Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Monday!

As a new work week begins, it can be therapeutic to speak one’s mind freely in a way that will not result in punishment. This type of setting will vary for everybody. Just think of it as an exercise of releasing the frustration of losing that precious freedom from the weekend that is now only visible in the rear view mirror.

Also, timing is everything!

Have a Dam(n) Good Week!

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From Christian Bale to…Who!?

“You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.”
–Richard Dreyfuss

“Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli.”
–Wil Wheaton

These were just two of the many instantaneous twitter responses to the news late last night that Ben Affleck has been cast to portray Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel.

(insert the sound of air being let out of a tire)

The task of finding a suitable replacement in the post-Christian Bale era was going to be difficult and nearly impossible. But still, this decision is shockingly bad. There had to be a handful of other actors (it’s difficult to name names because the role should probably go to more of an unknown, like Henry Cavill) who could have at least filled the role enough to be believable on-screen and received the polite golf clap with a nod complemented with a, “not bad…” audible response.

Now, it’s just bad.

On one side, you have Henry Cavill who had the similarly impossible task of trying to be the, “man of steel” post-Christopher Reeve (Superman is always in the post-Reeve era by the way) and he did an amazing job. He escaped into the world of a new kind of Superman with a new kind of story and did a fantastic job.

He made everyone believe he was the, “man of steel.” Cavill embodied everything you’d want from a modern day Kal-El, Clark Kent and Superman (“that’s what they’re calling him”). Hopefully, there will be more jokes and flirting from Clark Kent to Lois Lane à la Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in the sequel…

Cavill was quietly super with moments of familiar charm.

Conversely, Ben Affleck is not dark, edgy or conflicted. These are somewhat important characteristics for Bruce Wayne/Batman. When you watch Affleck on-screen on most occasions, you can see he’s acting and not escaping into the role. It’s going to be difficult to watch him convincingly embrace the persona of a willing billionaire playboy who has a dangerous night job fueled by raw and convoluted emotions.

Here’s a clip that shows the future Batman in action while in a suit.

Unfortunately, we all know this is just the tip of the iceberg for Affleck.

Movies involving superheroes are not simply about star power, but they hinge on character power as portrayed by great actors.

It’s a small, prestigious club. Many have tried, but only a few actors have truly “fit” their roles to give lasting, iconic performances.

Only time will tell, but when the bat signal lights up in a couple years, it may look a little different…it just may project “S.O.S.”

France to the Rescue! Wait, What?

“France has called for the use of force against Syria if reports of a mass chemical weapon attack against civilians there are confirmed.”

This is the first sentence from an article released out of London this morning by Karen Friar titled, “France says ‘force’ could be used in Syria.” Yes, you read that correctly. France, a nation that has historically been the punchline for being universally cowardly, weak and prone to surrendering when physical engagement of any degree is involved, has definitively stated they will exercise force if Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad did in fact use a chemical weapon against his own people.

Why is this significant?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a New World Order. France is projecting strength while the United States of America is sitting in a back room with the curtains closed trying to erase a pesky “red line” written in permanent marker.

The point of this post is not to promote or argue the specific nature of injecting force as much as it is to present this breathtaking new dynamic in global perception subsequent role in the world. Regardless of whether you are for or against force in Syria, a head spinning paradigm shift has occurred. That’s the story.

The United States of America (protests in Iran, the Arab Spring, Benghazi, Syria and Egypt as a few examples) has proven a striking and surreal lack of proficiency and skill (if this word even applies) at being a chess player or even a checkers player and has actually, purposefully as a matter of fact, established itself as a bona fide absentee player in world altering affairs.

Continually voting absentee on important issues. That pattern seems oddly familiar for one particular high-ranking figure in our federal government…

Time will tell (and soon by the way) on the response from President Obama and the United States of America regarding Syria and potential confirmation of Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own citizens.

For now though, rest assured! One country with red, white and blue in their flag is protruding global strength, concern and purpose for the people of Syria who are being murdered everyday. However, I bet Americans would never guess which country has turned out to be the leader on this front…

Or, sadly, maybe they have.

It’s a new day in the world for France while it continues to be “Groundhog Day” for the United States of America under President Obama, as viewed from the back row of course.

The Talented Mr. Shakespeare

The future leaders of this country are entering their respective schools for a new year filled with inquisitive minds, a thirst for knowledge and the hope of walking into at least one classroom with a teacher who will open their eyes to new horizons. With any luck, this teacher will provide a perspective perhaps no other teacher ever has…ever.

I wish all of you good luck in the new school year that will surely be defined by a myriad of scholarly insights and achievements!

I had no idea William Shakespeare loved chocolate enough to write an entire play about it…I suppose it’s true you learn something new everyday!

P.S. On a more serious note, consider the following quote for inspiration:

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves
—William Shakespeare