Friday, November 28, 2014

Shorts: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

I wrote two posts how over the top stupid first movie was. This tries to be more serious. It ends up being boring even though it has Bruce Willis and The Rock. Both seem to be in every other action movie. It looked like this was couple days of line reading for Bruce. The Rock gives his average performance. I never thought I will see boring scene with both Bruce Willis and The Rock.

Ray Stevenson was way above the rest. He is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He can really act and he has physique for action movies. He is only reason to watch this movie. Bruce Willis has one good one liner. Rest of the movie is quite boring. Stupid and boring.

Movie starts some time after events of first movie. Everything is as it was at the end of first movie. This time everything is more realistic. Over the top sets are gone. G.I. Joes and Cobras look like real solders. Movie tries to be realistic except few Snake Eyes scenes and ending. The Rock acts serious character as does Bruce Willis. Only one having fun character is Ray Stevenson.

Even though I wrote two ranting posts of first movie, it made right choice going over the top. This tries to be serious and fails. Something like Cobra and Cobra commander can't be taken seriously. This movie has stupidity like first one did, but it is not as entertaining stupidity.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Metropolis (1927)

You give the date two months before the day and then internet stops working couple hours before the video is published. I could have managed with less stress. But all is fine now. Video is there for all to see.

Metropolis has been on the schedule for review since starting the blog. I waited for latest version. I couldn't find it anywhere on blu ray or dvd. I have heard rumors of Finnish release, but I haven't seen it anywhere. Movie is probably not well enough known for big release. Then it was shown on tv and because I have decided to start YouTube channel, I didn't have to think what will be the first movie.

At one point I planned to make this look like black and white silent movie. I decided to make this look like normal video. That could be wrong decision if my idea for next episode works. If it works silent movie looks would have been small thing. If I go for more artistic style, I probably do"director's cut" of this video with silent movie looks.
If you liked the video you can find more videos from here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Captain America: Civil War name rant - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

Something goes wrong first time, when you don't watch your video in YouTube before publishing it. I had to take original video down and do new mix, render it and upload it. I seem to learn everything hard way. This time my lights worked. First Kvesti on Movies and Stuff video shouldn't have similar problems. I have checked it couple times. It will be published on Wednesday.

When I shot this video, I had not seen previous Captain America movies nor Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now I have seen Captain America: Winter Solder and first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I will do a video of Winter Solder. I am not sure about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. video at the moment. That could happen too. But after seeing those my points still stand. Avengers: Age of Ultron may change something, but no-one has seen that yet.

This will be last non-Doctor Who 5 Minutes with Kvesti video this year.  If I want to catch rest of the world before Doctor Who Christmas Special I have to make all December's 5 Minutes with Kvesti videos Doctor Who videos.
If you liked the video you can find more videos from here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shorts: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Fast & Furious movies seem to try everything. After first series got two movies that cashed with franchise's name. Movies lacked most important element, because Vin Diesel didn't want to do sequels. He came back to fourth movie, which was good. Fifth movie changed the formula little, but was still entertaining. This movie takes our heroes to world of espionage.

Letty comes back from the dead. She didn't die in fourth movie. She just lost his memory and works for Shaw, who is stealing high tech weapons. Letty on wrong side makes Toretto join forces join forces with Hobbs. This starts hunt for Shaw and mission to save Letty.

Movie moves too far from what Fast & Furious movies were. They still drive fast and do stunts with cars. But Fast & Furious elements feel like they were added later. Deep down this is James Bond like movie, which would have worked better with fewer characters. Fast & Furious gang has become special forces solders. I don't remember them to use guns and have fist fights this much in previous movies.

There is no drama. Nobody questions what they do. They do it because they always help the family. It was like characters didn't have any personality and didn't care about anything. And they could do anything they wanted. There were cool action scenes, but movie felt like calculative movie, which gives audience little of what they want, but doesn't tell anything. Last scene made this movie felt like long trailer for next movie.

First I was excited about next movie. Then I started to think, it will probably be another Fast & Furious movie cashing on franchise's name. Just like this movie.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

Another dark video. Next week I will have brighter videos. Then I probably get back making darker 5 Minutes with Kvesti videos. Not as this dark thought. I didn't realize how dark it would be when I shot it. This was second video with dying light.

