Monday, December 2, 2013
Nebraska is basically a happy version of Eraserhead. It's a nice piece of Americana. Nebraska is the story of a grumpy, lonely old man named Woody, who thinks he won $1,000,000 in a sweepstakes, so he decides to head from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska. His wife, and both of his sons know it isn't real, so they try to convince Woody to give it up. His son David, (played by Will Forte) decides to humor him and drives him to Lincoln. This is where the story begins. This film has a lot going on. Its about family, loneliness, coming to terms with age, and it is filmed beautifully in black and white. Not everything looks good in black and white, but this film wouldn't have the same impact in color. The overall film is shot in a very simple way that perfectly compliments its blue collar scenery, and I feel it is anything but pretentious. Bruce Dern is the star of the film, but Will Forte is the anchor. While I don't believe that Will Forte will win an Oscar, but his performance was very natural and charismatic. The thing that Alexander Payne really excels at is great characters, and this film had no shortage of that. The characters were all very memorable, and this portrayal of Blue Collar America was nowhere near as offensive as Beautiful creatures. The performances were good, it was touching, sweet, very funny, and it all wrapped up with a perfect ending, that was kind of atypical of Alexander Payne. It is one of the best movies of the year, but is still not as good as Rush
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
I haven't been to the movies in a while because I haven't really cared about many things in the theater (apart from 3 films on my most anticipated list), so as an alternative, I thought I would weigh in some of my feelings as to why David hayter should remain the voice of Naked Snake/Punished Snake/Big Boss. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Metal Gear, for it is probably the greatest fictional war ever told. The war I am referring to is, of course, the war between Big Boss and the Patriots, which is the epicenter of all conflicts in the Metal Gear series. But what really keeps me invested is the emotional connection I share with all the characters. And in the center of it all is Snake, voiced in English by David Hayter. So here is my list of 5 reasons why Big Boss should stay as David Hayter.
5. Sutherland lacks the pizazz of Hayter. He just sounds like tired old grandpa. granted, I understand that Big Boss is getting older, but Ground Zeroes is only a few months after the Peace Walker incident
4. Sutherland and Downes lack chemistry together. This is a minor point, but in the English Ground Zeroes opening, Miller and Big Boss are conversing, and the dialogue between the 2 seems very flat. There is a much stronger emotional connection between Hayter and Downes, and those emotional connections are what make MGS thrive.
3. Akio Otsuka is Big Boss in Japan. If the slate is going to be wiped clean, then it should be done on both sides. Because of this fact, Hayter is clearly being excluded for being Hayter, otherwise there would be a new Japanese voice actor providing the voice for Big Boss.
1. As the last entry in Metal Gear Solid, it would be a shame to exclude Hayter. It's not only a shame, but it is disrespectful. Thanks for the years of service, now go away
These are just my personal opinions, you can agree, disagree, I really don't care. I am still holding onto hope that Kojima and Hayter will surprise us with an announcement that Hayter will be Punished Snake/Big Boss, but every day, it seems less and less likely.
I didn't feel the need to include my next point on the list, as I felt that the others were a bit more relevant, but Kojima did state that Hayter's version of Snake was as close as possible to what he imagines Snake should sound like.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013
There is actually very little to say about this film. It's generic marvel fare; good villain, neat visuals, great humor, and all the characters play off each other very well. One thing worth noting is that the supporting characters have a lot more to do this time around. I'm glad I say it, but at this point, there isn't really much new that a blockbuster can bring to the table. It isn't the same story structure as say Spider man, or Back to the Future, but it works as a very good fantasy fable. That's why these Marvel movies are acceptable. Even though they are all basically the same, there is something different that each brings to the table. Big budget fantasy films are always a welcome addition, in my book, especially if they are done right. This isn't as good as The Avengers, Iron Man, or Iron Man 3, but it is much better than the other Marvel films. This is a bit of a missed opportunity, in the sense that it could have been a much darker film, but it is punctuated with light-hearted humor all throughout the film, preventing it from reaching that "total darkness" that sequels really should have (Empire Strikes Back, Godfather 2, X2, The Dark Knight). It also features my new favorite cameo in a Marvel film. And, as always, Loki is the best. So, yes Thor: The Dark World is a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even if it doesn't really bring anything game changing to the table. Of note: there are 2 post film scenes; mid credits and post
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Rush is a film about a 2 formula 1 race car drivers: One is a crazy, reckless party dude, and the other has Aspergers, and the rivalry between the 2. Rush is THE BEST film of the year, so far. There is a difference between me saying something is my favorite, and me saying something is the best. Rush is the most well made film in every regard. It was intense, the story was really gripping, the characters were amazing (accompanied by perfect performances), the camera work was incredible, and it flew by at a perfect pace. It didn't go by super fast like JJ Abrams Star Trek films, rather it glide by at a smooth and comfortable pace, allowing the audience to take in everything that happens in a comfortable manner. The main character in this film is the sport itself, and Thor and Aspergers are just merely the players. Daniel Bruhl really steals the show. He plays such an asshole. As the film nears the end, you gain a certain admiration for him. He isn't an asshole, he is just professional. The fun to him is being the best, and you really respect that. Chris Hemsworth enjoys life, and racing is the perfect compliment to his live fast die young lifestyle. Both people have a certain respect each other's lifestyle, but neither would live as the other. What brings them together is the love and respect of the sport, regardless how each one views it. Rush is an exciting and amazing sports drama about real life Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and the rivalry between the 2 and may, in my opinion, be the best work from Director Ron Howard, and is certainly his best film since Apollo 13. I won't be losing any sleep if the film doesn't win best picture at the Oscars, but I will be really pissed if Daniel Bruhl doesn't win. Unless, of course, Michael Fassbender wins for 12 Years a Slave. So go see it if you haven't. If you aren't satisfied, you are an asshole
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Don Jon is a film about how young, good looking woman are unsatisfying cunts, which leads to "Don" Jon watching porn as a substitute for what those girls fail to offer him. I don't have much to say about this film, other than it was very competent. It was well written, directed, acted, shot and edited, but I really didn't care for the story. Don Jon was a likable guy, Scarlet Johannson played such a cunt, but the best character in the movie is Jon's sister. She was essentially silent Bob; she just durdled around on her phone until the end of the movie where she had some strong emotional input about Scarlett Johannson's character. I have the same feeling about this as I did with Jack the Giant Slayer. Don Jon is a very well made film, but it just wasn't for me. It didn't say anything that I didn't already know, but I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. I thought it pulled some punches, for the sake of pandering, but that is just my opinion. I say either wait for the dollar theater, or just rent it, unless you really want to see how ripped Tony Danza is now
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Oh, and watch the post credits scene for some much desired closure
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Riddick is the (surprisingly) much awaited sequel to 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel as space Conan. Riddick is the third film in the cult "Riddick" series about a man named Richard P. Riddick who is every male's fantasy; a badass, tough as nails, stoic, silent but deadly, sexy and mysterious man, with shiney eyes, who is good at everything and even gets the girl. Now, with an introduction like that, you may think that I think very little of the character, but it is actually the contrary. I think what makes all the Riddick movies so watchable is how classic of a character Riddick is. He is a macho 80's action hero, which is really a lost art. In the 80's we had action heroes like Arnold, Stallone, Van Damme, and even Chuck Norris to a lesser extent, who all played characters with these cliches, but as the 80's ended, these cliches became taboo, and action heroes lost these dynamics. These stereotyped characters only became a product of the 80's because the market was so over saturated with characters like this, and like anything that is used to much, it becomes boring. Riddick is a breath of fresh air in this regard, and it is all the more comforting because he is portrayed by a man that really adores this character. This film is very aptly named, because Riddick is the best part of the film. He is a character you really can't hate, even if you try. He is a well written, and well established sci-fi anti-hero that hearkens back to the days Kyle Reese and Snake Plisken. We don't need a complex backstory, (granted we got little bits and pieces in the previous films) as long as we see his actions tell his story. He is a bad mother fucker and he doesn't need to explain himself to anyone but the audience. The film, as a whole, is entertaining, but its all the little things that make it great. For instance: a rugged anti-hero, an R rating, a simple premise, Karl Urban, nudity, cool creatures, cool guns, and a modest production. The aliens themselves had a pretty cool design, despite being CG and CG can only look so good. Its a film that doesn't betray its roots and is much closer to the original film, Pitch Black, thematically and story wise.