Monday, August 31, 2015
Wes Craven RIP
From Time.com, ((The 76-year-old director passed away after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ))
Was Craven was the king of horror, and I fondly remember a lot of his movies. I was never a huge fan of horror movies but a lot of Craven movies were very good. Some of his movies are still in my top 20-30 movies. I'm sadden to read he had brain cancer and lost the battle.
Craven was the horror guy in the 80s, but he reinvented himself in the 90s with the Scream movies, which I highly beloved. He was a writer, director and producer. While I haven't seen everything he's directed, his stuff left a lasting impact on me and my pop culture knowledge.
A Nightmare on Elm Street : I love this movie and it is probably the scariest movie in the series. Freddy was still serious at this movie and not the pop cultural icon. What a great movie.
New Nightmare : This movie was ahead of its time and the precursor to the Scream series.
Vampire in Brooklyn : People often forget this movie. It starred Eddie Murphy as a villain (IE vampire). There are some tonal issues with the movie, but I still liked it. I'm sure working with Eddie wasn't easy for Craven.
Scream Series: I loved the first movie, thought the second one was good, hated the third one, but thought the fourth one was good. He directed all four of them and it has his style all over them, but with him parodying his style from the 80s.
Scream 4 was the last movie he directed. It is an interesting way to end his career.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
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
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.
So, I looked around for reviews about his book, pre-court-plea reveal. Make sure to check out the reviews.
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
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
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.
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.
The Slash Film story covers everything you wanted to know about this crazy movie, while you can listen to the podcast that makes fun of this movie.
-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
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.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
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.
Wentworth suggested Purcell to the producers as Heat Wave. And the rest is history.
Friday, August 21, 2015
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
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
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
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.
~Being an animal person: My whole life, I've had pets. Turtles, frogs, various types of crabs, crayfish, tropical and gold fish, newts, hamsters, rats, birds, and other things. Plus, I've had a few dogs. I really got attached to the dogs. (never had a cat, but I like nice cats too) After my dog died, I really can't bring myself to get another dog, because I can't go through the pain of seeing a dog die again. I go to the local pet shops just see all the animals again, but I just can't get another pet today.
~Hush Puppies: What a waste of space in a meal! I got some seafood today and it came with two hush puppies. I tossed them aside like they were a couple of redheaded stepchildren. I hate these lumps of breaded shit. I usually feed them to birds or friendly cats. I hate these things so much.
~Josh Trank: More and more stories are coming out about the problems on the set and all the drama behind the scenes. There is another story surfacing about him nearly coming to blows with one of his stars during filming. Plus, there is that story about his dog causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. It sounds like the entire production was a disaster and the bad reviews and poor box office is just the icing on the shit cake. It's looking more and more like Fox just used this movie to retain the rights more than making a good movie. But. Trank was also a huge problem on the set.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
This trailer kicks ass. Reynolds is prefect for the role and he played him back in that Wolverine movie years ago. Since this is set in the same X-Men universe, I am not sure where this movie fits in the overall reboot universe set in Days of Future's Past. The fans made this movie happen by demanding it since that animated trailer leaked.
For every Fantastic Four shitty decision, Fox seems to finally get the X-Men franchise right lately. I loved the last two X-Men movies and the last Wolverine movie was outstanding. Now, they just have to keep from interfering with the movie.
-Yes, Deadpool looks really ugly without his mask: I love the insults.
-Was that a Green Lateran insult? Ryan Reynolds played a GL and the movie did horribly. And, I Think that was a knock on that franchise.
-I am really digging the suit. And, I love the mask, because it looks just like the one in the book.
-Breaking the 4th wall: Yes, he does it in the trailer too. Deadpool is known to be fully aware which form of media he's and talks to the audience.
-Okay, the DMX song works here. Just don't have DMX in your movie.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Real Genius (1985)
There are certainly movies that point out the statement, “This is the 80s”, and Real Genius one of those movies. It is like Short Circuit and Weird Science in that way. When I was a child, I remember really digging the movie. I remember it being in my top ten favorite movies at the time. It may not be in my top ten now, it is still a fun movie to look back on.
It was during a time when my family was still together and everyone was okay and healthy, it was a simpler time both in the movie and in real life.
-Val Kilmer really is the breakout character in the movie. He's the smart clown that doesn't really have a care in the world. Plus, most of his lines are extremely amusing. He only gets serious when he realized that the thing he perfected is a weapon. Val is a great actor.
-Precursor to Drone Attacks: I can't believe how close this movie comes to predicting the use of drones and remote attacks from a guy sitting in a console. It is amusing to see them talking about the right and wrongs with drone attacks.
-Trying to disguise a deleted scene as a montage: There is one scene in a montage where two characters are talking to each other. Clearly, this was supposed to be separate scene, but they cut it out and just added it to the montage. They kind of did this in Short Circuit with them adding a deleted scene to the end credits.
-The Popcorn scene: Come on, what kid didn't like that scene? My brother and I would dream out having a house full of popcorn. Man, that was a lot of popcorn. This movie is probably the reason I love popcorn so much.
-Michelle Meyrink: Okay, she is a little over the top at certain points. She is adorable though. She's prefect as the love interest for that kid. I always had a crush on her. Is she every nerds' dream date?
-The jet FX were poorly done and look really bad today. I know it was the 80s, but still.
-The Student Meltdown: We see one student crack while studying. After being a college student, I can fully understand that scene. I've had many moments where this happened. And, I have wanted to scream.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
~Waiting for more news on that FF7 remake: I can't wait to see what Square has in store for the millions of fans. I know the game was unfinished. There were other things planned, but never completed. Plus, there are bad localization issues that need to be fixed. Plus the plot needs to be cleaned up. I'm hearing there will be major changes to the game though.
~Childhood: Looking back, I couldn't wait to grow up because I hated being a child. It was a lonely and trying time. I didn't have normal childhood and I hated being around other people because of my resentment toward them because they were normal I wasn't. However, I would be so enticed to grow up if I knew how mundane and stupid life would turn out.
~Donald Trump is an ass: The more I witness about the GOP candidates, the more I see the GOP and conservative do this clown show and make statements out of touch with the way people think. It's basically old white men clinging onto the way things were. I want more talk about smaller government and less talk about what people do in their bedroom. Less race-baiting and homophobic talk please. While I don't agree with Clinton being president, I would much rather have her than these relics. Trump is the embodiment of what the GOP is today and it is sad. It's a real shame because the left is really annoying today.
~Hulk Hogan: There needs to be a bigger discussion about race and interracial dating. People can be as progressive as they can be, but that all gets thrown out the window when their daughter or son dates “one of those people”. I know a lot of older white men that will be friendly to you and everything, but they have a huge problem with you dating their daughter. I never understood that because I find every race of the female side attractive. I love women and that's it. I'd date anyone if I dated. This is clearly an old man view of the world. And, don't get it twisted, some black women also have a problem with black men dating white women. White men don't have this on lock-down.
~Leaked tape from Hulk Hogan: Now, who leaked that transcript of that video? Wasn't it sealed by the courts? As much as I'd love to see Gawker go down in flames, I can't see them getting harmed by this. I think part of the reason to leak that racist portion of the tape is to limit the amount of money Hogan can have to support the lawsuit. In this battle between Hulk and Gawker, I hate them both. However, Hogan used to be my hero growing up when the WWE was the WWF.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Fantastic Four is a Bore?
Man, did the new reboot FF really shit up the bed. I heard the Kevin Smith podcast detailing director Josh Trank journey from Chronicle to Fantastic Four. Smith tried and tried to pump the movie up, but the movie is a mess and no one went to see it.
Here's the kicker, Trank pretty much jumped ship and threw FF movie under the bus.
From Trank's Twitter, ((A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though.))
If the bad reviews and poor Box Office take weren't enough, Trank's tweet put this movie in the ground. He had such a glowing view of the movie when he did Smith's podcast. Now, it seems the trouble behind the scenes and reshoots were true. And, the rumors of Trank being replace seem to also be true.
Plus, it looks like all this trouble on this set got him kicked off a Star Wars project too. Ouch
From EW.com, ((Even though major reshoots were undertaken to create a more action-oriented conclusion, the pair denied rumors that Trank had been effectively dismissed from Fantastic Four while Kinberg and the studio retooled the climax in a bid to save a movie they saw as a catastrophe in the making ))
Fox put up this wall of lies pretending the movie wasn't in trouble. Now, it has blown up in their faces. Marvel and Fox aren't the best of friends right now, so you will probably not see the FF (Fox) tie in with the Marvel Universe (Disney).
Now, it looks like this reboot of FF might have been used to retain the rights. While they booted off the scheduled FF2 movie, they want to keep the rights to the franchise. I think it is to just to piss off Marvel.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Map to The Stars
What f' movie? This is one messed up movie. We get incest, murder, suicide, domestic violence and other crazy things in this movie.
From IMDB, ((The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor. ))
You get a bit of pretentiousness throughout the movie that rears its ugly head when it really shouldn't, but doesn't come across as being preachy. Yes, Hollywood is shallow, but there is something gravely ill about this entire family outside of the Hollywood sphere of influence.
Since this is a film, a lot of messed up things happen. Some of it happens organically from the strange story, while other things string from shock fo shock value. One example of needless shock and dark humor is one character shoots a dog and I think it was put in there to shock and disgust us more than being a part of the story.
As the film progresses, the movie focuses more on the screwed up family more than the shitty nature of Hollywood.
Well, this is a David Cronenberg film and a lot of f'ed up things happen in his movies.
The movie is flawed, but I actually liked it in the end though, despite its bleakness.
~Julianne Moore is great as this crazy actress that's about to pass her prime. She does some crazy shit in this movie that takes some guts. Yes, there's even a poop fart joke with her.
