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I saw it last night and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's got some flaws but it's thoroughly entertaining. And ORIGINAL!?!?


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I shot a film last fall, a dark comedy thriller thing. I've got a fairly final edit in place, I've just handed it off to my composer so he can get started, and I'm working on the color correction and a few simple VFX shots. The big hurdle is the audio clean-up and sound-mixing. I've never had much talent for audio, so I was wondering if anybody around here would be interested in doing my sound for me. You will be paid something for sure, we can discuss an amount but I can't afford for it to be a LOT. If anybody's interested in PM-ing me some samples or something, I'll let you watch the rough cut before you commit to it.


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I just watched TMNT for the first time myself Saturday night. Totally agree with Squiggly, except that I thought the turtles were handled a little better than he did, personality-wise. And I think the 90's movie is also terrible. I just watched it a couple of months ago for the first time since I was about five, and it has almost no redeemable qualities. Judith Hoag is a mega-babe and Elias Koteas gets a couple of funny moments, that's it.

This new one was worse, though. I hated Megatron. Splinter was really ugly design-wise, badly rendered, and Tony Shalhoub was horribly miscast. And I've never been as actively annoyed by the style of photography in a film as I was here. Almost every shot is bad.


(10 replies, posted in Episodes)

I thought Gone Girl was a really hysterical black comedy, but except for one other guy I was pretty much alone laughing in the theater. None of my movie-loving friends shared my outlook, either.

I'm crotchety guy who's not really super excited for more Star Wars in the first place, though I was hoping to be won over by the trailer. It was decent, but honestly my biggest disappointment with it is J.J. Abrams. The Star Wars episodes all have a very restrained, composed camera aesthetic that I was hoping Abrams would remain true to. Instead he's just doing his frenetic thing and as a result it doesn't really LOOK like Star Wars to me.


(169 replies, posted in Episodes)

I'm indifferent to the title as well. It's not bad, it's not good, it doesn't affect my anticipation of the film one way or the other. It's not pulpy enough, though. My Star Wars can always stand to be pulpier. Like my orange juice.


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Ew. Series 8 is ridiculously schizophrenic. That episode was almost as bad as Kill the Moon. Almost.


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Do you guys have need for any set extension-y sort of things? If somebody points me to the raw footage and tells me what to do I'd be happy to get in a shot or two.


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One of my roommates is feeling the same way. I was starting to, but I thought the past two episodes were pretty great. If the rest of series 8 can maintain that level of quality it will be salvaged for me.


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That's really cool, dude. You totally nailed that SNL/MADtv/whatever intro style.


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I personally definitely thought he was lying to her about saving everybody until we saw the engineer in the TARDIS. Then I figured he WAS just joking about everybody dying, because it seems more likely that he saved everybody than that he saved only Clara... and also the engineer for some reason.


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I actually enjoyed this one. The opening scenes between The Doctor and Clara gave me whiplash after last week, but I appreciated their dynamic this time around. Interesting set-up, decent enough mystery, good production value. And while I would by no means call this episode scientifically watertight, it didn't spit in my face and take my lunch money like Kill the Moon. Not a classic but a solid story. Best of series 8 so far, I think.


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Doctor Submarine wrote:

Same goes for the idea at hand here. If there's a reason why it doesn't gel with the other ridiculous things on this show, then fine. But if the argument is "it's not scientifically accurate" then there's no ground to stand on. Our science is incomparable to DW science, and as far as I know there's nothing in DW canon that implies that this particular law of physics/biology/whatever carries over. And saying that something "doesn't fit with the rest of the universe" implies that you're applying a real-world framework. Why doesn't it fit? What about the DW universe suggests that this thing can't exist? That's not rhetorical, I'm really interested, since you all independently reached the same conclusion.

Doctor Who's universe is ostensibly our own in so much as it shares the fundamental laws of our own. People saying scientific gaffs like this happen all the time in Doctor Who... DO they? I can think of plenty of fantastical devices and locations and creatures, but I'm having a hard time thinking of any majorly blatant violations of what our reality is that you can't wave away with technobabble. Except for the TARDIS which gets them to the adventure, in this episode there is NO technology that doesn't exist right now, in this exact moment. So you lose the ability to technobabble your way out of things instantly.

We know gravity exists in Doctor Who and functions the same way ours does. So allowing that the moon has gotten heavier because a creature is now inside it... why does Courtney randomly float, and why is she the only human in the room to do it? The Doctor's explanation is that the moon is unstable. That's a fine explanation for the tremors going on and the collapsing terrain, but that would have NO bearing on gravity's pull.

We know things in Doctor Who are made of cells that work the same way cells do in our universe. The Doctor explicitly calls the spider a "germ," a "prokaryotic unicellular lifeform." We KNOW those can't be the size of a badger. We know if they were they wouldn't look anything like spiders. And they wouldn't leave anything like cobwebs.

The law of conservation of mass exists in our universe, it must exist in the Doctor Who universe. An egg is a closed system and CANNOT increase in mass, no matter what sort of biological changes go on within. All they needed was ONE hand-wavy line about craters in the moons surface really being pores that absorb space nutrients or some bullshit and I can maybe let this slide. But they don't, so I can't. I'm not bringing ANY of my own concrete when the rest of the episode is blatantly moronic.

