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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:21:44 pm »
I think I posted about this movie, I had mixed thoughts about it... there were sequences I liked (the "Avatar" sequence, the Enterprise-esque opening sequence which works better when there aren't names all over the place, the Big Market, etc) but the issue I had with it wasn't the cast, it's that they were playing characters.

There's a moment early on where Laureline does this little greeting hand wave (which I have since taught myself), and I love that.  And watching the bonus features of that moment where they're playing around and the goofiness they had on set, I'd rather have seen THAT movie.  I don't want to see Valerian and Laureline, I want to see Dane DeHaan and Cara Delivigne.  I want to see two Eurotrash club kids save the universe, THAT'S fun, that's more in the vein of The Fifth Element which is what we were all hoping this movie would be.  They were waayyyy too serious in the flick.

I think having them just be them would have fixed a lot of problems.  Don't get why Valerian is into Laureline... but if she was Cara D, yeah I could see that.  Presuming that the long list of women he had been with before were officers and so on, a funky stoner would be different for him, AND push him out of his comfort zone.

Alex (the ship, remember the ship had a name) felt more like a third person on the team but not quite enough, there wasn't enough personality in the ship or what it did.  Obviously it's close to the Millennium Falcon because the Falcon ripped it off, but where was the funky French weirdness?

You know what movie could have been a good model for this?  Ghostbusters.  Have these two (three?) be the funny ones but it's a serious world and everything is serious and has weight, but they're kinda just going through it having fun.

Music / What makes the X-Men theme so good?
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:28:36 pm »

This is a nice dive into the 90s X-Men theme... and it's kind of awesome to see what Ron Wasserman actually looks like, his music was all over the 90s.

Television / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:59:11 pm »
How many times am I going to listen to this dang pitch?  I totally want to watch this.

Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday Me!!!!
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:48:28 pm »
Happy birthday again, you

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:27:04 pm »
It's a soft reboot/sequel.  Tim Matheson finds the old game from the end of the first movie, and it reconfigures itself into a video game.  The weird house they all stay in in the game was built by Robin Williams' character (the "Allan Parrish was here" graffiti), and when we see th elayout of the island, it matches the layout of the board game. 

Television / Re: Halt and Catch Fire (Season 3 - 2016)
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:15:13 pm »
The negative review of Cameron's "Pilgrim"  in Electronic Gaming Monthly, just posted to Twitter by Christopher Cantwelll.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018
« on: August 27, 2018, 12:29:54 pm »
Woot, thanks for that.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: August 26, 2018, 11:42:38 pm »

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

I know it sounds like a transparent lie, but I swear I was watching this for research because I had an idea that would be drawing reference from it.  Obviously this movie is famous for it's nudity so I don't need to say anything about it except of my GOD there was so much nudity.

I liked it... there was a lot of "and then" storytelling which kinda bugged me, it felt very disconnected and I guess you can get away with that in a "hot stranded couple go skinny dipping and hook up" movie, but it makes it hard to tell where you are in the story.

Right off the bat the move threw me for a loop because the first thing you see is this etching of a city street and it just looked like the opening to Cheers, the theme song started playing in my head.  And the opening titles and the stuff with the boat looked like Treasure Island, it looked like something from the 60s and this was 1980, and I have no idea if that was intentional or not.   Like, "hey, we're referencing these classic adventure yarns but doing our own thing with them."

I also gotta say, Richard (I know his name because Brooke Shields screams his name about a thousand times)... his voice, I don't know if it was the audio quality from the time period or whatever, but I kept making me think of Greg Brady.  He sounded like Christopher Daniel Barnes to me, I kept expecting him to start monologuing like Spider-Man (he was the voice of Spider-Man).

Oh, and there's one thing I couldn't help but notice: their sh*t holds up AMAZINGLY.  Like, they're learning about the stages of life through these opticon photos, right? They don't even YELLOW after al the years on that island under that sun.  Clothes too, when they wear the nice ones, no moth holes or nothing.  Kinda took me out a little bit.

I thought I had Return To The Blue Lagoon as well but I don't, I gotta get that.  And I might throw in The Sleeping Dictionary too for good measure (plus I saw another Emily Mortimer movie recently so I thought maybe I could do a fun little mash-up too).

Morgan (2016)

Luke Scott doing a sort of Ex Machina meets... 24, I suppose... remix?  Contained thriller, few sets, character actors (including a nice appearance by Paul Giamatti).  A decent watch, nothing that really surprised me.  Mild recommend, if you like this sort of genre.

Off-Topic / Re: Politics
« on: August 24, 2018, 12:11:41 pm »
D'oh... it's so recent I kept thinking it would be at the bottom, and I thought you'd be freaking out about that way more.  A safe full of secrets?

Off-Topic / Re: Politics
« on: August 24, 2018, 12:00:35 pm »
And you haven't even mentioned Pecker!  You know about THAT, right?

Short Films / My Dead Dad's P*rno Tapes
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:52:15 am »

I saw this earlier this year on the indie film circuit and am glad to see it picked up by the Atlantic.  An interesting personal story told in an interesting, poppy visual style.  I can sense a lot of copycats coming to Youtube in the near future.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: August 23, 2018, 06:45:17 pm »
I enjoyed the movie, I think the hamminess was part of the fun, BUT the whole time I was watching it I kept thinking that Margot Robbie reminded me of Jamie Pressley... so I kept thinking "I want to see the My Name Is Earl" version of this.  The second I pictured Earl and Randy as the two guys, like... my mind went there and refused to leave.  You ever have that experience?

Comic Books & Art / Re: WTF is Cosplay?
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:07:31 pm »
Morphicon 2018 Cosplay:

You would think that a convention dedicated to Power Rangers would have a one and done type of costume, but I gotta say that there's some really fun concepts on display here.  I'm digging the variety not just of ideas but also of quality, some are TV show quality reproductions, others are handmade, and some are just weird mash-ups.

And btw, I cannot believe that Sasha Craig (the girl with the yellow helmet) looks almost exactly the same as she did almost 20 years ago.  Insane!

Off-Topic / Re: Politics
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:02:38 pm »
Dems don't have to fall for his spiel, they're still outnumbered... and they want their majority on the Supreme Court.

Off-Topic / Re: Politics
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:50:46 pm »
Oh, and I'm willing to bet that the Repubs will force Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court.  The one that says that a sitting President can't be indicted.

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