Monday, February 27, 2012

Liebster Blog Award and thoughts on Cowboys and Aliens

A few weeks ago. A month ago, I was given the Liebster Blog Award from Chrystalla Thoma. Thanks Chrys. These are the rules and they are very simple.

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:

*Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
*Copy and paste the award to their blog
*Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!
*Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to bloggers they would like to honor.

Chrys is the author of several books. Some of them are published by Muse It Up publishing and she has a couple of them Indie published. I suggest you check out Hera, which is a free novelette on Kindle set in the world of her novel Rex Rising. Both are science fiction.

Now if the award recipients would please step forward:

Grumpy Bull Dog

Michael Offutt

Annalisa Crawford

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan  

Jay Noel


Cowboys and Aliens:

I watched this over the weekend and overall I enjoyed it. The plot was pretty much straight forward, although (on purpose) they kept several things secret for a long time due to the memory problems of the main character. I felt some frustration at not having questions answered sooner. I guess I can be impatient. I enjoyed the action, conflict and special effects. 

I wasn’t crazy about the idea of the aliens wanting gold. Why would creatures who are capable of traveling through space want gold? However, this tied in with making the main character feel guilty over being a thief, so in that way it worked well. Perhaps if they would have added more of a reason other than it was just valuable to them.

The characterization got better as the movie went on. Because of the memory problems of Jake (the main character) not much of anything was revealed about him in the first hour, which made it hard to really care about him. The secondary main character, Woodrow (Harrison Ford), started out as a controlling bully with a spoiled son who shot up the town for fun. So it did take awhile to get into the movie because both of these characters came across as rather cold and emotionless at first. I tended to prefer the boy in the story, Doc the bar owner and the young woman Ella.

One funny thing comes to mind is when they ended up briefly captured by the Apache warriors and Woodrow already has it set in his mind that the Indians would be of no help at all. Then he starts yelling “Kill us now. Just kill us now!” I'm not sure if it was meant to be funny, but I laughed.

Lastly what I liked most of all is how the humans (town folks, Indians and outlaws) all managed to come together in order to stop a bigger threat. I believe this would happen in real life. All the countries that don’t get a long would suddenly come together to stop an invasion. Why do we need an invasion to put aside our differences?

Good Characterization, but not likable types.

 Jake is skinny, but he sure can take a beating (several beatings)

My favorite from the movie.

Coming Next Monday:

Vallar 2 Titles and a Blurb.


Rusty Webb said...

I thought the movie was fun. And I agree that interplanetary gold diggers is a pretty weird reason for invading aliens. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a good reason before. If put to the task I'm not sure I could come up with a great one either.

Looking forward to next week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I enjoyed that movie. Gold was an odd thing for the aliens to want. Guess we can blame the creator of the graphic novel for that. But overall, it was a fun movie. And I'd be lying if I didn't say Olivia Wilde naked was a bonus!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said... tagged me with that! I'll do a shout out to you on my blog soon :))

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Alex is like me : Olivia Wilde was my favorite character in the movie. Her motivation made sense. Ah, that she is pretty "pinged my radar" as Alex says!

I was drawn to the movie because one of my major heroes is a Texas Ranger, cursed to never to be able to die. I've written two novels of his adventures in 1853. My latest WIP, involves a modern street kid sent back to the French Quarter of 1834. So old west fantasies and science fiction appeals to me! Roland

Cindy said...

Thanks for the comments guys. I agree it was a fun movie. Funny thing is I like John Wayne movies especially on Sunday morning. It's a nostalgia thing.

GalaxyCurse said...

There are supposedly Sumerian texts which tell the story that 50 Anunnaki, inhabitants of a planet named Nibiru, came to Earth approximately 400,000 years ago with the intent of mining raw materials, especially gold, for transport back to Nibiru.
So the idea of coming here to get gold ain't really new.