This post will be full of randomness. Â You have been warned.
Released May 16, 2014, seen at Universal City IMAX on May 18, 2014.
I was very very excited to see Godzilla, especially after the recent previews showing epic scenes like the high-altitude jump with the red smoke trails into a devastated San Francisco or seeing brief glimpses of Las Vegas utterly decimated. Â What was going to happen? Â Why was Godzilla going to return, this time? Â And more importantly, was it going to be as terrible as the 1998 version?
Happily, the answer to that last question is no. Â Not by a long shot. Â This 2014 version is quite good and often very thrilling. Â You may have read reviews about it already but what a lot of them point out is that you don’t get a full view of Godzilla for nearly an hour into the movie. Â It’s a Jaws-like move and it really works, as the story being told in the first act is compelling and you anxiously await what will happen next. Â It also helps that the movie isn’t about us vs. Godzilla – instead we end up discovering there are a pair of bad-ass monsters ready to tear some shit up to get some radiation food. Â Godzilla is the balance. Â Sit back and enjoy.
Plus, I certainly enjoyed the sight of cute guys trying to save the world. Â The lead character, Ford Brody (that name….smh….) is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and he is quite a sight. Â A lot of people fault his acting, but I’m not here for that. Â Not at all. Â Just look at that pic. Â Mmm hmmm. Â Honestly, the acting really didn’t distract me -it’s not Oscar caliber but I don’t care. Â It wasn’t terrible either and won’t ever get confused with Showgirls. Â Ah, Showgirls, so bad it’s good.
Overall, Godzilla is a great monster and disaster movie with compelling action and wisely-paced reveals. Â I really liked watching it in IMAX and while the 3D was okay, it really didn’t add much to the experience. Â Catch it if you can before the next wave of movies comes in. Â X-Men: Days of Future Past is right around the corner!
SomeÂ more Survivor: Cagayan Thoughts
The final 3 last night were a bit expected, weren’t they? Â Nobody with any brain cells at all would want to let Spencer get any closer to the Final Tribal than necessary. Â Sure enough, once Spencer lost the Final 4 immunity challenge to a CRAZY come-from-behind Kass, it was inevitable. Â I was intrigued by Spencer’s scrambling and thought that perhaps it would convince Tony, but guess what? Â Tony’s not totally stupid. Â Reckless and impulsive, but not really stupid. Â So yeah, Spencer was gone. Â
It was just when it got to the final challenge and Woo won just barely over Kass, that things became strange. Â Woo was going to the Final 2…..my reaction to that? Â Fuck. Â Woo’s the nicest guy around it seems, but an absolutely irrelevant Survivor player. Â There’s nothing there. Â Then it was all about who will Woo choose to take with him to the Final 2? Â Clearly, if you want a real shot at winning, you take Kass. Â Kass has made endless and needless waves and made enemies of nearly every juror. Â Some of the jurors may have gotten over it and still rewarded Kass with a vote since she really was playing (good? debatable), but Woo would’ve had a good shot at getting bitter jury votes. Â But no, he decides to “play by the tenets of Tae kwan do” and do the “honorable” thing and votes Kass out, bringing Tony to the Final 2. Ugh. Â The jury was predictably angry at Tony and dismissive of Woo in the Final Tribal, but they also basically knew that Tony deserved the win. Â And of course he would, and it’s hard to think of anyone in the jury that he shouldn’t have beat. Â Tasha, Trish, and Spencer could have been contenders, but no one else really had a shot. Â So congrats to Tony, a big shrugging of shoulders to Woo, and an amused eyebrow to Kass who just avoided a likely verbal smackdown at Tribal Council. Â That could have been epic!
Airing Dirty Laundry
Another great day in the world! Â Another time where all I want to say is concerning a great lesson I learned repeatedly in ROTC: Â praise in public, criticize (or bitch out, attack, vent) in private. Â Why is that a foreign concept to so many people? Â It really doesn’t seem that hard of a concept to grasp. Â You’ll get a lot moreÂ respect if the targetÂ doesn’t feel like they’re going to be humiliated at every bad move. Â Today’s public service announcement is complete.
Memorial Day Weekend
Yay for a 3-day weekend. Â It’s been kind of a long week!