Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Skyfall

I know it's been out awhile and most theaters are probably letting it go this week, but...
I just saw Skyfall, and it was pretty good!
 First I have to say, I have enjoyed Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Not quite what I would have picked, but he plays it perfectly!
I love that they portray him as a character that is still kinda awesome, but you're not sure you'd ever want to be him... vs old bonds, you wanted to be. I think this is much better because, after all, he has a license to kill...

Now this movie, why is it awesome?
This movie gives James Bond relevance, for today... What was James Bond? A Cold War spy... But to have him in the current day, why? The Cold War ended... This movie explains why spies are needed...due to the bad guy being just some "guy" (well sorta, gotta watch the movie to find out more)!
I think that they did a great job of giving the series a great boost with skyfall's plotline. Now any 007 movie after this is covered for the "why", there needs to be a James Bond. So that's nice... Though to be sure, I probably would have been fine with just needing James Bond, because he's cool...

I liked the new q/m introductions... again more setting up for the future...

Also another thing that people might tell me, "ugg how can you watch James Bond? All that sex and womanizing?!" Well one of the things I like about Daniel Craigs Bond, is that you know he's doing all of that, but you don't have to watch it... It's nice.
So instead of wasting time with a sex scene, he starts into it, and then it's flashed to the next thing that's happening... SO NICE! If one wants to watch sex, it's easy to find it, if one wants to watch a movie about action and awesomeness, then the new James Bond is it, without the sex you know happens... much better idea!

All in all really nice, so if you missed it, at your theater, then get it on DVD when it comes out and watch it!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises and DC comics...

I saw the Dark Knight Rises a few days ago and I've been pondering it a bit since then. First I will give you an overview of the movie and what I think about it, then I want to talk about DC comics and what they're doing these days...
The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final Batman film with Christopher Nolan as the director.
Everyone you would talk to would say these three movies brought back Batman, and were true to the comics... well mostly at least... but I think in most cases nobody cared where he changed things because he made them awesome; and everyone remembers Batman and robin and cringes... so anything that is done with batman that has a good storyline, and doesn't do stupid things with the characters has to be better... right? So let's talk about the DKR, the story and plot line, and see if that is true of the third installment of the trilogy.
DKR starts off where we left off with Dark Knight, well sorta... there's no talk of the joker (except references to 'the war' before)... but it centers around Harvey Dent and the law that got passed that put many convicts in prison, made Harvey out to be a great man, and Batman out to be a terrible villain. Oh and it's like 8 years later... the city hasn't seen Batman since then, and relatively speaking is at peace...
It all makes sense...
Bruce wayne, has been holed up in his manor for the last eight years as well, not showing his face... and also since he's not going to be batman, he's not been working out at all either...
Okay so plot is set up in away that makes sense... Then they set up bane, vaguely telling us who he is... and it's actually pretty cool.  Okay so at the risk of telling to much more, let's stop there and I'll just tell you I liked the plot completely.
So lets talk about what felt off or I didn't like...
First it felt like a typical 2nd movie in a trilogy... not the third. I think this had a lot to do with the joker being gone, now they really were short changed because of Heath ledge dying but I think despite that they did a good job moving on and not having the joker in the story line at all. But again I felt that it gave it the feel of a middle movie and not the ending... (though it did wrap up well like a third movie should).
Next.
Batman is awesome right? Who doesn't at least think that? But who thinks that batman stripped of his utility belt and gadgets is as good a batman as a batman with those things? In the movie I believe he only used his utility belt maybe twice... and he mostly tried to fight villains with a straight hand to hand combat... what?! Why?! Batman is great because he's smart enough to be using his supplies to get himself out of situations he's not actually strong enough to fight his way out of... that's part of what's cool about batman, he's smart enough to be better than that...
Well apparently not in this movie...
And next...
Wait nope plot wise that's it... it was wonderful. Well done and the above two things were all I could complain about...
I will mention that I think hans zimmer is better than what he did for the music of this film... the last two were wonderful soundtracks and this one was lacking...

Okay so awesome... so what does this mean for DC comics?
The last three dc comics logos.

Well it means that it's the end of their only successful movie series.

