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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Drowning The Inspired Generation


Top 10 Films of 2009 (2nd-10th)


As far as Oscar candidates go, I don't really feel I have seen a lot of those films this year. But I have seen a ton of entertaining movies. I pretty much went buckwild on the "advanced screening passes" since last December, and most were big budget action flicks. So, a new category this year: all of the movies I missed that had potential of upsetting the order of my top 10 are my "Game Changers":

Game Changers (had I seen them):
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moon
The Road
Sherlock Holmes

Despite this, out of the movies I DID see this year, here is my list of favorites (from 2nd to 10th). The order changed dozens of times since I picked out my top 10 favorites, but i think this is pretty close to a correct order. Enjoy.


2nd
Zombieland

Ingredients for my favorite movies: Zombies, action, comedy, art. Done. This movies got it. When I first heard about the movie, the fact it was called Zombieland, intrigued me. And i got my expectation really high when i started seeing the viral videos online. They were actually really funny. So, when i got to the movie, i was afraid all of my high hopes would be dashed. But then, what really hooked me when I first started watching the movie, was the AfterEffects lettering in the scenes. It reminds you that "this is a movie", just have fun. The movie doesn't take itself to seriously and it kinda makes a big joke out of the zombie movie genre (yes, it's a whole genre to me). If this is the direction that zombie movies take in the future, i will be a happy man.
It's biggest flaw was the some of the one liners, flopped. "Nut up or shut up" is fucking stupid. No one likes it. Jesse Eisenberg, the new Michael Cera, was perfect, so was Woody, Emma Stone (hottie) and the girl from Little Miss Sunshine. Not to mention it was a directorial debut for Ruben Fleischer, so nice job. I can't wait for the sequel.


3rd
Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino has a certain type of movie... and the way I see it is, if you don't like that formula, you are going to hate everything he does. He gets a seriously bad wrap because his films are poorly advertised as action movies. Yes, you will get to see Nazi's murdered in droves, but this movie is much more than that. The characters are dynamic and lovable, even if they are the most despicable type of person. To achieve this, you have to have a TON of dialog. In this 2 and a half hour epic, you maybe have 45 minutes of pure action. There are some seriously intense scenes in this movie, opening up with one of the most intense. The humor is pitch black and the action is bloody. In the end, you get exactly what you want. Definitely not a movie for everyone... but it was a movie for me.


4th
Star Trek

When I think back to Middle School, I really didn't have many friends. One reason was because I was fat... The other, was because I was a nerd. And being a nerd meant picking between Star Wars and Star Trek. I picked Star Wars. This isn't to say i had no interest in it. I watched DS-9 and Voyager. But i never watched the original series, or Next Generation (or Enterprise) as did most Trekkies. But when I heard JJ Abrams (my hero) was going to do a Star Trek reboot, I was pretty faithful that he was going to make something I liked. And I wasn't disappointed. Most people were calling it the "Iron Man" of this summer: a nerdy, action flick, that actually had some wide appeal. It was a great movie all around to tell the truth. This may have something to do with the fact that JJ Ambrams admits to getting most of his inspiration for the movie from Star Wars. Who am I to say.


5th
The Brothers Bloom

I saw this movie really late in the year, and it came out really early. I hope it doesn't get lost in the Oscar race because it's spectacular. Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody are honestly some of the most talented actors in Hollywood right now. And it shows through on this movie. I am a sucker for a good con, so the story was tops. It kept me guessing the entire movie, even though I was sure I knew what was going on. This film made it to the top of my list solely based on the fact that it was well rounded. It has action, a very cute love story, and quirky comedy.



6th
The Hangover
This was a really hard cut from my top 5. I really don't have to tell you why i picked this movie though, because everyone I talk to loves this movie. Great original plot, funny as sin, and great performances all around.
7th: Up If it wasn't for the shear ridiculousness of the story it would have been higher.
8th: Where the Wild Things Are I think there is an indie kid clause staying that i must like this movie, but I didn't love it.
9th: District 9 FOOCKIN PRAWNS! Simply wasn't as good as 8 others (hard to knock down).
10th: Drag Me to Hell What can i say, I love Sam Rammi and campy horror.

