August 31, 2014
So... I spent the last three or four weeks powering through Breaking Bad and not sleeping much. The show was epic TV as everyone has told me. If you haven't seen it yet: make it a priority. I won't say much more about the show since I would spoil the show. Since I was so focused on watching Breaking Bad, I didn't get to watch any movies and now I have a stack of movies to watch.
I have started watching movies again and the first two were both mixed bags. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a hot mess that aimed to be grand and build a world... but, ended up being a superficial film that had one too many villains who were not fleshed out. I like Andrew Garfield much better as Peter Parker than Toby Maguire. Garfield gets Parker/Spider-Man being a smart-ass and also has the physique to make it all work. Jamie Foxx was totally squandered on Electro. And the instance bromance between Parker and Osborn was a bit forced.
Snowpiercer was a bit better, on an allegorical level it is a decent film -- a sci-fi film that focuses on characters and story, rather than CGI effects and explosions (hey Michael Bay, you reading this?). The fight scenes in Snowpiercer were exciting and brutal with a sense of dread because the director made it clear that he is not afraid to kill off main characters. There were a bunch of problems with the film though, and I will list them at the end of this post in the spoilers section. Overall though, I did enjoy Snowpiercer.
I have some movies on deck to be watched: 300 Rise of an Empire, Draft Day, Noah, Sabotage, The Monuments Men, Constantine, Batman Assault on Arkham, Muppets Most Wanted, Rio 2, Her, Planes, Locke, The Zero Theorem and Under the Skin.
Snowpiercer thoughts: The two kids at the end would have been dead in a few days, if not from that hungry looking polar bear, than because they lived their lives in a controlled environment and are now on their own in a harsh environment. Ed Harris: Whoa dude, chew much scenery? I like Harris as an actor, but his part in Snowpiercer was just bizarre. Chris Evans can act! Yes, he can. But, his speech about eating people? It came out more comical than serious — especially the bit about babies tasting better.