Month: October 2013

Thor

A belated day 7 to the 30 Day Geekgasm. I am not a fan of Thor in the comics or the cartoons. So, Naturally, I assumed I’d hate the movie. I was wrong.

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I was really surprised my how thoroughly I enjoyed this movie. It was funny, it had the right kind of action in all the right places. I actually liked the character Thor in this movie. He wasn’t static. Sure, he started off arrogant and annoying, but he actually grew as a person during the course of the movie. Even Loki was awesome. I also hated Loki in the comics. He was over dramatic and annoying and I wanted to kick him. But, again, I loved Loki here. I loved Thor and I loved Loki and i continued to love them both in the Avengers. I am extremely excited for Thor: The Dark World. I found myself shamelessly geeking out about it. Here, have a trailer:

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Best Movie Quotes

I know for the 30 Day Geekgasm, it says ‘best movie quote’. But, for the life of me, I couldn’t pick. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites. I’ll have a couple of dumps, some blurbs, and perhaps my favorite scene of all time. Enjoy.

Let’s start with some funny stuff.

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“I’m in a glass case of emotion!” – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

“We’re on a mission from god.” – The Blues Brothers

“You never go full retard.” – Tropic Thunder

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room!” – Dr. Strangelove

Most of these quotes I like because for some reason they killed me every time. My favorite is probably the last one. Because irony is the best thing ever.

Some darkness!

why-so-serious-the-joker-3122768-1024-768 “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver  with some fava beans  and a nice Chianti.” – The Silence of the Lambs 

 “Wendy, darling, light of my life! I’m not gonna hurt you. You didn’t let me  finish my sentence. I said I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just gonna bash your  brains in. I’m gonna bash ’em right the fuck in!” – The Shining

“You wanna know how I got these scars? My father, was a drinker, and a  fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the  kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me and says, ‘Why so serious?’ Comes at me with the knife. ‘WHY SO SERIOUS?’ He sticks the blade in my mouth… ‘Let’s put a smile on that face.’ And…Why so serious?” – The Dark Knight

A lot of what made these for me was the delivery. These are scenes that should be searched on YouTube and sufficiently experienced. Or, better yet, what the corresponding films and immerse yourself within their greatness.

The quote I use more than any other quote:

How do you fuck that up?” – A History of Violence

I thought it was worth mentioning. Also a great movie. Go watch it.

Now, for the deep stuff

The deep stuff is going to be in special blurbs, as most of the deep stuff that I like are monologues or something of the sort.

136451403340“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – Fight Club

Yes!

The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Bane-Break-Poster“Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… Hope. Every man who has rotted here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy… So simple.And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clambering over each other to stay in the sun. You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny… We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is in ashes… then you have my permission to die.” – The Dark Knight Rises

I can’t even handle it.

cosmopolis-uk-poster1“What is the flaw of human rationality? It pretends not to see the horror and death at the end of the schemes it builds. This is a protest against the future. They won’t hold off the future. They want to normalize it, keep it from overwhelming the present. The future is always a wholeness, a sameness, we’re all tall and happy there. This is why the future fails. It can never be the cool and happy place we want to make it.” – Cosmopolis

I’m dying.

rocknrolla_xlg“You see that pack of Virginia killing sticks on the end of the piano? All you need to know about life is retained in those four walls. You will notice that one of your personalities is seduced by the illusions of grandeur: the gold packet of king-size with a regal insignia, an attractive implication towards grandeur and wealth, the subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends – and that, Pete, is a lie. Your other personality is trying to draw your attention to the flip side of the discussion: written in boring bold black and white, it’s a statement that these neat little soldiers of death are in fact trying to kill you – and that, Pete, is the truth. Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet. THAT is why you and I love the drugs and that is also why I cannot give that painting back. Now please, pass me a light.” – Rock ‘N Rolla

Aaaand I’m dead.

And finally: Possibly my favorite scene of all time

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If you’ve seen the movie you know where I’m going with this…

Check out my man Daniel Day Lewis laying the smacketh down in There Will Be Blood

Really not much I can say about that.

A lot of great quotes out there. Obviously, I couldn’t put them all in here. Leave you favorites quotes in the comments!

Freakin’ Titanic

It’s day 5 of the 30 Day Geekgasm. One might wonder why I would include a blog about something I hate, but I’m a weirdo and I love discussing things I hate. Often as part of a quest to find out why people love it. Anyway. There are only two movies I couldn’t bring myself to finish, and those are Batman Returns (I felt violated) and Starship Troopers (They killed the wrong girl). But there is one movie that I sat through, and after years of reflection have decided offends me on a much deeper level than those other guys. That movie, is Titanic.

