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Today, On This Day

November 28, 2012 3 comments

I have been in a bit of a Nick Cage mood lately. By lately I mean the past few months. There’s something….something wonderful about the actor. In every movie he’s in, he’s always Nick Cage! You can always rely on his dry expressions, sappy jokes, and his hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friend and I just converted our Steam profiles to a Nick Cage theme. Every time we join a game in Steam the other players will be graced with the names “Nick Cage,” “Nicholas Cage,” and some specially chosen profile pictures. This sparked something in me: why can’t we have a day devoted to the man? I mean, the Presidents have a holiday. Columbus has a holiday. Heck, even turkeys have a holiday!

So I, Taylor Johnson,declare that this day, November 28th, be known as Nick Cage Day. Watch a Cage movie! Change your profile pictures! Send a text with your favorite Cage quote to a friend! And be merry.

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Categories: Movies, Tomfoolery

The Dark Knight Rises

July 25, 2012 1 comment

Christopther Nolan’s version of Batman doesn’t seem like Batman.

 

THERE, I said it. If I was famous and tweeted that or put it on Facebook, I would have been tarred and feathered by an angry mob.

But it’s true, Nolan’s Batman just doesn’t seem like batman! I mean, it is a good modern/realistic take on the caped crusader, but why does he need to be realistic? To appeal to the non-geeks out there? I dunno.

But why doesn’t he seem like Batman? Well the armor, first of all, isn’t Batman’s own thing. He pawned it off of a military weapon’s designer and stuck a symbol on it. Same with the mask, he bought 10,000 of the things from a foreign manufacturer (way to support the American economy, Mr. Billionaire). Unless I’m mistaken Batman designed everything himself from his batcave. I mean, even the “batmobile” and “batwing” were made by someone else!
But what really annoys me is that in the Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, Batman seems more like a super soldier rather than a detective. Batman Begins better took hold of his detective side, but that’s about it.

So you can probably tell now who my favorite Batman is overall. That’s right, Kevin Conroy. Not only is his voice totally not ridiculously comedic (yes, I almost laughed several times when Batman spoke in Rises), but that version of the Batman is more of a detective than soldier. I’ve not watched all of the animated series which Conroy voiced for, and I’ve not played all of Arkham Asylum or Arkham City (which Conroy also voiced for), but I know for a fact that Batman uses the classic private eye skills he was created with back in 30’s and 40’s. To me, that’s a much cooler Batman than Nolan’s any day of the week.

Bane was cool. He wasn’t the canon Bane, but he was still cool. See, canon Bane is infused with serums that increase his size and strength (the reason why he wears the mask in the first place), but that’s not the case here. I liked his voice (though it sounded like Sean Connery most of the time) because it was more creepy than anything. He had a strong motive (even if it’s pretty much the same as Batman Begins), and he knows exactly what he’s doing. It wouldn’t be fair to compare him to the Joker like most people because they’re two totally different people with totally different motives.

I like that they brought the Scarecrow back AGAIN (he was the people’s judge if you don’t remember seeing him). He was such a cool bad guy, I’m glad they didn’t silence him for good.

And the finale of the move seemed a little ridiculous with the batwing flying off while towing a big bomb underneath it. Batman should have liked….I dunno, done something less funny-looking.

It didn’t seem like a “trilogy closer” because The Dark Knight was kind of its  own thing. The only aspects that carried over were that Harvey Dent and Rachel were dead, and some minor plot points along those lines. Other than that, it was just a pickup where Begins left off.

All this to say that I liked the movie, but it didn’t live up to the hype it received.

I’m eager to see the new Man of Steel (even if the trailer DOES use music from the Lord of the Rings), though. I’m not a Superman fan, but I did like Superman Returns. We’ll see how it goes!

 

Categories: Movies

Was The Amazing Spider-Man…AMAZING?!

July 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow, I haven’t been here in a while.

 

Kinda dusty.

 

*brushes off dust*

 

 

*sneezes*

 

Anyhoo, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man today! Ever since I heard the rumors I thought the same thing as everyone else: “isn’t this too soon? The other one only came out a few years ago!” But of course I couldn’t talk too much, since after all The Incredible Hulk came out only FIVE YEARS after Hulk! That’s a movie review for another day.

