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Superman is Clown Shoes Part IV

IN CONCLUSION:

You remember those two films by Quentin Tarantino? Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2?
David Carradine (as Bill) mentions Superman in comparison to Uma Thurman’s character. He states not only that he likes comics and is fascinated by the lore, he mentions that Superman is his favorite.

Now, I like David Carradine, he’s a helluva actor and if you don’t know what “Kung Fu” the series is, you should be shot.

2 things to keep in mind:
1. He’s playing a “Murdering bastard” who by nature or otherwise, feels that he is above everyone / everything
2. Because he feels that he’s above everyone / everything, he proves my point even more!

He starts off saying that when superman wakes up, he’s superman. Not Clark Kent. Talks about how the suit he wears and his glasses as Clark Kent are the disguise. The Fluorescent blue, red, and gold underoos are HIS clothes; They’re the stuff the Kents found him wrapped in.

Exactly what he says:
“Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself…he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race”

I don’t know about you, but the first thing I think is “who the hell does he think he is?” Superman’s statement to the world is “You’re weak” Notice that this is in the same universe that “Batman, Lobo, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Hawkman, The Flash, Etc.” exist in. Not even mentioning the crossovers they’ve done with Marvel comics and Image comics. As if HE’s the only answer to helping us “weak” humans out. To a point, that attitude just about craps on the Justice League which he’s a member of.

Going back to Kill Bill; I’m not suggesting that this is the reason why the story played out and finished how it did, but kind of interresting how not long after “Bill” says his Superman bit, he winds up like this:

Mere moments away from having an exploded heart!

I was going to compare movies between Superman/Batman, but I think it’s unnecessary and frankly, no contest. Batman wins, every time. Prove me wrong. I DARE YOU! Box-Office sales alone should be enough info for you. Not to mention that Superman 3 had Richard Pryor in a starring role. If that’s not clown shoes, the badguy from Superman 4 “Nuclear Man” should be, but if that’s not either, I guess I don’t know what clown shoes is! (“It’s pronounced nucular ya idiot, the ‘T’ is silent” – Peter Griffin)

Reasons why kids have inferiority complexes later in life.

Funny review about the toys that have come out for the travesty they called a “movie.” (Superman Returns? are you kidding me? they couldn’t come up with a more original title than that?)
http://www.i-mockery.com/shorts/superman-returns-toys/

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Don't taze me bro, Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Superman is Clown Shoes Part II

Welcome to the 2nd entry of compelling evidence proving that Superman is WEAK!

Personal life:
Superman has no personal life, he was born Kal-el, not Clark Kent. But for the sake of argument, we’ll say Clark Kent: Spends his time reporting for the Globe, (which BY THE WAY, anyone who works in the newspaper business will tell you is a 24/7 job, so how can he be doing this effectively between changing identities?) The only benefit he provides to Metropolis as Clark Kent is reporting.
Chasing after and pining for Lois Lane who doesn’t give a crap about him and barely notices he’s there.

As Superman Louis Lane is just about stalking him. Maybe all the single women of Metropolis though he has never said anything about a significant other as superman, as Clark Kent, nobody cares what he has to say about a significant other.



louis & superman, superman & lois, OH! clark & lois, lois & superman, *YAWN* lois & superman, OH! clark & lois

As Bruce Wayne: Millionaire and aire to Wayne Enterprises; Spends his time managing his company, developing new advances in the sciences both for his benefit as Batman and for the world. Organizes and attends charity functions. Uses thrill seeking as an excuse to keep his agility up and to learn new forms of crime fighting. Always seems to have a, or several dates (with women) in public and is considered Gotham’s premiere playboy.

