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Movies I Should See in 2013

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 08 2013 · 238 views

So I'm trying to create a list of the ten films I'm looking forward to most in 2013... the problem is... I only know like, ten period, and I know for certain that Thor: The Dark World is not what I'm waiting for. Will I see it? Probably. But I'm not really anticipating it.
 
So I am asking you all for movies that you've heard of, know all about, or seen the trailers for that you're looking forward to. Then I will watch their trailers and stuff, and then I can decide what I want to watch.
 
The movies I know about in my small little side dimension are as follows (what I can remember at this exact moment, at least):
 
-Star Trek Into Darkness
-Iron Man 3
-The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
-The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
-Thor: The Dark World
-White House Down
-Frozen
-Monsters University
-Man of Steel
-World War Z
-The Hangover III
-Something that is bugging me because I was looking forward to it but cannot remember, so clearly I wasn't looking forward to it much
 
Needless to say, right now this is a pretty stupid list so far, so let's change that! Let us make me... well... less me and more movie? I got nothing.


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Les Mis: Should I See It?

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Jan 07 2013 · 223 views

Alright, so I'm considering seeing Les Miserables. It's not an issue of money because I got a movie card thing, so I can see it if I want to. But:
 
1. I have never seen the play.
 
2. Beyond it taking place in France and the names of some characters, I know nothing about it.
 
3. I absolutely HATED THE TRAILER. LIKE, worst trailer of all time.
 
4. And yeah.
 
So should I see it or no because I feel like I might hate it...
...but this is like, the one movie where hating on it would be sooooo worth it.


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Django Unchained - Review

Posted by Lucina , in Film / Shows Dec 26 2012 · 182 views

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Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter, buys a slave known as Django and gives him his freedom. The two strike a connection and become partners for the winter, providing Django with an opportunity to become a lethally accurate and fast shot with a gun.
 
I saw Django Unchained last night. It’s been my most anticipated film of the year since I saw the trailer in July, upsetting The Hobbit. It was a spectacular trailer to do that, because I’ve been following The Hobbit since early 2011. Usually I’ll look at a trailer, and if it does the job right and catches my attention, I will go see the movie. But I never let myself form an opinion on the film beforehand. I didn’t do that for The Dark Knight Rises, or Skyfall, or Looper. However, this was a trailer that was so good that I could almost smell the movie itself being just as fantastic. So when I walked into that cinema, I was expecting something amazing.
 
Director Quentin Tarantino has served up yet another masterpiece – not surprising, considering that my least favourite Tarantino film, Jackie Brown, is still far better than many films I’ve seen.
 
The setting, the south western United States before the American Civil War, is one I always enjoy if done right. The “western” genre has also been one of my favourite genres to watch. It feels like this film was made by Tarantino just to say “Merry Christmas” to me, because it stuffs so many things that I enjoy about film together and does it right.
 
Django is portrayed brilliantly by Jamie Foxx, both for the brief few minutes we see him as a slave and throughout the entire movie afterward as a free man. It was very fun to watch him turn from being an unsure free man ready to serve Christopher Waltz’s character into a confident, bounty hunting partner of Waltz’s character. In his relentless pursuit of these white men, Django throws himself so wholeheartedly into it that Schultz calls him the fastest gun in the south. It was interesting to watch as Django slowly developed as the main character throughout the film, and while he does some pretty nasty stuff in the finale, he retains his humanity.
 
Waltz as Dr. King Schultz is a joy to behold, and was the highlight of the film whenever onscreen. Waltz has a way of acting that I really enjoy (his character Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds stole that show, too) and I hope to see him in another film soon. Schultz shows up with some very fancy language in the beginning, combined with his own accent and unique way of speaking that allowed me to immediately latch onto the character. Although he is confident and knowledgeable early in the film, we are shown that Schultz is still very human – his German legend about Broomhilda, his anti-slavery view, and numerous shots of him being unable to watch actions taken against slaves in Candieland. Schultz is the character of the film, and Waltz did everything right with the role.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio as the antagonist Calvin Candie was also superb, as a brutal, conniving plantation owner. It was very interesting to watch as Candie allowed Django to talk smack about anything and everything (all thanks to a possible 12, 000 dollar deal) before the ruse was detected, and the allowances he was willing to make for Django and Schultz as well. I also enjoyed the scene between Candie and the head slave Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson), who had realized the ruse of Django and Schultz and reveals it to him then and there… leading to everything falling apart for our two protagonists.
 
