Saturday, January 23, 2010

Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor


I don't know what to write here. I was curious, so I watched this movie on Netflix and now I'm paying the consequences.

For those of you who don't know, Pearl Harbor is about two best friends, Rafe and Danny, who are Army pilots. Rafe, played by Ben Afflick, falls in love with a nurse named Evelyn, played by Kate Beckinsale. Rafe decides to go fight with the British while Danny and Evelyn and everyone else are stationed at Pearl Harbor. Rafe's plane gets shot down and is presumed dead. Danny then moves in on Evelyn. A couple of days before the infamous date, Rafe comes back and then there's much tension between him and Danny. Half way through this 3 hour movie, the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. After that, Rafe and Danny join an air raid on Japan and Danny dies. The End.

This movie is part Titanic, part Brothers, part Top Gun, and all irritating. The only part that I thought was good (and that's comparing it to the rest of the movie) was the Pearl Harbor bombing. I thought it kind of captured the tragicness (I know it's not a word but shut up) of the bombing. Other than that, it just pissed me off. The love-triangle story-line is aggravating, the acting is ehh, and it's 3 hours long.

However, if I had a choice, I would watch this rather than Transformer 2 any day.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

James Cameron's Avatar

This is the first movie I drove myself to, the fact being I got my drivers' license on Thursday.

I didn't know what to expect. A lot of people love it, some hate it.

Granted when the characters were talking about the Na'vi and savages and essentially being the sci-fi version of how the "white man" treated the Native Americans, it got annoyingly preachy.

But other than that, it is a spectacular film. Stunning visuals, great acting, epic action, EVERYTHING and the kitchen sink's grandma.

After the film ended, I took part in an audience applause. It's so good that people will applaud even after an entire month has past.

And after the credits, while I was putting my 3D glasses into the bin, an old man says to the usher, "Eywa be with you."

I wish I said,"And also with you."

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

This is a movie that doesn't turn into a good movie until the end.

What I mean by that is, it's a movie that doesn't make sense until the ending where everything is explained. It's no Usual Suspects, but it does its job pretty well.

The funnier points of the movie are where the script writers make the characters say things that basically uses the movie's setting in time to get cheap laughs. For example, the main villain is talking with an American ambassador and talks about how he can take America over because America is vulnerable because of a certain Civil War and that the government is corrupt. Ha.

It's a fascinating piece of work and I hope it turns into a franchise like Indiana Jones.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2000-2009: A Decade Rememberance

In 2000, I was in Kindergarten, without a care in the world, turn of the year, decade, century, & millennium.

In 2001, 1st Grade, 9/11, watching A LOT of TV, went on a Christmas Cruise with my family, then went to Disney World, eldest brother graduates high school.

In 2002, 2nd Grade, moved to a new house with 2 stories.

In 2003, 3rd Grade, still watch a lot of TV, summer trip to Germany.

In 2004, 4th Grade.

In 2005, 5th Grade, saw Son of the Mask in theaters, eldest brother gets his B.A., second eldest graduates high school and goes into Air Force, I graduate elementary school.

In 2006, 6th Grade, summer trip to L.A. for acting jobs.

In 2007, 7th Grade, 3 month trip to L.A. for pilot season from Feb. to Apr., experienced "home schooling for the first time, graduate middle school.

In 2008, 8th Grade, discovered the existence of James Rolfe, Doug Walker, & Bob Chipman, I post a review of Hercules on Youtube, experienced Christmas traveling through Hell.

In 2009, 9th Grade, graduate Jr high, I discover my love of film.

In just one decade, I experienced my recent childhood, spanning three schools, watching tons of movies, my older brothers graduating, leaving me the only child in the house, I make friends, I lose friends, I go from spending too much time watching TV to spending too much time on the Internet.

It's depressing that when you're living in the present, it feels slow, but when you look back, it went by so fast.

Hears to a new decade. Can't wait to see what's over the horizon.

As Leonard Nimoy has said dozens of times, "Live long, and prosper."