Friday, July 30, 2010

Movie Review - Inception

Well, it was worth a shot.

"Inception," believe it or not, is in fact a real word, not merely a really cool sounding title made up by Christopher Nolan. It means a beginning, start, or origin. And, unsurprisingly, the title describes the film quite well. Much has been said, and probably still will be said, about Inception, and rightly so. Inception, in case any of you have been living under a rock for the last month or two, is probably one of the best movies of 2010, if not the best, if not the best movie of the decade. It is truly a beginning, an origin, an original idea. It is simultaneously the most amusing type of escapist film and self-referentially intellectual to the point of philosophy, and this is where it derives its grandeur.

Review: Inception

What's the most resilient parasite? An idea.

I have seen Inception three times. It still confuses me. However, this is a good thing. To say the film is a puzzle or a maze is an understatement, because we don't even know the true nature of the puzzle we are attempting to solve by trying to understand this film. Reading through many different interpretations of the film, I would like to say that no one has a complete idea of what the film truly is. There is a scene where Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb asks Ellen Page's Ariadne to draw him a maze in two minutes that takes longer than one minute to solve. Christopher Nolan spent ten years writing this puzzle of a film, and I wouldn't expect anyone solve the real explanation of the film (if there is one) within the first two weeks of its release.

First Up: Rumors and Rumblings!

More specifically, rumors on what is probably the most highly anticipated superhero film of all time, the yet-to-be-named-but-I'll-call-it-what-everyone-else-is-calling-it, Batman 3.
Bats 3 is finally officially underway, now that director Chris Nolan is done with what was priorly thought to be small, tiny, side-project, what was it? Oh yeah. Inception. Small, side-project indeed. 200 million dollars and a multitude of confuddled audience members later, Inception is finally out of the way (that sounded patronizing...). Now, Nolan will be able to solely focused on his next baby: Batman 3. Let's get a rumor rundown. The crazed Batman 3 rumor wheel started spinning shortly after The Dark Knight was released. Michael Caine spilled the beans that The Riddler and The Penguin would be the villains, played by Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman respectively. How did he know this when not even Chris Nolan was signed on to direct yet? In short, it's Michael Caine. Nobody knows where he gets his info, and we probably don't want to know. Eddie Murphy was also rumored to play the Riddler. He would deny that, and humorously suggest on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien that he should play Egghead. It would be "Egg-cellent!" Depp would also later deny the rumors. Cillian Murphy was also rumored to return as the Scarecrow.

Monday, July 26, 2010

B*Team! Assemble!!

Many have heard the calling. Few earned the title to be...
Part of the B*Team (that... did not flow as well as I hoped...)
Well, the blog team has been assembled and is ready for action.
Time for the roll call:
Ben, Blackthorne, Esq., Libby H, J. Bernard Muyskens, Joseph Matheson, Nate S, and yours truly, Peter Schipper.
We hope to bring you the very best in movie entertainment!
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Character Intro: Peter Schipper

Baby Me.
Hello, hello, hello. Great to have you aboard, fellow movie fans!

Let’s get to the point...

Name: Peter Schipper

Job: Admin./ creator


That was easy. Okay.

Welcome to the blog-o-sphere that is Yet Another Movie Blog (YAMB, for short), a blog for self-proclaimed movie geeks and n00bs alike. I posted a short intro before, but I thought it would be good to reintroduce myself, now that I am no longer doing a “Solo” blog.

As much as I would like to take credit for creating the blog, the idea was planted by one whiny, I mean, brilliant person (also a writer here), Nate S. This blog would not be possible without his persistent nagging, I meant, encouragement.

Also, within 30 minutes of this blogs inception, I already felt overwhelmed. I was very thankful when six great, wonderful friends heard the call and happily joined the blog team.

So... Why did I decide to create and assemble a blog team solely about movies and films and all things cinema? Well, I love movies. All sorts of movies. From action flicks to drama to chick flicks to comedy to dramedy to the downright insane, I have probably followed them at some point in my lifetime. I am very passionate about the films I choose. Some of them are quite popular, some not-so-well-known, and some just plain critically trashed. No matter. I love ‘em. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all “lovey-dovey” with all films either. I rant and rave and whine and cry about them too. This blog creation becomes a platform to project my ideas and feelings about movies. And I hope you enjoy following YAMB, as much as I did making it.

I feel like I need a signature, as my counterparts have done... so...

In the immortal words of the Eleventh Doctor in the British TV Series, Doctor Who (which, although not a "movie," may pop up and be referenced once or twice or a lot of times...)

Bow Ties Are Cool    Geronimo


Character Intro: J. Bernard Muyskens

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the internet...All right, I'm going to admit it: I haven't seen Jaws, but then again it turns out that Libby isn't the last member of the YAMB team after all, so really, anything can happen. Yes, it's just like a surprise twist ending, however better as it comes at the beginning of the blog, rather than at the end. My name is John, or as my associates call me: J. Bernard Muyskens, and I haven't been dead the whole time (I may have been dreaming, though). Over my eighteen years I have become an accomplished scientist, athlete, and public-speaker, but those days are behind me. I used to be able to run long distances without stopping, orate for seven minutes a speech I had prepared in thirty, and had a great deal of knowledge regarding cellular biology and volcanoes; this is all behind me. I am now a movie reviewer.

Born and raised in the humble Midwestern city of Grand Rapids, MI, it seemed I was destined for a bland and unexciting childhood in the town that Time magazine could only describe as "well-churched." Then everything chAdd Imageanged. I spent a year in Manhattan while my parents were taking a sabbatical, doing research at Columbia University. During this year I learned the ways of the street from the proverbial school of hard knocks. I owned that city. I owned it hard. Then I had my fourth birthday. The cake was train-shaped. It was delicious. Unfortunately, I got in a fight with some tough characters. My mother got worried and sent me to live in California. I whistled for a cab and when it came near the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror if anything I could say that this cab was rare but I thought man forget it yo homes to Bel-Air. I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie yo homes smell ya later.
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air. It was there that I learned the art of chilling, and also being a bro. See above photograph of the author displaying the traits of a chill California bro, yet retaining his hardened street edginess common to former residents of New York City. After that I just walked the earth, you know, like Caine in Kung Fu.

Well, now you know my life story, and possibly in more detail than I would like. My name is pronounced "mice-skins", and in Dutch means "Little mouse". I am also obsessed with music to an even greater degree than I am obsessed with movies, so expect to see some reviews of the soundtrack, etc.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
J. Bernard Muyskens

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Character Intro: Libby

Greetings blago-blog

Libby here, An Additional member of the blogging team

For starters, a few things you should know about me:
1. I like parenthetical phrases
2. I play the banjo (poorly)
3. I’m a girl
4. I stay away from chick flicks
5. I have a minor obsession with Nathan Fillion / Joss Whedon

My hobbies include:
-Doing half of a crossword puzzle
-Throwing pens across a room in frustration
-Telling stories about my job (I work at a hardware store. I’m sure it’ll come up)
-Spending an hour in Blockbuster, asking B-Buster employees what their favorite movie is, renting that one X-Men movie that I swore I’d seen before but it turns out I didn't and how could I have not seen it before because I friggen love the X-Men…
-Not watching Leprechaun in the Hood again. Two words: Big mistake.

But seriously.

I love movies. I probably watch too many, but I don’t see that changing any time soon. So, in the meantime, here I am sharing with you the charms (Billy Elliot) and harms (Leprechaun in the hood) of the movie world.

Have your pets spayed or neutered,