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Superman: Man of Boring
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/24/13 9:11 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

I went with a friend last night to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. This is not a review, it is just my personal venting. Also, warning: Some of this blog post may be considered SPOILERS.

So, let me just say, that I'm not a really big comic book fan, but I have generally enjoyed modern super-hero movies, including the original Superman movies, and other flicks like Batman and Robin and X-Men, and more recently Spiderman and Captain America.

But Man of Steel gets off to a bad start, I was genuinely bored by the first 45 minutes. OK, we know Zod (that's General Zod to you) is going to be the bad guy, but the film spends way too much time establishing the beginning of the story on the planet Krypton. There's no new information here, only graphic representations of life on Krypton which, frankly, did not impress me.

The town of Smallville being destroyed in Man of Steel

When they finally do get to earth, somewhat confusingly interspersed with flashbacks to Clark's childhood, literally all they do for the rest of the film is crash people into stuff, destroy towns and blow stuff up. I wasn't appalled by the violence, I was just extremely tired by it.

I do not generally go to see movies with bloody violence, but for me, occasional blow-em-up violence is OK, for example, the kind of blow-em-up violence in the last two Star Trek films (which I originally disliked for completely different reasons). However, Man of Steel just way overdoes it.

There were some good parts of the movie. Russell Crowe was good as Jor-El, but there wasn't enough of him. Had they done a whole movie about Jor-El starring Russell Crowe, I'd pay good money to see that.

The world's not ready for you yet, son.

Similarly, the bits of the movie involving Kevin Coster as Clark's dad and the teenage Clark were interesting and might make a good movie, alas, they already did a whole TV series about that.

I never walk out of movies, but I did last night, with somewhat less than an hour left to go. How does the movie end? I don't know, and I don't care, because nothing in the movie caused me to care about any of those people. I was too distracted by the constant cataclysmic big orange fire-balls.

So, if you like movies with LOTS of stuff that blows up, go see this movie. Otherwise, save your money and watch Captain America on Netflix.

Star Trek: I feel cheated
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 05/17/09 10:50 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

A recent review, I don't remember where, for the new Star Trek movie, said, "Star Trek fans will love it and hate it." In my opinion, that review was 100% correct.

Don't get me wrong, the movie was great. It was the most fun I've had in a theater in a long time. The story is compelling, the effects are exciting, and the actors are great. There's only one problem. It wasn't Star Trek.

Yes, it was "a" Star Trek, but it wasn't "the" Star Trek.

Through the course of the movie, we see each of the characters from the Original Show that we know and love, and see how they all met and became ship-mates and friends. We see the birth of James Tiberius Kirk, and the childhoods of Jim Kirk and young Spock. When next we see them, Spock is an instructor at the Academy, and he turns out to be the author and programmer of the Kobayashi Maru test, the unbeatable test Kirk cheats on to beat. Kirk and McCoy are friends at the academy, along with Sulu and Uhura.

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Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine as the new Spock and Captain Kirk

But wait a second, weren't Sulu and Uhura from a later Star Fleet class? Wasn't Jim Kirk already a commander when they joined the Enterprise? I'm not sure, but I am sure that McCoy never went to the academy. Remember, he didn't know what "dunsel" meant in the episode, "The Ultimate Computer".

It just gets worse. Not half-way through the film, the planet Vulcan is completely destroyed. We know Vulcan was not destroyed in the time of the Original Show, Kirk, Spock and McCoy visited there in "Amok Time".

Turns out, this is all explained very cleverly in the course of the new movie by the fact that what we are seeing is an "alternate timeline", caused by a bad-guy Romulan who's hacked-off at Spock and comes back from the future for revenge. He starts off by causing the death of Jim Kirk's dad right as Jim is born, and from then on, because the time-line has been changed, the world we are seeing has only cosmetic relationship to the world represented in the Original Show.

So, in the course of a very well written and excitingly presented film, we are left at the end with the realization that we have NOT seen a film about the beginnings of the characters we have known and loved. These characters in the film are carbon-copies from an alternate reality. We have not learned anything about the real characters at all.

The new Star Trek movie changed the rules. They made a great film, they beat the Kobayashi Maru, but only because they cheated. And in the end, it is us, the loyal Star Trek fans, who were cheated most of all.

Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/23/04 8:35 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Yeay! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is now available on DVD!

We finally have the movie on DVD so we can start picking it apart frame-by-frame!

I've already discovered a cool inside fact about the movie, go here to see my article about the book that Ian Brown is holding in his cameo in the movie!

Welcome to Agrabah
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 10/10/04 4:43 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Another long-awaited DVD is now available. Aladdin was released this week on Disney-DVD. (By the way, do you need a special Disney-DVD player to play Disney-DVDs?)

Aladdin has always been my fave Disney movie. I didn't really care too much for its predecessors, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. And later, Lion King was pretty good, but it was still no Aladdin.

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I'm fascinated by language, and I love listening to movies in other languages when the alternate tracks are available on the DVD. The region 1 US DVD of Aladdin has both Spanish and French soundtracks, and it's especially fun to listen to the songs translated and dubbed into the other langauages. It's also fun to listen to the Spanish and French dubbing actors try to wrap themselves around what Robin Williams did in the original!

There's lots of great behind the scenes extras on the second DVD, and one song cut from the movie and now heard for the first time may make you shed a tear or two.

Go get this DVD, I highly recommend it!

Long time ago, on a DVD far, far away...
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 09/24/04 1:22 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

Well, it's finally happened, after all these many years of waiting. Star Wars is now officially available on DVD!

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Keeping in mind that I am in the camp of those who believe that George Lucas should release the unchanged original theatrical versions of the movies, I think these new DVDs look and sound great! There's not a single spec of dust or scratch anywhere in the picture.

There are many changes on the DVD as compared to the original versions, but the majority of these were on the 1997 "Special Edition" releases on VHS. The most notable new differences are a tightening up of the fix in the first movie that makes it appear that Greedo shoots first in the cantina scene. Even though Greedo still shoots first, the shots are now closer and it's less obvious.

The other change is the replacing of the actor who plays Anakin Skywalker in the very last scene of the third movie to match the final movie that will be coming out next year. It's an emotional part of the movie but the change is not so glaring as to be annoying.

Overall, IMHO, these DVDs do not disappoint, and they were definitely worth waiting for!

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