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Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
7:07 am
By The Way...
By and far, this journal is friend-locked, although I'm not adverse to adding people. Just leave a comment on one of the public entries. Please leave any comments in English, otherwise they will be removed as spam. For quick and dirty translations, http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ works fairly well...

The public content deals with politics, news stories, my Dead Pool, movie, TV, book and concert reviews and the occasional safe Retail Moments *the rest are friend-locked, due to the trend of facebook firings...*.

I also post other randomness as well.


Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
12:01 am
2012 Dead Pool Results...
The 2012 Dead Pool: The Zombie Apocalypse Edition Results

Once again, I've lent my protection to my chosen... 0 Points for 2012!

- Lindsay Lohan --> E'er the Dead Pool tease! Teetering on the brink, but no.
- George Lucas --> Maybe, I jumped the gun--a year early perhaps with the sale of e'erything to Disney...
- Keith Richards --> Once again, who could tell?!
- Justin Bieber --> Again, a year off. The strange, foiled plot to kill him was something I called in 2011. Still a miss though.
- Bill Gates --> Lives to inflict another Winblows system on us...
- Russell Brand --> Whate'er.
- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi --> Outlived Jersey Shore
- Rosie O'Donnell --> Nope.
- Samuel L. Jackson --> Lives to fire off another snappy one liner...
- Prince Charles --> Still no throne for you! Mommy is still going to bury you. E'en if she dies insanely *relatively* young, the throne's still going to William.
- Stan Lee --> Still going on strong. Excelsior!
- George Clooney --> Still there.
- Nichelle Nichols --> "Message from Starfleet, I'm dead..." Wrong number and still fine.

The 2013 No-Zombies For You Edition

The Rules...

So pick 13 celebrities who are going to die! For 25 bonus points, name the cause of death as well. Post your unlucky 13 on this entry.

Oh yeah, you can't directly have a hand in said celebrity's death-- so buying Lindsay drinks doesn't count, e'en if ya did predict it...

That being said, again, I'm also ruling Terry Pratchett, who has started the process of euthanasia because of early onset Alzheimer's, is inadmissible for the Deadpool since he's stated his intentions.

You subtract their age from 100 to get the point value for your score. You also get an extra 25 points if you nail the cause of death.


Lindsay Lohan--> It wouldn't be a Dead Pool without her. Hell, e'en a broken analog clock is right twice a day. Shivved in lock-up; somebody saw her Liz Taylor mini-series, and they're upset that they, and they alone, saw it.

George W. Sr.--> I'm probably loosing points on this one, but oh well. Pneumonia, with complications from super-bugs.

Hillary Clinton--> Unfortunately, you're not going to make history as the Democrat Candidate in the 2016 Presidential Race. Aneurysm.

Carly Rae Jepsen--> Sorry. Float-plane crash, maybe.

George Lucas--> Something, made him sell his empire... Inoperable cancer.

Willie Nelson--> Bus crash

Madonna--> Ovarian Cancer

The Pope--> Rapid onset Alzheimer's

Angus T. Jones--> Suicide via hanging; catching up with his career.

Arnie Schwarzenegger--> His heart explodes while filming The Legend of Conan. Hopefully, they enough footage to finish the film...

Ian McKellen--> He SHALL pass! Yeah, I made that joke. Kidney failure.

Halle Berry--> She hasn't died on screen lately so I might as well stick her in here--drowning while on vacation.

Hugh Hefner--> Another one where I'm probably loosing points, but... 26 years old bride or in other words, heart attack via magic blue pills.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, November 9th, 2012
9:56 am
Quickie Movie Reviews... *Spoiler-free*
No trailers attached to any of the versions that I saw...

Skyfall: The 23rd movie in the James Bond *no links due to spoilers...* franchise, and after 50 years, it's a lil' tired. And yes, for the record, I have always disliked Daniel Craig *<3 Wikipedia <3* for the role of Bond, to the point that this is the first Craig Bond film that I've seen. I think Clive Owen would have made a much better Bond.

