Monday, July 23, 2007

a movie review

I had not intended to see this movie: never had Transformers, had little interest in it.

But then I heard from several people that it was really good. And they were adults.

This is nothing like one might expect. In fact, I think the title actually hurts it. This is not a kid's toy movie: this is a war movie; something like a cross between Toy Soldiers and Independence Day. A good ol' aliens threatening the planet sci-fi war movie. And very well done.
Every aspect is good, and some quite good- and the special effects are very good- in fact, there is only one scene in the movie where a person "looking at" the non-existent later to be dubbed in Autobot is not looking at the right spot. Otherwise, you would assume- and wonder how- these big fellas were on the set. In the end, they become... well, let's say GM got its money's worth.

And there are some laugh out loud moments, too!
However, as a kid, I think I would be disappointed in the the transformations: they were too quick to see what was happening and that was always the neat thing about transformers, seeing just how that fender became the upper arm or whatever; and clearly here, that isn't happening- just a bunch of abracadabra and now the truck is a giant bot.

Great on the Big Screen, but I think it will hold up on the home screen too- it is a good movie even beyond the special effects. In fact, the only real defect is the name...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Fish and music: that is what Citrus County has long been known for. There was that momentary attempt to start a sugar business, as represented by the historic Yulee Sugar Mill ruins, an enterprise doomed by poor timing, but the bass fishing has long enticed the tourist, and the singing has long entranced the local as both performer and audience.

For three days at the end of July, the Citrus Community Concert Choir will perform its 4th annual Summer Concert presentation:
I Like a Gershwin Tune... How About You?.

Under the direction of Jacki Doxey, and accompanied by Harry Hershey on piano, the group will perform on three days at three locations. The opening performance is on Friday, 27 July at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Inverness, with a second performance two days later at Faith Lutheran in Lecanto at 2:00 pm, with the final show on Tuesday, 31 July, again at 7:30 at the First Baptist Church of Crystal River. Admission is $10, with children 12 and under admitted free and the contact numbers are (352) 628-3492 and 382-7071.

The two hour show has one intermission and features six sections of Gershwin stylings. The CCCC Inc. is a non-profit organization of about 45 members and at the Sunday performance will present its 4th annual $1000 scholarship to a graduating Citrus County High School or college student who is pursuing study in the music field- preferably the vocal arts.

Founder Jacki Doxey is the Music Director at Faith Lutheran Church in Lecanto and is also currently the music director for The Music Man at the Citrus County Art Center Theater (Closing Sunday) and musical director for the upcoming season opening Three Penny Opera at Playhouse 19 in Crystal River opening September 13th.



Monday, July 09, 2007

I love this stuff!

I just got an e-mail from The Huntsman featured in my photo album MNSSHP from 2006 at and in myblog entry of the same subject, a bit down in the blog now, Who Was that Masked Man?

Seems he came across my blog entry and wanted to explain his hurry when Iwas trying to snap his picture- had a dinner reservation at The Liberty Tree Tavern! And it seems every ten feet someone would want him to stop for a picture or an auotgraph! He has his Disney photos at:

I love this stuff!

I also went to a second viewing of Ratatouille today and it is even better the second time! Great movie!


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Happy Independence Day!

Being from Boston, where we started the whole thing, including the big party with the Pops, thank you Arthur Fiedler and still have the best show, to be broadcast tonight on CBS hosted by Craig Ferguson who is a treat in himself, and featuring John Mellencamp. I will, as usual be sitting comfortably at home watching that show once again. I did attend it live a few times, and it is not for the faint of heart! Think of it as Woodstock without the drugs, sex, and... well, they do have Rock n' Roll now... and in the middle of the big city! But, live or televised, a good time!

I do remember better though one particular 4th of July. I was on the road at that particular time was “living” on Cocoa Beach! It was 1976, the Bicentennial, and the only official celebration of the special anniversary was at Kennedy Space Center. Full details are in my big woodcarving book, and that was a really good time! I remember watching sea turtles make their way back to the ocean after laying their eggs up on the beach about 3am, and eating apples and cheese.

A few weeks ago, I found a lapel pin at a local flea market: no one knew what it was...

And yesterday, I received a movie from a friend. I watched it last night and talk about timing! You have most likely never heard of this movie, but if you are “Proud to be an American”, you should see it: it is quite possibly one of the most important and patriotic things you will ever do. It was released in 2006 and is by Aaron Russo, producer of such movies as “Rude Awakening”, “Wise Guys”, “Trading Places”, and “The Rose”. He also won an Emmy in 1978.

The movie is: “America: From Freedom to Fascism”.

It is a documentary, but still very entertaining and incredibly fascinating. It exposes the deliberate and anti-constitutional perversion of the wealth of America by a specific few; the illegality of income and other personal taxes (as so declared many times by the Supreme Court); the erosion of the rights and liberties of the American citizen “for his own good”; a possible alternative explanation for the war in Iraq, and other wars (“Some American soldiers will have to kill and die for this”); and some alarming notices of things already underway by (unconstitutional) Presidential Executive Order and a “rubber stamp” Congress.

Have you been implanted with your locator/data chip yet?

Happy Independence Day- You will have it as long as you defend it.

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