Well I've watched the first five Star Trek movies. My general opinion? Most of them sort of suck. Let's analyze them in order, with the focus on the ANAL part:
Star Trek I : the motion picture
Oh man, wow, this movie...this movie takes forever. Like one of the first scene in the movie is a montage of James T. Kirk and Scotty doing a flyby of the enterprise, and it lasts for like 5 to 10 minutes. It was sort of neat during the first 30 seconds, but after that it really lost its luster. And then the rest of the movie just proceeds forward at a snail's pace. The overall story is sort of interesting, it just takes forever to unfold. The ending is sort of neat though, I liked that the big alien menage known a V'ger ended up being an old 20th century Voyager probe. I also liked that the Voyager probe might be the origin of the Borg, which I read on wikipedia. I think overall I sort of liked the movie. It's long winded, but interesting.
Star Trek II : The wrath of khan
I was expecting this to be awesome. It has a rating of 91% on rotten tomatoes, it MUST be awesome, right? I really didn't like it. Khan, the bad guy, is laughable. He's not credible at all, I don't think he looks dangerous. He's just an old man with psychiatric problems and superhuman powers. Maybe I could take him seriously if he wasn't so damn funny. Also, I often thought that the acting was generally horrible overall. All of it culminated with the death of Spock at the end of the movie, and I have to say that I thought it was so incredibly poorly acted I actually laughed out loud. Man Leonard Nimoy is great as Spock because the man obviously can't act for shit, seemed like he was trying to make a Batman imitation during his death speech. All in all, one hell of a disappointment.
Star Trek III : .... errr, what was is again? oh yeah, the Search for Spock.
This movie was better. Was it great? Not really. One thing I have to say is that I think the Klingons are ridiculous. I mean WTF? Why do they have to speak in Klingon, that's just plain retarded. They don't look credible while doing it, it just makes me feel like laughing. It was even worse because Christopher Lloyd was playing the role of the main villain, and to me he'll always be good old Doc Brown in Back to the Future. So to see him as a Klingon talking in a weird made up tongue and trying to act tough was really hilarious. In the five movies I've seen, no one has been able to play the Klingons correctly. They're supposed to be those ultra tough sons of bitches bastards type, but the ones I've seen so far all seemed sort of wimpy to me and seeing them trying to blurt out this poor excuse of an agressive language doesn't help.
Still, it was still better than Star Trek II as far as I'm concerned.
Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
Yeah, now you're talking! I really like this one, even if it has one of the most ridiculous storylines I've ever seen in a movie. So all in all, a deep space probe destroy everything in its path straight to earth, and once it gets there it starts to tear the planet apart. The crew of the enterprise (here stuck on a klingon ship) discover that the probe is sending messages in the sea but not receiving any responses. By analyzing the messages of the probe, they discover that the language used in them is...fucking whale speech? Whaaaat? Then it gets silly. It seems whales are an alien species, and when they became extinct some other whales elsewhere became worried. After all, they lost contact with their whale brothers and sisters! So they build this probe and send it to investigate. For some reason, the non reception of an answer to its queries means it wants to destroy the whole planet. So the crew know what they must do: they must travel to the past (our present, or near present), grab a couple of whales, and bring them to the present (our future) so that they might answer the probe! OH GOLLY WHAT A SPACE ADVENTURE! The thing I don't really get about Star Trek, is why it's called that if there isn't that much Star trekking. I mean, what is Star Wars about? Well it's about star wars. They're warring...in space! But Star Trek sometimes is about singing around a campfire, or going back in time to grab some whales. I suppose the trekking part is there, but the star part could need some help. It's like in those old episodes of Star Trek: The next generation where the show becomes a western. I always hated that. I want to see space travel and battles and shit, and if all of a sudden it becomes a western it pisses me off. If I want to watch a western I'll watch one.
So yeah, man the story is ridiculous, but the movie is awesome! It's really entertaining!
