Category Archives: Movies

Movie – “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

I really enjoyed the Iron Man, Captain America, and the first Avengers movie. Okay, and I thought the first Thor movie was hilarious, but I haven’t seen the second one yet. It was a forgone conclusion that I wanted to see this movie. M was not enthusiastic about seeing this movie, stating that he felt like the Avengers movies were too ensemble and getting to be ridiculous and feeling like they were stretching to get their villains.

M didn’t read superhero comics the way I used to so yes, Ultron sounded ridiculous to him while my thought process was more along the lines of, “Ah yes, comics. This totally makes sense.”

The problem was that I am going to have to agree with M.

As the movie progressed, I was feeling less and less engaged. I’m not sure if it was the increased sized of the cast, the number of cameos, the feeling that things were being retcon-ed, or what. I just didn’t enjoy the movie as much I thought I would. Everyone was trying to be clever and snarky, and it didn’t fit with everyone’s character. Some things didn’t make a lot of sense. I thought Iron Man’s new computer’s voice had too many inflection in the tone. The perpetuation of the mad scientist trope annoyed me a bit, even if it fit.

I had a good time watching the movie, but it made me feel like I was done with the Marvel universe movies. I don’t look forward to them with any sort of gleeful, anticipatory rush anymore.

Movie – “Big Hero 6”

I was so pleased to see this movie a few weekends ago because:

  • Pixar movie!
  • It had been out for a month so there was almost no one in the theater!

  • The short before it, “Feast”, was adorable. I loved it, and I empathized with the dog and its need to eat delicious things. It reminded me a bit of a Golden Book named, “The Pokey Little Puppy,” what with both of them having dogs that ate delicious things. Needless to say, that was my favorite Golden Book.

    Anyways, I had no idea what “Big Hero 6” was going to be about besides ‘robots’; I just wanted to cash in on my movie credits with M before I lose the opportunity to even out the L:M movie ratio.

    Without going into spoilers, it was very cute. Hiro is a clever kid with no motivation who becomes driven to do bigger and better things because of his older brother’s influence. It’s set in a future San Franstokyo, which pretty muchy looks like San Francisco smushed together with a fanboy’s idea of what Japan is like: hills, trolleys, Asian buildings, cherry blossoms everywhere. It’s absolutely not Japan, just an ambiguous metropolitan city. A strangely clean metropolitan city.

    Big ol’ plot holes and very easy to figure out what’s up, but it’s not geared towards people my age, right? Kids would love this, and their chaperones would find a lot of things amusing, I think. Very cute, not particularly violent, and life’s lessons learned.

    Movie – “Interstellar”

    M made a point about how I needed to do more things with him, things that he enjoys. Since I nixed 2 things, movies I’m not interested in (but he is) are something I’ve acquiesced to see. The first movie I caved to watch was “Fury.” I’m not going to talk about that one for a bit because wow, that was bleak. I spent a lot of time hiding behind my jacket.

    I’m not into movies related to space or science fiction, which strikes me as odd because I used to love Star Trek TNG and DS9, and one of the first piece of sci-fi or fantasy (barring fairy tales) I read was “Flinx in Flux” by Alan Dean Foster.

    Anyways, I was not interested in “Interstellar” and I was really against seeing it because I heard the science was bad. M really hates bad science related to fields he understands, and I didn’t want to sit next to him while he huffed and puffed in fury. But, he really wanted to see it, so we went.

    It was the first time I’ve been in a movie theater so quiet. The movie itself was muted, which wasn’t shocking, and no one was whispering, eating loudly, or texting during the movie. Everyone was extremely absorbed in what was going on in the movie. It was stark and sobering to watch.

    I thought it was good, actually. I wouldn’t watch it again, but it was worth watching in the theater.

    Movie – “Edge of Tomorrow”

    M loves to go to the movies. M likes to wheedle me into seeing movies I would normally refuse to watch. I watch a lot of (sometimes bad) movies with M.

    “Edge of Tomorrow” was not one of them, I am glad to say. M is so smug right now.

    It looked like it was going to be too violent and gory for me, but science fiction gore is significantly cleaner than current-affairs gore and so I was fine. No visible bone breaks, no bloody, bone-cracking deaths, etc. M has pointed out that I watch “Bones” while eating dinner and it doesn’t make sense for me to say I hate gore. Look, seeing the aftermath of violence is totally different than watching said violence being performed with blood and innards splashing about.

    “Edge of Tomorrow” is an adaptation of the sci-fi novel “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It’s been adapted into a comic of the same name written by Ryosuke Takeuchi and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. I haven’t read a translation of the novel, but I did a quick skimming of the comic and I think the movie is much, much better. The pacing is awkward in the comic, and there’s too much think-time in the protagonist’s head for me to enjoy. Also, I feel it’s difficult to get a full sense of motion from a comic versus a very well done special effect and stunt in a movie.

    The premise is that the alien invasion of Earth resulted in… okay nevermind. It’s a “Groundhog Day” apocalyptic alien movie where Tom Cruise must repeatedly die in order to become Tom Cruise (the most apt quote ever from from /u/ViolentlyCaucasian on Reddit. Spoilers abound around that link). Yes, he does ride a motorcycle in this movie.

    It’s a fun film. The characters are great, the action is great, none of the deaths felt gratuitous, etc. The ending was a bit meh, but whatever! I was satisfied at the end. A+++ would watch again.

    Olympus Has Fallen

    This movie was saved from being the worst movie I’ve seen with M simply because no one got killed and roasted over an open flame. Yes. For our 2nd movie date, M wanted me to meet his friends and so he took me to see “Doomsday” with them.

    To say I was displeased would be an understatement.

    It’s not the almost-worst movie I’ve seen with M because of the plot, because I’ve also seen “Battleship” with him, but because of the violence. To be fair to M, he thought it would be something more like a “Die Hard” flick, and I love the “Die Hard” series. And Morgan Freeman is in it.

    Hoo boy, this film is violent. It’s not gratuitous violence like some sort of torture-porn, but it takes great care to show you bullets ripping through people. There were knife fights and more physical violence of people getting beat up was there too, but I had my sweatshirt over my head and ears plugged the minute anything looked like it was going to get super violent.

    There were serious holes in it, like there is no way any aircraft would get that close to the White House before getting shot down. Also, I’m pretty sure tourists still aren’t allowed to get that close to the White House.

    I enjoyed Gerard Butler, Harvey Dent (who can’t seem to catch a break and who I remember fondly from “Thank you for Smoking”), and Morgan Freeman.

    The female Asian bitchy sidekick is getting to be thing. I told M I’d be his bitchy female Asian sidekick for whenever he decides to turn evil. I’ve got at least 2 of those qualifications down pat already.