Archive for September, 2013

The Best Movie Endings

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , on September 29, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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“The End”; usually the statement utilized when claiming that a story has reached its finale. Of course some stories end in utter disappointment and leave you pulling out your hair follicles, knowing that you have conceded precious minutes on the continuous clock of your life, only to walk away feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled. Of course there is parallel side to this. The parallel side are the endings that leave you gasping and in awe of their brilliance. The endings that leave you wishing for a sequel or a few more glimpses into what happened to the characters afterwards. So in lieu of “The End”, I’ve decided to compile a list of movies that I’ve seen in which their endings left you craving more. Here is my list (I promise no spoilers) of my all time favorite suspenseful movie endings, in no particular order:

The Grey (2011)-Starring Liam Neeson
Jennifer 8 (1992)-Starring Andy Garcia
Inception (2010)-Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Seven (1995)-Starring Brad Pitt
There Will Be Blood (2007)-Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
The Usual Suspects (1995)-Starring Kevin Spacey
Hide and Seek (2005)-Starring Robert Dinero
Colombiana (2011)-Starting Zoe Saldana
Fallen (1998)-Starring Denzel Washington
Fracture (2007)-Starring Anthony Hopkins
Inside Man (2005)-Starring Denzel Washington
Now You See Me (2013)-Starring Mark Ruffalo
Haywire (2011)-Starring Gina Carano

If you are an avid movie watcher or a person who is just searching for entertainment, I promise that these movies will not disappoint from the beginning to “the end”. If they don’t, the microwave popcorn is on me. Just email me at geniusscribbleink@aol.com. Enjoy.

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Mariano Rivera: The Sandman Exodus

Posted in Sports with tags , on September 26, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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“Say your prayers little one…Don’t forget my son…To include everyone”

Inscribed on Mariano Rivera’s glove is the Bible passage Philippians 4:13, which states: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”. So much emphasis is often placed on the physical accomplishments to that of an athlete. We concentrate on the individual awards and his or her accomplishments and contributions to their respective sport. Often we look at their trophy cases as the means to measure greatness, as it relates to the past, present and future. Rarely are terms such as “once in a lifetime” or the “greatest of all time” tagged to the statutes of retired players, however, when it comes to Mariano Rivera, we can all but guarantee that these will be the words thrown at the feet of arguably the greatest closer in Major League Baseball history. His credentials and statistical numbers will cement his legacy in both the record books, in fandom and amongst his peers, however, I always feel that the true measure of a man is in the size of his heart. In life we can either choose to leave behind footprints to be followed in or leave behind plodding holes for others to fall into; the choice, speaks volumes about the character of the individual. In Mariano Rivera’s “walk of life” you will find the charitable footprints of a devout Christian, whose philanthropic endeavors have included building churches in Panama, New York, Mexico, California, Dominican Republic and Florida. He also started numerous foundations in an effort to help educate underprivileged youth and has built an elementary school in his native country Panama. Mariano Rivera proves that a high skill set is transferable on any level of life. This man, who has been placed into a multitude of pressure situations on the greatest stage in sports, while playing for the most storied franchise in sports lure, has excelled beyond any comparison when closing out opponents and leading his team to victory. Mariano has and will continue to exhibit this same innate ability off the field as well. The Metallica songs states “Don’t forget my son, to include everyone”. Strangely enough it mirrors Philippians 2:4 which states: “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Mariano will be missed by Yankee fans and baseball fans abound, however, the Hall of Fame for Life, just gained a new inductee. Congratulations #42

Aaron Alexis:The Voices In My Head

Posted in News with tags , , , on September 23, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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“Let me leave you to your own thoughts” is a phrase we often utilize when it becomes apparent that a person wishes to be left to his or her own accord. There was a time where this was thought to show a certain level of respect, as everyone is entitled to their own personal space. I will admit that at times I am a bit withdrawn from “reality” when sorting through my thoughts and when contemplating life, however, the distance between “personal space” and “social withdrawal” should be thoroughly analyzed and monitored in the reaction of that said individual when he or she is brought back into the general confines of a normal social structure. I will share a personal story on this. I worked some several years ago for a company in which I ended up having a close, personal relationship with the owner. In fact, our relationship was a rather unique one, as he would often claim that I didn’t work for him, but in fact, we worked as partners, albeit I was on his payroll. And much like all connections or bonding rituals we have with each other that form a relationship on any level, you can always get a good sense of that person’s mood or temperament, due to your consistent intermingling with one another. Their tendencies and reactions become transparent, as who they are emotionally becomes available to the naked eye much like that of their physical appearance. Low and behold, you end up knowing them just as well as you know yourself. Well, this was the case with my former boss at the time. I knew him on that level and we had become friends more so than just a coexisting work stewardship. In knowing his tendencies very well after working closely together for three plus years, my instinctive antenna was very alert to sensing when something did not seem normal. My boss was a brilliant man, in fact, there are very few people that I have met in my lifetime that were more intelligent and more creative then he was. He was unbelievably talented and witty. I am willing to wager that anyone who had a chance to get to know him, would say that he was a unique, one of a kind, individual who grabbed the reigns of life and rode it like a stallion. So, as I reflect on those “instinctive antennas” we have regarding a person, I will recall verbatim, one day in particular that would forever change my life.

