Given that I'm single (sigh), slightly introvert (sigher), and 2000 miles from home (sigh...est?), my desire to do comforting things is usually pretty high. Few things are as comforting to me, especially in the summer, as going to the movies for some popcorn fun. There are few better feelings for me than exiting a cold, dark theater out into a bright, warm, beautiful summer day. So when summer comes around, I try and spend a decent amount of time taking in the visual orgasm known as the Summer Blockbuster.
Another film that handles time travel really well is X-Men: Days of Future Past. They treat the time travel simply enough that it never becomes overthought and overdone. It's basic and to the point: whoever goes into the past, whatever they change won't be changed until they leave the past and thus allowing the event to occur. Confusing? Yeah, I can't explain time travel for shit. But see, that's the point, these elements are really difficult to describe and get across and yet these films manage it. Still, that's not what we're talking about here. That's just one element. This isn't a (time) travel blog, so let's get on with something not so complicated.
Later today I have plans to see Godzilla -- a giant monster film where naysayers are complaining about the lack of character development. That's the type of giant monster film I can get behind. You may be saying "But Tyler, how can you forgive a film like this but still condemn Bay's Transformers movies for the same thing?" My simple answer to you is this: plot. Bay goes to inordinate heights in order to try and explain things in the Transformers movies, giving reason behind the impossible. This is stupid. We've just spent a third of the movie being told through various government mumbo jumbo just how these Transformers are real and how it affects us via foreign relations and technological advances. This is where I just go "Fornicate you, Michael Bay." You are making a film about giant robots. Unless you're Guillermo Del Toro and have proven that your action film warrants 2 hours, make it 90 minutes of action and cut the government nonsense. It doesn't add a sense of realism and get the audience more involved, it's just filler that makes the one-dimensional characters stand out even more.
What I'm Watching:
Sunshine and Popcorn
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