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kevin kirby 3 years ago

I'm starting to really hate flixster. Every time I get the idea of uploading a photo (for educational purposes) I begin to be haunted by a sickening feeling. Somebody, somewhere (is it all just in my mind?) is claiming that those pictures constitute an infringement; agreed-upon copyright laws have been violated; damages must be collected.

moonbase4
kevin kirby 4 years ago

Like, I think when I was living with Jim in the nineties, there was, like, a point where I became some sort of web junkie or something, I don't know, but, like, after that it was, like, all the time I had to be online or something so, like, I got these Dell Aximes and tried staying hooked up in coffeeshops or whatnot, and the library too, and still don't have my own dialup and whatnot, you know?

moonbase4
kevin kirby 4 years ago

If I could just get a decent place somewhere, away from the Robbers' Roost Hotel, perhaps I would have DSL in such an imaginary universe.

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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

(2009)
3 years ago via Flixster

I was intrigued, I was mesmerized, I was eagerly anticipating. I waited. I waited. I waited. At the end of nearly two hours and thirty minutes, I felt I had been entertained. Yet, something was missing. Something large. A vague feeling that turned into resentment the more I thought about it. QT, yo. Why you wanna mess with us like this?

Perhaps fifteen minutes of material drawn out to a full length movie, with overlapping and jumping around acts, episodes, sketches telling a story from divergent viewpoints. A simple, pointless, meaningless story, although one which had its moments. A movie that overall did not make a cohesive whole, except on a superficial summarized level. Stuff happened. Most everyone died. World War II has ended in the alternate universe. We've learned something or another about film, war and the human condition. Some brilliant performances, yes. A great movie? Not even an acceptable one. It simply did not work.

The opening scene portends the rest of the story. A situation is set up, one which whets the appetite. Something excellent, interesting, logical and meaningful must be coming up. Two people talk. A battle of wits, vivid imagery, a sense of wonder and complex mysterious interplay. They talk, they talk, they talk. What's going on! Something is afoot! They talk, they talk, they talk. Then bang, what the visitor could have done when he walked in happens, the hidden are massacred. Then, without any reasoning or motive (that real people would have) the survivor is allowed to leave.

Excuse me, what did I just waste the last few minutes watching? This is what later had me upset once I let it sink in and thought about it -- the only reason for any of the nonsense BS between the visitor and the farmer is to show it to the audience. That wasn't people doing something for themselves, this was the director having them do it so we could see it. Could you be a little less obvious about it next time? Or are we simply the proxy by which you're giving the finger to Hollywood?

Something similar happens later more than once (especially the True Romance sequence in the bar) where we take far too long to set up far too simple a resolution. A resolution which only resolves how much the director is producing something in order to cover us with the result. Pick your bodily fluid; let's keep it family friendly and say vomit.

Returning to the first scene, the one that droned on and on and ended pointlessly, remember? The girl that is allowed to escape, the one who just happens to be the only one that survived. She just happens to later succeed in burning a bunch of people to death, including the guys who actually kill the main targets. Rather ironic, certainly. I totally didn't expect the guy she shot to kill her, NOT.

I'm not sure it even deserves one star, but some of it was funny. Even if there was only fifteen minutes of plot.

Van Helsing

Van Helsing

(2004)
4 years ago via Flixster

I reallly enjoyed watching the movie, although it's got a lot of just overall weird vibes from the way they put it together, and it ends kind of abruptly.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

(2009)
4 years ago via Flixster

Sounds pretty good from the synopsis, but the cover makes it look pretty stupid. So who knows.

The Blind Side

The Blind Side

(2009)
4 years ago via Flixster

Could actually be a good movie, but way way way presented as a chick flick and nothing more.

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans

(2010)
4 years ago via Flixster

Looks cool. Makes me wonder though; aren't there any new ideas, do we have to keep dredging up stories from mythology?

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