It was a very busy Friday afternoon and I was concluding my work day. My boss, who could be a P.I.T.A at times (pain in the ass and I say that affectionately), came into the office and for once did not come over to be his usual, annoying self, as only he could be. He was always the last minute person, who would hold you in a conversation “right when it was time to go” or had some “last minute paperwork” that suddenly had “Priority” stamped across it. Like I said, he was a P.I.T.A. But on this day in particular something felt different. This man was about as anal retentive as you can get, which made for a perfect pairing between both he and I, because I am wired the same way. In fact, I found it interesting that as he entered the office that day, that I found myself playing the role that was customarily played by him. I needed him to sign some documents that were time sensitive, as my day was winding down and I was ready to start my weekend. When I requested his signature, he looked at me in an exhaustive manner and said very little to me. His seemingly unresponsive demeanor I found to be more annoying than his usual iron fist persona. His sudden lack of focus and intensity was throwing off our normal routine. Finally he would lethargically sign the documents and quickly escape to his office and shut the door behind him. At the time of his exodus, the phones would begin to ring more than usual. Now keep in mind, both of our offices were adjoined and separated by a single door. My boss was the annoying type who would pick-up a phone-line on the first ring because he thought you didn’t answer it quick enough (remember I said he was a P.I.T.A.). However on this day, I would end up fielding multiple calls as he sat quietly in his office. Now I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was annoyed and pissed, as a WTF did slip from under my breath, as one of the the calls I fielded was a personal one for him. I called out to him in his office “……..Phone For You!” and there was no response. I repeated again “……..Phone For You!”, this time louder. Again, no response. So of course I am ticked off now, so I go into his office and he was nowhere to be found. Once again WTF? Both of our offices were adjoined, but there was also a loft area connected to the other side of his office. So I storm into that area, expecting to find him farting around with meaningless things, only to find quite the opposite. I found him, sitting in a chair, lights turned completely down, staring off into the darkness. I had entered the room (6-ft 1-inch 250 lb. man) and he had no idea I was standing there in front of him. I abruptly called out his name to get his attention and asked him if he was ok? He said yes as I stared intensely at him. He appeared as if I had awaken him from some sort of a trance. He was mentally submerged inside of a place that only he knew about and had no plans to take anyone else there with him. He was in a dark room having what I described as a dark moment. I had never seen him like that way before. I asked him several times, before parting ways for the weekend, whether or not he was ok. He insisted he was. I would go home to my wife and voice my concern for his well being, as I feared that something was just not right. I came into work that following Monday morning, only to discover that he had checked himself into a Psych Ward for evaluation. He called to tell me that he had what he described as a “slight snafu”and that he would be working towards returning back to work in a few days. He returned back as planned, but it would be some four weeks later in which he would ultimately take his own life, by way of shotgun to his head, right outside my office while I was working. A tragic ending to what was once an inspiring life. I would learn soon after his death, that his family had a history of mental illness. #r.i.p-“ooky”

