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A Heist of Dreams

July 19, 2010 2 comments

Inception

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and Pete Postlethwaite

Directed by: Christoper Nolan

Written by: Christopher Nolan

Every once in a while a movie comes along that helps redefine what we can expect at the cinema when we sit down and watch a film.  Last year that movie was Avatar, which helped change the way that we think of 3-D films and of course since then perhaps only one or two other movies have gotten what it was that made Avatar such a great 3-D movie.  This year the movie that will make you stop and realize just how great cinema is and how much it is an art-form is the unexpected hit from Christopher Nolan: Inception.   Inception is the classic heist film, but you wouldn’t know it is a heist movie going into it because well it’s not like anything you have ever imagined or seen before.  While watching it I couldn’t help but want to be in this world where entering others dreams was possible, where we could go in and change things and get things from within their reality for those that are seeking them.

Inception doesn’t just make you sit and think about what is going on while you’re watching it, but it also makes you forget that you’re even watching a movie in a theater surrounded by others because every second is captivating.   Even when nothing much is really happening Nolan manages to put interesting moments on the screen.   This is after all the man who made The Dark Knight and Momento.  Nolan knows how to make us think while watching his films but he also knows how to make it an enjoyable ride from beginning to end.   That is what he achieves the most with Inception is it a perfect ride from beginning to end? No, but it is so close that you won’t even notice the small subtle flaws while watching the movie.  The real thing about this movie is it makes you think after the credits start rolling, it makes you wonder….that is what the best movies always do.

Our dreams are powerful, in them we become who we want to be, and do things that are never possible.   There are moments in Inception that truly do feel like  a dream, there are sequences in the film that make you wonder why do we dream and what do our dreams mean.  On top of that there are some excellent action pieces in the movie, some amazing special effects that help pull you into this world that Nolan created.  There is even a sequence in the film with slow motion movement and battles that bests the sequences in The Matrix, not a sequence, EVERY sequence, its something that the Wachowski brothers would never have thought of doing in a million years and it just makes you want to see the movie again and again.

More after the trailer…but be warned spoilers follow heavily if you don’t want to know what Inception is about or what happens in it do not read.

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Inception begins in the dream, some would argue that this is where the movie is the entire time from beginning to end, some argue that this is just a bookend to help draw us into the movie.   Neither is wrong, and on that note neither is right.    Nolan stated many times that he left the movie open to interpretation on purpose, he wants us to think while sitting there watching the movie.   The opening sequences make you wonder what is going on, it’s not that its hard to follow its just that you don’t know the rules of this world that Nolan has created yet.  Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) helps us by sort of explaining things quickly while in the room, but basically at first we are left to wonder what is going on.   There is  a sequence here in the beginning with Cobb and Saito  that makes us realize that we’re not really in reality but in a dream within a dream and then finally we get to witness reality.

Nolan doesn’t shove a lot of things in our faces, he doesn’t make us wonder how is this possible or how does it work.  Instead he just sets the rules quickly of how it works.  Someone somewhere discovered shared dreaming and now it’s started to spread and has become a way for men like Cobb and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to make a living by slipping others into their dream reality and using it to twist them and get them to reveal their secrets.   The dream world is created by the architect and only they have control of it yet the dreamer is the one that they are seeking to draw information out of so the architect has to be careful not to make the world unreal.    All of this is explained to us but it’s never forced down our throats in a way that we cannot digest.  That is the pure genius of the movie, it works on this level because it doesn’t say: this is possible and this is how its possible.  It just assumes that we understand the first rule and leaves the second part up in the air.  You see its not importnat how it is possible….its just important that we believe it is possible.

We quickly learn that Saito (Ken Watanabe) wants to use Cobb and Arthur to help him, not steal a secret but implant a thought instead.  This is what the movie is about: Inception or the creation of a thought that was not in someone’s head before but now needs to be.   They say that Inception is impossible but Cobb of course believes that it is possible, we begin to learn quickly that Cobb is perhaps not the most stable of men.    He agrees to help Saito and that is when things really start to get twisted because they need to hire a team, a team of experts.  They get a group of men that they have used before and then there is the new one, the start-up the young protegé: Ariadne (Ellen Page) who becomes the new Architect.

There is a sequence in the movie when Ariadne is just learning how to use her ability in the dream world that is truly amazing, it’s when she knows that she’s dreaming and she starts to mess with the world in such a way that everyone in Cobb’s subconscious starts to question her being there and think of her as threatening.   That is the most important rule that you learn: every living person in the dream is in fact a part of the subconscious of the dreamer, not the architect but the one that is dreaming the dream that the architect designed for them.  This rule becomes important once the heist starts because it’s the only way that they manage to actually succeed in what they are trying to do.

