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Post by dreamrock » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:32 pm

Mr. Tweedy wrote:Indie cinemas? Oh, to live in a place with indie cinemas!

Curse you, Cinemark!
The wonderful thing about indie cinemas in my area is ... well, if you like Bollywood movies and don't mind driving to Cary, you're going to love it.

If you need to see and participate in Rocky Horror on a regular basis, I assume you're going to love it. The indie closest to me does it all the time. I still haven't been. I watched as Eris intended me to ... safe in my bed using Netflix and far away from people throwing toilet paper or whatever.

I also saw some ancient near-porn horror flick (it was awful and I hadn't been told what I was getting into; no one took their pants off and I don't like horror), and I saw The Big Lebowski in a movie theater. Defining moment of my life. They even played trailers from around the same time so it was like a Dude time machine.

Otherwise, it's really hit and miss. I'll be waiting for months for something obscure to come out and then it'll only play for two days and it'll happen to be two days when I'm out of town or in the presence of folks who hate good movies.

I have seen a lot of good stuff by just picking something that sounds vaguely interesting, though. Tokyo! (which I think I've mentioned in this thread) was awesome. The Wind That Shakes The Barley is a phenomenal way to ruin your night (I'm not joking about "ruin"; Braveheart is for those with weak hearts).

But if you're waiting for a specific movie, I wish you the best of luck. A Scanner Darkly played for one weekend in the theater that plays mostly Bollywood. I'm so much of a PKD fan, I saw it in the effing theater despite all that. :D
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Post by StalinSays » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:37 am

I saw Scream 4 and an early screening of the Fright Night remake (which I believe is set for August). Both were adequate, borderline enjoyable. Scream 4 definitely relies on a knowledge of the 3 preexisting films, (highly meta) so it earns demerits for being unable to stand on its own in any real way. I will say it is the best of the sequels. I made a running joke of leaning over to my theater companion and whispering "awkward" whenever COurtney Cox and David Arquette shared tender moments, and pledges of lasting fidelity. Fright Night I liked a bit better, might actually be creeping up on 4 stars to my mind. Maybe because I was actually paid to watch it, maybe because I'm gay for Colin Farrell and haven't come to terms with it yet. I think you could see this without having previously viewed the original, so it earns points over Scream there. It doesn't though add much to the original, it is just an intelligently constructed retread. In the graded curve world of the genre, a retread that is an imitator and not a ruiner means a good retread. The 3d adds nothing, as per usual. The casting of Chekov from Star Trek and McLovin of SuperBad as the leads is initially snicker-enducing, but you get over it, and they actually do well.

In other positive horror news, Troll Hunter is getting an official American release, and has a new trailer:
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/inde ... ollhunter/

I actually feel like this trailer may show too much (as opposed to the original which was coy, almost to a fault). Glad I won't have to wait longer than June to see it.

Oh, and I don't only watch horror movies, I recently saw American: The Bill Hicks Story. It was good, and if you don't know the late comedian's work, needful viewing. As a bio-doc it had faults, the amount of 'still photo animation' techniques put out became genuinely distracting. I could have stood for a few more talking heads, honestly, less of this Ken Burns for the MTV generation AfterEffects nonsense.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:04 am

Season 6 of Dr.Who. Episode 1.

If they keep this up, wow.

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Post by normsherman » Wed May 04, 2011 7:19 am

Here's a review by DC author Jonathan Gillespie of DC author Lizanna Herd's story 'The Horror of Their Deeds to View', which ran over at Pseudopod. Net conglomeration of DC related parties I think, and the story is worth checking out. http://jonathancg.net/?p=148#comment-294" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Mikes » Mon May 16, 2011 3:15 am

The Passage by Justin Cronin

I may be a little late to the party on this, but I just finsihed listening to the audio version of The Passage.

In a word: wow. In five words: Someone hold me, I'm scared.

It's hard to talk specifics about The Passage without giving away the direction the book took that surprised me. In broad terms the book deals with an outbreak of people infected with a virus that turns them into what are to all intents vampires. Super strength and speed and the desire to drink warm blood. Any blood, yours, squirrels, bears. Needless to say the world's in severe danger, and to be honest it doesn't look like anyone's going to be in any shape to save it.

Look, I don't want to spoil anything, just get the book, ok?

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Post by tbaker2500 » Mon May 16, 2011 4:50 am

Not after that description- I'm too scared!
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Post by Mikes » Tue May 17, 2011 1:51 am

Good! Fear is healthy. fear keeps you alive.

