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Failure is the Only Option

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

what's wrong with this picture?

It has everything! A guy with a gun, a flying car, and a girl in a purple space suit!

I got up this morning still a little drunk from the night before. Vodka hangovers are relatively kind. Today there was a chance of hanging out and doing some things, but I suppose that will happen later. So…anyway… I discovered a collection, in this apartment, of numerous burned copies of movies. Among these, if you’re not already aware, was a little something called The Adventures of Pluto Nash.

Now, I had heard about this one and I knew it was considered bad, but I remember wanting to go see it when it came out. I heard the bad news about it then and, of course, opted out of giving it a look. Eventually, maybe, I’d get around to seeing it. And here, this morning, was my chance.

I like Eddie Murphy. I think most of us have a liking for Eddie Murphy, but he’s been making nothing but bad movies for the past few years. It’s sad, Eddie. Cut it out. This one falls in that category of bad movies. And it’s not really that bad of a movie, but it is hugely disappointing. I went in not expecting much and I got even less than that.

When you watch Pluto Nash, you can see there’s so much potential there. It could have been something much better, but it wasn’t. It’s quite possible there was a better script at one point, but it was completely torn to shreds leaving with this sad specemen of a movie. First of all, the title seems to imply something alltogether more exciting, but we’re not given that. The entire thing takes place on the moon and never leaves this location. You get little tidbits of Earth, but there’s no implication there’s anything wrong with our home ball of dirt save for some sort of international ban on gambling(this makes no sense). Everyone here is just on the moon. And things are… “futuristic”.

moon casino

I didn't even know there was an ocean let alone a beach.

There are also bald guys and girls with metallic hair wandering around called robots. Nothing special there.

Everything has already happened. Pluto Nash had a bunch of adventures as a smuggler long before this movie begins. Now he’s just trying to go legit and run a club. The big baddie is trying to buy him out. Nash doesn’t want to do it, so goons are sent out to kill him even after blowing up Nash’s club. The rest of the movie is a chase scene as Nash seeks out to confront the big baddie on the other side of the moon and the goons repeatedly fail to kill him.

space soots!!

Space suits! This is totally in space, right? Guys?

He finally reaches the big baddie, Rex Crater, who reveals his evil plan(which isn’t so much evil, but lame) and we end up with a bad joke out of too many cartoons. It’s not bad, but it’s not a good movie either. It’s meh.

some robots

Hey, baby, let's you and me bump shiney metal parts. We are totally robots.

I seem to recall a little trouble people had with a scene featuring a freeze dried Chihuahua. It’s not real, people… and besides, within the logic of this movie, the dog is fine and would be normal upon thawing. I think the thing was thrown in a trailer or something. In the movie it served no purpose but to be a joke. The kind that doesn’t make you laugh. Not because it’s not funny to freeze dogs but because it barely registers as a joke. It’s more like an interesting fact about dog ownership on the moon.

Nothing in this movie jumps at you. Good sci-fi films have very iconic things in them. Star Wars is loaded with the stuff. Alien, Star Trek, Serenity, Fifth Element(love that one). This movie is just sad. Nothing quite lasts long enough for it to feel like it could have been something iconic. I’m disappointed that they didn’t even seem to try. It’s like they gave up early. No risks taken. The baddie’s just a big jerk. His most evil acts weren’t that evil… and they had already happened a long time ago in a galaxy far far away on the moon.

in the flying car

Get me outta this damn movie!!

One thing I can say for it, though, when I see this kind of stuff it makes me want to make something better. It had potential. It could have been decent, but somewhere along the line it got screwed. My guess… far more than once.

Day… 13?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

We’ll go with that. Yeah.

I spent several hours after work waiting for a movie. a Midnight showing. Thank goodness I ended up not going by myself, since I ended up being the one to pick up the tickets.

For, oh, about a year now(maybe longer) I have been waiting for the most epic epic of epicness. That of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. For years before I had actually been stalking the artist, Bryan Lee O’Malley(or Mal as I knew him from reading Impromanga and possibly That Weekly) via the internet(haha, I didn’t say “interwebz”) as well as various other Canadian artists(still stalking some). The thought that Scott Pilgrim was going to be a movie was crazy.

I was following Edgar Wrght’s Blog as well as O’Malley’s site throughout the entire process and yet, things were not spoiled. There are many things not shown in the trailer that appear in this movie that make me so very happy. Things straight out of the books.

Midnight showings have the best audiences. There was lots of cheering and clapping and hooting. It was as if I had gone to see a live band. Speaking of which, the music is awesome. The music came out the other day, but I did not want to spoil that for myself. And it doesn’t get in the way. It’s part of what makes this movie so great. <3 <3 The pacing is brilliant, the fight sequences are amazing with no two alike, save for the exploding into coins and the vs. appearing on the screen, and the visible sound effects. Yes, visible sound effects. If somebody decided to redo the 60’s Batman TV show, this is what the hits should look like. Fuck it. Someone should use these kinds of effects(not just the hit sounds) in a TV show.

The effects are unique. They’re heavily influenced by video games and they’re obvious, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. That’s what makes them cool. Somebody did digital effects right and emphasized the digital instead of poorly hiding it.

There are quite a number of things that are very movie specific. Things done so differently that I was thrown for a loop when they appeared. There are many things ripped from the pages that make me want to wet my pants, but there are many other things that are pure movie and they are equally as awesome.

I recommend this movie for everyone. Not just fans of the books, but fans of video games, fans of kung-fu movies, fans of music, fans of… Toronto… everyone! Very satisfying after waiting so very long.

I may have to go to the free screening on Saturday so I can see it again. Hope my shift’s not too late.

Sherlock Holmes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my weekend. I often find myself at the movie theater on Tuesdays. I really should stop in during the week and pick up the discounted tickets from work.

Today, after deciding that Daybreakers is maybe a rent, I headed over to see the second longest listed movie. That being Sherlock Holmes. Trailers included The Wolfman and Iron Man 2. Both I intend to see. I may be able to see Wolfman for free. Depends on the screening schedule. Both look damn good.

The trailers for Sherlock Holmes seemed to make it out into a period action movie with lots of explosions and onle liners, which made it slightly iffy. The actual movie itself did indeed have some of these, but there was a fair ammount of detective work to keep it from being mindless and as awful as Wild Wild West.(not one single giant spider in this one)

The science involved seemed to be reasonable within the timeframe of the story. Then again, I went to be entertained, not to compare era appropriate science details.

There’s some interesting direction going on here. First, you’re presented with a plot hole you may not have entirely been aware of, then they go back and fill in the plothole, by going backwards for a moment to explain what happened while you were distracted. In addition, there are a few points where Holms kicks somebody’s ass that seem much more satisfying cause you’re given the details of how it’s going to play out, and then it plays out. I don’t really know why that was cool, but damn, it was cool.

I found myself comparing Holmes and Watson to House and Wilson, knowing that one set was based off another. It’s hard to avoid and I wonder if the filmmakers behind this had any of the same thoughts. I suppose such info would be found somewnere online.

I’d say this was definately worth the price of admission.

I wonder what I’ll be watching next week.