... step into my garden

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Ka' ... the KA' ... whatever...

So, I finally got around to see the Ka' kin' Ka' kin' Ka' King's Speech. I was expecting to fall asleep... I was wrong.

I for one really don't appreciate at all the idea of royalty and royal family. I don't wanna go into it but these people's predecessors chopped a bit too many heads for my taste to act all high and clean and mighty, so I could consider myself quite a hostile spectator for this move

Despite my prejudices I was quite captivated by the story and although I will not become a royal fan anytime soon, I found Bertie's character to be quite interesting and likable. What I found more amazing than the story was the movie itself. It is possibly the first time in a few years that I can honestly say that I've seen an Oscar worthy movie. The acting is superb, directing top notch, and the story is paced very very well. The ending was also quite surprising as the movie was set to fail in an over the top Hollywood idiotic moment ... but it doesn't.

The movie is really great, so I'm quite glad I gave it a shot.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

An Old Hope

In case it is not official, I declare myself being a really major Star Wars geek. I'm not running around dressed like Chewbacca, but to make it more clear just how big of a geek I am, I can tell you that one of the guys they shoot when they bust Leia out from the Death Star dies from a ricochet, and I know that because I watched just about every shoot-out from the movie frame by frame ... a couple of times. But that was about 20 years ago, so don't beware, I have grown up ... I think ... In fact, about two weeks ago I grew up to be 31 years old, and got a lot of grown up presents. Or kinda grown up ...

Presented above sits what is possibly the best gift the SW geek in me ever received, one that I was hoping for since I was a child, a true treasure chest for any SW fan. From the first brief page that George Lucas scribbled with the intention of making the movie, it really gives you some very interesting details of how the story evolved over time, quite surprisingly since it began with some very brief ideas out of which very few made it in the final version. It's really interesting to see how script writing and movie production worked in Hollywood back in the days and impressive to see how Lucas really pushed for his vision despite the total lack of support from the studios.

Anyway, the book really is amazing and it was most probably one of the best gifts I ever got. It didn't come alone though. As SW is a trilogy, so was my present, but that's for another time. Let's just say for the moment that Andreea thought it was time she gave me a good Star Wars spoiling, which she quite did (kisses and hearts flying around at this point).

As for life at 31, I have this idea about a very short movie that will illustrate just how much I matured over the years ... and I will post it ... soon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

No Script Attached

It's really hard to blame Natalie Portman for trying to get a brainwash after doing Black Swan, but, heck, that was probably the most intense sponge bath any brain ever took. No Strings Attached is most probably one of the most boring movies I have ever seen in my whole life.

Although the story could probably take about 30 minutes of screen time, it drags on seemingly forever and although I have no idea how long the movie actually is, it felt like over 2 hours of nothing happening on screen in the most boring and predictable fashion possible. Oh, and we have also Ashton Kutcher in the movie, played by Ashton Kutcher, which seems to be the only role he knows how to play...

Truly pathetic ...