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By Jesse Washington

Near the end of the hit film Avatar, the villain snarls at the hero, "How does it feel to betray your own race?" Both men are white - although the hero is inhabiting a blue-skinned, 2.74 metre-tall, long-tailed alien.

Strange as it may seem for a film that pits greedy, immoral humans against noble denizens of a faraway moon, Avatar is being criticised by a small but vocal group of people who allege it contains racist themes - the white hero once again saving the primitive natives.
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"Maybe if he had a black hero in there, that point would have been even stronger," Bogle said. - Sapa-AP

Published on the web by Tonight on January 18, 2010.

Actually, the properly PC way would be if the hero was a Han Chinese. They are after all the biggest ethnic group.
This kind of nonsense makes me sick. Then again, those idiots probably wouldn't know a metaphor if it hit them on the head.


Jul. 13th, 2009 07:00 pm
valkyrieza: (Yang Dance)
I cannot believe this, but they are making the Bioshock movie after the hit game of the same name. It has the potential to either be very bad or very good. I wonder what will it be? It is directed by the same director who made "Pirates of the Caribbean" so there may be hope.

I highly recommend reading the synopsis. It is the synopsis of the actual game, however the premise is what originally drew me to the game and presents some issues not often presented in the first-person shooter genre.

This is a really good fan version of what it would be like.

valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I feel silly, missing the build-up to the Golden Globes and now the Oscars. The Golden Globes ceremony is a nice way to gauge the the Oscars and I was quite surprised to see Brad Pitt nominated as well as some actors from "Tropic Thunder". Now, I had not watched "The Curious case of Benjamin Button", but have to remark on Tropic Thunder. It is funny, pokes fun at everything within Hollywood and absolutely refuses to take itself seriously. I almost did not recognise Tom Cruise as the repulsive, sexually frustrated, overweight and bald producer. Nice to note that "Burn after reading" got a kudos at the Golden Globes, but I am a fan of the Coen brothers so I am not the most objective judge:)

Poor Heath Ledger received his posthumous nomination, I wonder who will receive the award on is behalf. Thanks to his death (if one can use that phrase), the Batman franchise received an unprecedented prestige, taking it out of the league of the 'big budget blockbusters based on comic books and spurned by critics'  to the league where the "real" movies  and actors are rated, not just the special effects. I still do not think that "Dark knight" was that good, but obviously I am in minority.

Of course, as probably one of two people on my list, who watches "Mad Men" I mentally applauded the genius of Matthew Weiner and also Jon Hamm and January Jones for their nominations. This for me is truly the series that simply does not disappoint.

Also saw that a new series, called "True Blood" was nominated. It is supposedly about a clairvoyant and a vampire falling in love, but the detailed synopsis reads like the bloodier version of "Days of our Lives". Has anyone watched this? If you have, is it better then it sounds from reading recaps?

valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I have to giggle at this. I was reading some news this morn and spotted this in an article that talked about movies, especially popular ones, which are encouraging teenagers to read.  The author included an excerpt from the "Variety" magazine about Twilight.

Variety said it "should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise."

This is not the nicest thing to say, but one has to marvel at the use of language in what looks like to be a critical review.
valkyrieza: (SGC - Cranky RDA)
Today, saw "Babylon AD" with [ profile] lyonza . Erm, perhaps I am too desensitised to genetically-engineered Messiahs, strange young women and a post-apocalyptic world. The movie, despite my enjoyment of Vin Diesel's muscles and big explosions just left me mildly amused and not at all interested. There was no originality, the plot forgot to get interesting and well, I did not hate the film, I was at most confused by it. The only two characters who were even a little bit interesting were the supporting roles played by the ever-lovely Michelle Yeoh and Gerard Depardieu.

On another, more furious note, does anyone know the identity behind the unsolicited spammer, [ profile] tshirtterrorist ? I kind of understand this kind of thing happening on Facebook, just not on Livejournal. Trying to invade people's lives to sell crummy t-shirts? I really hope I can find who this guy really is so I can have the pleasure of verbally cutting him down to size. For now, I have to make do with banning the idiot.

valkyrieza: (armchair review)
Just got home from watching "Mummy 3: The tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and well, after hearing dreadful reviews about the flick I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, the movie was weak, the story, the dialogue, heck the actual premise was weaker then Mel Gibson's attempt to apologise to the Jews. However, it was fun, it had plenty of special effects (I liked the yetis) and I got to ogle Brendan Fraser and heck, even Luke Ford was far better the Shia Mutt Indiana.