Did I say only? Well okay Christopher Reeves Superman series was pretty successful... until they did a third, and a fourth... and then later a new one (with a new actor) that rarely anyone liked... and we also got a preview for another one with the new 52 style at the DKR...
Which I'm going to throw it out there for a question, Does anyone like the New 52?
I have been trying it and trying it... and I dislike it every time I pick up a comic...
Why does dc feel the need to change everything all the time? Okay well starting over with all the series, marketing (and lets face it who really knew what was going on after all the universe crisis' happened), but what's with the logo change again? I can honestly say, in my lifetime DC has changed their logo three times in my awareness... Why? What's the point? Also we saw the superman logo has changed again too... ummm how many times does superman's logo have to change?
So what do I think this means for DC comics? As sad as this is coming out of my mouth, I think it means yay lot's of money and then a plummet as they seem to not have any idea how to make their characters into movies (green lantern, superman returns etc...) except without Christopher Nolan, who is done directing them and is only producing the man of steel... This makes me sad... I grew up loving DC comics, they were fun, and bright. Now they are gloomy and dark and hardly any good... So though I wish that with the ending of an epic series trilogy that they will put out something better or equal to The Dark Knight trilogy, I can't help but think that this is something they wont be able to do...
So should you see the DARK KNIGHT RISES? YES, Should you pray that DC comics gets it's act together after this success? YES, because if they don't this will be the start of their end...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The amazing Spiderman. Spoilers...

The Amazing Spiderman was amazing... I'm just going to say it; it was many times better than the Spiderman movie with Toby Mcguire in it... why? Here's why...

So this Spiderman movie being a reboot, has bits of it's origin story (though as far as I can tell it's not the whole story yet; the movie has an ending where a shadowy character talks about something that wasn't told...) However whole or not, it's enough. Peter Parker gets powers after bitten by a spider, he has to decide whether or not to be responsible with them, he isn't, his uncle dies and then he is... okay same as the original movie...

Here's where the movie goes from similar in plot and ideas, to awesome...
Andrew Garfield, has the actual ability to act like a smart geek. Okay so everyone's seen the 'smart movie geek'-- nerdy wears glasses and bumbles around... COME ON people has anyone actually seen a geeky person (that is truly genius material) act like that? No, they act all geeky and dumb with real life... not the math, science or whatever they're gifted in... Andrew Garfield plays that. He turns a corner and sees a math equation, and is in his element... sees a girl and cannot talk... This was a much better portrayal of life a real person... not a bumbling idiot...

Next thing to talk about is spiderman as a character... People always ask me, "WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE AVENGER?" and my response is "SPIDERMAN" why? Because spiderman's hysterical quips in the comic books while they're all fighting is amazing! Now I can honestly say I've not read spiderman much by himself, so maybe he's not silly while he fights then, but in the avengers that I've read spiderman is always joking with everyone while  they're fighting the baddie...
In this movie, spiderman did that... and it was the best!
A car thief pulls out a knife and spiderman kneels and says...
"You found my weakness...small knives..."
These are the silly things that made me love him in the comics and love this movie version...

I also must say, I loved that it was the comic spiderman before he gained the webbing himself... That is to say he had to make his own webbing...
Which led to one of my fav scenes from the movie where he made a spiderweb and sat on it waiting for something to bump into the webbing and let him know where to go, like a spider...
Also really liked the fact that he used his webbing a lot... I don't remember the older spiderman movie using the webbing for much more than web slinging through the air... but this movie he uses it to stick arms to walls, to totally wrap the lizard up... all sorts of things... that are more like the comics I've read...

So all in all...
Loved the special effects, the Lizardman was well done and believable... flying through the air with spiderman was wonderful....
I did like the music, but I couldn't hum you the theme... but James horner is always good...
Loved the acting...
Loved the plot points, like What is wrong with Norman Osborn? And who was that at the end of the movie? Where are they going to go from here?! Either way I know where they go will be epic...
Because this movie was epic...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brave movie review

Disney-Pixar's new movie Brave is highly anticipated, but does it live up to anticipations?

Let's start with what I liked.
I personally don't know anyone who dislikes scottish accents... They were awesome! I loved listening to them the entire movie! Made me want to be where people speak like that all the time (which I think was part of the point, since this movie was made in part to boost tourism in scotland).

The CGI was wonderful! The sets were gorgeous, and well done. The people were well done, facial expressions, hair, and outfits were stellar. The detail that each character got was wonderful! I especially loved the horses, they looked and acted like real horses, which was nice.

