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hard. core.

Films by people who make films, for people who enjoy watching them

I've been trolling the Apple Trailers site recently and it looks like there are some interesting movies making their way towards us.

For the fantasy buff:
1. At the top of my list is The Fall which looks like it will be somewhere between Titus and Baraka. Lee Pace (The Piemaker from Pushing Daisies) plays a wounded stuntman who befriends a little girl while in the hospital. The magnificent tale of adventure he tells her bleeds into reality when it turns out it's a ploy to get her to end his life. Or so it seems...

There are some absolutely beautiful, surreal images on the website.

For the neurotic music enthusiast:
2. Every time I watch the trailer to Four Minutes I feel a woosh of emotion. Maybe the film won't sustain it throughout, but I like the energy. Music, murder, madness, nazis...I think it should be an interesting ride.

For thrill(er) seekers:
3. Mother of Tears might be interesting too. I giggle a little bit when a movie about witches takes itself seriously, but..this might just be creepy.

For people who sometimes like to laugh:
4. This just looks funny. Plus I think I'll get off on watching Steve Coogan hide his British accent.

I will also be keeping an eye out for Glass (yes, as in Philip*), Water Lilies, and Tropic Thunder (yup, that's Robert Downey Jr. in blackface...*whispering* aaawesome).

*In case you don't watch the trailer, there is a hilarious (well, if you know his music) joke at the end:

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Media Overload..Media Overload..Media..Over..over..load. M-M-Media Over... Attention: System Failure

Recent circumstance* have induced me to watch a ridiculous number of movies in the past week. Old Favorites, new jems and utter crap. I watched it all.

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Whew. I particularly recommend Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Harakiri.

*1. I was sick as a dog over March break, and 2. work bores the hell out of me.


I also made some additions to my music library. On one of my voyages to Torrent World I snagged the “Gothic-Industrial Tribute to the Smashing Pumpkins” Not really sure what to make of it; these are not bad covers, by any means, but neither are they spectacular. It’s just so hard to add something to an original song. In my opinion, Pig does it best with 1979. The Rosetta Stone and Guenter Schulz offerings aren't bad, either. (Contemplating heading to Toronto to catch Les Pumpkins at the Virgin music fest along with Bjork…Maybe others are interested aussi? Ticket just went on sale.)
The newest Angelspit, Krankhaus (not bad), and a Dick Dale compilation (fantastic) rounded out the set. Angelspit is a little cheesy but I enjoy their energy and the female vocals. As for Dale, the undisputed “King of the Surf Guitar”, when we were in New York last year, we missed the chance of seeing him at CBGB and I have nothing but regret..

Full Pumpkins Tribute, some Angelspit and Dick Dale selections uploaded to Mp3Munday.

_watchtower_ goes to the movies!

It’s been a boffo couple of weeks at the theatre: Pan’s Labyrinth last Wed., then Children of Men and Smokin’ Aces a couple of days ago.

As I’ve already said, Pan’s Labyrinth is a must see. It’s beautifully shot, very well acted and the writing makes it shine as both a period piece and believable fairytale. There are some much needed musings on human evil, wonder and hope in that film.

Children of Men didn’t let me down either. It’s a high-adrenaline, politic-y bit of social commentary somewhere between V For Vendetta and 28 days Later. And as realism should be, there’s humor mixed in amongst the spatterings of mud. Oh. And great, great music.

Smokin’ Aces, was less impressive, but not a waste of an evening, either. Piven is awesome as a cracked-out self-centered lounge bastard. The cast of assassins is pretty impressive (pretty hilarious too), and Ryan Reynolds..well, heh, is he ever hard to watch? ;) It was unbalanced, though, and a little too abrupt in parts. Not as good as I was hoping it would be..

Laaaastly, the trailer for The Hills Have Eyes 2 is out and has been haunting me with that creepy post-country tune, which I just found out is Insect Eyes by Devendra Barnhart.

Here it is. Enjoy.
the dream king

Take an evening and..

..see Pan's Labyrinth.

And long, as I did, for those extra few minutes of darkness that theatres used to allow you to compose yourself in.

It's a beautiful, dark, moving film...
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You watch movies, right? Well, then this should be funny to you.

M sent me this link to movie clichés that should die! If I’d been drinking something, I would’ve spit it out. As it is, I had trouble breathing through the laughter.

