Friday, May 28, 2010

Robin Hood: Cliche but Fun

Well I'll start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I thought it was fun, it was a grand story, and Crowe and Blanchett did a fine job as usual. Russell Crowe can give Orlando Bloom a run for his money with a bow and arrow. I was entertained from start to finish, and I don't think it really lagged at all. Ridley Scott did a good job putting it all together with the script he was working with.

However, I don't think that Robin Hood was quite on the level of some of the other periodical epics such as The Patriot or Braveheart. First, it was pretty formulaic and filled with cliches. I didn't really feel a connection with any of the characters nor did any of the villains really come off as that threatening or sinister. There were some parts of the movie, while not boring, I felt lacked the urgency that's needed in this type of film. All of this really comes down to what I think was not such a strong script. It wasn't awful, but it could have used some polishing up. While I know it's not a fix all, I think Robin Hood really would have benefited from an R- Rating, like Gladiator et al.

That being said, I really did enjoy the movie and after the disappointment of Iron Man 2 it was a refreshing surprise. I love epic stories like this and even though I think it lacked the passion of some other comparable stories it did have some bright spots and delivered on most points. I really hope it makes enough money world wide to warrant a sequel, because this movie is begging for one.

I'll give it a B

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Most Anticipated Moives: SALT

Well I haven't written in this blog for 2 years, but I decided I'm going to start again. Mainly because I've added AdSense and want to see if I can make some dough.

I'm really into movies (who isn't?) and there are alot coming out within the next few months that I am really looking forward to. By far, I am most excited for SALT, a CIA-thriller starring Angelina Jolie. Angie stars as CIA agent Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a Russian sleeper spy with a plot to kill the president. Salt must then go on the run to try and clear her name, save the president and her husband.

Sounds cliche right? A little reminiscent of The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Bourne Identity. Despite some over done themes, anything with Angelina Jolie and a gun is enough to get me to the theater. The new trailer looks intriguing and I think the action will be top notch. Originally this was set to star Tom Cruise. Jolie replaced him, and I think the film will benefit greatly as a result. SALT hits theaters July 23. Trailer below:

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bill Clinton

So Bill Clinton came to my school to campaign for Hillary on Thursday. They let us know Tuesday and the whole place was buzzing. It went well. The crowd was kind of quiet throughout, and alot of the kids were just making jokes about Hillary and was way more interested in seeing Bill than actually listening to what he had to say about her campaign. But that's just Bryant for you, and I expected that. He stayed to shake hands and take pictures after, but I didn't know so I didn't stay. Needless to say I was bummed.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Live From New York..

Watch these, watch these, watch these. Props to Tina Fey and SNL for having the guts to point out how obviously biased CNN and the rest of the media have been in favor of Obama during the election. Suck it, Oprah.

And, if you don't believe there's some kind of media bias, think about this:

1. Obama's Record- It's thin, pales in comparison to Clinton. He was little known until the 2004 DNC when he made a good speech and people thought "hey, this guy could be president". He's running based on charisma and rhetoric. If Hillary had the same record as him, she probably would not be a candidate.

2. Plagiarizing Speeches- Obama lifted paragraphs out of Deval Patrick's speeches, and defended it saying it's ok because he's a friend and supporter. And on top of that, Clinton gets ridiculed for calling him out on it. Can you imagine the controversy that would be if Hillary took passages from speeches by Bill or anyone else? She'd be crucified.

3. False Campaign Material- Again, Clinton is getting attacked by the media for pointing out something untrue- that Obama sent out campaign material claiming Hillary's health care plan forces every person to buy health insurance. If she had done that, the media would be on Obama's side and everyone knows it.

4. Creating Momentum- The media started counting Clinton out even before Obama became the frontrunner. She was still beating him in delegates, and in my opinion came out of Super Tuesday with the advantage. Yet the media played it up as Obama gaining momentum, and Hillary being vulnerable. And as soon as Obama got that minuscule 100 or so delegate lead over Clinton, forget it. They said she was done and started wondering when she was going to "go home" and give the Democratic Party a fair shot against McCain.

Obama has been THE media candidate this whole election, and has pretty much gotten a free ride. There's a gross double standard and it's not fair. But CNN has chosen, and unfortunately I think a less deserving candidate in Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. I'll still support him, but trust me when I say the Republican machine is going to eat him alive in the general election. While I still think he can definitely beat McCain, we're going to be seeing a far different race than we're getting now, and I hope his campaign is prepared for the inevitable attacks from the Republican party.