Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sabotage (this is actually real)

Sabotage (this is actually real)
Yep, this is actually a thing. I heard the funny podcast discussing this movie over at We Hate Movies, and I died laughing at the notion of this movie. This Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is a part of his post governor career, so you know it is bad. I don't think Arnold is at the Nic Cage stage if career yet, but he's getting there.
Given that the movie received 19% on RT and the movie only made 17 million worldwide, I have to see this piece of shit. The wiki says the budget was 35 million, ouch. Remember when just Arnold's name above a title made it a hit? Not anymore. 
  Another funny thing is the movie went through a lot of title changes and release dates. Ten, Breacher, and then Sabotage.
Strangely enough, it is based on an Agatha Christie novel. (WTF?) It would seem someone from the Christie camp doesn't want anyone to know this movie is based on the book. I can't find much on the connection from official channels. I really don't see the connection but when you search “And Then There Were None” and Arnold together, you get Sabotage. That's just an odd connection.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Her (2013)

Her (2013)
Wow, I really like this movie a lot. I generally don't like love or romantic stories, but this movie is a charming and unique take on a romantic tale. What would happen if someone fell in love with an AI, and I mean truly fell in love? This movie explores that. Yes, there are some creepy moments here and there with the relationship. The movie is sweet and a little strange in that Spike Jonze type of way.
Joaquin Phoenix's character is a professional letter writer. One day, he downloads a new operating system. The system links up with his personality and forms a female voice. Voiced perfectly by Scarlett Johansson. The OS goes by Samantha. The actual OS is an AI and the two of them fall in love.
Phoenix is great as a dull guy that keeps to himself, however he is extremely good at conveying letters. While his character is strange, there is a sense of warmth to him. I actually believe he would fall in love with a voice. I really like Joaquin as an actor because he seems to always give it his all.
Johansson does an outstanding job with her witty voice and I damn near fell in love with her. What's interesting is Johansson wasn't the original voice of Samantha. Samantha Morton did the voice on set for the actors and actually did a recording for the movie. Later, Spike Jonze recast her with Johansson. I think it was a smart decision.
The other thing about the movie is there are bigger themes going on behind the scenes with the OS (AI). Samantha isn't merely an OS, she is actually a learning and feeling AI that wants to expand her knowledge and creates artwork. Later as the story progresses, we learn that other OS are expanding their knowledge and outlook on the world. It gets a little metaphysical in the last part of the third act and there's even a twist. This twist sort of turns their relationship on it head that's for sure.
I really like how the movie discusses what it is to be human. The movie says that perhaps it is our knowledge and memories that make us human more than just a collection of blood cells and skin. Can two people from different plans of existence really fall in love? Can we really fall in love with a voice? And, the movie goes into deeper into these meaning as the movie progresses, with a few creepy and funny moments thrown in. It is also refreshing to see people willing to be open to an AI having a relationship. OS and AI types seem to be the norm in this future.
As quirky as he is, Spike Jonze is in top form with the writing and directing. This is nice little movie that tricks you into a deeper meaning of love and life that wouldn't be possible in a normal romance story. Cool little movie, Jonze.
Grade: B+


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sports Illustrated Football Phone

Sports Illustrated Football Phone

I remember watching these ads for SI and having the commercials reveal that if you subscribed to their magazine, which I wouldn't, you'd get a free “Football Phone”. Wow, a phone that looks like a dumb football. “It's a football that happens to be a phone.” Does that mean sports fans are automatically lured to it? To me, it looks like a turd with numbers on it, but I am not a sports fan or a SI fan. 
  Now, if you would have given me this as a friend or girlfriend, I'd might consider you a new enemy.
I guess in the age of apps and super phones, SI no longer sells or give these things out. Since they don't make these anymore, I actually have to explain to people the concept of the football phone when I reference it.
Now, a hamburger phone seems practical. 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

