I remember it like it was yesterday. I can see myself running to daddy when I heard the slightest clap of thunder. I would bury my face into his chest and hide. I knew he would protect me from that monster of a storm. He would hold me tight and tell me it was just the angels playing a game of bowling. Then he would let me sit in his lap and watch him do a crossword puzzle. I was amazed at all the big words he knew. I thought he was the greatest man ever. He knew so much about life and I wanted to know everything like he did.
So you must think about getting a 50th birthday gag gift somewhere between two extremes. And that’s in the middle of a cruel cheap shot … and the typical limp, pansy-worded greeting card. What could be the solution that would send a message with your own unique brand of comedy?
He was a joker gaming. He posted a dish-washing ad for “Dawn” above the kitchen sink. The ad read “Let Dawn do your dishes”. He could tell a joke and make you hurt from laughing so hard. He was a card alright.
“I’ll give you the square of my shoe if you don’t watch your mouth,” he said. My five year old brother suddenly appeared as an apparition that resembled Casper the Ghost.
Studios seem to be rehashing sequel after sequel in the hope that we as the paying public will come in our droves to the theater and part with our hard earned money and they fail to realize that this comes at the expense of talented scriptwriters and directors as they now dont really have their creative voice speaking, shouting, SCREAMING at me so I can feel like I have been drawn in.
Not to be confused with “Hulk” which was mentioned above, this 2008 soft re-boot of the Hulk franchise is actually really good. While not a sequel this film moves forward without invalidating anything from the previous film. The movie explores the fragile psyche of Bruce Banner; evokes the best of the Bill Bixby television series and has incredible (no pun intended) fight scenes with the Abomination. Plus the love story with Betty Ross is kept to a minimum. What more can anyone ask for in a super-hero movie? The only thing I can think of would have been a been a cameo from Wolverine.
The movie is beautifully made, finely crafted, well-written, has great music, is well-acted and plotted and…most interestingly for me…makes some strong social commentary, as when we hear lines like, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” You can take hear as simply dialogue from a Super Hero movie, or you can really pay attention to the messages this movie is sending out, loud and clear in this, a political year unlike any other. When supporting players like Eric Roberts (“King of the Gypsies”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Stranger than Fiction,” “Sherry Baby”), William Fichtner (“Prison Break,” “Invasion” on television) and the leads mentioned above add their expert thespian talents to the mix, you’re watching one of the best movies of the summer and the year.