This movie wheezed to its conclusion--a rather lack-lustre outing. Methinks that this one is on par with Die Another Day-Halle Berry mediocrity. In hindsight, the tired performance of Craig, seems to echo his heart-felt desire to escape the franchise. Apparently, he's been trying to jump ship since after the first one, e'en though he's still theoretically on for movies 24 and 25.

Skyfall scored a meager 6.5 out of 10; it should be titled Deadfall.

This Bond needs to be retired with extreme prejudice.

Cloud Atlas: A tricky one to write about without spoiling it accidentally. It has quite a talented cast, e'en though it has Halle Berry in it. If you like movies like The Fountain or Magnolia, you will probably like this one.

Cloud Atlas rated an 8 out of 10; it would scored higher, but I had trouble keeping track of all the threads. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if this one puts in a strong performance at the Oscars. Be warned though, it's a long one so go to the washroom before it starts.

Tai Chi Zero: This is what happens when you mix Martial Arts films and Steampunk. The result is kind of awkward. But then again, if you were looking for an intricate plot, by and far, a Kung Fu movie wouldn't be the obvious choice. Some of the fight scenes were well done despite the hole-y plot. This is the first film in this Kung Fu Steampunk trilogy: the next is Tai Chi Hero--they have a trailer for it in the credits. Stylistically, I thought that they would have done better, if they hadn't allowed Kung Fu fanboys to subtitle the film.

Tai Chi Zero rated a 6.5 out of 10.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
9:08 pm
6:58 pm
Survivor: Philippines Catch-up... *SPOILERS*
The catch-up of the first three episodes are beneath the cut...

Survivor SPOILERS...Collapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
5:47 pm
Late Survivor: Philippines Picks...
Here's the cast of Survivor: Philipines *no link due to spoilers...*. Following this will be a catch-up entry, complete with spoilers...

My Final Five: Jonathan Penner, Jeff Kent, Denise Stapley, Malcolm Freberg, and Lisa Whelchel

I think that Jonathan Penner will take it. Third time will be the charm...

The tribes are: Kalabaw, Matsing, and Tandang *Actually, they're yellow, but it looks like crap here...* *<3 Wikipedia <3*.

Survivor Ranking Comments
Jonathan Penner ? voted out. Previous seasons: Survivor: Cook Islands & Micronesia. Is 3rd time a charm?
Jeff Kent ? voted out. One of the 2 non-Survivor celebs this season; a retired baseball player.
Dana Lambert ? voted out.
Sarah Dawson ? voted out.
Katie Hanson ? voted out.
Carter Williams ? voted out.
Russell Swan ? voted out. He literally almost died on Survivor: Samoa.
Denise Stapley ? voted out.
Malcolm Freberg ? voted out.
Angie Layton ? voted out.
Roxanne "Roxy" Morris ? voted out.
Zane Knight ? voted out.
Michael Skupin ? voted out. The original "man on fire"--fell into a fire on the 2nd season, Survivor: Australia
Abi-Maria Gomes ? voted out.
Lisa Whelchel ? voted out. The other outside celeb--the character, Blair Warner, on The Facts Of Life
Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour ? voted out.
Artis Silvester ? voted out.
Peter "Pete" Yurkowski ? voted out.

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
6:29 am
Lyrics: Ben Folds Five Edition
Ben Folds Five *<3 Wikipedia <3* first came to my attention with the song, Brick, back in the late 90's. I stumbled across their latest single, Do It Anyway, on Facecult--from their first album since 1999. The album is called The Sound of the Life of the Mind, which just dropped yesterday.

Did I mention that the video has <3 The Fraggles <3? They so fit with the song.

'Nuff said.

