On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City for service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state via Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. At 3:27pm local time, just over 2 minutes since takeoff, during it’s initial climb to 15,ooo feet, the Airbus A320-214 jet crossed paths with a flock of Canadian Geese at 2,800 feet. The multiple bird strikes killed both of the plane’s engines. Flight 1549 was losing speed though still gaining altitude and at its highest altitude of 3,060 feet, the plane began to fall. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) took control of the plane and with only a few moments to decide on where (or how) to land. Sully and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) made the call to land in the Hudson River and the rest is history.
The Flight Crash Investigators of the National transportation Safety Board is tasked with recreating that history to determine to cause and best solutions to any accident. On the surface it seems like a witch hunt, but the NTSB has a job to do and while Sully is a national hero in the press, the fate of his 40 year career in the cockpit, is in the hands of a team of government investigators.
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Recently broken out of police custody by his Foot Clan, Oroku Saki aka The Shredder (Brian Tee) starts gathering the necessary pieces to build a inter-dimensional portal; a gateway to the mysterious (and unnamed) Dimension X. If completed, the portal would allow General Kraang (Brad Garrett) to pass through; allowing him to assemble his Technodrome, a war machine that would surely end humanity. Helping with the portal project is rogue scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry). His expertise in inter-dimensional transit suggests that our four reptilian heroes have little time to spare before the apocalypse. Continue reading “Movie Review – TMNT: Out of the Shadows”
Every single last performance in Hyde Park on Hudson is noteworthy. However, the film is also proof positive that performances are only part of a movie; they are the colors that the director uses to make you sit up and take notice. Keeping with the painting metaphor for just a little bit – what good are colors if the canvas, the paint, the brush, and more importantly, the painter himself aren’t up to the task? Director Roger Michell has made a movie quite different to those he’s written and directed in the past; films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, and Notting Hill all had such unspeakably great souls and hearts to them that the performances only helped to transcend the script as written. With Hyde Park on Hudson, it’s as if Michell wanted to make the very antithesis of the films he’s made before, which isn’t such a bad thing to do. However, he’s lost the greatest thing about his former movies: the reason to care.
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â€œOperation Santa Claus is coming to town.â€ That quote rings so true to me as I walk around the mall, any department store, or just drive down a street. Sure, we’re almost at Thanksgiving and it’s to be expected, but I was saying that before Halloween. Christmas has become so commercialized that it presents itself earlier and earlier to us every year. And since Christmas has become so high-tech with everyone streamlining the present buying process by jumping online to sites like Amazon that Santa Claus would adapt with the times and would go high-tech.
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Today, the nominations for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards were given out.
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