Tourture and Triumph:”127 Hours”

 

I was a bit worried 127 Hours would not be the most entertaining movie because it is about a guy that was trapped in a canyon for 127 hours. The film began with the antagonist, Aron Ralston venturing out to the canyon. Through his encounter with a couple of girls on the way we get the idea that Aron is a somewhat eccentric and charming person and that he knows a thing or two about the bluffs and surrounding area. After leaving the girls and wondering around for a while it happens. While he is jumping down into a crevasse between two rocks, he dislodges a large rock that falls on his arm. The title pops up and you realize that the majority of this movie is going to take place in that spot.
The majority of the rest of the movie deals with Aron as he struggles with his need for water food and maintaining other human conditions. That doesn’t sound very interesting but the score by A. R. Rahman, the cinematography and acting are well done. Aron documents his survival struggle through a video journal using the camcorder he brought. Flashback are utilized to let the audience learn more about Aron and about the people who are important to him. The success of this film relied heavily on James Franco’s portrayal of Aron and he delivers.
127 Hours is quite funny at times and it is very intense. Watching this movie is torturous, as it should be, but that just makes the ending (which most people already know because the actual events that this film is based on were well televised) so much more powerful. The scene in which Aron finally escapes from the rock is very painful to watch. This is one of those movies in which you feel a connection with the audience because it feels like you went through these horrible things with the character.

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On A Different Note 21

It’s been a while…….

You should listen to these songs because I like them and you might too:

“Got To Get Home” – Places

“Dreem” – Perfume Genius

“Roman’s Revenge” – Nicki Minaj (Featuring Eminem)

Swiss Psalms” –  Forest Spirits

Aertgo Lapsees” – RxRy

 

“The Chrysanthemum and The Sword” – Mad Men

This was my favorite episode of this season and is a big contender for my favorite episode of the series. This is the first episode in a while with Betty and Sally playing bigger role. Betty is having problems with the results of the divorce and takes it out on Sally by slapping her in the face after Sally cuts her hair. Sally gets caught playing with herself at a friends house and Betty threatens that she will chop Sally’s fingers off if she does anything like it again. Henry convinces Betty that she needs to take Sally to see a psychiatrist. Betty calls Don and tells him that they both need to meet with the psychiatrist separately and they blame Sally’s issues on one another. Betty meets with the psychiatrist and she suggests that they meet four times a week. Betty seems to be the one that really needs to see a psychiatrist I think it is clear that she had problems with her mother. In past episodes she has described her mother to be very beautiful and in this episode Betty talked about how strict she was. January Jones and the writers have done a great job with Betty’s character. I hate her for the way she disciplines Sally and all of the hate she has, but I can tell that she has been tortured to the point that she has some serious problems, and the I really feel for her.

At work, Don and the gang have competition as they attempt to win over the client, Honda. SCDP is advised to read “The Chrysanthemum and The Sword” to prepare, hence the title. When the Honda representatives arrive, Cooper almost blows all of their chances with them but luckily the translator doesn’t relay his furious racist remarks. The representatives say that they are giving each of the competitors $3,000 to create a presentation and win them over. Cooper and Pete have a heated argument. Peter says that Cooper is trying to “wrap (himself) in the flag” in order to keep them from winning Honda, because the the company will be less reliant on Lucky Strike and in turn, less reliant on Cooper. Donald suggests that they make a big commercial to present to Honda, but no one wants to because it would limit the rest of their year. Later, Don has the idea that they should trick their competition into believing that they are making the big commercial so that they will sacrifice the funds to create a commercial themselves. So, Joan has a meeting with someone that works with the competition and Don “accidentally” interrupts them with a Honda bike. And Peggy rides a bike into a studio to mislead them. Don goes to the meeting with Honda and resigns because they let SCDP’s competitor present a finished piece which was against Honda guidelines they wrote. Honda later disqualifies the other company, leaving SCDP at the front of the running for Honda.

This episode had a lot of good drama, but there were also many really funny parts. Most notably when the Honda representatives meet Joan. “How does she stand?” they ask and she says, “They are not very subtle are they?” And then, when we see Peggy driving the Honda motorcycle around and empty lot after the competitors are not allowed to enter. It was also funny when Peggy, in the most serious voice ever, tells her co-workers not to touch the drinking bird because she wants to know how long it will keep going.

One of the best lines of the episode: “Christ on a craker!” -Peter

“The Other Guys” Versus The “Schmucks”

If you are trying to find a comedy to entertain you during this deadbeat summer, you basically have two choices, “Dinner for Schmucks” or “The Other Guys”. You should choose the latter.

“Dinner for Schmucks” is pretty good. It’s hard to go wrong with so many hilarious people: Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Jermaine Clement, and Kristen Schaal. (I find it kind of funny that Jeff Dunham is in this movie, he is a “comedian” but he is not “funny”. But, he plays the schmuck at the party with a puppet which makes sense, because he tries to be funny using puppets.) The acting is pretty great in this movie, it’s the writing that isn’t spectacular. It’s a pretty basic and predictable storyline. The schmuck that Paul Rudd’s character needs for a party to get a promotion causes him a lot of problems and then they go to the party. I enjoyed “Dinner for Schmucks”, but it wasn’t amazing.

