Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. Low Budget

Not sure why the whole video isn't on there, but at least there's some. So, now I have some evidence. Well, here ya go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugmIM2Ysehk

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hello, Mrs. Robinson

Robin Jones
English 111

For the movie ‘The Graduate’ this tells a story of how a young man who graduates from college and returns home after a very long time. As he spends his summer at home his parents are constantly bugging him about going to graduate school or deciding about what type of work he may want to do. With all the tension back at home, his parents old time friends come by and they have a get together that has them celebrating his return. At this party an older woman who is also a dear friend to his parents asks to get a ride back to her home. During all this she tries to seduce him with her activities. He tries to avoid making her angry and tries to ignore the actions she is doing. Soon after Mrs. Robinsons’’ husband returns and the boy leaves. This action continues on and on then it became a big deal, by this time they are sleeping with one another and getting hotel rooms to themselves. This has the boy wondering and worried about everything, because his parents are now bugging him about Mrs. Robinson’s daughter who is also returning from school. So as time passes between the both of them, the two go on a date with one another and the mother gets very upset with the boy; this has them in a love triangle that is hard to get out of. Mainly because the mother is black mailing the boy in order for him not to be with her daughter and in the end the boy runs off and goes away with the daughter.
This was a fun movie to watch, mainly because it was ‘up to date’ and there was comedy in it. I enjoyed watching this film because of the entire outline of the movie and how there was a little bit of suspense in it as well. I defiantly would watch this film again, this was a good story to tell and show because this probably does happen out there in the world.

Epic Mission

Robin Jones
English 111

For the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ this is in the category of a science fiction film that tells the story of mankind going into the future. Starting out with apes in a desert from the beginning and as a leopard kills off one of the apes to take over the apes tribe. As soon as this passes, the tribe has a stone appear to give off power to use a bone as a weapon. With a water hole and the stone as the ape touches the stone so power comes to the tribe. Then out of nowhere, the scene of the movie changes, it takes place in space again. Then that same stone is found about 4,000 years later on a planet but soon after strange things begin to happen to some who come across the stone. A man named Dave who is an astronaut is with his ship and a computer named Hal, they are on a mission to Jupiter. Dave then notices that Hal needs to be shut down and then suddenly Dave sees himself in a different set of stage on his location. He goes and touches the stone and the movie ends.
This movie was really weird to me; I wouldn’t like to see this movie again. Reason being is because it is so confusing and hard to understand. Situations happen out of nowhere and you wonder ‘why’, but nothing really comes to mind about why that did happen. There wasn’t that much talking throughout this movie as well, mostly just silence and there was very dramatic music that played and makes you very sleepy.

Yummy Cigar!!

Robin Jones
English 111
Ben Villarreal

In the film ‘The Good, the Bad and The Ugly’ which is Directed by Serigo Leone. The film is of three men who go on a treasure hunt together. Tuco, who is known as “the ugly” is friends with “the good” who goes by Blondie. Then later on in the film Angel Eyes who is known as “the Bad” comes to know that the gold that was discovered really belonged to a man named Bill Carson. Blondie leaves his friend Tuco in the desert alone then apparently runs into Bill Carson. Soon Bill dies and Tuco and them are then taken to jail by the Confederate soldiers and at that time Angel Eyes is still on a quest to find that treasure. As this is going on Angel Eyes comes across Tuco and suddenly beats on him for the information about the treasure. From here on everything goes outta place, with the three men holding themselves at gunpoint and asking to dig up the treasure and the other asking for it, but Tuco and Blondie resume their old friendship with one another.
For this film, I had to watch it out of class because I was not able to view it on the dates that were given. This was an ok movie to watch it kept me interested on what was going to happen. However this was a very long film but all in all it’s a good movie to see.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I would of stuck with the Mother

The Graduate is a movie that tells a tale of a young man, Dustin Hoffman, who recently graduated and is confused about the next step in life. His parents extremely happy and very involved in his life try to guide the young man on the right path. Hoffman is seduced by an older married woman, who is also a friend of the family. As the two engage in a secretive love affair, Hoffman is encouraged by the husband of the married woman and his parents to ask the daughter of his secret lover out on a date. The lover forbids it but Hoffman is forced to do so by parents. After one night out they fall in love but Hoffman’s world comes crashing down when the secret love affair is no longer secret. His world turns upside down as he tries to win the young girls heart over and ends up stealing her away from the alter and running off with her. The movie ends with both on a bus off to face the world together.
This is a good movie. If we put aside the fact that every heterosexual boy at least once in his life wants an older woman experience, one can see how true this movie is to reality, for any and every generation. Hoffman portrayed the role beautifully. The uncertainty of life, the feeling and desire of quitting as being the best option, the idea that one’s life has been wasted while striving for excellence is everything I got out of Hoffman’s character and his facial expressions and actions. The kinds of movie where actors act out their feelings rather than say them are always the best ones, I feel. I usually hate endings to movies because they never do a movie justice; no one ever wants something captivating to end. But I have to give it to this movie; the ending brought the movie back to the beginning; to its original thesis statement. Both uncertain of each other, the step they have taken, and the steps they will need to take. Neither look at each other and the excitement of running off to this forbidden love is now overshadowed by the feeling of uncertainty.

"Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?"

Twenty years old a fresh college graduate, Benjamin found himself worrying about his future. Those worries cease to exist after an affair springs up between himself and the wife of his father's business partner and long family friend. He no longer cares for his future as he spends his days lounging and his nights in a hotel with Mrs. Robinson. Rather than a simple love affair, Ben grows bored and accustomed to the emotionless nights with Mrs. Robinson. He began to yearn for more than just physical connection. After an argument with Mrs. Robinson, he promises that he'll never take her daughter, Elaine, out.
However, after being pressured by his father breaks that promise, enraging Mrs. Robinson. He falls for Elaine, further upsetting Mrs. Robinson, and is faced with a dilemma, to stop seeing Elaine or Mrs. Robinson would tell about their affair. He decided that telling Elaine himself would be the best course of action, understandably she was rather upset, and left back to college. But that wasn't the end for Ben, he followed Elaine to college and confesses his love for her. She would string him along, as she thought he had raped her mother. Mr. Robinson becomes aware of the affair between his wife and Ben, pays Ben a visit, then takes Elaine away to Santa Barbra, where she will marry another man. Ben chases them down, and right as the ceremony was to be sealed, he caught the attention of Elaine. They make a narrow escape and jump on a bus together, wedding dress and all.
This movie was absolutely amazing! At times the movie seemed rather dull, but I smiled the whole time and laughed. I was able to see Ben go from awkward and shy, to a stalker, and finally into a man. I enjoyed the music throughout the entire movie. Simon and Garfunkel really aren't my style, but when I was younger my mom would play it over and over. It was nice being able to recognize the songs, and sing along to it if I wanted. I was rather disappointed that the actual song, "Mrs. Robinson" wasn't played. I anticipated it through the entire film, and even tried predicting where they would play it. Other than that, I couldn't have enjoyed this film more. Also, I just love Dustin Hoffman, he is an amazing actor, and enjoy the films that he is in. To me, he is able to really get into character.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"We might just as well have been shaking hands. "

The Graduate is about a 21-year-old Benjamin who, upon coming back home from college and hesitating on going to graduate school, has an affair with the wife of his dad's business partner. Ben changes from a nervous young man to a more relaxed and calm person, drifting in the pool by days and seeing Mrs. Robinson, the woman he has an affair with, by night. After Elaine, the daughter of Mrs. Robinson comes back form college, Ben's parents and Mr. Robinson insist that Ben should take her out on a date while Mrs. Robinson makes Ben swear not to. In the end, Ben takes Elaine out but intentionally upset her. Seeing her crying, Ben regrets his deeds and treat Elaine nicely. At the end of their first date, they find themselves falling head over heels for each other. When Mrs. Robinson threatens Ben that she will let Elaine know about their affair, Ben rashly rushes and tells Elaine about the relationship before Mrs. Robinson can do anything. Elaine feels betrayed and leaves for college right away. After sometimes, Ben decides to go to Berkeley to confess with Elaine and marry her. He finds out that even though Elaine is seeing someone else and that she still hates him for what he did, she still has feelings for him. Mr. Robinson then finds out about the affair and forces Elaine out of college to marry the guy she is seeing. Ben struggles to find Elaine just before she gets married and crashes the wedding. Elaine escapes with Ben on a bus, leaving all the dramas and regrets behind.