As Batman, even with the fact that they are on opposite sides of the law, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley-Quinn, Talia Al Ghul (Ra’s Al Ghul’s Daughter) all want him (and not just to kill him)


Batman & Catwoman, Rachel Daws & Bruce, Batman & Talia, Bruce & 2 foreign models, Bruce & Selina Kyle, Batman & Poison Ivy, Bruce & Vicki

Side kicks: 

Superman:
Has no sidekicks, when he “died” a group of super-people tried to emulate him, but when he came back to life, he never accepted them in Metropolis. Now they’re fighting crime as themselves in their respective home-cities.
Super-woman (or Supergirl) but she only showed up in cross-overs or side stories.
Krypto the wonder dog: even worse clown-shoes than Superman (if that’s possible)
Batman:
(Depending on which universe you pull your bat-lore from)
4 different Robin’s (one died, one became NightWing, 2 were/is head of the Teen Titans)
2 different Bat-Women
Though he was never vocal about it, and at first never accepts their help, eventually Batman treats each one of his sidekicks as equals in the crusade against crime. (which is why he never tells the commissioner about his daughter, or why he doesn’t send Robin home)
Justice League argument:
Batman and Superman are members of The Justice League, (or Justice League America, or originally the Super Friends) Think about that for a second; A group of “SUPER” people.
Batman, a HUMAN, with NO super powers is a member of a League of SUPER heroes. Not only is he a member, he’s one of the ELEITE members. Not a throw-in like “the flash” or “Aquaman” When they decided to start the group, who were the two first characters they thought of? Superman and Batman.

Stay tuned for Part 3 (probably going to be a 4 parter, it’s seriously a 4 page essay!)

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Don't taze me bro, Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Defiance – December 2008

OK.
About Valkyrie?
I was wrong.
Mark it down in your calendar. It may be the only time I’ll admit it 😉
But in my defense it’s only because I didn’t see the trailer to Defiance before I saw the trailer for Valkyrie.
Compared to Defiance, Valkyrie is going to suck. . .hard.


Daniel Craig about to act the shit out of Tom Cruise.

Like Valkyrie, Defiance is also based on a true story:
(From IMDB:) Three Jewish brothers escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.
Once again, like Valkyrie it takes place during WWII and features some great names both behind and in front of the camera: (along with movies I’ve personally seen with them)
Edward Zwick – Director (Glory, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai)
Actors:
Daniel Craig – Tuvia Bielski (Tomb Raider, Casino Royale, The Invasion)
Liev Schreiber – Zus Bielski (Kate & Leopold, Hamlet(Ethan Hawke), Sphere, Scream1, 2, 3, Ransom) NOTE: he’s also going to play “Sabertooth” in the Wolverine movie. . .I shit you not!
Mark Margolis – The Ghetto Elder (The Fountain, Umney’s Last Case, The Tailor of Panama, End of Days, The Thomas Crown Affair, Pi, Glory)

I realize they’re two very different movies; Valkyrie being a conspiracy/paranoia film and Defiance being a drama/hero film. And that may work in both their favors when it comes down to it.  It may happen anyway that everyone will compare the movies together (like what happened between “The illusionist,” and “The Prestige” even though “The Illusionist” has more of a political plot and features very little “magic” compared to the vendetta-filled “The Prestige”)

Valkyrie comes out in October 2008
Defiance comes out in late December 2008
So far the reviews for Defiance are positive, unlike Valkyrie, but as I say in my previous post, this could be because of the Tom Cruise effect. (ie: people are tired of hearing about him, his scientology hijinks are overshadowing his actual work, The first film to come out of his ressurected United Artists company, “Lions for Lambs” flopped big time.)

Defiance doesn’t seem to have an official site yet, but the trailer is everywhere.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Valkyrie – Fall 2008

Man, I cannot believe how much the critics are panning this film and it hasn’t even come close to coming out!
For the un-savvy, the movie is about Operation Valkyrie; The plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and have a shadow government rule in his stead. Of course it failed since Adolf personally killed Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, possibly the head of the whole conspiracy.


Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

It’s a story that should be done, and one that is really interesting. Will the execution be there? who knows. Tom Cruise is the one producing it under his newly resurrected United Artists production company. The last movie he came out with “Lions for Lambs” flopped big time, but many argue that it could have been a case of right movie, wrong time.

