Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Sinbad, Vampire, Monuments, BashCon

Movies and a convention. Work. Snow.

"Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage" feels for all the world like it was found in a vault after sitting unreleased for 60 years or so. It features second rate stop motion animation, effects, dialog, acting... It doesn't help that the completely unknown star is also the director, co-writer, and executive producer. And then there is the fact that the main character's name is consistently pronounced "SANH-badh" rather than "SIN-bad". I don't regret seeing it, and I have seen a LOT of movies I have enjoyed less, but I still don't know how this one got made.

"Vampire Academy" is a lot of fun. It takes at least as many liberties with the vampire legends as "Twilight" does, but it manages to maintain a near perfect balance between humor and violence. There is also a fair amount of eye candy. In a well run universe, this movie and the books it is based on would blow the doors off of "Twilight". As it is, this film is being almost completely ignored.

"The Monuments Men" is GREAT. It is by turns funny, touching, and heart-wrenching in pretty much perfect proportions. Naturally, the critics hate it. Near the end of the movie, a one character asks another, "Is art worth dying for?" The entire film is the answer...

And then there is the BashCon report: http://uncle-gnoll.livejournal.com/5829.html

At one point, someone told me that I would be better off parking in the tower to the north of the student union rather than across the river by the tennis courts. I tried. Getting from the tower INTO the student union, when one doesn't know any of the building names, or what doors are unlocked, and it is 15 degrees out, is a REALLY good way to leave a frozen body in a stairwell. I gave up and went back to the tennis courts. Someday I will have to find an excuse to prowl the University of Toledo without freezing, and figure out what goes where.

Uncle Hyena
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