Disney’s back

In plain force too. Since “The Princess and the frog” came out I longed for something as good as the old Disney movies were. And I wasn’t let down. Disney’s “Tangled” is an awesome movie, with awesome graphics and soundtrack. I saw it at the cinema with my boyfriend and we were both dazzled. Caught it in 3D too.

I don’t think I have much to write about this movie, because the story, well we all know it, although it has its Disney changes, nothing like the ending in the book either and I honestly don’t remember Rapunzel’s parents being king and queen but…that doesn’t really matter. The story in its all, changed or not, is brilliant and Disney managed to give it a special touch, as they usually do.

The movie had many funny moments and let’s admit it, the horse rules, but there is one scene that impressed me the most, and that is:

TANGLED

 

Along with the song of course. The soundtrack, as I said, was brilliant all together but the song from this scene particularly stood out. The only problem that I can think about was that the 3D made it darker than it actually was. The movie was full of colors and the 3D didn’t do them any justice.

As an ending, because I said this won’t be a long review, I have to add: go see the movie. It’s worth it, don’t download cam rips, go see the movie in all its splendor.

And since I mentioned the song:

 

Till next time…

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Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

Claudiu lent me his PSP one day because I needed an USB stick or something that works like a that, so here we are. Because I couldn’t help myself but get the one game I wanted to play since 2008 when it was released ( see title of this post ).
So I finally got my greedy little hands on the game and started playing. First thing that hit me was that the regular FF tactics were gone. I mean yeah, sure you still had blizara and fira and thunder ( thank GOD for cura in some cases ) but you’re only playing with Zack and the fighting is in real time. A good change from my point of view since I really liked this type of fighting in Kingdom Hearts. Well, truth be told you still have the other characters present in the fight but more as an invisible appearance. You have a modulating phase that lets you borrow the strength of others and that comes in handy sometimes when you’re in a pinch.
The graphics are amazing, really I’m still amazed at the short films between scenes and feel like I’m watching Advent children all over again. The game play graphics are not to be forgotten either because the whole game looks good and I haven’t the pleasure of discovering any glitches yet ( or if they were then I haven’t noticed them ). As I said, you play as Zack and follow his ascension to SOLIDER level 1 alongside Angeal, Genesis and Sephiroth.
I’m not really making a review, more just writing my general impressions on the game so I’m not going to tell all the story in the game here. What I am going to say is that I haven’t finished it yet, I’m fighting Sephiroth and that may take a while. One ting that always bugged me in final fantasy games is that there is no “skip” button for scenes you already saw. And usually before a big fight there’s a pretty long scene that you have to watch over and over again if you die. This happened here with Sephiroth too, because I can’t manage to kill him when he goes in his hyper slash mode and has all those summons around him, but I’m getting there…aaaa…ah yeah, I was saying about the scenes. Yeah, it really makes me not want to reload and try the fight again when I know I have to re-watch that scene. So really Square Enix, “skip” button saves lives or in this case, makes the player want to go on with the game.
Soooo that’s kinda all I have to say now, I’ll maybe post again about this when I actually finish the game. But so far so good. I love the game, I like playing with Zack and damn I wish I never watched that OVA with Cloud and Zack in anime style. Ah well…playing this game and knowing the past story cleared some things up for me and I’m waiting to see how the ending is.
Till next time…

The nightmare on Elm Street – remake

It’s been some time since I saw this movie. It was a random choice, a relatively “what are we going to do now?” afternoon. So we went to the movies. The only thing interesting was A nightmare on Elm Street, the remake so we figured, what the hey, and went to it. Now I heard that many disliked it, saying that it’s nasty and idiotic, but let me disapprove here.
Let’s start with the beginning, after the waiting line at the popcorn lane, after finding our seats, after the noisy group of “cool people” that walked in and after the commercials. After all this, the movie started. It all started nice and quiet, like the original movie, only that the actors did a way better job now. I’m not trampling over you old movies loving folks, I like some myself, but in the original Nightmare on Elm street the actors really seemed like they were reading the lines from a plank behind the cameras. They had no emotions and no inflections and the acting seemed forced. But let’s get back to our own boats here. I was saying that this movie actually contained some scenes from the original one, which I found very impressive since not many remakes actually keep to the original movie, not anything more than the main plot ( Halloween for example, which I personally found to be a good but gruesome  movie…the remake I mean ).
The first time that Freddy appeared on the screen, it was more of a boo moment, which the movie abounds in ( nothing bad in that ). Jackie Earle Haley, which we all know now as Rorschach, gave Freddy a new signature in this movie, which I found interesting. Now we all know Freddy Krueger’s story, but what is new about this movie is that it actually emphasizes the detective work of finding what did Krueger do and why is he haunting and killing them. A new aspect of the movie is the micro-naps, making Freddy more present than he already was and giving it, if you stay with me here, a tent of realism, because no one can stay awake for that long without dozing off at some point. And that’s where things got interesting. Till now we got an introduction to what Freddy is ( a killer loose in the dream world that kills with a self made knife glove ),  what did he supposedly do to the children, although we were kept in the dark until the end if he really was or not guilty for everything he was charged with, and that he fancied Nancy Thompson ( after killing her brother,  in a very vivid way tot he viewers ).
We’re then transported to a series of kills, very much like in the original movie, and end up with two characters left. Nancy and Quentin Smith. They decide to investigate this character, Freddy Krueger, to find out about his past, hidden by their parents. Now I’m not going to relate the whole movie here, if you’re interested then go see it, I just want to make my point, that I find this to be more realistic than the original and that I don’t understand what many people have with this part here and the micro-naps. I find the investigation part rather natural, because, be it in her place, I doubt that anyone who’s haunted by a maniac killer would just sit back and accept his or her fate. Knowing why you is natural for human curiosity, and trying to stop it comes on the next line of ” most natural things to do when you’re being haunted “.
The ending of the movie suggests a sequel, let’s just hope that they won’t blow it on this part, because the remake wasn’t bad.
And another thing. I just read a review of this movie, and this got my attention:
So much was missed out by this director.. the casting was terrible, the acting was lame, the story was choppy, there was no background build up with the characters at all so I really couldn’t care less when they started to die. There was hardly any nightmarish scenes with Freddy being mensing which I obviously expected and was really looking forward too. Instead of creepy acting and eerie scenes the director just decided to overdo the music score to build up tension which just didn’t have the desired affect and was obviously just to cover up the flat acting and equally flat script. The guy who played Freddy was OK I suppose but he just wasn’t scary enough to look at and didn’t really creep me out as much as Robert Englund did.
First thing’s first. The acting, from my point of view was way better than the original movie. Nostalgia makes you blind, that’s what Claudiu said, and I agree with him. If you liked the first movie better, you still can’t deny the fact that this one wasn’t bad at all. Now on with the story. As I already said, I found this one to be better and more focused on the investigation. It was a nice change, not at all an eye sore ( read above to see again why ). On the last part I must agree, although Jackie Earle Haley did a very good job playing Freddy, the original one was more creepy and gave you goosebumps when you saw him. He had an evil face that could haunt you. But as my opinion goes, it didn’t change the movie by much.
So to end this review, I’ll conclude with this: if you haven’t seen the movie yet, then don’t go see it with the expectation of it to be the very same as the original, because it is not.
A general 8,5 from me.

