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August 4, 2014
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Movie trailers

I don’t watch trailers for movies I don’t want to see, don’t watch trailers for movies I want to see to avoid spoilers, and spoil movies I might see by watching a trailer.

 

I need trailers for trailers that don’t spoil a movie. Didn’t we used to have trailers that just whetted your appetite?

 

 

Btw, saw Boyhood today with my son (not having seen a single trailer) and it’s incredible. ★★★★☆

 

ratings

March 15, 2014
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Recently watched

True Detective

Friday Night Lights – ★★★☆☆
– poignant with some tense Football action

The Lego Movie (3D) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable (despite Cineworld screwing up the 3D, again)

True Detective (tv) – ★★★★☆
– TV gets better and better. Journey better than destination, but what a journey

À l’intérieur – ★★☆☆☆
– brutal French horror. Incredibly inept cops and unsympathetic heroine

Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★☆☆☆
– U.K as imagined by someone who has never been, little of the books charm

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable mildly comedic modern crime noir

House of Cards (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– more of the same, so depends if you enjoyed season 1 (or Boss)

 

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December 27, 2013
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Best of 2013: Film

My best of 2013, released in 2012-2013. Not a big a list as 2012.

 

Drama

Gravity (3D) – ★★★★☆
– visually stunning 3D and doesn’t overstay its welcome

Captain Phillips – ★★★★☆
– Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks great in this modern day Somali piracy

Argo – ★★★★☆
– Affleck may have taken liberties with the story but the result is a brilliantly tense film

The Impossible – ★★★★☆
– moving tsunami drama

 

Thriller

A Hijacking – ★★★★☆
– gripping view of a hijacking from the those not on the ship

 

Honourable mention

Jack Reacher – ★★★☆☆
– surprisingly enjoyable thriller. Like to see more

 

Action

2 Guns – ★★★★☆
– fun over the top comic adaptation

 

Horror

American Mary – ★★★★☆
– whaaaaattf?! Fine “Cronenberg” body horror

 

Documentary

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

 

November 5, 2013
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Freddy vs. Jason review

by Oli Jeffery on Letterboxd

 

“Do you want to hear a scary story?”

“Do I?”

“Um… do you?”

“Yes.”

“So, there’s this disabled kid…”

“This isn’t scary.”

“It gets scary, so there’s this kid…”

“What’s wrong with him?”

“He’s disabled.”

“That’s… not a thing.”

“He’s sort of lumpy.”

“You’re a terrible person.”

“…and he drowns.”

“A terrible, terrible person.”

“Then his mum comes back and kills all the kids that were responsible for this death, then they kill her.”

“Okay, getting better.”

“Then one of them gets away, but BOOM zombie kid comes out of the lake and drags her down.”

“Wait, there are zombies now?”

“So, a few weeks later, the zombie has grown up.”

“Zombies can grow up?”

“This one can.”

“Despite not growing up for the thirty years or so that he was in the lake?”

“Yes.”

“Fine.”

“And he’s not a zombie anymore. He’s a guy who lives in a shack with a bag on his head and eats beans and stuff.”

“…”

“So he kills some more people, then gets a hockey mask and kills some other people and then gets killed by a little kid…”

“Really? Just a kid?”

“No. Not just a kid. A kid with a shaved head.”

“Okay. Makes perfect sense.”

“I know, right? Then someone pretends to be him for a bit and kills some other people.”

“That sounds sort of pointless.”

“It is. But don’t worry, because the original kid is raised as a zombie by some lightening.”

“I thought he was already a zombie.”

“Yeah, well, now he’s a zombie again.”

“Okay. Fine. So what happens?”

“Well, they find a magic spell to trap him.”

“What’s the spell?”

“Strapping him to a rock and dumping him in a lake.”

“…that’s not strictly magic.”

“But then this girl with telekinesis accidentally raises him.”

“Since when has there been psychic powers in this story?”

