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Monday, August 3, 2015
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Sunday, August 2, 2015
genre: comedy, action, crime
Let's not waste too much words on this film. It's completely predictable in every sense of the way but believe it or not it is not the worst buddy movie I have seen.
That has a lot to do with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. A lot of the comedy comes from the way they interact. It's pretty average and generic stuff but in parts very effective and made me laugh a little. Story wise they follow the old rules by the book. And seeing how this was directed by the same woman who brought the charming The Guilt Trip I was expecting a lot more. By now everybody is very familiar with the buddy movies and how they play out. Why not play around with it a little and do the exact opposite of what is expected? Or at least make an effort to not follow convention. Because let's face it if you can't deliver genuine fun people who sparkle even in the worst of movies then you should not bother. No offense to either Witherspoon or Vergara but their comedic talent is vastly overrated. Let's take a classic like 48 hours and then look at what it offered. It took Nick Nolte as a serious hard as nails cop and put him together with Eddie Murphy as the petty crook. Now that chemistry and their hostility between them is unbeatable. Witherspoon and Vergara don't even come close because for the most part you don't really feel real animosity between them. And let't face it. We love to see people bicker and banter.
Hot Pursuit is definitely not one of the funniest movies around but as a buddy movie it's not that bad. I would not recommend this but I think it is passable enough for a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Maybe you just added this real cool looking email subscriptions widget and can't wait for the emails to start flooding in. However after testing it you get the following message:
The most obvious solution on a lot of sites offered regarding this topic would be to enable them on your google feedburner account. Log in with your google account and then click on the site you have installed the widget on and then go to the publicize section of the feedburner account. On the left side you will find several services including Email Subscriptions. If it does not have the V in front of it you have to enable it by clicking submenu Subscription Management. In here you will see an ACTIVATE button. Click on it.
For some this would do the trick. However in my case it did not. So if that is also the case with you then read what helped for me.
It is of vital importance that you fill in the correct google feedburner ID.
When installing the cool looking email subscriptions widget it will ask you to replace the ID used in the HTML code with your own feedburner ID. The correct one is the name that comes after:
In this case that would be Chrichtonsworld.
Within the HTML code you will have to edit this (replace xxxxxx with your feedburner ID) into the following lines:
There you have it. Now it should have solved the issue. (Please do keep in mind that I intended this for use within Blogger.) And people can subscribe to you like they should. (Speaking of which please subscribe to mine and I will guarantee you won't regret it.)
Review Ant-Man (2015): Holy panic, Batman. If Marvel keeps going strong like this we at DC will never be able to catch up!
genre: action, adventure, science fiction, comic book adaptation, superhero,
Ant-Man is one of those super heroes in the Marvel Universe that I kind of ignored and did not know that much about. I knew about his abilities and understood that those would appeal on the big screen. But even then I was pleasantly surprised how this latest Marvel movie turned out.
Without a doubt this is easily one of the best in the franchise. There is not one boring minute in this one. Right from the second it starts it propels you into the adventure. Ant-Man is also the most comedic one but at the same time manages to give the characters and the events the dramatic depth they need. While Ant-Man technically has a less urgency factor to it you would not realize this since they way this film is directed you do feel a lot is at stake. And it does depend on how you look at it. We are with our main character from the start and even more so if we discover why he went to jail in the first place. It automatically makes you root for him. Especially when you see him together with his incredibly adorable daughter. His wife shows no understanding for the situation he is in at all and if you ask me lacks a moral compass that I think many people suffer from. And by that I mean that one should look beyond breaking the rules and the law. People should focus on what is right and not always blindly follow rules. Believe it or not, sometimes rules are wrong and unjust. That his wife of all people is incapable of looking him the same way as his daughter does says more about her than him. The same could be said about the social commentary. Have you realized why most ex cons fall back into the life of crime? Usually because they are given very little choice. Ant-Man addresses this briefly but never in a way that it detracts from the spectacle.
Spectacle indeed. It is a feast for the eyes. It's hard to get impressed these days since we more and more are getting used to it. But Ant-Man sure delivers. CGI and live action are blended in a way that all of it looks real. Even the ants. There are some scenes you even mourn for the loss of the creatures when they die. To make you care about insects that look the way they do must have been real hard to pull off. The abilities of our super hero are masterfully combined with some well choreographed fighting resulting in scenes we have never seen before. A lot of attention is payed to the details in almost every element of film making which shows. You can tell that Ant-Man is made with love. I never wanted this movie to end. I did not even realize that when it did that two hours had passed.
