i'm up again so i figure i'll blog for a bit. just updated my art blog been trying to keep that up and doing an ok job on it so far. don't know how well i'll be doing when i start drawing book 3 in a couple of days but for now it's fun to just draw for the fuck of it. yeah book tree is finally falling into place a hit a small writing crisis on my first draft but hit my stride and i really got it now, which is awesome!
so i watched two Shia LaBeouf movies that i have never seen in a row tonight, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Eagle Eye". now Eagle Eye was pretty watchable the plot was a bit contrived (pretty much "Sky-net: Year One"). but it was exciting, especially in the final half when everyone gets on the same page and make separate efforts to take down sky-net Jr. however, it did have a very political narrative that came off heavy handed and there was this tacked on "romance" between "LaBoof" and his occasionally attractive female lead Michelle Lynn Monaghan. but other than that it was pretty ok. (3 out of 5 stars = Watchable) Crystal skull on the other hand to coin my roommates phrase was a hot mess.
the funny thing about "the Crystal Skull" was i went into the movie knowing about the aliens that show up at the end. so i felt fairly prepared, i mean the way people tell it the movie coasts along fine until that. but aliens were the least of that movies problems. from stem to stern as soon as "LaBoof" shows up the movie stops making sense. LaBoof drives onto the train platform on his greaser motorcycle to get Indi (yes, he is some how allowed to drive a motorcycle onto a train's boarding platform.). they have him dressed up like a James Dean type which confuses me because i didn't know Shia LaBoof supposed to be awesome. he comes off as a scrawny 17-year-old dork to me. but whatever, he knows a guy that Indi' knows, and if Indi' doesn't help him the guy they both know will die. that much i get, but after he hands Indi' the notebook/map or whatever that belongs to the guy they both know; and LaBoof travels half way round the world fighting murderous Russians to get to him. wouldn't i be great if we found out the connection between LaBoof and the guy? i mean, it stands to reason, right? but no, when Indi and LaBoof get alone time what do they talk about? that LaBoof didn't finish school, and how his mom is always hassling him. no reminiscing about poor old Dr. Whoever that i'm risking my life to save. and then we finally get to the guy and who shows up? LaBoof's mom, Marion Ravenwood from raiders of the lost ark! at this point the flick completely abandons the poor old Dr. Whoever storyline in favor of this "getting to know you dad" moment. it doesn't make any sense! if you weren't going to deal with the guy why even bother writing him in? would have be just as easy to replace Dr. Whoever with Ravenwood. i mean at the end of the day all your looking for is motivation for Indi' and La Boof to rescue someone. and by making it the mom your plot stays focused.
but pretty much that's how that movie rolls. through out it's entirety it invents plot lines and then conveniently moves on to others like a kid that plays with toy for 2 minutes gets board and throw it away for something shinier. which is really disappointing because it had a lot of promise. but thats my opinion (2 out of 5 = unwatchable)
p.s.: is it just me or does LaBeouf play the same "tough" new york street kid in every movie? i don't know, if it's just me i apologize, but i find him so unbelievable as tough guy. it's like i'm watching Adam Sandler in "the Zohan". :)
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