June 30, 2011

Heavy Metal Or No Metal At All

Ok, I know a lot of you aren't really looking forward to this one. I'd even go so far as to say that you're dreading it. We all know how terrible Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was, from the lame action, to the juvenile humor ("enemy scrotum?"), to the incredibly racist robots. And we all groaned when it was announced that Señor Bay and Monsieur LaBeouf would be back. Now, was I the only one who's ears started to perk up when some news about the production started trickling in? When the bomb dropped that Megan Fox wouldn't be back, I cheered. Did you? When Michael Bay went on the record apologizing for Revenge, I nodded in approval. Did you? When the Super Bowl spot was aired, I took interest. Did you? You should have! Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while far from anything worth submitting from awards contention, is a far better film than you or I expected. A million times better than Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon is not only filled to bursting with crazy action and destruction, but is making an effort to be a legitimately good movie. And, crazy as it sounds, it more or less succeeds.

Apparently, he can do parkour too. Who knew?

June 29, 2011

What A Wicked Game To Play

Lately, my life has been consumed by three things, French, Battlestar Galactica, and George R. R. Martin's epic series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire. Outside of Lord of the Rings, I have never before come across a fantasy saga as engrossing, detailed, and thrilling as Martin's superb tomes.

Have no idea what A Song of Ice and Fire is? No worries; you've been exposed to it. The new series on HBO, Game of Thrones, is a direct adaptation of it. I've been faithfully following the show since the premiere two months ago, and loved every second of it.

Game of Thrones is, truly, a brilliant television show. Full of rich and complex characters, sweeping mythology and devilishly twisty plots, Game of Thrones is a perfect example of how to adapt a book to the screen.


June 28, 2011

My Summer So Far: Quick Reviews of Beginners, The Tree of Life, and X-Men: First Class

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that, since I was cooped up in France, drowning in baguettes and wine, and getting floored by the overall sexiness of everyone around me that I was completely blind to what was going on at the movie theaters for the month. Am I on to something?

Well, you're wrong. Yes, I missed out on catching such things as Super 8 and Green Lantern, though I'll get to them later. But, there are movie theaters in France, go figure. The town I was in, Tours, actually had a pretty sweet set up. There was a theatre that played a lot of American movies in English with French subtitles for rull cheap. I managed to find time in my busy schedule of classes, excursions, and drinking to see two movies. And then, of course, I get home and head straight for the theatre.

Care to know my thoughts? Of course you do. You've been practically dead inside without my dry wit to hold you over. Well, satiate yourselves. Hit the jump and frolic in the awesomeness!!!

Hotel de Ville

June 27, 2011

I'm Back, Bitches!!!

France was fun! A lot of fun! But, I had to come home eventually.

Ok, now to the task at hand, resuming my writing.

New content to come tomorrow. But for now, enjoy the latest episode of Nick's Vlog, which I am now a part of.

June 10, 2011

Après Deux Semaines De Ce...

Wow! Juste wow! Je pensais que France était cool, mais cette dépassé mes attentes. France est le meilleur endroit sur la terre. Je suis tellement de plaisir. Les classes sont difficiles, mais ils sont informative et intéressants. Je suis déjà mieux le français que je ne l'étais au début du mois. En dehors des cours, il y a beaucoup de plaisir à avoir. Que puis-je dire? Je suis assez vieux pour boire ici. Les indigènes sont gentil et accommodant, et les boissons sont bon marché.

Je souhaite que mon vocabulaire est assez bon pour exprimer combien je l'aime ici. Nous verrons après l'autre deux semaines. Au revoir pour maintenant, mes jolies. Je vais vous parler bientôt!

Château de Chenonceau