Ant-Man gave me a lot of adrenaline and made me remember why I love movies in the first place. Marvel is going strong and after the slightly disappointing Avengers: Age of Ultron they have reassured me that the future movies in the franchise are going to provide us even more spectacle and fun. I wholeheartedly recommend you to watch this in the cinema. Like now!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Grimm has come far and while mostly good it has been a rocky and uneven road. Now season 4 has finished and while having enjoyed the finale I am not entirely sure if I will be following it anymore.
Since Grimm is made by the same producers of Angel it is very easy to spot how similar both shows are. However where Angel was getting progressively stronger Grimm keeps struggling to maintain the high level of superb drama. And instead falls into soap opera antics that for me at least detract too much from my pleasurable viewing experience. On top of it the producers don't even try to make the monster of the week story lines to be compelling or interesting. They are just there as fillers with no consequence or particularly lasting effect on the main stories. For me they were so awful that I took a long break from watching the show. Until I saw some highlights by accident. Since I am a very curious fella my interest was peeked and started watching again. Where I kept at it even when at times I had to skip certain parts to avoid getting bored.
One of my grievances was Nick losing his powers and then getting them back again. I don't know about you but it's a tiring plot device since most of the appeal of shows like these is the fact that these supposedly normal human beings have extraordinary powers. You know that if for some reason they get removed they will get them back. In Grimm this fact lead to the introduction of Trubel. Nick's niece who also is a Grimm and who seems to be far more efficient as Nick and the start of a story line that aggravated me a lot.
In order for Nick to get his powers back Julia and Nick have to recreate the exact steps of Adelind's actions where Julia temporarily is transformed into Adelind. At first I thought it was highly inventive to play around with these characters but in hindsight I am not entirely happy that they did this. Because all of the above somehow has made Juliette turn into a Hexenbiest. Which again I thought was quite the twist. But then they had to mess up a potential and touching love story where if chosen that path Nick would have proven his unconditional love for Juliette. What can I say, the romantic in me would have liked that so much better. Instead we get a Juliette who acts like an immature teen but gets worse every second she is on screen. To a point that she is fully evil and obnoxious. This tale might have worked for Angel but even when he was evil he was still likable. Juliette always had been a character that did not add that much to the show. Of course they tried to get her involved her more and more which logically speaking made sense however I think they went overboard with it. Juliette as Hexenbiest was too far removed from the character she was. Which I could have accepted if we follow the theory that it is the beast inside her taking over. But what about Adelind? Despite her being conniving and evil her character has stayed consistent. If I am remember it right she has never lost control like Juliette did. Juliette on the other hand went from a nice and friendly person into a real bitch. Naturally I can understand the anger or frustration to have been put in her position. Only when Nick and his friends repeatedly tried to help her as much as they could she destroys them (emotionally) every chance she gets while she has no trouble siding with the bad guys who basically are at the core of why she has become this monster in the first place. This simply does not make sense. Of course dramatic wise it's unnerving and maybe even shocking. If only they tried to reach that effect by writing a story that would fit the character better.
Look, I do like it when they stir up things like these as it does get to you and in the end is one of the reasons why shows like these are a lot of fun. What I can't overlook though is how inconsistent and uneven everything is written. Nick's mother for the whole duration that she was in the show was a bad ass. Am I supposed to believe that someone like that can be taken out that easily and totally not be on her guard? Granted when I saw the box I had a suspicion they were going all mafia on us and I cried out of devastation and sorrow for Nick. For the first time we have seen Nick lose it and it was a powerful moment. Now I braced myself to see Nick go all Rick on us and kill every man and beast in sight. But how does it play out? Nick stays calm and doesn't really kick that much butt. I was like why? Here was a chance to show how dangerous he could be like they did in season 3. It was the perfect moment and it would have been immensely satisfying. Nope. Nothing of that. We just get to see Nick being calm and composed and completely boring. Speaking of which what happened to the enhanced Nick story line? Did they just drop it? It was one of the most interesting things they did in the show.
Then the death of Juliette. Hooray! Not going to lie, I was saddened by it a little bit. It was a strong moment. But at the same time I was happy. Only I have would have been happier if enhanced Nick would not hesitate to crack, crush, slice and dice her into little pieces. Then to realize what he has done and weep to his lost love. I told you ever the romantic.
So here we are at a crossroads. Should I give this show another shot? Or should I forget about it completely. I honestly don't know. I guess the first few episodes of season 5 will have to help me decide this. But please, please, don't bring Juliette back. If you do then I am done with this. Or if you have to do that then please do make Adalind Nick's new love interest. Hey, if you are going soap then go full soap!