Transformers 2

Transformers 2

Ok….so Michael Bay…what is the first thing that comes in our minds when we hear that name? That’s right…explosions, computer generated effects and a lot of action. Bad? Not in the least.

Now we all heard different opinions on the second movie based on the Transformers. Some say it’s the best movie they ever saw, some say it’s the worst, some remain indifferent about it. Truth be told….it wasn’t that bad. It all depends if you go and see it with the expectations of a good plot and brilliant acting. Then, the movie would suck, but if you want to see some great action and some great effects then this movie rocks, period. So many people told me that it’s so bad and I shouldn’t even watch it that when it began I could only look for the flaws and…surprise…I can count them on my fingers, and I’ll start with the most annoying of all: if this is a robot movie (and it is) then why the hex do they get so little time on screen? No seriously, Optimus kicks ass, as always Bumblebee is as adorable as ever (in all his rip-his-spine-out-and-throw-him-against-the-wall nature with the enemies), the twins were…uh, let’s just say…special, to not use another word, but they were cute too, Megatron got only a few scenes…The fallen one…at the end…and yeah I guess that was it. I was expecting more robot to robot fight to the end, but I was disappointed at that part. Next stop: the mother….God damn make her shut up already! It wasn’t enough that she had this squeaky annoying voice, she had to cry and whine with it too…urgh! Onto the two lovers….ok so the romantic scenes in this move were like a nut in the wall…they had no freaking place there and they were just for the audience to have a moment of d’awww and “how sweet” but don’t worry, they don’t last THAT long, I mean sure you may wonder why Sam is a total wuss when it comes to confess his feelings for Mikaela and why it took a whole damn war for him to say that he loved her….but yeah as I said…it was an unnecessary plus that we could have done without. Hmm…let me think a bit…the acting wasn’t entirely bad though Shia LaBeouf could take some acting lessons along with Megan Fox.

Now that I got that out of the way, let’s get to awesome-ness. The two soldiers that came on screen from time to time were the win. I mean, there had to be at least someone that had brains in that whole military base. The official from the White House ticked me off by a long shot…how dumb and idiotic can a person get?….well apparently, as you shall see in the movie, quite a lot. How can you ask the robots to leave the Earth when you know you’re battling things that are ten times higher and 100 times more powerful than you are? There should be a limit to human stupidity sometimes. Anyway, after he did his job of annoying everyone in the audience, the dude was thrown off a plane (yeah literally, too bad he had a parachute) and we get back to our old fashion action movie. There were some scenes that wanted to be sad, but then you realized that 1) Optimus can’t die…and 2) Sam can’t die, so they had to revive them somehow, that’s where the movie turns cliché but then we’re all surrounded by special effects and robots and we’ll forget all about it. True that the first movie had another feel to it, and the robots were more present…d’oh, but this one ain’t bad.

I know I keep praising the effects but God damn…the effects…see it on a Blu Ray and you’ll know what I’m shouting here about. I’m serious. Go.See.It.

The ending is of course good wins over evil (did I mention that Optimus kicked ass? Yeah? Well I’m saying it again: Optimus kicked some God damn robot ass). So don’t go listening to anyone that says the movie is good or bad, go see it and make your own opinion of it.

So as far as my opinion goes I have this:

Sounds: 8

Visuals: 10

Plot: 7

Overall: 8,3

P.S: Bumblebee rocks and he always will.