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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Santa Monica Dream

NO MORE CLASSES FOR UNIVERSITY!!! (until next year)

Some things to do over this massive holiday:

- Reorganise DVD and book shelves (things are just lazily stacked at the moment, AND NOT IN RATING AND ALPHABETICAL ORDER!)
- Stock up on film posters (if possible)
- Finish Final Fantasy XII (hahaha) and Okami
- Find paid work (since volunteering is fortnightly but no one will hire me!)
- Catch up with Cowboy Bebop, Mad Men and True Blood (finally)
- Catch up on EVERY SINGLE MOVIE I HAVE HAD WAITING FOR ME IN THE LAST YEAR

Yeah, I totally lead an awesome life.

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I've got a Japanese exam on the 24th of November which I will fail, no doubt. Glad I won't be doing Japanese next year as I have enrolled into (mostly) cinema based courses. Now the question is, what the hell do I with a cinema based course once I finish it? We'll leave that thought for another three years...

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Wish Halloween was as awesome as Modern Family's one.

I really wanted to do something for Halloween this year. Last year I was meant to but me and my mate, Vas, bailed out on it because of the VCE exams. This year, we were planning to dress up and go but we had no idea what we wanted to do. We hadn't been talking for a while either so I've got no idea what's going on. Oh well, here's hoping something happens tomorrow night.

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Actually, Halloween at Greendale college is much better.

Speaking of Halloween, can I just say that this week's episode of Community is damn awesome? It's my favourite episode of the season so far and is on par with the paintball episode (a huge fan favourite from season 1). People, please watch this show however way you can and support it! I'd hate to see it get cancelled. Where else will I get my fix of regular film references by Abed if it gets cancelled?

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Look what came in the mail! If anything, this was one major impulse buy but I'm kinda glad I have it. Now I will be reminded of the awesomeness of "Fight Club" everyday. Now to get some original Star Wars posters.

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I can kind of understand why people would say Tumblr is addicting as I am a little hooked onto it. I've made quite a lot of posts in the past week on there (not as many as most people, I realise). Finding pictures of awesome things (fan-edits are the best) makes me very happy and I'm even more happy to share them on my page. I'm also doing two 30 day challenges on there; one about film, the other about video games. Those should keep me occupied on Tumblr for some time. Again, the link to Tumblr is up top.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

Yes, I did say that last week I would rewatch "28 Days Later" and "28 Weeks Later" and I did but I won't talk about it for the sake of my time and yours. Just know that these two are personal favourites and are damn fun to watch. Hate having to see Rose Byrne die though.

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A lot of expectations walking into this film and it did not disappoint. David Fincher's "The Social Network" is not only a movie that details the creation of the phenomenon known as Facebook, but it's also a great story about friendship, greed and betrayal. You can immediately tell this is a Fincher film (even if it didn't "feel" like one") with it's distinct lighting and colour which worked great for the film. The performances were great. Jesse Eisenberg plays the seemingly dislikable creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, but gives him some redeemable qualities (not making him out to be a complete douche). Andrew Garfield (the true stand out in my opinion) plays Eduardo Saverin, Mark's best friend, whose part in all of this was quite tragic, while Justin Timberlake is surprisingly decent as Napster's creator, Sean Parker. This script better win "Best Adapted Screenplay" come awards season because it's absolutely amazing. The dialogue is crisp and punchy and also has a lot of intelligence behind it (a lot of great lines, in this film honestly). Great film, recommended viewing.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS


Oh hai, Chris Evans. Check him out in (almost) full uniform as Captain America. I didn't think this would look good but here I am, being proven wrong. It doesn't look as bad as you'd expect and from what you can see, it doesn't look all that bad. I just wonder what it'd be like with his mask/helmet on because that's the real dealbreaker right there. There are more images from the film HERE.

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It's official, the new title for the third of Christopher Nolan's Batman films will be titled, "The Dark Knight Rises". I'm a little on the fence with this title but it's only a title, it's the film and content that matter I guess. It's also been confirmed by Nolan himself that the much rumoured villain, The Riddler, will NOT be making an appearance in this third entry. This makes the Killer Croc theory all the more plausible. Nolan will continue to film "The Dark Knight Rises" in IMAX cameras but has opted NOT to use 3D for the film (good move).

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Remember when I said Justin Bieber was going to have his own autobiographical movie? Well here it is, the trailer to said Beiber movie. No doubt this will get a lot of attention when it's released in film theaters all over.