As with “Lions for Lambs,” “Valkyrie” has an impressive cast both in front of and behind the camera. Check out these names: (With movie credits that I’ve personally seen)
Bryan Singer – Director (X-men, X2, The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil)
Christopher McQuarrie – Co-Writer (The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun)

Actors:
Tom Cruise– Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (MI: 1-3, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky)
Kenneth Branagh– Henning von Tresckow (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Shackleton)
Tom Wilkinson – Friedrick Fromm (Batman Begins, The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
Bill Nighy– Friedrich Olbricht (Underworld, Pirates of the Caribbean 2-3, Shaun of the Dead)

His foolery and Scientology freakiness aside, in my humble opinion, Tom Cruise can act. Watch “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Vanilla Sky,” or “Minority Report” without prejudice and tell me he can’t? All 3 really great movies that I can’t imagine someone else playing his role.

Will the movie flop? Who knows. I know alot of movie goers are sick of hearing about him and so get turned off when the prospect of one of his movies comes around.  I just watched the trailer for Valkyrie. I’m not going to be the first in line to watch it opening weekend, but I do want to see it in the theatre when it comes out. (I’ll be saving my “Opening night” money on “The Dark Knight” by the way, but that’s another story!)

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Don't taze me bro, Movies, Philosphy/Religion, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Harmony of the dancing chicken and dragon

“You don’t hear guys going to a club saying to one another; ‘Screw chicks tonight bro, I gotta dance!’ “
     -Dane Cook

Do we really need another dance movie? I understand there are real underground dance competitions and I’m sure they’re very good at what they do. But seriously, a dance movie coming out on Valentine’s day? You know the only guys going are likely gays. Even gay dancers probably have more respect than that.


Here’s a nice piece of shit. . .

How about that tag line: “It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at?”What the fuck does that even mean? It was just as shitty when it was called “Breakin” oh wait, when it was called “Footloose” or “Dirty Dancing” or “Save The Last Dance” “Save The Last Dance 2” or “Step Up” I heard a comment from someone while I was subjected to this shit a second time before Cloverfield started. This jackass said something lame like; “It’s this generation looking for that good dance movie of their era. For ours, it was Footloose.”  WHAT? I remember footloose being pretty shitty for it’s time too pal. If I lived in a comic book, I would have unbolted my theatre chair and bashed the guys head in when I heard that.

I guarantee you; the acting: shit, the direction: shit, the music: shit, chance of gaining any awards: shit. “yo bro, don’t knock it, there’s a chick dancing in rain and she looks HOT!”OK ‘bro’ if I wanted to see tits, or nudity, or even half-nudity, I don’t need a shitty movie, I would check the 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 sites dedicated to it on the internet. (FOR FREE by the way) go to google and type in “tits” that’s it. hit enter.  I just saved you the price of admission. You’re welcome.

The only dancing I want to see is on my Chinese take out box between the chicken and the dragon. The dancing mystically keeps my chicken fried rice from tasting like shit.


Now that’s what I call dancing!

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Don't taze me bro, Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cloverfield tonight (or maybe tomorrow)!

So we want to go and record afterwards, what is the time that works for you all?

Steve wants to do it tomorrow…would you all be down with that?  I would like to record right after we see it.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Movies | , | 10 Comments

Fucking Neuromancer!

Read an interesting post here.  Honestly there hasn’t been a movie in the history of film that has so much potential for greatness and getting fucked up all at the same time.  This book is a clasic of cyberpunk literature, and one of the first of its kind (the first probably being Transmaniacon by John Shirley).  It could be one of the most amazing movies ever made if it is done in the right tone, and with the right kind of effects.  But if they just make it a glitz and glamour summer blockbuster it will be another shitty I, Robot.  And no body wants that.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Books, Movies | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Surf’s Up

So honestly there isn’t much love out there for kids movies, and as a parent I can totally understand why.  Most of the ones that I have seen in the last few years have been weak at best.  Like Enchanted, cool idea, poor execution.  Happy Feet, good as a film, lost my kid’s intrest pretty quickly because it is nuanced, and that escapes children most of the time.  Don’t get me wrong though, there are a lot of kids movies that I have enjoyed watching.  But it is a rare treat more than a norm.

Well I was super stoked when I finished watch Surf’s Up, because honestly this was a really decent movie.  It didn’t get a lot of love when it was in the theater’s because the much better “film” Happy Feet was going at the same time.  And unlike Happy Feet, Surf’s Up is way more about having a good time and a being fun, than it is about getting a serious message across.

