Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fast Five

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Fan of the Fast & the Furious film series? Action buffs won’t be able to miss it’s latest installment – Fast Five.

Take down a Rio city, Brazilian crime boss, cash in with millions of dollars a person, and eliminate a militia of corrupt police officers – all in a day’s work, right? That’s the job for Fast & Furious pro’s Brian O’Conner, Dom Toretto, Mia Toretto, Han Lue (from Tokyo Drift), Roman Pearce, Roman Pearce, Gisele Harabo, Tego Leo,  and Rico Santos – and if all that’s not enough, add in Rock Johnson as Luke Hobbs, an elite FBI agent whose sole dedication is to throw the team behind bars (potentially for the remainder of their living existences), for  full effect – certainly amounts to quite the cast. The movie is abundant in car races, bikinis, and blazing guns – an action film of epic proportions. The plot is simple, and every moment explosive. Which goes to say, if you’re not an action fan, this movie is 100% not for you, considering it’s hard core explosions, slo-mo sequences, and by the hair near-death encounters. Definitely not a chick flick, or even a moderately calm psychological thriller; it’s a breed of its own – every moment suspenseful.

Christian / Family Perspective

Cristo Redentor - Rio de Janeiro

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While in the theater, I saw a family with very young children, yet this would not particularly be the wisest decision with this movie. While it refrains from Rated R content, such as overly gory corpses and blood bath fist fights (though there is a borderline fight between Dom and Luke), it doesn’t fail to unleash an F-bomb and sprinkle the film with sequences featuring girls wearing skimpy outfits and loose-fit bikini’s. A majority of the movie is simply a show of explosions and car races, but it’s hard to escape from these considerations, unless discerning parents wish to cover their young child’s eyes every 20 minutes (give or take). This is a film for older teens and adults. Even then, Christians may wish to be weary. It’s a fun film, with the drawback of worldly distractions.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

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In 2005, a new Batman entered the world film stage – played by Christian Bale, Batman Begins incorporates modern movie techniques and attractive plot elements, telling the story of The Dark Knight in a fresh new way.

In 2008, The Dark Knight was released – featuring one of Batman’s primary antagonists, the Joke.

On July 20th, 2012 – the third installment, The Dark Knight Rises, will be introduced. Featuring Bane and Catwoman.

Batman Begins follows the life of Bruce Wayne – from the point of his parent’s death, his training in the mountains, and his confrontation with Scarecrow. It answers many questions regarding his origins, and provides a most intriguing perspective. The Batmobile was of military design, made by Wayne Enterprises – which Bruce took charge of after ascertaining a majority of the stock. The bat suit was custom made from various parts around the world, developed by Bruce with the help of Lucius Fox, and Alfred.

Batman begins is not particularly suited for children, delving into psychological elements and portraying drug-induced “mentally insane sequences.” From a Christian perspective – the Batman retains his role as a vigilante super hero, though is tempted to commit murder after being driven by the hatred of his parent’s killer. This is a much darker Batman, not the same from the classic cartoons, and is to be taken with a grain of salt.

Batman Begins, Iron Man I, & A New Super-Man!

Tomorrow it’s my birthday! Hurray – and on that day I’ll publish my review of either Batman Begins or Iron Man.

In other news, it would appear the man of steel is making a comeback! That’s right, DC Comics has started a rebuild film project!

For more information, check my source! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_Steel_(film_project) (or my source’s sources)

Tron (1982)

Tron (film)

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The original Tron certainly isn’t like our modern Tron: Legacy, with all its brilliant graphics and special effects. Rather, it brings back memories of Star Wars: A New Hope, yet toned down in its realism. For example: Master Control, the movie’s prime protagonist, resembles an old cartoon character – somewhat silly, and not at all malevolent – even though it is intended to be the tyrannical dictator of The Grid.

