Author: moviematrix

Just your average "joe" watching the same movies as everyone else.

Inception

From the picture above right, you should already be able to come to the conclusion that Inception is no ordinary movie. No, this movie is insanity. It’s not even insanity, it’s just the craziest movie I’ve ever seen and I mean that in the best way possible.

Inception is one of those movies where I want you to stop reading this review right now. This is most definitely a movie I’m glad I walked into knowing nothing about it other than the fact that my home boy Leo was in it. Seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the screen along with Ellen Page was a very nice surprise. The cast worked very well together and it was a very believable group of people.

Don’t try and figure this movie out as you’re watching. You’re wasting your time. Christopher Nolan apparently took ten years to write this movie. He didn’t spend ten years for you to even begin to understand it less than half an hour in. Dreams are something none of us really know much about. We know very few truths about them and Nolan really uses those truths to make this a believable story based on three main points addressed throughout the movie.

#1. We dream faster than time in reality. I think the “forumla” used in the movie was five minutes in the real world gave you an hour in dream time? Someone care to elaborate on that? They used is this throughout the movie to their advantage.

#2. You never remember the start of a dream. Nolan never let this one slip throughout the movie and I applaud him for it. All of the dreams start right in the middle of something. It’s never as if they are just dropped in and start going, they are already going.

#3. Waking up. They address many different ways to wake up. By dying in a dream, you simply wake up. That fact becomes a problem later in the movie but I’ll keep hush hush about that. Falling can also wake you up, and they play all of the methods throughout.

This is a very very very very very very very intelligent movie. It’s mind boggling and you will WANT to keep watching. The 148 minute run time goes by quickly and you will enjoy every second of it.

If you skip out on this you’re a moron.

A+

Dear Roger Ebert…

Hello Ebert.

This blog is for you. For you to learn why video games are art!

I can agree with you in some ways though Roger (do you mind if I call you Roger?) I’ve seen my fair share of video games that can not be classified as art in any way. I mean the game to the right (Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing – 2004 for PC) has been rated the worst game of all time. I mean look at that! The numbers don’t fit in the boxes, the truck has no color, and the terrain doesn’t have much going for it either. Honestly, who in their right mind would waste their creative ability on making such a worthless pile of crap? Let alone expect a poor helpless soul to waste hours of their breathing while playing this pile of crap. These are things that probably make you look and say, “Wow, video games aren’t art! Maybe some can be, but if they all can’t, then there is no way they can be considered an art form!”

Well can’t the same be said for your preferred art source Roger? (Really, is it okay if call you Roger?) Take this hunk of junk movie for example, “Epic Movie.” I searched all over your site for a review but came up with nothing. Was it not worthy of your standards? I mean this movie was god awful! But is it so bad that it isn’t art? I mean I’m not going to say that this movie should not be classified as an art form, but let’s be honest here, where the f**k is the “art” in this movie? If you’ve ever watched this (which I’m guessing you haven’t, because I had to be lured into a living room containing a pizza box and an attractive girlfriend to begin my viewing of this masterpiece) you too will have feelings of despair, anger, and disgust (similar to your thoughts on Kick-Ass) and probably demand the last 90 minutes of your life back.

But according to you Roger, Film is art. So there for Epic Movie is art. It’s good art as a matter of fact. As long as it’s not a video game, It can be art!

Roger, video games are animation. Animation unlike that of Disney/Pixar or Dreamworks. This is animation that has to be able to react to millions, maybe even billions of possible movements you as the player can make. Take a look at this game for example. (Not like I expect you to watch the video below, but it’s always worth a shot.)

God of War III is one of the most graphically stunning games. Don’t even give me that “it looks so gory and repulsive” garbage, because you’ve enjoyed plenty of movies with just as much as this game. The critic uses the phrase “film like sequences.” Did you hear that Roger? He compared a video game to your beloved art form of film! What a disgrace!