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
This one wasn't better than IV, but I still liked it. I think by this point the acting is better than before. One thing that bugged me though by this point is that the ship is always having some problems. I understand that, by design, if Captain Kirk is aboard a perfectly working ship he can most likely deal with any situation. So they artificially create problems for him so that he's impeded, kind of like an handicap in a fighting game. But really that's annoying. Aside from that, the story was interesting. I liked the whole search for god thing, and I especially liked it when they ended up finding and evil entity who wanted to do who knows what with the ship. Another sweet thing about this movie is the line "I couldn't help but notice your pain! My pain? It runs deep, share it with me!". That same line is used as an intro to the 2pac song 'Pain', which was one of my favorite songs back when I listened to Pac. I still like that song. It's an awesome quote and a great scene and I listened to that part of the movie a couple of times. So all in all, I liked Star Trek V.
So next is watching Star Trek VI. Oh what will I find! :D
What else what else, oh yeah.
Hyundai released a new car lately, called the Genesis. The coupe version has a really sporty look, and sort of looks like a Tiburon. Hyundai claims it's not a successor to the Tiburon though. And I believe them, since even if they sort of look the same, under the hood they're totally different. Safe to say, the Genesis has some muscle under that hood. The base genesis has a 2.0L Turbo l4 engine that puts out 208 HP. That's for the coupe version, which is the version of the car I've seen in the streets. 208HP is pretty fast, that's 10 HP more than the Honda Civic Si, and the Genesis Coupe costs about two grand less at retail. It's also about 20 HP more powerful than the base Honda Accord, and FOUR grand less expensive. That's a lot of power for your dollar. And starting at 33000$, you have the V6 instead with 308 HP. The only cars that can compete at that price range for about the same amount of power are muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. However, I'm quite sure that the Genesis is a better handling car (as in, easier to drive, even in the winter) than the aforementioned muscle cars. That makes it an incredible, incredible deal for the money.
But I'll never buy one and I'll never think about buying one. Why? The brand name. It's a hyundai, who cares! It's not all about power, it's also about prestige. You have to be proud of that badge on the front. If not, what's the point? I don't want to have to tell my friends "yeah it's a hyundai, but it's fast". Always having to counterbalance the fact that it's an unglorious brand. Someone might point out that the car might outperform the Porsche Cayman, and the Cayman costs twice as much. First, it's not a given that it's going to outperform it, especially on a race track. Second, sure it's twice the price, but it's a Porsche for god's sake. You not only pay for the price, but for the name. It's all part of the game. So, yeah, I commend Hyundai for putting out a solid product at a great price, unfortunately I won't buy it.
Like I won't ever buy a Toyota. Don't get me wrong, I respect the brand. They're reliable, long lasting and don't consume a lot of gas. But they're boring cars. I was listening to the radio the other day, and they had a panel on consisting of a whole bunch of car experts. And they all agreed that Toyotas are reliable but god damn are they boring to drive. Even when I'm reading reviews I see a lot of the same sentiment. The other day I was on consumer reports and I was reading comparative reviews of the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. The Camry was the lowest rated car of the three, and I explicitly remember a comment of the reviewer saying "The Camry, even in its most powerful configuration (I.E : with the most powerful engine available) is not an exciting drive". In comparison, the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord can be satisfying drives in their sportier configuration. Of course, the Altima and Accord have models that appeal to such a market, while the Camry doesn't really. So it all comes down to this: Toyotas are great for people who see their cars as purely transportation. The others buy something else. Of course, since most people don't care about their car and only want it to drive them from point A to point B, that makes Toyota the number 1 car company in the world. I really don't mind about that, like I said, I respect the brand, I just wouldn't buy one. I have a friend in school who's a big Toyota fan. He has a visually modified Toyota Corolla and he's really proud of it. Personally I don't really understand it, how can you really be proud of a boring car, even if it looks good. I prefer a visually unassuming car that will rock your socks off personally, but that's just me.
I really like the Infinity G37, it's fast, it's sweet, it looks good. But the problem is that it's expensive. For the price of a G37, you can get an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes. Infinity is a good brand with a lot of prestige, but not as much prestige as the three brands I just named. The Infinity might smoke them from a power perspective, but how much power do you really need? I read that if you turn off traction control on a G35, you can actually go into an instant spin out if you apply power during a turn. That's how powerful that car is, which isn't surprising since it's actually a rebranded Nissan Skyline.
I'm tired of writing now, so I'll take a break. I don't know if i'll ever write another blog post, this is an experiment that turned out to be long winded.