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I know, I know. This is such a Trek nerd comment.
“The movie commits one of my big action movie pet peeves, which is when a bad guy is established in the beginning to be invincible, able to withstand impossible levels of physical abuse without batting a titanium eyelash, so that you are like how are they even going to be able to beat this guy, but then in the final scene he just gets beaten up and it turns out it’s pretty easy.”
Vulcans are significantly stronger than humans, this ostensibly explains why Spock was able to hurt Khan and Kirk was not.
It turns out Amy is a convicted felon. Go figure.
When I was 11 years old I was at the mall. For whatever reason, they like to put signs and advertisements in the middle of where people are walking. I was busy looking at the items in the various store fronts. Too busy, in fact, to see the large metal sign right in front of me. I smacked full force into it and bounced backwards.
As the sign proceeded to reverberate from my impact, I quickly whipped my head around praying no one had seen me. Unfortunately, the first thing I see is a store employee, in the entrance of the store, doubled over in laughter.
A couple years before that, I proudly announced to my parents and grandparents that I had discovered the word “fornication” in the game of Boggle we were playing. Not only did I not spell the word correctly, but I had no idea what the word meant. …and THAT is what happens when you make your kid sit through sermons at church.
More so than I have in a while I really needed a laugh today. Thank you!
Boston University actually. Two years of graduate school is quite expensive it turns out!
Today is my first day back at work after being out sick the rest of this week. Of course, I wasn’t that excited to come back because I was basically told by HR that I will be out of a job two weeks before Christmas last Friday. Then I found out today from my father, if I end up unemployed for any real length of time, there is a very distinct possibility that my dad could lose his house because he co-signed on my student loans. For the last 5 years I’ve paid them for myself, but if I’m unemployed there is no way I could afford the $850 a month payments. It turns out, right now my father couldn’t either. Throw in having had surgery back in June that still hasn’t healed and all in all, not only has it been a great day but it’s been a great year. Good thing the world ends in December!
There is so much to talk about with this film. I absolutely love it. That being said, I’m going to cop out and just post what I posted last week, else where:
The Master does not have a narrative arc in the traditional sense. It does not build to a overarching climax with the subsequent resolution. This leads some people to say “nothing happened.” Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a rich film and highly substantive in my humble opinion. Perhaps due to my initial euphoric feeling upon first viewing, I would argue it is one of the best character studies and subsequently one of the best examinations of a certain corner of Americana that I have seen in a quite a while. PT Anderson’s shot choices emphasize this focus, frequently alternating between extreme close-ups reminiscent of Carl Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and long takes that recall the apartment scenes in Godard’s “Contempt”. The press has focused on the supposed similarities between Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and L. Ron Hubbard. Frankly, I’m not sure how strong these similarities are but ultimately I find it inconsequential. This is not a film about Scientology. Near the beginning of the film Lancaster says to Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), “You seem very familiar.” One reason for this familiarity is Lancaster is staring at himself. Their situations and the way they compose themselves may be different but they are each empty husks. They are each a shell of a human being and they see in each other the potential to be whole. Freddie inspires a creative resurgence in Lancaster and he proceeds to write his second book. Perhaps it is coincidence, but to me the title of the book, “Split Saber,” refers as much to Freddie and Lancaster as it does to any religious philosophy found within.
Fincher actually stated he was trying to reinvent Hitchcock when he made Panic Room. You can also very much tell that the Jodie Foster’s character was supposed to be played by Nicole Kidman. All in all I think Fincher failed miserably. It reminded more of a Home Alone (substitute Pesci’s ineptitude and yelling with Leto’s) for adults than anything else. So, yeah, I definitely would side with those people who feel The Panic Room is Fincher’s worst film.
Yes. Coincidentally I have a City of Lost Children t-shirt!
Weird. I for one felt that Michael Pitt’s character and performance was by far the worst. Not terrible, just really mediocre compared to the rest of the characters/cast. Speaking of missing people there was a distinct lack of Chalky in the premiere. More Chalky needed!
