So for any of you a bit rusty on history and don’t watch Boardwalk Empire(you should because its amazing) let me break it down for you. The Volstead Act began the era of prohibition. The law was passed that all alcohol was illegal and it went like that fro 13 years.
President Wilson was against it but it still managed to become law because the majority still voted in favor for it. Did he stomp his feet and shut down the government because it didn’t get vetoed like he wanted? No, he enforced it because it was now a law.
That’s the whole point of democracy people. The majority rules. Even if its something you don’t agree with, if enough people vote for it to become a law you have to deal with it. If members of the government can’t accept that then we can’t function as a democracy.
All the other details are trivial. Until a law is appealed properly through the steps our founding fathers established, you need to accept its existence not cause a government shut down until you get your way like a 4 year old that refuses to put his shoes on when you’re trying to leave the house.
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Only fitting to cast someone as with the nickname Thor as The Mountain. In case you have more patience than me, and have held back from reading the second half of Storm of Swords, ill let you in on a lil spoiler….. The Mountain finally returns. not just to stand around or chop a horse’s head off either. Gregor Clegane will take part in a very important event in Season 4. At 6’9” hes still a few inches short of the character himself but being ranked the 3rd strongest man in the world will make the characters ridiculous brute strength believable.
You’re Lex Luthor!
Y’all can shut up now about Affleck. DC knows what they’re doing to compete with Marvel for the next few years. They’re a few steps behind when it comes to interconnected franchises and took a big hit with that dud of a Green Lantern film but this A list casting along with Nolan producing upcoming films should be a big step for fans of the DC universe. Long live Heisenberg!
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another good one, compliments of a Song of Walkers and Thrones via Facebook
compliments of A Song of Walkers and Thrones via Facebook
So it’s safe to say Hollywood loves to do a number on planet earth and the human race every summer. This summer was definitely no exception. It’s only Augest and we’ve already had alien invasions, zombie outbreaks and a really bad movie about Will Smith and son getting chased by bad CG animals.
Like every M. Night Shyamalan film this one has a twist. Sadly the twist is that not all big budget summer movies with Will Smith are actually good. And this one didn’t even have a giant robot spider in it.
This summer we were even treated to a rare gem of a film that takes place during the actual Apocalypse
Besides being my second favorite comedy i’ve seen this year this movie was all you could ask for. An all star cast playing themselves, all your favorite comedic actors poking fun of themselves and the difference between pretending to be a good person and actually being one. The bulk of the film takes place in James Franco’s house while all hell erupts outside but it still has the feel of a summer blockbuster, Amazing cameos that don’t water down the plot or pacing of the story, It also had Jay Baruchel as the center character, which hasn’t happened since he was on a little show called Undeclared.
Yeah fanboys are still bitching about Firefly getting canceled but nobody complains about the short lived but hilarious college life comedy with Jay, Seth and, oh yeah Jax Teller.
Anyways, if you get a chance definitely see This is the End. Be warned though, you might see some demon penis. Fair warning.
Oh yeah and a very brief but memorable scene featuring Michael Cera in the bathroom.
Speaking of Jax Teller, (bare with me it’s the best i could do for a segway) I got to see him beat the shit out of giant alien monsters from the deep in Pacific Rim.
I was a bit skeptical at first about seeing this one but it has a solid cast, and good reviews all around. Del Toro is one of those select directors that puts his heart and soul into a project. (He even said that making Pan’s Labyrinth nearly killed him. That’s how passionate he gets with his work) Even with the equivalent to a live action anime movie like this, he still gave us his recognizable style, originality, relatable characters and dark humor. Top it all off with a solid supporting cast like the always entertaining Charlie Day (Its always Sunny) Idris Elba ( basically the British Sam Jackson, guys in 30 movies a year lately it seems. Not complaining. The man delivers no matter what the role is since Stringer Bell) oh and the dude who’s currently playing Warlow on season 6 of True Blood (season’s been good and redeeming after the shitshow that was season 5. Worth checking out if you haven’t yet this season)
So what have i covered already? Demon penis, a bad Will Smith movie and giant robots… well no list of world ending events is complete without mentioning…. Zombies.
”Don’t say the zed word.”
Ok, we’ll just use the letter Z.
This was a tough on for me. If you’ve read my other post about the blu ray release you already know some of my feelings towards this film.
For those of you not in the know i’ll fill you in on a few bits you should know about this film. 1. It is an adaptation on a bestseller written by Max Brooks (Son of Mel Brooks) What his father has in humor and film making, his sons makes up for in writing every conceivable scenario and detail of how humanity would survive and overcome a global zombie epidemic. Even if you are not an avid zombie lover, i highly recommend the book. It is less about horror and more about how individuals and whole nations can change drastically in extreme circumstances. 2. This movie is nothing like the book. 3. This film went MILLIONS over budget and changed the ending. 4. To make some of their lost money back, the film was edited to pg13 to grab a larger audience and more box office cash just to try and break even (literally the most blood you’ll see in a film with plane crashes, dismemberment and a lot of biting, is a few drops of blood from a scratch on Pitt’s head after a crash.). 5. Once again, this film is nothing like the book.
