We don’t have the need for a tow hitch, but if I was towing something, I would certainly have to rock a Darth Vader tow hitch. If I was towing something super heavy, I’d have to tell the tow hitch, "Impressive – most impressive." As far as I can tell, there’s no way to make them light up… which would probably be distracting to other drivers and is a completely unnecessary feature as well as totally useless, but would still be cool. Oh well… I don’t need this product anyway.
We’ve watched a fair amount of movies using Verizon FIOS on demand, and I gotta say, I feel like this image is indicative of the entire experience. This particular picture is from when we tried to watch Dallas Buyers Club, and as you can see, it did not go well. We ended up abandoning the Verizon set top box and streaming the movie via Verizon’s website, which worked OK – there was a weird aspect ratio issue, but it was still watchable.
Image distortion issues are just a piece of the puzzle; we’ve had problems with pausing, rewinding, HD… it just goes on and on. But, we just keep going back for some reason. I guess we love convenience.
To be fair, we have had problem-free experiences – they’ve just been few and far between. Hopefully, as time goes on, the service will improve.
Agent Phil Coulson, the bad ass who makes the Marvel Movie and TV Universe go round, is in The Usual Suspects, one of the best movies ever. It’s only for a minute, when the cop is on the phone trying to a translator that knows Hungarian, but that’s him on the left, as noticed by Dr. Girlfriend.
An awesome movie just got awesome-er!
The biggest difference between Star Tours at Disneyland and Star Tours at Walt Disney World is where the attraction is located.
You see, if you’re at Disneyland, you’ll need to head over to Tomorrowland (at light speed, I presume), where as if you’re at Walt Disney World, you’ll need to bypass the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and wander over to Star Tours. I should mention that the outside of the ride at DHS is superior – it looks like Endor out there – but that’s about it. Once you get inside, it’s the exact same thing. The waiting areas are identical. The scratched up 3D glasses are identical. (Maybe make these not so crappy and have them look like the podracer goggles, because, you know… you’re Disney.) The ride is identical. Read the rest of this entry
Some folks might want to be Captain America, but Dr. Girlfriend realized I want to smell like him.
She’s not wrong.
I’m sure you’re wondering: What does a patriot smell like? Read the rest of this entry
This week on Baffling Movie Trailers, we’ve got two new movies coming that we’ve already seen before. I guess it’s open season on plagiarism!
Oh Hai, The Hero of Color City – uhm, you can’t just make a "toys come to life when nobody’s looking" movie at this point in history. It’s just not going to fly. Disney is going to be up in your grill about this at some point, I imagine. I’m no Toy Story fan, but if you’re going to rip somebody off, at least do a better job with the concept than they did. ("Different" does not mean "better.") I appreciate that this a movie for children, but just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they’re idiots – this movie looks awful. It looks like it was developed on the Game Cube platform or something.
I love me some Captain America, and I couldn’t be more delighted that another flick is dropping starring Chris Evans as the Star Spangled Avenger. I’m not completely in love with the way they’re writing him (one second, it seems like the Steve Rogers I know, but the next second, he’s firing automatic rifles and hurling people to their death), but I’m pleased with the way Evans is portraying the roll. Also, I’m a big Winter Soldier fan, and I’m curious to see the movie’s take on it. Unlike before Captain America: The First Avenger, my expectations are dialed up to eleven: the trailer gives the impression that the movie is interesting, and we’ve already seen what most of the players can do with their characters, and, as history has shown us, the second movie of a series is often the best one (Matrix trilogy aside), so all signs point to a good movie.
We’ll have to wait and see…
Oh, the celebration part – I almost forgot. Well, we should have some Captain America-centric posts going for the rest of the week, and maybe beyond. Stay tuned for more stuff!
