The Theory of Everything

In 2013, I was fortunate enough to see Stephen Hawking at an appearance at Cal Tech in Pasadena.  My friends, Andrea and Candice, and I heard about the event a couple of days before it occurred. Although we were fairly sure we wouldn’t make it out to Pasadena in time to get into the lecture, because of work schedules, we decided we would give it a try anyway. Okay, so you should know that Andrea and I are particularly nerdy, Candice is slightly less so.  Andrea in particular is a bit of a Hawking fan girl, and as we drove up to the Cal Tech campus she was almost jumping through the window of the car with eagerness. Then we saw the line…. It wrapped around a significant amount of the campus, not just the building on campus where he would be giving the lecture. Our hearts sank, but we dutifully found the end of the magnificent line, and slowly inched forward as they filled the gigantic auditorium. It slowly filled up completely. Then we heard they had big screens set up in another auditorium, and they were filling that one as well. So, the crazy-long line kept moving forward. Eventually it stopped again, and this time an announcement was made that all the seats were filled.  Our hearts sank again. A 90 minute drive, almost 2 hours in line, and we weren’t going to get to see Hawking.  Then, they said that they were setting up big screen out on the lawn, and the rest of us could watch the lecture live from there, if we still wanted to...

The Interview

Obviously this Seth Rogen and James Franco film has been in the news, because of the hack attacks against Sony.  The fact that the film was pulled from the major chains rubbed me the wrong way.  I suppose, I understand the reason the theaters decided not to show the film, however, giving in on this sort of issue is terribly dangerous. Although I am not a fan of this sort of film, I went to see it at the Gardenwalk Theater in Anaheim, which is one of the 300 independent theaters that agreed to screen the film after the big chains wimped out.  I’d like to commend them for stepping in and showing the film, and I’d like to say how disappointed I am in the Regal and Cinemark chains for breaking their contracts and not showing The Interview. As for the film itself?  It was a slapstick, somewhat crass, comedy.  As I said at the beginning, it’s not my thing. So, why did everything get so out of control with The Interview? Rogen and Franco built the satirical humor of the film around the extreme personality of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. They ridicule him and the way through the film.  Originally the target was Kim Jong-il, but when he passed away during the preproduction of the film, they shifted the satirical attack against his son. I can’t imagine any country being happy about having a filmmaker target their president, king, prime minister, or other leader, especially one as heavy-handed as The Interview. Franco and Rogen really set out to lampoon the foreign leader. In The Interview,...

Into the Storm

Overall, parts of Into the Storm are quite impressive. If you want to get a better idea of the power of a tornado, and our weather system which is tending to swing to more extreme cycles, Into the Storm will give you a good basic view of things. Hopefully, if they make a sequel of some sort, they’ll spend a little more on their acting talent and a couple of technical advisors (including one for CPR).

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