I don’t know if I ever posted a single one of these on
the website so I’m taking the liberty of doing it now.
I have, over the past few months, created video reviews for
recent games and movies. Take a look and if you haven’t
seen something that CR has recommended, take the time to
enjoy something new 🙂

-Braethonaton

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I’d seen the previews for this somewhere a while back and never got the chance until now to watch it. Normally, I can tell when I’m looking at a commercial for an indy film. This didn’t appear to be a big budget film with a lot of hype behind its release date, but I believe those are the best kinds of movies.

The movie begins just as it says it does. “Boy Meets Girl” but it’s not a love story. This movie is rather a humorous take on despair and heartbrake. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have a great movie chemistry, what with all their dark hair, shnazzy clothing, and imaginative humor.

The movie jumps around a lot as the plot develops because it’s based on the 500 days of which Gordon-Levitt’s character falls in and out of love with Deschanel’s character, Summer.

This movie touched my inner core because it addressed some many feelings that most everyone experiences before, during, and after love. It’s a touching movie although it’s not your typical lovey-dovey movie. It’s not about love at all really.

I tend to think the movie is more a journey of self-discovery for Gordon-Levitt’s character during and after his relationship with Summer because he eventually betters himself in the end.

I highly recommend this movie to any and all who love humor, love, and Zooey Deschanel. She’s absolutely gorgeous and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been a favorite actor of mine since Brick. If you haven’t seen it check it out.

ChocolateRobot gives 500 Days of Summer a solid 8 out of 10 for its rich humor, heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, and beautiful roles and actors.

-Thunderpants

NEWS! What? News! I’ve got some news. About so many, many different things. Well, mainly about movies because, well, I enjoy teh movies.

First!
Nolan Dishes
So, Inception is the next movie coming up by the director behind The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan). Now, I posted a trailer a while ago. And I know what you’re thinking. That trailer, Inception? Well, that was the bee’s knees. Yes, it was. So, Nolan has started to talk a little more about it. Thankfully, it’s not full of Spoilers. I’ll put the quote up for your viewing delight.
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“I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility…. We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that’s expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions.”
Oh, Nolan, you tease! Not three dimensions? Whaaa
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Second!
So, I said I didn’t read comic books growing up. Well, that’s true. I do read some graphic novels and I did read Y: The Last Man which was straight up awesome. Anyway, Mark Millar, the man behind 300 is talking about a new project he’s working on. Batman In Reverse
It’s a new series and in the link <—- he talks about who might direct the movie. The post mentions two heavy hitters: Sam Raimi and Guy Ritiche. Personally, if it were between the two, I'd pick Raimi. Oh, wait. I haven't told you what it's about. Silly me. Essentially, it's what if Bruce Wayne was evil? A supervillian that had all the benefits that Bruce Wayne had and he just tortured police officers for the heck of it. Sounds entertaining!
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Third!
For you pop-culture savvy people, you’ll know what’s going down at NBC. What? You don’t know. Come on. The network heads at NBC are trying to fix their primetime Leno mistake. Before I talk about what the “fix” is, I’ll tell you what the Leno mistake is/was. So, Conan O’Brien moved up to the Tonight Show and Leno…well he got a primetime slot at 10 bumping out a ton of Dramas and scheduled programming. Who thought that would be a good idea? Well, the network heads didn’t think it through. They lost millions and millions of dollars on the switch.

SO, now, they want to push Leno to 11:35 and Conan to 12:05. Essentially destroying the Tonight Show Legacy and messing up their whole late night schedule. Tssk. Tssk. NBC, you should know better (PS, they’re losing 200 million dollars at the Olympics). Check out the full story: Conan The Barbarian

-Connor
😉 <—Winky Face.

I’ve been tracking this for a while now and each time I catch a glimpse of it, I become more and more excited.

Ever since Matthew Vaughn directed Layer Cake, I’ve been keeping a close eye on what he has been doing. So, not only does this movie excite me on a base level, but the film nerd in me is also excited to see Vaughn in what looks like top form.

Check out the new trailer:

-Connor

So, I’ve got some film related content that I want to share with you guys. The first being…

Stephen King’s Top 10 Films of 2009
Top 10

10. 2012 – “solid actors having fun, and stuffed with eye-popping special effects”
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
8. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – “makes Public Enemies look pretty tame.”
7. Law Abiding Citizen
6. District 9 – “If 2012 is good cheese, then District 9 is a fine wine.”
5. The Reader
4. Disgrace
3. The Road – “often painful to watch”
2. The Last House on the Left
1. The Hurt Locker

Now, I grew up on reading Stephen King, so I respect the man’s taste. I’m not going to talk badly about any of the films that he picked. I just wanted to say that his choices are interesting. Mr. King is not a film critic so it’s not surprising that his top 10 lacks the films that, say, Roger Ebert picked (Mr. Ebert picked Synecdoche, New York as #1).

James Bond 23 On Hold
Hold Please

So, I’m not sure if many of you know what’s going on with MGM, Bond’s parent company. In short, MGM is in financial limbo. The studio doesn’t have any money, more importantly any “owners.” So, this financial state has put Bond on hold. The article mentions an old interview with Total Film where they talk about pre-production starting in February. Not sure if this is going to come to fruition. So, it’ll be a while before we see Daniel Craig’s mug up on the big screen as Bond.

Make sure to tell Nicholas, you guys.

thanks to /Film

Connor

/Film just put a very intriguing article about the changes in film over the past two decades. Of course, since it is 2010, numerous film critics have listed their top movies for the past 10 years, but /Film goes a step further and asks what the movies we made in the past 10 years say about us.

/Film quotes an interview with David Edelstien, a New York film critic about the differences in the types of movies over the past two decades. It reads:

And it also made me think that at the end of the last decade came “The Matrix,” and “The Matrix” sort of played on this sense that we all have that maybe reality isn’t real, that maybe we’re living in a vast simulacrum, and so much of the movies of the ’90s, say, were about managing to break through into real life, break through from this illusory life into what is real and tactile.

And now we come to the end of this decade, and there’s this wonderful movie out called “Avatar” in which it’s only by going into this make-believe word a man can truly fulfill his potential, can rewrite history. It’s sort of a Native-American parable in which we actually go back and save the Native Americans from the imperialist, capitalist forces that would wipe them out.

And I just thought it was really striking that we’ve come about-face, and now we sort of hunger for our virtual selves, our avatars to take on, you know, the final frontier, which is maybe in our own minds.

It’s an interesting point. The /Film article goes on to bring up Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. I haven’t seen Synecdoche, but I can vouch for Eternal Sunshine. I completely agree with Mr. Edelstien. We saw several adaptions of Philip K. Dick Novels (A Scanner Darkly) and the 2000s were also the rise of Mr. Gondry’s career and, of course, his films are all about breaking away from reality (Science of Sleep).

There are tons of other things you can analyze about the past decade in film. For instance, the rise of fantasy and superhero films, but I’m definitely the most intrigued by the “changes” in our mindset. As for the reasons for our desire to escape from reality, one could postulate several, several reasons. I was reading some of the comments on the article and 9/11 was a big talking point. I can’t speak for the mindset of the American people, but after tragedies, we definitely seek some sort of comfort.

And I think it should be noted that the films that are mentioned are mostly about films coming from the US film market.

What do you think?

-Connor

thanks to /Film

This is CR’s first post. So, let me give you the rundown. This is a blog but don’t think of it like that. Think of it as a legitimate website.

Chocolate//Robot is all about creativity. Not just user creativity, but multi-media creativity. We will be covering almost all things multi-media (music, film, video games) as well as other art forms (photography, drawing, design). If you want to know more, just check out our About page and feel free to let us know what your opinion is.

But, enough about us, lets talk about Tuesday. Tuesday is DVD release day, so I’ll start Chocolate//Robot off right and give you some film information.

Paranormal Activity, 9, Jennifer’s Body, and A Perfect Getaway all come out today.

I’ve been slacking on my movie-watching duties and have not seen any of today’s releases. But, I’m a sucker for horror movies and anything thats made on a small budget and has the ability to scare (a la Evil Dead), sounds like a winner for me. If I can vouch for any of the releases, I’d go for Paranormal Activity. Make sure to turn the lights off.

Connor