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And finally, the first set pictures of Andrew Niccol's ("Gattaca") latest sci-film film about a future where people never age arrive. No surprises why I decided to pass this off here. Amanda looks pretty cute with a red bob (even if it's a wig). The film stars Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.


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And that's all this week. I've yet to see Burton's latest film, "Alice in Wonderland" but this picture here made me laugh quite a bit. The expression on his face is priceless. :D


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Sunday, 24 October 2010

See The World

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Anyone reading this interested in following my Tumblr?
Click the [Tumblr] link at the top and you'll be re-directed to it. I'm using Tumblr mostly because the pictures that people post up on there are godly very much worth the reblogging.

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I attended the orientation day for volunteers at ACMI just yesterday and am now an offical volunteer for them.
My volunteering shifts will be fortnightly and on Sunday afternoons. A little bit disappointing that I got the fortnightly shifts because I really wanted weekly shifts to keep me occupied throughout the next few months. I guess I can still have time to look for some part-time job somewhere. Pretty excited to begin but so damn nervous about presenting tours to a group of people.

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Hung out with Thy again on Friday afternoon. Had a nice lunch with her as well as driving around her 'hood. Also bought myself a pair of cheap sunglasses for summer while we were at Northlands, too. Totally ready for whatever Summer will throw at me.

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A list of films I've gone out to see in 2010. I write them in my Death Note...

I have paid to see 29 films this year in cinemas so far. This is the most amount of films I've paid to see in cinemas in my life so far (last year, I watched maybe 18 - 20 films). This means that I have spent somewhere around $435 at the cinema alone this year. Wonder what figure I'll have by the end of the year.

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Was watching Hong Kong action film, "SPL" over the weekend (SBS truly is seriously a haven for awesome foreign films) and noticed that the ending that I saw a year ago compared to the ending I saw on television were extremely different. The one that SBS aired was the director's cut wherein the ending is a lot more sad and depressing (and ultimately a lot more satisfying) whereas the cut that I watched was the happier ending. Was very surprised to see this but it really reminded me of the Infernal Affairs alternate ending. *end tangent*

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I like this. It's a chart chronicling the evolution of the geek. For the full sized image, click HERE and be educated by awesomeness.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING
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"Let Me In" the remake of 2008's Swedish film, "Let The Right One In" is every bit as potent as the original, if not moreso (depending on what your opinion either films may be). I was slightly worried that this adaptation wouldn't do the original film justice as it was a film that was still very fresh in my memory and one that I really enjoyed. Thankfully, what we have with "Let Me In" is an almost shot-for-shot American adaptation with a few changes in story. The slow burning pacing of the film might make some bored but I found that it added another layer to the film, just as it did in the original. The film definitely has an American feel to it and is a lot different in terms of violence. A particularly noteworthy scene is a spectacular car crash scene which is absolutely awesome to watch. The two kids are cast perfectly. I honestly believe that Chloe Moretz is going to become one fine actress by the time she reaches her adult years as she is great. The boy, played by Kodi-Smit McPhee, is also disturbingly good as the bulliled child, Owen. The score is hauntingly beautiful also something I really liked in the film. As far as an American adaptation goes, this was very faithful to the original European film, while also maintaining a sense of originality. Very rarely do American remakes work but I was happy with how this one turned out.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

There really wasn't much going on in film news this week which I guess is a good thing as far as my weekly blog posts go. Too much content can seem overwhelming I realise, haha.

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"Battle Royale" is a Japanese cult favourite that will be getting a 3D re-release in Japan very soon. The trailer for the 3D re-release is below and shows you what they're trying to do to make the 3D pop out but it's just really disappointing to see a cult classic like this being inducted into the mainstream of Japan via converted 3D. I guess anything to capitalise on the success of 3D (though the trend is starting to wane off according to industry analysts).



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It was reported eaerlier this week that Jean-Claude Van Damme suffered a heart attack while filming his new movie, "Weapon". JCVD's official website denies claims made on the internet that Van Damme ever had a heart attack and says that he is "JCVD is in better shape than ever and preparing for his fight in July. He did not suffer from a heart attack on the set of Weapon". If JCVD really did suffer a heart attack, I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he's well.
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And now for something hilarious. Thailand ripped off Disney's classic, "Beauty and the Beast" and the results are absolutely amazing (in a funny, "oh my god it's so bad", kinda way). Watch and be amazed.



