Archive for July, 2012

One more thing.

July 21, 2012

My heart goes out to all of those poor people who’s Midnight Premiere of Batman became the stuff of nightmares, when a young man decided to dress himself up in riot gear and go on a shooting rampage into the crowd in a theatre in Colorado.  I know not what would possess him to do such a thing. But he hurt so many people and killed at least ten of them.  The news articles I read about the event were absolutely shocking and appalling, not to mention terrifying.  I don’t know what else to say, except, send your love out to those people, those families torn asunder, those people whose only crime was to go to the midnight premiere of a movie they were excited to see.  Be ever vigilant and never be too reluctant to offer a kind word.  Break the hate!

The Dark Knight Rises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 21, 2012

My buddy Colin and I had quite the adventure on Thursday.  I met up with him so we could get tickets the second the box office was to open, only to find out that, *gasp* the theatre in question wasn’t doing a midnight show.  We were still pretty excited to do this so we did some research on his handy-dandy iphone and realized that two theatres in the area, as well as the Drive-In were all also doing Midnight Shows.  Keene was of course sold out, because they’re jerks and say they start selling tickets at such and such a time, yet are always sold out before the time they say they will start selling.  So we got our butts down to Garden Cinema in Greenfield, MA where the guy told us tickets were going fast.  So we got there at seven, no big line or anything, got our tickets and then went and got some food.  But we still had three hours till the doors even opened, and still nobody was lining up so we pretty much walked up and down and around the entire downtown region for a couple hours.  10pm and still not much of a crowd, and the doors were to open at 11 so I though that was weird, seeing as the guy told us the tickets were going fast.  The very small crowd that had gathered walked in at 11 and practically every person that walked in  behind us had not purchased tickets beforehand. Guess we could have started later.  Oh well.

Now the movie itself:  An explosive opening, just like in the previous installment, except ten times more epic and frightening.  Tom Hardy’s version of Bane makes Heath Ledger’s Joker look like a petty thug.  Not saying he still isn’t great, but Bane alone is enough to make this the best installment of the trilogy.  And Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is incredible.  She definitely keeps Bruce Wayne on his toes just the way Catwoman is known to do.  The movie is full of just as many explosions, unexpected plot twists, and realistic characters, as we have come to expect from the franchise and from Christopher Nolan’s films in general.    He truly is an auteur if any director is.

Now as for the plot, I don’t feel like I can divulge too much of it, except to see that it takes place 8 years after Dark Knight, and Batman has not been seen in all of those 8 years, and neither has Bruce Wayne.  He’s become a recluse, kind of the way we saw him in Batman Begins, nobody knows what he’s up to, where he’s been, like a regular old Gatsby.  Gordon has stuck by the story that The Batman murdered Harvey Dent.  But there are many who believe this not to be true.  Gotham seems to be in the midst of a new golden age, but at the cost of many freedoms  and many long for the beacon of hope that The Batman brings.  And refuse to see him as anything other than a hero.  The story follows suit, and really explains the symbolic importance of Batman and what it takes to rise, to become that hero that Gotham truly needs, whether or not they deserve it.  The other really notable performance here is Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, the cop who believes in Batman’s innocence, and one who knows exactly what he needs to do to follow that which is true and right.

I am only sad that this is the final installment, but maybe he’ll be convinced to make  a spin off series of sorts?  Either way, Nolan is producing Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, so I’m sure movies based on DC comics are now after all this time finally on the right track.  I mean, did you see Green Lantern?  What was that?

A trip to the 90’s

July 21, 2012

I saw Bush on Sunday after a day at the beach.  Seeing as it has been about a decade since they played together, I was a bit skeptical on how good it would be.  But my worries were dispelled when Gavin and co. took the stage at The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, and exploded into their set with “Machinehead,”  with just as much power and just as much passion as I would have expected of them at the height of their career.  They interspersed tracks from their new release, “Sea of Memories”  wtih a good cross-section of their greatest songs from the catalog, like “Chemicals Between Us,” “Swallow,” and their great finale of “Glycerine.”  The energy was sustained throughout, the band was extremely tight, and even held up when Gavin went crazy and decided to run through the crowd for an entire song.  A great show all around, and I don’t think I stopped moving the entire time either.  Was also a pleasant surprise to walk out of the venue to some soft rain, seeing as I was all hot and sweaty after getting my dance on and such,  and because it was an indication of the cooler weather we would be getting by the end of the week.  

