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Star Trek 2 - Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek 2 - Into Darkness (2013)

The second Star Trek was almost more inspiring than the last one! Almost, just almost.

It starts with a blast, and ends with an emotional moment, in opposite of the first one. It has a bit too trendy futuristic sound effects for my taste (the Transformer style sounds - I think there's a name for them), but apart from that, it's one inspiring space odyssey, packed with both humor and drama, in which Kirk and Spock bond even further, old characters die, new ones appear, and they once again head off: into the final frontier. Space.

The plot starts simple, with an enemy; an attack on Starfleet, though all is not as it seems! Interesting twist. Puzzle. Revenge. Sacrifice. And Spock gets a real moment this time, to show he's really a real bad ass! There would be way more to comment on here, like their introductory alien encounter in which they leave as Gods, but in the lieu of lack of time I'll just end this by saying: I'm really looking forward to the third one! Whenever it arrives.

Another great bar, trekking amongst stars.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

March, 2022

Star Trek 2 - Into Darkness (2013)

I forgot about the radiation bit, that was powerful, but Benedict Cumberbatch is great as always, I don't need to remember that. Amazing performance on all parts.

This is a great movie overall, and sequel, yet it does still feel like they kill off certain people all too easy, and like there's less adventure and exploration than there is action. Like they confine themselves a bit. Impeccable as it may be design-wise; impressive as it may be act-wise; pompous at it may be with fleet and all. Grand discipline and honor.

I'm once again reminded that Chris Pine really is an amazing actor too. As are they all. Uhura (Zoe Saldana)'s just perfect, Sulu's just perfect (that's John Cho), Chekov's just perfect (Anton Yelchin), Scotty's just Simon Pegg... I mean they're ALL just perfect, but I'm impressed with Chris and Uhura in particular so far. And I love Simon Pegg. Just playing around there.

As for Uhura she's on the side but always present, feels like I just noticed.

It's an amazing movie overall, albeit just not as flawless as the first. It's just lost something. Feels rushed. Feels incomplete. Feels like they kickstart a crisis right away and just wring it out real quick. Hope they got whatever element I'm missing back with the third one...

And don't mess with Spock y'all! And also: Awesome sound editing with the wake-up scene.

I think I'm turning into a more Trek than Wars fan...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek (2009)

I watched this one a few years ago, on the big screen I think, but apparently I never posted a review! It was great though. I loved everything about it, from the emotional intro, to the confrontations between Spock and Kirk, to the black holes, deep space warfare and sparse but satisfying moments of intense action.

I never did grow up with the original Star Trek, but I wouldn't mind getting into the series if it was as it is now! No offense to the fandom, but if I go back now I've no doubt the classics would come across as corny, but this, this I can get into! Chris Pine plays Kirk with attitude, and the plot provides plenty of twists and turns, as the Enterprise crew get together and become (I assume) what they always were in the original series, now with a new generation of actors to steer the way.

The plot relates to time travel (I wonder if Spock meeting Spock is a twist to original series), Vulcan extinction, and Kirk's battle against his past, buddies bonding, and hey! It's a blast! Reminds me a bit of Star Wars occasionally. Especially the chase on the icy planet. Just without light sabers, with different types of alien breed, with different ships... and also not quite as interplanetary as the latter. Earth, is still home here, no matter how far that travel. I can understand how that'd give viewers a greater sense of affinity than they might with the other. It's a trek to the stars, and back home.

Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

March, 2022

Star Trek (2009)

Had fond flashbacks of this one recently, so, I watched it again.

Still good? Still good. Just as emotional. Just as humorous. Just as epic.

Well maybe not with the final battle in particular, but with everything leading up to it. Character relations are on point, surprises and reckless abandon are plentiful, the joy of space travel is easily implied and abridged as well. You gotta love it! What a reboot.

Thrust on y'all.

And JJ Abrams is working on this one too? Did he tire of Star Wars? Felt almost like he poured more soul into this than he's done with his other franchise recently... maybe the sense of exploration woke up something within him too.

We tire of war. Yet in a way this is more violent than Star Wars ever was. The action is on point! Just as the character development, and sense of rediscovery and new worlds. Human space age conquest for reals.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Creed (2015)

Creed (2015)

The sequel to the Rocky franchise wasn't bad at all! I always get pretty emotional at the end of those matches, and always just as surprised at how emotional I can get. It's boxing, you know? Hits and punches. How much feeling can there really be? That's what I think to myself all the times I'm about to watch one of these movies, but then I watch the movie... and damn, it gets intense!

Sylvester Stallone is still Rocky, but Michael B. Jordan is the guy in the spotlight here. Adonis Johnson. Son to the infamous Apollo Creed of the old Rocky movies. That guy who was killed off in the 3rd, previously played by Carl Weathers. He's still going strong in real life, but in this world, his image of old is all we recall.

The movie has a few twists, though the romance and the rivalry all goes as you'd expect it. Rocky's unwilling to train Adonis at first, but he warms up. Of course. Then, before the final match Rocky gets diagnosed with cancer. Bam. Adonis doesn't give up on him though. He's not fighting unless Rocky fights his fight, and there you have it!

They fight it out, and what a fight it is! It was an inspiring movie in the same way the old Rocky movies were, in that ordinary way, that this-won't-be-so-special way. But it always is special. They capture the fight, the fame, and most of all: the passion. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

The original wasn't half as good as the sequel. There's a lot of talking: comedy via dialog, dialog often without action, and often where the lack of action is the comedy. It often gets pretty corny, and doesn't look very real, and I can't say the actors are such great actors either. Props for a creative idea and slacky slapstick comedy trials, and an impressive effort, but the end result... doesn't really captivate as much as I hoped it would. Might be worth a watch if you're looking for something random and cheesy, but if you haven't seen the sequel, and you had to chose, then just go with that one right away. The return... of the Killer Tomatoes!

 rated 2/5: decent

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

This was one weird movie. Weird, but awesome.

The plot: Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) gets caught up in an old rivalry; tale of revenge. Two mob bosses want a debt returned, yet one of them (Morgan Freeman) is willing to let the debt go if Slevin kills the other guy's son. The cops show up too, and a ghost, a Hitman, a real professional who goes by the name of Mr. Goodkat (Bruce WIllis). There's a girl involved too (Lucy Liu), and a lot of small-time thugs, and cops, and horses, and what a mess of a plot it is until you start figuring things out!

They leave you clues though. So pay attention to those clues! I didn't get a single one, but I did start figuring things out the first moment Slevin really turned cold. He's just a kid after all. A kid can't just turn cold like that. There must be something else, and the introduction fortunately stands apart enough from the rest of the movie to offer an alternative. He was just a kid, after all...

It's all filmed very stylishly, with as much a play on words and dialog as the play on the plot. It's classed as mystery, thriller, drama... maybe even a little action, but there's plenty of comedy too, and a romance that's so light and intimate it feels real. Refreshingly different; experimentally filmed thriller flick which is both unexpectedly complicated and ingeniously superficial at the same time. I liked it! It wasn't at all what I expected, but I was positively surprised. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

2015 In Review

Oh my, so much I've posted this year! I just went through it all. Just now. 835 posts. I skimmed, but it did take a while! Since everyone else is doing this kind of thing, I thought I'd post a little review of the most notable events documented on the blog this part!

So, what have I been up to these past 365 days? I started Project 2015, and have since then posted 365 pieces of leftover lyricism. I've kept up with weekly posts (just updated the tag archive here) all this time as well. My Internet was down at the start of the year, and I relied mostly on a crappy cellphone connection to do my daily does. Read more about that in the coincidentally most commented-on post of the year! It took a month to get our Internet back! And then...

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