Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 Years Later...

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck as the New Batman?!!!

Nicole Richards-Sharpe

It's my worst nightmare come true!  I hoped beyond hope that Christian Bale would return as Batman in a film with the new Superman but no $$$$ in the world would move the actor.  I was hoping that they would choose an actor who was at least a close 2nd.  It was difficult for me to envision anyone else in that iconic black suit.  I even considered Ryan Goseling.

But Ben Affleck?!!! The man who destroyed the character of Daredevil?!!!  Imagining Affleck in another tight suit is not something I ever wanted to do again.   This is a travesty.  It's not about his body because anyone could be made to look Hollywood buff.  Affleck's acting is not up to par; Especially not for a dynamic superhero character who exudes deep darkness but yet is ruthless in his dealings with bad guys as he obsessively protects his fellow man; one who possesses a stoic, otherworldly heroic stance and a unmistakable swagger and high likeability quotient.  This is not Ben Affleck.  This is a sad day in Gotham City!

Monday, August 19, 2013


by Nicole Richards-Sharpe aka Ambrosia

Ahhhh Elysium,

Sounds like an alcohol banned in 48 states, a day spa and a prescription drug for migraine headaches with a really cute and mindless cartoon commercial.  Instead it is a B-side song on Pearl Jam's "Yield" album.  Just joking!

Elysium is a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.  Set in the year 2159, Elysium is a space station right outside of Earth's atmosphere that serves as a paradisaic home for the elite.  The rest of mankind is left to scurry around fighting to survive on a ruined Earth policed by robots programmed to keep the masses in subjection.

Elysium, which curiously resembles the Mercedes Benz logo, becomes a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged as they can see it clearly in the sky.  It is the dream of children and a source of agitation for adults.

The title sounded familiar to me so I had to look it up.  It turns out that in ancient Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields or Elysium is the underworld, apart from Hades, where the "special dead" eternally reside in peace in natural beauty and splendor.  The special dead consist of human relatives of gods and heroes.  The concept of Elysium evolved throughout time to include the righteous, hand-picked by the gods. 

You can see why this title was chosen.  While the film introduces an interesting concept, that is all it felt like to me; an introduction.  There was some meat missing.  Elysium was enjoyable, don't get me wrong.  It just seemed to lack some elements.  I was looking forward to seeing more of life on Elysium.  The "Elysiumites" appeared Barbie and Ken-like with just as much brain power. 

Maybe Elysium was meant to be short and sweet.  Maybe it was meant to be a creative conversation starter for immigration issues and elitism vs. natural human rights.  All in all, it was an entertaining film that I wish was a bit longer and more detailed.  I advise you to go out and see it for yourself.  (Mark my words, I see many future fan fiction opportunities)

*Check out the character "Spider", played by actor Wagner Moura.  Great!