn and a desk clerk going on his first mission. When his Lieutenant is removed from duty after having an epileptic seizure, Staff Sergeant Matthew Eversmann is placed in command of Ranger Chalk Four, his first command.
The operation is launched and Delta Force operators successfully capture Aidid's advisers inside the target building, but the Rangers and helicopters escorting the ground-extraction convoy take heavy fire, while SGT Eversmann's Chalk Four is dropped a block away by mistake. Blackburn is severely injured after falling from one of the Black Hawk helicopters, so three Humvees led by Sergeant Jeff Struecker are detached from the convoy to return Blackburn to the U.N.-held Mogadishu Airport. SGT Dominick Pilla is shot and killed just as Struecker's column gets underway, and shortly thereafter Black Hawk Super-Six One, piloted by CWO Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott, is shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and crashes deep within the city. Both pilots are killed, the two crew chiefs are wounded, and one Delta Force sniper on board escapes in another helo that makes it back to base. The ground forces are rerouted to converge on the crash site, but the Somali militia throws up roadblocks, causing LTC Danny McKnight's Humvee column to lose its way, while sustaining heavy casualties. Meanwhile, two Ranger Chalks, including Eversmann's unit, reach Super-Six One's crash site and set up a defensive perimeter to await evacuation with the two wounded men and the fallen pilots. In the interim, Super-Six Four, piloted by CWO Michael Durant, is also shot down by an RPG and crashes several blocks away.
With CPT Mike Steele's Rangers pinned down and sustaining heavy casualties, no ground forces can reach Super Six Four's crash site nor reinforce the Rangers defending Super Six One. Two Delta Force snipers, SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon are inserted by helicopter to Super Six Four's crash site, where they find Durant still alive. The crash site is eventually overrun, Gordon and Shughart are killed, and Durant is captured and taken to Aidid. McKnight's column gives up the attempt to reach Six-One's crash site and returns to base with their prisoners and the casualties. The men prepare to go back to extract the pinned down Rangers and the fallen pilots and MG Garrison sends LTC Joe Cribbs to ask for reinforcements from the 10th Mountain Division, including Malaysian and armored Pakistani forces, to mobilize as a relief column.
As night falls the Somali militia launch a sustained assault on the trapped Americans at Super Six One's crash site. The militia is held off throughout the night by strafing runs and rocket attacks from AH-6J Little Bird helicopter gunships of the Nightstalkers, until the 10th Mountain Division's relief column is able to reach the site. The wounded and casualties are evacuated in the vehicles, but a handful of remaining Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are forced to run from the crash site back to the stadium, in the UN Safe Zone.
The closing credits detail the results of the raid: 19 American soldiers were killed, with over 1,000 Somalis dead. Durant was released after 11 days of captivity. Delta Force snipers Gordon and Shughart were the first soldiers to be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. On August 2, 1996, Aidid was killed in a battle with a rival clan. General Garrison retired the following day."
Had a chance to watch this 2011 documentary on dvd in March 2013. Quite the film given the severe nature of bullying in general, and how much media attention has been given in recent years to the many stories, cases & events that have taken place in schools all over (especially in N. America). The consequences, hurt, tragedies, and ongoing severity of everything. The documentary focuses on young individuals and their families located in the United States. It's a challenging topic to cover (given how global / international bullying is at various age levels and all) in a mere 90+ minutes or so, but that said - I would recommend it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_%282011_film%29http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1g9RV9OKhghttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bully_2012/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1682181/
Wikipedia - "Bully
(originally titled The Bully Project
) is a 2011 documentary film about bullying in U.S. schools
. Directed by Lee Hirsch
, the film follows the lives of five students who face bullying
on a daily basis. Bully
premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
It was also screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
and the LA Film Festival
Bully had its global premiere at Italy's Ischia Film Festival on July 17, 2011. Bully was acquired by The Weinstein Company immediately after its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The film was released in United States theaters on March 30, 2012.
On the official website the filmmakers are promoting Bully as an important advocacy tool against bullying and in facilitating an anti-bullying movement. Contrary to the filmmakers' goals, the film suffered from a lack of accessibility in theatres and from an extended downtime between theatre and home release. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 12, 2013, on Amazon.com.
The documentary follows students from public schools in Georgia
during the 2009–10 school year; it also follows the students' families. The film's particular focus is on the deaths of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, victims of bullying who took their own lives. The film describes in great detail how the average American school kid cannot defend himself or herself against ridicule.
Won passes to an advance screening of The Host in Burnaby, B.C. in recent weeks in March 2013. We enjoyed the film and had a clear perspective coming in being unfamiliar with the book it was based upon. The audience response seemed positive, with a mixture of ages at the screening. We'd rate the film a 6.5 or so out of 10 with good sci-fi & visuals/effects. It was just over 2 hours in running time / length.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517260/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Host_%282013_film%29http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thehost/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_host_2013/Rotten Tomatoes - "What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world."
