Saturday, August 29, 2015

James Horner RIP

James Horner RIP

From The Hollywood Reporter, ((James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
Horner was piloting a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. ))
I was in shock to hear he died and it happened in a plane crash. That's messed up. I know he hasn't been on my radar for a while, but he is a part of my pop culture history. Behind Williams and Goldsmith, there was Horner. Elfman sort of took his spot for a while though. But, Horner did some amazing things with music in the 80s. You knew his sound and his chords.
As a child, I would sit through the end credits of Star Trek II and III that were on those old VHS tapes. Horner's music would be come out of that old mono speaker on that old wood-encased TV. And, I loved listening to Horner's sweeping and action-packed score for both of these movies. His trek scores had a different sound than the music in the Star Wars movies.
I loved those scores.
In some ways, his scores for the trek movies were a departure from the beautiful yet slowing moving score from Goldsmith for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Goldsmith had that sense of wonder whereas Horner's stuff was action based. However, Horner did an interesting thing. He paid tribute to TMP and Goldsmith by including the famous blaster beam in both of Horner's scores.
I think Horner sort of got into a runt and pattern. He started to completely recycle his own music for his newer scores. Sometimes note for note. I wasn't the only one that complained about his self-offs. I felt it came to a head with his score to the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. It was a boring mess and Sony sort of agreed with me and brought in Zimmer for the second one.
Take a listen...
Horner had talent, but he seemed to phone it in his later years. However. It doesn't take away from his entire career. RIP. I could only wish I had that legacy to leave behind.
~Aliens was another good score by him. Again, he used elements from Goldsmith's Alien movie, but made it his own. I heard he had a lot of trouble on that one and the pressure was really unbearable. They even threaten to fire him but they didn't.
~Zorro movies: I love the scores to these two movies. It even has the sound of someone stepping across a wooden floor. He sort of used portions of this score in other movies, which is a shame.
~Troy: It had a good score for the most part. They brought in Horner after they rejected the original score. I forgot the other composers name, but the old score was very nice, but Horner's quick replacement isn't too shabby though. However, he is using some of his copy and paste action cues and themes throughout.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wait, Even Jared has a damn book...

I've spent probably a good ten years trying to get a book off the ground. I truly dreamed of having my name on the cover of an epic novel (in a series). A few years ago I came to the conclusion that wasn't going to happen. However, it still hurts that dream never came to be.
So, it always bothers me that some “famous” people get book deals, but have never wrote or tried create a manuscript. Because these guys were famous, they would get great book deals.
Due to the recent reveal in the news, guess who has a book, but is one of the worst people in the world?
Jared from Subway...

And, the name of this piece shit book is Jared, the Subway Guy: Winning Through Losing: 13 Lessons for Turning Your Life Around and it came out back in 2006. I guess it is more focus on the Losing portion now in his life.
And from the Amazon page, ((Jared Fogel was, is, and will continue to be America's weight loss icon. As an obese college student in Indiana he lost 245 pounds on a self-devised diet of Subway sandwiches. Since 2000, he has appeared thousands of times on national television as the spokesperson for Subway's Eat healthy Platform; and he's slated to continue in this role indefinitely. In fact, Subway worried that he might be getting overexposed and decided to discontinue him. Sales fell off. Jared was quickly rehired. But to keep him from being overexposed, Subway's program runs Jared for six or eight weeks every three months. ))
I'm sure now Subway would have dumped him a long time ago.  
Basically, the entire book is just a bunch of lies, given that he is total sexual predator.
Oh, and guess who else has a bunch of books, but is a piece of shit too? 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So Hot, you hot

So Hot, you hot
Every time I see this commercial on at the Planet Fitness gym I laugh. I've probably see it a hundred times. They play it on the Planet Fitness channel. Here's the kicker, the version they play on their channel is edited. Because I love women, they edited out all the ass shots in the channel version, rhus making the channel version less offensive. So, every time you see their wonderful backsides, it is cut out of the broadcast versions.
I can only hope most women locker rooms are like this. They sit in their underwear and comment how hot they are. One can dream. BYW, there are women that look like this in my gym, but I don't think they do this though.
The woman in the yellow top is model Illya Biederman (Via youtube comments). The blond is Amanda Landry

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Theodore Rex

This movie is legendary in its sheer crappiness. How can you make cop drama from a Dino and cop pairing together? Nothing good can come from this. And, it turns out it went straight to video with a near 40 million dollar budget.
Everyone has talked about this movie and I mean everyone.
The studio forced Whoopi into doing this piece of shit movie. They threatened to sue her if she didn't appear. So, she showed up to set unhappy. And, you can tell she is not happy about appearing in the movie. You can see it in every scene. And, why dress Whoopi in tight biker pants? 
And, yes, I watched this movie all the way through when it came out on video. I couldn't how bad this movie really is. I can't believe I sat through this movie, but can't finish movies like Dumb and Dumber To or The Room.
-Darker version of the script: One of the people behind the production says the script was much darker than what it turned out to be. Plus, that script was called T-Rex.
-The lead human (Whoopi's character) was supposed to be a white guy: They needed a mega star, so they changed the role to female and asked Whoopi to be in the movie because she was huge star at the time. Whoopi claimed she never agreed to appear in the film and the studio sued her for 20 million. Ouch. Things got really ugly.
-Whoopi was pissed entire time after she was forced to do the movie. She called one guy “MF'er” the whole time. Damn.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

