February22014

Bruno Mars did pretty good on the Halftime show

I liked his dancing and the way he matched with the other guys.  RHCP was a nice surprise.  

January242014

Send me a movie and I’ll rate it

death-by-pointed-stick:

never seen it | need to see it | didn’t like it | hated it | UGH | meh | it was okay | liked it | LOVED IT | asdfghjkl

(Source: last-chance-gas-station, via maggiecheungs)

January202014
In a World… (2013)
Directed by Lake Bell
In the industry of film voice-overs, males dominates almost completely; however, one woman tries to break through.  
Lake Bell directs, acts in, and produces this movie.  Her character and all of the other characters are entertaining and avoid being flat.  Although, it has too many side characters and cameos for its own good.   It offers several laughs and moments of funny awkwardness.  However, In a World… as a whole feels flat.  The plot can only do so much.  As interesting as the idea sounded, a movie about voice-over industry seems very limited.  How much can do you with it?  In a World seem to go by the book, producing nothing surprising.  All the side romances were nice by themselves and work with the themes of the movie, but they feel to fluff up the movie instead of build it up.    
However, Lake Bell did well on her debut, producing a well-rounded and fortunately not too long film.  
5

In a World… (2013)

Directed by Lake Bell

In the industry of film voice-overs, males dominates almost completely; however, one woman tries to break through.  

Lake Bell directs, acts in, and produces this movie.  Her character and all of the other characters are entertaining and avoid being flat.  Although, it has too many side characters and cameos for its own good.   It offers several laughs and moments of funny awkwardness.  However, In a World… as a whole feels flat.  The plot can only do so much.  As interesting as the idea sounded, a movie about voice-over industry seems very limited.  How much can do you with it?  In a World seem to go by the book, producing nothing surprising.  All the side romances were nice by themselves and work with the themes of the movie, but they feel to fluff up the movie instead of build it up.    

However, Lake Bell did well on her debut, producing a well-rounded and fortunately not too long film.  

5

January172014
Her (2013)
Directed by Spike Jonze.
Imagine a world where your computer’s OS is also AI.  It can learn, grow, and know.  What happens when it develop an actual persona and you fall in love with it? 
Her touches this question and not exactly as you might expect.  It is romantic and comedic in an unexpectedly vulgar way at times.  However, it pushes through into a much more emotional level as Joaquin Phoenix plays his character fantastically.  The interaction between his character, Theodore, and the OS, Sam, feels sincere and honest.  Of course, there are the awkward moments and disbelief, but as a whole, you can believe that this artificial OS can and does have the capacity of love.  However, then questions come to mind as the difference between human love and computer love.  Many, many questions arise about them, about what will happen, about their credibly futuristic world, about how things work there, and even down to their little quarks, such as the odd work that Theodore does for a living.  Her manages to remain out of the disgustingly quirky circle that dooms other films that try a similar concept.  Spike Jonze directed this movie well and with a solid focus.  The cast works beautifully.  Phoenix is phenomenal.   Although I am not a big fan of her voice, Scarlett Johansson give the OS a great sense of being.
Final notes:  That sweet soundtrack and that cute as fuck Amy Adams. 
9

Her (2013)

Directed by Spike Jonze.

Imagine a world where your computer’s OS is also AI.  It can learn, grow, and know.  What happens when it develop an actual persona and you fall in love with it? 

Her touches this question and not exactly as you might expect.  It is romantic and comedic in an unexpectedly vulgar way at times.  However, it pushes through into a much more emotional level as Joaquin Phoenix plays his character fantastically.  The interaction between his character, Theodore, and the OS, Sam, feels sincere and honest.  Of course, there are the awkward moments and disbelief, but as a whole, you can believe that this artificial OS can and does have the capacity of love.  However, then questions come to mind as the difference between human love and computer love.  Many, many questions arise about them, about what will happen, about their credibly futuristic world, about how things work there, and even down to their little quarks, such as the odd work that Theodore does for a living.  Her manages to remain out of the disgustingly quirky circle that dooms other films that try a similar concept.  Spike Jonze directed this movie well and with a solid focus.  The cast works beautifully.  Phoenix is phenomenal.   Although I am not a big fan of her voice, Scarlett Johansson give the OS a great sense of being.

Final notes:  That sweet soundtrack and that cute as fuck Amy Adams. 

9

January152014
The Naked Gun:  From the Files of Police Squad!  (1988)
Directed by David Zucker
An incredible police detective must save the life of the Queen of England!  
The Naked Gun is a very big hit-or-miss movie as are most outlandish parody films.  Fortunately, The Naked Gun hits more than it misses thanks in part to the great delivery by Leslie Nielsen, who plays Frank Drebin.  The best part of the film are the witty wordplay and plain silliness.  Some of the jokes are overdone; almost everything with O.J. Simpson is not so good.  
6 

The Naked Gun:  From the Files of Police Squad!  (1988)

Directed by David Zucker

An incredible police detective must save the life of the Queen of England!  

The Naked Gun is a very big hit-or-miss movie as are most outlandish parody films.  Fortunately, The Naked Gun hits more than it misses thanks in part to the great delivery by Leslie Nielsen, who plays Frank Drebin.  The best part of the film are the witty wordplay and plain silliness.  Some of the jokes are overdone; almost everything with O.J. Simpson is not so good.  

