Friday, November 13, 2009

5 For and 5 Against: 2012

Overall, 2012 is much better then the trailer leads you (and my 12 year old nephew) to believe. The cast is likable with lots of cameos. Like he did in Zombieland, Woody Harrelson steals all his scenes. The car and plane scenes are fantastical but just within the realm of possibility and keep you on the edge of your seat plus the scenes are filmed so that you can see the details and really grasp what is being destroyed and the number of people being killed.

About halfway through the movie, little things started taking me out of the experience. I could believe the escape scenes but not a 20 year old DIAL tv with rabbit ears in the kitchen of the worlds newest and biggest cruise ship or that the same kitchen has a balcony! I have to admit, when the ending came, I was cheering for the end of mankind. I wanted to see all those arks go down and stay down.

5 FOR:
  1. Woody Harrelson as Charlie.
  2. Quick pace and lots of humor mixed in.
  3. Fairly strong plot with strong build up to the action.
  4. Hot Chinese brothers, very hot long lost son in Japan and hot Russian pilot (Will from Eastwick.)  
  5. Several cover your eyes and/or jump in your seat scenes.
  1. Danny Glover as President and Danny Glover with dust on his face.
  2. Black-smoke blowing smoke stacks on the arks - shouldn't they be nuclear powered?
  3. The last minute moral questioning of good guy scientist Adrian.
  4. Hydraulics for those huge doors would not get jammed by a tool.
  5. Russian pilot sounded, acted and was written exactly like the Russian in Armageddon.
Here's Adam Lambert singing Time For Miracles from 2012.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

John Sherffius

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South Park - Dances With Smurfs

If you get the chance, you need to watch this week's episode of South Park "Dances with Smurfs" which airs again on Comedy Central tonight at 10:30p, Sun 11/15 at 11p and finally Mon 11/16 at 2a, all times est. or click here to watch it on line now.

South Park follows "The F Word" episode, which I thought was balanced but ultimately not the best argument for reclaiming or the ever changing meaning of hate words, with an clear and funny attack on Glen Beck, Faux News and their loyal followers.

South Park is usually very blunt in its parodies and criticisms and this one is no different but have an almost subtle beginning - or I was very tired.  Cartman is Beck - or is Beck a copy of Cartman? Carman has been around longer. Wendy is the President, of the student council. And that's about all you need to know. Oh, and there are smurfs.

South Park isn't the must see tv it was 15 years ago but every now and then they find some of their old magic.
Shot from Dances With Smurfs
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