Posts Tagged ‘Movie’

Dr. Strange – A review

Posted by Troy on 5th November 2016 in Entertainment

This was a typical Marvel movie with a blend of action and comedy.  This is meant as praise, not insult.  Marvel consistently does a good job in delivering highly enjoyable movies.

The story – Basically, this is a good hero story that blends in strong elements of mysticism (Pathways to Mastership come to mind).  If witches and wizards attract you, you will probably like this angle.  It is also highly philosophical (think Captain America series like Winter Soldier and Civil War).  Without getting too deep in the weeds, the main philosophical arguments would be such things as relativism, utilitarianism, and Denotology.  However, these topics are just in the background–ie, the characters are driven by different philosophies, but it’s not some boring ethics essay.

The visuals – Bar none, this is the most visually stunning movie I have ever seen.  The imagination to create these effects is astounding, and many of the elements plays perfectly in 3D.  Without a doubt, also the best 3D I’ve ever seen.  I won’t say anything else that may ruin any of the effects.

The costume/makeup – Typically, I don’t comment about this kinda stuff, but good job!  Google Dr. Strange and look at his outfit…this could have come off as corny, but they made it look very cool in the movie.  They also did a great job on the eye makeup of the villains.

The soundtrack – What little bits I noticed were great.  However, the story and action kept me too focused to tell much about it.

Casting – All the actors did a great job, but great job of  casting Benedict Cumberbatch.  One, he did a great job of acting, but he also looks a good deal like the comic book version, which is a plus.  His baritone voice also worked well with the character.

I am giving this 5-stars (which translates into ”Dude, you gotta see this movie.”).

Maleficent

Posted by Troy on 30th May 2014 in Entertainment

Better than Star Wars.

That’s the best way I can put it.  Without giving away the plot line and without spoilers, Maleficent accomplishes in an hour and 37 minutes what Star Wars attempted to do in 13 hours and 11 minutes.

Maleficent is romanticism at its finest.  A study in character, of morals and the flaws and the elegance of the human soul.  How that soul is forged and beaten and grows under the stress and fire of pain and conflict and of the beauty it can achieve.  The story is just incredible.

If you had asked me at lunch today, what my favorite movie was, I would have told you Cool Hand Luke.  Now?  Maleficent.  I cannot even think of another movie that even comes close to approaching this movie.

The soundtrack?  Seamless to the movie.  A perfect accompaniment.

I did not particularly care for the comic relief moments.  I understand why they are in there, both for the audience and for the storyline (the fairies bumbling along is a necessary element in the cause and effect chain).  However, it was a little overly-silly in a movie of such intense, raw emotion.

I was never a big fan, but Angelina Jolie BECAME Maleficent.  Physically and emotionally, she embodied the character.  She kept a raw emotion that kept me on the verge of tears for the vast majority of the movie.  I found a few moments with Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) that fell a little flat, but I think that only was because of the amazing bar set by Angelina Jolie (and the rest of the cast, truthfully, did amazing jobs with their roles).  I hesitate to even give that small detraction to the movie.  As I said, I think I wouldn’t have even commented on it except for the incredible job by all the other actors.

The only other detraction is they drew the climatic battle out a little longer than would have been true.  Battles are over in almost a blink of an eye.  However, this is a story, and a good battle scene is always welcome, so I forgive this blemish as just a bit of “storytelling.”

As far as 3D goes, it is worth it.  There are several segments that make it worth the premium.  However, the movie would not suffer for foregoing the 3D.  Worth the money, but you can let it go if you don’t want to pay for it.

Finally, I suppose I must comment about purists.  I am sure many purists will hold this movie up against Sleeping Beauty.  If it makes you feel any better, pretend that Sleeping Beauty is the legend that grew from what happened and Maleficent is the true story.  As William Wallace said in Braveheart, “History is written by those who have hanged heroes.”

The only Five Star rating I have ever given.

