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Wall-e

Posted by Miss Ess, July 8, 2008 06:29pm | Post a Comment
Thanks to my 6 year old stepson's interest, I saw Wall-e over the weekend.wall-e

Pixar sure is proud of its latest. The movie was alright, I suppose. It got two thumbs up from my stepson, so I guess I should lead with that. The actual kid among us viewers enjoyed himself a great deal throughout the film, practically dropping his well-ketchuped challah dog because he was so transfixed. There's a lot of amazing visuals in this film, whether you are floating in outer space or checking out the inside of a humongous space craft. Then there's also all those crazy futuristic inventions that spark imaginations. I think that's part of what makes it interesting and gripping for kids.

I, on the other hand, was a little bored...but I think this stems from my general lifelong inability to connect to stories about robots -- even robots with humanizing features like the ones in Wall-e. In fact, maybe in part because they were 'bots mysteriously programmed with emotions and sad, down turned eyes, I was even less likely to get sucked into the movie cause it felt kinda silly. I found myself wracking my brain to figure out whose voice one of the main characters was...and eventually, all that wracking paid off: it's Jeff Garlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm! I knew I'd heard that particular sputter before, usually following his wife on the show Suzie's rampant and dagger-like chiding.

The plot of Wall-e is noble, though, I guess. (It really wants to be, for sure.) Earth is no longer inhabitable and it's Wall-e and Eve hold handspiled with garbage and thick with smog. Wall-e is a lonely little trash compactor with a penchant for collecting-- he might be a bigger hoarder than my dad! His only friend is a cockroach who hides in a Twinkie every time there's an apocalyptic explosion (often). (And actually my favorite detail of the entire film.  I kept waiting for Cher to show up though too!) When Wall-e finds a white (oh, so pure!) floating pod-like fem'bot that was left behind by a mysterious space ship, he brings "her" home and they bond as only anthropomorphic robots can. When "Eve" sees the tiny, growing plant Wall-e has recently found in his trash piles, she grabs it, pulls it inside of her "belly" and eventually is plucked up by her space ship. Wall-e goes for a ride with the ship, eventually discovering that humans now live in a gigantic space ship, their every convenience accounted for, to the point where they are all fat and don't know how to walk or read anymore. I appreciated the social commentary of the movie and what it said about where our society is headed, but the whole plot just felt kinda flimsy, like an excuse for the visuals. 

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Bloodmatch

Posted by phil blankenship, July 8, 2008 10:57am | Post a Comment
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Ministry Of Vengeance

Posted by phil blankenship, July 7, 2008 04:13pm | Post a Comment
Ministry Of Vengeance Video Starring John Schneider  Ministry Of Vengeance Video



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Italian Giallo Festival July 11-24

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 7, 2008 10:30am | Post a Comment

Film fans in Los Angeles take note, the Egyptian is screening some very rare and completely amazing Giallo this month.

For those of you unfamiliar with the genre a quick search on Wikipedia comes up with this:

Giallo (pronounced IPA['ʤallo]) is an Italian 20th century genre of literature and film. It is closely related to the French fantastique genre, crime fiction, horror fiction and eroticism. The term is also used to mean an example of the genre, in which case it can take the Italian plural gialli. The word giallo is Italian for "yellow" (see Wiktionary: giallo) and stems from the genre's origin in paperback novels with yellow covers.  

All genres have their fair share of crap to wade through, but I feel Giallo is one of the most difficult. It's a catch all genre that DVD companies and, in the past, tape traders padded full of dull "action films," painful "horror" and sleep inducing "sexploitation." Aaah, but like a good Roughie, when you find the right film, it's well worth the wade through the dirty waters. Although the Egyptian festival is by no means complete, it's an amazing selection.There are so many interesting, if not great, Giallos that it would take an annual festival to really do it right....Anyone listening???

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BILLY JAM'S WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 7:06:08

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2008 03:04am | Post a Comment
 Little Brother's new album "...and justus for all"
Juan
in the hip-hop department at Amoeba Music Berkeley reports that two of the hottest selling new albums at the East Bay store this past week were Little Brother's ...and justus for all and The 3rd Degree by Immortal Technique, which includes cameos from Chino XL, Ras Kass, and Crooked I and production courtesy of  Green Lantern, plus Buckwild (DITC), Scram Jones, and Southpaw.

North Carolina's Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh are reportedly releasing a total of five albums between them this year, both collaboratively and solo, including just one jointly under their group name, Little Brother.

The tight new album ...and justus for all is actually a kind of re-release since it came out last year with the same title in a (slightly different) mixtape format, which was overseen by DJ Mick Boogie. Released on Hall Of Justus, the new version of ...and justus for all has been cleaned up to a crispy clean sound via re-mastering. It also includes five new Little Brother songs that were not on the 2007 mixtape version of ...and justus for all.

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