So, we get a reboot of the old school TMNT franchise. This time it is under the guidance of Michael Bay's studio. It does tend to pay tribute to the other versions of the Turtles while having its own vision. However, like other Bay's projects, the script has some major issues with some strange plot points. TMNT is a highly flawed movies, but it isn't total train wreck. 
 I actually like the use of the lore from earlier versions of the turtles.
We had a fully animated CGI movie from the early 2000s. And, that movie was tied to the live action movies from the 80s. The new movie uses a lot of stuff from the old cartoon show, such as April O'Neil working as a TV anchor. Plus they throw in all the pizza jokes you can handle. However, there are elements from the old movies used in this remake too. Splinter is merely a mutated rat and not a human turned into a rat such as it is depicted in the cartoon show.

Despite what critics say, there are some really good things about the movie.

I liked the interactions between the turtles. Each one has a personally, which was lacking in the first cartoon series. You get the feeling they really are brothers in this movies. Plus, each turtle has a unique look which sets them apart from the other ones. They are dressed differently and have completely different body shapes. I love this a lot and I wished the old cartoon took this route.

The CGI ranges from bad to pretty good. However, the Turtles are animated very well. And, they look outstanding. I think they did a better job with CGI than the recent Transformers movie. However, the CGI humans are terrible. Sometimes when the CGI creatures interact with humans, the humans turn into CGI models and it looks bad.

However, the problems really outweigh the positives aspects.

The script is horrendous. While I am not asking for a masterpiece, I do want the script to make some sense within its own universe. It falls apart with the logic behind the villains plot. So, the bad guys want to infect the world and make money off of the cure, which the turtle have in their blood stream.

It doesn't make much sense. Now, what was their plan anyway?

And, then there is Megan Fox. Everything you hated about her in the Transformers movies is right here in front for TMNT. Fox either can't act or just doesn't give a crap. He dull line reading just pulls you out of the story and clearly she is just eye candy and nothing more. April O'Neil, in some versions, is a very active character and knew how to handle a sword. Plus she is a scientist. Here, they try their best to bring April into the Turtles lore by making her important factor in their creation, but it feels shoehorned.

With Megan Fox's acting taking down the movie notch and the script being poorly written, there is another problem in the form of Shredder. I kept hearing that William Fichtner was supposed to be the Shredder, and he was supposed to be the main villain. However, I heard something happened during filming and they split Shredder and into two separate characters. This was allegedly done late in the filming, and it feels that way too. The Shredder seems to be an after thought.

William Fichtner gets to play another bad guy that who is a second fiddle to another bigger villain just like The Lone Ranger. Actually, Eric Sacks is just a cleaner version of Butch Cavendish from Lone Ranger. I like Fichtner as an actor, but he's just a poor villain.

From Arrested Development, Will Arnett does have an extensive role. He plays the friend zone guy that is in love with April O'Neil. He's not very funny in this thing and is clearly trying to pull out a laugh from a weak script. He supposed to be the comic relief, but it doesn't really work in the same manner as those comedic characters in the TF movies.

While Bay didn't direct this, his tropes are all over this. However, Jonathan Liebesman directed this thing. There really isn't anything that stands out as being his work, and it feels like a Bay movie than anything else without all the stereotypes.

The Turtles are great characters and fun to watch. Each one has defining characteristic. They all look different and interesting. Yet, the movie has some serious plot flaws in the form of the two villains and their overall plot to destroy the world. Megan Fox is terrible as usual and has no business in the movie. The movie isn't as bad as some critics and fans claim. I say you can see the movie just for the Turtles and nothing more.

Grade: C-

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flash: Prison Break (backdoor crossover)

Flash: Prison Break (backdoor crossover)
As I watched one of the recent Flash episodes, two actors came on screen together that looked familiar. 
Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are playing Captain Cold and Heat Wave. And, smiled and thought, That's some clever casting. They played brothers on Prison Break, which is coming back in some form.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Keegan Key's half brother is...

