Savages is a crazy movie. It has drugs, sex, but no rock and roll. The rock and roll is replaced by a totally out of place upbeat ringtone. It has the young nerdy guy who played the lead in Kick Ass play a buffed out professional weed scientist. (The movie doesn’t call him that, but I like how it sounds). It has Blake Lively again proving she’s a real actress by pretending to get really high and really vulnerable (it’s just like The Town!). This film was directed by Oliver Stone, so going in, I think we all knew it was going to be crazy. The real question then is: Is it a good film? Uuuhh….it is, kind of?
Tophat has become our resident action movie critic but since he finds foreign films pretentious and confusing looks like I’ll have to take the wheel on this one. It’s an exciting little number from Hong Kong called 2000 A.D. It is completely devoid of pretensions and is no more confusing than Die Hard II, and come to think of it I think Tophat mostly hates European movies but never the less. Remember when everybody thought the Y2k bug was a trendy way to make people afraid of the power of computers? No? Well do you remember the plot from Live Free or Die Hard? No? Why are we friends again? Anyway, all you need to know is computers can be used for evil and stuff. And remember a vintage 10 pound laptop “can do more damage than an atomic bomb.” Not including the damage from the exploding battery. Oh wait. That was a cellphone. Was it a Nokia? Anyway, throw in some, earlier movie spoiler alert, motivation to avenge a dead brother and you got yourself a movie. (more…)
I’ve reviewed a few Terry Pratchett books here on Faceplant, what because of how I find his books to be entertaining, and about how I am always straight up desperate for stuff to review on this humble website. The Color of Magic was actually the very first Discworld novel Pratchett ever wrote. But never mind that now. Turns out there was a two-part made-for-TV movie that was released a while back, which I stumbled across on Netflicks. I’ve never read The Color of Magic. I understand that I am doing it backwards by watching the film adaptation first but ehhh, we’re just going to roll with this.
It turns out Pratchett’s first foray into Discworld was much more sci-fi oriented than fantasy, which is okay. There’s still a liberal helping of wizards, barbarians and magic thrown in there too.
Oh man I totally TOLD you guys this was double Tophat post week on Monday, didn’t I? Look at me carrying through with promises that no one was really looking forward to, or will even enjoy. I do this for you. My fan. Yes, I’m pretty sure there is only about 1.3 of you out there, and it’s always difficult holding a conversation with .3 of a person. Oh look at that I’m rambling again. Lets just move on to the portion of this post where I actually talk about something entertainment-ways.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Wait, sorry. I mean SKY CAPTAIN and the WORLD OF TOMORROW. The caps are key for drama, you see. It’s a movie that features a guy, some zeppelins, giant robots, and also possibly Gwyneth Paltrow.
This isn’t so much a discussion of another Joss Whedon project as it is another attempt to prove the adage that misery loves company. Don’t get me wrong. Watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was far from a horrible experience. In fact, a parody of the vlog phenomenon in a super villain format is really the only way to successfully mock the short comings of the format. Everybody loves to cheer for the bumbling would be evil genius whose plans to better the world through domination as he is constantly thwarted by a man the public has misunderstood as a hero. The trouble starts when that little ball starts bouncing. (more…)
Hello Faceplanters! I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted an article. Life threw a giant pile of stuff at me, namely moving across the country to start a new job in an industry I have zero experience in. So in short, I’ve been busy. But that’s ok, because it didn’t stop me from doing one of the things I love ; taking in an excellent film. Life didn’t stop me, but Men in Black 3 certainly did. It is NOT an excellent film. I have fond memories of the first one, I think I’ve seen two in bits and pieces from HBO, but I figured I’d give 3 a shot. It’s a serviceable movie that has some cool moments, but whatever mojo the first film had is long gone.
It was an unusual Friday afternoon. I’d been up since 5 and on the news twice…man seeks happiness through many avenues but rather finds it outside the company of those he frequently hates…A slow day really. In my somnolent state I was assaulted by a G-man with three arms and a retarded philosopher. The nuthouse noir rattled my senses…love is the water of the soul. It starts as a trickle and slowly erodes until nothing is left but a wide smooth current dragging down everything in its path…The puzzle box opened and the pieces tumbled out with no consideration for their future placement. The box art lost in a puddle of urine, I found myself struggling to cope with a story entered somewhere beyond the beginning. (more…)
Oh man, another Faceplant article? It feels like I just did a million of these! Oh well, time moves ever onward and so I suppose I had better get to typing once again.
This time, I watched a movie! What? Movies are easier, and I already get Netflicks! What, you want a GAME review? Good lord, man, I’m notmade of money over here! I’m not even made of… working electronics up in my apartment these days. But who cares about that! Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels! It’s a movie that I watched! Now I’m going to babble on about that for like a bajillion words and you’re just going to sit there and LIKE IT.
You probably will. It has British people in it. Everyone loves British people! Except for maybe the French? I honestly have no idea about that.
When it comes to bizarre encounters on the ocean floor, there’s Abyss and there’s everything else. Leviathan falls squarely in the everything else category. If you ask me it’s just a Thing rewrite someone decided was an acceptable alternative. Luckily the movie features an all-star cast full of the cream of the 80’s B list crop for our amusement. Led by Robocop himself, the roles they are known for are so iconic it’s difficult if not impossible to constantly be think of them in that context. Whether it’s Ghostbuster’s Winston being overly emotional or Top Gun’s Goose being girl crazy, it feels like a mild case of typecasting. There’s also a weird Kristie Alley look-a-like with the creepiest blue eyes you’ve ever seen.
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