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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Milonga For Three


MONDAY: Went to see "Oldboy" at The Astor Theatre. Ugh, talk about enhancing my love for a favourite movie even more. The score for "Oldboy" sounds so much more richer in the cinema and some of the memorable scenes like the hallway fight look even more outstanding. Now I just need to wait for "Star Wars", "Fight Club", "In the Mood for Love" and "Taxi Driver" to screen on at the Astor (Taxi Driver's getting a remastered re-release soon though so I can cross that off the list soon).

TUESDAY: Spent all of Tuesday watching Season 2 of "Damages". TWIST AFTER TWIST AFTER TWIST AFTER TWIST. Will watch all of Season 3 next Tuesday.

WEDENSDAY: Footage not found.

THURSDAY: Poker and vodka with friends at my place. Why not?

FRIDAY: Went out to catch "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". Thoughts below.


Apologies for the laziness of my movie consumption. I've been watching "Arrested Development", downloading epic pieces of nostalgia bombs like the "X-Men Animated Series" (yep, the one in the '90s) among other things lately.


Where to begin with the latest film to hit theaters this week, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? After saving the world from the destruction of the Decepticons, Sam Witwicky struggles to find a job after finishing college. All of his Autobot friends have abandoned him to work for the government by disassembling terrorist organisations from around the world while also saying ever vigilant for any signs of return from Megatron and is Decepticon army. The film addresses a lot of the issues that plagued the second film and is able to keep things relatively simple (as these types of films should). The film feels way too long as the exposition that's covered in the beginning goes way overtime and the film never really kicks into high gear until the final half where the major action set pieces start to come about. For the most part, the attempt at storytelling and characterisation falls just by the wayside but there is an attempt to show that they've acknowledged their past mistake. And then it's all made somewhat irrelevant in the face of an apocaylyse. Of course, a big budgeted action film is nothing without big budgeted action and the last hour of the film fufill this. One major criticism of the last film was that action was few and far between. Well, not so much here as it is something of a spectacle to see these robots duke it out with one another. And don't get me started on newcomer and Victoria's Secret model, Rosie Huntington Whitely's vapid appearance on screen as the new completely "out of his league" girlfriend. If this is how Michael Bay intends to end his trilogy, he at least did so by delivering it in grand proportions in action and spectacle. It's just too bad that for all of the film's intentions to deliver a blockbuster action-packed spectacle, they still decide to include characters we don't always care about and finish the film with a very cheap and abrupt conclusion. It only ever feels entertaining in the last hour. Regardless of how I feel or how most people feel about the film, it'll go onto make a huge pile of cash at the box office so if you see the film, try to spot the obvious attempts of product placement. It really got annoying to me.



Yes, we're all fans of Studio Ghibli. So I'm sure most of you will be as interested as I am in their newest film which is set to release very soon in Japan. The film in question is, "Kokuriko-zaka Kara", and is about a group of teenagers who aim to save their school's clubhouse from demolition in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. As expected with Ghibli, the film looks majorly pretty but unfortunately, this first trailer doesn't give much of story insight. Enjoy the teaser anyway.

And speaking of trailers, the teaser trailer for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" also released this past week. TTSS looks brilliant and has an incredible cast in Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. Directed by Tomas Alfredson ("Let The Right One In"), the film is set during the Cold War and sees, according to IMDB, "espionage veteran George Smiley forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons."


And that's it this week. Seems I have a clash for one of my subjects next semester. How unfortunate. Some of the other options available to me don't exactly sound all too appetising but it looks like I'll have no other choice in this instance. Oh well.

I'll just end it there.

End post.

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