18
Jan
10

Random Thoughts for 1/17/10

So….I have sinned. I have sinned big time. My iMac went down three days ago and I don’t think theres any hope for recovery within the foreseeable future. In the meantime, I had to have a computer. In today’s age, a computer is almost a necessity if you pay bills or keep up with your finances online rather than on paper. To make a long story short, I broke down an bought a nice Toshiba laptop from Best Buy. I had been wanting a laptop or netbook but I had been holding off. My iMac going down gave me the excuse I had finally been seeking to get one.

It’s very odd trying to reteach myself how to reuse Windows. The laptop came with Windows 7, so its been more awkward. I’m having to get used to Anti-virus software(YUCK). I don’t have the first idea where to edit my pictures or movies. The thing I love about Macs, you cannot not know where to do that. Its obvious and if you can’t figure it out within a 3 minute span, your just blind. With Windows, the software is buried somewhere in some folder. I’m sure things will get better but for now its all just new and a little aggravating. The most frustrating thing of all? Trying to transfer 76 GB of music from a Mac formatted iPod to Windows. Its taking forever and its a pain in the butt.

My sister, bro-in-law, niece, and I are trying to work out a possible trip to Disney World in March. I haven’t been in over 10 years. My sister hasn’t been since she was five. My bro-in-law nor my niece have ever been. Of course, Lainey is only about 6 months old so she hasn’t been and of course she probably won’t remember any of it. You never know though. My earliest memory I have is sitting in a theatre as a baby with my parents watching ‘Return of the Jedi’. Something about Jabba the Hutt on a huge movie screen just somehow implanted itself onto my baby brain.
I’m hoping we get the kinks worked out involving a few issues so we can go to Disney. Some things involving family and finances all have to fall into place. I think we’re all in need of a week away from things. Lesley and Justin especially need to get away. Those two are the some of the most hard working(and I don’t mean working as in a job specifically) and caring people I know. They are willing to be there for others when others won’t help. I see them and I know my parents and Justin’s parents raised them right. I couldn’t ask for a better sister and bro-in-law(and Lainey is alright too I guess!).

Work is work. It’s no better or no worse than in the past. It just is. It has its ups and its downs. While it might not be the most glamorous job in the world, it pays the bills. I used to care what people think about it but now I really don’t. I just don’t associate myself really anymore with people that want to give me a hard time about it. I see people that are far worse off than me these days and I realize that I should be thankful just to have a paycheck.

I’ve decided that one of my new years resolutions for 2010 is to try and be more organized. Its going to be rough and difficult to do, but I’m going to try. I’m so glad that I inherited the gift of keeping unnecessary things from my mom. Yes, I’m one of those people that keeps the smallest things thinking that maybe one day, I’ll need to use it. I’m going to try and change that. I’m working on it.

The situation in Haiti sucks. When I first heard about it, I didn’t comprehend the amount of damage. My first thought was “Whatever”. After seeing the damage though and seeing the people act what looks like a zombie movie of some sorts, my heart breaks. The country is already basically non policed and the people have looked like they are just running wild. I see the damage in what is already a majorly impoverished country and I just can’t imagine the country being rebuilt. It’s like what happened in New Orleans, but on steroids. I just hope that everyone finds a way to try and help.

Lane Kiffin is a jerk to the infinite degree. How in the world did so many of us Tennessee fans get suckered in by this guy? I feel bad for the new coach, Derek Dooley. He’s just in a bad spot. He obviously wasn’t one of the first few choices for head coach. He has the pressure from all of the fans squarely on his shoulders to try and keep the program going forward and not backwards. Its going to be a tough few years I think for us Tennessee fans.

I didn’t get to see the Golden Globes, due to being out with friends and I was recording 24 and some other stuff, but I am REALLY SURPRISED by some of the winners.
-Sandra Bullock won Best Actress-Drama for what was clearly a “popcorn flick” role. ‘The Blind Side’ was a good movie but I never would have given anyone in the movie an acting award.

-I was floored that ‘The Hangover’ won Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy over ‘500 Days of Summer’,’Nine’,’It’s Complicated’, and ‘Julie and Julia’.

-Never in a million years would I have thought that Mo’Nique would win a major acting award, BUT she was amazing in ‘Precious’. I love seeing actors who traditionally do one type of acting come out of nowhere and surprise us.

