93. Jodie Foster Is A Monster!

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Jodie Foster Is A Monster! (Elysium)

You might try to defend her and say that she:
1. Saved the world, as well as, time and space travel in Contact
2. Preserved the secret of Nim in Nim’s Island
3. Rid the world of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs
4. Cemented relationships with the Near East in Anna And The King
5. Protected family and motherhood in Panic Room
6. Restored our faith in air travel and finding lost children in Flightplan
7. Out-mavericked Maverick in Maverick
8. Cautioned us about Taxi usage in Taxi Driver
9. Led us to embrace the ghoul in The Addams Family….and
10. Overcame unspeakable horrors in The Accused.

However, let’s talk about who Jodie Foster is now! Alicia Christian Foster, age 51, is far from Christian in Elysium. She is Secretary Rhodes, the give no mercy, justice provider of Elysium and its less fortunate colony, the Earth. Elysium is a utopian space station floating above the Earth. This gigantic station has unimaginable wealth and no poverty, disease, or crime. The rich and super rich live there.


Segue way to the Earth where you will see rampant pollution, crime, poverty, deprivation, and disease. The ‘have it all’ station can help but will not, as they preserve their special elite status. Elysium is, also, the Earth’s spy in the sky. They record everything that happens on Earth. Dissent is swiftly and cruelly punished. Matt Damon lives on the Earth and needs Elysium’s medical knowledge to save a young girl and himself.


Damon is robotized and shot into space by a group that wants to overtake Elysium. He becomes a ‘Terminator like’ figure as the battle for “justice and the human way” is taken to the space station. Sorry Superman! Will Jodie Foster pay for her misdeeds or will she escape into the great void to appear in the sequel is the overriding question in the movie? The second question is will she be typecast as a monster in future movies or will her Bambi-like face make us happy in the future, once more?


Steve Carell Is A Monster! (The Way, Way Back)

The Way, Way Back sounds like a humor fest with Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, and Sam Rockwell. It has it humorous anecdotes and moments. It is, however, a somewhat dark story. It begins with a potential step-father, Steve Carell, telling his soon to be stepson that he is a worthless three on the scale of life.


The movie’s tale is adults, without direction, escaping to the beach with impressionable children in tow. Reliving your crazy years in front of your children makes for all sorts of trouble. Liam James is the ‘word brutalized’ 14-year-old that finds an adult mentor in Sam Rockwell. Rockwell owns a water park and may grow up in the movie if he wants to finally win over Maya Rudolph the park’s director and foundation of the park’s success. Rockwell seems to become more and more adult like as he steers his 14-year-old charge into work leadership, talking to girls, the occasional misstep, and understanding the worth in everyone.


Carell is a monster throughout the movie as he first belittles the son and then mistreats his new girlfriend (Toni Collette) on the same scale as the son.


Unlike Jodie Foster, Steve Carell thinks he can redeem himself by starring in Alexander and The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. We think Carell should just go to Australia. This is one of the themes in this great children’s book now being brought to the big screen. Rent the cartoon form of this Judy Viorst book at your library. It is a keeper as Carly Simon sings the story.


Jon Voigt Is A Monster! (Ray Donovan…Sunday’s Showtime)

Liev (pronounced Lee Ev) Schreiber is Ray Donovan. We loved Schreiber alongside Daniel Craig in the Holocaust movie Defiance. He is Donovan the fixer in this show and works for a crazy Elliot Gould. Gould gives him cases, problems, and grief. Now Jon Viogt enters. He is just out of prison after a 20-year-stint. Immediately after leaving prison, he kills a priest. Liev is one of Voigt’s four sons and the only one that knows he is a monster. The other three have embraced their father’s return. Voigt has also charmed Schrieiber’s wife and two children.


Ray Donovan chapters are immediately put up in the OnDemand section of your television. You can discover additional darkness in The Borgias, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Despicable Me. Thank goodness Downton Abbey and Disney classics are there to lighten the viewing load.


The Headless Horseman Is A Monster! (Sleepy Hollow And Headless)

Confusion reigns as two television groups are rushing to get the Headless Horsemen into production. The one we are looking forward to is the horseman running through Brooklyn without his head being pursued by the whole police force. The second is a Sleepy Hollow tale in New England as the gun-packing horseman is transported to present day America. He is followed by Ichabod Crane. We just hope the two Katrina’s are as pretty as the original Katrina that Brom Bones lusted (stop the sentence…there was no lust in early New England).


Sherlock Holmes and the Grimm Brother’s tales have received modern day updates and success. Should we wish the horseman the same as he gallops the path of evil in the upcoming television season?



Featuring looks at the top college and high school writers and artists in the area. Their refreshing pieces of work, viewpoints, and opinions on movies, gaming, theater, television, and the arts will add greatly to our “Let’s Talk” column.


