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Random Post: 07/10

Posted by rapaleeman on July 10, 2008

Wow am I tired.  Work has been a bitch.  Too much shit to do.  I’m taking a break posting here just because I don’t feel like doing up more paperwork.

I was finally able to procure a copy of Fastlane on DVD.  I can’t wait to watch the show again.  All the fun and excitement.  Now on DVD for me to watch at my leisure.  I highly recommend everyone pick it up.  NOW.  You, go buy.  I wait.

Saw some more pictures of the Sidekick Gecco, or Sidekick 2008 as it is now called.  Whatever.  Thing looks money.  Hopefully it costs less than the LX.  Other than the smaller screen, it seems to have everything that the LX has and more.  I may have to acquire one when they become available.

I watched Batman: Gotham Knight last night.  It was good.  It was a collection of 6 short stories all by different animators and writers.  Any Batman fan needs to buy it.  It is a good watch and definately kept my interest.  A tad short though for a full length release.

The second season of Psych came out today too.  Bought that.  Great show.  You watch now.

Tonight, Burn Notice is back.  That show rocks as well.  One of the most underrated shows from last year.  Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell are great.  Very funny, witty, and just down right phenomenal action scenes.  Especially for a show on the USA Network.  That is the channel I’ll be tuned to for most of the summer so, hopefully I”ll see you guys there.

I haven’t seen Wall-e yet.  I really want too.  I saw Hancock for some reason.  Funny for an hour then boring.  I will say watching a drunk superhero fly is pretty funny and the beginning of the movie is just great.  The whole schtick of sticking people’s heads up other people’s asses is really funny.  Be prepared to fall asleep towards the end though.  The little “twist” is terrible and really dumb.  I should have gone to see Wall-e.  Or even Wanted.  Kinda want to see that too.

I really play too much skate. for the 360.  It’s getting to be a really bad habit.  I was up til almost midnight playing it last night online.  Just hanging out and playing is a blast.  I really like that game.  All they need is the online mode from Burnout Paradise and to be able to walk and I’m good to go.  I need help.  Really.

Anyway, just thought I’d check in.  Too much going on to finish anything up.  Still got a ton of shit in the drafts section but no time or motivation to finish them.  Whatever yo.  Stay frosty.


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Review: In Bruges

Posted by rapaleeman on June 24, 2008

Whoever said Colin Farrell can’t act is a moron.  Wait.  That was me.  Anywho… In Brughes is the darkest, funniest comedies/dramas I have ever seen.  It is great.  Go buy now.

Not enough?  Ok I’ll elaborate.  Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play hitmen who are sent to Bruges (it’s in Belgium) to hide out after a job.  Not giving anything away, but obviously things didn’t go well and the two are on edge.  Farrell, a young Irish guy and Gleeson, an older British dude are essentially the opposite of one another.  Farrell would rather be drinking and parting with midgets (oh yeah there is a midget) while Gleeson’s character would rather be sight seeing and enjoying the suroundings. 

Obviously again this leads to some odd couple style of relationship with the two leads and it works great.  they care about each other but never truely show it until a scene in the park towards the end.  What follows is an extremely funny and downward spiral into the land of Bruges and the minds of these two hitmen.

In vein of movies like Trainspotting and Stay, you get this almost surreal feeling.  Like everything is happening but then in turn not happenning.  I can’t really describe it.  The movie just sort of happens around you as you watch it and the ending is very fitting to the overall tone and style of the movie.

Awesome film.  Rarely has a movie made me laugh my ass off, but made me think about the message at the same time.  It is really unheard of in this day and age of film making.  I guess it is fitting to call this a film and not a movie.  It entertains, but unlike a straight up action movie or drama, you actually take something away from it and it makes you talk about it.  Like the aforementioned film Stay for instance.  As it should be, this movie is without a shadow of a doubt.  Highly Recommended.

Oh, for a final reason to see the film.  Colin Farrell karate chops a midget.  Tell your friends.


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Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Posted by rapaleeman on May 28, 2008

Let me preface by saying that yes, I am an Indy fan.  Even with this fact out there this review is not going to be pretty.  Onward we go.

So this is the fourth movie in the Indy franchise (I refuse to re-type the title and I am too lazy to cut and paste, deal with it) and with that comes the typical swashbuckling crusade on dry land that Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is known for.  There is action, comedy, drama, suspense, well maybe not the last two.

The best parts of the movie are when Indy is on-screen being Indy.  He is and always has been a wise-cracking super smart professor that would get himself way over his head.  That runs true here and to be honest it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  Sure there are some sweet action scenes and the stunt doubles do a fairly decent job, but the chase through the jungle is terrible and the pivotal scenes are just so far out there that it completely hangs itself with what little bit of Indy’s famous whip there actually is in the movie.

Without giving anything away this movie is out there.  Both literally and metaphorically.  This particular franchise has always suspended belief, but not reality.  Most of the ideas behinds the movies are soild facts with a paranormal-type of explanation.  It’s what made them fun (like the first National Treasure movie, but not the second, it was terrible).  Essentially you could legitimately believe what was happening in the film and play along with the Jones as he discovered what the hell was going on.

