Friday, June 24, 2011

Did You Hear About That Rob Bordson Trade?

Yes, it is.
But, for real, if you do not live in Canada or follow hockey, then you may not have heard.  In what is being called a blockbuster trade, The Philadelphia Flyers have sent 26 year old captain Mike Richards and 23 year old prospect Rob Bordson to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for winger Wayne Simmonds, top prospect in hockey Brayden Schenn, and a 2012 2nd round draft pick.  Pretty exciting stuff.  But what of this Bordson fellow?  We shall explore.

If I ain't the worst that you've seen, so go ahead and jump.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gatsby Character Profile: Because I Have a Microphone So You Will Listen To Everything I Have To Say

New feature, for as long as it lasts or as long as I care.  Whatever comes first.  Betting booths are now open.
As many of you may know, Australian director Baz Luhrmann will take a shot at the fourth (or fifth, depending on if you count lost films or count a straight to video release*) attempt at a movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Why have so many people attempted to make this book into a film, and why is no one content with the prior installments?  In short, the book touches on a lot of varying emotions while allowing the reader to partially identify with the narrator (Nick Carraway) because he just does not have a lot going on for him except his interactions with all of the characters to some extent.  It is a popular American novel, and loved by millions through many generations due to some sort of 'timeless' nature the book captures, and partying, lots and lots of partying.  Combined with the fact that everyone has an imagination of some sort, then BAM, you have got about a million different stage shows and film versions/parodies because everyone takes a different lesson from the book.  That's the short version.

What this feature intends to do is look at the cast (the seven most popular characters) of Luhrmann's upcoming film set to begin production sometime this year.  I will break down his choices and see if they are acceptable, because what I say matters in my mind.  Also, because Luhrmann dips into the vast talent pool of Australia, leading one to believe that he thinks that Americans had their chance and failed.  I will address this is once it occurs.  First up, Nick Carraway, the story's disconnected narrator and the semi-omniscient 'I' voice because Fitzgerald said so.

Go ahead and be borne back ceaselessly into the jump.