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Television / Re: What Are You Watching? (TV Shows on DVD/Blu-ray)
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:01:51 pm »
Blade Runner 2049.  Will hold off on comments until I know we've all seen it.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Indiana Jones 5 (TBA)
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:48:28 pm »
The Kingdom of the what now?

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Indiana Jones 5 (TBA)
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:31:16 pm »
Why is this still a thing.  The three movies we already have are perfect.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: What Are You Looking Forward To?
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:04:26 am »
Super Troopers !

LOVE the French cover playing over the trailer, first of all, and second: this looks freakin' hilarious.  Usually I think necro-sequels are a bad idea, but after Dumb And Dumber To and seeing this, I wonder if there's some kind of secret that I'm not gleaming yet.

And mind blown that the driver isn't Anthony Michael Hall.  I could have sworn it was him.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:52:34 am »
I think I've spoken about this film before, but I rewatched it last night and I'm surprised that it actually stuck with me.

Room In Rome

I was always in love with the lighting and cinematography of this flick, it looks ridiculously beautiful... real life chiaroscuro, I don't know how they managed to pull it off, and of course I'm enchanted by Elena Anaya in the flick (she was Dr Poison in the Wonder Woman movie).  Partly by her adorable accent but also just because of the sheer force of personality she exudes in every moment of the flick.

It's hard to summarize the plot of the film without it sounding like a prono (two women return to a European hotel late at night, fall in love, there's a lot of sex, they're **** throughout almost the entire thing, and they use Google Earth a lot more than you'd expect), but don't let that throw you.  I mean, it may make you want to see the movie more, but it's not that kind of movie.  I think they may have gone above and beyond in every other category because of that premise, but the results... dang.  The skin practically glows (this is the counterpoint to "potato skin," something I deride a lot of flicks like Sucker Punch for having), you can see the slightest changes in light... there's a lot of darkness but it doesn't feel like anything's being hidden, you're not seeing a big wall of black anywhere.

Now, I saw this on Netflix and apparently the disc is really hard to get now, so I don't know if you'll be able to swing it.  But if this sounds interesting, see it, and it's one of those movies I recommend seeing in HD because of the cinematography and colour space that it utilizes.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Point Break (2015)
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:42:50 am »
Wasn't this movie also delayed at one point?  It's been a while (I can't even believe how long ago 2015 was!) so I don't really remember, but yeah, the trailer didn't do anything for me.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: The Breakfast Club (1985)
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:34:36 am »
Nope.  Criterion doesn't do distributer editions, ever.  They do one high quality release that's universal across all retailers.  And they sure as sh*t don't release anything in clear plastic bags.

The case is clear, not blue, and there's no empty bit on the top for the logo.  It's very distinct.  It'll be wrapped and have that criterion sticker on the corner.  It's going to look like this.

there's a booklet in there and it's absolutely part of the special features.  And it just came out so I doubt there's many if any "used" editions out there yet.  And honestly, most people who collect Criterions never get rid of them.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: The Breakfast Club (1985)
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:16:32 pm »
The Criterion Collection put out a special edition of The Breakfast Club.  Tons of special features, including 50 minutes of deleted scenes.

My copy just came in the mail.  Can't wait to explore all this.  I anticipate making TONS of GIFs.

Television / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:28:05 pm »
Red Letter Media's wrap-up of Discovery and The Orville

Lots of interesting points made... feels very close to what I was thinking.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:17:15 pm »
That third one is in my bag waiting for me.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Pete's Dragon (2016)
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:48:50 pm »
I remember liking the remake of Pete's Dragon... such. big fan of the original that I bought the remake when it came out (I think The Jungle Book, another movie I love and that I believe we discussed, came out on blu-ray around the same time... I bought both).  But I haven't seen it since, I honestly don't remember how it ended.

I love that they stayed away from the original version in terms of story and just extrapolated off the basic idea, a little boy on his own whose best friend is a dragon.  That's great, and that's pretty much what everyone remembers anyway.  And I love that it takes place in an almost sort of never-time, you have no idea what era it takes place in, and it doesn't matter.  It almost feels like a memory already.

The design of Elliot is interesting... looking back at the original, with that hair and that big lantern jaw, I feel like... doing him in 3D might make him look like Shrek, in a funny way... specifically Chris Farley Shrek.  Which could be interesting but I don't know how accurate it would be.  The furry dog thing is interesting, he has a different shape to him and thus a different personality... but I suppose it works for a beast living that far north (or that far south, the did shoot this in New Zealand).  I never thought of there being dragons suited to different climates before.  But Falcor had fur too, right?  Why is that so odd?

Going off on a bit of a tangent, in September I got this art book of Disney dragons which features both Elliots, Malificent and so on.. the old artwork which I would have just been mesmerized by as a kid, but there's also stills and CGI in there.  My mom saw it and said I should show it to Charlton one day (he's the little neighbor kid), and I realized "if he looked at this book... he'd have no reason to think that dragons aren't real.  They're there, they're with normal people.  And adults watch a show with dragons in them.  Of course dragons exist."  I can't imagine what my imagination or view of the world would have been if this level of imagery existed back then, given how captivated I was by what already exists.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:05:23 pm »
I can't believe it took me this long to finish the flick.  So many thoughts.  The stuff about Back To The Fuiture and Robocop still hold true... would like to make a supercut of all of that... I need to get some video editing software.

