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Old April 26 2013, 05:32 PM   #211
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Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2 - Theater - I went to the Fantom Events showing of Star Trek: TNG Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2. I thought for sure that I would be the only person in the theater but I was presently wrong. Their was an actual good size crowd, I would say more then 50 people. The night started off with trivia and pictures being shown on screen. Then the presentation started with the new documentary on Best of Both Worlds. Then the episodes, followed by bloopers and out takes from the episodes and it finished with a preview of the release of Season 4 of TNG. I was a bit sad we didn't get an exclusive clip or trailer for Into Darkness but that's okay.

Seeing it again made me realize exactly how great these two episodes were. I often vacillate between which are the best episode of TNG and I think for me that seeing this again has put that to bed, for me for awhile anyway. With everything going on in the episodes you kinds forget about all the character development that actually happens in this episode. Everyone remembers Elizabeth Dennehy from the episode but George Murdock was great as the Admiral. While I liked Jonathan Frakes, I was never really a fan of Riker. However revisiting these episode has given me a new appreciation for his work. I think he really did the heavy lifting in these episodes and he was up to the task.
Indeed. I saw it in Burbank last night. I think my favorite thing about the experience was when we all (the audience) would laugh or cheer at the "moments" when we always have over the last 22 years. The theater lit up with applause when Data and Worf recapture Locutus and the camera cuts to Riker's smug grin.

Shelby got a few good laughs, as did her interaction with Riker on numerous points.

All in all, a much better experience than the Fantom event I went to last fall for the season 2 preview.
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Old April 26 2013, 06:14 PM   #212
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Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2 - Theater - I went to the Fantom Events showing of Star Trek: TNG Best of Both Worlds Parts 1&2. I thought for sure that I would be the only person in the theater but I was presently wrong. Their was an actual good size crowd, I would say more then 50 people. The night started off with trivia and pictures being shown on screen. Then the presentation started with the new documentary on Best of Both Worlds. Then the episodes, followed by bloopers and out takes from the episodes and it finished with a preview of the release of Season 4 of TNG. I was a bit sad we didn't get an exclusive clip or trailer for Into Darkness but that's okay.

Seeing it again made me realize exactly how great these two episodes were. I often vacillate between which are the best episode of TNG and I think for me that seeing this again has put that to bed, for me for awhile anyway. With everything going on in the episodes you kinds forget about all the character development that actually happens in this episode. Everyone remembers Elizabeth Dennehy from the episode but George Murdock was great as the Admiral. While I liked Jonathan Frakes, I was never really a fan of Riker. However revisiting these episode has given me a new appreciation for his work. I think he really did the heavy lifting in these episodes and he was up to the task.
Indeed. I saw it in Burbank last night. I think my favorite thing about the experience was when we all (the audience) would laugh or cheer at the "moments" when we always have over the last 22 years. The theater lit up with applause when Data and Worf recapture Locutus and the camera cuts to Riker's smug grin.

Shelby got a few good laughs, as did her interaction with Riker on numerous points.

All in all, a much better experience than the Fantom event I went to last fall for the season 2 preview.
One of the things I noticed last night which I always took for granted is the facial expressions really lit up the screen. Maybe it was the atmosphere of the theater, but a simple scene of Shelby giving Riker the Stink eye after he said "The Borg have the ability to Adapt Commander" was awesome and people reacted to it. I also got a little emotional at the end when Picard, about to drink the tea, put it down and looked out the window.

I've seen this episode so many times, but with the remastering and the theater experience, it really did feel like a feature length film. I'm still not considering buying the special set (I like the original version with the full music intact and the "To be Continued") but it was a great experience.
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Old April 26 2013, 06:25 PM   #213
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^Yeah, that was kind of abrupt how they cut out the cliffhanger sting at the end of part one. I'd be fine with the season 3 and 4 sets, but I might get the feature version if the features are decent.
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Old April 27 2013, 12:17 AM   #214
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Saw Pain & Gain. I am a bad, bad perso---I laughed.
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Old April 27 2013, 04:51 PM   #215
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62. The Last House on the Left (✩✩✩) - DVD - Pointless for the first hour but really got good in the second, then it had a weird and twisted ending. Not a bad outing actually. Some scenes may be disturbing though.

63. Womb (✩✩✩✩) - Download - The copy I had was titled "Clone". Apparently this is what it was titled for the UK release. It's about a young woman who loses her boyfriend and decides to impregnate herself with his clone. Stars Eva Green and Doctor Who's Matt Smith. It's a slow movie with little dialog but it will leave you thinking and looking up discussions to see what others thought. And in doing so, you might find out that you missed a few things. Check it out. It's a nice piece of "what if" scifi drama.

