Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
One-line summary: A good supply of car explosions, if cars getting wrecked by a giant robot count as car explosions; but no tits. So it barely nets a 50% score on the tits-and-car-explosions test.
A solidly put-together entertainment product. My quibbles are with the content, not the execution. Think I got fooled into watching a chick flick. One guy went shirtless, and then there were no females to watch at all, except a warrior princess and a couple of hipster chicks, all fully clothed.
The special effects were great, the story was on the weak side. The conflict between Richard the Lionheart and King John from any old Robin Hood story, was mashed together with Transformers II and The Good Son, threw in La Femme Nikita for good measure, then they mounted it on the ledge from Tron: Legacy, laced it with some monsters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and let it fly.
Something should be said about the sets. I want a dining hall in my dream house like what they had. A throne room like Odin’s wouldn’t hurt either.
Ever notice, lately, in these movies that star the puppy-face actors who were born sometime in the 1980’s — the men are all exotic European/Australian types, but the women are super-duper-Yankee-Americanized urban yuppie chicks? That certain voice inflection is really starting to wear on me, I must say. Julia Roberts, Monica Potter, Natalie Portman, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley…they all have it. Just a little too polished and a little too flat. It’s got that “never stepped foot out of an urban metropolis with at least five million people living in it” sound to it.
It’s easy to see what is going on here: The women are hyper-normalized — unremarkable — because that’s what attracts women. “You, too, can lock lips with a hunky long-haired Viking God,” that’s the message.
Well, Anthony Hopkins managed to save it. I suppose I could even recommend it for a theatrical viewing…only because it’s in 3D, and it looks good enough to justify it. The story is weaker than Avatar, which is really saying something…were it not for the stunning visuals, I’d say wait for home rental.
Said stunning visuals, be forewarned, do not include anything having to do with the female form, at all. Except for the warrior chick. She was easy on the eyes. But there’s nothing to see there except a pretty face. We can’t even have any fun debates about “real or silicon,” not that much to see. The visual treats are all for the ladies.
Best comic book adaptation so far? No, I won’t sign up to that. Lately? No, I won’t sign up to that either. This is a solid medium, nothing more. A solid C+.
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