Honorable Mentions:
Ninja Assassin
Avatar
Adventureland
Ponyo
I Love You, Man
Coraline

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Night Songs




This is the kind of photographer that fits the season really well. His name is Camillo Longo and other than zombie attacks, he also likes to take pictures of roadkill and people in the rain. Dark. I've got goosebumps. Serously. Anyhow, i think i am doing good with continuously updating. I does help that it's pretty slow at work right now. Well enjoy another halloween post.
- Josh

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Vim


this has an interesting color palette i thought... but i mostly like it because of the zombies.

-Zombie Josh

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Mistakes To Be Made.


by Three Legged Legs
...too bad it's a zune ad.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Equal Sign, Closed Parentheses



good weekend. =)

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Good. Fine.

Elf Yourself
just me and my zombie friend. chillin'.

but if you really want a good laugh. try this
Why didn't Hallmark think of this first?

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

At Misery's End

Halloween Round Up

October, it's a great month for creativity. Halloween just allows so many opportunities. My pumpkin I carved, the one I painted, my rice crispy sculpture, and of course my Halloween costume.

It's also a month for horror movies get ready, reviews comin' atcha!:
Planet Terror - This is a movie for men! This is not saying women won't enjoy it, but it's got the recipe for manliness. Blood, gore, zombies, sick humor, cool cars and bikes, Bruce Willis, and the imfamous hot chic with a machine gun leg. I personally don't ask for anything more in a movie.
Death Proof - Tarrantino makes a certain type of movie; wordy and shocking. I personally loved it, and when it's not compaired to Planet Terror, it's easily as good.
28 Weeks Later - Not as good as the first, but still a good "zombie" thriller. The cinematography wasn't as good as the first, but still better than most movies.
Black Sheep - This is exactly how you want a cheesy horror movie to be. I mean it's a movie about sheep cloning in New Zealand gone horribly wrong, you aren't shooting for Oscars here. But still, the casting was done pretty well.
The Hamiltons - Shit sandwich! NEXT! (ps. all of the "Horror Fest" movies are a waste of your time and money)
I'm sure i missed some movies that i watched this month, but thats all that i can remember.

Autumn is in full force here in the mid-west, and this morning, I even got my first taste of winter. Many of the trees have taken on their beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Unfortunately, fall is fast here. The wind makes short work of the dead leaves and rushes them to the ground.

"It’s only love, it’s not real. You’re gonna die in somebody else’s arms and I have to live with that."

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Game of World Domination

I'm a huge geek.

"if my mind's the weapon, my heart's the extra clip."

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Title Of The Book

I really enjoy Tegan and Sara. Their new album came out very recently, and it's wonderful. I still enjoy "If It Was You" the most though. It's nice that they are able to keep all of there songs neutral in subject. Meaning, they sing using the word "you" versus using "him" or "her". It makes the songs more relatable.

Aaron put up a new song about zombies on his myspace. Give it a listen. That shits ballin'.

NIcely packaged, portable hard liquor for the alchoholic on the go. POCKET SHOTS!

I feel like such a girl today posting about stuff like "Tegan and Sara" and fashion. But...
If it helps, this girl is super cute, and also super creative. Mari Santos takes huge t-shirts and makes them into something more fashionable. She is now designing for Urban Outfitters, on their Urban Renewal Line.

MAGNETS! magnet ideas!

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doppleganger

Last night, i ended up watching a movie with Aaron Hale (his music). It was a lot of fun, i had a great time. It will be good for me having him out here. He and I get along on an "entertainment level" if nothing else. We both like the same forms of music, movies, TV and alike. And i don't really get to go to a lot of movies in theater anymore. The movie was:

