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Star Trek : Review
I was skeptical at the concept of remaking Star Trek. It's not that I don't see the cheese of the original Star Trek, it's just that there has been so much that rebooting it seems difficult without simply ignoring it all. This movie did a really good job of making Star Trek feel new while keeping the characters and feel close to the original. Beyond the actors who played the parts the most notable difference in this story was the technology. The first thing I noticed was that the transporters didn't work all that well in comparison to the transporters in the show. it takes considerably longer, you can't move, and they are blocked most of the time.  I understand this, transporters are great for getting the characters into places that are interesting but it drops the tension once they are there if you know they can be beamed out any time. The ships themselves felt much more real in that you felt you knew where things were. The engines actually looked and felt like engines, the shuttle bay felt like part of the ship and it all simply felt real. Third was the weapons. The changes in the phasers were great. They really felt like they were better than a handgun you could get now rather than worse. All of the characters felt pretty much right on and they really gave them all a chance to do something useful, in fact in many ways Kirk was the least useful of the characters in large parts of the movie. I would have to watch again but I don't think he actually won a fight in the entire movie. I love the style they tell the story in. You don't know what is going on early in the movie though you can guess at it and that truely helps especially through the early part of the movie that could have been slow as they went through Starfleet Academy. The only major weakness I saw was that I wasn't all that impressed by the villain. He did his job and did it well but the reason he was doing it was a little bit of a stretch for me. I truly enjoyed this movie and as someone who likes Star Trek and was worried that this wasn't going to be Star Trek but some other show crammed into a Star Trek uniform I can say that it really is Star Trek. Yet at the same time there is no reason that someone who has never really cared for Star Trek can't go to this movie and see a perfectly reasonable movie with a good story and plenty of action without needing to know or care about Star Trek.
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X-men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a fun summer movie and if you turn off your brain you'll enjoy it, but the more you think about it the more the small plot holes and problems begin to show up.None of them should ruin your enjoyment of the film but if you're a stickler for perfect accuracy they could be a problem. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine and he does an excellent job, which isn't a surprise as he has done a good job in the previous X-men movies. None of the other actors were truly great or bad. The man who played Wolverines brother(Liev Schreiber) was effective as a man similar to Wolverine who just went to far. Stryker (Danny Huston) was able to seem a credible villain to a character that effectively can't die. Ryan Reynolds also did a good job of being memorable enough early in the movie to be recognizable late in the movie even through the makeup. The story itself was one that I mostly already knew.  Wolverines story as a young sickly child was told well enough in the few minutes and  his time with Stryker's Team was interesting but not great. Overall that was my opinion of the entire movie.There were multiple good scenes, interesting ideas, all the plot points that needed to be hit were but nothing excited me about this movie. It just felt flat in many ways. I don't know that i can truly articulate why because I'm not certain that I understand. I suspect that it is partially the problem of the prequel. I knew where the story was going and what had to happen to move it there too often.  But that can't be all of it because I have often enjoyed watching movies such as Lord of the Rings where i knew where it was going. There is also the issue of the character never being in any real danger. There is the implication in the movie that if you cut off his head it might kill him, but I'm not entirely sure why everyone assumes this. If you can shoot him in the head and he'll get over it why would cutting his neck kill him? Overall though I think it's because I find Wolverine a more interesting character when you don't know who he is or where he came from. Hints and ideas from the comics that may or may not be true work perfectly for this character. Seeing everything that actually happened doesn't work as well for me, but even that is not truly a criticism of the movie because the comics have already given his history and I already knew it. All in all, if you like the X-men movies you'll enjoy this. It's considerably better than X-men 3 but probably not as good as x-men 2.  So go in aware that there will be a few misses on special effects and a couple plot points that you just have to go with and you'll generally enjoy this movie.
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Movie Review: A Boy and his Dog

Until I saw it on Netflix I had never heard of the movie, "A boy and his Dog," and so I rented it not knowing exactly what to expect. The movie was certainly interesting and I have to say I enjoyed it more than I expected.

"A boy and his dog" is a story of a post apocalyptic world after world war IV. People are fighting over cans of food and women across the surface. The boy is one of these survivors. What makes him different is the telepathic link he has with his Dog. That makes this dog his friend and father figure in the story.

