Friday, July 30, 2010

Inception vs. The Dark Knight

Hey all,

So I assume that everyone that likes movies has seen Inception. And let me just say this before I continue: at the end of the movie when the top is spinning and you don't know if it is going to fall over or keep spinning: it falls over. The reason why I know this is that when Cobb is in a dream the top spins without any change in gravity whereas at the end when it keeps on spinning, it wobbles enough to where there would have to be a change in gravity for it to wobble in the dream. And there wasn't a change in gravity because the rest of the room was still.

But anyways, Christopher Nolan has recently directed 2 of the best movies ever in The Dark Knight and Inception. They are really 2 very different movies. One is about the moral philosophy that humans make between doing what is right vs. what is good in the Dark Knight and the other is about the philosophy of how our subconscious can describe us better than we can. But there is enough ground to compare the two and at the end, WHICH WAS BETTER?

The first issue is Character Development.

As we see in the Dark Knight, the entire movie is based upon character development especially that of Batman and Bruce Wayne. At first, we see Batman trying to mold the Joker into his own game with rules and good cop bad cop when they are trying to find Harvey Dent. But clearly by the end, Batman has evolved into "The Dark Knight" by playing down to the Jokers level. While this isn't considered a good choice for Batman's publicity, it is the right choice for the city of Gothem. Bruce Wayne at the beginning is a determined to get Rachel from Harvey but also he KNOWS he will get her eventually. When Rachel dies, he no longer felt that it would have happened. Obviously the biggest change was Harvey Dent changing from "Gothem's last hope" to a half man- half monster.

As we see in Inception, the ONLY character that EVER changes in the movie is Cobb. But before we start let me point out something that I found quite interesting about character development. Fisher in the movie has a huge development by wanting to split up his fathers empire, but that was planned by the inceptionists (cobb, arthur, etc.) Character Development is a UNEXPECTED development in a characters mood or actions. Cobb's change was letting go of his wife and having to comfront her in his dream. And while this is huge, it would have been nice to see some other focus' like that of the Dark Knight.

So, Character Development goes to: THE DARK KNIGHT

Next is Special Effects.

The Dark Knight has some pretty awesome effects in the movie. Everything from buildings blowing up to car chases makes this movie one of the best action movies of all time. Most notably, when Batman captures Lao from his office, it was a great combination of suspense, action and plot. There was NOTHING that this movie could have done better in terms of special effects.

Inception has some pretty awesome special effects as well. They had car chases and buildings blowing up but they had the added extra as well that has to be taken into account. The idea of designing dreams and all of the different structures of a dream amazed me while watching this movie. One of the coolest things I have ever seen in any movie is when Ariadne (ellen page), decides to put the streets on top of each other.

So, Special Effects goes to INCEPTION.

Finally, and most importantly, is Plot.

The Dark Knight is so in depth that I have seen the movie 6 times and still feel that there are parts of the movie I have yet to fully understand. The intricacies of the plot are incredible. There is the main plot of corse with Batman and Bruce Wayne trying to stop the Joker. Then there is the triangle of love between Rachel, Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne. There is the in depth analysis of Lt. Gordon and his battle against the mob including the Joker. Then there is a whole other plot about the Joker's life story and yet another about how long Bruce Wayne will continue being Batman and who Gothem's next hero will be. So overall, there is a lot of Plot development in The Dark Knight.

Inception has one very in depth story that it tells well. The levels of the dreams and how to convince Fisher to destroy his father's empire. The other part of that story is Cobb's life and his wife but that to me is more character development rather than actual Plot. But really that is it. Every other characetr is pretty meaningless in terms of background and in depth analysis maybe besides Saito and Fisher. That doesn't make this movie any worse but I wish I could see into lives of more of these characters.

So Plot goes to The Dark Knight.

These may easily be the 2 best movies I have ever seen and both are very well made. But in terms of which is better, I would have to go with The Dark Knight. But in terms of uniqueness, I would have to go with Inception. Please feel MORE THAN FREE to comment on this post if you agree or disagree.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Top 10 Movies that WILL BECOME classics


10. Anchorman-2004
This is one of the greatest comedies of all time. If you haven't seen it, I would recommend it for a saturday night with the guys. Or if you are a girl, this would be perfect for a G.N.O.

9. The Bourne Series- 2002-2007
Action packed, adventureified and of coarse a little bit of romance thrown in, this is one of the best trilogies of all time. Matt damon is a super star and this is a good saturday or sunday movie watching party for an all day event.

