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Hatsune Miku, Nicholson vs. Ledger

By far, the most popular (only popular?) post on this blog is the one I did back on January 3rd of this year comparing the disparate film portrayals of the Joker as delivered by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. I just approved another two comments to that post, though I’ve long since given up on attempting to answer them all, because really, how much can you say about this shit?

It’s largely down to opinion, anyway, though it does strike me funny that it seriously gets under some people’s skin when you say something negative about Chris Nolan’s Batman films. These people should read what I had to say about Inception so they can just write me off as a hater (which wouldn’t be accurate, of course, because in general I kind of like Chris Nolan as a filmmaker).

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  • fuwalda says:

    I had to click on the link to my review to remember if I liked it or not. Needless to say, my review was pretty vague, so I still can’t remember. I seem to remember not knowing if I liked it even as I was watching it, but I also remember wishing it was better. It was neat.

    And my opinion about First Class was pretty much the same as yours: It was a well done as a movie could be that had such a crummy cast of characters and no point to even exist at all. But it was neat. I thought it was better than Sucker Punch.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    So I went and checked Wikipedia, and it doesn’t look like any of the mutant characters are original–they’re all from the comics.

    The one guy, Azazel, who I said was just a red Nightcrawler? Turns out that’s Nightcrawler’s father. I don’t know why that annoys me, but it does.

  • fuwalda says:

    Azazel is Nightcrawler’s father? I did not know that. I knew of the character, but not to that extent.

    Anyway, here’s another reason why First Class better than Sucker Punch: Kevin Bacon. Say what you will about First Class’s story and cast of characters, my boy Bacon was awesome. He should play a villain more often. He’s good.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Bacon was surprisingly awesome. I mean, I’ve got nothing against Bacon. I think he’s a pretty good actor. But I was surprised he played that character so well. Easily the best villain of all the X-Men films–I’ll say that.

  • Anna says:

    Damn, now I suppose I’ll have to see Sucker Punch. I can say now though that I’ll probably like it a lot; I’m a– ha ha— sucker for visually impressive films even if the story ain’t that great.
    NICE JOHN HAMM VID! (cackle).

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    To be honest, I wish you would see it, because I’d be curious to know what a woman would take away from it (my wife was in Europe when I watched it). I think it’s supposed to be about female empowerment or something, but ultimately, it’s probably just about a bunch of attractive women getting to play out totally over-the-top action sequences.

    But you know, I say that, but the interesting thing about it is that the next day, I was killing time and kind of fastforwarding through the bits that weren’t fight scenes, and I found that the action set pieces actually did seem to benefit from all of the context that on the surface, seems pretty unrelated.

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Sucker Punch, X-Men: First Class

Sucker Punch (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sometimes it’s nice to know that nobody gives two shits about your reviews. Like now, for example, because I can admit to having enjoyed watching Sucker Punch.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Too bad this film came out during my stupid zombie movie month or I would’ve rewatched it for sure by now. This is one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen, if not the best. I loved it.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    After writing this, I went back and reread your review of it, and realized I wound up saying most of the same stuff you did. I wish I could say I never read your review, so I’d know that mine wasn’t influenced by yours. But oh well.

    But yeah, it was the bomb.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Here’s a quote from my brother Josh on this movie. Thought you’d get a kick out of it, Donald:

    “nah, this movie sucks. none of the characters are worth investing a shit in. needless romance element between two people who spend all of five minutes with each other. gay enemies. cheap and lame twist at the end. etc.”

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Thor

Thor (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It makes sense in a way that Kenneth Branagh should be the director tasked with helming this ship, because there is something distinctly Shakespearean in the circumstances found within. The longstanding undercurrent of sibling rivalry, Loki’s sundry machinations all for the benefit of his father’s love, Thor’s arrogance and resulting comeuppance…well, I don’t know if this is weightier material than gets covered in other comic book films, but just the same, it’s all covered here with a certain earnestness that is either overdone in some of these genre films or not quite taken seriously enough in others.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I didn’t know Karl Urban was in Red. And god help me, I don’t know why that makes me want to see it. I must be the world’s only Karl Urban fan, although that’s probably not true since I’m not going to see it. But I do enjoy Karl Urban.

    That train movie also looks ok, but I won’t see it either because I don’t care. I do like Denzel though. Has he ever made a movie with Karl Urban?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    So if Karl Urban were in Unstoppable, you would have seen it? heh. Oh well, if you ever watch it, just close your eyes during Chris Pine’s scenes and just pretend it’s Karl Urban.

    Karl Urban was pretty boring in Red. Also, in the first scene, we basically see him sadistically killing somebody, and by the end of the movie, he’s a good guy. So go figure.

  • fuwalda says:

    I’d see Unstoppable if Karl Urban played the train.

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Red, Unstoppable, Megamind

Red (2010)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

This movie was neither good nor bad on the whole, but it’s difficult to recommend it if only because Bruce Willis phoned his performance in and then some. Also, he looks like a turtle.

