JB & The Chop Do: Star Trek III – The Search for Spock (1984)

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WOO HOO!!!!! My first ever post on JB’s site!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Should I fill this post with half naked chicks like she does with dudes on my site??? Should I post a bunch of lurid images of Diora Baird and Rachel Nichols??? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?????? Well… probably not on THIS post but I’ll be doing some serious research for a future post. Guaranteed!  Anyway… today we have one of the less impressive entries into the Star Trek franchise. Kirstie Alley was replaced by some broad who would go on to do some MacGyvers and Spock basically goes into heat toward the end of the thing. This also had a couple of comedians as badass Klingons which really pissed me off then and now (Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette. Also – after the success of Khan, they went ahead and went for another big Money Shot and (spoiler!!–>)  blew up the Enterprise…. Whatever! Oh well. This one is pretty weak. Let’s see what the delectable JB has to say about this thing.

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SYNOPSIS: Following Kirk’s encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk’s hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a delicate matter and until it is resolved, no one is allowed to go there or talk about it. McCoy is also acting strangely and is later detained when he starts talking about Genesis. Kirk is visited by Spock’s father Sarek, who tells him that he betrayed Spock because being placed on Genesis was not what he would have wanted. He tells Kirk he is supposed to bring Spock’s body along with his soul or katra as the Vulcans call it which he passes onto someone, and bring it to Vulcan for the final rites. Sarek assumes Kirk would have it but he does not. Kirk then thinks that Spock may have passed it someone else and realizes McCoy is the one who has… – via IMDB

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Well, watching this again proved one thing for me: it certainly wasn’t as dragged out and long this time around, though it still remained flawed. Still, definitely not the worst entry to the lot of movies, and there were plenty entertaining parts that went with it all.

I was interested with the whole concept of Spock’s “soul” being able to be transferred elsewhere, and found it highly amusing that of all people to get it that it was Dr McCoy. It was quite a thing to watch a movie that spoke so much of Spock but never actually gave us much Spock, but that was alright. Even my favourite, ol’ Bones, seemed a little odd, fluctuating between himself and the bits of Spock that were bleeding through. At times this proved amusing, other times not so much.

What I did learn from this movie is that Sulu does not like being called Tiny… ;)

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Uhm, I can rattle on about this, but the mere fact that I don’t really have an awful lot to say should express to you the kind of movie this was – pretty bland. While certainly not the worst of the bunch, it was average at best. So much more could have been done with it if the creators chose to do so, but alas, they did not. I see this movie gets a very mixed lot of reviews, too.
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If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re probably familiar with the theory that the odd numbered films in this franchise suck. As a HUGE fan of Trek, I have to admit that this is pretty true for the most part. I know number 5 is the worst, if I remember correctly, and this one is….. not so good, even though it made a shitload of money… Anyway – I’m not sure what JB has in store for this one or whether she liked it or not, but I thought I’d approach this a little differently. Here, I propose how Star Trek 3 could have been done right:

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Review: Paper Towns – John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen is a regular boring dude living in Jefferson Park in Orlando, Florida. He is in love with his next door neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman, though they have not been friends since they were children and she has moved on to be popular in high school. Quentin is in his senior year, almost at the end, and still lusting over Margo, who barely seems to know he exists anymore. One night, though, she appears at his window again, just like when she was a child. She whisks him out for a night on the town while she exacts her revenge on her now ex-boyfriend Jase for cheating on her with her best friend Becca, as well as Lacey Pemberton, her other close friend, for not having told her anything. The two discuss Robert Joyner, the dead man they found as children, and Margo continually makes morbid references. Ending the night, the two break into SeaWorld, and return home.

Quentin is sure that life will be different at school, but Margo does not come in for the day. Marcus “Radar” and Ben Starling are in awe of the retelling of Quentin’s night out with the legendary Margo Roth Spiegelman. Returning home, exhausted, he sees that Margo’s car is not next door, either. Still, he is sure that she has many other adventures to run and all that. A retaliation war breaks out at school, and Quentin emerges the hero when he uses some leverage that he acquired with Margo on their big night out against Jase, and soon everyone is brought back in line. Quentin is really starting to come out of his shell, feeling very good about himself, seeing things in another light. Still thinking of Margo, he is unhappy to meet with his parents, the Spiegelman’s and a detective one morning, querying Margo’s whereabouts. Seeing as she is eighteen, she cannot be seen as a runaway. The Spiegelmans are rather nasty and cold about the whole affair seeing as Margo has run away before, and Quentin and his parents understand why she would not want to be there. The Spiegelmans reveal that every time Margo runs away she leaves a trail of clues, and this soon becomes Quentin’s obsession and lifeline.