Actually among all the movies that have been shown, this is one of the few that have a happy ending. That seemingly simplistic and cliche' detail is enough to put a smile on the faces of the audience and gain itself a hundred million dollars profits. I did not pay too much attention to the music of the movie since I was engrossed in how the story slowly unwrapped itself. I like the developments in personalities of Ben as the character changes from a shy boy to a calm man and finally a confident and resolute individual. Yet, something is missing in the part where it should be most detailed: The drama, suspense and emotion when Ben is dating Elaine without her acknowledgement of his affair. The director seems to have rushed this part of which I expected a little bit more. However, this is a movie that brings about good feelings (since it's about love conquering some obstacles) and satisfaction to the audience. I like it.

"We might just as well have been shaking hands."

The Graduate is the story of a love affair between fresh college graduate Benjamin Braddock and his dad's business partner's seductive wife, Mrs. Robinson. The affair ends after Ben realizes he begins to fall in love with their college daughter, Elaine. Ben has graduated college and now has a lot on his mind on to what he should do next. Mrs. Robinson is at his graduation party and asks him to drive her home. When at her home, Mrs. Robinson begins to seduce Ben and sleep with him. Ben refuses her that night, however calls her up later to accept her offer of "you can call me anytime Benjamin." This love affair continues for three months in the middle of the night in hotel rooms. Ben's parents continue to ask him what he is doing with his life and insist that he take out the Robinson's sweet daughter Elaine on a date. To avoid an awkward dinner with the Robinsons, Ben promises to take Elaine out. Mrs. Robinson is aware of this and tells Ben that he is no longer allowed to see Elaine anymore. Ben falls for Elaine, but that ends shortly because Mrs. Robinson tells Elaine that Ben raped her. Ben goes out to see Elaine at college and learns this and is shocked. Ben asks Elaine to marry him, but Elaine just can't seem to accept and runs off to marry someone else despite her strong feelings for Ben. Ben shows up at the wedding and Elaine and Ben run off together.

The Graduate is definitely one of the top movies we have watched so far, alongside to Casablanca. I liked the acting of Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock because he played the nervous boy role so well. It was clearly evident the awkwardness of a 40 something year old woman seducing a 21 year old boy. The story was just really good and interesting the whole time.

HEEELLOOO ROBINSON’S!!!

The graduate is a movie about a college student who went home for the summer and is confused about love. Ben is a college graduate who is thinking of going to med school and when he got home he meets his father’s business partner and his wife Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson then has an affair with Ben, but they keep it confidential for a while until her daughter went back home from college. Elaine and Ben fall in love but Mrs. Robinson is not ok with it and didn’t approve of them dating. Elaine then finds out about her mother’s affair with Ben and takes off back to college. Ben went after her because he loved her and wanted to b with her. She is willing to forgive him and forget about the affair and marry him, but the only problem was that her mother would never allow it. They take Elaine out of town and arrange a weeding for hr with a med student. Ben finds her at her own wedding and takes her with him leaving everyone behind.

I thought this was a good movie. This is a movie I enjoyed all the way. It was a really funny movie and it had me laughing a lot. But I do have to say that it’s kind of nasty sleeping with the mom and the daughter. I thought Dustin Hoffman did a really good job in the movie. He knew his character well and knew how to entertain the audience. I would defiantly watch this movie again or even buy it.

Cougar Town

The movie The Graduate is a movie about a young college graduate who comes home to relax for the summer before possibly going to med school. While at his party an old family friend, Mrs. Robinson, tries to seduce him but he holds strong. He later gives into his desires and does what some people would call "disguisting". Mrs. Robinsons daughter comes home for a while and while she is down he falls deeply in love with her, but once that happens she finds out what they did and everything falls apart.The Robinsons get a divorce, their parents partnership ends and her daughter now rejects him. He keeps persistant and wrecks her wedding pulling her out of the chappel and riding off into the sunset, on a bus.

I personally enjoyed this movie alot. At first I thot it was going to be another boring old story, all dramatic and what not. As the movie slowly developed you could see the main character develop from a nerdy college kid with no self confidence to this determined individual. The movie had quite a bit of humor and some you had to pay attention to to make sure you caught the joke.

The Robinson Love Triangle

The movie, The Graduate, is a complicated story of a young man confused about his future and the love triangle in his life. Ben is a recent college graduate returning home. He has an affair with his father’s business partner’s wife, Mrs. Robinson. Their affair is confidential, until Ms. Robinson’s daughter Elaine returns home from college. Ben realizes that he likes Elaine very much, but Ms. Robinson does not approve of it. Unfortunately, Elaine eventually finds out about her mother’s affair with the guy she likes. Elaine returns back to college, with Ben tailing right behind her wanting desperately to win her love. Elaine is willing to forgive Ben and possibly marry him, but Mr. Robinson disapproves. He drags her out of town in order to arrange a marriage between Elaine and a med student. Ben finds her, interrupts the wedding, and runs away with her leaving the angry wedding guest and Elaine’s angry parents behind.

I thought the movie was great and entertaining. The concept was so realistic; I would assume adultery and complicated love triangles occur on a daily basis. It sort of grossed me out, sleeping with a women and then wanting to be with her daughter. Dustin Hoffman portrayed an innocent and boyish character extremely well. I also think the movie made an impact in motion picture history because in the movie Wayne’s World II, the wedding scene was almost exactly the same. Overall, the film was classic.

" Well, I would say that I'm just drifting. Here in the pool."

It's summer and Ben has just graduated college, still unsure of what exactly his future entails in the movie, The Graduate. His parents are expecting him to decide what he'll do, but everyone except Ben is doing all the deciding so far. Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his fathers business partner, insists that Ben take her home after his homecoming party, which turns into Ben's seduction into a short affair between the two. After ending the secret affair, Ben is forced by his parents to take Mrs. Robinson's, daughter, Elaine out on a date and he unexpectedly falls in love with her before she knows about the affair between him and her mother. Finding out what happened, Elaine takes off back to college wanting nothing to do with Ben. Now that Ben knows what he wants in life he has to work for it, work for Elaine's love and trust. At the last minute, Ben finds out that Elaine's getting married and hunts down the wedding to romantically steal her away, literally.

I have to say that I really liked this movie. It was so hilarious, everybody was laughing and I love the experience of watching a movie with a lot of other people knowing they enjoy it too. Thats what I love about seeing movies. Dustin Hoffman was hilarious all throughout the movie from beginning to end. I loved when he was just floating in the pool drinking beer... lucky! I also got super hungry when they were eating those burgers and fries, ah! Totally amazing when he fought off the angry wedding people with the cross. It was like they were all bad vampires and Ben and Elaine were the heroes. Anyways... awesome good movie!

