We have moved!!! September 8, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Websites.
Tags: Blog, Domain name, Hosts, wordpress, Wordpress.com
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Movie Review: Priest (3D) (2011) September 1, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Movie Reviews, Reviews.
Tags: Cam Gigandet, Edward Cullen, Karl Urban, Legion, Maggie Q, Paul Bettany, Priest, Priest 2011, Priest film, Priest review, Scott Stewart
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In the space of a few months, Priest went from one of my most anticipated movies of the year to just another film at the cinema. Happens when the film’s release is delayed by three and a half months in Australia and the reviews are ‘unkind’ at best.
Nonetheless, I tried to keep an open mind about this film loosely based on a Korean comic of the same name, about an alternate world where priests are kick-ass vampire killers in an eternal human-vampire holy war. The initial teaser trailers I saw over a year ago looked extremely promising — pure horror action, a stylish visual feast and one of my favourite actors, Paul Bettany.
But unfortunately, the critics that saw the film before me were right. Priest just didn’t have it. Nice to look at, sure, but it’s the perfect example of a failed comic book adaptation. A great premise bogged down by a contrived plot, boring characters, poor dialogue and an unnecessary seriousness. At just 87 minutes, Priest felt overlong, but at the same time strangely incomplete. The result is an aesthetically pleasing, slick, occasionally frightening/exciting film that is ultimately forgettable and never comes close to living up to its potential.
Bettany did the best he could here, and is clearly the bright spot in an otherwise weak line up. Karl Urban, Maggie Q and Cam Gigandet were all merely serviceable co-stars and uninteresting characters.
If there is something the film did do right, it’s the freakish vampires, who looked more like the mutated beasts from Resident Evil than Edward Cullen. Not surprising, considering director Scott Stewart started his career in visual effects and previously directed Bettany in another supernatural action/horror, Legion, which involved angels and demons and has a similar feel. The creatures in that film were pretty scary too. Sadly, neither film was particularly good. On the whole, Priest is probably better than Legion, but I personally thought the best parts of Legion were far better than the best parts of Priest.
I’d say Priest deserves some consideration as a DVD rental, especially when put up against straight-to-DVD films on the shelves, but in all honesty it could have and should have been so much more.
2 stars out of 5
PS: Shockingly, Priest has been released exclusively on 3D over here (at least from what I can gather). Needless to say, as a post-production conversion, it was no more than another pointless money grabbing exercise.
Two Canberra Museums in Half a Day August 31, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Canberra, Travel.
Tags: Australia, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Hall of Memory, Museum, National Museum of Australia, Questacon, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, war memorial, war museum
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Canberra has some great free museums, and two of the best are the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia. After spending the morning at my personal favourite, the science museum Questacon (which imposes an entry fee), we decided to blitz through both the War Memorial and National Museum in the next four hours.
It had been more than a decade since I last visited the War Memorial, considered one of the great war museums in the world. Everything from the design to the layout to the collections are all top notch and you don’t have to be a war or history buff to enjoy looking through the massive collection of Australian war memorabilia throughout the ages, from the colonial period all the way to present day. And it’s not just photos, videos, medals, letters, clothes and weapons. The museum is huge enough to house planes, tanks, submarines. The incredibly detailed dioramas with all those little toy soldiers were my favourite.
On the outside, you can get a fantastic view of Parliament House from the front entrance, and apart from the museum there’s also the marvellous Commemorative Area, which includes the Hall of Memory and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It’s the type of place that can take you a whole day or more if you want to look at everything slowly and take it all in (as you would), but given the time constraints we did the ‘short tour’ that barely traversed all the highlights. It was good enough.
After the War Memorial we drove down to the other side of town, where the National Museum of Australia is situated. I attended a conference there a few years back (lamest thing ever — a bunch of young lawyers pretending they knew something about the law) but didn’t get the opportunity to look through the the exhibits.
The National Museum definitely has one of the more unique designs of any museum I’ve been to, though the inside is more standard. We sat through a rotating theatre and checked out the numerous exhibits through a strangely confusing circular path. It’s not as exciting as say the British Museum or the Louvre, but considering the short history of colonised Australia (there is of course a section on indigenous history), the National Museum actually has a lot of stuff to offer (including a pretty cool gift shop).
Like the War Memorial, you’d probably need close to a full day to enjoy all the exhibits at the National Museum, so again we did the speedy tour and skipped a few sections.
Both museums are fantastic because they are well maintained and have a wealth of information. Perfect for children and those who would like to learn a little more about Australia.
Check out the websites (click on the links above) for more information.