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The Dark Knight Rises: 10 Changes

Posted in comic, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2012 by kc2

First off, I really did like TDKR. I walked away happy and had tears of excitement for much of the movie. That being said, a couple days later…I realize there is not a feeling of satisfaction. This is not so say that I have “Star Wars Syndrome” (meaning I already created a perfect storyline in my head that nothing could live up to) I just think that these little changes could have really improved the movie (NEVER thought I’d say that about a Nolan film)

Oh…and SPOILERS! SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!!

10. Don’t say Batman Quit. – I get the reason for the cape to get hung up is to illustrate how impactful Harvey Dent’s death and The Dark Knight’s conclusion was. The white knight and the law has succeeded! But, this goes against everything that we know about Bruce Wayne…he can’t quit. Not for 8 years. Instead, I say he goes back to being the shadow that he was at the start of Batman Begins. That way us the fans can believe that he took on that gallery of baddies we all know and love. This way we can buy that his body is seriously damaged. The way it stands, I’m supposed to buy that people don’t get suspicious that Batman and Bruce disappear/reappear after 8 years? He’s so banged up from taking out Joker and Scarecrow? That was the point of making Bane the bad guy…Batman had never been physically challenged to this point.

9. The Mayor wants Gordon out – That’s such a BS line – “he’s a war hero, this is peace time”. I would have preferred that after TDK, Commissioner Gordon relays the message that Batman isn’t such a lawful guy, and Harvey Dent’s memory should be honored – But then has a change of heart and spends the next 8 years being the only guy in the city that still defends Batman. This would work well with my change above, with Gordon trying to keep the cops off of Batman when he hears rumors of something from the shadows taking out a street thug or when a criminal gets dropped at their doorstep. The change would be that the Mayor (and maybe the city) wants his early retirement for a believed cover-up and conspiracy with the Batman.

8. My real name is Robin. – There was a lot of the internet that had already guessed Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s true role in this movie. (I was on the side that imagined JGL is the only person in Hollywood that could be able to faithfully, and respectfully recreate a Heath Ledger Joker ((heavily relied upon by on the shadows of Arkham)). Anyway, the scene of John Blake revealing his name to get the bag was a fun play on the character, but I think it was dumbed down to make it easily accessible to the viewers that don’t know any of the names that have worn the mask of Robin. Just the tiny change of “Oh, check under my birth name…” Richard Grayson, Tim Drake, or even Jason! That would have left a smile on my face.

7. Five months is not long enough – In a movie that was 2 hr 45 mins, it should have been longer. Ha. But, really 5 months was an arbitrary number chosen as the length of time to pass for the events to occur. It’s the time it takes for the bomb to destabilize, but its a made up bomb that’s not based on real world science or math.  I’d buy the 5 months, if it wasn’t for the broken back. I’ve had a broken pelvis and couldn’t even run for almost 7 months. A broken back is worse. I’d seen a comment from someone with more medical knowledge than myself say that a broken back could heal in six months to a year. And, I like that time length a bit better for the storyline too. Time for him to be in pain, heal, and hell…get back to Gotham. Broken Bat aside, 5 months is a long time to terrorize a city, and social structures definitely would have started to break down…but I would have really liked to see a city that has been closed off for a year. The desperation and survival instincts of the victims would have been profound. More carnage in the streets should have been shown anyway…those supply make it unscathed to the middle of town.  Seeing Dr. Crane taking over the court system was great though.

6. Gordon’s Family – Just a little one here, not a big deal or anything. Commissioner Gordon’s family leaves him and goes to Cleveland (I may be wrong on that, but it was definitely a real world American city). The cool thing that separates DC and Marvel universes is the geography. Marvel characters live in real places like New York, LA, New Orleans, etc. DC characters live in made up locations like Gotham City, Metropolis, Smallville.

5. Explain the prison more – “The Pit” is a great idea in theory. It plays on Bane’s use of hope as a weapon. I get that its supposed to suck to be sentenced there. Where are the prison guards? How do they get food, electricity, medical supplies? Either give me more structure down in the pit where there are officials that allow for one person to make the climb on a set schedule, or give me structure above ground where there is a fail safe of officials guarding the hole to make sure that no escapees send down a bunch of anchored ropes to free everyone.

4. Put in a nod to the Joker – I know, I know, Heath died. Respect. Just a little something would have been nice.

3. Let the bomb do some damage – This is just playing on clichés. It seems like any movie with a countdown to destruction either goes full out destruction (Knowing) or all is saved (Armageddon). I would have liked the “Deep Impact” ending – the main part of the city is saved enough for a happy ending, but it doesn’t quite get out of range – so maybe we see a tidal wave take out the shore line? I don’t know enough about the science of a nuclear explosion…but more should happen than a puff of smoke and water splash.

