Jan 062016

You really need a full-time proofreader.

I really do. My grammar and punctuation skills are sorely lacking.

This is brilliant, but I’m still on the “there are times we need the Oxford comma” side. Sometimes restructuring the sentence isn’t the best answer.

The Oxford comma is the comma before the and in a list. For example; I need milk, eggs, and butter to make cookies. This is the way I was taught to write a list in school and it has taken me a long time to break this habit. Much like the double space after a period, it’s engrained in my head.

There are times that the Oxford comma is useful in clearing up a sentence. For example; I invited my family, Mary and Steve. Now let’s say that Mary and Steve are friends, not family. Reading the sentence, it is assumed that Mary and Steve are family and the only people invited when I actually invited my entire family along with Mary and Steve. If you add the Oxford comma the sentence becomes clearer. I invited my family, Mary, and Steve. 

This sentence can be rewritten for clarity. I invited Mary, Steve and my family. While I agree in this case, I believe there are cases when rewriting the sentence changes the impact. For example; I love my kids, Dan and Steve. Here, it looks like both Dan and Steve are my kids. Let’s say Dan and Steve are my brothers. I could rewrite it, I love Dan, Steve and my kids, but I wanted my kids listed first because emphasis needs to be placed on the love for my kids. Maybe I love my kids above all else. Without separating it into multiple sentences, I can solve the problem with the Oxford Comma. I love my kids, Dan, and Steve. 

It could be rewritten another way. Maybe; I love my kids more than anything, but I also love Dan and Steve. To me, that makes Dan and Steve more of an afterthought or of lesser importance than I meant for them to be. 

Either way, I’m sure the debate will continue for a long time to come. I just try to avoid the Oxford comma whenever I can.

Enough about the Oxford comma… on to Word Crimes!

Oct 112010

Kick-AssWhile Kick-Ass is a superhero movie, this is not a kid flick. It’s also one of the better movies I’ve watched in the last year. Violent, sometimes inappropriate, geeky, and silly Kick-Ass took me back to my teen comic book reading years, then back into adulthood, and to my childhood dreams of being Wonder Woman, or Wonder Girl to be more specific. This movie isn’t for everyone, but I can suspend disbelief long enough to watch as a foul-mouthed preteen girl literally kicks the ass of adult after adult. I can suspend disbelief because I wanted to be that girl once upon a time.

Many people, not just myself, wanted to be a superhero at one time or another. Kick-Ass examines what happens when one teen, with no training or powers, steps into a costume and tries to do what many of us have longed to do, but thought impossible. He learns, rather painfully, that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

While the ending is predictable, the journey getting there is a violent, action-packed adventure that will possibly have you whining, “I wanna know what it is!” like some of us did.

Oct 042010

Prince of PersiaI haven’t played the Prince Of Persia Sands of Time Trilogy, but I have been in the same room where the games were actively being played. I saw the wall running and action from time to time, but I didn’t witness the storyline in the games. So, I had a slightly different experience with the movie than friends and family that have played the games; sometimes over and over and over again.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was a decent action flick with a few plot irks that made me twitch. I thought the dialog could have been a little more rich, the action was pretty well done, and the acting wasn’t bad. I actually enjoyed the character of Dastan (the main character played by Jake Gyllenhaal). For all the little twinges and could-have’s I felt Prince of Persia still delivered an enjoyable experience.

Prince of Persia is not a movie to remember for years to come, but it isn’t a waste of time. It’s a great movie to watch with the family on “movie night” that’s sure to capture a young teen’s attention and the adults can enjoy as well.

Sep 202010

The Thirst (2006)I wasn’t expecting much from The Thirst, which was probably a good thing. I didn’t really feel the “darkly humorous gore fest” that Netflix touted in their synopsis. It felt more like an 80’s “gallon drums of blood” type movie. Most of the humor fell flat or was non-existent. The dialog was boring. The characters were boring. I had a hard time really feeling anything for any of them other than annoyance. There’s no real plot to give away and the “twist ending” I’d seen others speak of didn’t seem like a twist to me. I was underwhelmed.

The premise that the two main characters were drug addicts that wound up with a blood addition probably should have had more of an impact on me than it did. I spent these trippy scenes wondering why a vampire would consider blood an addiction. They need blood to survive like we need food to survive. People can have a food addiction, but they can’t completely get rid of food from their lives. I waited for some new concept, some way not involving animal blood (since the cat they ate made them puke) for vampires to survive but there wasn’t one.


From Netflix:
Clean and sober for the first time in years, Lisa (Clare Kramer) and Maxx (Matt Keeslar) are just beginning to get their lives together when they fall under the spell of the seductive Darius (Jeremy Sisto), the leader of a local vampire clan. Lured into his world, the couple soon finds a new addiction — blood — in this darkly humorous gore fest co-starring Adam Baldwin and featuring the music of Rasputina, Jack the Mad and more.

WTF Moments:

At about an hour in, you can see the empty blood tube across Maxx’s back fill up with blood before spraying from the victim’s neck. I don’t often see things like people walking in the background or the wires above something or when things change places that shouldn’t or other little foibles that happen in movies. This was no little foible and I don’t understand how this got through editing.

Every moment I asked myself, “Was I supposed to laugh there?”

Does the human body really hold that much blood?

She’s dead! Why is there still blood spurting from her neck like a fountain?

Redeeming Qualities:

Introduced a new concept that made me scratch my head for a moment.

Blood, blood, and more blood. Yes, it really was a good and a bad thing at the same time.


Last Words:

If you’re a vampire movie junkie like myself, it’s worth a watch. I’d say it’s in the middle of the pack as far as vampire movies go. It was pretty far from both the worst and best vampire movies I’ve seen.

If you’re a Buffy fan, Clare Kramer was Glory in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. Tom Lenk (Andrew from the Buffy series) also makes an appearance.

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