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I liked the trailer and hope the movie is well received. I love Zack and I feel so sorry for what he must be dealing with. Amazing how many people will use a tragedy to kick someone while they're down. Whedon has stepped in, but this is still Zack's vision and I hope audiences like it. Trailer was much better than the last and has me hyped to see these characters interact and grow. The casting is excellent.
Jul 23, 2017 10:38 PM
Death Proof

This review on Dunkirk from USA Today is fine up until the end when the reviewer remarks: "The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are?only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way"

Obviously a lot of people are jumping down the guy's throat for trying to start a controversy that doesn't exist. I don't believe he's responded to the comments yet.

USA today is notorious for that kinda thing. I don't take any reviews they post seriously.
Jul 18, 2017 5:42 PM
I'm so excited for this movie! All the promo material has been good and I love the people that are working on it. Been a good year for cyberpunk in my opinion.
Jul 17, 2017 10:13 PM
Feuer und EisStill waiting for The Abyss Blu-Ray as well. It feels like it's taken forever. I know Jim is a stickler when it comes to providing high quality visual fidelity, but I think it might have more to do with the peripheral nightmare he'll have to experience while compiling lost footage and "making of" documentaries. I distinctly remember cast and crew not getting along on that film (multiple near death experiences). Oddly enough, he appears to be more hands-on for this particular home video release than any of his other films.

Brick's Blu-Ray omission is questionable as it is relative cult classic, and was incredibly cheap to make (less than 1M). You'd think the studio/director would want to expand its accessibility to Blu-Ray format.

From what Rian Johnson has said, it's out of his hands basically. Focus has been really weird with the distribution of the film. There's a blu-ray and steelbook release in the U.K. and it makes me furious lol. I don't have a region free player... :/
Jul 17, 2017 9:48 PM
MKSWhen has a lack of creative control and freedom ever been why one of his projects failed? I watched Zygote. It had all the symptoms, good and bad, of a Blomkamp joint. Bad dialogue, shallow characters, heavy handed themes with a sci-fi setting, excellent effects and cool character design.

Feel like after district 9 bigger budgets just ruined a lot of his work. With Oats he's going more small scale and I like that. Zygote wasn't my favorite, but for a short I dug it. The monster was creepy and it had some cool imagery, cinematography and music. This project is experimental and he isn't too worried about reception. He's just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. Any artist who is willing to do this type of thing has my respect.
Jul 17, 2017 4:18 AM
I got around to watching some of the shorts Neill has made and was very impressed with what I saw. Seeing Neil work on smaller scale passion projects makes me happy. Feel like he's had a rough few years so it's cool to see him have full creative control and freedom on projects he enjoys making!
Jul 17, 2017 3:58 AM
It's such a shame really. Hopefully they'll get a criterion release in the near future. Until then I guess I'll have to settle with the DVD.
Jul 17, 2017 12:05 AM
I recently wanted to purchase the film Brick on Blu-Ray but saw it was only released in the U.K. I found this very strange and odd, especially since Rian Johnson has become such a big name in the film industry. When will Brick get a proper Blu-Ray release? It's actually frustrating. Rian has blamed Focus for the lack of a domestic release and can't really do anything about the situation unfortunately.
Jul 16, 2017 4:19 AM
Janson JinnistanA related note: I watched a documentary called S is for Stanley which is about Kubrick's long time assistant and chauffeur Emilio D'Alessandro. ?(Not quite as fascinating as Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, but still has a lot of vintage material and is surprisingly moving.)

One of Emilio's stories concerning The Shining is that he had to ask Kubrick to be relieved from his duty of driving Jack Nicholson to the set, due to Jack's habit of snorting cocaine off his knuckles and smoking reefer with the windows up which caused Emilio to feel "as if my brain was exploding". ?Kubrick made other accommodations as a result.

That's actually fascinating.
Jul 16, 2017 2:18 AM
Just watched this documentary and found it pretty funny. It's both cool and insane to see how far and deep some people go to find symbolism and meaning in a film. While some theories were ludicrous and insane, others felt pretty interesting. What's your favorite easter eggs or theories about The Shining?
Jul 15, 2017 8:22 PM
I really like the documentary on the Scott Pilgrim Blu-Ray. Shows a lot of the hard work and dedication that goes into film making. Turned me on to Edgar Wright and his unique style and work ethic. Also was cool to see the cast goof around and talk about the movie. I love when movies come with mini-docs about the production. Adds so much to the movie.
Jul 12, 2017 3:32 AM
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessNice post, Janson, that's a good, not at all insane, breakdown. I wish to point out in my rampant discrimination of Horrible Horrible Whites that I do it with a heavy dose of self depreciation given that I fall under a great deal of the on surface categorizations the internet provides it's tokens. What you reveal in your post is what I've been trying to put a finger on, that being that these issues are more interlinked than being separate in their qualities - I'll go into my own web in wake of how it resonates with both higher and lower ends of the class tiers present in America