Filmed in the documentary style, this movie hits a lot of great note in that genre of film while doing a good job of poking fun at it.  It also plays up a lot of the stereotypes associated with surfers and has come of the best one liners that I have heard since the first Shrek.

So if you have to watch a kids movie, this one gets a thumbs up from me, and if you don’t it isn’t half bad and you may just end up enjoying yourself.

Good times.

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

National TreasureSo here is the deal.  When I was a kid I went with my dad to watch Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (as did most everyone else).  And it was a really formative experiance.  For the longest time I wanted to be an archeologist.  Because I thought that meant I would treavel all over the globe finding rare artifacts and fighting bad guys.  No dice, I work a desk job now. 

But I’m not going to keep my kids from having the same kinds of dreams!  So I took them to see the new National Treasure this weekend.  And holy crap if that movie doesn’t deliver.  It is truly the Indiana Jones for the information age.  Honestly I haven’t had this much fun at the movies in a while.  My kids were rivited, and I was into it, and everything in the movie just clicked perfectly.  I can’t really recomend it enough.

Go watch it and go have fun!

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Green Street Hooligans

Green Street HooligansThere seems to be a theme in my movie watching over the last couple of weeks.  English Hooliganisim.  Last week I caught This Is England.  A movie more about English skinhead culture than football hooliganisim, but still a very similar culture.  Both really focus on that desire to be accepted, and loved by some kind of familial group, even if that group is totally disfunctional and driven by violence. 

The plot of Green Street Holligans revolves around Matt, he just got expeled from Harvard.  He took the fall for a rich ass hole and so goes to visit his sister in England.  As soon as he gets there he meets Paul, the leader of a football firm called the Green Street Elite.  Their basic day to day revolves around getting off of work, going to the pub, drinking a shit load, and then going to football matches and getting into fights with the other football firms.

And these aren’t cute fights.  They are really taking it to each other.  Matt gets caught up in it, because for the first time in his life he is part of something that is bigger than him, even if the goal is only to build street reputation, it means something to him.  Naturally everything goes poor in the end with the introduction of the GSE’s rival Millwall and a grudge that goes back over a decade.UNITED!::CLAP CLAP CLAP::

One thing that really tied This is England to this movie for me is a scene where they are about to go to a match, and there is a shot of the front of a building, hanging from the windows are two flags, one is the Union Jack, the other is St. George’s Cross, a really powerful symbol in This is England.  That idea that the Hooligan culture is very similar and has a lot of ties to that skinhead culture portrayed in This is England hit hard.  There is even a scene where some of the Millwall guys beat someone up in a restaurant and one wacks up to the other and says, “That Paki that owns the place called the cops, we need to fuck off right now.”  That kind of passive racisim could only be a hold over from the National Front movement portrayed in The is England.

If you can handle the violence, and you are just as fascinated with the hooligan culture, and football culture, you are in for a good movie, if a little predictable.  I recomend it, and if you want a double does of English tough guy, pick up This is england and watch them back to back.  Good stuff.

 

December 24, 2007 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Podcast Episode 2

Show notes later because it is the weekend and I’m fucking lazy.

**Edit**

Still being super fucking lazy, what with Christmas and all I just have had no desire to do the show notes. One drawback to the insane rambling conversation is that the show notes and tags suck ass to write. I will work on them and have them up before the next episode (Wed.) and I’ll stay up late to do the next episode on time. Sorry I suck, LOL!

**2nd Edit**Episode 2.

This time there are five of us.  Gabe, Doyle, Bobby, Steve and Frank…we are in a booth and that sucked.  Past that.

There is a short recap of the last episode, which was basically a waste of time.  The only part that was really worth hearing is that there was a round robin that never got back to Doyle.  Good stuff.

We get into Doyle’s job at a full figured women’s/babysitting store.  Just thinking about Doyle in the store makes Gabe spit water.  Our waitress is Stevie.  As we order food, the conversation turns to Transformers.  Specifically about whether or not Jazz dies in the movie.  Which he does.  We also touch on the people who do the voices in the film verses who did the voices in the cartoon.