Cobb has a twisted and deep story, he’s a tortured father who lost his wife we learn quickly that they dreamed together, a dream so deep that they spent an entire life together within the dream.   In the world of dreams things happen much faster than in real life, if you sleep for an hour you can dream weeks and days even depending on how deep you are in the dream.   In one such place Cobb and his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) spent and entire lifetime together, but when they awoke she was not the same even though he tried to bring her back she was different and Cobb forever blamed himself for what happened to her.   Because of this Mal appears in Cobb’s dreams even when he’s not the dreamer.   She’s a powerful influence on him and its slowly driving Cobb towards the edge in his conscious mind.   Ariadne is the only one who is aware of how deeply Mal has effected Cobb and that’s because she sneaks into his dream one night and learns just how deep his obsession with his wife has gone.

We don’t learn much about the others, it’s mainly the story of Cobb, Ariadne, Mal, Saito, and Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy).   These are the characters that we learn the most about, and there is nothing really wrong with that for they drive the story the most.   Murphy is really good in this movie as Robert Fischer, in fact I think this is probably his best performance ever even better than what he did in 28 Days Later.   People over look Cillian Murphy a lot I wish that he wasn’t over looked because he is a very good young actor.  Fischer is interesting because he’s not some weak spoiled child that doesn’t like his father, in fact he is the exact opposite a child who loves his father but his father never really loved him.

In Fischer’s first dream level we learn that there is such thing as security, rich people like Fischer are aware of what can happen to them in the world of Inception and thus are trained to make their subconscious mind realize when it’s dreaming and thus defend against those that have invaded the dream.    This becomes very important as we get deeper into the dream, but it is one of the things that doesn’t live up the potential in all of the way.    In this part of the dream though we learn that you can also change how you look if you’re good enough at disguises such as Eames (Tom Hardy).   Here he disguises himself as Browning (Tom Berenger) who is Fischer’s father’s best friend and also most loyal employee.   Things get crazy from here on out, if it wasn’t already insane enough with them in one dream they work it so that they slip into a second dream.

In this dream Cobb convinces Fischer that he is in fact the head of his in the head security and is working with him to stop those that have invaded his head, this works to their advantage as they slip into the third level of the dream.   It’s the fact that things in the real world or higher dream worlds actually do effect the dream world as well, the shifting of the van that Yusuf (Dileep Rao) is driving actually affects the deeper dream world in the hotel.  The numbers that Fischer picks in the higher dream actually effect the lower two levels of his subconscious mind to the point that they are used over and over again.   It is here in the hotel that Arthur has three really cool sequences dealing with gravity and the loss of such a thing when the van first flips over while he is fighting a group of men and then the second time when gravity is lost as the van heads towards the lake below the bridge.

I cannot describe these sequences they have to be seen, but both of them are so well done that it makes you want to see them again.   At the same time in the deeper dream Fischer gets shot and actually “dies” though you don’t really die in the dream, you just slip further into your subconscious (when sedated when not you just wake up) into a place known as limbo.   It is here that we go in the last few minutes of the movie, here in limbo we see the world that Cobb and Mal created and everything comes head long into a conclusion that you won’t believe until you actually see it.    At the end once everyone has been pulled from the dream and Cobb is heading home it all seems to real to be true, the one phone call to make the things that were keeping him from going home, the arrival at his parents house to see his two kids who look just as they did in his dream.

It all seems too much like a dream, but is it a dream?  Does Cobb never wake up from his dream?  Was he dreaming all along throughout the entire movie?   Or did he wake up and he’s now back in the real world and the spinning top is actually going to topple just after the credits roll?   I can’t tell you what to think, I can only tell you that I believe he woke and is back in the real world, I believe that they pulled off Inception and that Cobb finally has his life back, why do I believe this? Because I like to believe that he made it back and in the end that’s what I believe, it might not be what you believe and that is the genius of Inception it’s all about our perceptions on what happens, it never forces its own perception on us, but instead lets us decide for ourselves…..

What they Did right: The dream sequences are amazing, the special effects are real and never invading.  The plot is pure and simple a heist movie within a dream movie that is also science fiction but you’d never really guess it was while watching it.  The characters are believable and the action is tight and deeply thought out as you would expect from the man who brought us Dark Knight.

What they did wrong: The only real fault I had with the film was that the whole three layers of the dream were not long enough or complex enough for all of the work that went into setting it up.   It is true that they went in thinking that they were just cracking his mind and implanting but not expecting security, still I would have loved to have seen more of those dreams than what was there…..maybe I’m just being selfish wanting a 3 hour movie?

Overall: 99/100

A must see, one of the best movies ever made plain and simple.  This one has become one of my top favorites of all time a film that I could watch over and over again and not only never get bored but always see something new as well each time I watch it….

Retro-Evolved: The Mega Man 2 Edition (Premire)

-This is a new weekly column that I’m introducing called Retro-Evolved (I might change the name).   It’s basicly about things from the past, although there is no definite time-period that I am setting this in, this week is Mega Man 2, next week could be something from two or three years ago instead of ten or more.  Also note: it’s not always in gaming either.

