jueves, 26 de julio de 2012

The Dark Knight, Ice Age, To Rome with Love, & Safety Not Guaranteed

It's been a while but here it is!

Episode 5: The Dark Knight, Ice Age, & 2 others.

I hope the reviews are useful, in any way, on your next trip to the movies. Like I said there, and if you just want an overall conclusion of the podcast here it is:

Ice Age: Continental Drift ~ Better avoid unless you have kids and the little bastards won't leave you alone or shut up for 5 seconds.

Only as retarded as he looks...

To Rome With Love ~ Confusing, funny, weird, unexpected... yeah, overall a good movie, definitely a Woody Allen movie, to help you kill an hour and a half.

Safety Not Guaranteed ~ Smart, funny, beautiful movie that you can't miss!

The Dark Knight Rises ~ Blockbuster of the week, but also pretty good as a movie to end a trilogy. Go see it!

That's all for now but, do not fear, I will be back with more shiz and stuff!

Skadi ~

domingo, 22 de julio de 2012

Better late...

...than never!

I should have learned by now that every time I say I'll do something more often, stuff happens and then it takes me twice the time to get it done once... D:

I'm hoping to have the next podcast ready by Wednesday; there are about 4 movies I'll talk about, including The Dark Knight Rises, of course. Luckily there would be some people left still waiting to see it by then, hehe.

This is just a small update to let everyone know I'm still continuing the task of spending my salary watching movies to let you guys know what is worth watching and what to avoid.

Stay tuned!
Skadi ~

P.S. Don't forget to support the movie fan community in Aurora Colorado by visiting the links posted on the previous entry and helping by donating blood or money. Thanks a lot! :)

viernes, 20 de julio de 2012

Aurora ~ How to help

Ok, so, because just talking about something does nothing to make things better, here are a couple links you can visit to get more info on how to help the victims and families affected by last night's incident.

Clicky click and help! Share if know someone from CO or who lives nearby to donate to the blood banks, and to anyone else for monetary aid, because every single dollar helps.

No excuses!
Skadi ~


As many, or most of you, may know by now; last night at The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colorado; James Holmes shot at the spectators, killing 12 of them and injuring another 38. A senseless mass murder action that has fans and the nation shaken and worried.

I feel like I have so much to say about it, because people are making it about Batman, some about the movies or movie theaters themselves, others about terrorism, or how guns kill people, and even about the entire film industry. But this, this is NOT about that, at least not specifically. This is about a mentally unstable guy who had access and the means to hurt many people, and specially right now, it's about the victims.

Last night, not knowing anything about the shootings, I was talking about how, sometimes, bad things happen, it doesn't matter how much you try to play it safe, be careful and try to protect others. Shit happens. Sadly, last night it happened and as sad and terrible as this incident is; sometimes you can't just start pointing fingers and believe that this won't happen again but even less, people shouldn't be worried that this WILL happen again, everywhere, soon.

Some people get killed in the streets, but we still go out for walks; some people get killed in the ocean in accidents, but we still swim and there are surfers, sailors, scuba divers, etc.; people gets killed everywhere, at any given time, and we are still capable of living worry-less lives.

I am not American, but I live in the United States, and I wish this country worried a little less. They try to have control over every little thing, to avoid any kind of injure to anybody, and that is just an impossible task, as noble as it might be. But the sad truth is: Shit happens.

It's not the film's fault that nut-job managed to get weapons, was obsessed enough with the film and had no respect for other human lives. So, yeah, this is not about the film, it might as well had happened during the Spiderman movie premiere and it would still not be Hollywood's fault.

It is not about weapons, because guns as knives, or scissors or chainsaws or any other kind of weapon, are as deadly as the beholder's experience and his/her mental abilities. Is it the salesperson fault? I say, no, it's not. The regulations must be changed to a required psychological evaluation, with brain scans and neurotransmitters levels; they'd have to be clear and normal before any kind of approval to get a fire weapon. It might seem as if people have not learn a thing from serial killer and mass murderers: They are the most normal kind of people in appearance and will rarely commit or have a track of minor crimes; so just the background check is not enough to sell a gun. But adding a complete and clear mental evaluation before the sell, you could save so many lives. You can't hide what your mind holds from the exterior. Bring your psychological paperwork and we'll talk.

To end my ranting over this I'd like to add a letter from Christopher Nolan regarding this subject, very accurate, professional and still human and touching.
"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. 

The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families. "

- Christopher Nolan

My prayers are with the victims and their friends and families, they are what this is all about, and I hope for sure this guy gets the mental help he needs and the years in prison he deserves.

Also, I hope for people to stop pointing fingers and accept the fact that there are things we cannot control and shit is going to happen. Try your best to do the smart thing, but don't stop living for an isolated incident.

Skadi  ~

martes, 10 de julio de 2012

Savages ~ For realz

Here we have the podcast about Savages!

