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January 7, 2016

The Hateful Eight


I got up early (for a Saturday) and checked this one out with some friends down at the Columbia Mall. It’s one of those movie theaters with very little character but at least I was among friends to check out a Quentin Tarantino movie. I really, really don’t want to spoil this movie because I encourage you to go see it. The run time was long but none of it felt like too much and the movie never dragged. From shot one this movie was absolutely beautiful. It sucked you in and made you feel like you were right there in the room. The dialogue is colorful, to say the least, so don’t go in and get shocked. It is Tarantino after all. The dialogue is so good because the characters are so good. Every single one of them is exactly what they needed to be. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Once again, I’ll mention that Batman (1989) was a major waypoint in my development as a kid. So when I heard that there was going to be a movie that starred Michael Keaton that touched upon his past as the first big screen Batman I was excited. I never saw it in theaters because it was a hard sell as most people I know didn’t seem to want to go see it. So, like many of these movies, I let it slip out of the theaters. Finally I saw it on DVD and I’m still reeling. The movie was absolutely not what I was expecting but that ended up being OK. The movie is a drama about an actor trying to prove to the world that he’s not just a fluke. He starred in several superhero movies but now he’s trying to direct and star in a play on Broadway. Two of the biggest waypoints in my pop culture development collding: Theater and Batman. The cast is phenomenal with Michael Keaton, Ed Norton and Emma Stone especially killing it. It was compelling and I was left struggling, searching for more afterward. Great movie but I think I was definitely part of the target audience.

The Shannara Chronicles

Wait, did I just watch a new fantasy television series on MTV? Yes I did. I haven’t watched MTV for at least a decade mostly because it stopped showing neat cartoons. I was a little shocked when they started a huge marketing campaign for a new series full of elves, demons and the world of man. I watched the first two episodes and it is very, very interesting. I had not realized that the series is a post-apocalyptic one but, unless I missed something, It is not clear whether it is Earth. Magic was a thing then it was gone and now it’s back again with a vengeance. I got the same feeling from watching the pilot that I got from the Defiance pilot. I hope that it can be on part with that show because then we’re in for a good ride. There are a lot of interesting characters and beautiful imagery. I’m going to keep checking it out.
Links of the Week:
Ben Klein – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
The Electric Mayhem – Kodachrome
Giant Squid Footage
L7 – Pretend That We’re Dead
Nathan Barnatt – Dr. Robotnik Dance
Weekly Update:
– Flash Season 2 is really great
– I like Arrow Season 4 so far
– The season finale of Ash vs. Evil Dead was perfection
– Pretty Deadly (comic) is so beautiful and awesome
– Mythbusters is over. That’s so sad.
– Started listening to Welcome to Nightvale again


This Week in Steves 2

February 18, 2015


Steve, the main character from Minecraft

Yes, the default sprite for the player in Minecraft is named Steve.  Technically he’s called “Steve?” but I’ll accept it.  When I get a new video game, I usually fall head over heels for it (unless I hate it right away) and I play nothing else for weeks.  Minecraft amplified that feeling three-fold and I fell really, really hard for Minecraft.  Never before had I seen a game combine creativity with adrenaline surging fear.  I liked that the whole world pretty much wanted to kill my character while I was just trying to collect building materials.  It made creating things all the more satisfying whenever I finished anything.  I would sketch designs on paper and plan out building projects.  The simplistic graphics did not make me any less afraid as things waited for me in the near impenetrable darkness.

There’s not much character inherent in Steve? so I can’t really relate to him.  I will say that I loved and still love to build safe bunkers in Minecraft which slowly morph into basement apartments that just happen to be connected to gaping underground murder tunnels.  For larger projects I always went with castles.  I love castles so much and designing my ideal castle is still one of my favorite evolving projects.

Steve, The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job was a movie that could really have been mediocre.  After all, it stars Marky Mark himself, a guy who is very hit or miss as a movie star.  It is also a remake of a late sixties movie which I never saw but I assume it was at least decent.  I really liked the movie and I thought that much of it was very cleverly done.  Without giving too much away, it’s a pretty straightforward revenge/heist movie.  Marky Mark actually pulls off a good performance and makes a pretty convincing honorable criminal.  In fact, so did Donald Sutherland, Mos Def, Seth Green and Jason Statham all of whom are usually at least entertaining.  Then there’s a perfectly competent Charlize Theron to round out the cast.

But wait, we’re forgetting about the antagonist who is named Steve with no last name mentioned so basically he’s like Cher.  He’s played by Ed Norton who I’ve been a fan of since I first saw him way back in the nineties.  He’s a fellow Baltimorean after he was saved from the fate of growing up in Boston and raised in Columbia.  I always feel a greater respect (or shame) for a celebrity when I find out they’re from my area.  Steve is a manipulative, intelligent but definitely a bit of an asshole.  He gets the upper hand pretty early in the movie and keeps it through to the end.  I wish I could be five steps ahead like Steve is through most of the movie but without the asshole part.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

I was born in the early eighties and I became a pro-wrestling fan in the mid nineties so I was in the correct demographic for the rise of Steve Austin in the WWF.  I didn’t follow his career in WCW when he hung out with Brian Pillman as the Hollywood Blonds.  I did watch it later and I was impressed with what the guy could do as a fairly young talent.  He arrived in the WWF after a stint in ECW and they instantly made him The Ringmaster which was ridiculous.  They wasted a charismatic guy on a dead-end character with a dead-end storyline and he didn’t even get to interact correctly with a legend like Ted Dibiase when the opportunity was right there.  Eventually the Attitude era hit and Stone Cold Steve Austin was unleashed.

Steve ran rampant over the whole company as soon as he embraced his Texas-sized attitude and fought every single member of the roster.  Eventually, he found his ultimate opponent in Vince McMahon.  He fulfilled the wishes of every disgruntled employee in the world who at least occasionally wanted to torment their boss and kick his ass.  Steve made few friends and a whole laundry list of enemies.  He never backed down from a fight and neither the law nor injury could keep him down for long.  I try to harness some of that energy and attitude for good.  I should probably stand up for myself a little more.

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