Gaming: Robots and Floating Disappearing Bricks

When I first played Mega Man 2 I was still a pre-teen boy who liked challenging games like Super Mario Brothers and other such games, Mega Man 2 was one of the best of the bunch mainly because it had an interesting mechanic in the fact that you got the weapons from the robot masters that you beat.   Mega Man 2 is the story of a Robot known as Mega Man (Rock in Japan) who fights robot masters that Dr. Wiley has stolen from Mega Man’s creator Doctor Light.   The story is pretty simple and basic and it’s not the story that makes the Mega Man games addicting.

Mega Man 2 was produced by the series creator Keiji Inafune who would go on to work on Mega Man for a while longer, he would go on to help create the Mega Man X series and Resident Evil 2 (the game that single-handedly made Survival Horror popular).  He would also help create the Breath of Fire series and Dead Rising among many others.   IF not for Mega Man 2 though it is doubtful if Capcom would have ever given Inafune more control over future projects.    What he and the group of programmers and others did with Mega Man 2 was impressive and proved that they could do a good job creating games.

Mega Man 2’s premise is simple, battle the robot masters each of the eight of them have their own levels.   Bubble Man has the water level, Air Man the Air Level (mostly annoying), Quick Man had a level designed around speed, Heat Man had the fire level including disappearing bricks, Wood Man had a level designed around forests, Metal Man’s level was designed around well not a lot that made sense but it worked, Flash Man’s level was designed around light, Crash Man’s level was similar to Metal Man’s level where it didn’t really fit but worked none-the-less.   After you fought all Eight Robot masters you went on to Dr. Wily’s Level where you fought through more stages until you finally reach the Mad Scientist himself and you have to beat him until he finally surrenders.

The game doesn’t use a save system, instead it uses a password system, that was until it was re-released for the Wii’s virtual console.  On the Virtual Console you can save where you are which makes the game no easier just lets you pause  your play instead of remembering passwords.     What makes the game so great is the fact that after you beat each robot master you get their weapon to use on the other robot masters.   Each one is weak against another masters weapon.   The trick is finding out in what order to beat them so that you can have an easier time beating each one of them.    In the end Mega Man 2 is a great classic game that if you’ve never given it a chance you should because its a lot of fun.

Related Posts:  Mega Man 2 From Wikipedia
Mega Man 2 From GameFaqs

Next Week: A Murder Most Fowl (A look at the very funny movie Clue)

Bones Season 5-Ep. 20

The Witch in the Wardrobe

This week’s episode begins with a house fire and the discovery of a body within a wardrobe, which leads to the calling in of Bones and Boothe.   Angela and Hodgins both came to the investigation which isn’t a normal thing but it is a nice little change of pace, usually Angela doesn’t come out into the field…and as they investigate they find another body with red shoes on it, very Wizard of Oz like, could these women be witches?

So the woman under the house with the red shoes on (the wicked witch of the east) was killed by someone…and the second body, the one in the wardrobe was a witch who was tortured during the Salem Witch Trials era and probably buried somewhere and dug up.

Hodgins and Angela are still having issues with one another, you can  just by watching them talk with one another that their feelings for one another are starting to get in the way again.   I was always disappointed that they broke up and now it’s looking like they might be getting close to being together again.    I love that the cop  from the crime scene pulls them over when Hodgins messes with the Prius and crosses the double lines and he doesn’t take anything from either one of them.

The name of the dead woman under the house with the red shoes on was named Cheri Byrd and Booth brings in the brother to interview him and quickly it appears as if he might be a suspect because of their history with one another.  Then again Cheri appears to have changed in the past ten years..and changed her name to Zephyra.   Back at the lab Edison tries to do an experiment like Hodgins but it has mixed result and Hodgins and Angela are locked up in jail because of their incident with the Prius.

Booth interigates Mario Trivisonno, who claims that Cheri Byrd put a curse on him that caused him to lose all of his hair.    The clues that Edison uncovers for Bones show their need for Hodgins.   Sweets gives Bones and Booth more information about how witches work and also wiccans.   The sequence with Hodgins and Angela in the jail cell is wonderful, where he gives her a massage, you can kind of see the sexual tension between the two of them and of course just as that’s going on Cam shows up to get them and the evidence.

I loved…loved….loved the local cop in this episode, every time he talked I laughed.   Booth and Bones go out to the area where the witches-sorry Wiccans -are meeting so that they can speak with them and also so that they can observe them.

After the ceremony Booth and Bones meet with two witches, one named Rowan is played by Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica) and she lays out the fact that Cheri was into some bad things and doing bad things for some bad people so that is where Booth and Bones start looking.    Sweets is going a little over board on the Salem witches and his passion with witches and wicca in general.   Murry Huddler’s wife was wearing the same dress that they found at the burned down house and Murry Huddler hired Cheri Byrd to curse his ex-wife.