A couple of my favorites:

7. The elaborate hacking-through-a-virtual-world scene
These scenes desperately want you to think that OMG HACKING LOOKS AWESOME!!! That hacker is so skilled! He can navigate through the mainframe's virtual world and find the little hidden box he needs to click on! Bravo, hacker. Bravo.
As seen in: Antitrust, Jurassic Park, Swordfish, Hackers
Why it's lame: This is what real hacking is like: Type type type. Type type. Type. It's a bunch of lines of code, and it's a terribly uninspiring interface. Visual interfaces are for old ladies who need to drag and drop a ginormous image of their dog Muffins to a folder. They're not used by any remotely good hacker. But since realistic hacking is too boring by Hollywood standards, we're subjected to faux-cool "virtual" hacking. Bleh.

19. Unnecessary repetition
In case you didn't hear it once, the character will take the liberty of repeating one or two lines of the sentence for emphasis. How thoughtful!
As seen in: Babe ("That'll do, pig. That'll do"), Showgirls ("For this! This!"), An Officer and a Gentleman ("Cuz I got nowhere else to go! I got...nowhere else to g...I got nothin' else!")
Why it's lame: Yeah, we heard you the first time.

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Mmmm, Gaiman...

I found this article nestled in the pages of Neil Gaiman’s weblog. It’s from The Times (that’s UK, kids, not NY) and anyone interested in adapting comics to film or Gaiman’s recent oevrrrre, Mirrormask might enjoy reading it:
It’s not always who draws wins

As a teaser, this little quip from Alan Moore, eccentric literary genius:
“Before that I naively thought that you could have the films of my work on the one hand, and my actual work on the other, and for them both to exist but have nothing to do with each other. But I realised then that there was nothing to stop people making damaging claims, like I was getting ideas from American movie writers. I was cross-examined on a video-link for ten hours. Ten hours! “Besides, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was, by all accounts, a piece of s*** that cost $100 million, which is probably the budget of an emergent Third World nation. You are beginning to cross ethical lines there.”

What a guy...

Well you wonder why I always dress in black

Why you never see bright colors on my back

And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone

Well there's a reason for the things that I have on

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down

Livin' in the hopeless hungry side of town

I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime

But is there because he's a victim of the times

I wear the black for those who've never read

Or listened to the words that Jesus said

About the road to happiness through love and charity

Why you'd think he's talking straight to you and me

Well we're doin' mighty fine I do suppose

In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes

But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back

Up front there oughta be a man in black

I wear it for the sick and lonely old

For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold

I wear the black in morning for the lives that could have been

Each week we lose a hundred fine young men

And I wear it for the thousands who have died

Believin' that the Lord was on their side

I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died

Believin' that we all were on their side

Well there's things that never will be right I know

And things need changin' everywhere you go

But till we start to make a move to make a few things right

You'll never see me wear a suit of white

Oh I'd love to wear a rainbow every day and tell the world that everything's okay

But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back

Till things're brighter I'm the man in black.
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I was going to write a bitter post entitled, "Things I hate about living with ***," but I decided I don't feel that negative today, so I'll submit a summary of "Things I loved about this past week."

Started off with a great second New Year's with dawnrosemaryx at Andrew's. Playing all the old doowop we could find on the jukebox and being more successfully creative than I have been in months.
An awesome trip to Eva B followed MUCH later the next day.

Watch out! I am heavily into the 50's right now...

I then went home from Mon. to Wed. and was reminded of how much (and why) I love my parents.

Actual conversation:

Me: There's this movie I borrowed from Jessie, I think I might watch. It's by Sam Raimi.
Dad: I saw a movie once, I think it was by Raimi, about a man who had a normal life and job, but then suddenly wakes up in the past...
Me: Was it Army of Darkness?
Dad: ...and has to battle monsters.
Me: That sounds like Army of Darkness.
Dad: I think it might have been called Army of Darkness.
Me: (hesitantly) And did you like it?
Dad: Yes! I was surprised; I liked it a lot.

We then proceeded to watch Bruce Campbell kick dead-ite ass. I love my dad. This experience was second only to our Battlestar Galactica marathons.

We also watched, The Wrong Guy with Dave Foley and half the rest of Canada (and which I highly recommend).

Then mum and I spent the following day wandering around St. Annes, shopping and drinking tea. Many humorous, revealing stories were exchanged. She once dated the brother of The Pointer Sisters!! (In fact she was with him the night she met my dad...)

Happy moments used to evoke unbearable saddness in me. Someow this doesn't happen anymore and I'm just enjoying things as they are..

Even this beer that's almost too warm to drink...