December 31st, 2008

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

2009 New Year's Resolution - Thou Shalt Retain My Sense of Humor!

So my funds have been stolen by financial pirates on Wall Street who needed a bailout to retain their lifestyle at Hilton Hotels. My political party had a horrible year at the polls and the Adventurers Club closed down.

At least Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Dolphins won their respective championships last weekend. This shows that I have not lost my sense of humor!
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Red Shirt

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below

how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I

noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but

did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant,

who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from

me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.<

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Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed inIraq , I'm taking him home to his

family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like

a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that,

although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing

to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations

in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank

you. Thank you<

F ONT face="Courier New" size=2> for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the

pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following

announcement over the intercom.

'Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we

have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the

United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He

is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his fa mily. I

ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow

Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn

off the seat belt sign.'

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the



sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and

his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You

to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do..

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people

wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support

our troops used to be called the 'silent majority. We are no longer

silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home

in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our

friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports

our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for

our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues

each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message

that . every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar,

will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on

every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances,

coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before

the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once

'silent' majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the

media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make

things better for you?' is. 'We need your support

and your prayers.'

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red

every Friday.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you;

Jesus Christ and the American

Soldier.

One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Titantic" shadows haunt "Revolutionary Road"

Released 11 years ago,
the shadow of "Titanic" looms large over this crop of motion picture releases in 2008. Try as he might, even on the IMAX screen, "The Dark Knight" failed to topple "Titanic" from the biggest grossing motion picture of all time.

"Revolutionary Road" features a "Titanic" cast reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. Watching "Revoltuionary Road," one can not help but think of the actors playing the same characters as if they had all been rescued from that sinking ship. Yet, the cold characters of "Revolutionary Road" are drowning in their own selfishness.

The film opens when Frank Wheeler (DiCaprio) first meets April (Winslet) at a party. The two discuss their Bohemian dreams and her desire to be an actress. The film flashforwards in time to April on stage in bad community theatre. On the ride home, Frank and April yell at each other.

Frank and April yell at each other two more times before "Revolutionary Road" concludes. The scenes are unnerving, especially during one blow up when a mentally ill man makes more sense than the feuding husband and wife. Given that Frank and April Wheeler have children, the subjects of their arguments reek of inmaturity.

By inviting the audience to witness such emotional vulnerabilty, Winslet deserves her kudos on the awards circuit. April Wheeler always seems to have an underlying desire under the surface. The chracter runs the gamut of emotions, it is not until her final scenes that one witness April true and silent emotional core.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Backstage Angels

If Backstage Angels do their jobs correctly, no one should notice. If one has a career working backstage, like me, then they know an angel when they see one!

Renu Kirkliani
Ryan Rodgers
Jessica & Kirk from the Adventurers Club
The Volunteers of the Palm Beach International Film Festival
The Volunteers of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Celebrity class acts from 2008

This year, I was blessed with interviewing some classy and friendly celebrities. Everyone of these individuals were forthcoming and generous with their time.

Richard Chamberlain
Cheryl Hines
Josh Hutcherson
Len Lesser
Elizabeth Pena
The Wallach Family
and
the visiting cast and crew from
"All Roads Lead Home,"
directed by Dennis Fallon and costarring
Vivien Cardone and Vanessa Branch.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Predictions

IMAX has become more and important to blockbuster motion pictures.
People are paying a little more money to see some flicks, but are waiting for the latest releases on DVD. Despite the move to Blu Ray, consumers are not jumping on the band wagon due to this tight spending economy.

February 17, 2009 will be an important date when televisions go digital, Will the box office go up that weekend?

Given that businesses did not have the need for tax write offs this year, expect fewer independent releases. 2009 plans to release the following motion pictures Watchmen
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Star Trek
Monsters vs. Aliens
Angels & Demons
Night at the Museum 2
Terminator: Salvation
Pixar's Up
Fast & Furious2012
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
G.I. Joe
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Land of the Lost
Ice Age 3
Sherlock Holmes
Avatar

Yet if these films are of poor quality, do not have a cohesive narrative nor interesting chracters, expect plunging domestic box office.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Honorable Mentions for 2008

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
U2 3D
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Smart People
The Slice of Life
The Lucky Ones
How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer
Doubt
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Bart got a Room