I love when Hodgins realizes that the bones are of a bat that was stuffed down the woman’s throat and Clark just shuts him off with the push of a button before he can say anything else.   Hodgins and Angela finally in this episode are getting some alone time together with one another, and it shows that the two of them are still so in love with one another and all that we (the fans) want is what happens here, the two of them kissing one another finally again but its interrupted of course by the arrival of the Judge.

Turns out that the Salem witch in Cheri’s wardrobe was an ancestor of Ember one of the coven members and they bring her in to talk with her about Cheri.  Turns out that the witches were performing a ritual with rye flour and it caused the entire coven to hallucinate because the rye flour can have LCD in it and they believed that Cheri was a demon.

I was surprised about what happened next with Hodgins and Angela shocked me….I couldn’t believe it I’ve wanted it for so long….so long and there they are getting married in a jail cell finally finally Hodgins and Angela are married and I cannot be more happy it feels as if finally something wonderful has happened.   If we can’t have Booth and Bones together at least we get Hodgins and Angela together!

The Brennan/Booth relationship is one very complex relationship, we all believe that they belong together and they also believe it but neither one of them can actually admit it to one another and next week we see more from the Grave Digger case which was one of the best cases from the last few years of the show…next week should be good!

Quotes:

“We aren’t in Kansas anymore.”  -Hodgins when they find a woman under a house with red shoes on which comes from Wizard of Oz.

“What is it with this job and corpses encased in mystery wrap?”  -Cam from when they bring the bodies from the crime scene into the lab and one of them is encased in a strange subtance.

“So Witch hunt tonight?  If you bring the candlesticks, I’ll bring the broomsticks.” -Booth to Bones on what they’re going to be doing tonight

“Sorry, it was like arguing with one of the Founding Fathers. I’ve got the evidence we’ll talk, okay?”  -Cam to Hodgins and Angela when she leaves them in the jail cell-I loved it!

“Okay, why is it that when things like this happen it always happens to people  you don’t want to see naked?”  -Booth to Bones while they are watching the Wiccans dance and strip down naked.

“Your lab called, this computer may not be state of the art but we’ve got the internets.”

“Sure, lets uh throw some coal in that thing and fire it up!”  -the Sherrif and Hodgins on the state of the computer he brings into them.

Tidbits:

-I didn’t know: polystyrene Ceiling insulation and flourescent lightbulbs will make sort of sparkly white shrouds for dead skeletons of witches!

-I love the opening sequence of Bones.

-the Prius helps you stay in your lane

-Sweets studied witches and the Salem witch trails even writing a paper on it.

-I love that Clark’s experiment that is supposed to be like Hodgins experiment fails so miserably.

-Angela has a bench warrant out on her and Hodgins also has warrant as well this is great!

-Sweets uses a name of Lilith82 for his email!

-ANGELA and HODGINS got married!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lie to Me Season 2-Ep 5

Grievous Bodily Harm

Lie to Me opens episode five with Doctor Lightman in an area surrounded by a lot of people who w’eve never met, one pulls a gun and shoots….credit break….

And now we’re in flashback mode for the episode….

Who is Sally Robinson….ah a high school sweetheart of Doctor Lightman….nah not really, it’s an old friend and former partner of Cal’s a man named Terry Marsh, its interesting that we’re meeting another former partner of Cal’s.  A few weeks ago we met a former employee of the group named Radar.   Lightman and Terry go to a party and it turns out that more than just visiting an old friend is going on with this episode and he needs Cal’s help at a poker game which isn’t too surprising.

I never thought about this but Cal’s gift would be really good for games of poker.  Watching the tells that other people use in everyday life would be useful in these kind of games.   At the same time Lightman is playing poker Agent Reynolds and Foster are tasked with digging  into Terry and Cal’s past to figure out what’s gong on with Terry and why he’s on Scotland yard’s watch list.    You can tell that Cal was quite good at this kind of stuff but I also imagine that he got into a lot of trouble quickly for it, and after he wins he wants to get out of there but of course his friend Terry is hiding even more than you think.

Back at the Group, a man named Mr. Fitzgerald who works for a school (PE teacher?) has gotten a tape that threatens that the school is going to be attacked.    They send Torres and Loker in to study the way that the students react to the very same video that was shown to them by the principal of the private school.

Terry Marsh was a bad bad man in the past and he still appears to be a bad man making all kinds of mistakes and Reynolds was keeping an eye on Terry Marsh and Cal Lightman.   Looking at the tape Lightman finds three people who are suspicious and as he walks back into his private office there is Terry again and apparently he’s not been keeping things quiet instead he’s been causing all kinds of problems for Lightman because the men that he was involved with want to use Lightman to uncover some things for them….got to love mobs.

