Archive for February, 2016

27
Feb
16

Jur-ASS-ic World

I finally got around to watching Jur-ASS-ic World the other night. My lovely wife got me the Jurassic Park complete collection on blu-ray. It was a very thoughtful gift. A nice box set of four movies, and only one of which is any good. Well, that’s what I thought anyway. So, we sat down to watch the Chris Pratt starring reboot, expecting the worst and hoping for, well, not the worst.

It turns out Jur-ASS-ic World is actually pretty good. Of the four films in the series, it’s the second best after the original. The creators of this film managed to do something that most of today’s reboots are incapable of doing: feature nods to the original but do not slavishly adhere to old tropes so much that they create a remake. *coughStarWarscough*

The story is pretty simple: the new theme park, the aptly named Jurassic World, actually opened to the public. People have been able to visit real dinosaurs for years, and nobody has been eaten. It’s a roaring success, and in order to stay a success, the theme park has genetically engineered a new attraction so the masses won’t get bored with the same old dinosaurs.

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20
Feb
16

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, Sabotage

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Maybe it’s because I’m not into the whole zombie thing, but Wyrmwood didn’t do much for me. It’s a low-budget Australian movie that takes up the fight against hordes of the undead. Despite the meager budget, the film itself looks pretty damn good. You can tell it’s low-budget, but it looks good enough, at least like a made-for-TV movie, and you aren’t distracted too much wherever they had to cut corners. What occurs is the standard zombie movie plot: humans try to escape zombies, learn to kill zombies, repeat ad nauseaum. The only thing that sets the plot apart from other zombie films is the female lead can control zombies with telepathy. It’s a cool gimmick that I haven’t seen in a zombie film before. Unfortunately, it’s introduced way too late in the film, and is severely underutilized. The movie prefers to mire itself in genre clichés instead of working up its most promising angle. Oh well, better luck next time, Australian zombies.

Verdict: Average

Sabotage

“LISTEN ALL OF Y’ALL, IT’S A SABOTAGE!”

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to film hasn’t been a good one. Other than the decent if unmemorable Escape Plan, he hasn’t been in anything remotely entertaining since he retired from being Governor of California. This time he plays the leader of a team of undercover DEA agents who are assassinated one by one. Schwarzenegger’s investigation leads him to discover to culprits are some of his own. The film is rather plodding, and completely devoid of anything exciting. It’s got a good cast, but gives none of the actors anything interesting to do. The best part of the film was the final shootout, which takes Schwarzenegger to Mexico, and has nothing to do with the main plot of the film. This is a movie that didn’t need to be made, and was totally boring and inept.

Verdict: Shitty

13
Feb
16

The Revenant

“Oh my god, that movie was so crazy,” said Mrs. Brik as we walked out of the theater.

Crazy is a pretty good way to describe The Revenant. It’s a movie about surviving under the most intense conditions. But it’s not just about survival. It’s also about revenge. Leonard DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a man who struggles to stay alive while tracking the man who ruined his life.

The plot is pretty straightforward, and there isn’t much to it other than a basic revenge premise. What sets this movie apart is the setting and the performance from the lead actor.

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06
Feb
16

Punch Line, From the New World

Punch Line

Punch Line is a comedy show about seeing lots of panties. Unfortunately, it isn’t very funny, and there aren’t many panties.

It tries to emulate the frenetic style of FLCL, and it certainly does in the first episode. After that, things slow way, way down until they nearly screech to a halt.

The main character is a kid who lives as a ghost. His spirit inhabits a — I don’t know what, halfway house, I guess — that is populated by several cute, busty chicks. One of them turns out to be a robot for some reason. One is a huge pop-star (and moonlights as a super hero), but lives in this dump with a bunch of other losers.

Any time one of these hot chicks flashes her panties, the kid gets excited, his nose squirts blood, and the world explodes. Fortunately, the world is reset, otherwise, it would be a pretty short anime.

Despite a unique and crazy premise, they don’t do anything with it. Instead of zany antics set in a Groundhog Day-style world, they have the kid fucking around with cinnamon, avoiding looking at panties (huge mistake for a panties show), and fretting over stupid shit. And one of the girls owns a pet bear. WTF, guys?

Verdict: Shitty

From the New World

I really wanted to like this. Really. I did. But I didn’t. Because it sucked.

I had read nothing but praise for From the New World. But it’s the kind of show that doesn’t know what the fuck it wants to be about.

It starts out in this weirdo version of the future where there is no technology, everyone has psychic powers, and, for some reason, everyone lives a lifestyle not unlike that of feudal Japan. Only the Japanese would be narcissistic enough to think that the people of the future would live like they did in feudal Japan.

Anyway, we follow a bunch of children (naturally) who have psychic powers. They begin to investigate the disappearance of their classmates. When children go missing, suddenly no one remembers them. There is some mind-control shit going on. Their investigation leads them to find some “lost technology” which is an AI library shaped like a translucent pig (facepalm).

The kids quickly forget all about their missing classmates and get involved in a conflict between factions of giant sentient rats. Fast forward several years, and the kids are grown up (12 years old – that’s grown up in Japan) and investigating another mystery. They forget about that one, too. Fast forward a few more years (now they are ancient adults, like 20 years old or something) and all of society goes to war with the giant rats.

A bunch of characters die, but it’s impossible to care. That’s really the underlying problem with this series. None of the characters give you any reason to care about them. As much as I wanted to care about them, they gave me nothing to work with. They are lifeless husks moving a disjointed story along. There is nothing to latch onto to make you emotionally invested.

Plus, they start and stop a bunch of plotlines that go nowhere.

Verdict: Shitty




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