Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Milk (Drama 2008)

Wow, definitely a good movie here. While watching it I kept on thinking to myself that Sean Penn's acting skills were as good as Forest Whitaker from The Last King of Scotland. Funny how I looked it up on IMDB that Sean Penn had won an Oscar for this one. Yeah...I wasn't really paying much attention this last year.

Anyway, the movie was great...terrific acting and pretty humorous make-out scenes coming from straight guys. Yeah I didn't think Franco had it in him but he didn't seem to be phased in the slightest.

The story was all new to me. I know nothing about gays during that period of time, but everything went as expected. Tolerance has sure come a long way since then.

There wasn't really anything bad with this film. I mean constantly watching dudes make out with each other wasn't a highlight, but I guess it was needed to get the whole atmosphere and plot going. Very solid film though.
Rating - A

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire (Drama 2008)

Although this movie was better than average, I still don't quite get why it won so many Oscars. The story and idea were both good, as was the ability of the director to put this whole film together, but it wasn't super spectacular.

If I would've seen it in a theater, I would've been happy with my ticket purchase but I wouldn't have walked out singing its praises. I guess one huge bonus was that this film was made with a small budget and a bunch of no-names. This I do find impressive. Without the backing of a major production house, it's good to see smaller movies succeed with only a good idea.

The acting was actually really good considering, and the storytelling was also well done. I guess I was just expecting more after it received 8 Oscars.
Rating - B

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Australia (Drama 2008)

This movie was boring. Even having Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in it didn't really help things out because the story was so uninteresting.

I know almost nothing of Australian history, so even though some might think that the government's intrusion into the lives of aboriginal people is a strong basis for a story, I don't. It's kinda like the Native American Indians in the US and how they got hosed by the US Army in the late 19th century; shit happens when the other side has bigger guns. The historical significance of this background information is just too dry to try to base a story around that.

This movie was supposed to be a moving drama of this rich English lady who goes to Australia and finds herself falling for a roughneck, Australian cowboy, all the while maturing into an independent woman. Later she becomes very motherly towards a mixed aboriginal kid while various parties try to muddle in that relationship. I didn't find any of the on-screen compassion believable. What a dud.
Rating - D

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Seven Pounds (Drama 2008)

This movie was kinda eh. I mean right from the getgo you knew what it was all about...no mystery anywhere. I can't really say much cuz it'll sorta ruin the plot but yeah...if anyone has half a brain they'll know what it's about.

Will Smith's acting was O.K. but I don't think it was convincing enough...he still has work to do in order to pull off "inner turmoil". Anyway...you're not missing anything if you don't see it.
Rating - C

Monday, April 06, 2009

How much is a trip to the hospital?

If any of you are wondering why health insurance is so important and also why it is a very flawed aspect of our system, just look at the results of my unplanned appendectomy from January.

Yeah needless to say if I wasn't covered under my school's health insurance system, I'd be hella up shit creek.

Quantum of Solace (Action 2008)

This Bond movie was only slightly O.K., but it was more-so disappointing than not. There was zero cohesiveness to what was going on on-screen, so even though the action was there, the story wasn't. Casino Royale was so many times better than this movie; way to drop the ball guys.

This one can easily be shoved into the category of "mindless action". It went from one chase/fighting scene to the next with only a few characters sputtering off some dialog here and there. Some scenes were obviously separate "takes" where you could almost feel the camera crew behind the lens, just waiting for their workday to be over. The movie was mildly supposed to build on the story from Casino Royale, but I only saw it as a standalone that wasn't all that stable.

There was no character development with the chick, a few plot scenes weren't even on a believable level, and the location for the last "boss" scene is all that you need to see in order to know that the whole story was a mess. The horrible theme song at the beginning was definitely a foreshadowing of the quality of what was to come.
Rating - C

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Eve: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales (Book 2008)

As far as I know, this book is the first to be based around the Eve-Online universe. It's pretty much a sci-fi-themed story from which a lot of content is drawn from the game itself. If you want a short synopsis, the book was great, so much so that if you play the game you will sit there wondering if you've just been tricked.

This book was all about the story, something that the game heavily lacks in. The game is only fun if you enjoy PvP and hanging out in large corporations...both of which I don't like doing. Many times while reading this, I felt the urge to play again, but I knew that was only because a great story was written and you were living an adventure through the eyes of a living, breathing world. The game is 100% artificial and not fun at all, so it's disappointing to see the stark difference between something with a story and something created without one.

This book was released when an updated patch, bearing the same name, was made live. This book filled in all the holes surrounding the basis for the new patch; but again...the game is nothing compared to the drama that takes place within the pages of this story. I'd totally read more if more books were made, but for some reason I bet this will be the only one.
Rating - High

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

500mg of Vitamin C x 30+n = A Bad Time

I have a tendency of overindulging...may that be when I'm fiending ice cream, a pizza, cheesecake, marshmallows, or candy corn. This weekend I was doing my regular rounds at Costco when I spied a huge 500 count container of Vitamin C. It was all orange and said that it was "orange flavored" so me being me, I put it in my cart and checked out. When I got home I opened up the container and was pleasantly surprised when my nose smelled Tang. I ate one, which then turned into 4, then 8... Before I knew it I had brought the whole thing upstairs with me and was eating them like they were popcorn while wandering around the Net. Approximately 2-3 hours later Mr. Tummy gave up the silent battle and I was banished to the bathroom.... WTF, can't a guy have any fun anymore?

Transporter 3 (Action 2008)

These guys should've just stopped while they were ahead. The first two movies were pretty good, but this one was fucking awful. I know the story kinda sucked but I think a lot of it can be blamed on the girl that was cast. Natalya Rudakova is not pretty. In fact she's quite the opposite. Freckles are cute on some girls but not on hers. She was a damn annoying character, had pretty awful acting skills, and had no sex appeal at all. They should've put in Meryl Streep if they wanted the viewers to be unstimulated.

Although I don't remember the story of the first and second films, I do remember that there was a lot of action and nice-looking Audis. This movie tried way too hard to make it an Audi vs. Mercedes dick-measuring contest. Don't they get it? Mercedes are for old people and Audis are just plain sexy...no movie is needed to drive that fact home. But yeah even for an action movie this one blew...fight scenes were 100% artificial and yeah....did I mention the Russian chick was walking carrot?
Rating - D