Archive for June, 2012

Quote Quiz 6.29.12 – ANSWERS

1. “Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not a record, and they’re irrelevant if you have the facts.” - Leonard Shelby, Memento

2. “I was never very good at being human.” - Frankie Dalton, Daybreakers 

3. “The thing about real estate accounting is that you can, you can, add down the page or across the page and everything works out. Everyday, everything adds up. The, the total is always the sum of its parts. It’s, uh, clean. It’s clear. Neat, absolute. But my life, it, uh, it doesn’t add up. It, uh… Nothing connects to anything else. It’s, uh… I’m not, I’m not the sum of my parts. All my parts don’t add up to one… to one me, I guess.” - Andy, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

4. “Every day we are alive can be a miracle.” – Father Kennedy, Premonition

5. “I’m a stay-at-home son.” - Alan, The Hangover Part II

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I love history, and Abraham Lincoln is probably my favorite president. So I had very mixed feelings about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I found it jarring (both in the book and the movie) that the author, Seth Grahame-Smith referred to Lincoln as “Abe,” apparently not bothering to learn that Lincoln disliked that nickname.

Using a nickname the person disliked isn’t a big deal for a movie, but when it comes to history, details do matter, and many of the details in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter were wrong. For example, Lincoln’s step-mother, who had probably as much of a positive influence on Lincoln as his mother did, is left out entirely. So are Lincoln’s sisters and brothers. Lincoln also had four sons later in life, not just the one. Very well, you might say, but this is supposed to be an entertaining story of revisionist history, so it’s okay if not everything is accurate.

I did enjoy the fact that Lincoln was a vampire killer. At least Grahame-Smith went that route instead of the sparkly undead route, which would have been intolerable. However, I think the best thing I can say about the movie is that it’s clear that Grahame-Smith is canny. He used one of the most popular stories to write his own book (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies), and now he has capitalized on the popularity of one of the most loved and respected leaders in the world. My fear is that many people, not caring to read history, will accept much of what happens in the story (minus the vampires, I dearly hope) as accurate, when it’s at best similar to the truth.

I really wanted to like the movie. After all, it is about Lincoln. However, it was just too ridiculous for me to really enjoy. There were moments when the story was entertaining, but it was rather predictable. Should a story about Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires be predictable? I’m not sure. I left the theater wanting to read some of Lincoln’s writing, to remind myself of his wit and intelligence. Lincoln was a great man, a strong leader in a troubled time. It is not necessary to add vampire-hunting to his repertoire to make him cool. After all, he’s Abraham Lincoln, and that was more than enough.

One of my friends sent me a link to a message board posting. The author is saying that he’s disappointed that Tolkien ripped off Harry Potter. As most people in the comments say (some of the comments are pretty bad), the person must either be a troll or really, really out of touch with reality.

Either way, it’s actually rather humorous, mostly because everything is so wrong. I thought I would share, so you all can enjoy it or be angered by it!

http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=41879&fb_source=message

Brave

I’m not always the biggest fan of Disney animations. Up to a point, it seems that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Most of them do have some charms to recommend them, but they tend to follow certain formulas pretty rigorously.

I went to watch Brave hoping it would be a little different, and it already had a leg up since it’s set in Scotland. I enjoy Celtic (especially Scottish) stories. Brave surprised me by not really being a typical Disney movie. Yes, there is the spirited girl, Merida, who fights to get her own way, but her actions are what causes the conflict. She has to learn to think about others, not just herself.

Brave is really a story about family and loyalty than anything else. The Scottish setting and music (and the accents of the characters) only added to the charm. It was an engaging and entertaining story, one that is worth watching.

Quote Quiz 6.22.12 – ANSWERS

1. “What is this, some sort of dork outreach program?” - Laney, She’s All That

2. “Boldly spoken, for a man with no wives!” - Sheikh Riyadh , Hidalgo

3. “Aw, guys, that must really hurt. At least something good came out of this.” - Carlton Lassiter, Psych

4. “Nicko! Don’t play with the food! When I was your age, we didn’t have food!” - Maria, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

When technology goes wrong

I keep seeing ads from a cellphone company, trying to sell their phone by saying the user can even watch videos in their tents while camping. As someone who has been camping several times recently, I have to say that is a really faulty marketing technique. The people that are serious about camping aren’t going to be watching videos while camping. On the other hand, people that need to watch videos on their phones probably aren’t going to care much about camping. That was my feeling, anyway. Any thoughts?

Quote Quiz 6.15.12 – ANSWERS

1. “It’s not the size of your wingspan that counts, no, it’s the size of your spirit!” - Valiant, Valiant

2. “I feel so grounded in the countryside. The city stifles me, emotionally, creatively, spiritually. Places like this bring us closer to God.” - Rachel, Hanna

3. “Anything happens to Loretta’s horse, I can tell ya I don’t want to be the party that was on board.” - Ed Tom Bell, No Country for Old Men

4. “Only penguins and people can drive!” – AlexMadagascar 3

Madagascar 3

The third Madagascar movie is much like the others. The difference is that the animals now want to get back to their New York zoo, but have been marooned by the penguins.

The conflict occurs when an obsessed French animal control officer decides it’s time to bag a lion head. She chases the animals across Europe, even after they join a circus in order to hide.

All of the animals decide to do a new circus in order to get money to get to America. The circus–and the circus animals–are pretty funny. Those who have enjoyed the previous Madagascar movies will be sure to enjoy Madagascar 3.

 

Prometheus

Ridley Scott has made some amazing movies, so I was curious about Prometheus, especially since the previews made it look like it had that Scott-epic quality about it.  I was epically disappointed (pardon my pun).

I found Prometheus to be far more gross than thrilling or frightening, and I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. The whole movie seemed lacking in real character motivation and depth. The beginning scenery shots (filmed mostly in Iceland and Scotland, I believe) were stunning and beautiful, but the movie, for the most part, went downhill from there.

Michael Fassbender was very good, and the other actors were good, but they didn’t seem to have much to work with. Or maybe it was that they had too much to work with. Somehow, the movie didn’t seem to gel–something seemed off about it, and it wasn’t just the bizarre plot. It left rather a bad taste in my mouth, and I was glad when it was over.

Quote Quiz 6.8.12 – ANSWERS

1. “Shark. Thirty-five footer.” — “Fell off my bike. Two-wheeler.” – Mad Bob and Danny, On a Clear Day

2. “You got a lot of pet elk in your house?” – Kyle, North Country

3. “No. I can definitely say no. We’re gonna have to make connections with a bigger bird. Non-stop? Who do I look like, Charles Lindbergh?” – Wilbur, The Rescuers: Down Under

4. “I just wanted the glow. The one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines.” – Wendy, What to Expect When You’re Expecting