Archive for June 3rd, 2012

Yesterday, my brother Sean came down for a visit (with his son Sean, Jr).  As it was Jr’s 18th birthday on Friday, Hil and I took them out for lunch.  Afterwards, we dropped Hil off at home and we went to see the new “Men In Black” movie “MIB3“.  Now the original “Men In Black” was a very good comedy, SciFi, buddy-flick starring Tommy Lee Jones (“K”) and Will Smith (“J”).  Two was so-so (for me).  At some levels, this is the best of the trilogy. Of course, the comedy was better and the concept more original in the first movie, but this movie (again, for me) has more heart than the two prequels.  It follows the standard formula and is predictable, but if a movie is entertaining and it still manages to press the right buttons (for me), I’m still going to be all in at the end.  And I was…
Unfortunately, there’s not much else to be said about MIB3 without giving away most of the story and it’s twists.  What I can say is pretty public already – “J” must save “K” by going back in time.  Josh Brolin plays the younger version of “K” and he is brilliant in his impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones in character.
I really enjoyed the original MIB.  I know I’ve seen MIB2 a couple of times, but struggle to remember it without looking it up on Wikipedia.  (That, in itself, is a measure of MIB2.)  This movie (MIB3), kind of closes the loop between the two (“J” and “K”) a little tighter than even MIB2.  Now, I’m starting to give away too much again.  If you like SciFi action movies – Just go see it.  You’ll enjoy it!  Bottom line:  Highly Recommended!!

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I am totally inept with machinery and, when someone asks me if I work with any computer myself, I shudder and say, “I am a signpost, sir.  I point the way.  I don’t go there.”
    —    Isaac Asimov
From his book:  “The Roving Mind
[Asimov was one of the premier futurologist of the last century who loved to poke fun at his own reputation.  This book is a compilation of articles written over several years.  This particular quote is from an article published in 1981, the same year the first IBM PC came out.  While “home computers”, “microcomputers”, etc had been in existence for almost a decade, the release of the IBM PC is generally seen as the event that “big business” marked the acceptance of personal computers.  After all, if IBM made them, they weren’t just toys anymore.
What Asimov might have added, had he been more serious in his statement, was:  “…Yet.”    —    kmab]

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