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August 2009 Movie Roundup.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , on August 2, 2009 by tikimexican

I’ve neglected posting a while so I thought I’d jump back into it. Although I don’t have anything that interesting to report so I thought I’d reach into the generic blogger bag of tricks. After shoving my arm in and picking a topic I thought movie reviews. It’s easy, non-committal, and may be near readable. Either way, here’s some shit I’ve seen recently. Continue reading

Asteroids.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , on July 6, 2009 by tikimexican

In the latest bid-war-victory-news Universal Pictures has won the film rights to asteroids. I remember playing asteroids at a local card shop for at least an hour everyday after school. Apparently I wasn’t playing hard enough to grip the complex storyline that will propel this movie to box office history. In actuality this is probably another attempt by Universal to make a lot of money on merchandise based on the movie. I for one can’t blame them, it’s cashing in on your nostalgia. Continue reading

The Asylum.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , , on June 6, 2009 by tikimexican

If you don’t know what The Asylum is you may be familiar with some of their titles: H. G. Wells War of the Worlds, King of the Lost Worlds, The Da Vinci Treasure, Pirates of Treasure Island, Snakes on a Train, AVH: Aliens vs. Hunter, Transmorphers, and the list goes on. They produce what’s known as mockbusters. Essentially they piggyback on the success of a blockbuster to get more people to watch their films. They tend to be lower budget films that have their own plot and usually some sexy subplot. Continue reading

Adam Elliot.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , on April 28, 2009 by tikimexican

As a fan of film and animation I have a special place in my heart for artists that occupy both genres. Adam Elliot is an Australian artist who is responsible for the Academy-Award winning piece Harvie Krumpet. Recently he completed his first feature length film Mary and Max. I believe it actually opened at Sundance which I think is the first animated piece to open. The first piece I saw was a short called Uncle. This was the first of a trilogy of films about odd family members of his life. The AFI gave him an award for each of the trilogy. Continue reading

I Love You, Man.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , on March 22, 2009 by tikimexican

If you’re like me you wonder what people would look like if you could mash them together. That means both through horrible car accidents, and using photo blending software. One of the best I’ve created was Bruce Campell and Dave Coulier. Unfortunately the resulting picture came to life and named itself Jason Segel. With that shitty intro out of the way here’s a few of my thoughts on this new flick.

The romantic comedy genre is immortal and demonized. Mainly because it’s an obvious ploy to maximize profits while simultaneously minimizing the effort put forth by the filmmakers. Still, it’s an easy way to get couples into seats and it’s appreciated by people who don’t want to invest time or energy on creative dating.

It’s alright though. I got a few cheap laughs and could appreciate the weird metro/mushy friendship Rudd and Segel have on screen. For the most part though, it’s just another cheap popcorn movie. I saw it for free though, so if given the chance to do the same, do it.

Raygun Gothic.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , on March 10, 2009 by tikimexican

I’m a big fan of the old works of Fritz Lang. If you’ve never heard of Fritz Lang hopefully you’ve heard of Metropolis. If you haven’t check the link, if you have I’m focusing in on the set style and architecture of that movie and several like it. When you look at more of the exterior shots or the design of the buildings like the Tower of Babel in the film you can see a good example of what’s called streamline modern architecture which is itself a late branch of art deco. There are lots of elegant and modern elements along with the long curving forms that are good examples of SM. There are also elements that have a distinct futurist feel that are best identified as googie architecture. All three of these styles merit some of your attention on their own but there is so much overlap between the three that most use the catch-all phrase coined by William Gibson Raygun Gothic.

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Watchmen.

Posted in Movies! with tags , , , on March 8, 2009 by tikimexican

Yaawwwnnn. Oh sorry, didn’t see you readers there. I was waking up from a three hour nap from re-watching Watchmen. What a snooze fest! If you’re here from a tag link fora review of the movie let me give you a few tips before going in. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities. Veidt killed the comedian to fake an alien invasion to have everyone stop global hostilities.

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