So I've been gone for some time. Mostly school, working, jacking off, etc. But this past week my parents wanted me to come up with my brother and camp in an RV they rented. Sounds fun.
I personally hate being away from technology for long periods of time or else I get a little...strange. My lack of interwebs and gaming consoles made me a walking time bomb just ready to go to sleep. and sleep I did. A LOT. There's not much to do except ride bikes, swing on swingsets, and look awkwardly at young girls. I warned you, deprive me of technology and things can get out of hand.
Luckily I enjoy biking and nature trails, but only for so long. A few days, sure. But for a week? No thanks. But there I was, camping for almost seven days. We brought a laptop, but the internet is limited to ten feet from the front office of the camp site, and there's no way in hell I'm sitting outside with a bunch of child molesters. It looks bad for my cred.
I did depart for a day and go back to civilization to see Avatar in glorious 3D. Honestly, THAT was the highlight of my trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, but I'm going to see it again in IMAX to get the full experience. It wasn't mind blowing or the best film of the year, but it was fun and very well done. It was brilliant from a technical standpoint.
I'll end with this since I have barely spent time with the Inglorious Basterds blu-ray I picked up before the trip.Camping is fun in short spurts, but too much and it can KILL YOU!!!
Question of the Day: Do you like camping? If so, what is your favorite activity?
For those who don't know, Let Me In is the upcoming American remake of the awesome Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In. I sobbed aloud when it was announced, because this film does not need to be remade. Ever.
As if my faith in this film wasn't already deep enough in the shitter, the new teaser poster is recycled from one of the teasers used for the original. How great. This is gonna be bad.
As many of you probably didn't know, I was rather keen of Rob Zombies' Halloween remake (as well as his other films too). I get a lot of shit for it, but I picked up the Blu-ray the other day and you know what? I still like it. Its a fun, stylish slasher that's very entertaining and who's only real problem is its lack of scares. So now that the sequel has hit theaters, me and my buddies decided to take a trip to the movies to see Michael Myers go on yet another killing spree to find his lost sister Laurie.Since I'm tired and don't feel like writing a long review for the film, I'll just write a short one.
Lets start by pointing out my favorite thing: great gratuitous violence! Zombie knew exactly how to make this sequel far gorier than the first. The kills are extremely brutal and the sounds can be gag-inducing to some (I heard some going on in the theater). There are plenty of kills, so the blood never runs dry. Another thing I enjoyed was the atmosphere. This films ends up looking even better than the first. There are some great moments as Zombie's direction is great here. He knows how to express what he wants to show us, which is good since most of it involved someone being sliced up or overacting. Speaking of acting, most of it is sound here. The dialogue could have used some work (I still don't understand why Zombie insists on every character saying "fuck" at least six times in one sentence). One person who really stands out is Brad Dourif, who plays Sheriff Lee Brackett. You feel sympathetic for his character since he seems the most "normal" in the bunch who's just as clueless as everyone else.
The story this time around takes some heat. I understand what Zombie was going for, but he really does miss the mark. He tries very hard to convey all of these deep meanings and occurring themes, but they end up coming across as confusing and not fleshed out. And it sucks too, because there is some good stuff here, but it gets lost in its own attempts. The constant use of Michale's dead mother dressed in white is meant to show his own psychological fuck-ups, but most of the time these scenes come across as just silly. Most, but one. There is a very cool scene in which young Michael talks to his mother about being close to bringing Laurie home. They stand in from of a feast surrounded by strange characters with weird masks and some cool makeup effects. Its scenes like this that stand out amongst others.
One other issue I had was with Dr. Lumis. Malcolm McDowell returns as the good doctor who analyzed and treated Michael years ago. He's here again, but this time he pretty much plays it safe. His character runs around trying to promote his new book, but since he has no connection with the rest of the characters until the end, he feels far away and unnecessary. Lumis is a great character and I wish he was used more. The ending did rub me the wrong way too. Much like the first film, there is not closure but instead more questions raised. This kind of ending is beginning to get very redundant, as there is no guarantee that there will be a sequel (which I kinda hope there isn't). The one point the film's ending does convey is the definite descent of Laurie's mind into madness. As a whole the film is an entertaining slasher picture, but Zombie has failed to give us more than that. As it stands, its an inferior sequel that isn't as interesting or as fun as its predecessor, but its a fun way to kill an evening with some friends. If you're aren't a big fan, wait for the DVD.
So after some consideration and much pacing about, I decided to try and snag a PS3 Slim from a Gamestop today. I had heard that both Gamestop and Amazon.com were getting the systems in while other retailers will have to wait until sometime in early September. So I hurried as fast as I could to my local Gamestop as soon as my last class was let out. After I traded in a few things to take advantage of some good bonuses, I bought their last one (turns out they only got one that wasn't reserved). So hooray! I have a PS3 again!
For those who haven't seen it, I took pics as I opened it.
I also picked up Batman: Arkham Asylum as well a a few Blu-rays, one of which was a great find. The Devil's Rejects, one of my favorite genre films (the genre being weird but awesome gore flicks directed my rock stars), is already out of print here in the states. But I happened to find one at my local FYE store. I'm updating the system as I write this, So I'll going to spend the rest of my evening playing Arkham. So all in all,it was a good day. THUMBS UP!!!
You know how many brain cells you assassinate when you drink about seven or eight beers? That's around the amount you can kill with just one viewing of Michael Bay's incredibly stupid sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Say what you will about the film; I found it dumb as hell (and charmless compared to the first film), but you know how I feel about giant robots. Its decent entertainment to waste an afternoon.
So for those of you who want to pick up this explosion-riddled, migraine-inducing clusterfuck on October 20th, here are the DVD specs:
* Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
* The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen - Multi-chapter documentary
o Seeds of Vengeance - Development and Design
o Domestic Destruction – Production: United States
o Joint Operations – Production: Military
o Wonders of the World – Production: Middle East
o Start Making Sense - Editing
o Under the Gun – Visual Effects
o Running the Gauntlet – Post-Production and Release
* A Day with Bay: Tokyo
* 25 Years of TRANSFORMERS - Featurette
* NEST: Transformer Data-Hub
* Deconstructing Visual Bayhem with Commentary by Pre-Vis Supervisor Steve Yamamoto
* Extended Scenes
* Music Video: Linkin Park’s “New Divide”
* The ALLSPARK Experiment
* NEST: Transformer Data-Hub
* Giant Effing Movie
* The Matrix of Marketing
Here's hoping the third outing is better. I heard it might have Dinobots! YAY!