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Battlestar Galactica is amazing scifi

13 Feb

How did it take me this long to watch Battlestar Galactica? First season was so-so, nothing spectacular but nothing terrible either. But then Season 2 is just so moving. Thank goodness for netflix making this available streaming.

The Pegasus storyline starring Michelle Forbes (Maryann from True Blood) as a truly chilling villain, a sort of female Mussolini is riveting television and sci-fi at it’s best. SciFi that is not just about gadgets, not just about spacewar, not just an action movie set in space. Scifi that makes you question your views on morality, your views on hate, your view on justice, Religion and faith, warfare, on love, on the entire range of the human experience

My favorite moment: At one point during the finale of that storyarc there is a scene where a key character is floating in space, having been ejected from his destroyed viper fighter plane. He is floating there, air leaking from his spacesuit out of small tear, and the camera just pans to his helmet as he watches tens of thousands die during a deep space battle.

Bodies of the defeated enemy float into space, defenseless, soon to die of exposure to the vacuum. He hears his comrades calling to him on his headset, asking for his position so he can be rescued. But he stops plugging the hole in his spacesuit and he just floats there, imagines himself floating in a stream. He does not respond. He wants to die too.

The music that plays during that sequence, “Bloodshed”, by Bear McCreary is haunting and perfectly matched for the mood of this important scene.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Bloodshed/2EioUG?src=5

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14 Oct

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True Blood lol – Sookie and Bill

30 Aug

The following is a web comic about True Blood about when we find out what Sookie is:
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Scott Pilgrim vs the World Review – Did not suck – Loved it

6 Aug
Scott Pilgrim movie poster

Scott Pilgrim vs the World movie poster

Cool I-Trailer (interactive trailer) for Scott Pilgrim vs the World

I went to see an early screening of Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Now the primary reaction of people I talk to about the movie is “who?” or sometimes “huh?”. I guess the movie did not register much in people’s radar. So let me recap for everyone who has not heard of this upcoming movie. Continue reading

Step Up 3D Review – It was actually good

28 Jul

 

Step up 3D billboard

Step up 3D

I went to see an early Step Up 3D screening expecting the worst dance/teen flick since Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo.

I mean, these are actual lines in the movie:

“people dance because dance can change things”

”One move… can set a whole generation free”

‘Some people learn to dance, some people are born to”

“the most important decisions in life are hard”

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Analysis of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” ending (film)

8 Jul

Here are some major spoilers, so if you have not seen the film please click away from this entry 🙂

The Road Poster 2009

The Road (2009)

Ok, in a nutshell, I think the kid is fucked, and the ending is NOT good. Here is why.

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Karate Kid 2010 Review – I loved it

11 Jun
Karate Kid 2010 Great Wall

Jaden Smith trains with Jackie Chan on the Great Wall of China

I went to see the 2010 Karate Kid remake. I was not expecting much, but let me just give my rating then qualify that. 10/10.

I could find absolutely no flaws in this. They treated china and the chinese people with the utmost respect, Jaden Smith was GREAT. I think one of the big reasons he worked so well is he acts like a KID. We have had too many child actors who act like pint-size adults (*cough dakota fanning *cough*). Jaden behaves exactly as you’d expect a 12 year old to behave.

Jackie Chan was amazing as always. The training montage, a staple of fight films like Rocky, was done in an original and emotionally gripping manner that did not feel like recycled garbage. Everything seemed realistic, the motivations behind everyone’s actions was believable and communicated well. The directing was great, action amazing, overall quite a surprise since I was not expecting much from this at all. The film was actually moving. People were applauding and cheering in the theater during the final fight scene exactly as they would had they been there.

There could be a temptation to just saturate the film with action and have the story, if any, take a backseat to that. But instead the action is not even the point anymore. The story in this film is gripping and really pulls you in. Who hasn’t felt nervous on the first day at a new school? Who hasn’t been teased or bullied? Who hasn’t felt scared in a new phase in their life? Who hasn’t had tragedy and misfortune destroy their lives? I absolutely loved the film.

I am thinking of going to see it again. Director Herald Zwart is someone to watch. This is far superior to the 1984 classic, but pays homage in many clever ways to its predecessor. Now the stains of Karate Kid II and III are finally cleansed.

Bravo to everyone involved in this project!

Taken – Movie Review (it sucked)

10 Jun
Taken movie poster

Taken Movie Poster (2008)

So I finally saw Taken this week.

I was intriqued by this cool-looking trailer I watched:

The premise is brilliant. Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) is an ex-CIA/NSA type, who has retired in order to be closer to his daughter. She goes off to Paris on a trip, and while there gets kidnapped while she is on the phone with Daddy. Continue reading

Deformed child actors and Gary Coleman

28 May

It disturbs me how much TV shows and movies cast children who have abnormal growth issues because they look ‘cute’. It’s sort of like the heavily deformed Pug dog breed, a breed so hideously misshapen they no longer have cranial brow ridges, struggle to breath and can no longer give birth naturally.