It was forgettable, but it made me switch off my brain and just rest for a while whilst letting my eyes take in the explosions and the pretty terracotta soldiers. My recommendation? If you like to switch off and prepare to be amused at the CGI and silliness, see it. It is guaranteed not to make your head hurt.

Would not recommend to anyone who has a good knowledge of Chinese mythology, culture and history, but since when Hollywood cared about accuracy even in the more serious films? Well, unless the director persuaded the sponsors that is.

P.S. Since when did Maria Bello look like an older Kate Beckinsale? The friend I saw this with has a Beckinsale fetish. Seriously, are they even remotely similar, well, aside from being dark-haired female actresses that is?
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valkyrieza: (SGC - RDA uniform)
This is it ladies and gentlemen. The first wrap up movie of the best exploratory team in science fiction television has been released to the general public!  Stargate: The Ark of truth is available to order!!! The fangirl in me is jumping up and down.

It feels almost as good, as when I found that SAS Intelligent bloody Storage is a data warehousing solution, not a storage resource management one. Idiotic marketers, had to browse through thousands of articles to find that flipping reference.
valkyrieza: (Xmen - Jean and Logan)
Swiped from [profile] orual_dreaming 
See here )

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I was perusing through IMDB today and was very surprised to find that Philippa Gregory's novel "The other Boleyn Girl" is being filmed and will be out in the beginning of March next year.  Now, I am filled with excitment as it stars one of my favourite actresses, Natalie Portman as the enigmatic and ambitious Anne Boleyn and the so talented Eric Bana as King Henry. In sharp contrast to Portman's dark beauty is Scarlett Johansson. I can already see the rolling of the yes of most of my male friends, but having read the books, I feel it recreates the times and life of Henry's court as accurately as it can.

Here is one of the released images from the movie.

In other news, to my fellow fantasy novel enthusiasts, I'd like to recommend the novel "Winterbirth" is a breath of fresh air. It is not because it is breaking the rules of the genre with it's brilliance, even though it is highly enjoyable and readable. The premise is unusual and some stereotypes fall away to make for some new interesting, likeable and most of all, realistic characters. Otherwise, it is a solid book of epic fantasy complete with castles, old grudges, religious fanaticism, greedy southern merchants, other races and long-forgotten secrets. I suppose this what makes it so appealing at the end. There is no sugary sweetness of the likes of David Eddings, neither it strives to be so different from the others as to lose itself entirely from the fantasy roots and one does not need to know the world in order to submerge oneself in it, unlike say Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia.

Iron Man

Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:49 pm
valkyrieza: (SGA - Weir_gun)
I am not a fan of the comic, but it Robert Downey Jnr and cool robots! How can one resist?

The trailer link can be found here.
valkyrieza: (research)
I wanted to post more about the wonderful Crete where I have taken half of my vacation, alas, I got hit with too much work. Just to catch up on LJ to the current day is somewhat difficult, even though I do not think my flist is very big.

So, to relax one of my very wonderful colleagues has organised us tickets to a Fantastic Four extravaganza. The first movie and the preview of the second film coming out tomorrow today. I have to say, it was far better then I thought, having being slightly disappointed  by the first instalment, the second was a more fluent story. Short aside: I never found him hot before, but Chris Evans is hot in this movie, I mean 2 years a difference in a man's face makes.

In other news, I am now in a market to buy a media laptop, and before the movie, one of my gaming guru colleagues came with me to advise on the Graphics card. First stop - Electric City where half our guys bought their gaming laptops and what a disappointment! They primarily had Packard Bells, mainly low to medium office stuff, including their so-called media range.When we asked  about the Acer Aspire (the laptop I was hoping to get) he made a face and assured us that Acers are nothing but trouble, and Packard Bell are the best of the lot. Excuse me!!! Who the frell are you trying to fool? I did Packard Bell support, they take the most cheapest badly manufactured hardware from those little factories in Taiwan, assemble it all together and sell it under the brand. Within a few months, everything goes wrong. And you are trying to pull wool over people who have over 20 years of IT hardware experience between them. Sheesh!

