Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Live Long and Prosper

So I let this review stew for almost a week because I wanted to do it justice. I saw "Star Trek" on Thursday night, by myself (reason #345 for why I dislike this part of Orange County). The theater was relatively empty. I would have to guess there were about 20 people, 3 Trekkies among them. I sat in the very back as usual to get the best view.

I have to say that all my bad-mouthing of the film was thrown out half-way through. I still don't like Abrams (overrated) and Chris Pine who just bugs me acting-wise, but I have a new found respect for them. I went into the movie thinking it was going to be as bad an "Indy 4" with way too much nostalgia and not enough substance and plot. The plot of this movie was very well done. Sequels are a must now. Leonard Nimoy was fantastic! I have heard a lot of bad press because people didn't like Simon Peg's Scotty. Give the man a bloody break! I loved it! The actors are not going to copy the originals because then that would be too wooden.

I'm avoiding spoilers so this is going to be very short. Just go see it if you haven't already. It was a perfect start to the summer movie marathon.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Real Down Time and Wolverine.

Seriously, I don't remember the last time I just stayed home or just relaxed for relaxing's sake. Maybe some random weekend at the beginning of last year? No clue. I'm burnt out though. I just can't stay home. I'm not the type of person to "not do nothing" if that makes some sort of warped sense. I'm always on the run; always "on the town" as my Mum says.

This weekend we'll be going to the range again. I come from a family full of law enforcement and a line that has always owned firearms. Anyway, the range is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by hills and wild Californian floral. I have about ten photos in my gallery that show where I'm talking about. I don't think I'll be shooting, but rather walking through the trails a couple miles away. The trails have been there since the early 1800s. I can easily picture cowboys riding through the shrubbery. There's an old iron bridge that is rusted through. Squirrels might cross it from time to time. A creek runs under it. I can't remember if there's anything living in the water. I think its too shallow. I have seen mountain lions and other creatures. Most walk away. For the others that don't, noise and a flash of steel usually do the trick (literally a flash with the light, not a stabbing gesture [semi-vegetarian here]). I've missed that peace of the wild; that calm that you can only get with a couple hours away from civilization. And, of course, I'll have my camera.

Just a quick word on Wolverine, the X-Mens Origin film. It wasn't as bad as the third X-Men movie, but it was bad. There's hardly any dialogue and the plot jumps and then abruptly ends. I think the ending was a lousy cop-out to tie it to the other movies. They really needed to add another twenty minutes to explain the story properly. I heard that Marvel was going to do a "Deadpool" movie. Ryan Reynold's is NOT a good actor!

I plan on seeing Star Trek tonight so hopefully that will kick off my summer movie theater-going... Or kill it completely.