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The film, written and directed by James Cameron, came out in 1997. It was a smash at the box office. My dad always describes it by saying there were ‘lines of white women going around the block’. While some part of me understands the mushy-mush allure this film may have had, every part of me hates it.

For sake of not taking up two years picking apart every freaking word in this godforsaken movie, I’ll just focus on a few things that really piss me off. And then I’ll give it a couple of praises, but there movie isn’t all bad.

The biggest thing that stands out: There was definitely room for two fucking people on the piece of debris (spoiler alert: the boat sinks). There are about a million beautiful ways they could have killed Leo, but hanging him off a giant piece of debris where the best logical option would be to huddle together and share heat just sort of ruins my life every time I think about it. It’s not like is was dry wood. It was part of the hull of a ship. or even part of the deck. i.e. it’s made to float and it’s made to carry weight.

But Jack had to die because that made it a tragedy. Because the actually story of the Titanic, apparently, wasn’t already a tragedy.

Now. For the actual story. Here’s what one person had to say about it:

“The story could not have been written better…The juxtaposition of rich and poor, the gender roles played out unto death (women first), the stoicism and nobility of a bygone age, the magnificence of the great ship matched in scale only by the folly of the men who drove her hell-bent through the darkness. And above all the lesson: that life is uncertain, the future unknowable…the unthinkable possible.”

Yeah, that’s was James Cameron. James Cameron the writer. I will admit, my hatred of this movie might be due largely to my hatred of him, but there is way more to it.

The story very well could have been written better. The ‘juxtaposition of rich and poor’ was more of a ‘toss poor guy in with rich people and see what happens’. Jack is in the only poor person who really has a part in the entire movie. The mother while the boat was sinking? Who still read there children a bed time story because she knew they wouldn’t get on a boat? What’s her story? There could have been way more contrast to show way more emotional material beyond the whole lovers dying thing. The viewers care about that woman immediately. Image what he could have done with that.

There are so many stories about the actual ship and the actual stories of people on that ship, there was a true historical movie to be found. Instead, we got this sort of tragic love story. Which also could have been great. But the entire plot is paint by numbers. Allow me to break it down for you.

A girl is already engaged to an asshole an then she meets this nice poor fellow who saves her life, so her asshole fiance invites him to dinner where they start becoming friends and then she starts to break the class lines by going to party in third class. She realizes Jack is a whole lot better than Cal and then Jack is a starving artist and then they have sex. So their in love now and then the fiancee is an asshole (yet slightly justified if you really think about it) and get’s Jack arrested. After the boat hits the iceberg. And then there is one really great ‘wow the shit really hit the fan’ sequence when the boat actually sinks. Then the lovers are separated by tragedy and somehow the one left is better for it.

This wasn’t the first time we got this story, and it certainly wasn’t the last. I guess we’ve come to the root of my issue with this movie. Everyone calls the story the most beautiful and groundbreaking love story ever, when it’s not. It’s safe and not unlike the other love stories out there. It’s not necessarily a bad movie, it’s just not nearly as good as people say, but it could have been as good as people say. And that pisses me off.

I hate James Cameron. But not because he’s an asshole or because i think he’s a bad filmmaker. On the contrary. He’s one of the best visual filmmakers out there. His films are beautiful to look at. But his scripts? His scripts don’t take the chances that he does visually, they don’t display the same beauty and effort and there’s this awful disconnect and it actually legitimately makes me angry.

What’s worse? This movie won best picture. I’m not saying it didn’t deserve awards. Again, it was beautiful to look at. But the story was not even comparable in greatness to L.A. Confidential or Amistad. Dear lord, don’t get me started on Amistad.

There you have it. My least favorite movie. Please, feel free to share your opinion. Or get me started on Amistad. Good day.

The Joker

I’m combining days 3 and 4 for the 30 Day Geekgasm, as my favorite villain and my favorite explosion kind of go hand in hand. I considered Darth Vader and the explosion of the Death Star, but *spoiler alert* Darth Vader doesn’t actually stay a villain. Thus, The Joker.

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The Killing Joke

Ah, The Joker. There’s not much I can really say about the guy that you don’t already know. He’s crazy, and he does it for the lulz. I don’t like that word but it’s very appropriate so I will not delete it. You see all these villains who do it because they really believe in it or because they’re out for vengeance. The Joker? He just really thoroughly enjoys it. And he’s not crazy in the way where he’s just kind of harmless and he hurts people but they always get him right back into Arkham. He wins frequently. He hatches this ridiculous plans and they work until Batman finally manages to stop him. And Batman is part of the reason he enjoys it so much. Fitting that the best villain belongs to the best hero, don’t ya think?

