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July 30th, 2014
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July 23rd, 2014
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July 14th, 2014
08:51 pm

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[film] Stomping Ground
Saw the first screening of Stomping Ground. Filmed locally in 2012, first screening was last night.
Chicago guy and his girlfriend visit her family in rural North Carolina. They go camping / Bigfoot hunting with high school friends of hers. Things go awry.

For an indie micro-budget movie this was significantly better than I expected. Acting, directing, pacing were all good. Recommended if it ever gets distribution.

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July 12th, 2014
11:51 am

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[film] Snowpiercer
We saw Snowpiercer Friday night at the Rialto - medieval great chain of being laid out on a train holding all of humanity left after a global warming cure goes disastrously wrong. An unrecognizable Chris Evans with John Hurt leads a peoples' revolt against Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. French graphic novel adapted by the director of The Host (one of the best Godzilla-esque movies of recent years) and the unsettlingly disturbing Mother. Some great performances, several very cool fight scenes, lots of class inequality and dystopia reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Bioshock Infinite but more much reminiscent of Rollerball in pacing, sequencing, and tone. Recommended.

Come to think of it, I haven't seen Rollerball in years, and I just got the recent and fantastic Blu-Ray transfer recently. Should watch it.

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July 11th, 2014
12:24 am

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Vanishing Point
I have never seen Vanishing Point before yesterday. I have seen many car chase movies: Gone in 60 Seconds, Death Race 2000 and the remake and its sequels, The Cannonball Run, Convoy, Smokey and the Bandit and the sequels, Bullitt, The Blues Brothers, Mad Max, Race With the Devil, Drive Angry, Ronin, and that glorious 90 seconds of screentime that feels like ten minutes of speeding the wrong way on the freeway in To Live and Die in LA - my personal favorite car chase scene of all time. Many others.

Vanishing Point is the Platonic ideal of car chase movies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_Point_%281971_film%29

I should play Driver: San Francisco again - one of the thirteen movie-inspired challenges is from Vanishing Point.

http://thegamershub.net/2011/09/driver-san-francisco%E2%80%99s-film-challenges-the-nostalgic-cinema-they-represent/

Yes, with a white 1970 Challenger.

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July 10th, 2014
12:50 am

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Not quite the correct word...
Promo marketing email received recently: "In a perfect world, companies would be mind-readers that know precisely what the consumer wants and when they want it. But telekinesis is something best left to the X-Men."

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July 9th, 2014
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July 2nd, 2014
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June 25th, 2014
07:18 pm

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There Will Be Doves
Purple Rain opened thirty years ago today. *free association* Purple Rain, Prince, doves crying, doves, John Woo...and now I want a John Woo-directed gun fu ten thousand bullets actionfest starring Prince.

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