One year at the county fair two of my friends took turns shooting those little targets where you have to bust out the entire center red circle to win a prize. My first friend handled the task with great precision knocking out the entire thing in a very concise and efficient manner leaving us all in a state of awe. My second friend, knowing he couldn’t have the success of the first, went wild. He shot his target, some poor little girls target, I think he shot some of the prizes, and sent the carnival worker ducking for cover. We howled with excitement, laughed, and ran off. It was an adrenaline rush and completely hilarious(probably dangerous) and fun. If the actions of my two friends were summer blockbusters then my first friend would have made “Man of Steel” an over serious, emotionally bloated super hero movie that was proficiently executed. My second friend would have made “Pacific Rim” a ridiculous, yet amazingly awesome Robots vs. Monsters movie that splatters like machine gun fire. Both movies are worthy of praise and admiration but for entirely different reasons. If you don’t have a switch that can flip between enjoying pure entertainment and spectacle, while also appreciating, let’s say, “Citizen Kane” then “Pacific Rim” is not for you.
LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY tells the remarkable story of the United States' first exploration of the West, a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. Hal Holbrook narrates.
When President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, he doubled the country's size. The sudden western expansion of the United States--and rumors of a Northwest Passage that would link the Atlantic with the Pacific--motivated Jefferson to find the great byway to the West. He appropriated $2,500 for the journey and commissioned his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to the task of revealing the West. Lewis asked his old friend, William Clark, and a group of rough frontiersmen to join the expedition, now called the Corps of Discovery.