Changes

October 4, 2010

We all go through change; It is simply a fact of life. This has been a year that was simply full of plenty of them. Big ones. Life altering ones.

I thought I could at least try to keep up this blog with a post a week. Then that stumbled to maybe 2-3 at once. Eventually leading to nothing. I originally started this blog to practice my writing, and mostly just a creative output for my various interests. It started out alright learned about what I liked writing about, what I didn’t like doing, or what I wasn’t good at as well. Went through a period of experimenting and I guess in a way I still haven’t settled on what this blog is going to be reflect on.I never realized how busy I would get, or always was and started them using them as excuses not to write. So I would start some post then forget about it, or jot down ideas for a post which never started.

As the fall begins, so does another chapter of my experimentation with blog writing. As I figure out the details and I’ll continue to try and post more then once a year.

A Look Back On The Year

December 28, 2009

2009 is coming to an end.  Its been a tremendous year for movies. Could say, a big year in the Science Fiction genre! Star Trek made a huge come back, Avatar is a success and not a bomb like so many thought it would be,  and I was never a fan but Battlestar Galactica also ended this year.  Originality, also shined with District 9 and Moon!

Apple may have failed to make any of those clinging to hope that they would announce a tablet but Google, picked up the torch and announced the long rumoured Google OS and sorta announcing there own Google Branded phone with the Nexus One. Sadly, nVidia continued to stumble throughout the year. With Fermi being delayed to legal issues with Intel. Intel on the other hand wasn’t much better, seems like they’re becoming the Microsoft of the 90’s, with lawsuit after lawsuit being thrown there way.

The game market also continued to do well despite layoffs and studio closures. Sadly, that is just the business. The industry is changing with games run through facebook are becoming bigger and bigger. EA, announcing a purchase of a FB game maker for a tidy sum. The apocalypse isn’t upon us yet gamers. Just looking at how much Modern Warfare sold…

Hope you all had a great holidays, and hope you have a great New Year!

Trick R’ Treat

Trick ‘R Treat, is quickly on its way to becoming a cult hit. After sitting on the Warners Bros shelf for close to 2 years, they finally released it straight to DVD. Now just because it was released straight to DVD does not mean its a bad thing.  It is a mistake on Warner Bros part, because considering other then Saw, there isn’t anything for people to see.  Which is why another movie that was shelved for superfluous reasons Paranormal Activities, is cleaning up at the box office at the moment.

The movie is told in a broken chronology format(think Pulp Fiction) where it tells 4 interwoven stories all connected by the this walking Jack-o-Lantern. Which reminds me of a lot of the Sackboy from Sony’s playstation 3 game, Little Big Planet.

Overall, this movie is far from amazing, but a worthwhile watch. I strongly suggest popping it in with a group of friends who are unaware of this movie and have them all be pleasantly surprised.

3/5 stars

Drag Me To Hell

Sam Raimi(Evil Dead series, Spider Man trilogy), returns to horror with Drag Me To Hell, arriving just in time for Halloween. It didn’t do well in theaters sadly due to being overshadowed by the bigger and arguably most of them more poorly made summer blockbusters(that’s right, I’m looking at you Transformers). It is great movie with all the Raimi humor injected in some of the scariest moments making you laugh before making you frigid with fear all over again.

The story follows Christine Brown, who must make a tough decision on whether or not to evict an old lady out of her house due to her not being able to make the mortage payments. In doing so, she gets the promotion she wanted, and a curse she didn’t.

4/5 Stars

Paranormal Activities

The sleeper hit of the year is also the biggest money maker of the year by far. Made for a budget for of 12, 000. The movie is already a hit having grossed over $5 million just last weekend. Its done in a very minimalist way where they don’t try any to get clever with the camera. From what I have heard quite a few people are unaware that it is a completely fictional tale. Either way, I strongly suggest you check this out in the theater. The experience is just more enjoyable that way. A girl in a row infront of me hopped right up when the movie finished and announced, how she wasn’t sure how she would ever sleep again. Moments like that, you don’t get at home.

Despite the strong praise, the movie does drag in the second half wanting it to just finish, and thankfully the ending saves the entire movie.

2 1/2/5 stars

I’ve been really busy as of late.  So here is a quick review for each movie.

Up!

Pixar, does it again with this masterfully crafted tale about an old man who wishes to complete his childhood dream, about traveling to South America. He ends up with a boy scout accompanying him on his trip. Together they help Kevin, a giant bird that looks like peacock crossed with an ostrich, find its  way home.  In true Pixar, fashion they craft an beautiful tale that is much more then it seems. Be sure to have your tissues ready for this movie will get you watery.

4/5 Stars

The Hangover

Every few years, you get that hit comedy that just becomes the must see movie. Last time it was Wedding Crashers, which also starred, Bradley Cooper. This year its The Hangover. To put it simply for that can’t figure out what this movie is about judging by the title, its about 4 guys who go celebrate the one friends wedding by having the bachelor party in Las Vegas. Of course, they get ridiculously drunk, and wake up in there hotel room not knowing what happened last night. Quickly realizing the groom, is missing they backtrack on a search to find out where he went and what happened.

3  1/2 / 5 stars

Year One

I fell asleep for 20 minutes and I wasn’t even tired.  Save your money and just rent it. Or just go see The Hangover.

