End of Watch

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I love movies.

I appreciate all film whether it’s good or bad because as easy as it may be to watch a movie and say, “I could have made a better movie than that…why would they even make that it sucked…” or “I have an idea…I should write it and I could sell it to a studio or make a novel!!!” in actuality it’s very very very difficult to write one up, let alone a satisfying one.

Having an idea for a story is completely different from creating an outline for a story. That’s why no matter what happens in a movie whether poorly outlined or completely mind-blowing I respect the creativity and demonstration of an idea brought to life.

Most recently I watched the film, “End of Watch.” The story follows two police officers who are longtime partners and friends. The two men encounter criminals in which they’re accustomed to but everyday is different.

So you might like it if:

  • You’re into police officer type movies
  • You like Jake Gyllenhaal and/or Michael Pena
  • You want to watch something out of the ordinary that you don’t necessarily think is that out of the ordinary but you want it to be an unordinary day so watching a movie you haven’t seen counts as out of the ordinary
  • You want to be more openminded when it comes to cops
  • You’re a writer that likes crime dramas & good story lines and are looking for some inspiration
  • You want to see something that makes you happy, sad, nervous, hopeful, fearful and then whatever else you might just feel ‘cuz we’re different people
  • You love the show “Cops”
  • You’re bored
  • You want to be entertained
  • You can’t figure out what to watch on Netflix and none of your friends are texting back recommendations on what to watch
  • You can’t fall asleep, but you don’t want to watch something scary

B3RNTR33 GRADE: A

B3RNTR33 ENTHUSIASM (on a scale of 1-10): 9

(1 being: You wish you could take back the time you wasted watching & listening to stinky poop-poops full of frivilous annoyances -AND- 10: You wanted to cry, jump up & down, laugh, punch someone in the face ‘cuz you don’t know why your so excited & stoked )

B3RNTR33 AUDIENCE VIEWER ENJOYMENT TYPE: I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. This movie was entertaining from beginning to end. It kept my mind focused on the story and I didn’t feel like missing a beat or going to the bathroom to pee (sometimes when I can’t tune-in with what is happening in a movie I take like a bathroom break, a water break and then start to pull out my notepad to jot my own stuff down…sorry “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countrymen”, your story was one of those but either way, I still respect you). Anyhow… in “End of Watch,” there is just enough action to keep it action-packed yet it wasn’t just an action movie where the story is just the action and nothing but action. There is a rooted moral and story that kept my mind engaged throughout the entire film.

Synopsis: Police partners Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala patrol the streets of Los Angeles county and encounter some usual and unusual suspects. 

B3RNTR33′s take on the movie: I really enjoy different perspectives. This movie did not necessarily have a different perspective in what I would perceive would be in the lives of a police officer, but the way the movie is shot and the way in which the writer and director tells this particular story is distinct. The construction and creativity that is used in this film is very much original. I especially love Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in this movie. I was never a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, but in this movie I really couldn’t help it but be fond of & adore the two characters. This movie actually made me a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal… (it’s weird how a character or movie can create this kindred emotion to a fictional being, but somehow it does for me every once in a while). Michael Pena is always awesome (I might be bias because he skateboards too). Pena & Gyllenhaal are such a strong duo. The chemistry and relationship between the two comes to life in such a way that you feel this connection with them and a regard for what they do. There’s such a great partnership with the two of them in this film that I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to see any other two actors play the two roles. The storyline is made simple so it’s very easy to follow, but the way the story is laid out is exceptional. I might have just been having a good day or something, but in my opinion it’s one of the best cop-type movies I’ve seen in awhile.

 

Why I like writing…


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When I was a kid and all the way up to my late teens I always wanted to be an actress. I thought it’d be so much fun to play make-believe, pretend and be part of a fictional reality where make-believe was put into a moving visual with sounds, colors and things beyond what we each imagine ourselves. A place where we can let go of our own emotions and for a moment live in a fictional yet realistic world. Then I realized I’m too shy, ugly and awkward for something like that. Good thing I realized that there’s a difference between writing & acting.

Acting is hard and I definitely don’t have the balls for such a thing. I then also realized that I wouldn’t be the one creating this fantasy. I couldn’t say to the producer, director or writer, “Oh well I think instead of her wanting to be with a ‘cool rider’…why doesn’t she just buy her own motorcycle and all the Pink Ladies ride the motorcycles and the T-Birds are their fan club…no? Damnit I quit.”

