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  • Maslow: as the co-protagonist's boss, in most movies he'd be unsupportive and pig-headed. Here he makes a token display of skepticism at the beginning, but after that he's quick on the uptake, cares for her, makes all the right sneaky moves, and arguably does as much as the protagonists to get the thing done. Interpol bosses of plucky investigators are rarely this humane and competent.

  • (I paraphrase) Mika: "They are tracking our scent? Like dogs?" Raizo The Ninja: *makes epic injured ninja pride face* "Like wolves."

  • The fights and training montages are ridiculous, but Raizo The Ninja doing vertical push-ups is surprisingly fine (the fact that he's doing it over a fakir-like bed of nails is also ridiculous, though).

  • ... I've got nothing. I don't know why I keep leaving it as background TV, but I do.

  • Because it's called Ninja Assassin?

The minor gifts of cable reruns

doc savage
Old Europe, devil worshipers, and multiple bibliophilic shady characters fighting each other over an old book.

To use the tumblr idiom, The Ninth Gate is my aesthetic.

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It's been said a lot, I'm sure, but anyway.

doc savage
I think it's interesting that both as a fictional character and as a consumer of fiction, Peter Quill belongs to a pre-grimdark era. He was a kid of the "Space, woo!" age, he quite strongly fashioned himself after his fictional heroes (perhaps not the worst move, considering the literally sci-fictional setting he found himself into), and, as far as we know, he never bothered going back to Earth (even after owning his own ship for who knows how long). So Peter shares with Steve Rogers the fact that he's in a sense from another era (although adding quite a bit of advanced science, so in another sense they are both also "steampunk"); he probably wouldn't enjoy the later Batman movies any more than Steve would.

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Good. Bad. A bit of both.

doc savage
Just watched Guardians of the Galaxy. My subjective reaction: not a ground-breaking towering achievement of any kind, but it was fun.

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damian, 666
Went to the cinema and watched two movies back-to-back: Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Neither of them was mind-blowing, but Edge of Tomorrow was better than I thought it would be, and X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn't as bad as I feared it could be. Within the Watsonian and Doylean constraints of their respective settings, they are well-built movies. Awful failures Bechdel-wise, though.

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Non-spoilery Captain America 2 comments

damian, 666
I like: what they chose to lift from the comics; it was one of my favorite storylines. Also, the Marvelverse is rather tightly constructed in terms of reusing elements and so on.

I don't like: it was kind of ham-fisted.

I wonder: the *impact* on the rest of the movieverse. I mean, Coulson! And I can see how this might set things up for AoU.

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Reason #13582 to move to Sweden

damian, 666
In their new movie rating system, to get an A you need to pass the Bechdel test.

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Cinematographic nostalgia

damian, 666
I'm currently downloading Hudson Hawk or, as I like to think of it, the Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D.-themed heist musical comedy that Bruce Willis starred in.

As far as I'm concerned, the triptych Hudson Hawk/Moonlighting/Die Hard is what Bruce Willis' career was all about (along similar lines, Tom Hanks is, to me, the actor of the stirring inspirational movie Joe Versus the Volcano and the terrifyingly understated psychosexual nightmare that was Big).

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Just saw the second Man of Steel trailer

damian, 666
Spoilery knee-jerk reactions behind the cut.Collapse )

Which leads me to another question: why make an origin movie? If the problem is finding drama, do something with the first Superman/Batman storyline — make Luthor win the US Presidency, set up the moral and political issues, and go with that! Caesar's Ghost, it's not as if there's anybody out there who doesn't know the characters!

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