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The Incredible Avengers

May 13, 2012 2 comments

Marvel’s Avengers is what every summer blockbuster aspires to be — the perfect popcorn epic.

Xenocrates

The AvengersThis is, by all means, the new gold standard in summer blockbuster entertainment.

If you’ve read my blog, you know I don’t stop to review movies unless they have some kind of cultural significance. The last time I did that was to expose why people instinctively gravitate towards an obnoxious waste of film such as Transformers 3 that does away with story telling for big, loud, expensive, set pieces. However, Avengers is not such a movie. It is a genre defining epic that does the impossible: tell an outlandish, implausible tale with spectacular cohesion and believability. This is the movie Transformers 3 should have been and here’s why:

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Inception: Reviewed

August 7, 2010 1 comment

Inception is that rare movie that comes along once every ten years or so that becomes the genre defining moment of the decade.

Xenocrates

Inception Poster

Shortly after posting an exegesis on dream interpretation, WordPress automatically tagged the post with a review of a new movie that has been out for some time now. The film is called “Inception” and it’s directed by the same guy who did “Dark Knight” and “Memento”. So I decided to see it – and let me tell you, I had to see it twice, because it utterly blew my mind.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

July 2, 2009 9 comments

“Transformers 2 is by no means any where near the quality of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, but it certainly is rather quite entertaining.”

Xenocrates

Optimus Prime talks with Sam Witwicky about fateHello Sam. I’m here to bring the carnage. This movie is long, so let’s get started.

Three words: SICKEST. MOVIE. EVER. Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) is over two and a half hours of deafening, bone-crushing, side-splitting, mind-numbing, laugh-out-loud, edge-of-your-seat, gorgeous pop corn entertainment that is sure to make a killing at the box office this season.

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Star Trek (2009) Full Review

May 9, 2009 5 comments

“Set a course for awesome – maximum warp. The summer has officially begun.”

Xenocrates

Star Trek (2009)

The Science Fiction hall of fame officially has another inductee. J.J. Abram’s re-imagining of Star Trek sets the bar so ridiculously high this season, that I feel bad for the other summer epics yet to come that are now hopelessly doomed to mediocrity. This is quite possibly the best film of 2009 and there are five very good reasons why I say this:

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Hollywood on Trial

December 6, 2008 4 comments

“When you go to the movies,check both your coat and your brain at the door.”

Xenocrates

Have you ever seen one of those movies where you saw something that just didn’t make sense?  I’m not talking about the obvious stuff that is the product of special effects like punching through a wall or making an impossible shot. Stuff like that is usually quaintly explained by the plot of the movie – such as the main characters being from another planet, or have superpowers that are the product of genetic mutation. We all know that suspension of belief is critical to most movies.

However, I’m talking about some of the things that are logically implausible or downright stupid. I’m talking about stuff that is the product of continuity mismanagement or lack of simple research. I will admit that it does seem hypocritical to assail Hollywood for breaking the laws of simple logic while allowing them to break the laws of physics on a regular basis. But the reason why this allegation has validity is that we expect them to defy the laws of physics. We however do not expect them to defy the laws of reason – or at the very least, not to defy the basis of the plot.

In this post, I cover some of the greatest, most common, most inexplicable, most stupid things that I’ve seen in movies that simply just don’t make sense. Put on your thinking caps for this one. I wax scientific about why the Millennium Falcon can’t possibly make the Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs and why Superman could never safely move faster than a speeding bullet – ever.

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