Do It Anyway
By: Ben Folds Five

You might put your love and trust on the line
It's risky, people love to tear that down
Let 'em try
Do it anyway
Risk it anyway

And if you're paralyzed by a voice in your head
It's the standing still that should be scaring you instead
Go on and
Do it anyway
Do it anyway

There will be times you might leap before you look
There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you love the book
Do it anyway
Do it anyway

Tell me what I said I'd never do
Tell me what I said I'd never say
Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are okay

Sometimes it's not subjective: wrong and right
Deep down you know it's downright wrong but you're invincible tonight
So you
Do it anyway
It's done
You did it

Despite your grand attempts the chips are set to fall
And all the stories you might weave cannot negotiate them all
Do it anyway
Be honest, anyway

So tell me what I said I'd never do
Tell me what I said I'd never say
Read me off a list of the things I used to not like but now I think are okay
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Woah woah woah woah

It's gonna be so very hard to say
And watch the trust and joy all drain from her innocent face
But you must
Do it anyway
It sucks but
Do it anyway

Call it surrender but you know that that's a joke
And the punchline is you were never actually in control
But still surrender anyway

Tell me what you said you'd never do
Tell me what you said you'd never say
Read me off that list of things 'cause I used to not like you
But now I think you're OK
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Woah woah woah woah

Everybody knows that you just gotta do it anyway

Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway
Do it anyway

Cause you don't do nothing to avoid self-punishment
You won't do nothing
You won't feel nothing
Do it, do it, do it anyway
Do it anyway

Here's a behind the scenes look at the video:

By: Ben Folds and Darren Jessee

6am, day after Christmas
I throw some clothes on in the dark
The smell of cold
Car seat is freezing
The world is sleeping
I am numb

Up the stairs, to her apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down to Charlotte
They're not home to find us out

And we drive
Now that I have found someone
I'm feeling more alone
Than I ever have before

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly
Off the coast and I'm heading nowhere
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly

They call her name at 7.30
I pace around the parking lot
Then I walk down, to buy her flowers
And sell some gifts that I got
Can't you see
It's not me you're dying for

Now she's feeling more alone
Than she ever has before

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly
Off the coast and I'm heading nowhere
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly

As weeks went by
It showed that she was not fine
They told me "Son, it's time
To tell the truth"
And she broke down
And I broke down
Cause I was tired of lying
Driving back to her apartment
For the moment we're alone
She's alone
I'm alone
Now I know it

She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly
Off the coast and I'm heading nowhere
She's a brick and I'm drowning slowly

Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
9:04 am
The Amazing Spider-Man Spoiler-free Review...
I suspect, unlike many other reviews, I'm going to start with what was--after all, the turn around time on the franchise reboot was only 5 years while the reboot time for Batman *No links due to spoilers...* was 8 years, and it did seem a lil' rushed.

Sam Raimi's *<3 Wikipedia <3* Spider-Man *Again, no links due to spoilers...* trilogy, for the most part, hit all of the right notes. After the long, long wait for Spider-Man to hit the big screen, we got a mostly great trilogy. The third one was a lil' at odds with itself--I've heard rumours of Sony micromanaging, and Sam Raimi giving them exactly what they asked for in a fuck-you sort of way. Despite this, the third movie was successful, and fans were waiting for a fourth movie--Hell, we have a fifth Die Hard *No links due to spoilers...* movie coming out next year. So, it came as a shock when it was announced that there was going to be a reboot.

I was a lil' leery of the reboot. After all, Stan Lee and Spider-Man are the reasons that I have an English Literature degree, and I didn't want to see it butchered like another franchise; yes, Joel Schumacker, I'm looking right at you.

Despite my wariness, I was giddy when I won my pass to the sneak peak for the movie. I really enjoyed the reboot. The spin that they took on reimagining the franchise paid off wonderfully. The freshness created a distinct and separate flavour. They did a fantastic job of casting the primary roles. Andrew Garfield was fantastic in the title role. In Spider-Man's Rogue Gallery, there isn't a single primary villain, but some do tend to get o'erlooked. The choice of villain for this movie worked incredibly well.

Being a Spider-Man geek, I was very pleasantly surprised to have unanswered questions.

Yes, me.

Let's face it, I connected the dots very easily in The Avengers *No links due to spoilers...*, and I haven't followed The Avengers half as closely as Spider-Man so that's saying something.

I give The Amazing Spider-Man an 8 out of 10. I can't wait for the sequel! I'm also afire with curiosity about who the next villain will be since the villain choice for the current movie has opened the door to some interesting possibilities.

N.B.: There's an extra scene in the credits, so don't rush out!


