The Hobbit: Without question the best 3D movie I've ever seen, the only movie where I felt the it was worth it. I don't really want to see it in anything but 3D now, it's that cool. The camera moves all the time, the wide-angle lenses work beatifully with the 3D, and the movie isn't afraid of being gratuitous about the effect, like so many so-called 3D movies are. The 48fps thing was also cool, and worked especially well with the action scenes.
Now for the movie itself: it's good. It's alright and entertaining.
It feels more like a Lord of the Rings-ripoff than a movie based on The Hobbit, and I can't help but feel that Peter Jackson really just wanted to make those movies again and get the old cast back together, like a 40-year-old man at his high-school reunion reliving his glory days. Dragging it out to three movies (or, as I've gathered it, two movies directly based on the Hobbit, and one movie tying the events of the Hobbit and LotR together) just felt pointless, and I really think we've been sacrificed of one exellent film in order to make three okay ones instead. To its credit, it doesn't have a cliffhangery ending. Instead, it's more like "Yeah, that dangerous task is done, now there's no more great hardships for- Oh right, Smaug."
I'm looking forward to the next movie for the giant spiders alone, though. First time since before I was disappointed by the boring reality of nearly all 3D movies that I've been excited about 3D.
Finally saw Skyfall. Hands down the best Bond film ever made. So fucking much. Only criticism I can accept is pacing, but that is for people who care too much about film structure who are not me.
Also, I can't help but care even less for all the industry slime lobbying against piracy when such insane numbers are being posted for box office grosses. They should take more care in making less shitty films that deserve to be pirated.
There should have been much more Javier thigh stroking in that film.
The film has its flaws, I enjoyed it quite a bit (perhaps moreso because of Dench) despite not being convinced Craig is good enough to be Bond, but he pulled it off here. It's still not anywhere close to being my favourite Bond film though.
The James Bond films are my favourite franchise ever, I have scrapbooks full to the brim of any related picture, facts ect accumulated since I was 6 and I use to know silly facts like who the assisstant director of whatever film was, so I'm hard to please, but yeah just my own opinion man.
Watched 'Machine Gun Preacher' on netflix yesterday after putting it off forever. It just seemed like "Oh, another Gerard Butler movie. Yawn." But it surprised me by actually being good. I mean I like the idea of Gerard Butler movies, he's a likable actor and all, but in practice his movies generally aren't my cup of tea.
Anyways, 'Machine Gun Preacher'. Yes. Good movie, and not goofy like its title or cover art would suggest. It got me in the feels a bit. Also it carried an important message:
If you yell at your ex-junkie friend and call him a dog he will relapse and overdose and you will be a big jerk.
I was also watching 'House of the Devil' again last night. I've been watching it every couple months on netflix so I bought the DVD and was checking out one of the commentaries, and I fell asleep towards the end. Woke up from a very messed up dream a couple hours later with the DVD at the title menu playing this creepy music from the movie and it was all very unsettling. It was great.
Last movie I saw was The Girl Who Leapt through time. Wasn't really sure what to expect from it but it turned out to be pretty good. It's an anime about a girl who gains the ability to go back in time at will (duh) but she finds out she only has a limited number of times she can do it. What I found quite interesting about it was that what she used her power on was exactly what you would expect a teenage girl to. Kind of silly minor shit. And, also like you would expect, she fucks things up somewhat. Not what I'm usually in to but it made for an interesting twist on the "slice of life" style of anime which actually had a relatively interesting story arc.
Resident Evil: Retribution. There's going to be spoilers in this because come on, who the fuck cares about RE spoilers.
I say this as someone who actually has the other four RE films on DVD and has happily watched them many times: this film is fucking garbage of the highest order. It is impressively bad on every level. I struggle to put into words just how awful it is. There's a few laughs to be had out of it, at least. When Milla Jovovich asks where Chris and Claire Redfield are, as they were standing right next to her at the end of the last film and are nowhere to be seen in this one, she's simply met with a blast of inaudible noise. Ada Wong breaks in to Umbrella's secret facility undetected and kills all the security men by herself, but can't get back out without a squad on the outside. When Umbrella's security systems are taken down, all doors magically unlock and Milla is presented with free clothes and weapons because obviously when you're under attack you want to free and arm all your prisoners.
They've already done Lickers in two other films, so to up the ante in this one they made the Lickers twice the size of a tank and with two tongues. The Executioner from the last film? Back, only now twice as tall and there's two of them, because Paul W.S. Anderson is a gigantic manbaby. They get bored of zombies so they introduce zombies with guns; they get bored of zombies with guns so they have zombies on motorbikes chasing the main characters in a pimped-out Rolls-Royce. A character simply stands still as a zombie with a chainsaw comes at him, and other than spraying a few bullets in its general direction, makes no attempt to, you know, move out of the way. Despite almost never reloading and clearly only having one or two mags each, every character sprays hundreds of bullets around in each scene. Milla Jovovich randomly adopts a little girl survivor, who she has to save from a monster's nest, because we couldn't get through a single RE film without copying Aliens in some way. The little girl is apparently deaf and needs to use sign language, except she speaks very clear English throughout and understands what every character says to her. Wesker was blown up by a gigantic bomb in mid-air at the end of the last film and in this one he's alive without a scratch on him and absolutely nobody is surprised, they just accept it and move on. Whenever somebody has a question, it's ignored and the scene simply moves on.
It's superbly retarded. The film points out every single one of its massive, glaring plot holes, and then gloriously refuses to address them. It's just... it's beautiful. It is a master class in how to do everything wrong.
It actually makes RE6 look competent in comparison.
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