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April 2010, Cinema and Television »

[22 Apr 2010 | 7 Comments | 3,343 Views]
Kick-Ass shoots itself in the foot

If you have had regular access to the internet these past six months, you have no doubt been exposed to the extensive marketing campaign that preceded the release of KICK-ASS. Not a week went by without new trailers, vignettes, movie stills or one of the approximately 150 posters, making this easily the most-hyped release of the first half of 2010. Kick-Ass is based on the comic-book by Mark Millar (Wanted) and John Romita Jr. and adapted for the screen by director/writer Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake) and Jane Goldman. Now that it’s finally arrived, critics can be roughly divided into two types:
–Those that applaud Kick-Ass for being a clever satire/smart deconstruction/subversion of the superhero genre, and
–Those that condemn it for being morally bankrupt for its sadistic violence and foul language.

For reasons explained before, I don’t believe the hype, either positive or negative. And after witnessing Kick-Ass with my own two eyes, I am forced to admit that both groups of critics are wrong.

April 2010, Cinema and Television »

Journey Through Kill Bill: Part 8 & 9
[18 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,743 Views]
Journey Through <i>Kill Bill</i>: Part 8 & 9

Steve P nears the end of his journey through Kill Bill with the Cruel Tutelage of Pai Mei and Elle and I.

April 2010, Cinema and Television, Subheadline »

[13 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,262 Views]
How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon was a pleasant surprise and a lot more fun than I had expected from the trailer.  I would go so far as to call it the best Dreamworks Animation to date.
Yes, the story is at first glance an all-too familiar one. A Young boy, a misfit in his community, befriends an ancient enemy and defies a centuries-old tradition. From that information alone, you can probably deduct where and how the story will proceed, but sometimes the joy is not …

April 2010, Cinema and Television »

Crazy (Alcoholic with a) Heart (of Gold)
[12 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 1,773 Views]
Crazy (Alcoholic with a) Heart (of Gold)

Blake done a bad, bad thing.
I watched Crazy Heart tonight. For those who don’t know what the film is about – Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an alcoholic country music star whose glory days are in his past. Blake moves from town to town and bar to bowling alley leaving a stench of failure, booze, and vomit. There must have been some confusion about the title when writer/director Scott Cooper went to pitch the screenplay since Blake never comes close to fitting any DSM-IV definition of crazy. Maybe Wino Heart …

April 2010, Cultural Comment, Literature »

[4 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,850 Views]
Why e-readers suck

I’m a semi-novice at many things. Within the past few years, I’ve become more and more of a semi-novice Luddite. I’ll often see some new piece of technology, with buttons and a screen of some sort, and be absolutely smitten.