Win, Lose, or Draw it’s All Over Tomorrow Night

The day before the election. In a few short hours Americans from all over the world will be voting. Polling stations will open and absentee ballots will be counted (remember George Bush). In the wee hours of the morning of the 7th, America and the world will see who the President will be for the next four years.

It’s like watching a genteel boxing match. In one corner you have Mitt Romney with his designer hair and “Hollywood Casting Director” presidential looks. In the other corner, we have the President himself. Barack Obama. Compared to Romney and his seemingly generic presidential lines, Obama looks like everyman.

But looks do not a president make. Romney may look the part, but thus far in his speeches he makes G W Bush look like Socrates. He is also a silver spoon rich kid who grew up to be a rich man. This rich man understands corporate mergers and profit margins.

America does not need someone whose main concern is the money they can get from their employees, sorry constituents.

Barack Obama grew up without a silver spoon and through intelligence, hard work and integrity became the president of the United States of America. He came into the office telling everyone that he would do everything he could to turn the country around. He told us that it would be hard and that it would take a long time.

He did not lie.

There are things that the current President has done that I do not agree with, but, he is still my president (well half of me claims him anyway, the other half loves the Queen) and I think he should be given the time to do what he promised.

I believe he will deliver.

But either way, tomorrow the poll stations will close and a winner will be chosen.

We can only hope that the Electoral College does not pick who they want, especially if it turns out to be Mitt Romney.

There will be those who do not like this brief post and to them I say, “That is okay. We are all entitled to opinions and mine do not have to match yours. I know that I have not “lived” under President Obama, but like the man who could not see the forest because he was too close to the trees, I feel that I can see so much from a distance that perhaps is missed by those living in America.”

However this election falls, we will all have a president to support and follow. Let’s do our best.

Men in Black 3 (2012) Here We Go Again…Again

Whether or not the third instalment of the Men in Black  (MIB) series was highly anticipated or not depends on who you talk to. Most critics agreed that Men in Black II was a ‘wash-out’ and  was mediocre at best.

Box office receipts tell a different story. MIB II grossed twice it’s production costs. Somebody must have liked it. And enough somebodies liked it enough (do you see what I did there?) for the studios to even consider making a MIB 3.

Will Smith
Will Smith (Photo credit: Alan Light)

Amblin Entertainment wouldn’t back a lame horse in the money stakes. They must have felt that the winning combination of Smith and Jones was a solid one. With a string of ‘hit’ films under their belts. Who wouldn’t pay to see Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith on the big screen together again.

Français : Tommy Lee Jones au festival de Cannes.

Add into the mix an intricate time travel plot (and hey! We haven’t seen that before have we) and casting ‘hot-as-a-rocket-blast’ Josh Brolin as the young Tommy Lee Jones and British actress extraordinaire  Emma Thompson and Men in Black 3 could just make up for the dull-as-dishwater second act in the series.

Rip Torn on the red carpet at the Emmys 9/11/9...
Rip Torn on the red carpet at the Emmys 9/11/94 – Permission granted to copy, publish, broadcast or post but please credit “photo by Alan Light” if you can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course the curious side of me wonders why Rip Torn was replaced by Ms Thompson. Was he not allowed to participate because that would have violated his parole? In spite of the man’s personal problems, surely the film would have benefited from his presence. I always felt that his role of  Zed was sort of sacrosanct. Obviously not.

Word on the street is that Josh Brolin steals the show with his portrayal of the young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and that he has Jone’s mannerisms and voice down pat. Not surprising really when you consider his portrayal of ex-President George W Bush Jr in  W. The man is a chameleon of an actor, just look at his films, not least of which was True Grit. He was almost unrecognisable as Tom Chaney.

Josh Brolin leaving the press conference of Tr...

Still despite the good box office returns of MIB 3 so far I will not  be queuing up to see the film in the cinema. I have spent my monthly allowable expenditure of seeing Red Lights with it’s talented cast. So as much as I adore seeing Tommy Lee Jones doing what he does so well and Will Smith is watch-able no matter what he does, I’ll have to give it a pass.

I will, though, be renting the blu-ray as soon as it is released and I’ll then be writing what I think of the film. Until then look into the light and remember nothing…