Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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scott91777 said...

Stuff I picked up this week:

Beck- Modern Guilt = Excellent

Albert Hammond, Jr.- Como Te llama = pretty good... his solo stuff sounds a lot like the Strokes... only sunnier (if that makes any sense).

Gotham Knight = Awesome! I'm a big fan of the Batman short story (i.e. Batman: Black and White) and these are all excellent not to mention the animation is absolutely gourgeous!

Finally got around to reading the third Astonishing X-men trade and, while I really liked the first two, I LOVED this one. Just in time for the final Volume next week!

Jason said...

Continuing the "new purchase" vein ...

Based on all the love the series gets here, I went ahead and bought the All-Star Batman and Robin hardcover. Lookin' forward to cracking it open!

scott91777 said...

Just saw Hancock,

It was terrific, the shift in tone may be a bit sudden but the twist was great.


it's like someone took Superman: The Movie and split the difference with Unbreakable. i.e. I think we may have the first really fun revisionary superhero movie.

hcduvall said...

Ack, I must respectfully disagree regarding Hancock. I was interested in the concept--I think it's a good one, but the execution for a tent pole movie was just shoddy. I like Friday Night Lights, and I appreciated seeing smarmy dad from the show in it, but Peter Berg as a director doesn't have the panache to pull off this sort of movie. I enjoyed the first half despite some major tackiness, but after the twist...the twist just didn't work for me because it was so sloppy after. I might be more forgiving about the revelations if for a summer Will Smith movie the whole thing didn't seem so poorly thought out.

Now that Scott mentions it, the first half reminds me of the Clark/Superman fight in Superman 3, which was the best part of that one. I can't say why. The second half reminded me of a, well, a specific bad show which might reveal too much if you thought too much about it.

Hmm...I actually came in to point to this:
Which I enjoyed and think points out where some of the flaws in things like Battlestar: Galatica (good as it is) stem from. Or scifi shows in general. It's talking specifically about ST: The Next Generation, but since that show was so influential, B:G and the like are all directly reacting to it.

Streebo said...

I have to join the respectfully disagreeing side because I too hated Hancock. I felt like most of the jokes fell flat after the first twenty minutes, the twist was neither properly set up nor earned, then you're left with these bizarre emotions about the characters at the end because of the bizarre love triangle that develops. Hancock never really develops into a full fledged hero. The closest he comes is when he finally dons his half ass wolverine costume and stops the bank robbery but then it goes nowhere.

The tone of the movie is a mess. It neither works as a superhero movie, nor as a superhero parody nor does the script generate enough laughs to work as a comedy and the action is too weak to carry the film.

I have one thing to say to Peter Berg and Will Smith - YOU FAIL.

Streebo said...

And I want my $8 back!

Streebo said...

My posts come across more harsh than intended. I did enjoy much of the early part of Hancock but felt disappointed that the film never lived up to it's potential.

For what it's worth - my Mom loved Hancock.

I'm off to film my short zombie film this weekend. It's for entry into the American Zombie short film contest judged by George A. Romero. Wish me luck.

Geoff Klock said...

Good Luck Streebo!

scott91777 said...

Break a leg Streebo! ... or is it a lens for directors? ... somebody should clarify that.