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Lego Movie Round II

Posted by xccj , in TV Feb 24 2014 · 101 views
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I saw it in 2D this time, and honestly, I think it might have been better.  Some of Wyldstyle's scenes where she's jumping around seemed too fast and jarring when I saw it in 3D, and they seemed more natural or something this time around.  I swear, 3D just never works for me; maybe my brain just can't process that extra dimension.
I took the time to enjoy some more details, and spotted some more figs and models.  I saw Johnny Thunder a second time too!

Also, I bought the soundtrack and have been listening to it quite a lot.  Not all the tracks are exactly like they are in the movie... there's some extensions and cuts and stuff, but the basic themes are the same.  And OMG Benny's theme is awesome even if it's short; I'm thinking of making it my ringtone!

Way too excited about the idea of getting this on DVD and replaying it over and over again!  (I watched the heck out of my HTTYD DVD, and the Lego Movie has so much more rewatch potential.)


The LEGO Movie: Characters

Posted by xccj , in TV, Review Feb 12 2014 · 96 views

Hey guys so yesterday I finally saw The LEGO Movie!
Everybody: We’ve already seen it!
Okay, so much for just bragging.  Anyway, I was planning to do a short review of how well the various sets were incorporated in the movie, since previous movie tie ins (Iron Man III) were pretty bad.  But there were so many Lego Movie sets that some would surely get more screen time than others.  Except. . . well, Brickset already posted an article on that.  So instead here’s a not-exactly-comprehensive list of all the characters who appeared.  Wow, that turned out to be quite long. . .  Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, SPOILERS!

Anyway, it was indeed a good movie.  Although if you were like me and watched each and every trailer, than the first half of the movie was kind of. . . reruns.  (I did the same thing when The Legend Reborn came out. . . only that time the previews covered all the good parts.  At least the second half of this movie was relatively unspoiled.)  I did feel that there were some pacing issues in the beginning, but again that might’ve just been because of what I just mentioned.  :shrugs:
I also bought the soundtrack (technically before I’d even seen the movie, although I didn’t listen to the full thing before I saw it.)  It’s good, and I have bits of it stuck in my head, which is surprisingly not the “Everything is Awesome” song.
I do want to see it again, and I probably will.  (Maybe a matinee 2D showing. . . I’m not sure 3D was really worth it.)  And I will for sure by it when it comes out on DVD.  Heck, maybe even preorder it and get whatever fig it comes with, since I never do that otherwise.  But yeah, great movie, go see it if you haven’t already.


Spoiler: Smaug Eats Everybody

Posted by xccj , in TV, Review Dec 15 2013 · 146 views
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Wow, Hobbit II AKA Desolation of Smaug was amazing. Like, really good. Sure, it wasn't exactly like the book... but it was better.
One thing I can say that's spoiler free was that the IMAX 3D showing was good and almost worth the money. (Almost... it was very pricy!) Since they filmed at a higher rate than normal, the movements were supposed to be more "natural" but last year I found them rather jerky and bothersome, and at points in detracted from the movie in general. But maybe that's just me, because most 3D has never impressed me much either when I can thoroughly enjoy the same movie in 2D. But last year I watched Hobbit I in SD, and so this year I can say that the quality improved with the IMAX 3D.

Anyway, those are some of my views, and it’s late at night and all, so I’m just gonna post this and check for errors later.  In short, you should see this movie.  I’m sure if you’re a strict Tolkien fan, you’ll be disappointed that it doesn’t follow the book exactly.  But honestly, parts of the Hobbit were boring IMO, and I’m very impressed with how the second movie remained things.
You should go see it anyway.  Right now.  GIVE PETER JACKSON ALL YOUR MONEYS!


Best Scene From Korra?

Posted by xccj , in TV Nov 16 2013 · 105 views

This one:
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Okay, maybe not the best, but most sig-worthy.  Epic finale and stuff.  Glad they let Bolin stop being a stuck up movie(er) star and actually start being cool again!