Deformed PugGary Coleman suffered from a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis which halted his growth as a kid, leading to a 4 ft 8 in stature and an exaggerated childlike appearance. (awww)

On the TV Show ‘Webster’ we have Emmanuel Lewis who is now 4’3″, qualifying him as a dwarf. (growth disorders are so cute)

Other examples include child actor Atticus Shaffer, (unborn, hancock) who has type IV osteogenesis imperfecta, a bone disease that also heightens his “cute” appearance. (so adorable)

Une Charogne (The Carcass) – poem from movie ‘immortel’

10 May
Immortel -french movie poster

Immortel Poster

Here is one of my favorite poems, I originally was exposed to it through the French film “immortel

You might find it weird but this is by far my most favorite poem ever. I think because it reminds me that this is the only life I have, and those I love will not be around forever. Both reason to live your life to the fullest and cherish those you have while you have them.

A Carcass – Charles Baudelaire (english translation)

Do you remember the sight we saw, My Love
that beautiful soft summer morning!
round a turning in the path
a disgusting carcass
on a bed scattered with stones,

its legs in the air,  like a woman in heat
Burning and dripping with poisons,
Displayed in a shameless, nonchalant way
Its belly, swollen with gases.

The sun shone down upon that putrescence,
As if to roast it to a turn,
And to give back a hundredfold to great Nature
The elements she had combined;

And the sky was watching that superb cadaver
Blossom like a flower.
So frightful was the stench that you believed
You’d faint away upon the grass.

The blow-flies were buzzing round that putrid belly,
From which came forth black battalions
Of maggots, which oozed out like a heavy liquid
All along those living tatters.

All this was descending and rising like a wave,
Or poured out with a crackling sound;
One would have said the body, swollen with a vague breath,
Lived by multiplication.

And this world gave forth singular music,
Like running water or the wind,
Or the grain that winnowers with a rhythmic motion
Shake in their winnowing baskets.

The forms disappeared and were no more than a dream,
A sketch that slowly falls
Upon the forgotten canvas, that the artist
Completes from memory alone.

Crouched behind the boulders, an anxious dog
Watched us with angry eye,
Waiting for the moment to take back from the carcass
The morsel he had left.

— And yet you will be like this corruption,
Like this horrible infection,
Star of my eyes, sunlight of my being,
You, my angel and my passion!

Yes! thus will you be, queen of the Graces,
After the last sacraments,
When you go beneath grass and luxuriant flowers,
To molder among the bones of the dead.

Then, O my beauty! say to the worms who will
Devour you with kisses,
That I have kept the form and the divine essence
Of my decomposed love!


Une Charogne (The Carcass, original french)

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On the set of ‘The Dark Fields’ movie with Bradley Cooper

7 May

I recently got cast as an extra in the upcoming Bradley Cooper thriller, ‘The Dark Fields’. (now renamed to be Limitless)

Here is a Synopsis of the film:

An intellectual slacker and former cocaine addict (Bradley Cooper), now eking out a living as a copywriter for a small publishing house. Through a bizarre series of coincidences, Eddie finds himself in possession of MTD-48, a drug that has some curious effects. On his first trip, Eddie discovers that the drug boosts the intellect, making him far smarter – but also faster, more intuitive, and more charismatic. By warding off sleep and focusing his attention span, Eddie finds that the drug enables him, in a matter of hours, to write a book, learn a foreign language, or predict certain events by detecting patterns in vast amounts of information.

What author Glynn has imagined is the perfect drug for the information age, one that makes its user a match for the ceaseless flow of data from television and newspapers to the Internet.

Rather than being lost in the overload of endless news, history, opinions, and other information, the user of MDT-48 can take it all in and find meaningful patterns within it. It is an addictive combination, and the book follows Eddie’s adventures as he goes through numerous career changes: from copywriter to stock trader and ultimately high- finance guru.

However, like all drugs, MDT-48 has its downside, including lethal withdrawal symptoms and terrifying side-effects that can render a user homicidal. If this were not enough, the drug itself is both created and distributed by a shadowy corporation worthy of Pynchonian paranoia, and it isn’t too long before Eddie begins to suspect that he didn’t just “find” MDT-48 after all

The synopsis makes it sound like it is will be very interesting. We filmed at a beautiful upscale restaurant in Philadelphia called Union Trust.

The interior was breathtaking. It is a steakhouse housed in what used to a bank. The sense of space is overwhelming, and the interior decoration is extremely impressive.

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Human Centipede – Sick twisted movie

3 May
Human Centipede Poster

Human Centipede Poster

Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa.

The next day they awake to find themselves trapped in his terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins.

