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Flashbacks, Part 9: Road Trip
To say the dream had put him in a foul mood would be an understatement. The antique alarm clock forced out one last dying ring before it was crushed for the umpteenth -- and last -- time beneath Sarge's tire. The Jeep eyed it through heavily lidded, groggy eyes.
"Piece of shit," Sarge muttered, sweeping it into the trash with a wheel. It mirrored how he felt about himself sometimes: out of date, loud, and on the way out.
He rose and stretched, his axles and frame creaking back to life. With a heavy sigh he headed out into the main room of his hut and cracked open the fridge. Was seven AM too early for a beer? Like hell it was. He grabbed one, twisted it open, and drank nearly half of it in one swig.
"Up and at 'em, soldier," he said over the open bottle.
So, the beach. Fat chance the hippie was even out of bed yet. No, of course he wasn't. Sarge was fairly certain that reveille had become his own personal alarm clock, guaranteed to always go off on time. Sarge was a man of routine, how
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The Last Castellan, Part Three
The next morning was the warmest so far that year.  
Ramon awoke to the sensation of sunlight beating pleasantly against his eyelids.  He rolled over away from the glare, and swung his legs over the side of the bed before opening his eyes and standing.  For a brief moment he looked around the small room, confused, before remembering that he had spent the night in a small room for rent in the village.  It was the first time he had slept somewhere other than his room in the castle in his memory.
Taking the small wooden chair placed for his convenience next to the bed, he pushed it close to the window, climbed atop it, and with some difficultly managed to pry the old window open, breathing deeply at the rush of fresh air.  He couldn't remember ever having felt so alive, and so important.
Finding his clothes where he had left them – carefully folded atop the chest at the foot of the bed – he put them on, fixed the collar of his sh
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The Last Castellan, Part Two
Weeks passed, and winter got worse before it got better. February showed no signs of the oncoming spring as snow fell thickly over the castle grounds and the surrounding countryside, blanketing the world in white. Most of the people in the local village were confined to their homes, huddling around the fire and living off what they had hunted and farmed the previous summer.
No one had been particularly bothered by the arrival of Osmund Saddler. Those living the the predominantly Spanish speaking village heard very little of the outside world, and liked it that way, but there was something trustworthy about the priest, something that seemed so genuinely good, that none of them had protested to him putting up a church in their small town.
Of course, with the weather, no building had begun yet, but Osmund was spending plenty of time in the room he had rented from a local farmer working on the blueprints and conversing with the mayor, a man as tall as a tree named Bitorez Mendez. Osmund an
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The Last Castellan, Part One
It was a particularly bitter winter, and all love for life seemed removed from the castle grounds. In the small courtyard, the ornate fountain did little to add any beauty to the scene. Browned, pale grass grasped at the stone like bony fingers, and even the hoarsely croaking ravens on the bare tree limbs appeared chilled to the core. The sky was a pale grey, and had been for weeks.
The only splotch of colour in the desolate courtyard was the washed and pressed blue of the young boy's shirt. The castle doors shut behind him with a low rumble, and he ran down the stone stairs, his hazel eyes searching and a smile warming his delicate features. He ran about in the dead grass, oblivious to the desolation around him, calling "Ruk! Ruk!" and looking behind the trees.
Just as he was peering around the back of the fountain, a slim, elderly man slowly opened the large doors and poked his head outside with an anguished expression. The creases of worry faded as he spotted the young boy, who had
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So, it's been five years since the original Cars came out.  It's no secret I'm a huge fan of the first, and initially I was confident Pixar would do the sequel justice.  After all, Toy story 2 and 3 were great films, and even Pixar's weaker movies are better than the average animated flic (though Dreamworks is really catching up, but that's a major derail).  I started to grow skeptical when I saw the plot synopsis, and even more skeptical when the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes started to tally up.  Cars 2 is currently at 34%, giving it a very clear rotten rating and making it the worst reviewed Pixar film yet.   Even so, I had to see it, if only for the sake of nostalgia.  So what did I think?

The plot of this movie couldn't be more different from the first.  Without giving too much away, Lightning and his pit crew travel all over the world, competing in different races, while Mater gets involved in an action oriented sub plot in which he's mistaken for a spy.  Did I say sub plot?  While it's not markeded as such, I often found myself thinking Cars 2 should have been titled Mater: the Movie.  I love the tow truck as much as the next Cars fan, but I think the wide array of characters is one of the things that made the first movie so memorable. It would have been nice for him to share the spotlight a little; even Lightning McQueen himself seems like a side character.  And what's with the important message of the movie (other than some vaguely applicable to real life if you squint and tilt your head message about Big Oil or something) being about accepting your friends, even if they have a different background than you?  Um, isn't that what the first movie was about?  Didn't McQueen already learn this valuable lesson?  I didn't buy him being an arsehole merely to move the story along one bit.