None attached to the version that I saw. :(

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
12:19 am
Rock Of Ages Review: Caustic But Spoiler-free...

I've got a theory
That it's a demon
A dancing demon!
Nuh, something isn't right there

I've got a theory
Some kid is dreamin'
And we're all stuck inside
His wacky Broadway nightmare

"I've Got A Theory/Bunnies/If We're Together", Once More With Feeling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Nope, you haven't clicked on the wrong review, but Giles and Willow hit on the problem with the film, Rock of Ages: that "something isn't right [here]", and it's a "wacky Broadway nightmare". This film is an adaption of the Broadway musical of the same name. Some movies really make the random singing seem natural like Moulin Rouge! or The Muppets *2011*, or the aforementioned episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling. In this movie, it seems awkward and contrived.

The awkwardness continues in the humour as well. After all, who would have thought to cast Tom Cruise *<3 Wikipedia <3* as a creepy, washed-up, has-been? The film sets up several jokes though-out the movie, which fail horribly, leaving you with a "Gee. That was awkward..." feeling. It does have some funny moments, but methinks that they might be accidental instead of intentional. Despite this, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand do deliver their share of funny moments.

While this movie scores points for nostalgia with the selection of 80's power ballads, and big-hair-band songs, the recreation of these songs is sometimes wanting, in a Oh-my-Gods!!!-My-ears-are-bleeding!!! sort of way. While some singers can act, some actors can't sing... well. Yes, Tom, I'm looking at you. You too, Julianne Hough.

On a totally nit-picking tangent, if you're going to set a movie in a specific year, maybe try using songs that were actually out in the aforementioned year, especially since you're trying to cash in on the nostalgia angle! For me, it was jarring when a song would come up, and I'm totally thinking to myself, "That song won't be out for x years!" And I didn't see a blue box to explain it either...

Rock Of Ages scores a 6 out of 10.

You're probably asking yourself how it got a 6, given the rant-age above--and here's why:

I had resigned myself to this movie being a black hole of mediocre crap, and then Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand started to perform a song. I had this profound moment of realization: Oh My Gods! It's going to escape the event horizon of crap!!!

I spent the next three minutes laughing uncontrollably. Then the song ended... and it spiraled back into the black hole of mediocre crap.

Those three minutes earned it a 6.

A renter. Copious amounts of alcohol and drugs can only improve the viewing of this movie. All of the above being said, I still wouldn't mind seeing the original musical...


Magic Mike: Methinks that this is a Rom-Com, but I wasn't really sure...

The Great Gatsby: This adaption of the famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, reunites Baz Luhrmann, and Leonardo DiCaprio. It looks slick...

Current Mood: quixotic
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
10:46 am
Quickie Movie Reviews...
So In The Category Of Catching Up...

A Beginner's Guide To Endings: This is a great, Canadian Black Comedy. It stars Harvey Keitel *<3 Wikipedia <3*, and is set in Niagara Falls. I went into it blind and I thoroughly enjoyed it: 7.5 out of 10.


None on the version that I saw.

Moonrise Kingdom: When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was excited--the ensemble cast featured Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Frances MacDormand. This one also has Harvey Keitel in it as well, but in a minor role. As the movie started, I recognized the signature style of Wes Anderson. While I enjoyed The Royal Tenenbaums *No links due to spoilers...*, I wasn't as taken with it as everyone else was. This one however worked for me far better. I really enjoyed this quirky coming of age story: 8 out of 10.


Beasts Of The Southern Wild: When I first saw this trailer, I thought it was for The Life Of Pi--my bad. I kind of lost interest when I figured out it was something else...

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World: First off, this has kind of been done--back during the 1998 End of the World Summer *Armgeddon, Deep Impact, and Last Night all came out that summer...*, a Canadian Black Comedy, Last Night *Well worth tracking down and watching...* covered this, although I imagine this one will have a more Rom-Com spin. Secondly, I'm not a big Steve Carell fan. That being said, I might watch this one...

