Movie Talk: “Detroit”

“Detroit” tells the story on accounts of testimonies and statements of the police raid events unfolded inside Algiers Motel on the night of July 25, 1967. The movie tells about the 1967 rebellion riots sparked by injustice. A sniper fire allegedly came from the direction of Motel Algier. Police with racial bias raid the annex building, detaining its mostly black occupants with hostile and brutal interrogation.

The movie’s pictorial showed police department had no regard for hard evidence, the Fifth Amendment, and Miranda Rights, which the Miranda vs. Arizona ruling only happened the year before in 1966. The storytelling is modest and not with much gratuitous violence or over dramatization, as some scenes made me reflect on the many real-life headlines dealing with police abuse and racial issues. “Detroit” is a fantastic movie with a great story, picture, score, dialogue, and vocals.

I rate it 9 out of 10.

Movie Talk: ‘Dark Tower’

A dream and two worlds apart in the universe collide in this fantasy-science fiction adaptation from Stephen King’s novel. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), battles Walter “Man In Black” (Matthew McConaughey) to defend the Dark Tower from toppling, which keeps the universe intact. Jake, a boy living in New York City on Keystone Earth, envisions the opposite planet’s plan and its rippling effects hit New York.

“Dark Tower” has good visuals and action, as well as the score for a science fiction movie. The movie’s story was nothing too dramatic, gory, or emotional. It was about fair. It’s worth seeing on a discount day.

I rate “Dark Tower” 7 out of 10.

Movie Talk: ‘Lord of the Rings’ Triolgy is ‘Precious’

Let’s talk movies.

Last month, my good friends Scarfy Conly, Krüz Wolf, and Naka of Subwuffer Entertainment Treehouse, sent me a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy Extended Edition Blu-ray set. It arrived at my house just before my trip to Biggest Little Fur Con.

Recently, my friends have asked me if I could post my thoughts about the movies. I’ll be front with all of you: I am not a movie critic and heading to the cinemas is something I don’t do on a regular basis. After watching the “Lord of the Rings” series for the first time, which I have not seen in the theaters nor read the novels, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.

The trilogy set includes “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “Lord of the Rings: Two Towers” (2002), and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003), all directed by Peter Jackson and based on the fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkein. Each of the extended episode is about four hours long. That’s pretty much nearly twelve hours of watching time. The first episode I watched on a Monday prior to BLFC, and the other two I watched the weekend after BLFC.

Set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth, hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and companion, Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) set out on a quest to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom in Mordor, to ensure the destruction of its maker, Dark Lord Sauron. Frodo and Sam are joined by the wizard Gandalf, the elf Legolas, the dwarf Gimli, two men Aragron and Boromir, and hobbits Merry and Pippin.

The “Lord of the Rings” story was very interesting and exciting. It had a continuous flow, although with some surprises that caught me off guard. I enjoy a movie that comes with surprises and not an expected or predictable outcome.

The bond between Frodo and Samwise was strong with trust and dedication for each other, in good and bad times. Meanwhile, the duel between Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) left me on the edge of my seat in excitement and admiration for the late Christopher Lee. Smeágol/Gollum (Andy Serkis) flipping personalities and speaking made him one of the more annoying characters.

I have strong admiration for the costume and effects in the movie. The design, makeup, and costuming I thought was extremely detailed, especially on the hobbits, elves, Orcs, and wizards. The practical effects were stunning. The setting of city of Minas Tirith, Mount Doom, Tower of Orthanc, oversized mammoths and raptors amazing for a fantasy movie. The Ents tree, however, made me start thinking about “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Groot.

Howard Shore’s score throughout the movie flowed evenly with the picture. I thought it didn’t overpower the movie, which makes it more enjoyable. The same is said about the sound effects.

Lord of the Rings” series had one thing that has captured my interest: the picture. The combination of the setting, characters, and action with the camera work was something to admire. It was one of the finest cinematography work that I have seen.

Lord of the Rings” series was worth the watch, particularly the Extended Edition. I’ll watch this series again during the cold, dreary winter weekend. Very entertaining.

Thanks again, Scarfy, Krüz, and Naka!

“Precious.”

Note: This was a recovered post that originated on June 18, 2017.

Photo Albums Restored

The photo albums have returned. My galleries from conventions, furmeets, and fursuits are back online. Simply click the Photo menu at the top of this page and select the category. The albums are sorted by the most recent event or photo shoot at the top.

I also intend to restore badge art by others other artists later on in individual posts.

Starting a New Slate

I am starting a new slate for both this website and Twitter. Last week, I did the same for two other websites and Twitter accounts that I run, so the reboot is not specific to Shutterwolf.net. Most of the reason had to do with the website inner workings with my web hosting.

There were problems with the website theme and photo gallery. The problem had to do with images. What most people don’t know is “unlimited” server space is impossible. The reality is that many web hosts have a limit on inode, which is one file content or directory.

The previous theme would generate five different file sizes. The gallery generated eight different photo sizes. Plus, this site is shared on the same host as my other two sites. When having three WordPress applications, photo galleries, and themes, I was hitting up to 30,000 inodes. My hosting has a soft limit of 50,000 and hard limit of 200,000 inodes.

You may notice the photos, art, and past posts gone. Don’t worry, I will try to revive the photo gallery and images, and redo the posts, if possible.

As for Twitter, I gave that a reboot, too. I am changing the way I manage my social media going on from this point forward.