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June 27, 2013
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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

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June 18, 2013
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Aftershock

Aftershock – Andrea Osvárt

The Call – ★★☆☆☆
– A lister in B movie with plot from TV movie

Aftershock – ★★☆☆☆
– earthquake torture pr0n slasher flick horror

Phantom – ★★☆☆☆
– great cast and story, just not very thrilling sub drama

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how did I miss this? (series 1)

 

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June 14, 2013
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Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising

Fight Club – ★★★★☆
– still great

The Purge – ★★☆☆☆
– not bad, could have been more. Probably better on DVD

Dead Man Down – ★★☆☆☆
– tv format and pace as a film

Valhalla Rising – ★★★☆☆
– walk, sit, talk, kill (repeat). A light romantic comedy it’s not

Broken City – ★★☆☆☆
– cinema scene with Wahlberg and Martinez glimpse of potentially interesting film

Pusher – ★★★☆☆
– brutal, nihilistic Danish thriller

Case Histories (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable, and surprisingly violent

Behind the Candelabra – ★★★☆☆
– drags a bit two thirds way through, but stellar cast

Life of Crime (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– so so tv thriller. Shame, hoped for more

Bullet to the Head – ★☆☆☆☆
– the “old” jokes are getting old

 

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May 25, 2013
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Power of a Few

Power of a Few, Nicky Whelan, gratuitous trunk shot

A Good Day to Die Hard – ★☆☆☆☆
– time to fix the franchise

The Power of a Few – ★★☆☆☆
– entertaining if a bit rough around the edges

Side Effects – ★★★☆☆
– not what I was expecting

I Give it a Year – ★☆☆☆☆
– no Four Weddings and a Funeral and far from Notting Hill

The Place Beyond the Pines – ★★★☆☆
– generation spanning thriller

 

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May 9, 2013
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Maniac

Maniac

The Following (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– too many “really?!” moments and too-many-unanswered-questions ending

Parker – ★☆☆☆☆
– slow moving and dull despite Statham. Lopez peaked in Out of Sight

Danny Boyle: Man of Wonder (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– Kermode and Danny Boyle. Wanted more, too short by half

Maniac – ★★☆☆☆
– original which I haven’t seen an odd choice for a remake I didn’t need to see

Iron Man 3 – ★★☆☆☆
– full cinema for so so finale, is Chinese version better?

The Last Stand – ★★★☆☆
– better than expected retirement home action

Jack Reacher – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable thriller

April 13, 2013
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April 1, 2013
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Sightseers

Sightseers

Welcome to the Punch – ★☆☆☆☆
Prime Suspect made this glossy, soulless thriller look old 20 years ago

127 Hours – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable second viewing

Sightseers – ★★★☆☆
– fun dark British horror comedy

The Pixar Story – ★☆☆☆☆
– more showreel than story

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ★★★☆☆
– uneven, some great moments (Clémence Poésy), some awful (Quidditch)

Pandorum – ★★★☆☆
– interesting deep space survival horror

Sound City – ★★★☆☆
– Dave Grohl’s history of Sound City and a future for the analog recording desk

Event Horizon – ★★☆☆☆
– similar to Sunshine: a Hellraiser-like third act

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ★★★☆☆
– amazing cast – Thewlis, Oldman, Spall, Christie(?!)

 

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March 6, 2013
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Room 237

Room 237

Taken 2 – ☆☆☆☆☆
– more awful than bad

Room 237 – ★★★☆☆
Room 237 explores The Shining from the plausible to the implausible

Wreck-It Ralph – ★★★☆☆
– clever, classy, cartoon comedy. Fast n Furious Ralph trailer

Mama – ★★★☆☆
– Son’s first 15 cinema film. Decent horror, original short as good

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – ★★☆☆☆
– third attempt. So so pastiche

Scandal (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– bounces between awful propaganda & amazingly subversive tirades

Antiviral – ★★☆☆☆
– long live the new flesh indeed

 

February 25, 2013
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Lazy web: Warehouse supercut

 

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

First warehouse scene I recall is the one in Indiana Jones when the arc is taken away to be stored and the camera pans back to reveal how ridiculously large the warehouse is, apparently a reference to Citizen Kane.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

“[The] warehouse scene at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It’s just a simple matte painting, not a very complicated visual effects shot, but it was done brilliantly. A lot of the visual effects from that period look terrible now – there are lines around things or you can see the joins on matte paintings, but that one was immaculate.”
– Tim Webber, The Warehouse Sequence (Raiders Of The Lost Ark)

 

The Raider’s warehouse scene appeared recently in Utopia and an episode of Ripper Street. Wish Lazy Web was still going, I’d request a Warehouse scene supercut.

 

Family Guy

Family Guy

Ripper Street: Warehouse

Ripper Street: Warehouse

Layer Cake

Layer Cake

The Monuments Men

 

Update 2013-08-23 with Tim Webber quote c/o kottke

 

Update 2014-03-05:

Inside The Army’s Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room

 

Update 2014-12-30:

Horizon’s look a ILM and VFX features the matt painting for the Indiana Jones Warehouse scene.

 

February 19, 2013
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Death of 3D (part 2D)

Paul O'Donovan - Gartner

“The issue really was there wasn’t enough content for the TV market – for the TV consumers, even some 3D satellite services have ended because there simply weren’t enough people subscribing to them”
Paul O’Donovan, Gartner

 

I see. Not enough content. Wait, no, not enough subscribers.

 

See also: The total gross generated by 3D films in the UK falls again

 

See previously: Death of 3D