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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 th
  2. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  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 thing
  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
  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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