No such luck at another shop, a computer chain store - Merlin. Fortunately, the biggest chain store, Fona had one Acer (higher end Aspire range) and they said that they are getting more at the end of the week.  I am dreadfully impressed with the Toshiba Satellite range and those Fujitsu-Siemens Amilios pack quite a punch. I do think that Acer Aspire is till my best bet due to my colleagues having such good luck with it. I might even look at the HP Pavillions, but HP is more expensive just because of the established brand.

So the search continues, since the price for the Aspire 9810 is a bit high (14000DKK) and it is a bit bulky to carry around to friend's LANs or just fit into the allocated space at home. Any suggestions?
valkyrieza: (armchair review)
I had been very lazy, I mean even more then usual. I did however, get the chance to  see some of the movies that I have been putting off for a while.

Of course, in view of my pledge to practice writing everyday, here are my reviews and opinions on a few of them. I think that I can make a brilliant mother-in-law after writing this criticism.

<Start movie critic impersonation>

"Smoking Aces" - All right, I'll admit I wanted to see it for the guns and Ryan Reynolds. I consider most mobster movies my 'light' entertainment. I was disappointed . It had all the right actors, an intriguing storyline - at least in the beginning, the right setting for the genre and a believable introduction. Buddy "Aces" Israel is about to turn in the mafia bosses in return for some protection from the FBI once he testifies. The understandably annoyed mafia boss, has declared open season on the small-time magician-turned-junior-mafia-boss-turning-to-snitch with a very hefty bounty.

The various mercenaries gather to reap the 6-figure 'reward', unfortunately, they shoot more of each other then even getting close to their 'prey'.  The movie starts great as I mentioned, unfortunately it degenerates into flashy moves and lots of gunfire, and by the time the director remembers to explain the storyline, the audience is so overwhelmed by the constant gunfire that the story twist does not stand a chance to make the same impact as it should. Still, the movie does work albeit with a far lesser impression  than intended. It has a Tarantinesqque feel, easy way to spend about 1.5 hours trying to figure out who is shooting who.

In brutally honest conclusion, it shows it has great potential in the beginning, but this potential is lost among the smoking guns and the numerous cast.

Staying with smoke, another movie I finally managed to watch is "Thank you for smoking". It is a deliciously brilliant satire about Tobacco spokesman who is trying to do his job and still remain a role model to his 12 year old son. It is a tongue-in-cheek comedy from the point of view of the bad guys, those lobbyists who are for smoking, and firearms, and alcohol, and all the legal vices that those righteous US Senators are trying to stop the public indulging in. The lead character fights for the 'disfranchised corporations; for the sweatshop owner; for the lumberjack and even the seal poacher'. Just as funny are his friends, the representatives from the Moderation For Alcohol Alliance and the Firearm Safety Council, together they are MOD - Merchants Of Death. Persuasion is the key and overzealous 'virtuous' politicians simply do not win, because morals are for sale and everyone is doing it 'for the mortgage'. This movie is funny, unrepentant and has no problem redefining the bad guys.

I have to mention "Click", it presented itself as a sweet family comedy with futuristic premise. This drivel encompasses every cliche in the family comedy repertoire, the writers did not even bother to recycle the lines! Despite Adam Sandler's best efforts to make it palatable, the overused jokes, the stereotyped characters that could have been easily replaced by cardboard cutouts, and the cheap humour do more then murder the movie, they bury it 60 feet under as well. This movie in my humble opinion, should be watched in the same manner the lead character views his life, with the finger firmly on the Fast Forward button. Yeech!

<End movie critic impersonation>

Back to the grindstone I suppose.
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
The Hogfather movie is on Sky One this weekend! It looks great so far, the very first live action movie based on a Discworld movie.