Not in this one folks.  I got lost about 20 minutes in and the opening of the movie is just crap.  It doesn’t even feel like an Indiana Jones movie.  That doesn’t start until almost a 1/3 of the way in.  Part of the issue is Spielberg and Lucas thinking bigger = better.  Not here it isn’t.  There is so much CGI that this is just unbelievable completely.  Did we need CGI in Star Wars and Transformers?  Yes since they were both fantastical (is that a word) franchises.  Not in Indy.  Practical has always been better (hence the Experience at MGM Studios) and when the stunt doubles are going at it I was glued to my seat.  When the waterfalls and random Mayan dudes show up I was counting down the time for the credits.

Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones.  No question how old he gets, he is the man.  Much like Stallone is still Rambo and Rocky, or Bruce Willis is John McClane, Ford pulls off the age well, though he does sound a little more cynical with his speach.  I swear I heard and saw Han Solo for a few minutes here.  Not a bad thing, but definately uneven for such a great actor.  Shia (however you spell his name, the kid from Transformers and I,Robot) is not that bad as, well I won’t spoil it but if you think about it, you already know who he is and why he is in the movie.  A few others make some good extended cameos from the previous films and some of their dialogue with the Jones is actually great.  The only problem is Cate Blanchett.  Great actress, terrible role.

I think that is the whole problem with this film.  There is so much you can do with this franchise and honestly they didn’t know what direction to take it in.  Do you stay grounded, or go bigger?  The dynamic duo tried to do both and in term almost ruined the film for me.  The last five minutes are epic (and they don’t have any action in it go figure) and will make you grin and at least feel somewhat ok that you just sat through one of the most ludicrous movies you have ever seen. 

If your an Indy fan your going to see it.  Shut up, you are.  I’m tired of people saying they won’t.  You will.  The question is should you?  The answer is yes definately since even though the chapter in this saga is really bad, the ending to the story (or is it?) is really worth it.  You learn about a few key characters and why Indy is who he is.  Also how much his father has actually impacted him in his present life.  It’s weird, Connery isn’t in the movie (not really) but his spirit and precense is all over Ford and his character.  Ultimately that is why you should see this movie.  Indiana Jones.  The man named after the dog.  Dr. Henry Jones Jr.  Part-time professor, full-time badass and explorer.  He as a character evolves here much like Rocky Balboa does in the movie of the same name.  Old, but not too old and never forgetting who he once was and who is now.

This is getting a Recommended for that fact.  Not because it is a good movie.  It really isn’t, but because of the spirit and characters it contains.  And to be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing Indy back for number 5 if only to allow for him to finish on a high note.  This franchise deserves that much.


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Random Post 5/09

Posted by rapaleeman on May 9, 2008

So I have browsing the net and found a website that has pictures of most of the actors and what they’ll look like.  Check  it out here.

They all actually look good, well except for Storm Shadow.  I am completely surprised and now have a really good feeling about the movie.  They all look up-to-date yet still the same as their original versions.  I am excited.

Iron Man is still in my mind.  I’m going to have to see it again.  It was that good.

It’s going to be a quite weekend.  I got little going on that I need/want to share.  I don’t have anything new to review really since it has been pretty quite.  I have to watch the Speed Racer animated movie thing.  We’ll see how good/bad that is.  If I grab the new Roots album I’ll pop a review for that up middle of next week.  I got a long week coming up and to be honest I’ll be spending little, if any time on the computer. 

Just thought I’d share, I’ve been playing a bunch of older games lately.  Nothing new, though I really want the Iron Man no matter how bad it was reviewed.  The World Ends With You on the DS is really good.  I’m not going to review since I haven’t beat it yet.  Maybe when I’m done.

This was short and I got nothing else today.  I’ll check in with yall next week.

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Random Post 5/06

Posted by rapaleeman on May 6, 2008

So it’s Tuesday and well kinda boring here at my job.  I am on my lunch break, but not really hungry so I figured I’d check in with a few random musings.

First up a new Speed Racer DVD comes out today.  It’s called “Speed Racer: The Next Generation”.  Looks interesting and I may pick it up depending on how much bank I have.  Can’t really afford much.  Bills suck and I need a raise.

Moving on, the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas got picked up by the Oakland Athletics last week.  Forgot to mention it and thought I would for the 2 people that give a damn.  Glad to see he found a home back at a former home.  Makes me happy and warm inside.  That was weird.  Sorry.

Next up, there are pics from the Street Fighter movie.  Looks like complete shit.

Anyway, glad I didn’t buy the Iron Man game.  Terrible reviews.  Movie was great (check out the review below) but I guess the game is short and shallow (isn’t that what she said….sorry). 

I’ll end this with a little Smallville news since I love that show.  Michael Rosenbaum is officially gone as a regular.  He will be guest starring in a few next season, but offically (as in The CW’s website) he is gone.  They are bringing in two new villains.  First up is Doomsday.  No clue why or how they are going to do this but I gave up on this show being “official” long ago.  As long as it is entertaining I could care less.  Finally there is a girl that is going to be the main baddy.  Supposedly someone from the comics.  It is probably either Livewire or Maxima.  Again, not sure why or how, but hopefully it will be good.

Losing Lex is both a good and bad thing.  He needs to get away from Clark so as not to recognize him as Superman (since Clark does not wear glasses), but Lex was just getting good.  He was truely evil and diabolical especially in last weeks episode when he was the president.  Just awesome television that was.

Anyway that about does it for now.  Watch Reaper tonight on the CW.  It is a great show.

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