I also just found the teaser trailers for the book:

http://www.findsubjectzero.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And also the first teaser of the upcoming (well, 2013) film:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 8&comments" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by dreamrock » Tue May 24, 2011 4:47 pm

The King's Speech

Not a weird movie. Except for Helena not playing a villain and Geoffrey looking under-dressed without his pirate regalia on. Quite a good movie. Lots of swearing if that's the sort of thing that bothers. Colin is amazing as Bertie. You could seriously believe he had a speech impediment.

Slightly slow moving but it would be better to call it methodical.

Dreamrock's score: 90

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CJ7

I wouldn't have watched this one if not forced. Netflix has been recommending it for ages. I suspect it somehow figured out my love for Stephen Chow. I probably rated Kung Fu Hustle.

CJ7 is a kids movie and it's very much a Stephen Chow movie. You'll recognize the action style when it happens.

However, this isn't a Pixar style kids movie. It's a direct to video kids movie. There's really no adult appeal to it at all. Unless you just like looking at Stephen's face that much. It's a nice face, but I would rather watch it in Hustle.

On the kids side of things, it's perhaps a little too dark. I wouldn't let a sensitive kid watch this movie without pre-screening or letting the kid know in advance that no one will stay dead.

The movie comes dangerously close to teaching a few bad lessons but repairs the damage eventually.

I'm not entirely sure kids will enjoy it, but it is fairly different from American kids movies in a fair number of respects.

Dreamrock's score: 15
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Post by StalinSays » Tue May 24, 2011 6:06 pm

http://collider.com/take-shelter-trailer/92396/ - Trailer for Take Shelter

This trailer compels me to play the guess-the-ending game watching this trailer (will refrain). I love Michael Shannon, as well as mature character studies dealing with mental instability, so this movie feels like a worthy use of my eyeballs, like a less silly A Beautiful Mind.
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Post by Mikes » Wed May 25, 2011 1:19 am

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

I've got a feeling I'm going against popular opinion here, but I don't think this book was the re-writing of the fantasy rulebook many profess it is.

It's good, don't get me wrong, and solid with quickly recognisable characters and easy to read. However I couldn't shake off the feeling I was reading the eighth Harry Potter book.

I liked it enough that I'll be getting the second one, but it's not near the top of my 'must reads'.

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Post by Mikes » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:11 am

The Ritua by Adam Nevill

Just finished The Ritual by Adam Nevill. This is Nevill's third horror book and while it was enjoyable it's the weakest of the three. It says something about Nevill's talent though that even at his current worst he's head and shoulders above his contemperaries.

The book is about a group of 4 friends hiking through and old growth Swedish forest who find they don't have much in common any more, but the friction there dissapaotes once they realise they're being hunted and lost.

In his previous two books Nevill showed he can keep the teneiosn wire-tight across a 400 page book in the way most writers struggle in a short story. Where he loses it a little here is when the story takes a slight turn for the surreal midway through.

But towards the last quarter he picks up where he left off and leaves the story with an ending that will stick with you for months. Definately recommended for fans of literary horror.

2/3

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Post by StalinSays » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:21 pm

It is the summer so of course imma see an excessive amount of movies, especially ones with super heroes. I need my big dumb 100 million dollar affronts to entertainment, otherwise all that quiet despair in documentaries and indie flicks would drag me down.

All scores out of 5, and yes, I know they're all the same number

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X-Men: First Class
3.5

So I'll go ahead and call this the best prequel I have ever seen. Of course that is a low bar to leap, as the whole concept of franchises eating their own tales to stay fed is wrongheaded, and the films of that category bear that out. But I guess with the scorched earth left by X3 and Wolverine 1, back in time was the only place to go.

There is plenty of dumb writing, and inexplicably awkward choices in the script, but none to my mind are show-stoppers (am I growing soft?). The 60's backdrop didn't lend a world of difference to the precedings, but then it didn't really get in the way either. I'm painting a drab picture, and really, the film would be unremarkable, were it not for a smart choice in its focus: show their powers, and having them do cool things with them. Simple pleasures abounded, like a teleporter poofing up in the air and dropping soldiers to their death, Magneto doing neat knife tricks and Nazi hunting about, professor X using his telepathy powers and a spiel on mutation as a pick-up line, etc. Also the pleasant surprise of a totally bad ass villain played by Kevin Bacon. If you're in to such things, see First Class.

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Kung Fu Panda 2
3.5

A little bit more melancholy that the original, to its detriment. Still, solid, just not as buoyant, or as fresh.

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Thor
3.5

Not a great hero movie, but not a bad one either. Thor is 'a thing' as far as mainstream audiences are concerned, onward to The Avengers movie in 2012. I would be complaining that Marvel hasn't created any truly 'great' movies since the first Iron Man, but I think 'good' is totally acceptable, especially having been down to the bottom of the barrel as man times as I have with this genre (and this studio). It isn't stellar like Spiderman, but it isn't shameful dreck like Punisher, or Daredevil, or Elektra either.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:03 pm

Dr.Who, Season 6 musings.

