Posts Tagged ‘review’

Now It’s Just Getting Sad

Posted by Troy on 13th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

Hillary’s book is going to be little more than an object of ridicule.  I am of the mind that the Clintons are all about the payday.  If I was very cynical, I would say that she was purposefully making a total mockery of herself to sell books, as no one in their right might would read this drivel without the spectacle.  However, they read passages out of this book, and then Clinton supporters are forced to defend these near paranoid rantings and whole scale slander of Americans who disagreed with Hillary and even Democrats who didn’t do enough to get Her Majesty elected.

In an ideal world, the loser acts dignified.  They put themselves above the fray.  You shake hands and walk away and never speak of it again.  This allows your supporters to say “What REALLY happened was…” and they can feel free to insult any group or blame Russia or whatever.  However, she’s the one acting crazy, forcing her supporters into the role of defenders to things that they know are absolute bogus.  In the short-term, it’s awkward.  In the long-term, it drives these supporters away.  I hate to break it to Hillary, but she actually would have lost by a wider margin if the election were held today.  No one likes her.  The more you see of her, the less you like her (as I said at the beginning).  The way she is staying in the public eye, she will soon become one of the most hated people in America.  What she is doing is showing people why they are lucky she lost.

Long Live the Constitution!

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.

Iron Man 3

Posted by Troy on 4th May 2013 in Entertainment

Critics have panned this movie for being “joyless” and just crammed with action.  While I agree that this installment is much more serious than the previous movies, it felt right.  The last movie in a trilogy tends to be more serious, but there is still plenty of laughs, although some of the humor is a bit dark.  As far as the action goes, these fight scenes are some of the best choreographed and entertaining fights I have ever seen.  I also love how they handled the Mandarin as a villain.  I highly recommend this movie.  However, the 3D adds little or no effect to the movie.  As such, spare the expense unless you just love 3D.

The Avengers

Posted by Troy on 18th May 2012 in Entertainment

I liked it.

This movie is a roaring good time.  If you’re looking for a movie to change your life, this isn’t it.  If you’re looking for a movie with a moral or lesson.  This isn’t it.  The screenwriter tried to make a statement about freedom and subservience, but it really fell away.  I suppose the moral, if you must have one, is about coming together to battle a common enemy.   All that aside, there are laugh out loud moments, explosions, great special effects, and Scarlett Johansson in tight pants.  What more do you need?

Hunger Games

Posted by Troy on 30th March 2012 in Entertainment

Finally, a movie that lived up to its hype.

Unlike the other book series, which will remain nameless, this series appears to actually have very good plot and character development.  While there there a couple of “Say what?” moments in the movie (the biggest one being why anyone would form an alliance in a last man standing competition…particularly with the strongest guy on the field), it was a very well crafted story.

I don’t believe there is a cohesive political statement.  I would argue that it is merely a commentary of how human nature can degenerate to its baser instincts.  There is also some social commentary much in the way of the Time Machine by H.G. Wells, which was a populous book about the rich living off the poor until the poor (Morlocks) rise up and eat the rich.  Likewise, the rich in the capital city take great delight in watching the children of the poor battle to the death for their amusement.

Cliche message aside, Hunger Games is an excellent story and very entertaining.

The only question I have is…do we really need bio-engineered killer wasps?