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I don't actually *journal* here much anymore, which is silly. I like you all, I assume that you all like me (or are secretly plotting my doom, in which case, good luck with that, let me know how it turns out) and may have some interest in what's going on with me. The answer is, in terms of actual life things, not much. However, I have media that I've consumed. So I'll go over that.

So here's what I've been up to in bullet points: )

That's about everything, except anything I forgot or didn't feel was notable enough to bring up.
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Marvel's posting some quick behind-the-scenes stuff, including our first listen to Rocket Raccoon speaking!

Embedded videos behind the cut )
jetpack_monkey: (Batman - Model of Mental Health)
So I've spent an hour of my day (spread out in bits and pieces) watching a certain major blockbuster getting filmed about 25 yards from the front door of my apartment building.

See icon for more information.
jetpack_monkey: (Martha Jones - Is More Awesome Than You)
Please, ladies and gentlemen, do try to hold your excitement when I tell you the momentous news. I, being of sound socially functional mind and body, have done something so incredible, I scarcely believe it myself:

I have returned a DVD to Netflix.

Nay, I have returned two to the loving bosom of the movie mail-rental company.

This is a feat that has not been seen in nearly eighteen months! Many thought it impossible that such a thing would ever be achieved again, but I have sallied forth and deposited the envelope securely in the proper receptacle for the United States Postal Service to retrieve and thenceforth deliver to its rightful owner. Zounds!
jetpack_monkey: (Karloff-Lugosi - Masters of the Macabre)
That was fucking amazing. Sweet and disturbing and beautiful and wrong and just... my jaw was dropped most of the film, either from verklempt or horror. If it's playing in your area, go see it. I'm not telling you a damn thing, except that it's the sweetest romance this side of WALL*E and EVE and it has some of the best moments of horror I've seen this year.

Seriously. GO.
jetpack_monkey: (Naked Lunch - Writing on the Brain)
I've written a lot of lengthy reviews in my time, but never before has one foisted its lengthiness upon me, at least not to this extent. This is the single longest, most complex review I've ever written and there's still a few talking points I had to cut just so I could get it done in time to have it edited.

[ profile] midnightfae says it's the best review I've ever written, and she should know, given that she's edited all of my stuff since 2006.

Ladies and gentlemen, my review of Nobuo Nakagawa's Jigoku (1960).
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Title: Ever the Same
Song: Rob Thomas - Ever the Same
Fandom: Universal Monsters
Summary: For all that changes, the monster movies produced by Universal between 1931 and 1954 remain the same, constant cinematic companions. This is my tiny little tribute to them.

Films Featured: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Details: 51.8MB MP4 file

Download: 51.8MB MP4 File (right-click and "save link as")

Comments and feedback are welcome and encouraged.
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Saw The Dark Knight on IMAX tonight, thanks to quick typing skills in getting freebie tickets online.

Quickly, unexpected Jessica Harper late in the movie in a minor role.

That out of the way...

OM-FREAKING-GOD. Heath Ledger. OMG. This is everything the Joker should be. Just... brilliant. Absolute anarchy and madness. Brilliant.

Also, I feel like I just came out of two movies and that's a good thing. There's so much packed into the 2 1/2 hours here that it's hard for me to not just babble it out. I mean, this is... epic but it's also gritty and so very Gotham.

One minor nitpick, which I'll put behind a cut...

nitpick! )
jetpack_monkey: (Dr. Horrible - Is Doing Science)
The world of aspect ratios in movies can be really confusing. Why are some movies wider than others? Is widescreen always a good thing? What's it mean when a DVD is "16x9 enhanced"? Why is it that when I play my older DVDs on my new widescreen television, they have black bars on the sides as well as the top and bottom?

1. What IS an Aspect Ratio? )

2. A little bit of history )

3. How this all works on DVD )

Anyway. There you have it. Widescreen in a nutshell. Any questions?
jetpack_monkey: (The Doctor (9) - Uh-huh)
To movie "news" websites everywhere:

I've read more than a few articles lately from "major" online news sites complaining that Variety and Hollywood Reporter don't acknowledge them or credit them when they post news that has already broken on the online site. "We said X thing about upcoming movie Y and two days later, Hollywood Reporter said the same and they didn't even mention our website. Not even to say 'confirming the rumor posted by Website Z a couple days ago...'"

Guess what, sugarcake? They probably don't even read your website. They've been in the business long enough that they don't have to. You know how they got the news? Some studio suit picked up a phone and called them. You know how you got the news? You have a friend whose cousin was loitering outside the right door at the right time.

When they have the news, the world takes notice, because it usually means it's really happening. When you have news, the world -- assuming they've even passed by your corner of the web -- arches an eyebrow and says "Well, that'd be neat. I'll wait for something official to come out before I get too excited." When Harry Knowles altered the way entertainment news was reported, he didn't exactly do it for the betterment of journalism. You're a product of that. By the virtue of the fact that you are more interested in getting credit for being first with a piece of news than you are in actually reporting fully verified, accurate stories, you will always be second- or third-tier.

