Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Fringe

Fringe is yet another mysterious masterpiece television show created by JJ Abrams. It centers on a team consisting of an FBI agent, a some what insane but brilliant scientist, the scientist’s son, and an assistant all of whom try to solve crimes that cannot be explained by normal science or thought. 

The series is very well written. All of the episodes are interconnected and the viewers must be always paying attention as not to miss a stray detail that might be useful later. 

Abrams pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock in this series. As Hitchcock appeared randomly in all of his films, Abrams does the same with a character dubbed “The Observer”. The Observer always appears right before or right after an unusual event or crime occurs. These Observers are foreshadowed to play a significant part throughout the series. 

I like this show because it counts on the fact that the majority of people have certain limits to which they believe is real or possible. Fringe try’s to go beyond those limits. Wether possible, in real life, or not, the show takes an interesting and unusual approach to a crime/detective show. 

There is a large science fiction aspect to the show with its alternate realities and phenomenons but it is still very believable. 

The acting is superb, especially the actor who plays the crazy scientist. It is obvious to the viewer that he is on the border of sanity but going too far to the sane or to the insane side would get in the way of his scientific process and his ability to put the mysterious puzzles together. 

Fringe had a total of 5 seasons and was shown in Fox. It can be seen on Netflix instant watch.

Fringe

Fringe is yet another mysterious masterpiece television show created by JJ Abrams. It centers on a team consisting of an FBI agent, a some what insane but brilliant scientist, the scientist’s son, and an assistant all of whom try to solve crimes that cannot be explained by normal science or thought.

The series is very well written. All of the episodes are interconnected and the viewers must be always paying attention as not to miss a stray detail that might be useful later.

Abrams pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock in this series. As Hitchcock appeared randomly in all of his films, Abrams does the same with a character dubbed “The Observer”. The Observer always appears right before or right after an unusual event or crime occurs. These Observers are foreshadowed to play a significant part throughout the series.

I like this show because it counts on the fact that the majority of people have certain limits to which they believe is real or possible. Fringe try’s to go beyond those limits. Wether possible, in real life, or not, the show takes an interesting and unusual approach to a crime/detective show.

There is a large science fiction aspect to the show with its alternate realities and phenomenons but it is still very believable.

The acting is superb, especially the actor who plays the crazy scientist. It is obvious to the viewer that he is on the border of sanity but going too far to the sane or to the insane side would get in the way of his scientific process and his ability to put the mysterious puzzles together.

Fringe had a total of 5 seasons and was shown in Fox. It can be seen on Netflix instant watch.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Winter is upon us!

Hello everyone reading this blog! So far most of my blog posts have been film and television reviews, articles on baseball, photographs I’ve taken, and more. Soon baseball season will be over and the skiing and snowboard season will be taking over! I will still be posting much of the same things but I will be adding ski/snowboard gear reviews, more links to awesome videos, as well as new music reviews and articles, and much much more! 

Stay tuned as there will be more and more awesome content coming nearly every day!

Sons Of Anarchy
I was a bit skeptical when I first set out to watch this series. Motorcycle gangs? How interesting can that be? But the pilot episode got me hooked immediately. The show takes place in a fictional town placed somewhere between Oakland, Lodi, and Stockton California. Having been to all three of these towns, the show has pretty accurately depicted the lives people live. Small towns where people never leave and grow into the same jobs and lives their parents lived before them. The drugs, guns, and gangs are also fairly accurately displayed. I am not a connoisseur of illegal activities in these areas but, sadly, I believe the shows depiction is not too far from the truth.
The show centers around the motorcycle club/gang, the Sons Of Anarchy. the main character, Jax Teller, is conflicted with all the illegal activities the club is involved in as he has recently become a father and does not want to go to jail or end up dead. The MC, motorcycle club, has a really interesting family dynamic. The members in the club would do anything for any of the other members, which sometimes puts the club in vulnerable positions.
The interactions between the club and other MC gangs, the IRA, and the ATF are much more intricate and intensive then one would have thought. Everyone is trying to trick or catch each other which leads to a very tangled web of lies, deceit, and trust.

