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Today is a Good Day

The simplest things make me happy:

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Movies, Nerd Stuff

 

2013 Movie List

Okay, so I’ve put together my 2013 Summer (and some) Movie List:

  • Iron Man 3 (May 3)
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness (May 17)
  • Fast and Furious 6 (May 24)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (June 7)
  • Man of Steele (June 14)
  • The Lone Ranger (July 5)
  • Red 2 (July 19)
  • The Wolverine (July 26)
  • Ender’s Game (Nov 1)
  • Thor: The Dark World (Nov 8)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec 13)

Just thought you’d like to know.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Movies

 

That high-pitched squee you’re hearing?

Yeah, that’s me. From StarWars.com:

New Spinoff Films Set to Expand the Star Wars Galaxy

February 05, 2013

The Star Wars cinematic galaxy is about to experience a Big Bang. Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways.

One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.

In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed that while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. “We are in development of a few standalone films,” he said, “that are not part of the Star Wars saga…there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films.”

Stay tuned to StarWars.com as more exciting developments unfold.

Would it be too much to ask for a 4-hour Star Wars: Yoda? Do want.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Movies, Really Excited

 

Nerd Cred

I don’t have nearly the nerd cred that I should in order to properly write this post and I’m writing it all the same. I’ve read a lot of negative review’s about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. While I have not yet seen the film, I noticed that many reviews don’t give the movie the proper scope that they should. I make this claim primarily because I understand that Middle Earth, and its history, are larger than the casual fan give them credit for being.

Seth Abramson sums it up nicely:

All of this may seem like hapless nerd-kvetching, but consider: Would a film critic reviewing a Jane Austen adaptation be forgiven for exhibiting little knowledge of (and little willingness to embrace) the film’s source material? How about Tolstoy? The reviews of The Hobbit don’t just indulge, they indeed rely upon both the critics’ and readers’ ignorance of Tolkien’s tale and what it was actually intended to be by the time of the novelist’s death and (more to the point) Jackson’s mid-nineties discovery of it as a possible cinematic blockbuster.

Basically, Seth Abramson is saying that the critics panning this movie don’t know enough about the world that Tolkein created, nor do they have the vision to see how Peter Jackson is presenting that world to us.

Read the rest of the article and let me know if you agree or not. Have you seen it? Did you like it? Why or why not?

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Movies

 

Any One…

wanna go see this movie?  I’m not in any way endorsing Rick Perry, but this is one heck of a political ad!  And did you catch how he’s putting a light twist on Obama’s “change” tactic from ‘08?

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Movies, Politics

 

Things Disney Has Taught Me (Part VI)

Real pirate women are:

beautiful female fit models… 5ft 7in-5ft 8in [tall], size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25…, have a lean dancer body [and] have real breasts.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Disney Teachings, Movies

 

Constructed Reality

My only complaint about WordPress is that I can’t track how people are finding this site.  I can see what phrase they searched and ended up here, but that is the extent of the info.

Over on the old site, which is still running, my sitemeter has recently been active with people searching for information on “constructed reality”  – more specifically, movies, tv shows, and other media containing examples of constructed reality.  Several of these searches have come from Canadian school districts so I figured I’d post this to help, in case they find their way to this site again.

Theory

The idea of constructed social reality has grown out of several communication theories.  The first thing I was taught in my Communication Theory class at the U was,

Communication is a symbolic/relational process whereby social reality is produced, maintained, repaired, and transformed.

The symbolic process is:

  1. Rule-governed, interpretive activity.
  2. Process of assigning meaning and intention to the acts of others.

Social Reality is:

  1. Sum total of communicative acts within it.
  2. Persons both produce and are shaped by their communicative activity.

There are certain assumptions:

  1. Symbolic production of reality
  2. Reality is not given but supplied
  3. Symbolic maintenance (repair and transformation) of reality

The basic idea is that human language is symbolic.  Humans have the cognitive capacity to take a symbol and assign meaning to it.  That symbol holds no inherent value outside of the meaning assigned to it.

Example:  One of my favorite professors, Norm Elliott, loved using this example:

  • Red grapes make the best wine.
  • He pulled a red hot poker out of the fire.
  • I like my steaks red in the middle.
  • She’s a tall woman with red hair.
  • When Elliott noticed his fly was open during lecture, his face turned red.

The word “red” is made up of three symbols, “r”, “e”, “d,” and together they form another symbol, the word “red.”  But the word “red” has no inherent value until we assign it meaning, and as you can see in the above example, the word “red” can mean at least five different things, or express five different thoughts.

So it is with the rest of our world.  Yes, there is physical reality but even our understanding of physical reality is symbolic.  A rainstorm is a physical reality.  If it’s raining, it’s raining.  Though the meaning may differ between people – a ruined day for a hiker or water for the farmer’s crops.

The easiest theory to study would be George Herbert Mead’s Symbolic Interactionism.  Mead’s main theory is that we interact with objects based on the meaning that we’ve assigned to them.  This applies to objects – guns for example – and people – homosexuals; race relations.  What meaning(s) has your life experience created for a specific person/object?

I highly recommend A First Look at Communication Theory, by Em Griffin, or go to his website.

Media

As for media containing constructed reality, all media contains constructed reality.  A great film on the subject is “Ordinary People.”

