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Movie Review: The Sum of All Fears

I leave for a church camp tomorrow so I won’t be writing next week but stay tuned because when I get back, I’ll be writing my NFL Preview. I’ve been looking forward to writing this all summer. I’ll be talking about every team as well as give my playoff predictions. Now let’s get into this movie review.

I watched Patriot Games not too long ago, a movie adapted from a Tom Clancy novel, and gave it a 42. Well, I decided to watch another Tom Clancy movie adaptation, The Sum of All Fears. Check out the trailer here.

A great cast was in this: Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, James Caldwell, Ron Rifkin, Ben Affleck, and others. With as many good actors as they had, I knew some would end up playing minor roles. However, it seemed like everyone not named Ben Affleck had a minor role in this, which was very disappointing.

Within the first five minutes, there’s a plot hole. That coupled with horrible opening music caused me to silently moan. Jack Ryan is played by Affleck and I really don’t get a connection with the character. I don’t figure out who he is as a person so I don’t care where the story goes. All the great actors in this were given poor roles including Morgan Freeman. I don’t even know why he was put on the cover of this movie. I don’t know why they have the cast they have in this when half-decent actors could have done just as well and yes that includes Morgan Freeman. I guess they were hoping we’d see all the actors and just go see it, because how can they make a bad movie with so much talent on the same screen, right?

There’s quite a few scenes with Affleck and his girlfriend that didn’t need to be in the movie. Jack Ryan didn’t need to have a girlfriend so I don’t know why they couldn’t just cut her character out. I felt no chemistry between the two anyway.

There is little action. It’s more of a race-against-time movie, except that time seems to slow down a lot for our hero.

You never figure out why the bad guy does what he does. He’s a Neo-Nazi and that’s all I really know about him. You would think they could have taken two minutes to explain how he became one or tried to add some originality to him but I guess they wanted to make him as stereotypical as possible.

The dialogue gets predictable in the second half and plot holes become more and more frequent as the movie goes on.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Iron Man 3World War Z, 42)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Star Trek Into DarknessNow You See MeMan of SteelMonster-In-LawWhite House Down)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (Oblivion)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific Rim)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (The HobbitAfter EarthRoad to Perdition)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow.

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE”. (Midnight Cowboy)

My score for The Sum of All Fears: 22.

There are more plot holes then solid ground in this movie, as you can tell by how many times I say, “I don’t know” in this review. The execution is poor and did I mention the soundtrack is like vocal diarrhea? I think listening to a kid’s show on PBS would have been more enjoyable than listening to this garbage. Whoever made this soundtrack shouldn’t be allowed to compose ever again. Affleck talks like a whining teenager and acts like one, too. Last time I watch a Tom Clancy movie, that’s for sure.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!*

*SPOILER’S EDITION*

The movie starts off with the Israelis and Arabs in the middle of a war. Israel deploys a jet to take a nuclear bomb and fly around in the event that the Arabs take over. The pilot is flying and looking at a picture of his wife and son and then knocks the photo off his control board. He bends down to pick it up, but can’t. He looks up just in time to see a missile blow him out of the sky. Somehow the nuclear bomb doesn’t detonate from the explosion or from the fall to the ground. Instead it becomes buried in the middle of the desert.

Among the many problems with just this scenario: Why is the guy bending down to pick up the photo? Did he forget he was flying a nuclear bomb? Did he forget the magnitude of the situation or did Israel just pick the stupidest pilot in the bunch and send him up with a nuke? How did the nuke survive both the explosion and the fall? What are the answers to these questions? I don’t know.

The president decides to attend a professional football game. Why would a president do this, when you get so much better coverage on TV? Wasn’t he worried about, uh, assassination? Wasn’t he worried about the public outrage that would ensue when the public found out that their commander-in-chief was watching football instead of solving our country’s problems? Possible answers? I don’t know.

After calling numerous times to get in touch with Cabot (Freeman), Ryan is finally able to say that the nuke is in the stadium. Their phone call is like watching two elderly deaf people hold a conversation. Check the scene out here. Freeman also has one of those “Oh, no” faces for a whole 12 seconds of screen time. Cabot and the President and everybody quickly leave and are on the road for no longer than two minutes before the bomb explodes. In fact, if you listen carefully, you can hear the game announcers say, “The President has just left the stadium” on the hospital TV, which occurs about five seconds before the explosion. Watch for yourself. Despite definitely being in the blast radius, they’re not incinerated but maybe that’s because of the type of nuclear bomb that it is so I’ll let that slide. However, Cabot throws himself on the President when they get in the car. After the marines arrive following the explosion, the President is able to come out without any major injuries. However, we later see Cabot and his voice is virtually gone, which is probably because of the radiation. He dies in the middle of talking to Ryan which is about an estimated half hour after exposure. Since Cabot was recovered soon after the President, how come Cabot encountered nuclear radiation and died, but the President had no radiation effects? Does that mean if we’re about to get hit by the same nuke in the movie, all I need to do is have my brother jump on top of me and I’ll be impenetrable to nuclear radiation? I don’t have a clue what’s going on!!!

