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Scarlett Johansson is kicking lots of arse recently

Posted April 7, 2014 into Movies by John Birmingham

Saw her yesterday in Captain America, which was awesome and which I'll write up in a moment, and she's also playing against type in some freakish horror movie where she lures Scottish men to their deaths. But I think I'll probably see her in this Luc Besson SF action/thriller first.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted April 7, 2014

Luc Besson is always worth the time.

And then there is Scarlett, who is also worth the time.

Oh, Cap Two? Teh Awesome!

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S.M. Stirling puts forth...

Posted April 7, 2014

I wrote Scarlett Johansson before Scarlett Johansson was cool... 8-).

Seeing Cap tomorrow.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted April 7, 2014

On those endorsements I too am off to see Captain America 2. Is the title the Winter Solider is a reference to Paine's The American Crisis with the line

"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman"?

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7, 2014

I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel was inspired by Paine but I suspect the more simplistic reason is that he was a Cold War communist counterpart to Captain America.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted April 7, 2014

wouldn't that be ???????? Rossiya?

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7, 2014

Kapitan Rossiya

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted April 7, 2014

My son and I saw CM2 yesterday and we loved it. Can't wait for JB's take.

And Steve, Scarlett was always cool.

S.M. Stirling would have you know...

Posted April 7, 2014

Paul, I wrote Scarlett before Scarlett was -born-.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted April 8, 2014

I got no comeback for that.

What did you think of the film?

S.M. Stirling puts forth...

Posted April 8, 2014

Captain America was great, but we need "Black Widow".

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted April 7, 2014

I think I had seen her in a minor role before but, like for many, the first time I became aware of Scarlett Johannson was in 'Lost in Translation' with Bill Murray.
The opening shot of that film was very memorable as an unconventional introduction to the relatively unknown female lead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOSuFBS7IA

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Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7, 2014

Again the 10% fallacy, but the movie looks good.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 7, 2014

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's a Scientology lie, too, actually.

Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted April 7, 2014

Haven't heard the Scientology (can believe it though).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_percent_of_brain_myth

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dylwah reckons...

Posted April 7, 2014

Looks like she is going to have a hard time leaving a fossil.

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S.M. Stirling ducks in to say...

Posted April 7, 2014

Scientology uses it, but the meme was floating around long before Elron. It was a mid-20th century staple; it comes up in a lot of the SF of the era.

Sudragon mumbles...

Posted April 7, 2014

The rest, apparently, is used for penguins.

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WarDog would have you know...

Posted April 7, 2014

Limitless on steriods, done by Luc Besson. Nice.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 7, 2014

Yeah But this is the real deal-

Code Pink.org or something

Even Scarlett can't beat the fkwits of AIPAC and the Sycophants in Egypt.

Egyptian "Men" who suck camel dicks. Then look toough. Pieces of shit.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/03/04/medea-egypt/

There is a woman I would die for.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 7, 2014

Noew Israhell has shut dowm der Embassies watch the Egyptians follow suit.

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tygertim asserts...

Posted April 8, 2014

The trailer looks awesome! I've marked out time to watch Lucy when it comes out.

Greetings from long absent

Tygertim

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted April 8, 2014

Welcome back TT

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted April 8, 2014

+1

Long time No read

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tygertim puts forth...

Posted April 13, 2014

I's good to be back. Courtesy of kindle fire. I've missed you guys!

tygertim

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These final hours

Posted February 20, 2014 into Movies by John Birmingham

Caught the trailer for this local apocalypse flick on Gizmodo yesterday and was kind of impressed. Some wobbly voice/over scripting at the start but it soon left that behind and promised a great looking story that might even be emiggening without a Hollywood happy ending.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted February 20, 2014

You'd spend it at the Apple store wouldn't you.

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted February 20, 2014

Nice one

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted February 20, 2014

if I knew it was going to end, I have a list of people I would want to 'speak to' before it ends.

AKM. swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 23, 2014

Don't we all.........it would be messy.

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HAVOCK21 is gonna tell you...

Posted February 20, 2014

I'd be shooting at Some bastard from fkn orbit, or...in a plane, they would be.....FKN CHINESE! PRC PLAN MUPPETS I THJINK!, after I got the plane into the air. Actually, no, I would have a bull bar on me ute, and every dumb fkn bastard who was being a GIT on the road and thats gunna include the retards in the right lane driving along fat dumb and fkn happy and taxi's ( cos we all hate them on the bloody road ) and I would be DTRINING INTO THEM< and somewhere along the the line..ID find a LAMBO to fkn SIDE SWIPE!

