Sep 15 2009

Onomatopoeias and ulterior motives

Someone pointed out to me that I hadn’t disclosed the entire story in my previous post.

The truth is, my friend’s real name isn’t Logan; we just call him that because he looks like Wolverine. To that end, he is the recipient of lots of Weapon X-related teasing. Like the day I looked at his hand and asked him, “Does it hurt?” He of course blew his line (“Every time.”).

So when I asked him his favorite onomatopoeia, it wasn’t an interrogative question: it was a setup. No matter what he answered, my reply was pre-planned:

“I would have thought it was snikt!”

He didn’t really find it that humorous. But I guess I wouldn’t either if I had an adamantium-encased skeleton.

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May 13 2009

The best there is at what I do, but what I do isn’t very nice

X-Men Origins: Wolverine isn’t really that great of a movie. It doesn’t stink like X-Men 3, but it doesn’t rock like X-Men 1 & 2.

The movie has a number of completely superfluous characters who, if you removed them from the movie, wouldn’t change the plot one bit, Gambit and The Blob being the most notable. The movie has a lot of profanity, I guess in an attempt to make it gritty, but it’s still just a mediocre movie. The big fight scene in the middle of the movie is virtually bulging with some of the lamest movie cliches ever, and some simply ridiculous things like riding a Harley through a dense forest. In terms of SFX, there are several scenes that are so obvious they were filmed against a bluescreen and had digital backgrounds inserted that it was distracting.

I don’t mean to imply that the movie was completely terrible, but I think a good editor could make a pretty kick-butt 45 minute movie out of it.

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