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The 100 Foot Journey to the Expendables   Leave a comment

I was bored this morning. I’ve spent my week off from work working on my writing and marathoning One Piece and Hell’s Kitchen. (I finished the Alabasta arc again and 6 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen. Really.) But since this was my last day, and I had no money to do much of anything and no gas to go much of anywhere, I decided to go to the mall.

I was driving along listening to Fantastic Baby by Big Bang, and trying to sing along, although I don’t speak a word of Korean, when I realized I’d missed the turn to take me to Farmington, and was instead in Canton. So I thought, I’ll go to the bookstore, and then maybe hit the mall after.

But the bookstore sucked me in, as usual, and I spent longer there than I realized, so I thought I’d just go a few more minutes down the road, to the movie theater in Avon, and see The Expendables 3. I was kind of surprised to find that it wasn’t playing there, but since I was there already, I went to see The Hundred Foot Journey.

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Very enjoyable, a feel-good movie as you’d expect from the trailers. I liked that the French characters would slip into French, and the Indian characters into what I presume was Hindi, and they did NOT use subtitles. They were unnecessary; you just knew what they were saying anyway.

So it was over, and I was about to head back home, when I had a thought. I googled, and yes, indeed, Expendables 3 was playing at the theater in my hometown. And by the time I would get there, it would close to the next start time. So I went to see that, too.

It was what I’d hoped for. A joyful, testosterone fueled (yes, even with the first female Expendable joining the team) mixed martial arts brawl, with body armor and Really Big Guns, a tank or twelve, ‘get to the choppa’, and Mel Gibson surprisingly believable as a bad guy.

I was a bit disappointed that once again Jet Li had such a small role, and you had to wait nearly 3/4 of the film before he even showed up, and then when he did he only had 3 lines. Maybe 4. (And they left me wondering if the ‘get a room’ with Arnold was serious or a joke)

But for me, the movie was MADE by the newest Expendable – Galgo, played by Antonio Banderas. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed AB more than in this role. Every single line he had made me laugh, and there was one line I couldn’t quite catch because of the gunfire and the accent, and I was almost mad that I couldn’t stop the movie and rewind so I could hear it again, because it was probably freaking hilarious and I missed it.

I know it’s been getting panned, but who needs a plot? I quite loved it.

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Boromir lives!   Leave a comment

Just watched Soldiers of Fortune, starring Christian Slater, Ving Rhames, Chief O’Brien Colm Meaney, Stretch Cunningham James Cromwell and Boromir of Gondor and Meriodoc Brandybuck of the Shire Sean Bean and Dominic Monaghan. So-so flick, notable for the fact that Boromir Sean Bean did not die. Ooops, Spoilers, so sorry!

Worth a look, though I feel that it might have been better if Boromir and Christian Slater had switched roles. I love James Cromwell and Colm Meaney both, aside from their Star Trek bloodlines.

And that Boromir could re-unite with one of his hobbits was just — sweet. Really.

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Cookie, Mr. Wayne?   Leave a comment

Watching “Batman Begins” and eating Girl Scout Cookies.

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Gravity   Leave a comment

I went to see Gravity yesterday. In 3D, only my second time seeing anything in Real3D or whatever it’s called.

I am sure there were many scientific inaccuracies in the film, but it is that – a film. So that can be overlooked by such as me.

I have two comments. One – I have never and will never look as good as Sandra Bullock. And two – she’d best win the Oscar.

Oh, wait: three – George Clooney is in it. But it’s Bullock’s film from beginning to end.

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Thor’s new movie   Leave a comment

So last week I finally went to see the movie Rush, starring Thor, the God of Thunder

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Er, I mean Chris Hemsworth. And I found it surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because I didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I did, immensely.

Based on a true story, Daniel Bruhl stars as Niki Lauda, a Formula 1 driver, and Thor Chris Hemsworth as his rival, James Hunt.

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I quite liked how at the end of the movie, as Bruhl, in character, is doing a voice over explaining what happened after the final scene, the photos and film footage they showed was of the real life Hunt and Lauda. And Thor Hemsworth and Bruhl truly captured Hunt and Lauda’s looks.

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James Hunt and Niki Lauda

Well worth watching; catch it if it hasn’t left your theater yet.

And here’s Thor Chris Hemsworth, just because…

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a day in the (boring) life…   Leave a comment

I have such plans for today…Because you totally NEED to know what I’m doing today.

Laundry – I’ve been lazy this week, so now on my day off I’m estimating I have 8 loads to do.

Reading – I’ve been reading Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger. He’s an Oxford poet who ended up living in Japan and doing much of nothing; decided he needed to do more of something, and chose to learn aikido. Being completely out of shape, he naturally chose the most difficult course he could find – the course that the Tokyo Riot Police used for training. Angry White Pyjamas is his memoir of that year.

Mamma Mia – I had my iPod on shuffle yesterday and Dancing Queen came up. I made me realize that I haven’t watched Mamma Mia (the movie) in almost a year. That’s nearly unbelievable. I usually end up watching it every couple of months. Don’t know why, but it’s just one of my feel-good movies. So I dug it out, and plan to watch it in between folding clothes.

Writing – I’ve been slacking on that lately, (damn you, World of Warcraft!) and I have some serious work to do on a couple of files.

But…my first druid IS up to level 82….

Playing Catch-up – a movie roundup.   Leave a comment

I haven’t really posted in a while. Have done quite a bit so far this summer, far more than I usually do. Drove to North Carolina, lots of pics to show from that.

But I’ve been going to movies. Lots of movies. There’s quite a few I wanted to see but couldn’t find the time, in fact as I write this post I realize I missed the earlier showing of Percy Jackson that I had planned to go see.

So. Let’s start with…

Oblivion

Tom Cruise. I haven’t seen a Tom Cruise film in a long time, not since War of the Worlds, back in 2005. Did I like Oblivion? I did. Do I recommend it? I do. Have I other comments on it? Nah, not really. (Waiting for Elysium to come out with Matt Damon.)

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Last week I was grumpy, so I went to see The Heat.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I just love Sandra Bullock, always have. It was cute, I enjoyed it, and it cured my grumpiness. And the scene where Sandra Bullock’s character finally learns how to use profanity made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe.

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The Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp. Oh, and that other guy, the one who plays…er…the Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer? It got such bad reviews I almost didn’t go to see it, but I did, and I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Yeah, they could have gone the dramatic, true Western route, but hey, it’s Disney. They made it kind of goofy, with a few dramatic, Western moments.

And when, seriously, was the last time you went to a movie and it got applause at the end? I think for me it would have to be The Fellowship of the Ring. I can’t remember one since then. But at the showing I went to, The Lone Ranger got an ovation. Not a standing one, granted, but the audience applauded at the end.

(Seriously, I’d never heard of Armie Hammer before….)

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘Nuff said.

Oh, and the movie ROCKED.

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I have a crush on these silly British cheekbones. I cannot wait for season 3 of Sherlock.

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And don’t these two clean up nice?

Now You See Me.

Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. Lots of twists and turns, most of which I saw ahead of time, but that didn’t make them any less enjoyable. And one of the final twists I did NOT expect, and that was a plus. Very good caper flick.

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and a really nice shot of Mark Ruffalo, just because….

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White House Down

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. I think these two characters should do a series of films, I really liked their chemistry. Fairly good action flick, reminded me very much of Harrison Ford’s Air Force One. (“Get – off – my – plane!”) (“Get – your – hands – off – my – Jordan’s!”) (Presidential priorities….) I’ve never seen Channing Tatum in anything before, but he wasn’t bad. And Jamie Foxx has turned into an amazing leading man.

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And finally, Pacific Rim.

I’m a huge Gundam fan, so I couldn’t wait to see how this came out. I was not disappointed. The story was a little predictable, but I really had a great time. Now if only they would make a live-action Gundam movie of the same caliber.

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and the Gundam Exia…

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Suddenly I’m in the mood for popcorn….