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    Films

    The HITB reviews are more straight-laced though. It's crazy how accurate they are.
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    Anyone watch the Half In The Bag reviews? It's the guys behind those awesome Plinkett Star Wars reviews. Think they nailed it with Spidey 2, don't think I've ever disagreed with any of their reviews. http://blip.tv/redlettermedia/half-in-the-bag-episode-70-transcendence-and-the-amazing-spider-man-2-6874268
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    Who's watching what on tv

    Oh I did, I really enjoyed the first few series with the original crew of Jack, Tony etc. It was when an atomic bomb with a mushroom cloud went off in LA.....jumped the shark with that.
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    Who's watching what on tv

    24 is too ridiculous, and like Die Hard or even Big Brother, the first one is good, but the concept itself relies so much on being fresh that following attempts are seen as far too coincidental and contrived to be believed. Die Hard's 'regular unlucky cop' John Mclane having a lightning strike him is believable in the first film, pushing it in the second, contrived in the third and ridiculous beyond that. The only one which works properly is the first film, which he is thrown in by total accident and you can believe it completely, it kinda just lands on him and you're totally on board with it. The sequels fail because right away you're thinking "oh come on!". Jack Bauer is even worse. The idea that Jack Bauer not only ends up in these situations multiple times, but resolves them all in precisely 24 hours is utterly laughable.
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    On that! That looks awesome. Watched the Korean film 'Snowpiercer' last night, seen that? It's like an absurdist rant about global class warfare and our petty, meaningless, self-destructive differences. It is utterly ridiculous, it's all about a train carrying the last humans on a frozen Earth that cannot stop moving or it'll freeze. But then, I think it's meant to be ridiculous to kind of drive the message. Like a ridiculous cross between Bioshock, Truman Show, V For Vendetta, directed by Terry Gilliam and written by The Joker. Take it with a pinch of salt, as I think people who hated it were expecting some sort of masterpiece commentary about life and just didn't like or understand the silly, Gilliam-esque parts, which is fair enough. Some are gonna hate it, some will enjoy it, some will love it, but I reckon everyone will remember it.
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    Amazing Spider-Man 2 was OK. Should have been a lot better. The will-they-won't-they aspect to Peter and Gwen fucked up where the movie ends up emotionally. Peter and Gwen don't go through this angsty shit in the comics - that's why what happens in the end so damn tragic. They were meant to be together, Gwen was without any doubt the future Mrs Parker. The movie casts too much doubt over that so the 'event' is robbed of gravity. What also robs it of gravity is the other relationship at play. When this event occurs in the comics it's after years of a bitter personal feud between Spidey and Goblin. Here Goblin turns up for one fight and it's already at this kind of climax. You're talking years of bitter history condensed literally into seconds. The timing felt way off. The actual scene itself was right, but the build up didn't quite have it. This was all down to having the other villain, Electro, taking up a lot of time. For what it's worth I enjoyed Electro but it was the classic comic book movie dilemma of two villains cannibalising each other's worth by simply existing in the same movie together. There's not enough time to do either justice. The music was all over the place. Varied from inspired to complete garbage. Andrew Garfield is a great Spidey. He's actually a better Spidey than Peter Parker. When he's acting with the mask on, that's exactly how Spider-Man is in the comics. Can't get any closer. Rhino was a joke, but he's meant to be. He was always a B-Grade villain since time began. Wasn't comfortable with the changes to Green Goblin. He was CG half the time anyway - just have him turn into Ultimate Goblin and be done with it. Three Green Goblins now, and it's embarrassing that the closest one to the comic was Dafoe's power ranger costume. Winter Soldier kicked it's arse, was far more entertained by that.
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    So I did! Love Shutter Island. Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley on top form in that too. Sucks about Philip Seymour Hoffman. From what I've seen he was the best bit of any movie he was in, hands down. Had an amazing range. Could play a total teddy bear or a ruthless bastard. Awesome actor. And yet Adam Sandler continues to live. There is no God.
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    Super Bowl time, bitch!
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    WWE