Tron follows the efforts of Kevin Flynn (original creator of the ENCOM programs, though had the credit stolen from him) whose goal is to hack into the ENCOM system (The Grid), fighting against the evil Master Control. When his home-based efforts fail, he heads to ENCOM headquarters where he attempts to infiltrate the system and give access to a fellow scientist to add his program which should effectively remove Master Control. While attempting this, Master Control fires a “quantum teleportation [1]” laser at Flynn, digitalizing him and sending him into The Grid. From here the movie takes on the perspective of programs within The Grid, where programs have emotions – including romance. It somewhat resembles  Kevin manages to gather together a group of programs and ultimately destroy Master Control, and gather ample proof to prove he was the creator of the original programs, which leads him to become the new CEO.

In conclusion, although the movie may have been a technological achievement in 1982, it may prove a bit “cheesy” for modern movie-watchers. Violence is unrealistic and suitable for general audiences.

Tron is up next!

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Now that Hulk is out of the way, I can get started reviewing Tron (’82) and company!

If you have any movie review suggestions, or have found some sort of error in any of my existing reviews, send me a comment!

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The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk (film)

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The Incredible Hulk was one of the most recent portrayals of the Hulk, first premiering in theaters in June 2008 [1], and the cast could not have been more brilliant. The film provides an ingenious, fresh perspective on the classic Hulk -touching upon his rarely explored emotional side. Marvel fans may expect the usual HULK SMASH – action sequences, side-by-side with deeply rooted character development.

The Incredible Hulk wastes no time reflecting on the past, and at the beginning of the film we receive only a few minutes review on Bruce Banner’s (the Hulk) life – his transformation into the Hulk, his romantic interest in Betty, the General’s persistant hunt for him, and his eventual move to the  isolation of South America where the film begins. Bruce has begun a new life, though remains searching for a cure with the help of a mysterious scientist codenamed Mr. Blue who communicates via a secure line on a computer. His new life entails working in a soda factory, where he accepts no pay for fear of being tracked by United States military, and ultimately the General. Yet one day, his past comes back to haunt him. After accidentally scratching his arm, a drop of blood falls into two of the soda bottles – Bruce quickly orders the assembly line to be stopped and quickly locates where a droplet fell, and quickly wipes it away – yet he misses a bottle a fair ways away that still contains another drop of blood. The soda is consumed by a man in the United States, who finds himself affected by the toxicity of Banner’s blood, and this incident is traced by the military. A highly trained force is set out to find him, and the hunt begins. Bruce soon finds himself cornered and forced into a state of anger and fear – can he escape the clutches of the general, or will he once again be faced with the inescapable Hulk?

At the end of the film, Robert Downy Jr. makes an appearance as Tony Stark, linking this film to the rest of the Avenger-related films.

The Incredible Hulk is rated PG-13 and isn’t suitable for young children – there is some sexual content, but the real issue is the intense graphic violence that is entailed. Not the level of Saving Private Ryan, but preferably suited for ages 13 or 14+.

DP – AW: Flunctuations + Schedules = What?

Is it just me or has DailyPost done a a 180-degree turn? Prompt-wise, we’ve gone from half humerous, half serious topics – to deeply philosophical, apocalyptic-proportions (literally)? I suppose that’s simply the way topics flunctuate.

In other news, I’ve apparently run out of time again, engrossed in Easter celebrations. Tomorrow, however, we’re back to the regular routine!

Here’s my sketchy blog schedule for the next few weeks:
-Review Thor, Hoodwinked 2 and/or the latest Fast & Furious.
-Review Alex Rider and briefly touch upon the Young Bond series.
-Take a look at & individually review some older movies, such as Hulk, Batman (Christian Bale), Tron (the original, recently released from Disney’s vault. Teaser: the effects are somewhat like that of the original Star Wars films, though perhaps laughable to modern audiences), Tangled (that’s right, Disney princesses!), and others!

Caught up at last!

I’m finally caught up with the Weekly Photo Challenges! Tomorrow I hope to get a review or two posted if there proves to be ample time!

Be sure to check it out!
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DP Photo Journal: One

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One tourist amidst a city of Parisians.

DP Photo Journal: Light

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Illumination of the Stained Glass: Saint-Lo, France