Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'll Be Back!

Well, saw Terminator Salvation and thought it was awesome!! One of the best action films this pre-Summer salvo of movies. Director McG did a damn good job stepping into James Cameron's shoes, and pulled off a good flick. This movie takes place in 2018, a full 11 years before the future events in the first two flicks. That's fodder for more movies...

Many homages to the first three Terminator movies. John Conner (played by a non-yelling-at-a-lighting-director Christian Bale) has the polaroid picture of his mom and her tapes (the picture had Linda Hamilton, but it wasn't her voice). There was Kate Conner, played by Ron Howard's daughter--very pregnant in the movie. Not something you though of--that John had a family. She only recently appeared in the lesser third movie. When I re-watched Terminator 2 the other day, there was a red-head in the mall that pointed out John to the T-1000. Could that have been young Kate? On a cool note, the red-head girl was played by Nikki Cox, from Las Vegas, before she became legal and hot (later marrying Jay Mohr). In order to lure a terminator motorcycle, John played Guns N Roses "You Could Be Mine." He and his be-mulleted friend played this same song while dirtbiking through LA Flood Tunnels in the second flick. Also, the scar Old John Conner had in the beginning of T2 was identical to the one he received towards the end of this flick. Everything Reese explained in the first movie to Sarah was pretty much in this movie--well done.

It would have been cool to see a "Big Jeff" statue floating around. Here's a link. Just a stupid fanboy thing...

A young Kyle Reese also made appeared in the flick--not played by Michael Biehn, but by the russian guy from the new Star Trek. Why did Skynet want him dead so soon? He's on a most-wanted list (Reese is #1, Conner #2). There's no way it would have known he was the father of John Connor--it doesn't know that info. Time-travel's not possible quite yet in that future. John's a legitimate military target--he's on the radio, a soldier in the resistance, a prophesied messiah, but Kyle Reese is like 18 and on his own in the ruins of Los Angeles. Conner's not even the main leader yet. I can see him becoming the battle-weary supersoldier he's destined to become--he's got time and a good fighter with Conner. Another main character is Marcus Wright, a death-row inmate from the early 2000's who suddenly wakes up in an apocalyptic future. He does a damn good job, but two problems: 1, his australian accent keeps popping up, and 2. you knew everything about him (that he's a machine) from the trailers. Not a big surprise. Moon Bloodgood plays a really hot pilot that hooks up with Marcus. I think she's wearing war paint at one point in the flick.

Oh, and COMPUTER-GENERATED ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER!!!! It's not the current Governator, but his young, body-building killing machine from the classic Terminator. Probably the best computer-generated face and body I've seen. The Rock from the Mummy Returns was pretty awful, this was awesome and you really believed it was young Arnold. A great job on that, a real highlight.

All in all, a great action movie that I enjoyed the crap out of. Oh, and I haven't posted my Lost info from the season finale--that's coming soon!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


What Would Han Do?

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Now, I'm a huge X-Men fan. Have been ever since I read comics when I was a kid. My friend and I would have discussions on who would play Wolverine in the inevitable X-Men movie. Hugh Jackman probably didn't make it to that list.
The first X-Men movie was great. Hugh Jackman took that role and did it perfectly, made it his. The second movie, X2 was damn near perfect. The third one was okay, not as good as the previous two but still watchable. Whew--lot of sequels this summer!
Everybody I've talked to about this flick have all had different opinions. One hard-core fan hated every aspect of it because it didn't go with the comic Wolverine's origins. To me, something like that is fine. It still captured the essence of the character without making him a ridiculous farce.
The majority of the Wolverine movie takes place in the months leading up to Wednesday, March 28, 1979. I know this is the date of the last 20 or so minutes of the movie because it's the mutants who are responsible for the "Incident at Three Mile Island (thanks, Wikipedia)." Damn muties. There's a lot to this movie. Wade Wilson (Deadpool) makes an appearance early in the movie, played by Ryan Reynolds. His remarks about bring a sword into combat mirrors his remarks in Blade Trinity almost exactly. His further appearance at the end was stupid and took away all you initially loved about the character. But, you know, I'm going to devote another blog post to him at another date.
Moving on. This is a good action movie, but the plot moves around awfully quickly in the beginning. At one point, it reminded me of a nameless Steven Seagal action movie. The kid playing Jimmy at the beginning of the flick (which was fairly accurate to the Origins comic) was kinda cheesey. He reminded of that Todd kid in Supernatural. The guy playing Victor/Sabretooth was good--slowly becoming more feral as the years go by. It makes his appearance (albeit by a different actor with a lot more makeup) in the first X-Men make more sense, as well as his connection with Wolverine. The guy playing Gambit was okay, but the card tricks were a little over the top. Why fight one dude when he's fighting the other dude you hate in a life or death duel--and he's winning! Stryker actually choreographing what the Adamantium bullet will do to Wolverine--give him memory loss--was really pointless. There were some Heroes overtones. Stryker even tells Victor to "bag him and tag him." That scene also reminded me of "one of them, one of us" mentality of the Company. Patrick Stewart making a cameo at the end was pretty good, but his face was so CGI'd to remove his wrinkles, it looked awful.
All in all, I liked Wolverine. Yeah, it had it's faults, but had good action scenes and showed what Wolverine used to be in the context of the X-Men movies. The scenes with his fellow Weapon X mutants were pretty cool, and showed an almost special forces aspect to them. Also, I'm such a fan that I would have probably liked it anyways. I heard they already approved a sequel--the Wolverine Samurai years, and Deadpool will probably have a movie too.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sunny Days.....

Nuff Said, True Believers.....