It is the day we obsess over sci-fi. In which we spend hours on Unforum because I totally don't do that now at all. The day that we talk in Elvish, and see if anyone understands us. And on that note, I shall list all my geeky obsessions.
In fact, if you don't like Lord of the Rings, I'm going to go ahead and assume something is wrong with you. Same as...
Dumbledore and Gandalf are BFFs. IT'S TRUE.
I chose this picture because it has Kosh. YAY KOSH.
SLENDER MAN Y U GIVE ME NIGHTMARES???
No, seriously, this cartoon is amazing. AND HILARIOUS.
Home of all things geeky.
The summer getaway of all things geeky.
Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, the origin of cosmic horror.
FYI I will be voting Cthulhu this November. I suggest you all do the same. Currying favor with the blobby god thing is always good, right?
Giant robots blow things up and fight. THERE IS NOTHING TO DISLIKE ABOUT THIS.
And tonight, I plan on starting a new geeky thing.
*puts on sunglasses*
P.S. Happy Birthday Mr. Jones. Never lose that hat.
Since I'm still up at this ridiculous hour, I might as well write a blog post.
But first, a little warning. My computer is sideways. Not that it's infected by Sideways, I hope, but it is sideways. Therefore most of my bloggery ideas are...well...who knows, they may be GONE FOREVER. I plan on giving the Geek Squad a call in hopes that their pocket protectors can save me.
Now, on to the review!
"Game of Shadows" is, as expected, Holmes vs. Moriarty. Holmes has started making connections between some very odd happenings, including several industries being bought up by an anonymous investor and bombings in Germany and France. They all lead back to one man-Professor James Moriarty, "the Napoleon of Crime". And thus fiction's greatest rivalry was born.
But enough of that. Here are my thoughts on the movie.
I admit, despite involving Moriarty, it really wasn't as good as the first movie. I feel like they were relying too much on "Holmes acts funny" pratfalls. In other words, despite the darker story line, they seemed to focus ever more on comedy. Holmes in disguise, Holmes flirts with Irene, Holmes does something funny but it turns out to have a good purpose...
While these elements were somewhat present in the stories, they seem to be taken up to eleven in this movie, and I felt detracted from the story.
I also felt that, while funny, the "Holmes and Watson HoYay" was just getting silly. Okay, all right, some of the fandom believe they are totally the One True Pairing and whatnot. But you don't have to keep nudging and winking at us "Oh look they're SOOOO CLOSE. REEEEEALLY CLOSE." Believe it or not, some of us don't see subtext in every little thing we read. This too was rather unnecessary.
And last complaint...the slo-mo. Dear Lord, the slo-mo. It's okay every now and then, to show what's going on in Holmes' mind as he plans his next move, but the scene in the forest was absolutely ridiculous. YOU DO NOT NEED THAT MUCH SLO-MO TO SHOW THAT PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING BULLETS AT THEM. It's a cool effect. You overdid it. Stop that.
Now that I've complained, though, let me put out that I did like the movie. I loved the cat and mouse game between Holmes and Moriarty, the occasional odd comedy (that wasn't centered around Holmes pratfalls and fandom slashfics), and seeing Mycroft (played by the inimitable Stephen Fry). Seeing Moriarty's ultimate Xanatos Gambit was a treat as well. You realize just how ingenious-and how twisted- Moriarty is. Forget Lex Luthor. Moriarty was the first supervillain in fiction. (Well, apart from Eris, but you know.) Perhaps they got a bit too symbolic with the chess match near the end, but that was all right. It was still a nice addition all the same.
Overall, it was a good film, but not the best. I'd give a 3 out of 5.
Now, as for the next movie-because you know they'll make another one-I would really REALLY, INCREDIBLY, TOTALLY love for a new adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles. There is just the one, which, unfortunately, is sort of...so-so.
We need a new one. We need a "Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law muck about in Devonshire" version.
It's Independence Day, and you all know what that means.
Well, all right, there were probably quite a few ID4 marathons running today. You really don't get much better than combining the Great American Holiday with aliens and improbable hacking abilities.
No, today we celebrate a bunch of old guys. Really, incredibly awesome old guys. Old guys who decided England could sit in their corner of the world and drink their tea, and we would stay over here and wrestle bears. Or something similar to that.
(I got in trouble, by the way, for being flippant about the holiday. Was disrespectful, or something. I dunno. I think cool old guys giving King George the finger is a great image.)
ANYWAYS. Cool old guys. With hair ribbons. (Oh 1700's...you and your bizarre hair styles.) They decided England wasn't being quite right, and decided to do things their own way.
They made the United States a republic.
People insist on calling it a democracy.
Either way, we don't have to listen to a king order someone's head chopped off. We can just listen to the president rant about Fox News. And conspiracy theorists insist the president is going to declare himself king, or dictator for life, or something.
But that's the beauty of America. If the crazy conspiracy theorists can spout off their nonsense, intelligent and rational people can speak as well.
It's almost one and I'm really not sure where I'm going with this blog post. It's a bit stream-of-conscious-y.
Either way, remember. We are still a free country. Occasionally annoying, rather silly, and invariably bullheaded...but still free.