He Would Do Anything for Love
He was a man with a Bad Attitude
People thought he was going Nowhere Fast
But he showed the world, told them Read 'Em and Weep
He showed the world that Rock and Roll Dreams Come True
And proved that A Kiss Was A Terrible Thing to Lose
In his final moments he told the world don't Cry Over Me
I'm gonna ride off to eternity like a Bat Out of Hell
And ride off into Paradise By the Dashboard Light
"You can't run away forever but there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start."
-Meat Loaf (1947-2022)
#RIP #tribute #restinpeace #rockandroll
Cats? Dogs? Both are fine.
But personally I'm more fond of reptiles. Especially bearded dragons.
Evolution of The Egg & The Chicken
Before the egg there
Were the dinosaurs who laid
Clutches of eggs too
Then the dinosaur
Would transition and evolve
Into the chicken
Before the chicken
There was the egg, a remnant
Of a world long past
#paleontology #dinosaurs #chicken #egg
Describing the indescribable. It seems to work fine for H.P. Lovecraft. The trick is letting one's imagination fill in the gaps of what horrors the characters are encountering.
They Call Him Mr. Tibbs
He made history in film. Not only for his groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Virgil Tibbs but also for being the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964. But his life didn't stop with acting. He also served as an outstanding film director, became an activist, was an ambassador, and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth herself.
He had an extraordinary and inspiring life. One that continues to inspire today.
"Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment."
-Sidney Poitier (1927-2022)
#tribute #RIP #restinpeace
Bob Saget. One of the funniest and nicest comedians of the industry. Many recognize him as one of the first hosts of America's Funniest Home Videos. I knew him best as being one of the best television dad's as Danny Tanner from Full House. We all wished we could have a dad like him.
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life. And if that doesn't work out for you, Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life."
-Bob Saget (1956-2022)
#tribute #RIP #restinpeace
Homely, But Problematic (Expanded)
I've written this post once before but due to the word limit in Prose's challenge I couldn't say all that I wanted to say. So I'm expanding on that.
I've been on Prose for five years. I've made new friends, but I've also seen friends leave. The best part of Prose is the community. However Prose has a management problem.
For starters, they need to continually inform us when updates are being made and what problems are being fixed, and trust me there are plenty of problems. Ever since Prose introduced it's new version it also introduced a boat load of problems that we now have to contend with. Let's list them out, shall we?
Problem 1: I've noticed is that whenever someone tries to tag twenty people those people are not notified. I've been asking about this for a couple months now. Why wasn't this fixed or addressed?
Problem 2: I can't change my profile picture or my background picture.
Problem 3: For every challenge we create for a specific portal not a single post is added to said portal. Here are some examples below:
-www.theprose.com/challenge/12823 - this challenge was made for the Comedy portal but none of the entries are being added to the Comedy portal.
-www.theprose.com/challenge/12812 - this challenge was made for the Stream of Consciousness portal but none of these entries are being added to the Stream of Consciousness portal
-www.theprose.com/challenge/12815 - this challenge was made for the Fiction portal but none of these entries are being added to said portal.
-theprose.com/challenge/12818 - this challenge was made for the Religion portal. Second verse, same as the first.
Every entry to whatever challenge someone creates does not go into the correct portal. This makes it extremely hard for me when I make my theme challenges, which are designed to help add posts to portals. The reason this is important is because having posts in portals keeps those portals active. Otherwise when Prose notices that people aren't posting in those portals they get shut down, which is unfair to those who tend to post in them.
Problem 4: We cannot make any sort of edits to the challenges or entries.
Problem 5: This isn't a bug but it is worth mentioning. Most of the challenges created by Prose don't make a lot of sense. I mean writing about travelling back in time and assassinating Ted Bundy? What? This challenge was released around Christmas week. Shouldn't they have made a challenge that had something to do with the holiday? I'm just saying.
I'm sure there are more problems on this site that needs to get sorted. If you've run into any more problems, write them in the comments below.
I Need an Editor
It is extremely necessary to be informed that your work needs edits. Not everyone is perfect. Ever get points marked off on an essay in school? This is no different. Not everyone is the next Stephen King, Ray Bradbury or Tom Clancy. We all make mistakes when we write. Most of the time we as writers miss those mistakes. A spelling error, a run-on sentence, a grammatical mistake, these are writing errors we constantly make everything time our fingers press a keyboard.
Honestly it's nice when someone calls our some of my mistakes and suggests going make and editing. It helps improve my skills as a writer. I always go back, reread my work, and correct any mistakes I come across. Once in a while I'll still miss a few errors and it's always nice when someone points them out.