Posted by xccj , in TV Jul 30 2013 · 111 views

I saw the movie this weekend, and I really enjoyed it.
To start this out, let me say that I’m a big X-Men fan.  Well, as far as the television series are concerned, since I’m not quite as into comic books.  But the previous movies have been… okay at best.  Not super impressed with them compared to the Avengers and such.
But honestly, I don’t like Wolverine.  In general, his character is just too gruff or whatever; he’s always angry and violent and doesn’t seem like the most likeable protagonist.  I don’t dislike him per say, but he’s not my favorite X-Men.  (It’s kinda like how I don’t like the hothead Tahu compared to any of the other Toa Mata.)  This is just personal preferences, of course.
But, if I limit myself to Logan-based stories, I have to say that my favorite arcs with him are the ones set in Japan.  (And not to mention that the Wolverine Anime, canon or not, was REALLY good.)  So when I heard there was a new Wolverine movie coming out and that it was set in Japan, it caught my interest.  (And then I just randomly happened to notice that it was opening this weekend, so I was like kay let’s try for a matinee.)
So, um, spoilers??

Um... so that was a bit of rambling.  Overall, I liked this movie for the action and characters (and appreciated the Japanese themes that were included with both) and the story was good enough for a comic-book movie.  So now I’m rooting for Wolverine?  Eh, guess so.


I Should Probably Go To Sleep Now

Posted by xccj , in News, TV Jan 17 2013 · 125 views

But I have Internet access again!  Yay, so excited!
I need to do a big write up on my trip down and my experiences here and stuff, with pictures and everything.  But just haven't had the time!  Okay, so I did blow an hour catching up on some shows when I came home to Internet... but I could be doing that for hours, so I'm just impressed that I've limited myself!
Next big step: buying some furniture.
Also, I watched Legend of Chima tonight.



The Hobbit, In Brief

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Dec 14 2012 · 151 views

Honestly, there's so much I could say about the Hobbit, both good and bad.  But I'm really not in the mood to write all about it, so I'll keep it short.
It does a good job of keeping the feel from the LotR movies, but it also seems to be lacking some of the majesty.  This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies.  (And it was still pretty good.)  The same here.
It's also different because they're including so much.  In LotRs, they had to take out so much stuff just to fit it into the 3 movies, but the Hobbit is one book being spread out over three movies, so they have room to add in new stuff.  On one hand, I can appreciate it and I always love seeing more of Middle Earth.  On the other hand... c'mon, drawing the Hobbit out into three movies?  Now we have to wait even longer for it to conclude!
One thing that bugged me; it was shot in 48 FPS (Frames Per Second) instead of the standard 24.  But while others claimed it felt more realistic, it seemed too jumpy and quick in places for me.  Not the plot movement or whatever; the physical movements on the screen just felt off!  Like everything was in fast forward.  It cut down on the enjoyability for me anyway.  :(
But all the same... I like the bits of plot they added in from the books.  The characters seem far more real now, especially the dwarves, who I never really connected with in the Book.  And Gandalf war arguably cooler in this movie than the previous LotR ones.  And there was lots of epic scenery of Middle Earth New Zealand to enjoy.  So if you haven't already, go see it.  (But I'm not sure if I would recommend a midnight showing again... waaaaaaaay too crowded.  It would've probably been more fun to go with friends, but since I have none... year, should've just waited a day.)


Zetsuen no Tempest

Posted by xccj , in TV Nov 24 2012 · 107 views

Hey another anime entry from a guy who's getting into this but is still a newby to the whole American fanbase culture. Take it as you like, here are my thoughts.

If you don't trust the future

Continue with that force

What is left to learn now

So do it

And when you look there's someone

That's running by my side

Spirit inspiration

No I can't lose

So the latest Anime that I started following is Zetsuen no Tempest. The anime itself is intriguing. I like the basic plot, although the magic side is a little odd. The characters are great tho, and at the very least the fights in the first couple of episodes were awesome.

