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A short movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Let’s see. I think I can say that this is my favorite Marvel movie yet, or at least tied with the first Iron Man, which means it’s a knife edge in front of The Avengers. Definitely the funniest Marvel flick–just an amazingly large amount of snarky banter, which is pretty much how you get into the fast lane to my heart. Plus, cool spaceships and lots of explosions, which are the other two ways to get in. And gunfights with maniacal laughter. And a pretty good mixtape. Another couple ways in. It does a good job at introducing all these new characters without mindless exposition.

So yeah. I’ll give it the highly coveted “This Summer’s Pacific Rim” award, which means I’ll also probably be giving it another couple views in theaters and another couple hand fulls of dollars. And the greatest thing about it is that even people who haven’t seen the other Marvel movies can watch it, because there’s not a whole lot of overlap with anything that’s happened in the others! So no excuses, bluesun says: “go see it!”

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Off to the movies

Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Looks entertaining. Actually, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it’s been my most anticipated flick of 2014. Hope my expectations aren’t crushed and shattered! Ta!

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So I went to the theater

Last weekend I went to the theater with some friends, to finally watch the next Hobbit movie. I’m really not sure that it was worth it. I mean, you’re back to Peter Jackson’s amazing imagining of Tolkien’s world, but then you have to slog through many many hours of slush that just made me go “That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“Why did they add that to the story?”

“Eegads.”

Smaug was amazing, Martin Freeman was great, in what few scenes they let him be in (seriously guys, the movie is called THE HOBBIT, where was the frikken Hobbit?) It was, at least, understandable why and how they let Orlando Bloom back in, but the weird random love triangle and all the Laketown stuff (as much as I like Steven Fry in everything else he does) were both ennnnnnndlessssssss…

And then they didn’t even bother to try to make it into a “part 2,” and went instead for a “part 1 of part 3.” The money grubbing extension of a beloved story was obvious, and, obnoxiously, it worked to get me to the theater for the first time since Pacific Rim (which I went to twice, and the only regret I have is that I didn’t go to see it three times), so… good job guys. I will go to see part three, if only to see how you manage to stretch out an hour left of book time into another three hours of film. Seriously, with just the time I invested into part 2, I could have been half way through the actual book.

Gah. TLDR: if you saw the first one, rent this one next winter the day before you go see to the the third installment.

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Guess the movie

Mel Brooks does a terrible, terrible, hilarious German-evil-scientist accent.

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What if…

From now on, if I get the hankering to watch Star Wars, I’m just going to watch this guy’s prequels before getting to the originals. Episode 1 was ok, but 2 and 3 were just hours of whining followed by a big “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”

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Excellence

More Pacific Rim stuff, this time a trailer in the style of the old Godzilla movies!

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A Short Movie Review: Pacific Rim

There is a scene that goes something like:
Pilot One: “We’re all out of options!”
Pilot Two: “There’s still one option” [looks at a big red "SWORD BUTTON" in the middle of the console]
[Pilot One presses "SWORD BUTTON"]
[Retractable sword appears out of giant robot's arm]
[Sword used to cut off the wing of giant monster]
[Giant Robot plummets back to earth]
[Giant robot saves itself from crashing and destroying itself by firing GIANT TURBINE BUILT INTO ITS CHEST]
People on ground: [CHEERS]

Let me repeat that: THIS MOVIE HAS A GIANT ROBOT THAT HAS A BIG RED SWORD BUTTON.

This movie has a big red sword button. I wish more things had big red sword buttons. I wish everything had a big red sword button. Since Pacific Rim has a big red sword button, and is currently the only movie I know of that has a big red sword button, it is currently the only movie I know of that is worth watching.

TL:DR Version: GO WATCH MOVIE WITH BIG RED SWORD BUTTON NOW

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T-t-t-t-ToooOOOO Much Time on their ha-ands

This.

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Starting to feel like this

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This is what I got in the mail today

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Classic.

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For tonight’s entertainment

Muppet Christmas Carol. Because the best Scrooge is Michael Caine. Period.

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Watching a movie

Best line of it yet:  “KHAAANNNN!!!”

Guess which one?

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For KX59

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BAM! The movie of choice in 1998! And the poster is still up on my wall after all those years… next to my Star Wars Podracer poster, and my map of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and one wall over from my US presidents (up to Jimmy Carter) poster, and across from the glued together Totoro puzzle and 1997 Denver Broncos AFC Champions pennant…

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Your Netflix recommendation of the day

Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037.

I found it to be an utterly fascinating look at all the work that goes in to one of these handcrafted, amazingly intricate devices–from the guy who goes up to Alaska to source wood, to the concert hall pianist who faces the painstaking choice of which work-of-art piano to use with his next performance at Carnegie Hall, and everyone in between. It’s the people who make this one–it’s just amazing to see the complete melting pot that is Steinway and Sons. There’s the Puerto Rican guys who can’t even speak English, and the lady making frames who sounds like she’s from Russia, and all of the stereotypical New Yohkers. All of them show immense pride in the quality of their work, and it shows.

Very interesting, and very good. I give it 5/5, the best documentary I’ve seen since Horatio’s Drive.

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