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Heath Ledger: Oscar for the Joker?

June 30, 2008 Leave a comment

We all can’t wait for the Dark Knight to come out. See Christian Bale in the Batman suit kicking ass all over Gotham City and I can’t wait to see the how the late Heath Ledger plays the Joker. After watching the previews, the trailers, and the pictures it really shows how well Ledger played the Joker in the upcoming Batman movie. I can not say that I am a fan of Batman as I do not know the Joker’s personality and how he should be portrayed as in what the comic books show. All I’ve seen is the Joker in the cartoon television series all giddy and playful with a menacing voice. I expected the Joker to be like that, but when I heard Ledger speak as the Joker, wow it just blew my mind away. He was so great at it, he made it so realistic, and he made it even more evil which is much better. He actually did take the time and dedication to get the Joker spot on just like how Nicholson did when he played the Joker in the first Batman movie.

There are early reviews from critics and journalists who have already seen advanced screenings of the movie and they say that Ledger did an amazing job. One of the best performances of a movie villain ever. Now there is an Oscar campaign for Ledger and his performance. A lot of people are saying that his performance is Oscar worthy. It will be a great ending for one who died a tragic death. If he does win, wow that would be awesome and he would be the second person to win an Oscar posthumously.

You know I never knew what posthumously meant when I read about receiving the Medal of Honor in the military…but NOW I know.

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Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

June 30, 2008 1 comment

Transformers 2 began filming a few weeks ago and Michael Bay released the title of the movie, “Revenge of the Fallen.” The movie is slated to be released in 2009. Anyone who is a Transformers fan are just wetting their pants right now as the try and dig up anything on the movie. When the movie was announced, there were many cheers and hollers (primarily from Transformers fans) and then there was the criticism from the other people who hate how Hollywood now is just recycling great stories and so. Everyone was so excited about the movie, until the title was released a few months ago.

Many people believed the corny title implies that Megatron, the leader of the Decipticons will be back for round two against Optimus Prime and the Autobots. Everyone went, “huh? What are they doing in this movie?. Oh man, Michael Bay is going to Transform this masterpiece into a piece of shit!” Well this is not exactly what people said, but maybe it is what they thought, haha. Another theory going around message boards and the internet that the fallen Autobots from the first movie will come back and take revenge against Optimus some how. It is a little bit better than the Megatron theory, but still crap. It was a good thing that there are dedicated Transformers fans and one pointed out that the ‘Fallen’ is an actual transformer from the deep pasts of Cybertron, the home planet of the Transformers. This part of the Transformer lore (if you may want to call it that) follows in the footstep of betrayal and deceit. Basically downfall and corruption of one; where one of the good guys turns into a bad guy. Anyway, back to the movie. The ‘Fallen’ transformer was one of the original thirteen Transformers created to battle Unicron, but one of them betrayed his creator and the other twelve. No one knows the original name but now that Transformer is known as the Fallen. It is a very awesome theory and it is much, much better than Megatron or a dead Autobot being resurrected and taking revenge. Now there are reports of behind the scenes of what is happening in the movie and extras are taping the behind the scenes footage of the movie, which is pretty spectacular stuff…actually no not really.

The first video that surfaced on the internet (that I know of) was posted on June 14 which showed Bumblebee in action…well more like the stunt driver driving the Camero. Now everyone knows that Bumblebee will return in the sequel, well no duh! It is the main character’s car. Hasbro, the company that makes the toy series got in the action as well as they updated their Transformers website with the title of the film and releasing an update of what the movie will be about. Pretty much states the whole original thirteen and one betrays them all. The people also get to see a new Transformer, Arcee a female Transformer who is basically a spy/scout/assassin for the autobots. Its pretty cool that she transforms into a motorcycle (2006 Buell Firebolt?). The best part of the new footage being released from the people on set is that Frenzy, the little maniacal electronics transforming Decepticon is back, ready to wreak havoc on those who oppose him harhar. Here is a video demonstrating how the puppet masters control this puppet to make it look so real and scary at the same time.

