Tuesday, August 19, 2014
once upon a time

Once Upon A Time is an ABC television show that features fairy tale characters (all who are also Disney characters) who have been cursed to live in the real world. At first I was skeptical but after watching the first episode I was enthralled. The fairy tales in the story are the ones that most everyone grew up with but with a little twist. 

Jennifer Morrison plays the main character, Emma Swan, a woman who grew up as an orphan unknowing that her parents were actually Snow White and Prince Charming (Ginnerfer Goodwin and Josh Dallas). The whole show really gets kickstarted when Swan’s son, whom she gave up for adoption, comes to find her and brings her back to Storybrooke Maine, where all the fairy tale characters are living, convinced that she is the one to break the curse. Swan meets Henry, her son’s, step mother, the Evil Queen, and they immediately try one upping each other.

The show has great graphics as well as a great plot and story line. The characters and their new versions of their tales are just as interesting. The casting of actors is perfect for each of the fairy tale characters. It was so perfect that Goodwin and Dallas even fell in love and got married only a few months ago!

I have recently finished up the second season of Once Upon A Time, and am certainly looking forward to the third which came out on DVD today.

It is shows like this that bring a certain ‘magic’ back to television that was missing for some time. It is also interesting that Disney seems to finally be realizing that ‘true love’ does not always require a handsome prince. Sometimes it is a mother’s love for her child (like in Once Upon A Time), a sisters love for her sister (like in Frozen, whose characters are coming to Once Upon A Time in season 4), or a woman looking out for a child that she slowly began to raise and love when she realized that the child loved her no matter what (like in Malificent). Although I think Snow White and Prince Charming’s true love will always be a good go to.

The fourth season will begin to air on September 28 on ABC.

once upon a time

Once Upon A Time is an ABC television show that features fairy tale characters (all who are also Disney characters) who have been cursed to live in the real world. At first I was skeptical but after watching the first episode I was enthralled. The fairy tales in the story are the ones that most everyone grew up with but with a little twist.

Jennifer Morrison plays the main character, Emma Swan, a woman who grew up as an orphan unknowing that her parents were actually Snow White and Prince Charming (Ginnerfer Goodwin and Josh Dallas). The whole show really gets kickstarted when Swan’s son, whom she gave up for adoption, comes to find her and brings her back to Storybrooke Maine, where all the fairy tale characters are living, convinced that she is the one to break the curse. Swan meets Henry, her son’s, step mother, the Evil Queen, and they immediately try one upping each other.

The show has great graphics as well as a great plot and story line. The characters and their new versions of their tales are just as interesting. The casting of actors is perfect for each of the fairy tale characters. It was so perfect that Goodwin and Dallas even fell in love and got married only a few months ago!

I have recently finished up the second season of Once Upon A Time, and am certainly looking forward to the third which came out on DVD today.

It is shows like this that bring a certain ‘magic’ back to television that was missing for some time. It is also interesting that Disney seems to finally be realizing that ‘true love’ does not always require a handsome prince. Sometimes it is a mother’s love for her child (like in Once Upon A Time), a sisters love for her sister (like in Frozen, whose characters are coming to Once Upon A Time in season 4), or a woman looking out for a child that she slowly began to raise and love when she realized that the child loved her no matter what (like in Malificent). Although I think Snow White and Prince Charming’s true love will always be a good go to.

The fourth season will begin to air on September 28 on ABC.

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is an ABC television show that has completely captivated is audience. The show takes the fair tails everyone grew up on (all also happen to be Disney ones) and puts a little bit of a twist on them. All of the fairy tale characters have been transported to Maine as result of a curse and the show spans their attempt to brake the curse and more.

At first I was skeptical. Fairy tale characters in the real world? But after the pilot I was hooked. The interactions and story lines in the fairy tale world as well as in the real world are very interesting and certainly draw the audience in. 

I was interested to see Jennifer Morrison as one of the main characters. Many people will remember her as one of the three original assisting doctors in House and not much more. She certainly does well as an orphan looking for her own parents, reuniting with her son who she gave up for adoption, and all that happens after. In fact, I would say that the casting was spot on for all of the characters. Josh Dallas and Ginnerfer Goodwin (Prince Charming and Snow White) actually did fall in love on the set and get married this past April. 

I have recently finished season 2 of Once Upon A Time and look forward to catching up on season 3 before the fourth season starts September 28!

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is an ABC television show that has completely captivated is audience. The show takes the fair tails everyone grew up on (all also happen to be Disney ones) and puts a little bit of a twist on them. All of the fairy tale characters have been transported to Maine as result of a curse and the show spans their attempt to brake the curse and more.

