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Mania Box Office Report: Transformers, Of Course (Article) - 7/1/2014 6:06:42 AM

Edge of Tomorrow was a great film.  Go see it.

I liked Transformers 4 much better than Transformers 2 and 3.  Mark Whalberg was a much more sympathetic protagonist than Shia LeBeuf.  I'm not a Shia hater.  But Sam Witwicky whined his way through 3 movies and I got a little tired of it.

As for the giant robots.  Prime got a good role.  We knew Bumblebee from the previous films.  The other transformers didn't have very good roles.  They were very broad stereotypes in an attempt to give them personalities.  It didn't work.

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Article) - 6/29/2014 7:29:11 AM

Yeah, there are humans in the film.  I wish everybody would stop complaining about that.  It's a story about giant alien robots wrecking cities and killing people and how the humans of Earth react to that. 

I do wish they had spent a little more time on the Autobots though.  We knew Prime and Bumblebee from the other films but while the new Autobots looked cool they didn't get enough character development.  I don't even remember their names.

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Article) - 6/29/2014 7:24:31 AM

I think a D is too harsh.  I really liked it.

It was much better than the 2nd and 3rd Transformers films with less stupid stuff and no crude humor.  I liked Whalberg's character much better than Sam Witwicky (who spent 3 movies whining).  I also liked Tessa and the boyfriend.

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Article) - 6/28/2014 6:52:44 PM

What's a 403 Forbidden error?

Mania Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Article) - 6/28/2014 6:51:01 PM

It won't let me post my reply.  Why?

Mania Review: Snowpiercer (Article) - 6/28/2014 6:13:30 AM

I had never heard of this film before but it's obviously allegorical in nature.  Everybody on the planet on a choo choo train that has to keep moving?  It's illogical in concept.  But it makes a good allegory.

I read a story many years ago that was conceptually similar.  It was by Michael Moorcock (I think).  It posited a similar situation with more of a stone age flavor.  The people rode on horse drawn carts round and round their territory, taking a year to make the circut.  The carts never stopped but people could get off the carts to hunt, gather food, tend crops etc. and then get back on again.  One time they came to a bridge which had fallen down over the past year since they had last been there and the whole civilzation walked and rode right over the cliff and died.  Oooh, deep.


Pacific Rim 2 Release Date (Article) - 6/28/2014 5:58:35 AM

I had thought the first one tanked.  Did it do THAT well overseas?

Mania Box Office Report: The Summer, thus Far (Article) - 6/24/2014 6:28:35 AM

Saw Edge of Tomorrow on Tuesday which is bargain price day at our local theater.  And when you're unemployed weekdays are as good or better for movie watching as weekends.

I really liked it.  The story was interesting and original enough (let's face it, the Groundhog Day premise isn't the newest thing ever).  The acting and FX and stuff were interesting and fulfilling.  I'm glad I saw it.

I agree that many people just don't like Cruise.  He's a Scientologist and insulted Brooke Shields and made an ass of himself on Oprah that one time.  And some people just can't forget or forgive that.  Other actors have done worse but there's a perception that Cruise is a Bad Person and one shouldn't support him by going to his movies.

Which is a shame because I think he's a decent actor and has gotten MUCH better over the years.

The 25th Anniversary of Batman (Article) - 6/24/2014 6:08:41 AM

Tim B's Batman movie was the first time the character had been in movies since the Adam West era.  That was fun, but it was high camp and made the whole concept of superheros a laughingstock.  But it was the popular conception of the character to anybody who wasn't a comic book geek.

People complain now that Burton didn't take the characters seriously.  But at the time I was amazed that the movie DID take them seriously.  Batman looked like an effective crimefighter!  The Joker was scary!  Really scary.

Yeah, the romantic subplot was a mistake.  But back then ALL movies had to have a romantic subplot.  It was a rule.  So Vicky Vale was a maiden in distress for Batman to rescue.  Could be worse.  And I never really got the sense that Joker was interested in romancing Vale as much as keeping her around so he could find the perfect moment to rip her guts out in front of Batman.

I don't remember the male reporter at all.  Was there such a character in this movie?  See how much of an impression he made.

I've always liked Nicholson's Joker better  than Ledger's.  Not because of the performances so much.  Both actors did fantastic jobs.  But because of the way the character was written.  Ledger's Joker was a terrorist, doing awful deeds for an understandable purpose, to prove some kind of point about the awfulness of human nature.  Nicholson's Joker was an agent of chaos, causing death and destruction just for the hell of it, to fulfill some internal need to make everybody as miserable as he was.

I don't understand why everybody keeps harping about Joker's long barreled gun.  Would it have changed the movie signifigantly if Joker had pulled out a rocket launcher to shoot down the batplane with?  It was Burton's nod to the Adam West era.

Game of Thrones: The Children Review (Article) - 6/19/2014 2:10:16 PM

As a book reader I've been trying hard to phrase talk about what's hapened in the books but hasn't been shown on the show in language that anybody who hasn't read it wouldn't understand but fellow readers would.  Most other readers have done the same.  Except for that one guy.


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