Good Monday Morning! Yes, it’s easy to say that as technically I’m writing this on Sunday evening. But it’s a good Monday for me, because I only have to work 2 days this week. na-na-na-na-boo-boo! 🙂
So here’s your Monday pick-me-up goodness.
One of my favorite cartoons as a kid was Voltron. That, He-Man, and Transformers. (for the record, I hated Barbie dolls.) So when I found this picture I couldn’t help but say “AWWWWWW!!!!! How freaking adorable!”
Here’s a pretty awesome video of a new take on an old trick.
Some truly stunning photos from National Geographic.
I think I need to move to Russia. They have purple snow!!
Your astronomy picture of the week, the Andromeda Galaxy.
And finally, the weekly review. Last Sunday (not yesterday…yes, I saw 2 movies last weekend) I saw the movie Shutter Island. I’m not a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, but I must admit he has done some good movies. I especially liked him in The Departed, also directed by Martin Scorsese. Shutter Island looked like a good thriller, and I have been very excited to see it since I first saw the preview for it several months ago.
Shutter Island had a tense feeling throughout almost the entire movie. From the moment Agents Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) land on the island – a federal prison for the criminally insane – the score adds to the tense emotions and barely lets up throughout the movie. The agents are investigated an escaped female prisoner who seems to have simply “evaporated, straight through the walls,” Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsly – a favorite actor of mine) tells them.
Teddy is cursed with flashbacks and dreams of his time serving in WWII, where his unit was the first to Dachau, and of his wife, who died in an apartment fire. He also struggles with crippling migraines.
As the investigation continues, we get the feeling that things are not as they seem, or as Dr. Cawley would like the agents to believe. I won’t give anything away, but the movie keeps you in anticipation the entire 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the ending does not disappoint.
I give Shutter Island 4.5 out of 5 stars. Acting, suspense, score, directing were all fantastic. There was 1 or 2 points where I thought the movie was almost over, then there was a twist to keep it going, but for the most part the film moved at at good pace.