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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Double Standard Modesty

Warning:You may not want anyone reading this over your shoulder.

One of the most prevalent and irritating double standards regarding nudity is the shirtless one:A man can go without a shirt and it's considered okay. But a woman must not appear in public without her nipples covered (unless she's a stripper).

This makes no sense to me. Nipples look the same no matter which gender we're talking about. What then makes a woman's obscene? This makes even less sense when you take breastfeeding into account. By declaring female breasts inappropriate, you're making it more difficult for us to feed our children.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Movie Review:Eragon

Premise:A young farm boy turned dragon rider has magic to learn and an evil army to defeat.

Cast:Edward Speleers as Eragon, Jeremy Irons as Brom, Rachel Weisz as the voice of Saphira, Sienna Guillory as Arya, Robert Carlyle as Durza, Garrett Hedlund as Murtagh, Djimon Hounsou as Ajihad, Caroline Chikezie as Nasuada, John Malkovich as Galbatorix, Chris Egan as Roran, Joss Stone as Angela

Director:Stefen Fangmeier

MPAA Rating:PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences, and some frightening scenes

Genres:Fantasy, adventure

Notes:Based on the book by Christopher Paolini. Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to 20th Century Fox.

Pros:Good CGI. Creepy villain. A rather cute baby dragon.

Cons:Fans of the book will hate extensive changes. Poor dialogue. Uninspiring protagonist. Bad acting.

Imagine that you're hunting in the middle of the woods, just about to take the shot. Suddenly, this weird stone drops out of nowhere and scares off your prey. And it's not just a stone...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Album Review:Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer

Artist:Relient K

Songwriters:Matthew Thiessen, whoever wrote the Christmas songs we hear so often

Genres:Rock, pop-rock, holiday, punk

Notes:Album art taken from Amazon.

General Thoughts:Before December even gets here, you can find countless holiday-themed albums. Most of the tracks here are old classics. The band took a few and turned them into rock tracks, which depending on your taste, may spice them up or spoil them. The original songs are often calmer and more depressing.

This one is actually a re-release of the band's first Christmas album, Deck The Halls, Bruise Your Hand. The difference between the two are a few extra songs. If you already have the first one, just (legally) download the new tracks. If not, then pick this up because there are a few must-have songs here.

Overall, this is the kind of album you can listen to year after year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Movie Review:Elf

Premise:A human raised by elves goes to New York to spend Christmas with his biological father.

Cast:Will Ferrell as Buddy Elf, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, James Caan as Walter Hobbs, Zooey Deschanel as Jovie, Ed Asner as Santa Claus, Mary Steenburgen as Emily Hobbs, Daniel Tay as Michael Hobbs, Fazion Love as the Gimbel's manager, Amy Sedaris as Deborah, Peter Dinklage as Miles Finch

Director:Jon Favreau

MPAA Rating:PG for some mild rude humor and language.

Genres:Comedy, children's, holiday

Notes:Images taken from Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Warner Brothers.

Pros:Sweet-hearted. Fun acting. It's funny.

Cons:Somewhat cheesy and saccharine

Feeling like a cotton-headed ninmuggins, Buddy the elf is told the truth. He is actually a human and his father lives in a magical place called New York. Unfortunately, Dad is also on the naughty list. Even so, he's going to have so much fun with Dad.

This movie is a lot like Buddy himself. It's silly and obsessed with sugar, but it's well-meaning and kind of sweet. I haven't seen many Will Ferrell movies, so I can't make comparisons. What I can say is he makes a great human-elf. And Zooey Deschanel does a fair softening snarky lady.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Movie Review:Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Premise:Scott Pilgrim must defeat his girlfriend's evil exes if he is to continue dating her.

Cast:Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim, Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves, Mark Webber as Stephen Stills, Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Johnny Simmons as Neil Nordegraf, Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, Brie Larson as Envy Adams, Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram, Mae Whitman as Roxie Richter, Shota Saito and Keita Saito as the Katayanagi twins, Aubrey Plaze as Julie Powers

Director:Edgar Wright

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language, and drug references.

Notes:Based off the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Poster taken from IMP Awards and belong to Universal.

Pros:A fun quirkiness. A couple of interesting characters.

Cons:Little character development. Hammy acting. Fights are rushed. Several subplots from the comics are left out.

Imagine if this girl you just went out with had some baggage. Baggage in the form of seven evil exes who will try to kill you until you defeat them all. Welcome to Scott's life, in a big screen adaption.