I’m sitting here at the coffee shop catching up on comments and blog hopping/visiting (what's new right?), and I thought I best write this up while it's all fresh on my mind. It’s nothing complicated really, but an idea came to me while I was at the gym. It kept nagging and so I think I’m just going to do it. I know I wanted to participate in the music blog hop on Tuesdays, but I think I’ll head in a slightly different direction.
For a long while I’ve wanted to review movies, games, books, music, etc. A wide variety of interests all centering around the entertainment field. In fact, I was attempting to begin my movie reviewing with Batman Begins. It took me awhile to form more of a coherent thought beyond “It was fucking awesome!” I determined a review would have to entail a tad bit more than just a simple statement (or DO they?).
Okay, they do.
The Reelity of it All
At this time I don’t feel primed for doing full fledged reviews on movies, let alone all the other categories I wish to dabble in. Now, mind you, my Batman Begins review did churn out a lot more; commenting/thoughts on the story, acting, cinematography, etc. I will have to give a few dry runs and see if I can’t find my “voice” over time. I feel practice makes perfect.
For now I thought I’d go a more simplistic route which still associates with movies: movie trailers.
I’m a movie trailer fiend. I have been my whole life. My homepage is set to a movie trailer website so I can hopefully view the newest releases as soon as possible.
Movie trailers are meant to give a quick glimpse/synopsis of what a movie is about, while simultaneously excite and entice viewers into wanting to spend their hard-earned cash at the cinemas once the film is released. As everyone knows, sometimes trailers are disappointing or give false representation, but by the time you find out it’s already too late. Regardless of that, their function appeals to me greatly.
I would literally enact movie trailers for my own G.I. Joe/LEGO movies. I have movie trailers for my writing projects I see in my head constantly when I’m working on them. Did you know some books have actual previews/trailers? How badass is that? Okay, I may be obsessed. Friends and family have to deal with my constant excitement and persistence to show them new trailers (this technically includes video game trailers as well). I get extremely disappointed when they don’t want to view them. I understand how it can be frustrating, though, because I can literally watch a large quantity in a row. I eat them visually like candy! Except I don’t like candy much. Hmmm... potatoes! I love me some potatoes!
So I plan on sharing and spreading my obsession with the Blogosphere. It’s about time I annoy those outside my immediate social circles. Spread the sickness... Most trailers will be movies, but given there aren’t always new movies being released (and depending on how many trailers I place up per segment) I will splice in some video game trailers as well. Maybe each segment can include a mix? I will just play it by ear.
My hope is there will be enough variety that those of you following along may be exposed to some new entertainment content you’ve not been aware of to discuss and/or just enjoy.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:
I have a terrible confession to make. I’ve never actually read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. ACK! Don’t kill me! As an aspiring Fantasy/Adventure writer this is likely viewed as completely unacceptable. I’ve read Robert Jordan (well... 7 books of The Wheel of Time series which were released at the time), Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore (yes, I count him!), and a handful of others. I’ve no idea why I never read them. Even worse? I own(ed) them. I’m not sure if the books ever made the multiple moves through the years, because I’ve not seen them in ages, but still. For a good chunk of time I had them in close proximity and never read them.
I loved The Hobbit play I believe I attended twice at our Children’s Museum. Loved the cartoon adaptations. Loved Peter Jackson’s adaptations of LotR and the first Hobbit movie.
So, regardless of having not read the book, I’m still incredibly excited to see this second installment. People, including myself, are confused how/why LotR each had only one movie per book, while a smaller standalone novel got a trilogy, but it is what it is (there have been explanations given, mind you). It’s Hollywood — they love their money and trilogies. Okay, mostly money — and like I said I really enjoyed the first, so this is one I plan to see on the big screen for sure!
This is another book I’ve had many friends recommend I read. I’ve honestly never read much Sci-Fi — I believe the closest was a Stephen King short story — but this one I’d make an exception for. Some of my friends are extremely excited for this movie adaptation and have commented on the choice of Harrison Ford as being a great fit.
I have to admit, I have an odd issue with kids in big battles/war. This was an issue I had with the Narnia series (another series I own(ed) but never read...). It may not be so bad in reading form, but seeing it played out... I dunno. This may contradict as I really liked The Hunger Games (both the book and movie).
I’ll still go to see this on the big screen if a bunch of friends plan an outing, which it sounds like is undoubtedly going to happen!
I was a big fan of District 9, a sci-fi movie that was released a few years ago, which I believe was a project spawned from a short story and/or short film. It seemed to get high marks all around and given the bigger budget Neill Blomkamp has been given with this feature, I can’t wait to see how this will look. I’m pretty damned excited! I’m also a fan of Matt Damon, and it’s been a long time since I recall seeing Jodie Foster in a movie — her role seems interesting.
Outside of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy projected blockbusters listed above, I’ve seen trailers for this movie a few times and I think it looks really good. This movie seems to scream Oscars given the subject matter and the vast array of talented actors involved. Not sure I will see this on the big screen (I generally stick to glitzy/epic movies for that), but you never know. As I said, the cast seems amazing and it looks like it has a ton of potential to be a great drama.
Need to be honest... I’m torn on this movie. I’m not an Apple freak... do people obsessed with Apple products have a name? Let me check. A quick search came up blank (beyond stating they are just obsessed), so I will refer to them as Appleites? Appleets? Appl33ts? Appleets sounds good to me.
Anyway, that really has nothing to do with the movie, with exception of it being based on Steve Jobs. My concern is Ashton Kutcher. I’m pretty 50/50 with him as an actor. Loved him on That 70’s Show, but pretty much skipped most of his movie projects. Stopped watching Two and a Half Men once he took over Charlie Sheen’s place.
Who knows, though, maybe he will be great portraying Steve Jobs? The trailer bothers me as they seem to make him out almost like a heartthrob rebel? Maybe he was? I have to admit I know very little about the man. He was obviously a genius and left behind an amazing legacy, so he did a lot right. I’m just a lowly blogger, and barely that. Really curious how the film turns out.
The LEGO Movie:
How could I not share this? I love my LEGOs! This looks like a really fun kids movie with some great voice actors! Unfortunately the ones I would ultimately see this movie with are no longer prominent in my day-to-day. It’s one I’d definitely be interested seeing in the theaters.
Now back to catching up! Sorry everyone!
Are you excited about any of the movies featured above? Any thoughts about Ashton Kutcher portraying Steve Jobs?