Friday, November 30, 2012

Rise of the Guardians - Review

I went to the movies this weekend.  We (Mrs. T and I) were invited to join my sister and my niece (you remember her, the genius soccer star) to catch a matinee showing of DreamWorks's Rise of the Guardians.

I went in expecting a Christmas movie since anything I have seen for the movie seemed to be focused on Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) .  However, the key character is actually Jack Frost (Chris Pine) who is suddenly promoted to the level of Guardian to help protect the world's children from Pitch Black (Jude Law).  The press release tells the basics:


DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
However the story is so much more.  At one point the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) explains that Easter is about hope, renewal, and a rebirth.  A point that is very close to the truth, without offending the non-Christians.
Based on a book by the Oscar winning screenwriter William Joyce, this is a story about childhood faith in the legends that we were taught by our parents.  This is a story about believing.  Although it is chock full of legendary characters like the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fischer) and the Sandman as well, it reminds us that child like faith is what we need to keep alive through out our lives.  Without that faith, regardless of your beliefs, your life can become filled with fear and resentment.
This was one of those amazing movies that never seemed to hit a flat point. It was always keeping you going and it brought you along in the emotions of the moment throughout the entire movie.  This is a rare gem that I hope wins a lot of awards.  It has earned them.
--TT

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How About A Nice Mug of History?


As I was digging around in the cupboards above the fridge (you know, the place where you put things for safe keeping but never find them again.) I happened across a find from my honeymoon oh so long ago.

We stayed at the Dixie Landings Resort at Walt Disney World.  At that time it was a wonderful place to visit and you received a guide to the resort that included wonderful stories about how the "town" was founded and why there are so many different sections to the resort as well.  I haven't found it, but we may still have our copy of the "newspaper".

What I did find however was our refillable cups.  These cups cost us somewhere around $10 to purchase and fill for the first time.  After that they cost us nothing to refill.  The amazing part of these cups is that not only are they a remembrance of a resort that once was (yes, I know it still exists at Port Orleans - Riverside, but that is not the same thing) but it is actually still refillable.

You can still get insulated mugs at the resorts, but they are all very generic across all the resorts, and only refillable for the length of the stay, at least according to the note on the side.  Ours however are specific to the Dixie Landings resort, and since they predate the new mugs are still refillable any time we return to those resorts!

I have trips planned for next year, but even though we are not staying at the resorts, we will still be taking those with us to refill for old time sake.


--TT

Monday, November 26, 2012

It Was A Mass Murder!

I was driving home from the store a few days and discovered that there had been a mass murder in our neighborhood.  It must have happened very recently as the police had not been there and it was not marked as a crime scene.

It was really rather gruesome to see, all these bodies laying around in various positions.  Although I was surprise that there was no blood anywhere.  The movies always make these things look so bloody and terribly messy.  Surprisingly the bodies were quite clean of any blood or other marks.  Must have been death by strangulation or suffocation.  Maybe it was poison gas?

Naturally, I took a picture as quickly as I could in case someone moved the bodies before the authorities arrived.  Can't have any evidence being tainted can we?

--TT





Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Flight

I recently went to the movies with my sister to see Flight.  I was expecting an exciting movie, but not really sure what the story was about other than a plane crash.

The opening scene is filled with full nudity, alcohol, and drugs.  The scenes with the aircraft are very dramatic and have you on the edge of your seat. Everything after that is filled with cursing and runs flat.

The story is not that compelling after the crash.  It centers on Captain Whip Whitaker and his inability to get past his own failing, which he denies exist.  However, there are some hilarious scenes as well, primarily when John Goodman is involved.  Interesting note that I made while watching was that every time there was a change in act, there was a thunderstorm.  It was a subtle indicator, but one that was rather appropriate for the turbulence in his life.

I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but the best parts of the movie were the crash and the two ending scenes.  Both of which I don't think you will expect.

Am I going to say that this was a horrible movie?  No.  But I will say that it really wasn't what I expected, and it was just average.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts...

I have been swamped with work and it has finally caught up to me.  I promise to get back to posting shortly, just not today. ;)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Where Am I?

Since I have been throwing a lot of tough ones at you, I thought it would be good to toss a softball over the plate for the first time.

This is a picture of a bridge.  Yes, you may call me Captain Obvious now if you like.  The question is what bridge?

Let's see how long it takes to get a correct answer on this one.

I am traveling today so my response to your posts will have to wait until the evening. ;)

--TT

Friday, November 2, 2012

Other DUH!

Anyone that has been around this blog knows that I have a great deal of fun with food and caterers.  They always try to make their little signs informative regarding the food they have in the steam trays.  This time is no better.

As you can see from the picture to the right, this tray had steamed vegetables in it.  Specifically, it had broccoli in it.  No cheese sauce or anything. just the broccoli.  That's why I had to laugh when I read that this dish was a vegetarian and dairy free. Let's see... broccoli is a vegetable so that would actually make this dish a vegetarian dish. But then who didn't realize that?

Now let's address the "Dairy Free".  Hmm, sorry, can't see where broccoli without a cheese sauce can begin to resemble anything BUT "Dairy Free".  So now we have stepped into the land of Captain Obvious.

I know that we want to have clear labeling in case someone has an allergy issue, but sometimes we need to also have a little sanity as well.

--TT