Category: Cinema

  • Rogue One

    I saw a Rifftrax tweet about how A Star Wars Story: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, with Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, &al., was on Netflix (for which they have a riff available). I’d been waiting for The Defenders in August to renew my subscription, but decided to do that early, for less than the…

  • Third Time is the Charm

    I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut, but I can no longer let certain things go by without comment. I am quite sure I will offend some of the True Faithful, but that cannot be helped. I am here today to speak aloud these words: J K Rowling is wrong. In fact, not only is…

  • Låt den rätte komma in

    When I saw the movie, I didn’t know there was a book. I think the movie just kind of showed up one day and moved into my Netflix queue. All very normal. Who knew? Then, I watched it. I was so amazed by the originality and atmosphere and everything of the movie that when someone…

  • As great an actor to enact Crowley as this

    Not only didn’t I mind Simon Callow’s Crowley, I thought Callow did a really good job … but in a crappy movie. Or, at least, I assume so. I really couldn’t watch the 2nd half of Chemical Wedding because it turned super stupid. I suppose it’s possible that the end managed to turn it around,…

  • 7th Planet Picture Show at Mt. Tabor on Dec 27th at 7pm

    On Sun, Dec 27th at 7pm there’s a double feature of Mark Hamill flicks as part of the 7th Planet Picture Show at the Mt. Tabor Lounge (even though the info keeps saying “theater”, it’s in the lounge). This isn’t just a couple of crummy movies. No! In fact, this is a couple of crummy…

  • REPO! The Genetic Opera

    Last night, I had the chance to see REPO! The Genetic Opera – A Rock Opera / Movie Musical [also, ] at The Clinton St Theater. Since I’ve moved to Portland, I realized that one of the few places outside of downtown that I remember from when I was in high school is the Clinton…

  • Can’t Stop The Serenity at Hollywood Theatre on Jun 20th and 21st

    Go see Serenity on the big screen for a good cause? Sure! Can’t Stop The Serenity 2008 Portland, Oregon June 20th and 21st at the Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, Oregon PDX Browncoats are gearing up for their 3rd annual Can’t Stop the Serenity event screening of the movie Serenity to benefit Equality…

  • That took long enough

    Via “Golden Compass Points to Controversy“: Based on the first volume in the award-winning trilogy “His Dark Materials” by religious skeptic Philip Pullman, the movie already has been condemned by conservative Roman Catholics and evangelicals. They say it will hook children into Pullman’s books and a dark, individualistic world where all religion is evil. But…

  • You make that sound dirty

    This last week has been all about Harry Potter. Okay, not all about, but it’s been a recurring theme. — YouTube – Red State Update: Harry Potter — Travelled to Portland to see Harry and The Potters [also] on stage. The show was at the Wonder Ballroom, which was a pretty cool venue. I mean…

  • Harry and the Potters in OLY and PDX next month

    So, Harry and the Potters are on the move. They will be in Olympia and in Portland again. In fact, the Olympia show is free. Also, while the Portland show is not free, after the show they are planning on raiding a local cinema for an early screening of

  • Hamlet

    Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet [also] is finally going to be available on DVD in August! Now, if only someone were to put Nicol Williamson’s Hamlet [also] on DVD … Ah, then life would finally be good.

  • Can’t Hollywood do anything original?

    Via Boing Boing, The Wilhem Scream has appeared in a vast number of movies and soundtracks. This is a specific set of screams recorded, apparently, for the 1951 movie “Distant Drums” and has been used by and familir to sound designers in the industry. This reminds me of the way dumb jokes work. Once or…

  • MPAA – size queen, fashion diva, and girlfriend from hell?

    Via Slashdot, BBspot – MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations, Apparently the MPAA wants to reach into your living rooms and bedrooms and regulate the size of your equipment and the arrangement of your furniture: The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29″ with stereo sound and at…

  • Time for that Logan’s Run re-make yet?

    Via Huffington (but also on Fark), I noticed this story which suggests 10 is the new 15, and has me wondering about the plans to remake Logan’s Run. The story Logan’s Run had much younger people than the movie, and was, in part, an exploration of a dystopian future where only the young exist and…

  • Licensing? You’re soaking in it.

    In the credits of Blade: Trinity, appears the following: This motion picture is being exhibited under specific license and is not for sale. This is the first time that I’ve specifically noticed a movie, especially a DVD release, that claims to be licensed not sold. This is from Netflix, so it’s possible it’s a rental…

  • Bizarre and bad new 20th Century Fox fanfare?

    I happened to hear tonight some really rotten electronic version of the 20th Century Fox fanfaire today. Is this the new fanfare they’ve decided on using for real? Horrid. It’s the casio version and not even cool enough to be 8-bit. Someone (was it Williams, himself?) working on Star Wars resurrected the fancy, symphonic 20th…

  • Theater Economics

    Via Hacking NetFlix, “Theater Economics” points to an article at Slate about the economics of running a movie theatre: The Popcorn Palace Economy – The thirsty moviegoer fuels the business. By Edward Jay Epstein. The studios made films for theater chains that they either owned or controlled, and they harvested almost all their revenue from…

  • Box Office Blahs: Blame It on (Fill in the Blank)

    Via Technology – Industry News, Policy, and Reviews, “Box Office Blahs: Blame It on (Fill in the Blank)“: “LOS ANGELES — Hollywood ticket sales took a little swan dive in 2005. Why? The consensus hypothesis appears to be that the movies were — brace yourselves — not good.” The article offers that the industry is…

  • Another cancelled show: Night Stalker

    Via Sci Fi Wire, “Night Stalker Gets Staked“: “ABC has canceled Night Stalker, the second time the network has given the axe to a series about reporter Carl Kolchak and his pursuit of supernatural phenomena, Variety reported.” Why do all the shows I like get cancelled? Night Stalker is the most recent. Kitchen Confidential is…

  • Republic Dogs

    Via Boing Boing, Plato’s Republic meets Reservoir Dogs I don’t know. It’s either really, really funny … or there’s something wrong with me. “Socrates: Maybe I should frame my theory a bit more emphatically. [Drawing his gun.]” Oh, there’s more, but I’d end up quoting the whole thing, so restraint will be my theory of…