Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

22
Jun

He’ll Find You…

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He'll Find You...

Nuriko and I are in Sacramento today and tomorrow for the body cast showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repo! The Genetic Opera.  We’re definitely not Rocky virgins, but this is our first time seeing a live cast in a theater (our local showings have always been either in the park or in event centers) AND our first time seeing the full body cast for Repo!  And I’m so super excited that I can’t get enough Repo!  So, this week’s video is Spooky by mrRUTTO1.

Follow the link for blood and gore!

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16
Jun

We have a Hulk. So there.

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We have a Hulk.  So there.

This week’s music video is from everybody’s favorite new movie, The Avengers.  So, for your viewing pleasure, here’s Burn It to the Ground by TheNewPietroZaniniClip.

Why is this music video awesome?

I have high standards for action music videos.  All too often, makers fall into the trap of not pacing their scenes to match with the energy of the music.  I am glad to say, this video totally does NOT have that problem!  The editing is fantastic and maintains the high energy without.  Also, quite a few of the scenes have had little edits done to them in order to fit the beat of the song.  Plus, the footage chosen really highlights how awesome the Avengers are.

What could have been done better?

It seems like a few of the scenes were chosen just for pacing, rather than appropriateness for the lyrics.  In particular, I’m not sure why Hulk wasn’t chosen for the “batshit crazy” line, rather than Thor.  Also, despite the rest of the pacing being pretty much perfect, the scene at 1:28 goes on for FAR too long and doesn’t fit the progression of the song.

Hope you enjoyed the video!

8
Jun

Ollo!

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Ollo!

Welcome to music video Friday!  This week’s treat is “Sexy and I Know It” by Tabitha78.

Why is this video awesome?

While the scene choice and pacing of this music video is awesome, what really makes it stands out is how it showcases the source material.  The humor from both the Megamind movie and the LMFAO music are definitely used to their full extent.  It’s a great advertiser for the movie.  This video was what convinced me to give Megamind a try, as I had previously dismissed it as being too juvenile from the previews.  And boy, I was wrong and this music video was right.  If you haven’t seen Megamind, go now and Netflix it, Redbox it, whatever.  Just go!

What could have been done better?

A couple of the scenes have been slowed down, such as at 0:26.  I’m not a huge fan of this effect here, especially since the scenes are so short.  Other than that, this video is pure gold!

Hope you enjoyed the music video!

It's a pity you didn't know when you started your game of murder that I was playing too.

Happy Halloween!  And what would the creepiest day of the year be without the king of horror: Vincent Price!

http://youtu.be/r0OU7t0i3oU

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21
Oct

Because the Asians know scary…

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Because the Asians know scary...

Welcome to Friday!  I’m actually sending this to you from the past, because I will be busy at Yaoi-Con on Friday… and the hotel doesn’t have free Wi-Fi.  Boo!  But I’ve got a great music video for you this week, so hopefully you’ll forgive the internet time traveling.  This week’s video is Asian Scary Movies MV (how’s that for naming originality?) by Mai.

Why is this video awesome?

Asian horror movies scare the crap out of me…  After watching Ju-On, I slept with the light on for a whole week.  But although they do have a music video-creating audience, the MVs don’t tend to be very well edited, on the whole.  This video is the exception.  The scenes follow the flow of the music and the “dirty” effect over the whole thing works well.  And the song, along with the scenes, is creepy as hell.

What could have been done better?

This could be a minus, but this music video doesn’t use scenes from either Ringu or Ju-On, probably the most well-known Japanese horror movies.  However, although they are possibly the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, they also tend to be far overused.  And you can only see the bit where she climbs out of that well so many times before you get bored with it.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

6
Aug

Cowboys & Aliens

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Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

I’m a big B-Movie fan, so whenever a movie of the modern equivalent hits, I go to see it with hope in my little heart.  Since no one makes movies on a shoe-string budget anymore, I classify the modern equivalent as any movie that has a premise that makes you wonder, “What were the writers/director/actors thinking when they did this movie?!”

Unfortunately, I have not read the graphic novel, but my man classified it as:  a brawl between cowboys and aliens throughout the whole book, with little to no discernible plot.  Well, perhaps the comic format was not the best for this particular match-up, because the movie was AWESOME.

There is still only the most simplistic of plots.  Aliens have landed in the Old West and are stealing people… for some reason.  While the reason the aliens are there at all is explained, albeit a bit feebly, the reason for the abductions comes off as a kind of afterthought – they’re learning about us.  However, later in the movie, it’s established that they view humans as nothing greater than insects, so the extensive capturing of people seems out of place.  If that was the view, they would have caught and dissected a few of us before going, “Damn, these things are easy to kill!” and flying back to their planet to report of easy-pickings.

But plot has never been the selling point of the B-movie.  This genre leaps past gigantic plot holes and captivates the audience with an aura of “this makes no sense, but it’s AWESOME.”  And that’s just what Cowboys & Aliens does.

The movie starts out like a typical western, with a little twist.  The main character wakes up in the middle of the desert with no memory, no shoes, and some kind of metal device attached to his wrist.  Except for that little incongruity, everything progresses down stereotypical cowboy lines, right down to the bar fight.  However, right in the middle of the stare-down between the town sheriff and the rich cattle-owner (played brilliantly by Harrison Ford), alien ships fly in, lasso a bunch of people (seriously!) and fly off.  But not before our nameless protagonist’s metal wrist device seemingly turns on by itself and shoots down one of the ships.  And so, as the townspeople form a posse to go after their captured people, the main character is established as the only one who can really do any damage to the aliens.

Seems legit...

While the movie boasts great acting all around (I know, not that hard in a western, where all that is required is acting badass), the true gem is Harrison Ford.  Perhaps he realized that he needed to make up for the last Indiana Jones movie.  But he takes a reprehensible character and, so gradually that you don’t even notice it, turns it into not only a sympathetic one, but one that you’re rooting for by the end of the film.  While Daniel Craig does a great job with the main character, he’s definitely overshadowed by his co-star.

So, to wrap this up, if you’re looking for the next great piece of cinema, then skip this one.  But then, you shouldn’t be expecting such a thing from something named Cowboys & Aliens.  However, if you’re looking for a well-done, entertaining sci-fi western, this is definitely the movie for you.  I’ll be waiting for the day it’s released on DVD, so I can go right out and buy it, so that it can sit proudly with my copy of Snakes on a Plane and Doomsday.