8. The Shrek Series- 2001-2007
This is maybe the greatest cartoon series of all time. It is genius and it's subtle adult humor mixed in with the obvious slapstick makes this both a great movie for a child's b-day as well as a family fun night.

7. No Country for Old Men- 2007
This movie is a life changer. Its intense plot mixed with its action/adventure leaves people awe struck. And it is perfect for a dinner and a movie with your date.

6. Bruce Almighty- 2003
The best comedy of the decade once again features steve carrel but this time it is with Jim Carrey. This is a great movie for all situations just make sure there is a bathroom near by.

5. The Twilight Series- 08 and 09
Okay so they aren't the best movies ever made but they have swooped the nation. These movies have changed the way that people view America which to me is significant enough to put them in the top 5. Girls and guys alike can watch this movie because there is Edward and Jacob for the girls, and Bella for the guys.

4. The Lord of the Rings Series- 2001- 2003
This intenese trilogy gets plenty of attention but to me, not enough. They have kind of vanished from the media after the last one. Nonetheless, these movies are also great movies for a rainy saturday when you have nothing better to do.

3. Slumdog Millionaire- 2008
Many people believe that this movie is in the top movies of all time. It is hard to argue that because it really is a moving and heartfelt movie that will make you "jai ho" over it. It is a great movie for any time. But warning to all the people that see it, you may get an impression that India is just a bunch of slums. It actually is very beautiful, it just doesn't show it in the movie.

2. The Harry Potter Series- 01- 09
Wow, talk about a series that has everything, This has action, adventure, romance, friendship, evil, good, beauty, disgust. death and happiness. You feel like you know these characters as well as you know your family by the sixth movie. It also does pretty well in the box office as well. Harry Potter is one of those series that our great grandkids will love and watch as we do.

1. The Dark Knight- 2008
Any actor will tell you that for 2 hours and 32 minutes of your life, Heath Ledger performs one of the greatest performances of all time. I think that it is the greatest. And the irony is that they are several other parts that are so good in this movie. Harvey Dent is beautiful. Maggie Gillinhall is brilliant. This is my favorite movie of all time and i think that this is one of those special moments in the history of film. Why so serious?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


As I was making waffles this morning, I decided on what I was going to blog about: youtube

Thats right youtube: my question of the day is what is your favorite youtube video.

Here are some of mine:

The Glozell Group:

Other: Comedy


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Success

Good morning to America! Good Afternoon to Europe! And Good Evening to Antarctica! Wherever you may be, I hop that you are having a good time!

And how could you not? Its SUMMER! Time to put another shrimp on the Barby, watch some fireworks ya know all of the soak up the summer sun stuff (oh try saying that 10 times fast!)

But when I woke up this morning I thought to myself "What am I going to do with myself today?" While the endless options flooded my head, I realized it was time to start blogging.

So my question for all my viewers is; What makes a good summer?

For me there are three types of good summers:

1. The Lazzy summer: you don't have to go to Spain to have a great summer- a nice day by the pool is really really cool.

2. The "Project" Summer: Some people like to get a job other likes to build a boat (BP my man!)

3. The Vacation summer: "Iv'e been to london, I've been to paris even way out there to Tokyo. Back home down to Georgia to new orleans but you always steal the show."

To me the best summer is the combination of all three but if I had to choose one: it would be #2. But what would you choose?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Now you Know

I woke up this morning and didn't feel like P diddy so I decided to blog...

I was taking a shower last night and started to think "you know if I'm gonna update every day, I think people may want to know about who I really am." So, i thought it would be nice of me to tell you 10 things that u have to take into consideration any time that you read one of my opinionated posts.

10. When I get older, I will be stronger, they'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' flag

9. If football was a girl, I'd marry her. If it was a guy, we would have a bromance. If it was a hero, i'd idolize it. If it was a child, I would prodogize it.

8. The party don't start till I walk in. Just ask anyone who has been to a party with me.

7. I play only two video games- Sims 3 and Madden

6. I probably have the best playlist on my I tunes.

5. If there was one adjective to describe me: it would be fantastic.

4. Many people laugh BECAUSE of me

3. I Debate to debate- and no that is not redundant

2. I love life

1. Most girls call me Mr. Flinstone which is pretty impressive because I have a tempurpedic

Sunday, July 11, 2010

They are like Vitamins

Hey fans and followers,

Since my blog has been getting pretty good reviews from my peers, I have decided to start updating it once a day.

Please feel free to comment and follow- I would love to see more of both (and the comments don't have to be in agreement) either.

