Thursday
Nov292007

Mark reviews Rescue Dawn

This movie was amazing. Christian Bale goes above and beyond yet again. It's no secret he's by far one of my favorite actors, but I mean look at how he dives into movies with a level of devotion to character that surpasses EVERYTHING.

Still one of my favorite stories is how Christian didn't want people to be think that he was some brit coming in to play the American classic super-hero batman, so for all interviews he remained in his American accent. Now, this is just to set the stage of a man who never seems to lose hope after crashing his plane in Laos and becoming a POW. Based upon the true story of Lt. Dieter Dengler, a German American citizen pilot in the US Navy who's plane goes down and who is held captive in a Laotian camp for several months, and who devised one of the greatest escapes ever. Steve Zahn steps up huge as well. For some reason I can never get the image of him as the guitarist from the One-ders, so seeing him in a role like this was outstanding. Werner Herzog brings an amazing cast together with an outstanding story to create something truly inspiring. We see Dieter's fascination for the little things while captured, and his struggle (along with the other prisoners) for survival. You can literally see the effects it has on the prisoners' minds and bodies, yet Dieter never seems to lose his spirit.
I never want to get lost in the Laotian jungle.
mm out

Wednesday
Nov282007

F*** you... that's my name

quite possibly one of the best Alec Baldwin speeches

Tuesday
Nov272007

Curt Schilling plays WoW


Do video games breed violence and hate? Or World Series Champions? Answer: apparently both. According to an interview with video game site Allakhazam, Curt Schilling is a "hopelessly hooked World of Warcraft player." Think about that next time you make fun of someone for playing a little WoW. Hate begets hate. And Schilling begets World Series rings. How cool is that?!

Tuesday
Nov272007

Things to remember


So you went out and dropped the $200 for RockBand... that's awesome... or you went out and bought Guitar Hero III, that just makes you even awesomer...

just remember these things:

1. No matter how good you get at Rock Band, you will never play the Coachella festival.

2. Nobody ever won his soul back from the real devil playing the ax that came with Guitar Hero III.

3. Playing a Guitar Hero or Rock Band guitar is a fairly effective form of birth control. Seriously, look at yourself in the mirror. No one who sees you playing this thing will want to have sex with you.

4. The plastic Guitar Hero guitar is pretty much useless around the campfire. (Even as kindling.)

5. If you get "Mississippi Queen" stuck in your head for more than two hours, consult a physician immediately.

Tuesday
Nov272007

Hero to Zero


To start... yes I made a reverse Hercules reference in the title of this post... ya wanna fight about it?!

Ok, Heroes... a wonderful show with a kick ass first season known for twists, cliff hangers, and plot lines/ characters who didn't annoy the be-jesus out of us all. Now we're stuck in season 2... or as I like to call it, "land of unneccessary characters/relationships". First we had Maya and Alexandro- terrible characters, with a questionable power, who pushed the reading subtitles.. i know what you're thinking- but mark... hiro and ando and that entire back story in ancient japan... so much reading! You're right, that was a fair amount of reading... but it was to keep up with a character we liked in a sub-plot that wasn't all that bad (sans annoying relationship with swordmaker's daughter). Reading for Maya and Alexandro is more like a battle... do i really care what they're saying? Probably not.... it's most likely something like, we did something terrible... the devil is in us... we need to see this doctor... then bickering about whether or not to trust Sylar.

Sylar... ultimate bad-ass bad guy from season 1 has been turned into a whiny emo bitch. Quite disappointing. He wasn't all that bad to begin with, when we first saw him still alive, even when he was traveling with the two ?twins? (are they twins?) he had that nice speach to alexandro about how he's going to kill him and stuff. AND FINALLY WE GET SOME BAD ASS ACTION FROM SYLAR... granted not in good ole finger blade to the head way, but knife to the chest isn't all that bad. Not to mention the benefit of getting rid of one of the annoying characters. But no sooner do we finish this awesome scene... than do we get into what is wrecking heroes... maya making her move on sylar... personally i can't wait til next week when (my prediction) sylar gets his powers back, and cuts maya's head open and steals her power.

I don't know I guess I just have the vision of Sylar flipping the FBI transport with Ted (nuclear guy) inside with a flick of a finger... and now he's just plain annoying me (here's to hoping they turn this around with the finale).

Also, while we're on the topic of annoying new additions to the cast... Micah's cousin who's name I haven't even bothered to learn. In a show where we've been expected to understand a fair amount without being told it out right- (ex: when hiro first travelled through time, it wasn't like he looked at the clock and was like ... my goodness, i'm travelling through time or when the Bell first showed up and shocked the side of the container she didn't say, "clearly I have interacted with Peter Petrelli and he absorbed my power") WHY for the love of everything holy did Micah have to look at her when she put on the hood and be like, "...you're st. joan!"

and don't even get me started on the ending of hiro chargin peter... we've got the Godsend thing burned into our head so much, the close up of it on the sword running towards peter i thought was unneccessary. but all in all, I want that fight to be good.

NEXT WEEK:
Here's what they need to do. SURPRISE US. You want something good... how about actually killin off a main character. My prediction however- they'll kill of Maya and either West or Micah's cousin. If they do go the main character route it'll be Parkman, because we haven't seen him in like 3 episodes anyway (and I'm pretty sure he got cast in a new JJ Abrams project).

In my opinion... have peter kill hiro, or vice-versa. If that's the case stick with your conviction... don't bring them back (or as Kyp and I would call it... Charlie them) Obviously this would be more difficult if it's peter who got killed. (although there has been a lot of, 'she was about to take your head off... there's no coming back from that') it's kind of a... oh... ok so that's how adam is gonna die.

Move away from romance! Seriously! Please! No more romances! I forbid it... they're not adding anything to the show. in the words of John Stewart, "you're hurting America". So yeah he was talking to the guys on crossfire, and not Tim Kring, but regardless... please!

Alright... I've been long winded enough.

Final thought:

watch dexter.
mm out