Sometimes, I think about the career of Jesse “The Body” Ventura and I get a little misty-eyed. What an amazing country the United States of America is; truly, a land of opportunity. Just look at the career path: he was a professional wrestler, then a movie star, then a governor and now he’s on his second TV show. You kinda have to wipe away a tear and say, “God bless America.” If you aren’t convinced, take a look at this and tell me that you’re not proud this man rose to the rank of Governor in the United States. Tell me. I dare you.
I really enjoyed the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – interesting story, characters and themes… self obsession, greed, perception isn’t reality, even the best of intentions can have unforeseen consequences – stuff like that. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 reminds us that all life is precious.
Well, it reminds us that most life is precious.
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You see that trailer up there? Don’t watch it. It’s both misleading and sorta ruins the movie. But if you did already watch it, that’s OK – you’ll probably forget the trailer once you start watching Saving Mr. Banks because the two are soooooo far removed from each other it hardly matters. This doesn’t mean that the movie is bad (it’s quite good, actually), but what’s presented in the trailer is a lighted hearted comedic bit of entertainment history, but what you get is a ton of hard hitting drama with moments of levity in between. Read the rest of this entry
I feel that once you get through The Goblet of Fire, the translation from page to screen begins to suffer… or, perhaps these stories were not meant to be adapted in this way. Whatever the case, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not nearly as interesting to watch as it was to read. But, I don’t have any intention to compare the novels and movies so instead, I’ll just pay strict attention to what’s on the screen. However, I do want to note that things that bug me about the movie didn’t bug me about the book. Read the rest of this entry
I watched the movie trailers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and God’s Not Dead and they both baffled me. Take a look!
What? I… what?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth movie in the series and is a coming of age story within a series that is a coming of age story itself. If that sounds redundant… that’s because it is. It might not be fair to call Goblet of Fire an unnecessary installment, but I’m probably going to do it anyway. Read the rest of this entry
What can I say about Supercop? It’s not the best Jackie Chan movie I’ve ever seen, but it gets the job done. That’s a start, but there is at least one more thing I need to mention. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been doing movie reviews for a long while, but now, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is (sorta literally) by writing and directing (and, perhaps unwisely, co-starring) in my first feature-length video, Will Reading. I thought it might be fun to keep a movie production diary now that things are getting started. Here’s where we are so far.
1st draft is completed (3/19/14)
There’s no movie without a script, and now, after writing on and off for six months or so, the first draft of the script is complete. Now that I have a feel for the story and the characters, I’ll use the second draft to straighten things out, tighten the bolts on what’s there and add anything that’s missing. This will most likely only take a week or two. Then, I’ll print it out and ask for help from Dr. Girlfriend on the third draft…
contacted actor wish list (3/21/14 – 3/24/14)
I have very specific ideas for the performances I’d like to see in each of the roles, so I, in some ways, wrote the story for actors I know. Hopefully, these folks will be available to/interested in working on this!
one actor signs on (3/24/14)
So far, I’ve received confirmation from one of the four actors on my list, so… yeah, 25% done here!
ordered the new camera (3/24/14)
I have a camera, and I’ve been amassing equipment for years with the idea of making a feature in mind, but now that it’s actually happening, I’m finally upgrading to a pro camera. I’ll have to sell a kidney, but that’s life.
That’s about all for now!
It’s not Voltron, it’s not Power Rangers, it’s Pacific Rim! And, it’s full of jaw dropping eye candy, but the story is full of developed characters and interesting plot points. It may not be a ground breaking film, (it breaks buildings instead), but Pacific Rim is a ton of fun. Read the rest of this entry
Notorious pairs Ingrid Bergman with Cary Grant, ultimately against Claude Rains. It’s typical Alfred Hitchcock – and by that, I mean it’s great. Read the rest of this entry
Remember when I reviewed Trance and joked about true love? Well, for Friends With Kids, true love is ripping off When Harry Met Sally. Instead of proposing the idea that, “Men and Women can never be friends; sex always gets in the way,” this movie proposes the opposite idea… and then decides nah, let’s do the When Harry Met Sally ending, only SEXY! Read the rest of this entry