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Book of Eli April 8, 2010

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I went and saw this in the theater the other day, (we have a cheap theater that shows moves that have been out for a few months, usually ones that didn’t do that great at the box office) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  A post-apocalyptic flick centering on a lonely stranger walking across the blasted landscape dealing with the typical cannibals and associated road warrior-types, who happens to run afoul of a bad guy who wants what he’s got.  In this case, it’s supposedly the last copy of the bible.

What I really liked:  the main idea that the bible is a powerful tool, whether you want to enslave mankind, or free it.

What I really disliked:  getting shot in the gut, and being able to survive for days?  Then again, maybe you have to look at it as the lead character being a mythic creature, on a mission from God?

Regardless, it is a good flick, very entertaining.  Denzel does his usual excellent job, and the chick from “That 70”s show” does alright also.  Gary Oldman is, as always, a great bad guy.

The Omega Man February 8, 2009

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One of my fav films from my childhood was/is “The Omega Man,” starring Charlton Heston as Dr. Robert Neville.  For kicks, I bought it on blu-ray for 12 bucks or something like that.  It was cool seeing it in such clarity, especially the downtown scenes.  I have to admit, though, that the scenes with “The Family” at night and in their hive were TOO clear!  it takes away from some of the mysteriousness of the film.  Anyway,  I thought I would post why this movie, as 70’ish as it may be, is a superior film to “I am Legend,” that came out last year.

1.  The idea that the mutants are simply people who are slowly dying from radiation sickness and can’t stand the light is much more believable than cartoon super-zombies who can move like the flash,

2. Finding Rosalind Cash in the store is much more life-like and believable than a woman just happening to find you when you’re about to get killed by zombies.

3. The woodstock scene says more about what the movie is trying to say than anything in the Smith movie.

4. The final Christ image is more powerful than anything in the Smith movie, although I am glad they didn’t try to replicate it.

There you have it.  My expert opinion.

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The Force Unleashed September 9, 2008

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Wow, I’ve been so busy with school I’ve just about forgotten about this blog. (No big deal, since I don’t get many visitors anyway, hahaha).  My son and I are pretty excited about The Force Unleashed video game that comes out next week.  We downloaded a demo of it on the PS3, and it’s pretty cool.  I think we are going to get the Wii version, since I’ve read that you get some more levels and a “duel” mode.  Yes, I know the graphics won’t be as pretty, but we don’t mind that on may games we get for the Wii.   On another gaming note, I did buy a used copy of Heavenly Sword for my PS3, and I’ve only played a littel of it, but wow, is that a good looking game!

The Clone Wars August 17, 2008

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Took my son and a buddy of his to see it on Friday.  I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t too packed (at all).  I hate crowded theaters, although for young kids, that’s kinda the fun of it.  As far as the movie goes, it was good.  Lots of action from start to finish, and I was glad to see that they didn’t water down the fighting too much.  While I don’t want my son to see lots of blood and gore, even though it’s a fantasy movie, I do like it that the war scenes actually showed some soldiers getting wounded or killed.   I know, sounds kind of crazy, but I think even with video games and such, it’s important to remember that in real life, shooting & war is pretty ugly.  Anyway, about the movie:  the animation is great, and like Beowulf, there were a couple of times where I forgot I was watching an animated movie.  A great addition to the Star Wars stories for the 8-15 yr old crowd (not that 45 yr old dudes like me can’t enjoy it).

Too Human July 30, 2008

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I’m anxiously awaiting this game, and that comes from someone who, I don’t think, has bought a full-priced game ever.  (I like to wait for the used ones and the cut prices).  This one, tho’, I may make an exception for.  Sounds like it’s got 2 things I love, sci-fi and Norse mythology.

Too Cool!

Too Cool!

*update*

I downloaded the preview last night, and my son’s playing it right now (as usual, he’s already better than me).

Took me awhile to get used to the weapon deployment, but other than that, it is a really cool amalgamation of mythology and futuristic sci-fi.

“The Mist” April 12, 2008

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I watched “The Mist” last night, having read the novella years ago. Pretty decent flick, good acting and pretty tense in parts. I’m sure many who saw this just looked at it as dinosaurs invade, which is my only real complaint about the film. As I remember, King’s story was kind of a homage to H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu myths, which I read years ago also. The tentacle scene evoked some imagery of that, but everything else was pretty much a dinosaur or insect thing. I know, it’s a minor quibble, and most don’t even know what I’m talking about when I mention Cthulhu, but I do think it’s my only major complaint when it comes to the movie. Of course, the real monsters in the movie aren’t the monsters, and I remember that being one of the focal points of the story also. Marcia-Gaye Hardin, or whatever her name is, did a nice job as the religious wacko. I don’t remember if the ending of the story is the same as the book, but it is quite an ending. If you haven’t seen it, and you like tense horror films, you could do much worse. I give it 3 out of 5 hammers.

The Terminator November 23, 2007

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I came across this on another blog. Pretty interesting.

not hard to see the future possibilities of this…….

Godland November 2, 2007

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As a pretty big Jack Kirby fan, I was intrigued when I saw this series on the stands. At first, I chalked it up to some simple attempt to copy the King’s style. Somewhere I heard that it was actually pretty good, so I gave it a try around the 5th or 6th issue. I was pleasantly surprised, and laughed my ass off more and more with each issue. While containing great art and an obvious tip of the hat to comics of the ’60’s and ’70’s, it’s at heart a great satire on both issues. The overtly sexual innuendos and the exaggerated artwork is enough to keep me buying it, not to mention that it takes the whole “power cosmic” motif and actually brings it into today’s world.

It’s not for everyone, and if you are not a fan of old FF & Thor Kirby stuff, then I wouldn’t suggest it, but if you are, it’s pretty darn cool.

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Required viewing October 22, 2007

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Well, it should be anyway.  I’m talking about the documentary I saw today, “The Shadow of the Moon.”  It’s a showcase of some of the twelve men who actually walked on the moon.  Pretty funny, and definitely poignant.  A couple of times I was pretty misty-eyed.  Overall, probably the biggest emotion besides pride is sorrow.  Sorrow that so many in our society don’t understand what a monumental accomplishment it was, and sorrow for the fact that we pretty much just stopped, right when we were getting good at it.  To think of the billions wasted in Iraq every month, and what that money could have been used for……ah.

There’s quite a bit of humor in the movie, from Mike Collins talking about being “alone” in the command module, to Buzz Aldrin taking the first piss on the lunar surface.  Go check it out, or at least get it on DVD when it comes out.