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The Village Voice: Film: Anime Sequel Philosophizes Amid Shoot-Outs and Cyborgs by J. Hoberman
Topic: Movies 7:57 pm EDT, Sep 16, 2004

] As gloriously impenetrable as its title, and even more
] visually spectacular than its precursor, Mamoru Oshii's
] new anime - Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - can
] be most simply described as an animated film noir
] populated by existential cyborgs.

Opens friday...

The Village Voice: Film: Anime Sequel Philosophizes Amid Shoot-Outs and Cyborgs by J. Hoberman

CityBeat Film Reviews: Sky Captain
Topic: Movies 12:11 pm EDT, Sep 15, 2004

] Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow is a nearly
] picture-perfect blend of stylistic sense and
] sensibilities of the bygone era of movie serials.

When I first saw this I was really suprised by the strangeness of it's vision. Its really what someone in the 30s might have imagined the future would be like. I was worried, based I guess on the way it was marketed, that it might be an interesting world filled with recycled hollywood crap, but it turns out the critics seem to like it. It might not suck...

CityBeat Film Reviews: Sky Captain

The Resurrection of 'Donnie Darko'
Topic: Movies 10:17 am EDT, Jul 22, 2004

On Friday a director's cut of "Donnie Darko" will open in New York.

To prevent the events of that world from happening in this one, Donnie must turn back time or watch it turn back around him.

"It's designed to be this puzzle, There's a lot to chew on."

The resolution, such as it is, involves the complexities of time travel — wormholes, tangent universes and so forth — in a way that asks larger questions about free will.

The Resurrection of 'Donnie Darko'

RE: Fahrenheit 9/11 in 4 Sentences
Topic: Movies 3:12 pm EDT, Jun 26, 2004

Rattle wrote:
] The election was bullshit. The Bush family has many financial
] ties to the Saudis. The Bush family makes money from war.
] The troops are the real victims, support the troops. Eat the
] rich.

The first thing about this movie is that it didn't piss me off as much as I thought it would. Thats mostly because Moore's cheap shots didn't overpower his footage.

Footage of soldiers in Iraq. Their attitudes. What life is like over there. Amputees. Innocent bystanders with their faces burned up. Mothers on both sides screaming at the camera over their lost children. People crying in fear. All of the horror of what is going on juxtaposed with the insolence of business development types who are salivating at the opportunities presented by an open Iraq. Juxtaposed with our stupid media coverage.

You should see it because it is the raw war footage thats been missing from the television. If there is any point that Moore makes that I absolutely agree with, its that the giddy, sports fan coverage that the U.S. media gave of the invasion of Iraq was absolutely disgusting, absolutely disgusting, when held against the horrific reality of what was going on. It was death as a spectator event. Like the roman coliseum. When you see the reality of it held next to our news coverage, our attitudes, you will not think us such an advanced culture.

The movie is worth seeing for that reason.

Does Moore lie? Yes, he certainly does. He says most of the people in Congress haven't read the Patriot act. He says Iraq never murdered Americans. He says that most of Al'Q and the Taliban have escaped. He raises numerous conspiracy theories about Florida, including the implication that Fox News had something to do with it, without providing any proof. He makes the unqualified statement that people who died on 9/11 died "as the result of our actions." The insane leftist attitude that Al'Q are like children who can't be held responsible for the things they do.

The movie, on the whole, presented, in a propagandistic way, the view that wealthy people are bad people and that poor people are good people. The audience blindly applauded on many occasions through the film upon being told, by Moore, what to think. Like sheep. It was even more disgusting to me that they had emotionally recovered from some of the footage enough to be excited about a statement and applaud it. The movie certainly did not leave me in any mood for applause.

Is Moore wrong about everything? Most certainly not. Could you have sat in that room for 15 minutes, staring at the wall in fear, after being told that the United States was under attack? Is the business relationship between leaders of the US, England, and Saudi Arabia a good thing, in that it ensures a strong working relationship, or a bad thing, in that it is more important to those involved then the interests they've been elected to defend? Moore makes a compelling case that this relationship may be a significant conflict of interest.

I do think its important people see this film.

RE: Fahrenheit 9/11 in 4 Sentences

Ghost in the Shell 2 - In theaters Summer 2004
Topic: Movies 4:49 pm EDT, Jun 24, 2004

Oh fuck yes!!!

Ghost in the Shell 2 - In theaters Summer 2004

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher Hitchens
Topic: Movies 6:38 pm EDT, Jun 21, 2004

George Orwell:

] The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure
] religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to
] taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts
] beyond that point. But there is a minority of
] intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged
] motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and
] admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda
] usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as
] the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the
] younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do
] not by any means express impartial disapproval but are
] directed almost entirely against Britain and the United
] States

The only point the left is earning here is that most Republicans are too stupid to think critically about their own pundits. Congradulations Democrats, you've now lowered yourself to their level.

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher Hitchens

Kill Bill: Volume 2
Topic: Movies 7:27 pm EDT, Apr  4, 2004

Book-ends for tax day.

On April 13, go to Borders for a second helping of Neal. On April 16, go to AMC for another course of Quentin.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

After having killed the first two on her death list, O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green, The Bride continues in her journey of vengeance to hunt down and kill the remaining victims, Elle Driver, Budd, and ultimately, Bill. However, matters become complicated when The Bride learns that her daughter, whom she presumed dead, is still alive.

Form 1040, line 42: Would you like to donate $10 to Miramax?

Kill Bill: Volume 2

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Python film to challenge Passion
Topic: Movies 12:02 pm EST, Mar 25, 2004

] Monty Python's film The Life of Brian is to return to US
] cinemas next month following the success of The Passion
] of the Christ.
] The Biblical satire will be re-released in Los Angeles,
] New York and other US cities to mark its 25th
] anniversary.
] ...
] Distributor Rainbow said it hoped the film would "serve
] as an antidote to all the hysteria about Mel's movie".

[ HA! Perfect. -k]

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Python film to challenge Passion

27 Live Action Weta Workshop Produced Designs For EVANGELION
Topic: Movies 9:11 pm EST, Jan 19, 2004

I can't beleive they're actually going through with this. It'll look cool anyway.

27 Live Action Weta Workshop Produced Designs For EVANGELION

Master and Commander doesn't suck
Topic: Movies 2:22 am EST, Nov 28, 2003

I think this movie will be underseen domestically, as it covers a geeky subject, isn't violent enough, offers no love interest, and doesn't involve Americans. However, I enjoyed it alot. Escapism? Maybe. Its a Star Trek episode set in the 1700s. You get an impression of the life of the olde Navy, back when sailing the South Seas was to push the edges of human experience.

Master and Commander doesn't suck

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