Coming Next: Dark Knight Rises, and Death Cab

New Playlist: Time Is Running Out

July 11, 2012

As usual the playlist is named after the first song in it, but I did try to steer into the themes of desperation, despair, sadness, and the confusion between sad and angry that can sometimes occur.

Enjoy!

1.Time Is Running Out- Muse   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzpGk44UXKQ

2.Myxomatosis- Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgeKRbmUBns

3. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Song- Flaming Lips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjrUOlK2714

4. Long Division- Death Cab For Cutie  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2im12p46pP0

5. Come Together- Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8LZGQ4MkvQ

6. Heartbreaker- Led Zeppelin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYWxE-ShdXc

7. Bigmouth Strikes Again- The Smiths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqZdC6qXhLI

8. Ricochet! – Shiny Toy Guns  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsnV7gAS1rM

9. Monkey Gone To Heaven- Pixies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XycBLF6kWuY

10. Ghost Town- Shiny Toy Guns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpLgtXIH8eI

11. Clint Eastwood- Gorillaz  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoQYw49saqc

12. #1 Crush- Garbage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nkiF0hU7b0

 

Exploring the “Moonrise Kingdom”

July 6, 2012

It has come to be that time again, when a new Wes Anderson movie comes out.  “Moonrise Kingdom” is a lot of fun.  It’s signature Anderson style, quirky and sometimes over the top ridiculousness, with an ever present flair of possibility.  I wouldn’t call his style any sort of realism, but what you do see from his bizarre characters, and the weird things that many of them do, you see him exploring things in the realm of possibility.  He explores things that could happen, since real life is so odd at times, and makes less sense than movies usually.  I wouldn’t say it was his best film, but it was great.  Simple story, being told through great visuals, lovely actors, like Bill Murray(who i think is in all of his films), and Bruce Willis, who was so surprisingly good in this film.  I also applaud the actors playing the star crossed 12 year old lovers.   They have a very promising career ahead of them.  I would talk about the film itself a bit more, but I feel like I would ruin it by saying too much.  It may not be “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” or “Royal Tannenbaums,” but it is Wes Anderson, and it ranks right along beside most of his films. 🙂

“The Pretty Good Spider-Man”

July 6, 2012

So, yesterday, I decided to catch a matinee of “The Amazing Spider-man.”  I have to say I was not very enthusiastic about this movement except for in the last couple months.  Seeing as I wasn’t one of the people that think the other 3 are horrible.  Need I also point out that nobody seemed to think that until after they had already been out.  Nobody hated them when they first went to see them.  Well maybe not nobody, but still, you get the idea.  It was the same way with the Star Wars Prequels.  Or that Indianna Jones movie.  Nevermind, I don’t think that many people were enthused about that at all. I know I wasn’t.  But back to the “Spider-man.”  From a visual standpoint, it seems to have a level of realism not present in the other three films, just like the way they did Iron Man and Avengers.  The origin story, sets us up a lot better for a series of movies than the first Tobey Maguire one did, simply by connecting everything right back to Oscorp.  I love the Lizard, and this story’s introduction to him is great.  Emma Stone is gorgeous and as Gwen Stacy, does not fit the bill of the damsel in distress, superhero’s girlfriend archetype.  Garfield’s version of Peter Parker takes a bit of time to warm up to, but as the film progresses, you see so many subtle changes with his personality, and characterization.  I don’t think it’s better than the other three films by any means, but what it is, is a good night at the cinema.  And it doesn’t overload us with extra plot points the way the others did.  Is it good enough for another series of films? we shall see.