    Bubba Ray Dudley powerbombing Mae Young through a table is a haunting image. Along with "The hand" incident.
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    Catch Me if You Can, Aviator, Blood Diamond, Great Gatsby, Inception, Departed, Django, Wolf Of Wall Street.... OK Leo, we get it, you're the best actor of your generation, you can stop apologising for The Beach, it's cool man. Really want to check out American Hustle - any good?
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    I really enjoyed the first Hobbit since the riddles with Gollum was the only bit I remember from the book besides a lot of singing and the barrels. Think Gollum is always the best part so I think it's made me a bit reluctant to see this new one.
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    It's because the protagonist is the most fleshed out and they still achieve things we kinda wish we had the balls to do. Walter White in Breaking Bad, Don Draper in Mad Men, Tony Montana in Scarface they're all tossers but we love them due to the empathy that seeing their journey in a way no other character sees instills in us. We have a unique perspective that allows us to forgive them for their awful actions when no-one else can't or even comprehend. We see the world through their lens.
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    Wow. I don't know what's more depressing - Walt's descent into madness or the world view of his fans. Walt is at least fictional. Maybe it's because for so long people have had fairly classic hero and villain archetypes that they feel the need to root for one team over another, rather than understand the whole thing is a car crash and nobody is going to win, and to judge one character's actions over another is hypocritical in itself because they all have moral failings. That's the genius of the show I guess - to centre it on the sociopath of the group and make you somehow care by making him a desperate man. It's obviously working on some viewers more than others. Walt is a narcissistic manipulative egotistical individual who crawls over absolutely anybody for his own personal gain, and is capable of deluding himself enough to justify the life he's chosen. He clings to mistakes he's made (his old company for instance) and its torn a hole in his soul leaving him with an unquenchable ambition. He's just well written as a real human being. Sociopaths are easier to write and are interesting because they appear to 'achieve' a lot more in more dramatic fashion because they are as you say 'badass' and seemingly more capable of ruthless, aggressive acquisition than those with more empathy, so we wish we were a bit more ruthless and cut-throat like them, because then we'd be richer or whatever. A good sociopath character is wish-fulfilment and grounding in many ways, being a complete thunderc**t is the closest thing you can have in this world to a real super power - it gets you things in this world, rewards are plentiful and consequences are minimal. A lot of fiction (especially movies) stops short of demonstrating the consequences of such selfish douch-baggery but Breaking Bad bothers to go one step further and demonstrate that it's a self destructive personality that needs knocking on the head or it'll ruin pretty much everything in that persons life, including themselves in the end. This personality is exactly what is wrong with the world - as a species we seem to make short term gains but in the long term we are tying a noose. Walt has done that. It's not something I think the writers want viewers to think of as badass, but tragic. He's not a badass, he's just an ass. You can tell Walt blamed Jesse for coming back and getting Hank killed, and he was blaming Skyler for not listening to him. He gets angry when people don't follow his orders and can't see it's his silver tongue that's got him into all of this. He constantly lies to himself, playing the victim, blaming others, when it's mostly his own doing. He blames outward, exploding. It's almost like he's so good at lying that he has viewers convinced he's the hero. I find it much easier defending Jesse's actions. I can't see how people can defend Walt and then say that Jesse deserves to die because he's got a few (understandable) issues. That's just really odd to me. I think Breaking Bad gives a good insight into the personality of those watching it. It's almost like therapy, people project all sorts around it as they go. The abyss looking back and all that... perhaps that's the key to the addiction.
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    Films