But I also like the intro song. What caught me off guard was that it's in ENGLISH! Craziness! (I assume its not just an english dub, cause they usually don't do that for the songs, and I did some searching and the English version was all I found. And yes, I do prefer subtitles over dubs.) At first it seemed a little off because it doesn't quite have the flow of an english song, but the beat is catchy enough that I found it and added it to my song collection.

I've actually done this with a few other anime songs, so I'm slowly building up a playlist where I don't actually understand all the lyrics. But hey the tunes are catchy enough that I can enjoy them. Funnily enough, I started doing this a couple of weeks before I first heard Gangnam Style on the radio, and although he's not Japanese, I still find similarities to enjoying a song that has Asian-language lyrics.

And I've been trying to follow some other Animes. One of my favorites is still Sword Art Online, and I like the plot of the second half of the season. I have also enjoyed Magi, where the story is very well done, and Robotics; Notes, which started out kind of tame but now has this awesome mystery / conspiracy tone to it.

I've also been following HTTYD and Ninjago, which have been fun. HTTYD is fairly enjoyable even if it is aimed at a younger audience, and still makes me laugh. (Although the music isn't as epic as the movie's.) I'm sad Ninjago ended, but it was a fairly good ending that wrapped up the series pretty well. Not sure if I'll be as into Chima, but I'll give it a chance. And for non-animated TV, I'm only following Arrow and Grimm, which are okay but I think there aren't any new episodes coming out soon.

I'd say suggest some anime I should look into, but... well, I have plenty for now. Right now, I'm watching about one twenty minute episode per night from various series, so that works with my sorta-busy schedule. But I'll be needing more stuff to watch come December when I get to recover from a surgery, so I'll need good material to watch then. (Currently planning to rewatch LotR, Indiana Jones, BttF, PotC, and any other good trilogies we happen to own.) ;)



Caught Up on Warehouse 13

Posted by xccj , in TV Oct 01 2012 · 115 views


This has really been an interesting season, with some neat twists. This is kind of a spoiler, but I'm glad they haven't killed of Jynxie yet. I kinda had the feeling that they'd bring him back from the dead for a few episodes and then knocked him back off, but they've done a rather thorough job with his whole arch, and I feel that he's become a much better part of the team than he was last season.

Obviously I haven't seen tonight's episode. It's kinda a bummer that we've already reached the end of the season for this year. (It would be cool if the second half started airing in like January, but I think we'll have to wait until next summer for the second half of season four.) On the plus side, since I already purchased the whole season on iTunes, I'll just get episodes next year automatically, because they'll still be part of season four! :D (And since I only paid $20, that's $1 per episode instead of $3-4 that Amazon's charging. Granted, iTunes still charged that much for other popular television shows, but apparently not Warehouse 13)

Also, school midterms and such. Meh.

Also, BrickCon this weekend. Opposite of Meh. :br:



Finally Watched The Harry Potter Finale

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Sep 22 2012 · 115 views

The final Harry Potter movie, the Deathly Hollows Part 2, came out in theaters in July 2012. I did not go to see it.

The movie came out on DVD last November. Around that time, I added it to our Movie Queue for Blockbuster (the service where they send us DVDs like Netflix... and yeah they're still in business.) Since then, my mom keeps reshuffling the list to bring the movies she wants to see to the top. (And I didn't even put my choice as a high priority.)

So here it is, at least 9 months later, and it finally came it. Couldn't have picked a better weekend, since my folks are out, and they wouldn't have appreciated the movie anyway.

It was... interesting. It changed a lot of things. Somewhat iconic moments too. Although I guess that's to be expected for any movie adaptation. I wish they had actually shown some of the deaths like Fred's, but the other-student fighting was a little sparse. On the other hand, they did give Neville proper treatment, and I especially liked his bridge scene. (Like seriously, people said he was cool in the books, but the movie makes him look the part so much better.) Oh, and the fire creatures were well done.

So the movie was enjoyable. Book is better, but seriously, the seventh book (especially the second half of it) was some of the best stuff from the whole series, and I guess it did a good job of showing it on the screen. But I was still shouting out corrections when they said the quotes wrong. :P

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