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    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013
    Bit of advice required; would a fairly mature 11 year old be OK with Gravity? She's desperate to see it with me but don't want to have to leave part-way through.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013

    There is plenty of intense action and characters in danger. You've seen the trailers. I think a mature 11 year old would be fine. But please note:

    There are two "horror moments" involving bodies, fairly early on. One when the leads retrieve a body of a spacewalker, one when they enter the wrecked shuttle. A kid might find these upsetting.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013
    Yeah, I'm gagging to see Gravity, but I got to wait a while's longer. It's not on where I live for a bit.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2013 edited
    Just saw the really quite odd but lovely low-budget film Strange Factories, which I helped Kickstart. Quickest and laziest way to describe it would be 'Gaimanesque' - it's an allegorical tale of the nature of Story and Creation, heavy on the Mythic. Bit long, very cheaply made... but it looks amazing, the cast are splendid and it really lingers. Would make a perfect double-bill with A Field In England (not only 'cos it's in black and white).

    Now available to d/load at the site or the usual places... but if you're in England and able to make one of the cinema showings, it should be quite an event, as the team have worked heavily in multimedia ritualised events. Wish I'd got to see it that way.
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    There are two "horror moments" involving bodies, fairly early on. One when the leads retrieve a body of a spacewalker, one when they enter the wrecked shuttle. A kid might find these upsetting.

    I did. Not that I was traumatized or anything, but the word "gratuitous" comes to mind, especially with the way Shariff was shown.
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2013
    Thanks, might take her anyway with hand readied for any eye-covering moments.
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    The Conjuring was a surprisingly good, effective and traditional devil flick. Brings absolutely positively nothing new to the horror genre, but does what it does well.
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    Just watched the documentary about Ginger Baker "Beware of Mr Baker". Really worth checking out.
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2013
    I know this is old but I really liked Wreck-It Ralph. I loved the idea of the Sugar Rush game and Vanelope as voiced by Sarah Silverman was completely adorable.
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    ^^ Loved it at the flicks. Loved the references, actually cared about the characters. Especially as the Paperman short came before it.

    Thanks for the reminder - better get me a version.

    *Skips to the shops*
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    Even with the scientific inaccuracies, Gravity worked as a survival drama charting the emotional changes put on Sandra Bullock's character. Bad 3D glasses didn't stop me from being enthralled from beginning to end. I guess I'm grateful I didn't see the spinning helplessly in space sequence in 3D.

    A must-see documentary worth catching is Let The Fire Burn. It tells the story of the events leading up to Philadelphia police's 1985 bombing of black power organization MOVE's headquarters. The film uses just found footage (news broadcasts, a video deposition, a MOVE training film) as its sole documentary material. Though there's no narration or filmmaker judgment on the events, I couldn't help feeling the cops wanted to kill all the MOVE members it could. The trailer is here.
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    Spoiler-free guide to "Thor: The Dark World"

    1) It is indeed a lot of fun. Thor and Loki both steal the show, as they should, though some of the side characters have really great moments. (Some of my US movie-fan friends will be cheering at one bit in particular.)
    The final bits are genuinely hilarious and imaginative without letting go of the gravitas too much. It does drag a bit in the middle, which could use some firmer snips of the ol' director's scissors, but it's definitely no slouch.
    It's actually paced a lot like a comic book arc, for better and worse. Mostly for the better. Somewhat predictable in places, but enjoyably so, if that makes sense.

    2) While there are a couple of very cool 3D bits, and it's mostly well done, the 3D is more distracting than it is a boon. And yes, it still makes the movie darker all over, and blurrier in places. Watch in 2D, and enjoy the (really gorgeous) visuals without getting distracted or having to fiddle with 3D glasses.

    3) There is an extra scene after the VERY END of the credits, and it's worth watching. Don't walk out of the theatre until those fancy words have stopped rolling over the screen.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2013
    Stuff I've watched recently:

    Maniac: If seeing a crazed hobbit cut scalps off women to place on manikins entertains you, then this is your film. I dunno!
    The Conjuring: For this sort-of flick, not too bad. Some creepy moments.
    The Purge: I managed to sit through it, and found it fairly watchable. Quite entertaining siege-stuff which kicked-off a debate about whether you should be able to protect you home with lethal force. We talk some crap where I live.
    Dark Skies: An X-File, really; without the F.B.I.
    Thor: Not the new one. I didn't hate it.
    Batman Year One: Best of the bunch! Marvelous!
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    Is it wrong that I really really really really can't wait to see the Lego movie?

    Please please please don't dub it in Norway. (Aw, heck, you know they will. Bluray release it is.)

    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2013
    I think I've said this before, but the Lego Movie is by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, who did the absolutely fantastic Clone High, the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and directed 21 Jump Street, all of which are great. Also, Will Arnett is Batman.

    I'm really excited for it.
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2013 edited
    @ flecky

    You're Next is way more interesting in terms of the whole "home invasion" thing. I didn't really learn any lessons from it though. Aside, of course, from "don't mess with Aussie women because they will fuck you up bad."

    As far as The Purge, I wish they'd better explored/explained the whole "all crime is legal." Like, I don't want to hunt poor black people. Instead, I want to take out an insurance policy on the store I work and burn it to the ground, wrapping "Fuck you, I'm rich and I quit" into a neat little one nighter since insurance fraud, being a crime, is legal at that point.
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    Very much late to the party, but finally saw Pacific Rim. I would characterize that as "a fun romp". A friend contrasted it with Elysium as an example of shit scifi film vs. very good scifi film, and yeah, can't really disagree more. It's kind of bad if your smart scifi film seems to make less sense on the whole than a flick about giant robots kicking the asses of giant monsters :P
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    Pacific Rim is a really dumb movie that's perfectly aware of it dumbness and revels in it. The result brought out the nine-year-old in me in the best way. My brain hasn't gone "THIS IS SO COOL OMG OMG OMG" that much since the first Matrix movie.
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    Exactly so, I found myself chuckling many a time.

    It's been some time since I actually laughed out aloud at a Cracked piece, but this is spot on: If The Hobbit Was 10 Times Shorter and 100 Times More Honest. Did I mention I didn't really care about The Hobbit?
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    Oh yeah, abridged scripts have been around for a while. That one's a cross-post from The Editing Room, which has been around for... I think at least 13 or 14 years.

    It's also a really fun site. The best scripts there hit the nail on the head.