Ryan calls Air Force One after he discovers the Russians were not responsible for the nuclear attack. The secretary of defense picks up the phone and upon hearing it is Ryan, hangs up the phone. Didn’t he consider that the phone call might have been important? After all, it’s not like the number to Air Force One is in Yellow Pages or something. Not to mention, the phone call wasn’t for him, it’s for the President. Does the Secretary of Defense decide what’s important and what’s not in this guy’s administration? Where are the answers?!!!

After he’s cut off, Ryan starts communicating over the internet with the Russian President, informing him that he knows he wasn’t behind the attacks. He then goes about explaining who is actually responsible for this and Air Force One is seeing all this on their computers. Instead of the President reading it and considering the possibility that there might be truth to this or even just to see what the Russian President does, he starts screaming at his cabinet members to cut Ryan off!!! WHAT???!!! Does he not care about the truth or even a chance that the Russian President might listen to Ryan? Is he just determined to shoot everything in sight and blow up everything like John McCain???!!! Ryan gets cut off but the Russian President agrees to stand down. Then the President is like, “I think I should get Ryan on the phone”. Really, you idiot?! You think you should call Ryan and I don’t know, maybe apologize for losing every single piece of intelligence you had in your freaking skull? OH MY GOSH!!!! THIS MOVIE IS HORRIBLE!!!

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The One Thing You Should Know About Yourself

I can really relate to this. A great confidence booster.

olivethepeople

February 5th 2008

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It was strange.

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There I was.

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Laying in my dorm room. Door locked. Late-night conversations              outside my door. As the chill, February air coasted through the open window >> between my hair and

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As I laid there perfectly still.

Arms crossed behind my head.

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– Illuminated and shadowed by the street lamps located not so far away. Witnessing the light fLiCkEr off my body every time a stranger would pass them by.

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It was strange.

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Strange that I didn’t want to do anything else.

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And strange that I was doing nothing at all.

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I remember locking the door. Telling…

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NHL Realignment

The NHL had to change its whole division set-up as part of their end-of-strike agreement. The NHL has changed its divisions, which wasn’t necessary besides having the Winnipeg Jets change places with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Well, instead they decided to change the whole format which now has only four divisions, called the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central, and Pacific. Who picked the name Metropolitan? That name is the oddball. ESPN reported the divisions would look like the following.

The Metropolitan Division consists of the Washington CapitalsPittsburgh Penguins,Philadelphia FlyersNew Jersey DevilsNew York RangersNew York IslandersCarolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, who have moved from the West to the East.

The Atlantic is made up of the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Ottawa SenatorsBuffalo Sabres,Detroit Red WingsBoston BruinsFlorida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Detroit also has shifted from the West to the East.

The Central includes the Jets, Blackhawks, Colorado AvalancheDallas StarsMinnesota WildNashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.

The Pacific is composed of the Vancouver CanucksCalgary Flames, Oilers, San Jose Sharks,Los Angeles KingsPhoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks.

Why has Detroit shifted, when they clearly aren’t in the east? I have no idea. Detroit’s been the powerhouse of the Western Conference forever and taking them out makes zero sense to me. Also, you know what I see above? 16 eastern conference teams to 14 western conference teams. That’s not even. That means western teams have one less team to compete against. Perhaps I’m making too big a fuss over this but I don’t see why they had to change things up. I do appreciate that the NHL is taking a break so players can play in the Olympics but part of me also wonders what it would be like if teams had to play without their star players.

For more info, check out these two sites:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9492759/nhl-releases-2013-14-schedule-new-division-names

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season_structure_of_the_NHL

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7 Reasons Why Guys Think Girls Are Crazy

This is a blog post about what girls do that make no sense. It’s all entirely true, too! Read this and tell me it’s not.

olivethepeople

July 22nd 2013

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Well what the shit. 

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I guess I never really noticed it.

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At least not at first.

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Why guys think we lady friends are batshit.

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And how we have no idea.

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Let me break this down:

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The other day I was exchanging banter with my 100% male friends about their casual, manly habits as I graciously

s p i l l e d  our top-secret of secrets with them, involving things like:

Having the incapacity of eating a normal amount of chips and salsa in one sitting

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Homeslices agreed. In fact…a little too much.

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In fact.

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They made a list.

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Outlining the various tasks we lady tricks do on a regular basis that don’t make any goddamn sense!

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How we think we look like this:

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But really kind of look…

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Movie Review: 42

I never got a chance to see this movie in theaters but I really wanted to go see it. I finally got the chance to do so the other day and it was definitely worth the wait.

First, I’d like to start off by saying that I’m not a baseball fan. There are players and teams that I’ll root for but very rarely do I watch a game. Growing up in Pittsburgh and watching the Pirates lose again and again turned me off to the sport. It also is a rather slow-moving sport where there’s little scoring most of the time. I don’t get the same adrenaline rush from it that I get from football and hockey.

That being said, I wasn’t worried about this movie. My family loved it and my brother went so far as to say it is probably in his top five. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this movie though because like I said, I’m not a baseball fan, so I don’t know a whole lot about the Jackie Robinson story. I know that he was the first African-American to enter the big leagues and that he endured plenty of racist slurs and unfairness during his career, but he truly was a national hero for what he did, which is why on April 15, every major leaguer wears the number 42, to celebrate what he did for the sport of baseball. I don’t know much more than that.

This movie made me gain a whole new appreciation and respect for Jackie Robinson. While this movie is definitely more of a drama than a baseball movie, that didn’t bother me. This movie relied on the telling of the story and how well the actors could portray their characters. Jackie Robinson is played by Chadwick Boseman. Your reaction is probably the same as mine: Who? Prior to 42, Boseman guest starred on various TV shows, but was never a regular. He did nine episodes on the show Lincoln Heights and thirteen episodes on Persons Unknown. Aside from those two shows, he has never done more than one episode for any one show. As for experience on the big screen, Boseman only has been in four movies and I haven’t heard of any of them (Date, Ladylike, The Express, and The Kill Hole).

Despite having limited experience, Boseman delivers an outstanding performance in this, one that is very believable and so convincing that I looked at him as Jackie Robinson the whole film. Sometimes I’ll look at a character and while they are convincing, I’ll still have a voice in the back of my head reminding me who the actor is. This was not the case here. Boseman depicts Robinson in such a clear light that it was impossible for me to doubt him. His portrayal is almost hypnotizing it’s so good. Character connection is very strong and I have a genuine care for Robinson here. It’s truly some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, an amazing performance that should definitely win a Best Actor award.

Harrison Ford also does a  fantastic job as Branch Rickey, the club president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Despite not having a large amount of screen time, I still had a great admiration for Rickey, not just for what he did, but for how he handled it. I have to admit I almost teared up at one point. Harrison Ford is one of the greatest actors of all-time and he shows he deserves that recognition here. In my opinion, a performance that should get at least a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role if not a win.

This movie was directed by Brian Helgeland. My reaction was the same as for Boseman: Who? After looking him up on IMDb, I found out that Helgeland has directed only 3 movies (Payback, A Knight’s Tale, and The Order), with the most recent in 2006. After reading this, my reaction was “WHAT?!” Helgeland has been an avid writer for the screen though. He’s written for 22 movies, including Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Robin Hood. Despite his limited experience in directing, he does a great job getting the performances out of the actors that he wanted. A Best Director nomination perhaps?

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Iron Man 3World War Z)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Star Trek Into DarknessNow You See MeMan of SteelMonster-In-LawWhite House Down)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (Oblivion)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific Rim)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (The HobbitAfter EarthRoad to Perdition)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow.

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight Cowboy)

My score for 42: 96.

There aren’t really any other elements in this movie but you can’t complain because the drama and characters are so well-done. As I said, I expect a couple of awards with this movie. When you look at the cast and director, it looks like a bunch of nobodies getting together to make a movie (except for Harrison Ford of course), but at the end of the day they prove to be an underdog phenomenon. All of the supporting cast did a great job. Definitely a must-buy and a must-see.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!

*SPOILER’S EDITION*

There’s nothing to spoil in this movie or anything that I didn’t like about it. This more than reached my expectations and I’m very happy I watched it.

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Movie Review: Midnight Cowboy

My dad brought this movie home two weeks ago and after my mom finished it, she said I had to watch this and write a review on it. Well Mom, you got your wish.

Witness Jon Voight chewing bubblegum for two full hours in this 1969 film that won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. That didn’t excite me because the Academy always seems to give the Best Picture award to a bad movie, something that I will never understand. This movie was more of the same.

The viewing of this movie was easily one of the least productive two-hour periods of my entire life.