Best way to put it is this. Its an ok film but a terrible zombie movie. Pitt does a bit of globe trotting to find out the source and possible cure for the zombie virus and yet everyone else in the film seem to come off as useless just waiting for him to show up and have an idea on what to do next. You will literally see Admirals and General’s standing around without any additional dialog about what is going on during a global epidemic. Besides a brief insight into North Korea and Israel and their epic Trojan wall to keep the zombies out. The film cuts out the very backbone of the book, which gives a wide perspective of how many different people are dealing with a growing threat. (If this film was done in the same style of Contagion it could have been adapted perfectly and probably save a few million in the process) From what i’ve read, the final act was completely altered and the writers wanted a more fast paced action film, problem with zombies is they’re slow. Everything about them is slow, from walking to infection. To speed things up these zombies run like Kenyans at the marathon and can infect people in seconds flat (once again destroying one of the keys bit of the book that made the outbreak so damn interesting to read about) Even if you get over the fact that zombies that infect within seconds somehow manage to reach every country, even overseas without being noticed, you’re still left with the feeling these aren’t actually zombies.
Yes, thousands of zombies crawling up the 100 foot walls outside Jerusalem looks cool, (most zombie films don’t have the budget to do this) but when they attack you can’t actually take in the brutal savagry that makes them so dangerous. You don’t see them keep coming after getting their limbs blown off, you don’t see 10 swarm over a straggler and start biting.They just come off as a CG wave of fast running people chasing after Brad’s hair.
If you wan’t fast zombies and lots of gore watch the Dawn of the Dead remake or 28 Days Later. And if you wan’t to enjoy a global big budget zombie outbreak get this unrated on blu ray, or wait ten years when it will get remade the way Max Brooks and the rest of his fans want it to be.
Seems fitting that we end this movie review roundup on one we all know. Comic geek or not, 60 year old grandmother or 4 year old boy.. we all know Superman. He might be less dark and more fanciful than Batman but just as well known. He’s more boy scout and “safe” compared to the masked vigilante with some deep issues involving his dead parents and clearing his throat. Much like other franchises, this one needed a reboot after it’s last film flopped. (Just like Batman and Robin’s rubber nipples nearly killed the Dark Knight and emo Toby and a horrible Venom nearly destroyed Spiderman)
Singer nearly put us all to sleep with a dull and rather dumb Superman Returns a few years back. If you haven’t seen it, don’t. It’s bad and not in a campy entertaining sort of way, just a head shaking “why the fuck did they write this script” sort of way.
When one of the evil minion’s is played by Kumar you know this movie is going to suck.
Luckily Zack Snyder knew better than to aim for shitty casting and aimed on a solid but slightly altered origins story and some solid visual effects that give a certain Geiger style to all things Kryptonian.
It’s those little things you only notice if they are well done or come off as complete shit. Luckily, in this film the design for Krypton and the design of Zod’s ship and minions were not the latter.
The film may jump around a bit after Krypton and be a tad slow at some points but the film does a good job at giving some internal depth to a character that is so well known and sadly hard to make into a three dimensional character thanks to being nearly perfect. With a retread on Clark’s childhood and some one on one with both of his father’s you get a better perspective on his motives and moral upbringing, along with a sense of the tragedy for what Clark is giving up when he decides to go up against the last of his people.
Shannon steals it as General Zod, the memorable role once played by the memorable Terrence Stamp way back in Superman 2. Much like Liam Nesson in Batman Begins, Shannon plays a sympathetic but determined extremist who believes the end justifies the means for the sake of the greater good. In this case, a very high body count on Earth. One bit that made me love this film compared to all the previous outings was a bit of the science to explain why Kryptonians are basically demigods on Earth and the drawbacks to being from another planet and adjusting to super senses. Kryptonite is never needed in the film during any of the conflicts, just epic brawls crashing through walls, punching through the air and everything else you’ve seen in cartoon series and comics and have waited to be done right on the big screen.
This one has gotten mixed reviews by critics but i can assure you that if you want a big DC comics movie to fill the gap since the Dark Knight Trilogy ended, this is for you. Plus, the score is epic. When Hanz Zimmer does the score you know you’re in for a treat.
Well that’s the summer Apoclypses in a nut shell. Aliens, zombies that don’t act like zombies, and James Franco’s house. Coming soon will be The Heat(see it) Wolverine (see it) and Elysium.