Friday, November 21, 2008

The Movie That Brings in the Teenage Girls Like Cattle...

That's right, I just saw Twilight. Yes, I am a guy. No, I wasn't with my girlfriend. I'm man enough to say I saw Twilight.

Guess what?

IT WASN'T THAT BAD!! In fact, it wasn't bad at all. Actually, I was very entertained.

Twilight is a Romeo & Juliet type movie, but not quite. The main characters don't commit suicide, they actually don't die at all (one of them is, in fact, undead). I have not read any of the books by Stephenie Meyer, but I heard a lot about it going in. If you don't know anything about it, you haven't read the paper, been on the internet, or had human contact for the past week. It is a movie where a human girl falls in love with a vampire in her high school class. He loves her but has to fight the urge to kill her (vampires drink people's blood as their main source of food). It makes for entertaining irony.

The acting was good, the casting was good. I'm pretty sure the music was good--it added to the movie without attracting its own attention. The movie features some awkward funny moments, but I couldn't really tell if all of them are supposed to be funny. There was a good mix of dramatic moments, funny moments, and action. My only slight on this film is the special effects (which most teenage girls don't care about coincidentally). They were actually quite lame. For example, there is a scene in which a vampire runs really fast up a mountain, the way it is portrayed on the film is really poorly done and unrealistic. It sorta looks like he's flying/gliding...

There is a fight scene at the end of the film and some of the violence is rather sudden and unexpected. The scene was actually very short and could have been a little longer. Nonetheless it achieved its purpose for the movie.

Several times in the movie foreshadowing for a sequel occurs involving wolves or werewolves. Like I said, I haven't read the books, but I'm just using the movie's clues.

Twilight is rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality. I would worry most about the violence when taking children. Most kids have seen worse, but there is a broken leg and a bloody shard of glass in the other leg. I wouldn't have a problem taking my 12 year old brother, but not my 9 year old sister. Twilight runs 120 minutes and is an intriguing and entertaining film.

I give it 8 ramheads out of 10

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jimmy's Christmas List (Will update periodically)

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - book by J.K. Rowling
  2. Harry, A History - book by Melissa Anelli
  3. Iron Man - Widescreen DVD
  4. Dark Knight - Widescreen DVD
  5. Dunder Mifflin Warehouse Shirt - size XL(unless you think large would fit better) - http://www.dundermifflin.com/shop/
  6. money
  7. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Widescreen DVD
  8. R4 Nintendo DS reader - http://www.stuffs4kids.com/R4_SDHC_Revolution_p/r4sdhc.htm
  9. A small umbrella (not crappy)
  10. Wall-E - Widescreen DVD
  11. The Raven T-Shirt- size XL - http://shirt.woot.com/friends.aspx?k=5230

The Fray's New Single!

The Lost music video:


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Here's some great new music from an up-and-coming artist

Click here to visit his website and listen to some more of his music

Here's to the BAD movies...

I've been thinking....I only review those movies I think are good. This post is a list of movies, with a short explanation that I really hated, couldn't finish, or just found extremely stupid.

Eragon - 2 ramheads out of 10
Eragon the movie featured bad acting, bad special effects, and is not similar to the book in many many ways. As a fan of the book, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after watching. For a full list of differences click here

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over - 1 ramhead out of 10
The Spy Kids movies were never anything special, but this one was the worst, head-ache causing one yet. I went with my little brother to this movie, only to see the 3D. That was one of the worst decisions of my life. The 3D was so poorly done, I had a head-ache. The plot was lame, the acting was poor (Stallone got an award for worst supporting actor). Do NOT see this movie.

Ok, this is all that I can think of....I'm sure there are more to come...



Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here's a Pirates song...

Click here to download a song from the Pirates 3 soundtrack or just listen in your browser

Yo Ho, Yo Ho...A Pirate's Life For ME

It's almost Halloween, and I've been in a piratey mood lately. This essentially means that I watched Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, downloaded the soundtracks, and I'm writing this post. I've decided to review the entire DISNEY'S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN GENRE. Yeah, that's right, I'm hardcore.