Lightman is always doing things to push the boundaries in his relationship with people in the group especially Agent Reynolds.    In the last two episodes he has really pushed Reynolds and his relationship with them.   Foster interviews Jared and it turns out that he’s lying about making the video and protecting another student at the school.    It’s obvious that Terry has been playing Lightman for the entire episode so far, not telling him all of the truth of what he is in until Foster puts him in great pain.

Turns out they want Lightman to tell them who is ratting the operation out to the police, which is funny because Lightman works for the police and you would think that a crime organization would know that he has a government employee working in his office.    It’s obvious that Terry has been playing Lightman from the beginning.     Cal continues to play them as well pointing out the van that is following them, which is Agent Reynolds.

After interviewing Stacey and Jasmine we begin to find out that perhaps the PE teacher Mr. Fitzgerald isn’t on the up and up about what was going on in his school, and Stacey tries to kill herself because it wasn’t a homicidal attempt video but a video about her ending her own life to end her pain.

The meet was supposed to go down in one building but after Lightman reveals his tail they manage to get off to a warehouse so that the business deal can go down and Lightman can find out if they’re lying or not.  Turns out they’re exchanging counterfeit currency.

So it turns out that Mr. Fitzgerald was the one who started the verbal abuse by telling her that she was fat and slow and the other students all picked up on this and started making fun of her as well and he really was to blame.  There is no need for his kind of abuse especially if it causes other students to abuse the student as well.

Lightman is great at playing people, he always manages to somehow get to the truth of what is going on and do it in a way that the people don’t realize it until he finally shows all of his cards.    He manages to help his friend as well despite the fact that he probably shouldn’t have, but he was aware of it the entire time as well.

One person plays the other who was in turn aware he was being played the entire time, it made for an interesting watch on today’s Lie to Me.

Quotes:

“I said he keeps the change”  -Lightman.     How does lightman always manage to keep his cool?  He never gets truly rattled until a gun is put to his head of course I think most people would be rattled then, but it doesn’t last forever for him.

“You could have been honest with me, could have said ‘Cal I’m in a bit of a bother and could use some help.'”- Lightman to Terry.

Tidbits:

-We learn a little bit more about Cal’s past when his friend Terry Marsh visits.  I always figured that Cal did some shady things in his past what with his ability to see what is going on around him it would make him a good criminal.

-the final intervention with the group was great, all they want is Cal to keep them all in the loop on what is happening.  We learn that Cal basically grew up with Terry and the two of them had a criminal past.

Overall: B+

It’s not one of the strongest episodes of the show and it’s getting a little hard to like Cal sometimes, he’s abrasive and not very friendly even to those in his past, but like House he grows on you and you quickly start to like him anyway.   The sub-plot is what drew the final score down slightly, it wasn’t quite as strong.

She’s evil…and not just High School Evil…we’ll see about that!

The unrated DVD

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Kyle Gallner, and Adam Brody

Directed by:Karyn Kusama

Written by: Diablo Cody

Yes I am well aware that I am reviewing this movie many months after the DVD came out…but as I have never seen it and this is my site….I have a right to review if I want and thus I shall….

Let me get this out of the way right away:  this movie is one of the worst movies I have seen in the last year, and if you don’t want to hear the ins and the outs of why this movie is terrible then I suggest that you stop reading right now and move on to other pursuits because I am going to be spoiling the Diablo Cody written crap piece that is Jennifer’s Body right in the paragraph below this picture of Megan Fox….

Jennifer’s body starts off with Needy (the main character arguably) in a penitentary for crimes that she commited but we don’t know about.   She gives a hasty monolouge and then we’re back in the past learning how she got into this jail cell.   The first few minutes are interesting just because of one reason: she has some pretty good lines here and even does some pretty fun things.  Then comes the horror…..

That’s horror, but not in the good way like Freddy Kruger or Jason or Micheal Myers, no its horror as in bad acting horrible scripting and one-dimensional characters throughout.     I have seen Diablo Cody’s masterpiece movie Juno and I enjoyed every second of it other than a few things here and there but that’s another movie all together staring a good actress (Ellen Paige) and directed by a good director (Jason Reitman) who managed to make a convulated script sound and play good.

Here we are not so lucky.  Megan Fox is a passable actress, she has an asset that makes her acting get over looked and that is her looks, but its obvious after watching this movie that she cannot and probably will not ever be able to be a leading actress in Hollywood, well not for a serious movie anyways.   I could be wrong, it could be teh direction and the horrible script but not every famous actress out there is famous for her acting….got it..okay moving on.

The main problem with this movie isn’t pacing or the characters, its the fact that everything is so…..dull.  There are a multitude of lines spattered throughout the movie like: at one point Needy and Jennifer call each other Monisat and Vagisil.   Or how about this classic: tampooning yourself?   Or hey: total Jell-o?    Who talks like this?  I hate when Hollywood writers and directors just assume that using strange words will somehow make them sound like they know the strange and cool things that teenagers are saying to one another now.