Dragging Ben and Radar into his schemes, Quentin starts to investigate Margo, learning more and more that she is not the girl he had treasured in his mind for all those years. It seems that very few people knew anything about Margo at all. Graduation is looming, ever nearer, and Quentin is more obsessed with Margo and what has happened to her than his own future. Some of their discussion from the SeaWorld night comes to him, and he is terrified that she has committed suicide, and left him these breadcrumbs to find her corpse. Quentin uncovers clues, and Ben and Radar help him, but they are not as obsessed. Ben discovered and abandoned mini-mall out of town that it seems Margo frequented, and he hunts there, though the trail is turning both ominous and cold. His friends withdraw their involvement, the clues have run dry, but Quentin is relentless, refusing to give up on Margo.

Where is Margo Roth Spiegelman? What happened to her? Why is Quentin so obsessed with her, to an unnatural level, even? How long will Ben and Radar entertain his fantasies? Will Quentin let go of his hunt for the girl next door and give his future some attention again, something he has been working on for years, or will he throw it away for a troubled teen?

GRADE 6.5It kills me to have to give a score like this to an author I have truly come to love, but I was not enamoured with this novel whatsoever. It all just seemed so… ridiculous. Which, by the way, is never a deal breaker for me, but just did not work for me here. For one, I never actually got to know or like Margo at all. She breezed in and out, and for the brief duration she was featured, she was an irritating bitch that had moments where she was cool, but more often than not was just someone who took herself too seriously and was just far too melodramatic for my taste. Then there is her disappearance and all these clues that she left behind. Which ended up dragging on for a century. Quentin, on the other hand, and both his friends Ben and Radar, do nothing in terms of making them likable. I was just about ready to freak whenever I read “honeybunny”. I mean Green always has a word that catches you in the books, but this was relentless. There was not one character that I could identify with and like. The story constantly felt like it was dawdling and not going anywhere, which just served to exasperate me some more. I could also not fully understand Quentin’s total obsession with this girl he has not been friends with since they were children and who just spent one night with and is now prepared to skip everything in his life (exams, studying, graduation, normal friend things and what not) to stalk her (because that is what it ultimately turned into). I have to say that I was disappointed, I was really let down. I am a fan of Green’s writing style, his expressions, and I have until thus far enjoyed the majority of his characters and the things that they go through. This book just left so much to be desired, which was such a pity. Table 9 Mutant, I think we agree on this.


True Blood: Season 1 (2008)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • The sets that were used. Looked all great and Southern to me.
  • The courting between Sookie and Bill. It was pretty sweet, lots of tension.
  • The theme song. Jace Everett’s Bad Things was just the perfect theme song for this.
  • Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman. Just enough of an accent underneath it to let you know he is a little foreign. He is the pure embodiment of a Viking, and it shows. His attitude gets me, and his presentation is perfect.
  • Kristen Bauer van Straten as Pam. I absolutely love this casting. She was absolutely perfect, capturing Pam as she is supposed to be: beautiful, loyal to Eric, bitchy, slightly enigmatic. I liked it.
  • Jason Stackhouse having a bigger role than in the books. Let’s face it, he is such an absolute idiot, that cannot be denied, but he is lovable and entertaining.
  • Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur. His portrayal was great, and he captured that war vet thing quite well, though he was not nearly as antsy as I would have expected. Nevertheless, he is adorable.

What I didn’t like:

  • Too little Eric Northman. Yes, you read that correctly.
  • Anna Paquin. I am not her biggest fan at all, she actually irritates me, so sometimes she just grated on me.
  • The lack of physical chemistry between Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Everything was fine when it was all just lusty looks and chatting, but the minute it came to physical interactions, it all just seemed so wooden, making the whole build up end in a serious anti-climax.
  • The wrong teeth are the fangs. Last I checked they were supposed to be the canines, not the lateral incisors.
  • Not really getting around to Eric’s fascination with Sookie – he is portrayed as very indifferent to her, when actually he is drawn in by her, wishing to know more, even though she doesn’t like him.

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Rating:
Not a GRADE 7.5bad way to start a new series at all. I liked how it started, how the characters were introduced, how it began coming together. Bill Compton’s arrival was also presented pretty well. The courting between him and Sookie was quite sweet to watch, though it completely lost the plot when it came to the physical side of it all, which is a disappointment (I know how that sounds) seeing how big a part of the story it is. I thought the score was pretty monotonous. It starts out just fine, but then the same people get the same tracks, and it gets old quickly. The acting was fine for the most part, though there were places it was a little stiff. Rutina Wesley was well cast to play Tara Thornton, though I am not a fan of her character at all. I don’t mind a loud and angry character, she was just pretty annoying. Bill’s punishment for saving Sookie was also pretty cool, sad for him yet it all comes together well. Jessica is an absolute pain. Pam is worth the watch, time and time again, she is sassy, smart, sexy, and an extremely bitchy (undead) person, but it just works for her. Alexander Skarsgård  impressed me endlessly as Eric Northman, and also provided much of the delectable eye candy of the show (I mean that tall, blonde hair, blue eyed Viking? SOLD). Lizzy Caplan’s character Amy was the worst thing ever. Not just the hippy stuff, but everything about her as a person sucked. Eddie was right, she really was psychopathic. It was amusing for me to see how much trouble Jason was in, though on the other hand it was not supposed to be funny. His character really is an idiot, but he is always trying his best. I have much love for Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, he rocked that role Bill’s gradual semi-acceptance into Bon Temps is done well, never too sudden, never not happening at all either. Overall, while True Blood is no Hannibal or True Detective, it is a fast and easy way to pass the time, provided you don’t take it too seriously.

