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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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Date:May 10th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
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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Date:May 10th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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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Date:May 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
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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