I’ve felt more emotional during video games than movies Roger. You control the story in a video game, you are the main character, and you need to finish the story. You can only watch and wish you could do that while watching a movie. Video games make that dream come true.

Take care now.

Kick Ass

To be honest I wanted to make a mediocre pun out of the title but my mind went dry. Sorry about that.

If you look up Kick-Ass on IMDb and check the genre of this movie, you get a list of: Action, Comedy, Drama. Frankly, that’s exactly what this is. A super movie about super heroes.

Within the first five minutes of the movie, it is well established that this wasn’t going to be a typical sob story with a cliche plot to a driving victory leaving us with a happy conclusive ending.

David Lizweski is exactly what his last name suggests, a total loser… ski. Total lame-o at school, with lame friends, lame glasses, and a lame awkward life. He dared to ask a question no one ever thought to ask, “Why don’t people go be super heroes?” It’s not a bad question actually. David even brings up Bruce Wayne. No superpowers, just super stuff. So David decides to hit up a generic online store in his generic MacBook pro and order a scuba- I mean super suit. His first attempt at fighting crime? Well, let’s just say everyone thinks he took it up the butt. No, that is not a figure of speech. His little incident turns everyone towards the belief that David is gay, including the girl of his dreams. David plays the gay card, and I can’t blame him; WHO WOULDNT?!

David gets the guts to go out again. Thanks to our technologically filled generation, David’s superhero antics are caught on camera, and everyone LOVES him. An overnight sensation to say the least. This just happened to be at the same time a drug dealer/mafia leader finds out a superhero is killing his men. You can guess where this is going.

The last tidbit I’ll say is that this movie has one of the best fight scenes I’ve seen to date. If you check out the movie you’ll know what I mean.

I’m just glad Nicholas Cage is going to have some money to pay off those loans.

Go see this. NOW.

Who wants their 3D? and who wants it NOW?

I don’t know what brought back 3D. The farthest back I can remember is My Bloody Valentine in 3D. Frankly it was terrible. Following My Bloody Valentine in 2009, 22 more films were released in 3D. Compare that to 13 in 2008 with only four of them being major motion pictures outside of museum screens. Compare that to 10 in 2007, with only two being major motion pictures, one of them being outside of IMAX.

However when people say why is 3D coming back, where’s it really coming back from? From 1990-2000 there were only 47 films made in 3D. Over 80% of those films were educational IMAX films or they were made for 3D ride simulators. From 2001-2010 There have (will be) 117 films made in 3D.

So really though, where’s the comeback?

According to the stats, the amount of 3D films from 1990-2000 to 2001-2010 has increased by 249%
I still don’t see what we’re coming back from. Unless we’re all referring to the fact that all those 3D shows at Disney and Universal really stopped entertaining us the same way they did when we were 10 years old.

In 2008/2009 when 3D started making it’s comeback in theaters, one could only assume it would make to to DVD. Trouble is, those DVD’s couldn’t hold that much. So you had 2D on one side and 3D on the other. No room for fancy special features or that pretty artwork we all love so much. How on earth would 3D ever take off with bullshit like that?!

So then God gave us this magical thing called Blu-Ray. It can hold a lot more than those floppy old DVD’s, and whatdya know?! We can put that pretty cover art on the front of the disc again, and still not use up the entire other side! And best of all? We can keep the 3D!

With all this extra room, the industry wants to start pushing the consumer towards Blu-Ray, and ultimately 3D. We all just got done buying our DVD players and fancy big boxy TV’s but now it suddenly isn’t good enough. We have to go trade in our new TV’s and DVD players for more electronics that will go out of date in a few years.

Why do you ask?

Because it’s gorgeous.

But is the 3D?

3D movies aren’t the 3D movies you remember from Universal and Disney. There’s no more arms reaching out at you, or shattered glass coming at your face. No, it’s just real life, and I don’t mean that in a “oh wow its so real” way. There’s perception Added depth to the screen. Get it?