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Sporadic Scene: X-Men: First Class (2011) – Wolverine’s Cameo

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Film Club: Oldboy (2013)

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Hey everybody! It was Film Club time again over the weekend! Head on over to check out the extremely varied opinions on Spike Lee’s 2013 remake of Oldboy!

Originally posted on what about the twinkie?:

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Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives. With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.

The rules of Film Club are:

1st Rule: You do not talk about Film Club.

2nd Rule: Ignore rule number 1, because I want everyone to talk about Film Club as much as possible.

3rd Rule: We don’t review cinema releases, as not everyone is always able to get to the cinema in time.

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Rapid Review: Coherence (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8Eric watched this recently and he was damn taken with it, dragging Ryan and myself into his gushing. Ultimately, he wrote a stellar review for it. Ryan (review) and I then got to it, and the answer seems unanimous: Coherence was a damn fine piece of film that you need to get to immediately if you have not watched it. I don’t want to say too much about it because it is a pretty intense and relatively complicated film without ever getting too complicated, and I can’t speak about it too much without spoiling. This is one of those films you want to go into without knowing too much and see what unfolds from there. It does start slowly, but really, it is totally worth sitting through that, because when it starts catching it just snowballs, getting intense and more and more brilliant every minute that passes. I must say that I enjoyed the acting, it was never actually wooden or anything, it worked pretty well. There were some cool characters, but ultimately this movie is not about the characters and their development, but the predicament that they are in. Every time you think you have a handle on the movie, I promise you it is going to whip around and shock you, proving you know far less than you are getting comfortable with. I like the way the movie was presented as well as how it gets you thinking, even when it is over. It was shot well, too, even though you can see that it is a small budget film. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Nicholas Brendon in here, I am used to only seeing him from time to time as Garcia’s sweet techie other half in Criminal Minds. I loved the concept of the glowsticks in here, as well as the boxes. I know this looks arb and it is very vague and all that, but if/when you watch this, it will all make sense. Emily Baldoni was fantastic as Em. Coherence gets you thinking, and gets you dragged in, testing the bounds of your understanding of what you thought you knew. The dialogue flowed well, and the score worked perfectly in this movie. This is one of the best sci-fi films I have seen in years, and I think it is something that just about everyone can enjoy.


JB & The Chop Do: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan (1982)

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The Chop and I return, yet again, to delve into the world that is Star Trek, to foray into another film, new territory, and see what comes from it. This is the second installment to the Stark Trek film franchise, and certainly one of the more loved ones. Without further ado, I am going to step aside so that we can chat about The Wrath of Khan in more detail.

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SYNOPSIS: It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is feeling old; the prospect of accompanying his old ship, the USS Enterprise – now a Starfleet Academy training ship–on a two-week cadet cruise is not making him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh–genetic conqueror from late 20th century Earth–appears after years of exile. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a device holding the power of creation itself, and schemes the utter destruction of Kirk. – via IMDB

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So I watched this for the second time, and only the second time ever. The first time that I watched this, I really didn’t know what the hell was really cracking, and I wasn’t a fan of it. I followed the story, I figured out what was going on, but it still just didn’t work for me. Hence I have never been a fan. Then The Chop and I decided to do a Star Trek run, and guess what? I would have to be watching this one again.

I asked Eric to fill me in more about the background of this, seeing as I have never watched the show, so I don’t have a history of what to look for, or why this would be cool, etc. I know that The Wrath of Khan is one of the more popular films. Luckily for me, my request was obliged. I made myself some freaking delicious chilli (recipe courtesy of Mr Isaacs, too – just check it out) and vegged out on the couch, testing these waters again. I thought it was all appropriate.

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Hmmmmmmm. SCRUMPTIOUS. Hot. Yummy. I just have to share this, I was so proud of it, and first attempt, too!

The movie was… much better the second time around, and with a little more backing from Eric (this is totally his forté). I was not so lost and confused, and I was far more focused. The one thing The Wrath of Khan did better than The Motion Picture was to cut out some of those ridiculously long and meandering shots. When I saw Kirk rolling up to the Enterprise again with Sulu and company, I was terrified it would be another twenty minutes of panning. Luckily this was certainly not the case, and everything rolled forwards smoothly enough.

