Daily Photo (08/23/19)

Window Arches.

Both the South and North Window Arches. The photo two days ago was just of the North Arch.

Photographed at Arches National Park on August 29th, 2018.

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Daily Photo (08/22/19)

Badlands National Park. I only spent a couple hours at this park on the way to Rapid City, but it was an absolute gem. I wish I had made the drive before, while I lived in Minnesota. It’s so close!

Photo taken on August 27th, 2018 at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

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Daily Photo (8/21/19)

North Window Arch at Sunset

I took this photo almost exactly 1 year ago today. This is the North Window Arch, which is half of the double arches. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and we were there for sunset. It produced this beautiful color on the rock and was just mesmerizing. I can’t wait to go back someday. Utah really has some of the most beautiful and amazing parks in the country.

Photo taken on August 29th, 2018 at Arches National Park in Utah.

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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley – Documentary Review

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley – Documentary Review

By Daniel Godin (DanielGodin.ORG)

Before watching this documentary I was vaguely aware of Theranos and it’s apparent fraud.  This documentary really shined the light on it’s founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, who was trying to find a way to make blood testing more affordable and faster, while only using a fraction of blood.

I think what this documentary does best is show how much people can deceive not only others, but themselves into believing something is true, when it isn’t.  Watching Elizabeth talking to media and others really gave me an uncomfortable feeling. There is something there that isn’t right, but it’s not easy to put a finger on it.

I recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in business or silicon valley or a view into the nature of a true believer, despite obvious evidence.

⅘ – Recommended.

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Inherent Vice (2014) – Movie Review

Inherent Vice

Movie Review by Daniel Godin (DanielGodin.ORG) – Watched 5/20/19.

Inherent Vice, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is the story of a private investigator with a predaliction for drugs who is trying to find his missing ex-girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles.  This is a great movie, highly recommended.

  • Entertainment – .5/1
    • Sometimes this movie can be a bit slow and meandering, but overall I was intrigued and highly interested in what was going on.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Good story with some twists and turns.  This one will throw you for a loop, a drug crazed loop.  Enjoyed it quite a bit.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Phoenix is masterful in this.  Everyone was so good. The big long scene with Shasta was powerful and intense. Josh Brolin was excellent as Big Foot. WOW!
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • One of my favorites I’ve seen.  The framing was spot on and beautiful.  Great leading lines and imagery with long cuts and masterful camera work.
  • Directing & Editing – 1/1
    • Yes, YES.  This is how it’s done.  A complicated set up done very well.  Everything in this movie was just great.

Final Score – 4.5/5 (Highly Recommended)

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Aliens (1986) Movie Review

Aliens is the sequel to the 1979 movie Alien. It picks up some 40+ years after and has a completely different feeling than the first. It’s really not a Sci-Fi Thriller/Horror like the first movie and much more of an action movie. The Aliens in this movie are so amazing with some of the best practical effects in history.

4.5/5 – Highly Recommended (Must watch for Sci-Fi & Action Fans)

  • Entertainment – 1/1
    • Edge-of-your-seat entertainment. One of the best action flicks I’ve ever seen. It does not exhaust you like a lot of modern movies.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Great story, especially with the backstory of the first movie. All characters do what you’d think they would do and everything makes sense.
  • Acting – .5/1
    • Ripley was fantastic, but some of the grunts were laughable. Probably intentional, but over the top and hokey. The child in the movie was quite good as well.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Excellent with beautiful shots of practical effects. Camera work was on point and I loved how everything looked. Very gritty and “other worldly”.
  • Editing & Direction – 1/1
    • Well done James Cameron. You made a slow sci-fi thriller into a fast paced entertaining ride. Really striking fear into my heart about these aliens. Great editing and continuation.

Roma (2018) – Movie Review

Roma is the story of a live-in maid named Cleo living in Mexico in 1970. It goes through her day to day and the family she supports. It’s beautifully shot with a real-life feel all the way through. Movie is in Spanish, but subtitles were easy to understand and follow along.

  • Entertainment – .5/1
    • Roma is a slow moving movie that sometimes feels boring. I was entertained the whole time, but there were a few parts that I started to doze off at.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Excellent story that made me care so much about the characters. I become so invested in these characters I nearly cried at one point.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Excellent job by everyone. The movie was in Spanish, but I understood body language and tone.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Beautiful. Using long shots and old school techniques this movie was visually beautiful. It did pull me out of the movie quite a few times, especially the long circle shots, but I was appreciative about its long cuts and real feel to them.
  • Editing & Direction – 1/1
    • This is an art movie. It felt like an art movie. Everything went together perfectly, from set to camera to story. It all melded into one beautiful story on film.

4.5/5 – Must see movie.