Coo coo ca choo Mrs Robinson

Benjamain Baddock is a fresh graduate from college. On the night of his party a friend of his parents, Mrs. Robinson throws herself at him. After thinking it over a bit Ben goes on and begins an affair with her. Some time passes and then he goes on a date with her daughter Elaine. That is when it all comes crashing down.
The affair is revealed to Elaine, and Mrs. Robinson tells Elaine that Ben raped her.
Ben watches from afar as Elaine goes back to Berkely then follows her there to try to marry her. He stalks her for a while, then finally talks to her about it. Se gives it a few days then says she will think about it. Before she can give him her answer Mr Robinson interviens and takes her away from Berkley to marry another man.
Ben finds where the wedding will be held and races there. He makes it to the church and stops it. Then Elaine and Ben run off together to what I understood to get married.

I liked it. I had seen parts of it before but never the whole thing. It was pretty slow in the beginning, but I guess it was pretty racey for it's time, I just didn't think he was just going to be laying around for so long. Those scenes were too long of him just laying in the pool and stuff. I was waiting for him to say coo coo ca choo, then he didn't say it it was in the song when he was chasing after Elaine. I was a little dissappointed in that because that is a saying that I thought they actually said in the movie. so many people "quote" that from this movie, but now I know it's from the song in the movie. I really didn't like the end that much because they went from being really happy to almost sadness in their facial expressions. That kind of made me think that they might not be happy with what they did or something. I could just be reading too much into it. Over all it was a very well shot and pretty good film.

A Very Big Graduation Present

In the movie, "The Graduate", Benjamin Braddock had just recently graduated from college and is now home with his parents. They throw him a party to congratulate him, but Ben wants to be away from it all because he is still uncertain about his future. After numerous escapes from his father's friends, he makes it back to his room to once again be found by Mrs. Robinson. She asks him for a ride home and tries to get into his mind and secretly seduce him. She offers that if Ben wants to go through with it to just give her a call. After thinking about it, Ben goes through with it and they secretly meet with each other for weeks to come. When Ben asked about her daughter, Elaine, Mrs. Robinson immediately tells Ben not to see her or there will be hell to pay. After being set-up with Elaine, Ben tries his best to push her away, but soon finds himself to be attracted to her. They have a talk and Elaine comes up with the idea that Ben is having an affair with someone, but she doesn't know it's with her own mother. After ignoring what Mrs. Robinson said, Ben wants to go out with Elaine again, but is again immediately threatened by Mrs. Robinson. With all the pressure being built up, Ben tells Elaine only to be dumped by her soon after. She then goes back to college and Mrs. Robinson comes up with the story that he raped her. Ben does not stop to win Elaine back because he is in love with her. After numerous tries, he goes all over town to find Elaine and soon discovers that she is getting married. After discovering where this is taking place, he finally finds her and stops the wedding and runs away with Elaine.

This was a great, humorous and exciting film. The part I liked the most was when they went to the hotel and Ben tried to act like he didn't know any of the people who were talking to him. Although the plot was predictable this was a great movie altogether, with good and goofy acting and a storyline that will keep you hooked the first time someone sits down to watch this film, two-thumbs up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

2001: An Acid Trip

2001: A Space Odyssey is frankly one of the worst movies ever made, EVER. I watched the whole movie and dont know what it was about. It starts out with some crazy chimps freaking out and discovering weapons. the monkey go ape shit, no pun inteded, on another one and kill him,a weird huge domino looking thing shows up. througho out the movie the computer tries killing everyone because it knows its going to get shut down. After it kills just about everyone it goes into 30 mins of shiny lights and sounds. then a baby shows up. Whats tht mean? You got me.

If i Was anything less than sober i might have mayb kinda not really enjoyed this movie. This movie sucked more than my last writing project. It was mayb cause I didnt understand it and everything was left for interpretation. well my final verdict is that this movie sucks more than a kirby vaccum. Though it was well shot and the special effects for its time were good

Hunger for Horror Films

Robin Jones
English 111
Movie:Psycho

This article by Stephen King Cultural Studies "Why We Crave Horror Movies" is about how people are appointed to horror films in a way that we may see as being to obvious. Horror movies have a different effect on people the way they give off messages and a fear feeling throughout your mind and body. This article also breaks down how the horror films are and the way the audience may view this type of genre. The emotion and thoughts that are put into them such as giving examples between a reality type of change compared to a screen played out scene.
This article fits the movie "Psycho" well, because this allows the audience to see different points on why they watched this film. Seeing it as why they may have enjoyed this film or simply watching it for the love of horror films. This artilce is brought together quite well, because this brings in points that are on topic about most horror films and the way others may look at it. Taking it back to into history and bringing up details about ancient horror history.

Finish HIM!!!

The movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a story of boy meets girls and falls in love, but she has luggage he must deal with. Scott Pilgrim is a 22-year-old bass player living in Toronto, Canada. He is dating a high school girl named Knives Chau, whom because of her he receives constant disapproval. Unfortunately, Scott is still recovering from a bad break up with his old rock star girlfriend. At a party, Scott meets a mysterious girl with colorful hair named Ramona, he falls head over heels. He faces his fears and asks Ramona to ‘hang out’, she agrees. When their relationship starts to become serious, he can no longer juggle both girls, so he dumps Knives. Everything appears great, but he is surprisingly attacked by Ramona’s first ex boyfriend. After defeating him, Scott learns that a league of Ramona’s exes will pursue and attempt to destroy him. Scott has a challenge of defeating the next five exes, and wonders if Ramona is worth it and whether or not he can trust her with his heart. Then, Gideon, Ramona’s last boyfriend who she was running away from, steals her from Scott before he can truly win her heart. Scott had to do some important thinking, he decided to defeat Gideon because Ramona was worth and he wanted to prove that he was the better guy. He fights Gideon only to be killed, but he gained an extra life when fighting the other exes. So, Scott gets a chance to redo everything, only this time he does not fight Gideon for Ramona, but because he realized his self worth. Scott, with the help of Knives, defeats Gideon. In the end, Ramona decides that she must leave because she caused too much trouble; Scott joins her because his love for her is strong.

The movie was totally interesting and humorous. I liked the fact that it portrayed the awkwardness of a teenager’s life, the confusion of love, willingness to approve of another’s luggage, and realizing one’s self worth. Michael Cera fighting and defeating seven evil exes was surprising, he appears so weak and dorky you just do not expect it at all. My favorite part from the movie was when Thomas Jane appeared as vegan police and said, “Milk and eggs, bitch.” I enjoyed the movie so much; I do not know why film critics cannot just appreciate it for what it was-funny.

1969 Acid Trip

The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is basically a movie about evolution involving a mysterious monolith (large monument or stone). It begins during the dawn of men, which of course are apes instead of men. There are two rival groups of apes that fight over a waterhole. One day, a black monolith making a humming sound appears and the leader of one of the groups fearlessly touches the monolith. Later, the apes are scavenging for food and the leader discovers he can use the dead animal’s bones as a weapon. With this new invention, the group of apes threatens and kills the less intelligent group of apes because they desired the waterhole. This portrays the apes slowly advancing from a mere less intelligent humanity.

Now, the film occurs in a completely different scene, which is a shuttle orbiting a thousand miles from Earth. The futuristic shuttle is filled with portable food and zero gravity toilets. Dr. Floyd is awaiting his destination to the moon to investigate a second monolith that has been discovered; upon waiting he has brief conversations with some scientists. Then, Dr. Floyd and other people take a so-called moon bus from the shuttle to the moon in order to investigate the monolith. They dock from the bus and walk to the site where the monolith is located wearing space suits. The monolith is inside a pit in the ground; the men enter the pit and surround the humming monolith. Dr. Floyd fearlessly touches it. Then when the sun rises hitting the monolith, a loud screeching noise is heard and stuns the men.

