Today I am embarking again on another new journey. Change is good when it means growth and progress. Change for change sake is never good. Change without direction is fear and change to please others is insanity. We all should have a plan on where we are headed and we should make certain we are staying on the correct path.
When Dorothy left the path in the wizard of oz it was potentially fatal. Stay the course, believe in yourself, trust in the universe and you will reach your destination. But don’t forget to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.
I fell out dead asleep by 1030pm last night. I had an action filled day with a new job, school assignments, my daughters birthday dinner and the current move. By 10 pm I could barely keep my eyes open as I laid down to read, so I just went to sleep. I must have needed it because I awoke after almost 7 straight hours of sleep, recharged and ready to conquer the new day.
It took me several years but I have just recently understood what drives me to hustle and grind every day. Knowing what drives me motivates me to work through sickness, to push through on days I am exhausted, and to continuously learn and grow.
Just finished the movie series for National Lampoons Vacation from the original to the current version. Had I watched the new one without seeing the older ones I would probably have hated it. But since I watched them all in order I really enjoyed the Ed Helms one more than I expected. That being the case here are my rankings.
5. Christmas Vacation
Christmas Vacation is a movie I tend to like more the closer it gets to Christmas and less the further away from Christmas. I watched this in January and I realized this movie isn’t about a vacation its’s about a holiday celebration involving family members who really don’t like each other.
4. Vacation 2015
Vacation 2015 is a decent attempt to revive the beloved franchise but it doesn’t really work out. In staying with the series they do give us the 5th Audrey and Rusty and probably the 2 best ones since the original. Chris Hemsworth did, however, make me laugh out loud with this huge punchline.
3. Vegas Vacation
Vegas Vacation is a fun ride through Las Vegas and it really made me want to go to Las Vegas when I first saw this movie. Rusty’s run of luck as Nick Papagorgio is some of my favorite scenes along with Ellen and Wayne Newton’s almost affair.
2. European Vacation
European Vacation is the first Vacation movie that I got to watch over and over thanks to cable television. My friends and I watched this movie quite a few times. I even still quote the “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliment” line often, even though my family hates it when I do. This one could have easily been my favorite.
1. Vacation 1983
Vacation is the one that let Chevy Chase loose on the movie world and made all of us teenage boys fall madly in love with Christy Brinkley. It made stars out of Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy, and Randy Quaid as well as Harold Ramis for writing and John Hughes for directing. It is really a ridiculous yet fun adventure. It makes me wish Wally World was a real place.
Part of my goals for 2017 is to watch various movie franchises in order of release. So I made a long list and I am starting with shorter franchises with more than 3 movies and slowly working to the longer ones like James Bond etc.
I decided to watch the Mission Impossible series. I will begin by saying I am not a fan of Tom Cruise and put him alongside Johnny Depp as my least favorite movie stars. But all bias aside here’s my list from least to most favorite.
5. Mission impossible:
This one had all the makings of a good movie. Espionage, double-crossing, intense stunts, Brian DePalma directing, big name cast. It could have been so good but the ending. Yikes! What a shitty ending.
4. Mission impossible 2:
I liked this one a lot mainly because of John Woo directing (cue the doves) and stunts that at the time have never been done before. But it still didn’t feel like a Mission Impossible film yet. Closer than the first one 1 but not quite there.
3. Mission Impossible 3:
This movie is where the change happened and the franchise seemed to have a direction. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) is so damn good in this one. And JJ Abrams seems to have a way of taking franchises into a new direction with greater heights. Not sure if it’s his vision or whatever but this movie finally felt like a spy movie.
2. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol:
It’s barely 2nd. More like 1a. I really like this movie and was captivated by the story start to finish. Lots of cool stunts, lots of double dealing and a really good story. I really enjoyed the addition of Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. And the scene where the diamonds and plans get exchanged is a nail biter.
1. Mission Impossible 5: Rogue nation
My take on franchise films is they should always get better over time. Not too many franchises are able to accomplish this But Mission Impossible does. This movie is a so good, it could have stood alone and launched the series. There are so many layers of spying and double cross it takes a bit to sort it all out. But it is still a great spy film loaded with some awesome stunts.