DNABeast swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 20, 2014

A plane would stall if you went up too high but could you use the compression wave to boost yourself into sapce and over the top? Kind of like a surfboard over an incoming wave?

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DNABeast swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 20, 2014

'Seeking a friend for the end of the world' is a nice spin on this subject matter too.

Guru Bob mumbles...

Posted February 20, 2014

That film was much better then I thought it would be...

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WarDog puts forth...

Posted February 24, 2014

Larry Niven, ran with this in 'Inconstant Moon' which I first read in 81.

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Robocop good. Robocop bad

Posted February 14, 2014 into Movies by John Birmingham

Dunno whether I'll go see the Robocop remake on the big screen. Seems the sort of thing I'd be likely to enjoy more on my own of a Saturday night with the wife away, the children a-bed and a couple of drinks on board.

Reviews haven't just been mixed. They've been violently at odds.

iO9, who I trust on all matters geekly loved it with an unnatural physcial love that would be illegal in Kansas. Their write up/rubfuck described it as 'a pitch-perfect, badass update of a movie that is practically legendary'. The whole thing is here, and is spoilerific in parts, although it didn't much bother me.

"Filmmaker José Padilha does a brilliant job updating this scenario for a world where soldiers are working with robots in combat zones every day. And he retains the subversive politics of the original, too. We begin with a segment from a right-wing TV program, The Novak Element, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson doing a fantastic parody of a FOX commentator...

One of the central questions in Robocop is whether Murphy truly is human by the time Omnicorp is done with him. Is here merely a robot who thinks he's Murphy? In one of Murphy's training sequences — set to the music of classic prog band Focus — we discover that when he's in combat mode he "thinks he's in control" but actually the robot is making all his moves for him. "It's the illusion of freewill," Norton says. But this movie is smart enough to get us wondering about whether freewill is always an illusion, especially in a combat situation. Are we not always, to a certain extent, just acting out orders and doing what our bodies have been trained to do?

You'll be surprised at how deep the science fictional speculation is here. The action is pretty damn fun too. And Padilha keeps us focused on the bigger political picture by including several more hilarious segments of Jackson ranting on The Novak Element."

Over at Wired, however, the Angry Nerd is, well, angry.

Very very angry. Bad bad robocop.

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pi mutters...

Posted February 14, 2014

A good mate of mine that I don't trust with movies said it was terribad. I just have to give it a go... at least there's ONE good review. That's my excuse.

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted February 14, 2014

are you insane, this was written to take a 13/14 year old along to see.

But you are right I have read other divergent reviews, which all seem to universally praise the 1980s movie, though at the time I don't recall the critics being quite so effusive. We seem to be in a Paul Verhoeven remake frenzy with Total Recall and now RoboCop - can Starship Troopers be far behind?

Lulu asserts...

Posted February 14, 2014

Showgirls?

Barnesm puts forth...

Posted February 14, 2014

Starship Showgirls - combine the two films?

Murphy puts forth...

Posted February 14, 2014

This film is a lot better than the critics are giving it credit for.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted February 14, 2014

although the loss of officer Lewis in the new film is a shame, she was my son's favourite from the 1980s movies, though the actor had the good sense to demand her character be killed rather than appear in the family-friendly (WTF were they thinking) Robocop 3.

Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 14, 2014

Louis popped bubblegum in the original.

The new Lewis is a black detective and in someways, had the potential to do better. Sadly, he was never given that chance.

A lot of the human element discovery was left to Murphy's wife, who plays a greater role in the remake.

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 14, 2014

I just got back from seeing it.

No, there is none of the satirical snark of the original.

No, there is none of the cheeseball commercials.

Yes, there is a Glenn Beck analog in the form of Samuel L. Jackson.

Yes, there is a back to the future pacification program ala Iraq, this time set in Iran.

Yes, there is a cop named Murphy who gets is ass fucked up seven ways from Sunday.

Differences? Lewis is a black male who is devoted to his partner. His wife, who looks more like the original Louis, moves to save him via Omincorp's offer. And we have Gary Oldman who, unlike Robocop's original creators in 1987, had the most humanity of all.