Suck it up and live with it.

Iron Man...

May. 2nd, 2008 03:27 am
jetpack_monkey: (Tony Stark - To Peace...)
Is completely awesome. They wisely focused more on Tony Stark's process of becoming Iron Man than normal superheroics, which is good, because Stark is the important part of the Iron Man story. Certain stuff set-up for a sequel/continuation. None-too-subtle flashes of Tony/Rhodes which should keep the slashers happy. Be sure to stick around after the credits for what is probably the most squeeful scene in the entire film.

IMDb Meme

Mar. 12th, 2008 09:56 am
jetpack_monkey: (Sam Winchester - Tasty Thinking (MST3K))
Ganked from [profile] _jealousy_  and [profile] qkellie  . The IMDb's Top 250 movies, as voted by the users of the Internet Movie Database. Bold the ones you've seen. I'm also putting the ones I own in italics. Because I can.

It's a big list of movies. Can't wait to tell my friends. They don't have a list of movies this big. )

I've seen 151 of the films on the list and I own 131 of them. Cool.
jetpack_monkey: (Inara - Oh  You Guys)
So. Mario Bava Retrospective at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Who can resist? Not me. That's why I'm arriving in Los Angeles (Burbank) on Friday, March 21st at 5:05PM, in time for the Eli Roth-hosted double feature of Bay of Blood and Four Times That Night.

Then I'll continue to be in fabulous Los Angeles Saturday March 22nd, attending the Whip and the Body and Kill Baby Kill double feature that evening. These are two of my very favorite Bava films, all resplendent in suggestive horrors. Which is why I bought two spare tickets and may yet buy more for any Los Angelinos interested.

Sunday I'll be attending the TRIPLE feature The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Hatchet for the Honeymoon, and Caltiki the Immortal Monster (not available on domestic DVD), before leaving Monday morning (from Burbank again) at 9:40 AM.

As per usual, I look cutely at the LA area residents to provide me with their couches and camaraderie whilst I'm in their city. Comment or email (nate AT monkeyswithjetpacks DOT com).
jetpack_monkey: (Tegan - Why Me?)
Okay, long story short, I have a DOA: Dead or Alive poster up in my room. I don't even remember how or where I got it. But I figured in fairness, I should probably see the movie. So I am. Right now. And blogging it. Because I can.

Chickfight! )
jetpack_monkey: (Nic & Danny - Action Movie Classic)
Every six months I make up a list of my top 25 films of all time. Despite the "all time" bit, the list does change significantly every time I make it. Certainly there's a certain arbitrary-ness to it, but hey... I've been doing it since 2001.

Format is Rank) Title (Director, Year) [Previous rank]

Here We Go )
jetpack_monkey: (JD & Turk - Happy Flail)
*crazy happy flail of flaily crazy happiness*

*and many thanks to [ profile] spoonishly for pointing this out*

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Trailer

I had to get the desktop support specialist (the only person with speakers on her computer in the whole building) to play it for me on her machine.

I'm squeeing with joy. This week has been AWESOME.
jetpack_monkey: (Willow - Poopy-set Aardvark)
I overextended myself in October. I admit this. The result was worth it -- Classic-Horror busted through all previous traffic records and we posted more content than in any previous month, with 32 reviews, 34 news stories, 7 features, and 2 interviews. Of those, I wrote eight of the reviews, all the news stories, six of the features, and I conducted one of the interviews via email and transcribed the audio of the other (all told, a total of nearly 22,000 words). On top of that, I edited roughly half of the other reviews. It's an accomplishment of which I'm proud -- as should everyone involved, but damn, I'm completely burned out now.

I'm thinking of taking a step back from the site in November, but I'm not sure how. I suppose that the method will present itself, since [profile] midnightfae and I are moving at the end of the month and there is still tons of packing to do.

At the same time, I'm a little drunk on the amazing traffic we pulled in October and keen to maintain a regular review schedule to try and keep some of that traffic. My goal has always been two reviews a week, although we almost never meet that. I think, however, if we bring on one or two more writers, we should be good to go.

Oh, and [profile] timjr? Sorry we haven't gotten you back your revisions yet. We're kind of taking it easy right now. Soon, though!

In case anyone was curious, The Roomie and I had our annual Halloween movie marathon. We kicked off on the night of the 30th and I took the 31st off so we could pack in as many films as possible. The list of films is below the cut (films I'd never seen before in bold).

The roomie has Sunday off, so we're heading to Chandler Cinemas for a triple-feature of Return of the Living Dead (1985), Krull (1983), and Meet the Feebles (1989).

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