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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Karma Police

2 MORE WEEKS OF UNIVERSITY LEFT!

NEW LAYOUT! For those of you who are unaware, it's based off of "Scott Pilgrim vs the World". The Scott Pilgrim-esque drawing of myself was quite butchered but not to the point of dissatisfaction, I must admit. I like this new look and hope you do too, lol.

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I recently attended a volunteer information session at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and landed a pretty awesome volunteer position there (at least I think I have). Looking forward to this even if it's an unpaid "job". After the information session on Tuesday, myself and another girl in the information session, Eleanor, went to check out the Screen Worlds section of ACMI. I thought it was pretty awesome - they had all these gaming consoles dating back to the late 70's among various other interesting things. Hey look a few photos!

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This was awesome - a small section dedicated to Australian cinematographer, Christopher Doyle. His works with Wong Kar Wai are featured there and I thought the stills and frames from some of these works were amazing. There's more to that little area but that's all I could get.
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Cause everyone loves Toy Story!

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I got super excited when I saw "The Godfather", "Taxi Driver" and "Star Wars" playing on that big screen up top.

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Everyone loves Astro Boy too, right? :D

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Cause the Batmobile deserves some thumbs up!

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New addition to my expanding DVD collection! I've been wanting to see this film for so long and am glad Madman released this so soon. The tincase packaging is absolutely perfect and I love that it doesn't have the classification code in the bottom left hand corner (otherwise, it would've absolutely destroyed what is an awesome cover). Some quick thoughts on the film can be found below.

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Okay, so this is fairly late in the game for me but I've only just "discovered" Radiohead and they are just one hypnotically awesome band. I was always aware of them but never bothered to look them up until more recently (by which I mean in the last month or two). My friend, Eddie, gave me two of their albums a long while back but I didn't listen to them as much then and now I have. Endeavouring to own physical copies of their albums now.

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Random thought I have decided to act on: On the 28th of October, I will watch "28 Days Later" and "28 Weeks Later" back-to-back. Why? I dunno, they're just really entertaining movies. That date is on a Thursday as well, so it'll be my break day anyway.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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"Animal Kingdom" has been often cited as one of this year's best films in many film circles and it's not hard to see why. This brilliant Australian film tells the tale of a family of criminals slowly coming undone after a police killing. I guess what makes this film all the more confronting (at least to me) was the fact that this was shot in Melbourne and utilised real Melbourne locations (suburbs like Prahran and Ivanhoe are mentioned and used within the film). There was even one scene where police officers referenced two particular streets that were very close to where I lived. The film never lost momentum and keeps you on the edge as it builds and builds towards the final scene. It goes without saying that Jacki Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn carried the best (and creepiest) performances in the film. I'm glad this film was made - I know I feel inspired to write something half as good as "Animal Kingdom" after having seen it.



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Depressing, this film is. Darren Aronofsky's film, "Requiem For A Dream" is one of the most disturbing and depressing films I have ever witnessed. But it's a really good one that is effective in telling a story about four people addicted to their personal drug of preference (be it heroin, cocaine or even television). It's a powerful movie that turns in some great performances from Jared Leto (I always thought of him as just a mediocre actor but this film changed my opinion of him), Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans (not doing his usual comic shtick) and especially Ellen Burstyn. Normally, I wouldn't recommend such depressing films but it's a film that really has to be seen. Once you see this film, you will appreciate life a whole lot more and will never even think to experiment with heroin. As Mr Mackey from "South Park" would say, "Drugs are bad...mmkay?".



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Ben Affleck's second directed feature, "The Town", is a solid film but an underwhelming one at that. Yes, I enjoyed the film and thought it had a lot of positive aspects such as Affleck's direction on action and set pieces; having a top notch cast of great actors who turn in great performances and handling character development. However, I think the reason why I didn't like it as much as I would've anticipated is mostly due to the fact that the film trailer seemingly looked to provide you a lot more but really, most of what happens in the trailer, more or less, occurs on screen. I guess I expected too much. I liked "Gone Baby Gone" a lot better probably because it didn't have as big a budget as this new film and it also seems that Affleck had chosen to go style over substance. Having said all this though, it's still a solid film, one I'd recommend people check out. You won't see Blake Lively the same again after watching this film though, I can tell ya that.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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Danny Boyle says that he's more than willing to jump on board as director for (what I assume would be) "28 Months Later". However, he says he won't be back to helm his infected thriller soon as he does have other project committments. I loved both films even if the second one wasn't directed by him. Both are tense, atmospheric and are brutally entertaining films.