However his three “patients” are not about to be separated, but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric system, in doing so bringing to life his sick lifetime fantasy “the human centipede”

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Kick-Ass: more like Ass-kick..huh huh heh

20 Apr

Ok so I saw Kick-ass Monday. Verdict? Morally reprehensible. Just like Roger Ebert said. Maybe I am old, I don’t know. But seeing a 10-11 year old girl being beat to a pulp by a grown man, and killing with obvious joy is just..not right. I know they meant it sarcastically. But it was just jarring and hard to stomach. I feel ashamed for having supported the film, honestly.

The only good part of the film to me was (surprisingly) Nicolas Cage. He carried the movie for me.

Kick-ass and ‘Wanted’ were both based on graphic novels written by Mark Millar. I guess the guy just sucks at writing, because the story in both were just plain awful. It felt like someone at the Otakon wrote it during lunch break as a fan-fic.

Even if hit-girl had been replaced with an 18 year old, the film still was just kind of flat. It had a great premise, and it held me for the first half. But when big daddy and hit-girl joined the film..I was just not feeling it. It started to feel like Batman Forever at that point. To me the greatest realistic superhero movie ever made is Unbreakable. It’s M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie in my opinion.

Nicolas Cage – Good fake hair in Sorcerer’s Apprentice

11 Mar

So glad Disney had the decency to give Nicolas Cage good fake hair for Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He looked retarded with long hair in Next.

Nicolas Cage Fake Hair

Sparkle vampires!

5 Jan

bboyneko : srsly
bboyneko : thats whats twilight vampires do in sunlight
the original L5: twilight vamps SPARKLE
bboyneko : yes
bboyneko : they do
bboyneko : glitter
the original L5: my god
bboyneko : hence “twilight”
the original L5: i am 1% more gay, just by knowing that

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Avatar Sucked

21 Dec

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Click to view full size - Avatar Sucked webcomic

I absolutely HATED it.

Its ferngully meets captain planet. Except ferngully was better because it had a funny talking bat voiced by robin williams. Also, it’s basically Pocahontas.

I don’t get it. A lot of people have said that this was so visually amazing..but it was not any more spectacular to me than the end sequence of Phantom Menace or many many many video games I have played. It was a very uncreative battle with really boring military aircraft designs.

The mechs for example, could have been designed by a 10 year old. Gone are the days of Syd Meads amazing industrial designs I guess. The airships looked like a Gi Joe toy.

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Why cant they make something even 1/100th as beautiful as the japanese mech designs:

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The helicopters looked more boring than modern military helicopter designs. The guns were boring. The body armor was boring. EVERYTHING was poorly designed…the aliens were BLUE CATS. In a world that is 100% CGI the BEST you can come up with is BLUE CATS??????????? Why not make them green people with little diddley boppers? Oh yeah because THAT would be boring and unoriginal right?

Ugh..This movie was made of epic fail. And how they win at the end couldn’t have been more ridiculous if they literally hugged a rainbow. here I will spoil it for you: they pray to a tree. Seriously. All they have to do to win is pray to a tree, and then the birdies and battle bunnies attack the bad guys and win. Yay lets go hug daffodils!

I’ll say one positive thing, I did like the design for the tiger monster things. The bird/pterodactyl things I did not like nearly as much since the face was a near duplicate of an eel. I didn’t like the idea of a universal USB for all the lifeforms there, its taking the concept of Gaia way too literally.

oh and don’t get me started on the subtitles. Papyrus. Seriously. They used papyrus. Why not comic sans? Why not times new roman? Papyrus? My god… That is on itself a glaring iceberg of the originality flaws in the film.

And really, the CGI is still not photorealistic. I am sorry..it still does not look real. The test will be when we can show footage of a human being walking around and talking and then people genuinely not be able to tell the difference. We aren’t there yet, may not get there until maybe 10 years.

Movie directors like Lucas and Cameron are acting like a teenager who just discovered solar flare filter in photoshop and use it on EVERYTHING. Just because you can fill every shot with 500,000 things does not mean you SHOULD.

Waltz with bashir review

2 Sep

I finally watched ‘Waltz with bashir’ last night. It had BEAUTIFUL animation, but despite being a war movie was quite boring. I did learn a little about history, and after reading up on The lebanese civil war I have a somewhat better understanding of the massacres against civilians the movie centers around.

In a nutshell:

  • Lebanon has a large christian population, specifically Maronite Christians
  • They had a civil war between political groups of Christians vs Palestinian Muslims
  • Israel armed and trained the Phalangist political party (christians) since they had a mutual hatred for Palestinian mulims
  • The Phalangist leader Bashir was assassinated in 1982.
  • Israel sent forces into Lebanon to help the Phalangists
  • Two days after Phalangist leader Bashir was assassinated, the Israeli Defense Forces surrounded the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, not allowing anyone to escape
  • They then allowed the Phalangists to enter the camp
  • 3,500 Palestinian unarmed women, children, old men etc are massacred.

