Ok...yeah... while a good popcorn flick there were some glaring issues with it.
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While I did like the score, the audio mix was just...silly. I know that he was hard to her due to the mouthpiece, but make it sound like it was coming from the actor, not reverberating everywhere like the all powerful Oz.
The other silly thing is Bale's Batman voice and Bane's voice just became too silly and took me out of the experience. There was the fight scene with Batman and Bane and when Bane was choking Batman, he's still trying to do internet tough guy voice and sounded like a friggen helium balloon. I lost it and burst out laughing in the theater.
Catwoman...well she did good acting but never came off as "Catwoman" to me. The heels were still stupid no matter how badass you're trying to make them...trying way too hard. You didn't need her "sidekick" friend and yes I know that was supposed to be Holly, but she was so unnecessary and just done as a "wink" to the comic book fans but in other ways not appealing to the fans. While Catwoman wasn't a woman who always donned the mask, I still had problems with this character. It just was stupid to me that she wanted a Clean slate but didn't wear anything to really protect her identity ...just...dumb.
Speaking of dumb...yeah sending all the cops down to find Bane was just beyond dumb. Nolan went from creating a well crafted believable world to making people do unbelievably stupid things. That being the top.
Batman sleeping with Tate... guess when he was dealing with things in his head his other one went on autopilot. It made for a really bizarre moment in the film since there was no chemistry...it just happened.
Too much giving things to "he's the Batman" when I would have liked to see how he gets back into Gotham City. Too much of a copout.
The fight sequences looked silly at times, the brawling sometimes looked like a mass "free hugs" when they're supposed to be fights.
5 months for a bomb? Like the police ...this plot was silly as sending your entire police force down underground. Nice for moving the plot along but...a real "huh?"
There wasn't enough Batman in it but in a way I'm thankful or I would have kept laughing at the silliness of the voices in the movies.
Tom Hardy was fascinating but at times just seemed so ridiculous with his dialog the audio overdub didn't help...
Catwoman killing Bane was such a copout not that the "Boss fight" before then was any better.
The plot twist didn't sit right with me. Especially that the reason Bane was kicked out was because he was a monster? What Ra was looking for good looking men in the League? Da fuck? was he Odo...or rather René Auberjonois when he kicked Bane out?
Ohhh nooo not THAT one...
I also felt Foley's death..just anti climatic and just...why?
Other silly parts. Why was the mayor wearing makeup? He wore eyeliner better than some of the women in the film.
I admit even though I'm complaining I did enjoy the movie well enough where I wasn't annoyed like the stretched out finale of Dark Knight.
Other silly parts. Why was the mayor wearing makeup? He wore eyeliner better than some of the women in the film.
It's what he does. The mayor's always had eyeliner in every movie.
Watched the first episode of Rescue Me. God damn, 93 episodes total? Seriously?
It makes me think of Mad Men, in that practically everyone on the main cast is an asshole, but the difference between the two shows that makes Rescue Me watchable in comparison is that these assholes are legitimately funny. And there's the fact that despite them being a bunch of macho racist homophobes, they still go about saving people every day. I honestly don't care to watch anymore, but I'd still pick it over Mad Men.
The assholes in Mad Men are just assholes I'd never want to be bothered with. They were dickheads right upon introduction, and they just got worse and worse before the first episode ended. Nothing's funny about them to lighten the blow, none of them are making any contributions to society so as to make them more tolerable, and the whole time I feel sorry for the single non-asshole character that's gonna have to put up with all their shit. They're too repulsive for me to ever bother with another episode.
For comparison, I can have a laugh watching the characters in Reservoir Dogs: robbers and murderers who torture cops and spout racial slurs in every one of their sentences. And yet I vehemently despise the characters in Mad Men.
Last edited by Psychotime; August 13th, 2012 at 01:54 AM.
For the longest time I've been trying to get myself to watch the Friday the 13th movies because I thought I hadn't seen any, despite having seen at least one movie of most other long running slasher/horror series (Halloween, Scream, Hellraiser etc) so now I decided to watch ALL TWELVE OF THEM (or eleven, technically) and oh man.
I'm half-way done and thus far the sixth movie has probably been my favorite out of them (partly because it plays out almost like a 90's direct-to-video kid's movie, and the music by Alice Cooper didn't hurt at all, let me tell ya), with the second being actually scariest thus far. Freddy vs Jason is quite enjoyable schlock too and I like that it doesn't completely fall into the "other is obviously better" trap that Alien VS Predator did.
Last edited by TinyBird; August 15th, 2012 at 07:50 AM.
Saw Star Trek (newer one) which I haven't seen in ages. Lord there are so many random stars scattered throughout that movie. Everyone from Harold from Harold and Kumar to the guy that was in Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. What's that? Oh look Scyler from Heroes. So many I can't even place them all.
I just watched the first 10 minutes of the new Starship Troopers: Invasion movie. I know it's based even closer to the book than the previous one but still very dull to me. This is type of stuff that gives sci-fi genre a bad name.
Guh. There's a show that's sitting on my list. I remember when it played on Cartoon Network, I thought it sucked, but I remember the show having a decent fanbase, so I promised myself I'd look at it again someday.
Reboot's another one of those kinds of cartoons on the list. But at least I never hated that one. I'm just confused that the show has a decent fanbase.
Speaking of lists, I'm trying to continue where I left off with Heartcatch Precure (yeah). The formula's really starting to wear on me, but whatever. I like keeping my word, so I'll keep going with it bit by bit, every couple of episodes something important does happen which will get expanded on later. Honestly, I could just cheat and skip all the pointless episodes, but that's...cheating.
I notice they decided to stop having the pet thing crap out liquid gold that transmutes into magic items...instead it just craps out the items. Great, Toei. I've been asking why I'm seeing this AT ALL, but I've stopped caring at this point.
Honestly, I feel like I could just drop Heartcatch and give the current season a look. Can't be too bad. (I'm just saying this because I'm a little burned out, I'll just take a break and continue later.) This one deviates a bit from the original premise and makes a full team instead of a duo, but this wasn't the first time. Heartcatch turns into a team after a little while, with three other Precure waiting in the background to obviously get their powers and join. Two of which are already known to have had the power at some point once they're introduced, and serve as mentors.
Anyway, the current season has this character.
You KNOW you're a badass when your henshin involves IMMOLATING YOURSELF, plus explosions. And you punch shit with FIRE.
The only reason I chose Heartcatch was because of how distinct it looked. The character designs are by Yoshihiko Umakoshi, who's also designed for Casshern Sins and Saint Seiya Omega. His designs are easy to recognize. The rest of the franchise is just bland and generic animu stuff, but not so much that you can't tell the heroes apart.
Anyway, if there's one thing that kills me about Precure as a franchise, it's how underwhelming the monsters always are. They're so damn boring. The recurring villains are fine! But unless it's a major episode, they just sit back (sometimes literally) and toss out a monster with a few mooks (which make obvious references to the Shocker Combatmen, which I like).
It's cool seeing all the explosions and lighting fast DBZ kicks and punches all over the place when they don't use stock footage for their henshins and finishers (fun fact, the first season's animation director WAS the same as was in DBZ), but it always loses a few points when they're fighting something stupid like a giant humanoid spotlight instead of the actual villains, some of whom are shown to be legitimate threats, while others are just amusing in themselves. Cobraja and Sasorina are funny. Kumojacky looks like he came out of a hotblooded Go Nagai comic, and Dark Cure is what you expect.
I mean, I get that they need monsters of the week. And this show uses the old magical girl trope of the villains using negative emotions as a power source, but in this they do it in order to MAKE the monsters by fusing the condensed souls of humans into objects. Really anything that's around. From a soccer ball to a wooden plaque. And that's were the problem lies. Couldn't they have made the monsters personify the victim of the week's insecurities into something physical? It's kinda off-putting to have a girl who's trying to bottle up her grief over her dead mother suddenly get her soul fixed onto a trash can monster. That's not a joke. I just watched that today.
I don't know, maybe they were intentionally going out of their way to make sure that they weren't too similar to the Greed and Yami from Kamen Rider OOO (still the best Heisei season of Kamen Rider outside of Kuuga), which played back to back and are owned by the same company.
It wouldn't be so bad if they put as much effort into making the monsters look as cool as the villains. That's all I'm really saying.
Speaking of magical girls, Sailor Moon is supposed to be getting a remake for it's 20th anniversary.
Last edited by Psychotime; August 20th, 2012 at 01:06 PM.
So yeah. I'm almost done with the Friday the 13th movies and I have to admit, I kinda like most of them. Even the shitty ones that require me to suspend my disbelief so much that it has stretched to be like ball of yarn because all of them have something that I like, even the Cop-out Copycat Killer in the 5th movie had an awesome song, the 8th with its extremely contrived plot had lots of my favorite Jason moments and overall they were nicely predictable in a way I appreciate (as in when your main villain is a dead lunk, adding actual plot would just mean I have to spend more time watching the teenagers or whoever farting around). Like even if they're not good, they're movies that I can comfortably sit through.
But oh god, the 9th movie. It just feels to go so obnoxiously against the personality or MO of Jason and add all that demon-eel/mystic crap and actual "plot" that I just couldn't keep watching. And on top of that I can't even see him doing the kills, I have to watch random people (technically) kill more random people.
I mean thus far Jason hasn't had any real goal with his killings, except kill everyone who trespasses near the lake, but now he has to actually find specific people who he really shouldn't have no knowledge of and actually do things which may even require some, if little planning, which just makes him feel way too coherent for me to like (as strange as that sounds).
I saw copper last night. It's okay. Not so much with the authentic. They didn't have tattoos back then and I'm expecting it to go steam punk before the show ends. Still way better than Gangs of New York.