So, I was listening to Pete Holmes' You Made It Weird podcast and Keegan Key was on the show. Keegan mentioned that he had a famous half brother that worked into comic books that he discovered later in life. Keegan said that his brother worked for Marvel and DC and was one of main people to bring minorities into DC. He then mentioned that his half-brother passed away in 2011.
He didn't say his comic book writer brother's name. However, that got me to thinking. Holy crap, his brother was Dwayne McDuffie
McDuffie was one of the founders of Milestone Comics, which was an imprint of DC Comics. Milestone had a focus on more people of color as heroes in their books and even had a major crossover with DC/Superman. McDuffie also oversaw the animated version of Static Shock, which in turn folded into the DCAU and Justice League. McDuffie was one of the driving forces behind some of the best over-arcing stories from Justice League Unlimited. Plus, his Milestone universe would later fold into the main DC universe.
He was the producer on many of the well-written DC animated movies, which are still kicking ass today.
I looked up to McDuffie because he was truly a fan of the material and brought other races into the comic lore without it seeming heavy-handed and preachy, something both companies need to take note of now. He did it an organic way and not because it NEEDED to be done. We need more fiction writing minorities like him.
I thought it was cool to find out that Keegan is related to this man. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jared, you are a horrible person

Jared, you are a horrible person
It looks like the Subway really is a pedophile. It looks like the government did something right and caught him red-handed. It looks like Jared has a plea bargain with the government.
From Huffington Post, ((As part of Fogle's plea deal announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of Indiana, the disgraced Subway pitchman will pay a total of $1.4 million in restitution to the 14 victims identified by prosecutors. Fogle faces up to 12 years in prison.))
Here's where it gets disturbing. He would pay for prostitutes and ask them to bring underage girls to him for extra money. 
 From the Huffington Post, ((The documents detail Fogle meeting with one of those girls at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. In November 2012, he allegedly paid the girl, who was 17, to commit sexual acts and texted her the next day offering to pay her if she could find him another underage girl. He allegedly told her that the younger the girl, the better. ))
And, yes there were 14 victims listed in the court docs, and I can only imagine that there much much more of them that haven't come forward.
I never liked this prick and he always came across as being creepy with that fake smile, but I never thought this stuff would be the shit to float to the surface. 
Something tells me that he's going to put the weight back on while in prison.  I don't think they serve Subway there, but he will be munching on foot-longs there.   

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kylie Jenner and her stupid rabbit

Kylie Jenner and her stupid rabbit
I heard this on Hollywood Babble-On and laughed and cringed at the same time. I love that the newscaster lost it and walked off the set because of the non-news of the story. However, I cringed when the other woman tried to save to segment. Stop it.
I completely agree with him and hate that whole family, but why is a local news channel even pushing for this story? It doesn't even make sense to me. I get the feeling the mother had her people push this story in order to keep the family name out there in the news.
So someone that is famous for being only famous' sister got a damn rabbit. WTF?

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer 
 Okay, this movie is pretty bad. Combine all of the shitty wedding comedies with by the numbers raunchy movie. It just comes across as dull and not funny for the most part, and that's sad. The movie is patch work of other poorly written movies.
Basically, Kevin Hart is a guy that nerdy guys (groom) hire to pretend to be the best man and long time friend. The wedding ringer falls for this one guy (Josh Gad) and becomes friends with him.
You have the comedic, hip black guy (Kevin Hart), and you get the straight laced business white man that happens to be square too. It is like a text book screenplay mandated by a studio. It is so familiar that the movie doesn't even bother to make it seem like a different story. Lazy, lazy writing.
Kevin Hart is probably the best thing about the movie. He is trying his best in here with a mundane script. However, it does seem he doesn't turn down any script. Yes, you want to get paid, but pick better scripts, Kevin. I saw him in another movie, which wasn't bad. However, watching him in this and in the horrible Soul Plane, he hasn't had a good track record.
There are so many similarities to Hitch that's its not funny. It's like the studio had a list of everything they wanted from Hitch and mixed it with everything they wanted from an American Pie type movie. The movie is highly uneven and doesn't know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a shitty wedding comedy or a raunchy comedy from the early 2000s?
Because it feels like a cobbled together script nothing is really paid off the way you want it to be. And, then there are subplots that come out of nowhere.
While very lovely, Olivia Thirlby's character has little to nothing to do with the overall plot. And, that's a shame because she is such a good actress. Plus, she is really hot. Her romantic interest in just comes out of nowhere midway through the story and it is never fully paid off. Why even introduce this character and good actress to the movie and waste her?
The other left-field subplot comes in the form of the bride (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). There really aren't hints of that she that she is a bad person, but suddenly the bad aspects pop up in the last 10 minutes of the movie. She flips a switch and becomes a terrible bridezilla. Yet, the weak script can't convince you that she is THAT bad.
-A dog licking a man's balls and dick: One of the main characters has a dog go down on him and proceeds to have the dog have a heart attack. Was any of this supposed to be funny?
-There seems to be half a “Pretty Woman” subplot that suddenly appears with a woman who is either a stripper or a hooker turning on Josh Gad. It appears and then disappears and only comes back quickly in the last few minutes. It just seems strange.
The Wedding Ringer doesn't really have a funny bone in its body. It feels like there were two scripts here. There was a guy raunchy script and an annoying wedding script. Neither one of them are any good. Kevin Hart tries, but he needed a way better script and not a “by the numbers one”. I can't recommend this movie at all.
Grade: D
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