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I am a Trekkie, not a Trekker or whatever the hell they call themselves now, I am a Trekkie. If there was a Trek convention happening near me and I wasn’t a broke white boy I would go in full costume. So this is going to be a fairly involved review. I apologize. I started this review a while ago and stopped when I was at two pages (just movie not including intro) and we hadn’t gotten past the twenty minute mark in the movie. I realized that no one wanted to read that. (If you want the full nerd rants please leave a request in the comments and if I get five, I will finish and post the full Trekkie nerd rant.) Also, I am not doing the spoilers section. I honestly cannot figure out where to put it, you should watch the movie first, and since this review pulls in 6 TV shows and 10 movies, it seems a moot point. So here I intend to review as both a movie, and hit on the major things that bother me as a fan of Star Trek.
I have a love hate relationship with number 2 movies. They are the middle ground, the space-filler, and tend to be the redheaded stepchild of the trilogy. Most of the time their only purpose is to build you up to the fight at the end of the third movie, usually resulting in a cliffhanger. This isn't to say that I don't like the middle of the trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars movie, but I also like resolution and character arc's. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest bored the life out of me and the third movie failed to make the wait worth it. And it would require an entire article and then some to cover my hatred for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (and will at some point).
It seems to me that comic book movies should be easy to make. Aside from the latex costumes, the people are already drawn for you, all the designs are laid out in pictures, there is usually 30 years of stories to choose from, and if you watch Sin City you know that cell-by-cell adaptations can work really well. So why do most comic book movies fall short of the fans expectations? The Fox X-Men and Fantastic Four movies felt flat to me, the DC comic movies yo-yo all over the place and always fail to show the heroes at their best. In 2004, Marvel Comics announced that they would be producing their own movies from there own production studio. Part of me was excited, Marvel doing the movies there way, not someone else's. Gotta be good right? But what if we just get more of the same? I've already accepted I will never get the Avengers movie I wanted (boy was I wrong), so why should I even bother watching anymore?
Oh Dune, this is one of those movies where all the pieces are there and they just do not come together properly. It is full of talent with David Lynch directing and full of stars like Brad Dourif, Patrick Stewart, Virginia Madsen, Dean Stockwell, and the list goes on! There are some beautiful sets, as well as some ugly ones (personally hate the Emperor's golden everything when it is described as jade). For its day the special effects were pretty good, and the scope was pretty epic for movies that were coming out at that time. So why did it fail? Why does it sometimes leave me wondering if the people making this movie read the same book I just did?
This movie is a great blueprint on how to introduce an action character. The plot is simple and straight forward, the movie doesn't overload the viewer with background information or try to be this big tent pole movie. It also stays true to the comic source material, great example, he NEVER takes his helmet off. Now, many might ask why something as simple as seeing his face is important and that is a valid question. Simply, if he never takes it off in the 30 plus years of comic strips, why would he do it in the movie? Most people won't care about stuff like that, but to the fans it shows that the makers of the film care about being true to the source material. I don't want to see someone's version of the comic, I want to see the comic turned movie. If you want to do your version, make it "Your name": Judge Dredd.
The Punisher Is one of my favorite comic book characters. Not sure why, but I just love the guy's straight forward, one man war on anything evil. The Punisher (1989) with Dolph Lundgren was a great 80's-tastic action movie, but could have been better. Just like The Punisher (2004) with Tom Jane was a good spaghetti western, but not a great Punisher movie. Both had there faults, my main problem was that it felt like we weren't getting the whole Punisher. Dolph was a good "dark" Punisher, and Tom Jane was great, but he was just starting out and we never really get to see him in full "Punisher" mode. With Warzone, we get it all.
This movie is in my top 5 favorite movies as well as the comic it was created from is my favorite comic. I remember when it was announced that it was actually being made (this is one of those movies that took 10 years and like 6 directors before anything was shot) I prayed the studio would back out. After seeing V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I wanted this to fail. Sure, comic book movies have come a long way. And each entry seems to progressively better, and Sin City did make me feel like i was reading the book, but no one had done any of Alan Moore's work justice. Both League and V left me asking if the writers had read the actual comics or just the summary.
At the start of this flick we find out that the pyramids were built by aliens to house humanities last hope against... something. Fast forward from the 20th century to the 23rd and the aliens are coming back to protect humanity when they are attacked and the weapon stolen. Well add some science and cgi to the mix and they bring to life Milla Jovovich who can't speak a word of English. She escapes and runs into Korban Dallas, or as he refers to himself as a meat popsicle. Played by none other than Bruce Willis, Korban is an ex military black ops, recently divorced, smoking, one liner popping hero. Some might see it as cliche, but we all know it equals pure AWESOME.
Moon is the directorial debut for Duncan Jones, a British film maker. It is an independent film about Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) who works for Lunar Industries running a mining station on the moon. He is the only human there with GERTY the robot (Kevin Spacey) as his only companion. He is contracted for a 3 year shift, with the movie primarily focusing on the last 2 weeks. Communication is limited due to satellite problems and the companies lack if interest in fixing it.
This review is difficult. I want to tell people about the pure awesome that is Doctor Who, but how? Obviously people love and watch the show, the original or Classic Doctor Who as it is known now started in 1963 and ended in 1989. There was a T.V. movie in 1997 (starting Eric Roberts as the Master), then finally a reboot/continuation in 2005. Despite this, I run into people all the time who have never heard or watched a show that has lasted 50 years. That's right, this show is having its 50 year Anniversary Special in November, then we have the Christmas Special a month later that introduces us to the Twelfth Doctor. So instead of doing a normal review where I try to give the good and bad, I am taking a page from the Doctor and just going ramble about the show and why I watch it.
At the time of writing this I have only watched up to season 5 consecutively. I also apologize in advance for all the acronyms, the government is addicted to them.
Dune is a heavy space epic written by Frank Herbert. Set in the far future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the imperial House Corrino. Dune is the story of young Paul Atreides, the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides as his family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the "spice". Spice is the most important and valuable substance in the universe, increasing Arrakis's value as a fief. The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the forces of the empire confront each other in a struggle for the control of Arrakis and its "spice", because "he who controls the spice controls the universe".
So what happens when a network goes to Nathan Fillion and say, hey we got a show where you get to be a writer who's also a detective. Well of course that be enough to attract his attention. Add the name Rick Castle and costar Stana Katic as Kate Beckett and we have Castle. Airing March 9, 2009, it follows Rick Castle, a big time mystery writer who just killed off his main character Derek Storm. When he gets called in questioning by Beckett, he learns that someone is killing by copying his books. So of course he helps catch the bad guy and gets the hots for Beckett in the process. With his connections with the mayor he gets to follow her around for idea's and we get a series. The 3rd season began airing Sept. 20th, 2010. The show is on Monday night at 10pm EST on ABC.
Supernatural first aired Sept. 13, 2005 on the WB and just started it's sixth season on the CW. Staring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester who go around the country hunting demon's, monster's and the paranormal. The creation of Eric Kripke, who wanted a road trip show with two guys who fight urban legends and monsters. In his own words "We say it’s a modern American Western - two gunslingers who ride into town, fight the bad guys, kiss the girl and ride out into the sunset again.