"Wanted" left me wanting.

  • Sep. 15th, 2008 at 10:38 PM
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By the Way, "Wanted"?

Worst. Movie. Ever.

In it, the "Loom of Fate" spells out a fraternity of elite killers' kill orders in binary code. Killing the people thus identified supposedly keeps the world in balance. Suuuure.

Been brainfucked lately?

I left an hour into the movie because I simply couldn't stand the far-fetched, unreflecting, crappy pseudo-plot any longer. The 'plot', and the whiny male lead character who didn't have two braincells to rub together, but was so certain he was destined for greater things (why?).

Having Angelina Jolie climb half out of and/or on top of fast-moving vehicles while wearing leather or a sparkly dress does not a movie make, you morons.

God, what a load of bullshit.

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Yesterday, I begged [livejournal.com profile] xkatjafx and [livejournal.com profile] mareen for support and managed to convince them to watch Highlander: The Source (IMDB entry) with me.

Yes, I'd managed to download the version pre-released in Russia. Go me.

Anyway, this whole post is one big spoiler. So if the header is already more than you ever wanted to know in advance, stop reading now. )

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The Zombification of "Star Trek"

  • Apr. 21st, 2006 at 9:58 PM
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As if "Starsky & Hutch" and "Miami Vice" hadn't been bad enough - Paramount evidently plans a pre-TOS Star Trek movie depicting Kirk, Spock etc.'s early years at the Starfleet Academy.

And, I kid you not, the relevant Reuters article says that the movie will be directed by... J.J. Abrams. The man who 'gifted' us with "Alias" and "Lost", two shows that started out quite promising and soon descended into unbelievable crap that made no sense at all - and then simply refused to die.

Since I expect the article won't remain online forever, you can find it here under the cut. )

Someone on [KirkSpockCentral] said that the upcoming movie would "suck tribbles in swampwater", and that's the most fitting description anyone can ever come up with.

Any series set pre-TOS will (or rather: would) have to take into account the canon established in Classic Trek, and that's an amount of research and faithfulness to the original series no one today is even capable of. TPTB will ignore whatever doesn't go "boom" spectacularly, demote Kirk to a hot-headed action hero with as much depth as a bowl of soup, and screw up Spock's character as much as they did with Vulcans as a whole in "Star Trek: Voyager", "Enterprise" and the TNG movies. I shudder when I even attempt to imagine whoever they'll cast as Kirk and Spock.

If we are unbelievably lucky, the project will die before it reaches the screen. One can always hope.

Excuse me while I look for a few pounds of chocolate in my kitchen now. And wash out my brain.

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"Serenity" and snow storms

  • Nov. 25th, 2005 at 9:09 AM
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Went to see "Serenity" yesterday and even managed to get back home in one piece - despite the first snow this year that made the highway pretty much impassable. Everyone drove under 60 km/h and tried not to brake too much since the snow ploughs hadn't been there, and the roads were slippery as hell. I already saw myself end up in a ditch somewhere, but for once I was lucky. I concentrated on driving until my eyes burned and cursed the fact that my snow tyres were still at my parents'.

I'm going to spend the weekend in Berlin - I've been invited to Eotara's birthday party on Saturday. I found a colleague willing to give me a lift virtually at the last minute, and now I can only hope that he'll drive carefully.

Oh, and as for "Serenity" - [livejournal.com profile] mareen, thank you for not confirming or denying the spoiler I'd heard. As you know, it turned out to be correct, damnit. Grrr. )

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"Verzaubert" 2005

  • Nov. 23rd, 2005 at 7:55 PM
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The "Verzaubert" Film Fest, or, as it is called, the "15. International Queer Film Festival", is over now.

As always, the movie selection on the weekend was less than arresting, but "Verzaubert" more than made up for that with the movies they showed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

I watched Third Man Out: A Donald Strachey Mystery ) and Ethan Mao ) on Monday, Everyone ) and Adam & Steve ) yesterday, and Hate Crime ) today.

"Third Man Out" was quite good, plus it had a ton of eye candy in form of Chad Allen and Sebastian Spence ("Cade Foster" from First Wave), and is the reason I ordered the first book in the series by Stevenson.

"Everyone" felt like a showcase of "Who's the most fucked-up person in this (extended) family? Hey, wait, don't you all raise your hand here!" and left me cold. "Ethan Mao" was surprisingly okay for its subject matter (I had feared the worst) and ended in a dream-like sequence fitting for a fairy tale, plus the New York Times was right - the main leads were painfully cute.

With "Adam & Steve" it took a while until I stopped cringing and started laughing instead. During movies I often (make that usually) groan, roll my eyes and wish myself far away while others laugh themselves silly because other people's funny isn't my funny, but the movie soon stopped dwelling on the guys' horrible 80s hair and the cocaine/baby laxative combination, and turned into... I don't know. Fun with a musical-like interlude, I guess. Sweet.

"Hate Crime" was the undisputed highlight and the festival's one movie I will certainly buy as soon as it's out on DVD. Superb acting, professional cutting and directing, this felt like a movie made for mainstream cinema. Cleverly superimposed scenes from past and present, an unanticipated plot twist, a heart-breaking story and the surprising dedication by its makers to not compromise the movie's story by softening up the ending worked together to raise "Hate Crime" out of the general ordinariness you usually encounter during "Verzaubert". Wow.

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