Tangled Cut Short / The Warrior’s way / Fair Game / 127 Hours

 Tangled Cut Short / The Warrior’s way / Fair Game / 127 Hours

Wednesday December 1st, 2010

As my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man year long blog experiment continues I love it when it involves the people closest to me like my girlfriend Jane and her daughter. Today my girlfriend Jane and I planned to pick up her daughter “Little C” from kindergarten and take her to see Tangled (2010). I had prescreened this movie and thought it was tame enough for Jane’s five year old. This would be her daughters 2nd movie to see in the theater. The first movie we took her to see was Océans (2009).  This movie outing went pretty well. You can see that blog report here: https://spartanphoenix.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/her-first-movie/

This movie outing didn’t go as smoothly but not for the reason I thought. Little C is sensitive to loud noises and some scary images. The movie Tangled is about Rapunzel who is kidnapped as a baby by and evil woman by the name of Mother Gothel who uses Rapunzel’s magical hair to stay young. Mother Gothel masquerades as Rapunzel’s mother and convinces Rapunzel to stay in her tower to shelter from the dangers of the outside world. There were a few questionable scenes in the movie that I thought Little C might be wary of. Some of the henchmen and Mother Gothel scenes may be a bit scary but this wasn’t the reason Little C got scared and why we left the movie before Rapunzel left the tower. As our hero Flynn Ryder makes a deal with the beautiful Rapunzel to leave her tower for the first time, Little C got scared and put up a little fuss and asked her mommy to leave the theater, which we did. I was a little flabbergasted cause she didn’t leave during a scary scene at all. Afterwards we found out that Little C didn’t like the idea of Rapunzel disobeying her mother and leaving the tower. How cute is that? Little C thought Mother Gothel was Rapunzel’s real mother and didn’t like the idea of Rapunzel of defying her mother. Jane didn’t want to explain that Mother Gothel wasn’t Rapunzel’s mother and the concept of kidnapping to her daughter just yet and I can’t blame her. Maybe we will stick to nature flicks for now until Little C gets a little older. There is still plenty of time for her to become a movie nerd like me.

Saturday December 4th, 2010

Tonight my girlfriend Jane and I had plans for a Christmas party. During the day I planned a 3-movie marathon. Jane asked what movies I planned to see and when I told her she expressed interest in one of them. So we made plans to meet up at the theater at the last movie.

The first movie I saw today was The Warrior’s Way 2010 starring Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush. It’s about a warrior-assassin that is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission. This movie looked great in the trailers. It looked like there would be some cool kung-fu sword fighting action with cool characters. This was not the case. This movie sucked ass. The story sucked. The characters and acting sucked the sets looked like they were all filmed on blue/green screen with unbelievable computer generated backdrops. The only thing that I found somewhat interesting was the costumes. The costume designer is the only thing that deserves props in this film; otherwise this movie was nothing but a giant suck fest.

The second film I saw today was Fair Game (2010) starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Its based on a true story when a female CIA agent (a good looking one at that) was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. I was hoping for a better film after the suck fest that I just sat through with The Warrior’s Way. But this wasn’t the case. This film wasn’t much better as a matter of fact it may have been worse. This move was soooooo boooring. Naomi Watts was good in the movie but she couldn’t save it especially with Sean Penn who played her husband. I got the feeling that Sean Penn only took this role cause it was anti government. I felt he phoned in this role. At the end of the movie right before the credits they played real testimony hearing video of the Valerie Plame the character that Naomi Watts played in the film. I’m sorry this happed to her in real life but I’m also sorry the movie about her experience also sucked.

The last film I saw was 127 Hours (2010) starring James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn. A true story about a mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. Sometimes when I’m in a huge multiplex theater I cant find the next movie I’m trying to sneak into. I had trouble finding theater this movie was playing in when I did my first arrival walk through after I bought my popcorn and soda to see where all of the scheduled movies I plan to see during my marathon. I still didn’t find it when I had to rush to my first movie so I wouldn’t miss the movie trailers. Knowing I was going to meet my girlfriend at this movie I had to make sure I found thus theater. Well I did eventually find it, the movie was playing at one of the small theaters near the front entrance and I walked right by it, a couple of times. I got there before Jane did, but I didn’t have to wait long as she arrived right before the trailers started. This movie is based on the true story of Aron Ralston who had to cut off his own arm when it was pinned in a rock that got dislodged while he was hiking and mountain climbing. I was fascinated by this story when it happened back in 2002 or 2003.  Here is a couple of pictures of the real Aron Ralston after his ordeal.

James Franco did a great job playing the part of Aron Ralston. Here is a picture of the two of them together at a premiere event of the movie.

Aron Ralston & James Franco

The movie answered some of the questions I had on what he did to survive. What I didn’t know was that he had to break his arm in order to cut it off. I thought he had to cut through the bone too, but instead he cut the skin around the broken bones to detach the two parts of his arm. Here is a real picture of Aron Ralston when his arm was stuck before he amputated it.

And here is a diagram of how he amputated his arm.

Here is a video interview of him describing his ordeal on location where it actually happened:


This movie is truly inspiring and I highly recommend it. It was very refreshing to see a good movie after sitting through two stinkers. It was nice to share it with Jane too. The best part of the movie was the end right before the credits. They showed a picture of Aron Ralston and his wife and infant child. His child was born this past January 2010. They gave an onscreen update of what he’s up too. I couldn’t help but get a little misty eyed during this time. Check out this movie, it’s a good one.

Well it’s hard to believe that I have two months left on my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man yearlong experiment. The upcoming holiday movie releases are already getting me excited. Especially with the release of TRON: Legacy (2010) next week. I’ve got my midnight 3D IMAX ticket already, do you have yours? Probably not, but I see more movies than you. Heh, heh.

Stay tuned… – Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  162

  • February                2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March                    2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                         2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                        2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                       2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                         2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August                    2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September            2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October                 2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • November             2010: Movies Seen: 13
  • December             2010: Movies Seen: 4 

1 Response to “Tangled Cut Short / The Warrior’s way / Fair Game / 127 Hours”

  1. December 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

    not only did I thouroughly enjoy this movie experience, I felt honored to watch this man’s incredible story. What strength and courage! The video you linked is amazing. As I just watched it, I was once again in awe of what this guy went through to survive. If I could ask him any question, it would be about his Faith. I’m curious to know if he is a Christian and if so, how his Faith played a part in his strength and will to stay alive. I know that I would have never been able to go through something like that without the power of prayer. WOW. Everyone should see this movie!

    Yeah, my daughter is a Mommy’s girl through and through. It’s refreshing. What a cutie!

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