A Movie Review on “Cherobyl Diaries” and…Stuff

I so totally got my cousin into horror movies. Surprisingly enough, the gateway movie was Paranormal Activity. Anyway, she wanted to go see  Chernobyl Diaries, a particularly intriguing background setting and plot for a horror flick. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a short summary of Chernobyl’s infamy:

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.
(Wikipedia)

So onto the movie. The trailers led me to believe that this was a ghost story, but it is most certainly not. Think Resident Evil, minus the action and special effects. While the initial plot behind the whole movie is pretty cool, I thought the actual sequence of events was pretty lame, as was the ending. Personally, I would have been more content with a ghost story.

Also, you sort of have to piece together what’s going on, it never fully explains much of anything. While I get the gist of everything, there’s still a lot that was left unexplained that I would have liked elaboration on. I’ll probably leave this at a 6/10, because let’s face it, there are a lot of horrible Horror movies out there, and this one was a lot better than the crap I’ve watched. Still, besides the whole ‘pop out and scare the Sh*t out of you’ factor, there isn’t really much scariness to this.

Here’s the trailer:

And then, while I searched for that link, I found this:

Added it to my ipod. New favorite song. Speaking of songs, are you ready to feel the jealously? Yeah, because I went and saw Yanni live. That’s right…you have no idea what I’m talking about, do you? Well, educate yourself. Oh, and here’s a tidbit.

And for finally making it to the end, here’s your prize. An awkward photo of me and my cousin.

Slainte~

A Throne for Avengers And Damn I Wish I Could Draw

I know it’s been sorta official for a while now, but Tumblr has exploded with Avengers gifs, pictures, quotes, etc. More specifically, it has exploded years worth of Tom Hiddleston paraphernalia, all of which I (no regrets) have been hoarding in my own personal Tom library. I mean, he’s no Chris Hemsworth, who I find just adoring by the way. Still, the man is quite charming, and he is just a brilliant actor.

Anyway, this is a sip of what I have stored away.

Aren’t they both just so lovely? I fan-girled and bought posters of both of them…anyway. You know I didn’t actually fall completely for Tom until I read this:

“TOM HIDDLESTON: Mark Ruffalo’s son. I kind of dedicate my performance to his son, his ten-year old, because he was on set a lot.  Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige, the producer, they were enormously supportive on set.  They were very complimentary when they liked something that I was doing.  I would do a take, and they would say, “Awesome.  You got it.  Let’s — “  And Kevin Feige would be like, “God, that was great.  Let’s move on.”  And you get on with the day.  The days that Mark’s son was there, he was like, “Awesome job, Tom. We got it.  Let’s move on.”  Kevin would say the same thing, and then Mark’s son would say, “Oh, my God!  Tom!  That was incredible!  That was the most awesome thing I have ever seen!”  And I’m like, “I am doing this for you.”  And, you know, there were days when Mark would come in with him just to watch, because he wanted to watch.  He’d be like, “I’m sorry.  We’re here again.  He just loves you.”  And then you realize that that’s the power that these films can have.

It’s such a beautiful thing.  It’s a really amazing privilege.”

Isn’t that just melt worthy? Well, whatever, I think it is. I also stumbled across some Game of Thrones junk.

I’m sorry. You can smash my face into the bathroom mirror later, if you like. But first, some art that I admire.

I just love Deviantart artists. That last one, oh how I love her stuff…more or less the Labyrinth stuff. It’s a fetish, I’ll admit it. Here’s the fanfic (which is surprisingly hilarious and totally M rated) that accompanies the picture. It’s very well written.

Link: The T-Shirt Incident

You might wanna check out the pictures first, just so you know where the plot is coming from.

And I would just like to mention, that this whole Wonder Woman/Batman thing in the animated Justice League series…it’s totally legit. I mean, can we just take a moment and observe that sly expression on her face? She just kissed him, after he went frantic over trying to rescue her from a pile of rubble. Does that not scream potential relationship?

Shut up. I know I’m lame. Anyway, ignore the large expanse of white space up there. I was too lazy to edit the screen capture of my desktop. I also don’t understand the weird text after my Tom rant. Let’s just pretend I’m perfect.

Ha! I learned how to fix it! Ten points to…you know, I don’t care to admit what House I’ve been sorted into on Pottermore.

Slainte~

It’s What It Is: Movie Review on Devil

I remember wanting to see this movie so badly when it first came out…I think it had something to do with the goth phase I went through. Anyway, I finally got to see it (I know, I know, two years late), and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t really all that great either. Here’s a small synopsis:

Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of “The Night Chronicles,” a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a sudden detour into terror when the elevator becomes stuck between floors, and the passengers discover that the Devil does exist, and he’s standing right before them. As emergency workers work frantically to free them, secrets are revealed and the passengers realize their only hope for survival is to confront their darkest sins in front of the others.
(Jason Buchanan, Rovi)

Thank you, Rotten Tomatoes. I didn’t really care for the characters, they were pretty boring and there were a lot of relationships left sorta unresolved. I did, however, enjoy the intro and ending narration. I also thought the confrontation scene with the devil was cool-the way they portrayed him was something along the lines of “Yeah, I’m a bad-ass immortal being. Deal with it”.

