First of all, it’s wrong to say we only use 10% of our brain, or “cognitive capacity”, as it’s called here. The fact is, just sitting around listening to music lights up a good portion of the brain with activity, and concentrating on solving a problem involves even more, much more than a mere 10%. But it sounds good, doesn’t it? Admittedly it makes us seem like underachievers, but it also lets us imagine a time when the world will be a utopia simply because we’ve all figured out how to unlock our full potential.
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My first thought was that this film would at least explain some of the secrets behind the magic tricks they featured. And it does, though sadly none of them were very exciting secrets. I also thought that a movie with both Michael Caine (Dark Knight Rises) and Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) in it couldn’t possibly be all bad, but this one comes awfully close.
Continue reading “Now You See Me”
By 2077, the Earth has seen better days. The moon is even worse off, though, since it’s mostly gone, destroyed by mysterious aliens called Scavengers, or Scavs. According to my research, this lack of moon means that the Earth is now prone to wobbling wildly on its axis, the weather would be even more insanely unpredictable, and the tides would be about half what they are now. That last part doesn’t matter as much as you might think, since at the moment the only thing anybody wants from the oceans is to drain them dry.
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This movie makes it look depressingly easy to take over the White House. Well, “easy” presuming that you have access to a fair amount of high-tech weaponry, a master tactician, detailed blueprints of the building, and a large group of heavily armed fanatics. But as main bad guy Kang (Rick Yune, The Man with the Iron Fists) points out, it took them just thirteen minutes, so they still make it look easy, at least.
Continue reading “Olympus Has Fallen”
I already knew Ben Affleck couldn’t act. I’m still trying to decide if he can direct. He did manage to write a pretty good screenplay — some of the dialogue was a little awkward in places, but otherwise he did all right there, even without Matt Damon to help him. He had a good place to start, at least; I haven’t read the novel this movie was based on, but I know Dennis Lehane writes some pretty good stuff.
Continue reading “Gone Baby Gone”
Back when all this started, seven years ago, I had a hard time imagining what, exactly, Christopher Nolan might do to the entire concept of Batman once he was allowed to play with it for a while. Not that I have anything against his filmmaking, far from it, but somehow he didn’t seem like the right person for the job, given that I mostly knew him from movies like Inception and its only somewhat less confusing cousin, Memento.
Continue reading “The Dark Knight Rises”
Red isn’t a reference to the color, though of course there’s a lot of blood. Nor is it a nickname — there are no redheads in sight. It’s actually an acronym, though if you haven’t read the graphic novel, I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what it stands for. And yes, this was based on a graphic novel of the same name, by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner. I think a couple of people in the audience were a little startled to see the DC logo in the opening credits, actually.
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