Won advance screening passes to the 20th anniversary of Jurassic Park in 3D Imax format in late-March (with the film debuting in early-April). We quite enjoyed it and it was great to see it 20 years after seeing the original in regular big screen format back in 1993. Still remember checking it out with family and friends of family back in the day at the Dolphin Cinemas in North Burnaby, and then us all crossing the street to the former McDonald's located there and snacking on the then-popular mini pizzas they offered.
As for Jurassic Park ... the franchise has proven very popular over the years, with the 4th film in the series pegged for a release next year in June 2014 (also in 3D), per Wikipedia.
For those unfamiliar with Jurassic Park as a franchise ... here's some data per the good folks @ the aforementioned Wiki.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Park_%28film%29http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UbRrlzsZwQhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/04/07/movies-big-screen-jurassic-park-back-to-the-future/
"Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello, Martin Ferrero and Bob Peck. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.
Before Crichton's book was even published, many studios had already begun bidding to acquire the picture rights. Spielberg, with the backing of Universal Studios, acquired the rights before publication in 1990, and Crichton was hired for an additional $500,000 to adapt the novel for the screen. David Koepp wrote the final draft, which left out much of the novel's exposition and violence, and made numerous changes to the characters. Filming took place in California and Hawaii.
Jurassic Park is regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery, and received positive reviews from most critics. The film grossed over $900 million worldwide, surpassing another Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, to become the highest-grossing film released up to that time (it was surpassed four years later by Titanic). It currently ranks as the 25th-highest-grossing film worldwide, and 20th-highest-grossing film in North America, adjusted for inflation. It is the highest-grossing film produced by Universal and directed by Spielberg. Jurassic Park won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
The film's success led to two sequels being made: The Lost World: Jurassic Park also directed by Spielberg, which was released on May 23, 1997, and Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston, which was released on July 18, 2001. A 3D re-release was released on April 5, 2013, to commemorate the movie's 20th Anniversary. Jurassic Park 4 is slated to be released on June 13, 2014 in 3D. "
Picked up a 384ml bottle of this Garnier Fructis Pure Clean product in recent months (Normal Hair). I haven't bought much in the way of Garnier products over the years, having stuck with other brands, but it was good selection. Using a coupon ... got it for less than $2 and it has held up well. I like the fact that it doesn't seem to leave much in the way of residue or film as some other hair products tend to do. I will buy this product again. Preferably on sale though
considering it's not the largest of sizes at the aforementioned 384ml quantity.
As per the packaging ...
- Fortifying shampoo & conditioner
- 92% biodegradable
- No silicone / no paraben / no dye / with acerola berry antioxidant
- Conditioned, strong, healthy looking hairhttp://www.garnier.ca/_en/_ca/haircare/hc-fructis-pure-clean/shampoo-pure-clean.htm
Had free tickets to the movie theatre recently, and saw Silver Linings Playbook with a friend and we enjoyed it. Working in the field of mental health ourselves, we felt as though the film did a good job not overdoing it (or mocking / making light) of mental illness on the whole. Some movies tread a fine line in touching upon serious subject matter(s), but the director and cast did a good job here. It would have been interesting to see more scenes involving psychiatry and medicine / psychotropic medication, but the plot and storyline(s) had other directions they needed to tackle as well. Very nice to see all the main 4 talents get nominated at this past Sunday's Academy Awards on February 24th, 2013 as well. Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence on her win
for Best Actress. For those who aren't familiar with her work, she was also nominated
for an Academy Award for Winter's Bone a few years ago as well. Also, nice to see the relationship and family dynamics at play in this film as well. It had a proper balance of emotion(s), heart, and humour is how I can put it best, Savelanders.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Linings_Playbook
Wikipedia - "Silver Linings Playbook
is an American romantic comedy-drama film
directed by David O. Russell
from a screenplay by Russell, adapted from the novel of the same name
by Matthew Quick
. The film stars Bradley Cooper
and Jennifer Lawrence
, with Robert De Niro
, Jacki Weaver
, Chris Tucker
, Anupam Kher
and Julia Stiles
in supporting roles.
Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 and was released in the United States on November 16, 2012. The film opened to major critical success and earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. It also achieved the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories, the first time since Reds in 1981, and also being nominated for the Big Five, the first time since Million Dollar Baby in 2004; four Golden Globe Award nominations, with Lawrence winning Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture; three BAFTA nominations, with Russell winning for Best Adapted Screenplay; four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with Lawrence winning Best Actress; and five Independent Spirit Award nominations."