- Jan 8, 2010
At Worlds End - 5/10 - I really expected more of this, but it just didn't have much funny in it.
Breaking bad seasons 1-4 - 10/10
I was going to wait until I watched the entire series before chiming in on this one, but after finishing season 4 in a marathon yesterday I had to empty out some feelings.
Absolutely brilliant, one of the best shows of any type I've ever seen, full of memorable, well-written, charismatic characters and a sense of drama, anxiety, and urgency that has to be seen to be believed.
Bryan Cranston has been lauded with universal praise for his acting, and he deserves every bit of it. But it wouldn't mean as much if the actors supporting him didn't create such a great pedestal for him to stand on. They all combine to take a pretty outlandish setting and make it sympathetic and as true as it could possibly be.
Breaking Bad takes a bit of time finding it's legs, and season 1 is somewhat uneasy in it's balance of violent, shocking material and the quiet dread of dealing with cancer as a family (it's still pretty fantastic). Stick with it, though, and you're sure to be rewarded as it gains a fierce momentum, unless you can't stand the subject matter (the cancer is wisely shuffled to the back burner). I think the series could have easily ended after the conclusion of season 4, a season so compelling I had to keep watching until about 6 in the morning, and I enter season 5 with a bit of trepidation. What else really needs to be said after this?
I shall see, but first I need a bit of a break.
Ender's Game: 5/10
The movie was rushed, and because it was rushed, they changed some pretty significant plot points. Sadly, for a rushed movie, they decided to add a cheesy teenage love story (that was nowhere in the book).
It got a 5 because the movie looked good. It lost everything else because the movie was far from a faithful adaptation. Several plot points were changed. For as important a role they play in the book, ender's siblings showed up something like 3 times in the film. Peter, in particular, had 1 speaking line.
Of course, there was the issue of time. Ender's game the movie cast ender as a 15yo that went in, kicked ass, and won friends all in a matter of months (like 1 month it felt like). Now, I get it, seeing a 6yo kill someone is pretty unpalatable (it was supposed to be IMO) but it still felt like they were doing a lot of extra justification that just wasn't in the book.
Did I mention the love story that was nowhere in the book? They made an Ender -> petra -> bonzo triangle for no other reason than to introduce pointless drama.
The more I think about this movie, the more I'm disappointed in how far off it is from the original book.
i will never understand the people who criticize a movie that differs from the book. if you want the same story, read the book. if you want the story of the movie, watch the movie. i've never once seen a movie claim it was SUPPOSED to be a 1:1 recreation of a book.
Just saw 12 Years a Slave and the music was driving me nuts!
I know (now) these are both Zimmer, but tell me they don't sound nearly identical, aside from one being strings and the other piano:
It was very distracting.
He's still recycling stuff he used in The Thin Red Line...it's ridiculous.
I've been really looking forward to 12 Years a Slave but the score complaints are scaring me