As Tarantino films tend to do, the film does jump a little bit between different periods of time between Django’s past and Django’s present, but not as much as Resevoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. However, I think it works to the benefit of Django Unchained because, to put it bluntly, the only thing that matters about the past is the whipping of Django’s wife. Once we’re past that, we don’t need to know anything else – all that matters is the here-and-now Django story. So that’s what we get. Django Unchained is still filled with Tarantino staples – blood is everywhere, we get some disturbing scenes (such as a slave being eaten alive by dogs), and people being absolutely ridden with bullets. Tarantino himself cameos as a slave drive that’s shot while carrying dynamite… I’ll let you imagine the rest of that.
 
The soundtrack is upbeat and delivers exactly as any Tarantino soundtrack should – by pulling in very out of place songs and making them fit. There’s one scene where we get a rap song that would usually only fit in with a bad modern comedy movie. The song shouldn’t fit into this “southern” scene at all, but this is Tarantino, and he makes it fit. However, the soundtrack also manages to fit in several western sounding songs, and let’s be honest here; society needs more songs like that.
 
If I have one complaint about the film aside from some small nitpicks (there’s a scene towards the end where Django shoots someone from an angle and they go flying in a straight line backwards), it’s the lack of screen time that the winter bounty hunting segment is given. We see Django and Schultz go up to the mountains, see a bit of Django training, and see his first bounty – and then the film skips ahead to spring, when Django and Scultz infiltrate Candieland. The film is almost three hours long as it is, and Tarantino mentioned they actually considered splitting the film into two volumes like Kill Bill, so perhaps cuts were made to that segment in order to keep the runtime down. That said, an extended version on Blu-Ray would be very welcome.
 
Suffice it to say that Django Unchain didn’t just meet my lofty expectations for it – the movie exceeded them. Where it fits in terms of the rest of Tarantino’s films I’ll have to decide later, but this is easily one of my favourite films of 2012 thus far. If you haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, correct that mistake immediately.
 
96%
 
I hope to see both The Hobbit and Les Miserables by New Years; if I manage it, both will be reviewed.




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International Bacon

Posted by Lucina , in Life Dec 19 2012 · 132 views

The IB program. I'm 100% honest when I tell you I never fail to spell the second word incorrectly. And right now I'm too tired to look it up. >.<
Why I'm blogging about this I don't know, but I'm currently editing a ten minute video that isn't even regular course work for my religion teacher, and then I need to type up around 800 words by Friday in ways that must be done over several weeks.
 
Suffice it to say I've chopped internet time in half and I'm still falling behind. Ugh.
 
That said, enough breaks! I've already spent more than my designated 30 seconds on here!


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So by my understanding

Posted by Lucina , Dec 11 2012 · 332 views

Girls are girls
Boys are boys
Boys are not girls
Girls are not boys
Boys should respect girls
Girls should respect boys
Boys should respect boys too
Girls should respect girls too
Everyone is equal
I don't know what I am saying
amen, we are done here.
 
Let's move onto the next highly controversial topic of discussion!


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Magic Duel

Posted by Lucina , in MLP Dec 01 2012 · 137 views

I think that might be one of my favourite episodes... the only problems I had were
 
1) Gee, it's a wonderful lesson... on how to cheat.
 
2) Trixie didn't stay whyyyy


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The Saxxies Sucked

Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Dec 01 2012 · 113 views

Where was the Saxxy for Practical Problems? Honestly. The least they could've done was give it to Sabotage... the winning video wasn't funny at all.
 
Also, Story of a Sentry should've won best drama.


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Name Change - The AfterWords: Preview 3

Posted by Lucina , in BZPower, BZP Library Nov 30 2012 · 103 views

I have changed my name to yet another new-but-not-really-new name!
Also because I hatehatehate two entries within a close time period, the third AfterWords preview is included here too. Here Furno plays a little prank on Takanuva Stars.
 
“What is it?” Takanuva Stars asked.
 
“I’m... I’m really scared right now.”
 
“What do I care?” Takanuva Stars asked. “Keep climbing, we’re seriously right there.”
 
“No, you don’t understand! My jetpacks, I can’t control them! They’re about to turn on!”
 
“Your jetpacks can turn on?!” Takanuva Stars cried.
 
“Yes!” Furno wailed. “They’re turning on right now! You’re gonna be blasted into oblivion! Jump while you still can!”
 
“But it’ll be painful!”
 
“I don’t want you to die!” Furno cried. “Jump, save yourself!”
 
Takanuva Stars nodded, saluted the hero, and pushed himself off of the wall. He never knew what he was planning to think on the way down, because the fall lasted all of two seconds before he smacked onto the floor front first.
 
“Oh snap... and crackle... I’m fairly certain I heard a pop.” Takanuva Stars groaned.
 