I am a fan of Heath Ledger’s Joker. You’ve gotta love Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson, but Ledger is my main man. So this is a very neat little tie in with my favorite explosion.

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Yup.

I’m sure we all remember this part of the movie, The Dark Knight. I have never so thoroughly enjoyed an explosion in my life. First of all, we have the Joker dressed like a nurse leaving the hospital. Then he pushes the button and is prepared to keep walking like a badass, but then the explosion delays. And he turns around and just keeps pushing the button. Then, BOOM! The first explosion happens and he just sort of jumps and hops into his ride like ‘meant to do that’. I just about died. Let me tell you, in the theater, I was not alone in that. It kills me every time.

I love this guy so much I can’t even explain it. Ah! Okay. That’s my favorite. What’s yours?

2001: A Space Odyssey

For those of you who aren’t hip to the 30 Day Geekgasm, this is a belated Day 2 and 2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite science fiction movie. There was slight competition with A Clockwork Orange, But 2001 has a bit more of a ‘science fiction’ feel to it. And, either way, I’m showing love for my man Kubrick. Anyway, 2001:

I have a thing for minimalist posters.

I have a thing for minimalist posters.

This movie is very…artsy. And for that reason a lot of people don’t really get it. So, while I love this film (I’m going to tell you why in a minute, I swear) I really would not recommend it for everyone. It’s sort of a sacred thing for me and I want to recommend it to people who will like it, but it hurts my soul when people don’t like (that being said, if you didn’t like it please tell me why in the comments).

Okay. Moving on.

I’m going to give you a plot synopsis with the understanding that it’s basically useless. One does not simply ask what 2001 is about.

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest of discovery.

I could use 100,000 words discussing the metaphorical meanings of the monolith (the object they find on the moon) or the fates of the crew or what the film might have meant to Kubrick (if that has yet to be abundantly clear, I am a Kubrick fanatic), but I’d rather just talk about (and I’m sure you’d rather read) a much shorter take on just one specific topic. The topic I choose in HAL-9000. They call it HAL. I call ‘it’ a him.

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HAL is an artificial intelligence. He is in charge of running the ship for the mission to mars. On the ship, there are two men who are awake and a few researchers and scientists who are in cryogenic sleep. Part of HAL’s task is making sure they all stay alive. Which he does very well for the beginning of the movie. HAL is polite, and they consider him to be a member of the crew. HAL is made to be flawless – like a human but without human error. He is a perfect super computer.

When people talk about 2001, they don’t do it without talking about the creepy AI that glitched out and tried to kill everyone until eventually our hero stops him. But that’s not exactly what happened, and that’s certainly not something Kubrick would have made.

First point of discussion: HAL did not ‘glitch out’. HAL gained awareness. He was so perfect a machine he became flawed. A similar sort of situation is repeated in the Mass Effect trilogy with the Geth and with EDI. HAL was such a good artificial intelligence that he, in effect, became human. He was the most human person on the ship (more on that later). His only glitch was that he was scared. He thought the humans were going to shut him down – which would, in effect, kill him – and worked to survive. As any person would do. Survival is our base instinct (and desire), and HAL had gained that instinct. And desire.

Part two: ‘He can’t be human because he tried to kill everyone’. You’ll notice, watching the film, that the ‘hero’, Dave, has a very muted reaction when the other man on the ship dies. Which is understandable. You weren’t really supposed to like that character, as his purpose in the film was death. Also, Dave needed to survive as well and has a mission to complete (as dictated by the monolith). Something that Kubrick does a lot is he tries to make you feel sympathy for someone you wouldn’t normally. He does this very effectively in A Clockwork Orange where, by the end of the movie, you kind of just want Alex back to normal. It’s similar in 2001 in that the viewer is supposed to be HAL. HAL is the one making mistakes in the movie, not Dave. HAL is the one who is so scared and so determined to live that he tried to kill everyone on the ship so they won’t shut him down. HAL is the one who, knowing there is nothing more he can do, basically begs Dave to let him live. And Dave is the one who shut him down. The whole situation is very gray.

Part 3: Dave as the hero. Dave is not the hero. Dave is representative of what people are becoming and what society is becoming but I’m not supposed to be talking about that, I’m talking about HAL. This movie does not have a hero. There are arguments for both sides that place Dave as protagonist and HAL as antagonist or HAL as protagonist and Dave as antagonist but there is no hero. There is survival. From the very start of the movie, there is survival. Dave just happens to win.

Side bar: In either argument, the monolith is the catalyst.

By the end of the movie, I felt for HAL much more than I felt for Dave. I just about died as HAL gave an impression of what it’s like to lose yourself. He was talking while Dave shut him down. He was still trying to live. And boy was it effective.