The film's primary flaw is that the third act was fairly weak. It came to the right conclusion but there wasn't enough emotional resonance and power built into it to carry that punch. The relationship between Lewis and Murphy post ambush could have been better developed.

Strengths? Murphy's reaction to his condition is far more nuanced and balanced than in the original. His state is rather shocking and I won't spoil it. We also see a very troubled doctor/scientist who wants to help people being manipulated by a Steve Jobs style CEO in Michael Keaton.

There are many nods to the original material, to include the theme itself.

Overall, I liked it, flaws and all. In someways I think it has more emotional depth than the original. Is it better or worse? Nah.

Just different, and worth the price of admission.

My two cents.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted February 14, 2014

LEAVE! STEVE! ALONE!!!!

Murphy asserts...

Posted February 14, 2014

But. . . he's even got the sneaks and the weird clothing choices.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat would have you know...

Posted February 15, 2014

Unforgivable as it is, I haven't seen the original (I know, I know, Better Half has promised to buy it for me so this will be amended shortly). So not influenced by the comparison issue, I thought it was good overall. There were some things which were a little heavy-handed or clumsy, like the advanced military robot with a very crude threat assessment system, and the arguments about the pros and cons of military robots were pretty one-dimensional - I think a Sci Fi audience could have handled some more complexity on what is a really interesting issue. The neuro cybernetics were simplified but I thought that was reasonable given how complex they would be in 'real life'.

I really loved the humor in it - I hadn't expected to laugh like that. The action was satisfying and as a girly non-fan of gratuitous violence, my sensibilities were unoffended. Great, solid cast - I particularly liked Oldman in his role and cheered when the bad guys got their just desserts. Murphy's right, the ending lost some momentum and power, but I would give this a thumbs up.

Better Half and others tell me this movie is 'much less violent' than the original. As a result I suspect I may not like the original as much when I do see it.

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JBtoo asserts...

Posted February 14, 2014

Abby Cornish is in it, so it can't be all bad.
Is it possible to 'spoiler' a remake?

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted February 14, 2014

Yes, it is. Trust me.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted February 14, 2014

Tickets were purchased for me - so seeing it tomorrow - otherwise I probably would have waited until DVD.

While you are waiting Birmo - go buy Dredd on Blu-Ray. (though you may want to perform your own assessment as to whether or not Birmo Jr is ready for that level of violent splodey (and the splodey is violently awesome))

Murphy asserts...

Posted February 14, 2014

This film is not Dredd but Dredd is worth the money (says the fanboy who has a copy on his iTunes). Get Elysium while you are at it as well.

#MakeaDreddSequel

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John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted February 14, 2014

Birmo Jnr is a big fan of The Expendables. He can probably handle Dredd.

Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted February 14, 2014

I think for true explodey goodness on Valentine's Day, you have to go with the Chemrail in Matt Damon's Elysium.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted February 14, 2014

Okay, well don't say I didn't warn you about graphic splodey.

Matthew K ducks in to say...

Posted February 15, 2014

#MakeaDreddSequel

I second this motion. Such explodey, very baddies, much dystopian. Wow.

I'd have loved a Dredd film when I was his age, instead us fanboys kept the faith all through films like Robocop cherry picking Dredd for the subversive vibe and uncompromising ambiguous helmeted protagonist and were then rewarded with the Stallone film. *Sigh*

I assume it might have had something to do with the fact that a lot of the 2000ad crew seemed to have very left of centre views so negotiaitions with Hollywood might well have gone the same way as with Alan Moore. Moral of the tale is that if you stand on ideological principle too much you'll get frozen out of the process altogether and end up with less influence over the product.

That said Verhoeven did a good job of the first one and I am intrigued... But I don't see the NEED to remake R.Cop. Probably get this on DVD or summat

Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted February 15, 2014

I was quite impressed by Dredd. It was a lot more faithful to its 2000AD origins than the Stallone abomination.

I'd watch a sequel for sure. Theres such a wealth of stories in the Dredd universe.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 15, 2014

I hated Stallone's Dredd. I am using the word "hate" here about a movie. I watched Dredd on Netflix on a whim, and loved it.

ShaneAlpha asserts...

Posted February 15, 2014

I watched Dredd in 3D at the cinema when it was released and have the 2D blu-ray. If you can, watch the 3D version, the slo-mo sequences in 3D are unbeleivably gorgeous.