The cinematography in the show is absolutely fantastic. The shots of the motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic make the viewer feel like they are on the back of the bike. This is not another mindlessly shot television drama. When the club goes to Ireland to find Jax’s kidnapped son, all of the shots are tinted grayish green while the shots in the clubs home town of Charming, California have a bit of a burnt yellow to them. The way the show is shot gives it extra strength and more purpose.

The acting is also phenomenal and, in my opinion, many of the actors should be nominated for Emmys. Many of the members of the MC go through several varying extremely intense emotional periods. The fourth season shows Juice, a background character until now, forced to become a confidential informant as ATF blackmails him into it. I was very impressed at how Kurt Sutter, the creator of the series, gave Juice such a range of emotions during this season when before he was a lower member on the MC totem poll.  I was even more impressed with how well Theo Rossi, the actor playing Juice, was able to portray the mixed emotions of an outlaw forced to work with the police and if his club found out, they wouldn’t hesitate to kill him.

The final season of Sons of Anarchy premiered just a week or so ago on FX. Be sure to watch the series in order, otherwise many of the scenes will be out of context. I’ve watched 5 out of the 7 seasons so far and am absolutely in love with this show. It’s an overall fantastic show that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Sons Of Anarchy

I was a bit skeptical when I first set out to watch this series. Motorcycle gangs? How interesting can that be? But the pilot episode got me hooked immediately. The show takes place in a fictional town placed somewhere between Oakland, Lodi, and Stockton California. Having been to all three of these towns, the show has pretty accurately depicted the lives people live. Small towns where people never leave and grow into the same jobs and lives their parents lived before them. The drugs, guns, and gangs are also fairly accurately displayed. I am not a connoisseur of illegal activities in these areas but, sadly, I believe the shows depiction is not too far from the truth.

The show centers around the motorcycle club/gang, the Sons Of Anarchy. the main character, Jax Teller, is conflicted with all the illegal activities the club is involved in as he has recently become a father and does not want to go to jail or end up dead. The MC, motorcycle club, has a really interesting family dynamic. The members in the club would do anything for any of the other members, which sometimes puts the club in vulnerable positions.

The interactions between the club and other MC gangs, the IRA, and the ATF are much more intricate and intensive then one would have thought. Everyone is trying to trick or catch each other which leads to a very tangled web of lies, deceit, and trust.

The cinematography in the show is absolutely fantastic. The shots of the motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic make the viewer feel like they are on the back of the bike. This is not another mindlessly shot television drama. When the club goes to Ireland to find Jax’s kidnapped son, all of the shots are tinted grayish green while the shots in the clubs home town of Charming, California have a bit of a burnt yellow to them. The way the show is shot gives it extra strength and more purpose.

The acting is also phenomenal and, in my opinion, many of the actors should be nominated for Emmys. Many of the members of the MC go through several varying extremely intense emotional periods. The fourth season shows Juice, a background character until now, forced to become a confidential informant as ATF blackmails him into it. I was very impressed at how Kurt Sutter, the creator of the series, gave Juice such a range of emotions during this season when before he was a lower member on the MC totem poll.  I was even more impressed with how well Theo Rossi, the actor playing Juice, was able to portray the mixed emotions of an outlaw forced to work with the police and if his club found out, they wouldn’t hesitate to kill him.

The final season of Sons of Anarchy premiered just a week or so ago on FX. Be sure to watch the series in order, otherwise many of the scenes will be out of context. I’ve watched 5 out of the 7 seasons so far and am absolutely in love with this show. It’s an overall fantastic show that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Friday, August 29, 2014
Congratulations to Yusmeiro Petit who yesterday set the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired ever!!

Congratulations to Yusmeiro Petit who yesterday set the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired ever!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 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

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!