Monday, June 1, 2009

Troys List

what is the first film you ever saw?

Return of the Jedi, is the first film I remember watching.

what is your favorite film of all time?

I have a problem with this question being loaded! I have films that I can watch everyday like Star Wars 4-6 or films I have great memories of like Eliminators. So, what does is mean? Or maybe The Last of the Mohicans.

what is your favorite line in a film?

Hey bartender, Jobu needs a refill! (major league)

what film made you realize that film was an art?

Consternate, because that was the first film I began to see what it was to make something come together. More then just images on a screen, but blood, sweat, and hard work really makes you believe there is something more to a picture.

what movie do you consider your guilty pleasure?

13th warrior. That movie should have been better with director John McTiernan, Written by Michael Crichton, Antonio Banderas and Vladimir Kulich as bad asses.

who is your favorite movie character of all time?

Duke from GI Joe. Thats who I wanted to be when I was a kid and how America's should be anyway.

what is your favorite movie snack food?


who is your favorite director of all time?

Stanley Kubrick

who is the most impressive filmmaker working today?

Aleksandr Sokurov with Mother and Russian ark is their any debate on a 1 take full length film with score in the movie preformed live.

what quality do the best directors share?

"an understanding that a story is also told visually and that it must match the feeling created by sound(music, dialogue), that style is substance." (Troy Myers)

I have nothing to add...

who is your favorite actor/actress of all time?

James Stewart are you kidding. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Who knew government could look so good.

who is your favorite actor/actress working today?

Gary Oldman because he makes everything better.

who would you cast in a film about your life?

Sean Astin. "Goonies"

finish these sentences:

if you could remake one movie...That would be like painting over the Sistine chapel with flat black paint.

i never wanna watch a movie with...general public ever again. They suck and talk too much!

the perfect movie is...nothing, and impossible.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Elegant Lady

My Grandma’s Stroke…

It was very daunting seeing my Grandmother in that state. She was always sharp as tack and “Elegant Lady”. She was raised in those taboo times. Jenny, Mom and sister were all in the room when Grandma started to rant about being a bad person, sleeping here and there. Not realizing she was remembering her life. She felt “dumb” and “ashamed”. My mother quickly reminded her she is and always was an Elegant Lady. This calmed her down enough to tell us some stories.

I remember this one not as a past event because it was nothing of the sort, but her state of mind today. She was complaining about her phone ringing and not being able to answer the thing. She apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused us. She was frustrated; she felt like no matter what she did the phone would stop before she answered. She felt far away from the phone like in the other room and just could not make it. This spoke volumes to my heart. This is what it must be like, trapped in your own mind. I hate not answering the phone. We are conditioned to answer the damn thing and when we miss it, dejection. What a terrible pain it must be seeing your life and not knowing it’s the past and for a single moment seeing your self only during clarity. Clarity would be the worse for me. Let me live in my dreams.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What has changed films forever?

So, here is a general discussion for us all. What if anything, has redefined the institution of motion pictures? What technology, actor, or setting has changed the way we watch and enjoy films?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I got knocked up!

So, the time has come. Some might say the end of life as I know has arrived. Others say these are the most exciting times. Yes, I am having a baby. My wife Jenny and I are ten weeks along. We have just recently returned from the doctors office and heard our child’s heartbeat. It was a little nerve racking, the wait, and reading information on what to expect. Right now the baby is the size of walnut, all of the organs are formed and with every moment developing. In ten or so weeks we will have our first Ultrasound and hopefully see the sex of our child.

My life is changing, I know that and I hope I am up for the challenge. I know my family and friends will be there for us. I look forward to teaching my child how to belch his or her name and play sports.

More updates to follow this story…

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My post for Troy

Free Write:

Death came without warning. What happened next only a few know. The war between the Chiefs was getting more violent; the bloodshed was getting closer and closer to the Kings front door. Something had be done…

Years Before:

Tamaka was coming returning from his hunt. He was returning to receive his fathers blessing. He was returning to lead his people. Tamakas’ mother Tantoo had another plan that night. Before Tamaka was to return home, her favorite son Junie would receive the fathers blessing. Tantoo knew it was possible because her husband was blind and Junie was much similar to Tamaka.

Junie went to his fathers stable and killed one of the many beasts as offering for the blessing. Tantoo lead Junie in to his fathers’ house calling Junie by his brothers’ name. Tamakas’ father was not easily convinced asking his son many questions about hunts and battles. After all was said and bellies full Junie received his fathers blessing. Tamaka returned with his kill and was told Junie had already been blessed. Tamaka outraged, banished his brother and mother. This was only the start…

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It is Rafting time!!!!!!!!!!

So, I just got back into work and my e-mail was flooded with videos. Here is a taste of what awaits me in WV upper river. Enjoy and prey for my safe return. BOHICA!!!!!!!!!!
Upper Gauley River: White water rafting in West Virginia WV

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

God is schools

Before you read this rant by Ben Stein I would like to express these are not all of my views. This does not mean that I agree or disagree with what he states. I do; however, love his style in expressing his views with such passion and humor. I received this in an e-mail September 9, 2008.

"I can only hope we find God again before it is too late!!

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it It shows that we are all brothers and sisters
celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein"