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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GSY: Tomorrowland

I didn't know what to expect really when I bought my ticket. On one hand it was a Disney film, on the other hand it was a non childish sci-fi film. We sometimes forget that Disney has the potential to make films that are not geared toward elementary students. I went to see this movie on Memorial Day. What better day could there be to think about a hopeful future? (Warning Possible Spoilers ahead...I warned you)

There were maybe a half a dozen people in the theater with me and as the previews were buzzing overhead, a familiar tune filled the theater. It was the Star Wars theme. The preview that got rave reviews several weeks ago was showing and I must admit it, like Star Wars itself, is something that needs a big screen. It was that cool. Back to this sci-fi flim....

I thought the acting was pretty good. Not that I have seen many George Clooney films since Batman (no, I'm not kidding not counting Batman, the Oceans Films, Monuments Men I haven't really kept pace with his films). Hugh Laurie delivered as usual. Brittney Robertson and Raffey Cassidy also played believable characters. There were some surprises in minor roles. Kathryan Hahn, Tim McGraw, and Keegen Michael Key were all pleasant surprises, but the biggest of all had to have been PAUL friggin MCGILLION. Great to see him on the big screen, even if it was only for a minute or so.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book It To the Store for McCallandia

I just finished McCallandia by Bill Hall. What a fun 'what if' story! I especially enjoyed at the end where Hall compares the book to actual historical fact to give you some perspective. ......I warned you....As a political junkie one of the most fascinating parts was the 1976 Election from the book. Imagine Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and Tom McCall, all west coast governors running for President of the United States. 

Any fan of Oregon, McCall and 'what if' stories is going to find this a great read. You don't necessarily have to be a political junkie like myself to enjoy either. I know a few people who are going to get copies from me for Christmas if they have not already purchased it themselves.

I purchased the special edition which includes a bumper sticker, bookmark, autographed copy of the paperback, and a digital version. It also entered me into a raffle to win an autographed Tom McCall autobiography!

Bill Hall did an excellent job using his imagination to pry the threads of time and chance just enough to give us a McCall presidency. Something America dearly needed back in 1974.