Recent Purchases: Episode 3

Hello my dear friends! Finally! Time for another installment of the not beloved blog series; “Recent Purchases”! So…let’s get right to it!

 

DVDs: Schindler’s List (1993)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Pacific Rim (2013)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Taken (2008)
Breaking Bad – Season 1 (2008)

Video Games: Wolfenstein: The New Order (XBOX 360, 2014)

That is it for this time. If you enjoyed readking this post (I doubt it), you can like it and then follow me for more weird stuff like this!

See ya!

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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Everybody loves Marvel (except for DC fanboys who won’t admit they do like Marvel). Personally I am a bit of a fence sitter when it comes to the comic giants. It all depends on the comic/movie/cartoon/series itself. I like Iron Man…but I also like Batman. I like Superman…but I like Thor as well. But that is not the point right now. The point is the fact that Marvel made a movie…about a comic series popular among Marvel nerds…but no one else know who they are. What is this movie? Will I like it? Those are questions we will get answers for today!

Guys and girls…”Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a bounty hunter. 26 years ago he was abducted by a bunch of aliens led by the bounty hunter Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). But now as I said, he is a bounty hunter himself. One day he is on the hunt for this mysterious orb…thingy. When he finds it he is attacked by a man named Korath (Djimon Hounsou). Korath is there to get this orb for his boss, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). After a quick, but not too graceful escape, Peter (Also called Star-Lord in the movie) makes it to a planet to trade in the orb for cash. But soon he gets hunted down by three very odd people for various reasons. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who wants the orb. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his companion, the waling tree, Groot (Vin Diesel) wants Peter because he has a bounty on his head. Soon they all end up in jail where they meet the very dangerous Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Soon they all escape to A. Sell the orb to get a load of cash…and B. Kill Ronan (Mainly Drax). Now this might seem like an odd and not very detailed plot for a movie…and you would be right if I didn’t have my rule…the execution. And I have to say the execution for “Guardians of the Galaxy” is fucking amazing. It is somewhat simple, but fun. They have a straight narrative in this movie and never veers off track. Also…the story is so weird, yet so amazing.

I honestly think the characters are the highlight of this movie. They are amazing! Not only very well-acted, but also incredibly well-written. Let’s start off with the main star(lord) of the movie…Peter Quill. Not only is he the most prominent character in the movie, but he is also the fleshed out. He not only gets a well-written (And somewhat heartbreaking) backstory, but he also got the most personality. Next up is Gamora, she got a great backstory (which you’ll find out about later in the movie) that could actually make it’s own, pretty interesting movie. She is a badass (like Zoe Saldana…oh wait). Next up is Drax. His wife and daughter got killed by Ronan…but that is as far as it goes. They never touch too much on the subject, which kind of makes the character a little underwhelming. It might also be because Dave Bautista is a wrestler…not an actor. Next is Groot, the walking tree. He is a walking tree voiced by Vin Diesel…there is not much. Yet he is a great character. He is kind hearted, badass and only speaks in three words: “I am Groot”. So usually Rocket will have to translate what he said for the others (He and Groot are old buddies). You guys are probably wondering why I finish with the fucking Raccoon…but that is the reason. He is a gun toting, trash talking raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. He stole the movie. The only character in the movie I had the biggest problem with in the movie was the villain, Ronan. He wasn’t really that interesting. “Avengers” at least had Loki. And “Iron Man” had Obadiah Stane…but Ronan is not interesting in any way. I admit, Lee Pace did a good job…but the character itself wasn’t that interesting.

The music in this movie is fucking amazing. It is as most modern sci-fi/action movies. In that sense I mean it is a mix of original orchestral songs and licensed tracks…and I fucking love that. The most known track is “Hooked on a feeling” which was featured in both the trailer and this movie. But in general…I loved it.

