Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Think your smokerings are impressive? Blow it out your blowhole!

Finally An Avatar Trailer

I am pretty pissed the Avatar Day site was down for the 2+ hours I tried to get a seat, but the leaked Avatar trailer will have to do. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Check Mate....

... Now shut the fuck up!

But we all know creationists will not shut the fuck up now, will they?

Friday, August 14, 2009

District 9 Afterthoughts

I saw District 9 and quite enjoyed it. I have no intentions on talking much about the movie, but I do have some booze in me, so let's see how far I go.

District 9 starts off very documentary-like. I actually stays like this for about 15-20 minutes as it introduces us to the only human (Wikus) we will give a fuck about. He is a pencil-neck little fucking dweeb put in charge of a mission to evict these aliens from their current residences. These aliens have been in South Africa for 20 years now, nobody really wants them around, and it is apparent they have no way to fix their mothership to return home so they are stuck here. The plan is to move them 240 kilometers from the city they currently reside.

The aliens are treated as less than 2nd class citizens and the plan is to move them to a concentration camp where no human will have to see them. Wikus, along with a few military personnel as backup, shows up to their slum to personally notify each of them that they are evicted. This is where it gets rather fun. It turns out, these aliens are a little bit unruly. Not gangster unruly, but have little respect for authority and fuck around quite a bit.

It appears that the mothership was transporting a million individuals (which has grown to 1.8 million in the last 20 years) and, although more advanced than humans, these are just regular joes of the aliens. None of them, but a couple, can actually build any technology. Just think... If you were to be on a space cruiser and accidentally land on another planet and all the scientists died on the way, would you be able to build a shuttle to get yourself home or build a gun to defend yourself? It seems much like that and that is highly commendable to make the aliens very human in that regard, they are not all specialists in technology.

Surprisingly, I have the willpower to quit there. That is really all you need to know of the movie. This movie should be seen without knowing jack-shit other than that.

What I love about this is its display of human nature. Humans love to subjugate others. Even the subjugated classes enjoy subjugating the aliens. It is almost as if they are keeping them around for the sole purpose of subjugating them. The humans ensure they do not get away so they can have the joy of killing them like bugs.

Aside from the social commentary, the movie can be quite funny at times. I enjoyed how the aliens all look different and have their own personalities. They even wear human clothes and begin to talk like humans with regard to profanity. I read on AICN that the movie gets rather gory. This is not true (at least to my standards of "gory"), but there is quite a bit of blood being thrown everywhere in some scenes.

Overall, the most effective parts of the movie are when you see the military folks pull out their pistol and just shoot an alien in the head point-blank for little-to-no reason. There is much parallel to the genocide that goes on in the world.

Last thoughts: I did see his short film "Alive in Joburg" and really liked it. It is on YouTube, so watch it and that is a decent sample of the first half-hour or so of what this movie is. I saw this when he was going to be the director of the Halo movie that was slated for 2007, but fell through. I do hope that he does get to do Halo. His screen test of Halo was pretty decent, especially the first couple minutes. I really liked how he nailed the needler gun. I hope District 9 is a huge success and he can finally do Halo, then move on to whatever he wants to do.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Afterthoughts

Goddamn, I want to see this movie again. I see a lot of movies opening day (generally 20+ a year), or the morning after, and wish I would hop on here and comment more on each of them, but I must for this movie. I went into this movie expecting it to be fucking retarded, but a shitload of fun like Transformers (which I also love, but recognize it is absolutely one of the dumbest movies ever made). And I only expected it to be a shitload of fun due to reviews on AICN. I didn't find anything cool about the trailers and had no intention on seeing the movie. But holy fuck! Yes, it was a little stupid, but not bad at all and certainly not dopey like Transformers.

The acting was not very good, but it has it where it counts, which is the action and tech. Near the beginning we are treated to the Cobra jet and it looks incredibly similar to what I recall the toy Cobra jet, though a quick search leaves me thinking perhaps I am recalling shit that never happened. The training sequences were very good and sometimes funny without being Transformers retarded. Snake Eyes, alone, is a good reason to watch this movie.

Hmm... I may as well get into the cast since I mentioned Snake Eyes. A thread on IMDB says it best: "Only good actor in GI Joe and he didn't even have to say a word." I love me some Ray-Fucking-Park. He blew us all away in The Phantom Menace and rendered his scenes in that movie the only ones worth revisiting. I shit myself when I saw Fanboys for the first time and he was one of the guards at Skywalker ranch from THX 1138. Ray Park should kick ass in every movie that comes out in the future. Kevin Smith always says he'd cast Ben Affleck as the shark in Jaws, I say fuck that! Cast Ray Park as the shark in Jaws and you'll have the most frightening Jaws movie ever made.

The only other person I was looking forward to in this movie was Rachel Nichols as Scarlett. I loved her in the last season of Alias, but she was not very good here. Sometimes she was fine/good, but most of the time after the first half hour of the movie, she was not either fine or good. She had a relationship with Marlon Wayans' Ripcord that reminded me of Han & Leia's relationship in The Empire Strikes Back. Hate, hate, hate, oh yeah, I just fell in love with you 2 seconds ago, a second after I was still hating you.