In the wake of the tragedy that is the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, it brought me back to the incident I recounted above, as the alleged shooter, Aaron Alexis, was said to have heard voices in his head and was having problems sleeping. I am not sure about the voices, but I can confirm that my boss did have issues with sleeping. Much like Aaron’s issues leading up to his alleged mass killing of 12 victims at the Navy Yard, which included illegally discharging firearms, my boss was discovered shooting his guns in the field by a next door neighbor, days before his suicide as well. The correlation between violence and mental health should be at the forefront of the gun control debate. In 2005, a report conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, concluded that over half of the incarcerated individuals in jail for violent crimes, suffer from some sort of mental disorder. What gets lost in the issue of gun control is the fact that the Second Amendment is being flashed like a badge instead of being utilized as a shield. If anyone can have a gun and we can surmise that everyone is not mentally capable of having a gun, does this not breathe air into the argument for strict gun policies to be instituted? It is the inalienable right of anyone who is age eligible and is able to pass a state required exam, to have a drivers license, up until you are caught impaired while operating a vehicle. Why not have that same evaluation standard when handing out guns? If a car can be considered a weapon, then why can’t an actual weapon not be viewed under the same pretense of what it was created to do, which is to kill? If statistics are showing us that half of our prison population are violent felons who are suffering from mental disorders, then we have failures in both our educational systems and in our federal/state systems for their allowance in letting a crack in the armor, turn into a gaping hole that is swallowing the life of both the afflicted and the victim. Solutions are never easy, however, identifying the actual problem, allows logical ideas to formulate that can lead to resolution, as long as their is no hidden agendas. “Hidden agendas”, yes, the molten lava surrounding the castle of government that will never allow real truth and real democracy to cross the bridge unless by way of Trojan Horse. Americans are led to be divisive by choosing a side of the fence to be on, however, if we can conclude that death is a permanent reminder of how precious time and life are, then why not also conclude that the taking of ones life involuntarily by way of a violent act, is a grave concern of us all and not just an agenda of those who are allegedly trying to revoke privilege? Perhaps violence has numbed our nation to point that it has chilled the chambers of our hearts. Maybe this is why we fail to preserve life, yet vehemently endorse the weapon. Perhaps “the voices in the head” are not always detectable, but in the case of Mr. Alexis, he exhibited violent tendencies and alerted those who needed to know, that he was mentally unstable. So I ask, how does he end up with any sort of weapon given his condition? Innocent lives are loss when the system fails to protect the innocent. The amazing dynamic is that many Americans will drown themselves in supposed “patriotism” while losing site to that of the humanitarian within. When games like Grand Theft Auto V earn $1 billion dollars in three days, it speaks volumes about us as a culture. When the mentally afflicted are ignored and addressed later in life by way of a state correctional facility, it means that we have truly reached a dark time in this country where nobody is ever truly safe. #change

In Review: The Movie: Prisoners

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , , on September 21, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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For 2 Hours and 33 Minutes, you become the prisoner of both the moment and a long drawn out movie script. Let us start with the bad first. The movie can lull you into complacency as you await its climatic peak, except for the fact that the peak never “really” actually occurs. One would think that with a lineup of accomplished actors like Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Viola Davis (The Help) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), that the acting would far surpass the script, however, their performances made them seem like virtual unknowns. The storyline is centered around two families whose daughters were both abducted at the same time while playing outside together. Of course the plot is driven by the search that ensues to find the missing girls. Usually there’s an emotional attachment you have with one particular actor that is portraying the parent of the missing child, however, I struggled to connect with any of them. My issue with the plot is that I wanted more “police work” injected into the meat of the story as Jake Gyllenhaal’s character seems like a lone sheriff in the Okay Corral. Now there are good things about this movie; it is suspenseful and it contains an assortment of complex individuals that make you wonder just who is behind the abduction. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) by far delivers the best performance in his role as the creepy introvert Alex Jones. Overall, Prisoners is a solid movie with a long winded plot. If you are expecting to be wooed by the lead cast members, then you will be highly disappointed. The supporting cast really makes this film work. It’s matinee worthy, but can be full price disappointing. If you can wait, Redbox it. Enjoy.

In Review: The Movie: World War Z

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , on September 18, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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World War Z or World War Zzzzzzz? Perhaps I didn’t get my membership to the Zombie Fan Club, as I have never really followed shows like The Walking Dead or movies like Zombieland or Shaun of The Dead. I actually do enjoy some of the Resident Evil movies, however, people walking around looking like individuals who partook in the Crack-Cocaine renaissance never quite tickled my fancy. But of course, much like other overhyped movies, I found myself splurging that $1.20 at my local Redbox to satisfy my curiosity; and needless to say, I overpaid by $1.00. The plot was about as unimaginative as Brad Pitt’s “in character” persona, as the zombies (who only screeched, contorted their bodies and snacked on flesh) far surpassed his performance by miles. They took the brilliant actress Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing) and managed to make her insignificant, as if she was merely a zombie extra. Then I had revisionist history as I felt like I was watching Will Smith to the second power, as this movie reminded me of Independence Day meets I Am Legend. Both had big budgets and both were highly disappointing and so was World War Z. And without giving away possibly one of the worse deflating endings, could they have just played it a bit more coy that a sequel was in the works? If I hear “the war is not over” at the end of another movie, I’m going to lose the butter on my popcorn. If you are into horrible acting, zombies and lackluster plots that you figure out in the first five minutes, then this movie is for you. But if you are like me and realize that a little extra change added to $1.20 could get you two things off the dollar menu, then do the right thing and head to the drive thru. I cannot recommend this movie.