Diablo Cody’s movie Jennifer’s body got made for one simple reason: she won an oscar for a movie that wasn’t even he movie.  Yes she did write the script but it was Ellen Page and Jason Reitman that changed her so-so script into a great movie.   This movie proves that without a good director backing up her script work Diablo Cody is better off not being filmed.      Jennifer acts the same before she turns into a demon as she does after she turns into a demon, there is no marked diffrence between the two at all, she was a slut before she got turend into a demon and one afterwards as well. Did no one working on this movie do research on Demon posession at all?  Or is Megan Fox only able to act like one kind of person and that’s it?

I don’t mean to be harsh….wait yes I do…I just wanted the movie to end, I regret watching it as I wanted to plunge Needy’s box knife at the end of the omvie into my own chest forty minutes into the movie!   There is nothing redeeming in this movie.  Let me give you an example:  At the beginning of the movie before Jennifer gets posessed they are watching a band, the bar they are in suddenly starts to burn and everyone within it dies….do Jennifer or Needy care that people are burning behind them?  No.    After Jennifer leaves with the band, does Needy stay at the bar and try to help people are wait for the police to tell them what just happend with her friend or the bar? Nope she runs away back home to call her boyfriend.

Later in the movie there is a scene where Needy and her boyfriend are having sex, its the most uninteresting sex scene I have ever seen sadly…at least while it happens we get to watch Jennifer kill someone.   The sad thing is this movie does have a couple of redeeming scenes.   When people aren’t saying stupid lines or being boring with uninteresting things to say and delivering their lines with a dead-pan hollowness there are some good points.    First is the first scene in the movie when Needy is in jail and gets put in solitary confinement.    The second scene that is great is close to the end when Needy and Jennifer face off with one another over Needy’s boyfriend Chip.

The lines that the two deliever against one another while they face off are great, and that entire scene is well played off but its not enough to save the movie as by then you’ve already figured out where the film is going, it sad but obvious and the ending leaves much to be desired because of this.      Jennifer’s Body is not the worst movie that I have ever seen….but it is very close to the worst horror movie that I have ever seen

What they did right: The special effects are are really great, especially the scenes where Jennifer is devouring boys.  The fight sequences at the end of the movie are really great and the ending credits have redeeming moments as well as she kills the band.   The soundtrack is good if not great at times.

What they did wrong: Just about everything else.   The acting is stiltled almost as if its two movies filimed agaisnt one another.   The plot is a little boring and simple (usually thats not a problem if the script is good) and the characters are all one diminsonal.

Overall:  45/100

Watchable…barely.

They've grown tired of watching Jennifer's Body...just kidding its Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried from the movie!

Happy Town Episode 2

I came to Haplin for the Waters

Last week we were left with Sheriff Conroy going crazy in his office speaking of the Magic Man while he took an axe to his own hand, and at the same time Henley started up the stairs to the second floor, this week we dig deeper into the world of Happy Town….

We start with the arrival of Sheriff Conroy at the ER, the hand is pretty gruesome I like that, I know that some people don’t but I like this kind of thing.    Tommy watches as his father’s wedding ring falls to the ground in the ER as his father is taken into the operating room.   After this the show picks up the next morning so we’re not going to get any answers as to what she saw up in that room on the third floor right away apparently.   Georgia and her boyfriend are still keeping their relationship a secret because he’s a wuss ….what a surprise.

Ah the room to the third floor was locked, so Henley couldn’t get in and find out what was in the room, but she does get a surprise that next morning!   I still think Mrs. Meadows is hiding something, but I can’t figure out what it is until we see into that damn third floor room!   We know Henley is hiding the real reason why she came to Haplin, could it possibly be that she really does know how to make candles?  I’d like to see that a whole episode about her making candles…umm I’m just kidding.

Big Dave is a good friend of T.C. (Tommy) and he was also Jerry for many seasons on ER.   Who is Chloe, people keep asking this question and no one will answer it, but Mrs. Haplin, wants to see Tommy perhaps she will have answers as to who Chloe is or even who the Magic Man is?   So the Haplin mansion is called the Weeping Wall, there has to be a history behind that doesn’t there?   It is a very strange name for a mansion but then again it’s looking more and more as I watch this show that there is a lot more going on than just the Magic Man.

Man oh man does Hobbs not like that T.C. was put in charge, you can see it on his face instantly, but T.C. leaves Hobbs in charge of the Friddle case.   Immediately after Mrs. Meadows comes into the house and leaves her keys Henley takes the key and makes a copy of it and the more I see of things going on the more I know that Merritt is aware of what she’s doing and he’s even helping her to get into that room, if he’s not the Magic Man (I don’t believe he is still) then he’s definitely up to something.  In the meantime at least he played interference for Henley, if she’s aware of it she doesn’t show it…but if I was her I wouldn’t trust Merritt.

