FILMS

I haven’t really watched many of late. Socially, life’s been distracting. And I haven’t had fast internet at my place and the cinema isn’t an option. But below is my 2 pence worth on what I have seen.

Gravity

This is Speed in the sky. It’s very well-made and spectacular but again this is Sandra Bullock driving a bus in space. Her range of dialogue could have been pulled out of the Jan De Bont classic/piece of crap. The story is contrived and the constant battle against the odds gets a bit ‘yeah whatever’ after a while but in 3D it is entertaining if mildly ridiculous.

The Great Gatsby

Looks great, lushous and impressive with vast sets and paranomics that only looked like they were produced in a computer. I never really liked the book but the film makes it more accessible and less folly-pretentious. The build up to the dramatic ending was dynamic. Leo plays the same role he has in many movies while Toby Macguire does his best drunk Peter Parker impression. Its entertaining and memorable for its production and pacing over anything else.

American Splendor

Fantastic film splicing documentary and actors around the life of Harvey Pekar, a well-known comic book writer. Paul Giamatti is excellent as the social awkward, possibly autistic Pekar while his wife plays the biggest nerd helper I’ve seen. The documentary-fiction method could confuse some but it’s very well-made and despite never truly making you leap, it does hold the attention. The use of Pekar himself to explain moments is brilliant.

The Place Beyond the Pines

This is some film. Grainy and slow featuring Ryan Gosling being Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper actually doing some acting. Its actually difficult to believe it is him. The film is essentially divided into two parts which fold into each other. It’s pretty depressing, straight-out and well-made. Be in the mood.

Thor

Talking of entertaining and very ridiculous, Thor is here to save the world again. Despite being undefeatable he seems to make hard work of all these battles. Of course it’s mostly down to his conieving brother and his hard-on for Natalie Portman but he pulls it out in the end. This film is less earnest than the last, throwing in plenty of silly jokes and banter between the main characters except for Anthony Hopkins who’s never smiled in his life. The references to The Avengers were frankly idiotic and so laboured you know they were simply following a contract stipulation. It’s the kind of film you will talk through so see it with a real friend.

Pacific Rim

I saw this on a flight. Somebody save me. The lot was so formulaic, the action was ridiculous and it even failed to be entertaining. Serious disappointment but then what do you expect!

Now You See Me

Well I did for a while but then I fell asleep. Hey, I was flying. It was too smarmy for its own good.

What a critic. I am sure you agree.

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Crazy Christians explain the world.

The top 100 crazy Christian posts of 2006. Some entertaining, some downright nuts and scary. Here is a selection though the link to the top 100 is here. Credit to Mad Processor.

#1 – “Gravity: Doesn’t exist. If items of mass had any impact of others, then mountains should have people orbiting them. Or the space shuttle in space should have the astronauts orbiting it. Of course, that’s just the tip of the gravity myth. Think about it. Scientists want us to believe that the sun has a gravitation pull strong enough to keep a planet like neptune or pluto in orbit, but then it’s not strong enough to keep the moon in orbit? Why is that? What I believe is going on here is this: These objects in space have yet to receive mans touch, and thus have no sin to weigh them down. This isn’t the case for earth, where we see the impact of transfered sin to material objects. The more sin, the heavier something is. “ – Trinidad and Tobago

#4 –
“One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn’t possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it. [emphasis added]” – awesomestnerd

#9 –
There are a lot of things I have concluded to be wrong, without studying them in-depth. Evolution is one of them. The fact that I don’t know that much about it does not bother me in the least.” – AV1611VET

#11 –
“I can sum it all up in three words: Evolution is a lie” – JohnR7 (Genius, John)

#14 – “I don’t care about logic or science, the Bible says the moon and sun move. – Katy-Anne”