I saw the first few episodes years ago on Solar USA, before any of the Asian HBO channels aired it. Problem was they never seemed to get past the first few episodes, which totally wrecked the long-form storytelling.
(Generally satisfied with receiving overseas parcels at the post office, except that lately there's been a noticeable delay between when it gets them and me getting the parcel notice. In this case the local postmark was November 29. At least I got this sans import duties since the customs inspector was feeling the holiday spirit. Just paid the 40 peso handling/storage fee.)
Haven't finished watching Gilmore Girls S2 and S3, even though I bought the DVDs years ago. 30 Rock S1 and S2 are still shrink-wrapped after I bought them at a 50% off sale. Gonna have to cut down my backlog before buying more TV series DVDs.
Related to this: Man, I can't tell if Jason Aaron is dumb or just deluded. To his credit, he's making "Wolverine and the X-Men" the only X-men comic I've read in a decade and enjoyed through sheer "throwing new ideas and characters out there". But as Tucker stated, man is he going to be sad when all that is taken from him.
OK, I went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
The Good: -Simon Pegg is funny. -Goddamn but Jeremy Renner is a good actor - can he just become the lead? Because he stole every scene from Tom Cruise with exactly zero effort. Hell, he even manages a range from ultra-serious to comedic - something no other actor in this film manages. -And most importantly - BRAD. MOTHERFUCKING. BIRD. As should be a surprise to no one, he directed the shit out of this thing. Even to the point where I knew, KNEW with 100% certainty what plot twist was coming, he managed to make it engrossing and captivating and sucked me right in. On this alone it's worth the watch.
The Bad: -Tom Cruise. Mario on a Super-NES has a wider range of emotional states and expressions.
But you know what's weird?
The Trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation was playing right before this, and well...it does strike one how the two movies have almost EXACTLY THE SAME GODDAMN PLOT. In this case, "We were set up and now disavowed and hunted by our own people! We have to go deep and become a ragtag group to win the day and restore our reputation!" Yes, it's a common thing, but man, to see it back to back to back like that says something. The obvious thing is the lack of originality, certainly. However, another thought occurred to me.
Post by michaelpaciocco on Jan 2, 2012 19:46:37 GMT -8
So...I watched "Fast Five" with my brother...and it's a fun movie....
Until you start thinking logically.
The Biggest take away? Killing Americans - BAD. Killing Brazilians - A-OK!
At least according to this movie's logic.
Oh, yeah, SPOILERS.
Look, yes the laws of physics are more shattered and then lit on fire more than broken. Fine. We can accept that.
However...there are some problems
1) The final chase scene? Yeah, how is that not considered an act of terrorism? Exactly how many innocent civilians you figure got killed or maimed?
2) Also, the entire Rio police department is GONE. Wiped out. Not just men but vehicles and equipment as well. I figure the Army declares martial law like...the next night.
3) The Rock is the worst cop ever. First, he shoots an unarmed man in cold blood in broad daylight - how does that not have consequences? Yeah, OK, he was the druglord who ordered his entire team murdered - but I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean you get to become the lawless vigilantes like...you know, the guys you are so eager to hunt down. The writers botched this - he's portrayed as Mr. Letter of the Law, and then he pulls this, making him a huge hypocrite.
4) The Rock is the worst cop ever part two - ...and then you let the thieves go. Alright, fine - they are the protagonists and they probably didn't kill those federal agents back there? But you know who they did kill, right in front of you? Whole lot of innocent bystanders. And cops. And sure, maybe most of the were corrupt - but how do you tell? Is there a special "Corruption number" on their badges? How the hell wasn't there just some guy like say Jim Gordon (or Rio Lady Cop, who we will deal with shortly) who hates the corruption but stays in the system who wasn't in his corrupt buddies car when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker make him part of their epic level collateral damage? But hey, I guess it's ok because all those dead people were probably just Brazilians...that's ok, right?
5)Why is Rio Cop Lady happy? Ok, yes, drug lord is dead (and she's a witness, and probably accessory to the murder). But even putting that aside, Torretto and company just took $100 million dollars out of the local economy - yes it was drug money - but as she herself stated, was being used for the poorest parts of town. now granted corrupt crimelord doesn't have it anymore - that's good. But neither do the poor people of Rio in the slums have any money for schools or water or electricity. The bad guy won't get processed, his crimes won't be brought to light, and if anyone is left of his organization (and odds are someone is) they'll be positioned to just take his place. Oh, and there's all his holdings that could have bene liquidated to paying for new cops that won't be. Oops.
6) Oh, and this is a big thing in the movie where the guys are going on about going to a place where there's no extradition treaty. Now, I'm fairly sure that wherever they end up might make an exception after seeing the whole "act of terrorism" they pulled off in Rio. And yes, they are terrorists - by any definition. Not ideological, but the sheer destructive damage? Yeah, I'm betting the US won't send the Rock next time - best case scenario is a CIA black bag squad to throw your ass in Gitmo. Worst case? Seal Team Six puts 2 bullets in your brainpan.