At the town meeting T.C. ends up being the shortest sheriff ever in the history of Haplin, but of course Mrs. Haplin lies and doesn’t really appoint Hobbs, she speaks before the people and appoints T.C. anyway despite him not wanting to take the job, as I was thinking she’s up to something…so is everyone else in Haplin that isn’t Tommy Conroy and his family appears to have some kind of a secret so far.   I love that as he quotes Jaws his wife smiles and his best friend Big Dave chuckles slightly.

Georgia meets a strange man sitting at the waiting tables in the hospital where she went to visit Griffin, as she leaves there is something about the man who doesn’t have a name yet, something almost menacing about the way he looks at her as she leaves.   Something strange happens to Georgia in the hospital room as she’s talking with the Sheriff, and as she starts down the hall the Magic Man follows her walking all slow like as she runs with strange things happening around her.   Georgia wakes up in a room with guys talking, it’s the Stiviletto brothers and I don’t think they have nice plans for Georgia at all judging by her scream right before the break.

So did Mrs. Haplin pick T.C. to run things because she was pretty sure he wouldn’t do anything to press the issues of what happened that night on the lake to Friddle?   T.C. goes to the Stivilettos after Georgia tells him what happend, there isn’t really anyway to know if they actually raped her or not because she doesn’t really remember it, she was drugged and it wasn’t by the Stivilettos, it was by the Magic Man I am pretty sure.    T.C. does a pretty good job beating the bastards up..>I have no respect for rapists or even attempted rapists.

The flour on Jerry Friddle’s body wasn’t from the bread factory but from Big Dave’s pizza shop.   T.C. goes over to his friend’s house to inspect things for himself down in the basement to make sure that Big Dave didn’t kill Jerry Friddle which I seriously doubt that he did.   In the basement T.C. uncovers Big Dave’s secret, walls of articles and other such things dealing with the Magic Man…and just then of course Big Dave comes into the room.

Big Dave believes that Friddle was the magic man, and he took him down with a railroad spike which leads right to him being the killer of Jerry Friddle.  I am actually pretty surprised that it was Big Dave that killed Jerry Friddle, and at the same time he found out where the bodies were.    Henley again at the end of the second episode attempts to go up the stairs and into the locked room.   She walks into a room filled with….birds?   Why would there be birds up on the third floor and why would they want to keep people out of a room filled with birds?   A hidden place under the floorboards reveals a hammer in a case and then everything goes quiet.

Maybe I was wrong before about Georgia’s boyfriend Andrew Haplin isn’t such a bad guy after all, he wants to protect Georgia, maybe he has redeeming qualities after all….someone walks into the Sheriff’s office at the end…and as T.C. looks up at him…its the man from earlier the Magic Man perhaps?…now he has a name: Dan Farmer and he’s from the state police.   The episode ends on a lonely stretch of highway…Henley in a car she just bought and a bird crashing through the window and then flying away.

Until next Wednesday…..

Qutoes:

“You be sure to let him know if he ever needs a hand…” -one of the Stiviletto brothers…I think it was Womper.

“Umm as Mrs. Haplin..uh referred to it…now would be a good time for an old soul to scratch his nails across teh chalkboard and claim that he can catch the…the head…the tail…and the whole damn fish” -T.C. quoting Quint from the classic Jaws great horror film!

“Hello..Georgia. Are you okay?  Would you like some Tapioca?” -Baby Boy to Georgia….I put this one in there because it was so strange.

“The Serpent always hisses where the sweet bird sings, Chloe” -Griffin Conroy

“Well you can’t heal a wound Tommy until you clean it out!”  -Big Dave

Tidbits:

-Why does Chloe have a tattoo of the Magic Man question mark with a halo over it on her back shoulder? I can’t believe I forgot to mention this last week!

-Mrs. Haplin is hiding something, but what is she hiding?  Why does she want a Conroy to be in charge of the Sheriff department?

-I’ve always wondered in shows like this…the wife and the husband are out…the usual babysitter isn’t watching the daughter either…so who the hell is watching the daughter????

Overall: A-

The first episode was a little slow building but this one started the real mystery working, who is the Magic Man, is he perhaps now working with the police?    What is T.C. going to do about Big Dave and his secret about Friddle and that he did it?   Who is Henley/Chloe, we still have no clue really and I don’t think the answers are coming any time soon.  Overall I am enjoying this series, the mystery is becoming more interesting….I’ll be back next week.

Lie to Me Season 2-Ep 4

Honey

It begins with Lightman at a party of some sort talking with single women, he starts hitting on one and sits down to talk with her asking her questions trying to find out how she feels about cheating.  At first I thought that Lightman was here scoping out the babes so to speak, finally going to be going out on a date like a regular guy, I should have known it was part of a case and it turned out that it was.

