I’m in full Spanish studying mode since I’ve got a test tomorrow. I’ll have regular post tomorrow, but for tonight here’s something entertaining:
Okay, it probably isn’t, but having just sat through 2 hours and 45 minutes of pounding bass and all other noises at a super high volume it certainly feels like it. Yes, I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not sure that the film was really that loud, but the theater sure had the volume up. I spent part of the movie with my ears plugged, and I could still hear and feel every word and sound. Still, apart from the headache inducing loudness, it was a phenomenal film.
Now, I have only seen Batman Begins. I never saw The Dark Knight. I really, really wanted to. I was so excited when I saw they were making the second film. Then the nightmares started. I don’t dream often, but I began to have terrible, frightening nightmares, mainly featuring the Joker, and I just couldn’t ever bring myself to watch it (and I have no intention of watching it, just the thought makes me break out in a cold sweat). So, the good news about Rises is that if you have seen the first film, but not the second you’ll be fine. There’s enough expository material that you get then general idea of what happened to lead up to the events in this film.
What really amazed me about Rises is the fact that it starts out dark, and just gets darker and more hopeless as the minutes tick by. I found myself wondering how they were going to resolve a trilogy of films when they’d written something that seemed impossible to resolve. I won’t spoil it for those who’ve yet to see it. I’ll just say that it’s well worth the price of admission; just bring earplugs in case it’s just as loud as the showing I went to.
Now to find some ibuprofen…
Next Saturday will be my last day here at home before I make the trek back north. It’s kind of hard to believe that in a week summer will be over and the school year will be starting up. It’s been a good summer. I’ve gotten to hang out with friends and family, gained a “niece,” and relaxed. It’s been a hard summer, too. Grampa’s death was a not too subtle reminder that I come from a fairly small family, and almost all of them are quite a bit older than me. Being reminded how mortal we all are is never much fun.
I also got to see a fair share of movies this summer. Here, in no particular order, are what I saw and what I thought.
If you haven’t seen this, you should. Actually, you need to go and watch all the films that lead up to Avengers (Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Ironman, Captain America, Ironman 2, & Thor) and then go watch it. I should mention that even though Ironman 2 came out before Captain America, I actually found Ironman 2 to be much better once I had the Captain America storyline. There’s so much in Ironman 2 that draws on the Captain America storyline. This film was fun, well done, and really amazing in both 3D and 2D. I’ve seen it a couple of times, and I can’t wait to see it again.
Men In Black III
The Men in Black (MIB) franchise has had a special place in my heart ever since I was sitting in a bus for a band trip to D.C. and saw the first MIB film on a little tiny t.v. While the second one was not great (really, my favorite part was Frank the Pug singing “I Will Survive), I still have good memories associated with it. Ten years later, along came MIB3, and I was equal parts exited and terrified. My terror was pointless. The film is excellent, and had all the charm and sweetness that it should have. Frank the Pug was pretty much the only missing element (he’s there, but not like I would have liked).
This was Disney’s newest addition to their Princess collection. This princess was much more Mulan than Cinderella. She’s not happy just sitting back waiting for a man. This film was filled with girl power messages, but it also had much to say regarding family and responsibility for the choices we make. So much fun, and so beautifully done.
Snow White and the Huntsman
I think people were quick to dismiss this film because of a general dislike of Kristen Stewart. That’s too bad. This was a really good movie. It was so dark and creepy, just the way a fairy tale ought to be. Sure, some liberties were taken with the Snow White story, but none that were unacceptable.
The Three Stooges
I never watched the Stooges growing up, so I went into this one unsure of what to expect. It was well done, but overall, I just couldn’t get into it. I’m not the biggest fan of physical comedy, and that was what this film relied on. It had its moments, but I have zero desire to see it again.
Ice Age 4
Sid, Manny, and Diego. Need I say more? This newest installment was much better than the forgettable third one, and as good as the first. The second installment is still my favorite, but this one was fun and made me laugh.
Let me star with the good. This film is basically Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Occasionally, you see another person, but overall, those three people carry the entire film. They succeeded at proving they’re awesome actors, and they all did amazing. However…here’s the bad. The first quarter of the movie is really bittersweet and funny. Then the rest of the film is a downer and all about sex. Seriously. I have no idea how this film did not get an R rating. Sure, there’s no real foul language, but the dialogue is surprisingly graphic, and what Jones and Streep do onscreen outside of the therapists office is beyond squirm worthy. The film does end on a positive and realistic note, but it feels like it takes hours to get there.
Overall, not a bad summer for movies. I’m still hoping to catch Dark Knight Rises and Paranorman before I leave next Sunday.
This afternoon I was talking with my friend (the one with the adorable baby) and she mentioned how excited she is for The Hobbit. I’m equally excited, and this led to the conversation of how amazingly fun it’d be to go to the midnight release. It’d be awesome to see people in their costumes, and to be in the theater hearing people clap and cheer anytime there’s anything in the movie that funny or amazing. Unfortunately, once you get past 25, going to a midnight movie becomes something that you don’t bounce back from easily. Sure, it’s no big deal staying up until midnight, but usually the movie lasts at least two hours (and if Lord of the Rings is any indicator, Hobbit will be at least three hours). This means that if you have to be anywhere first thing in the morning, you will get limited sleep which will severely limit your functionality. This isn’t a terrible thing, but I’ve discovered that most bosses don’t appreciate it if you come to work as a zombie on a day that’s not Halloween. Well, there’s still a few months to decide, and whether I see it at midnight or a few days later, I can’t wait!