A New Blu-Ray Release Of Gravity Will Let The Space Scenes Be Silent


One of my biggest pet peeves are when movies are released on dvd/blu ray and there are multiple edition of the same movie. The biggest culprit is the Lord of the Rings series where each movie of the trilogy released as the theatrical version but soon after a director’s cut came along and made these movies even longer. I’m not bitching about the longer version but rather, if you bought the first version on dvd and, like me, love watching the director’s cut, this means more money out of the pocket. Or to boot, Star Trek Into Darkness and how Paramount decided to c-block, (content block, you dick) us by putting the bonus material broken up via iTunes, disc format, and even stores. However, this upcoming release on Gravity may be an exception.

I love movie scores and soundtracks enormously. If a score can live beyond the visual of the film they go with then this is a worthy soundtrack to listen over and over again by itself. Before the age of DVD, there was “laserdisc” which if you saw them, they are the size of a record album. If you’re reading this and saying what’s a record album, you’ve made me feel that much older and a step closer to the grave. Getting back on point, one of the benefits of a “laserdisc” player was the feature to separate the audio from the music so one could hear the score by itself or watch the movie without the score. Doing either option does change the movie watching experience. Flash forward to today, the only movie that I own that does a score isolation was X-Men First Class. The score cue which is one of my favorite is called Frankenstein’s Monster. This is the scene in Michael Fassbender (Magneto) is in South America and stops in a little town bar. As the scene plays out, Fassbender has been looking for these particular men from the days at the camp. The music is low and slow but builds as the scene gets more tense. By the time the men realize what Fassbender is doing with his mutant powers; it’s too late. This dark theme and ominous music for Magneto can fully appreciated being separated by itself and watching the visuals play out. Honestly, the death screams really drown out the music by that point so hearing it by itself is a treat.

Moving to Gravity, I’ve only seen this movie once and it was on the big screen. Thankfully, the score and the visuals worked well together which made me want to buy it on dvd when it came out. At this time, I haven’t and I don’t know why I am hesitant to have this in my collection. After reading this news piece below, thank god I waited. There’s nothing worse than a fan and collector of movies to be stuck with a dvd that did not have all the goodies as mentioned before. So, will I be waiting for this new release? YUP. The absence of music or score does give a movie a different feel. Being that this movie takes place in space and in space no one can hear you scream…wait…wrong movie but you get the idea that in space there is no sound, so why would there be music? The tv series Firefly had no sound for the space shots of Serenity traveling though we did hear music. But my feeling, this may be the best example of not having a score to compliment the visuals. Don’t get me wrong, the score was amazingly good but seeing the climax scene from Hitchcock’s Saboteur where it’s completely devoid of any music during the lead up and the death of the villain speaks volumes. Now imagine that goodness stretched to the entire film and in this case, Gravity. Silence would not only golden but a wonderful change to the non stop ear noise carnage from most movies. I can’t wait to get my copy…. next year.

I was already kind of traumatized by watching Sandra Bullock hurtling through the vast nothingness of space in Gravity; the idea of seeing the movie without its score, where space is as audibly empty as it is visually, sounds chilling. And that’s exactly what we’re going to get in a new special Gravity Blu-ray.

via A New Blu-Ray Release Of Gravity Will Let The Space Scenes Be Silent.

When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do


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A wise cgi muppet once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  I read the article below in which the writer talked about how anger to make one feel empowered depending on the situation. I think if one could channel the anger like how Bruce Banner and become something greater to produce a positive outcome, then yes, anger is the way to go.

A couple of months before I was laid off from the library, I was transferred to a branch which was my wife’s former supervisor. Since I already knew the problems my wife had to deal with, I prepared myself for an un-fun and soul sucking experience. However, there was one incident, my supervisor got on my ass for having a longer bedtime storytime program than planned for. For me, if a library program, especially a kids program runs longer, I consider this to be success. Many times, kids are ready to leave at the first chance if they don’t like something but if you can get them to stay, be engaged, and don’t want to leave, that is the ultimate success for any librarian. My supervisor thought otherwise and practically chastised me for being over 15 minutes. Later than night, my supervisor had her adult program which not only did it run longer than expected but the branch was closed and those patrons were still in the library. Quite the double standard – do as I say not as I do. I felt that night hating my supervisor with all the piss and vinegar in my blood. Yet, even by the time I got home, my hostility for my supervisor did not wane. I had to something.

I put on The Incredible Hulk dvd, (you know the good one with Ed Norton). I started to notice, like with many movie characters, I found myself living through the actor who portrayed Bruce Banner. For the most part of the film, when Banner did change to the Hulk, I too felt strong and empowered. Towards the climax of the film, the Hulk finally spoke with rage, “Hulk smash!” I felt a release come over me like a tipping point that made me realize what I had to do the next day. “I had to confront Vader again.” I had to talk to my supervisor and tell her how unfair and unbalanced her treatment was to me but I had to say it with out the anger. The “Hulk smash” line was the push I needed to get past the anger. And it worked.

The next morning, I worked out what I was going to say on the drive to work. Luckily, there were no other staff members but my supervisor noticed my dour demeanor. I spoke in measured tones to get my point across. I told her that I when it comes to running a children’s program anything she had to say I would take it as something constructive to improve future programs. However, when it came down to telling that I was in the wrong to letting the program running longer than planned for, I brought up how her program ran longer than planned for. She said point taken. That was it. (ok) From that point on, I did not have any further problems with her on that level. Had I known at the time that I would have been laidoff shortly thereafter, I would have probably done nothing and let it fester. This time, I didn’t let that happen.