The Invasion-
In 1956 a movie came out under the title "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". The movie was about a doctor/psychologist who realizes that people are being replaced by "pod people", who are emotionless clones walking around like zombies, talking with formal words and monotone voices. It can be said the that movie was a message about the evils of Soviet-Communist movement.
Then in 1978, the movie was redone under the same title. However, it was based in the much larger city of San Francisco, and the main character was, Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a health inspector. There were cameos from the first film, and has a young Jeff Goldblum. This film was slightly darker in the fact that you actually see that the original person is destroyed during the making of the Pod Person, and does not have a happy ending where as they never defeat the pod people. If you haven't seen it by now you had that spoiler coming. Still essentially the same movie; both in California, both plant people, both "zombies".
The film, obviously successful, made a THIRD remake (GODDAMN!) in 1993, simply named "Body Snatchers". The films response was poor, and made little impression with the public, more like a cheesy horror flick. This film was a jab a the US Army conformity, being that it was centered in a Military base.
With each film more empowering for woman than the last, the newest film actually has the star as a woman, Nichole Kidman — still a total hottie by the way. As mentioned before, this film was just called "The Invasion," (originally, and probably better off as "the Visiting") probably because it had nothing to do with pod-people. LAME! A strain of symbiotic virus comes down in a shuttle crash, and starts taking over people. Kidman, is a psychologist, working in D.C. (not California. grr...), alongside Daniel Craig (James Bond!), who is her love interest, and a high profile doctor there. This movie was mostly a disappointment story lacking the certain "umf" that you expect from movies today, however I can see how this story-line would have been thrilling in the late 50's. By trying to "update" the film and getting rid of the pod-people, you eliminated the threat of dying as well, making it less scary. The chill factor of people walking around, just showing up around each corner was good. It's a movie experience i haven't gotten since "Halloween," but this didn't last more more than one scene. Also on the good side, the score was beautifully crafted. Otherwise, the take-over was unrealistic (i.e. throwing up in coffee), the characters felt as if they were body snatched before the movie started (at least from a cast with so much talent), and it simply wasn't scary. The biggest pitfall for me though was it's attempt at being current and political like is predecessors, but this movie just complained about how people go to war, and are innately animals, without any point or moral. That without emotion, people are better off because we are at peace. Big Effing deal, that is just stupid.
All together, Rotten Tomatoes trashed the film with a 20%, I feel it's slightly better than that.

"my finger tips are holding to the cracks in our foundation."

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Monday, July 30, 2007

I Am The Predator, You Are The Prey

It's tragic i know that i haven't posted in a couple days. but it was the weekend... i am about to give you an update now.

So, as life goes, the last couple days (thursday/friday) have been some of the hardest that i have had to deal with. But it was followed up by some great times. I won't go into too much detail, but i had a great time on Saturday. I'm surprised i could talk after all the conversing i did between Friday and Saturday night.

I can't thank everyone enough for putting everything into persective. Bob and Lauren really got it going... So, i can't thank them enough. From there, the weekend was on an uphill slop. Starting out with breakfast on at my favorite place, Succotash, with the awesome Aaron and Garthy on Saturday. The conversation was great. Followed by talking at the pool with Bob and Lauren whilst tanning. Then, singing and screaming on the way to maybe one of the best Wal-Mart trips in a long while. The night ended up with Heather, Bob and Lauren, "not watching" Thumbsucker, because we were too busy talking. Oh, and Papa Johns. Delicious.

Sunday:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Although visually entertaining, I felt this was a big disappointment after watching the The Prisoner of Azkaban. The biggest advantage to this film was dragons. Dragons are always a win for me in a movie. However, it wasn't enough to save it. The movie was about a contest that Harry gets wrapped into unwillingly, but somehow it is sandwiched between a secret plot... and a love story... and all to convenient classes. I felt like the movie was long, and not as well tied together. This movie was darker than even the last, and set up the next movie to be epic.

After this came the "Shark Week '07 Kick-off Party". Everyone brought some sort of "themed" snack. Heather designed the poster and brought "Chum" Punch, Cecilia brought Goldfish crackers, Emily brought Shark Infested Jello, Bob and Lauren Louisiana Yum-yum (with Shark gummies), Jay-bo and Patty, as well as myself brought Rice Crispy Sculptures. Brian hosted, supplied gummies, chips and dip, and took pictures. I will upload some pictures later with his permission. The show was only OK, but the party was freaking amazing.

Land of the Dead - It's been quite some time since I have seen a zombie movie. And really any time without a zombie movie is too long. The basic idea of this movie is; well after zombies first started to walk the Earth, they have started to adapt and even learn. People have sectioned themselves off from the zombies, but they aren't having it. The movie was full of gore, the acting was actually better then most horror movies, and of course it was directed by the man who made zombies what they are today, George A. Romero. The plot was a little sloppy, but thats my only complaint. For fans of the undead only.

Today, I was able to focus. I finished (well, close) the card that has been on my case for 2 weeks now. I goofed off just enough, and and worked more. When i returned home I tonight after Big Love, i got to talk to my ex-girlfriend Sammie. We had a great chat and caught up with each other. She is so easy to talk to. The main topic; growing up. If what she says is true, she is doing really great for herself. I'm proud to be her friend.

Emily sent this to make me happy. fun.

I think that makes up for the two days missing right? gah. you people must hate me.

i can't think of a good song lyric.

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