It took me some time to realize that I wanted to be a writer and also understand that I was capable of being a writer. I fuckin’ suck at proper grammar (as you can see), but I’m resourceful when it comes to “what-ifs” – “ands” – “buts” -and/or- “why nots.” I realized that although there are some specific writing jobs that require proper grammar, the writing I do doesn’t…well…maybe it does, but fuck it I’m gonna continue to write for the love of it. The biggest push in me writing is those that have inspired me to do so. There’s so many people that inspire my writing but the ones that always come to mind and that keep me wanting to push to accomplish my goals in writing are: Kurt Sutter, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Melissa Rosenberg, Ray Bradbury, Garth Innes, Kurt Cobain, Charles Bukowski, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Tina Fey, Mark Twain, Kevin Smith, Helen Keller, Larry David, Dan Brown, Martin Scorsese, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, David Hershkovits and Albert Einstein…really…there’s far too many people I’m a fan-geek of, but those are the ones that came to my mind immediately while typing this. This assortment of artists bring inspiration to me because their work has touched me emotionally & mentally. Their stories are beautiful. Their ideas are unique. They say things that make me go, “Oh shit, I never thought of it that way…” or, “I was thinking the same thing! I love ________…!!!” or “I wish we were best friends I love how their mind works…”

I can’t choose a specific type of writing as my favorite (although moving pictures & beautiful sounds are very therapeutic to my soul). Yet, there’s something about writing that calls to me beyond the material world. For me, there’s a difficulty in creating my own authentic puzzle of words. Like my mom always tells me, “Bern, you know you’re a Jill of all trades but a master of none…” When she tells me that I know she’s being sarcastic, but at the same time I totally agree.

There’s a science to everything and that’s what I love about humanity. We can learn & create things like each task in life is a science project. We have the freewill to do so. We can freely do things when we want, how we want or even if we don’t want to we don’t have to (sometimes). Unlike other living animals and living organisms; we as humans have cognition, cogitation and contemplation. Those are beautiful things.

The reason why I like writing is because for me, it’s the hardest mission for me to fulfill. It gives me this frustration yet motivation and I can’t help but be totally infatuated with the “what-ifs” – “ands” – “buts” -and/or- “why nots” that boggle my mind and keep me drawn to writing more & more & more. It’s my outlet in which the make-believe and the reality in my thought process bump into each other and make explosive love. I like to come up with stories or have deep philosophical conversations yet sometimes my talks with people could be too long and easily side-tracked with another subject off-topic and in the end my family and friends go, “Wait what are you talking about? I got the first part of it, but I got lost like an hour ago…” I love my friends and family for not punching me in the face for talking too long about the most strangest of things.

No matter what, if my writing never gets recognition nor gets sold, either way it doesn’t matter because why I like writing is why I like writing.

So…if you’re thinking about writing…do it…just do it.

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Now get to writing…I’m talking to both you and me…okay…back to pen & paper…adios!!

 

 

Michael Carrington & Stephanie Zinone

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Oh Steph, that’s why you made Grease 2 my favorite Grease movie…your love for motorcycles, your sarcasm, your steezy style, weird accent and working at the gas station are why I wanted to be you when I was 6 years old when caught the movie on tv.

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#freedomisawesome #tobefreeistobeyou

#coolrider #tbirds #pinkladies #motorcycles #muchloveforthefunnyandcheesy #teamyear1982 #icameoutlaughing #jokes

The Shadow Is Light

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In the shadows do I feel comfort,

For when there’s far too much light I feel too exposed,

I need a buffer to protect me,

Where this shield lets shadows & lights happily play,

And through the darkness I see light,

And in this light where my senses are wide awake,

They breathe as if for the first time,

A new concept,

A new presence,

A new life,

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My tastebuds are active,

My eyes can see farther than the universe that exists,

The smell is poignant,

The touch is more than one body can endure,

It’s familiar yet so foreign,

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I hold onto the shadows tight as if they were memories,

I say hello to the new,

I bid adieu to the necessary,

For each shadow has its own affair,

And light keeps them healthy,

In the brightness do they start to grow,

They sprout into purpose,

I struggle to clutch onto these shadows,

For I tug and they push,

As the fight continues I cannot get enough,

I want them to jab me,

It feels good when I can’t win,

For if these shadows leave me,

The light will prove the pen and I have fallen in love,

Yet even then,

I ask these shadows to hold me tight,

Forever.

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