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Gotta feel bad for Dylan Baker because British actor Rhys Ifans is confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot as The Lizard. Baker, who portrayed Dr. Kurt Conners before his transformation in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, has been royally screwed here after waiting through three movies. Oh well. Now we just need a storyline for this reboot and things will be set.

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You like film trailers? Here are two trailers that caught my attention this week. The first one comes from "Wrecked" a film that stars Adrien Brody and tells the story of a man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine and must overcome incredible odds to survive. He doesn't have any recollection of how he got there or who he is. So really it's like "Buried" except a little more... open. Trailer looks like it shows a bit much though.


This second one is from director Gus Van Sant's latest film, "Restless". It's a coming of age romance film about two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together who forge a deep and lasting love. Surprised something like this is the subject of a Gus Van Sant film. Almost looks like run of the mill romantic drama... almost. But let the trailer speak!

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And that's all this week. Nothing too outrageous or humourous to share because my Internet as of late has been spiralling out of control with it's speed. Lately it's just been really slow (I'm surprised I could even get this blog post up).

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

My Skateboard Will Go On

ANOTHER BLOG POST COMING YOUR WAY!

Three more weeks of University left! You guys have no idea how awesome November is shaping up to be for me! "Call of Duty: Black Ops", University holiday break, "The Walking Dead" television series as well as a slew of great film releases makes this nerdy kid happy. :D

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I hate daylight savings. It doesn't even get dark 'til about 7:30PM - 8PM. I can never tell what the hell the time is becuase of this! *end rant*

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So I tried driving yesterday for the first time, lol.
I never realised how sensitive the damn accelerator was. Thy was nice enough to let me try driving with her car though I doubt she's going to give me that oppurtunity any time soon. Man, I need to learn to drive and get a proper instructor.

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The embodiment of frustration and disappointment.

I've mentioned before that I've been saving up to order a copy of Wong Kar Wai's, "Chungking Express" from overseas. I did that and the film arrived in the mail this week. I was super excited that something from overseas was reaching me. I was so ready to revisit this wonderful little film in high definition but alas, it was not meant to be. It seems that my Playstation 3 is region-locked and cannot play particular Blu-ray movies from overseas! I was under the impression that all Blu-ray products were reigon-free but that only applied to Playstation 3 video games. So now I have an official American Blu-ray copy of "Chungking Express" and can't do anything with it... What now? :(
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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Seeing as how the American remake of this film was releasing next week, I thought it would be time for me to check out "Let The Right One In", a film that I've been hearing so much about over the last year. This film is a straight up "modern day" vampire tale that tells the story of a bullied child, Oskar, befriending his new neighbour, Eli, who isn't all she (maybe he?) appears to be. This film really blew me away. The focus of the story is on the relationship between these two children and it's handled incredibly well. Both of these child actors are fantastic in their parts. The characters are deep and highly developed and the narrative is always engaging. it has to be said that the film can be rather shocking and violent but these aren't devices used to cheapen the movie but rather adds to the dark atmosphere at work. It's an incredible film with many moments that are still etched into my mind. Recommended viewing.


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I had never seen "The Truman Show" up until this past week and I thought it was an amazing film. While Jim Carrey maintains his usual onscreen comedic persona, it's also joined in effectiveness with great dramatic acting. It helps that I really felt attached to Carrey's character, Truman, as this man is a completely likable person whose only beginning to discover his life is a complete sham. To be honest, I didn't want the film to end and so when it did, it came as a huge surprise to me as I thought there would've been more (but the movie ended pretty perfectly, nonetheless). "The Truman Show" is truly one of a kind and is a movie that I really, really enjoyed. It's a great satire of televisual consumption and how as humans we naturally accept the environment we're given and never question it's logic or fault.


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It goes without saying that "Ed Wood" is quite possibly Tim Burton's most mature piece of film making. I think I have to agree with most pundits that Burton's original features ("Edward Scissorhands", "Big Fish"), are much more inspired and better than his adaptations of existing properties ("Batman", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"). A lot of things work so well in this film. Casting Johnny Depp as the worst director ever is such a brilliant move as Depp really inhabits the character and has a fun time with it. Martin Landau's turn as Bela Lugosi is the true outstanding performance in the film, however, and the relationship between Lugosi and Wood on screen is truly heartfelt. While Wood is known for producing some of the worst films of all time, no one could question his heart and determination. His passion was storytelling and film and Burton captured that perfectly with Depp's performance.


