The Chinese give us some pretty great stuff at great prices whether they want to or not, so we should be grateful. They build our iPhones, stitch our clothes and the Peking Duck is about amazing as food gets, but this export could be the one to change my tune. I demand Congress take note and issue some steep tariffs on this one.
Someone who hates the cinema has decided to take a passive, enjoyable activity such as watching a movie and ruin it.
You're a darkened theater, you know, watching fine cinematic art. It's a great new action-adventure picture featuring Christina Hendricks or Lizzy Caplan (this is my blog, so I get to pick the stars) when in the bottom of your field of view you notice a little glowing screen. Your suspension of disbelief has been shattered and you just missed the topless bank robbery scene. Be damned those with their phone out in a movie theater! As you look back at the screen you read "Moar Bewbs ;)" over the top of the getaway scene. Lame.
According to Engadget, some brainchild in China has been experimenting with "bullet screens." Basically, it lets anyone post color commentary onto the actual movie screen while the film is playing. Because eveyone is funny and witty and should be heard. And the cost of ruining a movie for everyone in the joint: the equivalent of ten cents. Blasphemy!!!!!
If this is allowed to happen we should issue an apology to Pee-Wee Herman because what he did at the movies was less distracting and didn't involve taking out his cell phone. He took something out, but from all accounts I've read, it wasn't glowing. Though had he not been found out and arrested, he might have been glowing on his way out the door. Anyway...
People who take their phones out to text, talk or check our dessert recipes during a movie are society's scourge, the lowest common denominator and should be shamed for their social infraction - not encouraged to ruin everyone's good time a dime at a time.
As Engadget says, "a film connoisseur can watch as their most poignant wisecracks scroll across the screen with countless others... for better or worse."
I say it's definitely for worse.
Kerry's Log 07/26/14:
Kerry finds himself in the midst of a Walking Dead apocalypse. Will Kerry and the Geek Show Podcast make it out alive? You should really just watch the video and see for yourself.
Kerry's Log 07/26/14:
Kerry and the Geek Show guys take a leap from the Assassin's Creed tower. Were ankles rolled? Did anyone chicken out? Can one of the Geek Show fellows actually fly? Watch the video to find out.
Kerry's Log 07/21/14:
Kerry is on his way with the Geek Show Podcast to the San Diego Comic Con International. Check out the sweet wheels Stockton 12 Honda set Kerry and the guys up with so they can roll down in comfort and style. Check out the video so you can see what name Kerry has bestowed their Odyssey with and keep coming back for more updates from THE Comic Con.
Kerry Jackson is heading to the San Diego Comic Con July 24th through the 27th. He's hitting the road in a new Honday Odyssey with his Geekshow Podcast cohorts and will be updating this page with news, video, pictures, interviews and all the geek you can get on you. Also, listen to Radio From Hell for updates during the con. Kerry's Odyssey to San Diego Comic Con is superpowered by Stockton 12 Honda.
I came across this article on one of my favorite sites, Vice. Titled, "What the F*@k Is Going on In "X-Men: Days of Future Past?" and after reading it pretty much sums up my feelings as I left the theatre last weekend. Though I really liked the movie I couldn't help feel like the line between exposition and action was a tough one to walk. We would get a great action scene followed by a lot of explanation. It's a famous story line in the X-Men universe, but if you never read the comics (I know, everyone says they did, but they really didn't) you are are a lost puppy and probably have a lot of questions.
Suspension of disbelief is key in any movie, but does "X-Men: Days of Future Past?" ask us for too much disbelief suspension?
Vice brings up some pretty solid arguments in their article such as:-Why are people so bad at shooting at Mystique?
-Magneto frequently moves pieces of metal that are more than 100-feet away from him (the stadium, for instance). So why did keeping him 100-feet under the Pentagon matter at all? Couldn't he just drag every metal object in the Pentagon down on top of him?
-Why does nobody in the past have any questions for Wolverine about what happens with culture or technology or fashion or politics in the future?
These are just a few of the questions that are really ruining this movie for me. Note: there are some spoilers here, but if you want to dive further down the rabbit hole in the X-Men movie universe take the plunge and read on here.
Zack Braff hit his Kickstater goal, so we're all getting this for Summer.
1. The guy, Donald Faison, from "Scrubs" makes an appearance. I hate "Scrubs" so this trailer is already giving me a bad taste in my movie-loving brain. It seems like every time I turn on Comedy Central they are showing it like NPR plays "A Prarie Home Companion" on the weekends. Couldn't they show something that is actually funny? For the record I think Donald Faison is funny. I just really hated "Scrubs" and I couldn't explain to you why.
2. Expect slow motion shots of people doing things that "surprise them" and "will affect them for the rest of their lives." You will laugh, cry and feel emboldened until you leave the theater and hit the closest fast food joint, being slammed back to your life.
3. There is a new Shin's song in the trailer. It doesn't have a title, but that's no matter because you don't really remember any of The Shins' song titles anyway. You just know why all go "ooooOOOOoooouhhh Oooo ooo ooooo uhhhh" and that's just how you and I like them.
4. This is not "Garden State 2", but let's face facts. It should be. Every critic will hold it up to that candle. The math is too easy.
5. With all that said, I will still go see it. I will get warm and fuzzies and probably want a wife, family life and the strength to embrace middle-age problems when they arrive at my doorstep. Then I will wise up. Also, Mr. Braff has such dreamy blue eyes.
Here is the trailer. The Shins track really kicks in about a minute in. I am pretty sure you would know it right away with me pointing it out.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" shared a new trailer today. I love everything about this movie, especially the racoon with a gun. What I hate about this trailer and what will annoy me about the movie is the music. "Spirit in the Sky" again, really? How much money is Norman Greenbaum sucking out of the collective pool of royalty money amongst music budgets in Hollywood. Who is Mr. Greenbaum's attorney that negotiated the sale of his soul to Satan for such blanket coverage? I would like to hire that lawyer.
Here is an actual list of movies and TV shows this song has been in. Put a bag over this song and don't take it off until its spirit is actually in the sky.
If that particular music selection didn't have you sticking tree branches in your ears it's followed by Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." Did the music supervisor for this film graduate from the University of Unoriginality with a major in boring and a minor in trite? "Hooked on a Feeling" has haunted me since its use in "Ally McBeal." Remember that stupid dancing baby?
If these two songs were house guests you would have asked them to leave years ago or resorted to blunt force trauma and a backyard burial just to get away from their grating overuse in mass culture.
We are decades past the 70s, 80s or whatever decade these songs were conceived, back when people made out to them. All they do now is make us wretch and rightly so.
Now that I've got that off my chest I will say something positive...I really can't wait to see this film. It looks original, close to the comic and it's Mavel so you know it will be slick. Enjoy the trailer below.
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