Thoughts from a former junkie….

 

Yep, that was me.   I was a junkie.   A two-a-day, had to have it, couldn’t live without my fix of …. X-Files.  Back in the mid to late 90’s I was caught up in the hysteria that was the X-Files.  They were the “Lost” and “Heroes” of my day and the forerunner of which those two shows and more like them should pay homage to on a weekly basis, if not outright paying them royalty fees.  I dove deep headlong into a wicked obsession with the show that I’ve only yet been able to admit to myself was probably borderline sickening.

So, this all brings me to my thoughts on the new movie.   In typical Chris Carter style, little was known of the plot before the release and many questions remain afterwards.  This is his “M.O.”, his style.   While many of the reviews were harsh and some were mostly positive (see Roger Ebert’s)  I knew going in this would probably not compare well with the last one because of many issues such as the limited budget, past legal squabbling, and the type of this episode being a stand alone “monster of the week” style story line.

The first movie had a grander scope and feel and it was appropriate for the series debut into the world of film as well as the myth-arc story line.   This one was what I would call a more local story that was encapsulated in a world of gritty people all seemingly working against our duo.   Quite frankly, as an X-phile, it worked for me.  While the “x-file” in the film could be honestly described as a weak one when it came to the paranormal, it was intriguing as it exposed Mulder and Scully to the kinds of forces that pulled them together and apart on a weekly basis oh so many years ago.  At it’s heart, it was a character study of one who willingly wanted to believe and one who didn’t want to acknowledge their own belief.

It also progressed our intrepid heroes along life’s path to the natural truth they had always shared.  They truly are inextricably linked in mind and heart and their life together has evolved into a comfortable setting that shows a domesticated couple moving on into the murky future together, if nothing else.  

Mulder is still as sharp as ever keeping tabs on all things spooky and Scully is doing what she does best, bringing hope and treatment to those who need it.  Yeah, there are some missing plot elements throughout, but this is nothing new to X-File fans and while we see it as a positive, I fear many reviewers saw it as a weakness.  Carter and company have always felt the need to not explicitly lay out every detail possible, the viewer is left to interpret the interleaving minutia.   The personal struggles these two work through were in full glory again providing a reminder why these two were so good together.

And while I’ve not really discussed details, as someone once said, that’s where the devil is.  However, I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to Mark Snow and his scoring of the film.  Once again, he delivered a big time score that complemented the film as well, if not better, than his mood setting tones from the show.   I especially liked the piece in the heartbreaking scene at the end with Mulder and Scully.  It provided a warmth and depth that correctly corresponded to our character’s reunion.

One last thing.   I don’t know if we’ll ever see these two together again on-screen, I for one hope we do, but again I’m fairly biased.  However, the lasting image Carter gives us of Mulder and Scully is not only a deserved one, but a happy one that they certainly have earned….. together.

“THE XFILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE”

Can’t wait for the next chapter.

Believe again.

In grand X-Files manner, the as yet untitled film’s storyline is being kept under wraps. This much can be revealed: It is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder’s pursuits.

 

My pride and joy….

A long time ago, as a young boy, my imagination was captured by a simple looking watch full of color and life. Something about it just struck my fancy like no other watch before or since. I love watches and the intricacies that make them work.

I bought this back in 2004 after much internal debate and anticipation. I’d never in my life spent so much money for such a luxury item and figured I never would again. Not for a minute have I regretted this purchase. And now, that this watch is no longer in production, I’m especially happy to have this model.

Yeah, there’s a story behind how this watch came to my attention, but that’s for another post, another day.    

The Rolex GMT Master II

“How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.”

This gem came from Suzy Gratia-Hupp, Texas House of Representatives, found a discussion forum I regularly visit. Now, I don’t know much about this lady, but I’ve never heard a more truer statement on how to judge a politician. And as a citizen of this great land, it is our obligation to judge politicians at the voting booth. I would hope some take this to heart next time their wondering about the merits of a politician their about to consider voting for or against.

R.I.P. Tony Snow dies at 53 of cancer

Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit, has died after a long bout with cancer. He leaves behind his wife and 3 children.

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That being said, my breath was taken back when I read some of the commenters on Digg regarding this. Those who desperately claim our country is in disrepair only need to look at the comments posted on Digg to know how far we truly have fallen. It is a sad commentary that every single issue, death, story etc… is reduced to ideological hate and venom spewed by cowardly scum safely tucked away behind the anonymity of a keyboard connected to the Internet.

If there is anything that the Internet is good for, clearly it is to demonstrate how disgusting and vile a creature we can be when we don’t get our way. Anyone without a soul wishing anything but sorrow for Tony Snow and his family needs to seriously evaluate their own right to draw oxygen from this planet.

“Hope and change won’t change the reality you’re hoping for.”

Yep, one of my own.   In response to a forum regarding the almighty, ever-popular, Barack Hussein Obama.

R.I.P. Jesse Helms (1921-2008)

 

I can think of no greater tribute than the Lord taking such a great patriot into heaven on July the 4th. For the first 24 years of my life, I had the pleasure of being one of his constituents. I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina and he was a great American who always stood up for the farmers and regular people. 

He, despite being the scourge of liberal media, never once compromised his conservative values and was one of the last great defenders of our constitution. He recommended my cousin’s appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and meant a lot to me and my family. I remember my Dad always turning to volume up every time he was on TV.

One thing many didn’t know was he was almost a victim of the Soviet’s shooting down KAL 007. He was scheduled originally to be on the flight, but missed it due to some scheduling difficulties.

Also, later in life, he struck up an unlikely friendship with U2’s lead singer, Bono and was even invited to one of their concerts in Raliegh. Read more here: Jessie Helms meets Bono 

Jessie was a wonderful example of what Senators should be and do for their people. There won’t ever be another one like him. 

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