One of the primary jobs of the dog is to sniff out women for the boy and shortly after the story begins, he does. This is where you begin to recognize that the boy in this film is not a good person. He follows the girl and is only stopped from raping her when other people who also saw the girl attack them.

After the fight, the two are stuck together for some time and he begins to feel something for her, but she escapes back into the underground city where she had come from. The boy follows but is unable to take the dog.

Once there you learn that the girl was manipulating him from the start. Any description of the story from that point on leads to general spoilers, so if you want to know what happens watch the movie. Instead, I want to focus on some very interesting parts of the movie.

The first is the similarities to "Fallout 3". I have only played small amounts of the other fallouts so I can't comment them but I have played "Fallout 3". You don't have a dog in "Fallout 3", but much of the rest is the same.

One of the most interesting parallels is when later in fallout you enter a virtual reality and play for some time as a dog. This to me can only be a nod to a boy and his Dog and it makes me want to play "Fallout 3" again. In addition, the underground city in this had loudspeakers that someone talked over nearly constantly. This is also used in "Fallout 3".

The second point is that Harlan Ellison wrote this story and he says it is his favorite. I have not yet read the short story the movie is based on but judging from the movie I can understand why Harlan would like it. He is one of the more interesting people in Hollywood and Science Fiction, two places filled with interesting people.

Third is the dog. Typically, you have to overlook the problems with animals in film. You can't expect dogs to give as good a performance as people do. This movie was different in that respect as well. The dog felt smart just as he is supposed to and you never see him looking off camera at a trainer. There was even, according to the director, some discussion of nominating the dog for an academy award that year.

Not everyone will like this story; in fact, I suspect that many people would hate it with a fiery passion, but if you like dark humor and older style science fiction then this is a well-written and interesting story that becomes exceedingly dark at the end.

(There is a side of me who really wants to show this movie to some of my friends with no warning what it is about just to see their reactions. I love movies with titles that tell you less than nothing.)

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Green Lantern Movie Confirmed
It has been announced that there will be a Green Lantern Movie. This is hardly surprising as he is one of the biggest characters in comics to not have his own movie. That said I don't know all that much about The Green Lantern. Mostly I've seen him in a few episodes of the Justice League. Greg Berlanti has been hired to co-write and direct. Berlanti has done TV and the movie "The Broken Hearts Club". Writing with him will be Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green who have written for superman/batman, Blade, Amazing Spiderman and Wolverine. This leads me to the questions. Again I don't know much about the characters but as I understand it there have been at least 2 Green Lanterns. Hal Jordan, a test pilot, Guy Gardner, who was hit by a bus and had brain damage, Kyle Rainer, a graphic artist and John Stewart, a marine. From what I know the two most likely to be chosen are Hal Jordan or John Stewart. I don't know enough about either to really say which I prefer, only that if they choose John Stewart I hope that 1) they don't hire a black actor who has been in a ton of movies(not Will Smith) and 2) they don't make a big deal about him being black. Next is the question of who the villain would be. As I understand it in recent comics There has been a lot of appearances from other color Lanterns some of which are evil. It could be interesting but I suspect a bit to complicated. There is also the possibility of Guy Gardner who I understand went insane, but that requires you to have a Lantern on Earth before the movie starts. Solomon Grundy has fought him a few times but I don't see him carrying an entire plot. Sinestro, a former Green Lantern who now has a yellow power ring. This leads me to the third question. Yellow. So far as I understand it The Green Lanterns in the most recent comic books can control some amount of yellow. Either way I just don't think using yellow as a major plot point is a great idea, but it might work as a minor one. Overall I'm very interested in a Green Lantern Movie but until I see a bit more I'm also going to be skeptical that it will be good. [poll id="20"]
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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Christopher Nolan's next movie

After the success of "The Dark Knight" everyone's eyes are on Christopher Nolan's next work which is said to be a science fiction movie set in the present day and using "the architecture of the mind" and Leonardo DiCaprio is in final negotiations to play the lead role.
This star power seems unnecessary for Christopher Nolan now which makes me hopeful that this is casting because DiCaprio is actually the person they think is best for the role and while he isn't my favorite actor I've never hated him in anything and I believe that Nolan should be able to get a really interesting performance out of him.
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