It all started at Disneyland in 1967 with the aud
io-animatronic pirate boat ride and the theme song "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)". I give the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney (Disney World) 10 ramheads out of 10.It was left alone (aside from going to Disney World) until the early 1990s, when a couple of screen writers wrote a script based on the ride. It got pushed aside for Muppet's Treasure Island until 2002. Disney had some other screenwriters try and fail until they brought the original two back and here we are today with (Captain) Jack Sparrow.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released in 2003. I hadn't heard about it until it came out on DVD and some of my friends said it was good. I eventually got to watch it at my aunt and uncle's house. It was awesome. I was a Pirates fan. The acting is excellent, the music is excellent (and catchy--I listened to all the credits music), the special effects are near flawless, and the story is engaging. It was the first ever Disney movie to be rated PG-13. The movie runs 143 minutes and is a must see. I suggest that if you haven't seen it, see it ASAP and show your kids. 10 ramheads out of 10.
Moving on, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was released in 2006. It was very much anticipated (by me and others) because of the first movie's brilliance. It picks up a few months after the first movie left off and features more solid acting, intriguing story, excellent visual effects, and very good music. It is slightly more "out there", but once the movie gets going, it justifies itself. My only objection to this movie is the fact that it only sets up its sequel. This adventure runs 150 minutes and is rated PG-13. I give it 8 ramheads out of 10.Finally, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End finished the trilogy and was released in 2007. Action was never in short supply in this film. It was a long one, but it still managed to pack it in and engage the viewer every minute. It got many negative reviews, but I thought it was an excellent movie. Every aspect was brilliant: acting, visuals, music, story, action, humor. It runs 168 minutes and is rated PG-13. I give this movie 9 ramheads out of 10. P.S. Watch the scene after the credits, it's good. Also, if you want an explanation of it click here (it is a post by the screenwriter explaining.)
OVERALL, The Pirates of the Caribbean is an amazing, fun, and immaginative genre that definitely has made itself a place in the hearts of many. I'm no exception. I give the genre itself 10 ramheads out of 10.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Brother on the News with his interception

My brother actually intercepted a pass...
(He's kinda towards the end)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Yeah, I can review books too....

I just finished Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. It was pretty much the best book I've read since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I loved this book. It is quite awesome, by reading his books, to watch Paolini mature as a writer, along with his characters. I noticed this in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series as well. This book, though published by a children's book publisher, is definitely not a children's book. The descriptive violence (decapitation, crushing of skulls, etc.) it very well written and the plot is very well laid out and devised. Although Eragon had some flaws (taking ideas from other fantasy series), Eldest, got better and veered from the unoriginal ideas, Brisingr is even more original, the remnants of unoriginality are unnoticeable.

Brisingr is the most complex book in the series. It is filled with action, emotion, twists, and "oh yeah, that makes sense" moments. I'm not going to say any spoilers (it wouldn't matter because nobody reads this...) but I'll tell you this. If you like fantasy novels (LOTR, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials series[The Golden Compass]...) you should read this one. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini is an excellent series that you will enjoy. Brisingr is already a best seller after 3 weeks.

10 ramheads out of 10

Monday, October 6, 2008

I am Iron Man...

No, I'm not...but it would be pretty darn cool if I were. Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. is the coolest movie I've seen in a long time. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is funny, he's cool, and he learns from his mistakes. What more could you ask from a superhero? Iron Man features a pretty all-star cast (Downey Jr., Terrance Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltro, and of course Stan Lee...), good acting from that cast, great special effects, and another comic book movie that you can take home to your mom.

The three things that made this movie one of my favorites are its (1) humor, (2) explosions/fighting, and (3) substantive plot. That's right, a movie with humor and explosions CAN have a plot.

Iron Man runs 126 minutes and is rated PG-13. It isn't too bad, I wouldn't mind bringing my 12 year old brother to it.

I give it 9 ramheads out of 10. (A.K.A. WATCH THIS MOVIE!)

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Demon Barber Cuts More Than Hair...

When I decided to watch Sweeney Todd, I knew it was a musical. I knew it had an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall). I knew it won an Oscar and was based on the Broadway musical. What I didn't know is how gorey it would be. It was GOREY. It was purposefully fake looking, but still very effective. (For me it was so gorey it was actually quite humorous.) Johnny Depp does an excellent job as the Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd who is trying to strike revenge on the evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Depp also surprised (me at least) with an excellent singing voice. His great voice combined with excellent acting really got me into the movie; I was feeling for him. It got to the point where I was almost happy he was killing, because to me, he was the good guy and the people deserved it.

The music was very well written, well sung, and sometimes quite humorous. Tim Burton, not surprisingly, gave us his trademark all-the-good-guys-have-pale-skin routine and also makes London very gray.

