Category Archives: Movies

Initial Thoughts on The Force Awakens

It’s all spoilers, people. You have been warned! At the time of this writing, I’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice three times: once with Beca and Annika on opening day, once with Beca and my sister-in-law on Christmas Eve, … Continue reading

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They Live: Alley Fight

ANNOUNCER How long do you think a fight scene should last on screen? MAN I don’t know. Two minutes? ANNNOUNCER Try a little longer. MAN Two and a half? ANNNOUNCER Not quite. Try again. MAN Certainly not three minutes? ANNNOUNCER … Continue reading

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Tad’s Podcast Recommendations

I have a long commute. I listen to lots of podcasts. I want other people to listen to the podcasts that I like, and I’ve spent a long time finding a bunch of them that I find reliably entertaining and/or … Continue reading

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Lord Vader Breaks Down A.B.C.

Darth Vader is here from downtown, here from Emperor and Tarkin, on a mission of mercy…

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NPR’s Andy Trudeau Discusses Oscar-Nominated Scores

For years, when Oscar season rolled around, one of my favorite rituals was listening to NPR Music Editor, Andy Trudeau, discuss the nominated scores in detail on Weekend Edition. I learned so much from these pieces, not just about motion … Continue reading

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Blade in the Face Shots

When I saw this sequence in Jack the Giant Slayer… …how could I not immediately think of this shot from Mission Impossible? OK, to be honest, my first thought on seeing that sequence was “Oh, come on! They landed in … Continue reading

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Cinematic Musical Echoes in 1980

First, watch these two short clips and listen to the music. So, what is that? Now, I have an audio super-sensitivity when it comes to Alien. When I was a kid, a friend with a Betamax made me recordings of … Continue reading

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Google Glass and Brainstorm

Is it just me? The new Google Glass demo video totally the same as the demo that Christopher Walken and his team put together in Brainstorm? Am I right? And, if you are interested in Brainstorm‘s change in aspect ratio, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Costco. I love you.

This scene in Idiocracy was originally supposed to take place in a Walmart, which makes more sense. But Costco works, too…and the studio would allow Mike Judge to make fun of Costco…but not Walmart, which sells more DVDs than any … Continue reading

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Star Wars Anxiety

I think this sums up Star Wars fans’ hopes and fears about the announcement yesterday.

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