Friday, July 29, 2011

New Website Version 0.2 is UP!

Okay, folks!  After some dealings with Yahoo web-hosting, the new website is up,  I put a little content on there and a link to this blog, etc. etc.

Now for a blog.

Just saw Harry Potter Deadly Hallows Part 2.  It's a far cry from Part 1 which had a lot of nice character development.  Part 2 is (insert laser sounds and spells and middle-grade special effects here) of which there are no real deathly hallows whatsoever.  Lots of characters you don't know who they are and/or were never introduced in the movies, such as a married couple that can't seem to touch fingers for some odd reason.  Not much except a bunch of quick fights.  SPOILER ALERT:  Harry gets this super-cool wand at the end and instead of at least fixing the school, he breaks it.  Stupid-o. 
For fans who actually read the books, the entire series, to include the Order of the Phoenix (who's characters play no part in the rest of the series, nor barely in the eponymous movie itself) I'd give a higher grade.  So..

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Book series fans: C+
Zombie folks :     B- (yay, flashy colors!)
Everyone else:     D+

Now be advised there are folks that just "like to be entertained without thinking".  I meet a few of these folks from time-to-time.  I guess to them, entertainment is turning their brain off and seeing bright flashy colors and boom boom sounds.  Therefore, for the unintelligent, I give a third rating for the zombie brain-dead.

Secondly, we watched Captain America: First Avenger.  Not to be confused with the 90's movie which was pretty cool.  There was a lot of nice detail in things like 1940s paint colors (drab green metal for instance, for those who know) and little nice details of cars and the like.  The first half of the movie is a delight.  Well executed and delivered, though Chris Evans gives a rather wooden performance, the script is tight enough to carry him along.  Hayley Atwell, the love-interest-agent gives an unusually ice-princess performance to Chris Evans' dumbfounded acting (he seems a bit confused at times how he got the role) leaving the audience wondering why it's lacking warmth.  Still, flicks of passion glimmer a bit, which is nice.  Seems the movie's been rated-PG'ed down, making it a tiny bit more Indiana Jones and less Batman: Dark Knight.  Though not a complete shame.  Fisticuffs and gun-fights are tastefully done.  It's nice to see the cheesiness of 1940s propaganda, albeit overplayed and shiny a tad.  Bucky is present but seemingly gets a small part.  Where's the Extended Director's Cut?!
The movie moves on to NO dialogue really, just a LOT of fisticuffs and gun-fights and p'tchew p'tchew bang bang kaBOOM stuff with middle-grade special effects again.  Not too bad but I was enjoying the story.  The villian is nicely unlikable, there's Nazis to unlike, and some Steampunk elements as is expected with Nazi super-science.  I break up the movie into two parts.  (Yes, there's an Avengers preview at the end of the film if you wait). 
Captain America: The First Avenger (first half)
Comic book  fans: B- (some inconsistencies)
Zombie folks :       D+ (Only 1 fight scene?!  Graah!)
Everyone else:       A-

Captain America: The First Avenger (second half)
Comic book  fans: B- (some inconsistencies)
Zombie folks :       A- (Nazi Boom Yay!)
Everyone else:       B

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