Okay, I am a bit excited here, but it is so COOL!!!
valkyrieza: (Rodney - happy face)
I blame every single movie that has a romantic setting of a bored single woman meeting her dream man sitting in the bar in the hotel.  Starting with Casablanca.

Scenario 1

She is a woman disillusioned in love, he is a single rich executive whose private jet ran into engine trouble and so he has decided to spend the evening within the bar.

Scenario 2
She is a perky busy fashion designer and he is a broken lone wolf of a cop who comes to the bar to drown his sorrows, they meet as his dark past catches up with him.

Scenario 3
He is a sweet, but unassuming guy who is sighing over an unattainable beauty when the hotel is overrun with Far Eastern tourists..err terorrists and manages to save the day and get the girl, finishing his triumph in the same hotel bar.

PUH-LEASE! I have been in several hotels over the years and for most people, the hotel bars are too expensive, easily 3-4 times the nomal value. And as for the people frequenting them, on average, they are mainly married men who are out to have a quick fuck whilst away from the watchful eyes of their wives, or visa versa. In my experience, all the cute guys are out in the funky bar in a trendy part of the city, the business executives or high profile business men/women, who arrived without their spouses are off sleeping, exhausted by a hectic schedule. The other choice is presented in a form of youngish men, who are also after a quick fuck, but probably lack the weding band, instead possesing the emotional maturity of a 15 year old in spring break mood.

So, movies lie, we are indoctorinated by those stupid scenarios and assume that those of us, who travel will have an encounter like that at least once in our lifetime. I suppose, in the older days, one had to find some form of entertainment. Now, that there is wireless Internet access I don't see the point of hotel bars, much to the dissapointment of those with a full range of cheesy pick up lines.

valkyrieza: (Daniel)
I seriously enjoyed Grey's anatomy, great drama, brilliant acting and Patrick Dempsey.

I'm simply tooo lazy today to write a coherent semi-decent Livejournal post that does not include Stargate SG-1 or Microsoft SQLServer 2000.
Everyone should enjoy their day.
valkyrieza: (Sam_replicator)

Name 12 fictional characters you would have sex with (in no particular order) and tag five people to do the same.

Well, here is my list:

1. General Jack O'Neill (Stargate SG-1)
2. Colonel Cameron Mitchell (Stargate SG-1)
3. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
4. Cyclops (X-Men movie)
5. Colonel John Shepherd (Stargate Atlantis)
6. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
7. Major Lee Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
8. Marcus Cole (Babylon 5)
9. Dr Daniel Jackson (Stargate SG-1)
10. Tony DiNozzo (NCIS)
11. Hannibal King (Blade Trinity)
12.  Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)

I won't tag but everyone is welcome to do the meme.
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The Winnipeg folk group The Wyrd Sisters plans to continue its battle against the movie studio behind the Harry Potter films despite another legal setback, a lawyer says.

The group has been fighting the movie studio Warner Brothers since late 2005 over a scene in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that depicts a band of the same name.

Yeesh, can one say jumping on the band wagon? I don't care how much it resembles their own name, by seeking significant financial reparations they display themselves as nothing more as obscure musicians trying to score free publicity.
valkyrieza: (Number 6)
Well, "Superman returns" officially opens on the 28th of June. The newcomer to the role, Brandon Routh is hailed as the next big hunk to hit Hollywood and every woman's appreciative gaze (and desktop). I do not know if Mr Routh is a good actor or not but in terms of droolworthiness I've downloaded a few pictures. What do you think? My mind is still undecided I'm afraid.
One one side, he does have the Superman comic looks (Mid-Western cornboy with a clefted chin) still, I am not yet convinced he should rank next to another perfectly recreated comic hunk, Christian Bale.


Jun. 19th, 2006 02:47 pm
valkyrieza: (Number 6)
As part of my quest to watch movies I never got around to watch on circuit I watched Blade Trinity on Saturday. Here, to my absolute delighted surprise I discovered an actor by the name of Ryan Reynolds. Now, apparently he used to play in a once popular teenage movie or TV called "Van Wilder." Apparently he liked playing the skinny surfer type dudes. I could not say since I never saw him then. But now...
I think I have expanded my drooling horizons for today.


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