Sunday, May 19, 2013

Iron Man 3

Went to see Iron Man 3 yesterday. Paid $9.50 for the 3-D matinee.  And just like when I went to see Avatar in 3-D, after a while I got used to the extra dimension until one scene or another would remind me.

I had heard that the special effects (FX) were good but the movie itself wasn't so great. And I know why.

You can't have nonstop action. There have to be places in the movie for the story to unfold, to let you know who is doing what, and why. The problem is that there were too many of these slow spots, and they lasted way too long.

There were bits and pieces of action, and humor, scattered throughout the movie, but it wasn't until the last fifteen or twenty minutes that all the action really started popping. And popped it did! Can't fault the action at all.

Of course the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow was still gorgeous, and she had a bit more to do in this one.

The only omission was that of Leslie Bibb, who was in three scenes in the first one, and in only one in the second movie.

On a scale of 1 -10, I would give this one a 6 or 7, whereas the first two were at an 8 or 9.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chicago Fire...on NBC

Haven't written for a good while, and considering all the news that has been happening, I probably should have.

But today I am writing about the NBC show 'Chicago Fire'.  I had heard that after the first few episodes there was a rumor that it might be cancelled (but not now, I'm pretty sure it has been renewed for a second season).

At first I watched it for the fires, auto accidents, etc. As far as I could tell the show pretty accurately depicted how the firefighters and EMT handled the crises they face. And I was very impressed and continued to watch every week.

But as I got to know, and got invested in, the characters and their stories, I liked the series even more!

This is a great show as far as I am concerned, I hope it runs another 5 or 6 years, at least.

Just as an aside---
There is a character on the show named Severide, and the only other Severide I ever heard of was Eric Severeid, a CBS commentator who died in 1992. He had a daily 2 minute commentary segment on the evening news after Walter Cronkite until 1977.  I discovered that his vocabulary was so vast that I had to actually LISTEN to what he was talking about in order to understand what he was saying.

And NO ONE since has caused me to pay so close attention to what they were talking about.

And I miss that.