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May 10th, 2009


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11:59 am - Film roundup
So I walked out of the new Star Trek movie last night after 20 minutes... but only because the centre channel volume was set so low that I couldn't hear the dialogue over the gaggle of high-school-aged girls near me who wouldn't stop talking. I sneaked into the next showing, on a different screen, with a much better-behaved audience, and this time I really enjoyed the crap out of the movie. It's not perfect, of course, and maybe some of its flaws will be magnified for me when I see it again, but damn if I didn't come out on a pure nerd high. (Oh, and wellstar? It might be worth adding some mention of this flick to your summer project, although I doubt a DVD will be available in time.)

I should have walked out of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Tuesday night, but I kept thinking that it just had to get better. Important life lesson here: no, it really didn't. I'm astonished that they were able to make an X-Men movie significantly worse than X3: that must have taken some real effort. The actors don't embarrass themselves, but everything else (writing, direction, effects, cinematography, choreography, even editing) makes up a near-perfect exhibit of No-One Involved In The Making Of This Movie Actually Gave A Damn syndrome. I have, for my sins, seen worse movies in the cinema (Joe's Apartment, I'm looking at you), but that's saying much.

Still. Trek. Well worth waiting for.

(I'm also enjoying the first-season Trek Blu-ray set with both the original and "remastered" effects/soundtracks. The changes aren't actually all bad, and my purist side is kept in check by the presence of the original versions on the same discs. I didn't buy the "remasters" separately on DVD, and still wouldn't, but as extras they're pretty enjoyable.)
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From:rufinia
Date:May 10th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I watched Batman and Robin a second time, because I was convinced it couldn't possibly be as bad as I remembered.

It was.
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From:trystero
Date:May 10th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I might be able to better even that for sheer stupidity/futility. I own a copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (the Coppola version) on DVD, just so that I don't have to deal with renting it every year or so when I re-read the book and re-convince myself that the movie couldn't have been that bad...

...every year, without fail: Oh. Yeah. It's that bad. (Well, except for Gary Oldman, but even he can't save it.)
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From:rufinia
Date:May 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
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That's funny. Futile, but funny.

I do own a copy of X3, because my "OMG THE SERIES MUST BE COMPLETE" OCD wouldn't let me not buy it.

Also it was on sale.
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From:ardaniel
Date:May 10th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh Lord, the editing on Wolverine. Gill and De Toth did no one any favors there.

OTOH, I've seen Trek three times this week, and it's damn slick. When Wedge and I were working on it, no one at the office expected much, but the final cut just brings it all together.
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From:kazmat
Date:May 10th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Haven't seen Star Trek yet (next weekend), but I got exactly what I expected (and wanted) out of Wolverine. Hot naked guys and stuff blowing up. Woot!
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From:meejahoar
Date:May 16th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)

I'm going to say it:

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The Black Hole, by Disney.

There, I've said it.
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From:meejahoar
Date:May 16th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)

Oh, and by the bye,

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Mom and I loved it. Well, perhaps that's too strong: I loved it, Mom enjoyed it but probably missed some of the references. Especially liked the girlfriend who looked like Shrek's missus. Our enjoyment was no little enhanced by the guy sitting a couple of rows in front of us with (choose one) Tourettes, or Aspergers, or something, who repeated nearly every line and also blurted out "Spock!" every time either of him came on screen.

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