The Purge – Movie attacks 2nd Amendment

Posted by Troy on 9th June 2013 in Entertainment

What the?  I had no desire to see The Purge.  However, now I have the desire to tell others to skip this movie as well.  The director has come out and said that this movie is an attack on the NRA, that the government in the movie was replaced by an NRA type organization called the New Founding Fathers (a name a Tea Party group may have come up with).  So what would a Tea Party group do if they took over the government in 2022?  Obviously they would not try to instill some sort of Constitutional values regarding small government at the Federal level.  Instead, they would have a 12 hour period where everyone could commit a crime without fear of criminal prosecution.  Yes, that does sound like what they would do, wouldn’t it?  Makes sense…  I won’t go into the asinine point that police protection is provided by states and municipalities, not the Feds… but whatever.  Here’s where the premise of the movie breaks down: Do you not go out and rape and murder because you fear getting caught or because you are a moral person?  The fact of the matter is that the police could do NOTHING if the bulk of the people raised up at any one time.  Nor could the military, honestly.  In fact, one of the concepts of the movie is that the only crime is that you can’t kill a government official.  The NRA and Tea Party members would be the first to tell you that the Second Amendment is all about standing up to government officials.  This is the way this movie would go down in reality:  On the first day of 12 hours worth of legal crime, every law abiding citizen would arm themselves out of necessity.  Anyone trying to commit said crimes would be killed in the first day.  With the bulk of the neer-do-wells dead, all future legal crime days would be null and void because any surviving criminals would be too scared to commit a crime on that day and would wait for a regular day when most people were not so armed.  See how that works?  There would not be annual bouts where the good and decent people are killed by murderous bastards.  And, of course, this also assumes that the next day, you’d be perfectly willing to go about your life the same as you always had and not say, “Jim!  You bastard!  You raped my girlfriend!  Now you die!”  Which would happen all the time and no jury would convict you.  Again, the premise of the movie is absolutely retarded.  Hollywood continues to make attack after attack on our values.  According to Hollywood, the South is nothing but racist bigots, but why is it that every time I see racial police brutality, it’s in bloody California?  Hollywood has no problem making money off guns and violence and at the same time demonizes the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns.  They shove Cloud Atlas and other communist/liberal propaganda down our throats (not to mention anything by Michael Moore) and blackball movies like Atlas Shrugged or similar conservative styled documentaries.  Again, I would urge anyone that cares for their Second Amendment rights to avoid this movie.  First of all, it’s going to be stupid, but also because you should not reward Hollywood for trying to brainwash us against our own rights.

Long Live the Constitution!

Romney’s Tone

Posted by Troy on 12th September 2012 in Current Events, Political

The media is getting onto Romney for condemning the embassy for their whimpy announcement.  Quote:  ”We don’t like your tone, boy.”  Oooooh.  I don’t care if the announcement was made before the embassy was stormed.  It was an inappropriate announcement.  We are the United States of America.  We stand for Freedom of Speech, even if its bad speech.  I’ve seen the trailer for the anti-Muslim movie.  It really reminds me of a lot of movies lampooning Christianity, and yet, Christians don’t go around killing people.   What that announcement really said is, “Please don’t hurt us.  We’re sorry our freedom of speech offended you.  We’ll be quiet.  Just don’t hurt us.”  It’s weak and pathetic.  I would have rather every single person in that embassy died than to have released such a statement.  I am reminded of a History Channel show about Wake Island.  It was the first time the US Marines ever surrendered.   At the end of the show, the survivors stood around on the beach saying how glad they were to be alive, and one said, “We should have died on that island.”  There was uncomfortable silence.  The embassy is an extension of the government.  They put people in charge of the embassy.  What happens there is at the feet of the administration.  I hope Romney sticks to his guns.

Long Live the Constitution!

Thor – The Movie

Posted by Troy on 6th May 2011 in Entertainment

I highly recommend the movie, Thor.  Most everything about the movie was excellent.  The costumes, humor, action, and plot were all excellent, but I think the best thing regarding the movie was the character development.  The characters were handled excellently. 

For those unfamiliar with the character, Thor is basically Marvel’s Superman.  However, the character is rooted in Norse mythology.  Thor was the protector god that fought for the humans bravely against the forces of evil.  Superman was born out of the Fascist movement and fought against greedy businessmen and corrupt Union leaders (originally before getting the all-American makeover post WWII).

They keep Thor true to his roots, making him a good-natured jingoist.  Loki, the trickster, is also handled well.  The thing about these two archetypes is that they can easily become charactertures of themselves.  Thor would have a tendency to be the “I’ll save you!” type of hero and Loki would become the devil, basically.  However, the writers didn’t allow this to happen.  The characters all had a real depth to them.

It was a very entertaining movie.