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Tron: Legacy

*is certainly the best 2 hour long Daft Punk music video I've seen. Mind, I've not seen Interstella 5555.
*has OK de-aging. I bought it, mostly. The most jarring thing was Jeff Bridges' voice
*has UNIX jokes. more films should have UNIX jokes. Particularly romantic comedies with Jennifer Aniston: they would be greatly improved thereby.
*has insufficient Bruce Boxleitner
**(does the fact that Bruce Boxleitner has played the title character in a 2010 film that took $67 million on its opening weekend make a Babylon 5 film any more likely?)
*made me laugh out loud at the WarGames reference, entirely breaking any small elements of suspension of disbelief that I may have had at that moment
*fails the Bechdel Test on 2 of 3 counts
*is a very high-contrast film, which meant that ghosting in the 3D was a noticeable problem in certain scenes (that is, where the lenses do not entirely block the light intended for the other eye). I don't know whether this is because of the kit Stratford has, or whether I'd spot it elsewhere.
*was ultimately not disappointing, but not great.
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Not something you see every day:



(apparently for the premiere of The Other Guys which is this evening at the Vue)
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Would anyone like to come see Four Lions - the Chris Morris film - possibly at the weekend?

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Went to see Twilight this evening. Notes

*Nothing in it actually made me storm out in disgust
*Very hard to take anything in it seriously, I kept giggling at the slightest provocation
*Easy to follow despite my lack of familiarity with the source material
*The romantic dialog was better than that in Attack of the Clones
*No really, he's a [SPOILER]???
*Kirsten Stewart will make a good Jessica Jones in about five or ten years
*The High School was actually a happy place for all the characters!
*Either they were making a deliberate stylistic choice, or this is a good example of a film which suffers for being only 24fps (they'd turned the motion blur right down in certain scenes, leaving it looking very very odd)
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[livejournal.com profile] doseybat, [livejournal.com profile] casby and me went to see Changeling last night at the Stratford Picturehouse. We liked it. My main interest in the film, I have to admit, was its writer - J. Michael Straczynski, who created and wrote most of Babylon 5, and has written several comic books I enjoyed. It is his first produced film script. His next will be Ninja Assassin.

Articles from VFXWorld and CGSociety about the CGI. No, there are no dragons, spaceships or explosions in this film. But there is the City of Los Angeles in 1928. They could have shot this without effects, but they would have done so on the same boring city backlot that gets trotted out all the time, and they couldn't have done those wide establishing shots. Nice to see the cars changing between 1928 and 1935, also.

Apparently JMS is writing a book about the case.

Some quite surprising bit got left out. spoilers, also urgh )
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Saw How To Lose Friends And Alienate People last night with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat. I liked it, despite it being a bit too cringeworthy at times.

Seem to have stopped reading comics and have got back into reading books. Nation, The Dispossessed, Matter, Flowers for Agernon, Recursion, The Star Fraction and The Left Hand of Darkness in last couple of months. Now started World War Z.
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but why is the rum gone

film 3 is a bit of an incoherent mess, isn't it?
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discovered in, of all places, a film museum

watched 2nd futurama movie yesterday. didn't think it was a patch on the 1st one. oh well.

Hancock

Jun. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm
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Hancock's World premiere this evening in Leicester Square. Colleague of mine took this shot of one of the cinemas earlier:



you'd think they'd have done it from the other end. big and noisy. biggest premiere I've seen in Leicester Square, I reckon.
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Went to see XXY last night, with [livejournal.com profile] vjbseven and [livejournal.com profile] doseybat. Enjoyed. I mean, any film featuring spoiler, nonworksafe ) is ok by me. Um, no. I mean, it was a sensitive portrayal of an intersex kid, Alex, who is fast approaching puberty, and the varying reactions of family and others. The only major quibbles I would have is the misleading name of the film (as Klinefelter's does not do that - they would have done better to keep the original short story name, "Cinismo"), and I'm certain the ultrasound bit was nonsense. But otherwise, good film.
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Saw Persepolis Thursday evening with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat and [livejournal.com profile] ruthi. Good film.

