Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

I don’t really understand how this movie franchise manages to get away with this much good fortune. Only in the most intense marketing fever dream, does this plan just continue to make money. But lo and behold, the movies are good, and well-loved. Not a single misstep. The entire world is watching this high wire act, and they have not fallen yet.

This is apparently my way of telling you, that I liked this movie.

Which is an accurate summation, because this film was fantastic! Continue reading

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Trailer Talk: 8/9/14

The trailers don’t stop! So neither will I!

Welcome to another addition of Trailer Talk!

Let’s Begin! Starting with….

Let’s Be Cops

Umm alright. So I just saw that. Huh.

See the problem with these sorts of comedy movies is that they tend to put all the best jokes in the trailer. Then, when you go see it, you’re bored, because they gave it all away already.

I think this might be one of those movies.

Because the trailer is really, really funny. I was at the brink of losing it a few times in just that 45 seconds.

The premise looks good. Exploration of the power that we inherently allow cops and other law enforcement to wield. Because honestly, we would all do (most) of those things if we thought they were real cops. Or at least we would be really shocked when they did something so outrageous, and clearly illegal, in public

Also, it really does give a good example of why we have laws to prevent someone from faking being a police officer.

So, since I am only judging the trailer itself, and not the movie that is going to accompany it. I award this trailer an 8/10.

Alright, whats next?

The Giver

Hey look, they are remaking Equilibrium!

Oh, wait, this is something else. Oh well.

So another movie based on a Y.A. novel. Alright fine, unlike some people, I am actually in favor of this trend.

But they really should be more selective about what they pick.

I am not saying The Giver is not a good book. I have not read it. So I can’t judge the source material.

What I am saying, is that adapting this to a film seems……unwise. This sort of story has been done to death. There has been so many movies about people without emotions, that it is practically a sub-genre of science fiction. Not a practically good sub-genre either. Especially because for the movie to fit the theme, the acting has to be inherently bland. Which, in a book, would not be a problem as the language and word play can make up for it.

But in a movie, you have to be interested on visual alone. So if they are acting bland, then the movie will feel bland.

Yeah, so the trailer is not that good. Except the soundtrack. Which sounds excellent. It sets a building sense of dread, just with a simple piano chord. Drawing you in, and making you look close.

So, normally I would have given it somewhere in the 3 range, but, I am going to be generous and award it a 5/10.

Now, unto the final entry!

Life After Beth

This is going to be a weird month.

So Zombies are still a thing apparently, and now we have completely walked away from taking them seriously. Now they are strictly comedy monsters.

I am surprisingly okay with that.

So from this trailer we learn that this a romantic comedy about zombies. Or rather, a single zombie. Who over the course of the movie becomes more and more of a monster. With the main guy trying to somehow keep everything from exploding into meaty chunks.

Now this movie could be terrible, but from the clips I saw, it does seem to be funny. The actors are ones that I like, and they seem to be giving it there all. So I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, and reward it with a respectable 7/10.

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Alright, well that is the end of this installment of Trailer Talk!

Tune in on Wednesday for my next exciting article!

Netflix Quest: #7 Eureka

The forest was vast.

A single rabbit ran by, its mechanical eye glowing red. I watch it disappear into the brush before I continued on. Wondering, briefly, where it was headed.

The path was cobblestone, and the only noise that could be heard was my feet hitting it. By this time in my quest my shoes had become ragged, the soles worn out, and the tongue hanging out like it’s namesake.

Then, finally I came to the entrance. A simple post in the ground. I swiped the card and waited a few moments. Continue reading

Netflix Quest: #8. Chuck

You would be surprised how many parties one can find themselves in on this island. They seem to rage all night, the Lotus Eaters really do have a thing for it. It might just be because they tend to eat the guests when they are done.

Despite the danger of it, I had to be here. To even make it into the next part of the quest I would need a key card, from one of the party goers. By the end of the party it would not matter if he had it or not.

He was not paying much attention, the drinks flowed freely here. He had a pile of glass next to him, and a few of the Lotus Eaters were hanging on his arms. Giving the flesh of it a long look. A few giving glances at his neck. Continue reading

The Top 5(+1) Cartoons of the 1990-2014 (That are not Anime)!

With a title like that, what could possibly go wrong?

So yeah making a list of good cartoons from the 90’s is really hard. Like stupidly hard, there was more than you could possibly shake a stick at.

Then, just to make it even harder, I decided to add cartoons from this decade as well.

It really is a cluster f*** honestly.

Yet to explain this list I have to go over a conversation that I had. Though as to not spoil anything on the list, I will refer to the cartoon as “Cartoon X” .

The conversation went as such*…. Continue reading