The movie is a documentary about a Israeli soldier who was there, who was so traumatized by what he saw that it was erased from his memory, and the documentary is about him finding his old batallion members and finding out what happened.

When they finally reach the massacre it’s interesting, but all the stuff before then is really slow boring conversations. The animation was superb and unlike anything I have ever seen before… but overall I couldn’t really recommended this to anyone other than animation enthusiasts.

My One and Only – My scene with Renee Zelwegger

10 Aug

Here is a screengrab from the trailer of ‘my one and only’ that shows my short scene with Renee Zellweger. I am at the :46 mark or so in the trailer

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Here is my original post that talks about my experience on the set:
https://carbonatoms.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/my-one-and-only-report-from-the-set/

Screenshots from my new TC-P54G10 Plasma HDTV

20 Jul

Here are some screenshots I took from my new 54″ Panasonic TC-p54G10 Plasma HDTV:

Casino Royal on a TCP54G10

Casino Royal on a TCP54G1

Casino Royal on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

The Fall on a TCP54G1

The Fall on a TCP54G1

10 things I learned from watching ‘State of Play’ (spoilers)

21 Apr

So i went out to see ‘State of Play’ to see if I could see me. Indeed, you can see me, but only the same scenes you see me in the trailer. Anyway:

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10 things I learned from watching ‘State of Play’ (spoilers)

  1. DC Cops respond to incidents in Crystal City, Virginia
  2. You can leave a hospital on the 3rd floor via elevator, run across the street to a building where you stashed your silence sniper rifle, and shoot the recovering patient all in the time it takes for a journalist to walk from the same elevator to the hospital room.
  3. There is plenty of convenient parking in Washington DC
  4. Reporters drink..ALL THE TIME
  5. You can learn a lot of useful information from sweaty guys named Vic if you agree to not one, but two dates
  6. Even after your best friend sleeps with your wife you can still continue to trust him, and should be astonished if he betrays you again.
  7. You can shove a woman during busy morning commute onto the path of a train and there will be zero witnesses to see you do it.
    1. If you plan on shoving a woman onto the path of a train, and there are only 3 blind spots in the cameras in the metro, your victim will automatically stand right in the sweet spot.
  8. The only purpose of parking garages in movies is for the psycho guy to stalk you. That and car chases.
  9. If a story is important enough then people should have newsprint on their fingers when they read it. No need to you know, post it online or anything. It can wait.
  10. Editors serve no purpose other than to let their reporters do whatever they want.

Video of me dancing – audition for step up 3d

8 Apr

here is a video I uploaded in response to Director Jon Chu’s request for dancers for Step Up 3D

Reincarnation TV Pilot – SWAT team

19 Mar

I get to be a SWAT team guy in a TV pilot this coming Tuesday. I am going to a firing range Monday for tactical assault rifle training. The pilot is called “reincarnation”. It’s directed by the guy who directs HOUSE.

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Also here is some video footage of me doing some basic tactics training:

Watchmen is the worst movie ever made

12 Mar

I saw Watchmen and HATED IT.

Ok..I didn’t watch the whole thing I WALKED OUT after 1 hour because I thought to myself..jesus christ I have to sit through 2 more hours of shit shit?

Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II) is without a doubt the world’s worst actress. I have seen porn actresses who deserve an oscar for best actress compared to her. Episodes of Baywatch feature models delivering tear-inducing dramatic performances compared to her. She must give really damn good head because that is the only possible way someone without any acting skills whatsoever or martial arts skills landed a leading role in a major motion picture.

Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach) did not learn the lesson of Christian Bale as batman and decided to use an extremely irritating fake deep voice. Hey, Director Zack Snyder..if you want your character to have a deep imposing voice, CAST AN ACTOR WHO HAS THAT KIND OF VOICE.

Oh and if you enjoy staring at cock n’ balls you are in for a treat as the character if Dr.Manhattan has the super power of rampant exhibitionism.

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The movie is paced incredibly slow, the characters are ridiculous and you can never for even a second take them seriously. There must be some sort of mass hysteria Brittney Spears style (one of the best-selling female singer of all time, Grammy award, etc.) for this to have been so popular of a story it merited a big-budget summer film.

I will never get my $10 back but at least I only wasted one hour of my life.

The back of my head! with Ben Affleck

11 Mar

Screengrabs of me in the ‘State of Play’ trailer:

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Here is my old LJ entry about the day we filmed: https://carbonatoms.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/my-day-on-the-set-of-state-of-play-with-ben-affleck/

Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is HILARIOUS

3 Mar

If you haven’t done so recently…watch nightmare on elm street 2..it’s possibly the most unintentionally hilarious film of all time: