Hi folks! I’m being a bad bad student… I should be working on a paper that’s due next monday, but instead I’m here. But I just had to share a few things. So give me a few minutes and then I’ll be out of your hair and back to work.
Thanks to my brother, who is a film production student and can get a hold of these things, I was able to go to an advanced screening of The Avengers last night. The advanced ticket passes did not guarantee entrance, so we had to stand in line for 2 1/2 hrs, and the event was BADLY organized by the AMC people and the Disney reps. So much so, that I was really REALLY beginning to regret going to thing as I finally sat down in the 2nd row of the theatre. Half-way through the movie: I wasn’t regretting it anymore.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I want to take a few minutes to sing this movie’s praises.
First of all, The Avengers was visually STUNNING. I saw it in 3D, which I’m not usually a big fan of, but this 3D was done very well. They didn’t overdo it, and a few times I was actually impressed by the depth it added to the image. The special effects were AMAZING. And the fight scenes were AWESOME. So well choreographed, so well done by the actors, stunt-men, and FX people, and for the most part very cleanly filmed. You know how sometimes in movies the fight scenes get very blurry so you can’t quite tell what’s going on? This is a problem in a lot of Christopher Nolan’s films, for instance, because of the way he shoots things: too close to the action, too many close-ups on faces and various body-parts, lots of zooming around with the camera, so you can’t tell who’s doing what. This movie did that one or twice (every action movie does), but for the most part it was very easy to keep track of what was going on.
Second, the moment I first heard Joss Whedon would be directing and writing the screenplay, I was pretty much sold. I knew he would do a good job, and I was SO right. Whedon put his signature on this film. Lots of little references (Galaga, for one), and, of course, really really snappy funny dialogue. The dialogue was HILARIOUS. And, thanks to good acting and good direction, the dialogue worked really well in the movie.
And that’s the third big thing: the actors were fantastic. Of course, I already loved Robert Downey Jr, and Chris Evans had done a good job in Captain America so I was okay with him, but I was pretty skeptical about Mark Ruffalo – especially because Edward Norton had done such a wonderful job as The Hulk, and I was pissed that Marvel had kicked him off the project merely because they didn’t want to give him the credit he deserved. But Mark Ruffalo did a good job, and made the character his own. And everyone else was marvelous (hehe) as well.
The plot was fun and quick paced. The ending was satisfying. There was so drama, but lots and LOTS of laughter in the audience last night. The dialogue seriously had the whole theatre in stitches. People, you seriously need to see this movie. It was absolutely FANTASTIC.
Okay, time to switch gears for a moment. I’m still talking about films here, but these are two Kickstarter projects I would to give shout outs to.
For those who don’t know what Kickstarter is: it’s a crowdsource funding site. People pots projects on Kickstarter in order to ask for pledges/donations, and offer various awards for different price levels. You can donate as little as a dollar, but of course the more you donate the cooler the awards. The thing is, Kickstarter puts a 30 day limit on all fundraising events, the project must indicate a minimum price goal, and if that goal is not met by the end of the 30 days, they don’t get ANY of the money pledged so far.
Both of the projects I’m talking about today are ending on May 6th. They only have a couple days left, and they are SO close to meeting their goals, but are having trouble making that final push. I have donated to both, and I REALLY want to see how they turn out, so here’s me hoping some of you will consider checking them out and donating something.
#1: Dust, a scifi/fantasy film by indie company Ember Labs. Check out their fundraising video:
Check out their Kickstarter page for more info, and to donate.
#2: Even Though The Whole World is Burning, a documentary about American poet W.S. Merwin (who has won the Pulitzer twice, and is also a political and ecological activist).
I couldn’t get the embedded video to work for this one, so please check out their Kickstarter page to watch their fundraising video and get more info.
I hope you all will consider donating a few dollars. I think these are both very worthy projects. If you aren’t impressed after you see the videos, well… I worry for you. ^_^
Okay, folks, that’s everything. Time for me to get back to the scramble through final papers. See ya later! Thanks!