“Since now. But also always.”

“Fine. So then what happens?”

“He gets dragged back into the lake by the psychically reanimated corpse of the telekinetic girl’s father.”

“Well, obviously. Does he come back again? Don’t tell me, someone… hits him with an anchor and he just wakes up.”

“…”

 

There’s more…

 

Too good, Oli Jeffery is one to follow

August 9, 2013
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Cinemas and digital technology

Anil Dash has a post on how cinema is changing, the long and short of it being “deal with it” when it comes to people using mobiles in a cinema or whooping and hollering.

 

I get the difference between watching a Transformers movie with a loud enthusiastic crowd, and watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi with a more contemplative audience. The loud crowd can add to a film – especially a comedy: I didn’t really like A Fish Called Wanda when I saw it with my cousin years ago and we sat on the smoking side of the cinema; the non-smokers were laughing, the smokers weren’t, and I think that made a difference. If the people around you are into the film the atmosphere builds and it adds to the experience.

 

What doesn’t add to the experience is someone with a phone out. That person isn’t into the film – they’re elsewhere. They’re also detracting from my experience if the glare of their mobile pulls me out of the moment. If they are sharing their experience of the film with their friends, which is probably more a U.S phenomenon than a U.K one, then they should have brought their friends.

 

And if they’re are checking Facebook or Twitter updates then they should leave the film as they are not in the moment. They’re elsewhere. Turn the phone off and get into the movie.

 

 

I suspect he really despises the people who ruin films for him and is hoping to kick up a hornets nest of people who feel the same in order to do something about it ;)

 

See also: The Only Way to Solve Movie Theaters’ Talking and Texting Problem Is to Give In to It

 

ratings

July 13, 2013
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Recently watched

Cassandra's Dream

Cassandra's Dream

The Book of Mormon (theatre) – ★★★☆☆
– irreverent song and dance about the Mormons

Before Sunrise – ★★★☆☆
– talking love

Crossing Lines (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– euro women in peril. Nope

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

Cassandra's Dream – ☆☆☆☆☆
– the lecherous camera as offensive as the accents and dialogue

Odd Thomas – ★★☆☆☆
– dark horror that doesn’t fit the dodgy CGI and TV movie look and feel

Trance – ★★★☆☆
– twisting art heist hypnotic fun

Being Mary Jane (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– why did I watch this? Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but not for me

Hatfields & McCoys (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how not to settle a dispute

 

ratings

June 30, 2013
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Recently watched

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean – ★★★☆☆
– before The Blues Brothers, Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. 30 years since I first saw

Unstoppable – ★★★★☆
– unashamedly edge of the seat action, as good on small screen as big

Family Tree – (tv) ☆☆☆☆☆
– not my cup of tea

The Expatriate – ★★☆☆☆
– enjoyable Bourne/Taken lite Euro thriller

13 – ★★☆☆☆
13 Tzameti was a nail-biting headfuck. This isn’t a bad remake

Hummingbird – ★★☆☆☆
– thoughtful Jason Statham

Olympus Has Fallen – ★★☆☆☆
– a Die Hard in the Whitehouse

 

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June 27, 2013
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Recently watched

Veep

Veep

It’s a Disaster – ★★★☆☆
– dark uncomfortable comedy of manners

The Lookout – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable quirky bank raid semi-thriller

Veep (tv) – ★★★★☆
– brilliant two-faced backstabbing political comedy (season two)

Mad Men (tv) – ★★★★☆
– season six great surreal storytelling

Sex Toy Stories (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– mish mash of female needs/design/production/inside homes of rich and famous

Inside Jaws, A Filmumentary – ★★★☆☆
– didn’t think I needed to see Jaws again, but this Jamie Benning “Filmumentary”…

Hannibal (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– misses being compulsive viewing, but better than The Following

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★★☆
– second series even funnier than the first. Olivia Colman is brilliant