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Last update: 25 Jan 2010 -- 0:31am
 Saturday
26 Sep 2009
Pandorum (IMDB 8.4|Rot 48%|Netflix 3.9)
If you were to cross Alien with Event Horizon you might get something like Pandorum. It should come as no surprise that if you were to average their reviews you also get Pandorum's review.

A couple of spaceship crewmen are woken up from suspended animation and have amnesia. (A logical side effect of hypersleep and not an obvious and convenient plot device, I assure you.) The ship is on the outs, with the power going up and down, scary crunching noises and so on. Oh, and ravenous, nearly unkillable man-eating humanoid monsters which are running around the ship. (These monsters are clearly not Reavers stolen from the set of Serenity, I assure you.)

So, there's a lot of running around in the dark with flashlights. And slime. And sidekicks-who-are-at-first-untrusting-adversaries-but-then-team-up. And some fighting. Did I mention the slime? More of a slurry, really, with body chunks in it at one point.

The ending is satisfying enough, and although the final result is perhaps predictable how we get there is not entirely. Even if there is amnesia and some Reavers.

So, mildly recommended. Worth a matinee. Certainly a fine rental (once it comes out) if you're looking for spooky sci-fi.

 Friday
25 Sep 2009
 Wednesday
23 Sep 2009
I watched the 3rd season premiere of Heroes: "Hiro meets the Carnies". I watched all of last season even when most sane people had given up on it. The end end of last season was pretty good. I had heard that they had changed up the writers again to try and bring back what made the first season of Heroes so good, so I was fairly hopeful.

But, alas, "Meh" is the best I can give it. Two hours long, I was bored after the first ten minutes. As always, as soon as Hiro is on, the show is fun, mysterious, and cool. But put any Patrelli or Parkman on the screen and it's a huge snooze.

I think they gave up an interesting twist plot already by having Syler show up. They should have treated "Nathan" as Nathan until we all forgot about it. Say, seven episodes in. Then bring Syler back in, if you feel you really must. Frankly, I would have truly killed Syler as a character and just have the new Nathan take on aspects of his personality as he finds out he has more powers than before.

I had a lot more fun imagining and writing that paragraph than I did watching the episode.

 Tuesday
22 Sep 2009
 Monday
21 Sep 2009
 Friday
11 Sep 2009
 Thursday
10 Sep 2009
 Wednesday
9 Sep 2009
 Tuesday
8 Sep 2009
 Monday
7 Sep 2009
 Friday
4 Sep 2009
More stuffed animals and ukuleles.

 Thursday
3 Sep 2009
Stuffed animals and ukuleles. Prepare for tooth decay.

District 9 (IMDB 8.6|Rot 89%|Netflix 4.1)
District 9 picks up the story ten years after an alien spaceship filled with hundreds of survivors is marooned on Earth. The refugees ("Prawns", a slur) live in a slum under the ship. The Prawns seem pretty stupid on the whole and are very strong. Human/"Prawn" relations are deteriorating and the humans decide to evict them and move them further from the city.

It's filmed documentary-style (mostly), focusing on a middle manager who is assigned to head up the move. Let's just say things don't go as expected.

Go see District 9. Besides just being a good movie, you get to see many bodies turn into exploding goo.

Inglourious Basterds (IMDB 8.7|Rot 88%|Netflix 4.3)
I am torn by Inglourious Basterds. Quentin Tarantino has contracted the same disease Stephen King has. Both have such a reputation that they can do whatever they want. What they often need is an editor to say "I know you're brilliant and everyone thinks your aces, but maybe you don't need a 20 minute dialog about nothing." That said, Basterds is nowhere as bad as the unremittingly boring Death Proof. Even the great chase scene at the end of DP doesn't fully make up for the rest.

Basterds (Tangent: what's with the misspellings anyway?) is good, though. It's very tense and the main Nazi character is thoroughly horrifying. He's not your obviously evil Nazi with the "Heil Hitlering"-ing and the shouting and the Jew-hating. He's soulless. He's relentless and smart and utterly amoral. More than the Inglourious Basterds, he is the real star of the movie. The actor, Christoph Waltz, does brilliantly.

Yes, there is violence. There's a mass murder of hundreds of Nazis in cold blood. Things are carved into flesh. It IS a Tarantino movie, ya know.

Vaguely recommended.

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