At first I was skeptical. Fairy tale characters in the real world? But after the pilot I was hooked. The interactions and story lines in the fairy tale world as well as in the real world are very interesting and certainly draw the audience in.

I was interested to see Jennifer Morrison as one of the main characters. Many people will remember her as one of the three original assisting doctors in House and not much more. She certainly does well as an orphan looking for her own parents, reuniting with her son who she gave up for adoption, and all that happens after. In fact, I would say that the casting was spot on for all of the characters. Josh Dallas and Ginnerfer Goodwin (Prince Charming and Snow White) actually did fall in love on the set and get married this past April.

I have recently finished season 2 of Once Upon A Time and look forward to catching up on season 3 before the fourth season starts September 28!

Friday, August 15, 2014

San Jose Giants vs Lancaster Jethawks

The other day I was fortunate enough to be granted a media credential to a San Jose Giants game. It has been quite a long time since I saw the single A minor league affiliate for the San Francisco Giants (most likely the days when Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain were playing there). It was a great experience!

Long before the gates opened to the public, I had the chance to interview two of the San Jose Giants players, outfielder Chuckie Jones and right handed pitcher Joe Biagini. Both players, and I’m sure the same goes for the rest of the team, love playing in the Bay Area, especially Biagini since he grew up in Menlo Park and Santa Clara. “It’s really great, I think I fail to appreciate it every day. I grew up going to these games…even though it’s almost been a year it’s still pretty surreal.” Biagini says about being able to play in his home town.

Jones, who is from Missouri, says, “I grew up a Cardinals fan, really looking up to Albert Puljols. But ever since I was drafted by the Giants I’ve loved being with them.” 

One thing that Biagini really loves about the Giants organization is that “The Giants do a really good job of keeping a family environment throughout the organization.” At “the height of [his] Giants fandom” Biagini really looked up to Jason Schmidt and the 2002 World Series squad. He says that the Giants do a great job of “bringing those guys back to keep teaching us and being around us. It’s like we’re peers, almost” he says with a chuckle.

 Jones and Biagini had very different experiences when they were drafted. Jones was drafted by the Giants right out of high school. He says, “It was definitely scary at first, going from high school competition to seeing guys that really know what they’re doing is a big difference.” Even though it was a little scary, Jones still remembers it as a great experience.

Biagini took a little bit different route to the Giants. “We all have some kind of long winding route to where we are now,” Biagini says. His route started out at College of San Mateo, a local community college, and from there he transferred to UC Davis. Along the way, Biagini had to stop for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

When they did make it to San Jose, both players said it was not quite what they expected. Jones says, “Growing up, being young, you always think ‘as soon as you get drafted, you’re here, you’re in the show’ but you realize you have to work to get to where [the major leaguers] are and to really play at that level takes a lot of work.” Biagini agrees. “I don’t think anyone’s really prepared for it…it really shapes you and prepares you for the person you want to be and I think that some of [what I’ve learned here] will translate into the rest of my life, whatever that may be.”

The San Jose Giants have made the games and the stadium very kid friendly. Before the game tees off, there are tons of things for kids to do. Things like big bouncy houses, a Giants blow up slide, throwing, and hitting stations and more. For the parents, there is a fantastic BBQ restaurant and an area to enjoy alcohol. The stadium itself had famous quotes from legendary ball players painted everywhere. Even in the women’s bathroom there were paintings of the women’s baseball league that once existed in the mid 1900s when men were off at war (made most famous in the movie “A League Of Their Own”). Before the game started, almost all of the players came over to the side fence which separated the playing field from the fans, to sign autographs for fans of all ages.

The game itself was loads of fun to watch. I had one of the best seats in the house, right in the dugout on the first base line. I had a great view of both the game as well as the San Jose Giants players. Throughout the game they could be seen enjoying themselves and they seemed to be having as much fun as the fans who came to watch. The Lancaster Jethawks, the Giants opponents for the last few games, unfortunately accounted for most of the offense of the day. There were several fantastic defensive plays made by the Giants, including a double play, a throw out from the outfield to second base, and an amazing web gem of a catch by the third basemen. 

There were several regular season ticket holders that filled the crowd along with some San Francisco Giants fans who were looking for some good baseball a little bit closer to home. Either way, the fans, especially the kids, rooted on their Giants through thick and thin.

I definitely loved interviewing the players and taking pictures at the game. I’d like to give a special thanks to Ben Taylor, the marketing and media relations manager at the San Jose Giants, who got me the media pass as well as set up the player interviews. I’d also like to thank Juliana Paoli, the San Jose Giants chief marketing officer.