Who is the girl in the spacesuit?
Spoiler:
Is it River Song? We have some clues here that she is perpetually imprisoned for killing a good man "the best man I have ever known" strongly implying that in her first meeting with The Doctor she kills him. So, this does seem to point at her as the girl in the space-suit.

However, we also have the clear implication that the girl in the space-suit is herself, a timelord, from the regeneration scene at the end of episode 2 (season 6.)

So... If the girl in the space-suit is River Song, and River Song is a Timelord (adding in the current possible red herring that Amy Pond is currently kidnapped, imprisoned, and about to give birth) leaves me wondering who the father of this, identity undetermined little timelord girl.

Doesn't really seem likely that The Doctor is the father (he already had his chance to bag Amy Pond and passed on it, (which leaves me wondering about his self-vaunted intelligence, but I digress...)

So, my main question is a 3-parter.
1) Who is the girl in the space-suit
2) Who is her mother
3) Who is her father.
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Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:27 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:Dr.Who, Season 6 musings.

Who is the girl in the spacesuit?
I've not seen the very latest ep, but-
Spoiler:
It seems clear to me the the girl in the suit is Amy's baby. There have been many hints in that direction, specifically in the abandoned orphanage the picture of Amy. And in every episode, the doctor sees a scan of Amy vacillating between not pregnant/pregnant. The whole crack in time around Amy just goes to show, that baby is going to be special.

I'm getting used to the new doctor. They are all fun in their own way.
I never say who my favorite is, of course. Jelly Baby?
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:17 am

Good Lord, Man. Put a spoiler tag around that...
Spoiler:
Yes, I agree with the hints at it being Amy's baby, (although as previously mentioned, this could well be a red herring.)

It's the time-lord regeneration bit, the fact that the girl in the space-suit kills the doctor, and River Song's (RS's) admission that she had killed the best man she had ever known.

So, we have two strong hints, both that seem to contradict one another, given that I could well see RS being, herself, a Timelord (this would explain much about her facility with the TARDIS for instance) I don't see how it could be both Amy's child and RS.

Soooo... Which set of hints is the red herring. THAT is my question...
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Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:49 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:Good Lord, Man. Put a spoiler tag around that...
Fine, geez. There don't seem to be that many who's around these parts tho.
Yes, I would like a Jelly Baby, tyvm...
I have one right here. No wait, that's string. Ah! Here we go!

Spoiler:
Now WAIT a minute. He was 200 years older, yet in the same body? Not very bloody likely!

I suppose RS could be a timelord, but it just doesn't feel right. She has great admiration for him, like a companion. All other timelords have treated him as an equal or lesser.
and then the pig went flat.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:30 am

Yes, but it's so much fun to conduct a conversation entirely under the cone of spoilers.
Spoiler:
Perhaps the inherent intrigue will draw others in to The Doctor's web...

Yes, the jury is out on whether RS is a Timelord, however the little girl certainly seems to be since she underwent a regeneration.

It's all so curiouser and curiouser, isn't it?
Let's leave the pig out of it, though, shall we?
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Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:42 pm

Oooh,
Spoiler:
I forgot about the regeneration! Yikes.
Ok, now RS has said she learned how to fly the TARDIS from the Doctor. So that means she isn't an old timelord, since she'd have learned to fly a TARDIS elsewhere. So she indeed could be a young timelord, the girl, and possibly Amy's
child. Yikes. That's kinda weird.
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Post by dreamrock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:54 pm

tbaker2500 wrote:
ROU Killing Time wrote:Dr.Who, Season 6 musings.

Who is the girl in the spacesuit?
I've not seen the very latest ep, but-
Spoiler:
It seems clear to me the the girl in the suit is Amy's baby. There have been many hints in that direction, specifically in the abandoned orphanage the picture of Amy. And in every episode, the doctor sees a scan of Amy vacillating between not pregnant/pregnant. The whole crack in time around Amy just goes to show, that baby is going to be special.

I'm getting used to the new doctor. They are all fun in their own way.
I never say who my favorite is, of course. Jelly Baby?
I'm not reading y'alls spoilers. Still on season five of the new series.

Matt Smith has already surpassed David in my ranking. Love him. Bringing a new depth of character to the Doctor and I like that he and Moffat are bringing out his darkness.

That said, my current ranking is (from greatest to still pretty great), Tom Baker, Eccleston/Pertwee, Smith, Tennent.

I doubt anyone will ever rout Baker on my list, but I'm quite happy to be proven wrong if ever that day comes.
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Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:11 pm

Tennet was awesome. Smith has taken the awesomeness of Tennet and added nice depth and traditional Doctor craziness.
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