Movie: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Watched the move Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Christian Bale. It was the story of Moses. A new tale, a re-imagining, and not a remake of the 1956 The Ten Commandments. I enjoyed the movie, the backdrops, the effects, the characters, though it is a big macho movie, with the stare downs, fight scenes, and chest thumping.

In the story, after Moses suffers a head injury, he begins to talk to God, and embarks on his journey to free the Israelites. After recruiting and carrying out terrorist activities, the plagues start. The movie gives explanations about each of the plagues except the last one, and the parting of the Red Sea, as being a series of events with one causing another, and coincidences which Moses was able to take advantage of. For the last plague, what medicinal or preventative measures does lamb’s blood, or the blood of any animal, counteracts the angel of death?

Movie: The Ten Commandments

In preparation for the release of Exodus, we watched Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments from 1956. It is considered one of the great epics. But what poor acting. I suppose that was the style: wooden, unrealistic, and over the top faked for the emotional parts. It has that flaw in the writing when Charleston Heston, at the parting of the Red Sea, states about “The Lord of Hosts…” which is a Christian concept not used until after the time of Jesus.

Richard Matheson

I heard Richard Matheson died two days ago, June 23, 2013, at the age of 87. He was quite the author. My first exposure to his work was when I read his short story Born of Man and Woman when I was around 10. It was in a collection, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. What a story! So short, so many questions left unanswered. That was his first short story.

He went on to write so many stories, and screenplays, with some excellent ones being:

He was such a prolific writer and monumentally influential that his stories will probably be retold for centuries.

Amy Lee or Katherine Jenkins – Which Singer Do You Prefer, and Why?

I am a big fan of Amy Lee of Evanescence – such a passionate and intense singer! What a powerful voice! I often lip sync or sing to her music before I do public speaking.

Two of my favourites are Going Under and Bring Me To Life. Today while viewing Bring Me To Life on Youtube I came upon that same song performed by Katherine Jenkins. What a coincidence! I was introduced to Katherine Jenkins a week before while watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special: A Christmas Carol. What an incredible voice Katherine Jenkins has! Such melody and soothing sounds in Abigails Song!

Let’s compare these two powerful singers and their beautiful voices side by side on the same song:

Amy Lee:

Katherine Jenkins:

Though Katherine Jenkins has a smoother and nicer voice than Amy Lee, she lacks the emotion, the feeling, the intensity. I prefer the raw emotion of Amy Lee.

Psy’s Gangnam Style and the end of the World on Friday December 21, 2012.

No, it isn’t happening, the supposed prediction from Nostradamus that when Psy’s video reaches one billion viewers, the world will end. It was all invented, as reported at GMA News: admits to ‘inventing’ end of the world prophecy involving Gangnam style. It isn’t even a hoax, because there was no intent to deceive. It will be great if the video reaches one billion views on Friday, December 21st, 2012, the day some talkaloti conspiracy theorists say that because the Mayan calendar ends, the world would end. You would have to be living in a cave not to know that – it is all over the media. Or maybe you are living in a cave because you are stocked up with food and supplies for whatever cataclysm overtakes us.

I was about ten years old when I first heard of that date on the Mayan calendar, and thought it would be fascinating to spend the day at an ancient Mayan Temple, perhaps waiting for the aliens to return – that is one interpretation, that the Mayan gods will return. That means: the aliens are coming! That would be fun.

Instead, I will help Psy get to 1,000,000,000 views. I showed his video at my Toastmasters group today, and sent the YouTube link to my BNI group. I am doing my part. Nice catchy song, interesting video. Shallow but sure is entertaining. For your enjoyment, and to make it easier for me to find the video, here is a link to Psy’s Gangnam Style on YouTube, and embedded here. As of this embedding, the count is 971,518,818:

 

 

Book: Star Wars vs. Star Trek

I just finished reading Star Wars vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck which asks the question “Could the Empire kick the Federation’s Ass?” It is a nice, light, entertaining book that pits various characters and situations from the two sagas. Each section is introduced with a series of trivia questions. I scored 94 out of 120 on those trivia questions, which is 78%. Seven of those errors were for Star Trek questions, which isn’t bad, as I am a Star Trek fan and once spent an hour and a half with Gene Roddenberry. That is another story. Buy the book.