Again, the film is in a completely different scene. Frank Poole, Dave Bowman, and an extremely intelligent talking computer who is capable of expressing emotions named HAL are on a mission to Jupiter in a spaceship. There are three other astronauts hibernating in the spaceship as well. During the mission, Frank and Dave discover that some unit out of the spaceship has failed, so with a space pod, they exit the ship and attempt to fix the unit. When they cannot fix it, they return inside the ship and discuss HAL’s possible malfunctions in a sound proof pod. Unfortunately HAL can read lips, so he fears for his so-called life. Again, Frank attempts to fix the unit, but HAL takes control of the pod and uses it to attack. Frank’s oxygen line is disconnected leaving him to float helplessly in space to die. While Dave is trying to save Frank, HAL kills the three hibernating astronauts by cutting their life support. Realizing that HAL is dangerous, Dave discounts his ‘brain’.

After the malfunction of HAL, Dave continues the mission alone. He leaves the spaceship in a pod to pursue the monolith. The pod and Dave are sucked into some kind of canal of colorful lights throughout space at an extremely fast speed. Then, all of a sudden, the pod and Dave are in a room. Dave is no longer young, but old with wrinkles and white hair. He sees himself slowly dying and the black monolith appears at the edge of his bed as he dies. In the bed where Dave’s dead body was now lies a fetus where Dave will be reborn again.

I honestly thought the movie was extremely weird, but made some sense as well. Our humanity still has not discovered what is beyond the solar system, but since technology is slowly advancing like in the movie, maybe one day we will finally find out. The monolith gave intelligence to the humans, maybe something in our world is also placed here to help us advance but we have not found it yet. The movie made me curious of whether or not another intelligent life form is helping us expand. I thought the character of HAL was great. He is just like a normal person, but who is a genius and has a devious side to him as well. The movie portrayed a man vs. robot plot amazingly; I assume HAL might have been the precedent of bad robots to follow in other movies. Overall, I considered the movie to be very confusing and appreciative, but it is also a movie I can only watch once in a life time.

Space!

2001: A space Odyssey is a movie that starts with mankind and then it goes into the future. A group of apes is in the middle of the desert and then an ape is killed by a leopard. As another group of apes takes over their water hole, the group sees a big black stone and they touch it. As soon as one of the apes touched the stone, it gave him the power to use a bone to use as a weapon and protect himself. As he realized that he can protect himself with the bone, he then kills the leader of the other group who took their water hole. As the ape kills the other ape the movie then changes into the future in space. Then the same big black stone was found 4000 years later on the planet and every time the stone was toughed a lot of weird things happened. Then an astronaut name Dave and his partner and a computer system name Hal are on a mission to go to Jupiter. His partner gets murdered by the computer system Hal and Dave realizes that he needed to shut Hal down and take all her memory to continue this mission. As he shuts down Hal he sees another black stone and find hi self in another period of time where he is at his oldest age. He then sees the stone again, touches it and finds himself as a fetus in space.

This was an interesting movie, not a movie I would go see on my own but it was okay. The apes were very weird but cool at the same time. I was confused on parts of the movie. There was not a lot of dialogue in this movie but it wasn’t too bad.

Game time!

Scoot Pilgrim versus the world was a movie about a boy who played in a bad and he was dating a 17 year old Asian girl who really liked him named Knives Chow. Then one day he has a dream about a girl, who he really wants to meet. Scott goes around asking people if they have seen a girl like the one he saw in his dreams and finds out she is one a bas ass girl. He goes to a party and finally talks to her, but talks to her like a total nerd that even Ramona didn’t even want to talk to him. When Scott finally gets to talk to Ramona and actually date her he finds out that she comes with a package, her 7 evil exes. Scott has to defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes in order to be able to date her. When Scott is fighting her last evil boyfriend, Knives Scotts ex girlfriend tries to defeat Ramona for taking Scott from her. As Scott if fighting he is having some problems defeating him. Then Knives realize that he needed help. Knives and Scott start fighting him as a team and defeated him. At the end of the movie Scott has a choice to go with Knives or Ramona, but Knives told Scott to go with Ramona, she was what made Scott really happy.

Scott Pilgrim versus the world was a good movie. I really liked this movie and I totally disagree with the critics. This movie was like a game but it was not a bad movie at all. The movie had me laughing the whole time and I couldn’t turn away. I would go watch this movie again and I would take my family to go see it.

The Common Response to "2001: A Space Odyssey"

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

"I'm in lesbians with you."

Scott Pilgrim is a lost 22 year old Canadian boy who plays in an indie rock band and dates a 17 year old Chinese girl named Knives Chow. All of the sudden, Scott meets the girl of his dreams, literally, and life as he knows it becomes a battle for love. Her name is Ramona Flowers and she is known around town for being a totally badass chick from America. Meanwhile, Knives is falling in love with Scott, who’s fallen for Flowers, who wants Scott too. But, before Scott can achieve his dream girl, he must defeat her 7 evil exes and life turns into Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

I laughed almost every 5 seconds of this movie, it was amazing and hilarious. I think I’m in love with this movie, it was just badass. I love the videogame plot and aspect of it. Everything about the movie was awesome. I loved all the characters, Kulkin was a hilarious gay roommate. Scott’s band was actually really kickass, if they were a real band they’d be on my faves list. I loved it when the first ex performs his little song and dance. The special effects rocked my world, and so did this movie. K.O!

So this is the movie where all that epic music is from.

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction film that tells a tale from the beginning of mankind to way into the future. The film starts off in a desert with a tribe of apes. A leopard kills one of the apes and another tribe of apes takes over the existing tribe's water hole. The tribe then sees a tall black stone and cautiously touch it. The stone appears to give one of the apes the power to use a bone as a tool and weapon. The ape that touched the stone then kills the other tribe's leader that took their water hole. The scene then changes way into the future in space. This same tall black stone is found 4000 years later on a planet. After interaction with the stone, weird things happen. Dave, an astronaut, is on his ship with his partner and the computer system named Hal. They are a mission to Jupiter. Dave starts to realize the controlling acts of Hal. After his partner is murdered by Hal, Dave realizes that he needs to shut down Hal. Dave is successful in dismembering Hal's memory and after he does a video plays saying that the unexplained black stone is aimed at Jupiter which is where he is headed. Dave orbits another mysterious black tone as he orbits Jupiter. Dave then sees himself at different stages of age of himself in the future. As he sees himself in his oldest age, there is another black stone. He goes to touch it and it ends the movie with him as fetus gazing at Earth from space.

Okay, this movie was so weird. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a movie I will probably not watch again, but it nice to know to the origin of all that popular music. Nice to know what movie it all came from. There wasn't much dialogue in the movie, which was nice because usually in its place intense music was playing. The beginning of the movie was pretty cool because the apes looked real freaky. When people are playing monkeys it always weirds me out. Overall, I guess I can see why this movie is considered to be epic because of how accurate some of technology was about the future. Like the video calls, we have those now. Also, the music too, definitely epic.

Space Trippin'

2001: A Space Odyssey, a movie that shows the evolution of mankind and technology since the dawn of man. During the dawn of man, a group of ape men discovered a tall object sticking out of the ground. That discovery led to more discoveries for man. It’s when man discovered how to use weapons to harm others. Before their new technology was discovered, life was simple. Now it is the year 2001 and Dave is on a mission through space, to Jupiter in order to check out another object sticking out of the ground similar to the one discovered so long ago. Halfway through the Odyssey, Hal, the computer system, turns on Dave and things only get worse for him from then on.