I wasn't sure about Karl Urban going into it but he seriously nailed the character despite the differences between this cinema world and the comic original.

There is a sequal comic due for release shortly called "Dredd:Underbelly". So, yeah, nice one there Karl. :)

If they are able to get financing for the next movie you can expect the Dark Judges storyline. With hopefully the best Dredd line ever.

http://comicimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/fear.jpg

Rob would have you know...

Posted February 16, 2014

I liked both Dredd movies. The art direction, set decoration and costumes of the first one were brilliant. The director Danny Cannon did well with what he had, excellent editing too. It was just a bit too hackneyed when it came to hollywood stereo types, the funny sidekick etc, thrown in kiss at the end. But it looked like the comics I liked as a kid. cheesy overblown, super bright colours. The second one I liked too alot, I bought the bluray and watch it a fait bit. It was great on the big screen. But it lacked the sarcastic humour, except maybe the vagrant crushed by the security door, If they did one with Chopper the sky surfer I would be in 2000ad fanboy heaven. a nemesis the warlock tv series ala game of thrones would be super too,

As for robocop I might wait until it comes out on dvd. (or maybe a $12 bluray) Movies are a bit too expensive to be dissapointed in.

pi mumbles...

Posted February 21, 2014

#MakeaDreddSequel

It really has to be done. That movie was a dead-set instant classic.

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted February 14, 2014

Excellent.

I wonder if they'll ever remake Hardware.

The Mark 13 scared the sh!it out of me.

Murphy would have you know...

Posted February 14, 2014

I remember seeing Hardware at a movie theater in Manhattan, Kansas.

Yeah, ah, they don't need to remake that one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Ne9sRcSrM

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ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted February 15, 2014

With the Marvel and occasionally DC properties doing so well as movies I live in hope of more 2000AD sourced movies.

Like, in order of preference:

Nemesis the Warlock

Rogue Trooper

Slaine

ABC Warriors

and for pure balls out comedy

DR and Quinch

Rob asserts...

Posted February 16, 2014

f**k yeah! D.R and Quinch go to Hollywood. Look out for the Oranges Marlon!

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted February 15, 2014

Here's the only review you need;

http://www.theonion.com/video/the-onion-reviews-robocop,35252/?playlist=recent-news

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 15, 2014

Ha! Good one, BWS. Nothing like a bit of historical context.

pi is gonna tell you...

Posted February 21, 2014

Ha... that's fantastic.

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Jayanthi's Atomic Cat is gonna tell you...

Posted February 15, 2014

Haha! Better Half and others are in agreement with Angry Nerd re the jawline issue - that was the main criticism bandied about, in fact.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted February 15, 2014

Went and saw it. Enjoyed it. Wasn't staggeringly great and not something, like Pacific Rim, that it pays to see in a cinema.

Different film from the original.

I suspect because parts of the dystopian humor of the first isn't as funny because we're either living it, or it's looking like its coming anyway. The cartoon capitalists of the original are more nuanced in this one. I suspect that's driving some of the negative reactions here - its hard to laugh at the idea of the government handing over the capacity to kill to drones when it's already happened.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat would have you know...

Posted February 16, 2014

I think the human operators are still in the loop though for final kill authorization now though, is that still the case? Is there any legislation about re having to retain them? I've only read papers recommending such lego be put in place (amongst other recommendations) but haven't followed up further.

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S.M. Stirling would have you know...

Posted February 18, 2014

Saw it today. Not bad, not nearly as good as the original, and soooooooo Hollywood-bubble-land in its general outlook.

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pi asserts...

Posted February 21, 2014

Friggin awesome movie. Robocop.

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Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted February 23, 2014

We just went to see it this arvo.

Mixed feelings, we watched the original 1 & 2 yesterday on DVD. I'd agree with a lot of the other opinions here. Some interesting ideas, a bit weak on humour & in the final stage the writers got lazy & could have done better.

I missed the female Lewis character & Abbie Cornish didn't do much other than sniffled and parade around as a jeans model. I was trying to figure out WTF she was in there for & in the end decided it was probably just for product placement. Maybe I'm miffed because of the lack of strong female characters but given the number of other nerdy bespectacled womenfolk in the audience I'd say I'm not alone.

