Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Morning Edition - 6/1/05

So You Want To Be Free?
Madagascar, the animated feature released last Friday has some pretty big names providing the character voices. Marty the zebra is played by Chris Rock, Gloria the hippo is Jada Pinkett Smith, Alex the lion is Ben Stiller, while Melman the giraffe is David Schwimmer. Cedric the Entertainer also holds a hysterical role as a lemur (a sort-of squirrel looking animal). Many critics boasted that the penguins steal the show, but the true show-stopper is king Julien played by Sacha Baron Cohen, better known for his alter ego character on HBO, Ali G. Unlike movies like Shrek 2, that were made with children and parents in mind, Madagascar plays more to the children and loses its adult audience several times in the film. The storyline is basic – animals in zoo want to be free and roam wild, only to find that the plush lives they’ve lived have made them unable to cope with the jungle. The film drags on and although it catered mostly to children, there were some scenes which were obviously written with an adult audience in mind – problem is, you don’t see how children would find them very funny (they don’t have that double-edge joke feel). Ultimately, children who sat near me were more interested in watching my date and I lean on each other, feeding each other butter-drenched popcorn, rather than catching the anti-climactic end of the film.
Note to self: Don’t Fandago animated films!

Okay, So We Lied – A Lot!
David Larkin, executive director of the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts resigned after an independent investigation revealed that the organization had inflated the number of reported black scouts by over 5,000 members. Larkin took full responsibility and said he was “deeply disappointed both personally and professionally” – I would think so! The Boy Scouts have been plagued by several un-PC press reports. Several years ago a troop leader was barred from the organization based on his revelation that he was gay. Maybe it’s time for the Boy Scouts to make nice and sell their cookies?

X-Men 3 Keeps Hitting Director Snag
Set to begin production on August 2, the filming of X-Men 3 has again been delayed after director Matthew Vaughn backed-out of the project citing personal reasons. The original director of X-1 and X-2 was Bryan Singer, who was canned by Fox after agreeing to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros. The film is scheduled to be released May 26, 2006 and will have the original cast, plus some interesting new characters.

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7 comments:

lala said...

Good morning Papi. Thanks for the information on Madagascar. We will be going to see it within the next week or so.

Anonymous said...

I’m a die hard reality TV junky and admit to being one of the five American people watching “Britney & Kevin – Chaotic”. In last night’s episode, she tells him that she loves him and he does not respond. In next week’s episode, he reveals that Britney proposed to him. She is throwing herself at Kevin and it’s so obvious that he is not feeling her at all.

Why do you think women/men ignore the warning signs? Are we desperate for love? Do we think once we get into a relationship with this person, we can change them?

Cocoa Rican said...

Aiiight... all I can recite is...

Alone
by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

caspar608 said...

Thanks for the lovely poem Hector. Tell me, should I slit my wrists now at my desk or later when I am home?
Please explain your poem and what the hell it has to do with a desperate Britney Spears who clearly hunted Kevin down because she couldn't get Justin back...

caspar608 said...

I thought Madagascar SUCKED by the way. My baby girl Sophia loved it though. She's only 5 and doesn't know any better. Too bad we can't get refunds from suck ass movies.

Cocoa Rican said...

First, Madagascar didn't suck...I'd say it licked... that's more fair.
Second, the poem was posted simultaneously (sp) with the anonymous posting, it's just their posting hit first...it was just a way of me putting my mood out there... but as I look at the anonymous posting and my poem following it, it kinda fits! :)
Speakin' of slitting wrists, what's the story with Sunday's episode of Queer As Folk... I missed it and the repeat last night... darn, darn, darn!

Anonymous said...

Caspar608 you are too funny!!!

I think the poem was appropriate. I think Britney was feeling alone when she met Kevin. Justin didn't want her anymore.