2. Bane Deserved Better – The most physically imposing villain I’ve seen in a long time, goes out with a bang…just not a good one. An injection of perfect timing on behalf of the writing. Selina shows up at just the right moment, blink-and-you-miss-it, Bane is out of the movie. Oh, he got shot by the bike’s gun…ok? There’s the brutal first fight between Batman and Bane that is near perfect and satisfying. Then Batman rebuilds himself and takes on Bane – broken back and all. I don’t buy that he can go toe-to-toe with him again. I would have preferred a more cerebral way to fight round 2. Batman has gadgets, use them! Batman has no different strategy in the 2nd fight than the first. After the knife wound, a near death and desperate Bruce pulls off one more escape, or sets a trap –  better than having convenience and a witty line save the day.

1. Kill Bruce Wayne – this one’s a biggie. This IS the one thing I’d been preparing myself to see for the last 4 years. I belive Christopher Nolan is the ONLY person that could have done a storyline that would have pulled it off. He nearly did anyway. The set up was perfect for it, the knife wound to the kidneys, maybe #2’s final fight could have been more brutal, and even the way it was illusioned with him going out with the mini-nuke. Just take out that scene of Fox discovering a fixed auto-pilot. Then that would leave the final scene with Alfred at the cafe up for debate. They took out the discussion, I believe, because the studio didn’t want children to walk away realizing Batman is dead. But following the ratings, no one under 13 should be watching these…and any one over 13 could appreciate the conversation: Is that Alfred seeing his greatest dream come true, or could Bruce have possibly survived it? That’s a Christopher Nolan ending.

 

*These are not the words of an aspiring film-maker, and I’m not an uppety fan-boy. This is just my opinion on what could have left ME satisfied upon leaving the theater. That being said, the actors are amazing in their roles, the music is breath-taking, the locations and shots of them are beautiful, the over-all story is excellent. I couldn’t do better. Just being a critic. Thanks for reading!

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New Podcast

Posted in Movies, music, premiere with tags , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by kc2

Hey everybody!

I’ve started a new podcast…check it out! The Brainfog Podcast is hosted by me and a friend from my radio station. This weekly podcast will deal with fun stuff going on in our lives, living in Los Angeles, movie reviews, today’s music, and every once in a while…I’ll bring in an entertaining guest.
I’ll post an update when it finaly goes live to iTunes…but for now, listen/download through the website – and please leave comments!

Thanks!
~Keith

10 Worst Movies to Watch – if You Want a Productive Day

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by kc2

For every uplifting movie that inspires you to get out of the house, start working out, figure out decoding, eat better, and do math problems that equal 23…there’s those movies that un-inspire. The ones that drain you, or just make your laziness kick into high gear – I wouldn’t suggest watching these if you need to get shit done.

10. 300 – This isn’t about the idea of battle against an enemy, overcoming odds, or defending your home. This is about getting those abs. You watch it the first time and think, “Damn, I need to workout more.” Then you realize your stomach will never look like that. Even worse when you find out that theirs didn’t either…

9. Pirates of the Caribbean – This goes for pretty much any franchise (Star Wars would fit here too) that cable stations love to play back-to-back-to-back. You sit down, flip on the tv for just something in the background while you work on curing cancer…and 6 and a half hours later, you’re making popcorn during the commercial break of the 3rd installment. Just ask Michael Bolton, its hard to think of anything else.

8. Meet Joe Black – Not that there’s anything wrong with this movie…its just so damn long! Try watching this, or something like Avatar, and your afternoon is gone.

7. Pineapple Express – Insert basically any “stoner comedy” here. There’s things about weed that can help you write, play music, and be creative. But, there’s also that side of weed that makes you sit on the couch doing absolutely nothing productive.

6. Big – Forget that Wilma Flintstone has sex with a minor, technically. How many of us watched this as a kid and wanted the job where you play with toys all day? The job you’re doing doesn’t look so fun to do right now does it?

5. The Road – For as happy and fun as the last two categories were…this one is all about depression. Children of Men would have the same effect. You see a world that is so damn bleak – then sit back and look at what you need to do like what’s the point?

4. The Big Lebowski – This one is really centered on the character “the Dude”. Just wanting to be that cool as shit guy that sits around in his robe, and the most you get done in the day is a good afternoon at the bowling alley.