You can easily take this basic idea and quickly expand it.  Are you in favor of or against Obamacare?  Why or why not?  What experiences have shaped your world view on the subject?  Are you willing to understand the other side (I didn’t say agree with it)?  What is your opinion on gun-owner rights and why?  Are you a hoplophobe and if so, why?

 

Iron Man 2

The new trailer was recently released.  Oh MAN!!! May 7th cannot come soon enough.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Movies, Really Excited

 

Things Disney Has Taught Me (Part II)

If you outlaw spinning wheels, only evil witches will have spinning wheels.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2010 in Disney Teachings, Movies

 

Things Disney Has Taught Me (Part 1 of a series)

A jealous female can be tricked into anything.

– Captain James Hook

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2010 in Disney Teachings, Movies

 

MST3K

In high school I was introduced to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and my life was permanently changed for the better.  From the fountain of truth, Wikipedia, we learn:

Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc., that ran from 1988 to 1999.

The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies, initially (but not especially limited to) science fiction B-movies. To keep sane, the man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws and wisecracking (or “riffing”) their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. Each film is presented with a superimposition of the man and robots’ silhouettes along the bottom of the screen.

Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson, for six-and-a-half seasons. When Hodgson left in 1993, series head writer Michael J. Nelson replaced him as new victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run.

During its eleven years, 198 episodes and one feature film, MST3K attained critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys in 1994 and 1995, and nominated for a Cable ACE Award.

A few years ago, Mike Nelson started rifftrax.com.  Following the same premise as MST3K,

RiffTrax are comedic MP3 tracks that you play in-sync with your favorite movies. Written and performed by the stars of the award-winning TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax brings the unique humor of “Satellite of Love” partners Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett to Hollywood’s hit movies.

Originally, rifftrax began with movies that were easy prey.  However, their catalog has expanded greatly and no movie is safe.  For a taste of what Mike is offering, check out the samples for Star Wars and if you really want to wet yourself, Twilight.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2010 in Humor, Movies

 

The Greatest of Our Generation?

I keep seeing trailers for the upcoming film Brothers, starring Toby Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.  I really don’t have any interest in the film, but one of the trailers said something interesting – “Three of the greatest actors of our generation….” 

That made me stop.  Really?  These three are some of the greatest of our (my) generation?  Really?  Are all of the actors of my generation that bad?  Only one of the three of them has won a major award, Natalie Portman.  And no, it wasn’t for her fascinating work in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Celebutards, Movies

 

An Open Letter

Dear Christopher Nolan,

Thank you for rebooting the Batman franchise. I have thoroughly enjoyed both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I know that you must frequently receive letters from fans with suggestions as to what you should do next in the Batman series. Too often these people believe that they have the best idea, and it turns out to be miscalculated and unrealistic.

I hope that you do not feel that this is another one of those letters from one of those people. I was sitting at home thinking about the possibilities of the third installment of the new Batman series and I asked myself one question: “Where can the series possibly go?” After considering all of the possible villains I had an idea. The third movie could involve Catwoman.

The first thing that needs to be done is casting the right actor to play Catwoman. She needs to be smart, sophisticated, elegant, glamorous, feisty, physical and sexy without being slutty. Unfortunately, there are few American actors who comes to mind that fill all of these requirements. One that does come to mind is Cate Blanchett. My only concern with Ms. Blanchett, however, is the believability that she is the one actually doing the fighting. But I feel comfortable with your directing that you can make it believable. Ms. Balanchett offers a more traditional Catwoman type figure.

If you’re looking outside the box, I propose casting Zhang Ziyi. With Catwoman’s diverse historical backgrounds and multiple reinventions in comic books and pop culture, I offer you a new take on a character whose flexibility is limitless. Her draw to Gotham can be revenge for the abduction of Lau by Batman, and his death at the hands of the Joker and other gangsters – thus making her half villain, half heroine, while explaining her ethnicity (maybe she is Lau’s sister?). Or, if you wanted, you could make her a member of the League of Shadows, who is seeking revenge for the death of Raz Al Gul, but feels conflicted at fighting one of her own.

Whether or not she becomes Bruce Wayne’s new love interest is not my concern. If you have any questions or would like to talk about my ideas, I can be reached at the following: ———–

Thank you,

Reese ———–

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2009 in Movies

 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Tammy and I decided that since we hadn’t been to a movie in what seems like years (and likely has been) that we’d get out last Friday and see X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Now that I’ve had a week to process it (no, it wasn’t a deep film but I’ve had a lot going on) I figured that I’d do a short write up.

If you’re looking for a deep, meaningful, plot-rich movie like Iron Man or The Dark Knight – you will not find it with Wolverine.  If you are looking for a CGI-filled, violent action flick – you’ve found the right movie.  At one hour and fourty minutes, it’s over just as it begins to get really good, but it delivers on what the film is supposed to be – an explanation of where Wolverine came from.  
I enjoyed Liev Schreiber’s Sabertooth character much better than what was written for Tyler Mane in X-Men and X-Men 2.  Schreiber’s character was much, much more cunning and evil than Mane’s doof sidekick.  
All-in-all, I’ll give it a 6 out of 10.  
 
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Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Movies

 

Ha! Parody…


Via Instapundit

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2009 in Crazy Left, Humor, Movies, Politics

 
 
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