Looking at this footage and the updates of the plot, anyone can say this movie will be great and better than the first. Also, there will be those that say the movie will be worse than, ‘The Happening’ but who knows for sure. Michael Bay is directing the movie so everyone should expect an action packed movie filled with explosions and destruction in every other scene occurring every five minutes!

For more up to date information, you can go to the unofficial Transformers 2 Blog and see the cool new stuff, and sexy Megan Fox haha.

Edit: I just saw a picture of Megan Fox on the set…yeah I’m going to have to rethink my last sentence…

Why the Movie, ‘I am Legend’ Sucked

June 29, 2008 3 comments

We all know why the movie sucked – Mostly due to the horrendous ending. The whole entire movie was building up to the ending and everyone wanted to see what Will Smith would do once he found the cure and how he would fight off those vampire-like human beings once and for all. In the end, he sacrifices himself to make sure the cure survives so that the woman and her son would bring it to the last colonies. The ending was done well, but the whole scenario and the outcome made it just terrible. The alternate ending (original, but many of the test audiences didn’t like it) had him actually surviving and letting the captured vampire-like human being go. The last scene has Will’s character, the mother, and the mother’s son driving off into the distance to reach the last colonies. I do not understand why they chose to have the movie end like the way it ended. Why not actually follow the book for once and have it end like it should have. Many people do not even know this movie is based on a book of the same name written by Richard Matheson. I’ve seen comparisons to the movie and the book goes deeper into the whole context of civilizations and the hunter being the hunted type of deal. AND Matheson’s ending is so much better and puts the title of the book/movie into context. The movie distorted the meaning of the title and many people were coming out of the theaters asking each other what the hell was the point of the title? Well, I would have been asking myself that too, even though the fact is the main character becomes a legend/hero for finding the cure; its stupid, everyone agrees.

I rented out the book a few days ago and I’m about to read the book to see how much better it is compared to the movie. I know there are key differences between the works but they do not confuse the consumer of anything about the plot…except the ending…and except for the fact that some of the vampires actually can talk and are aware. So I am going to read this book and see why the movie was so bad.

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Sony Has Lost $3.3 Billion Because of the PS3

June 28, 2008 Leave a comment

I can not blame for their large loss.  It simply was not time for the PS3 to come out with the PS3 boasting its great amount of tech specs surpassing the Wii and the 360.  I have to say, it was not marketted so well.  The console has great potential and graphically, systematically it is better than both the Wii and the 360.  The problem with Sony is that to them, the sky is the limit.  It is rediculous for them to price their console from $600-$800 dollars; it stopped A LOT of people from buying the PS3.  They are still using their old model – to lose money int he hardware but gain it back in the software area.  It is a great strategy because with the cheaper console, more people will buy it and then the more games they will buy.  It worked for the PS2 and I presume the PS1 so why won’t it work for the PS3?  Well, It was ridiculously overpriced (even though they were selling the console way below what it cost to make it) and Blu-Ray? Yea, the outcome of that back then was all speculating to the downfall of that product.  It is a good thing though that Sony paid Warner about $4 Billion if I remember to exclusively go Blu-Ray and finally ending the Blu-Ray vs. HDDVD war.  Too bad that kind of deal did not happen when they introduced Beta Max to compete against VHS (I find it pretty funny how the adult entertainment industry won it for VHS).  I just read an article today highlighting Sony’s substantial loss investing in the PS3 and now they do not expect to even break even.  They hope that they will be able to get game companies to exclusively make games for the PS3 and hope thier blockbuster games like MGS4 will help.  Unfortunately, they won’t and Sony will have to rethink their strategy to make the PS3 a profit, oh and to make sure this fiasco does not happen with the PS4.

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The ‘T’ Word

June 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Have you heard about the new ‘T’ word that everyone is going crazy for? That’s right, Twitter.  The newest tech savvy web 2.0 project created.  Sigh…I still don’t understand why people have to text to a blog about how they are doing every single minute. Dam these attention whores.  Oh and I am not going to go into the whole feud between the cheif TWiT, Leo Laporte and (former friend?) Internet Superstar, Martin Sargent. Haha, I’m only joking. I’m talking about the man who created digg, the president of Diggnation, Kevin Rose.