30 May 2013

At the movies: Heaven's Gate.

Yes, it's more than three and a half hours long. Yes, it's the movie that ended the era of studios giving directors leeway, power, and the benefit of the doubt. And yes, you should see it if at all possible.

23 May 2013

At the movies: Furious 6.

Prepare for the onslaught. Furious 6 is going to kick the ass of most things this weekend; perhaps your ass will be one of them. I want more Gina Carano versus Michelle Rodriguez. If you aren't intrigued by this combination, watch the trailer... I'll wait.

Yeah, so get ready.

22 May 2013

Some thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness.

I am fortunate, because I have an editor and venue that is interested in hardcore Trekkie thoughts. Take a look, if you're inclined to dig deep (by which I mean Arex and M'Ress, a defense of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Klinzhai realness, and why Hollywood considers Wrath of Khan to be some kind of sacred ur-text). I welcome your thoughts, provided you're not just trying to be a jerkface.

I also made a point of not getting into my usual #1 Star Trek complaint (the abandonment of the Deltans in favor of their community college equivalents, the Betazoids), because the bald female navigator in this film (Ensign Darwin, as credited in the cast list), while she may not supposed to be Deltan, that is certainly the visual impression she gives. That she is an actress of color is even more awesome, because it's about time Paramount gave us some IDIC in action.

Also, here's a link to my take on the 2009 Trek, just to acclimate yourself to my perspectives. Cumberbatch is lightyears better than Bana, that is for damned sure.

02 May 2013

At the movies: The Lords of Salem.

Currently winding up far too small of a theatrical release, you may be fortunate enough to catch this weird, majestic film in a theatrical location. It's a major leap for Zombie, and I can't help but love it. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see what happened with some of the other subplots from the book, but I haven't been this pleased with a horror film in a long time. Have a read of my extended thoughts over at the Scene, and then see the film.