Posts Tagged ‘signs’

This week has been a killer – we've had so many documents to get out that I've been working late each night after the kids go to bed, usually until after 11pm.  Today I'm leaving at 2pm and I am doing NO WORK this weekend.  I may have to play catchup next week, but I need a break.

Here's a few photos I caught on a trip somewhere a while back:

If it's not broken, don't fix it.  If it is broken, don't fix it, just put a note on it so people know it's broken:

And in the same building:

And now, in lieu of the expected Friday I'm in Love track, here's a song that at first appears to relate to the title of this post, but on further inspection, actually has nothing to do with how I'm feeling now:

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Shot this photo at the factory where I was doing an inspection on my trip to India. I felt a lot safer knowing there were these kind of safety precautions in place at the facility.


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Show us a sign.

If you're interested in signs, why not join the Signs of the Times group and share some with the rest of us sign-lovers?

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While I was on vacation, we took a trip to ZooAmerica (part of the Hershey attractions near Hershey Park in Hershey, PA).  I didn't end up getting a whole lot of pictures of the animals for some reason, but I got this great one of the designated "smoking area" gazebo in the middle of the zoo.

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One last sign from my inspection trip – this time one I caught on my way out of a little restaurant while in town:

And consider this post your informal invitation (the formal ones are still at the printer's) to join yet another group – Signs of the Times, a group devoted to signs of all kinds – vintage or new, serious or humorous.  I know with all the great mobloggers here on Vox that we've got to have some really interesting sign pictures getting posted, and it would be great to get them all in one place. 

As always, anyone who reposts pictures from their archives into the group will be soundly praised by me for their help in getting a new group off the ground.  Hope you'll all check it out!

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Another Sign Picture

Posted: 2007-10-24 in General
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I need to get this hung up in my house to inspire me:

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You may have liked M. Night Shyamalan's previous work in The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and/or The Village.  You may think that because of this, you should give his latest flick Lady in the Water a chance, even though you have heard bad reviews about it.

Trust me here – this is one to pass on.  My wife and I finished watching it last night, and as the credits rolled, we turned to each other and both said, "That was REALLY bad.  I can't believe I wasted 2 hours of my life watching that."

The premise is simple – a live-in superintendent of a motel (Paul Giamatti) discovers a woman swimming in the motel pool and subsequently is saved by her after he slips, hits his head, and falls into the water.  As the movie progresses, he discovers this woman (named "Story") is actually a creature called a "Narf" out of an old bedtime story/fairy tale.  She has come to our world to "awaken" a chosen human being (played by Shyamalan) before she can be carried back to the "Blue World" by a giant eagle, all while avoiding a creature called a "Scrunt" (basically a big-ass wolf made out of grass) who is trying to kill her.

After the movie was over and my mind finally got past the point of only being able to think "WTF?!?", I came to some basic conclusions about what made this movie so bad.

  • The symbolism/coincidences from Signs that "gave people chills" have been re-purposed here in new forms for another story.  Every odd quirk or behavior has a reason behind it.  Most are blatantly obvious, but all fall flat and don't add anything to the plot as it moves along – they are there solely to provide a deus-ex type feel to a scenario later in the movie.
  • The fairy tale/bedtime story plot is laughably bad, as is the exposition of it through the film.  Giamatti ekes out the storyline as the movie progresses, only learning enough at one time to carry him through the next scene.  When he gets stuck, it's a sure bet someone will come around the corner with some "I found out more about that bedtime story!" dialog.
  • People act contrary to human nature.  When Giamatti reveals what is going on to a group of people, they immediately believe him and tag along to take part in the action.  No explanation or disbelief is ever expressed until near the very end.  This could have been a much better film if the main conflict was Giamatti getting a group of chosen individuals to believe what was going on, rather than having them initially accept his story and pushing the conflict to an "us vs. them" mentality.
  • The film can't make up its mind as to what it is supposed to be.  There are scenes intended to be humorous, tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at the plot of the movie itself.  Other scenes try to make you jump in fright, using scare tactics and sharp scene cuts to try to keep you on the edge of your seat.  All that happens is you end up with a film that feels pieced together, with enough expository dialog to fill in the holes the actors can't fill in their scenes.

I will still give Shyamalan a chance on future films, but in my opinion, there's nothing redeeming about this movie.  If what I've said above hasn't been enough to disuade you, good luck with your viewing, and don't say I didn't warn you.

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