Monday, April 23, 2012

Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying." - Andy Dufresne said those words during one of the more touching moments in "Shawshank Redemption 2: Shank Harder" when, because of inmate politics, he is forced to eliminate Red in Mexican prison. I shed a tear because it was so painful to watch, and beautiful at the same time. The cinematography from the very moment when he thrusts the shank in manages to capture in a real and perfectly visually symbolic way, that the shank is his penis.

I saw "John Carter" with my mom this Saturday, and it is pretty obvious why it is one of the biggest commercial failures ever. I mean, the movie wasn't that bad. The only things that were really wrong with it were the writing and the acting. You might, almost rightfully so, suggest that those are the only things about a movie, but.. you'd be wrong. First of all, the movie actually had an okay story, if the only thing you took away from a scene(that is to say, if you were able to look past the actors and the words coming out of their mouth) is the strictest view of events(such as, in this scene these characters met and did this) then the plot points are not bad. But the actors and the writers of the dialog just destroy it.

The cinematography is really beautiful, and manages to capture the emotions you're supposed to feel from every scene. It's actually kind of weird feeling something from a visual standpoint while the actors voice words that make you feel the complete opposite. And finally, from a special effects standpoint, they managed to create a pretty cool looking vision of Mars, and a cool 20's pulp sci fi world. But for real.. don't pay money to see that trash. It really could have been good, it was pretty close to it. My mom liked it,though. She claims to have just not to have seen the same bad acting or felt that the dialog were as cliched and cheap. Probably the worst written character in the movie is John Carter himself. *shrug*
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