MovieDay: 2013 Summer Edition

5movsI have waited a few weeks and let some of the bigger releases build up so I could do a full day of movie going.  This is MovieDay: 2013 Summer Edition. I was able to pull off a nice pattern of high intense action, then comedy, then action, comedy, action. Made a great pacing for the day.

12:50 White House Down

I wasn’t too excited for this one, but thought it looked fun. Channing has surprised me in his last few movies so I figured this might be similar.  Also, how were they going to do a summer blockbuster without The Rock?  Can it be done?

QUICK REVIEW: Even though I didn’t see the first one that came out a few months ago, the plot was thin enough and dumbed down enough that it didn’t matter.  There was a large suspension of disbelief, and I often found myself thinking, “I don’t think it works like that.”  The biggest suspension for me (besides a black president and that Channing Tatum didn’t walk around in a thong at all times) was that the intruders instantly knew the White House phone system.  That was really the only true time I completely left the story as a viewer.  How did these guys know how to transfer calls so easily?  All in all, besides really needing The Rock, the movie was watchable, and at the very least we got this gem out of it: (I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum

3:20 Monsters University

The first one is easily one of my favorite movies.  Not sure why it needs a prequel, but figured I’d give PIXAR the chance.

QUICK REVIEW: When the short that accompanied it was dull, I lost a lot of excitement.  The pacing was intriguing at first, and got me excited to resee some of my favorite characters, but lost steam as the story settled in.  There was a great theme about lines, and earning the right to cross them, but overall was a very disappointing movie.  Could have used the voice talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

5:40 Man of Steel

I’ll be honest, I was only seeing this one so I could join in on the debate of Marvel/DC in film.  I also hate the originals and don’t see a need to keep this character alive in pop-culture.

QUICK REVIEW: Can Superman ever lose?  Is anyone ever really thinking he’s not going to win in the end? Ignoring that part, the Krypton debate they bring up in the movie made no sense.  Besides knowing that I’m supposed to be on Superman’s side, General Zodd wasn’t really evil.  He was just on the other side of the debate.  A debate that made little sense to me because the Kryptons were idiots that happily destroyed their planet and society.  Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson couldn’t fix this one.

8:10 The Heat

We rarely get to see a buddy movie starring two women, and I don’t think we ever had a buddy cop version with lady parts in the lead.

QUICK REVIEW: Not bad.  Melissa McCarthy is always hilarious. I can just watch her for hours.  There was a weird audience response to Bullock.  Every time she said a bad word or something vulgar the crowd went nuts.  The two played well off each other and I would definitely go see another movie with them as the buddy leads.  Maybe something with them against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

10:30 World War Z

I feel like I haven’t seen Brad Pitt in a popcorn flick in a long time. his last 50 movies had some kind of award contention.

QUICK REVIEW: Fun but no substance.  There were no character arcs (there really weren’t even characters). The movie just kind of stops. A lot of questions were unanswered.  More annoyingly, the questions were brought up by the movie itself, so I don’t know why they left them unanswered.  This one didn’t need The Rock per say, maybe just a body double in zombie make-up.

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Garfield on Garfield – by James A. Garfield

Something I have been asked to comment on time and time again is my opinion on the comic-strip Garfield.  Before I give my opinion, I just want it known that just because we share the same name does not mean there is some spiritual connection between us.  That being said, I want it known that I adore that Monday-hating, lasagna-loving, fur ball!

I hate to admit it, but I really fell in love with the orange cat in the late 80’s with his hit Saturday morning show Garfield and Friends.  Don’t get me wrong, I like reading but there is just a simple peace at mind when you can just lay back on your old Victorian-style sofa, and space out at the ol’ boob tube.

It was love at first sound.  Oh, Garfield’s voice (played then by the incomparable Lorenzo Music) was music to my ears (pun not intended, but totally adds to the the grand mystic of an amazing voice talent).  Today I find it interesting that Bill Murray replaced him for the film version and he replaced Bill Murray for the cartoon version of Ghostbusters.  We often find these connections in life.  Not quite the same, but Abraham Lincoln’s son, Todd, was my secretary of war.  Abe and I were the first two Presidents assassinated while in office.  That is kind of an odd connection.  I mean if I was at a bus stop chatting about interesting connections I would most likely bring up the Garfield/Ghostbusters one and not my own personal one, but I still feel it is an interesting happening.

Now, I can ramble on for hours about the cartoon.  I could easily discuss U.S. Acres, or as I like to refer to them, the Barnyard Buddies (I like alliteration).  I could discuss the out-off-sight theme song, that always ended with a clever quip by the feline himself (personal favorite “Hey Heathcliff, eat your heart out”). But I wont.  It is obvious that the show was radically-super-awesome, there is no need for me to say that again and again.  Sadly, the same goes for the movies.  They are so awful there is no need for me to comment on them.  I will say this.  I would rather watch The View back when Rosie O’Donnell was on than watch the Garfield films (INTERESTING FACT: Both Rosie and Garfield get their fair-share of lasagna).

With the downfall of the films, Garfield may have died for many of you.  But let me send you along an internetic journey.  Garfield Minus Garfield.  Check that shit out.  It is amongst the funniest stuff I have ever had the pleasure to read, and I read the manuscripts to Huck Finn, twice.  If you don’t know, Garfield Minus Garfield just takes the Garfield Comics where Jon Arbuckle co-stars and removes Garfield.  This lets us into the world of a very disturbed pet owner.

Garfield has meowed and lazily eaten his way into all of our hearts.  Many may wonder why, but  It is quite obvious.  Have an awesome name that makes others think of an outgoing, diligent, hard-working, ex-president.  Why do you think Lincoln Logs are played with so much and Clinton Pacifiers flopped?