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We just watched Spaceballs. We were wondering whether it referenced anything specifically from Return of the Jedi, but couldn't think of anything for a few minutes. Until someone pointed out that Jabba comes from Jedi, of course. The special editions have successfully changed our perception of the original film, it turns out.
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Sherlock Holmes 2 spoiler ). Seriously, WTF?
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So, I made a nice little art deco cinema in Minecraft:

Cinema exterior Cinema street frontage Ticket desk The screen View from the projection room Auditorium corner
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Went to see Ghostbusters at the newly-opened Hackney Picturehouse with [personal profile] khalinche and [profile] timeplease. I had forgotten how good a comedy the film is: 10/10.

The cinema just opened on Friday, in what was the old Ocean. I joined as a founder member, and consequently my name is on some artwork in the ceiling in the booking area. I went along last Sunday for the open day, and it seems pretty good. Screen 1 is epically big, and I look forward to seeing the big popcorn films there. Ghostbusters tonight was in screen 2, which is a rather smaller scale but still a very big screen for the size of the auditorium. Screens 3 and 4 I recall being rather smaller. I'm sure I will become more familiar with these in time. And, best of all, it's five minutes' walk from the Pembury. It'll be so nice to be able to meet there in advance of the movie, or adjourn there after the film for a drink and a chat about the cinematography.

It was a digital print of Ghostbusters, which is being re-released, apparently. I'm no revisionist, but am slightly disappointed that more work was not done. Most of the effects were fine (if dated), but the new clean copy meant three particularly dodgy composites became really obvious. And more's the pity, they could have been done with the material at hand, by me, even. Two of these were bleed throughs, and in another, the side of a building was flickering between perspectives oddly. I think it's a shame to tout something as "digitally remastered" and to make howlers like that more visible.
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Not something you see every day:



(apparently for the premiere of The Other Guys which is this evening at the Vue)
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Would anyone like to come see Four Lions - the Chris Morris film - possibly at the weekend?

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[livejournal.com profile] doseybat, [livejournal.com profile] casby and me went to see Changeling last night at the Stratford Picturehouse. We liked it. My main interest in the film, I have to admit, was its writer - J. Michael Straczynski, who created and wrote most of Babylon 5, and has written several comic books I enjoyed. It is his first produced film script. His next will be Ninja Assassin.

Articles from VFXWorld and CGSociety about the CGI. No, there are no dragons, spaceships or explosions in this film. But there is the City of Los Angeles in 1928. They could have shot this without effects, but they would have done so on the same boring city backlot that gets trotted out all the time, and they couldn't have done those wide establishing shots. Nice to see the cars changing between 1928 and 1935, also.

Apparently JMS is writing a book about the case.

Some quite surprising bit got left out. spoilers, also urgh )
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Saw How To Lose Friends And Alienate People last night with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat. I liked it, despite it being a bit too cringeworthy at times.

Seem to have stopped reading comics and have got back into reading books. Nation, The Dispossessed, Matter, Flowers for Agernon, Recursion, The Star Fraction and The Left Hand of Darkness in last couple of months. Now started World War Z.
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but why is the rum gone

film 3 is a bit of an incoherent mess, isn't it?
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discovered in, of all places, a film museum

watched 2nd futurama movie yesterday. didn't think it was a patch on the 1st one. oh well.

Hancock

Jun. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm
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Hancock's World premiere this evening in Leicester Square. Colleague of mine took this shot of one of the cinemas earlier:



you'd think they'd have done it from the other end. big and noisy. biggest premiere I've seen in Leicester Square, I reckon.
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Went to see XXY last night, with [livejournal.com profile] vjbseven and [livejournal.com profile] doseybat. Enjoyed. I mean, any film featuring spoiler, nonworksafe ) is ok by me. Um, no. I mean, it was a sensitive portrayal of an intersex kid, Alex, who is fast approaching puberty, and the varying reactions of family and others. The only major quibbles I would have is the misleading name of the film (as Klinefelter's does not do that - they would have done better to keep the original short story name, "Cinismo"), and I'm certain the ultrasound bit was nonsense. But otherwise, good film.
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Saw Persepolis Thursday evening with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat and [livejournal.com profile] ruthi. Good film.

It's been a long week. Except it hasn't. Very tired now (probably exacerbated by going out drinking last night). Tried making flapjacks this afternoon - think I didn't leave them in long enough because they are not solid enough. Still, yummy.
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There is a plan to go and see Persepolis at the Curzon Soho (on Shaftesbury Avenue near Dean Street) on Thursday at 19:10. Want to join us?

Saw Iron Man on Monday. It was magnificient - and that rare thing - a near uniformly critically-praised film which also took a huge opening weekend. And it wasn't just a special effects vehicle. There was acting and wit and stuff. Probably going to see it again at some point. Marvel Studios - this is the first film Marvel have made themselves - will be delighted - and have already set a date for a sequel (April 2010), along with dates for Thor (June 2010), Cap (May 2011) and Avengers (July 2011) movies.
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Vantage Point is a film that isn't especially interesting apart from its novel narrative structure. Vantage Point review: very vague spoilers )

I suppose the kindest thing I can say is that I am very glad that films like this are made, and I will probably be buying the DVD (if only so that I can check if they cheated). I'd advise anyone wanting to see this to wait for the DVD release, too. I wonder if they will have an edit of it in chronological order, like the Memento DVD has.
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does anyone want to go see a film on Monday evening? I propose Vantage Point at the Odeon Holloway at 8pm.
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[livejournal.com profile] shimgray posted a link to an alternate ending for I am Legend.

I find this interesting because, apart from being sufficient a change to make it actually an adaption of the book (as it stands it has more in common with 28 Days Later than the book than it supposedly adapts), it clearly was the ending intended when certain scenes were filmed, and contains the pay-off for various curious aspects we had noted in post-movie discussion. spoiler ).

It isn't quite so saccharine, but is happy enough that it ought to have been possible to release the movie like that without worrying the studio too much. Oughtn't it?

movies

Feb. 25th, 2008 06:13 pm
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so, who wants to go see Cloverfield and/or Jumper before they close?

(other films I vaguely want to see that are out now or soonish are Be Kind Rewind, Vantage Point. i am open to other suggestions.)

[this was so much easier when I lived in leicester, as it was then just a case of deciding when to go to Freemen's Common without any need to decide which cinema]

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