Thursday, February 27, 2014

Movie Review - Robocop (2014) WOW!

I saw the new ROBOCOP a few weeks ago and have been meaning to say something about it...


First, it was GREAT! It was an excellent remake of a great movie! There were many differences and
overall it is really good.
The premise is the same - cop Alex Murphy is severely injured in the line of duty and is used for an
experimental project and giving him his life back - but it stops there. The corporation, Omni Corp., is
looking to put robots on the streets of America to aid in defense and crime prevention and control.
The government has said NO and Omni Corp. is looking to 'work around' this no. In walks what is
left of Alex Murphy. Murphy and his partner, John Lewis, are after a crime boss. The boss gets word
of this from dirty cops and Murphy is blown up in a car bomb. Murphy gets used for Omni Corp's
project and Robocop is born.
There are many differences in this new version that I found refreshing. Cops going after crime bosses
and doing police work for one and the fact that both Murphy and Lewis are not 'beat' cops but detec-
tives. Lewis being a black man/African-American man was a great modernization, and makes a Lot of sense, as the movie takes place in Detroit, a city with a large African-American population.
In fact, several African-Americans are in this film, most notable one of the dirty detectives, the cap-
tain of Murphy's division, and Cameo's of TV News Reporter/Opinionist Pat Novak played by the
ever vibrant and energetic Samuel L. Jackson
Also, this update makes all the characters more human and thus makes the movie more human, ask-
ing the question what it Really means to Be human. This is a major plot point as most of Murphy's
body is gone. Only his head, hand and respitory organs and heart remain. Murphy isn't so much a
man in a robot's body as he is a robot with human parts and Murphy, well played by actor Joel
Kinnaman, struggles with this and how he can be a husband and father to his family when so little
physical humanity remains. He takes us through a convincing journey to his humanity and back to
his family by the movies end.
All the actors and actresses in this film were great and Gary Oldman, playing the part of Dr. Dennett
Norton, adds a great amount of humanity to the film, struggling with what he is creating verses how
to help Murphy save his family and humanity.
The only part of this remake that falls remotely flat is the part of Raymond Sellars, played by Michael
Keaton. Not due to Keaton's acting but due to the ambiguous way Sellars is portrayed through much
of the movie. We know he is just interested in getting robots on the streets of America but he does not
feel sinister or...'Corporate' enough until maybe the third act of the film. Again, Keaton plays this part well but through the script he just doesn't come off as a really bad guy. Just someone looking to make
money and that's were the whole humanizing of this remake fails a bit.
Overall, this remake is Great and shows the humanity of all the persons involved, sometimes to the
slight detriment of the film.
If you haven't seen it, Go See this movie remake! It's worth the time!

( I made this a bit short so if I didn't hit on some things y'all's will just have to go see the movie to get them answered!)
My next movie review will be on 'Son of God' sometime this weekend.

That's all for Now, Space-Pals!
Remember: Life is Insane. You're Not.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Year New Post! = WELCOME to 2014! Same old, same Old....

Hello all! Thanks for being patient and coming back to the blog that is all about things
David M. DiFrancesco!

Sorry to start off this year with a RANT but....needs...heh...

so I play video games and computer games - I have an Xbox 360 and a PC that I play games on - and I like playing RPG's, specifically MMO's. ( look up MMO if you don't know what it is, Chummly)
I have play World of Warcraft (WoW to the players) the Star Wars MMO (SW:TOR - Chummly),
Guild Wars 2 and Neverwinter MMO. all are great fun and very social!

However it's when people forget this social aspect that the fun stops.
I was playing one of these games a while ago and running through a dungeon, a small isolated part of the game that is more challenging - a player can only run through these successfully with other players, usually 5 but certain ones allow for more players - and while playing I noticed one of the group members had left. I looked back at the chat log and noticed this player said 'Kallista (my character) doesn't know her role. This is lame. I'm out.' and just left.
Not only did this shock me that someone would leave in the middle of a fight but that I was singled out as not knowing what I was doing when I was told what to do at the start of the dungeon trek.
This got me to thinking that no matter where you go or what you do someone will always belittle you
and make you look and feel like a fool simply because they can.
Was this person right? Maybe.
Did they do it in a respectful way to the whole group? HELL NO!

I took time away from the game and thought about what had happened and did it Really matter.
After all it's just a Game right?
People don't make these games their lives Right?

From what I have experienced over the years, players of these games, and tabletop games, take them
Way too seriously. Maybe their Real Lives are shit so they can feel Strong and Mighty (RUNDMC!)
in these games and when someone does play the way they do it breaks their reality?
I have no clue but I know me and that I never Really care what people think about me, especially someone who would rather call me lame and then make our game more difficult and not as fun for not just me but the other people in the game group.
OK...I can Hear you "But DDF? Why the FISHNICK should we care? As You said 'It's Just a Game'!

Yes but here is the thing....people behave this way because they feel entitled in their strength in these games.
and if they feel that way in a Game....could they possibly take that into Real Life and screw with people's heads?

SO Chummly all's I'm sayin' is that be kind to people in you All your walks of life....cause maybe you are coming off as a jerk,
I could be more ranty'm over it....I will improve. He might stay a jerk. lol

OH and if you don't Like what I'm writing?

That's all for Now, Space-Pals!
Hope to see you back her again soon.
Remember - Life is Crazy (and so are some people!). You're Not.
Me Too Neither! UMP!