It's been a long week. Except it hasn't. Very tired now (probably exacerbated by going out drinking last night). Tried making flapjacks this afternoon - think I didn't leave them in long enough because they are not solid enough. Still, yummy.
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There is a plan to go and see Persepolis at the Curzon Soho (on Shaftesbury Avenue near Dean Street) on Thursday at 19:10. Want to join us?

Saw Iron Man on Monday. It was magnificient - and that rare thing - a near uniformly critically-praised film which also took a huge opening weekend. And it wasn't just a special effects vehicle. There was acting and wit and stuff. Probably going to see it again at some point. Marvel Studios - this is the first film Marvel have made themselves - will be delighted - and have already set a date for a sequel (April 2010), along with dates for Thor (June 2010), Cap (May 2011) and Avengers (July 2011) movies.
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Vantage Point is a film that isn't especially interesting apart from its novel narrative structure. Vantage Point review: very vague spoilers )

I suppose the kindest thing I can say is that I am very glad that films like this are made, and I will probably be buying the DVD (if only so that I can check if they cheated). I'd advise anyone wanting to see this to wait for the DVD release, too. I wonder if they will have an edit of it in chronological order, like the Memento DVD has.
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does anyone want to go see a film on Monday evening? I propose Vantage Point at the Odeon Holloway at 8pm.
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[livejournal.com profile] shimgray posted a link to an alternate ending for I am Legend.

I find this interesting because, apart from being sufficient a change to make it actually an adaption of the book (as it stands it has more in common with 28 Days Later than the book than it supposedly adapts), it clearly was the ending intended when certain scenes were filmed, and contains the pay-off for various curious aspects we had noted in post-movie discussion. spoiler ).

It isn't quite so saccharine, but is happy enough that it ought to have been possible to release the movie like that without worrying the studio too much. Oughtn't it?

movies

Feb. 25th, 2008 06:13 pm
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so, who wants to go see Cloverfield and/or Jumper before they close?

(other films I vaguely want to see that are out now or soonish are Be Kind Rewind, Vantage Point. i am open to other suggestions.)

[this was so much easier when I lived in leicester, as it was then just a case of deciding when to go to Freemen's Common without any need to decide which cinema]
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No Country For Old Men, which we saw Friday, didn't really do much for me. There were several elements I found odd - for a film about Tommy Lee Jones's character, he didn't seem to have much screentime, and some bits in the Moss/Chigurgh plot I found confusing and frankly the police seemed curiously passive about the entire thing - especially given the identity of the victim of the first on-screen killing. Glad I saw it, though. 6/10. Others in office rated it from 5/10 to 9/10.

busy weekend. I have decided to do more random things, and consequently went with [livejournal.com profile] shermarama to see Wigan play Quins RL at Twickenham on Saturday. The game was a little dull at first, but got more interesting in the second half as Wigan improved. Naturally, all this action was at the other end of the stadium from us, but eh. First League match I've ever been to see, first sporting event in maybe 5 years. [livejournal.com profile] aquarionical's party followed in the evening. Guitar Hero III was present, which I failed at.

on Sunday, having decided that my flat doesn't burn down nearly enough, i bought an immersion fryer and some potatoes and a potato peeler. resulting chips were not very good. need to play with timings and heat level and potato type to determine optimum chip-making conditions.
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Went to see I Am Legend last night with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat and [livejournal.com profile] timeplease. This is another playing-it-straight zombie movie, and apparently not bearing very much resemblance to the source material.

Not sure what to make of it. I liked the details (Neville's competence at surviving - lots of cool little details there - versus his increasingly deranged state; the deserted New York; the flashbacks to the evacuation), but not the film as a whole. In particular, it would have been a better film without the last scene, leaving it more ambiguous.
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saw Northern LightsThe Golden Compass this evening with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat. i was a bit concerned that the film came off more a collection of incidents than a coherent story, but [livejournal.com profile] doseybat (who has not read the book) managed to follow it ok apparently.

spoilers )

this book could withstand this treatment. but i do not want to see a version of The Subtle Knife made like this.

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