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I did not see this version of “The Adjustment Bureau poster.  I saw a poster that looks more like this one:

Now, with this second movie poster – tell me it doesn’t give one the thoughts, “Oh, it’s another Matt Damon suspense thriller …”  a la The Bourne Identity.” It was because of the jump to this conclusion that I was more that a little hesitant to watch the movie, but it just so happened that I had such a trying week that I badly needed to decompress via watching a movie–any movie–and “The Adjustment Bureau” seemed to be the more acceptable option and boy was I glad I watched it.

Now in saying all this, I believe that if I had come upon the black and white poster with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, I would have been more compelled to watch it… Furthermore, I feel that the first poster does the plot more justice than the “running around” poster which is far too mainstream.

I quickly scanned the reviews before watching it and have seen it categorized as a science fiction love story and I do agree that it could fall into that category. I would probably add in the world surreal into the description.  A lot of doorways abruptly leading to unexpected places possesses a very surreal quality to me. However, these labels are just the trappings, and when it comes down to content, it is a lovely discourse and an interesting take on three quintessential dilemmas:

Romance vs. Career

Happiness vs. Success

Fate vs. Free Will

Need I say more?

Enjoy!

(c) Niconica 2011*

*does not apply to image/s

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Inception” was entertaining and action-packed, though perhaps lacking a certain something to make it poignant.  Nevertheless, it can still be considered at the top of the science fiction field – for the revolutionary concept of dream invasion.  The ending can be slightly frustrating for people who long for a definitive and concrete positive resolution.

The visual effects were amazing and breathtaking for sure, though the length of the film might make some feel that the plot, as brilliant as it is, seemed to have been overstretched.

The movie “Inception” would be worth watching for the stunning imagery and the progressive science fiction concept..  Christopher Nolan‘s idea for Inception is definitely innovative – bring the whole science fiction movie genre into a whole new level.

(c) Niconica 2010

I haven’t posted cakes I’ve decorated in a while.  Well, I’m still into blue cakes – I used a blue gray cake base topped off with ivory colored buttercream.  Enjoy!

(c) Niconica 2010

I was summoned to take a step out of my evident partiality for floral cakes when I was requested to make a child’s birthday cake.  Embracing the opportunity to create something simple but colorful, a rainbow inspired cake popped into my mind.  Here’s my version of a slice of rainbow.

Suffice it to say, I’m sure Neelix would not mind the rainbow cake at all, keeping in mind his penchant for motley colors as evidenced by his attire on Star Trek Voyager.

(c) Niconica 2010

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when a friend recommended District 9.  Further into the movie, it becomes evident that under the skillful direction of Neill Blomkamp, together with the poignant portrayal of the lead character Wikus van de Merwe by Sharlto Copley, and impressive aliens designed by the acclaimed Weta Workshop, the four 2010 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Editing are fully warranted.

It was quite a pleasant surprise – although it was by no means relaxing to watch.  District 9 is relevant, intense, riveting, and insightful… seamlessly incorporating science fiction elements to present very real and timely issues surrounding the disturbing actual events of social segregation produced by xenophobia.

It is not, by any chance, a movie where one sits back and allows oneself to be mindlessly entertained, but instead, one which holds us in its grip from the onset until the conclusion.

It can only be hoped that we emerge from viewing the movie more aware of the sobering social realities and moved to not further contribute to existing social discord by further indulging in intolerance, ignorance, and discrimination.

District 9 reminds us of the ironic truth that being human does not automatically confer humanity upon us.  Hopefully, we become inspired to develop, preserve, and enhance our humanity through courageously taking the first step of keeping an open mind towards the different and the unknown.

(c) Niconica 2010