okay kids, no reason to weep, but due to prior commitments and obligations, i will be taking an extended leave from U.G. i may be able to check in from time to time, but don't get bummed if i can't respond right away if you send me a note. to everyone i've had the pleasure to know, thank you and keep on rockin'. hope to get back soon...stay healthy and safe in the meantime. l8rhosen ---mark.
being as i am a big fan of the original 1951 movie the day the earth stood still, i waited with eager anticipation to rent the new remake starring keanu reeves. fortunately for me, i only wasted few dollars instead of going to the movies and wasting a more substantial sum. despite the fact that i was not the least bit tired at the time, i managed to fall asleep after suffering thru the first 20 minutes of it waiting for something cool to happen. and by the way, WTF kinda name is keanu anyway. dude shoulda stayed with bill and ted. i awoke after a brief ten minute coma only to find that the movie had succeeded to only suck even harder during the interim. what a drag. i was expecting an updated version with cool special effects. the effects were indeed special, quite cool actually , but thats only one of two positive things i can manage. the other being the robot. i didn't watch it long enough to find out if they stuck with the original name of Gort. i will admit, the original Gort while semi-stark did have a certain menacing demeanor about him which was totally destroyed in a scene where you could see the wrinkles in the rubber suit behind his knees. the updated c.g. Gort was by far superior than the 1951 Gort , and a major league bad-ass to boot. no wrinkles to speak of on that botoxrobot. sadly , i was unable to tolerate the film any longer than the begining of the part where Gort decided to start kicking some earthling-ass. even the lure of finding out if the infamous phrase "Klaatu barrada nikto" was repeated was not enough to prevent me from hitting the stop button and storming off in a petulant frenzy. but wait...theres still more...being an equally big fan of the 1951 george pal classic when worlds collide, i was delighted to hear that spielberg is remaking this movie which won the 1951 academy award for best special effects. its slated for release in 2010 and i'm trusting it will be worth the wait or you may find yourself reading a future review blog entitled when uncle howies collide.