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Kidnap (2017)

Kidnap (2017)

Halle Berry plays a devoted mother hell-bent on getting back her son, when one day he's abducted at the playground. The perpetrator speeds away, and she speeds after, and things soon get pretty crazy.

It was a seat-glue kind of film from start to finish, in a similar vein as Speed and other chase movies of the sort, though it does pause every once in a while. For variation and suspense; rarely for calm and contemplation.

I feel like the maternal instinct thing is a bit overdone sometimes, and of course they throw in a potential custody issue with the dad just before the moment of crisis... but we never really hear what happened to that. Unrelated but interesting fact: Christopher Berry acted the villian, though there doesn't seem to be any relation between them.

Would have been really cool if this was based on a true story, but as it was it was a great movie, intense all the way, with a more material main character than most. Was unsure of wether to give a three and four... but personal impressions on how the motherly aspects make for a somewhat too hysterical main character for an action movie like this it's definitely a:

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

A Live Action movie for Fullmetal Alchemist?! I wasn't expecting this, but it seems Netflix are on a role with this type of movies too! First there was Death Note and then there was this... and there are probably a few more either out there already or on the way that I don't know about either.

If you've seen the anime you'll probably want to see this, and if you haven't... I'm not sure it's worth the watch. I'm biased. I'm uncertain of how well (or not well) i would have liked this movie if I didn't have anything to relate it to...

The world of alchemy is one I don't think any other movie or series I've seen has delved within though, which makes the very premises for the show pretty unique. The premise is that of two alchemist brothers (Al and Ed) attempting to bring back their mother from the dead, and losing an arm, a leg, and a body in the process. Ed is gone, and Al is missing a limb, and yet he sacrifices another to bind Ed's soul into an empty armor they happen to have handy... and then they grow, and become alchemists of the state, and embark on a quest to find the Philosopher's Stone, an item said to hold such power they might even be able to bring the dead back to life. Or more importantly: give Ed back his body. He is a hollow armor with no sense of pain, no hunger, no humanity apart from his very soul.

In written form it sounds pretty interesting does it? And it is. It's a sometimes dark, sometimes creative; sometimes just plain intense movie that is so truthful to the anime that it's sometimes... a bit too much. Some things just don't work so well when they're not animated. They do take a shortcut towards the end to cut things down in suitable movie time (it's still long) yet with the hints they leave...looks like there might be a sequel to be made too!

I really liked the atmosphere, the bright saturated sceneries... so anime-like in style, the suits, and the story itself. I appreciate the darker moments because that's where the feeling comes into play. I liked the fights too, even if the special effects often went from awesome to just... hmmm... yeah...

But the one flaw of the movie, if any, is how drawn out it is. It's too much. I don't know if it's in an attempt to be as truthful to the original as possible, but in movie form it just does not work. It's too long. Not just scenes, but dialog sometimes seem to go on forever. Especially during character confrontations.There's an intense moment where you're surprised with how well the character spoke, or happy they got it out of their system, or impressed at their so very suitable demeanor... but then they just keep going! On and on. They don't stop. Alright. I get it already. Move on! Those feelings come creeping time and time again, every time you feel like it's really starting to heat up...

So to conclude: it wasn't perfect, some special effects didn't work well at all, it was way too drawn out, but it was also truthful to the anime, I liked the characters, and I did enjoy the movie. Guess I'll give it a...

 rated 2/5: decent

Raw Deal (1986)

Raw Deal (1998)

Been confusing this one with Red Heat for the longest time. Finally watched both of them back to back to properly tell them apart, so here it is, my review for this other one of the two movies...

It's awesome eighties action. Arnold in his prime. This is the one with the bulldozers; the other the one with the buses. This the one where he plays a gangster; the other where he's Russian. This is the grittier one, and the other the slightly more realistic. This is pretty much all-out-action, the other is part thriller.

Both deal with drug trade though, both are cops and robbers movies, and in both of them he goes undercover. Both are pretty similar after all... and they're great movies.

Though this one begins in a cheesy way compared to the other it feels like it catches up, and goes past the other towards the end. It doesn't feel as polished as the other, but it's definitely the one with the most action out of the two. Not all realistic, but it's got that kind of firepower where things really get shot up. Great movie, and even outside the action Arnold's a pretty tough dude. A real G. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Musicalish #243

Some new, some old. Some music! Yeah.


Backward Smileys

They bug me.

I just want to get that out there. They've done so for a long time too, though it just struck me why, so here's a post on that.

It's because they're the wrong way. Literally.

You read text from left to right, right? If so the smiley should read LTR too. Visual and Asian smileys work both ways as they read up and down, but these other ones are just wrong!

I'm all about open standards too. Norms. Like English - a language that we all understand, that makes it so much easier for all of us to communicate.

I understand not everyone writes in English; not everyone writes in a LTR language, but the backward smileys I stumble upon are definitely always written in language where this is the norm. For you RTL writers out there: this isn't aimed at you. Keep writing as you usually do. If I happen to learn your language and read your text and the smiley isn't written the way I'm accustomed to I'll just have to change my customs, because I suppose that's the custom for you. Ditto, right?

So please, whichever way you type: type your smileys facing the right way.

That is all.

Send Your Name To The Sun!

Parker Solar Probe Certficate Box

The Parker Solar Probe is on its way soon, and you can get your name included on a memory card aboard it as it nears the sun, gathering data, and eventually disintegrating intricately in rivets of fire and flame.

It's humanity's first-ever close-up view of a star, so this is pretty cool, right?! I mean just think about being within burning distance of the sun! Not you personally (which would hurt), but still. It might be as close as you'll ever get to it within your lifetime, and also closer than anyone has ever been ever before... at least as far as our species is concerned.

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