Logan(0r Finally The Right Movie)

This review of Logan(2017) is going to be full of NSFW words and spoilers. As usual, I’ll try to contain the surprises with the warnings of SPOILER ALERT.

So to start out, the year for the movie is 2029. Logan is much older, and is a limo driver. With that being said, the within the first five minutes, Logan is found sleeping in the limo, and his car’s getting jacked by thugs. With that set-up, the first five minutes also reminds you that we got the Wolverine movie we wanted. Blood, dismemberment, and gratuitous use of the word fuck. This character always needed the R-rating to justify the aggressive nature from the comic books. We also get many uses of the word fuck from Charles Xavier as well.

Spoiler alert, mutants are all but dead, Xavier is in hiding across the Mexican border, he is old, and very sick. He suffers from seizures that cause problems to everyone around him. Logan does everything in his nature to take care of Charles, with the help of a pastey tracker named Caliban. Charles has been in contact with a young mutant named Laura, who we find out is also a genetic copy of Logan. That’s what happens when scientists take DNA from people, they create dangerous weapons.

With an arranged meeting, Logan becomes an unwilling father figure to save Laura from this said science organization. I found it entertaining to see Logan attempt to be a father figure to the young child, while also being caretaker to the aging Xavier. The conflicts between Logan, and the group of Reavers who want to take Laura back into position turns into several clashes that proves that Laura, aka X-23 is a badass little girl. I give Jackman props for playing the older version of Logan with a bit of a battle worn demeanor. He’s a few beats slower, and his healing factor as worn down to the point were his body now carries the scares of his fights. With that Logan is also sick with a virus that he can’t seem to shake. Logan’s done fighting and just wants his life to end, and that is where we see Logan at this stage in his life.

Logan is convinced by Charles to take a trip to North Dakota to deliver Laura to a sanctuary called Eden, where they run into conflicts along the way. They end up helping some farmers saver their horses, and stay the night as a reward for their good deeds. This is where two big SPOILER ALERTS happen, one-the clone of Wolverine, called X-24 and his introduction is by killing Charles Xavier. The fight between the young and old Wolverines is really kick ass. As they travel, Laura ends up saving Logan by jacking a car and taking him to a clinic to attempt to heal.

After that, they finally make their way to Eden where they’ve been tracked by the Reavers, and the escape to Canada ensues. With a final show down, the X-24 ends up SPOILER ALERT fatally injuring Logan, and before the final blow, Laura blows off X-24’s head with an adamantium bullet. Laura and the refugee kids from the Science facilities bury Logan, and escape. That’s the way to end a series-clean and emotional.

While I didn’t touch base on the villains of the film, I do have to say that keeping this movie more low-key was part of the success of this movie. I found the movie to be one of the better comic movies around, and better than anything Fox has ever produced. I hope that producers keep in mind that story ultimately wins over the glamour and sparkle of some of the bigger budget movies they produce. I’d give this a 5 out of 5.

Busy Weekend

It’s been a busy weekend and it feels like today was the day to catch my breath. We took our son to see WWE live in Bakersfield on Saturday. This was his first event, and Sarah’s second, and it was fun to watch them enjoy the show. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with sports entertainment for the better part of 32 years. I may not always agree with what is on television, but I love the business of sports entertainment. I don’t even really see the matches as matches anymore, but as a dance. I watched the live event and paid attention to the wrestlers manipulate the crowd. It makes me smile to watch and see the crowd get into the cheering and the booing. The advantage of a live show is the fact that there are no editing tricks to see who is really over and who isn’t. It was something that I would do again, with my family, and with my friends who share that passion.

Again the weather decided to  prevent me from filming. The fact that it was a long weekend as well didn’t help as my actor was busy and we couldn’t film, but I’m confident that I will get this filmed this week. I started editing the first couple of scenes and I realize that I wish I wouldn’t have been in such a rush as I felt that I should have had more options to choose from. I’ll chalk it up to a life lesson, and know that I’ll have to spend a bit more time in the pre-production stage before I get to the actual filming, and get a better shot set-up plan for when we do film. Keep in mind that this is my first short, and I’m looking at doing more with this script in the future. Changing the last few scenes in a re-write has caused me to create another character that I would like to explore the relationship between the new bff of Moon. I can’t remember if I stated it here, but I did state on other social media that I’m not exactly a fan of the way I decided to end it, but it’ll have to do unless situations can work themselves out.

