the-inbetween posts categorized as Film and TV

Seven Swords

At the ungodly time of 9:30am (for movie watching, at least), I caught Seven Swords. It was disappointing. Despite his brief foray into Van Damme movies (though, in all fairness, John Woo also fell prey to that), the director, Hark Tsui, is best known for Once Upon a Time in China, which basically introduced Jet Li. That was a real good film. This, not so much. It was cornball, cliche, and eye-roll inducing. Apart from the very final battle, nothing…

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Toronto International Film Festival

I missed the deadline for the advance ticket draw for the Toronto Film Festival, which meant I had two options if I wanted to attend: go to the box office early, early, early in the morning on Wednesday when individual tickets went on sale and deal with the lineups, or wake up early, early on Wednesday morning and sit on the computer and order them online. I chose online. As is the case when any batch of limited, sought-after tickets…

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My Television

My Television: now with less green!. After a bout of good luck, it was inevitable that negative fortunes would strike back at me. Lightbulbs started bursting, muscles started straining, people leaving, and, lastly, my television blew. Sort of. It was some annoying Zellers commercial that did it in. There was a lot of green in it. Strong, oversaturated green. My screen started to overload a bit, static built up, it flickered, and then snap. The picture went black and slowly…

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Wandering Boy, Flying Daggers

I had originally intended to write four mini-reviews, covering four different types of media — interactive game, music album, film, and book (for once, non-fiction!) — but after writing the first two the following two never came. The two that I had written then sat in limbo for a week. Might as well post them. Lucky Wander Boy seems like it would be an obvious book for me. The plot focuses on a nostalgic gamer (though he’s purely nostalgic, not…

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Battlestar Galactica DVD

Scotty (James Doohan) was Canadian born? I did not know this. It always feel as though Canadians have a very strong presence in Sci-Fi TV. That maybe due to the fact that, to save money, many such niche series are filmed in Canada and, invariably, attract local talent. Like Battlestar Galatica, for example. While Battlestar Galactica Season Two is in full-swing south of the border, here it sits. Space, in its full wisdom, will not be showing this season until…

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NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

You’re so beautiful. It’s only because I’m so in love. No, it’s because I’m so in love with you. So love has blinded you? Regarding the acting and writing of Star Wars: Episode III: Also see ytmnd for Noooooooo and This is CNNOOOOOO and all the other Noooos that caused this harsh reaction to Hayden Christensen’s acting. I’m still laughing at the cheese factor.

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Drive and Park

I’ve been bit by the racing game bug, and the pending Gran Turismo 4 release had nothing to do with it. Rather, it’s been a recent encounter with Colin McRae Rally 2005 that set me off. Off to the local game retailer, cash in hand. I have Colin McRae 3 and I did play it to death when it was new. The game had its faults (a lot of them), but they were ignorable in the face of the solid…

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Enterprise, music, Snood, Polarium, Block Puzzles

I had a bunch of small thoughts to write, but they got delayed because of tiredness and relaxation and a 19 hour work day. Here they are. One: the cancellation of Enterprise. It both amuses and saddens me to realize that as soon as Enterprise started getting good, it got cancelled. What I saw of the first and second season — not much — was stupid mainstreamed-Trek dreck. Some stupid temporal war, some gratuitous Borg moment (completely contradicting the already…

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A Scary Thing

A horrific event occurs every year or two: Uwe Boll releases a new movie. This event is always greeted with extreme vitriol and sheer disgust. Yet, despite that, there seems to be no stopping this man’s film diarrhea. Either this man has an admirable passion for what he does irregardless of what other people think of him, or he is completely lost in his own little world impervious to the criticisms. You can guess which one I believe. Everything I…

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Movies and TV

The Oscar nominations are out and I have realized that: I don’t care; there are no more LotR love-fests; and, with the exception of Eternal Sunshine, I have not seen a single film on the list. In turn, this makes me care even less. It’s not that I haven’t watched a lot of movies in 2004 — I did — it’s just that all the movies that I watched last year have been considerably older than that. Hell, most of…

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Moviefest

Shit man, it’s going to be a busy week: Yes. Eight rentals.

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Random Movie “did you know”s

Do you know that state Governors Ventura and Schwarzenegger have appeared in three films together? Predator, The Running Man, and Batman & Robin. Do you know that The Land Before Time (confession: I saw it in the theatre) has had nine sequels? Some guy at Amazon calls the tenth installment slunlishy. Apparently, XI is in production too; they should be at the land during time already*. Do you know that the voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, is the writer…

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90s Fox “Coolness”

Somewhere in a stream of conversation, I realized that the sitcoms of my youth have been getting the DVD treatment. Season one of Married with Children is now available, as is the complete set of the short-lived Ben Stiller Show (the recollections are vague, but I remember it being good. I don’t know why these two, but an Oliver Stone spoof and a guest appearance by Flea are the only things that I *do* remember). Jokingly, with a touch of…

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