This is first video with music. All videos from now on will have music. I will do more music, every video will not have same music. But before that you will hear same music more often.

From next week on my 5 Minutes with Kvesti videos will be published on Mondays. Wednesdays will have Kvesti on Movies and Stuff videos.
If you liked the video you can find more videos from here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Enough of blogging and YouTubing posts

...After this one. Next Monday will be first Monday to have 5 Minutes with Kvesti episode. Next week's Wednesday will have first Kvesti on Movies and Stuff episode. Then you will see why I started my YouTube channel and what is my vision of YouTube video.

Well. To be honest you will see part of  that on next Wednesday when next 5 Minutes with Kvesti is published. Original plan was to continue with 5 Minutes with Kvesti as they were until first episode of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff. But why hold 5 Minutes with Kvesti back only to make first episode of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff to look better.

Wednesday's video won't be in new format of 5 Minutes with Kvesti. It is hybrid between old and new formats. I am so excited put it on the net. It might blow your mind, since I am going to territory I don't remember anyone gone before. At least that far. 5 Minutes with Kvesti has evolved quite far from original idea of putting camera on and ranting in living room. Now it is more artistic. You will see that on Wednesday.

My blog here at blogger is now one month old. This should mean that popular posts of month and all time should give different posts from now on. I am still wondering how much penalty I got from taking new domain. I have changed my blog's address twice in a month. Should have taken the domain name same time as I changed the platform.

I have got few hits from search engines, but not as much as I did in Wordpress. Maybe that will return to normal in future.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shorts: Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

It is stupid. Story makes no sense. Acting is bad. But it is one of the best 80's action movies. If you wonder, where all the Chuck Norris jokes come from, you should check this movie. It has explosions, car chase and Chuck Norris shooting two machine guns same time. What more could you want? Consistency? Things to make sense? You won't get that.

Movie tells about Soviet guerrilla invasion to USA. It isn't told it was Soviet invasion, leaders' names imply that. Chuck Norris is Matt Hunter, former agent, who just want to leave spying world behind. He can't because his nemesis Mikhail Rostov is leading guerrilla invasion. Rostov attacks Hunter's home before the guerrilla invasion. Hunter's friend dies in attack and Hunter wants revenge. Nobody but Hunter can stop the invasion.

I could nitpick for ages how inconsistent the story is. But that is not the point. This doesn't try to be realistic or make sense. This is series of scenes giving audience what they want to see. Movie doesn't spend too much time showing aftermath of violence. If it shows explosion, it shows the explosion and then cuts the next scene before debris hit the ground. It feels like genius cutting. When Matt Hunter drives the street, where everyone hates him and his car, we see how lonely he is, trying to save people who hate him. He just don't care, if they hate him. Does that hating make sense? No, but it tells us something and shows how lonely Matt Hunter is and how little he cares.

Invasion U.S.A. is prime example of 80's action movies. Cool one-liners, lone hero and bad guys are evil. Another guerrilla leader Nikko seem to have second thought of what they are doing, but Rostov is one dimensional and evil for both of them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Interstellar - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

So I joined the Interstellar hype. I don't feel like it is the greatest movie ever made. It good, but not that good. In video I tell what I think about the movie. This video is spoiler free. My opinion is, you should see this movie as unspoiled as possible. I still haven't seen the trailer for the movie. I will do spoiler video after movie is released on home media.

I shot three videos same time for a first time and I had some problems with lights. One light was out of power and other died during shooting videos. Next week's video has same dying light. I changed batteries for third video. I liked this darker look so much I might do something similar in future videos.

This and next two 5 Minutes with Kvesti might be last with this format. They are last before first episode of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff. After that I will take these videos closer to what Kvesti on Movies and Stuff will be. Original plan was to have these as totally different shows, but now when I have done few of these and one Kvesti on Movies and Stuff episode, I feel original plan wasn't that good. Shows will be different, but not as much as original plan was.

Next week's video is another Doctor Who video.
If you liked the video you can find more videos from here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Making bad decisions and few words of Interstellar

Ever since I started to take this blog and YouTube thing seriously, I have realized how many bad decisions I have made since I started this blog. I should have chosen Blogger instead of Wordpress and have domain name from get go.

I continue to make bad decision. I decided to value consistency over few hits I could get by publishing Interstellar video couple days earlier. 5 Minutes with Kvesti videos will be published on Mondays in future. But publishing one now on Monday would be confusing. This costs me few hits, but that's how I roll.