I have to admit, the plot for this movie was just flat out bad.   While the first one was a little slow, you were definitely right there with the characters.  Maybe I'm a 12 year old at heart, but the final race possibly had me on the edge of my seat a little bit.  I found myself simply not caring what happened in this movie.  We know Mater is going to save the day with his wacky hijinks.  Instead of character development you just get action scene after action scene.  It just didn't feel like a "Cars" movie at all, more like another one of Mater's tall tales.

I have mixed feelings over this generally being a spy/action film.  While the idea isn't inherently bad, I thought it was poorly executed.  Lots of gadgets that are basically used as plot devices.  I know it's just a cartoon, and this one especially is aimed at children, but the spy cars being able to call at whim just about any kind of disguise or mechanism  really took a lot of the tension out of the film and, in my opinion, was a pretty lazy way out of having to actually be creative with how vehicles would navigate these kinds of situations.

I wasn't terribly fond of the gun use, either, or all the death.  If these kinds of things had been played out in a mature way, I might have been cool with it, but they really weren't.  Deaths were played off as nothing (hey, they're cars, right?), and gun use with little to no consequence was used all the time.  I remember thinking to myself in the scene where Mater has the gattling guns firing from his hood that this really, really isn't what Cars is supposed to be about.

There was one thing I did enjoy about the film, and that was seeing some of our favourite characters from the first one again.  But even then, a lot of them were really left out.  Mack, Sheriff, Lizzie, Ramone and Flo barely got any lines or screen time in the movie. Not a serious nitpick, but I did find it amusing that Doc has passed away, but Lizzie?  STILL ALIVE.

I guess the only thing  I have left to talk about is the animation.  The 3D was great, and the scenery was great, but I wasn't terribly happy with the animation overall, either.  What struck me about the first film was how much like vehicles the characters moved.  They seemed to have weight and they were very believable.  Right away in Cars 2 all of that is thrown out the window.  The characters move like Saturday morning cartoon characters.  The boats could have been very impressive, but they just bobbed around like toys.  The races were not exciting at all, and not nearly as well directed.  The attention to detail that went into the first movie just wasn't there.

So, all in all, I'm going to have to give Cars 2 a big thumbs down.  Even the moments of nostalgia and the few laughs I got at seeing everyone in Radiator Springs again weren't enough to make this Cars fan consider the movie good.  It's a mess.  I'll probably watch my Blu Ray copy of the original again today.


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Nevuela Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still waiting for your apology after you so cruelly turned your back on me after all I've done for you. 

You decide that ONE stupid little mistake I made outweighs everything I have ever done for you over the years. It simply amazes me how you could take probably 10-15 minutes to write me that long-winded rant about how I "dehumanized" you JUST for liking a stupid Facebook post, yet you couldn't take ONE minute to simply let me explain that I thought the word "tranny" meant transvestite, NOT transgender. THAT was the joke I thought I was laughing at. But no, you just had to chew me out over it and then block me like a coward without giving me the chance to explain myself. 

If anyone isn't capable of being a real friend here, it's YOU. You let your relatives talk shit about you ALL THE TIME - yes, you do, you told me so - and you still associate with them without any obligation to do so, and yet I'M the bad guy for liking a Facebook post that made a stupid joke that, for the millionth time, I MISUNDERSTOOD.

Someday you will get what's coming to you for being such a heartless bastard to the ONE person who was always there for you.
comet72 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday! :party: :cake:
longseet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
dude your jeeps rocks
comet72 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome back! You've been gone for a while!
Grrips Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011   Writer
Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, real life has a way of taking over, doesn't it? Alas I don't have the time or motivation to do much art or fanfic writing, though I can still be persuaded to roleplay sometimes.
comet72 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know what you mean. I'm trying to work on a Cars fanfic, but I don't exactly know what to write.
codywold Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
when will the castelan part 4 be coming out
Ikarus-001 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Thank you for the fave :)
Sally-Jackson Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey; thanks alot for the fave; much appreciated ;)

Hope you have a good day! :D
dodorobot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010   Photographer
Thankyou! :heart:
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