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August 26th, 2009

Go Joe

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Saw GI Joe the movie today.

While I watched and my brain partitioned itself to sort out things I have to do for the rest of the week I will admit that it could have been very much worse.

First off, I fully acknowledge it's a two hour toy promo. I KNOW what I was getting into long before my butt settled into the theatre seat.

Read a review of this film when it was first released that basically said that if a movie critic is dissing this thing they are missing the point ~ YES it's as messy as a 9 year olds room and makes about as much sense as the stories 9 years olds make-up when they play with GI Joe toys....it is what it is and it is boomboom fluff.

I saw this film with a pair of 9 year old boys.

The same boys who have been running around the house busily building and then destroying bionicles for three days now in wars of good vs evil. Much boom boom is involved in the imaginatary conflagulations.

The dialogue and/or plot in the film sounded very much like what I'd been listening to for the past three days.

I don't need to tell you that the boys sat still, wide-eyed and grinning the entire film.

Critics be damned, someone hit the mark dead on. These boys wanted to see things go BOOM in really cool ways and they left quite satisfied with the experience.

ANYone over the age of twelve (unless you are a female who MUST have a Channing Tatum fix, which is it's own kind of boomboom) are advised to find some other way to spend $10.

April 3rd, 2009

Zoom Zoom

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I was just reading a review of the the lastest Fast and Furious movie and the critic bemoans the lack of story/plot.

Okay...is it just me or are film critics just idiots?

NO ONE watches a F&F film for a plot. Heck...no one EXPECTS there to be one!

The film goer this is aimed at (a.k.a. the young and hung) wants only 4 things:

1) Hot Grease Jockies

2) Hotter Cars

3) Even HOTTER women

4) Lots of shite getting so hot it goes BOOM.

Plot would only get in the way of the BOOM.

Why is that so hard to remember? You'd think they taught this in Film 101.

June 29th, 2008

Across the Universe

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The Eldest Spawn put me onto the movie Across the Universe and I have been mainlining the soundtrack for the better part of two weeks now.

If you even remotely like The Beatles, you will enjoy this movie in which a story is built around 33 songs and a mindblowing number of visual references and endless verbal nods to even more (seriously it's a great game to play picking them out). This is FUN cinema...a real treat to watch and the soundtrack....well I have NEVER been one to enjoy a Beatles cover ...no one does it as well as they do.

...until now. The soundtrack continues to blow my mind.

As for the film ~ well one of my favorite parts is a song that my father used to BLAST through the house on his stereo-system...and the visuals are an awesome interpretation of the lyrics.

The set up? Maxwell (as in Silver hammer) has been drafted. He's reporting for his physical. The era is the Vietnam war...and here is is on Youtube:

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