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The Shining (1997)
OK I am gonna settle this argument.
First let me just say I love both versions equally. However thing have to be addressed. First and foremost, the Shining regardless of who you think did better has and will always be Stephen King's baby. It was meant to symbolize his struggle with Alcoholism which was the main theme of the book. When Kubrick did his version, it stopped being "Stephen King's The Shining." And became "Stanley Kubrick's The Shining." The reason Stephen hated it so much because it stopped being his struggle and started being Kubrick's Art. This miniseries was simply stating "Stanley I am gonna take back what's mine." And even though the public was divided by it, he did what he could to do so. The Kubrick version was meant to be ambiguous and keep us guessing and interpreting it till the cows come home. The King version on the other hand, made sense and that's what most hated about it. You can't expect King to be ambiguous unless he wants to be ambiguous, he is Stephen King not Stanley Kubrick. Let the baby have his bottle and find something to like about this.
Psycho Meets Silent Hill but in a good way.
This episode is exactly what I meant by slow start. Each passing moment becomes one more step closer to Norman's eventual growth in to the man we know he is gonna be. It gives more hints like the first such as where his interest in Taxidermy came from and Norma taking in a lover. It also has an interesting twist by implying to us that the Bates family isn't the only people in Fairville with dark secrets. The entire town has enough skeletons in their closets to fill a cemetery. Some minor like finding a pot field in the middle of the woods. Some major such as mysterious assaults where victims are set on fire. We also get a taste of the psychotic rage Norman will eventually accept in his life. All and all the show is slowly getting better and I hope to see the 3rd episode.
12 Cabins 12 Vaccancies, Slow start.
It's off to a slow and steady start I can tell you that much. We get a little insight to the mind of a Modern Day Norman Bates. Highmore took Perkins good traits and added a little of his own. Though he seemed naturally nervous rather than simply acting nervous during his first episode. Who wouldn't be when you are filling the shoes of one of the most influential characters in horror history? That being said, that natural nervousness fits in rather well as Norman's awkward side. As for Norma we see two sides. The first side being the kind and caring mother that was only hinted at by the cops in Psycho. Whilst we see true Norma, that clinging demanding woman that tries to control every aspect of Norman's life. Also the build up of the motel itself was excellent. Though if I were to nitpick on one thing, I don't want to spoil it but I have to on this one. They shoulda hid the body in cabin 1, that way it would show meaning to why Norman was so hesitant to give that key to Marion in the movie these people are prequel-ing. Other than that, it was a slow start and I hope it gets better.
The Steve Wilkos Show (2007)
This Show is not a fake!!
"Did You Murder My Daughter?" Is a prime example of how real this show is. We have a mother who lost her daughter. Some people believed the Dad did it. However his involvement was proved false by a lie detector test save for two questions. 1. "Did you molest her?" and 2. "Did you set her up to be killed?" Which were proved true, when that happened it took 3 people including Steve to pry the mother off her husband who she tried to strangle. Let me rephrase that. It was no Jerry Springer style fight that barely happens so long as security are around. It was 3 well trained professionals trying to stop a mother from trying to kill her husband because she found out he had her daughter killed. Now let me ask you this fellow readers? Does that sound like something a fake mother would do? No. Even in a Jerry situation it should have only taken one of them to subdue her.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Christian Bale isn't playing Batman. He is Batman.
First of all I want to say, I was a little hesitant seeing this movie. Partially because while the films were great I had a few Nitpicks on it. Specifically the way Bale and to an extent Nolan made the portrayal of Batman. Bale had to play multiple roles, there was Bruce Wayne public mode: The Drunken Billionaire Playboy, Bruce Wayne private mode: the sad angry man before he becomes the bat and then The Batman, the near legendary figure that criminals tell scary stories about. Bale was good at both Bruces and body language wise (such as the Joker interrogation.) he was a good Batman, but that voice was so irritating. The fight scenes were barely visible because during the fights someone always blocks the camera, all you could see was the fist being raised and the guy on the receiving end falling over. When rises came around I saw some surprising changes, one Bale's Batman voice became less irritating and more intimidating. When he interrogated Bane he actually sounded ticked off and not just pulling an act to scare him. 2 I could see the fights, more specifically the fights between him and Bane, and they were better than what Begins and Dark Knight did. The free for all in the climax looked almost shot for shot like a modern day version of Enter The Dragon's final fight. The fixed nitpicks aside, Rises is by far the best of the three, sorry Heath you are a great Joker, but Rises was the better movie. Now all we need is a good editor to fit them all together like they did the Godfather Saga.