Oh, and on a Katie-note, I loathed the soundtrack. I think that was the most unoriginal part of the movie, in my opinion anyway. I’d probably only give the movie a 5/10.

On another note, has anyone noticed this?

If so…

WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME? I mean, NPH as Nightwing? Jensen Ackles (that’s right, one of the J^2) as Red Hood? Two amazing actors as two of the Robins? I don’t think this movie could be any more awesome. The movie, by the way, is Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Slainte, viewers~

Love Never Dies…Well, Actually, It Does

Spoilers~

The other half of my soul, Maria, gets me addicted to so many awesome things: one of them being The Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies. God, the music is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s interesting how Andrew Lloyd Webber altered the opera-esque tone of the songs to something…more. I’m no music buff, so I really don’t know the terminology for this kind of stuff, but the instruments portray the the scenes and characters so well. And FINALLY we get some hot Phantom/Christine action! I mean, come on, there’s a song about them making love. It doesn’t get much better than that. And Christine finally grows some backbone instead of acting like a delirious schoolgirl. The only downside to all this is the horrid ending…well, it’s not too bad, but I definitely don’t like it.

Here’s a quick summary of it, if you’re interested:

Ten years after the events at the Paris Opera, The Phantom, the creator and owner of Phantasma (Coney Island) is tortured by the absence of Christine and longs to hear her again. He sends her an invitation to Coney Island to make her American debut. She accepts without knowing the sender and comes with her husband Raoul (Vicount de Chagny) and her son (Gustave). But secrets are unveiled, because apparently Christine had a tryst with the Phantom, intent on staying with him rather than Raul. The Phantom, however, afraid of the morning after, ran away to America with Madam Giry and Meg. It is now that Christine sees him once more that the question of Gustave’s parentage comes into question, as does Christine’s ultimate love.

Enjoy the embedded Youtube clips I planted below~

Oh, how I adore Ramin’s Phantom. He just portrays him so well, and the essence of chemistry between him and Sierra is BAM!

I Love This CGI:Movie Review on Legion

I just finished watching Legion, and you know what? I thought it was pretty damn awesome. If you haven’t watched it, here’s a small summary:

Scott Stewart’s supernatural thriller Legion, scripted by Peter Schink, concerns a group of strangers in an out-of-the-way eatery who become the first line of defense when God, believing the human race is no longer worthy of Him, decides to end their existence. This motley crew’s only spiritual ally is the archangel Michael, played by Paul Bettany.

Kinky, no? Okay, well maybe not, but Paul Bettany sure is:

Isn’t he just scrumptious? I think it’s more or less the accent and tattoo’s that turn me on, but hey, I’m allowed to be attracted to men twice my age. Isn’t that right, Hugh Jackman? Moving along, the movie definitely brought interesting characters to the table. A confused woman carrying mankind’s savior in her womb, a hic who’s not the sharpest tool in the shed but loves unconditionally, a rebellious daughter and her two upper-class parents…you know, I’m not making this sound non-stereotypical. Now that I think it over, some of the characters are rather generic, but they’re not boring, and there are little twists to their personalities. The plot itself is an engaging take on the apocalypse, though there a few plot holes I found to be disconcerting.

There’s not a lot of witty dialogue, I’d probably only give the movie itself a 6/10, but it was worth the watch. If anything, the one reason to see this is to take in the kick-ass CGI wings and armor the angels wear-it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Meh, this is the best picture I could find, but it doesn’t do the wings any justice.

I don’t know what’s up with the biblical/horror genre, but I’ve been totally into it lately. If anyone has any great suggestions, I’d love to hear them…no one’s going to comment, are they?

Fantastic Korean Movie

I just finished watching The Man from Nowhere, a South Korean film, and it was absolutely amazing! It has got to be one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, which says a lot coming from Kristen Starling’s daughter (which means nothing to you all, of course). I’m going to follow this tangent for a moment. My mother, while being a raving mad harpee, is well versed in the cinematic world.  I remember one day when I was in 8th grade, I’d decided to count how many movies she owned just out of curiosity-I ended up counting 553. And the worst part was, I’d seen them all save about 25 of them.

Since then, I’ve seen probably double that. So, when I say this movie was one of the best I’ve seen, it has to contend with a lot of others. Here’s a little summary:

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug- and organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Cute, right? The actor for the protagonist, Bin Won, is mind-blowing in this film. His eyes captivated me in each scene. They were just so expressive, reflecting all of the character’s experience and restrained anger. And his character is the silent badass type, which just adds to the awesomeness of the fight sequences. Not only that, but the little girl is adorable and quite the little punk.

Also, there are some characters that have a deep complexity to them, such as one of the hired guns for the antagonist. The relationships in this movie are so interesting and well developed, which is a breath of fresh air from the recent American movies that have come out. I’m not saying American films bite, but some of the more recent ones have left much to be desired. For me at least.

Anyway, I highly recommend this movie. I think I might do my Film analysis on this one. I’ll just sprinkle some of my favorite screenshots…