Tag: Movies

2012 or Bust

Posted by – November 24, 2009

Another week gone by and no news about returning to work.  What’s a person to do?  I decided to get out of the house and head for the theater to catch a matinee.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to see but figured I would go with whatever was starting.  When I arrived, there were quite a few cars in the parking lot and a school bus parked out front, so I asked the person at the ticket window which movie everyone was there to see (although I was sure I already knew the answer).  Sure enough, it was “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.  You know I don’t do crowds, so I decided to see “2012″instead.  The movie stars John Cusak, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover.  The title “2012″ refers to the date (December 12, 2012) which some believe will be the end of life on planet Earth because that is when the Ancient Mayan calendar expires.  I wasn’t overly impressed by the previews of this movie but what the heck.  Maybe I’d be pleasantly surprised since I had low expectations.

The movie begins with scientists observing a giant solar flare, the likes of which man has never seen.  They soon realize the neutrinos from the flare are causing the earth’s core to heat up exponentially, melting the interior of the planet which, in turn, is causing the earth’s crust to become unstable.

Meanwhile, writer/limo driver Jackson Curtis (played by Mr. Cusak) shows up at his ex-wife’s place to take his two kids for a weekend of camping in Yellowstone.  Once there, he finds something is up, but isn’t quite sure what.  The camping trip lasts only until the first major city-splitting earthquake.  Shortly after, all hell breaks loose (super volcanic and volcanic eruptions, 1,500 foot tsunamis, earthquakes, floods) and those involved make a mad dash for safety.

My guess is, whether you like this movie or not will depend on your mindset when you go see it.  Is it trying to be fantasy or reality?  If you’re expecting to see a mindless work of fiction with lots of action, destruction, and spectacular special effects, you’ll enjoy it.  Matter of fact, if you have the option, you should see it on an IMAX screen.  If you’re expecting a suspenseful, dramatic, realistic interpretation of the apocalypse… you’ll enjoy the spectacular special effects.  Maybe.

Overall I thought the movie was good.  I mean, I wasn’t angry about the $5 matinee ticket price.  What can I say, I like effects.  But even those effects wouldn’t have been worth a regular $10 ticket price.  Since it didn’t seem to be a spoof (nor was it billed as one), my mindset was on seeing a realistic portrayal of “the end”.  Unfortunately, there were too many unrealistic moments.  Situations that even a lay person would know is not likely.  Besides being predictable, it also had the usual movie recipe (sappy moments, bad attempts at humor and, at points, downright cheesy moments).   It was also WAY too long.  The movie runs 2 hours and 38 minutes and could have easily been edited down to a reasonable length.

Not long ago, a movie had a story and they sprinkled special effects in and around the story to enhance it.  A really good movie would absorb you in and make you believe it (even a fantasy movie).  A really good movie would get you personally invested and emotionally involved.  Nowadays, more movies seem to be all about the graphics and effects with a sprinkle of story in there to fill the gaps.  There’s no connection.  This movie is no exception.

Time Gone By…

Posted by – September 3, 2009

Nothing fun and exciting to report here.  I’m still packed up and ready for my next work assignment but who knows when that will be.  Most of my time has been taken up by job-hunting, doc appointments, studying, and exercising, with a few exceptions…

Two weeks ago I met my friend (and coworker) Jeff for lunch.  Although we do keep in touch via the internet  it’s been two years since we’ve seen each other.  Time flies.  Anyway, it was great to see him again and I had a very enjoyable lunch.  It was a real ”hoot”.

Last Friday I had about two and half hours to kill between doc appointments, so I decided to catch the 11:45am showing of The Final Destination 3D.  Yeah, I know I’ve complained about spending that much to sit in a movie theater but I was curious about this 3D thing and under the circumstances it seemed like best way to pass the time. 

There were about half a dozen or so people in line at the ticket window and I got a chuckle out of a few of the guys who brought their wives/girlfriends to see this movie as a “payback” for all the chick flicks they had been subjected to. 

My ticket cost me an extra $3.50 for the (less than fashionable) glasses.  Hmmm.  I wonder, and wish I would have asked, if you still pay the extra amount for a 3D movie if you’ve already purchased the glasses on a prior visit.  Anywho, before heading to theater #9, I hit the restroom, purchased my bucket of popcorn and soda, and grabbed a stack of napkins.  Ready to settle in.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Final Destination series, here it is in a nutshell (sort of)…  one of the main characters has a premonition of some disaster that kills a bunch of people including them.  This premonition plays out on screen, in detail, at the beginning of the film.  After the character realizes what he or she has just seen, they inadvertantly do something that results in them (and others) escaping the forseen tragedy and instead having a ringside seat.  The rest of the picture follows those characters as they get picked off one by one in freak accidents in the order they would have died in the tragedy had there been no intervention.  No one escapes death!

This movie…  Well, don’t waste your time and (extra) money unless you’re just interested in the effects.  The setting is different but the premise and the results are the same as with the previous ones.  It was definitely made to for the 3D audience.  (And, Yes, I did duck out of the way of flying objects a few times.)  Sadly, it seemed as though they put together the opening tragedy and each individual’s blood and guts sequences, then sprinkled some character interaction and a little story (very little) throughout to make it a full 82 minutes.  Again, it was all about the 3D and the blood and guts because, besides that, it was a snooze-fest.  What a shame.

Dude, Where’s the Groom?

Posted by – July 4, 2009

It isn’t very often that I’m willing to shell out the big bucks to see a movie on the big screen.  I’m not one of those who has to see a movie when it first comes out and for the price of the ticket, plus popcorn and drink, I can see 4 movies in the comfort of my own living room.  If I do go, it’s usually to see an action/adventure or suspense/thriller flick but my visits are few and far between.

Last weekend I finally broke down and went to my local movie theater to see “The Hangover”.  I’d been hearing for weeks how funny the movie was and curiosity got the best of me.  Besides, it got me out of the house for a while.

The story goes that a soon-to-be groom and his three groomsmen take a road trip (2 days before his wedding) to party it up in Vegas for the night.  Before heading out on the town the four meet up on the roof of their hotel for a celebratory toast.  The next scene opens with the groomsmen waking up in their hotel room to find the room trashed (among other things) and the groom missing.  None of them remembering anything that happened.

From that point, the movie follows the three as they go in search of the groom and along the way run into numerous characters that help to unravel the events that took place the night before.

The movie, for me, was okay.  After sitting in the theater thinking I lost my sense of humor somewhere, I realized I wasn’t the only one not laughing.  There were 2 or 3 parts that made me chuckle but otherwise it was just slightly amusing for me and I had this nagging feeling I’d seen this story line before.  Then it hit me… replace the wedding theme, the goofy groomsmen, and the missing groom with a party theme, a couple of stoners, and a missing car and you have a slightly more grownup version of “Dude, Where’s My Car?”.

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