Monday, August 28, 2006

Buzzzzz!, Banned! -and- Hic!

Buzzzzz! - Tucson, Arizona home where man fatally stung had quarter-million bees
Banned! - eBay prohibits textbooks for homeschool teachers
Hic! - man had .46 blood-alcohol level

On this day in history: August 28, 1988 - Three Italian fighter jets from the precision flight team Frecce Tricolori collide while attempting their "Pierced Heart" stunt during an air show at Ramstein Air Base in West Germany. The wreckage of one plane tumbles into the crowd and explodes, killing 40 spectators and seriously injuring hundreds more. The death toll reaches 69 two months later.

Born on this day in history: August 28, 1828 - Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910) novelist, philosopher. He is known as one of the world's greatest novelists; wrote "War and Peace," 1865-69 and "Resurrection," 1899.

Be certain to view the amazing special effects in this video! Change of Skin

We watched "Invisible Enemies." [This 1997 thriller examines what happens when a young man finds a way to see—literally—into the darkest depths of humanity. After stumbling upon what first appears as nothing more than a harmless and misplaced pair of glasses, a young man dons the specs and discovers they are a window of sorts into a desolate, deadly and devilish world. What he does with this knowledge constitutes the heart of the film, and there are no easy answers.] This movie had an interesting story and adequate acting but suffered from amateurish special effects and poor plot and character development. Fortunately, it is only 38 minutes in length! I do not recommend this movie.

We also watched "End of the Spear." [Many years after his missionary father was speared to death at the hands of Waodani tribesmen, a young man (Chad Allen of television's "Webster" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") returns to the Ecuadorian jungle to meet the native (Louie Leonardo) who murdered his father and learn the truth about his family's legacy. The result is a life-altering experience that brings him closer to the kin of his father's killer.] Despite critical acclaim and the "must see" praise of acquaintances, I found the movie vapid and boring. Hyped as "Christian" missionaries, the movie is completely devoid of any scriptural references, prayer, or mention of Jesus Christ. There is one cursory reference to " who was speared but did not spear back." While one might accept that as a reference to Jesus, it is a bit of a stretch to do so. Without a strong Christian element, the premise of the movie is unbelievable. The acting is very poor, the photography is just adequate, and the story is disjointed. I do not recommend this movie.