Wow, I was not ready for this movie! I honestly did not know what was going on for like 40% of this movie. I thought it was pretty cool though. It’s a movie I wish I understood. I definitely had to do some research afterwards, so now I have some understanding. There was very little dialogue, but when people were having a conversation, I had no idea what they were talking about. All I know is, those ape men had some awesome angry dancing skills, the special effects were amazing, zero gravity rocks, Hal sucks, and Dave went on a hardcore space trip.

Screensaver movie.

2001: A Space Odyssey starts with the scene of a tribe of ape-men living by a puddle of water. A leopard kills one of them and chases the rest away. The next day the tribe comes back to the puddle only to find that their puddle is now occupied by another tribe of ape-men. After one of the monkey touched a mysterious monolith, he becomes aware of the use of a bone as a weapon. He then kills the leader of the other tribe and regain the ownership of the puddle to his own tribe. Four thousand years later, people find that same monolith on the moon. Some time later, the monitoring computer in a spaceship in Jupiter finds an abnormal fault in the antenna. It turns out to be a system error and there is actually no fault. Yet, the astronauts start to notice the strange attitude of the modern computer and plan to disconnect it for safety reason. Before they can even do that, the computer manipulates the system and kills one of the astronauts while he is in space. Dave, the only astronaut who is still alive by then, decides to go to the computer's memory core and clears all of its memory. Upon finishing, he finds a video message about the mysterious black monolith. Dave then encounters the monolith and after a bright and colorful journey, arrives in a room. There he sees himself growing older and finally transform into a fetus form floating in space.

I am not a big fan of this movie. Even though the special effects - the highlights of the movie - are spectacular with the astronauts floating like in real space and the ape-men looking so real, the plot is not interesting. Even though it may be mysterious in the first few scene where the black monolith suddenly appears out of nowhere, it loses people's attention and interest as the movie continue. The dialogue is not that spectacular and natural, especially in the dialogue between Dave and the other astronaut in the C-pod. The music is entertaining at first, with classical music such as "On The Beautiful Blue Danube" at the beginning of the movie. Yet, somehow the rest of the music is not a suitable choice for the movie. It somewhat dramatizes the movie in an exaggerated manner. Moreover, the ending is neither mysterious nor mind intriguing. After the screensaver scenes I was hoping for an explosion or at least something entertaining. Plus, the voice of the computer namely Hal is disturbing to the max.

"I don't want you gaying up the place."

Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is typical guy chases girl love story, but with video game adaptations. Main character Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, is a 22 year old who is in a band called Sex Bob-ombs. Even though he is not over his previous relationship with now music sensation Envy, Scott is dating Knives Chau who is a 17 year old high schooler. Envy used to be in the band, but left to advance in her music career. It is obvious that Scott is unhappy with Knives however that changes when he dreams of a pink haired girl. He sees this pink haired girl at a party and goes head over heels for her. He learns that her name is Ramona Flowers. Scott does whatever he can to see Ramona again and starts to second guess his relationship with Knives. Scott and Ramona go on a date and in the morning Ramona gives Scott her number but with seven odd "x's" underneath it. Scott invites Ramona to his band's performance in Battle of the Bands where Ramona and Knives have an awkward confrontation. As the Sex Bob-ombs are performing, a guy flies through the air and onto the stage disrupting their performance. Scott learns that this is one of the seven of Ramona evil exes and he must defeat him in order to be with her. This is what those seven "x's" underneath her number pertained to. Scott defeats evil ex number one and continues on to defeat evil ex number two. Scott is successful in defeating all the exes except when he gets to evil ex number seven. He does defeat him and now should be able to be with Ramona, however, she doesn't want to be with him because she sees Knives and him getting along so well. In the end, Ramona and Scott do get together because she realized all she did for him and she is the girl of his dreams.

I was so ready to watch Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World because after reading so many peoples reviews of the movie and not knowing what they were talking about, it was quite a relief. I now kind of have to side with some of the film critics in that the movie did kind of drag on. The point was definitely made that there was seven evil exes and Scott had to defeat them all. However, I did love all the video game aspects of the movie. I have to disagree with some of the critics in that is was annoying to see Michael Cera play a similar role again. I like the role he plays and he should continue to play that role for as long as he can.

Prepare to Taste the Wrath of the Seven Evil Exes

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a comic-book action movie about a guy named Scott Pilgrim who has to fight seven evil exes, after he found the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. He is a 22 year old guy who is dating a high schooler, Knives Chau. He is in a band named Sex-Bom-Omb, who have tried numerous times to get signed and finally got their chance. At their first gig, Scott runs into Ramona's first ex and does not know exactly what is going on, but defeats him anyways and takes his coins. Throughout the movie, Scott is attacked by Ramona's evil exes and defeats them one by one, until he meets Gideon who takes Ramona from him. After a long battle, Scott defeats Gideon. After seeing how good Knives and Scott look together, Ramona decides they are better off with each other. But Knives knows that Scott came all this way to be with Ramona, so in the end Scott gets the girl of his dreams and Ramona finally settles down with a guy she likes.

After watching "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World", I thought it was a pretty good movie. What kept me entertained the most were all the video-game like graphics portrayed throughout the movie. If this movie was stripped of all the video-game and comic-book graphics, it wouldn't be as good of a movie.

"You punched me in the boob! Prepare to die, obviously!"

"Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" is about Scott Pilgrim and his struggle to win over the mysterious girl of his dream - Ramona Flowers. Scott is in a punk rock band namely "Sex-Bob-omb" and is dating a high schooler Knives Chau. After meeting Ramona in his dreams, in the library and in a party, Scott totally falls head over heels for Ramona and loses his interest in Knives. They have a date and Ramona starts to develop a feeling for Scott. In a battle of the bands performance, Scott is attacked by one of Ramona's ex but he defeated the ex. After that Scott fights off other ex-boyfriends of Ramona until he meets Gideon who makes Ramona change her mind and leave Scott. Scott does not give up, he looks for Gideon and challenge him. After losing the battle, Scott is killed by Gideon. Scott uses his extra life to return and, with the help of Ramona, Knives and his self-esteem, defeats Gideon. When Ramona is about to leave Scott again to begin a new chapter of life, Scott is encouraged by Knives to chase after her, and they start their relationship all over again.

This is a pretty decent movie. Although it cannot be compared to Kickass, I enjoyed it just as much. The video-game-like visual and sound effects really bring the movie to a whole new level. Without the effects, Scott Pilgrim would not have been that fun to watch. Michael Cera, despite his always being the same dorky boy in his movies, is excellent in his acting. Nobody is more suitable than him in portraying a boy who the audience always supports even though he is a bit of an ass sometimes. The movie is overall entertaining not only to the video gamers but also to the general audience. It is thus not fair to the movie that some critics condemn the movie to be quite a failure.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"After a meal there's nothing like a good cigar."

Nicole McBride
English 111 1230PM
Ben Villarreal

In the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly directed by Sergio Leone tells the story of three men who basically go on a simple treasure hunt. Tuco, “the Ugly,” is friends with Blondie, “the Good,” who later turns against Tuco because of the gold treasure. Angel Eyes, “the Bad,” learns about the possession of the gold belonging to a man named Bill Carson and sets off to find it.

Blondie leaves his and Tuco’s friendship behind and goes on to torture Tuco by abandoning him in the desert. Tuco of course seeks revenge on Blondie, but in the process runs into Bill Carson. Tuco gets persuaded to do something for Bill in exchange for the location of the treasure. Bill dies while Tuco is doing his favor, but reveals the location of the treasure to Blondie.

By now, Tuco and Blondie are impersonating Confederate soldiers and Blondie is near death. So, Tuco takes him to recover at his brother’s religious mission and they are captured because they are impersonating Confederate soldiers. They are taken to a Union prison camp. Meanwhile, Angel Eyes is still on the mission of the treasure.

