More movie babble

August 3, 2006 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

As you have probably figured, I like movies, television and really most forms of entertainment where I get to put my butt in a seat and be distracted from the crappy world issues all around me.

So, here I go again about some more movie topics.

First, let’s talk about Star Trek. Yep. That’s right. There’s another one coming up. I think it’s movie 347 now or something like that. But it’s not like the previous movies just continuing the saga of one crew after another. Rather, this one is, as the new hollywood trend goes, a sprequel (sort of in the middle like Superman Returns). This upcoming flick is going to be a young Kirk crew. Kirk is reportedly going to be played by Matt Damon. I simply can’t imagine how this will affect my view of the dapper ladie’s captain so stutteringly performed by William Shatner, or of the young and seemingly innocent Matt Damon. (I say innocent because he never seems involved in the tabloid scandals, etc.). But I will reserve my judgement for after I watch the movie. Honestly, though, I don’t think it will turn out very well. If it does, I will eat my…. lunch. A win-win for me. If it is good, I get to see a good movie and eat my lunch. Can’t beat that. But if it’s a stinker, I still eat my lunch in an attempt to console my wounded view of the Star Trek brand. Ah well.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was a good movie. It wasn’t as good as the first. Sorry to those of you that haven’t seen it. It just didn’t have the swash-buckling excitement and over feel of “wow that was different”. But it was a thuroughly entertaining 2 1/2 hours. I enjoyed the humor and storyline, though the characters (bad guys) were a bit strange and wholely unbelievable. My suggestion: go see it. It’s worth the money to experience a big screen movie on the big screen.

Finally, there’s Miami Vice. This movie was great. It’s not a typical “Bad Boys” style movie that you might expect, especially from two great players like Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. It also really wasn’t like the old TV show. The similarities between the TV show and this movie pretty much end with the names of the characters, their respective skin colors, fast cars, fast boats and fast women. But this movie held it’s own very well, not just in the story line and charater play, but in the filming itself. I have never seen a movie that was so realistic you almost believed it was real. Most of the movie had the feel of almost being a true crime show where the cameras are following the cops around, with a texture to the filming unlike any blockbuster movie. They kept the realism as well in the gun play. Yes, there was blood spatter scenes as this seems to be a requirement in movie making, but the sounds of the weapons, the effects of the weapons and lack of the common “oh come on!” super human bullet-dodging Matrix style scenes. This movie really played out like a discovery channel documentary following an under cover operation as it happens. If your constitution is weak or you are really offended by language and sexual scenes, stay home and rent Barney. Otherwise, go see it and see if you agree with me.

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