Saturday, August 20, 2011

I like Back to the Future, but not the sequels

Everyone has seen or at least heard of Back to the Future. It's one of the best movies made in the 80's. It's written cleverly, and there are no continuity errors. Everything that happens in the movie has a role in making the future different. The movie is brilliant. The sequels however, are not.

Part II is the worst of the three, and not about how the future of the movie is no where close to the now future. The movie has a lot of flaws. First of all, why does Marty's kids look exactly like him? I know it's a joke, but why doesn't Marty's dad look exactly like him? It's just kind of a weird part of the movie. I'm not too fond of the way Marty deals with bullying. Specifically when someone calls him a chicken. Why does he react to it so often. You'd think he'd get over it in the future, but no. It's someone I don't like about sequels: never having your character change. I did think that Marty buying the sports almanac was realistic. Who wouldn't want information to help them cheat to being rich. But what wasn't realistic was future Biff knowing how to fly the Delorean. He has never been in the car to know how to fly it, so how does he know? Then when Marty and Doc go back to 1985, they get to an alternate 1985, and Marty finds out how rich Biff got when Lorraine wakes him up and tells him "he's safe and sound on the good ol' 27th floor." And then Marty wakes up and repeats what she says. Continuing the joke from the first movie. I'm all for continuing scenes if they are funny, but this was unnecessary. I didn't find it amusing that he responded by saying this. A little annoyed to be honest. The only other scene I have a big problem with is Biff hitting the manure truck when Marty gets away. Again, kind of annoyed he couldn't have gotten himself in something else. I'm fine with the rest of the movie.

Part III has a different tone. It goes back to the first movie. I felt like the second movie was silly and wasn't the same movie as the first. The third movie was pretty good, but not great. The movie does have Marty waking up in shock of hearing where he is, and Biff's ancestor falling in manure, but this movie seemed a bit more realistic, besides the fact that they are time travelers. I don't have too many problems with this movie, except for one thing. How did Doc turn the train into a time machine? It's a little understandable that with the advancements of time and science, he could've made a flux capacitor, but not in 1885 where they don't even have a way to clean the water they drink. AND how did they make the train FLY?! It is a reference to the end of the first movie, where it lets you know the movies are over, but I just didn't like it.

With all the criticism I gave the second and third movies, you might think I don't like them or that I think the first movie was perfect. I do like watching them, I just have my gripes with them. The first movie is not perfect, but I just thought it was better written and not forced. I know you might say "it's just a movie," but if I'm going to watch them, I should have an opinion. I just think the sequels were unnecessary. But what do you think? Leave a comment below.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Late Night Shows As I See It

Recently, I got into the Late Show with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I consider myself a fan because I watch the shows almost every night, but I don't consider myself a late night talk show expert. But I'll try to explain my thought process as best I can.

On August 12, 2011, TBS announced they were canceling Lopez Tonight, the first late night talk show on TBS and the lowest rated. It first aired in November of 2009, and personally, I wasn't a fan. I just felt the show lacked something, oh what is it. Oh yeah, comedy. And many people agreed. It didn't bring in big numbers. But when Conan left The Tonight Show in a big media uproar, Conan signed a deal with TBS. With Conan Feeling hesitant about the deal, Lopez himself persuaded him to take the show. With TBS hoping to bring big ratings and sustain Conan's audience to watch Lopez's show now moved to midnight, the plan backfired. With a declining viewership in Conan's show, Lopez Tonight lost more than half the viewership they had. So TBS, with a show that wasn't making money, cancelled Lopez Tonight.

Some are comparing this to what happened to Conan on The Tonight Show, but personally, I disagree. Leno on the show said he wanted not to create the same stink he made when he hosted the show instead of Letterman, and "the show's yours." Don't believe me?


Lopez wanted Conan to have the time slot. Leno said he would give the show to Conan, but decided to stick around to force Conan to leave. See the difference?

I do have opinions on the other late night shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live. Although not live, I do think he is really funny and deserves more viewers. Because Leno stole The Tonight Show twice, and many bits from other people, and on top of that, isn't funny, I don't watch his show, and I'm surprised a lot of people do. I suppose it's tradition, but come on. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Not a strong host, but alright as long as he isn't laughing at his jokes. Last Call with Carson Daly: who is up that late?! The rest of the late night shows like The Daily Show, Colbert Report and some show on E, I have never seen, so I have no opinions on them.

But I do watch CBS late night. I think David Letterman is and was funny. Back when he was on NBC, he was hilarious. I don't think he is as funny as he used to, but the show is still good. But I think Craig Ferguson is a great late night host. He's hilarious and Geoff Peterson, his gay robot skeleton, work great together. Just an awesome show.

So if you have any opinions on late night, or think I was wrong on anything, leave a comment down below.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Reverse Scrolling on the Mac

Recently, Apple released their new operating system, 10.7 Lion. With this upgrade came many new features including full-screen apps, system-wide auto save and the most controversial feature: reverse scrolling. On an iOS device, to scroll, you take two fingers and push up to scroll down, and down to scroll up. Sounds confusing, but it is incredibly intuitive. It's like moving a piece of paper. So Apple figured because they sell two multi-touch mice, it would be a great idea. However, to most, it is confusing. Many bloggers have reported they couldn't get used to it as fast as the iPhone. In my opinion, I could get used to it very fast. I went to the Apple Store before I saw the Harry Potter movie, because at my mall they are in the same place. After using the Magic Mouse and Trackpad and getting used to the initial "oh yeah, it's been changed" it just became second nature when scrolling. Especially in Final Cut Pro X, going through the timeline was very smooth. To those of you who have 10.7, give it a chance. But if you can't get used to the change, you can change the scrolling direction in System Preferences under Mouse. If you want to get 10.7, you can buy it in the Mac App Store for $29 or the Apple Store on a USB drive for $59.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 - Review from a HarryPotter n00b


I've never read the books, way too long. I've only seen three Harry Potter movies: the first, part one, and now part two. But after seeing these three movies, I don't think I've missed out on much. I'm sure someone would disagree with me, but I'm just not that interested in the series. Besides, I can just assume that something evil happened, maybe someone died and Harry saved the day. I will admit that because I haven't seen the other movies, I don't really know the characters that well, so I'm not sure how they are supposed to act. In the first part, I didn't know if Ron's jealousy of Harry leading the way was a recurring event. But nonetheless it was a good movie. Some scenes felt a little stretched out, but I hear it's just like the book.

In part two, I felt they did a good job of not going through a "previously on Harry Potter" montage because I'm almost certain everyone watching the movie saw the last one, unless there are the book readers who want to see the last movie ever. So the movie takes place from what I guess is Hogwarts being taken over by evil or something along the lines of that. I didn't really understand, but I never read or saw anything past the first movie. So Harry must kill Voldemort in a series of timed events otherwise Voldemort will kill him.

In a n00b's opinion of the film, I didn't understand parts of the movie, so I found it quite boring. Don't get me wrong, it's action packed, but I just couldn't find myself to enjoy it had I seen the other movies. But to the book readers, because you get the full 2 hours, you get a better representation of the book. So if you haven't already seen the movie, go check it out.

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