Angel Eyes runs into Tuco and beats him up for the information he believes he has about the treasure. Angel Eyes then learns he knows nothing and Blondie knows all. Blondie and Tuco resume their old friendship and decide to team up and get the treasure before Angel Eyes does.

All three men arrive at the graveyard of where the treasure is located and of course conflict arises. The men hold each other at gunpoint for information of the treasure. Blondie shoots Angel Eyes and Tuco shoots Blondie only to see that his gun was emptied by Blondie the previous night. Blondie tricks Tuco into digging up the treasure for him and then ties him up and runs away with it. Strangely, as Blondie rides off he shoots Tuco down from being tied up.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was an alright movie in my opinion. It was really long. I do appreciate Sergio Leone’s director style though. I appreciate it in that his effective use of the whistle is pretty legendary. The close ups in the movie are impressive. I would rather not watch this movie again. I wouldn’t because I remember watching it all the time as a kid because my dad believes it to be the best movie ever made so he made us watch it all the time.

"What's his name? Lee! LEE!"

"The good, the bad and the ugly" tells the story of three men shooting their ways to find the Confederate money. They are Angel Eyes - an assassin, Blondie - a mysterious sharp shooter and Tuco - a Mexican bandit. Blondie and Tuco cooperate and split the reward for Tuco's head until Tuco's value no longer appreciate. Blondie abandons Tuco alone in the desert, taking the money and getting away, leaving Tuco to make his own way back to town. While Tuco attempts to take revenge on Blondie, they both find themselves keeping two part of the puzzle that leads them to the gold. Angel Eyes, at the same time, finds out about the money and set off. When they accidentally meet in a military camp, Angel Eyes tortures Tuco to extract the information and takes Blondie with him to find the treasure in some graveyard. Tuco and Blondie team up to prevent Angel Eyes from getting to the graveyard. Yet, in the end, he makes it to the site and a gun fight happens. Blondie kills Angel Eyes, takes half of the money and deserts Tuco, again, with the other half of the gold.

"The good, the bad and the ugly" is the epitome of Spaghetti Western, a genre of movies directed in Italia and Spain in the sixties. The superb music by Ennio Morricone is the highlight of the movie, with its simple yet extremely tense melodies. Together with the closeup shot at each character's eyes, the music creates a creepy suspense each and every time something is about to happen. Although Clint East Wood basically does nothing but frown, his character is well portrayed. He is still a badass despite his being The good, since he kills so many people. The character Tuco is the most well acted protagonist in the film. The actor, Eli Wallach, succeeds in depicting a dumb and funny yet emotional Mexican bandit in such a natural way that the audience is most attracted to him and even develop a sympathy with the character.

Dual for Gold

The movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, is about three men-Blondie, Tuco, and Angel Eyes. Blondie, which is the good, is a gunslinger looking for a few bucks. Tuco, which is the ugly, is a wanted criminal always on the run and always in hiding to save himself. Angel Eyes, which is the bad, is a hit man that is always committed to a task given to him. Blondie and Tuco have a partnership to make money off of Tuco’s bounty; Blondie turns Tuco into the authorities, receives the reward, and when Tuco is being hung Blondie helps him escape. When Blondie unties the partnership and leaves Tuco for dead, Tuco pursues Blondie in revenge. Tuco eventually finds Blondie and forces him to walk miles without water in the desert. They come across a wagon full of dead soldiers. A man named Bill Carson, whom Angel Eyes is hunting, is the only survivor. He tells Tuco that $200,000 worth of gold is buried in a cemetery, while he tells Blondie what name the grave is located under. Again, both men are in a partnership to gain riches. Their quest to get gold is filled with adventure; they are captured twice by soldiers because they impersonated soldiers, and that’s where they encounter Angel Eyes. Tuco is posing as Bill Carson, Angel Eyes forces him to talk of where the gold is by inflicting physical pain. Angel Eyes finds out where the gold is located, but needs to know what name the grave is under, so he attempts to befriend Blondie by promising half of the fortune. In the end, they find the cemetery, but the grave that Blondie named is filled with nothing but a skeleton. So, Blondie suggests a solution-a dual between the three men. The dual is intense; Blondie shoots and kills Angel Eyes, but Tuco’s gun is not loaded so he lives. Blondie then forces Tuco to dig an unknown grave at gunpoint, where they find the gold. Blondie forces Tuco to stick his head in a noose while standing on a so-called wooden tombstone, then he rides off with half of the gold leaving him for dead. Tuco is panicking and screaming for Blondie to return. In a distance, Blondie shoots the rope releasing Tuco, just like he used to do in the partnership they once shared.

Gold will attract the good men, the bad men, and of course the ugly men. The movie was fantastic. I have only seen the ending before, but watching the entire film was totally awesome and completely worth it. The overall story was simply genius; a movie with a good and bad guy is classic, but involving an ugly guy is humorous. The dual between the three men was so intense, it kept me on the edge of my seat and my mind was constantly thinking when is the bad guy going to die. The performance of the actors was amazing; my favorites were Blondie and Tuco because they unconsciously have a love hate relationship. I enjoyed the movie so much, I give it two big thumbs up.

"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly… a strong willed gunman, a greedy hit man, and a Mexican bandit out in the Wild West. Blondie, the skilled gunman makes friends with a wanted bandit named Tuco, with whom he turns in and splits the reward with. After Tuco is no longer worth so much, Blondie decides to leave Tuco to hold his own out in the desert which makes Tuco full of revenge. Angel Eyes is the hit man looking for Bill Carson, a man who has hidden $200,000 worth of gold. When traveling through the desert, Tuco and Blondie run into a buggy full of dead bodies where one is still holding onto life and has a secret to tell about some gold buried in a cemetery. Tuco only heard the name of the cemetery and Blondie heard the name of the grave. So they have to keep each other alive to get to the gold. The good kills the bad but leaves the ugly in the dust. But as always, Blondie splits the worth with the ugly.

I thought this was an awesome movie. I totally love the music, love Clint Eastwood and his amazing hair and just overall loved all the actors. I can definitely see why this is a classic. It had amazing suspense that kept my eyes glued to the screen. It made me really hungry too. I never knew what they were eating but I wanted some. I was never into western movies, but now I want to see more. It was just a classic “badass” movie.

A Battle To A Destination...

The good, the bad and the ugly were three characters who were interested in money and wanted to get gold that was hidden by Bill Carson in a cemetery called Sad Hill. These characters were Blondie, Angel eyes and Tuco. Tuco and Blondie new each other because Tuco was wanted in many states and Blondie would turned him in to the authorities and get the reward that he was worth. When Tuco was turned in he would get hanged by a rope but Blondie would save him every time by shooting a bullet through the rope and split 40-60 with Tuco. Blondie didn't want to work with Tuco anymore and left Tuco in the middle of nowhere after he saved him for the last time. Tuco and Blondie were back together but Tuco wanted to get revenge on Blondie by crossing the hardest hot hill and without giving him any water. After he saw that Blondie couldn't walk anymore and fell on the ground he stopped, as he stopped he saw a couple horses pulling a carriage. When he was going through the dead men’s stuff in the carriage he finds out that a Bill Carson is in the carriage and is dying. Bill Carson tells Tuco where the 200,000 Dollars worth of gold were located at but he needed water and it was getting hard for him to talk. Tuco runs to get Carson some water, when he got back Carson was dead already. Locally Blondie was there and was able to get the name of the grave that the gold was located at, but Blondie was not in good conditions and was dying. That’s when Tuco realized that he had to do everything to keep Blondie alive so he could tell him the name of the grave. Once Blondie got better they had to face many obstacles to get to their destination because they were not the only ones who wanted the gold. once they got to the Sad Hill Tuco thought he had found the grave and was digging up to find the gold when Angel Eyes caught up to them and wanted to get the gold all to himself and kill Blondie and Tuco. Blondie had the idea to battle for the gold once everyone agreed and was ready to shoot, they all tried t take a shot and Blondie killed Angel Eyes and took Tucos bullets the night before. Blondie and Tuco dug up the gold and Blondie hung Tuco from a rope took fifty percent of the gold and left Tuco hanging from the rope along with the other half of the gold. When he was riding off with his horse and Tuco was hanging, Blondie turned around and shot a bullet through the rope like old times.

