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July 24th.

  Happy Birthday Summer Glau   The Cape The Sarah Conner ChroniclesFirefly/Serenity
July 24th.

Happy Birthday Summer Glau

The Cape 
The Sarah Conner Chronicles
Firefly/Serenity

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July 18th.

  Happy Birthday to the man himself, Vin Diesel   Riddick Guardians of the GalaxyFast and FuriousxXxThe Pacifier 

-Taught Dungeons and Dragons to Dame Judi Dench 
-Took the part of Riddick originally so he could “get to really fight the kinds of monsters I used to in DnD”
-Was said to be the best with the kids out of everyone behind the scenes of The Pacifier 
-Gives huge amounts of money and personal time to mission work in Latin America. The man himself.
Vin.
Diesel.
July 18th.

Happy Birthday to the man himself, Vin Diesel

Riddick 
Guardians of the Galaxy
Fast and Furious
xXx
The Pacifier

-Taught Dungeons and Dragons to Dame Judi Dench
-Took the part of Riddick originally so he could “get to really fight the kinds of monsters I used to in DnD”
-Was said to be the best with the kids out of everyone behind the scenes of The Pacifier
-Gives huge amounts of money and personal time to mission work in Latin America.

The man himself.
Vin.
Diesel.

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July 14th.

  Happy Birthday Jackie Earle Haley   Watchmen Shutter IslandNightmare on Elm Street
July 14th.

Happy Birthday Jackie Earle Haley

Watchmen 
Shutter Island
Nightmare on Elm Street

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 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review 

While following strongly it the footsteps of its predecessor, and retaining much of the quality of the first, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made a few clear blunders in storytelling.

Building a strong cast of Apes, the human cast was mostly ignored. For good reason; they were boring.

Caesar, Maurice, Koba, all returning characters from the first film slipped back into place naturally, forming the sense of family and community that was set up but never really seen at the end of the first film. Caesar now has a wife and two children, the older of whom is undergoing his transition from young into fully grown ape through-out the film. This is exactly the kind of sub-plot that could easily become extremely tiresome, but was actually handled quite well, to the point even that I genuinely cared about him and how his character would resolve. That is something I can not say about many “coming of age” characters or stories.

I have never seen Gary Oldman so criminally under-used as an actor. He was obviously attached solely to draw in crowds, with no intention to ever give his character any worthwhile screen time. His beautifully acted, but hopelessly worthless “leader” of the human resistence actually managed to make the modern queen of England look like an involved and powerful leader in comparison to his insane level of figurehead. There were so many opportunities to make his character great, and it would have been so easy to do so, that this is the one blunder of the film that is completely unforgivable. 

That being said, the fact remains that this movie was about the apes, not the humans, and rightfully so. The power struggle felt on both the human and ape side was excellent, and this film followed the set-up for leading villain that Rise left us perfectly. 

There are lines of dialogue so clearly slipped in as explainers it made me physically cringe, but this is not the kind of thing the casual movie-goer notices. If you aren’t looking for them I doubt you will notice this, and if you are looking for them, you’ll just have to roll your eyes and go back to watching the prettiness of the apes.

Jason Clarke’s character is ever so slightly compelling, and ends up being ruined by oversaturation and way too much screen time for someone that blah. The fact that this bland character is being played by one of the most bland actors of the day doesn’t help, either. I’m not sure I’d call Clarke a bad actor, or even say he did a poor job in this film, I will just say that I wouldn’t cast him, and I sure didn’t care about him by the end of this movie. (Additionally, he makes the most mind blowingly poor attempt at “communication” at the end of this movie that I actually threw my hands up in exasperation and would have thrown tomatoes at the screen if I had had any present.) 

The rest of the human cast isn’t even worth mentioning. -yawn- Go back to the apes.

Koba is amazing. His rise in power is by far the best thing about this movie, and if Toby Kebbel brings even half that level of villainy to his recently announced part of Doctor Doom in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, then we are all in for a treat.

We already know Andy Serkis is the god of motion capture acting, he has proven that time and time again, with Gollum, King Kong, and countless others. He is back in true form in Dawn, and Caesar remains what I truly believe will be heralded for decades to come the most brilliant CGI character of the age.

