The Raid – Movie Review

Kick. Punch. Stab. Awesome. Credits.

Well, that’s my review.

Oh, and along with this picture.

Just look how badass this is.

Okay not really.

The Raid is an Indonesian action film that lives up to all of the hype that has been building for it. It’s fast paced, and at times, insanely tense. It’s a  huge crowd pleaser, and I’m proud to say that I went to go see this twice already.

It starts off with Rama going off to this gang run building to raid it, leaving behind his pregnant wife. You get undertones that something isn’t right, with an old man, and cryptic dialogue. You figure it all out in the end, but nothing really pieces together, like they’re hiding something from us. It will probably be fleshed out in the sequel, but for now as a stand alone movie, not much is explained. Between each action sequence is a short story sequence. That’s how it goes. Story, action, story, action, end.

Not that that matters, since the main focus is the action. And oh. The. Action. It is so fast paced and interesting, that I was honestly scared to blink. It’s probably the best action I’ve seen, um. Ever. No fast cut aways, not hiding the hits. Long cuts of fights, very unique and interesting camera angles. All of this just makes it seem that much more realistic and gritty. I’ve seen many action movies. Live Free or Die Hard, Bad Boys II, and Fast Five are some of my favorite action movies, but they just feature a lot of explosions. I’ve seen foreign kung fu movies like Ip Man, Ong Bak, and the Protector. The reason this one tops all of those is because of it’s simplistic view of things. Nothing grandiose, just small scale, intense, and brutal fights that make you cringe.

You have to experience it for yourself, so please see this small action movie that surpassed enormous expectations. I hope the big(ger) budget sequel doesn’t stray away from what made this great.

I can see some similarities to the structure of video games.

Fun Factor: 10/10 ( I wish I could say 11 )

Good Factor: 6/10

Final Score: 8/10

Hip Hop Music Update 5/7/12

So! Here I am flexing my other muscle, which is my interest and love in music. I’ll just be talking about the new hip hop tracks that have been released that make me very excited.

This is Autographs, from one of my favorite MC’s, Reks. He has this very classic, yet modern flow, which I really love. He could maybe compared to Nas. His beats are also great, hard hitting and straightforward, no electro synths or beats.

The music video may represent some very generic images from the hip hop genre, such as guns, women, and gold grills, A$AP Rocky’s music and anything but. Reminds me a little of Kanye West, image wise. Very catchy song, much better rapping from him since his first album.

NOW. The Kanye West Audio Blowout of Tracks from his new GOOD MUSIC Compilation!

This song is so amazing. I just really like it, with his Kanye West flow ( Weird rhymes, while he talks about really stuff. ), and his Kanye West beat ( really catchy, simple, and random AHH’S ). You gotta fall in love with this little kid lip syncing along to his ( very explicit ) song. Just take out DJ Khaled, and it’ll be good.

This song is just full of swag ( yes, I just used this word), with decent rappers throughout. The beat for this one is decent, and yet again the AHH. Simple again, and it is likeable, but I got tired of this one after a few listens. Big Sean delivers with his simple lyrics again, full of assquakes, but at least he raps pretty decently. Pusha T has a pretty good verse after he stops rhyming Hoe with Hoe. I really like the interlude, ( “It is a weeping and a moaning and a gnashing of teeth….” ) followed by the paradigm shift with very menacing beat and Kanye rapping over it. This is my favorite part of this track, kind of like a red carpet out for Mr.West. 2 Chains then follows with a decent verse, not too bad, but not good.

This very southern beat is rapped over by Kanye, Pusha T, Chief Keef, Jadakiss, and Big Sean. This is probably my least favorite track released so far, with very simplistic rhymes. All of the verses on this track are very generic, and full of things they don’t like. Which means they find things to rhyme with like. A lot. I do like the shift for Big Sean and Jadakiss, it introduced a very quiet and interesting beat. Simplistic, and the rappers are allowed to do more than what Pusha T, Kanye, Chief Keef did.

The newest track released, and I have to say that it is pretty good. Big Sean and Meek Mill rip this one apart, with a good beat consisting of bells and horns. Sounds really big and epic, like the hook. Yes, let that sh*t burn. I enjoyed all the verses spit by these two. Fast flows with complex rhythms always attract me. Big Sean is shaping up to be one of my favorite parts of this new album, aside from the beats.

We’re finishing strong with a new track from Nas! Rapped so beautifully by this hip hop veteran, combining a very hard hitting beat with equally hard hitting lyrics and flow. Every about this just screams classic, but with a very nice coat of modern paint on it. The epicness of this track rivals the first single from the album, “Nasty”. I think I’m ready for Nasty Nas now, extremely excited for this new album.

Thanks for reading through this, and I hoped you enjoyed it.

Did you guys hear any new and interesting things recently? What did you think about the songs above? Leave a comment!

Marvel’s The Avengers : Movie Review

Wow.

Finally, all the planning since Marvel got their own film studio, the Avengers is here. They’ve been planning this movie for 4 years since the first Iron Man, and it very well reaches expectations.

Joss Whedon, Producer of Cabin in the Woods and Director of Firefly and Buffy, wrote and directed this, and he did an amazing job. The script and screenplay is amazing. All of the characters, though larger than life, get their own screen time with their own character arc. The way he masterfully balanced all of the characters without any one overshadowing another is almost godlike. That being said, The Hulk gets the best lines, and is the funniest one out of everybody.

HULK SMASH.

The movie has a very character driven plot, unlike most action and popcorn movies these days. This movie has heart. The movie begins with all of the characters clashing ( literally and figuratively), and you can just feel the tension between the dialogue. Iron Man especially is a little whipper snapper with some witty lines.

As the movie goes along, the characters develop individually, and as a group. The action scenes are not just for show, like some other movies.

cough Transformers cough Michael Bay cough.

“C’mon, first base…”

All of the action scenes advance the plot and the characters in a very significant way. No spoilers here, but the Helecarrier scene, though a big spectacle, was very important to all of the characters. This movie was made on a very large budget, but while you’re watching it, you can’t really tell. There aren’t giant snazzy money shots with Iron Man blowing things up.

Being a character driven plot, the villian, Loki and his army of Ch…somethings, are not extremely important. Loki is amazing and sinister, don’t get me wrong, but his army of thingies, was really not important. The real enemy was themselves, and with the ending epic battle, this is resolved beautifully as the Avengers work as a team. They just happen to save the world, and beat up a demi god’s butt in the process.

He must have awkward Facebook pictures.

That’s enough about the story, on to the actors.

Everybody was great as who the played. The contrasting personalities of everyone are really exemplified, and it is shown very well. Most of these characters we’ve already seen in previous movies, so let’s talk about the Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo steps in as the new Hulk after Edward Norton and Eric Bana.

This is the Hulk everyone has been waiting for. He is very vulnerable, and at times, can seem very volatile to turning into the Hulk. However, his brains can be seen a lot in this movie, as him and Robert Downey Jr., or Iron Man, get along very well with their scientific jibber jabber. Bruce Banner and the Hulk have very very VERY funny lines, and made me very excited to see what they can do with the sequels of the stand alone Hulks.

There are a few problems though.

The opening scene, with the tesseract, was filmed very awkwardly with some weird editing and camera angles. It was very generic action movie filming, and made me a bit disappointed. However, after that, the rest was good.

The other was that the enemy could have been anybody. There was no focus on the impending invading army, and that just made them a blank slate. They could have been punching bags for Captain America.

There are some mild pacing issues at the beginning, and some weird editing choices, but after the first 15 minutes. everything is fine.

The Avengers is a movie event that I will not soon forget. An ensemble cast, a new perfect script, and an amazing director, are all contributing factors to this great film. The hype is very well justified, and I recommend everyone see this film.

You’ll have a blast.

Oh, and stay after the credits.

Fun Factor: 10/10

Good Factor: 8/10

Final Score: 9/10