That transfers into a conversation about the old Hannah Barbera cartoons, and how all of the shows that came out in the Scooby Doo era are voiced by the same people.  Kind of a pain in the ass when you are a parent having to watch it with your kids.

Large beers arrive.

Then we talk about some rock stars that didn’t age well.  Specifically Morrissy, David Byrne, and the guys from the Beastie Boys.  Which transfers directly into the Led Zeppelin reunion show.  Specifically about how even though they look ancient they still rock the fuck out.  Also we talk about the rumor that Zep may go on tour, and the line up of the band for the show.

Gabe also gets into his father’s experience seeing Jimi Hendrix at Red Rocks.  And some guy that wanted to fly.

Frank discusses his experience at the Police reunion show.  And drum sets that come up elevators.  And people that actually use their entire drumset.

Then there is a shitty buzzing noise.  I bet it is like a microwave in the kitchen.  Fucking plugs, Gabe needs a new battery for his laptop.

We also discuss Sting’s son’s band and its similarity to Dogstar.  Or Gene Simons’ son.

That transitioned into Powerman 5000, and the Summer Sanitarium Tour, and how bad fucking Kid Rock and Korn suck, then about how fucking Bad Ass Metallica was.  Total destruction.

Then we fuck around about Wikipedia [Citation Required].  And you ability to just randomly start reading about random shit.  Like Mogwai, and how pretentious they are.  And that Blur are shite.

Then we get into G. Love and Special Sauce, and lifting up your weed.  And then the cops came.  And how pizza is just way to fucking dry.

Then Frank said, “Do you remember V.A.S.T.?”  And everyone started to hate their lives.  “Explain to us all why V.A.S.T. is cool, so we all can all think you are a douche.”

Then we talked about how much better Linkin Park is with Rick Ruben as a producer.  And how Linkin Park wanted to evolve.  And in an epiphany we realize that they need more damn cowbell.  It is also pretty amazing that the album is just really well made as a whole.

Then ma-na-ma-na by Cake comes up.  And how that cover is the best cover on clear channel ever.  Bobbie calls it a comeback, when cake never really made a come back.  That comes back to bands that never really went away like Slayer.  Then we get to bands that really did go away, Silverchair, and how they killed Natalie Holloway.

Which of course turns into Frank telling us that Natalie Halloway deserves her fate.  That people that do dumb stuff deserve to disappear.  Then we talk how much we want Mel Gibson to go back to being the old Mel Gibson, instead of messiah Mel Gibson (AKA Charelton Heston).

Then we talk about how shitty King Kong was.  Especially the shitty CGI juggling scene.  Franko is called out on his judgmental nature when it comes to CGI juggling.  Doyle makes it clear that all the parts he likes involve dinos and giant apes kicking ass.

Steve then comments on lower jaw removal.  IN King Kong, some other movie that I didn’t catch and don’t want to rewind to, and then Golden Compass.

Which of course leads into the whole atheist controversy with Golden Compass.

Then we get into what a fucking douche Peter Jackson is.  Seriously how do you hold out on making The Hobbit, and how you can’t trust a skinny director.

Then, could any one else have played Neo?  Well at first people David Duchonvy could have been him, and that Harrison Ford was to old.  No need to explain in jokes, because no one listens to this shit.

What happens if this pod cast is the only audio record of our time.  Which naturally leads into Contact (the movie not the book).  Frank has a hard on for it.  Bobby get a little deeper than the special effects though.  Fabu.

Did I just say that?

Then we get into Killer Instict, and the combo breaker, and Mortal Kombat.

Then we talk about how you can’t bring switchblades, 19th century handguns, or round bombs with a fuse to the airport.  Which led into a short history lesson on the bomb.

Then we talkd about I am Legend some more, and how directors are obsessed with making a movei “their own.”  And how a movie can be it’s own without ruining a book, or just a great story.

Then we talk about Japanese panties, and then Japanese game shows.  Like people tetris, silent library, and rocket toilet.

Then we talked about how much bullshit it is that politicians can’t have corporate sponsors.