January132014
My favorite film from 2012.  Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 
A demanding film for the two main roles, Hushpuppy and Wink, played by Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry respectively.  Hushpuppy is a young, strong-willed girl living in the Bathtub, a community on the Louisiana delta, with her alcoholic and ill father, Wink.  Wink teaches his daughter through tough love, fueled partially by his drinking.  Many of their scenes have powerful emotions, primarily anger and empowerment.  Wallis is both fierce and sudden in her performance.  She can look menacing and independent but look like a frighten and lonely child soon after.  
I believe this film to be more about Hushpuppy and her internal struggle rather than one about the poverty in the delta area.  The film is not primarily about the people living in the area post-Katrina.  This is a look into the girl, as strongly hinted by the Beasts.  Her world has been shattered and coming apart.  Her father is dying.  Her home swept away.  She must face her fears (in the form of the Beasts) and her desires (of knowing her mother). The whole act on where she is taken to the bar/dance place is completely focused on her character and nothing else.   Beasts of the Southern Wild comes out as a fairy tale.  It is a beautiful film with a nice score and interesting camera work.  It feels lively, especially the opening act.  The poverty might be glorified but justified by the fairy tale allusion.  The beasts themselves support the idea of such a story.  
People complain about how awful of a parent Wink was; that the proper thing to do was to leave the Bathtub.  These people need to shut the fuck up.  People who complain about this, for some reason, believe they know how one should live, and this is what bothers me the most.  Deciding to stay in the Bathtub is not justifiable and neither is keeping your daughter in constant danger; however, not enough credit is actually given to Wink on how he has taught Hushpuppy to be independent and how he has taken care of her.  
8+

My favorite film from 2012.  Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 

A demanding film for the two main roles, Hushpuppy and Wink, played by Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry respectively.  Hushpuppy is a young, strong-willed girl living in the Bathtub, a community on the Louisiana delta, with her alcoholic and ill father, Wink.  Wink teaches his daughter through tough love, fueled partially by his drinking.  Many of their scenes have powerful emotions, primarily anger and empowerment.  Wallis is both fierce and sudden in her performance.  She can look menacing and independent but look like a frighten and lonely child soon after.  

I believe this film to be more about Hushpuppy and her internal struggle rather than one about the poverty in the delta area.  The film is not primarily about the people living in the area post-Katrina.  This is a look into the girl, as strongly hinted by the Beasts.  Her world has been shattered and coming apart.  Her father is dying.  Her home swept away.  She must face her fears (in the form of the Beasts) and her desires (of knowing her mother). The whole act on where she is taken to the bar/dance place is completely focused on her character and nothing else.   Beasts of the Southern Wild comes out as a fairy tale.  It is a beautiful film with a nice score and interesting camera work.  It feels lively, especially the opening act.  The poverty might be glorified but justified by the fairy tale allusion.  The beasts themselves support the idea of such a story.  

People complain about how awful of a parent Wink was; that the proper thing to do was to leave the Bathtub.  These people need to shut the fuck up.  People who complain about this, for some reason, believe they know how one should live, and this is what bothers me the most.  Deciding to stay in the Bathtub is not justifiable and neither is keeping your daughter in constant danger; however, not enough credit is actually given to Wink on how he has taught Hushpuppy to be independent and how he has taken care of her.  

8+

January122014

As annoying as it is seeing tumblr’s reaction to the Golden Globes are, reading the comments from facebook on the Golden Globes website is even worse.  

January92014

exquisitelyincomprehensible:

A new Short Term 12 trailer featuring actor Keith Stanfield’s amazing (and potentially Oscar-nominated) rap “So You Know What It’s Like.”

Everyone needs to go see this film. Seriously.

(via andreii-tarkovsky)

January62014
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25 Deadliest ActorsCheck out Business Insider’s 25 Deadliest Actors. Michael Clarke Duncan? Who knew??
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25 Deadliest Actors

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December312013



I have enjoyed the Final Destination series because of the neat concept behind it.  The first two are interesting enough and the third one is acceptable.  Having not seen the fourth one, I will only comment on how Final Destination 5 (2011) is shit.  
The acting is horrible of course.  The cinematography and all the technical aspects of film is not important.  Sadly every single death in this movie is completely disappointing and lazily designed.  The previous movies had some charm on their attempt to distract and twist how Death would come.  FD5 does this as well but very poorly.  The obvious gimmick of 3D is strong as there are way too many splats and pokes of guts and blood throughout the movie, which looks utterly like shit in 2D.    
3

I have enjoyed the Final Destination series because of the neat concept behind it.  The first two are interesting enough and the third one is acceptable.  Having not seen the fourth one, I will only comment on how Final Destination 5 (2011) is shit.  

The acting is horrible of course.  The cinematography and all the technical aspects of film is not important.  Sadly every single death in this movie is completely disappointing and lazily designed.  The previous movies had some charm on their attempt to distract and twist how Death would come.  FD5 does this as well but very poorly.  The obvious gimmick of 3D is strong as there are way too many splats and pokes of guts and blood throughout the movie, which looks utterly like shit in 2D.    

3

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