Looking at the supporting cast, I will always enjoy George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, and DeForest Kelley remains my favourite character as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, extremely entertaining. James Doohan’s portrayal of Montgomery Scott is also fantastic, and I think he is adorable, I really enjoy watching him. This cast works well together, too, always a bonus. The effects weren’t terrible for the time, either. I must say that I was not a particularly huge fan of Ricardo Montalbán’s Khan… he was just a little… meh. Bland. Boring. If you listen to the things the other people say about him and all, you really expect someone more than the person you get. Also, what the hell is up with their outfits?! And the hair?!

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But anyways, I am sure that the costume designers thought that they were on a roll. Moving right along from that ghastly fashion statement. I find myself always laughing at Bones and Spock when they are “communicating” with each other, which is simply a nice way of saying they are permanently sniping at each other. For our amusement, of course.

The hell, things got real serious real fast there. :( Oh well, it is one of those scenes that actually resonate with you, and flesh a few things out, throwing some serious perspective on things. Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner pulled this together well, and I was glad that the movie wrapped up rather quickly when all was said and done, lingering would have just drawn it out. Spock’s demise was incredibly sad, and his funeral was something to see. Amazing Grace seems to be the send off song for the ages…

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*spoilers I suppose*

For this – I want to get something off my chest. I’ve seen this movie 100s of times – the first time in the theater and I bawled my eyes out when Spock died. One of my old bosses at one of my old jobs once said to me (because I had a picture of Spock on my wall at work) “I’ve never met anyone like you, Isaacs. Most kids grow up wanting to be Kirk – I’ve never met anyone who wanted to be Spock.” Well, I did and it’s true and there it is. But the most important thing that this movie brings to me when I watch it is that my old roommate and I watched this dozens and dozens and dozens of times in the years we lived together. There’s a quote from this movie and when he was dying in that hospital bed I whispered it to him and I think he actually acknowledged it before he died during the night.

Now I don’t want to get too mushy on my JB’s blog because we’re out here to have a good time but I just wanted to say that we’ll meet again the next time around and we’ll hang with The Swede again and tear some fucking shit up like we did this last time and I fucking loved you man. You were a true friend. Remember that time I sneezed and a booger went in my Scotch but I drank it anyway? Remember that time you shit your pants on the way back from Sonic and then ran through the apartment in your shitty jeans and I projectile vomited everywhere? Man – we fucked some shit up didn’t we??

Love,

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Well – now that that shit’s out of the way, let’s look at The Wrath of Khan, shall we?? I’m sure the lovely SB has gone into the particulars of the movie by now so let’s have a look at a couple of things I noticed this last go around, now that I have the savvy ability to make my own screen grabs….

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I’m not really sure if this is an accident or not but just look at the “EXIT” sign! That’s not very 23rd Century looking is it. You’d think that the United Federation of Planets would have been able to pony up a few Simolians for some fancier displays, huh? And, strangely, that’s actually the ENTRANCE to the Kobayashi Maru Testing Simulator…. Also – Is Kirk gassy?????

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Upon arriving on the Enterprise for inspection, I see we’re getting away from the Dagwood Bumstead uniforms from the last one but we’re still “One Button” friendly in the costume department…. Also – Sulu sure looks happy over there on the side…. I wonder what he’s thinking about….?

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Does anyone remember when Kirstie Alley was a hot piece of ass? I mean, I still think she’s pretty good lookin’ but she use to be smokin’! “Meow Pussycat” indeed!

Also – how hard is it to fuck up a fucking chicken sandwich??????

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Lastly – the other day some broads on twitter were going off about how they didn’t cry during some woman’s movie about cancer something or other and calling themselves Cold Hearted Bitches or something and, you know what?? I cry EVERY TIME I see this:

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When Kirk comes up and sees Spock all crouched over in the corner about to die – it breaks my heart. There’s also something very important in this scene that you may or may not know about (I wish I knew how to do gifs). When Spock hears Kirk call for him, he stands up and tugs on his shirt, pulling it into place. That’s a reference to the original TV series. They barely had any budget for costumes and most of their shirts didn’t fit so when members of the cast would stand up during shooting, they would have to pull their shirts into place so they didn’t show their belly buttons (or their beer guts). When Zachary Quinto Spock first stands up in the chamber room in the reboot I fucking cried little tears of joy, that made me SO FUCKING HAPPY!!!!!

The Chop might not be able to wrangle the gif, but here's the tug!

ED: Here’s the scene, Chop!

Well – I guess I better go – my mom is emailing me that she just got Text Messaging on her phone and I need to go help her figure it out : )

See Ya!

TGMJS


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