Theatre: 8
Blu-ray: 6
DVD: 16
Live TV: 12
Download: 20
YouTube: 1
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Old April 27 2013, 07:18 PM   #216
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41. Mulan (A-)

To date the last really great Disney animated musical, in terms of the music, at least (Princess and the Frog and Tangled were both strong films, especially the latter, but musically neither was terribly interesting) -- even the more minor songs are memorable. This is also one of the last movies where Eddie Murphy was funny. I didn't see this one in theatres when it came out (though I remember the music videos that used to aire for the soundtrack airing on TV at the time), but first watched it online some years later. It looks great on Blu-ray.

42. Pitch Perfect (B)

Last year's cult hit film for teens/young people, particularly women (and featuring a poster that was a pretty transparent attempt to rip off Bridesmaids, including the presence of one castmember). The musical sequences are superb, and the film has a winning sense of humour. The main thing holding the film back from being a really great example of the genre is the characters' serious sides, which never really come across as more than perfunctory.

Cinema: 9
Home Video: 31 (+1)
Computer: 2 (+1)
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Old April 28 2013, 06:47 AM   #217
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Old April 28 2013, 04:20 PM   #218
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65. Smashed (✩✩✩✩) - Download - A young married teacher battles her drinking problem. Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. It's a good movie along the lines of Flight, and Winstead is great in it, but she didn't quite pull off her drunken tirades. Still, check it out. Here's the trailer… Unfortunately, it doesn't do the movie justice and makes it look more like an offbeat comedy, but it's a glimpse.



Theatre: 8
Blu-ray: 6
DVD: 16
Live TV: 12
Download: 22
YouTube: 1
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Old April 28 2013, 07:26 PM   #219
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43. Schindler's List (A+)

Finally released on Blu-ray this year for the 20th anniversary. Spielberg's epic story of one man's moral awakening is one of his most impressive works. One difference on this viewing is that, since the last time I saw it (which was probably back in about 2005), I've read Schindler's Ark, the book this was based on, which makes for some interesting comparisons (the "girl in the red coat" is actually something repeatedly emphasized in the book, for instance).

Cinema: 9
Home Video: 32 (+1)
Computer: 2
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Old April 28 2013, 09:55 PM   #220
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Academy Award Consideration Screeners:

Silver Linings Playbook
Les Miserables
Flight
Promised Land
Looper
Skyfall
The Dark Knight Rises
Wreck-It Ralph
End of Watch
Lincoln
Django Unchained
Argo


At the Theater:
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Django Unchained
A Good Day To Die Hard

Phantom
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds

Netflix DVD Rental:
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: First Class
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sherlock Holmes
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Legend of Zorro
Terminator Salvation
Love and Other Drugs
W.
Emma
Quantum of Solace
Insomnia
The Incredible Hulk
The Avengers
Wonder Woman
Iron Man
The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn, Part II
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Old April 29 2013, 04:09 PM   #221
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35. Superman/Shazam: Return of Black Adam: A-
36. Batman: Year One: B
37. Batman/Superman: Apocalypse: A+
38. Superman vs The Elite: B+
39. Justice League: Doom: A

A great telling of a variation on the story of how Batman's plans to stop the JLA are stolen and used by a foe of the League. Great voice casting, animation and pacing. Another top quality movie length Warners DDVD release. If it had one flaw it was that they glossed over the groups response to Batman having his plans. It was addressed but briefly. Felt this should've been played out a bit more.
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Old April 29 2013, 11:52 PM   #222
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Updates in Bold:

Asura (4)
Batman: The Mystery of the Batwoman (7)
Bleach Movie 4: Hell Verse (9)
Blood-C: The Last Dark (6)
Broken City (7)
Bullet to the Head (7)
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (7)
Dead Man Down (8)
Dragon Lord (6)
Evangelion 3.33: You Can [Not] Redo (9)
Fafner: Heaven and Earth (8)
Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Pheonix (8)
Gangster Squad (8)
GI Joe: Retaliation (8)
A Good Day to Die Hard (7)
The Grey (8)
Hoshizora Kiseki (7)
The Illusionist (10)
The Last Stand (8)
Library War: Wings of Revolution (9)
Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd (9)
The Man With the Iron Fists (6)
Metal Skin Panic: Madox 01 (6)
Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion-Theatrical version (9)
Niji-iro Hotaru (Rainbow Fireflies) (9)
Oblivion (8)
Olympus Has Fallen (8)
Operation Condor (7)
Operation Condor 2: Armour of God (5)
Parker (8)
Rurouni Kenshin (2012) (8)
Tripping the Rift: The Movie (6)
Tucker and Dale VS Evil (6)
Twin Dragons (7)