The Avengers: This is the second Joss Whedon film this year *The first being The Cabin In The Woods...* this year. When I heard that he was helming this project, I knew it would be great, and I was not disappointed. It hit all the right notes: comedy, action, in-jokes, drama. It's one of the best Marvel adaptions e'er *At some point, I'll have to compile a Top 10 list, but that is going to require some thought...*. This one easily scored an 8 out of 10.

Bonus Scene: Like the other Marvel movies that led up to this one *Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America* there is a bonus scene, in fact there are two! One is in the middle of the credits, and the second one is at the very end of the credits.


Prometheus: Ridley Scott's much anticipated return. This trailer looks really good!

The Amazing Spider-Man: A Spiderman reboot so soon after the last trilogy, irritated me some, however this trailer looks awesome! I will probably fork out for an Imax screening...

The Dark Knight Rising: The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's opus looks awesome! Another one for Imax.

Franken Weenie: In the same style as a Nightmare Before Christmas, this one left me feeling lukewarm...

Brave: E'er since I saw the first trailer for this one, I've been looking forward to it.

The Hunger Games: This is adapted from the Young Adult series of the same name that is written by Suzanne Collins. Me being me, I had to finish the book before I saw the movie. I recommend reading the book first, but I'm still eager for the rest of the trilogy to be adapted to the big screen. They did some fantastic casting for this movie: Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz! This one scored a lil' lower due to the dissonance between the book, which was fresh in my mind, and the adaption: 7.5 out of 10.


None on the version that I saw.

The Cabin In The Woods: Joss Whedon's first movie of the year, which blew me away! Normally, I'm not a big horror movie fan, especially since Gore Porn like Hostel and Saw have been in vogue. I like a lil' more thinky horror--gore is a tool, not an end in itself. This one got me through the door, solely on Whedon's past work. It plays with the tropes of the genre while tempering that with great dialogue, in-jokes and homages to the genre in general. This one is one of the best horror films that I've seen in a long, long time, a 9 out of 10


Can't find my notes... Doh!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
10:58 pm
Survivor: One World--SPOILERS...
Brief thoughts so far...
Cut For Spoilers...Collapse )

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
12:26 am
Lyrics: The Nostalgia Edition...
One of the things that I forgot to mention in my review of American Pie VIII: American Reunion Spoiler-free Review was the great soundtrack. It had a great selection of music like Grosse Pointe Blank *SPOILERS*, but with a 90's focus. A lot of the good songs like this one don't actually appear on the official soundtrack. The Verve Pipe *<3 Wikipedia <3*, a one-hit wonder, did this song. I haven't heard this one in well o'er a decade...

The Freshman

Written by: Brian Vander
Performed by: The Verve Pipe

When I was young I knew everything
She a punk who rarely ever took advice
Now I'm guilt stricken,
Sobbing with my head on the floor
Stop a baby's breath and a shoe full of rice

I can't be held responsible
She was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

My best friend took a week's
Vacation to forget her
His girl took a weeks's worth of
Valium and slept
And now he's guilt stricken sobbing with his
Head on the floor
Thinks about her now and how he never really
Wept he says

I can't be held responsible
She was touching her face
I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

hey yeah
hey yeah
hey yeah

We've tried to wash our hands of all this
We never talk of our lacking relationships
And how we're guilt stricken sobbing with our
Heads on the floor
We fell through the ice when we tried not to
Slip, we'd say

I can't be held responsible
She was touching her face
And I won't be held responsible
She fell in love in the first place

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen

For the life of me I cannot remember
What made us think that we were wise and
We'd never compromise
For the life of me I cannot believe
We'd ever die for these sins
We were merely freshmen
We were merely freshmen

Current Mood: awake
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
1:39 am
American Pie VIII: American Reunion--Spoiler-free Review...
Returning to a franchise after such a long time, can be difficult to do well. Some examples of trying to resurrect/revisit a franchise are *<3 Wikipedia <3*:

Aliens *No links due to spoilers... Not counting the Predator crossovers...*

Alien (1979)

Aliens (1986)

Aliens3 (1992)

Aliens Resurrection (1997)

Prometheus (2012)

Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Temple of Doom (1984)

The Last Crusade (1989)

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

From the above lists, the Aliens franchise is kind of hit and miss for quality--movies 3 and 4 of the series weren't the greatest, but I know plenty of geeks that are drooling with anticipation o'er the 2012 releases of Prometheus. Indiana Jones, I think has done a good job of recapturing lightning in a bottle. The Last Crusade was brilliant, and 19! years later came The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I, by and far, enjoyed it, but I know that a lot fans weren't so impressed. The best revisiting has been done with the Die Hard franchise. Lethal Weapon was the weakest revisiting that I could think of, off the top of my head. Although, I'm really not looking forward to the release of M.I.B. III (2012), given the über-lameness of M.I.B. II (2002).

Why is all this relevant? The last American Pie film in theatres was American Pie 3: American Wedding in 2003! The next four went straight to video*Am I still allowed to say that?*...er...DVD.

To catch-up on the series, here's the order:

  • America Pie (1999)

  • America Pie 2 (2001)

  • America Wedding (2003)

  • America Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)

  • America Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)

  • America Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)

  • America Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)

  • America Reunion (2012)

It could be argued that movies 4 to 7 don't count, but they do feature main characters that do appear in the other films so this is #8!

American Reunion does a really good job of recapturing what made the first two movies good *I haven't seen films 3-7.*. It has some of the trademark toilet humour, but it is also self-aware enough to acknowledge the passage of time, and puts a different spin on the humour, and make fun of itself.

Everyone from the first two films appears in this one. Eugene Levy does a good job of stealing the scenes that he's in. He's also the only character to appear in all 8 movies. The film blends humour and nostalagia in a good mix, with plenty of in-jokes for people who have seen some of the earlier films.

O'erall, I give American Reunion a 6.7 out of 10. It's far better than I expected, although when somebody yawned in the theatre during the film, it garnered a laugh from the audience. Hopefully, this will be the last one in the franchise. It tied up loose ends and felt "complete"; far better than the clumsy attempt in the end of Lethal Weapon 4.

N.B.: Don't rush out of the theatre. There's an extra scene early on in the credits.


None on the version that I saw.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
12:27 am
Survivor: One World--Late Picks and SPOILERS...
Here's my late picks:

Final Five: Chelsea Meissner, Jay Byars, Jonas Otsuji, Greg "Tarzan" Smith, and Leif Manson.

Methinks that it'll come down to Chelsea and Jonas with the win to Chelsea.

Cut for SPOILERS...Collapse )

Current Mood: geeky
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
3:55 pm
Late Year In Review 2011 Part I: It Came From Facecult...
These are some of the cute pictures that caught my fancy during 2011...

Cut for lots of photos...Collapse )

Current Mood: bouncy
8:24 am
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Mockery...
I can't say whether it being in 3D made a whole lot of difference since I was wearing my 2D-Glasses--I just wanted to see it on the big screen again.

Here's me thumbing my nose at George Lucas...

Funny Spoilers Beneath The CutCollapse )

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
10:29 am
This Means War--> Spoiler-free Review...
Romantic comedies are difficult to do well. Doing an action rom-com well, is e'en more difficult. Just off the top of my head, I can think of several ventures into this sub-genre that featured big names, which categorically failed.

This one, just in time for Hallmar...er...Manufactured...er... I mean Valentine's Day, features Reese Witherspoon *<3 Wikipedia <3*, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. This one balances sharp dialogue, chemistry, action scenes well. It avoids the usual traps that occur in this sub-genre, and it comes off as fresh and sharp. The action scenes are good, but lack that really polished feel.

O'erall, I give This Means War a 7.5 out of 10. For this sub-genre, it was excellent. It's also amusing to note how certain excesses and paranoid fears form the groundwork for the premise. You can also tell that it was shot in Vancouver from a number of shots. I also think that they do a Rumble In The Bronx--I've ne'er been to L.A., but somehow, I don't think that you can see mountains from there!


None. Nada. Zip. At least on the version that I saw.

