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14Aug/101

Hubble 3D IMAX – “To infiniti, and beyondddddddd!”

"I think in 500 years people will look back at Hubble and say its one of Mans most amazing creations"  -- I think you're right.

Today was the screening of Hubble 3D IMAX for Atlanta. I cannot say advanced, as its already released in some parts of the countries and is currently being introduced to others. However, for Atlanta, its the first time its been shown here.

This movie, for a lack of bette words, was absolutely astonishing -- and with that, the only negative part is that it is only a runtime of 45 minutes, and is not nearly long enough.

The use of 3D is wonderful in the traveling between stars and galaxies, and the quality of fixed cameras on the space shuttle during the Hubble repairs in April 2009 is absolute beautiful and pristine, while the camera helmets and space shuttle cameras are a little grainy (not high res cameras, and footage is blown to IMAX, what do you expect?)

The film shows some of Hubbles findings, which are overlaid onto CGI in such an incredible way it seems seemless and it seems as if our telescope was able to build 3D captures of distant galaxies.

The film then proceeds to show the launching, notice of failure of the primary mirror, and then the training and launches of new missions for Hubble repairs, all the way up until the last and final missions in April 2009.

Then, back to the galaxies!

I've always been overwhelmed by the thought and while viewing pictures captured of the billions of galaxies and stars captured by Hubble, and to see it at this magnitude and presentation was absolutely incredible. To see with such sound and resolution the launch of a space shuttle, the rumbling of the solid rocket booster and the astonishing bloom of smoke, and the fine detail of launch platform all in 3D IMAX format, wow. It almost made me emotional on how incredible a feat it is and that we are able to do it.

The easy way to put this is: GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE! It is an ABSOLUTE must. Our world at times seems like its so large, I mean afterall  it takes 24 hours to fly from Atlanta to Sydney -- but how does that compare to the fact we now see galaxies that are 800 billion light years away? That means the light we see, originated 800 BILLION YEARS AGO! And we are seeing it, now. Whats there now? When you look at the sky, those stars are other solar systems and galaxies, and we only see a fraction of the hundreds of billions that are out there. How big is Earth, now?

You see magnificant footage of stars collapsing, and a star nursery. Absolutely incredible.

When this arrives (most likely at Fernbank) buy your tickets ASAP!

12Aug/100

Eat. Pray. Love. – “To lose yourself in the balance…”

"To lose yourself in the balance ... of love, is to find your balance in life"

This movie was good -- if you have a lot of estrogen. To be one of the few straight dudes, with other straight dudes, is not really the movie to go to.

The movie was good, though. Cute. Occasional humour. Lots of women 'awing'. Lots of sniffles. Lots of sappy parts.

While thinking of how to compare this movie to others and familiar books or movies, I came up with this... It's not the same as say The Proposal or The Ugly Truth -- the quick pace, the level of humor and the situations are not there.

Its more like, you are younger and you got dragged to your grandparents and your grandmother spent the afternoon telling her the story of her midlife crisis when she was 40 -- theres a lot of great stuff, theres a lot of filler, and theres a surprising bit of hints to an overall message -- live, laugh, and love.

Another comparison would be like that of "Dork Whore" by Iris Bahr, sans drugs, sexcapades, and desperate attempt to lose the sacred flower and find self-enlightment be it through group relations or individualism.

I am comfortable in saying that this movie will prove to be one of the top chick flicks, one of the top go to movies. Maybe not entirely because of the movie itself, but because of the crowd from the book -- like that whole Twilight craze.

One of the things I most, I wouldnt say appreciate but relate to, would be a line where a gentleman says "ever notice that when at someones wedding, you find yourself thinking about you?" Think about it -- its true. At least, I can relate? I go to a wedding, and I think about my life. I think about where she you are.

I also can't help but think during these movies how bad ass it would be to have my own musical score to my life. If I, or anyone, had music playing in the background our lives would seem so much more 'perfect' and probably even important -- I mean, people buy soundtracks to movies because those songs then draw up emotion and situations/fantasies that relate the movie to your life.

