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I hate movies. (BOO! YOU STINK!)
Reference made and clarified.
So movies are boring to me. It doesn’t help that I have an attention span akin to a toddler. Most people would say I have ADD (arguably since childhood), but I’d like to just say that I’m down with OPP. I hope you are listening to my conveniently placed song so that you chuckled up to this point.
Some of my favorite moives (not in any particular order):
I could list a bunch of other movies I slightly remember, but then I would probably be lying like the time you decided to add random bands/rappers/singers under the music section on your MySpace page just to make you seem such a well-rounded listener.
I went into the theater knowing I was ready to be locked into a seat for 2 hours and 2 minutes. I walked to theater 8, on the right. Just a minute detail I can still hear the door guy tell me.
Watched a preivew of some hobbit movie coming out and the lights dimmed right after. Aww yeeeeah, less time stuck in this anxiety inducing black box.
To avoid spoilers: let’s just say I liked this so much that I was willing to praise it on The Internet where I have millions of viewers everyday. Jk. But really, I dislike movies because they are predictable or just downright cheesy. In order to save time, writers have to use stupid lines that sound more scripted than the boring voices of certain women on Keeping up the Kardashians (excluding Khloe); I end up thinking out all the possibilities of what will be next in the movie and boom, my prediction is right. I’m not saying I do this with every movie, but from some of the ones I tried finishing all the way through, I shut it off due to boredom.
Some notes I took on my phone right after taking a pee once the movie finally ended because I drank a large iced coffee throughout the movie:
- Awesome soundtrack
- For those who aren’t familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy back story, they make it easy for new viewers (like me) to catch up on some character development (Not whole backstories, but just enough dialogue to paint a big enough narrative)
- There is plenty of tension/release that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat (I had to provide some kind of cliche phrase in this review!)
- I found a lot myself in Rocket Raccoon’s sarcastic personality;
- Drax the Destroyer, played by Batista, is the buff Filipino we all hope to be;
- Gamora kicked major booty crack and seemed like an independent, ain’t-needin’-no-man type of woman;
- Star-Lord’s taste in music kept my head bobbing in a non-head bobbing environment (and some good line delivery for those moments of comic relief);
- Groot has more personality than many of you do
- I also felt a “Save the Earth” message from it–nothing crazy or blatant or maybe I’m just thinking too much
Now for the negatives? They aren’t even plot related; I just noticed a few unnecessary moments on camera.
The male gaze is
hella present, hella:
- There’s a random set of boobs that sit in the background behind…Drax? I forget who. A more clothed individual could have been behind the character in the foreground of the shot and the scene would have been unaffected.
- Another scene involved Star-Lord and Gamora in a clothed pillow talking sex position and I’m like HUH. I get it though–they need scenes to help create a love storyline.
- The whole male gaze is a topic worthy of discussion in the future, but for now, just use your online researching skills!
The soundtrack was too good. All of the songs remind me of my dad and how he loves to sing the higher harmonies in any song, and if there aren’t any present, he’ll still falsetto the crap out of it. The feeling you get from each song when they play entices you to stand up and happily bang your head while playing a semi-intense air guitar. Harmonix and MTV should get out some PS/XBox DLC of this soundtrack for Rock Band. My family loves Rock Band.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1” track list:
- “Hooked on a Feelin”-performed by Blue Swede
- “Go All the Way”-performed by Raspberries
- “Spirit in the Sky”*-performed by Norman Greenbaum *not in film*
- “Moonage Daydream”-performed by David Bowie
- “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”-performed by Elvin Bishop
- “I’m Not in Love”-performed by 10cc
- “I Want You Back”-performed by Jackson 5
- “Come and Get Your Love”-performed by Redbone
- “Cherry Bomb”-performed by The Runaways
- “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”-performed by Rupert Holmes
- “O-O-H Child”-performed by The Five Stairsteps
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”-performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
The entire track list is of road tripping quality, and thanks to this movie, I have found the sound that my brain was craving for the journey to San Francisco with my girlfriend this weekend (16th-18th).
I’m going to channel a lot of Uncle Jesse on his trip because his musical taste and talent are exceptional.
How do you formally sign off from a blog…?
Thanks for reading?
Until next time?
Thanks Earth, I’ll be here all week!
Tracklist and album art pulled from Marvel’s site: http://marvel.com/news/movies/2014/7/10/22846/get_the_full_tracklist_for_marvels_guardians_of_the_galaxy_soundtrack