The Hero of Time (2009)
I seen this last night and I got to say, they did great. The atmosphere was terrific the filming you would expect on a great BBC Special, and the music? They had both great originality while they snuck in their homages to both the music substantial to the game and its comical background music when Link obtains his items. However there are a few flaws that I would like to point out. One was my biggest issue, Link talking. Now don't get me wrong the guy is a great actor, but I always pictured Link as a mute. A silent but noble warrior that expresses what he feels in his actions. The other was the way Sheik/Zelda treated Link before she started helping him. In the Games Sheik treated Link with Honor and respect and was well aware of what happened to him on the temple of time. While the movies Sheik was upset at him for leaving Zelda behind, following her instructions while he was at it. The Third was Saria, I just don't see her as a mother. Like before I played the games and thought Saria was more of a love interest to Link. Finally they should have extended the sage quest. I thought the sage of fire had a great personality and was wondering what the other sages were like. Other than that I give it 5 0ut of 10 but since its a Zelda movie it gets an extra 5.
Hannibal Rising (2007)
I don't see what all the B****Ing is about
Granted people expected it to be on par with the other three (four if you count manhunter) but that is the thing each film is about a different person. Red Dragon was about Graham, Silence was about Clarice, Hannibal was about Mason Verger, and This movie was about Hannibal. Now I don't know this guys priors but Gaspard Ulliel is a great portrayer and I can see how it is difficult for him to do this. If you had to be cast in a role that was proceeded by Anthony Hopkins and Bryan Cox you'd think you were SOL. However he did a great Job he took what made the other two so great and added some of his own. Now the one thing that did disappoint me was that Hopkins wasn't involved, they shoulda done like a 30 years later thing on the last victim even if it was a surprise cameo all Hopkins had to do was be at least seen. However I am somewhat glad for 2 reasons one, because people would praise Hopkins more and not give Gaspard any respect and two it leaves it open for the new guy to play Lecter in possible remakes of the original trilogy. I myself would only hope he would do well in the near future.
The Green Hornet (2011)
Worth The Watch No matter what these Haters say.
As a kid I grew up watching reruns the TV series, Van Williams and Bruce Lee were my favourite hero group next to Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve. So as you can see I was excited not only by the upcoming movie but it was also my first 3D movie as well. I went to Famous players originally with the intention of watching Tron Legacy but it was already pulled from the theatres to my disappointment. So I ordered a ticket for Green Hornet instead, and boy was I glad to. For starters I didn't know what to expect from Seth Rogen. I was blown away not just by his comedic side of the portrayal but as well as his serious side. He hasn't been this serious since Donnie Darko. Jay Chou all I can say man is Bruce would be proud of you and that means a lot from a little sentence. Now one thing I like about this movie is that despite what people hate about it, it incorporates everything. During their first night as the two they both wear the exact same attire as they did in the serial and comics (Hornet: full face mask/ Kato: goggles.) Then with their trademark TV show costumes. It even throws in a few jokes based on Lee's treatment on the show despite his popularity with the fight scene between Kato and Britt. Finally, the 3D kicks more ass than both Katos combined. All I can say is now that Both GH and Batman are in the same century in movies now so when can we see the long awaited rematch between Kato and Robin?
Mars Attacks! (1996)
wow finally a real invasion
my title is simply an exaggeration that I will explain. why do aliens invade earth in sci-fi horror movies? Some simply because their planet is dying and need new resources and need a new planet to settle on, others see us as a new source of food and or slavery, while others would perceive us as a threat to universe domination. However what if they just decide to invade earth simply because they are jerks and felt like it would be funny? that is where Tim Burton rolls in with mars attacks a movie where martians invade earth and kill us all only because it gives them a laugh or two. It's scary funny and all the while gives us the bizarreness we know and love from ole timmy.
Bruce Lee, the Legend (1977)
Bruce Lee is the Legend
I come to think of this film as "the first 48" of Bruce lee documentaries, because although it was released 4 years after his death it was still fresh in the viewers mind at the time, and that most documentaries sometimes, not lie, but dilute the truth depending on the year it was done while others give us insight on stuff we haven't heard of. this one was the latter because it was the most recent of the decade it told us about a lot of his movies before leaving for the states as well as interviews from one of his instructors, pictures of costume tests for future films and to top it off, demonstrations of his Gung fu book. I even found it surprising that it only has been four years since his action films and death, that people already called him a legend when most historical figures would take more than 10 - 1000 years. Between those times it used to be person to rumour, rumour to myth, myth to legend. Bruce lee skipped rumour and myth and was in the legend category earlier than Heracles completed his first deed. Good documentary