So when you pay that extra $3 or $4 for your 3D glasses, you’re paying for a darker picture with depth. Kinda neat… no.

Does anyone remember how many “amazing” 3D experiences were in Avatar?
Exactly.

The point of this entry?
Just tell me, what’s so interesting about tunnel vision?

The Exploding Ex-Wives of Blue Man Group

When I first heard people talking about Avatar I honestly thought, “Why is everyone freaking out over a movie about The Last Airbender?” Even after I saw the trailer for the first time, I still thought thats what it was about. The movie came out, and I still went on believing it had something to do with The Last Airbender until one of my co-workers informed me about this huge super-project of Cameron’s and how “You’ll never want to take the glasses off.” So like most movies I go see, I decide to go see them on a whim with my girlfriend at 11:00pm not knowing this would be three hours. (though I really should’ve, this IS Cameron) I was completely blown away the moment the movie started. This whole idea really had me interested, or so I thought. The movie is indeed beautiful. Very very beautiful. And I honestly wish I would’ve seen it in IMAX but I settled for 3D at the local AMC. here I am “holy shitting” at people having sex with pony-tails and some blue marine riding a dragon. Who would’ve thought…

I saw The Hurt Locker during the AMC Oscar      Marathon. After seeing Blind Side, An  Education, Precious and Up In The Air, I was  ready for something that could actually keeping    me awake without having to see a large black  woman running up eight steps in a run down  apartment. I didn’t know what to expect from  this movie. I had been staring it down everyday  on the shelf at work, and wanted to see it in  theaters before, but I guess I just never got  around to it. I didn’t have the “HOLY SH*T”  reaction that I did after seeing Avatar, but  I subtly enjoyed it. It didn’t hit me until later that  I loved it because it was real war. It wasn’t a guy  with one more round in his 9mm facing a life or  death in a draw with an enemy sniper thats 50 yards away and he manages a headshot, gets 60 war medals and a parade and the last shot is a fade out of the American flag. No, it definitely wasn’t like that at all…

But one thing I don’t agree with.

Why all the hate?

In defense of Avatar:
15 years in the making and people base their reviews on this film like a movie that was made within a year or two. The book pictured to the right is the “Avatar Survival Guide.” I noticed it while roaming Barnes and Noble the other night and decided to pan through it. Nearly every plant, animal and vehicle and recorded in this book, and we’re not talking just a picture and a name. They list details, species, family in the plant/animal kingdom, scientific name, and a brief history. Once you flip through and realize how much thought really went in to all the “pretty” you see on the screen its really breathtaking. If you browse YouTube you can find hundreds of clips of Cameron and his crew talking about the physics and realism that went into the design of every aspect of the movie. With so much going on in the movie, how on earth do you expect to have a new and interesting story with so much attention being put towards realism and visuals?

However to turn that around…

How do you spend 15 years on a movie, and the best you can do is a fancy flashy remake of Pocahontas or Fern Gully? Honestly that just doesn’t seem right to me. I mean sure it’s not the same. It adds so much more complexity and technology to these simple stories, but when it gets down to it, it’s the same exact story.

I like your movie Mr. Cameron, I really do. But next time, can we not have a storybook sitting next to you while you write your own?

In defense of The Hurt Locker:
This is really plain and simple.

It’s real.

The Hurt Locker is based off of the accounts of Mark  Boal, a journalist that was placed with an American  bomb squad in Iraq. That alone makes the movie that  much more appealing. What you’re watching actually  happened, and something about that makes it really easy  for the audience to connect and feel with whats going on  on the big screen. This movie finally gives a real glimpse of whats really going on in Iraq, and how even the soliders don’t really even know their jobs. They just keep fighting.

And as if the hostility between Americans and Iraqi forces weren’t shown enough on screen, you could definitely feel the tension off as well. Shots were fired at the cast several times during filming.

Hurt Locker had a budget of $11,000,000 while Avatar exceeded $100,000,000.
Avatar took the lead for the highest grossing film ever, beating Cameron’s Titanic.