3. The Matrix – This fits under multiple categories. It has the sequels that FX and TBS will keep playing all weekend on repeat. But, then it also gets in your head. If you’re looking for any excuse not to do that TPS report…you’ll start believing this isn’t the ‘real world’. Where is my red pill?

2. Office Space – If you’ve ever worked (or are working) a dead-end job, watch this movie. It so perfectly illustrates the problems with working in a corporate world. All the characters who actually do their work and really try at their jobs get screwed over, the guy that decides to play Tetris gets a promotion. And, the guy that commits arson gets a vacation. Fuckin’ A.

1. Fight Club – All those problems with #2…this is the movie that attacks them. All I have to do is quote this movie and the things around you will look a lot less important…

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.”
“Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you, never wanted you, and in all probability, he HATES you. It’s not the worst thing that can happen.”
“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.”

Woodstock ’99

Posted in Movies, music with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by kc2

Seriously, how awesome was the year 1999? Its just been something that I keep thinking about lately when I look around at how our world is now, and what is happening in pop culture. Starting out with the amazing movies that came out; Fight Club, American Beauty, the Green Mile, Eyes Wide Shut, Office Space, Boondock Saints. The Matrix blew everyone’s minds away, where now it only gets remembered for its sequels, M. Night was the next big thing with the 6th Sense. Although, George Lucas was about to prove that he was full of shit and ruin most everyone’s childhoods in April of that year.

For those that hadn’t started driving to the theaters yet, we still had awesome TV shows with debuts from the Sopranos, Family Guy, and the West Wing. We still got to watch Michael J. Fox for one more year on Spin City. We did have to say goodbye to shows like NewsRadio, Home Improvement, and Doug.

Even the music industry brought the awesome that year. We were finally able to use the artist-formally-known-as-Prince song to its exact specifications. Napster launched, which completely changed the way we get our music. Britney Spears was hot as hell and still possibly a virgin. White people were allowed to listen to rap music when Eminem got unleashed on the world. We didn’t care when Dr. Dre’s “Detox” would finally drop, because we had “2001” to listen to. John Frusciante rejoined the Chilli Peppers to release Californication (arguably the best RHCP album). Travis Barker had joined Blink 182. Slipknot released their debut album. *its cool because I lived in Iowa*

Phillip J. Fry was still delivering pizzas while the Clinton administration had the country at tip top economic status despite impeachment and blowjobs. The US dollar was still pretty badass compared to this new “Euro” scam. Sarah Palin was only relevant to Alaskans. Dubya was hanging out in Texas.

Jesse Ventura was an actor-in-Predator-turned-governor that DIDN’T fuck the help. And, if you were into pro-wrestling…it was a hell of a year for that too. We didn’t call the Rock – Dwayne Johnson. WCW still existed. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the baddest man on the planet. Owen Hart, Chris Benoit, Big Boss Man, Test, Kanyon, Eddie Guerrero, and Randy Savage were all still in the ring.

I’m a Denver Broncos fan, so I had the awesome experience of seeing John Elway finish his career with a 2nd Superbowl win. The city of Cleveland got its NFL team back – they are still waiting to celebrate. Not much has changed in the NBA…they had a lockout then too. It would be the last time we’d see Gretzky on ice. Baseball was slightly more exciting because of the home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. I’m sure something happened in tennis, soccer and golf that year, I mean, I know Tiger was still good and all.

Best of all…we didn’t have to deal with “emo”, skinny jeans, crocs, and auto-tune.

Mel Gibson’s Lethal Words: Part II

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on July 13, 2010 by kc2

In case you don’t know where to find the audio…

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/exclusive-new-audio-mel-gibson-admits-hitting-oksana-threatens-kill-her-listen-it

Holy Crap…is he eligible to collect unemployment? No way does anybody credible put him in a movie anytime soon. Listen until at least the 2:00 min mark to hear possibly the classiest line ever “Shut the F*ck up, you should just F*cking smile, and BLOW me!”

Top 10: VHS tapes worn out as a kid

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by kc2

So we all did this when we were little, we had a handful of movies that we would watch on repeat. Probably annoyed the crap out of anyone else in the house. While I still have movies that I have watched multiple times, I no longer watch the same few every chance I get. I had forgotten about this little habit until I noticed my niece and nephew’s watching habits. Every chance he gets – Star Wars (all 6). Every chance she gets – Little Mermaid (and yes she has all the sequels for that too). Only these kids are whipping out DVD’s, with hardly any scratches – they never skip. They will never know burden of the worn VHS tape. The weird static in the corners, the slowing/speeding of tempo. These were definitely my most watched. AND of course – rewind when finished!

