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“The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian” - I walked out

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Sadly, sequels to big budget blockbusters are often times not very good and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” was no exception. I walked out after about an hour of viewing the film, it was terrible. Do not get me wrong, the special effects were some of the best I have ever seen - even I was thinking to myself “wow, I can’t discern between what’s real and what’s an effect” which really impressed me. The film was able to integrate the computer generated characters quite well with the live actions ones - it’s just that the acting and the writing were absolutely horrible.

For example, the main attraction (Prince Caspian) acted like a mama’s boy during the entire time I watched the film - come on Andrew Adamson (film director), at least give us something we can admire along side all those glittering special effects.

Mama’s Boy - Prince Caspian

The actors just stood around and looked at each other, and then looked at each other some more… and then said extremely cheesy lines. They just stood around and attempted to look pretty, it was pathetic. I think the best actors were the computer generated ones, especially that “cute” mouse who really kicked some ass. Oh wait, the mouse’s strategy to take on the enemy is to “throw nuts at them”, horrible attempt at comic relief. Short answer: learn to write.

Just to underline this movie’s pitiful attempt at entertainment, there was a scene where the little girl (of the 4 main characters) decided to befriend a wild bear (yea, smart) and her comment of: “he’s a bear, we’re friends!” was nothing short of stupid. The bear chargers with blood lust as expected while the girl’s older sister decides to hold her arrow and not shoot the beast dead - at least the dwarf knew how to kill something, I liked him.

I recommend seeing this movie if you feel like being ripped off and cheated. I certainly feel that way. I’ve directed better films in my spare time.

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10,000 BC Quick Review

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

After waiting 8 months for this movie to be released in theaters, I’d have to say the wait was not worth it. The special effects were pretty good, save for the saber-toothed-tiger animation, but the acting from the leading guy wasn’t believable and the movie plot seemed a bit formulaic, been there done that kind of feeling. Sigh. Not to mention the blind man near the end of the film that hilariously spoke the future… that part was just asking for somebody to make fun of it. No, don’t waste your hard earned money to view this one (even if it’s not hard earned).

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Spider Man 3 - Go See it. Now.

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Dark Spider Man

Spider Man 3 was an excellent movie, it really surprised me (and I thought number 2 was good). Movies usually don’t surprise me very often. Plot twists and great use of visual and sound effects kept me wondering why I even bother to make my own movies, this stuff puts me and so many others to shame. Then again the movie is rumored to have a $300 million dollar budget.

The flick runs about 2 hours and 20 minutes, but don’t let the long run time fool you - it’s a great film! Especially when you see it in IMAX. There were even parts where the action/special effects made people clap mid-way through, something I almost never see. The actors did a great job, everyone gave very believable performances and Topher Grace (from that 70’s show) was no exception. The writers & director are some kind of genius breed, keeping the series fresh through the end of the 3rd film. I hope they don’t make a 4th film for a long time, I just don’t see how they could top this one. Although, I have been wrong before.

Interestingly enough, the success of the spider man films lies not in Spider Man himself but in the Villains he fights against. Think about that, why do people love Star Wars so much? You know Darth Vader is, like, the cooooolest bad guy ever, and you didn’t actually wear Luke Skywalker masks for Halloween did you? No, you wore Vader helmets. We are attracted to things that we consider “bad ass”, just the way it is.

OK enough ranting, I thought the Sand Man was especially cool:

Spider Man vs San Man

The director is quoted here:

“I had people bring in 12 different kinds of sand — this is where people think the movie industry is insane — so I could look at it.” A team of more than 200 programmers at Sony Imageworks then spent the equivalent of 10 man-years writing code that rendered the billions of individually manipulated sand particles.

Visual-effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk elaborated:

“We shot footage of sand every way we would need it — thrown up, thrown against blue screen, over black screen. John Frazier, the special-effects supervisor, shot it out of an aero can at a stuntman. Anything we could imagine sand doing in the film, we shot.”

You can read more on the making of the “Sand Man” from Spider Man 3 here.

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