It was four years ago that the first film in this soon to be doomed and financially raped franchise. Well maybe not so much raped but it became ultra successful. For a film that is based off of a toy line. The toy line spawned a cartoon show which gave more people more transformers to buy. The characters would become iconic nerd robots or something and Michael Bay would make the first movie. The first film had it all, well kind of, it had Optimus Prime, Starscream, Megatron, Jazz, Ratchet, and Bumblebee as well as others. The second one added some new color (literally) as well as putting nut sacks on a robot. The second film may have grossed more but it was a nightmare to behold, now Bay is back at the helm hoping to gain penance for his nightmarish second part with Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
The late 1970’s were a simpler time. A time when gas wasn’t 4 bucks a gallon. A time when you didn’t have to worry as much about terrorist attacks. A time when steroids didn’t ruin professional sports. A time when the biggest fear and most likely the only fear was when and who was gonna drop the first nuke. JJ Abrams hits the simplicity of the time perfectly in his follow up to the 2009 surprise hit Star Trek. Abrams is a man who is known for throwing money at films to get them made for so than directing. He produced Cloverfield and that was all he did for that film. He directed the forgettable Mission Impossible III and that was his only other film. He created television programs Lost, Felicity, Alias, and Fringe all very successful shows. Needless to say there was skepticism heading into the theater as to whether Abrams could really work the magic on the big screen with his own writing. Over the course of the past week there was Facebook status updates saying your life is not complete until you see this movie. That you should just kill yourself if you wait til DVD or never see it. The trailers never made it seem that good. Just a glorified version of ET except with a large amount of more violence. What happened next can only be described as insanity.
Every generation, nay more so decade has a genre of film that they overdo. Remember the ’60s were littered with Westerns featuring the likes of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. The ’70s were the time of the mob movies where men like DeNiro, Duvall and Brando became more like household names than they were. The ’80s had the love fetish for the action flick that turned so-so to even awful actors like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold into superstars. The ’90s saw the love of Tom Hanks blossom into an unhealthy obsession with handing him awards. Our current generation has two big loves, the oversaturation of comic book films and remakes. Go down this years block buster list and excluding sequels we get how many comic films? Thor, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cowboys and Aliens. And that is all just from May to July. Now the problem of late has been DC properties have been a bit sloppy excluding Batman but Marvel has got it’s shit together. Seriously, so if the skeptics were a bit what skeptical during the first screenings of Green Lantern would you be surprised?
Here we are. Just a few weeks after the Death Cab show. Just two years from their last tour that hit Philadelphia, Portland rockers, is that even the right term to use for this band, have returned to the city that loves them for their summer 2011 tour. This time the tour name is not an anagram for the album like A Short Fazed Hovel was for The Hazards of Love. No this time they were not playing at a venue where even they themselves in their hipstery looks were likely to get shot and or stabbed but that’s Upper Darby which is a very seedy area outside of Philadelphia, actually I was shocked with how close it was to Center City but that is another time and place. The show though was at the glorious Academy of Music which stood on both Broad and Locust. The venue from the outside looked tiny as sin and left me wondering how we can fit a few thousand people in a tiny looking building while just down the street the relatively new Kimmel Center stood both new and futurey looking. As it turns out there was several layers of balconies that we found people on and it was quite scary to look up but the venue was well a theater for operas and other live performances that were far from a rock concert.
inFAMOUS was a “Greatest Hit” for the early PlayStation 3 owner. Well actually that’s not really true, see the first game came out in 2009 and now is available for free if you were on the PlayStation Network when it got hacked. inFAMOUS was one of the first games I ever got on my PS3 along with God of War Collection, God of War III, Metal Gear Solid 4. I played through the game and enjoyed it immensely but had a few qualms. Overall the first game was an 8.5 out of 10 which is needless to say a must own especially if it’s free or 25 bucks. When I heard there was a sequel coming out I was a bit skeptic at first. Was this a must buy game or more like a wait for it to be on sale then throw thirty or forty at the game in the attempt to play a game that was essentially the same as the predecessor. I was baffled myself when i pre-ordered the game at GameStop the same time I went with LA Noire. So the day came. got my copy tore it open and plopped it in. Of course several things prevented me from actually playing it on the first few days. Since the girlfriend was picking it up and I wasn’t seeing her til Friday was one and that I was dragged out after she left on Friday. So Saturday I began my quest as Cole McGrath. This is the summary of my thoughts.
Well folks this is it, it’s the finale. Well more like the mid-season finale since they wanted to cut it in half and have less time between the season finale and the X-Mas special or maybe not do an X-Mas special and break all our hopes and dreams. I want to say though that through the first seven episodes, six of them have been phenomenal with one abysmal episode. So where does this one stand in the scheme of things. Well let’s say Wikipedia lists it as a two part serial but the start of this episode comes from the end of the last one. So does that mean it’s a four part serial or is it like two two part serials that tell one super huge story? Well needless to say this was a phenomenal episode and a vast majority of the community agrees…or so I hope.
A few months back I published a list of songs the band should play live on the tour, in the hopes that maybe they’d read it and fulfill a few of them, more like all of them, I went back this morning and found myself looking at said list and counting the actual songs that they did play and it was only 4. Four out of ten plus songs that I so craved to hear were played. Sure they played the big ones, the ones people wanted to hear, needless to say even still I wasn’t disappointed. The show though on the other hand was phenomenal. Amazing. Several people told me this would be the show for me and I doubted them just a bit cause you know new songs being thrown in the mix but alas they were not wrong. And now time to go through the full review!