Breakage Continues …

I got a flat tire yesterday from running over a screw.  This left me house bound all day waiting for my Dad to come over with our air compressor (my husband has indefinitely loaned it to him …).  Fortunately the nearby Pep Boys does repairs until 9PM.  I have one of those cars with 18-in wheels, so getting a new tire was a pretty nickel :(.  And so continues my string of broken stuff since I’ve been home … And … now my car needs breaks … I’m soooo sad …  I really need to go back to working …

Movie Review: W.

I saw the CNN blip that said this movie was surprisingly touching and it’s true.  “W.” is very sweet movie about a fictionalized George W. Bush.  Oliver Stone portrays W. as a good man with very little brains who got himself in way over his head when he became President.   Oh, and don’t forget the father complex.  Deep in my heart I wanted this character to win and I wanted him to accept his father’s love, but we all know the story and it’s not good for W.  I sorta felt that Oliver Stone was allowing himself and us, through viewing this film, to forgive President Bush for his shortcomings.  I came out of this movie feeling like our President needs a big hug and a “there-there, you did your best”.

As for the nitty gritty of the movie itself, Richard Dreyfuss is eerily great at playing Dick Cheney (give Dreyfuss the Oscar).  James Cromwell and Josh Brolin also give great performances as Bush Sr. and W.  I also like the performance and the scripting of Laura Bush.  Her character wholeheartedly accepts W. with all his flaws and she stands by him, throughout the story, with quiet feminine strength.  It is a beautiful little nugget of a love story.  As usual, there are the surreal dream scenes that serve as little cut-aways to time shift.  Also, there is the usual mix of fiction and real news footage that we come to expect from an Oliver Stone film.

Like Bush or hate him, this film was very enjoyable and I think it, also, would have made a great stage play.  If you are going to see it, I suggest that you go into the theater knowing full and well that this is a fictional dramatization and not the real W.  I highly recommend this movie 5/5

A Good Game is a Good Game …

Even if it is an ad.  Well, duh!  Here’s a link to an article about how advertisers are having success reaching gamers with their messaging through compelling video games.  I’ve come around to the side of liking this type of advertisement.   If the product or ad feels natural in its setting, then it will be affective and possibly liked by potential customers.  The advertiser is meeting a need or somehow delighting a customer which is all good for everyone involved.

I do like the warning in the this article about creating a bad experience.  I imagine a poorly executed game could cause gamers to lose all respect for a brand.  This is tough, because gamers are a communicative bunch, so both good recommendation and bad recommendations travel fast and broadly.  It’s also tough to keep on the cutting edge of “gamer cool”.

Thinking on the recent ads for WOW, I’m not sure as a gamer I like the idea of folks like Shatner being a part of that world.  Perhaps it’s cool for the boomer crowd … okay, it could be cool if there was a custom Shat character that used Capt. Kirk’s hand-to-hand combat fighting style.  I could get into that!  That would be so surreal and hilarious!