Pixels … Oh My!

Yesterday I noticed that the Adam Sandler movie Pixels was on Netflix. Even though I’ve heard that the film was really, really bad, I decided to watch it anyway. Has the movie been a disappointment? No, since I didn’t expect much. It even had a couple of funny moments. Unfortunately it is obvious that noone involved in this movie put any effort into it. The story had plot holes so large, you could squeeze a house-sized pacman through them. Sure, it’s a movie about 1980s Arcade games characters attacking Earth, but it should have at least tried to follow it’s own rules.

The silliest scene in the movie is when the heroes find out that Peter Dinklage’s character used cheats in their real-life fight with Pacman. Don’t ask me, how this is supposed to work. And yes, Peter Dinklage is in the movie, and even he can’t really save it. Overall there are so many inconsistencies, it’s not funny anymore. The acting was uninspired and the majority of the “jokes” were not really funny. The only redeeming value were the CGI effects and the ‘80s nostalgia that sometimes shone through. But overall it felt as if the people actually making this movie didn’t share this nostalgia. It’s a shame. This could have been a really awesome movie…

One last thing: the CGI Max Headroom looks terrible. I definitely prefer the original.

What happened to “The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello”?

About 10 years ago “The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello”, an Australian animated short movie, was released on YouTube. The story was set into a steampunk work with flying ships and mechanical computers, which not only delighted the fans but critics alike. The movie was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA award, three sequels were promised, but alas they were never released. Today the official website is not working anymore and the short movie itself is only available in 480p on Youtube. Has anyone of you read what happened to the missing sequels? Is there anywhere a HD version of this film?

Please share your comments below.

Chronicle

Last week I was browsing Amazon for movies on BluRay when I stumbled upon “Chronicle“. The title didn’t ring a bell, but the cover looked kinda interesting, so I gave it a closer look. It turned out that I actually had seen the trailer a couple of years ago, but then forgot about the movie. Since I liked the premise of the movie, I put it into my shopping cart.

Chronicle is a movie about three teenagers who stumble upon some strange crystal which grants them telekinetic powers. As you can imagine things quickly spiral out of control. One of the three, a reclusive young man with an abusive father and a dying mother, starts to misuse his powers while the others try to keep him under control.

Chronicle is basically a superhero movie, but with a more realistic take on the subject. With power comes great responsibility, that may be true for Spiderman, but in real life power often leads to corruption. What really surprised me that I haven’t really heard or read much about Chronicle in the last years. The story is interesting, the characters are believable, and it’s a welcome change from the standard superhero fare. I guess that it’s probably not superhero-y enough for the comic fans and too weird fo the mainstream crowd, so it didn’t make a big impact. It’s not a great movie, but definitely a good one, and probably worth your time.

Kung Fury!

I am pretty sure that most of you have already watched this awesome short movie. But if you haven’t you should drop what you’re doing right now and WATCH IT NOW!

Kung Fury is a crowdfunded short movie inspired by the over-the-top action movies of the 1980s. It features a hilarious story, 1980s-style special effects, dinosaurs, Hitler, laughable one-liners and extreme violence. It’s the perfect movie to watch after a long work day!

I also highly recommend the music video to the song “True Survivor” performed by David Hasselhoff.