~Evan Bird : He's a child actor that has a major bug up his ass. He's the actor version of Justin Bieber. He supposed to be a typical asshole kid with too much money and attitude. There are some messed up things happened to him, but you can't feel sorry for him.
~Mia Wasikowska : She plays his creepy and dangerous sister: She really is outstanding in her part. She, like her brother, does some seriously f'ed up things. She is really good here.
~John Cusack : He's playing a guru version of himself and he's just as much of a jerk as he is in real life.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
I don't have to obey your laws...
I am a complete outsider, but even I think she's doing too much.
Is this bull crap a part of this new entitled crowd? Free Inhabitant movement?
Not to get too racial, but you are fully aware that if a black guy tried to pull this shit, he would have been tazed and sprayed. This cop gives this woman every opportunity to step down and shut up, but she keeps egging him on. When we see the Sandra Bland video you get a different vibe. I also think this cop knew this woman was off her meds and gave her every chance to stop.
I also don't like she's screaming rape as the officer starts to arrest her. Do you do this whenever you don't get your way?
So when the “rape” yelling doesn't work, threaten to sue and cry.
From what I can tell, this arrest happened in 2013. Does anyone know what happened to this wonderful lady?
So, what is a Free Inhabitant?
From a Quora user, ((Free inhabitants believe they are free to do whatever they want in the world without following the laws of the land. So this includes things like not having a driver's license, not getting any license plates, etc. They get this idea from taking one part of the article of confederation and basically generalizing them to include everything else so they can say they are a person of the land and thus, don't have to follow the laws. The U.S. doesn't recognize this as having any legitimacy. About the only people that do are the "free inhabitants" themselves. ))
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
T-Mobile and the carriers have spotty services
What happened? I did one ride-share around 1 PM and everything was okay with my phone. Then all services went dead around 3PM and had no service to little service. Even now, my signal is very weak.
Now, I see that most of the Southeast went black in all four main cell companies.
From USA Today, ((AT&T users in Louisville took to social media Tuesday reporting widespread Internet and cellphone network service outages.
Users bombarded the social media accounts of AT&T with complaints about the outage.))
Outrages were reported in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. I have to wonder if this was hack attack on all the carriers on their networks.
Mother of the year leave child in hot van...
Some people should never be parents. When are we going to realize this? I would make a shitty parent, so I plan on having none.
You have to love the utter confusion on the mother's face when she comes out of the store and sees all the people and the cops. Why did she tale one child inside and leave the other one in the van?
The mother was charged for this incident and now the father is taking care of the child.
Monday, August 03, 2015
The Lone Ranger (Part 2 of 2)
One of the most glaring things with the movie is that there is this subplot about nature being out of balance. Animals are behaving in strange way. We see rabbits eating other rabbits and other strange things with nature and creatures. The movie and Tonto keep bringing it up. There is even hints of cursed rocks and silver. And all this mystical stuff is very much real in the world of the movie.
The movie even goes as far as hinting that the main villain has cursed powers. (His henchmen were supposed to have powers too.) However, none of this matters at the end of the story. All of this magical and cursed stuff is dropped without much fanfare.
There is a reason for this. There was an entire subplot ripped out of the movie. The bad guys were supposed to have the powers of werewolves. As stupid as it sounds, the Lone Ranger remake was supposed to have werewolves. Now, it worked in the Pirates movies because the supernatural was all around the world. Here, the writers layered in the subplot about the strange nature stuff in order to connect it to the werewolves.
Here's the thing though. Disney realized the budget was going overboard and demanded they take a chunk out of the budget, say 20 million or so. And, the studio held the producers and director's feet to the flame. “In order to make this movie, you have to cut 20 million out. We won't let you make this movie unless you cut some money out.” And, out came the werewolf plot.
And, they ripped it out, while they left the remains of it throughout the movie. And, these remains are in the form of unfulfilled subplots and tiny moments. There were strong hints that the bad guys were supposed to be more, but it never goes anywhere. So, they cut out a chunk and didn't brother removing the other stuff connected to the werewolf stuff.
Probably the best thing about this mess of this Hans Zimmer's score. And, yes the William Tell theme makes a few appearances. The movie is certainly enhanced by the interesting and frantic score. I just wish the movie just fit in with the fantastic score.
The Tell theme plays heavily in the last act with the action scene where there are multiple trains and battles going on. And, this last action scene is amazing and something we should have gotten in the rest of the movie. The trains going different directions and people fighting their counterparts are good things to watch. Why didn't we get this type of movie for the rest of it?
The Lone Ranger isn't the worst movie in the world, but it is highly uneven with some poor character writing and world building elements. It certainly feels more like Wild Wild West than Hell on Wheels. It also has some elements from Jonah Hex, which isn't a movie to mimic. Plus, Johnny Depp's character takes over the movie and makes the main star seem like a boring side character. Zimmer's score does lift this movie up bit, but it is not enough. This is a poorly written movie with a lot of problems.