“It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they’re not happy: Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.” (www.ign.com)
This sounds like fun…yes? Sort of a “when Harry met history class” that includes those cool Greek mythology monsters and the shocking truth that Zeus’ bolt has gone missing…where will danger strike next?
The reviews have been mixed, but I think this comment from one teen says it all:
I’m sooooo watching the movie! I don’t care about the reviews!!!!
Well, I sooooo hope she enjoys Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Who wouldn’t with a sword swinging Zac Efron look-alike whose dad is Poseidon? And believe me…he’s ready to make some waves people!
I don’t know how much you’re on the up and up with Greek mythology, but the top dog head honcho dude is Zeus, and there are an assortment of other gods with different roles and powers.
Do you know who was really on top of this Greek stuff? It may surprise you, but the early Christians were all over the Greek’s false beliefs, because they kept them from seeing the truth about Jesus Christ.
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Do You Know How to Save a Life?
Have you ever been so close to death that someone literally saved your life? I have.
I was a highly skilled and highly prideful skier. At 15, most guys think they can do anything, especially when you are bombing through the trees in unmarked and sometimes restricted areas of the Rocky Mountains.
I remember shooting out onto a trail at warp speed, when suddenly I felt an impact from behind, then a loss of control as I was headed in a direct path towards a tree.
But instead of hitting the tree, I was yanked out of the way, hit the ground, and everything went black.
When I awoke, there was a professional slalom competitor asking me if I was OK. Then it came to me… I had accidently shot out onto a closed course and was hit by the skier – who then wrecked us both on purpose to save me from hitting a tree and having a terrible, or more likely, fatal accident.
He saved my life, and I’ve never been the same.
Have you ever wanted to save a life? I think all of us deep down would love to know that we played a life-saving role in someone’s existence – it’s just the way we’re wired.
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It started as just plain and simple “Farm Town”…and you already know what I’m talking about, right? Its popularity skyrocketed and now there are over 73 MILLION people *digging* this game, happily clicking their mouses (mice?) on:
If you don’t own a farm yet, you probably know at least a few folks who are completely addicted to the latest Facebook crack and trying to persuade you to be their “neighbor” so they don’t feel like a loser.
Of course the million dollar question in my mind is…
Did Old MacDonald have a FarmVille? Ee-i-ee-i—–NO!
I guess I get the attraction: anxiously awaiting your prized pumpkins to sprout in real time and passionately seeking out the golden chicken so you can shame your friends…but seriously, if you really want to work on a farm and make real money, maybe try a trip to Kansas or Iowa?
Perhaps there is something else fascinating about planting a seed and seeing what happens – especially knowing that growth will equate with profit.
Did you know that Jesus was a “farmer” too? Facebook wasn’t around in His day, but He still planted seeds….
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It’s official… Robert Downey Jr. is more than Iron Man. He’s actor man and mega kudos to him for bringing back one of the coolest characters in all of literary history: Sherlock Holmes.
If you didn’t know, the tales of this incredible detective’s adventures have been around for over 120 years. Way, waaaay before your grandparents were born, super sleuth Sherlock Holmes was on the case, mystifying folks with his incredible intellectual prowess and bringing the bad guys down to Chinatown.
Now in 2009, he hits the big screen with not only brains, but also mad, Chuck-Norris skills that he uses to bring an extra slice of beat-down on his adversaries.
Isn’t there a bit of Sherlock Holmes in all of us? Think about it – shows like CSI, House, heck even Blue’s Clues (we just figured out Blue’s clues!) captivate us by getting our brains humming to see if we can solve the mystery before the characters.
(Well, maybe not Blue’s Clues… Not that I *cough cough* watch it or anything… But you get my point, right?)
So in the grand tradition of Sherlock Holmes and the satisfaction of solving mysteries that feel like a splinter in your mind, I present to you the grandest mystery of all… one that involves tragedy and triumph, action and adventure, and most importantly, life and death.
The game is afoot!
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Would you ever make a movie? I’m not talking about a YouTube upload that you and your friends filmed with your cell phone…I mean a real movie. If so, what would you do?
Let’s take it a step further. What if you had pretty much unlimited time, equipment, and cash? That’s the situation James Cameron found himself in a few years back, and the result is the visually stunning sci-fi cowboys and Indians movie called Avatar.
And when I say he had money, I mean he had bank. Cost estimates for Avatar run between 300 million to half a BILLION dollars. With that insane amount of money that dwarfs the gross domestic product of over a third of this planet, you better create an out-of-this-world place that rocks.
And James Cameron did that with Avatar. Don’t expect any dialogue that would make Shakespeare nervous (i.e. “You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen” …wow …just, wow).
But do anticipate the 3-D cinematic equivalent of a 162-minute roller coaster ride that will leave you wishing for another round of Avatar.
By the way, do you know what “avatar” means? No, not “freaky blue creature that looks like a misshapen cousin of Jar-Jar Binks.” It actually comes from the Hindu religion, meaning…..
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