Then Doyle answers his cell phone, because he is that guy.

Then Gabe eats the rest of the food.  Like Fatty MacGee.  Which naturally led into a conversation about shitting your pants when you are drunk.

And then we go back to talking about the full figured women’s clothes store, and fun bags the size of a small geo, as well as alternate names for the store like Big Bitches.

Then we talk about stealing food, and illegal gambling.

Then shit gets silly and we talk about killing people.  Then we are done.

December 22, 2007 Posted by | Movies, Music, Podcast | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

This is England.

Skinhead

Probably one of the most misunderstood subcultures in our generation is the skinhead subculture.  In all of the current popular thought, people just imagine skinheads as thugs and racists.  Nothing could be furthur from the truth, and This is England is a great movie that really shows the true nature of This is Englandskinheads, especially in the early 80’s.

The story of young Sean, a 12 year old that is constantly being picked on for the out of style clothes he wears, and the fact that his father died in the Faulklands.  After a day of serious harrasment, Sean stumbles on a group of skins hanging out in an underpass, they take him in and they become fast friends.

But as is the case with all movies, the good times aren’t to last.  One of the gang’s members gets out of prison and begins to infuse the group with his brand of racist nationalisim, and Sean is one of the first to fall in line, “so his death won’t be for nothing.”

It is the story of a community devolving into something that it really doesn’t want to be.  Making the movie a powerful movie for the skinhead community as a whole, and for a young man “coming of age,” but more importantly about a kid finding his own way.  Coming to terms with what he beleives in, as opposed to just bowing to what other people think.

On top of that the sound track is stellar, really capturing the sound of the 80’s and the sound of real skinhead mucic with bands like Toots and the Maytols, and The Specials.  Brilliant stuff.

December 19, 2007 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I got slacking issues.

So I am still reading, I am legend almost done though I suck I know im horrible and shouldn’t be aloud to live. But I will keep on truckin on or whatever the hell I keep on doing on or… k I lost myself there but yeah I will be done soon and then I am going to see the movie again and then yes. I will write a detailed review. But thats all from me for now so bye bye.

-AwesomeKong out.

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Books, Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , , | 1 Comment

That took long enough…

Peter Jackson finally agreed to do the Hobbit.  What a douche for holing out…

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Books, Movies | , , , | Leave a comment

My Take on I Am Legend.

So I Am Legend is one of my favorite books of all time, so pretty much anything that is going to be put on the screen is going to be a bit of a disapointment.   For the most part I really liked the new adaptation of I Am Legend with Will Smith, especially the first 2/3s of the film.  That aspect of the film really captures the tone and feel of the book.  That isolation and near madness is played really well by Smith, a lot better than Charelton Heston did in Omega Man.

The mistake that the new film makes is the same mistake that Omega Man does.  It introduces people that are healthy.  If you haven’t read the book, then be aware I’m about to divulge the ending.

The second half of the novel by Richard Matheson involved Robert Neville finding a woman who he saves.  The twist being that she isn’t imune like he is.  She is a spy for the new society that is looking to get rid of their boogie man.  They are trying to dispatch of Neville because he is a killing machine that comes and destroys them while they sleep.  He is the monster.

It would have been a much better movie, the build of of the humanity that is Neville, to the brutal realization that the “monsters” are just trying to make a new society.  And Neville is the real monster, killing indiscriminately.  It is a twist worthy of Twilight Zone (which Matheson wrote for), and it would have been a far superior film. 

That is my take on I Am Legend.

December 17, 2007 Posted by | Books, Movies | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am Legend… WOW

Well i just watched the movie and i need to read the book again tonight before i post more. My review straight off the hip is that it was a great movie. Not true to the book but still a very good movie. I will post again tomorrow with more. Bye bye for now, i’ve got reading to do.

-AwesomeKong out.

December 17, 2007 Posted by | Movies, Weak Sauce About Nothing | , , | Leave a comment

hey

On our way to see I Am Legend.  We’ll tell you all about it later.