This movie was interesting to me; I liked the music in the movie and the story of the movie. The only thing that I didn’t like was that it was a little too long. But other than that it was a good movie.

The Battle of Wits

In the movie, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", the weird freindship between Tuco and Blondie led them to turn on each other, but they needed one another once Tuco found out about the $200,000 dollars worth of gold. This all happened when Tuco was Torturing Blondie by making him walk through the burning hot desert without water, shade and rest, all while Tuco was riding atop a horse, with shade and water. They happened to find Confederates who were ambushed and one of the guys, Bill Carson, had hid gold in a place only he knew, but he only had seconds to live. Tuco tried to get all the information he could out of him, but only got the place where he had hid the gold which was Sad Hill. On the other hand, Blondie might have been on the verge of dying, but he got the name of the tombstone in which he had buried the gold. So the differences they had was all in the past now because Tuco needed the name, so he did all he could to make sure Blondie lives. These two have a very weird relationship, but in the end getting 50-50 of the cut is what matters the most. They go through a series of misfortune to get to Sad Hill, but in the end they finally get to the place they had so much trouble getting to. In the end, they run into Angel Eyes, who is also looking to get the gold. This leads to the three of them having a showdown and whoever wins gets the gold. Blondie kills Angel Eyes, while Tuco is left vulnerable because Blondie had taken his bullets the night before. They find the gold and split it between the two, but Blondie tells Tuco to put the lasso on and try not to hang himself. But just like the movie started, Blondie shoots the rope before Tuco dangles on the rope.

From start to finish, this movie was interesting and full of action. The tension that built up between the characters only left me thinking what was going to happen next and kept me hooked throughout the whole movie. This was a great movie with great music throughout.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Insanity Test

In the article by Stephen King, “Why We Crave Horror Movies”, briefly discusses in depth of why horror movies thrill and pleasure many people. King believes that we are all mentally ill and we hide it much better than those inside asylums. His examples were the fact that we are all known to talk to ourselves from stress, often make horrible grimaces when we think we are alone, and have hysterical fear of snakes or the dark. We pay money to watch a horror movie because we are daring the nightmare, proving to ourselves that we are not afraid, to re-establish our feeling of essential normality, and to basically have fun. King states, “The fun comes from seeing others menaced-sometimes killed.” A horror film intends to urge us to put away our civilized and adult penchant to become children again. A horror movie provides a psychic relief, invites us to lapse into simplicity, and allows our madness to extend. King states, “Our emotions and our fears form their own body, and we recognize that it demands its own exercise to maintain proper muscle tone.” The accepted emotions are love, friendship, loyalty, and kindness; with these emotions we get showered with positive reinforcement. The non accepted emotions do not go away and constantly demand exercise. Things related to horror appeals to the worst of us, it is morbidity unchained, our base instincts are let free, our nastiest fantasies are realized, and all this happens in the dark. To control these anticivilized feelings, we must feed it occasionally to prevent it from escaping.



Everything Stephen King had to say about the affect of horror movies on people is genius. I too also think that we are a little insane. In Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho, Norman Bates says, “She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?” I think this statement holds total truth; we know the morals of right and wrong, but we still do troublesome things because each and every one of us are fully capable of committing horrible acts like Norman Bates. I think most people are just good at controlling or hiding their madness. Norman Bates hid his madness in the form of his dead mother, and after she killed, Norman cleaned the crimes up just like a good son would do believing he had absolutely nothing to do with it. If we do not feed our madness every now and then it will escape and as a result we will commit something we would not normally do, just like Marion Crane; she lived a pleasant good life, but desired love and stole $40,000 to be with her significant other. Horror movies are a twisted pleasure, we may not fully realized it or admit it, but watching horror movies calms and pleases the madness to keep us sane.

why do we have an erger for horror Movie

why do we like to have an arguer for horror movie that makes us feel like are hearts wants to jump out. There is some thing in are brains that triggers a cemicla at goes thought are body that makes us want to jump out of are chair. There are other feeling that we get but they are with other movies, for example. romantic movie make u sad or want to squish your partner. Comedy make u laugh a lot. For every subject of the you get some kind of feeling ,but with horror movie you really get a feeling that can last you a life time.
I crave for horror movies because i love that feeling that my heart will jump out. Its the suspense whats going to happens and what does happened.The thing i learned about myself is that i do not watch them at night because i end up dreaming about the horror.

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More Case Study Links

Here's a few more links that should prove useful for our Case Study about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The first is Steve Persall's response to a well-written critique of his review. Both the e-mail written to Persall and his response are here. It's a perfect example of the reviewer's role in critiquing film.

Next is the short video we watched in class about the term "gamer" and the negative connotations it implies of the Discourse Community it denigrates. Since most of the reviews in our Case Study apply this stereotype to the assumed audience of the film, it makes for good evidence.



Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Horror!

Why do we crave horror movies? Stephen king tells us why we do in his article “Why We Crave Horror Movies.” He begins saying that we are all mentally ill and that it’s just a matter of hiding it better than the people in the asylums. So why do we crave the horror? We are “daring the nightmare” says Stephen. We go to those movies to show we are not scared, and to have fun. We want horror movies so we can come to terms with our own sick fantasies and have a sort of psychic relief because it is rare in our lives to experience real madness. Our sanity varies between murderer and nose picking guy who doesn’t fit in, but there is a potential evil existing in all of us. The emotions we have demand certain things to keep them going and horror movies help us help our emotions. If we feed our emotions and inner cravings with horror movies we can keep them from bursting out and feeding that underlying desire for true horror.

I absolutely have that craving and desire for horror movies. Like Stephen said, I need to feed my emotions and horror movies definitely give me my fix for my sick and twisted mind. I really like and agree with him in that we are all insane and it’s just a matter of hiding better than others because I know I’m just a tad insane myself. People can release that insanity by watching and expressing that insanity through horror movies. I love horror movies because they show the most insane scenarios that I could never see in real life, and that’s what makes them awesome. They’re what I could never get enough of and I will always crave the horror!

In the movie Psycho, a woman in love skips town with a bundle of cash she has stolen from her boss to meet up with her boyfriend, or at least that’s what she intended to do. Stopping at the Bate’s Motel for a night, the woman, Marion can’t run from this “psycho”. Norman Bates runs this motel and lives with his ill mother who gets a little too jealous of the women Norman likes. So after jealousy strikes and Marion is killed, her loved ones do anything they can to find out what happened and where Marion is. Finally getting to the motel, her sister and her boyfriend discover what’s really going on with the Bates.

Well, I thought this was a pretty good horror flick. It settled some of my horror cravings for the day, but not all of them! The suspense was definitely there, I didn’t know what was coming out of the corners next. Mother was my favorite character and I loved when Norman runs into the cellar dressed up like Mother with a knife because it’s just so crazy and unexpected. He’s a pretty nice guy, but when Mothers comes out I wouldn’t want to be around because she’s the real psycho. The music for the killing scenes are awesome and for all the other scenes. That music will be stuck inn my head for days. Suspense, suspense, suspense!

