Thursday, January 24, 2008

Heath Ledger

I still can't believe he's gone.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Utter Fucken Bullshit.

You can suck my fucken cock you piece of shit academy.

Turns out the academy will not be nominating the most brilliant score in probably the last 20 years. Jonny Greenwood's score for "There Will Be Blood" will not be nominated for the oscar because the "majority" of the music was not composed for the film. This is fucken bullshit because only 2 tracks were composed for something else which was Jonny Greenwood's side project "Popcorn Superhet Receiver". Really? That's the majority of 11 tracks? You fucken old fucks have your numbers wrong, lost your fingers in a war? Count again.

This is bullshit at it's highest level. I just hope Guy Hands isn't buying out the academy. Stupid fucks.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

It was a good day.

Where do I begin? Where do I end? It's impossible to critique an experience because this isn't a film. Cloverfield is much more, something big, something special. The premise is simple, a tape found which contains the last day of Manhattan. A monster moving around the streets destroying everything in it's path. The film gathered much hype from the marketing smarts of J.J Abrams, was there any possible way of it at least reaching the point of it's such great hype? It surpassed it on every level.

Cloverfield is a fresh look at a genre film that I've loved ever since I was a child. I expect a lot out of a monster movie, I want something more then just a monster, I want a film. Cloverfield has taken itself out of a film and made it completely real. The characters seem like people you've known all your life even though we are only treated to a glimpse of their lives. A glimpse that is filled with running, carnage, parasites and falling buildings. In previous monster movies we get the military men and the scientist but with Cloverfield we get the people running away from the monster, The Japanese people screaming out "Gojira" at the top of their lungs. We get the real people. It amazes me that we get to know these people so well when all they are going is just running away from a creature and then once stopping to call a loved one.

The cinematography which is absolutely amazing and not just a "shaky hand held cam" look, these shots are planned perfectly but yet they seem very natural. It lends itself to the film, to the collapsing of a city, to the chaos which is happening within the characters not knowing what is going on. This is real. While the camera lends itself towards the experience, the other half is the incredible sound design. People say that the film doesn't have any music but that's false. It does, it's the buildings crumbling towards the ground as they slowly grind downward against another building which makes it sound like a screeching string ensemble. The monsters deep thumping as it gets ever so near towards us is the deep sounding bass as the notes begin to get lower, lower and lower. Then the creature roars, this is when the brass section would let the audience know it's in danger. It's absolutely terrific and jaw dropping.

All of these pieces of filmmaking are very normal but director Matt Reeves and his crew orchestrate it to create something new, something big. Cloverfield clocks in around 80 minutes and yet it feels as epic as it's creature. The film is one huge memorable experience made up of terrifying tense, hilarious and emotional scenes. The characters are all solidly played, our main character Rob played by Michael Stahl-David is surprisingly very effective and i can actually see him moving onto great things. The woman in this film are strong female leads but not action stars, they tear up like anyone else but when push comes to shove, they don't back down. As for our camera man Hud played by T.J Miller, all i can say is that he is possibly one of the best comedic characters in recent memory.

I tend to critique monster movies very harshly because these are the kind of films that i grew up with. The original Godzilla film is possibly my favorite film of all time and everything that has come after just doesn't matched it except for my immense love for Joon-Ho Bong's "The Host". As for Cloverfield, we have an experience. We are witnessing something big. This ranks up and goes toe to toe, head to head and tooth to tooth with Godzilla. Cloverfield is pure.

As for the monster, it's fucken sick!

Grade A+

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


So, i finally saw "HELP!" and i honestly don't know what to think. The Beatles being silly just doesn't work but i laughed. Why? I thought it was insanely awkward. Ringo falls through trap doors, gets shocked and nearly gets eaten by a tiger. This film just basically showcases how much Ringo sucks. They even mock his drumming. It's AWKWARD.

I love The Beatles, they are my favorite band with Radiohead and Los Angeles Negros. I know everyone has the right to be silly sometimes but when Paul McCartney becomes shrunk to the size of a button then it just leaves me scratching my head. Yet, i'm still laughing.

I don't know what to think about this film at all. I laughed my ass off though but for all the wrong reasons.

Pringle Starr.

Viewing Log (From what i legs hurt real bad)

Angel-A - Luc Besson made "It's a wonderful life" but made it all trippy, it's entertaining. Some good performances but easily forgettable.