The original Lewis was a force to be reckoned with (remember the scene when Murphy first laid eyes on her in R1?) whereas Abbie Cornish looked like she spent her days applying eye shadow to her face & Mr Sheen to the coffee table.

Definitely worth seeing, but I'm left wondering what might have been if Joss Whedon had written it.

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Zombeavers!

Posted February 11, 2014 into Movies by John Birmingham

Need I say more?

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Infinite8Horizon asserts...

Posted February 11, 2014

Incisive film-making. Wide open for a sequel. They're probably beavering away at it already. Etc.

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 11, 2014

Funny, I thought the film was something else. ;)

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted February 12, 2014

The movie is a comment on the social pressures for women to remove all hair producing follicle areas except on the head. All the actors in the movie do not have the eponymous 'beaver' and it juxtaposes the lack of hair leading to a gruesome bloody death . . . . . or something.

Not shaving is the new frontier.

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SenatorMcKinneyTexas mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

Seriously, only two comments?

Boylan, WTF????

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted February 12, 2014

The only question is which Oscar nomintion catagory?

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

How can you imagine it would be limited to a single category? Surely the answer is "All of them".

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Quokka mutters...

Posted February 12, 2014

I am shocked and disappointed not to see Myley Cyrus in the credits.

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Naut ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

The obvious question is......

at the 30 sec mark, why does the beaver have a torch?

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

Oscar category?

Why, the beaver eatin' category.

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted February 12, 2014

I thought it was a different Bieber?

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

2014's sharknado...I'm excited.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon asserts...

Posted February 12, 2014

Was it the seventies or eighties where we got a whole trailer trash full of schlock films? Has the genre been recreated/reinvented or did it never go away?

The pontoon bit reminds me of that Creepshow short - the raft (i think) by Stephen King? For some reason that freaked me out.

Barnesm puts forth...

Posted February 12, 2014

"Was it the seventies or eighties where we got a whole trailer trash full of schlock films?" what do you mean 70.80s have you seen the movies that Syfy are making?

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted February 12, 2014

ah, no. But i don't remember a scifi channel back in the nineties when paytv was taking off (but my memory could be a bit sketchy over that period . . . ). A mate and I have a running conversation spanning decades about how there wasn't much in the way of scifi/fantasy stuff being made for tv (or movies for that matter) so you had to take what you got. Glad the genre is getting more attention now though. I guess the scifi/fantasy nerds have been growing up getting jobs and disposable income and providing a profitable market. All that D&D back in the seventies/eighties corrupting young minds eventually paid off! : )

Unfortunately i have an issue with the format that pay tv offers so i'm going to miss a lot of that stuff.

Had a look and youboob has the short "the raft" in it's entirety. Hilarious. Although the story has good pedigree - original written by Stephen King and the screenplay by Romero

NBlob reckons...

Posted February 12, 2014

<b>@</b>Simon, I read everything Mr King published in Australia up to the Dark Tower 2. Of all the creepy & the cooky only The Raft & Apt Pupil actually scared me. "Her hair, her hair was in the water." Its probably all in how he ended the sto

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

Looking forward to Asylum's version 'Zombieber'.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted February 12, 2014

Wait a minute. This is clearly a rip off of the French silent classic Castors Faim (1926) directed by the great Albert Capellani and starring Alla Nazimova. I am not going to like this cheap, tasteless remake.

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Posted February 12, 2014

I think you'll find this is a homage to the French classic, updated for a 21st century audience.

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TeamAmerica swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 12, 2014

@Simon- Do Aussies have access to Netflix, Amazon video or the other online video services like CinemaNow, Vudu, Flixter and Viewster? Most tv shows go on Netflix or Amazon within a year of their debut, so pay tv isn't necessary anymore.

A woman's college in Pennsylvania got so annoyed with crude jokes at its expense that its name 'Beaver College' was changed to 'Arcadia University.'

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

No we don't. Well not legally.

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted February 12, 2014

where did this take place...BADGER FKN CREEEK in TASSIE..MAP OF THAT IS!...fkn hell JB. LIKE...WTF MAN, you smokin shit or fkn what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted February 12, 2014

And now I'm fkn OFF TER BED!..Standing on that fkn wall still ya muppoets......REMEMBER THAT!

