Thursday, August 11, 2011
First let me start off with this, I love the series, I admit they aren't very well written or good movies in general, but they are a blast to watch and are a legit guilty pleasure of mine. I love mindless gore, and cool little cause and effect traps.
As for the series in general, 1 is always going to be my favorite just because it was fresh and something new for the "horror" genre. The way they built tension with each death, making you piece together a death before it even happens, it was cool. 4 was actually my least favorite, despite having some cool deaths, I found most of it unrealistic looking. With the other FD's, the deaths all seemed legitimate, stuff that could actually happen.
As for 5, I think this might actually be the best. It had a very likeable lead, unlike 4, had actual grief from some of the survivors, and was easily the best looking movie in the series. From the amazing looking bridge collapse that starts the whole film, to each gory and gruesome death, the film was very well done. That was my main problem with 4, it all looked so unbelievable CGI'd.
The director/writer did an excellent job with the film, many complained that the trailer gave away each of the deaths, but they really don't. I was sitting in the theater, getting ready to cringe with the screw or the eye surgery, but that wasn't the death, something else would happen. They built the tension so well before each death. You knew something that may happen, but then it'd turn out to be a completely different death than you were expecting. The film even has a very cool twist to it. Something the others lacked. I'd put it up there with some of the SAW twists.
Overall, it was a very good film that I'll definitely watch again, and if it's ever on TV, I'm definitely sticking it out.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I'm not really into comics, I used to collect cards, and aside from owning a handful of Punisher Comics, and the first few Spawn issues, I was never really a comic nerd. I mostly enjoyed the art design and so forth without caring much for the story or background. I did enjoy the old X-Men show, and love watching the movies. But again, not really into the comic scene much.
That's just the precursor to this, I was at my friends house for the weekend and he was showing me this graphic novel/comic series in book form that actually sounded really awesome. I've been a fan of a few GN's, Sin City, 300, and Watchmen were all cool. This was based on Wolverine though. It was called, Old Man Logan. Was the story of what happened when the worlds villains joined together and took over the world. Wolverine became a pacifist, the worlds heroes were killed or went into hiding, and the US was split into 4 different sections, each controlled by a different villain, Red Skull got the East coast and proclaimed himself the President, Doctor Doom got the Bible Belt, Magneto got the Mid West, and Abomination got the West Coast.
50 years or so have passed and Wolverine is living out his life as a farmer. His territory is now owned by The Hulk and ran by his various kin. They're more so lords of the land and force Wolverine's and other surrounding families to pay taxes and so forth to stay on their land. Wolverine, despite being well renowned lives his simple life and pays, until they jack the rates up, to which he's stuck trying to find a way to pay these new rates. He gets beat down by the Banner gang and gets a visit from an old friend, a frail and blind Hawkeye who's willing to pay him for his services in being a courier. This leads to them taking a cross country journey where they encounter familiar faces throughout.
I didn't read the entire thing, but skimmed through most of it, and I thought it was a well thought out story. There's a very Fallout/Mad Max feel to it while also feeling much like a western too. Tons of graphic violence and it was cool seeing various heroes and villains pop up.
Again, I'm not a big comic guy, but this whole idea and story intrigued me. The group that did it plan on doing more, and I'm actually looking forward to them. I for one think it'd transition into an amazing movie, whether live action or animated.
Give it a look.