Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What I'm Thinking Tuesday--Almost Vacation Time Edition

Okay, so, like, in two more weeks.

1. Movies! In an unprecedented move, I saw two movies in the same day at the theater with a buddy of mine. $5 Tuesdays, bitches. Cost more to see one movie on a day other than Tuesday.

Kick-Ass 2: Now I was never a huge fan of the Kick-Ass comics, I felt they were ridiculously violent and over the top. But, Mark Millar writes great comics! This movie, in my opinion, was more of a vehicle for Chloe Grace Moretz who plays Hit-Girl. She owned every scene she was in, opposite either thugs, supervillians or High School Mean Girls. She's gonna be a big star, and you saw that she's even promoting her new movie, Carrie during a few scenes. Hit-Girl is the real deal bad ass and she owns the movie. Dave (AKA Kick-Ass) is much less annoying this time with his squeaky voice, but the one thing you really notice is that he is ridiculously ripped. Cut to shreds, as my bodybuilding roommates once said. The real over the top performance comes from McLovin' AKA Chris, AKA THE MOTHERFUCKER. Yeah, that's his supervillian name. In the comic, he was even more violent and brutal than he is in the flick. In the comic, he rapes, big violence, etc. In the flick though, it's tempered with comedy and the inherent patheticness of his character. Jim Carrey was great, despite shitting all over the movie in the press. The prosthetics on his face made him become the character. The supporting superheroes and villians were great too, more there to show ordinary people wearing costumes and masks. All in all, great comedic moments that went well with the violence.

Elysium: The new Matt Damon science fiction movie. Directed by the same guy who did District 9, he takes this flick to a whole new level. The poor live on earth, day to day, in overcrowded scenes, impersonal robots, dirt poor. They speak Spanish and have a shit-ton of tattoos. The rich live on Elysium, a space station in space over Earth, speak French and live great (In one scene, one of them had "riche" branded on his face, a great detail). The rich are truly separated from the rest of the population, which I'm sure is the point of the movie and his ideas on the 1%'ers. The main idea is that the rich can cure all diseases and ailments by getting into this pod that heals you, provided you are a citizen of Elysium. Matt Damon's character was orphaned and turned to crime, but is now working a legit job making robots and trying to make ends meet legitimately. However, he gets bombarded by radiation and has days to live. Also thrown in there is his childhood friend who is now a nurse and a mother to a sick daughter (they don't say who the father is, but I think it's Matt Damon's character). There's also Jodie Foster as a corrupt Elysium official, and the awesome Sharlto Copley as her enforcer on earth. Copley was in District 9 and the A-Team and becomes a better actor everytime you see him, but his character here was kind of a mystery. He's just a cyborg psycho (with a great ship and weaponry) but you have no idea why he's doing what he's doing and why. Also he rocks the South African accent. Great flick, sci-fi action with a present feel to it, in both scenery, story and the whole rich people living separate.

2. And I've had this song stuck in my head for about a week now.....

3. Picked up the new Chew Volume 7. I love this series about a Cibopathic (he can take a bite of food or people or anything else and get a psychic imprint from it) going after a massive FDA conspiracy, other food-based powers, and two other Cibopaths.

4. I've been reading some great books lately. American Eve, about Evelyn Nesbitt, who was a supermodel in the 1900's. She became caught up between two powerful men, possibly psychotic and predatory, and in my opinion, in her life, she didn't stand a chance. Also go read Ready Player One, it's about videogame and '80's culture, and it stands as one of my new favorite books.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I learn more about you all the time! I won't click because I don't want Michael Bolton in MY head, thank you very much.