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Beta Weekend

So as part of the ramp up to the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic in December, BioWare have begun inviting pools of temporary testers for what they’re calling “Beta Weekends”. I think it’s largely an opportunity to stress test their servers, but in the process, they get more feedback than they can possibly know what to do with about the early game experience.

Anyway, long story short, I’ve been invited twice. So I’ve had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with the game. This weekend that just ended, in particular, I played the shit out of Star Wars: The Old Republic owing to the fact that my wife and daughter are in Europe. Seriously. Played the shit out of it.

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Overheard

Overheard in the Mumble lounge for my EVE Online corporation:

Person 1: I think I need to go watch Event Horizon now.

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  • fuwalda says:

    January Jones was in that new X-Men movie as Emma Frost. Boy was she beautiful, but boy was she awful too. Still… I’ve been meaning to see this movie.

    No interest in Black Swan. Everybody says it’s good… and I’m sure it is… but what do I care? It just doesn’t look or sound the least bit entertaining.

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and it’s funny you call January Jones a porn name, since my sister said the same thing earlier tonight. She was telling me about how she’s been watching Mad Men, and then mentioned some actually named January Jones who sounds like a porn actress. Heh.

    I dunno. Sounds too stupid to even be a porn name.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Yeah, when you think about it, it sounds more like a lame comic book character’s name or something.

    Black Swan…yeah…I don’t know. You already know whether or not you’d like it, so I’d probably recommend skipping it. I mean, it’s not as good as The A-Team.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      heh. That’s my quote for the A-Team commercial.

      “Better than Black Swan!”
      -Justin Blum, A Voice in the Crowd

  • fuwalda says:

    Here’s the thing about Natalie Portman: I wouldn’t mind seeing her naked, but I don’t need to either. She’s very beautiful… as beautiful as any woman I’ve ever seen, in fact… but her body is nothing special. Now, I’m not saying I *don’t* want to see her naked, just that I’m not going to see a movie just to see that. I’d rather see January Jones naked.

    About funny blurbs… I remember in my review of that movie White Noise years ago I mentioned that I got bored when I went to see Sideways, so I left the theater and snuck into White Noise instead. Put that on the poster.

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The Unknown + Black Swan

I’m going to attempt to keep these reviews short and sweet, partially by necessity, since it is going on a few weeks since I’ve seen them, and they’re no longer fresh in my mind.

The Unknown (2011)

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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  • fuwalda says:

    You know I loved this movie. And you know I hate it when people talk shit about America.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I mean, we’re a bunch of fat asses in this country. I’m not denying that. Just saying, people need to ease up about it.

    Anyway, I’m gonna go watch the end of The A-Team that I didn’t get to rewatch last night. heh.

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and you’re right about the plot of A-Team being confusing. If somebody asked me what the movie was about, I’d have no clue what to say. I honestly don’t know. I have no memory of the plot. I just remember the set pieces and enjoying myself. I also remembering not really understanding a lot of what was happening.

    In fact… did David Lynch direct this movie?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I know, right? This movie is more complicated than Inception by an order of magnitude.

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The A-Team, Revisited + Fat Asses

So if you’ll recall, I was pretty generous in my review of The A-Team. After rewatching parts of it last night, however, I think I wasn’t generous enough.

On a second viewing (with my baby daughter in another country, and thus not waking up every twenty minutes to compel me to pause the film), I found that I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first time. The action sequences, which I initially thought became tamer after the high bar set in the opening minutes, seemed more charged and dramatically compelling this time around.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I think this was the first time I’ve ever actually seen Patrick Warburton emote. In fact, I think this was the first time I’ve seen him act. Why isn’t he allowed to do that more? Why does he always have to play Puddy in every movie and TV series?

    Don’t get me wrong… that’s a funny character and he’s good at it, but come on. Let the man show his range. Same with John O’Hurley. Does he have to play every character as J Peterman? Is it just that Seinfeld was so popular that every minor character actor who appeared is now completely stereotyped forever?

    Oh, and “this has something to do with building schools in Pakistan or some shit” should be a blurb on the cover of that book.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    You know how every terrible movie that comes out always has some blurb on the commercial like, “The most fun you’ll have at the movies this year!” or “Carrot Top is a national treasure”? And you know that nobody actually said that. Anyway, they should have guys like us write those blurbs.

    “This wasn’t as big of a piece of shit as people said it was.”

    “It was worth a dollar from the Red Box.”

    Stuff like that. I’d be more willing to see a movie like that.

  • fuwalda says:

    “This movie wasn’t all that good, but it’s got Robert Wuhl and he’s always good. Actually wait… I was thinking of Robert Loggia. Go rent Big instead.”

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Product Placement

On YouTube today, there’s a big-ass advertisement for some newish Honda ad campaign starring Patrick Warburton. Most of the world will probably remember Warburton as David Puddy–Elaine’s on again/off again boyfriend–on Seinfeld. He also does a shitload of voice acting work, where he doesn’t have a tremendous range, really, but he’s usually pretty great. I particularly loved him as Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove and as Brock Samson in The Venture Brothers.

I like the guy–what can I say? So I clicked to watch the video.

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