Monday, January 25, 2010

Movie Overload

I watched three different full length movies on Saturday, none of which I had seen before. I do not reccomend watching three films in one day. It tends to make your life unproductive. I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines yesterday morning while eating breakfast. It's the only Terminator film I hadn't seen yet. After lunch I watched Casino Royale on TV. Finally last night I stayed up to watch Pulp Fiction.

I would tell you which film was the best one but since all three are in such widely different genres I can't really compare their merits. I can however rate them indiviually.

I'll rate them in the order I watched them. First, T3. Even though all Terminator films are pretty much the same this still delivered an entertaining movie experience. Sure, the plausibility of some scenes was a little iffy (those cars should be completely totaled from crash #1) and the plot is nearly identical to the other films but I wasn't looking for anything groundbreaking, just another good Terminator flick. Which is exactly what I got. 7 out of 10

James Bond is simply badass. The film isn't excellent, but Casino Royale delivers what you expect from a Bond film. Epic chase scenes (the free running was INCREDIBLE), suspenseful spy action, and of course the obligatory love interest. Just because a film has Bond in it doesn't mean it will be good (Quantum of Solace) but this installement in the Bond franchise didn't simply ride on the reputation of the previous films. There was substance and the characters were well portrayed. I still think some of the original Bond films outdo this one, but not by much. Oh, and the intro sequence was really cool, I loved the vectorized design. 8 out of 10.

I'll tell you right now that Pulp Fiction is one of the worst, most overrated films of all time. Disagree with me if you must, but that movie sucked. If you'll recall I also hated Inglourious Basterds. Unless Reservoir Dogs (which I haven't seen) redeems him, I'm going to have to say that Quentin Tarentino is simply an awful director.

Now if you happen to be a fan of his work don't get all uppity. Let me explain myself. Pulp Fiction suffered from much the same problem as Inglourious Basterds. The scenes were overly long, the dialouge, while impressive in a few spots, was largely unimportant. The characters were clunky, I didn't know or care about any of them by the end. I almost thought things were picking up during the overdose scene but then the plot died again. I don't really want to rant, but most all of my feelings are portrayed (in a slightly overblown proportion) on this other blog I found. If you feel like reading a rant about Tarentino, this is where you want to go. I give this film a 3 out of 10. It really is a pathetic excuse for entertainment, a worse excuse for a story, and a horrible excuse for a message.

I'm still debating what to use for my new Blog Title Backronym. I got a few suggestions via Facebook and right now I'm looking at these few as my favorites.

Superior Image Rendering - definitely the name of my future film/FX/media-related company if and when that happens

Supplemental Information Report - kind of newsy, which my blog isn't except for the last post I suppose, but I still like it.

Sufficiently Interesting Ramblings - much more my style. At least I hope they are sufficiently interesting.

I'm still on the hunt for more though! Once I decide I'll whip up a new blog header and maybe even complete the images section of the site.