M. Night Shyamalan really hates critics...(Lady in the water)

M. Night Shyamalan really hates critics...(Lady in the water)
This is not clever and Joss Whedon does it better. I was listening to a podcast and this scene came up in the discussion.  I shake my head when ever I see this scene on TV.
MKS really has a major ego problem doesn't he? This is one of those scenes that pretty much shows you just how sensitive he is about criticism and it shows you the major problems with his writing style.
First, the critic has to explain everything that is going on in the scene...to us. Why? He almost looks at the camera and explains the cliches and the tropes involved in a horror scene. He does all this deadpan voice too. Not everything has to be explained in dialogue, M Knight. It is a visual medium too. Isn't this creature only interested in the Lady in the Water?  Why eat him?  
Second, M Knight hates critics so much that he breaks the rules of his own movie logic in order to kill off the character that represents all movie criticism. In the context of this movie, why was this character killed off. I love how MKS positions the critic as one of the worst people in the movie.
There comes a point when you either ignore criticism (Bay) or you improve on your craft. Bay may make shitty movies, but he knows his audience and he knows how to please that group. MKS seems to have completely alienated his early fans and he's suffering because of it.  At this point, studios would rather not put his name on their movies!
Listen to this interview. This guy has huge ego!  I love how he tries position himself away from North American critics.

Random Stuff

Random Stuff
~Gym Time: I joined a fitness gym in order to keep my body in shape for by biking in the warmer seasons. I use the various bikes to keep my legs in shape. I have to say the women in the gym are freaking amazing. I mean very very strong and hot. While I'm more of a cute girl type of guy, these women are amazing too. BTW, it is a 24 hour gym. 
 ~Heroes and X-Files are coming back: I keep reading about all these network shows coming back to life. Back in the day, I'd be happy to see some of my favorite genre shows coming back from death. However, today I feel like this is the last breath of the four network formats that are now failing with reality shows and shitty contest specials for has-been actors. Now that's not working for them, they're bringing back some of their drama shows from the past (hits from the past). Heroes Reborn will not have Zachary Quinto returning.
X-files already attempted a revival with that lame movie that came out a few years ago. It was very boring and uninteresting. Sadly, the show was a product of the 90s and probably. Why relive it again? 
Is anyone asking for a X-Files or Heroes stories? They both left a bad taste in our collective mouths.  
 ~Google Suggested...Kim Kardashian: I keep getting Kim as a suggestion. I honestly don't know why. I guess I did some searches for her way back on her “rocky” marriage. Besides her ass, I really don't NOTHING interesting about her. And, I see her a horrible person. She is someone with zero talent, but acts like she has something to offer to people. Heck, I feel bad for even Kanye West because he has to be around this “fame whore” 24/7. However, he made his dicison. I do get a kick out of the fact that I get these suggestions. 

 ~James Holmes Trial: Man, I hope this asshole spends the rest of his life in a Max prison, because I am sure he won't get death. Remember, this asshole killed 12 people. He also wounded 7o folks in the attack. 70! These people just wanted to go to the theater and watch a movie and this f'er decided ruin everyone's lives. Jury Selection is happening right now.
~BTW, I have never been called for jury duty my entire life...ever. On the other hand, my mother has served twice on a jury. WTF?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Yee vs Copy That

Yee vs Copy That
When memes combine, they become stronger more powerful.
Has anyone found this “Copy That” guy and interviewed him? 
Copy that.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your sign is offensive (Mark-Mark-Mark)

Your sign is offensive (Mark-Mark-Mark)
In this video, no one wins. First off, kid should know he was just manipulated into acting out. This is what these guys do. They put out offensive and demeaning signs in order to get reaction out of someone that is hyper sensitive. They record it and post it making you look like the asshole. They then hide behind free speech. When I see these asshats on campus, I just walk pass them and ignore them. When they hand me shit, I promptly throw it in the trash in front of them.
Here's the thing, they have that right. If you want to get back at them, make a counter protest or mock-protest right beside them and have your own camera guys recording. You fight ignorance with parody.
Second, Mark-Mark-Mark should have never grabbed him (?) by the neck and thrown him to the ground either. That was going way overboard. He seems a bit too overzealous with throwing that squeaking kid around. I thinks he enjoys it a little too much.
Kid, if that pig squeal is your battle cry, you're not going to scare anyone. It sounds more like you're taking a poop than attacking someone.
-Double Middle fingers: That means business.
-“Take a hike”: Is this the 50s?
-“Your sign is offensive. It's hate speech. It provokes assault.”: This is something all minorities need to understand. Just because someone calls you something racial, sexist, or homophobic doesn't give you the right to “pop off”. When people know what buttons to push by using these words, it GIVES them power over you. And, you will be the ones going to jail...not them.
If it offends you, challenge them with a smarter and better argument. Better yet, don't let them bother. It should be the haters that have a problem with you, and not the other way around. But to try to rip the sign from them or attack them is completely wrong.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chris Brown concert shooting

Chris Brown concert shooting
Did you notice how fast that area was cleared out when the shots were fired? Holy crap. I hate Chris Brown, but if you pay for ticket you should expect the violence to attack you. I'm almost sure you can see one woman shot and holding her wound right after the gunshots. 
This is f'ed up
There's always some assholes that are going to ruin shit by shooting people.
BTW, five people were shot in the incident. And, it appears Chris Brown's probation has been revoked after the shootings. This is the second shooting he's been mixed up in. 