Talking about Interstellar. I have before mentioned over 6 minute video coming on Wednesday. To me movie felt like 2 hours of masterpiece in 3 hour movie. I would have made it shorter and changed few things. You should see it unspoiled. Less you know the better. If you liked 2001: A Space Odyssey, you probably like Interstellar. If you hated 2001: A Space Odyssey, you could have issues with Interstellar. Interstellar is more commercial that 2001: A Space Odyssey, but they have similar spirit.

Talking about decisions. I need to make a decision, should I buy new microphone or change format of my 5 Minutes with Kvesti videos. Current format of close and far shots give possibility to do dialog, but it is demanding for microphone and I need to do some mixing magic to make it sound usable. On far shots I am too far from microphone and that has an effect on audio quality. I don't have to worry about image, because my camera has working autofocus. Audio is different thing. I have three weeks to decide what I will do. I hope I don't make another bad decision.

First episode of Kvesti on Movies and stuff is shot and cut. It still need some mixing and editing. It is on schedule to be published on 26.11.2016. Then you will see why I started my YouTube channel.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quick update

So I became real, serious blogger and bought domain name for this blog. I thought it would have been bigger deal. But it was so easy I should have done it earlier. Other thing I wanted to tell you is, I joined Bloglovin and you can follow this blog there too. You can use this link: Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Or from left side bar.

Shorts: The Toxic Avenger part 2 (1989)

You pretty much know what you are getting when you go to see The Toxic Avenger movie. Splatter and exploitation comedy with warm touch. I saw cut version of The Toxic Avenger. This certainly wasn't cut. I don't know how much further this sequel went. If you liked first movie, you will probably like this movie too. This time there is no need for origin story and we get Toxic Avenger right from get go.

After first movie Tromaville is with out crime and people dance on the streets. But that is not good for evil corporation Apocalypse Inc. After their first attack fails Apocalypse Inc. makes a plan to send Toxic Avenger to Japan to look for his father. In Japan they have chemicals that take away Toxic Avengers powers. Toxic Avenger goes to Tokyo, where he fights local gangsters.

Most hilarious thing in this movie was Lloyd Kaufman's "live broadcast" for [insert film festival's name] in [insert name of  the place where film festival is held]. That was funny at begin but felt too long by the end. That it problem of this movie too. Everything felt too long. Jokes would have worked better shorter. I liked this more than first movie even thought I wasn't feeling too good when I saw this.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Doctor Who: Kill The Moon - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

I don't even want to know, why we had mid-season break in Finland. I would only make me angry. Break is over and I can continue to review Doctor Who episodes. I won't do these reviews weekly. For example next week's video will be about Interstellar. These videos speculate episodes without knowledge of what happens later. If you are watching episode for a first time you can watch video after watching the episode to hear my thoughts of the episode.

This video is first with my new light and last to be shot on weekday evening. This is also last video I did with write-shoot-edit-repeat formula. I changed to to write x episodes - shoot y episodes - edit episodes when I have time or I need to have episode finished cycle. This should save some time and give better episodes. Kvesti on Movies and Stuff will always be about older topics. I doesn't matter when I shoot the episodes. 5 Minutes with Kvesti have more current topics, but not every week.

Hope you liked this week's video. Next week it will be about Interstellar.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Shorts: Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter (2012)

So, this thing exists.Story of Abraham Lincoln with vampires. I don't know the source material. It might be what this movie should be. Less serious. Movie is in troubles when it mixes vampires with real life of Abraham Lincoln. Real Lincoln's law studies and career in politics didn't made sense for vampire hunter. Like he just decided pursue career in politics for no real reason. It was in movie because real Lincoln did that. Vampire Hunter Lincoln wouldn't have done that.

When you see name Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter, you expect something insane. You will be disappointed. Movie tries to be serious action movie and keep it's characters relatively historically accurate. You shouldn't do it with this kind of movie. It should be funny and over the top. It feel weird to see character fighting vampires with axe when same character tries to look historically accurate politician in other scenes.

I don't know who this movie was made for. Maybe idea was good, but it didn't work on big screen. Vampire Hunter without Abraham Lincoln would have worked better. That was more interesting story. When it came to real Lincoln, movie got boring.