In America, on the surface, I am white middle-upper class growing up. I mean, disregarding growing up in a 2000 population town which is a first nation's reserve seemingly in perpetual conflict with white fishermen. There was a lot of racism and actual physical fighting in all of that. I have, in a way, been the target of discrimination growing up from first nations kids... not much of a bother as it's all just kid stuff, and I have a wonderful presence of first nations in my life which I feel blessed for. Nonetheless, I was well off to a point

Graduation and coming onto my disability, well, I still have advantages of middle-upper class privilege, but it gets wonky. This is where societal immaturity reveals it's ugly head and I start to think, "Hey! I'm slotting into the zeitgeist on display here...", as we are a generation who has been empowered via the osmosis of shared experience on the internet (a privilege growing up). This resonance is... powerful. I believe in what should simply be called "understanding", where I can reach out across the map and speak the same language, that of understanding. I feel like this equation is all it takes to level with someone, and I try to lower myself for the most part. I mean, Peter Gabriel is privileged as fuck but it's hard to deny the good he has brought this world, especially in regards to opening the west up to World Music. Humbleness is important

It's tough sometimes because I feel like... especially with a great deal of false pretense present in whatever the fuck "right" discourse... that people end up revealing too much of a high ground. My "middle-upper class white" becomes significantly diminished in wake of another's "middle-upper class white" given the nature of my disability. It also takes me out of a lot of gender discussion. Really, it puts me in "disabled person" discussion. It's very broad. I feel lacking in specifics there, nameless if you will. I'm trying my best to figure it out

I feel like we desperately need to just respect one another as people. By arguing aspects of "people" it diminishes subjectivity. Subjectivity should flourish. We should all worship our own gods. Celebrate our own holidays. Define our own genders, beliefs, ideas, thoughts, arts... this is what allows the human consciousness not to mature, but to expand. In it's expansion we feel young, lost, and full of life. We should be asking each other questions, not providing answers. But I'm so good at monologues!

I like this post. Especially the last paragraph.

Jul 7, 2017 4:09 AM
Janson Jinnistan
Michael GustafsonPeople calling for white genocide.

But, seriously, do you think that this represents more than a small minority among these social justice activists? ?I find it hard to accept that ideas like this are taken seriously outside the slimmest of circles.

I don't think it represents most. Just saying that a few bad apples can cause a movement to be mocked or ridiculed. Those types of people are the ones that get the most attention so they cause a bias.
Jul 7, 2017 4:01 AM
Mostly identity politics. The base ideas many SJW types have are not bad. They are fighting for equal rights for all peoples which is good. It's just the way many showcase their views is nonsensical. Extremism is what makes the group a joke. People calling for white genocide and grouping individuals due to race and orientation rather than as individuals. It becomes a hive mind of hate leading to many people wanting to stay away. Sites like buzzfeed and MTV are pretty big examples on how not to advocate valid societal criticisms.

Overall, extremism ruins a lot of things that have good intention.
Jul 7, 2017 3:52 AM
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessLike, this could quite honestly cross a billion on the worldwide numbers given some of the talk. People are throwing around Avatar and shit, but in a good way (?), the... Avatar made a shitload of money way

Don't underestimate the property. Valerian is a classic on the level of Jodorowsky and Moebius's The Incal

Just watched the "40 years in the making" trailer. Definitely got me more hyped for the film but I still don't think it'll crush at the box office. Time and time again big sci-fi films struggle to turn a profit. Hope this does well though and is able to replicate Avatars success. Luc Besson seems really passionate about it.
Jul 4, 2017 9:31 PM
I want it to be good but the trailers haven't convinced me much. Visually looks amazing but the leads don't interest me and I am not familiar with its source material. My guess is that it'll land around 50%-65%
Jul 4, 2017 8:52 PM
Black PhilipYes! He's starring in the new Noah Baumbach film. It got excellent reviews from Cannes 2017. "Stories of Meyerowitz"

Did not know about this. It looks interesting!
Jul 4, 2017 8:37 PM
Baby Driver
Planet of the Apes
Atomic Blonde

Jul 4, 2017 8:31 PM
Watched Punch-Drunk Love and was floored by how Adam Sandler performed. It got me thinking if we will ever see him in a role like that again. Is he a lost cause at this point or is there hope?
Jul 4, 2017 6:28 AM
Felicity Jones
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Alicia Vikander
Eva Green
Alexandra Daddario
Aubrey Plaza
Carly Rae Jepsen
Ryan Gosling
Karen Fukuhara
Emilia Clarke

Pretty slick list in my opinion.
Jul 3, 2017 5:08 PM