I’ll post more at a later date, until then, take care.

Untitled Feb 15th

I’ve been dealing with a cough that feels like it wants to put my in a vise grip. I feel better over all, and I think that tomorrow’s going to be a good day for a bit more revisions on my script.  I’m still not feeling the best, but I’m better, and I think that tomorrow is going to be a day of progress, both for the brain, and on film.

I’ve really felt like I’ve been running in place lately, and I know that it’s only temporary, but I’d really like to get back to working on the dozens of other projects that I have in my head. I’ve grown creatively over the last couple of years. I’ve now had experience with writing on a few scripts, and I’ve had even more creative experience helping my wife with the children in the Society of Creative Anachronisms. I wouldn’t mind doing  writing as a full-time job. I think the idea of being my own boss appeals to me more now than at any other time in my life.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Lego Batman movie with my kids this weekend. I find the experience of going to the movies a great experience, and I’m glad that I passed that on to my children. I will put up a blog on the  luckeybomfilms.wordpress.com site afterwards. I will talk to you soon.

Some Tune Going In My Head

Tip Toe, three in a row

Everything’s quiet and I’m listening to my hair grow.

I’m feeling down like a hazy shade of grey.

Even if the sun is out, and it’s a sunny day.

Sick inside, crazy on the brain.

Rain, rain, down the drain.

Sleepy, sleepy, time to chill.

Watching rain drops collecting on the window sill.

Waking up, waking up inside.

I’ve got that creativity that I can no longer hide.

I’m thinking about what the guitar is to the song writer,

And what the gun is to the freedom fighter.

Then I think about what the camera is to the filmmaker,

and coffin is to the undertaker.

We are in harsh times.

People being divided, and hate turned into crimes.

My eyes wake up to the negative new feed.

Politicians making money, the rich open with their greed.

I’m just here watching, making statements about life.

People dealing with real situations, their problems, their strife.


A Sigh of Relief

I know that I haven’t blogged much lately, but I’ve been busy working on my short. Even though filming hasn’t gone exactly according to plan, I’ve had an amazingly understanding teacher, and he’s let me get things in a bit late. Standing where I’m at, I’m sitting pretty with a solid B, I think that with everything that I’ve done, I’ll get at least an -A.

I feel fortunate to have a teacher that I’ve had previously because I think she’s absolutely one of the raddest people that I’ve ever met. We’ve spent time geeking out and she’s a decent human being. I’ve given her heads up, and she’s understanding. My teacher from my last class gave me some pointers, and I’m going to try and improve on the quality of my work in the post production, and keep what he’s said in mind for the next set of work that I do as I continue on with my work. I’m getting there for sure, and I know that I’ve come a long way.

Right now, that’s about all I have the time for an update, I promise to give more as I have the time, but this short is still my priority, and as I have mentioned on at least a few other places, I love the crew that I’ve acquired, they are a great group of people.

I feel Alive

Since I’ve started my first production, as well as probably the month or so before with other plans that I’ve been working on, I’ve never felt more alive than I do now. I finally found my calling in life, which is telling people what to do….kidding. I’ve always loved being creative, but now that I’ve been able to put that foot forward, I’m loving life. Directing has been great, and setting up the shots, has been fun and a learning experience for me.

Now, I’m working on a new project with a buddy of mine that I’m loving the creative exchange of energies that we are having. I’m able to take his idea, and shape it into something, with his impute, into something more, and it brings more ideas for him as well, and takes things in directions that he hadn’t thought of. God, this is some of the most fun, that I’ve been having.

I’ve been thinking that I have a great crew that I work with, and I hope to continue to work with these same people for years to come. I recently asked the same buddy who I’m currently collaborating with to join in on the production, and I think he’s a perfect fit for the group of people that I work with and call my friends. I also know that I can’t wait until I can do this as a full-time gig, even though it takes so much energy.

Stay tuned, for more to come.

