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  1. Thought I'd give people here a head's up to a great show with, I think, a terrible name. The name, in fact, kept me away from the series and now it's been cancelled, boo hoo. Originally shown on FOX last year, I think, it's about an ex-alcoholic, ex-cop, unlicenced PI and his ex-con partner, set in San Diego. So far so cliche, but the dialogue really sparkles, the chemistry between the lead characters is great, and the stories are rewarding with threads weaving in and out and seemingly incidental things paying off in later episodes - so much so that I've been wondering just how much of the series was written in advance. There are only 13 episodes and I must admit the first didn't grab me, but I kept watching and was definitely rewarded. There's talk of a DVD packed with extras, meanwhile it's available through the usual channels.
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    No, I know it's a real technique, but the execution of is dead on the same in both cases. I've seen Taken and while the scene at the end was similar, it didn't have that hmmm... factor for me. It's like a comic book swipe file and if you'd said "the reason those images look the same it's cause they're both of Wolverine", well, there's a million ways to draw Wolverine, you know?
  3. I thought I would alert people on this board to an Aussie crime flick I'm certain most would like: Animal Kingdom. It won Sundance in 2010 and the lead actress is up for an Oscar this year. It's relatively low-key and focuses on the movements before and after crime rather than the crime itself - but that doesn't mean it isn't full of tension, drama and moments of action. Trailer below, I'm not sure what kind of a release (if any) it's got in the US, but it opens in the UK for limited release this Friday (25/02). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5BsYRmMfus
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    I didn't like the end of the episode only because the shooting scene was _so_ close to a scene in the recent-ish Miami Vice movie. It's a scene that stood out for me in the film - obviously it stood out for the Justified writers too cause I think it was just too close to be coincidence. They don't mention an apricot (as far as I recall), but it's very similar discussion and the perp similarily gets shot mid-word in the following few seconds. I tried to find a clip of it for those who haven't seen it, but all I could find was a YouTube video of someone discussing it under the title "Miami Vice Best Scene".
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    Finally caught the opener and really enjoyed it. There are a few interviews online with Elmore Leonard talking about how much he's enjoyed the series and how faithful it is to his tone and style - to the point where it's encouraging him to write more Raylan Givens stories himself, that is high praise! One of the things I enjoy most about the show is the pacing, which - and I say this from no experience - seems to reflect the pace of life in the South vs the manic pace of shows set in NY. Is Kentucky even part of the South? This Aussie's getting out of his depth!
  6. At least you have a friend page that's semi-open. A few of the "famous" people I know have a very private personal FB profile page, no photo, sometimes even a pseudonym, so that page is reserved only for people they know in real life. I think there's even a setting where you can't friend them, they have to reach out to you. Then they have the fan page that, as you said, has no member limits, anyone can join, through which they send messages, post photos, announce events. They find it easier to manage things that way cause, let's face it, unfortunately the world is full of arseholes. I had a relatively successful musician friend who did as you did and accepted everyone. He stopped that after his wife (also on Facebok) started getting loads of messages from female fans calling her all kinds of things and accusing her of "stealing" their man. (She must have done this through the use of a time machine since they were married well before he 'made it'.) That's to say you're a cool guy and it's great that you accept friend requests as well as having the fan page, but - and you'd know this better than me - there's always going to be people for whom you're never going to be able to do enough, not even if you went to their house painted them a mural, made them a sandwich, and read them a bedtime story.
  7. Watched the trailer for this yesterday and it does look good. Even though I knew Bale was in it, it still took me a while to work out who he was playing. It wasn't until a close up shot that it clicked. That guy can really transform himself for a role.
  8. Would be good to see you there if you are going, mate, especially since I missed SDCC this year.
  9. Watched this last night. Above average revenge flick and I would say that rather than being too short it doesn't outstay its welcome. I like horror films, but I find long and drawn out scenes of gore really boring and the recent trend of "more elaborate + more bloody = better" has left me cold. I appreciated that the director tried to keep this at least semi-realistic. Also, the film would have fallen over without a solid central performance and that was certainly not the case as the lead actor nailed it.
  10. No, he's two levels deep: plane > van > hotel. So he would need a kick on his level as well as the van crashing to jolt him out.
  11. I thought it didn't kick them because they needed a kick in the real world and in the dream - timed with the music. Or in the case of layered dreams a kick in each dream world - so at the end it went snow base explosion > elevator fall > van in the water > (wait for sedative to wear off) wake.
  12. I think that right there is why it's gonna kick arse. When people with an abundance of talent produce their passion project, the results are usually pretty spectacular. Looking forward to seeing this develop more and more.
  13. Excellent film with a very natural set up for a sequel - and a sequel I'm really looking forward to as opposed to my usual reaction of "They made a sequal to that??" The action flowed naturally out of the story, things that were set up early on in the film paid off later, the characters seemed real and, again, character arcs were set up early and paid off later. I thought it was particularly clever the way they mixed CGI and prosthetics and used real South African news footage in some of the scenes. Definitely one I've been recommending to people. Edit to say: One of the things I liked most about the film was that it dropped the viewer right in the middle of a complicated and complete world and let them piece things for themselves rather than filling the screen with needless exposition and repetition the way a lot of films do.
  14. Thanks for the welcome, Tim. Let this be the last we speak of this, but here's a review in its entirety that makes me wanna cry. From http://www.nickschager.com/nsfp/2004/08/spartan_2003_c.html "It’s a bad sign that, three weeks after seeing Spartan, David Mamet’s latest thriller, I can scarcely recall what happens. The president’s daughter is kidnapped and apparently sold into the white slave trade (no, I’m not kidding), and stoic military spook Val Kilmer is assigned to rescue her. But when the government decides to cut its losses and proclaim her dead, Kilmer covertly heads to Eastern Europe to save the young girl. One is supposed to read Kilmer’s heroic decision as a sign that he’s matured into a man who can no longer ignore the humanity of those he’s assigned to save/kill, but since Mamet’s too-stripped-down script doesn’t provide us with a protagonist of any depth or emotion, it’s nearly impossible to care about Kilmer or his courageousness. The writer/director’s trademark dialogue is somewhat diffused by the military setting (which doesn’t allow for enough repartee), although a brief appearance by Ed O’Neil vividly proves that, in the right actor’s mouth, Mamet’s writing has an unmatched cool-as-ice zing. By and large, however, the bland Spartan is barely memorable." I read that I know that what you say is totally right. "Mamet’s too-stripped-down script doesn’t provide us with a protagonist of any depth or emotion" is just a synonym for not being spoon-fed and the film not hitting the same predictable emotional points. The reviewer wishes he could write so much with so little. Let that be the last of that. Great, great film.
  15. There aren't many films I re-watch, but the subtlety and nuance in this keeps me coming back. Kilmer's performance and the words coming out of his mouth are so idiosyncratic it's almost like he's speaking a foreign language. One of the things I love about it (and feel free to argue with me) is that it works only as a film. Seeing that same material in a book or a comic just wouldn't be the same and would, quite possibly, seem ridiculous without the great cast breathing real life into it. It's incredible how many reviews trash this film and Kilmer's performance.
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