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We Got Our Security System Due to Neighborhood Burglaries

My wife and I have been watching the news and reading the newspaper looking for information on the burglaries that have been happening in our neighborhood. We drove around to the different addresses, and we noticed that not one of the places had a yard sign warning about the home having an alarm system. Well, one place did, but they got the alarm after the burglary. To head off our home being on the list of easy to hit targets, I got online and looked for ADT near me. I wanted to get our home outfitted with a modern security system as soon as possible.

The installation was quick. Since there are no wires to run from each door or window, the system installs quickly. The batteries on the sensors last for years before needing to be replaced. When they do need replaced, it is easy to replace them. If you can put batteries in a flashlight, you can switch out the batteries in your ADT wireless sensors and detectors. Read more →

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Having Something Stolen from Me Woke Me Up to the Need for Security

Home security never seemed to be a problem when I lived at home with my parents. We lived in an upscale neighborhood built around the edges of a beautiful mountain. It was somewhat hard to get in and out of the neighborhood quickly, so burglars were not enticed by our location. Things changed when I got an apartment of my own in the center of our city where many people have easy access to the location where my apartment building is located. Previously, it never occured to me that people would choose apartments to burglarize, but I’ve learned that criminals find apartments to be easy pickings.

I realized that I was burglarized when I went out to get my bike off my balcony one morning so that I could bike to work, but it was missing. It confused me at first because I live on the second floor of my building. Other units across the way face my balcony. I scratched my head as I looked at the blank space where my bike usually sat on the balcony each day and night. Then, a woman on the balcony across from me came out and said that she heard that someone had shimmied up to my balcony and stolen my bicycle, yet no one had bothered to call the police.

The theft happened over night, and it alarmed me to think about a criminal being so close to me while I slept. He or she could have easily opened my sliding glass door and come into my bedroom. It also bothered me that someone had seen the theft happen, but they didn’t care about calling the police while it was happening. This led me to realize that they only way that I would remain safe is to purchase an alarm system as soon as possible.

ON MY MIND… LEONARDO DICAPRIO

With The Great Gatsby just out and The Wolf of Wall Street on the way, it got me thinking about the career of the lead in both; one Leonardo DiCaprio.

Talk about an impressive CV. Since the early ’90s, he’s dazzled us with a wide range of performances across numerous genres. His filmography reads like a cinephiles ‘best films of the last 20 years’ collection.

And as such I’d like to respectfully nod to his performances that have not only stood out but also stood the test of time. Therefore let’s commence with the first in a series of ‘cinematic living legend’ posts, paying tribute to my favourite roles and performances from actors that just keep on getting better and better.

  • Kid – The Quick and the Dead (1995)
    Young, cocky, but with undeniable screen presence in Sam Raimi’s western, little Leo comfortably held the screen alongside big names: Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Sharon Stone.
  • Jim Carroll – The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    His first performance that truly blew me away. When this came out I was 13 and loved basketball. Admittedly the gradual descent into drugs and sleeping rough on the streets was something to which I couldn’t as readily relate.
  • Frank Abagnale Jr – Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    With Gangs out quite soon after, this was an impressive year for Leo. This time going toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks with Spielberg at the helm. Bit of a dream partnership resulting in a fantastic performance and movie.
  • Amsterdam Vallon – Gangs of New York (2002)
    Whilst DiCaprio’s star was flying high by this point, it was never going to be easy going up against a true heavyweight of cinema in Daniel Day Lewis. Nonetheless, his performance as Amsterdam was highly watchable.
  • Howard Hughes – The Aviator (2004)
    A consummate and wholly engrossing performance at the top of his game. He got Hughes’s mannerisms and tics spot on. Watch this original footage of Hughes then compare it to Leo’s similar scene – a master at work.
  • Billy Costigan Jr – The Departed (2006)
    This marked his third collaboration with Scorsese and – for the pair of them – their most profitable partnership to date. An impressively raw and aggressive performance befitting a cop mentally unravelling whilst undercover as a gangster.
  • Danny Archer – Blood Diamond (2006)
    Often overlooked, yet well received critically and commercially, Ed Zwick’s diamond smuggling war film not only showed DiCaprio in a more mature light with a commanding performance, but was an engaging action tale too.
  • Teddy Daniels – Shutter Island (2010)
    Based on a Dennis Lehane novel, this psycho-thriller saw Scorsese direct Leo again and come up trumps. I’ve heard this described as a B-movie with an A-list director and star. Unfair and unjust – it’s genuinely spooky and thrilling.
  • Cobb – Inception (2010)
    Another bumper year following Shutter Island, helping DiCaprio tick another ‘greatest living director I’ve worked with’ off his list in Christopher Nolan. Quite a restrained, nuanced and tender performance, possibly a career best.
  • Calvin Candie – Django Unchained (2012)
    Sadistic, charming, brutal with a god complex – the first time Leo has really had the chance to play a villain and he lapped it up. Tarantino at the helm was no doubt a draw, but his performance, whilst unsettling, was truly mesmerising.