Trump and the Future(NSFW)

I’ve stayed fairly silent on this election, not because I haven’t had a strong opinion on either side of the argument, or that I haven’t thought that seeing my friends and loved ones get into a heated battle about this hasn’t bothered me, but now I think is the time to give my thoughts on Trump and the up coming years. So, for those of you who do read this, I ask that you hear me out, and realize that I’m not trying to attack anyone. You are my friends, and I love and respect you, and your opinions.

I understand that people feel that Trump is “not my president”, but he’s the chosen one to run our country, so, he’s kind of the guy running the show for the next four years, unless he totally fucks up, then he might get impeached. I also see the misogyny that he seems to have towards women. I heard the “locker room” talk that he had said about trying to hook up with a married woman, and feels that he could,”grab them by the pussy.”  I’m not saying that him feeling that way is appropriate, but I’ve been around enough locker rooms, and hung out with huge groups dominated by both sexes to know that certain banter comes out. Does he really feel that way? He might, or maybe he was just talking shit with some friends. That’s something that could have been taken out of context, but I don’t think we’ll ever get the true answer in that.

He has said some very offensive things, in particular against the Latino community and people with special needs. Okay, so I agree that the illegal immigration is an issue, but I don’t think that it’s an unfixable issue. I feel that those who are already here, those who work hard to provide for their families should have the chance for citizenship. I’m sure there are those who have already benefited from the fact that being illegal has helped save somebody money. Give them a chance to actually set up a legit and legal life here in America. As for his comments on people with special needs, whether it was the reporter, or his comments on Autism, there was no excuse for that. He came off like a bully, and I say shame on him, and his station in life, because he’s choose to be that way. My kid has Asperger’s Syndrome, asshole, it wasn’t from vaccinations, there’s research out there that proves different. Being our leader means that you should be above petty things like that. I will say though, all of us have said things that we later regret, even though I don’t think he has any regrets of what he said.

Okay, so now, I’m going to address the issues of the populace. The Trump supporters that I’ve actually talked to have come off a bit arrogant, and some of the Clinton supporters have complained…. okay I get it. I personally didn’t vote for either because they didn’t make me feel comfortable, and change needed to be made. I get that people felt that Obama apparently ruined America, but hey, ya still have your guns! He didn’t call for Marshall law! America still stands, and while I didn’t agree with the way he handled all of this policies, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I’m pretty sure we could chill and nerd out together. “Barack, we need to sit and talk comics sometime.” I think that being forced to have the Affordable Care Act wasn’t the best idea, and it does infringe on certain rights, but it seemed to work for some, and for others, it ended up costing more. Again, I may not agreed with all of his polices, but he had some damn good ideas, that I felt needed to be handled different.

Mike Pence seems to be another story and I don’t know enough about yet to give a solid opinion.

My fears are that Trump screws the pooch and some of the programs that he plans to get rid of, ends up hurting us worse. In particular, anything that he gets rid of that has to do with the environment impact is bad. We need to start taking better care of our planet, or we’ll end up in a bad episode of Judge Dredd or any other post apocalyptic waste land movie, TV, or novel out there. I’m not sure having a former leader of a gas company is exactly smart for the cabinet either. I do understand that  cutting programs to save money is just apart of the job, I’m not sure that some of the programs he’s choosing to cut is going to be good for minorities.

There are a few things that America can do to get through this new page in our history. One: Congress and the Senate can do their jobs, and actually fight for their selected states and districts. What a concept since that seldom seems the case, or at least from my observation. Two: We has Americans can actually stand together and fight to support each other. I have several good friends in the LGBQT community that are scared, and they need our support while they deal with the backlash of what may come. We need to stand together as our children with special needs might come under attack. As the decent people I know my friends are, we can stand up and tell our representatives what we need.

I’ve said half jokingly that the next four years will be entertaining to say the least. The truth is, there is nothing funny going on right now. America seems divided, and we need to come together now more than ever before. Hold the powers that be accountable for the actions that can and might just happen to us. Don’t sit idly by and watch as the nation tears itself apart. We live in a country that has a system that’s broken, and Trump being elected was the indicator that America is tired of that broken system. So, if we actually start to connect more, and try and help others, we can do well, and we will survive this unpredictable time.