The Amazing Spider-Man (Movie Review)

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man

I know, I know…. I’ve not been blogging in ages and well life’s just happening and I guess I’ve just been living life rather than writing about it. Anyways, on with the review. The Amazing Spider-Man was… AMAZING!

Being a comic book fanboy I really think that Marc Webb has captured the essence of what Spider-Man is. Andrew Garfield looks the part and his build is perfect especially when he’s in costume. The sarcastic one-liners are great and while the character has an edgy feel to it; you still get that sense that Spidey’s a kid who is figuring things out in his life.

The cast does a great job and Rhys Ifans makes for a great Doc Connors albeit a different kind of Doc Connors compared to the comic books. The best part about it all is that Emma Stone makes for a great Gwen Stacy and a way better love interest compared to MJ in the previous movies. The chemistry is palpable which gives girlfriends in tow something to chew on besides the super-heroics.

The story’s not too complicated so I wouldn’t give this one awards for plot but it does get the job done & there’s enough left unresolved to pique audiences for the sequel.

I give The Amazing Spider-Man a Spider-Sensing 5 out of 5. Just don’t watch it in 3D. 🙂

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He Came With a Quivering Lip

Here’s a beautiful poem by Kathleen Wheeler that says so much about how each new day is a gift from God to make a difference; to be different. We don’t always need to have spoiled days as the poem says (hey! I made a rhyme!).

He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done. “Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.” I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted, And gave him a new one all unspotted. And into his tired heart I cried, “Do better now, my child.”I went to the throne with a trembling heart, the day was done. “Have you a new day for me, dear Master? I’ve spoiled this one.” He took my day, all soiled and blotted, and gave me a new one all unspotted. And into my tired heart he cried, “Do better now, my child.”

Always Faithful

God’s word brings me much comfort and the knowledge that God is faithful helps me to press on through the challenges that come my way daily. I read Psalm 103 this morning and here’s what it says:

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The 2nd half of the passage is where God’s character shines through most. It’s taken me almost a lifetime to learn this; but I finally understand that true hope & strength comes very much from a dependance on God in His character rather than ourselves.

Having hope does not depend on our circumstances and even if things don’t go our way, we can trust that God has good plans for us. The hard part I guess is letting go of the things we want to receive the better thing that God has for us because we can’t see beyond the here and now.

I’m learning very much to trust God and I guess I hope that as I walk this journey I would be able to pass on what I have already discovered to others so that they too can discover more about God.

Will you come on this journey with me?

Prometheus (Movie Review)

Prometheus

Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s return to the world he created in Alien is a decent one. It’s a compelling watch but in typical Alien-fashion you can’t help but know that the entire cast is marching inexorably towards certain doom.

The biggest problem I have with Prometheus is the fact that the entire mystery of the xenomorphs gets dissipated at the end of the film. Also there are quite a few holes in the plot that doesn’t quite add up and the question of the origin of man that figures as one of the themes doesn’t quite work as well as it should.

The cast deserves a special mention especially Michael Fassbender who plays the synth David 8 and even though she doesn’t make quite as big a role as she did in Snow White and the Huntsman, it’s nice to see Charlize Theron making a come back.

I give Prometheus a xenomorphic 3 out of 5.

Love

LOVE

LOVE

The Message paraphrases love in a way that hits home in a different way.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never dies.

I’m trying to do the above and it’s been humbling to discover that I still have much to learn in how to love unconditionally in my personal relationships, ministry and work. Am grateful that we don’t have to go at it alone and that I am learning to draw from God.

Wrath of the Titans (Movie Review)

Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans

I expected less but got more with this one. Wrath of the Titans turned out to be an OK watch. The special effects were great and the mythical creatures has a God of War-ish tinge to it although I must say that Perseus wasn’t as heroic as I would have liked him to be.

Sam Worthington’s Aussie accent emerges far too often for my liking though and you see it happening a lot in almost all his movies. Liam Neeson as always does an excellent job in this movie but then again I’m biased cos’ I’ve always liked Liam Neeson. Ralph Fiennes is pretty cool too and Hades is a lot more identifiable & likeable which makes him a stronger character this time round.

The plot’s pretty simple on the whole but the thrills that pull you along more than makes up for the lack of an awesome storyline. I’d choose Wrath of the Titans over The Hunger Games anytime.

I give Wrath of the Titans a semi-titanic 3 out of 5.

The Hunger Games (Movie Review)

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

I’m really, really losing it at blogging. Argh!

Anyways, here’s a quick review of The Hunger Games of which I caught a sneak preview on Wednesday night courtesy of a friend. For the record, I have not read the books at all and before the movie I’ve not even heard of the franchise which means I’m reviewing the movie based on the strength of what was presented with absolutely no bias.

Plotwise, the movie is pretty simple and on the whole I wish there was more exposition on how the Hunger Games actually maintains the peace. I don’t quite get why teens between the ages of 12 and 18 are picked to battle to the death.

What I liked about the movie was the two main leads; Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson who played Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. The duo had real chemistry and Jennifer Lawrence especially made for a strong character. And of course we have Woody Harrelson (a favourite of mine) in the supporting role of Haysmith their mentor.

What I didn’t like about the movie was the pacing and the actual plot itself doesn’t go anywhere new. There aren’t many surprises in the movie and while it was watchable it could’ve been so much better if the pace was just a little tighter and the action sequences having more action.

I give the Hunger Games a half-starved 2 out of 5. There are better ways to spend with your time i.e. I’ve been reading a tonne of Image Comics’ Invincible by Robert Kirkman after a half-off sale that Comixology had recently. I’m up to Volume 8: My Favorite Martian by the way. Now that’s good writing.