ON MY MIND… ANNA KENDRICK

This week I have mostly been thinking about Anna Kendrick. It’s not my fault I swear. In fact I blame her entirely. It all started with Pitch Perfect. Actually… that’s not true. Whilst watching that film over Christmas did inspire me to write this piece, my little love affair really started with Up In The Air.

She’s a most interesting actress – and if you had to pinpoint her appeal I’d put it down to a few factors. She chooses her roles with care, often playing interesting characters that are put in quite complex situations; also she tends to play characters that develop in subtle and often joyful ways – something difficult to do convincingly. Read more →

ON MY MIND… CHARLIZE THERON

Having just watched The Burning Plain it’s become clear that we need to discuss the career of Charlize Theron. She doesn’t get anywhere near enough love (or interesting roles) and that needs to change. This isn’t an intervention or a rant. Simply put, this is a frank acknowledgement of talent.

As all the great actresses of our generation tend to do, she mixes blockbusters and smaller projects with consummate ease. Another point to mention is that, like some of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses, she’s not afraid to remove the glamour and strip things right back, leaving little to hide behind except her performance. This is evident in Monster, but it’s also a strong theme in all of her work highlighted below. Still… I’d love to see her in more. Hollywood, it’s time to step up and send her scripts! Read more →

ON MY MIND… PENELOPE CRUZ

Born in Madrid in 1974, Penelope Cruz Sanchez made her acting debut aged 16, before receiving critical acclaim for her role in Jamon Jamon the following year in 1992.

Since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She’s the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award (the second ever to be nominated), and the first to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

She’s also a bit of a force of nature. Think about her performances, each one immediately hooks you in. Screen presence, allure, seductive sex appeal… All that stuff. Read more →

ON MY MIND… BILL NIGHY

Bill Nighy is the Godfather. Of what, I’m not sure. He probably is someone’s godfather thinking about it. Maybe he’s the Godfather of rather dry, distinctly witty and faintly amusing supporting roles in British comedies?

Yeah, that sounds about right.

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ON MY MIND… KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

A lot of ladies seem to hate her. I sort of see why. She can come across – in her performances at least – as a little smug. Yet in press interviews and chat shows she’s warm, personable, enthusiastic about her roles and really quite endearing.

Sticking to her acting abilities, she does have talent. And despite being lumbered with the posh tag, she’s played a variety of other types of roles with varying degrees of success. Read more →

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – thoughts?

Let’s be honest, J.J. Abrams would have had to monumentally and catastrophically mess up the new Star Wars teaser trailer for the fans to descend upon him, venting their wrath.

That said, there’s some intriguing imagery and things to consider. Whilst the internet is ablaze with speculation as to what these visual clues could mean, they could simply just be tasty shots of the upcoming film. Ever considered that? Read more →

Trailer park: Ultron, Tomorrowland, Crimson Peak and Aloha

To butcher Led Zeppelin lyrics a little, there’s a whole lotta love out there for a whole lotta films coming out in the next few months. Too many to go through in much depth, but here’s a few I’d like to briefly pick out for your consideration.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ok, not everyone is a fan of this current glut of superhero films, yet this one really does look impressive. And so it should, given the budget, cast and studio muscle. At one point or another it’s all going to implode, it has to. But for now, I’m on board. Read more →

Trailer park: Now You See Me 2, The Hateful Eight, Point Break

Next up for the ‘trailer park’ we have an odd mix: a comedy focused on the zeitgeist-y hot topic of magic, the cinematic event that’s a Tarantino release and the remake of a ’90s cult classic (to some at least).

Now You See Me 2
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Trailer Park: The Nice Guys, Jane Got A Gun

For the latest in my ‘trailer park’ series I wish to draw your attention to a couple of films that look like they’re going to kick ass and entertain in equal measure. Shane Black, last seen as writer-director of Iron Man 3brings us a cop caper with an unlikely – but brilliant looking, at least in the trailer – pair of misfits. And Natalie Portman makes a welcome return after a few years of misfiring duds (bar the Thor films) in a rather sumptous looking Western. Read more →