Oh, before you keep reading: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!

You’ve been warned…

But after the initial suspicious, I cooled off and began to have eager anticipation of a redo of the hero’s tale! Especially after…..those movies. Yeah, you know which ones I’m talking about. Finally, a more accurate-to-canon story! No organic web, no screaming MJ. Yeeeaaah. But there were some things I liked about the first Spider-Man. I liked how Peter drew up dorky concepts for costumes before he came up with the signature red and blue spandex, I liked the scene when he’s trying to learn how to use his web (even though it was the organic web), and I loved JJ Jameson. Who doesn’t?! And JK Simmons was perfect for the role! EASILY the best thing about the original Spider-Man trilogy.

 

I laugh every time I see this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But The Amazing Spider-Man was better on (almost) every level (no JJ :/ ). Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker was more of what I think Pete should be. Lanky, awkward in company of strangers and crowds, all around nerd/geek, a social reject. And when his crush, Gwen Stacey, interacted with him? I believed he was nervous, I believed he didn’t know what to say or do. He stuttered, lost his thought, blushed, looked almost everywhere but at her. Toby McGuire didn’t make me believe he was nervous when the love of his life talked to him. Heck, when when it came to being a first time kisser with his crush, Garfield blew the competition out of the water! Even when in his super suit, Garfield was still Peter Parker but with just a little more muscle, not an instantly transformed super hero like in the first movie. He still acted awkward and dorky, not a “hello citizen!” kind of hero.

Gwen Stacey was Peter’s first love interest in the comics, he didn’t get to MJ until after…something tragic happened to Gwen. Not only is Emma Stone far more pretty than Kirsten Dunst, but she wasn’t a whiney, screaming, “HELP ME PETER” annoying-person-for-two-hours damsel in distress. In fact, the only time she was in distress was when she was making an attempt to save the city from a biological agent, and that didn’t last for more than a few seconds! MJ just sat on a rooftop and screamed all day.

The Lizard/Dr. Conners was almost like Norman Osborne/The Green Goblin from the first movie in that he was a scientist affected by a self-experiment gone wrong with a voice in his head telling him to kill stuff and finish his work. The Lizard looked great and was very menacing. When you saw his face and heard him speak you just wanted to cringe and wish that Spidey would throw some web at him. On that note, the combat between the two was tense and very cool! Spidey actually acted like a spider in some moments and crawled around Lizard while wrapping him in web.

The movie had a slow start, which I liked. It took its time telling us what kind of person Peter is and why he is the way he is. Even when he developed his powers and made the suit he was still developing as a character, learning that “with great power comes great responsibility” (that quote wasn’t in the movie).

At first Gwen thought of Peter as an annoying geek who got in her way at Oscorp (where she happened to work and Pete got bit). But after a bout of showing off his new powers to the punks at school, Gwen fell for him too quickly. Their relationship didn’t develop too quickly after that, though, it went steady throughout for the most part. Pete’s relationship to his Aunt and Uncle didn’t seem all THAT great to me, they didn’t seem to act like the close family I thought they should be. But overall Pete and Uncle Ben did have that kind of father-working-with-son attitude which was relatable.  Once Ben died we didn’t see a whole lot of Aunt May or her need for Pete to be around, which was disappointing. That’s another thing the first movies did well I thought, making Aunt May seem more widowed and alone, in need of Peter.

I was hoping to see more cameos from other Marvel heroes and organizations. Sure Oscorp was in it, and Norman Osborne was referenced a few times, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy my desire for an involved expanded universe. In one scene Peter and Dr. Connors (soon to be The Lizard) were using the same kind of virtual reality computer that Tony Stark uses in his home, and I expected a Stark Industries logo to be on it somewhere…….but I didn’t see one. I even expected to see or hear Fantastic Four references, but there weren’t any. Now after the credits we get our cliffhanger for the next movie and a cameo from what’s assumed to be the next villain. I believe it’s the Shocker, one of the classic Spidey villains. It’s certainly not going to be Sandman, Goblin, Venom, or Doc Ock. We’ll see soon enough though! Hopefully my wishes are answered in future movies…..