Grade- C+

First Snow - Guy Pearce is insanely fucken paranoid. J.k Simmons can read the future by touching you in all the right places. Great performances is what hold this very little film together.

Grade- B-

The man with the screaming brain - Bruce campbell stars, writes and directs in this little odd but very fun film. Bruce always gives 100 percent in every role no matter how off the wall it is and this is probably the most off the wall film i've seen by the legend Campbell. I loved every second of it.

Grade- A

The Tripper - David Arquette, who would have thought? Honestly, this is the best film of it's kind since Evil Dead 2. It is just insanely entertaining. The kind of film you can just pop in and have a great 90 minutes. It's hilarious and the lovely red gore is there also. Seriously...who would have thought David Arquette?

Grade- A-

Hatchet - Now this film. It has gotten so many horror fans loving it to the point where it's insane. Harry (piece of shit) Knowles said that this film should be in the rankings of Halloween and the Friday the 13th films. You know what? He was fucking wrong. This film is horrible. The script is shit, it tries so hard to be funny. The only thing this film has going for it is the gore which is great. For myself, i want something more then gore. I need something else and this film doesn't have it. Why does this film get all the attention while The Tripper didn't?

Grade- F (Don't write a script adam, just direct the damn thing. Your atleast good at that)

There Will Be Blood - The best film of the year and maybe the decade. Everything is perfection. I will write up about Jonny Greenwood's score in a later date. I have something to say about it that most people may not know. I'm just a big radiohead fan and i want to give insight why i think PTA should get even more credit as a great director because of the score. That will be later though. I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!

Grade- A+

This Filthy World
- I can watch this anytime of the day. It's absolutely terrific in every way. John Water gives so much insight to his films, personality and life in general all while making me laugh out loud. Even if you don't like his films, you will love this.

Grade- A+

- Read the review over at It basically is everything i felt. Ramses...he knows his shit.

Grade- B

(These last three films go WAY back)

Takeshis' - Takeshi Kitano has so much style in one hand that it will make other directors weep. This is basically Kitano's "Muholland Dr" if you will. It is also much easier to follow then "Muholland" but the reason why i loved Muholland was the sense of mystery. Kitano has came out and even given away what it's about. A very deep and personal film by Kitano but surprisingly also very entertaining.

Grade - A

Mala Leche
- A very very very little film about two drug users that just want to get out. A hispanic film that is shot on a shoestring budget. Surprisingly very effect when it's not trying even though it seems to have the cliches of every drug movie but what was that line said about cliches? Something like "It's a cliche because it's true." Well with that to the side, i loved the lighting in the film. I later found out that they didn't use lights. Interesting.

Grade B

Joe & Joe
- The most innocent, modest, original film i have ever seen. It's insanely small and it doesn't try to be anything. The film characters aren't played in anyway you've seen before. They aren't quirky, the film literally takes you to a different place where these characters would exist living in a shed just loving to cut lawns. Yes, this film is about two guys just loving to cut lawns. I really really love this film with all my heart, so much so i even put it on my top 10 list now. Everytime i watch Joe & Joe it just puts a smile to my face. Here is the cover of the to the film so you can know what i'm talking about.

Oh, i lied. It's not just about cutting lawns but thats the only information i knew about the film and thats the best way to view it. God, i love this film. The definition of a small perfect film.

Grade - A+ (This is in my top 10)

That is all for now. I know I'm missing so many films. I just can't think right now because my legs are broken. When my memory recovers from the freak semi accident i will update this. Thank you for being patient.

So, where was i?

I've been gone. I was here but i wasn't there. Catching up on tons of music and have purchased many films. I will be getting back to this. Everyday, i will post something. It maybe an actual write up on a film, something from youtube which is stupidly hilarious, a quote or maybe even a video of myself break dancing.

I do plan on the break dancing video, i hope you will be tuning in to see that.

Tuning in. haha. Chicken of the sea.

A little dry humor.

So, I'm back.

One last thing, the reason for my departure was actually because I happened to be in a car accident. I was on the 405 while a semi pulled into the lane next to me. It was raining and I couldn't see pass the windshield that reflected the blinding lights from the truck in front of me. Both my legs are broken and I am in a wheelchair now.

This is for Ramses

hopefully that works.

(I guess it didn't, i will fix this later)