Episode 1 The Road Trip

The plan for the Road Trip, that would change the Gang of Color’s lives, was for Brain, Doom, and Lady to leave Brain’s parents’ house at eight o’clock and pick Sunshine up at ten o’clock in the morning. That was before Blue Bull called Brain to tell him, he was joining the group. This was news to Sunshine when she called Brain at 10:30 wondering where the gang was. She had already said goodbye to her family and was anxiously waiting to start her trip.

Brain informed Sunshine that they had not left but was leaving soon. He also told her that they were going to go soon so they four of them would be at Sunshine’s home in two hours. After two hours past Sunshine called Brain again. It would be two more hours.  She also called at four o’clock.  Sunshine’s family started to come home from work and school, her young nephew included.

Six o’clock rolled around and the group finally rolled into Sunshine’s driveway. After they all had dinner that Sunshine’s mom made they were off. It was almost eight at night and they finally started on their road trip in two packed cars.

They drove from Massachusetts to Rhode Island and stopped to take in the fact that they were on a life changing adventure and partake in their common interest. They were then off only stopping briefly in Connecticut for a bathroom break. The next stop was in Pennsylvanian to fill up on gas. It was about four in the morning when they pulled into the huge gas station and found an arcade inside. The group of gamers played in the few games that the arcade had and half an hour later they were off again.

While Brain and Bull drove their cars Lady and Doom played co-pilots leaving Sunshine to enjoy the car ride and fall asleep. Since she was the first to sleep she woke up first. They all were still in their cars but the cars were parked. Sunshine looked around as she was waking up and noticed that they were in a Walmart. Apparently they stopped to pick up better walkie-talkies but the ones they found did not work between cars.

Once they were all awake they went across the parking lot to the McDonalds where, as they had breakfast, they took group pictures and joked with each other.

After everyone ate they were back on the road again.

All My Projects

The more I create, the more I want to create even more.  I want to take on the world of art, mastering every form of art, and finishing every project that pops into my head, but I’m realizing that would be utter madness. However, I do embrace a bit of craziness, so I will try to take on multiple projects in different art forms. I am limiting myself though. I will only allow myself seven projects at a time, one for every day of the week.

The first project you should already know about. It is the one I started this  blog for. It is my START WITH THE BEST movie review project. If you need more information about it there is a whole blog about it so that’s all I’ll say about my Saturday project.

Sundays will be filled with book writing. Now this is my longest project so far, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have the first draft done and am working on the second draft. It is a romantic comedy about two artists in the film industry. It is called AS YOU ARE. I plan to have it published using a publishing website in June 2013. Since I have been working on it for years now it is not an add-on to my project/ goal list, but still it is a goal and big project.

Mondays will be jewellery. I have designs in my mind for a line of jewellery made out of acorns.  They will be different faces, almost like tiny masks but each necklace will be a different emotion. There are eight designed so far. I will be making and selling them. This project may go on for as long as I work or may not go anywhere. My goal for this project is to sell 600 in one year.

My Tuesday project is puppets. I love puppets and have made one so far. I have wanted to make more, but did not have the right tools to make them out of wood. I then saw one made out of polymer clay and thought I could use polymer clay along with paper mache. I do not have a large goal with this one, but I will be working on a puppet every week.

Wednesday’s focus will be script writing. I love movies and theater and want to be a script writer but have not completed a script. I just know I have a lot of stories in my mind that would look great as a play or movie. My goal is to have one completed hour-long script done in a year. If I write more than I’ll be happy, but I want at least one good script a year.

Thursdays will be filled with acting, because yes I want to be an actor too. I will be working on finding the best monologue to audition with and post one monologue on you-tube a week. I have four large anthologies that I’ve been flipping through, plus spoon river anthology.

Last but certainly not least Fridays I will write one story in Story Time with Pink Sunshine.

There now my list of projects and goals are out there.

Story Time with Pink Sunshine

Introduction

Pink Sunshine sat in a world just a portal away from yours. Everything was the same in this universe. The sky was blue, grass green, and people feel in love. God existed in this world, too, the only difference was that people named the children things like Pink Sunshine, Purple Lady and Blue Bull.  Yes, Sunshine sat in this world thinking of the extraordinary story she felt she needed to tell.

It was a true story but not a common story. It was not a overcoming a monster type of story, although it was partly about her and her friends overcoming trials and troubles while they grew into better people. That was not the main focus, though. It was not a rags to riches story either, no matter how valuable she felt her new life was. She did not think her life was a quest or voyage story either, but she did reflected most about the voyage to her new life and that aspect of the story. She did not want to label it as a comedy either because that would imply that it was not also a tragedy.  She decided that the story she had to write was, just like her group of friends, all different types.

This is her story, about how Pink Sunshine and the Gang of Colors went on a voyage across their country only to find the monsters within themselves while discovering the quest of their life time which made them rich in some ways and changed their lives forever.

Their voyage was not the exact beginning though, it is just what started the life changing events. No, the story really starts years earlier when the first three meant.

Pink Sunshine was dating the Viking when she meant the Green Brain and Black Doom. Brain was the Viking’s best friend and Doom was part of the group that they had dinner with every night. Sunshine did not make a connection with Brain at first and was totally put off by Doom’s black clothes and black makeup. Neither of them would become Sunshine’s friend until after the summer that the Viking and Sunshine dated. Once they broke up, close to autumn  and the beginning of another school year for the college students, Sunshine still hung out with Doom.

It was odd but Sunshine found herself hanging out more and more with the man who kind of scared her. Doom was the opposite of Sunshine; if he  smiled she would know something was wrong. Doom smiling meant something was not right or he was playing a trick on her. When Sunshine smiled, which was often, it simply meant she was happy and everything was at least okay.  Sunshine and Doom had one common interest which was enough to start a friendship on.

Later on in the school year Doom re-introduced her to his friend Brain, who like his name would suggest was very smart and analytical. The trio shared the same common interest and their friendships developed based on that interest, which they gathered to enjoy every day.

It was late in the fall semester when she found out that the Viking shared in on the same common interest. Brain, Doom and Sunshine were headed to Brain’s friend’s house for a party. It took them a while to get ready and get to the party, but at midnight they finally arrived at the house, only to find out it was the Viking’s house.  Sunshine was thrilled that the Viking found this interest and that they could share in the enjoyment of their common interest.  That night is when the trio became four.

The school year went on and because the real story doesn’t start for a few years we should jump to when Brain moved in with the Marque and the Blue Bull. Now Brain and the Marque were friends before, in fact the Marque was good friends with the four. Doom and Sunshine would walk together to Brain’s house from campus or just meet up at the house every day. Soon Bull started to hang out with them, when he was not busy.

During the school year Sunshine realized that the four person gang became five then six. After a few parties where the Viking brought the Mic, lovingly nicknamed by the Marque, the gang grew to be seven. The eighth  member was the Actor, he too enjoyed the common interest shared by the four. He also shared an interest of the theater with Sunshine, which was both of their majors.

They spent a solid year as an eight member group. It was not until Brain went away during the winter break, in between semesters, that ninth member even entered the story.  Her name was Purple Lady and until a year after the voyage across the country she was the only other female in the Gang of Colors. Doom brought her into the group, all because he was only with Brain far away and Sunshine staying with family while the school was closed.  Doom started to hang out with her because they were co-workers; he continued because she found she enjoyed the common interest.

When Brain came back from his trip and school started back up Lady continued to join in on the common interest that bonded them together. During this semester Brain, Doom and Sunshine planed to make a big move. They wanted to go some where like paradise and Lady wanted to join them. They started to plan not really knowing where exactly there destination would be at first, but as the semester went on they decided to move to where Brain’s cousin was living. While time past Brain went through a break up with his then long distance girl friend and Lady went through a similar break up. After their break up the two of them grew closer, one reason was because they both understood what the other was going through.

About five weeks before the move Brain, Doom, Sunshine, and Lady realized they really needed to plan the details of the move and their new lives they would be starting. They at least needed a moving truck, that they could book and not be laughed at, and a house or apartment with four bedrooms.  During the five weeks leading up Brain and Lady made it public knowledge that they were dating, now and Bull told them that he wanted to join them in moving to paradise. He just did not know when he would go.

At the time of the planning and moving Bull was engaged to be married to the landlord’s daughter. His plans for moving started with the landlord’s daughter moving with him, then he wasn’t sure if she would go with him. He realized that he did not want to marry the landlord’s daughter after all. He was still not sure when he would join the other four that would be moving.

The night before the road trip start Bull called Brain up and asked him if he was could go on the road trip. The morning of the road trip Sunshine found out that Bull was going with them. That road trip is really where this story starts to get interesting.

Fight Club

This week’s movie is one that I’ve watched many times before. It is a dark and twisted film called Fight Club. Now although the first two rules given in Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club I plan to talk a lot about it, because as the opening credits started I realized I did not talk enough about last week’s movie. What am I doing if I’m not learning and really writing about the movie? So this weeks movie review will be more in depth and analytical.

First I want to start with the theme and feeling of this movie. I realized during this viewing of the movie, that this is a form of dark poetry meant to make you ask the question, “Does what you own, own you?” It also makes you wonder who are if you? Who you think you are may not be who you actually are. The world as you know it may not be reality. That was true at least for the narrator of this film, who never revels his true name.

The fact that you can watch most of the movie not knowing the main character’s name is truly interesting. I watched it knowing the plot and trying to figure out how that was possible. How did the creators side step him giving out his name and no one finding it out on screen. I found that there was only two times anyone even asked him his name or who he was. The first time the scene switched to him waking up on a plane. The second time he described himself instead of saying who he was.

The narrator’s lack of name is one creative way of hinting at a major plot development that if I talked about would wreck the entire movie for a new audience, so I will not go into specifics on that topic. Just know that if you watch it for a second, third, or tenth time you find new details about the narrator’s mental health.

Besides the theme of identity crisis, this movie is also a revolt against conformity and main stream advertising. The characters, primarily Tyler, call for a revolution and total freedom from society’s conventions and rules.  The narrator and Tyler’s relationship is even built on the foundation of trying to break away from the norm. They start a fight club to feel alive; a fight club that grows into it’s own army to start a revolt against materialism and greed.

Now, just like the narrator displays his thought process I will do the same as I jump to the next and final point abruptly. This is great film and a wonderful piece of art, however it is dark and strictly for adults only. If you do not like swearing, violence, sex scenes or bloody scenes you most likely will not like this film. Of course, I usually do not like swearing, sex scenes or overly bloody scenes but love this movie for the quality, theme, character development, and plot.

For more information about this movie you can go to Fight Club’s IMDB page.
If you would like to buy this movie here is a link to do so. Fight Club

2 movies down only 326 to go

Amelie's movie review

At roughly 2 hours long Amelie is an engaging and delightful movie, even if you don’t understand French, which is the language spoken in the movie. The cinematography is a perfect fit for this film as it is quirky yet beautiful; simple and clean yet creative and imaginative. This film is a dance between the simple everyday of the characters involved in Amelie’s life and the complex reality of how they interact with and feel about each other. The story ties everything together in a fun love story not told before. All in all if you are looking for a well done quirky comedy I would point you to this one.

My favorite part of this film is the fact that the title character reminds me of myself. Locked in an introverted personality Amelie dreams and creates stories much too wild and detailed to be true, partly to protect herself and partly because that is simply how her mind works. She observes ordinary moments and finds the extraordinary in those moments.

Although Amelie is the main character, as the title suggests, the entire cast shines in this movie. Whether it is the Glass Man who encourages Lucien, the grocery delivery boy, to be an artist, or the staff at the Two Windmills, where Amelie works, everyone is believable and melts into the world the film takes place in.

You would think that there would be on area of the film that was not as good as the others. Every project and team has a weak leak. Well, if Amelie’s crew had one I could not see it. The script and plot keeps you engaged and chuckling. The acting, although I could see the possibility of it falling short, soars above what is expected while it brings the story to life. The editing made sense and was well done leaving nothing out. It seems like the team of this film all knew that this was a artistic film with a quirky storybook feel to it.

If you would like more information about it you can check it out at Amelie’s IMDB page
If you would like to buy this movie you can simply follow this link   Amelie

That being said I would rate this a 9.5 out of 10. Now only 327 movies to go.

The Start with the Best Project

I must confess I am a dreamer who dreams about creating, reviewing and simply being part of the movie industry. I love watching movies and figuring out why they work or don’t work. I often find myself sitting and reviewing a movie I’m watching in my mind. Then one day I had a thought; why don’t I share my reviews, thoughts and ideas with other people. I figured the best place to do that would be in a blog. The next issue was what movies should I start with. Should it be the ones I know, the ones I know I’ll enjoy, or the new movies being released?

After figuring out where I should post my own, most likely quirky, thoughts, another brilliant idea came into my mind. I would make this into a project. I will review movies I knew, ones I enjoyed, and ones I should know. Now this would not be a project if it was all movies I knew and enjoyed though, so I went on to imdb.com (internet movie database) and looked up their top 250 movies. There were a few classics movies that were not listed, so I added some that I thought I should review. I also noticed that it didn’t have a good variety of black and white movies, so I added a few Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland movies. Well then I reviewed my list again and noticed that there was movie series with only one movie of the series on the list. I just had to make sure I had all the Star wars and Lord of the Rings on there. Long story short my Movies to review list is 328 movies long. This will hopefully take only 6 years to complete.

Here is the list (if you want to keep track):

Inception
Shutter Island
The Dark Knight
The Prestige
Fight Club
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Matrix
The Matrix: Reloaded
The Martix: Revolution
Leon: The Professional
127 Hours
Mulholland Dr.
Pulp Fiction
The Butterfly Effect
Into the Wild
Sunshine
District 9
Se7en
The Sixth Sense
Magnolia
Donnie Darko
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Departed
A Separation
The Usual Suspects
Memento
Gladiator
The Shining
American Beauty
No Country for Old Men
Blue Valentine
Requiem for a Dream
Good Will Hunting
WALL·E
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
Crash
50/50
Slumdog Millionaire
Life Is Beautiful
Braveheart
Psycho
Eyes Wide Shut
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lost in Translation
It’s a Wonderful Life
Rain Man
3:10 to Yuma
Changeling
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
21 Grams
A Few Good Men
Vertigo
Amélie
Identity
Jackie Brown
Batman Begins
Unbreakable
The Sting
Timecrimes
Raging Bull
The Shawshank Redemption
Avatar
Warrior
Chronicle
Zombieland
The Green Mile
The Illusionist
The Patriot
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Star Wars: Episode I
Star Wars: Episode II
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV
Star Wars: Episode V
Star Wars: Episode VI
I Am Legend
The King’s Speech
Saving Private Ryan
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Princess Bride
Apocalypse Now
Office Space
The Book of Eli
Ocean’s Eleven
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Law Abiding Citizen
The Italian Job
Knocked Up
Pineapple Express
The Bourne Identity
Minority Report
Shooter
The Mist
21
Despicable Me
Mission: Impossible
The Devil’s Advocate
Repo Men
Paths of Glory
Exam
11:14
Lost Highway
Following
1408
12 Angry Men
Oldboy
Pan’s Labyrinth
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Breakfast Club
The Help
Seven Pounds
Star Trek
Kick-Ass
The Hangover
Alien
Drive
The Bourne Ultimatum
Napoleon Dynamite
The Bourne Supremacy
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Superbad
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Cypher
Rear Window
300
Role Models
Mother
Ice Age
The Uninvited
Mean Creek
The Descendants
Hugo
Black Swan
Underworld
The Big Lebowski
Full Metal Jacket
Wanted
Children of Men
Twelve Monkeys
Let the Right One In
Mystic River
Moon
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Truman Show
Apocalypto
Equilibrium
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Machinist
Hotel Rwanda
Blood Diamond
Little Miss Sunshine
A History of Violence
Predator
Defiance
Chinatown
Cast Away
Cloverfield
The Others
Deliverance
Win Win
The Descent
Road to Perdition
Point Break
Rescue Dawn
The Orphanage
Punch-Drunk Love
Matchstick Men
Rope
The Boondock Saints
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Fargo
American Gangster
Catch Me If You Can
Shame
The Lives of Others
Blow
The Pursuit of Happyness
I, Robot
Almost Famous
Gangs of New York
Armageddon
Inside Man
Groundhog Day
Shrek
The Ring
Rocky
The Fighter
Hard Candy
Lucky Number Slevin
The Bucket List
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Arsenic and Old Lace
21 Jump Street
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Sherlock Holmes
Spider-Man
Babel
City of God
Melancholia
Iron Man
Gattaca
(500) Days of Summer
Up
A Beautiful Mind
Man on Fire
Jurassic Park
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Incredibles
Mr. Nobody
Jaws
Being John Malkovich
The Village
Big Fish
Night of the Living Dead
Vanilla Sky
The Artist
A Clockwork Orange
L.A. Confidential
V for Vendetta
The Silence of the Lambs
Casino Royale
American History X
Reservoir Dogs
Taxi Driver
Die Hard
The Road
X-Men: First Class
Edward Scissorhands
Buried
The Secret in Their Eyes
Hunger
Misery
Machine Gun Preacher
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Apollo 13
The Vanishing
Scarface
Platoon
Revolutionary Road
The Thing
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Wicker Man
Amores Perros
Annie Hall
Rebecca
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
Traffic
The Secret Life of Words
Once
CaddyShack
Citizen Kane
Gone with the Wild
The King and I
Ten Commandments
Ben Hur
The Music Man
Schindler’s List
To Kill A Mocking Bird
North by Northwest
Taxi Driver
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Singing in the Rain
The Maltese Felcon
The African Queen
The Grapes of Wrath
High Noon
On The Water Front
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
Notorious
The Graduate
Bonnie and Clyde
West Side Story
A street Car named Desire
Roman Holiday
The Big Sleep
Bringing up Baby
The Bride of Frankenstien
City Lights
A Night at the Opera
42nd street
Something’s Gotta Give
The Prince and the Show girl
Monkey Business
Lets Make Love
Gentlemen prefer Blondes
How to Mary a Millionaire
Meet Me in St. Louis
A Star is Born
Easter Parade
An American in Paris
On The Town
Cover Girl
Trainspotting
Beaches
The Notebook
Mama Mia
It’s Complicated
Avengers
Top Gun
Clerks
Clerks 2
Serenity
The Last Samurai
Frequency
The Wizard Of Oz
Boondocks Saints II: All Saints’ Day
Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas
The men Who stare at Goats
Star Trek: The motion picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis
Casablanca
GoodFellas
Lemony Snicket’sThere is my list of 328 movies I will be reviewing, and if you thinking there should be a movie on the list let me know.