Who's $%#@ This is?

Who's $%#@ This is?
She went all "flip mode" on his ass.
Yes, I hate these thugs, which you can clearly see he has a sag going on and the loud talking. I hate these types of people in the gaming and black communities. Someone had to remind me I hate thugs almost as much as hipsters. And, he didn't need to stand up and act like a clown during the VG battle. I hate most showboating except for the kind that goes on in wrestling. I hate the jive talking and the over the top wild-ing out.
However, Offended Woman going “beast” on ShinBlade is way over the line. You have no right to grab another grown person and try to force them to sit down. So what he offends you. That's basically attacking someone. Tell him to STFU, but you don't attack him.  
ShinBlade actually handles himself rather well in the incident, because he only grabs her to stop her from forcing him down. He showed a lot of restraint in dealing with this offended woman. Things could gotten very racial and bad if he had laid a fist on her. And, you better believe the police would have shown up and he  would have been beaten and gone to jail. Make no mistake.  I against domestic and abuse against women, but there will always be a racial factor when it comes to this sort of thing. You have to be careful.
This video has been blowing up lately. 
I don't think this has a SJW slant to it as some are trying to make it. I think this was more personal with a scattering of social disorders thrown in for good measure. I think there is something more going on with this woman than what see and hear here. I think she was offended because she hates these type of “cooler” people joining in the nerd/geek's pastimes. I think all that came boiling to the surface with her grabbing him and trying to get him to sit down.  I am not sure why she thought she'd get a friendly response in return?  
And, I really am bothered by the dudes that start yelling “Disqualifying him!” Uh, why? He's not the one that touched her. She attacked him, but there seems to be some people that switch gears and start telling that out, as if she needs defending.  
By the way, she literally came out of nowhere and grabbed him like she was in the WWE. And, she moved in like a ninja.  That's probably why he looks so utterly confused.
BTW, I love the cup guy.  He's more worried about losing his drink than everything that's going on around him. 



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Star Wars Droids

 Star Wars on TV has come a long way from the 80s. After Return of the Jedi, Lucas wanted to branch out the franchise with the Ewoks and the Droids. He made them into Saturday morning cartoon shows.  This show only lasted one season and one special.  I guess they ended it because the cost of making the each episode was pretty high for the time. 
The episodes are comprised of different story blocks (with different masters for the droids). There is strong continuity between the episodes in these blocks building to a larger story at the end of the block. The droids then switch to another story and new masters.
The animation and style designs are different than what we've seen from all the Post Prequels. Truth be told, all the animated spinoffs from newer era are WAY better than these early cartoon show.  The writing in the newer shows are geared toward an older audience, plus these newer shows aren't afraid of showing death.   
The Droids and Ewok cartoons were for kids like myself at the time.  And, I really loved the Droids episodes.  
I hate the comedic shit the droids get into in each episode and C3P0 is really annoying. Every episodes has these goofy moments where R2 and C3P0 get into trouble and it is usually bad. Man, I hate C3P0. These “humorous” moments are clear indications where the franchise was going. The Droids are side characters where their masters (which I've always had a problem with) are the main stars of the episodes.  The droids just get mixed up in it. 
However, I still enjoyed these cartoons more than the Ewok cartoons and live Ewok movies because it still felt like it was part of the overall SW universe. I also liked they showed us the underside of the SW universe with all the bounty hunters and mobsters.
-The animation and style does tend to change each episode. This is also a problem in the early Batman TAS. Sometimes, it is rather striking how different the styles and colors are from episode to episode.
-The Empire kind of takes a backseat in these stories. It is a prequel to Episodes 4-6, but clearly the Empire is in power. However, it seems all these stories are set outside of the Empire's central control. They do show up from time to time as the bad guys though.
-There is a lightsaber appearance: I totally forget about that. Basically, some Jedi left his saber in a speeder and the hero in the first storyline kept it. It was kind of a cool reference.
-R2 break dances in one episode 
 Wait, is that Commander Will Riker?  Holy Shit, it is Riker.  Who knew there was a Trek/Wars crossover!  For real, he does look too much like S2 Will Riker. 
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