-While ‘The Hurt Locker’ was good and all, I’m happy that ‘Avatar’ won Best Director and Best Picture-Drama. ‘Avatar’ in my opinion is an epic like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ or ‘Star Wars’. Movies like that don’t come around all the time. Some movies try but they’re not epic. ‘The Hurt Locker’ can go win an indie award somewhere. ‘Avatar’ should win the Best Picture and Best Director Oscar in my opinion.

-‘Glee’ for Best TV comedy?! It’s fun and the music is great but its not nearly as well written as ’30 Rock’, ‘The Office’, or ‘Modern Family’. I really think ‘Modern Family’ should have won it. No other show has been as consistently funny as it has so far this year. ‘Modern Family’ in my opinion is the funniest show since ‘Arrested Development’ and the first few seasons of both ’30 Rock’ and ‘The Office’. As much as I love those shows, they just haven’t been as good this year. Honestly, I haven’t thought any of the ’30 Rock’ episodes so far have been that great.

– I still haven’t been able to get into ‘Mad Men’. That’s a show that I theoretically should love but I just can’t get into it. ‘True Blood’ on the other hand is the opposite. I theoretically should not like it but I am really into it. Maybe its the geek in me or something. I don’t know.

Thats just a few random thoughts from tonight.

Thats all.

p.s. If you live in the Nashville area, go eat at Chuy’s at Cool Springs. That place is soooo great!

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21
Dec
09

Random thoughts on 2009

Oh 2009, its been a wild one. I’m glad to see you go and I’m looking forward to 2010. 2009 was a year of mixed feelings. Some good, some bad.

-My niece arrived in July. She just turned five months today and it seems like every time I see her, she’s getting bigger. Little Lainey is awesome times infinity. I think she’s managed to bring our family closer and she has no idea she’s done it.

– I got to go to Mexico for the first time back in April. Cabo San Lucas was amazing. I hope to get back there someday, though I doubt I’ll ever be able to stay at the Palmeia again. That place was so ridiculously nice and EXPENSIVE. It’s no wonder its a vacation spot that many celebs choose to go to while in Mexico. Did I mention I met Paul Rudd while there? Very cool guy.

– My dad and stepfamily moved back to town after living in North Carolina for sometime. It’s been so great having my dad back around. Even though he’s living in Bellevue, which from where I live, it might as well be North Carolina.

– Not everything was awesome. I made some decisions regarding the people whom I have been friends with. I’ve kind of gone cold turkey on a few of them and I think I’m better for it. It’s so hard to explain especially in a blog but I feel a little bit liberated and it seems like a lot of drama was instantly lifted off of my shoulders. I just could keep up with the constant mood changes and just pure ungratefulness from a few of them. I kind of wish I had the ability to go back in time and tell myself just to snap out of it, but I can’t. We live and learn.

– I had my 10 year high school reunion this year. It was cool seeing some of the old people I went to school with. Yes, I still had trouble talking to some of the girls I had crushes on. There’s still some out there that I really need to pony up the courage and say hey too. Ha!

The reunion also kind of squashed my fear of everyone else being successful. It’s somewhat comforting to know that a lot of other people are in my same shoes. We’re all grateful to have jobs. So many others don’t and we’re all just trying to make the best decisions we can. I wonder where we’ll all be at in 10 more years.

– It’s now time for my yearly list of my favorite movies of the year. I have a feeling this year’s list won’t be very long compared to years past.
1.Watchmen- Probably the best graphic novel adaptation ever with the exception of Sin City.
2. Star Trek- How the heck J.J. Abrams did it, still baffles me.
3. The Brothers Bloom- Great movie I bet a bunch of my friends haven’t seen. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
4. Drag Me to Hell- Sam Raimi made a return to his genre.
5. Up- Pixar is still kicking butt and taking names in animation dept.
6. The Hangover- I’m still sticking by my opinion that Zach Galifianakis is only a few short years or movies away from being an Oscar nominee for something.
7. Away We Go- Was not expecting to like it even though John Krasinski was in it. I loved it though.
8. Public Enemies- I loved the way this movie was shot and the gun battles were easily some of the best I’ve ever seen in a movie.
9. 500 Days of Summer- Proves once and for all that women are mostly insane in the brain.
10. Inglourious Basterds- Tarantino does what he does best.
11. Zombieland- I love how they took a genre movie and made it fresh, funny, and awesome.
12. Avatar- I now know what it must have been like to see Star Wars for the first time in a theatre. While the story might not be the most original(Star Wars wasn’t really original either), the technology used to create this movie just amazes me. This movie is just beautiful and makes it hard to say “That effect looked dumb.” I can’t wait to see how future movies adapt James Cameron’s camera tech for their own.

– Celebrity deaths sucked this year. Brittany Murphy died today. Who in the world saw that coming?!
Pat Hingle
Ricardo Montalban
Natasha Richardson
Bea Arthur
Dom Deluise
David Carradine
Ed McMahon
Farah Fawcett
Michael Jackson
Karl Malden
John Hughes
Les Paul
Patrick Swayze
Billy Mays
Steve McNair
Brittany Murphy
Chris Henry
Roy E. Disney
DJ AM
Walter Cronkite
Ted Kennedy

I’m sure I’m missing others but for now, these are the ones I immediately thought of. Just crazy. I hope Hollywood fares better in 2010!

Well, thats about it for now. I really need to get back into the old blogging habit again. I just don’t find enough time to do it. I’ll try and change.

19
Oct
09

Where the Wild Things Are

This guy pretty much hits the nail on the head when it comes to how I felt about “Where the Wild Things Are”….

From Aintitcool.com’s Masswyrm,

“WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is not what any rational person would call a fun movie. It is not a happy joyous celebration of youth. It is not an adventure film. It’s not a family film. It’s not even a kids film. Oh sure, it looks fun as all hell. Big, fuzzy monsters, poppy hipster music and credits written like they were scribbled in on a Trapper-Keeper during 7th grade math class. The advertising speaks to your youth, your dreams, everything you thought childhood should be. Hell, my wife giggled excitedly every time the trailer came on.

But what Spike Jonze has done with WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is nothing of the sort. In fact, he took a magical, wondrous book and made a very somber, downright depressing film about what childhood is REALLY like. It is a film about the loneliness of being misunderstood and mostly unlikable, a film about that weird kid in your class who always acted out and who many parents nowadays instantly believe Ritalin can cure (or at least should be prescribed to.) I get Max, I really do.

When I was a kid, I was Max. I was that lonely weird kid who was always writing weird stuff in notebooks and reading at recess and acting out mostly for attention. There’s no doubt where this kid is coming from and I love that Jonze went there. This isn’t the typical “lonely misunderstood but secretly cool” kid that we see in most other kids films. Max is an attention starved brat, an uncontrollable pain in the ass that desperately needs to work his shit out.

Enter the Wild Things, which are of course the whole reason you want to see the film. At first they are fantastic – marvelous, wonderful beasts that bring to life everything you ever imagined they were like. Until, that is, you start listening to what they are saying. These beasts are wild. They are unruly. And they are also the whiniest, sorriest, most pathetic imaginary group therapy session of all time. The island Max has sailed to isn’t a magical land of wild beasts. It is a group home for malcontented creatures.

And I get it. What Jonze does here is put Max on an island and forces him to watch his whole home life play out before his eyes in terms he can understand. And whether you want to believe the island is real or something playing out in Max’s subconscious is up to you. And the way he does it is marvelous. The eloquence in which he boils down the loneliness we all experience at one time or another is nothing short of brilliant. I fully understand why the people who LOVE this movie love it. But everyone else?

They’ll be bored to tears.

Nothing happens in this movie. Nothing. It is one of those rare films that can be completely summed up in one or two lines without skipping any major details. When things get too boring, one of the monsters grabs Max by the hand and takes him somewhere on the island to show him something. Or one of the monsters throws a fit. Or we get another pop song fueled montage. And when the boredom passes, Jonze puts that back in his bag of tricks to randomly draw from again when things inevitably slow down. Again. Because really, nothing happens. The film is a two hour metaphor for a 9 year old boy working out his shit.

Spike Jonze has taken a relatively respectable budget and created an arthouse film about childhood that had our family-filled audience buzzing with chattering, bored children. Don’t get me wrong, as an arthouse film it is brilliant. If you go into it with that mentality, you’ll come out feeling like you’ve been taken on a profound tour of childhood that will take you back in (potentially) bad ways. But you won’t have fun. You won’t walk out humming a great tune and feeling like your life has been reaffirmed. You’re gonna walk out thinking about your own dejected, maladjusted childhood. Or that weird kid in your class who Max reminds you of. Or a brother or sister who acted the same way.

And that’s not the film they’re selling. It’s not the film people are expecting. People are ready to watch monsters joyously run through the forest with a little boy to the soundtrack of JUNO while feeling warm and fuzzy about being a kid. And while those moments are here, they are fleeting. What Jonze does, both brilliantly and frustratingly, is take the magical and over the course of two hours make it mundane. He seeks to strip every bit of magic out of the Wild Things and make them as patently uninteresting as a troubled bible study group.

Now, it can be argued that this is pretty much what the book is about and that Jonze simply added an extra layer of subtext to the original intention. But the book is 40 pages long, comprised of exactly 10 run-on sentences and in actuality only one of those sentences remains intact and relatively unchanged. There are a number of scenes that have been added that have nothing to do with the book not – not to mention those that were outright changed – so if someone were to ask “Couldn’t Jonze have added something interesting without compromising his vision of the theme,” the answer would be yes.

Instead, every conflict in this film is emotional and entirely banal. As a representation of a young boy’s psyche and the worries that trouble him, it is an achievement. But in the context of being a film outside of the arthouse circuit being marketed as a fun, adventure film? Absolute failure. There’s not a moment of adventure here. Not a moment of fantastic danger. Not an instance in which we feel our hero is in any kind of real jeopardy. Nothing that will bring audiences back again and again. This isn’t WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY or THE IRON GIANT or CORALINE or even WATERSHIP DOWN. This isn’t a transcendent family film that will become deeper and richer as you grow from child to adult. It is THE 400 BLOWS with monsters. It was never meant for families. It was meant for critics.

Lyrical in its poetry and beautiful in its melancholy, this will play strong to those going in with an understanding of what Jonze wants to show them. But anyone looking for a good time has signed on for the wrong boat ride to the worst possible island. Beautiful enough to see on the big screen, but not powerful or moving enough to recommend, I find myself very conflicted and foresee a film that will be lauded by critics and snubbed by the bored masses. But as the dust settles, I think I’m going to find myself with the masses on this one. I wanted to love it, I really, really did, but I was just too bored to.”
-Massawyrm

Here’s the link to the original review.

I started to write out my feelings about what I took away from Wild Things and I couldn’t seem to come up with the right words to describe it. I then found this review and it was almost exactly how I felt. Massawyrm did a brilliant job with this review in my opinion. I grew up loving movies with Henson like creatures. I went in hoping that I might see a new movie using those types of creatures brought to a new generation. Not a movie with a ton of CGI’d characters but real creatures that actors actually had to interact with. I was hoping for a movie with a sense of imagination and kind of fantasy. When I read the book as a child I imagined wanting to go to a far off place to escape all the people that annoyed me. I was hoping for that movie. Instead I felt like I watched an arthouse indie film that should have played at The Belcourt. I didn’t think it was a bad movie and I thought it was very well made, but I didn’t enjoy virtually any of it. I can’t imagine kids enjoying or understanding it. Maybe I need to see it again to try and understand it more. I don’t know.

23
Jun
09

My thoughts on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

“Hm.” That was my reaction after coming out of the screening of Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen. Just “Hm.” I really don’t know how to convey the right overall thoughts about it.

I guess the only thing I can do is just highlight certain feelings I have about it. I don’t want to ruin any of the movie for anyone. The only spoilers might be when I write about the humor. I also want to make it clear that I did like it. It just has highs and lows and its up to each individual person to figure out if some of the lows outweigh the highs. So here goes….

-Transformers 2 clocks in at about 2 and half hours and it feels like 2 and a half hours. There wasn’t a time that I was wishing it would hurry up and end, but it still felt long.

-This movie feels epic. I thought the last 20 minutes or so of the first movie was impressive. This has a ton of action sequences on that level. The movie felt like they used every penny of the $150,000,000 plus that it cost to make. Visually just absolutely amazing. The epic scale and action sequences of the movie alone make it enough to possibly outweigh what is bad about the movie. Hence my problem with trying to explain why I liked the movie even though I have quite a few complaints.

-Story wise, its on the level of the first movie. It’s not an impressive story and I felt like I was just following along just waiting to get to the next big action sequence. That actually surprises me considering the guys that wrote this movie also wrote Star Trek, which had a great story.

-I thought the first Transformers movie, had just enough humor. It didn’t feel overdone. It was just the right amount. This movie to me however, has WAY too much humor. (SPOILER) From the two dogs humping, to the little decepticon humping,to the mini decepticons that act like Gremlins, to the mom and the pointless scenario she gets into at Sam’s school, to John Turturro beneath Devastator, to the two autobots that have make a wisecrack every time that speak. Some of the humor does work. The scenes between Sam and Bumblebee are great. John Turturro and Sam’s new roommate are funny. Sam’s parents are funny most of the time. It just seemed like the movie somehow over did it this time.

-Humor leads me to my next point about the twin autobots, Mudflap and Skids. If these autobots were real people, they would be Eddie Griffin and maybe Mike Epps. You can easily tell that these two are supposed to be like two black or hispanic sidekicks that make wisecracks every time they speak. Nothing against Eddie Griffin or Mike Epps, but those are the characters they typically play. Yes, they are both voiced by Tom Kenny who also voices Spongebob Squarepants and is white, but its very obvious in the movie what I’m talking about. One of them even has a gold tooth. They also make quite a few crude jokes that kind of surprised me. In the end, I just kind of felt like these sidekick type characters could have been written and played out better.

-I loved the ways that Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream were handled. I loved the scenes between Starscream and Megatron which we didn’t get in the first one. It felt like scenes from the cartoon. Optimus just seemed more hardcore here. He had the guns blazing and had no remorse for slicing a decepicon’s head in half.

I can’t wait for more people to see it to hear their reactions and thoughts. I will post more later as I have more time to let my brain digest the movie.

06
May
09

Thoughts on Star Trek

I finally got the chance to see Star Trek. Once on Saturday in 35mm and then again on Monday in IMAX.

Let me start this off by saying how much I have loved Star Trek growing up. As I said in my previous post, I grew up on The Next Generation. I watched it every week and I’ll still watch it if its on. I own every special edition of every Star Trek movie. I have been to two Star Trek conventions here in Nashville where I got to meet James Doohan and George Takei. I think I know my Star Trek history. When I visited Las Vegas back in 2002, I and two buddies made it a priority to go to the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.(very cool,btw) So, yes I would consider myself to be a trekkie/trekker to some degree.

When I heard about J.J. Abrams directing a new Star Trek movie centered around the TOS(the original series) cast, I was very very nervous. I remember having conversations with others that also loved Star Trek, about how scary of an idea this was. To most of us, this idea was either succeed or fail. There was no real in between. Either it works or it becomes a bigger joke than the humpback whales. I wanted to have faith in J.J. based on how much I loved LOST, Alias, Cloverfield, and even Mission Impossible III, but I also remembered reading about his draft of Superman he had written a few years back. To make a long story short, he had written a first draft of a potential script for a new Superman movie that was crazy. He had supposedly written a draft with all sorts of wild over the top action and story lines that were never part of the Superman mythos. For example, in his draft Krypton never exploded and Lex Luthor was eventually revealed to be a second son of Krypton aka. an alien. It was all of course a first draft and sure enough it leaked out on the interwebs. Abrams has since come out and said that because it was a first draft, he wanted to make it so over the top just to see how far they could take it. After this, you can see why someone might have some fears about him “rebooting” a franchise.

I tried to keep a positive attitude about it. When I heard that they delayed the film for around 6 months due to the writers strike, I started to have more hope. Apparently they didn’t want to rush any of it because of the strike, which I agree with. As pictures and trailers were released over the last couple of months my fears receded even more. I actually tried hard not to read any spoilers about it. I wanted to go into the film knowing only what I had really learned from the trailers and maybe a few interviews I had seen on tv or online. In today’s online world, thats almost an impossible task. Well, all the waiting paid off and the worrying turned out to be for nothing other than just not wanting to see something I loved go down the toilet.

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is wonderful. It’s magnificent. It’s joy. It’s everything I wanted it to be and more. I am just so thrilled to know that Paramount didn’t just throw it out there to any ole director to try make a few more bucks off of a franchise that had somewhat of a life threatening wound. No, they handed it over to a group of guys that wanted to make something special and boy did they succeed.

The movie is so beautiful to look at. Every scene whether it be on a ship or an a planet is beautiful to look at. The colors used in the movie are so vibrant. It doesn’t have the dark colors that TNG and the other shows used. The ship is so nice to look at. They gave it an updated yet still classic look. I loved seeing engineering look like engineering. It was just a bunch of touch screen pads. The bridge had a classic and simple yet updated look. I do agree with those that have said the bridge kind of looks like Apple designed it. Just about everything in the film you see in the movie is nice to look at and gives you a good feeling. It gives you this overall feeling of hope that I think Gene Roddenberry was going for when he created the series back in the 60’s.

The actors are great. Who ever was in charge of casting did an amazing job. Most of the cast were able to take traits from the original characters that everyone knows and loves and then make them their own. Everyone does a great job of getting you to love their character again. When I heard Karl Urban was playing Dr. McCoy, I thought “WHAT?”. I didn’t think he couldn’t do it, but I just couldn’t imagine him doing it. After seeing the movie, I am just blown away at how well he did it. It wasn’t just him though. Zachary Quinto as Spock, Chris Pine as Kirk, Simon Pegg as Scotty,etc…they all just nailed the parts. Granted, they’re not doing impressions of the original actors but they nailed the characters and aspects of the characters that we all grew to love. Chris Pine is in no way William Shatner but he has that swagger and confidence that Kirk has. Zachary Quinto does a great job as Spock. He really brings new elements to the character that is different than the way we’ve seen Leonard Nimoy portray Spock. Considering he had to be in the same movie as Nimoy, he did a great job overall portraying the character that has become as much of an icon as Kirk. Eric Bana as the villain Nero is good. Nero isn’t your typical Star Trek movie villain. He’s not the smartest or the most over the top, but he is sincere in what he wants. He doesn’t kill everyone in sight unless they’re in the way of his overall objective. I won’t go into main details about the plot mainly because I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone.

The story overall worked well. One of the biggest questions on every fans mind going into this has been, “How will this work in the continuity of the Star Trek universe?” Well, thanks to a very clever time travel storyline, they managed to go back and basically start from scratch. The beginning of the movie basically tells the audience that the timeline they know has changed. We still have the same characters but now everyone’s destinys have changed. Overall, the story works. Abrams and his crew of writers have managed to give themselves a clean slate in the Star Trek universe in which to work. In this timeline, Kirk has yet to go up against Khan. They haven’t made their peace treaties with the Klingons. Now, they might not have to go back in time to bring back humpback whales. You get my drift.

I am kind of torn about this. I would love to see what kind of movie these guys can make with a new Khan storyline(btw,the writers have been quoted as not ruling Khan out for the sequel). At the same time, this movie was so good that I don’t want them to make a great movie that might tarnish the image of the original Khan movie. Its kind of like Batman in a way. Until last year, Jack Nicholson was THE Joker to many people. Then Heath Ledger came along and threw that character on its head and he is now THE Joker to many people. As of now, Ricardo Montalban is Khan. To a lot of Star Trek fans, The Wrath of Khan is their favorite Star Trek movie. I guess I’m just a sucker for originals. I honestly feel that these new Batman movies are making people forget about how classic the ’89 Batman movie truly was. I just don’t want to possibly tarnish the image of an already classic movie like Khan. Then again…most fans didn’t think that replacing Shatner and Nimoy would work out well and well, we were wrong.

Overall, Abrams’ Star Trek is a breath of fresh air to sci-fi films. I think I enjoyed more in these screenings than I did in any of the Star Wars prequels and I would consider myself to be a big Star Wars fan too. I honestly think I enjoyed this movie more than any movie in the past year since The Dark Knight came out. It all JUST.WORKS. I’m really excited to see where they take this franchise now and I do have faith overall that whatever direction they go in, it will work.

By the way, if you get a chance to see it in IMAX, then do yourself a favor and see it. Seeing the ships and space battles on that big of a screen and hearing the sound in a large theatre is so very cool. Definitely the way to go!

p.s. I’m already jonesing for the blu-ray version of this movie. It’s going to look beautiful!

01
May
09

Rumblings of the Day 4/30/09

-I guess its safe to finally say that I saw Wolverine. Initial thoughts? The trailer plays games with you when you watch it. You see all these cool action scenes and completely forget that the X-Men movies are not like “Iron Man” or “The Dark Knight”. I didn’t think Wolverine was bad. I thought the first X-Men was good, X2 was great, and X3 was like that family member you don’t want to acknowledge but you know they’re still around. Wolverine fits in between the first and second movies for me. Hugh Jackman is great as he usually is, but the other characters/actors, I really didn’t deep down give a crap about. Sorry. My gut tells me that Hugh Jackman/Wolverine is probably the only character people care about. I’ve heard talk about a Magneto movie or another “X-Men Origins” character movie. I honestly don’t think people will respond to them unless Hugh Jackman is involved. Thats just my opinion and I hope I’m wrong.

-Hopefully, I’ll be seeing Star Trek within the next 48 hours. Either in IMAX or good ole 35mm. Honestly, I don’t care how I see it. I just know I WANT TO SEE IT. I’m so happy to be excited about a Star Trek movie again. I grew up watching TNG. I knew who the original cast members and characters were based on the movies, but it was TNG that got me hooked. I think I was around 6-7 when it first airing on TV. It is probably the first tv show I ever watched on a regular basis. Every Saturday afternoon/evening, I was in front of that TV watching TNG on ch.17 or ch.30 here in Nashville. When the show ended, I remember hearing about the first TNG movie and I was SO excited to see it. I’ve loved every minute of Star Trek anything I’ve seen especially TNG, and while yes I’m sad that the time of TNG and Rick Berman is about 99.9% over, I’m super stoked to see what direction J.J. Abrams takes Gene Roddenberry’s idea in. I have yet to read a bad early review about the new film which gives me some relief but at the same time, I need to try and not get my expectations to high.

– Some posts back, I wondered about my neighbors upstairs. They were always there. They were always outside smoking and they unintentionally talked loud with southern accents. Really nice people, but confusing people overall. Anyways, they moved out yesterday. It will be a quiet for a little while thank goodness. Hopefully, the new people will be nice whenever they move in.

– My dad is trying to move back home from North Carolina. He’s been a chef my entire life and he’s had some really great jobs with some GREAT perks(Cabo!), but over the last few years he’s worked his butt off to finally get a college degree and also a masters degree. Well, as of last month, he finished. Now, he’s taking a huge leap and changing careers. I’m so proud of him. He’s an inspiration to anyone that if you want to do something you can do it. I know its a big risk changing careers like that and I just hope he knows that we’ll always be here no matter whatever.

– For the past two weeks, The Office has been really great! Not that the rest of the season hasn’t been great, but it’s had some down moments. These past two episodes though have been just stellar in my opinion. They’ve felt like older episodes that made the show what it was.

– The jury is still out for me on Parks and Recreations. I like Amy Poehler but I can’t decide if I like the show. It’s trying to be like The Office but in a different way and I can’t tell if that’s hurting it or helping it. I’ve watched all four episodes and I still cannot get a definitive feeling about it.

– I’m really hoping NBC doesn’t cancel Chuck. Its such a great show. I know it has its problems but overall I like it. I’m actually preferring it over Heroes. With Jay Leno doing his thing next year, I know NBC is going to have to cancel some stuff. I know it hurts to say it, but I would kind of prefer that Heroes be cancelled before Chuck. I know it’s not going to happen because NBC already announced it was coming back, but I think Heroes has used up all their chances trying to make it a hit show. They will be going into their fourth season next year and I still don’t think they know what they’re doing. Whereas LOST has a definitive story to tell, Heroes seems like they literally make up stuff each week before it airs kind of like South Park.

– Enough about TV and movies. I’m really excited about some of the draft choices the Titans made this past weekend. I think the Titans have worried for so many years about their defense and they’ve cared enough about the offense. For years, during a lot of games they’ve scored just enough to win. And for Titans fans, its aggravating. Getting down to that stadium in downtown Nashville is not an easy task on gameday and to get down there and watch them play just enough to get by, stinks. I’ve prayed that they would finally start getting some wide receivers that would make other teams worry and yet we’ve never had it. Every time the Titans have tried to get a big name receiver, that player gets hurt or just doesn’t live up to expectations. I’m hoping that this will be the year that we continue to see signs that Titans are working their way towards that explosive offense that a lot of Titans fans haven been dying to see.

– There are a ton of good big name shows coming to Nashville over the next few months and I can’t seem to afford any of them. They’re all so expensive. Even Metallica with their advertised economically affordable tickets are still a minimum $50 before ticketmaster starts adding all of their stupid fees. Its aggravating. I don’t know how people are buying multiple tickets to the big name shows coming to town.

Thats enough for tonight. I have to get up early tomorrow morning. Goodnight.

p.s. Here is your obligatory mention of “Swine Flu”.

19
Apr
09

Trek Yourself

These things are pretty funny!
Trek Yourself