Sunday, August 07, 2011

Football Again, Movie Reviews

Okay world you can breath easy now, Obama/Congress have signed off on the debt ceiling, the drouth in Texas may be broken by 2013 and the National Football League is back in action. Seems as though the players and owners reached a compromise on the $9 billion that was floating around out there in cyberspace and while they didn’t split it down the middle both sides seemed happy. My feeling is that it should not have been an issue, after all the teams are owned by zillionaires and the players work for them, so why were they entitled to any of it other than their regular wages. But, these are modern times and the inmates do run the prison some times and these pampered over paid athletes called football players are now into an agreement that is for 10 years.

Now that football players in the NFL, Colleges, and some high schools, don’t play on dirt or real grass anymore they seem to think they are above getting dirty and should be paid more. They now spend more time looking squeaky clean than they do playing the game. I am sure part of the new agreement called for reimbursement for hair styling, custom clothing, pedicures, and nail trimming so they will look good at all times. Use to football was played on grass, real dirt, no matter the weather. Now they are even considering eliminating two a day work outs, which consisted of two miserable weeks of a work out in the morning and one in the afternoon. It was like purgatory before advancing to the new season. Then there is the sissy stuff they now drink for hydration whereas in the olden days hydration was a forbidden practice. They only reason the players didn’t die more often was because the coaches forced 10 salt tablets down you throat each day. Drinking any kind of liquid during a work out made you eligible for all kinds of disciplinary action. Ahh for the good ole days!!

Movie Reviews: “Cowboys and Aliens”, ***, The pre-marketing hype on this movie exceeded the actual showing. While it was stacked with excellent actors, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde the movie just did not equal the potential of these stars. Believing that there was aliens during the 1870’s is not really hard, but the fact that they came to this world to mine for gold and take back to their planet is a little far fetched. The real cruncher here was they went to New Mexico to mine the gold and we would imagine that with their superior intelligence they would have either gone to California or Colorado, since that is where all the gold is. There was lots of action but it didn’t equal “OK Corral.” Craig does a nice job and Ford is okay even though they never let him be real mean as his character was supposed to be. Now I know I am being a little picky since this is fiction, sci-fi, but It just fell short on all sides in my opinion and merits a discount ticket and some really fresh popcorn. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” ***, Well I guess we have always wondered where these educated apes came from that took Charlton Heston captive in the very first Planet of the Apes back in 1968. Now we know that the story is a reality-based cautionary tale, a blend of science fiction and science fact in which ambitious father-and-son scientists( played by John Lithgrow and James Franco) experiment on apes while seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s. Set in San Francisco(why is it that these cities are always the setting, how about Lubbock or Amarillo some time?) their experiments develop an intelligence in apes that, eventually serves as an onset of a war for supremacy. So, now be ready for the sequel since I am sure it is on the cutting room floor right now. Rated PG-13 for intense and frightening sequences of action and violence.

EA, SH......:)



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