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May 16th, 2015
12:13 am

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Let’s go,” says Trent, “and drive down the freeways at unreasonable speeds.” - DKM, The Last Dancer

We have seen Mad Max: Fury Road. Max is very very mad in an "We're all mad here" way. Charlize Theron is excellent. Also, I was going to say the last movie I saw with this much nonstop action was The Raid: Redemption, but on reflection The Raid had more downtime than Fury Road. Highly recommended, will see again.

Also: Favorite job title in the credits for Fury Road (I always watch the credits and there's almost always a unique and surprising job title) is "Score Wrangler", which is now the new job title I aspire to. Think about it: even the soundtrack for Fury Road needed WRANGLING.

Also also: the seven recent Fast and Furious movies, plus playing Ubisoft's The Crew, plus Mad Max: Fury Road is doing bad things to my self-restraint in re building a street-legal brutal beast of a raid mobile.

Also also also: the Fury Road soundstage truck with the bungee corded double-neck guitar and the four taiko drummers made me want to play guitar. That NEVER happens. (I have issues with playing guitar.)

"Your job is to play metal guitar solos for twelve hours a day." "YAY!"

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May 14th, 2015
09:35 pm

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May 6th, 2015
12:26 am

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April 29th, 2015
04:04 pm

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April 27th, 2015
11:57 pm

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White Tiger
White Tiger (2012), a WWII tank movie with a supernatural element, is adapted from the novel The Tank Crewman and was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist."

Summary: a Russian tanker hunts an unstoppable German Tiger tank that is solid white and moves supernaturally like a ghost. There are suggestions that the White Tiger is crewed by dead men, or that it has no crew and is a manifestation of war reminiscent of Fritz Leiber's "The Automatic Pistol". Seriously, it's a WWII ghost tank movie. Solid action scenes.

(My alternate non-supernatural RPG explanation is that the White Tiger is a Castle-Wolfenstein-meets-Terminator time-traveling Laumer BOLO / Ogre cybertank.)

Nice touch with the subtitles: scenes of Russians interviewing Germans have only the Russian translated into English.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Tiger_%282012_film%29

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April 26th, 2015
08:55 am

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Ex Machina
(I describe as) an AI/Singularity-themed adaptation of HG Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau by way of Bluebeard. While not a horror movie, Ex Machina has numerous elements in common with horror films. Recommended.

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April 22nd, 2015
11:40 pm

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April 16th, 2015
08:23 pm

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April 2nd, 2015
12:27 am

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March 31st, 2015
05:38 pm

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countdown to getting a Blue Oyster Cult response 3, 2, ...
"...the badger is actually also a veteran of some kind of unmentioned war, he's very damaged psychologically". Ahem. Seriously, great talk on design fiction.

https://vimeo.com/121072011

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