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"Buried" will no doubt divide people's opinions about the film. The film's run time takes place completely from within the wooden coffin that Ryan Reynolds' character, Paul Conroy, is buried alive in. In the entire film, all we see is Reynolds making phone calls to other people. And that's it. I really enjoyed the film and appreciated what director Rodrigo Cortes was able to pull off. It's one of the better films I've seen this year, for sure. I find it so intriguing how the film was able to effectively use lighting to create a heightened sense of tension as well as keep the film moving. Ryan Reynolds' one man performance is something to truly praise. It's hard to have to confine movement and emotion in such a tiny space but he did it, and did it convincingly. I may write a full written review some time next week but for now, just know that I really liked the film and am amazed how well executed it was.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

First up, some newly released movie trailers that piqued my interest (and possibly yours)! This first trailer is the full theatrical trailer for the Coen brothers' upcoming western, "True Grit". The trailer I posted last week was a teaser, this one's much longer and gives you more sense of the story and scenery.


This next trailer is for "Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night". This film is in no way a Japanese remake of the original "Paranormal Activity", nor is it a Japanese version of the American sequel. It is an entirely original film that just so happens to be, according to Twitch, "rooted in the Paranormal Activity world.". It's a pretty interesting idea to run a parallel sequel as I don't think I've heard of something like this ever being done before. At least studios can make double the money and capitalise big here.


The third and final trailer presented is the second theatrical trailer for Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle's new feature, "127 Hours". After having seen this, I think the marketing of the film is working on me. Those accolades that are mentioned in the trailer really make me want to check it out (and so should you!).


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The third "Transformers" film will be titled, "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon". Apparently the film will feature the moon as a location a lot. Yeah, I don't know what else to say about this but there you have it.

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In casting news, Emma Stone has been officially cast as Gwen Stacy in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. This comes as a major surprise as everyone naturally assumed Stone would take the Mary Jane Watson role (her sex appeal and red hair inspire this). However, most people (myself included) did not know that Stone is in fact a natural blond so there's nothing to worry about too much there. I'm sure Stone will be perfectly fine as Peter Parker's first true love.

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It seems that Warner Bros have chosen Zack Snyder to direct the new Superman feature, "Man of Steel". We know that Christopher Nolan is overseeing the project but many are doubting Snyder's ability to tackle this project. I don't mind Snyder and have enjoyed all of his films thus far, though I do hope he would cut down a little on the slow-motion (it would not be good for Superman himself). Here's hoping Nolan at least has a hand in helping Snyder out along the way.

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Speaking of all things Nolan related, the third "Batman" film in Nolan's "Batman" universe is set to shoot around April next year which means we can expect a lot of news to come out from that film in the coming months leading up to the shoot. One of the more highly speculated rumours to have come out from this is that the villain may end up being Killer Croc. The April shoot is said to be taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lots of swampland there, apparently, so it's natural to assume a villain like Killer Croc would spend his time there. Again, purely speculation at this point.
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And that's all for this week. Now to finish off a picture that might be NSFW - zombie Pikachu eating the brains of Ash Ketchum. Your childhood has now been tainted.



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Sunday, 3 October 2010

The Meeting Place

How did I spend my one week "holiday" break?

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So the only thing out of the ordinary there was that I actually went out of Melbourne and to Geelong on Saturday with some mates for fishing. Unfortunately, the fish weren't biting so we didn't have much to catch on to, but it was still a pretty good time out. It was my first time on the V-Line trains too, haha. I had stayed up the entire night and had to leave my home at about 5.30AM which sucked but I liked the emptiness of the streets in the really early hours of morning. Below are a few select photos from the fishing trip.

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Other than that, the only other thing that got me mildly excited was that my order for "Mean Streets" came in. Essential viewing if you want to see a movie with an impact within American cinema as well as a film that chronicles the rise of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

And now back to University study. Woop-de-doo.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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Ben Affleck's
directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone" is a crime drama based on Dennis Lehane novel of the same name.
Affleck casts his younger brother, Casey Affleck, in a role that translates perfectly on screen as a "young" private investigator looking to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. Affleck is able to create a wonderful atmosphere of serious grit and is also able to extract great performances from all involved. It's a movie that really moves you with each small plot twist bending and shifting it's way to the film's morally ambiguous ending. As a fan of police procedual dramas/detective stories, I found myself quite liking this and think that Ben Affleck can be a serious director, should he choose to stay behind the camera. Looking forward to seeing his newest project, "The Town", after having seen this.