Every bit of production quality in the beauty, power, and sheer terror of the apes returned from Rise, and they lit up the screen once again with the mind blowing graphics and off-the-chart attention to detail. I can’t even imagine how many hours of watching footage, rehearsing, and tweeking it took the entire team to nail the attitude, personality, movements, and communication all of these apes exhibited. (Just saying, when a fully CGI ape has more personality than your leading man, ya dun goofed.) 

Slower paced than it should have been, a bit dull at times, and I am still raging at how poorly Gary Oldman was used. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still an extremely solid sequel to the first, retained much of its value, and left me feeling excited, anxious, and optimistic about the next one.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 8.9/10
Score: +.9

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

While following strongly it the footsteps of its predecessor, and retaining much of the quality of the first, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made a few clear blunders in storytelling.

Building a strong cast of Apes, the human cast was mostly ignored. For good reason; they were boring.

Caesar, Maurice, Koba, all returning characters from the first film slipped back into place naturally, forming the sense of family and community that was set up but never really seen at the end of the first film. Caesar now has a wife and two children, the older of whom is undergoing his transition from young into fully grown ape through-out the film. This is exactly the kind of sub-plot that could easily become extremely tiresome, but was actually handled quite well, to the point even that I genuinely cared about him and how his character would resolve. That is something I can not say about many “coming of age” characters or stories.

I have never seen Gary Oldman so criminally under-used as an actor. He was obviously attached solely to draw in crowds, with no intention to ever give his character any worthwhile screen time. His beautifully acted, but hopelessly worthless “leader” of the human resistence actually managed to make the modern queen of England look like an involved and powerful leader in comparison to his insane level of figurehead. There were so many opportunities to make his character great, and it would have been so easy to do so, that this is the one blunder of the film that is completely unforgivable.

That being said, the fact remains that this movie was about the apes, not the humans, and rightfully so. The power struggle felt on both the human and ape side was excellent, and this film followed the set-up for leading villain that Rise left us perfectly.

There are lines of dialogue so clearly slipped in as explainers it made me physically cringe, but this is not the kind of thing the casual movie-goer notices. If you aren’t looking for them I doubt you will notice this, and if you are looking for them, you’ll just have to roll your eyes and go back to watching the prettiness of the apes.

Jason Clarke’s character is ever so slightly compelling, and ends up being ruined by oversaturation and way too much screen time for someone that blah. The fact that this bland character is being played by one of the most bland actors of the day doesn’t help, either. I’m not sure I’d call Clarke a bad actor, or even say he did a poor job in this film, I will just say that I wouldn’t cast him, and I sure didn’t care about him by the end of this movie. (Additionally, he makes the most mind blowingly poor attempt at “communication” at the end of this movie that I actually threw my hands up in exasperation and would have thrown tomatoes at the screen if I had had any present.)

The rest of the human cast isn’t even worth mentioning. -yawn- Go back to the apes.

Koba is amazing. His rise in power is by far the best thing about this movie, and if Toby Kebbel brings even half that level of villainy to his recently announced part of Doctor Doom in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, then we are all in for a treat.

We already know Andy Serkis is the god of motion capture acting, he has proven that time and time again, with Gollum, King Kong, and countless others. He is back in true form in Dawn, and Caesar remains what I truly believe will be heralded for decades to come the most brilliant CGI character of the age.

Every bit of production quality in the beauty, power, and sheer terror of the apes returned from Rise, and they lit up the screen once again with the mind blowing graphics and off-the-chart attention to detail. I can’t even imagine how many hours of watching footage, rehearsing, and tweeking it took the entire team to nail the attitude, personality, movements, and communication all of these apes exhibited. (Just saying, when a fully CGI ape has more personality than your leading man, ya dun goofed.)

Slower paced than it should have been, a bit dull at times, and I am still raging at how poorly Gary Oldman was used. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still an extremely solid sequel to the first, retained much of its value, and left me feeling excited, anxious, and optimistic about the next one.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 8.9/10
Score: +.9

Photoset
July 12th.

