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Spiderman NWH: Top flick! Especially when that certain 'interaction' takes place.

Matrix Resurrections: Fans - 'Look how they massacred my boy!'   Warner Bros - $$$

Licorice Pizza: Similar era a few years before Boogie Nights, it's a non-story/event fueled movie where the characters 'life pits' creates a force that bring them together. Still buzzing after I saw this film.



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So excited for all the movies out there! Would like to take on 'Licorice Pizza' as it's been a while since I've watch a PTA flick. Music Box theatre in Chicago is featuring it in 70mm, but I don't think I'll be able to catch the screening during its run.

I did, however, catch the latest Guillermo del Toro feature 'Nightmare Alley' and really enjoyed it! It's his best visual spectacle since 'Pans Labyrinth', and while its run time and plot is a bit hard to be fully invested in, I think the movie will age well or at least gain a very solid cult following with time. If there is an Carnivàle (Hbo Series) fans, or Bioshock fans out there, come on down!

So yeah, that's the first movie I saw since the pandemic started, and thankfully I picked a theatre that was basically empty. Hope to return to the theatre soon and catch up on some more movies!


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It's his best visual spectacle since 'Pans Labyrinth'... Bioshock fans...
You don't say? That got me really exited!

I've seen many movies/series these last few months, but I'm very lazy and don't feel like typing much, so in short, some of them:

Matrix Resurrection - expected very little, pretty much got exactly that
Witcher season 2 - better than first one IMO, contrary to popular opinion
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City - surprisingly fateful to original games (1&2) except they portrait Leon as a total goofball, but meh nonetheless
Automata - SF movie starring Antonio Banderas that has a interesting premise but predictable plot with strong cyberpunk vibes and is pretty good considering budget it had
The Trip - Norwegian dark comedy/thriller I've enjoyed very much, equally unpleasant, hilarious and juvenile
Archer - I didn't know this series existed until Netflix recommended it to me and I loved it! How this went under my radar for so long is a mystery to me
Evil Dead remake - this one I've rewatched because I like it
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Matrix Resurrection - expected very little, pretty much got exactly that
I tried to approach it with the same attitude I approached Tenet - just enjoy the action but don't get too bogged down in the logic of the story. Only thing is, the action wasn't as good as it was in Tenet. Nice to see Keanu still knows how to do that "I'm confused...how is this possible?" look which worked so well for him back in the original film. There's a nice Pitch Meeting video on Matrix Ressurections here


Automata - SF movie starring Antonio Banderas that has a interesting premise but predictable plot with strong cyberpunk vibes and is pretty good considering budget it had
Saw this. It was...fine but forgettable. Reminded me of other things, can't remember what.


The Trip - Norwegian dark comedy/thriller I've enjoyed very much, equally unpleasant, hilarious and juvenile
So I watched this dubbed from Swedish into English. I struggled a bit with the tone of the film. Thriller? Black Comedy? Both of the above? I agree it was a bit juvenile though. I wonder if it was any better in its original language?

Don't Look Up - worth a watch. It sagged a bit for me around 80 to 90 minutes but then it picked up again. Might have been better if they could have kept it under 2 hours.
Appropriate (I guess) that we've been having one of the mildest Christmas/New Year periods on record in these parts. But we just carry on as though nothing is wrong...

The Last Duel. It's Ridley Scott! Is that still a mark of quality? It wasn't bad actually. One from his Gladiator "corner" of films. Based in the 14th century which wouldn't normally appeal to me. But if I were a Chemical Brother...

King Richard - One of those films where you know the story (Venus, Serena and dad) but it's so easy to watch. Best thing Will Smith has done in some time.

Last Night In Soho. From the director who brought you Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz, something that's not quite as good. Mind you Anya Taylor-Joy is again fantastic here, even though she isn't quite so much the main actor as I thought she'd be.
At first I wondered how they managed to isolate Petula Clarke's vocals on Downtown, then I realised it's Taylor-Joy herself. Not only is she a model turned decent actor, she can sing too:


New Order (Nuevo Orden). Great name for a film! Mexican take on class inequalities which was compared to Oscar winner, Parasite. Not as good as Parasite but worth a watch anyway.

Pig. Nicolas Cage back on form! I expected nothing from this and that perhaps meant I enjoyed it all the more.
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Kitten Killer. Adverts You're Watching? Hardly worth starting a thread for. But every now and then, amongst all the dross something pops up that I want to actually watch again. Especially if it has a great tune in it.

Dunlop once did a cool tyre advert using Velvet Undrground on the soundtrack. Director Tony Kaye would go on to direct American History X.


