Wednesday, July 29, 2009

When did lying become a sport?

(i found this in my...British Lit. II notebook, because apparently I was constantly bored...)

I never signed up for all this,
the highschool drama that's attached
itself to every breath I take
like a third unnecessary lung.
Oh please, no apologies.
You're grown as hell sweetheart
and if you don't know what I'm talking about,
it's probably you.

Acknowledge all the faults.
Who ever said love was unconditional?
Use them and leave them
and come out the victim.
The path less traveled
is strewn with blood and hearts,
shattered pieces of the lives
of broken lovers.

Walking on the glass from
the mirror you shattered
when you didn't recognize your eyes
gives you seven years bad luck
that started ten years ago
when you took a wrong turn,
unknowingly staining the sheets
from pristine white to nonexistant.

(I know this has been neglected! I'm sorry! maybe I'll review "Orphan", which I saw last night. we'll see.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I got the awesome opportunity to see Watchmen at the theater last night, thanks to my wonderful friend Cassie. We arrived two hours early to wait in line, because we knew this one would be big. And it was.

I don't even know where to start. This was definitely an actors movie. There was some really, and I mean really good acting in this movie, and some really good talent too. Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino...there aren't words to describe how much I loved (and in Jeffrey Morgan's case, hated) their characters. There was just the right amount of action, as well, and these scenes were very entertaining and well orchestrated. The film makers even found a way to make the beginning credits a part of the story, as they were integrated into flashbacks.

Of course, I came into this movie with a blank slate, not knowing anything about the comics, so the story was new to me, and it was very well developed, taking place in an alternate world in which Nixon was elected for President many terms in a row, and the world is on the brink of nuclear war. Most of the film was narrated by Rorschach, and a bit was narrated by Dr. Manhattan, and while sometimes I don't like narration because it sounds forced, that was not the case here. Since the movie starts off in sort of the mid story, the voice of Rorschach fills us in on the important stuff, and Rorschach himself was pretty awesome. As were all of the other costumed heroes. Though it did come to my attention that none of them, except Dr. Manhattan of course, had super powers. At all. Except maybe super strength, and the ability to kick ass really hard. But that's neither here nor there.

And to give it a little something extra, there was a bit of romance thrown in. Yes, romance. Not to mention some pretty nice sex scenes - or at least one long one that was pretty graphic. In a good way. And Dr. Manhattan didn't like to...well, you'll see.

So, overall, a pretty awesome movie, where the acting and cohesive storyline made this alternate universe believable. And it wasn't stilted by any un-witty one liners and horrible or prolonged dialogue, which I say makes it a win win situation. I didn't know what I went in there expecting, but I came out completely satisfied, and entertained, and maybe wanting to be a superhero myself. Maybe. I would've actually paid money to see it, and I can't say that about a lot of movies. Definitely worth the sore ass I got for sitting in that seat for almost three hours. Yes, three hours.

Go see it! It hits theaters in the U.S. on March 6. I leave you with my favorite:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is supposed to be a sort of prequel to the other two Underworld movies. When I headed out for the screening last night, I have to say that I was kind of excited to see it. I was curious as to how they would go about it.

Well, first of all, the effects were great. The lycans looked the same as in the other two movies, and so did the vampires. The fight scenes were really good and engaging. Overall the movie was pretty much action packed, while the story line was just ok. Not really disappointing, because I did enjoy the movie, but you already knew the basic story before you came in, so you can't expect it to give you any sort of twists.

In the non-action packed parts I got a bit bored, I have to admit. The beginning part was good, though, with the explanation of Lucian's birth, and the love story between Lucian and Sonja seemed a bit brief, but that was only because it wasn't the central part of the story, so I was releaved that it wasn't overly romantic and gushy and sickening. I was glad to see Michael Sheen playing Lucian again. Another wonderful surprise was the appearance of the character Raze, played by Kevin Grevioux, who appears in the first Underworld.

Now, of course, you spent the whole time hoping that Sonja and Lucian will get away, and hoping that Viktor would die (I love Viktor, though!), even though you know what's going to happen to them, but that still doesn't stop you! Which was a great thing, I think, because it showed that the audience could get so involved in the story that they could forget that they already knew the ending.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans opens in theaters today.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I was lucky enough to attend a screening for The Day the Earth Stood Still today, which officially comes out tomorrow. Now, firstly, in case you didn't know, this is a remake of the original 1951 movie of the same name. I've seen the original, granted it was a long time ago (not when it came out! I'm not that old!), so I don't really recall very much, but I remember that it was creepy, yet totally unbelievable. But I can't compare the plots, though I've heard that they were different.

