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Cinematic Atrocities

It wasn’t too long ago when I witnessed the atrocity that is “Wild Wild West”. Quite possibly one of the worst movies I have ever seen; I actually contemplated writing a review for it, but I found that I was less motivated than a neutered dog when it came time to actually research it. But now I’ve found the ultimate reference for bad movies (“Ripping Hollywood the New Ass it Deserves”), and they’ve actually wasted their time to review all the bad movies so that you don’t have to watch them, including the Wild Wild Worst movie I have ever seen. Mighty selfless of them, I must say.

Was Ist Ist

Why, oh why, are they making a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. Can’t they just accept that they did something original and exciting, and leave it at that? No, oh no, they have to beat the idea to death. I suppose the sequel could be good, but I’m really doubting it. Oh well, was ist ist.

BTW, I put up a review of Red Dragon. Comments and questions are always welcome.

Oriented

I started my job today. Blah. It was orientation today. My real work starts tomorrow. Blah.

I finished Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris the other day (eventually I’ll put up a review in Kaedrin Books). I liked it, but I don’t think its as good as everyone says. I would rather watch Silence of the Lambs again. I’m now reading The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder. It doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seet, but it is a fascinating look at how the computer industry used to be (it traces the creation of a new computer that was to compete with the VAX – this is circa 1979 folks, so things are a little different now). No wonder computers and their software are so bloated today.

X – Men grossed over 50 million dollars last weekend (#2 for the summer behind MI2). Sure enough, a sequel is in the works (and a third is also rumored). I’m happy for them. And worried that the sequels’ll suck.

Thomas Jones

Philadelphia, July 14: Thomas Jones, 30, is accused of leading police on a chase in a stolen patrol car Wednesday after firing at them. One officer was wounded in the hand, although it was not clear whether by Jones or another police officer. Jones was dragged from the police car and kicked and beaten by police for about 30 seconds while a news helicopter hovered overhead. It is being compared to the Rodney King beatings, but the investigation shows that there wasn’t a racial motivation – Jones was resisting arrest and had fired on Police.

Mini Review of X-Men

Good: It was an extremely fun movie to watch. There is some very well done characterization and group dynamics. The relationships, especially between Xavier and Magneto, are very interesting to watch. Hugh Jackman nails Wolverine better than I could ever have imagined. Wolverine is portrayed very well and has some great dialogue.

Bad: There were a couple of absolutely aweful lines (“Do you know what happens to a toad when it gets struck by lightning…”), Storm’s wig is just bad and the music score is very bland (but functional, I suppose). There was one scene that I thought was poorly edited and the plot was pretty much incidental. Also, the film seems to have been focused too much on setting up a sequel.

Overall: Given the problems with this movie’s production, this film is a true accomplishment. I don’t know much about the comic books, but it seems to really hold true to the main themes. Some liberties were taken with the characters, but it seemed fair. You’re bound to lose something in condensing something as big as the X-Men. The plot is incidental, but it takes a back seat to the characterization, which was the really story. Its a very fun movie that has more merit than you might think. Three Stars (***) – you can probably expect a full review coming @ Kaedrin soon…

X-Men

As of 9:10 tonight, I will be witnessing the marvel (no pun intended) that is X-Men.