Black in Action

Thanks for sticking with the site through the long writing hiatus. This November to June break from writing has seen a lot of things change in this world of ours. I am sorry that I have not been there to bring my blow, dick and fart jokes commentary to these events. Some thoughts on the last five months:

  • Just think that the last time I wrote on the blog I was able to sleep peacefully every night because I had never heard of Justin Bieber. His propulsion from pre-pubescent dork I had never heard of to pre-pubescent dork I have heard of has been most displeasing to say the least. Although, there is light at the end of this Bieber tunnel hell. If he is anything like me and my friends, he will soon discover internet porn and touching himself and go into his room and not come out for four or five months.
  • The best movie I have seen since I last wrote is probably Kick Ass or Shutter Island. I have already expressed my unconditional man crush for DiCaprio and his team up with Scorsese was quite enjoyable. Kick Ass was a good example of a movie that just gets it. The creative team behind it understood the source material and had a vision of what they wanted to do and made it happen. It’s R rated violence and comedy at its best. Good performances abound and it’s just a fun movie to watch.
  • Worst movies I have seen recently are probably The Descent 2 and… …well the Descent 2 was pretty horrible. The Descent is the scariest movie I have ever seen and to see this abomination carry its name is shameful. A quick rant on this film and it will double as my review of it. Most movies when there is a scene of darkness are not really dark, it’s ‘Stage Dark’. Dark enough to give the indication that it’s night or the power’s out or whatever but not dark where the audience cannot see what is happening. The Descent bucked this trend by making a movie that was actually dark ands the character’s flashlight beam provides the only visibility. A true representation of darkness. This is a primary reason why the Descent was so frightening, but Descent 2 made no such effort. It was glaringly stage dark the entire film and really took away from the frighteningly effective use of light in the first. Oh and I hated Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, this was just stupid. Clash of the Titans was another notable turd. The post-production 3d effects looked terrible and the movie was a hollow, emotionless example of summer blockbuster filmmaking.
  • 3d movies seem to be taking hold. And I’ve mentioned it before but I’m still ardently against it. It’s a cash grab. Charging 2 or 3 doll-hairs more to see it in 3d is reprehensible (and this coming from a guy who despises works of charity and selflessness). 3d is a gimmick, it looks good in animated movies like How to Train Your Dragon and presumably Toy Story 3 but looks awful when done post production on non digital objects like human actors (hello Sam Worthington’s oddly shaped 3d head in Clash of the Titans). But in the end it adds nothing to your film.
  • I watch the evening news about once in a never so I have absolutely nothing to report on news and current events.
  • Politics. No thanks.
  • The Yankees won a World Series, the Saints a Super Bowl (blagh, get over yourselves, Katrina was 5 years ago and none of the players were affected by it, spare me the ten thousandth human interest piece narrated Jeremy Schaap *dismissive wank*).

I think that about covers everything that has happened of note since I stopped writing. Correction, I am being handed a news brief by the CNN reporter on the TV behind me that Dennis Hopper has passed away. So that’s something I guess. Not the biggest Dennis Hopper fan but I guess he was pretty cool as the bad guy in Speed, though certainly not Bad Guy of the Week worthy. But anyway, long story short, he’s dead. And Gary Coleman died yesterday.

So hopefully I get my shit together and write a little more often. Thanks for checking the site.

-Seth Brundle

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