From above there came a sudden violent burst of laughter that, after a few long seconds, clearly wasn’t going to stop. Takanuva Stars slowly stood to his feet and glared up to where Furno was in the exact same spot as before, laughing so hard he could’ve sworn that the Hero Factory set was about to begin crying.
 
“Oh holy Tohu, that was hilarious!” Furno gasped from above, his chest heaving as he struggled to stop laughing. “I can’t – I can’t believe you fell for that, Hahaha!”
 
 
 


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The Pixar List - Brave - Rank 5

Posted by Lucina , in To Disney, Film / Shows Nov 26 2012 · 139 views

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5th - Brave, 2012

iBrow Percentage: 90 (Revised)


Brave is a beauty, with its abundance of greens and blues and purples, and other soft or cool hues within the surroundings and the characters. This helps the main character, Merida, to stand out with her flaming orange hair. The film was one of my most anticipated this year, and I originally scored it with an 87% in a review. My reasons for upgrading it were because, during July (whilst preparing to do this list), I re-watched Brave, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Wall-E, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles to refresh my memory, having seen the other Pixar films at some point in the last year. While doing this, I realized that the film is just better in several aspects. The musical score, while not something I'd listen to outside of watching the film was a pleasure to hear during it, and helped to set the film apart.The animation is truly spectacular and possibly the best Pixar has ever done - the only Pixar film that could challenge this is Finding Nemo.


While most people seemed to feel that the relationship between Merida and her mother was just a redx of the one between Nemo and his fater (except not as good), I found that it set itself apart and was entertaining enough to be considered in its own right. If we're talking parent to child relationships, Brave is the one I would want to see. The firey tempers of both characters, who are both right in different ways, is far more appealng than Nemo and his father. I found Merida's relationship to be far more dynamic from the start, as well - right after their first major onscreen spat we see both of them on their own, regretting the argument and wishing they knew how to fix it.


The major faults of the film are the story and the characters. The story seems rushed and cramped - Merida and her mother are built up as the only characters you need to really care about, and the two treat everyone else (with the exception of the King and the Witch) as a mindless mob. I think the film's story could have benefitted from being lengthened by thirty minutes and giving the rest of the cast more of a spotlight.


That said, the characters are also my favourite aspect of the film aside from the beautiful animation. Merida herself is certainly one of Pixar's more interesting characters, but my favourites are the Witch and the King. The King's clueless but fearless nature had me laughing out loud whenever he said something funny, and the Witch was the same. Her matter of act nature and her resigned warnings to Merida's deaf ears made every scene she was in a treat.


Anyway, those are my thoughts on Brave, a month and a half late. Feel free to disagree in the comments below, and I promise to have Rank 4 ready sooner. =P

No more hints, but for those of you late or not paying attention, the following films must still be ranked:

Toy Story 3 - Toy Story 2 - Finding Nemo - The Incredibles




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The Afterwords: Preview 1 - Red vs. Blue

Posted by Lucina , in BZP Library Nov 25 2012 · 76 views

Coming up over the next few days until the release of The Afterwords on December 7th, I'll be treating the three readers of this blog to previews of scenes from the first season.
In this first preview, we get a delicious sample of the Rocka & Evo combination and witness Rocka win out in a subtle argument about the show "Red vs. Blue".


Evo sighed and shook his head, plopping back down on the couch to continue watching the last few scenes of Season 6. Rocka chuckled and hopped over, poking Evo in the back with his crossbow and then jumping down to the floor with a very clear air of victory about him. Evo mumbled something unintelligible under his breath, and Rocka paused.

“Would you care to repeat that for my ancient, withering ears?”

“I said that someday I’ll find a way to beat you in one of those arguments.”

“That is extremely unlikely, considering I’ve beaten you in all 16 of them so far.”

“...I’m just gonna finish my show.”

“You do that. Let me know how it works out for you once you’ve hit Season 9.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?!”

“Well, everyone who’s seen every season agrees that Season 9 sucks.”

“Nothing could be worse than Season 3.”

“At least Season 3 had a plot.”

“...oh dear lord, you have to be kidding me.”

“You know Evo, for once, I wish I was kidding. You’ll have to suffer through it on your own this time I’m afraid.”

“I think I’ll finish this later. I need a bagel right now.”

“See what I mean, fatso? Your solution to every problem – go to the fridge.”

“No it isn’t, stupid!”

“Give me one time it wasn’t.”

“Rocka, how often do you find peanut butter and bagels in the fridge?”

“...I’m just gonna let that one go.”

Stay tuned; Preview 2 coming tomorrow or alternatvely Tuesday!






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