Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This is a fun flick for the casual movie-goer. I'm sure critics will hate, "Doomsday", but I had a great time with it. Even though parts of, "Doomsday" come off as cheesy, Marshall's obvious tongue-in-cheek approach to many scenes gave me the impression that the occasional "cheese" scene was purposeful and all in good fun. I haven't seen, "Mad Max" in a long time, but this movie reminded me of a vamped-up version of that (modernized). The plot is simple: a virus in Scotland is dealt with by the UK government by closing off the infected area via a fence. Those infected are left in the area to die; no one in, no one out. The strength of this movie is not in it's plot, but in it's action and humor. Most of the violent scenes are offset with subtle humor.
My favorite aspect of this film was not in the plot, action, or humor. My favorite scenes involved the small role of Viper, played by Lee-Ann Liebenberg. According to my limited research on her (involving a couple quick google searches), she is a model that was featured on FHM in 2005 as their model of the year. Her picture is displayed on this blog entry. Every move she made was dark and sexy. If there was a violent, mature version of a GI-Joe movie, she would play one of Zartan's minions. I'll be paying attention to her career going forward, and will be a slave to the box office in her future features.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
The final entry in the Dune sage was a bittersweet experience. I truly enjoyed reading "Sandworms of Dune", but was sad when I read the last page. Even though Herbert and KJA could not match Frank Herbert's style (I didn't expect them to), I think they've done a fantastic job with "Hunters of Dune", and "Sandworms of Dune". If you liked "Hunters of Dune", then you will enjoy the last installment. I preferred 'Sandworms' more because the scope of the plot was tighter than 'Hunters'. The book focuses primarily on the no-ship that Duncan Idaho, Murbella, and the ghola children inhabit as they travel the universe on the run from the tachyon net. I was impressed at how the authors neatly closed up the Dune saga. I expected a lot of loose ends, and that wasn't the case. The original 'Dune' canon, by Frank Herbert has yet to be matched by anyone in the sci-fi community, but I'm pleased that Brian Herbert and KJA put some closure to the saga with "Hunters of Dune", and "Sandworms of Dune".