This movie stars Joe Buck (Jon Voight), who decides to leave his dishwashing job in Texas and go to New York, where he intends to become a hustler (he means a man whore, but he’s probably too dumb to know the term). For some reason, Joe thought it would be a great idea to bring almost no cash with him, apparently totally oblivious to the fact that things might not go his way. Obviously things go very poorly from there and because this movie is so uneventful, I’d thought I tell you what happened.

1) 15 minutes of Buck riding on a travel bus chewing gum like a horse.

2) Lurid flashbacks of him and some random girl who were apparently intimate making love.

3) Upon arriving he has sex with a lady but instead of him getting paid, he gives her money for a taxi.

4)He meets Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), who cons him out of twenty dollars. Somehow Rizzo and Joe become friends and live in an abandoned house.

That’s the first half hour of this movie if not more.

It was clearly obvious to me that this movie was meant to be a slow drama and that the only way this movie was going to succeed was if Voight and Hoffman could make us care about the characters. They failed, at least for me, in dramatic fashion. All Buck seems to think about is sex and between that and his stupidity/naivety, I really don’t care about him and given Rizzo’s nails-on-a-chalkboard voice and his witty banter, all I want him to do is shut up. Throughout the whole movie, Voight has a look on his face like “why did I agree to film this”, a question I was constantly asking myself. There are random visual hallucinations in some spots as if Buck is high or something and they never explain why he has these random flashbacks. I’m guessing they were trying to describe his past so that we would know how he got where he is now, but the flashback glimpses are so small that I wasn’t able to connect the dots. Wikipedia had to tell me what was going on. For a movie that was supposed to be adapted from a book, they didn’t do a good job of retelling the story.

Everyone that the two don’t like they refer to as “a word beginning with the letter f that means homosexual”. There’s no action and no humor so there’s really no other elements here to enjoy, unless you’re laughing at the stupidity and pure randomness of the film.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Iron Man 3World War Z)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Star Trek Into DarknessNow You See MeMan of SteelMonster-In-LawWhite House Down)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (Oblivion)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific Rim)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (The HobbitAfter EarthRoad to Perdition)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow.

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.”

My score for Midnight Cowboy: 15.

There were many plot holes and the character connection was nonexistent. I will admit the last 10 or so minutes aren’t bad and I might have cared a little, but aside from that, it was utter crap. There is some nudity and sex which leads me to believe that the only reason this movie received an Academy Award for Best Picture is because the panel judges were horny when they watched this. It filled 6 of my 9 suckage requirements (1) loss of brain cells 2) waste of time 3) accomplished nothing 4) almost knew less than I did going in 5) why did I see this 6) staring at a wall). Congratulations, you’ve been awarded a WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE label.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!

*SPOILER’S EDITION*

Wait, you actually think I’m going to waste even more of my life writing about this movie? Haha, very funny. I will add this friendly warning though:

WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. TIM WATCHES THESE BAD MOVIES SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO. DON’T LET HIS SACRIFICE BE IN VAIN!!! UNLESS YOU’RE LOOKING TO SERIOUSLY INJURE YOURSELF, THEN BY ALL MEANS, GO AHEAD.

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Movie Review: Pacific Rim

First, I’d like to apologize to all my followers and readers for not posting anything recently. I have been on vacation for the past week and I do my best to avoid my phone and computer. Happy to be back writing again though. Let’s get this show on the road.

Godzilla meets Transformers in the newest summer blockbuster, Pacific Rim. The trailers for this looked epic and my brother and I were very excited to go and see this.

I’m not starting this review with the headline “Godzilla meets Transformers” just because that’s basically what this movie is. It’s also because there was a tiny shard of worry in me as well. I knew this movie could be two things: either an action bonanza with little of anything else (stereotypical Godzilla movies) or one with everything, causing it to be so epic that I nearly put a perfection label on the cover when I bought it (Transformers). These are two very different descriptions and I’d prefer to watch one over the other. I’ll let you figure it out.

