Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I love a good James Bond movie. However, I started getting bored with the Pierce Brosnan movies. I really felt the series needed a change of direction. I always liked the classic films with Sean Connery playing Bond. As well, I remember thinking that when the Jason Bourne movies came out how much more entertaining and downright awesome they seemed to be.
I think the people behind Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace shared my view. When I first heard Daniel Craig was to be the new Bond, I was skeptical. I knew of him as an actor but he was too rugged looking for me to accept him as a smooth talking 007. I realized, that was exactly the point. Casino Royale was an awesome movie. It was a bit long for my liking but I really appreciated the story line of a new upgrading an agent to double O status.
Quantum Of Solace started at the point right where Casino Royale ended. This movie was badass. Any action film fan would enjoy it. I think it worked on many levels, including as a James Bond movie. There's something about Daniel Craig's version of Bond that reminds me of classic Connery. Yet, it also infuses a more contemporary James Bond as well.
My one gripe with the movie was the sticking with the issue of Vesper from the previous film. I think I understand why they did it. To show the arc of the new James Bond in learning the rules of the road and keeping his emotional instability at bay. Still...it seemed a bit tiresome at points.
All in all, though, this movie had everything a James Bond fan would want. There was no Q. I'm wondering if there will ever be the Q character. Besides that, there were the sleek fast cars, the hot Bond women, enough action to satisfy any action fan, and the classic flavor of the Bond series is still there.
I'd give it 4 1/2 out of 5.
Oh....and I can't get enough of the theme song either.
As I mentioned in the last blog post, I've been slacking off on the reviews. I went and saw W. the week it came out which was I believe the week before the election. I'm just getting around to writing about it now.
I enjoyed this movie. The one thing I went to see was Josh Brolin's performance. I'm sure a lot of people were on the same page. Much like the movie Ray, or Walk The Line, I was wanting to see this actor portray this larger than life individual who is still our president. I say "larger than life" the way I would to describe a cartoon character. It's not meant really to be complementary or insulting.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie. The thing I found was that it didn't seem as much to be a partisan leaning message trying to sway the audience one way or the other. It really came off like a life story, in a sense, of this interesting character. Dare I even say, I found myself actually liking the guy towards the middle of the movie. I felt empathetic towards him. I found myself wondering if this is actually what it was really like. If our President is really like this. I felt sorry for him.
Josh Brolin's performance was amazing. And once again....we have a review of a movie that has Elizabeth Banks in it. Marry me, Ms Banks!
James Cromwell played George HW Bush. I wasn't too sold on it. He did well but I just wasn't sold on him being Bush Sr.
The movie does have a great cast. Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell. The three, though, who stand out as a casting job very well done were Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice, Toby Jones as Karl Rove, and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney. Seriously...Richard Dreyfuss's portrayal of Dick Cheney was uncanny.
I'd suggest anyone go see this movie. It was enjoyable. Very much a character study of modern times.
I'd give it 3 1/2 stars.
Ok. I've been kinda slacking off on the reviews here. I went and saw Zach And Miri Make A Porno almost a month ago and I've been meaning to write a little blurb about it. I have no excuses. I've just been slacking off I guess.
Anyway, this movie blew away the expectations I had for it. It was much funnier than I was expecting it to be. Mind you, I've already decided I'll see any Seth Rogan movie. I've also decided Elizabeth Banks is going to be my future wife.
Yes, it's a Kevin Smith movie so off the bat, I knew it would be enjoyable. It was more than that. Dirty humor all around. What I didn't expect was the underlying love story and that gave the movie more depth and story arc to enjoy on more than just the superficial dirty joke level.
There was one scene in particular that I think stole that show and that was the scene between Justin Long and Brandon Routh (the short lived new Superman). This scene was fucking brilliant. I won't give any spoilers. You'll see what I mean. Just go see it.
If I had stars, it'd get 4.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Eagle Rock, California's Pollen Botanical Design Studio's got a new online community. It's still in the process of being finalized but anyone who's interested, click the link and maybe even join if you'd like.
Pollen Botanical Design
Friday, November 07, 2008
The following story has been taken from www.iconsoffright.com....
Could it be?! Variety is reporting that "Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in early discussions to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-Park's cult classic OLDBOY." The article states that Dreamworks is in the process of securing the remake rights for distribution through Universal.
"In the 2003 Korean original, a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he's released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge.
Spielberg had been looking for an opportunity to make a film with Smith, who would play the kidnapped man if all the pieces fall into place. Spielberg is looking for a writer to begin the development process."
Seriously...I've already said I would pretty much go see any movie Will Smith does. I mean, I did see Hancock. I just watched this trailer for Seven Pounds.
So yeah....that looks promising and I'll see it.
The idea of remaking Oldboy gives me pause but I'll give it consideration if Spielberg and Smith stay attached to it and it actually happens. For those who haven't seen Oldboy, I highly suggest watching it. It's a pretty fucked up movie and part of the cult classic Vengeance trilogy.
This right here is one of the best, if not THE best scene in the film.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Anyone who knows me well, knows I'm big on the Blues. Especially the music that existed during the 1920s to 1950s. The Chitlin Circuit era. I saw the trailer above and damn near flipped. Two of my all time favorite blues musicians Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf are being portrayed in it. Beyonce looks like she does a great job as Etta James. Even Mos Def playing Chuck Berry....I mean damn!
I saw this trailer and now I can't stop listening to my collection of Blues.
So until then, I will tide myself over with these.
John Lee Hooker
Big Mama Thornton
...Yeah Tupac....we now seem to be ready to have a black president.
As soon as Barack (we're on a first name basis, he emails me) clenched it on Tuesday, the first thing I thought about was that song Tupac put out.
But seriously. Wow. It hasn't completely sunk in yet. I went to the Democratic Headquarters in my neighborhood for bbq catering, beer, and to watch the results come in on the big screen. They had the timing wrong slightly because a minute after they announced the food was ready and everyone crammed themselves into the poor excuse of a structured line, the Presidency was announced for Obama. I missed the announcement!
My response was, as I was in line on the other side of the building was 'Really? Already? Wow!'.
It was amazing, almost surreal. I felt like I should have been jumping and screaming but I found myself sitting there, once I got back to my seat with my food, with a huge smile on my face.
So that was great. That IS great. What isn't great is this Proposition 8 bullshit. I mean....we have broken down a major wall of intolerance and discrimination in nominating our first black president only to find another wall which stops people from getting married. I just don't get it.
I mean, I get the argument. I understand the opposing view point in the extent that I'm not an idiot. But I don't get it and don't understand the underlying prejudices that comes with the passing of the Proposition.
One step forward, one step back.
Re-Open Prop 8
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Today, started at 4:30pm Pacific Time, one of my favorite comedians Patton Oswalt will be live blogging on Comedy Central's Indecision 2008 Blog.
I will probably miss this, but I'm looking forward to reading the archive.
For those who are interested, and who wouldn't be...really....
According To Patton