Lightman doesn’t seem particularly happy about the fact that he has to do cases like this, before he gave his wife back her controlling interest in the company he could pick the case that he wanted to do and he even states here that he wants to go back to that way and that he won’t do a case like this one again.   At the same time Torres has gone to the house of Eric Matheson to speak with his sister about rather or not there was any signs of him being a violent man and also to perhaps uncover where he really is.   As she’s leaving the house Eric is in the backseat and demands to be taken back to the Lightman group so that they can prove that he didn’t kill his wife.

The opening credits roll as he walks into the Group holding Torres hostage at gun point….

As we come back Cal demands that Eric let go of Torres and take him hostage instead because he wants to protect her from the threat of death and also I am pretty sure that he wants to study the man and try to figure out what he’s doing.    Foster convinces Reynolds from calling in the hostage situation but he will only do it under one condition, Foster goes in to talk with Lightman and Matheson.  Cal wants Foster to videotape and talk with the man who Matheson believes killed his wife.

I have been very impressed with Mekhi Phifer so far in this series, he’s really pulling off the whole FBI agent thing really well and his character is interesting and being slowly built up over the episodes of this season.    Loker takes Reynolds clothes and pretends to be a FBI agent since Reynolds refuses to leave the building while a man with a gun is in there.  Foster convinces Tom McHenry to be videotaped to prove that he isn’t lying about not killing Eric’s wife.

As Cal talks with Eric he begins to uncover through Eric’s mannerisms and speech that he’s not telling the entire full truth and he’s still trying to figure out if he did it or not.  Ria and Reynolds talk with one another about what happened to her, I can tell just by looking at her that she blames herself for the entire affair and she’s not going to go easy on herself.  Reynolds convinces Foster and Lightman to move Eric Matheson across the way to another room so that they can keep an eye on him easier and if anything happens they can resolve it quicker.    This is a smart idea and it helps to slowly move control away from Eric of the situation.

Cal doesn’t bluff or lie about it instead he tells Eric the truth that he doesn’t believe at all that Tom was responsible for the death.   Tom basically fired Eric’s wife but he didn’t kill her.  The things that Matheson are keeping from Cal are about money that he borrowed in order to keep him and his wife afloat and he hasn’t paid any of the money back yet but his wife was trying to help him by borrowing the money from her boss in a loan.

Lightman is one cool guy, even with a gun pointed at his head from a clearly disturbed person he manages to get that person to not only move the gun away again but also give him the name of the friend whom Cal now believes is responsible for the death of Matheson’s wife.   Reynolds meanwhile isn’t quite as cool, but he knows by forcing the friend to give it that the man will because that is how he responds to that kind of stuff.

The wife was trying to clean up her husbands messes and it looks like it got her killed. Foster has no fear really in these kind of situations, she walks into a bar well aware that the people within it will notice her and she walks right up to the man who they’re looking for, and asks him if he knows anything about a flat.

Lightman’s ability to read people is always stunning, he can always find out what people are thinking and why they are doing what they are doing.   Lightman wants to help Matheson but Matheson still doesn’t trust him and he is slowly starting to trust LIghtman to the point that he’s willing to put the gun down and walk away until the cops show up because Reynolds called it in.  Torres goes to the front door and invites the cops in letting them known that no one there had called anything in and no one was in trouble, that it was a fired employee.

It’s some quick thinking that probably saves Cal’s life and maybe even Torres as well.  Torres and Foster quickly realize that Zancanelli is definitely lying about never being in the apartment of the Matheson’s.    Turns out that the wife was recording something and that it worked and she was going to keep the file just in case.   It turns out that Zancanelli sexually blackmailed Connie (Matheson’s wife) and she recorded it as well.    Now of course Matheson wants five minutes alone with the man responsible for his wife’s death.

Matheson once again points the gun at Cal and he still continues to try to get Matheson to drop the gun and live his life, just live his life.   Matheson is a mess of a man, his wife was the only thing really keeping him together and all he wants is to make the man that took her life pay for what he did.    Zancanelli is brought into the room so that Matheson can talk with him.  Agent Reynolds comes in as well to make sure that it stays a conversation and nothing else.    Zancanelli doesn’t come in, Loker comes in the room instead disguised as him and Reynolds finally manages to get a shot in on Matheson.

At the end of the day Cal meets with the woman that he saw at the beginning of the episode (not the ex-wife but another woman).   Even though he likes the woman and is sexually attracted to her Cal realizes that he shouldn’t be there, and he goes to Foster which is not surprising.  I am beginning to think that him and Foster should be together, that they would be a good couple…but they have a history.

Quotes:

“If there s one thing Matheson has said today that I believe its that if he sees the cop he will pull the trigger…he will” -Foster to Reynolds.

“I told you no cops…I can’t believe I trusted your lying ass.”  -Matheson to Lightman

Tidbits:

Lightman is willing to risk his life for the truth, this we already know, but tonight his life was on the line and it wasn’t because of something he did.

-Foster and Lightman come to an agreement on the billing issues from the beginning of the episode.

-Spare bedroom really???

Overall:  A