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While initial skepticism around this film made me lower my expectations, I found myself rather enjoying "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen". I had read earlier reviews where the film was said to have been racist against Japanese people and that fight scenes progressively got worse but I found these allegations to be only half-true. While the potrayal of Japanese people is rather objectively one-sided, in terms of crowd-pleasing cinema, there had to be a clear antagonist that the audience would love to hate and I think the film clearly had one. As for the fight scenes, while some may be a little lackluster, they all still quite pack a powerful punch, simply with Donnie Yen's screen presence and choreography. The first major fighting sequence that opens the film is probably some of the most intense and gratifying stunt choreography from Donnie Yen that I've seen in quite some time and most people agree to this. The film's somewhat hackneyed plot can't be overlooked though and there were a few scenes where dialogue ran too long and was unnecesary. Overall though, an entertaining crowd-pleaser and one that fight fans can enjoy.


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"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" turned out to be a lot better than I had expected. Yes, I was expecting a certain sense of campiness from seasoned actors, Nicholas Cage and Alfred Molina. Yes, I was expecting a recycled love story between a nerdy Jay Baruchel and a gorgeous Teresa Palmer. But did that matter as I was watching it? No. I went to see this film because there was nothing else particularly noteworthy to watch and gave this film a chance. I enjoyed it for what it was and I think that people of all ages would love it. This film isn't just limited for kids but I do see kids getting quite a good kick out of it. The visual effects are highly outstanding and are a major plus to the film. As fantastic as the visual effects may be, however, they don't need to be seen on a big screen. It looks wonderful there, sure, but the film to me is something I'd rent or see on TV. Great to pass the time and enjoy if you don't take it too seriously.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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First teaser trailer to the Coen Brothers' upcoming western, "True Grit" was released this past week. Rarely do we see western epics in cinema these days but this looks pretty satisfying. I must say that I did not recognise Matt Damon whatsoever in this. Check out the trailer below.



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In other trailer news, a second full-length trailer for the film, "Skyline" was released this past week also and features much more story and visuals. The film looks impressive and could draw some good numbers at the box office. Also reminds me a little of "Cloverfield" except without the handheld POV digital cameras.


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Rumour has it that Baz Lurhman's ("Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliet") adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" has three major contenders circling the project. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Amanda Seyfried have been looking into the project apparently though it's possible this could just be the studio's way of releasing some sort of "wishlist" for their film. Probably time for me to actually read this book (or watch the original film adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, lol).

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Seems like George Lucas is quite intent and wants very much to have his "Star Wars" saga to have a 3D re-release on the big screen come 2012. As converting 3D takes sometime, it seems that each movie will have a one year release in between in chronological order meaning Episode 1 will release in 2012 and Episode 6 will finish by 2017. Now I'm just wondering if the appeal of 3D will still draw audiences by 2012. Sure, there are great examples of 3D films but converting a film into 3D is merely a cheap device to ensure extra sales at the box office. Now I don't doubt Star Wars' long-lasting appeal by 2012, but let's just say I'm fine with NOT being able to experience seeing Jar-Jar Binks in 3D. Curious to see how some scenes are done in 3D though (I hear that doing a 3D film that involves flying anywhere makes it awesome, so let's hope the dogfights in space are particuarlly awesome come 2012).

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Finally, in sadder news, Quentin Tarantino's longtime editor and friend, Sally Menke, passed away this past week. As an editor, she collaborated with Tarantino in the editing room, essentially stitching the film together and seamlessly cutting scenes together to form a coherent story. Her loss will change how Tarantino's films are structured together from now on, I think and it's sad to have lost her.

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And that's all this week. Here's something pretty awesome, a poster that chronicles almost every zombie-related product out there from fiction to film. Purchasing information as well as a more detailed look at the smaller products can be found HERE.


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P.S. I'm probably gonna change my banner sometime soon so look out for that. Hell I might even change the entire layout if I can be bothered. For the banner, I'm thinking something along the lines of "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" or "Inception"