Pirellli did a good one a long time ago with the Doors' Riders On The Storm as soundtrack music too.

There was the Guinness Surfer/Horses advert featuring a then unreleased tune called Phat Planet. I didn't even know it was by Leftfield but I knew I wanted to watch/listen again - every time it popped up on TV.


And there's this which TBH isn't in the same league as the ads above. But I like how they've re-edited Donna/Giorgio.


Which in turn reminds me of this vocal-free acid re-work/re-edit of the track that I heard in a Carl Cox DJ set recently (came out in 2019):

Jens Lissat - Brothers On Acid & Sisters Feel Love ('77 Acid Mix)

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At first I wondered how they managed to isolate Petula Clarke's vocals on Downtown, then I realised it's Taylor-Joy herself. Not only is she a model turned decent actor, she can sing too:

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Matrix Ressurections was... Not uninteresting, but not essential either. The main idea behind it was clever. The rest... I'm not sure.


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Saw Spider-Man No Way Home on Sunday. Best nostalgia trip!!!
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Spiderman NWH: Top flick!

Saw it the other day. Nice to watch, definitely the best one of the official MCU movies since Endgame. But i also have to say that there's more hype around the movie. For example, this is the most successful solo-movie in the MCU, with only Endgame, Infinity War and the first Avengers movie before it - and i have no idea why, because there are a lot of MCU movies who are better than NWH (Captain Marvel, Black Panther, both Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the first Tom Holland Spider-Man).

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I also saw Venom 2 and the post credit scene of it. Now with the mid credit scene of No Way Home - is Venom now official part of the MCU but without Tom Hardy? Would love to see Venom in the MCU, but it also would be a bummer if it's without Tom Hardy who does a fantastic Venom/Eddie
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Oh, and after watching Black Widow and finishing Hawkeye - who else is up for a Kate Bishop / Yelena Movie (or Disney+ Series)?
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There's an interesting documetary about women who pioneered electronic music in the ARTE mediathek:
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/104017-000-A/sisters-with-transistors-die-verkannten-heldinnen-der-elektronischen-musik/


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There's an interesting documetary about women who pioneered electronic music in the ARTE mediathek:
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/104017-000-A/sisters-with-transistors-die-verkannten-heldinnen-der-elektronischen-musik/

"dieses video ist in ihrem land nicht verfugbar" (this video is not available in your country).
Though I think I've found somewhere else I can watch it. And I've just had a quick scan through.
Nice to hear Laurie Spiegel in the trailer on IMDB (and in the film). I like Patchwork which I posted once upon a time in Now Playing.
The film seems to start with a clip from a 1993 Fantazia rave in the UK. You can find it on youtube, and in fact I posted it (inspired by TDTYF video) on the forum here (jump about 40 secs in).
The bit where she says "I'm gonna keep dancing forever, me. Well at least til I remember where I put my car" was also included as audio in Nathan Micay's 2021 Essential Mix (which I mentioned here). I wonder if this film is where Micay heard/saw it.

 However as far as I can tell, the film never fully links back to Rave/dance culture which seems a shame. They feature Delia Derbyshire who did the Dr Who theme. Could they have perhaps leapt forward to Orbital playing the track at Glastonbury? Similarly with Laurie Spiegel. I'm pretty sure I've heard/seen a Chemical Brother mention her before, and I'd be surprised if she didn't have an influence on Further. So maybe some Chems would have been apprpriate (yes I know this was about women and I've just named two male "brother" duos...so maybe some current female producers/DJ's?). Without any further references to dance/rave in the film, that intro clip from the rave almost seems out of place.
 Well maybe I'm nitpicking. It looks like good stuff for purist electronica heads.

*EDIT*.  Re: Below, Those embeds are indeed viewable thanks Pum. That's a shorter version of the film though (no rave footage). The version that I had a quick scan through is 1hr26 long as per the time stated on IMDB
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here's a direct link to the vid, maybe this works better for non germans:




and here's the same video, but in french:

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I speculate The Chemical Brothers are linked intentionally (personally influenced) or unintentionally (pre-loaded music software sounds) with Bebe [Wife] and Louis [Husband] Barron. And at the very least, I bet Tom must have the 'Forbidden Planet' Soundtrack in his personal collection.

I've pointed this out several times, but "Base 6" and "Flashback" both have sound similarities to tracks from the Forbidden Planet soundtrack album. I don't think they are samples, but for a lack of a better term, maybe, loose recreations(?).

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Base 6:

Flashback:
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I'm not a music producer. Are these similar sounding elements something that you find pre-loaded in production software? Please, shut me down from this theory if you know.

 


 

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