Monthly Archives: April 2013
A scientist, a hunter, a punk rocker and a guy who turns into a gorilla when he gets mad are living in suburbia when alien’s show up to steal the scientist’s greatest invention and use it to destroy the earth – yeah, that’s Gorilla Interrupted for ya.
I always imagine these multi million dollar movie decisions playing out in boardroom meeting scenarios:
Hey, we’re going to start this new action-fantasy franchise!
Great, what’s it called?
As in a sweater?
No, as in a person who can teleport – or jump – from one place to the next!
That sounds really exciting!
So who should we get to headline this new franchise?
Definitely Hayden Christensen!
Obviously! The last time he headlined a franchise, it worked out so well!
So yeah, that’s what we’re dealing with here: Hayden Christensen starring in a movie that’s clearly supposed to be the first in a series of Jumper pics, but despite a strong showing at the box office, it’s been five years and still no Jumper 2: Double Dutch or whatever the sequel was going to be called. It’s just as well – the flick is nothing special.
Last night, Dr. Girlfriend and I hit the local theater to see an HD presentation of Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds, which was a two parter end of season 3 cliff hanger and the first episode of season 4. It’s 20 years old and it’s new on Blu Ray, so I assume that if you like Star Trek, you’ve seen it, but to summarize, it’s kinda the Star Trek equivalent to Who Shot J.R.? Read the rest of this entry
I’m finally getting back to the Star Trek The Next Generation countdown! Today, I’m taking a look at my favorite episodes of Season 3! I feel that this is the season where the show really hit its stride and found it’s identity and went from good to great. Here they are, the 11 Best Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation Season 3 (mostly in order of appearance). Why 11 instead of 10? Because season 3 is just that good. Read the rest of this entry
Well, it’s nice to see you again, Mr. Spam Commenter. Sheesh, they’ve really been coming out of the woodwork in the last few weeks. See how their comment talks about blowers? They posted the comment on this page so it’d be relevant content, which is important from an SEO perspective, which is why these spammers and scammers are running all over the place posting these comments in the first place. Fortunately, we’ve got a system in place that lets us approve all comments before they go live, so no one is getting that crap up in this house.
In any case, I’m sure they’ll keep trying, and I’ll be here, ready, with my trusty delete button of justice.
I imagine this Person got a birthday card that went something like:
Monday was Earth Day,
Today is your birthday,
So, we wasted a ton of paper in your honor.
PS: the tape we used is ruining your paint job.
I’m fairly good at avoiding Facebook. This is an essential part of my life because I’m anti social and loving it. Sure, I’m comfortable with going to restaurants, the movies and what not, but talking to strangers? That would be CRAZY. Also, everyone out there seems to be inferior to Dr. Girlfriend, and I’m just not good with disappointment.
Still, I use Facebook (and other social media) to support the site (“Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook! Get immediate updates for each new post, site news and more! Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook!“) and I will look in from time to time to see what my ‘friends’ are posting in the news feed. I need to stop doing that. Read the rest of this entry
42 does it’s best to tell the story of Jackie Robinson, and while all of it’s performances are wonderful, it comes up short in the story and character development department, which is nuts because… ya know, Jackie Robinson!
The movie gives us a glance at about three years in Robinson’s life: his last season with the Kansas City Monarchs, his year in the Brooklyn Dodger’s minor league system and his first season with the Dodgers proper. Read the rest of this entry
Green Screen Scene is a new movie review show that will premier in June (ish). I hate to tease anything that far off, but it’s about as definite as anything I have planned for the future and the set is ready and the first script is finished as well as a second episode planned, so I thought I’d let the cat out of the bag… Because seriously, who keeps cats in bags? Not me… So join me for Green Screen Scene this June!
I’ve got to be straight with you – I don’t care for Fran Drescher. It’s the voice, really… also, everything about her show, The Nanny, drives me nuts. I have a friend who hates her so much he created an entire parody pamphlet that centered around Drescher being they way she is because of her association with pirates… anyway, what I am saying is, I don’t care for Drescher, my friends don’t care for Drescher, and yet The Beautician and the Beast is… tolerable. Let’s go with tolerable.
This flick costars Timothy Dalton (Bond – James Bond!) during his weird “I’m playing non-British Europeans” phase and Lisa Jakub from Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is well cast, but either the script is not especially well written or the director didn’t know how to convey the passing of time, because this movie is awkward as hell. See, as human beings, we get to know each other over time and pick up the subtleties of who we are as people. That happens in this movie, but it happens seemingly between breakfast and lunch rather than over weeks or months. The movie has an uneven flow, but you can still enjoy it as it’s not the most complicated story in the world. And, if you like hammy romance, The Beautician and the Beast is right up your alley – it’s beyond predictable, but I’m giving it an extra half a point for not killing the chicken.
The Beautician and the Beast isn’t going to win any awards, but you can watch it without wanting to poke your eyes out or stuff your ears with cotton balls or something. I give it a 6.5 out of 10.
The trailer for Chronicle led me to believe that this was going to be the Jackass of comic book movies, but in the very first scene, it’s clear that this is not going to be the case. Honestly, how many super hero movies start with child abuse? (In fact, the movie borders on melodrama… like most good comic books do.) Still, even if the entire plot of the movie is telegraphed (outside of them finding… whatever… that does… whatever… to them… still no idea what happened in that scene), the movie really sticks to its guns via the rigid found footage format. It’s a bit convoluted – particularly when that second girl with the camera shows up – but I did like seeing the security camera footage, that sort of thing. The movie also has no score… or virtually no score. There’s certainly music in the party scenes (with which this movie is awash), but that might be it. It’s very stark, but it’s got a quality to it that’s admirable. It takes it self seriously, so the audience takes the movie seriously, even if they can see what’s coming a mile away.
Anyway, what Chronicle lacks in surprises is rectified with the movie’s huge balls. I give it a 7.5 out of 10 and I’d say that all comic book movie fans should check it out.
I took this photo at the post office, and this sign doesn’t look new. So, we can ascertain that the federal government figured out a long time ago that it didn’t want non law enforcement personnel carrying weapons on their property… But we should discuss placing guns in schools? If there’s no room for guns at the post office, should we really surround children with guns?
I’m gonna go ahead and say no… But on the other hand, a well place police cruiser could certainly be a welcomed addition to any schools security plans.