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  1. That's a good point. The first two movies are much more Peter Pan-ish in their outlook: "don't bother growing up, at least not all the way, because the adult world sucks and is full of monsters and psychos and unfulfillable obligations. Stay childish." But The World's End has very little sympathy for that outlook, pointing out just how exhausting it could be to deal with a manchild like Gary King. (I think switching archetypes and having Frost play the got-it-together straight man and Pegg play the juvenile fuckup was a nice little touch of brilliance.) It closes the door on the Cornetto
  2. Littlefinger has been oddly sidelined for the past couple of seasons, considering that he really was the driving force behind more of the plot's happenings than practically any other single character. Petyr Baelish was the mastermind behind the murder of Jon Arryn, might have had something to do with Robert's death too, betrayed Ned and put Joffrey on the throne, plotted to turn Renly and Stannis against each other to their mutual destruction, convinces the Tyrells to join the Lannisters and help win the battle of Blackwater, prevents Sansa's marriage to Loras, orchestrates the murder of Joff
  3. I know, right? Fucking great shit. GoT is one of the rare shows on television which can occasionally produce a truly unique action scene which doesn't feel like anything else we've seen before, and that long single-take of Jon was my favorite bit in the battle. Although the Spartan-ish pincer move that the Boltons did with the big wall of shields was a close second. Yeah, even though I knew it was coming, that irritated me. The rest of the battle was so much fun with the surprisingly specific focus on the strategy and tactics involved... and rather than come up with a unique finish
  4. Much Ado is one of those films which I think was actively hurt by the behind-the-scenes marketing and gossip. "Joss shot the entire thing in ten minutes with a bunch of his friends in his living room!" does a vast, vast disservice to the unbelievable amount of care which the images were composed. Even aside from the entire Shakespearean and Whedonesque aspects, this is a visually gorgeous film, one of those sadly all-too-rare arguments that we should really have a lot more black-and-white movies still being made. And then the verse itself was handled with a casual competence that you almost
  5. On this one: motherFUCK the critics, they were all a bunch of total goddamned idiots. Macgruber was brilliant and hilarious, the best parody of 80s-style action movies since Hot Shots Part Deux.
  6. I read the first one, and it was painfully awkward and clunky in its prose. The sort of bestseller which made me wonder how the hell that guy's books ever became popular in the first place. The most ridiculous part was where the Franka Potente character goes into an endless monologue, speaking about herself in a hypothetical third-person scenario... and keeps using the word HE as the pronoun describing herself. Just pure fucking incompetence. And using real-world terrorist Carlos The Jackal as the villain in a fictional spy thriller felt exploitative and unearned. As for the movies?
  7. Which is just the strangest damn choice to make. Of all the things they've changed from the books, that one is the least sensical to me. Lady Stoneheart's mere existence is a hugely important deal; but with Beric still hanging around it's pretty safe to say the show is never gonna use her at all.
  8. That's EXACTLY what I was thinking, too. The actress was painfully blatant in mimicking Robert Patrick's body language. And while I actually did like the way Arya managed to win, that whole chase scene was just fucking terrible. It's inexcusable to ask us to buy Arya doing a Jason Bourne parkour chase after she'd been halfway disemboweled in the previous episode, every one of her wounds should've ripped wide open as soon as she made that first jump, let alone the next dozen. And it seemed kinda silly to end with that storyline, when the battle at Meereen was the biggest new storyline and t
  9. I could see his aesthetic kinda working on Jessica Jones. It's much more of a hang-out show with more talking than fisticuffs. Smith just isn't enough of an action director to do the heavy lifting when it comes to the quality of carnage that we now expect from something like Daredevil.
  10. Seems like an odd choice to turn into a show. Mallrats had probably the least-interesting protagonists of anything Smith has ever made; Quint, Brandi, and Rene were all damn'd boring people and Brodie was basically just a beta test run for Jason Lee's later, better work in the same vein. I'm not entirely sure if I'd want to spend ten episodes' worth of time with these guys. Maybe Kev has some ideas on how to make this work, I certainly hope so, but it still feels like one of those "...why the hell couldn't they have done this with Clerks instead?" missed opportunities.
  11. Not quite "universally", The Brown Bunny still has a 43% score over at RT and it was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. And even its biggest detractor upon its debut, Roger Ebert, said in his review that the blowjob scene itself didn't feel gratuitous or exploitive. It really seems to be good ol' Anglo-saxon prudishness at work, an attitude which seems to be the exclusively schizophrenic domain of American filmmaking. Doing real sex scenes never seemed to hurt the careers of those various French actresses from various Catherine Breillat films; then again; even Lars von Trier used porns
  12. It is kind of a weird double standard. Pretend to suck a cock onscreen, and you can get nominated for an Oscar. Really suck a cock onscreen, and then for the rest of your career you're forever branded "that one chick who sucked a cock". Which is awfully weird when you consider how congratulatory Hollywood tends to be towards actors who do real things in movies: stars who really lost/gained massive weight to play a role, stars who really were suffering in extreme environmental conditions, stars who really do their own stunts, etc etc etc. Especially when you consider that R-rated movie scen
  13. Tennessee has actually had a bunch of financial incentives for filmmakers to shoot there for a while now. They've been trying to attract a lot more business for long years, and been moderately successful. For one example, practically every major movie about prison in the last couple decades has been shot in the old state penitentiary there, stuff like The Green Mile and whatnot. It's no surprise that the state government might spend even more to keep a franchise show like Nashville from going under.
  14. Yeah, that was annoying too. "I'm just gonna have EVERYONE be an archer and rain death upon the enemy from afar" is an odd thing for the game to let you do. And once you gain enough points, pretty much everyone ends up having identical powers no matter what. Oh, and I should probably clarify: when I say my least favorite entry of the post-Nintendo franchise", I mean the mainstream entries in the series, not spinoffs or sequels (12 still beats crap like Dirge Of Cerberus and X-2) and not the MMO entries, which I've never played. ...jeez, after all that bitching, I feel like I sh
  15. Yeah. And especially in Braavos; in the books, that city has an entire class of foppish swordsmen who walk around all night looking for excuses to start a duel. Come on, guys, let's face it, that was really Arya getting really stabbed half to death. (Let's just ignore how she mysteriously survives the exact same wounds which killed Robb's wife at the wedding.)
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