NBlob mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

You are correct Lord Blarkon. It makes more sense when you read the text through a performance context.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted February 14, 2014

Has anyone ever thought to collate Havock's performance pieces into some sort of stage spectacular? And who would you get to perform them?

"One Million Monkeys presents A Series of Soliloquies with Havock in the FKN Dell ya MUPPETS"

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

i don't know why but this topic just won't get out of my head. I translated a review of this movie from a french site using the ol google translate. Results = hilarious

"In film, the zombie kitchen all the sauces. But if there is one that had never tasted, it is the special beaver. In Zombeavers our friends rodents literally fart a lead to become bloodthirsty beasts."

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

Makes perfect sense to me, mon ami.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted February 14, 2014

This wins the internet.

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TeamAmerica asserts...

Posted February 15, 2014

@Barnesm- Thanks for your response. Do you know why? I'm surprised since, AFAIK, these services are available outside the US. Was some law passed in Oz or the US? Wikipedia says Netflix is "available to viewers in North and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom)"

damian puts forth...

Posted February 15, 2014

It's only indirectly about laws. IP explotiation rights contracts are typically negotiated to apply to specific regions. Traditionally the companies that hold the rights for the Australian market have enjoyed a special capability to charge more. It goes back to the earliest days of British settlement, when you could negotiate exclusive contracts with shipping companies and easily create and maintain monopolies over wholesale and distribution networks. Historically the Australian market has just treated this as part of the cost of doing business and sucked it up. And being part of the environment, the situation would even have been basically Pareto efficient.

It doesn't just apply to IP of course - we still currently pay more for Apple and Dell hardware. But it's especially interesting with IP because the traditional arguements, that Australia is a long way from anywhere and has a small population really are not tenable.

Anyway, it's no surprise that rights-holders are reluctant to relinquish their competitive advantage and the extra margins you can make by keeping the Aussie market a bit captive. Nice little earner for them. It means that companies like Apple, Amazon and other big multinational content distribution networks have a challenge when negotiating access to a market like Australia's. It isn't insurmountable -- obviously, since we can get content from the iTunes store, Apple has found a way. But even the likes of Amazon have stumbled in this space and their attempts at localising are pretty clumsy. And so far Netflix have not found it to be worth their while to fight their way though the IP jungle that surrounds Aus.

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S.M. Stirling asserts...

Posted February 15, 2014

Right up there with "Sharknado".

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted February 15, 2014

Don't you so much as dare to disparage Sharknado by comparing it with this beaver movie. Sharknado is a cinematic masterpiece featuring complex and subtle dramatic irony. And Tara Reid. Who is hot. And not that bright. Which means she might go for a guy like me.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 1, 2014

and there are spoof poster for the academy http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/zombeavers-shoots-oscar-votes-selfmocking-parody-posters.html

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Anchorman 2

Posted December 22, 2013 into Movies by John Birmingham

Took the kids in to see this today, and went with very low expectations. I didn't mind the first Anchorman, but I didn't love it either. It struck me as maybe half a dozen decent Saturday Night Live sketches strung together with more of a thematic link than a narrative one. Appropriate really, since the period in which it was set, the 1970s, was something of a high water mark for sketch comedy cinema. Think Flying High or The Kentucky Fried Movie. Actually, don't think about The Kentucky Fried Movie. It's sort of undermines my whole high water mark thesis.

But Thomas wanted to see the Anchorman sequel, probably because of the amazing job Will Ferrell has done injecting it into mass consciousness over the past couple of months. I let him rent the first movie on iTunes the other day and being an eleven-year-old boy, he loved it. So, what the hell? I figured I'd go with him.

I owe Mister Ferrell an apology for ever doubting his comedic or sequential chops. It is rare of course to encounter a sequel that surpasses the source material and it is all but unique when the source material wasn't that strong to begin with. So little interest did I have in this movie I even broke my own rule about reading reviews before seeing it.

Most of the reviewers seemed to get a few chuckles and consider it worth dropping your dollar for the big screen experience. Most reviewers are morons. This is a really, really good film. It far exceeds both the satiric and narrative vision of its forerunner, working at a number of levels both as a comedy and as a deconstruction of the malaise of the modern news media.

It's funny. Let's just get that settled up front. It's really fucking funny in its particulars, the hundreds of little jokes peppered through the script, and it's funny in the metanarrative of Ron Burgundy's redemption as a harbinger of civilizational decline.