10: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – All three of them. The second movie was always my favorite, just seemed a little bit more fun. Also, “TMNT” is an abomination.

9: Terminator 2 – Sure, I was only 6 when this came out. I don’t care, I didn’t get limited to viewing when I was growing up – ratings meant nothing to me. I only knew awesome – this movie was awesome. Smart move, making Arnold the good guy this time.

8: The Muppet Christmas Carol – Before YouTube videos of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Muppets were still awesome. I still think it’s the best movie adaptation of the classic novel. This movie also has me convinced that Michael Caine has always been old.

7: Wayne’s World – Speaking of Bohemian Rhapsody, this movie is the reason that everyone knows that song. Not that it wasn’t an awesome song before, just some people don’t look around for better music than what’s on top 40. What happened to Tia Carrere? 

6: Back to the Future II – I didn’t have the first one. But, I always like this one better as a kid. This one lived up to its title – we actually got to see the future. The first one just showed us the past…huge disapointment as a 6 year old. Where’s my hoverboard Element?

5: Jurassic Park – There was nothing scarier than watching the water in the plastic cup shake. This should be what any filmmaker has to watch before they consider adding CGI effects. Think – “hmmm…does this GI Joe mech-suit look as real as a T-Rex?” No? Then don’t do it! 

4: The NeverEnding Story – The sequels don’t exist. This one is a little more awkward to watch now that I’m older than Sebastian, Atreyu, and the Empress. Gmork is scary as hell. Artax dying is still one of the saddest scenes ever filmed.

3: The Sandlot – The sequels don’t exist. Wendy Peffercorn is the hottest lifeguard ever, Bertram got really into the 60’s, and “you’re killing me Smalls”.

2: Labyrinth – At one time, I had 3 copies of this movie. This was my introduction to David Bowie. I don’t think I ever stopped having a crush on Jennifer Connelly.

1: Willow – I fricken love this movie! My track record with this one is burning through 2 VHS tapes (one actually broke the VCR too) Val Kilmer has never been cooler. Nelwyns > hobbits. I didn’t even know Warwick Davis’ real name until well into high school. 

*Movies I didn’t have but would have gotten worn out: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Princess Bride, Star Wars IV-VI, Young Frankenstein*

The Coolest Guy Freddie Krueger ever Killed

Posted in Movies, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2008 by kc2

Johnny Depp. Seriously, it’s not even fair. “Oh hey, I’m gonna move out to LA and be a rockstar, nah…that didn’t work out, lets try out acting. Sure I can handle death by nightmare. Then I’m gonna be on a TV show I hate…but I’m really looking forward to picking up some scissors. Hey Winona, wanna get married? Just kidding! I’ll give Leonardo a few acting lessons next. Become a tripped out bald guy, do some “hellish” movies, introduce the US to coke, then impersonate Keith Richards…yeah, that’s right…Sexiest Man Alive! I’m gonna have my eyes ripped out and still kick ass. Then take Willy Wonka to a different level…sing in an unfortunate Tim Buron movie…then sing in a cool Tim Burton movie, and i’ll get to use blades again! I’ll go ahead and be rumored to be in 2 upcoming sweet comic book-movies. Hell, while I’m at it, hey guys want to do that band thing again?”

(just fyi…that is Depp’s career if condensed into a rant)

oh and side note…I know the rumor has been falsified, but wouldn’t it have been ironic if Depp would have played Riddler in a new Batman movie…and Burton isn’t the director anymore.

This is why Johhny is cool, it’s 2008…and he still picks up a guitar & dresses in 80’s clothes

**copied from Yahoo! News (they write with slightly better grammer than I)

Los Angeles (E! Online) – Johnny Depp returned to his musical roots Friday night, reuniting with his old band The Kids for a fund-raiser in Florida.

With his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, and their 9-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, screaming in the crowd of 2,500, the Oscar-nominated actor strapped on a guitar and sang backup vocals during the power-pop group’s 90-minute set.

The second annual Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert honors The Kids’ late manager, who was well known in South Florida’s music scene. All proceeds from the benefit go to the Dan Marino Foundation, which funds programs for children with special needs. The band also reunited in January 2007 for the same cause.

The 45-year-old actor joined The Kids when he was a high school studentin Miramar, Fla., and moved to Los Angeles with them in search of a record deal. After the band broke up, Depp decided to pursue a career in acting.

Johnny and the boys are scheduled to rock out again tonight on day two of the benefit.