Category Archives: Movies

The future looks bright

Talking about animated movies is one of the Things I Like To Do on this blog, and it’s been quite some time since I talked about Don Bluth. So let’s talk about Titan A.E. (2000), the movie that kinda sorta … Continue reading

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Obligatory Star Wars: The Force Awakens post

Warning! Danger! Clicking below the fold will result in the new Star Wars being spoiled for you! Oh no! Avert your eyes! Whatever you do, don’t click!

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Josh watches Mad Max movies

There’s a scene in David Lean’s war epic, Lawrence of Arabia, where the titular character explosively derails a moving train. That moment has a sort of exciting realism to it – because the crew actually blew up a moving train. … Continue reading

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Blowing stuff up in 3D

Jeffrey Overstreet: Whenever there is a major advance in special effects, there tends to be an accompanying blockbuster movie that dazzles audiences by showing of that “groundbreaking” capability. Viewers emerge bug-eyed, astonished, perhaps even speechless. And the film is heralded … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Post

(yeah, lame title, I know) When I rewatched Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Rings some time ago, one of the things which struck me was how quickly to the point of almost feeling rushed the movie was, in spite of … Continue reading

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“You think decadence has declined…?”

I’m not much for quirky comedies these days, mainly because in so many of them the offbeat itself has become the focus. But really, the quirkiness is at most an effect – of the slightly anthropological quality that satire takes, … Continue reading

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So I watched Summer Wars

I wonder how many times they spun the “quirky genre mash” wheel before hitting, “it’s WarGames/Neuromancer as a whimsical romcom/dramedy about family!” Novelty aside, the actual story just dusts off a large collection of hoary tropes, so most of the … Continue reading

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