Current Total: 34
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Old April 30 2013, 01:47 AM   #223
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The Buddy Holly Story - free admission
Trekkies 2 - Netflix Instant
Machete Maidens Unleashed! - Netflix Instant
Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore - Netflix Instant
Wrong - free admission
Winnebago Man - Netflix Instant
Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out - Netflix Instant
Pocahontas - Netflix Instant
Barbarella - Netflix Instant
Girls Gone Dead - Netflix Instant
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder - Netflix Instant
Bill Burr: Let It Go - Netflix Instant
Jim Gaffigan: Mr Universe - Netflix Instant
Stolen- Netflix Instant
Jurassic Park 3D - free admission
Faire: An American Renaissance - free admission
Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either - Netflix Instant
The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie - Netflix Instant
Doctor Detroit - Netflix Instant
C.H.U.D. - Netflix Instant
Evil Dead (2013) - free admission
Bully - Netflix Instant
Trance - free admission
Bye Bye Birdie - free admission
Rise of the Zombies - Netflix Instant
In Time - DVD
The Place Beyond the Pines - free admission
42 - free admission
Leviathan (1989) - Netflix Instant
The Conversation - Netflix Instant
London's West End: Great Expectations - free admission
Oblivion - free admission
Upstream Color - free admission
Cars 2 - Starz on Demand
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds - Fathom Events
Anonymous - Starz on Demand
Year of the Dragon - free admission
Heaven's Gate - free admission
Mud - free admission

Went over to the Ritz yesterday for a Michael Cimino double feature. First up was YotD in 70mm, a copy of it that was owned by one of the Drafthouse film programmers. Mickey Rourke plays a racist Vietnam War veteran assigned by the NYPD to Chinatown. John Lone played the main villian who uses bloody tactics to take over the triad.

I thought it was an okay movie, not great, but not terrible.

Followed that up with a restored print of H'sG, the film that destroyed United Artists. And that was a terrible fuckin' movie, and only made worse by its three & a half hour run time.

Dear lord, that movie dragged on!!!

Came into work early today to see Mud before my shift.

I liked it. Its a good drama with a good cast, well worth checkin' out.

May try to get to the Village for a couple of movies tomorrow, since they're showin' To the Wonder and Graceland.

I got passes in the mail today for Iron Man 3 3D, but gave 'em to a coworker, since I have to work tonight.

Ah, well...I'll see it soon enough.
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The Buddy Holly Story - free admission
Trekkies 2 - Netflix Instant
Machete Maidens Unleashed! - Netflix Instant
Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore - Netflix Instant
Wrong - free admission
Winnebago Man - Netflix Instant
Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out - Netflix Instant
Pocahontas - Netflix Instant
Barbarella - Netflix Instant
Girls Gone Dead - Netflix Instant
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder - Netflix Instant
Bill Burr: Let It Go - Netflix Instant
Jim Gaffigan: Mr Universe - Netflix Instant
Stolen- Netflix Instant
Jurassic Park 3D - free admission
Faire: An American Renaissance - free admission
Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either - Netflix Instant
The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie - Netflix Instant
Doctor Detroit - Netflix Instant
C.H.U.D. - Netflix Instant
Evil Dead (2013) - free admission
Bully - Netflix Instant
Trance - free admission
Bye Bye Birdie - free admission
Rise of the Zombies - Netflix Instant
In Time - DVD
The Place Beyond the Pines - free admission
42 - free admission
Leviathan (1989) - Netflix Instant
The Conversation - Netflix Instant
London's West End: Great Expectations - free admission
Oblivion - free admission
Upstream Color - free admission
Cars 2 - Starz on Demand
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds - Fathom Events
Anonymous - Starz on Demand
Year of the Dragon - free admission
Heaven's Gate - free admission
Mud - free admission
To the Wonder - free admission
Graceland - free admission

Went up to the Village for a double feature today.

First up, TtW, which I did not realize would be subtitled. There are four main characters, one of whom doesn't have much interaction with the others, and its a very quiet movie. The subtitles come from the inner thought voiceovers of the four characters, and since one of them is French & the other Spanish, translations are on the screen.

They also have the most to think about.

Any dialogue exchanged between the characters seems almost inconsequential.

Its a very pretty movie to see, but there's no real plot to it. Guess its just goin' for slice of life, or something...

Followed that up with the latest from Drafthouse Films, Graceland. A Philipino politician is caught up in a sex scandal, decides to blame his driver, and on the same day he fires the driver, there is a kidnappin' involvin' the driver and the daughters of the driver & the politician.

Was kinda surprised how it all turned out, in the end, and since the sex scandal involves underage girls, it got disturbed for awhile, too.

But, ya know, I'd say this and last year's Bullhead are the two best movies Drafthouse Films has distributed, so far. Pretty sure I've seen all of 'em, too, except for Four Lions, the first one.

That wraps up the "new to me" movies I've watched this month. Got a plan to head out later today to see Olympus has Fallen, which I've been puttin' off, but its the last day for me to see it for free. May see The Big Wedding while I'm there, too...or maybe Pain & Gain.
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