Happy Birthday Topher Grace

Take Me Home Tonight
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
Predators 

Happy Birthday Michelle Rodriguez

Resident Evil 
Fast and Furious
Battle: L.A. 

Happy Birthday Byun-hun Lee

G.I. Joe
Red 2
The Good, The Bad, The Weird 

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July 9th.

  Happy Birthday Toby Kebbell   Rock n Rolla Dawn of the Planet of the ApesThe Fantastic Four (2015) 
July 9th.

Happy Birthday Toby Kebbell

Rock n Rolla 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Fantastic Four (2015) 

Photoset
June 27th.

Happy Birthday J.J. Abrams

Director,
Star Trek
Lost
Star Wars: Episode VII

Happy Birthday Matthew Lewis

Harry Potter 

Happy Birthday Muskrat (aka Me)

Ringo: Season 1 
1,000 
My Brother, the Inventor 

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June 23rd.

  Happy 50th Birthday Joss Whedon   
Director, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Firefly The Avengers 
June 23rd.

Happy 50th Birthday Joss Whedon

Director,
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog 
Firefly
The Avengers 

Photoset
June 21st.

Happy Birthday Chris Pratt

Parks and Recreation 
Her
Guardians of the Galaxy 

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June 19th.

  Happy Birthday  Zoe Saldana   Star Trek  Avatar   Guardians of the Galaxy 
June 19th.

Happy Birthday Zoe Saldana

Star Trek 
Avatar
Guardians of the Galaxy 

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June 17th.

  Happy Birthday  Arthur Darvill     Robin Hood  Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll   Doctor Who 
June 17th.

Happy Birthday Arthur Darvill

Robin Hood 
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Doctor Who 

Photoset
June 13th.

Happy Birthday Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Godzilla
Savages
Kick-Ass 

Happy Birthday Chris Evans

Captain America 
The Iceman
Push 

Happy Birthday Kat Dennings

Thor
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Charlie Bartlett 

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Edge of Tomorrow Review.

Grabbing the idea of a story like Groundhog Day, and mixing in a war for humanity’s survival between a bunch of sci-fi soldiers, and some of the coolest creatures ever seen on film is a simplistic but successful formula for Edge of Tomorrow.

I’m not sure when Tom Cruise decided to start making sci-fi films at all, much less quality ones, but after last year’s Oblivion, and now Edge of Tomorrow, I’ll be watching for any movie with pretty toys, and him attached from here on out. 

Edge of Tomorrow is a simple idea and a simple execution, but has enough humor and just barely enough heart to make it well worth watching. Cruise’s character is shown to be brilliant from the get-go, and the series of events that places him where the real story picks up are actually fantastic. Emily Blunt’s character is pretty generic, but is a decently portrayed strong female lead, without relegating her entirely to a pretty face or a nice body. (I’m allowing the fact that she is clad in actually useful and practical armor through most of the movie to balance out with the shot where she is shown coming out of a yoga pose in a just hilariously sexy way over and over.)

The movie paced itself well, showing us only what we needed to see and not the same thing over and over every time the day resets. There’s nothing I hate more than having to watch or read the same thing several times, its just obnoxious. There’s nothing I hate more than having to watch or read the same thing several times, its just obnoxious. 

Simply put, Edge of Tomorrow is a great action film. And while I do think they could have gone a much more existential route with this kind of a story, what they did was solid. They played it safe and delivered a good product, rather than trying to over-extend and ending up falling short.

I have to make a point of mentioning the fantastic creature design. The invading alien force, “Mimics”, are some of the coolest creatures I’ve seen in a long time. They simultaiously had a completely fluid form, and a terrifying jungle cat feel. They felt a bit videogameish in that they have colored illumination along their apendages denotating their “class” and this illumination fades on death. I’m not saying that is a bad thing though, the whole movie had a bit of a videogame feel.

