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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (NZ/USA, 2012)

Seen on Peter Jackson’s pet Embassy screen, with all mod cons: high frame rate, 3D, super surround sound speakers, etc. It was groovy. Slower than it needed to be, but not so much as I’d feared. After the first half hour, it felt to me *very* similar in pacing to the LotR films. I’d give […]

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Hobbit Premiere Day

My city is going bananas today. There’s a frenzy of excitement around the premiere of the first Hobbit movie, with the red carpet TV coverage due to begin in an hour or so. There’s also a frenzy of grump as long-simmering negativity finally boils up around such issues as the cultural worth of the movie, […]

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NZFF: Cabin in the Woods (USA, 2011)

Awesome fun, but. A Goddard/Whedon clever-clever horror movie that takes the stereotypical slasher film structure and dismantles it. I fought hard to avoid being spoiled for this film but it turns out I needn’t have bothered, because it pretty much unfolds completely predictably from the juxtaposition set up in the first two scenes. The joy […]

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NZFF: The Imposter (UK, 2012)

Documentary about a family who found their lost son after four years, only it turned out it wasn’t their son at all, it was an imposter. Told from the point of view of the imposter. This is a heck of a story, and it’s easy to see why people have been eagerly talking about it. […]

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Prometheus (USA, 2012)

Mostly awful. More? Okay. Here’s what I put on Facebook and Twitter: Prometheus: I really liked it! Except for whenever any character said or did anything. Or when the film explained anything at all, Or when it linked to or referenced any other movie. Apart from that it was great! (The visual experience was wonderful, […]

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Dune & Doctor Who

Two interesting projects have come to light today, both on the Bleeding Cool news website. They are both ideas I have talked about several times in the past: “someone should do this,” I have said. Now someone is. The first is a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s aborted 1970s film adaptation of Dune. I learned about […]

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The Muppets (2011)

Cal & I were lucky enough to get a few hours to ourselves, and decided to check out a film. Our options gave us a pretty stark choice, and we opted for The Muppets over Lars von Trier’s (supposedly fantastic but probably a wee bit depressing) Melancholia. This was a good call. It’s a great […]

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Alien Prometheus

All right. I am about to indulge in some full-throttle nerdery. I’ve been watching over the last 3 days the trailer-trailers for Prometheus, the new science fiction film from Ridley Scott. It is set in the same world as his hugely influential film Alien. The trailer-trailer displays a continuity of physical design, with people in […]

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Wampa!

Did Lucas ever invent a word with a more pleasing sound than “Wampa”? For a competition now in progress, my buddies Jon and Jarratt chose to recreate the Wampa cave sequence from Empire Strikes Back. It is grooovy! Check it: Give them some likes and stuff over at the YouTube page. EDIT EDIT: here’s the […]

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White Man’s Akira

Don’t worry folks, even though lots of really big things in the world are going wrong, there’s still room for some very small things to go completely wrong too. The script for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures live action adaptation of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo‚Äôs 6-volume graphic novel Akira has been sent to a short list […]

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