Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Strange Friction

The movie Stranger Than Fiction was okay, but not really that impressive.  I was expecting it to be better, because the idea is so clever.  It's about a guy who can hear a woman's voice narrating his life.  It turns out the woman is writing a book, and the guy is the main character of the book, but he is actually a real guy.

The thing that bugged me is that it never explained how this phenomenon was possible.  Sure it's a fictional movie, and they think they don't need to explain why, but I need to know these things.  Did the woman actually create this guy's existence, or did she just happen to come up with a character who happened to be real already?  And what made it possible for the man to hear the lady narrating?

When the guy, played by Will Ferrill, showed up to the author's office to tell her he was real, she was in shock.  This was expected, but the assistant, played by Queen Latifah, was not at all shocked.  She acted like this was a normal everyday occurrence.  Well I have just one thing to tell you lady... It's not.  

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Beatles Musical

I just saw Across The Universe.  I had to use a really big telescope.  Ha!  No just kidding.  It was the movie, Across The Universe.  Quite a strange movie this one was.  It's a musical that takes place in the 60's, and all the songs are Beatles songs.  I love The Beatles, and was excited to see this film.  The music in it was really well done.  They used many different styles and people to sing the songs.  The plot of the movie was interesting, but dumb in some parts.  I guess that's the way musicals are though.  I think I've mentioned that before.  When the characters are singing all the time, the story will likely suffer a bit.

I think probably the strangest part, and also the part that bugged me the most, was when they went on their LSD trip with Dr Robert (played by Bono).  If you saw this movie, then you know what I'm talking about.  It was all weird and psychedelic, and didn't really have anything to do with the movie.  Then they met Mr Kite, and he sang his song, and I think the whole thing was just an excuse to put more songs in the movie.  I could never figure out if that whole part of the movie was just a big drug hallucination or if it really happened.  It bugs me when I don't know if things are real or not.  But I guess that's how LSD trips work!  Am I right people?  Huh?  No, really, I have no idea.  I went on an LDS trip once, but I think that's something different.

Strange movie, great music.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hey Hey We're The Apes

During my ventures across this vast web that spans the wide world, I saw something about the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.  I was instantly reminded of how annoyed I was with that stupid movie when I saw it.  Yes, I know it's a classic, and maybe I should watch it again in order to understand it better, but man that show just didn't make any sense.

Why do we need to watch monkeys running around a futuristic black thing for 40 minutes?  They could have gotten the point across in 2 minutes.  Okay, there's a black "monolith" (whatever that is) and there 
are a bunch of monkeys (or apes, whatever, they're all the same to me). The monolith inspires them or something.  One finds a bone and pounds it on things for 10 minutes, then kills another monkey with it.  Then Davy Jones comes out and starts singing "Daydream Believer."  At least that's how I remember it.  And all that lasted 90 minutes! Yes, I know I said 40 before, but it seemed more like 90.

Fast forward millions of years later, and we come to the only real entertaining part of this movie.  Hal, the spaceship, starts killing the astronauts.  That's it.  The only entertaining part. Then the only surviving astronaut goes to Jupiter, a lot of weird psychedelic things happen, and he turns into a fetus.  The End.  
Weird.  That's all I have to say about that.  
Wait, no it isn't.  I just wrote 3 paragraphs about it!  Like I said, I'm sure this movie has some deep meaning that I didn't understand, and maybe I need to watch it again and have someone explain it to me.  I just don't understand why he turned into a fetus!  That's so weird!

The music was great, by the way.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Greetings Starfighter

I just realized it has been two weeks since my last post.  It probably doesn't matter that much, because I don't think I have many readers anyway.  But I know I have a least one, and that's what really matters.  So to you my faithful reader, I apologize.  I do have a good excuse though.  I was in the process of moving from Utah to New York, and now I'm in desperate search for employment.  Also, I haven't seen any movies lately that bugged me.  I did see the movie Juno, and I really liked it.  Maybe I'll have to watch it again to find something about it that bugs me.  I know there's something there.

I did actually watch a movie a couple days ago that would be a good one to write about today.  Remember the great '80s movie The Last Star
fighter?  Well neither did I!  Apparently this was was one of those science fiction "cult classics" as they say.  But, I don't remember ever watching it as a youngen.

They say this was the first movie to do all special effects entirely with computer animation, as opposed to using models.  That's pretty cool, so I won't be complaining about some of the bad special effects.  Actually now that I think about it, they weren't bad special effects at all.  They just looked a little dated and too computery.  But, in a way it makes total sense.  The movie is about a kid who plays a video game that ends up training him for real outer space combat.  So I guess the outer space combat should look computery.

Anyway, to the things that bug me.  When Alex arrived on Rilos he couldn't understand anybody.  They attached a chip to his collar that allowed him to understand the alien language.  Later when he goes back to Earth with the alien Grig, everyone can understand Grig.  It's a miracle.

When the evil KO-DAN finds out that there is one starfighter still alive they send an assassin to Earth to kill him.  How did they know he was on Earth?  Earth wasn't even part of the Star League.  There wasn't even supposed to be an earthling on the Starfighter squad.  And I don't understand why they sent such a horrible assassin.  He is hidden directly above Alex, and he has a laser gun, but for some reason he decides to grab Alex by the jacket instead of shooting him.  Of course Alex gets away and runs to hide somewhere else.  The alien again finds himself directly above Alex with a perfect opportunity to kill him with the laser gun.  For some reason before shooting Alex, he decides to poo on him, like he did the first time.  This time Alex recognized the Alien droppings and was able to get out of the way before he was grabbed again.  (note: it doesn't actually say that the strange little droppings are poo, but there is no other explanation that I can think of.)

Even though the plot of this movie was kind of weak, I really liked it.  I wish I would have seen it years ago.  You know what makes a good movie for me?  If after watching it I can't stop thinking about it, and I have to go online and look up information about it.  This movie did that for me.  I even put a post on IMDB.com.  I never do that, because I think most of those people are losers, and the things they post are usually dumb.  Well my post wasn't dumb.  My post was awesome.  Just like this blog post.  Maybe someday I'll be a Starfighter.  I'd show Xur and the KO-DAN armada who's boss.

One can only dream.

Isn't this the creepiest thing you've ever seen?