There are a few of my favorite photos from the day’s game in the post below. To see even more photos and the rest of the gallery, check out:

www.invisiblesmiley.com

A few shots from the San Jose Giants vs Lancaster Jethawks game. For the rest of the pictures, check out the gallery at: www.invisiblesmiley.com .

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SJ Giants Blog Update

Hi everyone! If you’re looking for the newest blog article on my evening at the San Jose Giants game, don’t worry! We had a small power outage due to PG&E doing some service repairs and were unable to post the article in its completion along with the photos. 

Check back this evening and they’ll be up! Thanks for your patience! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

San Jose Giants

Yesterday I had a great experience taking photos at the San Jose Giants game. I had the chance to interview two of the players who were great. Having taken over 900 photos during the game, I’ve been steadily going over the pictures and found a bunch of great ones! Stay tuned as I will likely put up my favorites here on the blog and the rest in an album on my website: www.invisiblesmiley.com . Hopefully everything will up tonight and tomorrow! 

Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Murder In The First

I was highly disappointed in TNT’s newest mini series. What started out as an excellent murder mystery show ended up being incredibly predicting and turned out to end just like every other Law & Order type show.

The show stared Taye Diggs who was great as a detective and Tom Felton (more commonly recognized as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series) as the suspected killer. Felton was an excellent young Silicon Valley millionaire with no regard for other people, a role not all that far from Draco Malfoy. 

It was nice to see a show actually film in the city in which it is supposed to be set. Not only were there wide establishing shots of the city of San Francisco, there were several shots where characters were walking/talking/etc in front of iconic San Francisco landmarks such as AT&T Park, the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and the San Francisco Hall Of Justice. As a Bay Area resident myself, it was a pleasant surprise to see real authenticity in the locations used for the show.

One thing that especially bothered me about the plot was that in the first episode, Felton’s character’s father is murdered. A local junkie takes the fall and spends the rest of his time on the show in jail. But in the last two episodes, convinced that this murder is connected to the main murder on the show, Diggs’s character goes to see the junkie in jail. He there confesses that he only took the fall and didn’t actually commit the murder begging Diggs to find out who really killed Felton’s character’s father. Of course being the honest cop he is, Diggs agrees to start looking. This plot line was completely disregarded after Diggs visits the jail. There is no more mention about searching for the real killer nor of its relationship to the main murder on the show. What could have been a very interesting plot development or even a twist in the story was totally forgotten about. 

Also, wether authentic or not, the attorney for Felton in the show is blatantly disregarding what the judge tells him and is putting stories into the jury’s heads along with lying to them. The whole trial part of the story seems a very convenient way to acquit Felton’s character who is extremely obviously guilty.

Overall I do not recommend this show. What started out as a show with huge potential, came crashing down just as fast as the tension in the show seemed to mount.

Murder In The First

I was highly disappointed in TNT’s newest mini series. What started out as an excellent murder mystery show ended up being incredibly predicting and turned out to end just like every other Law & Order type show.

The show stared Taye Diggs who was great as a detective and Tom Felton (more commonly recognized as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series) as the suspected killer. Felton was an excellent young Silicon Valley millionaire with no regard for other people, a role not all that far from Draco Malfoy.

It was nice to see a show actually film in the city in which it is supposed to be set. Not only were there wide establishing shots of the city of San Francisco, there were several shots where characters were walking/talking/etc in front of iconic San Francisco landmarks such as AT&T Park, the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and the San Francisco Hall Of Justice. As a Bay Area resident myself, it was a pleasant surprise to see real authenticity in the locations used for the show.

One thing that especially bothered me about the plot was that in the first episode, Felton’s character’s father is murdered. A local junkie takes the fall and spends the rest of his time on the show in jail. But in the last two episodes, convinced that this murder is connected to the main murder on the show, Diggs’s character goes to see the junkie in jail. He there confesses that he only took the fall and didn’t actually commit the murder begging Diggs to find out who really killed Felton’s character’s father. Of course being the honest cop he is, Diggs agrees to start looking. This plot line was completely disregarded after Diggs visits the jail. There is no more mention about searching for the real killer nor of its relationship to the main murder on the show. What could have been a very interesting plot development or even a twist in the story was totally forgotten about.

Also, wether authentic or not, the attorney for Felton in the show is blatantly disregarding what the judge tells him and is putting stories into the jury’s heads along with lying to them. The whole trial part of the story seems a very convenient way to acquit Felton’s character who is extremely obviously guilty.

Overall I do not recommend this show. What started out as a show with huge potential, came crashing down just as fast as the tension in the show seemed to mount.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014