The film is a musical, but don't fret: I'm not very fond of musicals, but it this one really was good. To be honest, this film would be nothing if it
wasn't a musical.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street runs 116 minutes and is rated R (for graphic bloody violence). This means that this is NOT a child friendly film. Unless of course, the kid is SO desensitized from all the bloody video games, TV, and movies you've let him/her watch. If that is the case, by all means, show this to your younger counterpart.

I give this movie 8 ramheads out of 10.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Juno...NOT the city in Alaska

I recently watch Juno for the second time, and I figured I'd write a review. After all, it did win an Oscar and was nominated for 3 more along with winning many miscellaneous other awards...

Anyway, Juno is an unorthodox girl with an unorthodox story. She was named after Zeus' wife. She had sex and got pregnant at 16. After the baby they (Juno and the father) started dating. Yeah. Juno is 16 and is in high school, so we get a glimce of the typical high school attitude toward some who's "preggo" (as Rainn Wilson calls her).
This movie is definitely a comedy, but it still makes meaningful points here and there. It comments on the problems of American society in respect to marriage, sex, and love. It really makes some good points. (I'm not going to tell you what they are, you'll have to watch it yourself to see.)

It features Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office), co-stars the guy who played J.J. Jameson in the Spiderman Trilogy, and also co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman (Alias, Daredevil, more...; Arrested Developement).
This film runs 96 minutes and is rated PG-13. It has a little language and one suggestive scene (it is right at the beginning) so it is up to the parent as to let their kids watch it. I wouldn't suggest it because they would probably be bored because they wouldn't get the jokes...

I give it 8 ramheads out of 10:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Harry Potter & the Half-blood Prince Teaser

video

This is the teaser they released before they pushed the movie to July 09...so it says "November" at the end...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Do YOU Recycle? The Eco-Friendly Film Wall·E

Going in to see Wall·E, I didn't know what to expect. I'd seen the previews (about a million times...) and was hoping it would be better that they advertised it. I was actually quite annoyed with the previews, but was pleasantly surprised with the film.

The CG in the film was flawless. It seems that they (Disney/Pixar especially) are perfecting the art of the computer animated film. [Although Disney vowed that the 2D animated cartoons were dead after 2004, I heard that they were developing another classic cartoon :)]

Here's a quick (not detailed) summary of the movie. People don't recycle. The earth gets too garbaged up. The movie's equivilant of Wal-Mart builds a space home for everyone on earth. They ship the people to space and give them technology that makes everyone fat, while robots clean the garbage. The robot die off. One robot survives. His name is Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class). He meets EVE (a new robot). They go to space. Mishaps happen. Happily ever after. Moral of story is recycle or get fat in space. The end.

This movie (rated G) is obviously a family film. Don't expect a lot of swearing, sex, violence...but you can expect to enjoy yourself. It runs 97 minutes.

8 ramheads out of 10



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Caped Crusader Does It (Again)

Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer (that guy from Top Gun), George Clooney, and now Christian Bale. Batman live-action TV and movies have graced this pleasant world for decades. If you haven't heard, this summer the newest installment of the Batman series, The Dark Knight was released. It was greatly hyped, it shattered its expectations and it STILL remains #1 in the box office.

Heath Ledger produced the performance of a lifetime (then he died...) as the infamous Joker. Christian Bale did a fine job as Bruce Wayne/Batman: he gave Wayne more depth. In Batman Begins, I was impressed with the background and depth they gave us with Bruce's life and feelings and thoughts as a young man. The Dark Knight gives us a glimpse of Bruce's emotions toward Rachel as well as how he reacts to the the choice between love and duty. Once again, Ledger's performance was phenomenal: the Joker is everything you want and need him to be. He is funny. Really funny. Oh yeah, and he is also dangerous, resourceful, intelligent and a SUPER supervillian.

Special effects in The Dark Knight were excellent. No noticeable glitches or anything. Music was good, pretty unnoticed, so it does its job. It enhances the film without taking over the scenes.
The film is rated PG-13, so you probably shouldn't bring young children to see it (unless they are desensitized already...). It runs 152 minutes of awesomeness.

Overall The Dark Knight is a must-see:

9 ramheads out of 10

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Well, this is the first of (hopefully) many random reviews, thoughts and other crap...

I've decided to make a blog. It just came to me today, at work, when I was thinking. Thinking about being back at school with the one I love and my friends and yeah. I'm almost there. I can't wait. I decided that I should combine my interest in movies and books and random stuff with a little bit of internet. This is the monster-of-Frankenstein-like product: A BLOG!