Oh and if you don't know Ryan Lieberman, you are really missing out on a portion of life.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Harry Potter Pick Up Lines

Here are the pickup lines.... i don't think you'll get some of them (i
don't get them either) but have.... fun. don't try these at home. :)

i have them labeled: * means it's pretty bad.... like, bad references,
** means i like it b/c it's cute, and the rest are either too
confusing or not interesting or whatever.

*Have you heard of Platform 9 and 3/4? Well, I can think of something
else with the exact same measurements.

If you were a Dementor, I'd become a criminal just to get your kiss.

My name may not be Luna, but I sure know how to Lovegood!

**I know we're not in Professor Flitwick's class, but you still are charming.

My love for you burns like a dying phoenix.

Being without you is like being afflicted with the Cruciatus Curse.

*Hagrid's not the only giant on campus, if you know what I mean.

*Your name must be Severus Severus, because you're making my prince full blood.

*Interested in making some magic together? My wand is at the ready.

I must have had some Felix Felicis, because I think I'm about to get lucky.

Without you I feel like I'm in Azkaban and dementors are sucking away my soul.

*I've been whomping my willow thinking about you.

If I were to look into the Mirror of Erised, I'd see the two of us together.

*You are like a bottle of Skele-Gro: You're growing me a bone.
(skelegro in harry potter is something that grows back parts of your

**You must be magical, because I've fallen under your spell.

I'm not wearing an invisibility cloak, but do you think I could still
visit your restricted section tonight?

*I'd like to get my basilisk into your chamber of secrets.

You don't even have to say "Luminos Maxima" to turn me on!

*Have you been using the Petrificus Totalus spell? Because you've made
me stiff.

Whaddya say you and me go look for the Room of Requirement?

*Do you want to head to the Shrieking Shack? We could do some
shrieking of our own.

**Are you using the Confundus charm or are you just naturally mind blowing?

*Come on, let's do it Hippogriff style! (i don't get this one, but
apparently urmilla gets it; she wouldn't tell me so i guess it's
pretty bad... idk. maybe you get it.)

*One night with me and they'll be calling you MOANING Myrtle.

**You can have the portkey to my heart.

Come here, I'll show you a REAL Patronus.

*I'd let you handle my wand any day!

*Is that a wand in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Dallas Cowboys Roster Rundown

Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Roster

QB: 4
1. Tony Romo
2. Jon Kitna
3. *Stephen McGee
4. *Matt Nichols

RB: 6
1. Felix Jones
2. *Marion Barber
3. *Tashard Choice
4. **Herb Donaldson
5. **Loyae Miller
6. Chris Gronkowski

WR: 11 WRs
1. Miles Austin
2. *Roy Williams
3. *Dez Bryant
4. Patrick Crayton
5. Sam Hurd
6. Kevin Ogletree
7. **Terrell Hudgins
8. **Jesse Holley
9. **Titus Ryan
10. **Manuel Johnson
11. **Verran Tucker

TE: 4
1. Jason Witten
2. Martelious Bennett
3. *Scott Sicko
4. *John Phillips
5. Kevin Brock

OT: 8
1. Doug Free
2. *Marc Columbo
3. *Alex Barron
4. **Pat McQuisten
5. **Sam Young
6. Robert Brewster
7. ***Mike Tepper
8. ***Will Barker

G/C: 6
1. Leonard Davis
2. Andre Gurode
3. Kyle Koser
4. Montrae Holland
5. *Travis Bright
6. *Phil Costa

DE: 6
1. *Marcus Spears
2. *Igor Olshansky
3. *Stephen Bowen
4. Jason Hatcher
5. **Curtis Johnson
6. **Lorenzo Washington

DT: 4
1. Jay Ratliff
2. Junior Siavii
3. Sean Lissenmore
4. Junior Aumave

OLB: 2
1. DeMarcus Ware
2. Anthony Spencer

MLB: 4
1. Bradie James
2. Keith Brooking
3. *Sean Lee
4. *Leon Williams

LB: 6
1. Victor Butler
2. *Steve Octavien
3. *Donavan Woods
4. *Jason Williams
5. *Brandon Williams
6. *Brandon Sharpe
7. *Stephen Hodge

CB: 7
1. Mike Jenkins
2. Terrence Newman
3. *Akwasi Owsu-Ansah
4. *Orlando Scandrick
5. Jamar Wall
6. **Bryan McCann
7. **Danny McCray

S: 5
1. Gerald Sensenbaugh
2. *Alan Ball
3. *Michael Hamlin
4. Barry Church
5. Pat Watkins

FB: 1
1. Deon Anderson

K: 2
1. David Bhuler
2. Danny Alverado

P: 1
1. Matt McBriar

LS: 1