I suppose I should have split those into two posts for potential (lack) of upvote reasons.
There Will Be Blood because as much as I loved that movie I’ve only seen it once. Also, I just saw The Master which was phenomenal.
Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It was largely ignored come Oscar time but another one I absolutely loved and have only seen once.
But here’s the thing. It’s all conjecture and speculation at this point. People are getting worked up about things that haven’t even happened yet. He very well still could end up directing it. Kristen Stewart could still end up being it. No one knows. The script hasn’t even been written yet. They can’t even decide if they want to do a direct sequel or a spin-off focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s character, which they were considering doing long before “THE AFFAIR 2012 bleep boop bop.” Getting worked up about this at this point seems as silly to me as flipping out about this whole affair business in the first place. Kristen Stewart is the highest paid actress in Hollywood (why is beyond me but that’s besides the point). I think she, and her career, will be fine!
Not to nitpick, but Rupert Sanders was the director, not another actor and recent reports say word is he will not be brought back to direct the sequel/spin-off.
Did his pals work there with him? If so I could see why it would be a “blast from the past” for them. It’s also unclear from this maybe untrue story whether or not it was his friends’ idea or his and that makes a big difference as well. But either way, yeah, I don’t see why this would even register either way.
My friends and I were discussing this after the film this weekend and we came to the conclusion that Batman had fixed the autopilot and thus ejected well before the bomb exploded. This was because of the scene at the end in which a Wayne Enterprises employee tells Fox that the autopilot had been fixed 6 months ago by Bruce Wayne.
Fair enough, and it makes sense. However, it just seems to me that, as I’m old (enough) and I can remember when a small drink was actually, you know, small, people simply kept getting refills unless the refills cost money (say 50 cents). If it cost money, then people would get frustrated and upset and sometimes abstain from having more.
But that’s thing. It doesn’t clarify what is “one” coke. That would take a law establishing that soda can only be served in a 12 oz container (or whatever arbitrary amount was deemed suitably small enough to not be “that” detrimental to your health).
I’m all for returning to smaller portion sizes, I just don’t think this would really do anything in the long run and since it doesn’t have any real restrictions on how much soda a person can consume all the outrage (both ways) is amusing to me.
Well sure. Technically, the area of Los Angeles I live in is considered a food desert (which I don’t really get how at all to be honest) but if you’re smart you can still eat healthy on a budget (I spend roughly $30-$50 a week on food), you just have to be willing to cook.
Unless it can be shown that the lower classes in New York don’t have any access to drinkable water and that soda is their only recourse, then I don’t think it’s applicable.
Also, from what I read, this proposed law doesn’t put any restriction on how much soda a person can drink at one time, just what size container it comes in. You can still refill as many times as you want or you can order multiple sodas at one time, so isn’t this whole debate of the size of the soda cup a bit silly to begin with?
Considering how expensive soda is I think it’s a bit of a stretch on the class angle. Why did I stop drinking soda? Because I couldn’t justify the extra expense added to my weekly grocery bill. And even if you don’t think it’s expensive, it still costs more than water.
Oh man. That film. Thought Tilda Swinton’s performance was fantastic. As a film it was good, as a form of birth control it’s AMAZING.
Also. I absolutely love that the Impala was purple.
I want that reporter to narrate all of the news always.
When I saw X-Men in the theaters years ago, I was lucky enough to sit next to a guy who looked like Freddie Mercury and was wearing a Pizza Hut jacket. He was there with a girl that I am assuming was his girlfriend.
Throughout the movie he felt the need to “narrate” the film to his girlfriend. “That’s Wolverine. His claws are super sharp!” Or, ” That’s Cyclops. He shoots lasers out of his eyes. He’s really cool.” This went on for most of the film until, during the moment where Mystique takes Cyclops glasses, he jumped up and yelled, “UH OH CYCLOPS! YOU LOST YOUR GLASSES. YOU’RE A DEEEAAAAADDD MAN!!!!!!!!”
I feel like the movie was better because of his contributions.