We kicked off a Netflix addiction with “The Croods” [5/10] last night, and “Megamind” [8/10] this morning. At Christmas we replaced a tube TV with a more modern LED version that can get free broadcast channels and hook up to a laptop. Cutting the cable was made possible also with the prospect of Netflix, which I managed to hold off pushing the go button on until last night. My parents stopped by with some pencils for the kids, some cell phone stands for us, and some birthday cards from The White House for my Grandmas’ birthdays.
I’ve spent enough time (Read more…)
I saw the last Hobbit [8/10] movie on Friday, with Jeri. We had food at Montana’s just before. I had the veggie feta burger and it was very good, it tasted just like a meat burger. My distant cousin ended up being seated at the table next to us.
The most exciting part of the movie was in the first ten minutes, but it was overall enjoyable. It was plain that if you hadn’t seen earlier installations of this series, you’d feel a bit left-out. The part of the plot depending upon the Dwarf king’s promise was a bit weakened (Read more…)
Douglas Fairbanks as the greatest drug addict/detective in the history of cinema!
Brilliant film from 1915 with a postmodern ending and you can see that being friends with Chaplin really, really rubbed off…
And read more here at Dangerous Minds.
From Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, and a lack of imagination… comes a film event of a lifetime… unless you’ve lived longer than 19 years.
It’s apt that Jurassic World and #Ferguson trend at the top together on Twitter. Some things should be left in the past, like racism, dinosaurs, and ’90s movies.
Alison at Creekside has a much better summary of what’s happening behind the scenes on the RoboCon movie than I could hope to write. Warning: If you keep reading though, you may feel the urge to spend $20 or more dollars toward exposing Canada’s most effective election fraud criminals.
Ten minute promotional video on an investigative documentary in production which previews preliminary interviews. from The Script & Film Co. on Vimeo.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” [9/10] made me think the TV was malfunctioning when it started, because it’s at half the screen size and black and white. This is by design, to give it an old and otherworldly appearance. It’s a clever movie though, and if you enjoyed Wizard of Oz, you’ll probably like this one too.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” [8/10] is a gross movie about the excess of American greed. It’s not excessively gory, it instead depicts non-violent financial crimes, and drug abuse.
The Riders are trying to complete a comeback after being down 24-0. It’s tied in the 4th quarter at 24 now.
Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America.
And on a different note, here are “15” tips to be a better blogger.
Many thanks to Elizabeth Bear for today’s comment on our culture.
“My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she (Read more…)
I watched “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” [8/10] and it’s a lot like the first movie, so pretty nifty, but also somewhat predictable. It’s available from the Regina Public Library. Soon I must watch “Knowing” and “World War Z” before I have to return them.
I watched “Escape From Planet Earth” [8/10] a cartoon with Rob Cordery, and it’s pretty good. William Shatner plays the bad guy.
Saw “Charlie Wilson’s War” [8/10] which explains the background behind the Soviet’s failure in Afghanistan, and paved the way for the Taliban to later take over. Today I saw “Cars 2″ [6/10] which explains why we have people focused on fossil fuel vehicles.
Each somewhat ties into the 10 year old book I’m reading, Power Down, which has theories on economic declines, including the US and USSR. The Soviet’s oil production, and America’s have slowed economic growth for each, leading to predictable collapses.
Watched “Epic” [5/10] about little tree people. “Born on the Fourth of July” [8/10] a 1989 Tom Cruise movie about a Vietnam vet who protests the war.
A Marvel Avengers cartoon movie about their kids stopping Ultron. 6/10
“Burke and Hare” [8/10] a dark British comedy about the early medical profession.
I blame Canada.
The world lost a really genuine person who tried at least as hard as Jim Carey and Steve Carell, to make everyone laugh.
Aww shucks, Williams was priceless.
Let’s try to use this time to give hope to those with depression, and turn this problem around for countless people.
Rewatched “Cast Away” [8/10] a few days ago. Also saw “Dallas Buyer’s Club” [6/10] which is based on a true story of AIDS in the mid ’80s. It starts out in a confusing way, and takes forever to get to the plot which never is very dramatic. It’s basically just a sad depiction of how the sick are treated in America.
Saw the entirety of “The Hobbit II: The Desolation of Smaug” [8/10], and “The World’s End” [6/10] a British comedy about a pub crawl that goes terribly wrong.
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I saw this a few weeks ago, and also think you hold see the Budapest Hotel.
I’ve watched three of the four productions in the 2012 TV series, The Hollow Crown, this past week, and am greatly impressed by the productions and the acting. Wonderful, rich stuff. The series consists of the second Shakespeare tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II; Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, each roughly two hours […]
I bought a DVD set called The Ultimate Three Stooges this weekend.* I was rather surprised that even 20 DVDs could not contain all of the film work the trio (more on that, below) put together in their long career. But it does contain the core – and the very best – of their work, […]
Interesting film on California’s abandoned Salton Sea.
This is a little bit terrifying, in the context of world destruction. Dr. Strangelove was a great movie in the 60s about a military base commander going crazy and ordering a nuclear strike on Russia without Presidential authorization. It should be remade today with another great comedic actor like Steve Carell.
It turns out, MAD was real, and the Russians didn’t tell anyone about it making it pointless. Way to go, crazy Russians.
“Earthstorm” [3/10] is barely a 3. Humour value at least. My girlfriend guessed the ending. It was Armageddon meets Harlequin. #Bmovie
Solve problems by blowing up the Moon, with nukes.
Who can resist a film with a title like that? Or Zontar, the Thing From Venus? Robot Monster? Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet? The Atomic Brain? Clearly, I can’t. I love this stuff. B-films, especially scifi B-films. But I am a tad disappointed with this Mill Creek package.* I recently received the set of SciFi […]
Watched most of “The Debt” [8/10] and would watch the rest later if it was convenient to do so. It’s about spies in East Germany attempting to kidnap a Nazi. The plan goes wrong.