This movie got some of the best visual effects that I have scene in any sci-fi movie ever. I especially loved the effects on both Groot and Rocket…they looked amazing. Also, the camera work, oh my god it was really good! James Gunn really shows how to make a good looking movie. Also, this is the funniest movie I have ever seen (without it being dumb-dumb comedy). Not only funniest Marvel movie, but funniest in general. I laughed so much during this movie.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of those movies that got really good reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On metacritic it has a score of 76/100. On imdb.com it got a score of 8,6/10 and is (At the time of this review) ranked #52 on the Top 250 list.

I said some things. Some good things, and one slightly less good thing. But that slightly less good thing doesn’t bring the movie down that much. Time to throw out my final score for the movie! “Guardians of the Galaxy” gets a 9,97/10. It is a fun, action-y, hilarious sci-fi adventure with good acting, great effects and a lot of heart. This movie gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is now reviewed.

This will probably end up my favorite movie of the year (Unless “Interstellar” somehow beats it).

My Favorite Scenes: Code Geass opening 1

Hello my friends! Today I am back with another scene I really like. This time it is the opening credits for the first 13(ish) episodes of the anime series “Code geass” which I did a half-assed review for a while back. The opening credits not only has some great music, but also features some top-notch animation by studio Sunrise (Who also made “Cowboy Bebop” and the “Gundam” franchise). I love this opening. Hell, I love the series!

Enjoy!

Code Geass – Opening 1

Movie Review: Thor – The Dark World (2013)

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Superhero movies are honestly one of my favorite types of movies. They can feature fun stories in combination with great action and good acting. Also they are fun to watch because the main character usually has some kind of awesome superpower (That we can never have because we’re regular mortals). Right now the leaders of the superhero movie empire are Marvel. And I agree they make some great movies (My favorite probably being X-Men 2). But a few years ago they came out with a movie based on a superhero comic series based on norse mythology…hmm. That movie was “Thor”, based on the comic series based on the norse god of thunder. It was a movie that got mixed reception. To be honest I was one of those that thought it was fairly good. If I have to put it somewhere within my score system I’d say it is one the “rent” spectrum. But can the sequel to it be better? Or will it just be even worse? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen…”Thor: The Dark World”.

The story follows both the events of both the first movie and “The Avengers”. In the realm where our hero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lives he fights some bad guys. In our realm we see his love interest from the previous movie, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), being on a date with this guy Richard (Chris O’Dowd). Their date gets interrupted by annoying sidekick Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who gets Jane to a place to do science stuff. With the help of some local kids (almost forgot, their in London) they find this weird portal thing. When Jane later discovers this great power after she gets lost, she wakes the dark elves led by the evil Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). So of course Thor finds her and wants to help her (Not aware of Malekith), much to his father Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) dismay. But when they find out about Malekith, it is up to Thor to stop him. But he is not all alone. He has help from a bunch of people. For example the handsome (and now with a different actor) Fandral (Zachary Levi), the beautiful but dangerous Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and his not very trust worthy, but always enjoyable “brother” Loki (Tom Hiddleston). And that is kind of the plot in a nutshell without giving you too many details (given you have not seen this movie yet). And while my explanation of the story is vague, at best…it is actually rather interesting. I like how they use fantasy in mix with science fiction/technology without going full steampunk on us. To sum it up in a short way: Woman discovers plot mcguffin, evil elf wakes from his long-ass nap, Thor has to save everyone. And while that is not my favorite way of explaining things, that is what it is. It is kind of a standard story, but it is like I always say: It is not the concept that is important, it is the execution. And the execution is pretty good.

The characters are…yeah I don’t know really. One example is Thor…I can’t relate to the guy. Why? Because he is essentially a god. Am I a god? No! I am just a dude with a computer. I can relate to human beings…not norse gods. Most other characters are like him…superhuman beings. And most other humans are pretty…nothing special I suppose. I have to complain though about one character…and that is who I called the “Annoying sidekick” Darcy. She serves no other purpose than to be “Comic relief”. Her voice annoying, her lines are lame and just…ugh! But the movie makes up for that…ish by having the always sassy and great Loki. I fucking love this guy! He always has something to say…and everything he says is excellent. That’s it really. So yeah…the characters are like a fruit salad…mixed. You might dislike a few parts…but there are a few sweet and tasty things in there.

The music…here I can return to giving a bit of praise. It is big and epic! And I don’t throw around the word “epic” a lot. Fun thing is that the soundtrack was composed by one of my favorite composers; Brian Tyler. Just listen to the soundtrack for the movie…you’ll know why I like it. Then go listen to everything else by Brian Tyler…do it…NOW!

Thank fucking Christ! Why am I like that? They did a thing with this movie that I like more than the first movie…they got rid of the fucking dutch angle! YES! If you’re wondering, a dutch angle is when you film a movie in a 45 degree angle. It is for the most part used to show a person’s mental instability in a scene (Suc has paranoia or disorientation). Problem is director of the previous movie, Kenneth Branagh, used it a little too much…and it had no “mental instability” scenes. The dutch angle were just there all the time. But thanks to Alan Taylor (the director for this movie) we don’t have it anymore…and I am so thankful for that. Also, the action in this movie is amazing…not kidding. I love watching Thor and the other people kick asses in this movie.

Reception for “Thor: The Dark World” was overall pretty good. Not the best when it comes to the Marvel movies, but still not bad. Rotten Tomatoes holds a 65% positive rating. Metacritic has the lowest score I’ve seen with a 54/100. imdb.com has a 7,2/10 score on the movie (at the time of this review).

“Thor: The Dark World” has a lot of great things going for it. Good story, good acting, great action, great visuals…no dutch angle. But it also has it’s fair share of flaws…such as annoying sidekick Darcy, not the most relatable characters and…not much else really. Just a few thigns in the plot that are only nitpicks. But now that I have ranted on about that…let’s give this movie a score, shall we. My final score for “Thor: The Dark World” is an 8,66/10. While not perfect, it is still a lot better than the original “Thor” and definitely worth buying.

My review of “Thor: The Dark World” is now completed.

FOR ASGARD!

My Favorite Scenes: Dirty Harry – Do you feel lucky punk?

How are you guys doing? Today we will be taking a look at another one of my favorite scenes. And this time it is the incredibly well known (but often quoted in the wrong way) scene early in the 1971 action movie “Dirty Hary” starring Clint Eastwood. Not only is it a suspenseful scene with some good action (for the time), but it is also really entertaining. It is also from one of my favorite movies.
ENJOY!

Dirty Harry – Do you feel lucky punk?

Movie Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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You know those classics people talk about as “The Greatest Movies Ever”? It kind of annoys me when people talk about them like that and they go like “What!? You haven’t seen it yet!? What’s wrong with you!?”. That has happened to me a lot…but the ones being like that are my own parents, mainly my mom. So it is kind of nice when I tell her I have seen a movie that she has nagged on me about for a while. And while that is a slightly unrelated story, it still has a little relation to the movie we are talking about today.

Ladies and gentlemen…”One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (What a mouthful).

The story of this movie is that of a dream of freedom. To clarify; R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent from prison to a mental hospital (the loony bin for you less serious people). There he meets one of the most evil(ish) nurses of all time in the form of Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher). He isn’t too happy with her. So he starts to rebel against her in every way he possibly can. But he is not all alone. In there he meets a bunch of colorful figures such as Martini (Danny DeVito), Cheswick (Sydney Lassick), Taber (Christopher Lloyd) and the stuttering Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif). Together they (often kind of indirectly) rebel against Nurse Ratched and the mental hospital. And that is really the story in a nutshell. It is kind of an interesting concept that not only sounds good on paper, but also translates really well onto the screen. the story is incredibly well executed and is just really intriguing. Based on the book by Ken Kesey (which I read almost a year ago), I think it captures the feeling of the book perfectly. It is just all around interesting.

The characters are honestly the strongest part of the movie. Let’s start with the three sort of “most prominent” characters. And first in that line is R.P. McMurphy himself. He is this guy who is both a rebel and a good person at the same time. While he may seems like this street-smart guy, he also has a lot of heart and wants the best for his fellow inmates. He is exactly what I want from a perfect character. Multi layered. He is smart, kind, rebellious and got the perfect amount of craziness á la Jack Nicholson to keep him fun and interesting. Next up is Nurse Ratched. She might seem like a kind nurse at first, but after a while you will see that she is not the most kind nurse ever…trust me. She is the perfect villain (Yeah, I said it). She and R.P. are kind of the two different sides of a coin. One is a good hearted but crazy guy and the other one is a not very good hearted but completely level-headed woman. And the final character I wanna mention is the character of Billy Bibbit (Yes, the stuttering guy). Sure, he might seem completely weird at first, but after a while you notice he is actually not that crazy…he just stutters. That is all I wanna mention when it comes to characters…the yare interesting and incredibly well-acted.

The music…great. I don’t know who composed the original tracks, but he/she gets a major pat on the back from me. Then there are a few licensed tracks that while nice, I don’t really care about. But the combination in the movie is honestly great. Nothing else to say.

It is difficult for me to talk about the camera work in this movie since I watched it recorded on an old VHS tape. But from what I could gather it was well done. It was a little blurry, so it was a little difficult to tell. This movie also gets a little bit of bonus points from me for having Jack Nicholson in it…kind of like how I give a few movies bonus points for Edward Norton…yeah.

Reception for this movie was pretty damn good. The movie has a 96% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has a score of 79/100 for it. Roger Ebert gave this movie his perfect score of 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great Movies list”. He also said this.

Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a film so good in so many of its parts that there’s a temptation to forgive it when it goes wrong. But it does go wrong, insisting on making larger points than its story really should carry, so that at the end, the human qualities of the characters get lost in the significance of it all. And yet there are those moments of brilliance.

This movie has a score of 8,8/10 on imdb.com and is ranked #15 on the Top 250 list. This movie also won 5 Oscars. Best picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted screenplay. It was also nominated for 5 additional Oscars. Best supporting actor (Brad Dourif), Best cinematography, Best film editing, Best original score.

I have thrown my opinions of a few different aspects on this movie and I’m ready to hand out a score. My final score for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a 9,8/10 and I tell you that you have to buy it! Now! This is an incredibly well directed, well-acted and just generally amazing movie. Also the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!” makes a triumphant return!
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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is at last reviewed.

This movie reminds me that Jack Nicholson is retired…and that makes me sad…

My Favorite Scenes: Drive – A Real Hero

Hello everyone! Time for another one of my favorite scenes! And this time we are taking a look at a scene from my second favorite movie; “Drive”. In this scene we see the main character known as “Driver” have a nice and incredibly well filmed drive with his neighbor Irene and her son Benicio. Not only does this scene look really amazing, but it also gives a little character development for out main character, set to the tune of “A Real Hero” by College feat. Electric Youth. Enjoy!

Drive – A Real Hero

Movie Review: The Green Mile (1999)

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Stephen King is one of those authors that writes stuff the majority of people who read it like. Personally I am a big fan of his “Dark Tower” series. Most people know King for his horror novels like “The Shining”, “It” and “The Monkey”. What some people maybe didn’t know is the fact that he also writes drama…yeah. Does “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” sound familiar? Well if it doesn’t, then you have missed out on the thick words there and with that, something great. But today we are taking a look at another one of his dramas, in movie format.

Ladies and gentlemen, the most voted movie in my poll…”The Green Mile”!

Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is a guard on death row. More specifically he is a guard at the death row called “The Green Mile” (Roll credits). He works there with his colleagues Brutus “Brutal” Howell (David Morse), Dean Stanton (Barry Pepper), Harry Terwilliger (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison). They have a bunch of different criminals in there. But one day they get a special new addition to the group of criminals in there…a huge black man named John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan, R.I.P) who was arrested for the (this is not fun to say) rape and murder of two young girls. Sounds like a scary guy huh? But when he walks in he acts like the biggest softy ever (Scared of the dark, very polite and doesn’t seem like a troublemaker at all). Soon after, Paul and crew will find out that this man has a mysterious “gift”. Now that is all I can say about the plot without going into too many spoilers. Now, like most Stephen King stories, this is incredibly complex. And for you people out there who think complex only means “Mindfuck”…you’re wrong. For a story to be, all it needs are several layers…not necessarily mindfucking. And with that I have to say that “The Green Mile” succeeds with it’s multi-layered story and general well done execution. Not only is it a good story on paper, it is also really well done. But that is something director Frank Darabont is really good at (See “Shawshank Redemption”). With an original plot by Stephen King, an adapted screenplay and direction by Frank Darabont, the story comes together nicely.

The characters in this movie have more layers to them than a wedding cake. Not only are they incredibly well-written, but the actors are fantastic! I was especially impressed by Michael Clarke Duncan…that dude did a fantastic job in this movie. I was also happily surprised to see Barry Pepper in a really good role (considering he would do the worst movie I’ve ever seen one year later). One thing when it comes to the actors really surprised me. One of the inmates at the place was played by Sam Fucking Rockwell…wow. I am a big fan of his, so seeing him in this movie (pulling off a fantastic performance). You really thought he was this psycho hillbilly. So in general, characters have many layers and the actors are fantastic.

The music…oh my fucking god, the music. The soundtrack by Thomas Newman is fantastic. I am really surprised it didn’t get nominated for an Oscar. It is your typical oschestral/beautiful drama soundtrack…but that is why it is as fantastic as it is. It is your typical thing…but it is so well done that I don’t mind. It is as I always say…the idea can be as generic as it can get, as long as it is executed in a really good way.

The camera work…nothing special there. It is good, nothing more. I can also mention that this movie left me crying. If a movie can make me cry…good job you bastards (who worked on the movie), you won! Also, did I mention Sam Rockwell was in this movie? What? I did? Oh well, rather one time too much than one time too few. I was also very surprised how funny it got at a few point in the movie…good job Frank Darabont, your comedy in your drama doesn’t feel forced. Might also be good to mention that it is three hours long…so prepare.

Time for the reception of this little movie. Let’s see here…we have an 80% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a “Fresh” certification. Metacritic is by far the lowest with a score of 61/100 (damn). Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars, and I quote

The film is a shade over three hours long. I appreciated the extra time, which allows us to feel the passage of prison months and years.

This movie has a score of 8,5 on imdb.com and is ranked #46 on the Top 250 list (as of this review). The movie was also nominated for 4 Oscars. Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Clarke Duncan), Best adapted screenplay, Best sound.

This movie has a lot of depth in it’s story, the actors are fantastic, the music in fantastic, the camera work is good and it has Sam Rockwell (Okay, I’m done with that now). The only thing dragging the score down a bit is the knowledge of this movie being three hours long…even though it only feels like two and a half. But it also gets a pat on the back for making me leave it with tears in my eyes. And now I am ready to give this movie my final score. “The Green Mile” gets a score of 9,72/10 which not only requires you to add it to your collection, but also gives it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Review of “The Green Mile” is completed.

I should probably go find the book somewhere. Also, R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan.

Vote for a movie review!

Hello everyone. Today I will be posting a link to a poll that will let you vote for a movie that I then will watch and review. I know I have already done this, but nobody voted that time. But this time maybe we can get some people along! So please, vote away and we will see in a day or so which movie will get targeted for a review.

Vote here!

Have fun! Time for voting expires tomorrow (16th of August 2014) at 12:05 pm gmt+2 (Swedish time).

See ya!