Little America

Over the past couple of days I rode in a car from San Francisco to Denver.  It was about 20 hours of driving total and we passed through Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming along the way.  It’s kinda weird how few cities you actually pass through on that drive.

I’ve always been a sucker for those ‘end of the world as we know it, everyone has to work together against all odds’ movies. I’ll never forgot how I felt the first time I saw Red Dawn, and Stephen King’s The Stand was one of the first not-just-for-kids books I read outside of what I was assigned to read in school. The Day After Tomorrow takes place in a world where the Earth has been suddenly thrown into a second ice age and a few small groups of people have to survive in the harsh arctic environment. That pretty much sums it up plot-wise so if that doesn’t grab you, don’t bother seeing it. If that does interest you, it also has some very nice cinematography and special effects (probably mostly the latter) and you can’t beat seeing Los Angeles destroyed in just a few minutes.

I saw The Punisher movie. It was entertaining, but I think they might have tried too hard to stick with the comic book theme in parts. I’ve heard of some people completely hating it, but I didn’t think it was all that bad. If you’re a fan of The Punisher comic book series, you’ll get a kick out of the movie. It’s violent and a lot of people die as one might expect. Thomas Jane, the actor they picked for the title role does a good job and captures the character well. John Travolta never seems especially menacing to me, but he does manage to feel at least a little slimy in his role as the bad guy. Overall, it was a fun movie, but don’t go into it expecting much.

On this date in 1881, Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. The birthday is shared with Steve Miller (born 1943) and the founder of McDonald’s (Ray Kroc, born 1902). Weird mixture.