Tropic Thunder

What Is It?

The 2008 action-comedy movie Tropic Thunder.

Tropic Thunder (2008) Official Trailer – Ben Stiller Movie HD

Here is how The IMDb describes this movie:

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Action movie star Tugg Speedman is on the downslide of his professional career. He wants to be considered a serious actor, but his latest serious role as the title character in “Simple Jack” resulted in negative reviews and ridicule. Comedian Jeff Portnoy is best known for his leading roles in sophomoric comedies, and may be less well known for his rampant drug use. Five time Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus is a serious method actor, who immerses himself in whatever the role. On location in southeast Vietnam, they are the stars of “Tropic Thunder”, based on Vietnam War veteran ‘Four Leaf’ Tayback’s memoirs of his rescue during the war, that rescue which was considered a near suicide mission for the assigned army force and resulted in him losing both hands. For his role, Caucasian Australian Lazarus even went through a controversial surgical skin dying procedure so that he could convincingly play a black man. Production is not going well, since rookie director Damien Cockburn is unable to control the prima-donna attitude of his three stars. Cockburn and Tayback decide that the five primary actors – Speedman, Portnoy, Lazarus, rapper Alpa Chino, and newcomer Kevin Sandusky – need to work together as a unit as did their real life characters. The five are placed in the middle of the jungle, and with only a map and their prop machine guns in hand, are asked to work together to battle through the stunt pyrotechnics in their way. What none of the seven of them know is that they have been dropped into a real life drug war led by the Flaming Dragons. It isn’t until Speedman is captured by the Flaming Dragons and tortured that they all realize that what they believed was make believe gunfire and land mines was actually real life. As the four actors try to figure out what to do concerning Speedman’s situation, all five go through their own journey of self-discovery. Meanwhile, the movie’s megalomaniacal profanity spewing producer Les Grossman and Speedman’s faithful agent Rick Peck argue about what to do about Speedman’s situation. And Tayback inadvertently shows a little of his true self. —Huggo


Cosmopolis (Film)

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2012 Canadian-French-Italian-Portuguese drama-thriller film Cosmopolis that was written and directed and produced by David Cronenberg and stars Robert PattinsonPaul GiamattiSamantha MortonSarah GadonMathieu AmalricJuliette BinocheJay Baruchel and Kevin Durand; and was based on the book Cosmopolis by the author Don DeLillo.

What is it about?

Here is how the Metacritic describes this movie:

Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer – a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager – as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan.

Packer’s luxe trip across the city quickly becomes dizzyingly hellish as he encounters explosive city riots, a parade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters.

Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode. (Entertainment One)

Final Thoughts

Every single video review of this movie that I saw on YouTube so far was negative, every reviewer that I saw did not like this movie or understand this movie, and most of them felt that it was pretentious and pointless and slow and boring and that it did not make sense to them at all.

I seem to be one of the few people who did not hate this movie (but I did not like the character Elise Packer (Elise Shifrin) and how that character was acted) and I seem to be one of the few people who could somewhat understand this movie and who probably somewhat liked this movie, I thought that this movie was different and philosophical, and I was able to relate to it and understand it more than any of the critics that I saw so far.

I watched this movie a few years ago alone at night when I was in a philosophical and thinking mood and when I was at a certain point in my life and when this movie felt relevant at the time, maybe that made a difference, and so maybe this movie is better watched under those conditions.

I was probably able to relate to this movie more because I think a lot and when I am alone I sometimes think out-loud especially at night which is when I often do my best and deepest and most philosophical thinking, the flow and dialogue of this movie is like that, and so this movie and the flow of this movie and the dialogue between characters is like listening to people thinking out-loud to each other very philosophically on various topics in a way that is not common in most movies or real life.


So this movie will probably be harder to relate to and understand for some people, especially if you do not like philosophy, and if you are someone who does not do a lot of thinking (especially deeper thought) on various topics.

The dialogue can get confusing and complex and random at times because it flows more like people thinking philosophical thoughts out-loud, even I could not make much sense of some of it, but that is how things are in real-life with our own thoughts at times because sometimes our thoughts make sense and sometimes they do not and they can flow randomly and fast at times like some of the dialogue in this movie.

The main character Eric Packer (played by Robert Pattinson) (who has bodyguards) is basically slowly going through the city having philosophical conversations with various people he meets on his way to get a haircut (there is more that happens of course), which will probably bore some people, but if you are in the mood for something like this you can consider watching this movie at least once.

Here is one of the songs that was featured in this movie:

Here is a short video by the Wall Street Journal about this movie:

The end,

-John Jr


Miranda Kern / Kurn / Ker / Kerr? | A School Debate With Natasha Lennard & A Classroom Party With Outdoor Swimming Pool(s)

Last night I went to bed late again (after 3:00 AM) and I had to wake up early again, I remembered part of one or more dreams and a first or last name of an unknown woman but I got stuck in several semi-false awakening semi-dreams and real awakenings where I thought that I had recorded my dream(s) and the unknown woman’s first or last name, and I was too tired to get out of bed and so I tried to make a mental reminder in my mind/brain of the dream and name so that I would remember that information later; but I went back to sleep and I had another dream that got interrupted by an alarm clock, and so I forgot most of both dreams and probably the unknown woman’s last or first name.

Dream 1

I can not really remember this dream any more unfortunately or the first or last name of the unknown woman but I think that I remember these names/people possibly being in the dream: an unknown woman with a name like Miranda Kern or Kurn or Ker or Kerr or something like that, maybe Bindi Irwin, and maybe Terry Irwin; but that is all that I can remember of this dream now unfortunately, I wish that I would have been able to get myself to get out of bed to voice record this dream, and then I would have not forgotten it again after trying to save a memory of it in my mind/brain but maybe my memory of it will come back to me later.