Movies

Was it just me…


…or did anyone else see the links for “Final Star Wars Trailer” and think, “oh thank goodness it’s over”.

Finally, Alita


One of the side effects of having the power go out Saturday night was checking the Amazon app on my iPad to see what I had downloaded, and suddenly remembering that I hadn’t watched Alita yet.

I have only a very vague acquaintance with the source material, and while I could see a few seams and obvious cuts, I found the result quite entertaining. In particular, the Big Eyes that seemed off-putting in early publicity shots quickly faded into the background as Just Part Of The Character, helped by the fact that no one ever called attention to it. Honestly, the only thing I disliked is that Jennifer Connelly is in desperate need of some calories. The severe look worked for the character, but oh, what has been lost.

The usual discrepancy between media reviewers (61%) and movie-watchers (91%) once again demonstrates how irrelevant they’ve become to the whole process. (not that every movie I like gets high audience ratings; I may be the only person in the world who thinks the Sam Rockwell/Anna Kendrick flick Mr. Right is a fun romp with high rewatch value)

Well, that won’t be fun…


Around 9.5 years ago, I bought the Japanese DVD release of Otoko-tachi no Yamato, ripped it, and added a set of soft-subs I found online. There were a few minor rough spots in the translation, but it was good enough.

I recently bought the Bluray release of the film and ripped it, only to discover that there are just enough differences to render my existing subs unusable. Applying a constant offset in VLC wasn’t sufficient; it seems there are some subtle differences between the releases that will require real cleanup. For more fun, the three different subs I found on subtitledb.org just now were all missing the last third of the movie.

I’m not going to get around to it any time soon, sadly.

For anyone who really, really wants a legitimage copy and can handle Region B discs, there’s a German import on Amazon Canada with English subtitles.

Dear Marvel,


Please make the next Spiderverse movie 90% Peni.

…and 60% Gwen.

Also, please make the next Spiderverse movie.

Want.


Live-action Gakkou Gurashi movie:

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Bouken deshou, deshou


I, um, kind of want to watch this version.

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I think it’s a hit…


Jumanji is still in over 2,500 theaters, and the Bluray pre-release (March 20) is #2 on Amazon in both the Comedy and Action/Adventure categories, and #7 in Movies/TV (any format).

Prime time!


Well, Amazon Prime has my movie nights planned out for March:

  • The Color Of Magic (season 1)
  • Earth Girls Are Easy
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • F/X
  • F/X 2
  • Hackers (just for the young Angelina Jolie, honest)
  • I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
  • big batch of Bond films
  • Valerian (based on the reviews, “free” sounds about right)

Update

Attempted to watch Valerian last night. I had to stop, because everything about it was just dull. At first I thought, “is the guy trying to sound like Keanu Reeves on ’ludes?“, then I thought, “is the chick trying to sound like a zombie version of Android from Dark Matter?“.

In the end, I decided that Luc Besson had the entire cast snorting the herb Valerian, which is why they all talked like they were sedated.

I think I’d like to see stills of the CGI backgrounds, but they’d be too busy to use as wallpaper on my laptop. They were certainly too busy to enjoy on-screen.