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    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2014
    Right npw I'm doing a binge rewatch of Defiance in preparation for Thurday's Season 2 premiere. It still holds up really well. Stahma and Datak make the Lannisters look like the Cleavers.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2014
    I got the Blu-Ray of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and I'm watching it now.

    What a freaking great movie. The dialog is . . . succulent? Crisp and juicy?

    The disc contains a history of the Society of the Crossed Keys, and a video recipe for the three-tiered pastries made by Mendl's.

    If you've seen it, and like it, I highly recommend I Served the King of England, which is also about a life spent in the hotel and restaurant trade.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2014
    With Edge of Tomorrow I'm surprised they didn't keep the title of the manga it's based on 'All you need is kill'.

    It would certainly have gotten some press coverage as a result...
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2014 edited
    Oh it did. Mainly justifiable uproar that they didn't cast at least a Japanese-American actor. Also Hollywood seems reluctant to use the word Kill in a title of stuff (Killer(s) is fine for some reason).
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2014
    "Killers" being ok, but "kill" apparently being un-kosher seems to be a good way of summing up how Hollywood operates. (Also, it reminds me of one of my favourite Bill Withers lines: "...getting shot at didn't bother him - it was getting shot that shook him up").
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    Don't be daft. Hollywood isn't even a little bit reluctant to use 'Kill' in a movie title (Kill Bill? Righteous Kill? 3 Days to Kill? A Time to Kill? To Kill A Mockingbird? etc. etc). They changed the title because they didn't want to deal with any friction from the holders of The Beatles rights and because Edge of Tomorrow is ever so slightly more apropos for what the movie is about.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2014
    Fair enough, I'll agree that the original point is pretty untenable. I do think there is an interesting thought lurking in there somewhere, though - Hollywood does generally specialize in very clean, PG-13 rated murder. Not exclusively, mind you, but I do get reminded of it every time I see Wolverine stab someone with those very shiny, never-blood-stained claws of his.
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    Really want this not to be shit.
    First look at Mad Max reboot
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    Morac, DavidLejeune, Darkest - Well, in these bigger budget things producers / PR departments freak over the weirdest things. They may see something in the news and think the movie title may remind people of that negative thing so ahooga ahooga change course.
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    This weekend, a couple of below-the-radar SF films are making their debuts.

    Snowpiercer comes from Bong Joon-Ho, the guy who directed the South Korean monster movie THE HOST. However, its US distribution is being handled by The Weinstein Company, which lives down to its reputation of hacking up Asian movies before releasing them to the American public (see: THE GRANDMASTER). The good news is that the print being released to American theaters is uncut after Boon raised a stink. The bad news is that the Weinstein folks are basically dumping the movie in a handful of theaters. So if you want to watch a futuristic actioner starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, William Hurt, and Alison Pill among others, you'll have to hunt it down. Here are some images from the film to give you an idea of some of what it looks like.

    The other film coming out in even more limited release is Radio Free Albemuth, an acclaimed adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. The distribution here is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign to which I contributed. Here's a write-up explaining why the film's worth seeking.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2014
    Snowpiercer had been on Netflix streaming here in the U.S., though now it's only Save to DVD Queue. I wonder if that was an attempt at building word-of-mouth before the theatrical release.
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2014 edited
    Just went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it's one of those films that can be described as "utterly delightful". I loved the cinematography, and how melancholy it was under all the comedic hijinx.

    And goddamnit, if I had the disposable income, I'd spend half a year in a hotel like that as it was in the "now" of the film, as in the "narrative" time.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2014
    Which narrative time? The Author is describing a visit in 1968, in which he listens to Zero's description of his first years there, in the early 30s.

    But I suspect you mean the hotel in its heyday. Although there is something wonderfully ludicrous about the brutal modernized version. All those signs . . .
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    StefanJ: No, the 1968 version :)
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2014
    As a humble person afraid of attention and allergic to pretense, I would find the 1968 version of the Grand Budabest more comfortable.
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    I bought the dvd for The Grand Budapest Hotel and loved it. I'd like to watch it with my boyfriend but I suspect he won't get enjoy it the same way I do. But I also like Wes Anderson films, while I think he might be a bit confused by a lot of the endearing/romanticized pretentiousness of his films. I think I have a friend in mind to watch it with though. (Also because as much as I like Schiele, it's fun to watch him get made fun of, and I know he won't catch that joke.)
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    I am usually not a fan of Wes Anderson movies, but I absolutely loved Grand Budapest Hotel. It is one of my top favorite movies.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2014
    This should probably go without saying, but do not see Transformers 4. I saw it for free and that cost too much.
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2014
    I find it tough to get to movies, largely out of a lack of funds and secondly (tho related) lack of a social life. But I did get to see the latest X-MEN... It was...okay. Don't think about how kinda flat it was. I don't understand why people couldn't follow the time movement in the thing, it was excruciatingly simple. I kept hoping something would getting fubar'd and Wolverine would wake up and Kitty Pride would have to try again. But making eveyrthing be "oh this is the only opportunity to this and sentinels are going to come for sure and we can't stop them because no additional mutants were ever mutated after us...." Meh, just not very inspired.

    But hell to the yeah on the action, especially Mr Speedy's "Time in a Bottle" Lovely.

    Also, watched GODZILLA a little bit ago. It was... meh. I've never watched the original Japanese kaiju films but maybe I should give them try. I wonder if the characters in those films were as useless and forgettable as they were here. Because I really enjoyed watching Godzilla do his thing. The scariest, most amazing part of the movie was the HALO jump. Fucking beautiful and at the same made my skin crawl. I'm not afraid of heights but watching those red flares stream through multiple cloud layers made my soul shiver terrible.

    I don't remember if I went on about ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. I saw that more than a month ago. Sweet baby Jesus, I loved that film. I knew I'd enjoy it because I generally dig Jim Jarmusch, but then also Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston. AND they're vampires. God...god...god yes. *happy place*
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    I just watched "Beyond the Black Rainbow" on Netflix streaming. I loved the art direction in it and how even though it was made in 2010, they went to great lengths to make it look like it was made in '83.