Anyway, here are some bullet points of thoughts I had regarding the movie:

Sco Jo

So I totally understand the reality of Hollywood where you need a name star to sell a movie, and on paper Sco Jo makes a big amount of sense.  Her, Under The Skin, Lost In Translation, The Avengers... she's got the prereqs to do a character and movie like this.  And heck, someone in China I think it was MADE a Scarlett Johannson robot, so yeah, that's what a robot there is going to look like.

The issue is that she should be the ONLY American in the movie, that should be the tell.  The robots look western, everyone else (namely everyone else in the cast) should be Asian.  It's the reverse Othello principle.  And you'd have this whole reinforced disassociation every time you see her, she doesn't look like she belongs, she feels separated from everyone else, she can't help but be aware of her body, etc...

I think a big issue with her being Asian is that they throw that on you at the end like a surprise, and it's so insulting.  if they implied it at the front, that this is a new body and it's not her etc MAYBE that could have landed better, I dunno.

The thing is, if this was ten-fifteen years ago or a B-movie... or if the movie was made in China or something, I could see Maggie Q or Shu Qi or Zhang Ziyi in the role and been happy.

Rinko Kinkuchi

Yeah, a lot of people wanted Rinko Kinkuchi (from Pacific Rim) to be the Major and there was NO way that was going to happen.  Having said that, demand was so high that I could picture her being added into the movie (a la "I've HAD it with these mothers*cking snakes on this mother*cking plane!") as one of Section 9.  Maybe replacing mullet guy, because who gives a sh*t about mullet guy?

I think I mentioned how I always thought of Batou as being the older mentor figure, kind of the most luddite of the group, well Rinko would be the one to contrast against that, she'd be the newest member on the team and the audience surrogate, if anything futuristic needs to be explained, they'd explain it to her.  And you should have that feeling at the end that she's going to be the last generation of pre-singularity humans that are going to be there.

Dumbing Down Vs Keeping Things Simple

Here's the plot of the original Ghost In The Shell: an incredible, intelligent new life form born from pure information is unintentionally wreaking havoc on the world, seeking out a wise human to bond with in order to ascend to a higher form of life, something wondrous that we've never seen before.  I think American audiences can wrap their heads around that.  You know why?  Because it was the plot of the FIRST STAR TREK MOVIE IN 1979!  And that movie PLAYED IN THEATERS FOR A YEAR!  People can absolutely wrap their heads around the plot of Ghost In The Shell.  If you want to streamline it, I have no problem with it, but don't graft on a stupid replacement plot because you don't have respect for your audience.

Is This Society Actually Working?

So something about the ending combined with the fact they took down one corporate guy made me think " this a dystopia?"  "Was everything working fine, or at least acceptable, except for that one rich a**hole sticking his d*ck in the works?"  "What do the people in this world THINK of their world?"  "Is this a good world to live in or not?"  I have no idea.  I never thought of that in the original because it felt like everything was going on, everything just was.

Is this stylized? Is this like Pushing Daisies or Gotham or something?

So there's this bit where... Cutter, I want to say his name was, he's in Beat Takeshi's office and it made me think of Gotham (and I kept calling him 'Oswald" for the rest of the movie).  And when you combine that with all the bowl-shaped holograms on the desks, all the Americans in Japan (or "...JAPAN?" as I keep calling it), everyone wearing 80s clothing and driving 80s cars, the solograms everywhere, I just kept thinking "is this supposed to be reality or is it just a weird stylized thing?  Is it like Pushing Daisies?

Off-Topic / Re: Cool Techie Geeky Stuff...
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:36:24 pm »
This one blew my mind... I tried it and it works.  Unreal.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2016)
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:40:57 pm »
And incidentally, re: Mark Hamill...

Off-Topic / Re: Christmas 2017
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:21:05 am »
Got good stuff... gave good stuff.  I got my sister this fake album cover from Parks and Rec:

And she mentioned that she knows Ben Schwartz and HAD to text him a picture of that (though I have no idea if she actually did).

I got... well, I had to buy a new computer, so basically that.  Some art books, a Mad retrospective about Star Wars full of Mort Drucker art, so you know I'll get something out of that.  And various odds and ends.

Oh, and in dirty Santa I got a sweet-ass bottle of Bailey's Irish Whiskey.  I don't drink, but that's still an awesome gift.  It lasted for about two minutes before a forced swap, I wound up with toilet golf or something.  (It's not Christmas until someone shouts "choke on it, you a**hole!")

And I got some great video, not just aforementioned moment, but dinosaur suit fighting and indoor snowball fights.  Unfortunately I messed up and didn't record Owen putting on the dinosaur suit for the first time, because it was literally that moment from A Christmas Story but for real.  That slow, horrible realization of "oh my god, I look like an idiot."  Priceless.

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