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Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards
Let me start by saying I’m a fan of the old rubber suit Godzilla movies and so I had certain expectations going into this movie. I wanted WWF with monsters, but for the most part I just got an okay disaster movie. It does have some great moments, but it needed more of them. As I see it, the biggest problem (pun intended) is Godzilla himself is not a main character, he’s a background element. That would fine if the main characters were more interesting and vital to the plot, Unfortunately they aren’t. Their storylines are either cut short or they don’t really accomplish anything. Bryan Cranston’s character meets an abrupt end. Serizawa stands around doing nothing but lamenting the Hiroshima bombing. Sam’s wife could have been a cardboard cutout for all she does. Sure Sam (Aaron Tyler-Johnson) does help one problem go up in smoke, but that’s more of an after thought. Fact is that nothing the humans do matters much. The monster are what matters and even the movie seems to acknowledge this with its repeated “Let them fight” line. Which makes it all the worst that Godzilla isn’t given the screen time him deserves. I will say though the little bit of him we do get is spectacular. Truth is this Godzilla film has a lot in common with the old Toho movies. The monsters are the reason we watch them, but those films too had a lot of uninteresting human characters running around and not doing much. Toho’s problem was low budgets. I don’t know why this 2014 version decided to do the same. It is possible my expectations were simply too high. In spite of all I’ve said here I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I enjoyed this Godzilla film. The monsters hit all the right notes. Godzilla is true to the old films and has all the right moves. So what if he only gets to shine at the end. He’s still the reigning king of the monsters! The key here is to have fun with what we did get and leave the wishes for what could have been at home.
Besides watching Godzilla deliver his FATALITY is by itself worth the price of admission!
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Tonight’s mid-season finale for Arrow was great! I really enjoy the way the series has embraced it’s comic book roots. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have it beat on production values, but they often feel stilted and not quite in the full Marvel universe. Arrow is FUN! Just look at what we got in this one episode:
- An awesome battle with the super strong Cyrus Gold, that ends with his death??? or was it the possible origin of Solomon Grundy?!
- We learn more about Brother Blood and his evil schemes, including the fact that he isn’t the leader he seemed, but instead it is revealed the real threat is…
- Slade Wilson! He’s alive and looking like he walked straight out of a comic book panel and with the voice I’ve always imagined. Deathstroke lives!
- Roy Harper (a.k.a. Speedy, or Arsenal, or Red Arrow, or Red Hood) continues fumbling around and even gets himself killed for minute or two. However Green Arrow saves him. I was waiting for a CPR moment but I guess that would have been too much. However, I don’t know what they’re doing with the character. He has super powers now?!
- That lead to the highlight of the episode! Green Arrow gets a new mask!
- Hmm… seems there was one other little occurrence. Oh yes, Barry Allen gets hit with chemically enhanced, particle accelerated, lightning! BARRY ALLEN IS NOW THE FLASH!
God, I needed a cigarette after tonight’s episode. We don’t have to wait long for Arrow to return in January, but think we won’t see Barry Allen as The Flash until his new series begins.
Early Reviews Are In: ‘Catching Fire’ Leaves First ‘Hunger Games’ in the Dust
No real spoilers, just good news if true.
in regards to ender's game having a "life-affirming message", I think they weren't so much talking about Ender's tragedy as they were about the general themes and lessons of the book -compassion, empathy, knowing the "other", learning to understand and overcome differences, etc. while EG is a tragic story, it still makes you think, and it ends on a very profound and hopeful note. THAT'S where the "ennobling" part comes from. I know it definitely had a positive impact on me! :) just a thought.
You may be right at least from Ender’s point of view and it does end on a hopeful note. The hope though, comes in a fresh start, away from all the tragedy’s he suffered. He knew what he had done, all the killing, even if he was tricked into it. He was going to have to live with that. He survived, but to me calling it life affirming is a stretch.
Okay, so I was reading up on the Ender’s Game/Orson Scott Card boycott so I can decide how I feel about it. I fully agree Mr. Card is an asshole, but I’m still turning the boycott around in my head.
However, this post isn’t about that really. It’s about a part of the public statement issued by Lionsgate:
"…the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message."
Ennobing and life-affirming message??? Did they read the book? [SPOILERS] There’s nothing noble about what happens to Ender Wiggins! He’s used and abused by almost everyone. His parents, his school mates, his instructors, not to mention his psychopathic brother, all abuse him in some pretty horrible ways. I can’t even begin to imagine how is genocide interpreted as a life-affirming message?! Maybe there are reasons beside the boycott to avoid this movie.
Gravity was astounding! Excellent movie all around, but visually it is unparalleled. I saw it in IMAX 3D and if at all possible I highly recommend you seeing it in that format. As I said not too long ago 3D is over used and only a handful of films are improved by it. I’m adding Gravity to that very short list. It isn’t used to exaggerate reality but it enhances it. The debris field scenes in 3D are breathe taking. As for seeing it in IMAX, this film was made for the BIG screen. In fact the bigger, the better. The size of the screen helps the illusion of the enormity of the sky and at times the disorientation felt by the characters. It also forces you to “search the skies” right along with them. The story is your basic survival drama with some heart tugging details added in. It’s simple and could easily have gone wrong, but Sandra Bullock’s performance makes it work. For much of the film it is a one woman show, but George Clooney does provide a voice of experience and some needed comic relief. Gravity is a truly excellent science fiction drama and has raised the bar on outer space special effects.
I read The Fault In Our Stars a couple of days ago. It was very emotionally intense for me. It is my first John Green book, but I look forward to reading more. I think I related to the characters a bit too much. I was Hazel. No I’m not a girl and I don’t have cancer, but what that character went through is very similar to my experiences. It brought back memories that are best forgotten. I remember the pain, having to wear a cannula, being hooked up to that machine to get the fluid of of my lungs, dragging various equipment everwhere I went. Being in the IC unit. I could go on and on about the things it made me remember. Some VERY dark things. It didn’t depress me, instead it made me think. I am so different now and I tend to forget these things. That’s probably good, I wouldn’t want to dwell there. However, the bit of fear that comes with these memories is also good. Although I’m better now, there is always the possibility of getting ill again and the fear keeps me on track with the things I have to do to maintain that health. In summation, I’ll just say that books that make you think are great
Very occasionally I use this blog as a journal and this has been one of those times.
Against my better judgement I went and saw Riddick tonight. It’s mostly a mess and even where it works they seem to go out of the way to sabotage their own efforts. The first half or so of the film is at least interesting. It’s just Vin Diesel playing survivorman on an alien planet and it sort of works. A little. The sabotage comes in from the art direction side here. Everything, and I do mean everything, screams fake. Just bad choices everywhere. He makes himself a giant straight razor as a weapon and I swear I could go to a Halloween store and buy a more convincing bone weapon. The problem is the scale. They try to present the planet with grand panoramic views and hyper-detailed sets and costumes, but they either didn’t have the budget or the talent to pull it off. It’s downhill from there with the final part just being a forced rehash of the first film, Pitch Black. I will say I did like one choice they made at the very end, but even this was handled badly. It felt like someone just ran onto the stage yelling we’re out of money and they just stopped it there. I could go into more detail on why it fails, but it is just more of what I said above with added one dimensional characters (don’t get me started on Katee Sackhoff’s character). I’ll just say that unless you’re a HUGE fan of this series, it’s probably best to just stay away.
Me: that’s hot
Me 2 seconds later: that’s fucked up.
Pretty convenient how they have to take off their shirts to transform. :)
I was waiting for this.
I love their relationship.