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You Never Know Who Is Watching

The title probably made it sound creepy or more like the novel 1984 (which is on my to-read list). But this was talking about finding out that people actually pay attention to your life.

At the beginning of July I made a video and several posts on here as well as a variety of social media that said I was going to be doing a month without English. Now, that didn’t work out quite as well as planned and I had to restart it later in July and I’ve now named it A Month With A Lot of French. More on that later in the language learning section (and a half-way through video as well).

This weekend was the first time that I have gone to a normal National Guard drill all Summer. This was due to graduating college and attending field artillery qualification school. At the end of the weekend, when I was going to clean my section area, I was approached by a fellow Soldier. Now I’ve talked to this guy a few times here and there as is expected because we are in the unit together but nothing that would require much knowledge of the other persons’ civilian life.

However, I was completely caught off guard whenever he asked me how my French was coming along. He had said that he had seen my post on Facebook and that he thought it was very interesting. We then talked about the progress I’ve made and the current challenges that I’m facing.

Other than this, early last week my jiu jitsu instructor gave me a shoutout at the end of class the one day. He told the class how I had come in and completely bombed a tournament, like embarrassingly,  but still came to class the following week without being discouraged. Then I went to my second tournament and still lost, but I did much better and I came off the mat and immediately asked the questions about how to improve the previous match. He then continued by saying how I’ve started to come to Judo so that I could improve my take-downs (and my counter take-downs). At the end he had said that he saw me running that morning and that he enjoyed seeing me improving myself physically outside of the class as well.

Both of these instances I was doing what I do because I wanted to improve myself for me, without any idea that anybody was paying attention to how my progress was coming. So do what you do, improve yourself where you need it, and somebody may notice and somebody may not; but do it for you. Besides, champions are built when nobody is looking.

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X-Men (2000)

Finally I have reached the year 2000 on my Marvel watch-through. However, this is where the bulk of the movies are.

X-Men is a movie that I have seen a decent amount of times and I find it very enjoyable. The first dilemma I noticed is that when Rouge ran away from home and met up with Wolverine, nobody reported her missing? When Professor X is giving Wolverine a tour he says that most of the students there are run-aways, now wouldn’t that raise several red flags in the legal world?

Speaking of the legal world; X-Men is great but it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Marvel universe that it supposedly is a part of because there is constantly legislation being passed that monitor and harm mutants but yet other superheros like Spider-Man or Captain America are perfectly ok? That doesn’t really make sense.

After that, when they are trying to find out more about Wolverine and they point out his skeleton and the healing factor but yet they don’t say anything about the fucking claws that come out of his hands being one of his mutations. Speaking of claws, Sabertooth is a joke of a villain in this movie but in X-Men Origins: Wolverine it clearly shows us that he is supposed to be Wolverine’s brother. I understand with a lack of memory how Wolverine wouldn’t have noticed but that doesn’t say why Sabertooth didn’t.

Following that when Mystique puts the (what I assume to be) poison in Cerebro, that conveniently renders Professor X unconscious for the entire battle; I’m assuming that that was a poison of the mind, since it only activated when he put on the helmet, I’m not sure and it definitely wasn’t clear at all.

The biggest problem that I had with it however was that at the end, Mystique was able to disguise herself as a guard so that she wouldn’t go to jail except that she was stabbed in the stomach by Wolverine and layed there for who knows how long. She is then able to disguise herself as the dead senator, and openly speak against the bill that he proposed, and nobody found that fishy? Doesn’t this man have a family or anything?

I am still yet to see one of the famous Marvel post-credits scenes as well. This is a must watch for any X-Men or superhero fan and a decent movie for anybody else.

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Generation One (2017)

I just finished reading the first book of the new Lorien Legacies Reborn series. For those of you who don’t know this is a continuation of the Lorien Legacies series- also known as the I Am Number Four books. If you haven’t read any of them I highly recommend that you do and if you saw the movie I apologize greatly because the film was absolutely terrible. The I Am Number Four series was one that I accidentally stumbled upon (by a classmate recommendation) in 10th grade and I instantly fell  in love with the series and no matter how I have changed as a person I still love the series.

BELOW HERE CONTAINS SPOILERS

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Canadian Road Trip- Niagara Falls

C’est continué de Canadian Road Trip- Montreal

Sur le troisième jour, nous sommes partis Montréal pour Niagara Falls. En chemin, nous sommes arrêter à Toronto pour déjeuner et voir le tour de CN parce que ma petite ami n’avait jamais été là.

Après l’arrivé à Niagara Falls, nous sommes allés à jardin d’hiver de papillons et avons voir les chutes d’eau.

Le prochain jour, nous faisions le voyage derrière les cascades et Hornblower Cruises, cela nous a amenés juste devant les chutes d’eau.

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Why Don’t We Dance Anymore?

This morning I was making breakfast and I had my French radio station playing and a disco song came on (an American one). Well without really thinking about it I started to dance along. This got me thinking.

Now why doesn’t anything like that exist now? Musicians don’t really write music people can dance to anymore (with the obvious exceptions of famous line dances like the Cupid Shuffle, etc). Hell, sometimes it’s just a bunch of technobeats with like 5 words, max.

From the big band era of the 40s until, uh, let’s say the 70s all music was made so that it could be danced to. Clubs would have  dance floors with people actually dancing on them. I’m not sure about much of the 80s and 90s (again, except the obvious ones like the Macarana).

Now you go into a club and it’s just people either jumping (violently, I might add), awkwardly bobbing along, or grinding (usually to a level that is overly ridiculous outside of the privacy of a strip club).

This has created a large number of young adults that are able to dance. They go to dances in high school and either do one of the things listed in the above paragraph or they just hangout on the sides of the dance floor. Now don’t get me wrong there have been plenty of times where I myself would enjoy grinding on the dance floor, but only for so long.

I made an arbitrary post about it on my Twitter this morning and it met with very positive results. So my question would be why don’t we try to bring it back? Our kids won’t go to dances where the only option is to be groped or stand on the side, adults would have a place to go where they could dress up and enjoy themselves, like adults I might add, and it would just add another layer to enjoying the music. I know we’ve all seen the old people at a concert in the community be able to just get up and dance along, but meanwhile I’m stuck to just bobbing along awkwardly.

If you don’t think it’s easy you’re probably right, but the good stuff is never easy. And hey, they did it in An Extremely Goofy Movie…

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Blade (1998)

Continuing on my movies based on Marvel Comics characters watch-through brings me to the first one that I didn’t know anything about before watching. This movie is not actually about a superhero (ok, I guess that depends on your definition of what a superhero is, but I digress) but instead it’s about a Vampire hunter.

Blade is born while is mother is dying from a Vampire bite; this grants him the benefits of being part Vampire and part Human, as well as all the downsides. This makes for a great story-line not only between good and bad but also including personal dilemmas.

Since I’ve never read a Blade comic, I don’t have any outside influence to reference how I feel about this movie. I think that Wesley Snipes was an excellent choice to play Blade. I also would say that even though I would consider this a good movie over all, it is rather gory and that was quite uncomfortable (but it is a Vampire movie so I guess I should’ve expected it, right?). There is also a scene where he shares what I can only describe as a sensual moment with his mother.

The ending obviously shows that there is a continuation- which there was, 4 years later- and I will be interested to see how that one is. The comments on my Facebook post were positive about this movie. If you are an action or vampire fan I recommend it, if you are the standard movie or superhero fan it’s nothing to go out of your way for but it’s also not something that I would avoid if you saw it on TV one day.

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Canadian Road Trip- Montreal

La semaine dernier je suis allé sur un voyager de route avec ma petite amie. Première nous sommes allés à Montréal en Québec. C’était peut-être un 10 heures conduire. Sur nôtre arrivés, nous sommes allés à Mont Royal. Il y avait un vue magnifique, et c’est un parc sympa. Après ça, nous sommes allés centre-ville pour dîner.

Le jour prochain, nous sommes allés à Olympic Stadium, ce qui était décevant. Puis, nous sommes allés à Notre-Dame Basilica. Trés belle église. Nous avons arrêter à le marché Atwater après ça. Enfin, nous sommes allés l’oratoire de Saint Joseph, que nous n’avons pas plan sur visiter. Mais, c’était mon préféré. À la fin de la nuit, nous avons être boires parce que ma petite amie peut boire là.

J’ai aimé que tout le monde parlait français.

Le matin prochain nous sommes allés à Toronto et Niagara Falls, mais je vais parler de la ca demain.

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The Fantastic Four (1994)

There was a reason this film was never released. The quality of the camera was so bad that you could barley tell what was going on, the acting was awkward at best and the story-line was confusing.

The seemed to be not only Doctor Doom, but also a different villain whose name I don’t think was ever released. Additionally The Thing’s blind girlfriend is kidnapped without even establishing her role as girlfriend. Also they portrayed Reed Richards and Susan Storm to be close to 10 years apart which is not the same story that we all know and love.

The powers of Johnny, Susan, and Reed all come into the story at about half-way but they are shown in a way that I would think a film from the 60s maybe should’ve shown them, not the 90s.

I gave up about half-way through because I was unable to keep my attention on it any longer. I highly do not recommend this movie to anybody and I’m very glad that it was never officially released (but is available on YouTube) and has been forgotten.

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Captain America (1990)

The third movie on my Marvel watch through is yet another direct-to-video forgotten Marvel film.

1990s Captain America needed to be forgotten in order for the modern version of this character to actually thrive. For starters, the origin is very different. He volunteers for the project without actually signing up, he smokes, and he has polio. Additionally, the scientist that transformed him transformed the Red Skull which is an interesting plot point.

Early in the film he also gets shot at point blank range and barely flinches, which is not within the realm of Captain America (unless maybe he’s wearing armor) and during the transformation they refer to him as becoming more like Superman, which just like I said in my original Punisher review, I don’t understand why Marvel would give positive shout outs to their competition in their own movies.

From there it goes downhill though. He goes to Germany instantly getting a suit and his shield from essentially an unknown source and has a show down with Red Skull in which he loses, cuts off Red Skulls arm, and gets strapped to a rocket aimed at the White House.

After a variety of other strange story developments he has to go to the castle where Red Skull is hiding to save the President and his old girlfriend’s daughter (who is now his girlfriend).

During the credits, I realized that the movie was geared as propaganda. The President is set to give a very important speech on climate and the environment at the end of the movie and during the credits it blatantly states “PLEASE SUPPORT THE ENVIRONMENT ACT OF 1990”.

Once again, a definite movie to skip for film fans and superhero fans alike.