Episode 4: Savages

I hope you enjoy it and talk comment! I love those and haven't received not even one yet. *sad face forever*

Like I mentioned, I'll be working on top 10 rankings of movies and stuff just to update things a little bit more often, once a week seems a little slow imo.

As usual, I'll be back later with more shiz!
Skadi ~

lunes, 9 de julio de 2012

Savages ~ Quick Update

So I went to see Savages today. As usual, I wasn't expecting anything, I declare myself completely ignorant of famous/popular director's names and most actors/actresses. Also, like I've mentioned before, sometimes I go to the movies not knowing what the movie is about, and I find that pretty entertaining. From all of the above Savages was a victim, for better or worse!

I'll update the podcast in a couple days but so far I'd like to recommend Savages. Good movie, good cast, good story, a little long, a terribly bad ending and still worth watching. I'll give my impression of the movie in detail later, it just felt like I needed to update this blog a little more often, hehe.

I will be back!
Skadi ~

miércoles, 4 de julio de 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

Actually this was posted in the afternoon but I had to go to work to pay for all those movie tickets!

Episode 3 is here: The Maybe-Not-So Amazing Spider-Man

As usual, it's just my opinion. I didn't hate the movie, it IS good, but it's definitely not an epic-zomg-awesome movie. Specially not after watching The Avengers.

I'm still trying to figure out what was missing because it's not like the acting or the story were bad, not at all, it's something else. I mean, yes, it was a little bit cheesy actually, and that might be part of it but I can't put my finger on what it is exactly! *frustration*. That's why I named the podcast that way, all good but not amazing. Anyway, I'll make you know when I figure it out for sure.

And, if you have to choose between watching Brave or Spider-Man, go see Brave, in all honesty.

I'll be back!
Skadi ~

domingo, 1 de julio de 2012

Not going, not paying, not wasting my time.

At some point there is a bunch of movie releases that make me want to stay home. Why? Because, in my opinion, the most important thing on movies are good plots, then it comes how it's presented, acted, directed, and all that jazz. So, if the plot is just plain dumb or "been there, done that", I pass.

This weekend we had Ted, Magic Mike and Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, along with People Like Us, but that one I will go see it soon. As I mentioned before, I use common sense and intelligence (yes, they are not the same and they do not come together on most people), with a hint of emotions, to review/talk about films; and even if I'd watch almost anything at a movie theater, I'd not waste my time on certain films.

This is what I have to say about the first 3 films I mentioned (which I won't be paying to see or wasting my free tickets on):

Ted: Smells like Seth McFarlane rubbed his no-no parts all over the place in that movie. Yes, I used to like Family Guy and American Dad, but in the past two years the poor guy has proven that he's running out of funny ideas and the only thing left is to recycle those ideas with a lame-o twist on it to try really, really hard to make you laugh but failing miserably. That makes me very skeptical about how funny this film could be.
So far, I can see some people would like it, and even love it, but here's a thing: they are die-hard Family Guy fans who offer no questioning or judgement to the show and would like ANYTHING on it and consider it funny, although it really isn't any more. Just like the Twilight fans, but this is the McFarlane version, both are stupid and worthless but their fans would die defending them. To each their own.
I pass on this film because not even the previews are funny. A teddy bear made with cheap-ass CGI, who hires whores and gets drunk, whose best friend is a 40 y/o child dating Mila Kunis who dislikes the badly animated bear's behavior and influence on her bf.
I bet one of the endings is: He stays in, he shows the chick how to enjoy life and pull that stick out of her butt; and they live happily ever after. Version 2 could be: Ted moves out, grows up a little, shows the chick to enjoy life, then move back in and they all learn a lesson, also live happily ever after. Version 3: He goes back to be a regular teddy bear. Version 4: Ted's remains the same, Mila and Mark get married and have a baby, that leads to the sequel being about Ted's version of 'The Sitter'.
Either way, I'm saving my money for something that's worth it.
I'll probably watch it when it's out on HBO.
Cheers for the overrated reviews!

Magic Mike: We've seen it sooooo many times. Hot, shallow guy falls for smart, average looking girl, because she has this awesome personality but, not just that, she also has doubts on the intentions of hot guy, since he's shallow and all... NEXT!
I mean, really, there is not much going on there, except, if you are a girl, there is a LOT of eye candy, but that is not enough for me. Anyway, I think guys will get their share of fan service, so if that's what it takes for the world, go for it. It's just the same bad plot, and I highly doubt it has any twists to make it really interesting and worth paying to watch.

I'd rather watch porn.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection: If I seriously have to go into details on this one to tell you why is not worth watching, and even less paying for it; you must have some severe mental issues. It didn't work for Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence (not in the long run), what makes you think it'll work for you? Silly boy.

Oh, no, you didn't!

Ok, I'm now heading to the movies to watch anything but these 3 films!

Skadi ~