1/5 stars

My buddy Ben, and I decided to watch The Hangover,  tonight at a Silvercity Oakville, because it they have that V.I.P theatre. Also, were driven by the urge for soft pretzels and ketchup powdered popcorn! Yum yum…Were on the P90 x program at the moment(first week) so we decided to indulge ourselves for the night.

Anyways,  we get to the theatre and find the V.I.P theatre for The Hangover is already sold out. Oh well. That sucks. Not like we weren’t hyped for it or anything. On top of that no soft pretzel maker!  So we decided, “Well were here. Lets just go catch it in a regular theatre”. 10 minutes later after waiting in line for the Fastlane machine, we find it not working correctly. After 5 tries it prints out Ben’s ticket. My turn. I try. I fail. I try again. I fail. Couple more tries. I give up. Look up at the movie time listing screen, only to see that its sold out now as well…Woot!

While waiting in line for Ben, to refund his ticket we decide we might as well head back to Hamilton, cause there is a show playing at 10:30.  Fast forward: Were at the theatre with 30 minutes to spare. As were arriving at our fastlane machines, a worker announces “few seats avaible”. Awesome.

Deciding that sitting in the front row wasn’t an option tonight. We agreed upon just seeing it the next day, and then we will be able to indulge ourselves with ketchup covered popcorn….yum!

Hungry and not knowing what we wanted to do, we went to this placed called, Wild Wing. We saw it earlier and were curious to try it. Turned out to be a great end to a dissapointing start. Downside is  all those fattening calories from the wings….The first phase is fat shredder month after all, and wings have so many fattening calories…Oh well. Just have to be a little more strict on myself after this weekend. I don’t care though, I needed some comfort food since I didn’t get my movie. And, oh was it comforting.

A blog post from Variety’s Editor In Chief, recently called Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, “Ben Stiller’s Art Movie”.  Having seen the movie now, I can see why. Even the first movie. The plot is simple but come on, after the first, did you really expect heart-wrenching oscar material?

Night At the Musuem, maybe not the greatest piece of film work. Nor does it try. It is a film that teaches you about history in a very entertaining way. Personally, I never knew that Abraham Lincoln, never lies; hence forth being referred to as  ‘honest Abe.”  Then again I’m Canadian and naturally fairly ignorant about American history. Its presented in an amusing and occasionally a superfluous manner at times.

We find our hero Larry Daley(Ben Stiller), living his dream of the being the head of his own company, walking around his office looking bored, and mopey. Which is what,  leads him to visiting the museum only to find it undergoing renovations, and discovers a lot of the old exhibits are being moved off to storage,  and to be updated with more updated technological versions.

Throughout all the hassle of the move, the Egyptian tablet ends up at the Smithsonian as well, leading to trouble with Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria). Who wants the tablet to open up the door to the underworld and release his army of the undead.  Daley, receiving an urgent phone call of help flies off to Washington D.C in search of the Smithsonian with the help of his son.  He soon finds out the Smithsonian isn’t just one buildings but multiple specialized buildings (i.e Air And Space). Throughout his adventure he encounters even more famous characters leading to more mini-history lessons.

Overall, this movie is a great family film for those parents who want to take they’re children to see something ’till Pixar’s Up, is released. For those that aren’t parents or 12 years old, there is always Star Trek, or Terminator.

Movie Podcasts

May 20, 2009

I am a huge movie buff.  Well, more as in follows industry news, and watches a lot of movies. When it comes to the classics, I fall short…very short.  So, I rely on movie podcasts full of people who know a lot more about movies then I do. This way I can go back and talk to my co-workers as if I’m some movie god. Listed below are some I’ve started listening too, or have been for a while. Either way, they are all greatly recommended. By the way, al these podcasts can be found on iTunes.

Scene Unseen

First up, is Scene Unseen.  This podcast consists of one of two having seen the movie, and the other hasn’t. Which leads to some often funny discussion about the movie. My first one was the X-Men Origin: Wolverine Review. That one alone won me over.

More information can be found here:  www.sceneunseenpodcast.com

The /Filmcast

The /Filmcast is a podcast from the editors of the site, who do the typical movie podcast thing, news, discussion, etc, then leading to a review to a movie. Being a movie geek I can’t get enough movie discussion. I usually have things pointed out to me that I either missed originally  or just never would have thought of, either way it’s a great podcast with some great people. I really do recommend also listening to the After Dark series. I finally got around to taking the plunge and listening to one of those as well, and it’s hilarious. Having listened to one at the recently, I got the impression its more of a reader heavy segment. A reader asks a question after confessing some embarrassing or pretty funny story and asks the editors and guests to relate if it all possible. This leads to even more amusing stories.

More information can be found at:  www.slashfilm.com

Battleship Pretension

Another more unique podcast, that doesn’t talk much about movie news, or reviews. Focuses more on film discussion such as, when great directors make bad movies. The people are very witty, and funny. Highly recommend it.

More information can be found at:  www.battleshippretension.com

IGN’s Keepin It Reel

My one sellout recommendation cause I just love all the IGN podcasts…except for the music and the retro ones…but thats just because I’m not interested in those things.  Either way, it’s a great podcast with insightful discussion. Other then straight forward. Also, it’s amusing to see the editors try and make box office predictions and to later discuss how close/distant they were in the following week.

More information can be found at:  www.ign.com

Hope everyone gets as much enjoyment as I do!

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