However, what I can say is that it was easy to suspend disbelief while watching the plot unfold. Keanu Reeves was just...Keanu. I mean, alot of people think he can't act, but I think this was a great role for him; he played the "alien with no emotions" part really good. Now, wearing a suit and walking towards the camera in slow motion? Just a bonus. He looked mighty delicious and scrumptious. I also love Jennifer Connelly, and her acting in this film was as good as I was expecting it to be. The special effects were pretty good as well. The "robot" looked believable, and so did the orbs.

On the negative, this movie was slow at parts. Many parts. I got a little bored during these, which made it hard to concentrate on what was going on. Jaden Smith's character, Jacob Benson, really needed a good, swift kick in the ass. He was extremely annoying, but, like all movies, learned his lesson in the end. On another bad note, some of the dialogue was lame, but, frankly, it's really easy to look past.

All in all it was good, if slow, entertainment, and I definitely don't regret seeing it. I think that the trailers are slightly misleading because they project this image of the movie being really exciting at all times, keeping you in anxious suspense, and while it's not a bad movie, it doesn't do any of those things. It's not a movie that has alot of action, nor is it a thriller sci-fi movie, so don't go in expecting to see that, because you'll be sorely disappointed. And I'm not going to say don't go see this movie, but I will say that I, personally, wouldn't pay $10 to see it. I would wait for the weekday discounts, because it is good enough to see, but not good enough to wait in a line and pay a ridiculous amount for.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

There's something living in the closet!

So I'm sitting here in my dad's recliner, (yes, I'm being that specific), with my laptop in my...well, lap, waiting for my videos to upload onto myspace and youtube. When I got up out of my comfy, if slightly hot, bed and used the guide to find something other than the Holiday Season Music Channel to watch, I turned to the old tried and true Sci-fi Channel. And what was on?

Tales From the Dark Side.

Yes, that's right, an oldie but goodie. Sci-fi always has these little marathons of random awesome shows, and of course this isn't the first day that they chose to show Tales From the Dark Side, but it was the first day that I watched it and remembered how great the show really was.

And how scary it was.

Now I'm not saying that I cringed and cried and screamed through the whole 30 minutes, but it was pretty creepy and definitely kept my full interest.

I don't remember ever watching it when it was on in the 80's, not like Tales From the Crypt. I mean, hell, I was only 4 when the show ended. It's just impossible for me to remember that far back. But watching it today, with it's bad lighting, forced dialogue, and sub-par effects by today's standards, really brought back the feeling I used to get as a kid, watching scary shows when I knew I wasn't supposed to. Watching scary shows, trying to be brave, pretending I wasn't afraid. It's crazy, but oh how I yearn for those days again.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Transporter 3

Alright. I'm going to try to do this without giving any spoilers. But I wonder if that's even necessary. The trailers pretty much show it all.

If you've seen even one Transporter movie, you should pretty much know what you're going to get with the third installment. Frank Martin drives around in his awesome car, comes across a problem, gets shot at alot, then overcomes said problem through bunches of defensive and reckless (and ultimately awesome) driving. Does that mean you shouldn't see the movie? Of course not! You should buy your tickets, sit your ass down, and watch the movie without having unnecessarily high expectations. It's still a good and exciting watch.

Jason Statham is, well, Jason Statham. He exudes everything that Frank Martin is supposed to be, perhaps effortlessly on his part. It also doesn't hurt that he takes off his shirt about three times, wakes up in his boxers once, and gives the audience a somewhat staccato strip'll see what I mean when you see the move.

The action scenes were great. Exciting, riveting, and kept you on the edge of your seat. There was enough of them to not get bored, but not too many that it became unbelievable (well, more unbelievable than movies usually are). The plot was pretty decent, and the dialogue was witty, even if there was too much talking at times.

Frank broke one, or a few, of his own rules. Because what would this movie be without a love story? Yes, there was a little bit of romance in the background. It teetered on the line of too much, but never went over. I found myself enjoying it though, just like the undertones of romance in the second Transporter. However, the object of affection, Valentina, played by Natalya Rudakova, became annoying within the first 30 minutes of the movie. I will say that I was quite happily surprised that I did not see her chest...not even once. But even so, while you sat there and hated her, it didn't distract too much from the movie, and wouldn't be enough for me not to see it again. Like I said, semi-naked Jason is a ginormous bonus. And even if you're not into seeing sexy men's bodies, I would still recommend going to see this movie anyway.

As long as you keep in mind what kind of movie you're seeing, and don't expect over and above, you will leave the theater satisfied.

Transporter 3 comes out on November 26. Go see it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Zombie Apocalypse

I'm waiting for it. But am I ready? Are you?

Really I just wanted to say that I forgot about this blog. I'm sorry! I know! you've been waiting on the edge of your seats for the better part of six months, and what have I been doing?

Working. Alot. And not making any money either.

I don't think there's really any hope for us. It's too late.