Very welcome, and exciting to hear! Look forward to giving it a listen.
Friday night was my second time seeing in a theater (first time in 1996 -- 4 years old at the Bellevue 8) -- seeing in 35MM again was great. And, no MARS ATTACKS! trailer this time around! (Not that it would have bothered me at this point...right?)
And, comfort food is exactly right when it comes to viewing the movie. SPACE JAM is one of those rare movies that, somehow, everyone managed to see when they were younger. And, again -- really rare, it's just one of those movies that everyone my age loves. Honestly, I'd put this up there with THE LION KING and the HARRY POTTER movies in terms of high praise from folks my age.
For a generation that's slowly slipping away from loving cinema all together, I'll take a movie like SPACE JAM any day of the week to unite all of us under a movie-loving banner -- if only for one screening.
Hoping this leads to a few more movies from SPACE JAM's era to be screened at midnight. For a cheap, fun night on the town, Midnight Movies at The Belcourt is one of the surest options around for college students.
Just checked -- it's $7.99 to watch it in HD on Comcast VOD.
I had the chance to check EUROPA REPORT out last weekend (only $6.99 on VOD if you forgo the HD), and it's a pretty fascinating little sci-fi movie. It's far more effective with the little is (opposed to the wasted extravagance of a movie like PROMETHEUS). Last 30 minutes are chilling/fairly terrifying in a way. The found-footage/documentary style works well (think DISTRICT 9). Not particularly enjoyable (it's a pretty unforgiving story), but it's still worth a look if you like genre stuff.
(Seeing it on the big screen would have been worthwhile, I think it plays just fine on TV.)
I'm a pretty big West Wing fan, so watching The Newsroom is like watching the Star Wars prequels. His trademark dialogue is there and flashes when it needs to, but some of the supporting character development on the show is downright lame.
With TWW, Sorkin was able to get his views across, let his wordplay stick and develop characters you actually cared about. The stuff Sorkin got right on TWW is the stuff he struggles with on The Newsroom. I'm all fine with the soapboxing, but it can sometimes overshadow the plot.
Second season is making some strides in feeling less self-important, but it'll never reach the same heights of TWW. It's a consistently watchable show, but it's not grand television or anything like that.
Honestly, Danny Concannon was better character than most of the media folks at ACN. Give that guy a show!
Del Toro has always had a knack for world-building, and I thought the universe he created for PACIFIC RIM was the true reason for its ultimate success. Yes, it's a blast to watch the gigantic robots knock snot out of the gigantic monsters (esp. in IMAX 3D -- the engulfing nature of the battles left me awestruck like a 7 year old), but it was the carefully designed universe that tied the whole thing together.
Del Toro is one of the few people in Hollywood who you can tell wholeheartedly loves the movies he creates. The attention to detail in every little nook and cranny is something that's been vacant in most blockbusters recently, which is a little disheartening. The fights sell the movie (and do completely dazzle), but stuff like a chop shop for monster parts that takes the cake at the end of the day.
SamsMyth - I'm no fan of 3D either, but even though it took me a little time to get adjusted, it's actually not half bad. I'm pretty certain this thing is in a full IMAX 3D run, but this is some of the better 3D out there (coming from someone who normally finds 3D abhorrent -- looking at you, EPIC).
Very welcome! One of the truly bizarre Disney shorts, for sure.
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