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SUPER 8!!! Not super great, but at least super good.

Super 8 was probably one of the movies I was most anticipating this year. And perhaps it was that self generated hype that led to a letdown. I enjoyed the movie, but I just came out thinking that I wanted to enjoy it more. When they first released that extended trailer a few months ago, there was something magical about it that even when I watch it today, gives me a chill down my spine. It looked like all those movies from the 80s that I loved.

The story follows a group of kids in a town called Lillian, Ohio who aspire to become horror movie makers by winning a local film contest. Their ragtag group has been shooting a little zombie movie on their super 8 cameras. The kids sneak off one night, joined by a girl named Alice, who happens to be the crush of the main kid, Joe. While filming a scene at the train station, they get caught in the middle of a freak accident, with a car crashing and totaling a freight train. It turns out the train was transporting a mysterious creature, know…

X-Men: First Class!!! A First Class Offering!

After two lacklustre offerings (in X3: Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), X-Men: First Class explodes on to the screen with a face melting goodness not seen since X2. It is a triumphant return and a return to form in the X-Men franchise.

Set in the 60’s amidst the Cuban missile crisis, X-Men: First Class depicts the early days and the inception of the X-Men. As such, we see the origin of the friendship between Xavier (Professor X) and Erik (Magneto), destined rivals. Being an expert in mutants, Xavier is recruited by the CIA to assist in capturing a suspected mutant threat in the form of Sebastian Shaw and his Hellfire Club – a band of mutant miscreants. It’s Shaw who wants to stimulate a third World War in an effort to attain mutant supremacy. However, the CIA and the Xavier’s new team of young mutants are hot on their trail and attempt to thwart his plans in causing nuclear strikes. Meanwhile, Erik has his own agenda and seeks the blood of Shaw for the murder of his moth…

Who's problem is it?

I’ve had a series of interesting conversations in the past 2-3 weeks, all with female friends who have described to me their life situations and relationships. With each story, a flag goes up in my head as one is similar to the next. To hear a story twice is okay, it’s not a big deal. To hear 5 or so similar stories in the span of 3 weeks tells me something is not right.

It’s been really interesting and eye opening as well. To summarize, each girl has been single – either for a bit of time or just recently. Each has the mindset of wanting to be in a relationship, so there is no doubt about their intentions. Yet, nothing has been working out. And the part that intrigues me is that in each case, it’s nearly for the same reason. The common thread between each situation is that they can’t find a proper guy that will step up to the plate to play the game. From what I gather, either the guys were too shy to initiate or do anything, or if they were in a relationship, the guys were flyi…