Friday, May 17, 2013

Iron Man 3 vs Star Trek: Into Darkness

      So I've been busy over the past couple of weeks watching new movies. I spent money, some of which I do regret, those large buckets of popcorn are a doosie.

       But I have seen two blockbusters, and I have to say, one was much better then the other. Last week I saw Iron Man 3, and let me tell you, it was awesome! The visuals, the script, the acting, the Mandarin, holy cow! It was one wild ride! In this Iron Man, Tony Stark is still reeling from what happened to him in The Avengers; what with Aliens, and SHEILD, and gods and stuff, I don't know, I haven't seen it yet (and this is important... I'll get back to that) But he's not the same confident and cocky Tony from the first or second Iron Man, he's plagued by anxiety attacks and something akin to PTSD, which he tries to deal with the entire movie, that's just one of the reasons why I liked it so much. Tony isn't the cocky SOB that we have seen in the past, he has problems, and because of them, he tries to hide behind his Iron Man armor. If you can make a super hero flawed like this, and make it work, you've got yourself a movie, and a damn good one too. Not to mention the twists, which were not at all predictable. Usually the third movie of anything isn't as good as the first, but this one was just as good maybe better.

      Now, Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was unimpressed. The visuals were cool, the plot was cool, the rest of it could have used some work. I felt lost through-out the entire movie. I didn't really understand what was going on in the first few minutes of it, because it felt like the writers were assuming that you'd seen the first movie, which I had not seen. So while everybody in the theater was laughing at stuff, I was sitting there like a wierdo with a dumb look on my face. Second, you could see a lot of the twists in the movie coming a mile away, and it just didn't feel the same or have me at the edge of my seat like Iron Man 3 did the entire time.

      So as I mentioned before, I hadn't seen either the Avengers movie or the first Star Trek, and I think that this is also important. In Iron Man 3, the movie stood alone from the Avengers movie, and the first two Iron Man movies too. You could walk in there, not know a thing about the previous movies, and still enjoy yourself. However, I felt lost in Star Trek, which didn't help, because I couldn't enjoy myself. I didn't understand why certain things were happening and why people were laughing when they were. It didn't stand alone from the first movie, which I think was kind of a bummer. It wasn't really original, and it wasn't all that great of a movie. I think it's also important to mention that on the drive home from Star Trek, my dad, my brother and I weren't talking about how great Star Trek was, but how cool Iron Man 3 was, a movie we had seen a week previous. Star Trek just didn't stick with me like Iron Man did, and good movies stick with you.

      All in all, Iron Man 3 was a trip and Star Trek was just another movie I saw. If you had to choose between one or the other, go see Iron Man, Star Trek can wait.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Give me Game of Thrones!

   Ah, spring is in the air! And with spring, comes new seasons of great shows. Such as: Doctor Who, Psych, and of course the one that stole the Easter, Game of Thrones! This is probably one of the best dramas I've seen on TV in a long time, even better then Law and Order: SVU which has been on so long, that it's kind of a joke now... lol.

Game of Thrones   The first two seasons of this show were awesome. I loved it. I must admit that I went into it thinking that it was going to be a bit like Lord of the Rings, but--spoilers--it's not, and I'm okay with that.

   Instead of focusing on magic and the battle of ultimate good vs. ultimate evil, Game of Thrones focuses on the battle for power that the lords and ladies of the mythical Westeros engage in after the 300 year rule of the   old ruling family, House Targaryen, is over thrown by an uprising headed up by Lord Eddard Stark (no relation to Tony Stark of Stark Industries)  and Robert Baratheon who later becomes king of Westeros.

    I really don't want to give much away because it all ties in to the plot and how the first and second seasons go, but I will say that the first episode of the first season will get you hooked. It starts off with suspense and ends with suspense which keeps you wanting more. Watch it! It's on HBO on Saturdays. If you don't have HBO, whatever you do, do not try to torrent it! Like don't. don't go to and look it up and download it, that's very bad. srusly. The Google will hunt me down and kill me. Then kill you. so will HBO

   Any way, Game of Thrones! Watch it. It's not dorky at all, it's awesome. You will be hooked!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In Time

  Definitely not the "Best of REM" album. I saw this movie this summer with some friends of mine. I went into it thinking "okay, don't expect much from this." and came out of it thinking "Thank god time isn't money, because I would be really pissed."

