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"Oh, had I but followed the Arts"-William Shakespeare

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SHIELD TAKES THE WORLD AS IT IS,NOT AS WE'D LIKE IT TO BE"

The last few years have been a kind of love letter to Geeks, Stan Lee and Comic Books. I have enjoyed it all. Iron Man 1-3, X-Men (all 4), Thor (2), Batman (3), okay I'm not really a fan of Spiderman, so I guess not all. Captain America, which brings me to my Reel of the Week. CAPTAIN AMERICA:THE WINTER SOLDIER 

  Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers aka CAPTAIN AMERICA.
Steve is still making discoveries about the very new and very different world he finds himself in after being brought back from suspended animation. Nick Fury calls Steve into SHIELD. Something is awry in the SHIELD network and things are not what they seem. Steve enlists the help of friends old and new. Natasha aka BLACK WIDOW (Scarlett Johansson) and a fellow soldier Sam aka FALCON (Anthony Mackie).
Meanwhile Nick is testing allegiances and friendships to save SHIELD and all it stands for, from a threat whose origin remains a mystery.
CAPTAIN AMERICA'S mission will bring up the past in the form of a Soviet Agent known as THE WINTER SOLDIER (Sebastian Stan). CAPTAIN AMERICA'S loyalty to SHIELD is tested. He must choose between his loyalty to SHIELD and his loyalty to his past and beliefs about who he is and what he stands for.
CAPTAIN AMERICA hit the ground running and didn't stop for the full 136 minutes. It was homeric, great fun and full of stomach dropping action. The car chase near the beginning had me clutching my arm rest (luckily no ones arm was resting on it at the time.) Lots of strong kick-ass women (although once again no women of color. Film has been around since the 1890's,I can't believe we are STILL having this conversation). Robert Redford as ANDREW PIERCE was such a coup. He jumped in with both feet and gave an understated but flawless performance. I can't believe he agreed to be in it.
Sebastian Stans performance as the WINTER SOLDIER was perfectly balanced. I felt sympathy for him even when he was at his worst.
CAPTAIN AMERICA was entertaining, fast-paced and had a good story wrapped in action packed fun. I also enjoyed waiting for that STAN LEE moment, it's like find Waldo.
Don't forget to stay for the credits. Also the ABC television series AGENTS OF SHIELD follows the plot line of the movie, it's great fun if you haven't watched it yet, check it out.

Bits & Bobs &..Illyri & Galateans...& Sherlock and.....

Spring is in the air, I can tell by the ants invading my kitchen. But there is a feeling of buoyancy and hope. I have completed my online ASL review course (I know, it seems endless....it is). Hopefully the test is on the horizon. I am geared up to hit the summer audition trail. My second CMP commercial is currently airing (I have such lovely hands and a way with a light switch).

I have managed to do some reading. The latest is CONQUEST by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard. It's book one in the CHRONICLES OF THE INVADERS  series. 

 The Earth is a very different place. Countries are no longer fighting amongst themselves. A new enemy has arrived. The Illyri, an alien species has conquered and now rules every aspect of Human life. With domination comes rebellion in the form of the Resistance. The illyri may be in control, but the Humans are not cooperating. They have set aside their differences to face the enemy.

Sixteen year old Syl is Illyri, born on Earth. She finds herself torn between her idealized version of her home world and the dichotomy of beauty & self-destructive behavior that is the home of her birth.
Paul is also sixteen, but of conquered Earth, the only Earth he has ever known. He has also grown up as part of the Resistance, it's a natural as breathing.
Syl's deep feelings about right and wrong will make her a villain to her own people. Syl and Paul must navigate the treacherous path to understanding one another, because the place they both call home is facing an even greater horror and to join together may be their only hope of saving Earth.

In the past I really haven't been a fan of collaborative writing. Stephen King and Peter Straub collaborated. For me it just didn't work. Their writing styles didn't mesh well. James Patterson & his various collaborations....not so much. But this works. I'm very familiar with John Connolly's writing style, having read all of his books. Jennifer Ridyard adds another layer, an richness to the dialogue, a roundness & a softness. They've forged a solid, seamless story. A complimentary collaboration.
CONQUEST was engaging, believable and painted a vivid picture of Earth in conflict.  A well written story, a plethora of Sci-Fi fantasy with a heavy grounding in research and new things on the horizon. Rich & complex characters. As an actress I couldn't help imagining what an incredible movie this would make!
I didn't want it to end. Lucky for me it hasn't, the second installment entitled EMPIRE, is currently in the works. Hooray!


Now what has been in heavy rotation for me musically. I have been in Soundtrack mode, interspersed with some Jack White & Laura Marling.
Mostly the Soundtrack for the PBS series SHERLOCK & the musical HAIR.
Jack white is such an interesting & innovative singer & musician. Laura Marling has such a way with a Lyric a wanting tone to her voice.











I hope that you will discover something new, that moves you. After all, that's the reason I created my blog. Enjoy!