 

Somehow I doubt it.

 

So yeah! I liked it! Glad I went to see it in theaters (2D)! And I can’t wait to see the next one.

Categories: Movies

Noteworthy N

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Day 14: Noir

I should probably show you how to pronounce that. No-are. Noir.

This is awesome. It’s basically what you call the classic black-and-white private eye, dark rainy night on the neon sign-lit city solving a crime in a trench coat and fedora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Movies, Tomfoolery, Video Games

Engaging E

April 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Day 5: Easter Eggs

You might be thinking “Taylor, that is so clever that you’ve chosen Easter Eggs to be the subject of E Day!”

That’s funny because I was thinking the same thing. Even more funny because I’m about to go hide Easter eggs for a huge neighborhood egg hunt our church is hosting in the lovely East Hill area of Pensacola.

But these aren’t your normal plastic eggs with candy inside! No, these are the best Easter Eggs: hidden secrets in games and movies that you have to look diligently for, and when you find them you go “OH, OH, That’s AWESOME!” Or something to that effect.

I’m not gonna post a million pictures of different easter eggs, that would take too long. Instead, I’ll describe some that come to mind (and add a picture to one or two if necessary).

Star Wars Episode I:

  • In the senate building of Coruscant, in one of the senator’s pods you can catch a glimpse of a few senators from the same planet E.T. is from.

Star Wars Episode II:

  • In the speeder chase through Coruscant, you can make out two Tie Fighters chasing an X-Wing along the bottom of the city.

Star Wars Episode III:

  • Near the beginning of the movie, as Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine are flying towards the senate building in a speeder after their….sighhappy landing, you  can spot out the Millennium Falcon in the bottom corner flying towards the same building.
  • When Anakin is joining Palpatine in the opera house you can spot Lucas himself dressed up as a fancy blue alien.

Halo: CE:

……Okay, yeeeaah, this is gonna take way too long. Instead, direct your attention to eeggs.com, THE awesome ultimate source for movie, game, music, book and movie poster easter eggs. You won’t regret your visit.

Categories: Movies, Tomfoolery, Video Games

Surgery FOR REAL This Time

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

That’s right, tomorrow I get my IVC filter taken out. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out my post about DVT and the IVC filter here.

I’m pretty excited about it.  Mostly because I’ll be hopped up while the surgeon cuts into my neck. Maybe it’s a morbid excitement? I don’t know, I guess that depends on who reads this. At any rate, it’s gonna be a fun afternoon at the hospital tomorrow!

And if I’m able, I’ll go see the midnight showing of Act of Valor with a friend of mine. Surgery and a movie in one day? Awww yeeeaaah.

Categories: Movies, Survival, Tomfoolery

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

And Star Wars Episode I is still Star Wars Episode I.

 

Even in 3D.

 

I saw it coming, but I couldn’t stop myself. Not to mention I had an obligation to fulfill with some friends. I did have a few laughs, though. Yes, I was laughing at the movie. And I reached out to try to choke Jar Jar a few times.

 

Ah, yes, the 3D report.

They did do pretty well with the 3D conversion. Granted, this movie was not filmed with 3D in mind, so there aren’t many “3D moments.” You know, the moments when the movies is specifically trying to exploit the 3D magic. Despite this, there was nice depth to everything, and the opening title scroll was pretty cool with the added dimension.

 

And I’m such a rebel. I kept the 3D glasses. This’ll be the second pair I’ve kept. I just might be that one guy that destroyed the environment.

 

Also, James Cameron is re-releasing Titanic in 3D. That’s just sad. And somewhat ironic. See, when Lucas was filming Episode I, Titanic was being released. Lucas knew he would never beat Titanic in the box office, he complained about it throughout the making of The Phantom Menace! Now, The Phantom Menace is the first one to be re-relased in 3D, and Titanic is following its lead.

All this to say, I will NOT be seeing Episodes II and III in 3D. I will not waste the money. I will, however, see IV, V, and VI when they come out. I’m excited!

Categories: Media, Movies