Current Mood: amused
9:42 am
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D--Spoiler-free Review
When I won tickets to this one, I thought to myself, "OH Shiiiiiiittttt!!!". I ne'er saw the first one, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, with Brendan Fraser *<3 Wikipedia <3* in 2008, but I had read the book by Jules Verne. My only knowledge of this movie was from a TV spot--it had Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and he was being chased by a giant reptile. Having read a great deal of Verne, including The Mysterious Island, I was, "WTF?! What is this bastardization?!" I went to the screening, resigned. I hoped that it would be so bad that it would be at least funny.

I was pleasantly surprised. It had Michael Caine in a prominent role--how do you not advertise that?! It also was put together better than the commercial would lead you to believe. While this film wasn't an instant classic, it's about average. I enjoyed the bickering between Caine and Johnson. I'm still on the fence about whether Jules Verne is spinning in his grave or is pleasantly amused by this refunctioning. Hopefully, it'll introduce a new generation to Jules Verne.

O'erall, I give Journey 2: The Mysterious Island a 6.9 out of 10. Sure, it could have been better, but it could have been so much worse. Kids will enjoy it and parents won't be trying to pluck out their eyes or gouge out their ears!

Bonus Short!

I forgot to mention this! Before the movie started, there was a classic Loony Toons short. It featured the voice talents of Mel Blanc with fresh animation. An unexpected treat!


The Hobbit I: An Unexpected Journey: This trailer was in 3D, although it was the same awesome trailer that has been making the rounds. Having my anti-3D glasses, I don't know if it made any difference whatsoever, but it is The Hobbit!!

Current Mood: relieved
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
11:50 pm
One For The Money--Spoiler-free Review...
The last movie that I caught Katherine Heigl *<3 Wikipedia <3* in was the movie, Killers *Spoiler-free Review* *2010*. It was her first movie after Grey's Anatomy and it was kinda crappy.

This one isn't much better. It suffers from the same problem: it's neither fish, nor fowl.

Well, maybe it is foul...

Joking aside, the main problem is that this film has a rom-com vibe, but it goes against that grain with the subject matter. It is either too funny to be serious or too serious to be funny. The writers should have taken a page from the Lethal Weapon series on the use of humour in a gritty action movies.

The other problem is the acting--I know that it is January and all, and that I shouldn't get my hopes up, but still. Heigl codes in this role. Somebody else should have been the female lead--Heigl is good at being ditzy, and that's about all. The male lead, Jason O'Mara, was summed up by Falan as "being a flat Mel Gibson". He tries to be all charming and fails.

O'erall, I give One For The Money a 5.8 out of 10. The plot holes were also kind of spectacularly painful as well. It's a pity that it isn't handled better--it could have been spun into a franchise. There's plenty of source material since it is adapted from a series by Janet Evanovich *Her name was prominently featured on the movie pass.*. The first book in the series shares the same name as this movie.



Gone: This might be a good thriller...

Moonrise Kingdom: This one looks like it is full of WIN!!! It has <3 Bill Murray <3, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis in it, to name just a few. Look for this one in May 2012!!

Current Mood: cynical
Friday, January 20th, 2012
10:57 am
Haywire Spoiler-free Review...
E'er since I saw In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale *Spoiler-free Review*, another January release, I've been wary of January action movies. Happily, I was, somewhat, pleasantly surprised by Haywire.

This film falls into the spy-action genre. For a January release, it features some big names like Michael Douglas *<3 Wikipedia <3*, Antonio Banderas, and Ewan McGregor. The lead character, Mallory, is played by Gina Carano.

In real life, Carano comes from a background of Muay Thai Kick-boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, which really comes across in the fight sequences. Unlike some martial artists-turned-actors, she can act. Yes, Dolph "The Punisher" Lundgren , I'm looking straight at you *Further proof: in 2011, he "starred" in the sequel to the aforementioned In the Name of the King...*! Being forced to watch his canon of movies is... well you get the idea, but I digress.

Carano carries the action scenes well, striking a balance between impressiveness and believability. I can see her career possibly growing into the female equivalent of Jason Statham for martial arts action films.

O'erall, I give Haywire a 6.9 out of 10. It would have scored a 7, but I found the pacing a lil' jarring. I could see this movie being spun into a series like the Jason Bourne movies.

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