Do any of these numbers mean anything to me?
Nope.

I loved both movies. I love movies in general, and what I don’t love is seeing people trying to compare two completely different movies in nearly every way possible.  Avatar and Hurt Locker have just about nothing in common besides the fact that Bigelow and Cameron probably slept with each other quite a few times. Even more ironically, Cameron pushed Bigelow to direct Hurt Locker. Fierce competition aye?

Here is Cameron and Bigelow laughing together after the Oscars.

So much hate huh?

If Cameron can take a loss like that, and Bigelow isn’t a sore winner…

then why all the hate amongst the fans of two amazing movies?

Just sayin’

The Cove

If you know me, you know I’m all for a good documentary that swings one way with some of the most ridiculous biased heart stopping facts thrown at you to shock you and make you believe everything you read. These are the same films you can walk away from and say, “Yeah, but what about the other side to it?” You leave the theater and brush every letter of text that was just on the screen right off of your shoulder, and go on with your day. And The Cove would be one of those movies…

…until you see the facts in real time.

I’m all for being an activist about anything. If you feel that strongly about an issue, you should definitely go for it. This movie has made me want to go for it.

Ric O’Barry is one of, if not the most famous Dolphin trainer in the world. Remember that good old show Flipper?

Everything you see Flipper doing? That’s thanks to Ric. You can also thank Ric for the hundreds, maybe even thousands of  Dolpinarium’s around the globe taking these animals against their will (and not even in peril like they want you to think) to put them out on show for our entertainment. And believe me;

He feels terrible.

Now Ric’s main point of focus is a bay located in a small village off of the coast of Japan. This is where the majority of the show dolphins you see come from. Fishermen hoard the dolphins in from sea by the hundreds and trainers from all over the globe come to handpick their dolphins. The ones that don’t get picked? They go to the cove, and they don’t come out of the cove. But lots of blood does.

Ric and his team do some great special ops work that put anything you’ve seen in in Modern Warfare 2 to shame, and they make a pretty moving documentary while they’re at it.

This was very deserving of the Academy Award and I don’t think I’ll be this moved by a doc. for a long time.

A+

If you’d like to help in anyway, text ‘DOLPHIN’ to 44144 or visit http://www.takepart.com/thecove

Shutter Island

I decided to go see this on a whim last weekend with my girlfriend. I had been wanting to see this since it’s original release date in October, but Paramount delayed to February blaming the economy.

Walking to the theater I heard a few people talking about how much they liked it. Granted these were probably people that were furious The Hangover didn’t walk away from the Oscars with Best Picture, but it was still a dwindle of hope from what I thought this movie could end up being.

The movie starts with “Teddy’s” head in the sink on a ship on the way to Shutter Island. You meet his partner “Chuck.” The two U.S. Marshals are on their way to a mental institution where a very dangerous patient has apparently escaped. When they arrive they are greeted by Dr. Cawley. Chuck and Teddy are given a tour of the island as well as the ground rules. Cawley leaves the men with very little to work with, and refuses to release the personal files of his patents.

We also find out in the movie that Teddy has a past. His wife died along with four others in an apartment fire started by a maintenance man at the complex. Teddy has several dreams about her, and many flashbacks to his time served in WWII where he and the rest of his infantry division captured a Nazi death camp.

As the story continues, Teddy and Chuck think they are uncovering some sort of conspiracy on Shutter Island. With Dr. Cawley’s unwillingness to give out information they decided to do a little bit of their own digging. Teddy constantly remains curious about a lighthouse on the island. It’s heavily guarded with armed men and barbed wire. This is where he thinks secret brain surgeries/tests are being conducted. Teddy decides to make a run for the lighthouse, taking out a guard and stealing a gun in the process. He charges up the stairs, and when he takes down the final door… it really comes full circle.

They did a really great job of keeping the audience side tracked without any room to think what is really going on.

I just really hated his tie.
B+