The action scenes in this movie were pretty good and definitely worthy of a serious fist pound. However, something I loved about Transformers was the amazing special effects they were able to do with the transformers while still keeping the fight scenes relatively fast-paced. In this, both the monsters and the robots move like 300 ton creatures, making everything a lot more detailed, but slower paced. While I truly appreciated all the work that went into these fight scenes, at some points it was like I was watching a sumo wrestling match or two 500-pound men in a boxing ring. Personally, I’ll take speed over extreme detail any day. Godzilla-1 Transformers-0

There were no star actors in this film, which bugged me a little bit, but I figured it shouldn’t interfere with the action scenes. It didn’t but it also meant between every fight scene I was stuck watching characters I felt like I had seen a billion times. Very stereotypical and unoriginal. Think of stereotypical roles in movies and probably half of them can be pointed out in this film. That isn’t a big deal if you have actors that can bring some originality to them. There were no such actors present for filming. If you recall when you watched Godzilla movies as a kid, the characters were probably not important to you and you really could care less if they fell into a black hole or blew their brains out. You watched it because you wanted to see the fight scenes. That’s what this movie is like. I can almost picture the obnoxious audience member in the back of the theater: “Let’s go, nobody cares, start round two.” One of the scientists in the movie, played by Charlie Day, is one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever seen. I was waiting for someone to bust his face in, but sadly it never happened. Every time an action scene was interrupted by this guy, I was thinking, “What is the purpose of having this guy in the movie?” The same with Ron Perlman’s character. Why is he in it? He does nothing for the plot! The actors did the best they could with this, but the script writing was lacking. I cared about the characters in this film, but not as much as I want to care or should care. Godzilla-2 Transformers-0

While I appreciated that del Toro made the backstory as simple as possible, he seemed to neglect one important point, at least for me. The pilots for these machines go through a neural handshake, a process through which their memories and brains are fused, or something to that effect, oh, I don’t even know what I’m talking about! What is going on?! How does that work? It’s a confusing concept. It seems like it would have been a lot easier to just make the robot be piloted by one person.

On the other hand, then it would be Godzilla meets Transformers meets Gundam. In fact, now that I think about it, aren’t the robots kind of like Gundam warriors?

Seriously, my brother just came in with this picture south-west from where I’m writing right now. That’s weird, man. Now if they had

done this same picture for Transformers I would just ignore it, but it’s not because I’m biased toward the movie. It’s because the movie is original, different in a way. The robots have minds of their own and you actually can consider Optimus Prime and the rest of the transformers characters because you can relate to them. They have a piece of individuality and creativity in them that makes me interested and intrigued, not bored like “I’ve seen this before minus these awesome fight scenes”.

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Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Iron Man 3World War Z)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Star Trek Into DarknessNow You See MeMan of SteelMonster-In-Law, White House Down)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too.

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Oblivion)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (The HobbitAfter EarthRoad to Perdition)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot Games)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow.

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.”

My score for Pacific Rim: 68.

The only other del Toro movies that I have seen are the two Hellboy movies, movies that relied on a weak plot line and character chemistry. The chemistry worked, the plot, not so much. At the end of the day, del Toro’s plot struggles with holes intertwined with audience members scratching their heads. The action scenes seemed to be his main priority and nothing but. While they were well done, even if they’re perfectly done action scenes, a movie still needs more than that to be great. Perhaps del Toro and Zach Snyder should join hands in making 300 part 2. The first one was action scenes and not much else. Sounds like they have the same priorities to me.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!

*SPOILER’S EDITION*

The monsters in this movie all ended up looking like hammerhead sharks with extremities and sometimes tentacles. I was disappointed I couldn’t get any more creativity than that.

Finally, the ending: the two main characters jump through the portal and Raleigh sends Mako out in an escape pod as they are both running out of oxygen. Raleigh then runs around the ship for what felt like forever pushing the manual override button for the detonation sequence. Apparently oxygen is not a necessity for people these days. I didn’t know that. I guess I’ll have to try swimming to the bottom of the ocean next week without any scuba diving equipment. Raleigh then jumps into an escape pod with under 7 seconds left before detonation and escapes the nuclear blast in Batman style. I suppose I’ll have to enlist in the air force for the next time they drop a nuclear warhead, because if they can escape nukes with seconds to spare, why can’t I? SHAKING MY HEAD!!!

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What John Mayer Said

This was a great post I read today that’s definitely worth a read. Shout to olive the people, for continuing to inspire me and others.

olivethepeople

July 29th 2010

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I remember being at the grocery store when she asked me.

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I remember, jamming out iPod style in the produce section, serenading the avocados and questionable eggplant to old school N’Sync

When suddenly.

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My pants vibrated with a phone call. It was my sister. She said.

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“Hey! I’ve got 2 extra tickets to the John Mayer concert this weekend. Wanna go? Bring a friend?”

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I remember totally playing it cool by the on-sale zucchini

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And  instantaneously recruiting my amiga Charlotte to join.

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And embarking on a 3 man date with our two kick ass selves, and 1 pint sized sister.

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And it was kind of incredible. Even if we were far away.

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It was dreamy July evening spent laying on the dew-filled grass as we closed our eyes and felt the aftermath of the…

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