R E V I E W S

 

Personal opinion on all forms of media,

from moving images to the written word.

Watching the Watchmen

Journal - Reviews

March 07, 2009

Watchmen

Movie Review

Watchmen 

 

After originally seeing the trailer for the Watchmen, I understood immediately that this was not going to be a movie about the Watchmen, it was going to be a tribute to the Watchmen comic, and upon finally seeing it, I believe it succeeded in doing just that.

 

The one thing the Watchmen comic book is known for, is that it has a lot of recognition: the only comic book to win a Hugo award, The only comic to be put on Time Magazine's best 100 novels of the 20th century, and overtly loved by comic geeks everywhere. This is primarily what the movie has going for it as well.

 

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Body Slamming Your Mind

Journal - Reviews

January 17, 2009

The Wrestler

Movie Review

The Wrestler

 

There is a certain connection to Mickey Rourke that I sat down with when watching the Wrestler. It is probably because of the ad campaigns and the awards and the buzz that has surrounded the movie. I've never once seen a trailer or even a frame of the movie before seeing it, but I've seen dozens of photos of Mickey Rourke since it's release.

 

Because of this, from the beginning, I sat there waiting for the other shoe to drop. Our introduction to the character is entirely from behind. Following him through his his life as we literally peer voyeuristically over his shoulder. Life does not look comfortable for this character, and this character is Mickey Rourke, so when is he going to stop acting nice and tear someone's head off?

 

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The Death of a Comic Book, Not Necessarily its Hero

Journal - Reviews

December 19, 2008

Batman: R.I.P.

Comic Book Review

Batman: R.I.P.

 

When Grant Morrison first came on to write the Batman title, I was very excited. Though hit or miss, I am overall a fan of his writing. At this point, I was riding high on his superbly executed run on All Star Superman with Frank Quietly. That story line, to me, really showed off Morrison's talent for bringing together historically esoteric concepts behind a character, with true love for their role in the greater story.

 

This, unfortunately, is where Batman R.I.P. goes awry. As a set up to this story arc, the preceding stories Morrison wove in the Batman title drew out antiquated characters that had been long forgotten in the canon of the Batman. It is fun to see a little side story about the 'Club of Heroes' -- Essentially a united nations of Batman impersonators. But when you attempt to tie them into the main story arch of Batman and his struggle with confronting his own demise, it becomes silly and very apparent why these characters had been intentionally swept under the rug.

 

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Get Milk

Journal - Reviews

December 14, 2008

Milk

Movie Review

Milk

 

Gus Van Sant's telling of the first openly gay elected politician in America is virtually a love poem to cinema.

 

Milk is an overview of the life of Harvey Milk, who was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in the 1970s. The mere fact that the story, and essentially the life, of Harvey Milk begins on his 40th birthday is a fascinating enough fact to see this movie. But when you see how even handedly he handled the multi cultural groups he represented politically, and how ham fisted he handled his personal relationships, it brings interesting perspective to the man who rose and fell so fast.

 

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Slashing + Singing: Together at last

Journal - Reviews

November 28, 2008

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Movie Review

Repo! The Genetic Opera

 

When I first heard of Repo! The Genetic Opera, it was through an invitation to go see it from someone I know who worked on it. It didn't have a big Hollywood premier, so there was a little cast and crew gathering at one of the shows when it opened on that friday night.

 

Walking into the theater, I saw a movie poster for it, and that was the first image or any real exposure to the film I'd had. I'd never heard of it. Never saw a trailer. A commercial. Didn't read a review. Didn't hear any of its music. It's music is a significant statement, because unexpectedly, it was a musical. And not just a musical, but an OPERA. There aren't any spoken lines in the entire movie. It's all singing!

 

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One More.... Reason to Hate Quesada

Journal - Reviews

October 15, 2008

The Amazing Spider Man: One More Day

Comic Book Review

The Amazing Spider Man: One More Day

 

If there were a hall of fame for the worst creative ideas in the history of human culture, this would certainly make the top 10.

 

The gist of the story is that Peter Parker's Aunt May has been shot. He isn't able to do anything to save her, and she is going to die. But wait! Mephisto, evil demon, has an offer. 

 

Mephisto will save Aunt May's life, but only if Peter and his true love, Mary Jane, agree to undo having ever met. Having never met, they will never fall in love and never get married. They will wake up never having been aware that they had ever had a life together. Everything will be different and they will be none the wiser.

 

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Escaping to Reality

Journal - Reviews

December 13, 2007

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

Podcast Review

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

www.theskepticsguide.org

 

What is a skeptic? It's someone who is skeptical. What are they skeptical of? Anything that isn't or cannot be proven. Skeptical subgroups are atheists, scientists, physicians, and  mentalists, but they cover a broad and mostly vague social component.

 

It sometimes comes as a surprise to a lot of people that skeptics yearn to find others of a similar mind, and that it's not necessarily an easy prospect because they find themselves as an intellectually curious minority. This is where the podcast, 'the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe' comes in!

 

The SGU is put on by the New England Skeptical Society, which is head by neurologist Dr. Stephen Novella. He hosts a round table of 'rogues' who discuss science news, attack pseudo-science, and lead interviews with guest skeptics such as Adam Savage of Myth Busters or Teller of Penn & Teller magic fame.

 

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We All Scream for Strings

Journal - Reviews

October 17, 2004

Team America

Movie Review

Team America

 

This movie is so mind-bendingly funny that the care in production values almost doesn't seem to fit. Who would put so much time, money, and effort into the flawless execution of a low brow movie staring marionettes?

 

In the style of the 1960s British television classic, 'Thunderbirds', it is an international action adventure all shot with horrifyingly articulate puppets, with no intention of hiding the strings.

 

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Revisionist History of the Star Wars Universe

Journal - Reviews

October 09, 2004

Star Wars Original Trilogy DVDs

DVD Review

Star Wars: the Original Trilogy

 

We've all seen the Star Wars movies time and time again, but the new DVDs released are literally a sight to behold. Of course, the main problem with them is that they are released as the 'Special Edition' that was released in theaters back in the mid 90s. Not only that, but the revisionist history continues with even further changes to the films that, for the most part are completely unnecessary. I'm not saying that Lucas doesn't have the right to do whatever the hell he wants to his films. I'm just saying that it was not a good idea to do so.

 

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Sky Captain and the World of HOLY SHIT!

Journal - Reviews

September 21, 2004

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Movie Review

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

 

When I first saw the trailer for Sky Captain, my reaction was, 'that could be the greatest 20 minute movie ever made'. It was inconceivable to me that a film that was so highly stylized, and relied so much on special effects could hold together for an hour and a half.

 

Well, let me tell you, not only does it hold together like an ass suffering from the stomach flue, It so relentlessly delivers jaw dropping images that it is almost exhausting. The latter is a lot to say, in this day and age. To compare it to much more high budget fare like Star Wars Episode 1 or 2, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy is almost unfair, because neither of those franchises comes close to capturing the epic excitement that Sky Captain does.

 

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