The music was amazing. Patrick Doyle has shown up in a number of movies recently and I have to say I've liked everything he's done! Examples you ask? Thor, Rise of the planet of the Apes, Harry Potter GoF, and many more that I haven't seen... But I'd say brave was one of the best to date.

Now then what I didn't care for.
Pixar (mind you Disney does this all the time), doesn't normally go for the classic simple plot line. They generally go for something more creative. So I went most of the movie expecting it to have a twist that wasn't predictable, and well, it never happened...
Now without giving it away to those that haven't seen it, just think classic Disney fairy tale...
Now is this really bad? Well, I'm going with 'yes'. Why? Because I think it took away a certain amount of depth from the characters. Having to fit into the typical Disney fairy tale formula the characters just weren't as good as they could have been. I feel like Merida was a lot like Mulan, but stripped down to the personality of Ariel...
Depth of story and characters is really important in my book, but if I had kids I'd probably go and see it with them (unless I was sheltering them from witchcraft being cutesy)...
My last dislike, and this is a countercultural thing.
But I really dislike Marriages portrayed the way they did it in the movie. Now I know it's the culture's rising Feminist prose that caused this, and I think it's sad. They made the man, king Fergus, a bumbling fool when it came to talking or doing anything right in a sophisticated way. The queen Elinor, was overbearing and didn't really respect her husband. Now if the point is that, since movies (and culture) have portrayed marriage that other way around (men as the overbearing leader woman just following) then it's time to do it the wrong way the opposite direction then... ooookaay... but why? It's a fairy tale for crying out loud?! Why can't we create a marriage that is a little more desirous? One to strive for? Fairy tales should help bring out the best in us, including marriages... but maybe it's because our culture doesn't know what a good marriage is... but that's a different topic for a different time!

So Brave, would I see it in the theatre again? No... would I watch it if someone said he we're watching it at our house wanna come? Maybe... would I buy it... meh...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Star Trek and painting....

So I'm not sure I'm done... but I thought I'd paint a star trek painting...

I like how it's turned out so far, and tho the picture doesn't show it to well, depending on the lighting the background kinda shimmers... which I thought was pretty cool... in both pictures taken the stars don't look as good as they do on the painting... but you get the idea...

Let me know what you think! should I indulge the artists desire to always fix a painting, or should I leave it be? What would you have done instead?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Prometheus...


Went and saw Prometheus. What is prometheus you might ask? Well this is the Ridley Scott prequel to his Alien movie. One might say it's more than that, but I couldn't help feeling that it was all building to Alien. This however isn't what I particularly want to talk about, what I want to talk about is this...
This came across the credits at the very end of the movie... now since I'm getting married on 10.11.12, I was interested...  What is this? Well there have been a couple of video clips with a younger weyland talking...
Not really sure, but many people think that 10.11.12 is when the dvd will come out... which would be pretty cool... Have any ideas? What do you think the date means for weyland corp? Is this when they become weyland industries or when it merges with yutani? Or in real life, maybe when a company goes live calling itself weyland corp in honour of the movies? Let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Today is Free comic book day! I was pretty excited about it because of the Transformers reGeneration 1!
I've also managed to read this one already, and it's pretty sweet! It's picking up the original series where it ended in 1991 (the 1984-1991 run) it looks epic...
I was also surprised by a Serenity comic! For those that live in caves or under rocks, this is based on the tv series Firefly and the movie serenity which is a cult scifi series that got cancelled and still lives on through comics and other such things that Joss whedon writes... so needless to say it's awesome...

there of course were many more titles and I got a few of them as well, but for those of you that forgot or didn't know, GO out and get the comics now!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Best day of the year, because of national p... errr because of my BIRTHDAY! woot!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ah yes...

So I'll have been engaged for 3 months here in 4 days, I must say I love my fiancee! Beth is wonderful fun :)
I also enjoy when we read our premarital book her parents give us, it's humorous at times and other times inspiring (generally in a different way than the book offered it's advice)...either way it always causes conversation which is always nice, why? Because I like talking to beth :)

In other news Track started today, so I get to coach little kids :) always fun!

Anyways, thought I'd try to update more often on this so... that's what I'm doing starting now...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Saw this on this site http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2011/12/23/english-pronunciation/

Thought this was cool so I posted it, it's direct quote from the website in the title, I take no credit, and am only amused by how awesome it is!

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!
English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité