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8000 Posts!

8000 Posts!

We just hit it! 8000 posts, and it's only been two years since the last milestone. Feels like I've been writing both less and slower, but apparently we're still keeping a steady pace of just about 500 posts per year, and I've managed an additional quarter million words since the last one too.

It's been a ride huh... here's to the next thousand, and the special puns that may follow then...

Merry Christmas!

It's that time of the year again! I've spent pretty much the entire day packing, but it's time to spend the rest of it opening, and spending time with the folks. Just stopping by to officially wish y'all a...

Merry Christmas!

Right on time. ;) Hope you're having a cheerful time with peers and whomever you happen to have around! Have a good one.

Mad City (1997)

Mad City (1997)

Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta play a reporter and a security guard, who both wind up at the same museum, during a regular day at work, when things go sour and the security guard ends up unintentionally threatening his boss, taking the kids hostage and shooting his good friend.

The reporter sees a story, and so the news crews arrive, and we follow the media frenzy that follows, and how they change not only how the world perceives the security guard, who now only wants to go home and to have all of this undone, but ultimately how the story ends. Initially becoming a relatable working class hero with the people on his side, the media skews his story and turns it into something different entirely.

Sad but true. The absurdity of it all is reflected in the title, and in the characters when they all go full circle, turning one way or the other not just in benefit of their professions but: for greed. For fame. For power. It's the way of the world, and in addition to a pretty suspenseful venture into the reporting world this movie brings forth that message remarkably well.

Sad but true...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

I found an old classic I'd yet to see! So me and good buddy Bear decided to watch it... and it was alright.

Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall play the main characters, and when their names popped up during the movie intro we both recognized... not a single name! All icons before our time, they were.

They weren't bad though. They showed emotion when the situation called for it, and personality when it didn't. The movie takes a comical approach to a serious topic: those misunderstood kids, but it takes a long time for the pace to really pick up, and though all dialog serves a purpose it just doesn't always feel compelling enough.

There are some good scenes, especially towards the end, but I imagine a modern take on this movie would have a lot more going on. It's that kind of movie where you start wondering if it was worth watching... but when it's over you're still happy you did. The little moments and build-up of emotion make it worth it after all. I guess it is a classic after all.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave (2016)

If only we'd actually listen to movies like this. Their morals. To not take things for granted. To not rely on technology so much. To not be slaves to technology. To not forget how to live.

The special effects aren't perfect. but refreshingly new in the first scenes. The water in particular. It was a bit like The Day After Tomorrow, but smaller in scale.

After that it all goes downhill. The special effect grandeur makes way for regularity, and it's only at the very end that we're taken back there again.

It seems like it's the start of another series... not quite like Divergent, or The Maze Runner, but in a similar vein. It's teenagers against the world, though with this one: against the aliens. All fighting towards a greater cause.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson play the main characters, and they do a decent job, but in the end... it doesn't reach the levels of greatness I hoped for. It has some They Live references, a little fighting, a lot of running, and a final showdown that just fades away... and make way for better credits. Good vibes and artful visuals. Not bad.

I hope they do make a sequel though. I'm not overwhelmed by the filming so far, but I'm interesting to see where the story goes. It is exciting.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Headshot (2016)

Headshot (2016)

Iko Uwais is on a roll lately! And I'm getting addicted to the masterful, macabre art of modern Indonesian almost grind-house like martial arts movies that seem to sweeping over the world these latest years, that it seems other studios (think Hollywood) are fetching inspiration from too. Judge Dread, Deadpool... what else? It's all in the same vein; just a shame the originals don't get enough credit, as grimy as they are.

As far as I'm concerned Hollywood has yet to reach their level as far as fighting goes, and the ferocity. Watching these I wonder how far they can really take it.

Speaking if taking it further: this is definitely a movie in the same vein as The Night Comes For Us, which I watched just recently, but it feels like the latter perfected what they started here. It takes a similar approach, also playing on a main character seeking to escape a certain authority, in a similar way, but does so in such a merciless way in comparison. Watch this first and you'll wonder what I'm talking about. Watch that one after and you'll understand. ;) The chronological way is the right way after all.

The story with this one? It's about a young man who washes ashore with a bullet in his head, is taken in by a nurse, yet one day the dark comrades of his past come again to confront him... Bullet in the Head vibes again huh?

The inspirations do feel familiar, and the action does as well, though sceneries and situations are all new. And the choreography is ferocious. The only thing that keeps it from being flawless in my book are the pauses, certain repetition, and a trail of events that doesn't always follow the red thread enough.

That end though! Damn. It wasn't the most violent; most well-choreographed and/or crazy but it's definitely more of all the former than 90% of the action movies out there. Great watch yet again.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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