“I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid… Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”

The real kicker? Dave isn’t done shutting him down yet. And maybe Dave is feeling it to. And he asks HAL to sing it for him. And then HAL does. It’s called ‘Daisy’ (also referenced in ME2). As he sings, he slows down more and more until he can’t sing anymore because he’s dead. And just…I can’t…

Right in the feels.

I love everything about this movie. I really do. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I encourage you, if it sounds like something you’d like, give it a chance. It’s a really great film and it might make your head hurt and I love it so much.

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.”

Favorite Comic: The Crow

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Where the teeth of madness jump, jump dance and sing…

I just – I can’t even. The Crow by J. O’Barr is just amazing in how much I absolutely love it. Here, have a synopsis:

Eric Draven and his girlfriend Shelley meet their brutal demise at the hands of the inner city’s most notorious characters. Exactly a year later, Eric is brought back to life and granted the powers of superhuman strength and vision in order that he may seek vengeance on those who killed him – all under the watchful eye of a mysterious crow. One by one, Eric seeks out the gang, who are out for another evening of mayhem and violence, unaware of the fate that awaits them…

It’s pure emotional allegory. There is anger and pain twisted into every word on every page. It’s hard to quote it without ending up quoting the whole dang thing. The art is beautiful. The words are gorgeous. The whole thing just comes together and lives. If that makes any sense at all. Because it’s apparent from the opening lines that all he wants is pain and hate. And fear is for the enemy. Fear and bullets. That was paraphrased.

It’s really difficult to describe to you how much I actually love this book. If I was talking to you face to face I would be throwing my arms around making strange noises in a futile attempt to communicate. Because just – I can’t – I can’t even –

“So the crow spirals down through a collapsed dream and the only sound it makes is like a concave scream.”

“When sorrow comes, they come not single spies, but in battalions. I’ve allies in heaven, Jack, I’ve comrades in hell…say hello for me…”

“Around, around the sun we go, the moon goes ’round the earth, we do not die of death – we die of vertigo.”

Um, yeah. This is the book where our protagonist cuts off a guy’s feet and sits down and has a conversation with him. This is a comic well the last frame of violence is all you need to know – a broken man, a hammer, and the man who broke him. From the first to the last line, it’s fucking poetry, man.

I am filled with this rush of excitement every time I remove it from it’s own hidden shelf and it’s special wrapper. I want to laugh when I hold it in my hands. Because it’s mine. It was written before I was born, before I was a thought. I’ve never met the author and I never will. But it’s mine and it always will be. I’m you you know what that feels like.

‘Remember when you said “Mine?” and I said “Forever.” You said “Only forever?”

It’s forever, now.’

30 Day Geekgasm

There are a ton of challenged out there to keep new bloggers on their heels and whatnot. For this blog, I’ve found I don’t like any of them. So I’ve mixed and matched and created my own. I call it: 30 Day Geekgasm. I use the suffix ‘gasm’ because, as I’m sure you know, geeking out for 30 days is not a challenge. Here’s the list:

Day 1: Favorite Comic Book

Day 2: All time favorite science fiction movie

Day 3: Favorite Super villain

Day 4: Best Explosion

Day 5: Least favorite movie

Day 6: Best Movie Quote

Day 7: Something you thought you’d hate but loved

Day 8: Favorite Fantasy movie

Day 9: Classic TV show

Day 10: Dream weapon (to be used in a scifi or fantasy epic)

Day 11: A ridiculous fanfiction everyone should definitely read

Day 12: Comic quote day

Day 13: The Trilogy (What’s yours?)

Day 14: Bring it forth from obscurity!

Day 15: Favorite video game

Day 16: Something you hate that everyone loves

Day 17: Something you love that everyone hates

Day 18: Favorite character in geekdom

Day 19: Favorite geek in geekdom

Day 20: Anime and Manga!

Day 21: Reboots!

Day 22: Books!

Day 23: Best/worst film adaptation

Day 24: Favorite super hero

Day 25: Top 5 characters

Day 26: Sort your top five characters into Houses at Hogwarts

Day 27: Give us a geeky song

Day 28: Now give us a nerdy song

Day 29: Fantastic mind benders

Day 30: Your guilty pleasure

Now, I realize i call this a ‘geekgasm’ and several items on this list may call for a bit of negativity, but there ain’t no debate like a geeky debate! I’m starting later today or tomorrow. Anyone can do my challenge! If you are, let me know so I can follow you (if I’m not already).

(p.s. I have another blog up for those of you who are literature fans. Take a look! http://literarycavalcade.wordpress.com/)