American humor is often critiqued as loud and brash, two-dimensional, as being all tip and no iceberg, but only by morons or a certain type of cultural commentator from the UK, or wishing they were from the UK. In Anchorman 2, Ferrell and his ensemble cast give us a master class in writing and performing comedy with wildly different layers of meaning, intent and sophistication. From Steve Carell's absurdist shihan, Brick Tamland – a tour de force of post-Python silliness which reaches sublime heights in his double act with Kristen Wiig – to Josh Lawson's channeling the animal spirits of Rupert Murdoch there hardly seems to be a school of larfs which doesn't get a look in.

None of this would lift the sequel above the original were not for the obvious care Farrell and Co. have taken with the larger story. This was what I didn't expect, and it's what brings all of the jokes together for an unexpected payoff. Anchorman 2 is not just a scarifyingly talented comedy troupe working through some highly polished zingers. It is a savage takedown of the dumbing down of the electronic news media. This could have been a worthy and ultimately woeful exercise in finger wagging but never once does the script even veer in that direction. The cold cruelty of the judgment is all the funnier for being delivered without potentiousness or fake sentimentality. Not that Burgundy simply reprises his role as a giant joke vending machine this time around. The final triumph is that he manages all of the above while Ferrell's much loved cult creation goes on a genuine hero's journey.

Go see it. You won't be disappointed. And if you are disappointed, then fuck you, you're dead to me.

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Lobes mutters...

Posted December 22, 2013

Do I need to see Anchorman 1 beforehand?

Murphy reckons...

Posted December 22, 2013

Yeah, what Lobes asked.

I'm not much of a Ferrel Fan (oooh, new twit-tah hash-tag) but I think the only work of his that I actually enjoyed was Stranger than Fiction, which actually had some fucking depth to it. Local effects out MK-12 did all of the FX for it and Casino Royale.

Anyway, what Lobes asked.

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Carolyn Cordon would have you know...

Posted December 22, 2013

JB said it's good, that's enough for me.

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John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted December 22, 2013

No, you don't need to. And it might put you off 2

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Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted December 22, 2013

You've convinced me. Please send me 25 bucks for the ticket and I'll need airfares, accommodation and popcorn too thanks.

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Bobby Dazzler puts forth...

Posted December 22, 2013

Massive fan of Will Ferrell - Adam McKay movies

They might not make good movies but they're usually good for a laugh.

This is the big screen equivalent of a slow-roasted dog's asshole.

Halwes reckons...

Posted December 22, 2013

high praise indeed

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Peteb reckons...

Posted December 22, 2013

.. so you say, I say how good was Willie Fennell?

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Peteb asserts...

Posted December 22, 2013

.. so you say, I say how good was Willie Fennell?

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pi puts forth...

Posted December 22, 2013

Ha... I watched Kentucky Fried Movie last night with the Mrs.

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MickH asserts...

Posted December 22, 2013

So its an 'Merica'n' comedy and its not full of bum poo wee fart jokes?

Really?

Murphy mutters...

Posted December 23, 2013

What Mick said, my usual problem with most of what passes for American Comedy.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted December 23, 2013

I bought Anchorman 1 for SWMBO for Christmas so we could watch it again before seeing Anchorman 2.(Don't tell me you don't do shit like that)

We saw it years ago but it didn't 'stick in our heads'.

There is so little comedy coming out of the US now or maybe that's just me.

Expose` and satire.

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 23, 2013

Okay, I'd been put off by the mediocre reviews, but seeing as reviewers are morons and you advise that the movie is actually a multi-layered narrative on the rise and decline of the American fourth-estate (or similar) that is also brilliantly funny, then I'll try to give it a go.

And thanks for dropping in the word shihan.

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Aaron swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 23, 2013

Saw it last night and loved it however I disagree about part 1. It's genius but it's one that takes time to grow on you. So many little details that creep out of the woodwork. I only watch will ferrel comedies when Adam mkay is involved, without him will is a directionless man child.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted December 23, 2013

Good point.

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kepler 22b ducks in to say...

Posted December 23, 2013

Ahhh Kentucky Fried Movie - indeed a high water mark. Catholic High School Girls in Trouble is etched in my memory.

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Aaron swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 24, 2013

The others guys is also pretty good (for that style) and did a nice message about white collar crime without it being forced. During the credits they had facts contrasting the money stolen and sentences for CEOs of Enron etc vs what a poor person gets for stealing a car.

