Feb. 25th, 2009

Music rec

Feb. 25th, 2009 11:20 am
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Hey [livejournal.com profile] conradin, you should check out Jaga Jazzist if you haven't already. Really good electronic/jazz that's similar in places to Amon Tobin. The album I've heard is called A Livingroom Hush. I reckon you'd really like it.
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So, I'm on a "2008 in Film" panel at SwanCon, so I'm going to try to watch all the big releases I've not yet seen (as well as a couple of interesting looking small-release films) before the con. This is the list I've managed to put together so far:

SEEN:
TCoN: Prince Caspian
Jumper
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Indiana Jones & tKotKS
The Incredible Hulk
Cloverfield
The Forbidden Kingdom
Speed Racer
The Eye (US Version)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
X-Files: I Want to Believe
Hellboy 2
Wanted

NEED TO SEE:
Spiderwick Chronicles
Wall-E
Penelope
Kung Fu Panda
The Happening
Diary of the Dead
Stargate: The Ark of Truth
Sleep Dealer
Hancock
Synecdoche, NY
City of Ember
The Mummy 3

Have I missed anything? To go on the list, it needs to be released in Australia during 2008, sf/fantasy/horror/spec, and preferably limited to theatrical releases. You can mention non-theatrical stuff if you want, but limit that only to stuff you thought was really good, as there's boatloads of shitty straight-to-dvd stuff that I'm obviously not going to bother with in such a short timeframe, and that nobody attending the panel would care about anyway.
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Something I've been thinking about recently...

I'm getting tired of comic book movies (and I suppose sf-action in general) where there's no key villain for the first 90% of the film, so they create one at the end using the following formula:

1) There's a kinda morally corrupt (if not just plain evil) character who's been lingering throughout the film so far. The film may have made a poor attempt at making him look like a good guy so that the writers can go "Ooh, twisty!" when...
2) ...he attempts to use the same technology that is responsible for the hero's power.
3) It goes horribly wrong, he becomes PURE EVIL.
4) He and the hero have a rushed, climactic fight, because the writers didn't know how to end the movie without having the hero punch something big for ten minutes.

With the questionable exception of setting up a main villain for the sequel (in which case the climactic fight scene isn't really necessary) it strikes me as a really boring and unimaginative way to end a film. And it's resulted in a couple of films I otherwise really liked having kinda underwhelming finales.

What do YOU think?

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