Now for Marlon Wayans. He actually wasn't bad. I was expecting him to be annoying and retarded comic relief. He is sometimes comic relief, but the jokes are not too retarded (e.g. Transformers' "were you masturbating?") and sometimes fit really well. In fact, I would actually say he was the 2nd best actor in the movie, that is, agreeing with the Ray Park IMDB comment. He was very consistent, unlike Rachel Nichols.

Dennis Quaid played General Hawk. Again, the acting was not that great, but I always did like the idea of him in this role. Even though his acting was only passable, he has the look I would imagine for the fine General.

Mr. Eko, from Lost, plays Heavy Duty. I fucking loved this guy in Lost, but what the fuck happened? The first half of the movie, especially when we are introduced to this elite squad, he's just fucking nearly Transformers-level retarded. Thankfully the last half he is actually quite good.

Sienna Miller is the Baroness. I actually cannot say her acting is bad (she has done some really great roles in the past), and objectively, she probably is the best of all the cast, but I do not like the way she looks in this movie. It looks and feels to forced to make her hot and badass at the same time, so fuck her character.

The guy that played The Mummy, though I recognized him from 24 initially, was pretty decent in this when he wasn't fucking whistling.

And the last person I am going to talk about on this already too long list is Channing Tatum as Duke. I must admit some previous baggage about this guy. I. Do. Not. Fucking. Like. This. Guy. Why? One may ask. It is all completely due only to the movie trailer for the movie Fighting. That is it. That movie trailer only made me instantly hate this guy. I no longer like his voice or the way he looks. I almost feel bad for saying it because he is probably a really nice guy and possibly really good actor (he did win awards for an independent film for acting). I really had a hard time watching him in this movie. Especially right away. It was not so bad later on, and I hope this trend continues. I hope that when it comes out on BluRay/DVD that I will watch it many times and just accept him and like him as Duke and can erase all my thoughts of that Fighting trailer.

Just some final comments about the movie itself. There are a few little twists in the storyline that are not bad (nor great) regarding origins and futures. I suspect many people will not know who is actually the Cobra Commander until near the end, and I admit being a bit confused at times, but my first suspicions were correct. My last comment: I really fucking hate the Cobra Commander helmet!

Friday, August 7, 2009

You've Got 8 Seconds, PZ

PZ Myers and a bunch of atheists, organized by the Secular Student Alliance, attended the Creation Museum today. I followed the events on PZ's Twitter and this picture is the best thing to come out of it all.

That's PZ on a Triceratops with a saddle. See, creationists seem to think the world is only 6,000 years-old and that humans coexisted with Dinosaurs. Not only that, they also think T-Rex was a fucking vegetarian, HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Creationists, you are so funny.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Upcoming DUNE Movie!

I was first introduced to Dune when I introduced a co-worker to Everclear back in late 2001. He obviously knew Everclear would do him in and I would be up all night so he popped in the Dune mini-series to keep me entertained. I absolutely loved it. I recognized it was full of obvious problems, but the story-line was incredible.

I bought the DVD of the mini-series and it remains one of my most watched titles. I have been considering purchasing the book for some time, but I got Kindle for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I got Dune and the book is fucking awesome. I love it!

Before I continue, yes, I've seen the three hour David Lynch version, and I don't like it much at all.

That out of the way, we have another version of Dune coming up and director, Peter Berg (who, I believe was the first guy to fuck Sydney Bristow on Alias after the death of her fiance) has said what he would like to do with Dune. He also directed Hancock, which I did not like that much. In fact, I don't like much of what he has directed except The Rundown. Regardless, I am pretty excited. I've seen him on the first season of Dinner For Five and he seems to have a nice understanding.

What he says he wants to with Dune makes sense:

"[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun," Berg said. "I think those are all elements of my experience of the book that can be brought in without offending the die-hard fans of the Bene Gesserit and Kwisatz Haderach. There's a more dynamic film to be made."

I just hope he can make it 5-7 hours long, but that, obviously won't happen. I really loved Saskia Reeves as Lady Jessica to the point I can't watch the Children of Dune mini-series because she is not in it. how am I going to cope without her in this, I don't know.

I hope for the best and have a feeling I will just shuffle between Peter Berg's version and the mini-series.

Play .AVI Files On PS3

Here's my first video tutorial (which I believe I said would be for the iPhone/iPod Touch, but fuck it) on how to play video files on PS3. I have not tried all types of movie files, but I presume that any M-PEG format will work so .MP4, .AVI, etc.

I used a file I ripped myself, but obviously if you obtained a file via other means it will work the same way. Just make sure you know where the movie is on whatever device you choose to use, whether a flash drive, external hard drive, etc.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Obama, The Antichrist Confirmed, Fucking Cool!!!

Now Obama is so much cooler in my book. How about you fine folks?

So according to the Left Behind (why did I waste the effort to capitalize those letters?) guys, soon I can have lots of sex with anybody and everybody I want and it will be the social norm. I can't fucking wait!!!

Via Greg Laden