The Bible Of Bob Marley

Posted in Music with tags on September 17, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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When I think of song writing, my immediate response is Robert Nesta Marley. One would have to prove to me that there has ever been a greater song writer in the history of music; as his words of wisdom extend far beyond the realms of conventional music. I consider them to be philosophical and prophetic. I shared a quote yesterday from one of my favorite songs of his (Redemption Song) and found that my friends responded in a positive way upon reading it. It was from there that I came up with the concept of this blog. Once again I’ll reiterate, I have always thought of Bob Marley as more of prophet and a philosopher, so I started to gather pieces of his songs and adjoin them together. The finish product I entitled “The Bible of Bob Marley”. It reads as follows:

See the morning sun, the morning sun, on the hillside (Soul Rebel). When ya see Jah light.
Let me tell you if you’re not wrong, everything is all right (Exodus). You can lively up yourself and don’t be no drag (Lively Up Yourself). Just concentrate, ’cause heaven lives on (African Herbsman). So much trouble in the world, bless my eyes this morning (So Much Trouble In The World). My heart says follow t’rough (Waiting In Vain). Is this love that I’m feelin’?(Is This Love) To think that we could get along?(Stand Alone). These are the words of my master, keep on tellin’ me (Small Axe). Bend down low, let me tell you what I know (Bend Down Low). Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds (Redemption Song). I’ve got to pick myself from off the ground in this a concrete jungle (Concrete Jungle). I heard my mother, she was praying. And the words that she said, they still linger in my head. She said, “A child is born in this world, he needs protection” (High Tide or Low Tide). Open up your heart (Mellow Mood). ‘Cause we’re moving right out of Babylon (Africa Unite). If I count there’ll be a million or two (Stand Alone). This was cause through love and affection (All In One). Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner. There ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation (One Love). I say Lord, I’ve got to keep on moving (Keep On Moving). I wanna know when you’re gonna come – soon (Waiting In Vain). You see things are not the way they used to be. I won’t tell no lies. One and all got to face reality… yeah (Natural Mystic). From Mandeville to slide-a-ville, coffin runnin’ around (Mr. Brown). Good Lord, help me (Put It On). What more can I do?(How Many Times). No bullet can stop us now, we neither beg nor will we bow (Jamming). Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive (Could You Be Loved). But there is just one thing I would like you to know, oh (Caution). Though the road is rocky (Rainbow Country). Above the falling rain (Kaya). Hypocrites and parasites will come up and take a bite (Who The Cap Fit). Some a lawful, some a bastard, some a jacket (Rat Race). If you hope good down from above (No More Troubles). We’ll be forever loving Jah (Loving Jah). We’re more than sand on the seashore, we’re more than numbers (Wake Up And Live). Oh, children, Zion train is comin’ our way; get on board now (Zion Train). Why not help one another on the way? (Positive Vibration). You’ll find your redemption and then you give us the teachings of his Majesty; for we no want no devil philosophy (One Drop). Forget your troubles and dance! Forget your sorrows and dance! Forget your sickness and dance! Forget your weakness and dance! (Them Belly But We Hungry). We’re the survivors (Survival). So let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight (By The Rivers of Babylon). We’re coming in from the cold (Coming In From The Cold).

Top 10 Movie Characters You Don’t Want As Neighbors

Posted in Movies & Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

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I am not quite sure if this list that I compiled is extremely accurate from the standpoint of the fact that I have watched a ton of movies over my lifetime. It usually requires me to extensively search the archives of my memory to recall them all, as I have probably forgotten more movies than most have taken the time to actually watch. So if you see a part two or a part three version of this list in the future, don’t be surprised. It is my own, personal belief that a movie is only as good as the portrayal/performance of the featured antagonist. Some of our most memorable characters in movies are usually those that are so polarizing, that one line from the movie, will trigger a thought inside your mind that will remind you of just how menacing they were. Lines like “Poor little Clarice”, “Say hello to my little friend”, “No, I am your father” and “Here’s Johnny” all have left their indelible marks on movie history. So in staying true to my movie obsessed ways, I started to recall some of the memorable antagonists that may not go down in the annals of Oscar caliber performances; however, they do deserve recognition for making “being bad” look so damn good to the point where you ponder whether people like this really exist in society. I decided, due to their beyond believable performances, to place them into my personal category that I entitled “Movie Characters You Don’t Want As Neighbors”. Here’s my “tentative” Top 10 list in no particular order:

John Lithgow (Earl Talbot Blake) Ricochet (1991)
Jeffrey Wright (People’s Hernandez) Shaft (2000)
John Travolta (Dennis Ford) The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
Tom Cruise (Vincent) Collateral (2004)
Michael Eklund (Michael Foster) The Call (2013)
Kevin Costner (Earl Brooks) Mr. Brooks (2007)
Javier Bardem (Raoul Silva) Skyfall (2012)
Isabelle Fuhrman (Ester) Orphan (2009)
Edward Norton (Aaron Sampler) Primal Fear (1996)
Lynn Whitfeld (Victoria) Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)

I am willing to guarantee that this aforementioned list, will cause you to lock your doors and shut your blinds. If not, the microwave popcorn is on me. #Enjoy