PICKING NOSE IS NOT INSANITY!!!

Stephen King starts off with his thought of all mankind being mentally disordered to some extent. People go watch horror movie to prove themselves as brave and daring. Young people like it more than the elderly. Indeed, the sick craving of horror movies lives beneath our skin and just does not manifest in daily life. Sometimes we find it interesting to watch someone getting killed and the satisfaction that we get breaks all the restriction of morals and ethics, bringing us back to the animal inside. The feelings and thoughts being kept inside each one of us need to be let loose sometimes. While some of the feelings are deemed civilized, some are not. The civilized deeds and feelings are celebrated meanwhile the others are spited against. Yet the latter manages to exist under different forms such as sick jokes. Yet, these sick jokes keep the real sickness from getting out and harm other people.

Everybody is weird in a certain way, yes. Yet, I disagree with Stephen King when he deems nose picking as insanity. Nose picking is an act of cleaning dirt out of the system which is perfectly normal and sane. If nose picking would be considered abnormal, the author may include bathing as well. Personally, I find his attempt of covering up his weak argument with abstract comparisons and language not very convincing. Moreover, the sick joke he mentions is more likely to be deemed lame rather than funny. It is not only an inappropriate joke but also an annoyance to those who have to listen to or read about it.

"You eat like a bird."

Nicole McBride
English 111
31 October 2010

Stephen King's "Why We Crave Horror Movies" discusses a possible explanation on why we, humans, pay to watch horror movies. King first suggests that we go watch horror movies to show that we can and are not afraid to. He then suggests we go watch horror movies to "re-establish our feelings of essential normality." Next, King goes into a controversial subject when stating that one goes to watch horror movies for fun, however society does not deem what people do in horror movies morally correct so how is it good to watch that? King says that everyone has the potential to be psycho, but it is only a matter of how one controls and maintains that emotion. King then discusses the confusing conflict of when positive reinforcement is given when one demonstrates love, friendship, and loyalty, but when one demonstrates angry or crazy only negative reinforcement is returned because those are considered uncivilized emotions. King explains how when someone tells a sick joke, an intense reaction usually follows. He eludes to in order to have a great horror movie, an intense reaction is needed like the joke. In the end, King says we watch horror movies to appeal to the "bad" we have in all of us.

I agree with Stephen King's reason of why we watch horror movies. In the end of his article, King says that his nastiest fantasies are realized when watching a horror movie because its like "lifting a trap door in the civilized fore brain and throwing a basket of raw meat to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath." I totally agree with that. People go watch horror movies to ease the little crazy they have begging to get out of them. I think people like to watch Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho for that very reason. Psycho is filled with murder and mystery and those who have the desire for murder or mystery should just watch the movie to settle that craving they have inside.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You're 37! Get Out of Your Mom's Basement Already!

Sara Vilkomerson, author of "Will Micheal Cera Ever Grow Up?" from The New York Observer wrote of her concerns. Micheal Cera will grow up and what will happen then? Will his career be completely decimated because he'll no longer be able to play the roles of the nerdy kid whose yet to undergo puberty? Or his career will flourish once he moves from playing the role of the kid to the role of the man. The comic-like movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" despite being unfavorable, was well played by Cera who had the leading role. His geeky stature and mannerisms on screen add those elements needed to play roles just as Scott Pilgrim.

Who's to say what will happen to his career once he grows out of it, either way the point is that he will grow out of it. Once that happens will we still be able to see him featured on the big screen or will he be just be a faded memory of 2010. In a few years he won't have the frame of a frail sixteen year old boy nor the innocent face that allows Cera to play these geeky teenage boy roles. We don't know what's in store for Cera, but what is known is that there will be a change in time.

Nerds

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The article "Scott pilgrim Reviews Reveal What Film Critics Really Think of Gamers" by Dennis Scimeca brings light on how film critics are complete disconcerned on how society today really works. Critics bashed the movie for it appealing to gamers, who don't have lives and have ADD. Whether the film was intended for a specific target audience or not, there is one thing that critics need to take into account. There are gamers. The number of gamers has been increasing exponentially. And the gaming industry continues to flourish as the movie industry stays at a stand-still. Games are just as much a form of art as the amount of entertainment that they provide. If they were given they appreciation that they deserve and would be viewed as "art" then non-gamers would be more accepting towards games.

I do not have the pleasure of being labeled as a gamer. From the occasional Guitar Hero and watching my buddies play Call of Duty, I have developed an understanding of the games. I appreciate the entertainment that they provide and the amount of work that was put into them. Over this past summer Allen Wake was released. My best friend was completely psyched to get home and play it. I had thought that it was ridiculous to be that excited for a video game. He popped the game into the Xbox, and rather instantly I was infatuated with the game. I thought it was amazing, from the plot to the graphics. Until then, I hadn't appreciated a game for anything else besides entertainment. I acknowledged that there must have been a lot of time and effort into making that game. Making it a form of art.

I moved from the dark side and realize now that gamers and game developers do not get the appreciation that they deserve. Critics bashing on gamers is ignorance. Ignorant because they seem to ridicule something that they clearly do not understand. If they were to step off their pedestals and see the forest for the trees, they might not be so quick to judge. Honestly, I do not think I person can critique what they do not understand. It would be like taking medical advice from the dude who works the Cash register at BK.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oops!

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The movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has been watched by many people who thought they'd enjoy, but many, especially critics hated the movie. Some feeling that it targeted a generation of young ignorant, incompetent, and impatient losers. However, Linda Holmes, the author of the article thinks the movie is great. She happens to be none of those things mentioned above, especially not a part of the targeted audience. She mentions that the movie is not for everyone and doesn't deserve the criticism towards the targeted audience.

Critics definitely seem to be concentrating and critiquing on the targeted audience rather than the movie itself. You don't have to be an impatient teenager with the lust for entertainment to enjoy the movie. Critics should have concentrated on the movie, not who it was for. If the movie sucks it sucks, it shouldn't have been the movie sucked because it was filmed for these kids who don't have enough of an attention span to appreciate real movies.

procrastination???? i need more coffee

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Scott Pilgrim, a teen on a journey to conquer all ex boyfriends of a female he adores. or just some fantasy of a 12 year old kid with A.D.D. and has no life screaming into the screen "OMGROFLMAO!". A review on the movie? or just a rant on the critics that obliterated this movie via words on paper, or blog in this day and age. As a 30 year old adult this critic talks about how the critics attacked the audience more then the movie. she made a great point as she stated that she is not a "gamer" and she enjoyed the movie. After reading through this wonderful link three times over all the information that I got is above so easy on the comment section please and thank you.

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Should gamers be judged as immature people who have no lives? Should games that take people months, sometimes years, to make art? Years ago people thought of movies as the same way, not art, and Opera before that. Critics should experience and gain some knowledge about the creation and the enjoyment of video games before judging it as a waste of time that old "12 year old no life dorks" play. Give it time and video games is entertainment that more and more people find themselves to enjoy this interactive ART!


Greed!! All mine!!! All that gold!!

Gold is something that can destroy a man mentally. this movie is a great example on the damages that can be done to a normal man, besides the fact that he was dirt poor. Was the ending predictable some might ask and all I have to say is "watch it for yourself and see what you think." A story that is pretty original some would see it as boring but some would see it as good but why am I saying that because that is how all movies are.
Personal thoughts. Well I enjoyed this film and found that the actors played their parts really well and the story was really enjoyable from feeling sympathy for Mr. Dobbs to a worry if bandits will take the lives of these prospectors. I would recommend this film to people no doubt was a great story and had a pretty meaningful ending.