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BigWillieStyle puts forth...

Posted December 24, 2013

Of the many things I genuinely do not understand, the appeal of Will Ferrell ranks Number 1. I'd rather shave a lion with a rusty razor than subject myself to one of his lame, by-the-numbers contributions to celluloid again. Let me guess - in Anchorman 2, he shouts/throws stuff/loses his temper/appears naked or topless at various points. Fkn spare me.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted December 24, 2013

I saw this film and was deeply disappointed. I expected a drama, not a comedy, and much, much more in the way of CGI special effects.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted December 24, 2013

I keep tellin' Ya Paul,

It's the Bill O'Reilly "Shut Up" Movie we saw.

Anchorman is the one with the moustache guy.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted December 24, 2013

Oh. Well, then the jury is still out on Anchorman 2.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted December 31, 2013

Had a movie marathon at 'tight arse' Tuesday

2 movies including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" which is nothing like the original with Danny Kaye. I will have to see that one again and read the story by James Thurber. Great Movie, we both agreed, SWMBO giving it slightly higher than I at an eight.

Anchorman 2 was better than the first(and worth a movie ticket). Lotsa laughs, lotsa cameos and lotsa thinky. I particularly enjoyed the last 'broadcast'. Made me think of Dan Rather and words to this effect, almost verbatim from this 37 second video-

http://rememberbuilding7.org/

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Guru Bob puts forth...

Posted January 2, 2014

Farrell can be hit and miss, but when he is good it is hilarious...

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Murphy asserts...

Posted January 3, 2014

Pretty sure that my friend JB was smoking crack during the scene where Ferrell is smoking it because Mick's foreshadowing is pretty accurate. Instead of fart jokes they've graduated to some pretty low grade, tasteless jokes about race, among other things. It tries to channel the Blaxploitation vibe in a Tarantinoeseque manner and fails miserably.

My only regret during the film, aside from the frequent bathroom breaks in order to restrain the urge to pull an Office Space routine on the projector is that I didn't drink enough alcohol to pass out.

They could have improved it by focusing on the dude who has the condom bar and/or making a film where Harrison Ford's character is the lead.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted January 3, 2014

Oh Murph,

This is the Country where you can sue a 'Motor Home' manufacturer for 'implying' or not explaining correctly that 'Cruise Control' does not mean Auto Pilot.

WTF?

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Splodey Tom

Posted December 12, 2013 into Movies by John Birmingham

This looks cool.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted December 12, 2013

And we're getting another Jack Reacher.

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted December 12, 2013

This movie is the 'Groundhog Day' for those that favour high-tech kill fests.

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Rob has opinions thus...

Posted December 12, 2013

who's the old crusty dude in it? :P

BigWillieStyle asserts...

Posted December 13, 2013

Amen. He looks way leathery.

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WarDog has opinions thus...

Posted December 12, 2013

First film I've wanted to see in a while. Ground Hog day meets Open your Eyes.

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted December 12, 2013

OMFG-

http://www.smh.com.au/world/scientology-officially-recognised-as-religion-20131212-hv5dj.html

Now I can finally marry TOM!

Legally!

Oh praise the Lord, or Lords in this case(Privy Council and all)

I liked Emily in 'Young Victoria' but she seems a little uptight in the flesh.

Oh and 'Looper' with Bruce.

Actually I think I will marry Bruce.

That is a fkn great movie.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12, 2013

Now my wife says I can't marry Bruce.

"There is no God"

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tqft ducks in to say...

Posted December 12, 2013

Power suits & explosions means I can overlook Tom.

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Vir Montis is gonna tell you...

Posted December 13, 2013

Looks pretty good, based off of a really enjoyable Japanese book (All You Need Is Kill) so here's hoping they don't bugger it up

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted December 13, 2013

I think Luke Plunkett over at Kotaku Australia made this observation

"It’s not actually based on a game, I know. But the face masks, the armour, the aliens, the dropships… this is the visual language of the last decade of video games, turned into a Tom Cruise movie."

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted December 13, 2013

Being an aged Hipster, I didn't like Tom Cruise before it was cool. Meh.

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Guru Bob mutters...

Posted December 15, 2013

Outstanding....

actually Oblivion was pretty good too...

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