Here is this week’s poem from Gineen Hamdan: The High School Poetess. She discusses how lucky anyone would be in finding their muse. A proper muse will give you direction and a beaconed pathway to growing up and understanding life’s problems.

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A good mentor will tell every high school student that everyone’s life is 50% good and 50% bad. Some people like dwelling on the bad. It will of course destroy them. Finding that muse or mentor and learning avoidance and coping skills is a unique writing theme. Finding great people to put around you in work and your social group is a must, but difficult. Go Gineen!

Incarcerated Catharsis…


Starlight, star bright, singing through the ruse…
Your dreams, of what’s real of them, are only a muse…
You can’t tell her she’s going nowhere…
When you’ve no clue where she’s coming from…
I’ve learned along the way, between the lines, through your eyes…
Happiness is a journey, not a rule…
You take yourself here and what you learn I’d like to see through…
Deliver me, deliver you…
Same old story, no room for more…
Our stories never been told before…
The flora and fauna of love won’t equip you anymore…
Time to take action, either you’re here or there…

We all strive for catharsis, endlessly rendering our conscience…
I’ll find us some shade and we can part our separate ways…
You’ll see the sun shine in our favor and the love will make us stay…


This Week’s Album Playlist…It Is Somewhat Eclectic!

 Try a couple of our musical suggestions for this week. They will jazz up your environment as you spend hours answering your emails and writing to your Facebook friends. We think you will love the songs and the classic performances. If you are not familiar with the artist or song or album, it is a good time to make a new connection. The performers on this week’s list are classic storytellers. We believe great songs tell great stories! YouTube has a large number of singles from the albums we mention below for your listening pleasure:

Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell…Motown #1’s
Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule…The Remixes
Eric Clapton…Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton
Al Green…Lay It Down
Paulina Rubio…Millenium
Nora Jones…Feels Like Home
Steven Wright…I Have A Pony (Comic Relief)
Melissa Etheridge…Lucky
Julio Iglesias…My Life

Glee Cast…Volumes 1-5 (Montieth Remembrance)
LeAnn Rimes…I Need You
Toni Braxton…Pulse


Zone Improvement Plan…Zip Code…Happy Birthday!


Dear Email…ers,

You haven’t put the U.S. Postal Service out of business yet. Ben Franklin may be considered the first U.S. Postmaster General in 1775. However the British wrote grants and letters starting a postal service in 1762.


Our ZIP Code is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Post Office closings and reduced hours are blocking the fireworks and partying to celebrate the event. Shake your mailman’s hand this week or leave a bottle of wine in the mailbox for he or she. It is the least we can do.


Helping Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs, And Artists

More and more community members and business representatives are sending information about their companies, businesses, and work to the column. Here are the two latest that have reached out to the column through email or the business site LinkedIn. We have recommended LinkedIn a number of times for business dialogue and social media connections. It has surpassed Facebook for business connectivity. Here are our latest business updates:

A Creative Educator’s Database

The creative educator’s database should include this group of unique individuals all doing things that will make a difference in the way students and teachers read, write, problem solve, think creatively, and interact with technology.

Joshua Reynolds III

Joni Downey is making a difference in character education programs throughout the country. Here is what she shared:


Hi Tom,

I am enjoying your website and stuff! This is me……………..


I created nine animal characters to help teach children about good character.
Hence, the name of our program is Characters of Character.
In our program you will meet Behavior Bear, Do’er Duck, Friendship Frog, Healthy Hippo, Manners Monkey, Respectful Rabbit, Responsible Rabbit, Self-Esteem Elephant, and Warm-Hearted Walrus.


These characters offer children a creative set of lessons in the form of books, posters, incentives, character visits, curriculum, and so much more. In 2005 after piloting our characters in a K-4 school, they earned a National Promising Practice Award and today they work hard trying to become a part of daily conversations in the lives of children and families across America.


Please review our programs and ideas and share them with your readers.

Joni Downey
President, Characters of Character


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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One Response to 93. Jodie Foster Is A Monster!

  1. Jenny Witterick says:

    Hi Tom,

    Elysium reminds me of an old Star trek episode with Captain James T. Kirk, where they discover two cultures living on one planet…..there is one group of people living above in the sky who don’t work but have everything and the other that live on the earth below and do all the work providing the people above with all their needs. The people below live in poverty as they have to send almost everything they produce to the people above. In exchange for everything that they send, the people above send the people below a desperately needed medicine that the people below can’t live without.

    Well turns out that the medicine that is being provided is really a highly addictive drug.

    I loved this episode which has a similar concept to Elysium and I am looking to watching this movie.

    I like Jodie Foster, but like it better when she plays the good guy. Jenny

    Sent from my iPad

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