Sunday, July 26, 2009

Terminator Salvation ROCKS

I was hesitant at what to expect, after the embarrassing Terminator 3 got knocked off the integrity list of this once-significant Sci-Fi series. I hadn't really heard anyone at work talking about it, no one I knew seemed to care about watching it, but the commercials seemed pretty good for visuals, and I had loved T2, as a teenager, when it stormed it's way through summer blockbusterland almost 18 years ago...[whoa] -and so I got my wife to watch this new one with me.

"Sweeeeettt..." This is the word I kept saying throughout the whole movie. Every scene was so absorbing. I couldn't wait to see how the story was going to progress, how the almost-confusing time travel plot pulled itself together etc. I liked the acting, the two relatively newbies [to me at least] that they chose to fill the female pilot (Moon Bloodgood), in particular, as well as Sam Worthington as Kyle Reese, playing a tad more than two-dimensions in his role opposite of Christian Bale's John Connor. He actually inflected a delicate balance between inner-turmoil, bravado, and the cold, robotic non-feeling appropriate in a half human/half-cyborg. My wife would later tell me, "Yeah, he was hot!" So, there it is. Good Job Sam!...

For my eye-candy, there was of course Moon Bloodgood, somewhat of a newcomer to film. But she did OK. Speaking from working with Air Force pilots on base, I would love to see the flight suit that they chose for her, in-acted into current regulations for female pilots..but then again, most of our female pilots don't look like Moon Bloodgood...and so...yeah, nevermind..

The vehicles were awesome [I still love the 'Hunter Killers'], the cinematography was dark, detailed and full of style and moodiness. There were a few "Aww, that was awesome" parts too, not to mention a nice little crowd-pleasing homage to T1 in the last scenes... all in all a very satisfying edition to the Terminator series. And definitely one that brings back a little of the lost cred to the franchise. Let's hope they let this McG character direct the next one as well!

Go see it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Montana Trip - The Return - Pictures!

We have been back for a few weeks now, but it's taken this long for me to get back into the swing of things, get used to going to work, driving in traffic etc. It doesn't take long to be away from all that to not miss it, I can tell you!

3 words: Montana is BEAUTIFUL. Pictures really cannot do it justice, you have to go there.

Never have I seen 180 degree's of an entire horizon all at once, and everything just picturesque, like a post card. We took TONS of pictures, just trying to get a few sweet ones. And we did.

So without further adieu, here are just some of the beautiful scenes we observed...

(click on pictures for Larger View!)

See what I mean??!!

A lot of those were from going through Yellowstone, where we saw the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs and more... The rest were from the area surrounding the cabin near the city of Bozeman.

After seeing the beauty, and the the near-untouched nature that is still hiding out there, It has motivated my wife and I to work our butts off to someday be able to have a summer home of our own in Montana. It seems like one of the last of a dying commodity these days, a rare, untouched jem.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we did taking them!