10/23/08

Spocklar!

I mentioned before that all this kind of geek review stuff is really just a countdown to the newest and probably greatest Star Trek movie called just "Star Trek." The fact that there is no distinguishing add-on to the title suggests that it's a completely remade franchise starting from the very beginning. Or, in fact, from BEFORE the beginning. And it looks amazing.

Spocklar!


The first bit of awesomeness that came from the rumor mill was the casting of Zachery Quinto, also known as Sylar from Heroes, in the roll of Mr. Spock. This was confirmed not long after and then the poster images came out where we first saw young Spock enclosed in a blue Federation emblem. About a week ago, the above image came out. You just can't help but see a knowledge-hungry, brain-eating villain come out of Spock and it makes you wonder... was Sylar really Spock's grand father on his mother's side? Spocklar is clearly angry at Kirk for some reason in this picture which would indicate a lack of discipline on his part. CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS! Now we know why his father was so disappointed in him.

Anyway... here are some more amazing Star Trek pics for you to look at:




10/17/08

Max Payne: Shoot Random People = Video Game

I'll confess that I never played the video game, but I can see how this movie came from video game inspiration.  Max Payne is a detective who is unofficially investigating the murder of his wife and child.  While investigating this murder, he murders several other people who just happen to get in his way.  Kinda like when you're walking down a dark hallway in a video game and something pops up so your gut reaction is to shoot it.  Yeah.  Makes for some good action, I guess.  But it doesn't really make you like the guy.

I guess he's not trying to be liked, though.  He's just trying to catch the guy who killed his wife without going crazy in the process.  A valiant purpose... but a terrible execution for a detective in the New York Police Department.  He was framed for one crime, but there is AMPLE evidence to suggest that he'd commited MANY other crimes that were never even sniffed at by the department.

But I guess that's neither here nor there.  Max Payne is a mindless action movie.  I don't know about the game.  I would probably like it.  And in fact Max Payne was quite entertaining in its own way.  But sometimes you want steak... and all you get is a mint.

Still... it's better than Alone in the Dark.

10/15/08

Slacker

I've totally been slacking in my geek movie responsibilities.  But I do have a good reason for it.  A reason I'd rather not divulge publically until it's a done deal.  But believe me - it's good!

To make up for this, I'm going to be seeing Max Payne before anyone else in my town does.  I'll be screening it Thursday night and I'll have a review up and ready directly after.

In the mean time, gimme a comment telling me what movies you'd like to see me review and why.

10/4/08

Blindness: Because Your Eyes Are Closed

Let me start by saying that Blindness was shot beautifully and with inspiration. The cinematography clearly saught to bring the feelings of confusion and disorientation that come with blindness. The social implications of the story are clear. They show you a vision of what would happen when the world falls into chaos and anarchy. Clearly this writer doesn't hold out much hope for the Good in people. This point was well made and poignant.

But, that being said, there wasn't much more to it. There wasn't much of a tangible story and following the characters sometimes became dull and uninterestimg. This clearly wasn't a movie made to win any awards or gather a huge following. This was a movie for thinkers. A book on phylosophy will never win a great award though it be read by the greatest minds. So this movie will inspire the thinkers and ignore general audiences.

So I guess it was pretty good. But don't go knowing that you will love it. Go with your thinking cap on and an endurance to longevity.