Pictures That Move

Well, it’s been about two months since my last confession, so I thought it was about time that I did another one of these here bloggy thingies, and what I thought I would do, was write a few words about some of the things that I have done and the movies that I’ve seen.

Well, mostly about the movies that I’ve seen.

Okay, only about the movies that I’ve seen.

The Avengers:
This movie is crazy good entertainment. It has everything that you want from a summer blockbuster superhero movie. Interesting, compelling, sympathetic, funny characters, arrogant, evil, slightly tragic villains, over-the-top fighting, superb special-effects, gratuitous Hulk smashing (is a well-known fact that most summer blockbusters fail because they do not include enough Hulk), genuinely funny moments that lives in the story and are not just tacked on, and an invading alien army that just does not seem to have enough manpower to take over the entire world.
Okay, that last part might not be a good thing.
All in all, this movie works, and it works really well. Go watch it.

Cabin in the Woods:
I was given a piece of advice about this movie: “Don’t watch any trailers. Don’t read any reviews. In fact, just go watch it right now”. Well, I didn’t do that, because it wasn’t released to Danish cinema until about month later but when it came out, I went to see it and it was amazing. I will tell you something about this movie: it is a stereotypical teenage slasher/horror movie and then again, it is not. There is also a plot twist or two. Maybe three. Also: go watch it. Right now. Shoo, shoo, off you go. I promised the rest of this post will still be here when you get back.

Snow White and the Huntsman:
There should be more dwarfs in this movie.

Piranah 3DD:
I thought this movie was pretty funny. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a bad movie. Really, really, really bad. Also stupid, gross, incompetent and frankly awful. But I also found it entertaining. What can I say, I have bad taste in movies. I hope you took my advice to go and watch Cabin in the Woods when I told you to, now that I have just ruined all my credibility.

The Silence Of The Me

I don’t write much here any more which is a shame because I liked doing it. I broke my wrist in a metaphorical way, which is to say that no bones were harmed in the production of my injury but the effect is still that I am not allowed to use a computer anymore on pain of, well, pain. It is still a problem so, unfortunately, things will likely stay this way for the foreseeable future.

Even if you can see a long way into the future.

In the meantime I wanted to share this little video I made to try out camera tracking.

Laurence Fishburne is CSI

That’s right. Morpheus is now a CSI in Las Vegas. I did not see that comming. I am happy about it though. With Grissom leaving they need some serious gravitas to fill the hole left behind and Fishburne might just pull it off. It will never be the same show again without Grissom but it might just turn out to be another show that is just as good. Time will tell.

Hell No, Boy.

I went to see Hellboy 2 last night and I didn’t love it. I really wanted to love it and not just because that meant getting a better deal for my money. I wanted to love it because I really love Mignola’s original Hellboy comic and after a mediocre first movie I could do with some good Hellboy movie action.

But alas, it was no to be.

The main problem, as I see it, was that the movie was just not engaging. There were a lot of potentially interesting points; Hellboy and Liz’s relationship, the Prince trying to save his dying people or Hellboy’s struggle with finding a place in the world, but none of it ever got really real. You could see it there in the story but it never connected emotionally.

Another point that bothered me a bit was the fact that the movie felt like it had 2 very strong design directions that didn’t fit together very well.  I love Mignola’s designs and I love the Pan’s-Labyrinth-style but I don’t love them in the same movie at the same time.

Also, I don’t know it is a Guillermo del Toro thing or if it Doug Jones, but the excessive hand-gesticulation that they have going both here and in Pan’s Labyrinth is getting a bit annoying (if you don’t know what I am talking about, good for you. If you want to know take a look at the Faun in Pan’s)

All in all it wasn’t completely hopeless. I just wasn’t nearly as good as i had hoped.

Macross Frontier

I considered saying something like “It’s good to see Macross back to form” or “After a somewhat dissapointing Macross Zero, I am happy to see…” but that all implies somehow that I am an avid follower of the series. I am not. I grew up on Robotech, loved Macross Plus and found Macross Zero ok but I haven’t seen anything else.

Now I am watching Macross Frontier and so far (6 episodes in) I am enjoying it. The first episodes felt a lot like a general rehash of the opening episodes of SDF Macross, story wise, which was a bit jarring but apart from that my recommendation would be that you watch it. It doesn’t hurt watching it in HD on a 40″ HDTV either.

Bourne Again

I went through the Ultimate Bourne Collection on DVD during the holidays and I for got to post this little bit that I wrote about it: I like it. Good spy action thriller movies, if you are into that kind of thing. If you are not, this is still a very good collection of movies. The Ultimatum was the new movie in the collection for me, since I hadn’t seen it before and i am happy to report that it is almost as good as the second one. The bad thing is that there seems to be less focus on characters and story and more on all out action. There are some very good action sequences but sometimes they just seem too long.

Final Verdict: Get it before it gets you!

On a related note, the soundtracks to these movies are also very cool. Get them also.

Munich

The movie, not the city.

A review:

The last 40 minutes of watching that film I spent waiting for it to end. And I stopped watching 30 minutes before the movie was actually over.

Haruhi-ism

So, I have searched around a bit ever since I heard something about the possibility of getting the original broadcast order-dvd’s in the US and lo and behold I have found them!
Well, actually, it looks like they will be on a bundled bonus-dvd shipped with the limited edition releases of volume 2 to 4 and since I was planning on getting thosa anyway, I am happy.

What I don’t like is that axelmusic, my supplier, has added ~$15 to the price of the LE’s. But, since they are still the cheapest place I can get them, I guess there is nothing much I can do about that.