Anger gets a bad rap. Sure, when there’s too much of it or when it’s improperly applied it can cause damage, but you could say that for nearly any other emotion. Learn how anger can make you smarter, more competent, and more realistic.

Anger is a Great Substitute for Fear or Despair As nasty as anger is, it’s a picnic when compared with terror, depression, or despair. That sounds like damning with faint praise, but it’s not. No one’s ever going to have a life so smooth and sunlit that nothing bad ever happens to them. Unless we are able to achieve serenity to the point of complete detachment, when bad things happen to us we feel negative emotions. Anger can be the best option

via When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do.

Lockout Movie Review


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Filling the lull between Captain America 2 and the upcoming Godzilla movie, I’ve decided to look at movies that I missed for one reason or another. Working at the library, when movies are returned, I would look them over to see if this is something I would want to watch. I have several criteria that I follow to determine what I am going to watch. Best of all, they don’t necessarily all have to be met. For example, this movie stars Guy Pearce who Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 which I enjoyed his performance immensely. So, I like the lead actor plus it’s a scifi flick – ok, I checked it out. So what is the premise?

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. – IMDB

Had I read the back cover or looked it up on IMDB, I would not have bothered. Sometimes, like trailers, there is too much information given to either give away the movie or prejudge the movie by disliking the premise. Going into the opening scene, Snow (Guy) is getting the shit kicked out of him during an interrogation. We get the sense that Snow is a smart ass as he continues to come back with funny one liners after each punch; I actually laughed and enjoyed it.

Langral: Again, what happened in that hotel room?

Snow: Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.

[Snow is punched in the face]

Langral: You’re a real comedian aren’t you, Snow?

Snow: Well I guess that’s why they call it the punch line.

[Snow is punched again]

Langral: You don’t like me, do you?

Snow: Don’t flatter yourself. I don’t like anybody.

Langral: With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.

Snow: Oh, come on. People love me. Just ask your wife.

[Snow is punched again]

His co-star Maggie Grace looked familiar but could not remember from where until I IMBD her. She was Shannon Rutherford from the series Lost. Grace played Shannon ala Paris Hilton which was off putting but that was the nature of the character. In Lockout, Grace played the role of the President’s daughter, Emilie Warnock, who looks stunning and channeling a Charlize Theron vibe.

The first 20 minutes I was on board with the actors, premise and modest sfx. However, there was a chase sequence in which our hero, Snow, is being chased while riding a futuristic one wheeled motorcycle. I understand the what they were trying to achieve with their limited budget. The “continuous” one shot zooms around the action and the actor at a pace that feels cheap and rushed. This threw me out of the film at this point and sadly, this movie went downhill soon after and the climax was something out of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The only bright moments for this film was Joseph Gilgun as Hydell.

hydell If this face looks familiar that is because is Rudy Wade on the show called Misfits. While Rudy came into the show while many of the prime actors were leaving the show his character took a while to grow on me. However, for the short amount of screen time, Joseph’s performance as Hydell was the perfect. Sadly, there was not enough of him to balance out this weak story. Great beginning, good performances but not worth a second look.

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Nerd Rage


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Mr. Gene and I ranted about things that only Nerds would understand our rage. Please note, during the making of this podcast, due to technical issues, I lost 1/2 of the podcast content. Still, I believe there is enough content to entertain our fans (all three of you.)

Enjoy,

The Monster

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Why the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray is going to rip you off


UPDATE:

How much does it cost to acquire the “complete” Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray and how much effort does it take to enjoy it? That would normally seem like an odd question, but Paramount’s inexplicable release strategy has left Trekkies and general blu-ray completists scratching their heads in confusion and frustration. You see, unlike most blu-ray releases, where the studio puts the respective bonus features either on the disc that every consumer can buy from every outlet, Paramount has done something… a little silly. They have spread out the available special features into several different retail outlets. So basically, if you want the “complete” American Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray, you have to buy it twice. Oh, and you can’t even enjoy some of those features on your television.

Offering an exclusive bonus disc to a consumer if you buy a given film at one specific store is not new. However frowned upon it might be, it isn’t that much of a headache to, for example, buy Disney’s The Avengers at Target  instead of Best Buy or Amazon in order to get a 90-minute documentary that isn’t available anywhere else. It’s annoying, as when Paramount put most the deleted scenes of Mission: Impossible: Gho

via ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Blu-Ray Punishes The Fans – Forbes.

Why do you say this to me, when you know I will kill you for it. (General Zod! Now, kneel!)

Before the grammar police gets all over my shit, I wrote this out of pure rage. I am not simply going to write this and come back to edit or correct any mistakes; so there.

This has got to be one of the TOP pet peeves of mine. I and countless others have plunked down hard earned cash for the movies that we love and to have the extra content that goes along with it such as commentaries, behind the scenes, blooper, etc. To boot, I want my movies in letterbox format and not that full screen pan and scan bullshit. That’s not much to ask for, right? You want us not to “pirate” media, right? Paramount, do I look like a bitch to you? You think you can fuck me over without so much as buying my dinner first? FUCK YOU. I am beyond livid with this fucking mentality to screw the consumers at all cost because that is what you are doing Paramount. You are forcing consumers to accept this blatant act of trying to make more money off the same product! Oh, did you not learn about variant comic book covers and what a fucking disaster that was?

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