    You watched either of them? Star Trek may have issues but no-one can really say it's total shit. It's had a profound effect on culture and technology, inspired generations of people. It has plot holes and production issues but to say it's shit is to say it's worthless - that's just wrong. It's ambition and scope is still something to marvel at. So it's a bit geeky - who gives a shit? Star Trek was never about thrills but questions which is something it is sadly losing as it amps up the explosions and action. Back To The Future - yeah I know it has plot holes - but that's from conjecture or when you start applying another film's logic to it. Most films with time travel fall down when you apply ths rules of one to another. It doesn't actually break any of its OWN rules though, which was my point. Into Darkness did. And yeah Spock does actually ask his older self how to defeat Kahn, like consulting a walk through for a videogame. I do still like the film, but it should have just been a completely clean reboot for a lot of these new ideas to work at their best. It's like they had two different concepts running at the same time - a reboot and a sequel - which left it feeling a bit confused. What would be cool is if Kahn pops up again but as an ally in this reality. In this reality there is no Wrath of Kahn. Isn't Into Darkness meant to be an event which prevents the events of the episode Space Seed (and so prevents Wrath of Kahn) Maybe it'd be better if they just stopped reheating the fan-favourites and get Star Trek 3 going somewhere totally uncharted.
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    FUCK! This is Shakespeare!
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    Yeah must agree. And using cars as cover is such horseshit and must admit I was trying my best to suspend disbelief (a first for Breaking Bad). They're more air than metal, and they're designed to crumple like paper and every bit of material-waste has been culled to the last penny for production. They aren't armoured tanks capable of protecting anything, especially squishy things like humans and especially from bullets fired from those insane guns, which are designed to tear through pretty much anything. If there's holes in the metal then it's safe to say it's made it through the rest of the much-softer parts of the car. Was a bit of a clash there between the realistic trappings of the show so far and conventional Hollywood logic. The realistic thing there would have been a second of gunfire and most if not all of them all going down like sacks of shit. The really realistic thing would have been those automatic weapons in the hands of the Nazis being fired first and downing both cops with headshots/body trauma almost immediately before either cop knew they were even fired. There is literally no way five(?) heavily armed well trained psychopaths at close range wouldn't have made mincemeat out of two exposed, hesitant cops. My heart sank when Hank called Marie and they were smiling about wrapping up the mess once and for all - it just screamed DOOOOOOM! To be honest I thought he was going to get a bullet in the head from a sniper along with his mate, so there's hope. Please don't kill Hank. Don't rate his colleagues chances at all this week.
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    Anyone else confused with the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness? I don't see how the time travel stunt in the first movie can magically transform a certain pivotal character who was very Indian in origin into a very English, very white man. This wouldn't be a problem if these new films were entirely detached true reboots of the old Star Trek, but the presence of Leonard Nimoy's Spock means these films are still actually sequels to everything that Spock-Prime was a part of. Here the characters can now 'cheat' and ask their alternative-future selves how to solve something. The casting of the villain would make sense in a full reboot: a detached clean slate. This fiction, which is reinforced 3/4 of the way in when Spock consults the Spock of old, is broken by the casting of this villain. It makes no sense. Films can be far-fetched as long as the fiction is robust under mild scrutiny, something Star Trek was always good with. The casting of the villain would have been inspired, and would be fine in a true reboot, but in this fiction it's just dead wrong. It's a shame because the villain is the best thing in it. I think going with that time travel nonsense rather than just going with a full on clean slate reboot just raises too many questions like this. Is it a sequel? a prequel? a reboot? Is nuKirk going to look like Shatner one day? Spock obviously turns into Nimoy one day. That's why they cast Zachary Quinto as Spock and not Will Smith. So how the hell does Benedict Cumberbund eventually morph into Ricardo Montalban? Aren't they meant to be the same people at least physically? No? What's going on? How come Chris Pine emulates Shatner but Cumberbatch doesnt emulate his future incarnation? It's annoying. It's one thing or the other. If it's an alternate timeline - they should have cast a young Montalbon lookalike. And having Spock consult old-Spock like a cheat-code for a videogame robs the new crew of the dignity of solving the problem themselves. It immediately makes them appear inferior to the originals (who solved the same problem with their wits) and it insults the intelligence of the protagonists which is not a good way to get the audience on board. Everyone loved Shatner and Nimoy because they solved their problems themselves, earning your respect. Having remnants of old Trek haunts this new stuff and drags it down. It really needs to boldly go somewhere new - and that means properly throwing out these convenient plot contrivances and shitty Deus ex machina's. If its an alternate timeline, they need to stay the hell away from reusing any event or character that would have been completely unaffected by the time travel (such as the origins/race of a character born 300 years prior to said event - the villain in Into Darkness) And they need to not take the audience's intelligence with such contempt quite so much. Just because its a popcorn movie doesn't mean it shouldn't have to mostly make sense. It should always make sense no matter how many pie charts you have that says audiences are too stupid to pick up on things. Back To The Future can have it's fiction tugged and pulled but it still holds together and makes sense when held up to its own rules. When Biff changes the present and makes himself rich and Marty meets his alternate-world mother, she isn't inexplicably all of a sudden black.
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    Would have been slightly better cutting to black just as you see a close-up of a finger pulling a trigger. That kind of firepower wielded by those people at that range would have floored Hank and his pal in an instant, and the contents of the car would have been a Walt smoothie.
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    I think it's still a full body prosthesis - except the hand. It's unclear. Looks like he doesn't have amnesia either, knows who he is right away.. He looks more like The Tick than Batman though Wonder if it'll have reworked Jesus imagery? In the original he is betrayed (by OCP) pinned to the cross (shot in the hand/stigmata) killed (shot in the head) resurrected and then walks on water at the end.
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    Can't wait to see Spader's Ultron. Marvel have been on the ball with casting their characters. Also almost every time anyone has been announced as being cast as a superhero or well known character the Internet has gone into a cynical meltdown. I remember the furore on many a website about actors being cast as comic characters: Heath Ledger (pretty boy!) Anne Hathaway (not sexy!) Tom Hardy (too small!) Chris Evans (he was Johnny Storm!) Daniel Craig (BLONDE?!) Andrew Garfield (too scrawny) and Downey Jr (washed up!) and in every single one of those cases people were made to shut the fuck up because they were all revealed to be pretty damn brilliant in their roles. Now it's happening with Ben Affleck (Wasn't he that rubbish Daredevil?) and the like. It's just a bit sad. How much critical success does that guy need before people cut him some slack? First thing I thought when I heard he was Batman I thought "ooh that's interesting" not "fuck everything!" like most seemed to. Whatever is wrong with these films - it is rarely ever the casting or the choice of the actors that ruin the movie. It's right down at the bottom of the pile when it comes to reasons why a movie sucks. I would count the Star Wars prequels in that too - people blame the actors involved but really when you look at how they were made not even Alec Baldwin (the best actor in the universe) could have saved those films.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBeSfnIT_Bw Hmmm........ Could be good, but looks like the fun/satire and humanity of the original has been surgically removed. Ironic.
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    Breaking Bad (Warning, contains spoilers)

    Awesome. So good. I love it when people think they've found holes but no, they're wrong, the creators were all over that shit. I've just learned to trust it. Will probably get the set when it's all done and rewatch the whole thing.
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