December 15, 2007 Posted by | Movies | | 1 Comment

Deathproof

I was listening to Filmspotting, and they were giving out ther best supporting actor “awards.”  And Kurt Russell in Deathproof came up.  I’m going to have to back them up on that one.  If you haven’t seen it, Deathproof is about a guy by the name of Stunt Man Mike, that stalks pretty girls and kills them with his car.  He meets his match with a couple of stunt driving ladies who are hell bent on kicking his ass for fucking with them.

This is what makes the movie awesome, especially when it comes to Russell.  Stunt Man Mike comes off as this total stalkerStuntman Mike badass tough guy, with scars and a mean ass car, no table manners, the works.  But once the women catch up with him, they take him out and he starts whining and crying and making a general scene.  It is awesome to see this guy who has, as a rule, played bad mother fuckers (like Snake Pilskin) be willing to take the fall and literally let himself be emasculated to make the role work.  It is a brilliant turn, and it makes me want to watch the movie all over again.

“The only problem, is that to get the benefits, you really have to be sitting in my seat.”

December 13, 2007 Posted by | Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment

First God Damn Podcast

All right here it is. This is the first podcast. This was the goal, and hopefully we will be pulling this off every wednesday.

We started off with asking what is up with what is going on this week, but the topic this time was really movies. We get into I Am Legend the book, and the movie (and a point of clarification there are in fact 3 other movie adaptions of I Am Legend, there is a new one from Asylum called I Am Omega, Doyle you are right). That moved into a discussion on vampire movies in general, specifically the difference in tone between I Am Legend the novel and the current trend in vampire movies, to just have vampires kicking ass, then a bit of comparison with the other two adaptions of the book. It also brought up Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Harry Potter, our waitress Kristen (if she has a myspace I’ll post it next time), and The Mist (which leads into Doyle being an asshole for having not seen The Shawshank Redemption).

There was a long discussion about one scene in Hitman, that didn’t really convince me to see it. There is a good chance that Bobby will be buying a syringe of “knock out juice” as soon as possible. That of course led into a bit of a discussion about xXx. The consensus it that Vin Deisel blows.

We talked a bit about Sweeney Todd. It has now been dubbed The Count of Monte Scissorhands. We also plug Rotten Tomatoes. Gabe clearley states his opinion on Roger Ebert, because of his opinion on Memphis Belle.

We also talked pretty extensively about Starship Troopers the book, and the movie. Bobby really wanted there to be Power Suits in the movie, Doyle and Gabe could just enjoy it for Doogie.

We also had a discussion about some of our favorite movies (or our children as Bobby Likes to think of them). It ranged from Shawshank Redemption, Metropolis, Blade Runner, Memento, Star Wars, American History X, Predator, Rear Window, Pulp Fiction to A good time was had by all. And George Lucas, fuck you.

And we chat a bit about some new movies, Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Rambo.

We also talk about a few of our friends, Steve, Scott, David you missed the chance to defend yourselves.

Watch out there is a bit of racial sluring, and we deffinitly bring up Dog the Bounty Hunter.

MENU:

Bobby: Hot Wings, 1 Blue Moon

Doyle: Cheese Fries, 2 Budweiser

Gabe: Some Cheese Fries, One Hot Wing, 2 Guinness.

We sat at Cables. And the plan is to just do it every Wednesday. We’ll see! It was fun as hell.

December 13, 2007 Posted by | Books, Movies, Music, Podcast, Work | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Face Transplants and Sweeny Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Face Transplant Lady

So here is what freaks me out.  The lady pictured above.  She was the first person to receive a partial face transplant.  Though it is amazing to think about the fact that she lost most of her face from her dog trying to eat her, and doctors were able to make her look mostly like herself, I am freaked out that this is something that can even happen.  Imagine you are a criminal five years into the future.  You could probably have a face transplant done, and look like a different person, even if they just took your face off and put it back on.  Freaks me the fuck out.

On a totally different note, I was on Rotten Tomatoes some more, and Sweeny Todd is looking pretty good so far.  I have been looking forward to it, but the heavy shadow of I Am Legend and Cloverfield, has kind of glossed over how much I want to see it.  There are a lot of good movies out there to see this year.  I hope I get to catch some of them.

December 12, 2007 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment