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Pirates and Zombies and Mermaids, oh my

6 May

So I just saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (aka PotC IV) and IT WAS SO GOOD!

No, really, it was!

I know there might be some of you out there who were a little disappointed by the last two movies and, well, if I’m being truly honest, even I didn’t love them as much as I absolutely adored the first one.

(Before watching PotC I: CotBP, when asked about my favourite movie I always said Titanic because that’s a movie everyone liked, right? Then I saw Pirates and I was like, “THIS! This is my favourite movie of all time.” And it was. And it still is. I still haven’t seen Titanic.)

But this movie? Oh, it’s almost back to the first movie’s level of AWESOME. (Yes, that did need to be in all caps. Deal with it.)

In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet:

I think the more honest title for this movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: Watch Captain Jack Being Awesome.  The last three movies were good, but this one is definitely the Cap’n Jack Special.

We do get to see beloved side characters again, a great storyline, exciting chase scenes, swordfights…and there are some really cute deckhands if you pay attention to the extras.

I’m too full of squee right now for this to be a coherent review, so I’m just going to end by saying PotC IV is amazing. Go see it! [Comes out on May 20th]

Time Travel Theories

19 Apr

So, there are three main types of time travel. Or, at the very least, that’s the way I tend to classify time travel events in my head whenever I think about it. Which I kinda do a lot, because I’m that much of a nerd. Whatever.

With slight adjustments for the details of a particular time travel event, I really believe that these three categories can be applied to explain and classify every instance of time travel in comics/movies/books/TV shows/etc.

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1. Time is Unchanging: All time travel that happens was always meant to happen. There’s just one timeline; all events are fixed and built into it and can’t be changed. In fact, trying to change or avoid things often means that you, the time-traveller, are the one who makes them happen.

Ex: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure| Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban| Kate and Leopold| Premonition| Supreme| Timeline.

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2. Time as a River: Time travel can change certain things, but the things that were meant to happen will happen eventually. You might be able to change small details or delay things, but eventually the timeline will correct itself. It’s like throwing rocks into a river: pebbles make ripples, where you can see the tiny effects, but it won’t change the major flow.

Ex:  Doctor Who| Journeyman| Terminator| The Time Machine

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3. Time Changes into Alternate Timelines: The act of time travel always causes a change of some sort, and an alternate timeline branches off from that moment. This is where the most significant changes can happen and so it’s the most commonly seen. This one’s the most complicated just because different ‘verses deal with the role of the traveller and the state of their timeline in so many different ways.

Some ‘Role of the Traveller’ options:

  • merge with your other self and have memories of both timelines (I’ve only ever seen this in Harry Potter fanfiction, but it exists)
  • replace your other self (Batman/Superman Absolute Power)
  • cause yourself to never be born (why Marty fades in Back to the Future)
  • you and the other you(s) can exist simultaneously (old and young Spock in the ’09 Star Trek movie);

Some ‘State of the Timeline’ options:

  • jump between the past and the future making and seeing changes instantly
  • changes in the past create a new timeline, completely erasing yours giving you nowhere to jump back to
  • jump to the future and return to the past to create a new timeline based on what you learned

Ex:  13 Going on 30| Back to the Future| Batman/Superman: Absolute Power| Charmed| Cinderella 3: A Stitch in Time| Eureka| Heroes| Star Trek

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Can you think of more examples of time travel?

Is there anything that doesn’t fit into these categories? Anything that should be reclassified?

Oh, Yes, I Did Pre-Order The Ultimate Tron Collectors’ Set

14 Apr

I’m surprised I handled myself well enough to not immediately rip open the box upon arriving home after work today to film this un-boxing video. Because I no longer have Christmas presents to look forward to, I have to occasionally order material objects to fill that void in my life.

Since I felt it was a bit hard to show exactly what this collectors’ set included, aside from beautiful Disney packaging, I decided that a video would be a pretty good idea. You also get to see who we are (er, just me, this time), unless you’re my Facebook friend. Then you’re just stuck with seeing all my damn blog posts and shitty camera phone pictures of the concerts I go to.

If you:

a) are at work and can’t watch this video, maybe watch it later?
b) are not interested in watching this video, okay :[
c) watched about 2 seconds of this video and think I am ugly and boring, sorry, I am not Felicia Day :[
d) all of the above,

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If you watched the video and would like us to make MORE videos, please leave a nice comment. We will try to find more seemingly interesting things to vlog about. As always, thanks for all your support, we seriously appreciate it!

Spend $107 at tronsoundtrack.com and you get these goodies:

1. A physical copy of the TRON R3CONFIGUR3D (remix) CD. Looks kinda cheesy and reminds me of the Digitalism album cover art :\

Meh.

Inside

CD Booklet art

Moar CD booklet art.

2. Exclusive Daft Punk poster 27″ x 39″ (glows in the dark… when was the last time I owned anything that glowed in the dark…)
3. Tron: Legacy graphic novel (prequel to the movie)
4. 5-disc DVD set including a special lithograph (not really that special), but basically a Blu-Ray 3D version of the movie, for everyone that owns a pair of 3D glasses and a full HD 3D TV (yeah, sure), Blu-Ray 2D version, regular DVD version, digital copy, and most important, a Blu-Ray version of the original Tron movie.

Graphic novel and 5-disc set.

Yes, full color pages! All 127 pages!

Collectible lithograph inside DVD case.

There are basically 4 versions of Tron:Legacy.

Why I have hope for the Green Lantern movie

12 Apr

Answer = the new extended trailer.

Where the original trailer came off as cheesy, predictable, and hinted at the possibility of a badly animated super(skinny)suit, this trailer looks… epic.

It’s funny (his attempt at an oath actually made me laugh) and yet properly dramatic (the actual oath sounded almost inspirational).

It has snippets of exciting action scenes (explosions and fights and spaceships) and looks beautiful (aliens and settings that actually look cool).

Watching this trailer actually makes me want to go see this movie!

(I mean, I would have watched it anyway because it is a superhero and there’s no way I could say no to anything involving superheros, but now I’m way more likely to go see it in theatres)

Decisions, Decisions

8 Apr

Before anyone makes a stupid reference to that damn Rebecca Black song (…. see what I did there?) I actually have something to look forward to this particular Friday: 2 movies that I really want to see are both released today. As much as I want to be greedy and watch them both in one sitting, my attention span is obviously shorter than a Korean male’s penis size (I’m going be statistics here, alright? Google that shit.) so I can only watch one of them tonight. Or tomorrow.

“Your Highness” is a movie I have been waiting for since…. October. Back then, I thought, “Hot damn, April is far away”. Now I am kind of cringing because I still haven’t done my taxes yet. There isn’t much for me to say about this movie if you’ve seen the trailer 49394508385304 times like I have. Natalie Portman is in it. Danny McBride is in it. James Franco is in it. Zooey Deschanel is in it. The people who made “Pineapple Express” made this movie. I don’t think I can really dumb it down for you anymore. I am pretty sure this movie is going to be hilarious.

The second movie I’m looking forward to is “Hanna”. While I’m only partly sold by the concept (which is kept a bit vague, probably because the storyline isn’t that exciting to me), Cate Blanchett and Saorise Ronan are in this movie, and everyone under the sun knows I love Cate Blanchett. Let’s just forget about that whole Indiana Jones fiasco. Also, I’m a girl with self-esteem issues, so I obviously would want to watch a movie where a girl who appears helpless suddenly kicks everyone’s ass. I don’t think this movie will be intentionally funny, but remember “Suckerpu–” no, I will not speak of such things again. I don’t want to believe that Cate Blanchett would participate in another mediocre movie.

Shut up, Crime (and read this)

6 Apr

Yeah, I watched Super last week, but couldn’t bring myself to write a review: it’s good, but not really my sense of humour. Luckily, I went with a friend (who shall be known on this blog as SparklyCupcake, for now) and she wrote it for me.

It’s not that I’m slacking…it’s an optimal delegation of work. 🙂

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Have you ever dreamed of being a superhero? Of gliding through clouds like the man of steel, or smashing through walls like his green-skinned counterpart? Their tales are fantastic and larger than life and understandably alluring. After all, who wouldn’t want a utility-belt full of crime-fighting wonders?

If you ask me, that list of people is a lot longer than it should be. To borrow an oft-quoted phrase from a movie that frequents late-nights on cable channels: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

And I’m not entirely convinced that most people who dream of karate-chopping faceless thugs who steal old ladies’ purses could shoulder that responsibility. The dark knight may possess the gritty resolve to hide in the shadows until he’s convinced that the men he’s observing on the seedy docks of the outer city deserve it, but most of us aren’t so blessed.

Maybe like Frank D’Arbo, your patience will be tested by a couple who cuts in front of you at the movie theater. Peter Parker may have looked the other way but Frank (aptly portrayed by Rainn Wilson) feels the need to unleash the justice of his trusty wrench across their faces until their bloody penance streams down their faces. This is why you should watch this movie, not just to cast doubt on the fantasies you’ve been nurturing since childhood, but because it’s destined to be a cult classic.

"That'll do."

The director said he wrote the script many years ago but didn’t want to move ahead with the project until he found the right person to play Frank. But it’s hard to believe that the role wasn’t written with Rainn in mind: Frank completely embodies the earnest eccentricity that has made his Office character a household name. An introverted fry cook, Frank creates his superhero persona Crimson Bolt after avision strengthens his resolve to rescue his wife (Liv Tyler).

"Beware crime."

After he decides to fight evil, with his wife’s drug-dealing boyfriend at the top of the list, Crimson Bolt and his wrench begin to terrorize pedophiles and thieves across the city. Frank’s calm and self-aware narration provides a jarring contrast to the celebratory gore that is frequently splashed acrossthe screen. That’s the beauty of this movie though; it’s able to seamlessly encompass the extremes of slapstick comedy and heartbreaking loss without losing the audience. Although some of the violence isclearly gratuitous and you occasionally wonder if you can really root for a character like Frank, his single-minded determination to save his fallen angel keeps you loyal until the end.

"Come here. I want to try something."

Out of all the characters, Liv Tyler’s Sarah, was probably the least explored. Throughout the movie we’re reminded that she’s in need of rescue both from herself and those around her, but we’re not givenmuch else to work with. Perhaps it fit the movie’s purposes to have a stereotypical damsel in distress toembolden the hero. Or maybe we weren’t supposed to think about Sarah as much as we were supposedto focus on what Frank was driven to do for her.

Ellen Page’s character Boltie, the Crimson Bolt’s ‘kid sidekick’, isn’t as easy to quantify. A fumbling twenty-something with a superhero fetish, she immediately attaches herself to Frank upon learning his secret identity. Like many of us would be, she isn’t content waiting for crime to happen and is perfectly comfortable with brutally punishing the people she thinks deserve it. Her enthusiasm for explosives taking down bad guys is an odd match for her childlike energy and junior-high vernacular, butit’s just another example of the contrasts this story thrives off of. Her excitement is infectious, her transgressions are oddly forgivable, and she was easily my favorite character after Frank.

"What are those?" "Pipe bombs. I'm not sure I'm doing it right."

To briefly tie up some loose threads, there are many other things that made me love this movie. I haven’t seen a lot of Kevin Bacon flicks but this movie has made a fan out of me. He brought an undeniable swagger and complexity to a character that could have easily been a two-dimensional villain,like a modern-day Bowser. Also, it was evident that the soundtrack was carefully chosen and I think they generally made great decisions both with the titles and their placement. And finally, despite it all, this movie made me want to be a superhero. Apparently all it takes is the decision to fight evil and a bloody wrench.

AWWWYEAAAHH REMIXES

31 Mar

If you “liked” us on Facebook, this post will include media I have already posted previously, and then some.

I do spend (time well spent is not time wasted) a lot of time on the internet–guilty of creating my own captions for memes too…. and sometimes I do find some pretty cool shiyet. This cool shiyet is usually in the form of music. Sometimes it’s “a holy light has shone from above”! As in the case of these video game-related remixes below:

1. Super Smash Bros. Melee MIX by Middle Finger Music

2. The Legend of Zelda Electrixx Remix by Electrixx

3. Star Wars intro by Asian Trash Boy (not a video game but it’s too superb for me not to post)

4. Nintendo mash-up with Legend of Zelda theme, Mario Bros. theme and Tetris theme by Yenn

5. Sonic the Hedgehog theme mash-up with ATB’s “Don’t Stop” by FunWithBonus

6. Tetris theme (Boo Remix)

7. Ocarina of Time electro medley by The Bea7nix

8. Tomb Raider theme (Lo-Gravity Remix) by Vertigo

And these are all guaranteed to be much more interesting with some Captain Shepard dancing: http://www.gifsoup.com/view/321301/shepard-dance.html

There are a ton of other remixes out there but these are just a few of my favorites; it’s always nice to see these classic melodies being remixed and reintroduced.

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