  The movie is about a future dystopia where time literally is money. After the age of 25 you have a year to get more time or else the little clock on your arm goes down to zero and you croak. Will Salas (Timberlake) is a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who gets lucky when a guy from the right side of the tracks decides to be a saint and give Salas almost 100 years (which would be worth... well I don't know because they never really elaborate on that) Anyway. The timekeepers (the police) think that Salas killed that good Samaritan and go on a man hunt for Salas. Salas decides to take a ride to the right side of the tracks, he meets the beautiful Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) who for some reason decides that the good life sucks, ditches her dad and all his riches and goes rouge with Salas. All the while the timekeepers are chasing after them and trying to set everything back to the way it was. Meanwhile, the two then play modern day Robin Hood and Little John and spread the wealth all over the place like hot butter on bread.

   Well, I'll tell you this, the cast wasn't necessarily the problem. Sure there was some laughable acting done by Timberlake, but that's because he has done only one really dramatic role in his acting career in the movie The Social Network. What I'm trying to get at though is that the acting wasn't necessarily the problem, it was the script, the whole damn thing. The writers tried to hit on so many themes that it was hard to follow the  actual theme of the movie. The couldn't decide between whether or not it was "Should people live forever" or "This is what our world is coming too". I know that I was supposed to feel connected to Salas and Weis most of all, but I felt more sympathy for the Timekeeper, Raymond Leon, that was chasing them throughout the whole movie. Call me crazy, but it just seemed that he had the most to loose in this whole affair and I felt that at times the movie was a little one sided. It seemed that they tried to hit on so many philosophical and obvious political themes, that it took away from the main theme of the story... whatever that was, it got lost towards the end.

   Sci-fi movies can really be hit or miss. This one was a real miss. I would love to see it again though, if Mystery Science Theater 3000 did it. All in all a 5/10. Only see this movie if you have the time and/or money to waste.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top Ten

I always love to see what people put on Top Ten lists, and I am always curious if the movies I think are extraordinary are on them. I decided to try and sort through my favorite movies and come up with a Top Ten of movies that hit me real hard.

1) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:  I think there is a little bit of McMurphy in all of us, and maybe a little bit of Chief as well.

2) Yojimbo: A western that takes place in medieval Japan. One of the best.

3) Waltz with Bashir: An interesting look at war and the soldiers in it, and the State of Israel as well.

4)  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: It may be 177 minutes, but it never loses your attention, it just gets better and better.

5) Man Bites Dog: a black and white mockumentary about a serial killer... Yes, it's a mockumentary. Yes it's very dark. No, do not watch if you have just eaten. It really is good though.

6) The Maltese Falcon: Humphrey Bogart is awesome, and the story is too.

7) Blade Runner: I'm a huge fan. Visuals are stunning. Story is awesome. Did I mention I'm a huge fan?

8) The Big Lebowski: Another cult favorite, but hilarious all the same. See it for the bowling, and the rug.

9) Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Been a favorite since I was 10 years old, and still silly to this day. The jokes never get old.

10) The Seven Samurai: The best. It's 3 hours long, but it never gets boring. Kurosawa is amazing!

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Endless Summer

  Yes. The Endless Summer. Every surfer's dream vacation and the quintessential surf film, not to mention my favorite surf film before Rob Machado's The Drifter. (which you should also see)

   The Film follows two surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a trip around the globe starting in West Africa and ending in, of course, Hawaii. The two are trying to test the idea that with enough money one could in theory follow summer around the world. They also unintentionally introduce surfing to some West African communities and find the best wave located at Point St. Francis, South Africa.

  This movie was groundbreaking. It gave a new breath of life to the once stale and boring travel documentary format of the 1940's and 50's. (not to mention that it has lots and lots of stellar longboarding). The film brought real surfing to the front stage at a time when people only knew about Gidget. What's more, every body in the film just wants to have fun! It seems as though Brown doesn't take the film that seriously. Which is a wonderful thing, because it gives the film a more laid back and loose feeling. It also doesn't seem to be condescending twords the locals of the places the guys visit but rather connects them to us by the shared experience of being in and around the ocean.
  The surfing in the film is some of the best of it's kind too. I based all of my own technique in the water off of what I saw in this movie. It's crazy to watch this film and see what those guys did without leashes, thruster set-ups, or wet-suits. I would never surf in Santa Cruz in the dead of winter without my suit!

  All in all, this is a film that I would recommend anybody, surfer or not, to see at least once. I'd give it a 8.5/10.

This is not the first! But this will be the better one!

   This is not the first attempt of mine to do a blog on movies, but it will hopefully be my more successful one. If you would like to see the other blog the address is here, and I hope that you get some good insight as to what this blog will be all about. anyway. I've seen some pretty good movies this summer and I hope to share a few of them with you guys in the next couple of months.

    I usually don't review newer movies, but I think I might try to as we get more into the winter movie season. If you have any suggestions to movies that I should see this winter and review, comment on the blog and give me suggestions.

    I look forward to sharing my opinions with you guys!