Whens the last time someone went and bought one of your mixtapes?

Having wrote this, I'd say see it (ladies). Men, go with ladies. This isnt a 'go by yourself' movie.

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10Aug/100

The Expendables Review – “This shit ain’t Christmas!”

Tonight my faith in movie releases was restored thanks to Sly Stallone and his work with his well-recognized cast of The Expendables.

We got to the theater around 6 for a 7:00PM movie and were surprised by the line that had already formed -- understandably so, lots of people were looking forward to the movie and tickets went quick for the advanced screening.

So now, my review take and two cents.

The Expendables was an hour and 45 minutes of awesome action sequences, occasional comedy, old-time action stars, awesome fight scenes and then some more awesome action sequences. The movie takes off from the moment it starts, and it doesnt really slow down after that.

It is with slight hesitance that you can walk into this movie 100% confident in saying that it WILL be good, I mean after all there are so many known faces and old talent that either this has to be a mocuaction film, like what JCVD did as a mocumentary, or a complete flop on ultimately a series, like the recent installment of Predator. However, everyone maintained their spot and rather than take the show, provided a slice of the pie.

The only acting flaw I found was Randy Couture  -- what the hell? How did he end up in this movie along side such greats as Stallone, Li, Dolph, etc etc. His acting is amateur, his parts were small (thank god) and the only use for him was being a baby about his cauliflower ears -- WHO CARES? Keep him in the ring, not the big screen, please k thanks.

My quick write? It's a great movie that blows people up, throws a lot of knives, provides some incredible action sequences (watched a few interviews, and they almost all did their own stunts, and they did them well), great gun fights, and more awesome action sequences. It will truly be difficult for any of these actors to pull out a movie better than this, I imagine, in the rest of their acting career.

If you dont like action, you dont like movies that plots dont really matter, and you dont like awesome bad ass action, then dont see this -- Eat, Pray, Love comes out in a few weeks.

If you DO like all this, you'll love it. I promise -- this will go down as one of the best action flicks to date, I feel!

9Aug/100

The Last Exorcism – more like last exorshmisim. fail.


Tonight I took some friends to go see an advanced screening of The Last Exorcism, and I was praying to all that is Holy that this movie would not blow, much like many other recent horror AND SPECIFICALLY exorcism movies have.

Well, I was let down.

SPOILER FREE: The quick synopsis is a pastor states that you must believe in demons if you are Christian, because they're part of hell yada yada yada - then he says he doesnt believe in demons .. um, okay? He describes how exorcisms are a sham and goes to prove it with this girl in back-country Louisiana and the movie is the playing out of what happens.

Well, let me tell you this ... I dont think the writers of this movie thought the movie out any better than the JJ Abrams and his pose did with Lost. Honestly, the movie had a great feel like that of The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity -- the assumption this is real footage, and that it was real people filming. You constantly felt like you were stuck in the camera shake of Blair Witch meets Cloverfield -- except this time you've seen it already because ITS BEEN DONE IN BLAIR WITCH, CLOVERFIELD, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and this continues.

Finally, the plot takes an unexpected turn and myself and others leaned forward and you heard echoing through the theater "oh shit ... its about to get F'ING NUTS I BET!!" Don't worry, it doesnt.

Needless to say, this movie took 82 minutes of an 87 minute movie to build up and completely rub in a pile of dog shit  the last 5 minutes of the film, just to leave you with a bad taste and sticky slime on your skin going "seriously? what the f-bomb was that, Gomer Pile?"

My suggestion? Skip it. NEXT! PASS! If you can convience someone to buy your ticket, go for it. Otherwise, if you SERIOUSLY want to try it, go for it, but I DID tell you so.

If I had to create a comparison, I'd say its like Blair Witch had an offspring with a Satanic-based film (I cant think of any except South Park Uncut, but that'd probably turn out pretty good).

Sorry, Eli Roth. Wait, no I'm not -- that movie sucked. You apologize!

This is me leaving the theater pouting:

8Aug/100

“Aw.. my caterpillar never turned into a butterfly!” – Despicable Me

Unicorn!!!!

I have to be honest, I'm a little late on seeing this movie. I attempted to see an advanced screening, but myself and a thousand other families were turned away as there was not enough space in the theater for us all.

However, I figured it was now time to see the movie that I had been wanting to for quite some time!

Sure, its a little creepy for me to go see Despicable Me in 3D alone on a Sunday afternoon, but it could have been worse. For instance, I think I crashed a gay couples touch fest by sitting immediately behind them and chomping on some room temperature movietheater cheese and stale chips -- om nom nom chomp chomp. Theres some crumbs for ya, CRUMB MONSTER!

So, the movie finally started and I have to say I was hoping for a bit more and left a bit let down. Maybe it was the fact I was super excited to see it for free or a small fee (I have a free movie ticket from Regal Crown Club) but the girl wouldnt hook it up, and nor could I get a student discount because the movie is still considered matinee (seriously? its been out for 3 days shy of a month? WTF! Matinee my ass.)

To keep this short, since MOST of you who will see this movie HAVE seen this movie, it was petty good. If I had any kind of rating, I'd give it a "High C/Low B" or maybe like, 3.5/5 Cheetos.

Really, in my honest opinion, the best part of the movie (that drug on at parts) were the minions -- specifically their quest at the megamart for a unicorn. The minions had great fun and provided me with enough laughs to actually warrant a few tears, so for them, I say thank you.

The voice work, the score, and the animation was acceptable but definitely not breath taking, and you wont see me place this with the most epic of animated movies of all time -- ICE AGE!

So yea, check out the movie. If you have adoration for Boo from Monsters, Inc. then this movie will give you a new cute girl to enjoy watching on the screen.

Hell, you'll even learn how:

+ time =

Definitely pick this one up for a movie night when it hits Blockbuster/Netflix. Its a good watch, just not a modern classic.

UNICORN!!!

3Aug/100

The Other Guys – “I’m a peacock! JUST LET ME FLY!”

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This evening I was fortunate enough, after much hard work and effort, able to catch the advanced screening for the new Will Ferrell movie -- which honestly, since seeing the first trailer (found here) for, I have been highly anticipating.

Surprisingly the line was not that large when we (Tyler and myself) arrived. Nonetheless, the moment the doors opened, I was all business regarding the viewing.

The movie opened and laughs were to be had within minutes to an overly dramatic car chase involving Duane "The Rock" Johnson and Samuel Jackson, and from that moment on the movie delivered (well, mostly...)

Don't act like you're not impressed!

The cast was surprising in that you saw a lot of faces from both current movies and older nostalgic films -- Batman was even there (Michael Keaton)! Hands down, as always, the best presence award must be given to Eva Mendes.

Without diving too much into the story line, the movie was definitely a success in regards to the prior installments of Ferrells deliveries. Would I cast it as his best film yet? I'm not entirely sure -- though it does provide a good fight for a top spot. Honestly, I'm unable to say which movie is indeed the best.

Probably some of the best parts of the movie were the under toning and exaggeration of emotion and action sequences throughout the film -- oh, forewarning, there is profanity though not excessive, so no youngsters if you're not fond of your babies hearing them fun grownup words to say (like fuck!).

More importantly, as was my main concern and I'm sure many other Ferrell skeptics fans, he was not completely typecast as his typical self, though his quirky ways are the basis of his character. It's been said many times that Ferrell just does not have the capability to headline a movie on his own and as the main squeeze, and honestly, I have to tend to agree. If you take some time to think about his most praised roles, its normally a split-screen duo (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, Night at the Roxbury), or even as a "more or less" supporting character (Old School, Wedding Crashers). Granted, he does a great job leading the show in Anchorman and Elf -- and his unfortunate roles in Kicking & Screaming and Land of the Lost.

If you hate to laugh and dont enjoy getting to be separated from your mundane job and what not, then definitely do not go see this movie.

If you enjoy laughing, and want to get away from your kids/roommates/parents then I would definitely suggest checking out the film -- if you don't like it, well, thats not my problem

   
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