the-inbetween posts categorized as Film and TV

Innocence

Five pages of stills from the new Ghost in the Shell movie, Innocence. There’s a trailer, too. I didn’t even know they were making a follow-up, so it’s news to me. The art looks pretty good, but hell if I know what it’s about. I’m trying to figure out a way to integrate my delicious feed into the main weblog here, but: 1) I’m not good with perl, so modifying Movable Type might be problematic; 2) Out of consistency, I…

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Signs and Portents: More B5?

JMS: More Babylon 5 coming?. Came across that on Fark, of all places, and my interest was instantly piqued. Curious, I checked around a bit. Ignore the following if you have no interest in Babylon 5 (you degenerate):

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Three Sea Shells

Having just watched Demolition Man for the nth time, I have just realized that one aspect of the movie is turning out damn-right prophetic. It was once a slight jab at the other action star. Now, the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library” doesn’t seem so improbable. Another fun little trivia fact is that the movie Predator featured two future state governors — Arnold Schwatzawhatever and Jesse Ventura. According to this trend, the guy that played Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies,…

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Kill The Wabbit!

While browsing DVDs at Futureshop the other day (a temptingly dangerous task for a broke man), I noticed the Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection. I was curious as to what episodes it contained and, more importantly, whether they were the complete non-cut-for-TV versions. I took a mental note to remind myself to check later. Naturally, I forgot. Conveniently enough, as I was randomly flicking channels today I came across “Duck Dodgers in the Twenty-Fourth-and-a-Halfth Century!” Soon enough, the episode where…

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Five Topics for Halloween

Halloween: Bah humbug. Politics: well, well, well. Two months ago, the Liberals said, and I quote: I, Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, promise, if my party is elected as the next government, that I will: Not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters; Now they’re in power, and what do we hear? Premier pledges to raise tobacco tax, cancel Tory tax cuts to deal with $5.6-billion deficit From zero to…

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Volume One and a Half

One last Kill Bill mention — until February. Via Google I came across Everything Tarantino which linked to the HKFlix Kill Bill Study Guide, and someone there links to a Tarantino interview that talks, at lenght, about all the references. This isn’t an art film mediation on these movies. This is the genuine article. The real deal. And that was one of the ideas behind splitting it in half. There just seems something pretentious about a three hour exploitation film.…

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Volume One

Fuck it. Despite what I previously said, I went to see Kill Bill. Here’s a 50 word review: Amalgamation of references and nods to Hong Kong action, Japanese samurai, anime, blaxploitation and other, mostly 70s era, pop culture presented under a Tarantino guise. [review to be continued] The problem with having such a strong homage movie is that you can find the references distracting. Especially if you don’t get the references. Rather than focus on what is being said or…

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Kill Bill Chill

I’m undecided as to what I’m going to do with Kill Bill. The movie comes out soon, and it is one of my anticipated “must see”s, but I have hesitations. It’s not that I don’t want to see the movie; it’s just that I have no wish to buy two movie tickets for what is, in essence, one movie. Miramax’s decision to split the movie into two is both perplexing and retarded. I can’t see how the argument that the…

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Le Subtitle

After watching Life is Beautiful on Showcase last weekend, I realized something peculiar. In the last three months I have seen more subtitled movies than I have seen in the last three years (if not more). Most of them inadvertently as they’ve been playing on TV. It started with Amelie, which, I’ll admit, I was slow to catch. After that I watched: the anime remake of Metropolis (nothing special); Run Lola Run; Man Bites Dog (horribly vicious, but strangely amusing);…

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Send in the Clowns

Stop Clown Porn Now — a good cause if I ever saw one. Of course, the line between clown pornography and clown art is marginal and debatable. I think I have mentioned my excitement for Freddy vs Jason before. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Personally, I think it should have been named “Jason vs Freddy” instead. I hope Jason wins; Freddy always reminded me of that Shreddies guy, and that just isn’t scary. That aside, there’s some movie clips…

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Lock, Stock and Two For One Rentals

Today I watched The Hours and Quills in succession. I think I want to kill myself now. guh. On a lighter note, I also saw Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Watching it was a relief of sorts, as I’ve had annoyingly bad luck trying to see this movie over the last year. When I’d go to rent it, it was either: not there; perpetually rented; or the display box would be there, but the actual movie would be missing…

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Four Brief Words

Amusing. Useful. Interesting. Cool. This Matrix piracy article has a weird juxtaposition. First they talk about the movie being routinely downloaded and pirated, and how digital piracy could become “debilitating” for the industry; then they add that despite the piracy, the movie made $363.5m at the box office worldwide so far. Only 363.5 million? What a menace those pirates are! The two rounds of extra downloadable content for MechAssault have made the multiplayer aspect of the game that much better.…

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Unplug me!

Neo can fly. Neo can stop hundreds of bullets in flight. In the first movie, Neo could literally jump into an agent and blow him up from the inside out. Neo can do all sorts of other spoilerific things. So why the hell does he insist on fighting everyone hand-to-hand? Clearly, I saw Matrix Reloaded the other day. Things I did not like: “bullet time.” Ok, quit it already. It wasn’t that revolutionary in 1999, it’s clearly not revolutionary now.…

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