Michael Drakich – Science Fiction & Fantasy Pilot

I’ve known Michael Drakich for years, in our previous lives we played water polo for the City of Windsor team. Beings neither one of us were Olympic material, Michael went on to become one of our city’s most respected Real Estate Agents.

In our present life, I reconnected with Michael Drakich in a local writers group, where he taught me some of the finer points of grammar and prose so that I might become as proficient a writer as him. On his own, Michael has become a prolific science fiction and fantasy author.

He has published eight books to date, titles include I Am, Assassins of Riaz, Vows Above, Demon Stones, The Infinite Within, Lest the Dew Rust Them, Grave is the Day, and The Brotherhood of Piaxia. His book titles are as creative as his fiction.

If you’d like to meet Michael Drakich and purchase one of his personally autographed books, come visit him at the Essex County Authors Book Show at the City Market, on Saturday, December 12th, between 10am and 3pm.

Rocketman

rocketmanI had to think about this movie for a couple days to let it sink in. Given that time to mull it over I have to say I was not impressed by Rocketman – the story of Elton John. Cathryn loved the movie so this review will give you both perspectives. She liked the music selection and thought the actors playing John as a child and adult (Taron Egerton) did a fabulous job.

The film accurately mimicked many of the rock star’s wild and crazy outfits, but made no attempt to play his music in the order the songs were released. Theatrical creativity must have been the point since the song lyrics were used to describe the events of the artist’s stage in life. Oddly enough, it was Bernie Taupin who wrote the lyrics and Elton added the music.

For me the story dwells too long on Reg Dwight’s (Elton John) woe is me childhood. They show us how he came up with his stage name – the second half taken from John Lennon, but that fact in not true. Granted, John was executive producer of the movie, but he obviously decided to portray his life as he perceived it and not as how it actually happened. Thus there are other historical inaccuracies.

I was also unimpressed with the movie being a fantasy musical. I thought it took away from many of the great songs that I love. Nothing in the reviews I read said anything about the format. Overall the movie was still entertaining with a couple of zen moments to put you in the zone.

I rated it a 5 and Cathryn a 10 out of 10.