Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Originally, I wasn't too excited for this one because it was labeled as a remake. When they decided to make it a prequel, the film became much more appealing.
Now the question is, will it live up to the original? Probably not. I'm thinking they're going to resort to CGI in lieu of brilliant "real" gore effects. The cast & crew section of imdb for this one looks very CG-artist heavy. Unfortunately, that's just the most cost effective way to do effects these days. There are some times where CGI is going to look better than real effects, just because there are some things that can't be done with real effects. Hopefully there will at least be some non-CGI creature effects.
The director, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., doesn't have much on his resume, but that's not necessarily a problem. Detention (2011) was an absolute blast and nobody suspected that a movie from the guy who made Torque (2004) (and not much else) could be anything but terrible.
For now, I remain hopeful.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
- Netflix's instant watch selection is a joke. I'm assuming they'll fix this if they completely eliminate the DVD mailing, but that doesn't mean they will. Hopefully they'll be smart about it.
- Instant watch movies don't come with any special features. I love listening to cast and crew commentaries, but I can't do that when I stream a movie. I love watching deleted scenes and bloopers, but I can't do that when I stream a movie.
- Instant watch quality isn't always great. Whether it's due to internet connection or the fact that computer screens don't get blacks as deep as a fancy TV, the fact is that the visual quality of streaming movies isn't going to be a great home theater experience.
Friday, July 8, 2011
On sale 9/7/2011
- Batgirl #1 - Written by Gail Simone, art by Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes, cover by Adam Hughes.
- Detective Comics #1 - I'm sticking with just one Batman series for now. I'm a poor college student and there are 4 titles about Batman coming out. Written by Tony S. Daniel, art by Tony S. Daniel, cover by Tony S. Daniel
- Animal Man #1 - This one's a maybe. Written by Jeff Lemire, art by Travel Foreman & Dan Green, cover by Travel Foreman.
- Suicide Squad #1 - Written by Adam Glass, art by Marco Rudy, cover by Ryan Benjamin.
- Green Lantern #1 - Written by Geoff Johns, art by Dough Mahnke & Christian Alamy, cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado.
- Nightwing #1 - Written by Kyle Higgins, art & cover by Eddy Barrows & JP Mayer.
- Wonder Woman #1 - Written by Brian Azzarello, art & cover by Cliff Chiang.
- Aquaman #1 - Written by Geoff Johns, art & cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado.
- Teen Titans #1 - Written by Scott Lobdell, art & cover by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund.
Friday, July 1, 2011
- The little robots are stupid and annoying. I'm not sure why Michael Bay keeps thinking it's a good idea to include them in the series.
- Optimus Prime's lines are so blatantly pro-US and pro-democracy. There's nothing wrong with being patriotic, but I wish they had been more subtle.
- There were three female characters in the movie. Two were portrayed as stupid and one was useless eye candy. Transformers 4 better have a strong female character who does more than cry and yell "Sam, help me!"
- Why do some of the new Transformers have facial hair? Do Transformers have to shave?
- Even though I wasn't a fan of the movie as a whole, it's still really fun to watch robot violence. I wonder how Real Steel will do at the box office.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
This is the first post from my smart phone. Hopefully I'll be able to figure it out and write some coherent entries!
I'm currently taking a film class about "contemporary cinema" (i.e. films from 1989 to the present) and we've mainly focused on foreign "art" films. Here is a list of the films we've watched so far:
- Underground (1995, Emir Kusturica)
- In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Jiang Wen)
- Good bye, Lenin! (2003, Wolfgang Becker)
- Night Watch (2004, Timur Bekmambetov)
- Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005, Kwang-Hyun Park)
- Sweet Mud (2006, Dror Shaul)
- The World (2004, Jia Zhangke)
My favorite so far was Welcome to Dongmakgol.