Monthly Archives: May 2009
I can tell a school year was good depending on how awesome Battle of the Bands is at the end of the year. This time it was no different. The music was loud, the bands were rocking, and by the end of it all, everyone was hyped!. Near the end of the school year here at Oregon State, we hold a day long concert called Battle of the Bands. Going into it my first year of college, I didn’t know what to expect, in high school the bands were just punk band wannabes, but at the concert it was so much better all around. What instantly got me was that year’s winners Honest to Empire. They still brought it this year as the headliners of Battle of the Bands. When they closed the show, the entire quad erupted and it was just fun. I didn’t get to check them out, but this year’s winner were Pseudoboss. My friend Michael’s band Target for Tomorrow got third place which is impressive. The lineup for this year was what brought down the show, as the good bands were placed at sporadic times instead of being the showcase at the end of the show. I got some poorly shot footage from the last 2 hours of the show, and my camera sadly croaked out during Honest to Empire. I’m going to compile this footage with tomorrow’s footage of the Shwayze concert on saturday, so stay tuned.
>So I finally got down to watching the Wolverine movie that was released recently and good god i am raging. I might be just being bias for being a comic book reader and actually knowing the backstory of Wolverine and not getting that this movie appeals to a wider audience. But whatever, here’s my critic of the latest movie in the X-Men saga and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, there will be spoilers so beware…
One Dimensional Characters
Besides Wolverine, every other character seemed to have one purpose and then were killed off. This ticked me off because many of the Weapon X characters have very deep backstories and certain aspect of their characters that were unique and made them interesting, like Deadpool and Agent Zero. But they were reduced to either two type of characters: those who help Wolverine or those who try to kill Wolverine, either way they end up dead which just was dumb.
Too Buddy Buddy Story
Ok Weapon X had to be the absolute worst part of Wolverine’s life. They grafted the adamentium to this bones, brainwashed him, and turned him into an animalistic killer. This movie seemed to take all that toned it down and made it PG. But come on, Wolverine volunteering to let this happen to him, who the hell would do that? They even put in that funny scene with Wolverine staying at the old people’s home accidently breaking their bathroom apart. This isn’t Spider-Man this is Wolverine, get your script straight. Finally, this version of William Stryker was sinister enough, and was too much of a friend to Wolverine to make any of this make sense.
CGI How Could You Let Us Down??
So yeah, CGI was done horribly in this movie, its almost laughable. The biggest thing was Wolverine’s metal claws, they just didn’t look right and looked out of place. The claws looked the size of an arm one minute and the next skinny as chopsticks. Also most things in this movie didn’t cut into stuff, it just kinda phased into them. Backgrounds done with green screen were very blantant, they didn’t try much to make it look real.
Noone Really Cares About Continuity Do They?
Ok first the comic stuff, I’m just gonna list them off:
-Wolverine wasn’t the groundskeeper’s son, Sabertooth isn’t his brother
-It was a few years after Team X that they get involved with Weapon X
-Wolverine didn’t volunteer for Weapon X, and goes on an animalistic rampage until involvement by Alpha Flight
-Entire movie should take place around the 70′s not 90′s if that’s what the movie is implying
-Wolverine never met Scott Summers, Emma Frost, or Storm in the past, ages would be way off
-Blob and Bradley aren’t on Team X
-Deadpool likes to use guns, i’m just saying
-Emma Frost and Kayla Silverfox aren’t related, first of all they have different last names
-Deadpool, Emma Frost, Kayla have the wrong powers
now based off the other X-Men movies:
-William Stryker should be really old if he’s involved in Weapon X, but he’s in X2
-same with Scott, his age should be off, and he would be a student of Xavier’s by now
-the term mutant shouldn’t be coined yet, since noone knows there are mutants yet
and quickly what I did like…
-Hugh Jackman did some good acting for the part, can’t imagine anyone else being Wolverine in the movies
-The fight scenes were pretty fun to watch, for some reason that’s all they were going for, last one was kinda weak though
and finally will.I.am shouldn’t act ever again.
>So I was able to make another Austin and Paul vlog thingy, I made my first ever intro for any video, so I’m pretty psyched about that. The footage however isn’t much but just talk this time, though Eric does have a good one liner at the very end. I am thinking about remastering this one with sound fx’s since I just found a free sound fx site online, I have enough footage for 2 more A&P vlog, so stay tune
So it all began when I was able to film one of Austin (my roommate) and Paul’s (friend from down the hall) little quarrels. I got about 2 minutes of footage and broke it down into about a 1 minute clip, calling it the Austin & Paul Chronicles. Its a constant struggle between macho man, Austin and the brains of it all, Paul. I’m still wondering how I’m gonna take these videos for the next episodes, since they really don’t seem to be going anywhere, but hopefully I’ll come up with something.