Quite conversely, the exoskeletons that the human army wore were quite atrociously designed. They definitely made sense taking into account that this film is set only five years in the future, so they would essentially be built out of our modern day technology, but they still looked like poop. All functionality, and zero form, they made all the soldiers look bulky, top heavy, and idiotic. With only a few customized exceptions, the suits had little to no armor value, and left the user mostly exposed. (Surely someone could’ve slapped on a chest piece that actually COVERS the chest at point during the design process.) They looked a lot like something a skill savvy, but creatively stagnant costume designer would build himself for a halloween party he had no expectation of getting laid at.

The ending was likely quite controversial, some people like to feel good leaving the theatre, others like to feel satisfied. Go watch it, and let me know which one you felt.

Check out Edge of Tomorrow but don’t be expecting to cry, or even feel a whole lot of deep emotion, cause it won’t give you that. 

…but on the plus side, it won’t really try.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 7/10
Score: I am at peace with what it is.

Edge of Tomorrow Review.

Grabbing the idea of a story like Groundhog Day, and mixing in a war for humanity’s survival between a bunch of sci-fi soldiers, and some of the coolest creatures ever seen on film is a simplistic but successful formula for Edge of Tomorrow.

I’m not sure when Tom Cruise decided to start making sci-fi films at all, much less quality ones, but after last year’s Oblivion, and now Edge of Tomorrow, I’ll be watching for any movie with pretty toys, and him attached from here on out.

Edge of Tomorrow is a simple idea and a simple execution, but has enough humor and just barely enough heart to make it well worth watching. Cruise’s character is shown to be brilliant from the get-go, and the series of events that places him where the real story picks up are actually fantastic. Emily Blunt’s character is pretty generic, but is a decently portrayed strong female lead, without relegating her entirely to a pretty face or a nice body. (I’m allowing the fact that she is clad in actually useful and practical armor through most of the movie to balance out with the shot where she is shown coming out of a yoga pose in a just hilariously sexy way over and over.)

The movie paced itself well, showing us only what we needed to see and not the same thing over and over every time the day resets. There’s nothing I hate more than having to watch or read the same thing several times, its just obnoxious. There’s nothing I hate more than having to watch or read the same thing several times, its just obnoxious.

Simply put, Edge of Tomorrow is a great action film. And while I do think they could have gone a much more existential route with this kind of a story, what they did was solid. They played it safe and delivered a good product, rather than trying to over-extend and ending up falling short.

I have to make a point of mentioning the fantastic creature design. The invading alien force, “Mimics”, are some of the coolest creatures I’ve seen in a long time. They simultaiously had a completely fluid form, and a terrifying jungle cat feel. They felt a bit videogameish in that they have colored illumination along their apendages denotating their “class” and this illumination fades on death. I’m not saying that is a bad thing though, the whole movie had a bit of a videogame feel.

Quite conversely, the exoskeletons that the human army wore were quite atrociously designed. They definitely made sense taking into account that this film is set only five years in the future, so they would essentially be built out of our modern day technology, but they still looked like poop. All functionality, and zero form, they made all the soldiers look bulky, top heavy, and idiotic. With only a few customized exceptions, the suits had little to no armor value, and left the user mostly exposed. (Surely someone could’ve slapped on a chest piece that actually COVERS the chest at point during the design process.) They looked a lot like something a skill savvy, but creatively stagnant costume designer would build himself for a halloween party he had no expectation of getting laid at.

The ending was likely quite controversial, some people like to feel good leaving the theatre, others like to feel satisfied. Go watch it, and let me know which one you felt.

Check out Edge of Tomorrow but don’t be expecting to cry, or even feel a whole lot of deep emotion, cause it won’t give you that.

…but on the plus side, it won’t really try.

Expectations: 8/10
Reality: 7/10
Score: I am at peace with what it is.

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June 2nd.

  Happy Birthday  Zachary Quinto     Heroes  Star Trek   American Horror Story 
June 2nd.

Happy Birthday Zachary Quinto

Heroes 
Star Trek
American Horror Story 

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May 30th.

  Happy Birthday  Mark Sheppard     Firefly  Doctor Who   Supernatural 
May 30th.

Happy Birthday Mark Sheppard

Firefly 
Doctor Who
Supernatural