Archive for November, 2013

The Guide to Review Grades

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 11/29/2013 by Taylor

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As I sit here listening to this disgusting documentary on Jeffrey Dahmer, I can’t help but think of all the people I know that hate the grades I give movies. Whoever you are…I’m thinking of you. Mm.

“You said B?! For THAT? What’s wrong with you?” Fill in the blank with whether the movie should have been graded higher or lower.

Well, la-dee-da! I have a system and not all movies are created equal. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Oldboy

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 11/27/2013 by Taylor

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Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson

Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language , Running time 104 minutes, Mystery/Action/Drama

Compare to: The Machinist (2004), Death Sentence (2007)

Much like Oliver Stone, Spike Lee is one those directors that’s difficult to differentiate from his movies. Aside from being vocal about whatever he has an opinion on, so much of his own character is put into the majority of his films that upon hearing that he would be remaking the 2003 Korean film of the same title, it seemed unnecessary yet an intriguing idea all the same.

And while Lee had a major task ahead of him, as any director of a remake has, he goes back and forth between delivering the appropriate strikes. While one scene is full of drama and mystery, the next completely undoes it all with gratuitous violence that seemed to have no other purpose than to shock. Continue reading

MBTI: Ma-Ma- INTJ

Posted in MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , on 11/27/2013 by Taylor

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I love getting to type a character that plays up to and simultaneously defies stereotype. Walter White, Vergil, and Batman all fit the bill of the Mastermind personality yet none of them have gone the classic route a la Doctor Doom.

So now we have Ma-Ma from last year’s Dredd. She too, can claim the bragging rights (among other things) to being almost entirely responsible for her own rise to the top- though if you’re rising in Mega-City One that really just means keeping your head just above the smog. Continue reading

Movie Review: Frozen

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 11/27/2013 by Taylor

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Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Johnathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk

Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, Running time 108 minutes, Adventure/Animation/Comedy

Compare to: Tangled (2010), Brave (2012)

It’s tough when reviewing a movie like Frozen as you’ve already got the expectations that Disney is going to deliver and it’s more of a surprise when they haven’t.

As much as I wanted to criticize and dismiss Disney itself as a multibillion dollar monster that eats smaller studios alive with no thought of anything but the next massive paycheck….but quality in the films they release just show that they know what they’re doing and are content just being a name. Continue reading

MBTI: Marla Singer- INFP

Posted in MBTI Idealists, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 11/26/2013 by Taylor

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While Fight Club is definitely one for the guys, a story for males can only be complete with the better sex. I mean, what are men if not women with hair in different places and different reproductive organs? Think about it.

And nobody could be with someone as screwed up as the Narrator if they weren’t as screwed up as Marla. The woman with…wait for it…testicular cancer. Or at least, she goes to the support groups. Continue reading

MBTI: Po the Panda- ENFP

Posted in MBTI Idealists, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 11/26/2013 by Taylor

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While I’d like to type some ENFPs that weren’t cartoons, there’s just no denying the writer’s and animator’s ability to craft a story around the upbeat and unpredictable type that is the Champion.

Fitting name for Po’s type too, because as we see in the Kung-Fu Panda movies, it’s foreseen that he will be the people’s champion. So spake the PROPHECY! And just the like the ENFP, nobody saw Po coming- it just worked out that way. Continue reading

MBTI: RocknRolla’s Wild Bunch

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , , on 11/25/2013 by Taylor

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Don’t tell me you forgot about this movie. Shame on you if you did. I’ve probably seen this Guy Ritchie movie more than any of his other films and it’s just tough to get sick of. A lot of interesting characters doing a lot of stupid things- all for our enjoyment.

But one of the best things about Guy Ritchie’s movies is that the characters are great examples of their types without being stereotypes. Though you’d really have to go with the smaller details of their personality seeing as how every single one of them are bad guys doing bad things. Continue reading