Douglas Bailey (trystero) wrote,
Douglas Bailey

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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