Here's some actual advice I got speaking with a local author: before you consider publishing it's best to hire an editor. Being your own editor is a big mistake.
We're all still novice writers, wishing for our work to make the top ten bestsellers list. But we won't achieve that until we fix our mistakes. So please, if you see an error point it out. It might seem annoying but everyone on Prose is here to help each other out in become better writers.
#writing #editing #challenge
Thank you for being a friend, travelling down the road and back again.
Rest in peace to a legend.
"It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver."
-Betty White (1922-2021)
#tribute #RIP #restinpeace
Harry Situation Reviews: The Matrix Resurrections
A fourth Matrix film? Whoa.
The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth film in The Matrix series, this time solely directed by Lana Wachowski. It features the return of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith as Neo, Trinity, and Niobe. It also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci, and Jonathan Groff as Smith.
Having saved humanity and brought an end to the war with machines in The Matrix Revolutions, Neo lives once more. However it seems he and Trinity find themselves back inside the Matrix, with no memory of their previous lives. Jessica Henwick and a new Morpheus comes in to bring their cyber Jesus out of the Matrix for reasons and I guess we have our fourth Matrix movie.
I was surprised to see that there was in fact a fourth Matrix movie being released. This was a movie that I thought never would be made. It's been eighteen years since the last The Matrix Revolutions, which was set to end the trilogy. There have been rumors that a fourth film was in development but was stuck in development hell. Eventually, everybody had just given up, until now. So was this film worth waiting eighteen years for? Um, not really, if I'm being honest here.
So the stuff I like first. I like seeing Keanu and Anne-Moss come back as Neo and Trinity. They had such a dynamic in the trilogy that it's hard to have a Matrix film without them. And they're still fantastic together. They still have amazing chemistry and play off each other really well.
I do like the concepts this film does introduce. They don't willfully ignore what happened in Revolutions. Humanity and machines have found a way to coexist together. Sure I guess the Sentinels are still a threat in this sequel but there are machines and programs that live peacefully with humans. And there interactions together are a sight to behold. This, however, led to civil war among the machines. Again, it's an interesting concept that can be expanded and explored.
And visually, the film looks really nice. This is the best visual looking Matrix movie since the first movie. Some of the machines look incredible with a mix of practical and visual effects.
Sadly, that's where all the positives end because, as I mentioned earlier, this movie isn't great. One of the problems I had is that while watching the movie I felt like not much really progressed. Not a lot happens in this sequel. There's not a lot of action, only more talking. Hell, there really isn't many Kung Fu scenes in this sequel. Can you imagine that? If there's one thing that comes to mind about The Matrix it's the incredible Kung Fu action scenes. This film only had one Kung Fu scene that I could think that had any significance and that was the fight between Neo and the new Smith.
Let's talk about that real quick. I'm not down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II replacing Lawrence Fishburne and Jonathan Groff replacing Hugo Weaving. They don't quite offer the same charm or personality as the previous actors. I mean how can you have a Matrix movie without two stars who also helped make up the Matrix along with Keanu and Carrie? To be fair, they weren't bad in this movie. Unfortunately, I just didn't see them as the characters they're meant to be, and I couldn't help but compare them to the actors who had played those characters. They just seem subpar in comparison.
This film goes way too meta. Now I enjoy when a movie or show goes meta on itself, but the way this movie took it was to an extreme. It's revealed that Neo made a successful video game franchise coincidentally called The Matrix. In fact it was a trilogy of video games, most likely based on the three films. And then there's a scene where Neo and this one guy are talking and the guy mentions that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to the trilogy with or without them. I mean that's way too on the nose right there. I felt like the movie kept winking at me to let me know how meta and self aware it was, but instead of me thinking it was being cute and clever it just gave me a headache. I'm wondering if this was an actual conversation between Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis.
Ultimately, this film suffers the same fate as the other Matrix sequels. It tries to be so much more and so deep and philosophical that it gets its head stuck up its own ass. It's cool to return to the Matrix with our favorite characters but it really doesn't have anything to offer other than nostalgia, which tells be that was what Warner Bros. was banking on. Sadly, the film felt five to ten years too late. It suffers that same fate as the other Matrix sequels: trying to be so much more while falling flat.
-Keanu & Carrie
-Some cool new concepts
-Great visual effects
-Not much happens
-Lack of Kung Fu
-Way too meta
Final Grade: C-
So those are my thoughts on The Matrix Resurrections. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What is your favorite scene from The Matrix? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews on Prose in 2022!
Neo: "I still know Kung Fu."
#harrysituationreviews #film #opinion #scifi #action #adventure #kungfu #martialarts #TheMatrix