“The Other Guys” was probably the funniest comedy this summer, which isn’t saying hardly anything at all because the year has sucked in terms of movies. “Dinner for Schmucks” is basically it’s only competitor.  There’s nothing serious about it, it’s really just a good time. Will Ferrell basically plays the same character that he always plays, but it works here. I wasn’t a fan of Mark Wahlberg’s acting, I don’t feel he does the comedy thing that well, but he wasn’t bad enough to not enjoy it. The scenes are with Eva Mendez, Will Ferrell’s average looking wife. One thing I like about the movie is that it is pretty unpredictable, some pretty extreme things happen, it doesn’t get to the point of being like “The Hangover” in that aspect, but it’s nice that it’s not really predictable.

The winners: “The Other Guys”,

Ben Linus Returns

Access Hollywood has released about a minute of the extra Lost footage that will be on the season 6 DVD and bluray release. It seems to answer the question of who was responsible for the Dharma food supply drops. Ben says he’s going to, “tie up a few loose ends.”

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via Access Exclusive, First Look: Ben Takes ‘Charge’ In ‘Lost’.

On A Different Note – 20

Saving Lady/Pauline” by Human Resources

Play With Me” by Kohwi

“Wooden Box (Stephan Morris Remix)” by Factory Floor

Ikons” by Afrika

The Wolf” by Monster Rally

20 Best Albums of 2010.0 – 20010.5

1.    Crystal Castles-“Crystal Castles (II)”

2.    Sleigh Bells-“Treats”


3.    Beach House-Teen Dream

4.    Javelin- No Mas

5.    MGMT-Congratulations

6.    Owen Pallett-Heartland

7.    Xiu Xiu- Dear God I Hate Myself

8.   Phantogram-Eyelid Movies

9.    Caribou-Swim

10.    Yeasayer- Odd Blood

11.   Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty

12.    Explode Into Colors-Quilts

13. Oh No Ono-Eggs

14.   Gonjasufi-A Sufi And A Killer
15.    Here We Go Magic- Pigeons
16.    LCD Soundsystem-This is Happening
17.    Vampire Weekend-Contra
18.    Hot Chip- One Life Stand
19.    Fang Island-Fang Island
20.    Gorillaz-Plastic Beach

“Toy Story 3” : What A Summer Blockbuster Looks Like

I can’t think of a film studio like Pixar that has ever released a weak movie. Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s streak. It’s been over a decade since the last installment of Toy Story, but the characters feel just as alive.

Toy Story 3 takes place after many of the toys (Bo-peep and Wheezy being the most notable) have been gotten rid of. This was a good move, because Toy Story 3 has a very large cast. The people at Pixar did a very good job at juggling them all though.

The first scene is a fun and action-packed re-imagining of the opening of the first film when Andy is playing with his toys. The movie follows the toys as they are relocated to a nursery called “Sunnyside” which may not be as pleasant as it sounds.

(Spoiler stuff ahead)

“TS3” gets pretty intense for a movie who’s main audience may be kids. There is a freaky baby like the one from “The Twilight Zone” and a scary hissing monkey. The most intense scene takes place at the climax of the movie when the toys end up in an incinerator at a junk yard. The toys accept defeat and link arms awaiting their fiery end. The score is really cool during this scene and I actually believed for a second that they were all going to die. They are saved though in a truely “Toy Story” way that makes the rescue seem like less of a forced deus-ex-machina mechanism.

There were a lot of times I found myself laughing out loud during “TS3” and many times that I laughed pretty hard.  Just as in most Pixar movies (excluding “Up”) “Toy Story 3” has good humor, not the lame and childish attempts at humor that are present in most Dreamworks films.  Barbie and Ken are probably responsible for the most laughs.  Ken is puts on a show for Barbie, Mr. Potatohead becomes Mr. Pitahead, and Buzz starts speaking Spanish and does a dance for a surprised Jessie. These things all happen in a short span of time while the toys are trying to escape. I wish there was more of Kristen Schaal’s character, Trixie, because she is pretty funny.

It’s hard to find things to complain about this movie, there are very few third installment into a film series that are this good. The villain of this film, Lotso, is very similar to The Prospector from “Toy Story 2”, but it is done in such a fresh way this time that you don’t even notice.

I could not keep myself from getting teary-eyed both times I saw the ending. Only Pixar can get me to cry about someone giving their toys away. It feels like a good ending to the “Toy Story” trilogy.

Top Ten Pixar Films (Now Including Toy Story 3)

1. Toy Story

2. The Incredibles

3. Finding Nemo

4.  WALL-E

5. Up

6. Ratatouille

7. Toy Story 3

8. Monster’s Inc.

9. Toy Story 2

10.  A Bug’s Life

11. Cars

Game of Thrones Teaser Trailer

This video is only 20 seconds long, so it’s not very exciting. This show is coming to HBO next year and it is based on a famous fantasy book series. The writers want to make a series based on each book and I’m hoping it will be good enough to do so.

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