Bandslam released last summer to very little fanfare. In fact, the marketing of the movie was absolutely horrible. Every trailer for it was worse than the last, and the film had been retitled a number of times. For a while it was called Will and then Rock On and then finally Bandslam. The title Will is the most fitting, however, as it really is about his character, and is told from his perspective.
I highly recommend that you get a copy of it. Rent it, buy it, and spread the word to friends that you’ve discovered the best sleeper film of 2009.
You can read my review from when I saw it about nine days in advance of the release date: Bandslam Review
I still need to decompress what I’ve just witnessed. While I don’t appreciate, or approve of, Michael Bay’s sense of humor, I do think he finally got something right: he let the Transformers hold actual conversations with each other. The Autobots spoke more, and the Decepticons definitely spoke a lot more this time around.
I would shave a bit off of the beginning of the movie. Anyone that’s seen it will probably agree: the Pretender, and the first conversation between Sam and Mikaela weren’t really necessary.
The critically-acclaimed franchise that gave gamers the freedom to fly in a world of dreams is coming to the Wii this Holiday! As a fantasy jester called NiGHTS, players will experience a heightened sense of gliding, spiraling, looping, and much more thanks to the innovative Wii Remote.
Nights is a Journey of Dreams
Pros: Easy to learn, Gameplay, Great Sound, Beautiful Music, Engaging Story Line, Challenging, Multiplayer, Graphics
Cons: Learning takes some time
Best Uses: Adults, Teenagers
Describe Yourself: Casual Gamer
I was skeptical of this game at first, but had heard all of the acclaim around the original game that was released for Sega Saturn many years ago. I wanted to be convinced, though, and after reading about the game in Nintendo Power magazine, I was intrigued.
I bought the game, and the first thing I noticed when starting the game was the great graphics and the music that belongs on a soundtrack album.
I just saw Batman Begins with my awesome friend Jaci. Haven’t seen her in about, oh, a year and some months. I think the last time was at Catholic Central and West Catholic’s play at Aquinas College. We went to get food first, which was cool. Also in attendance at the movie were the three Narnia sisters: Rebecca, Cynthia, and Rowan, and their parents, who I met in a fleeting moment after the film.
Batman was excellent. A wonderful Batman film. Long, yes, but it had some great stuff in it, and was grounded in reality for the most part. It had a very gritty feel to it, and it had some humor to it, which came at refreshing times. It began strong and ended strong and the middle was full of great characters and a fantastic beginning to a classic character.
Jaci: It was great to see you again, hopefully we’ll get to hang out again soon. You’re awesome. I can tell your faith is strong. Don’t lose that, you are a blessing to your friends!
Jenny: I’m sorry I forgot to mention you when I wrote this, but heck yes I saw you! That was an awesome part of the story, too! Because Jaci was like “Hi, I’m Paul Martin and I know everyone!” Props to you!
Granted, yes, there were cheesy parts.. but overall, this had such dark parts in it, it was incredible. There were also some really tragic elements that were very artfully done, and some slower moments that helped you to take a breather. Lots of information, really fast, made it hard to keep up sometimes, and the slower moments helped.
I think with a few more viewings, it’ll all become much more clear. Heck, we were all able to laugh about the cheese afterward. There’s a lot to love in this film, and the music is just one element that was great.. let me just say, right now, that the acting in this Star Wars was MUCH closer to the original trilogy.
At the end of this one, I felt a lack of closure, because I wanted more of this story.. and the funny thing is that I can see more of it. I can watch the original trilogy and get the rest of the story any time. I think that’s exactly as it should be, at the end of this one.
I’m really curious to see how this will effect how I view Darth Vader though. I really feel that while dramatically he was instructed to be a whiny teenager in Episode II, that really did hurt the character arc a bit, as in this one he’s getting confused, and we’re just watching everyone give up on him, except for one character, and it’s the one character that we know is the one we least want him following, and we even want him to turn back, we want someone to reach out to this boy, but his fate is inevitable.