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!)