If you're not willing to agree with me that Doctor Who should at least strive to adhere to the fundamental laws of our reality, then we're never going to agree on anything. I don't just expect this of Doctor Who, I expect this of most of my dramatic fiction. There's a very narrow niche of content that can get away with violating these rules and still expect me to invest.

And even if the science were up to snuff, this would still be a mediocre episode at best, for all of the character and plotting issues brought up previously in the thread.


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I'm going to build myself a uterus just so I can have Saniss' baby. Everything he said was spot on.

And people can say the bad science doesn't matter, it's a fairy tale, it's fantasy... but this is a show for children. When it was created the intent was for it to function in a somewhat educational capacity. After The Daleks they pulled back on that some, but it was never fully abandoned. When you're dealing with made up shit like Time Lords and TARDISes you can make up whatever the fuck you want. When you're dealing with real things I feel like you have an obligation to present them with some semblance of accuracy, and as I've whined about extensively here... not one damned thing is right. As adults we have the capability to say "gigantic single-celled bacteria, that's fucking idiotic, but this is a fairy tale so it doesn't matter." A child does not.


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Who cares if the characters behave consistently and have believable motivations, they're not real people.


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Tomahawk wrote:

I like the egg idea. No, I love it. It's just poorly executed. The mass of the moon could arguably shift if it was heavier, sure, but they also pick on the idea that the moon's been there for a hundred million years, but only in the recent 20 or so years has the creature matured enough. You could arguably say that the shift in mass was because the dragon was forming a new egg to replace the old, but the creature that flew out of the moon was nowhere near big enough to contain a moon sized egg, and it's also revealed that it dropped the egg off after it flew away. So it makes no sense.

The problem with the moon's mass increasing at all is that that's not how eggs work. It's not like a human baby where they're being fed by a source external to them and grow larger and gain weight. Once the egg is out that's all you get, it's a little contained system where the yolk and the albumen turn into a baby whatever. The weight of this creature CAN'T be any more than the weight of the moon minus whatever the "shell" weighs.

And yeah, then laying a brand new egg is just beyond dumb.

Regarding Clara getting angry:  It isn't about the Doctor forcing her to make the choice, it is about him being a condescending asshole about it.  It's about the fact that since he regenerated he's been increasingly difficult and patronizing.  His prick schtick as you say.  They are on the moon, surrounded by monsters, with a horrible choice in front of them, and he just takes off with no indication as to when or if he will return, and no indication whether he knows more than he is saying about this hard choice.  That is not the behavior of a best friend, which is how Clara has (to my eye) treated their relationship to this point.

I think Clara knows the Doctor well enough, even at this point, to know he's coming back. He didn't abandon her in Deep Breath when she trusted that he wouldn't, I don't know what's changed now. She even said in The Caretaker that she trusts him with her life. He absolutely handled this in a dickish way, but I didn't think it was anywhere near his worst behavior since the regeneration.

Also, speaking of pricks, I'm not trying to be one here, Isaac. I'm just baffled by some of the positive reviews I've seen for this episode, some sites called it a masterpiece or the best of series 8 so far, I think it's one of the worst episodes of Doctor Who ever. I enjoyed the friggin' Twin Dilemma more.


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I'm with you on Doctor Who at least insofar as it has NEVER striven to be "hard" sci-fi. But there's a difference between being space fantasy and being scientifically retarded. They get a pass on lizards buried beneath the Earth, because in theory it COULD happen, even if I know it hasn't. The evil mannequins are robots. The TARDIS couldn't happen but has a plausible enough pseudoscience explanation and is a device invented by a hyper advanced alien race.

That's all fine. And honestly I'm fine with the idea of the moon as an egg. That's clever and it's VERY Doctor Who. But you can do that concept without breaking my brain. I'm not even a science nerd, not by any stretch, but when you consistently get every aspect of the science wrong, in an episode set in our OWN BACK YARD, it really pulls me out of it. You could have this story without giant spider-bacteria that spin webs. You could have it without the moon's mass changing. The havoc wreaked on Earth was only used as the impetus for the moon mission, which could easily have been done any number of other ways.

It's one thing to play fast and loose with the rules, it's another to consistently violate them at every turn, seemingly through lack of understanding. Almost everything to do with the setting and the technology in this episode was scientifically invalid, and in a show that's meant to foster a love of learning and exploration in children that's inexcusable.

As to your other points... I honestly fail to see what's wrong with what the Doctor did. He's right, it's our planet, it's our moon, it should be our decision to make. Clara volunteers to travel with him, she knows the kinds of situations she'll be faced with. This is the girl who plunged headfirst into the Doctor's time stream to save his life, after being told it would kill her. It's totally fair for the Doctor to leave this up to hear and the astronaut lady.

You could argue that he didn't need to abandon the scene to do that, but I think he did. If he had stuck around Clara would have known he was there to pick up the pieces at the last minute and she wouldn't have acted. Her blow-up came completely out of left field for me because I legitimately couldn't understand what the Doctor had done to slight her.


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My double feature for the weekend was Oculus, because I love Karen Gillan and the director's previous film, Absentia, showed some promise before it became idiotic, and Spice World because... morbid curiosity and it was on Netflix Instant. I kind of hate myself for how much I enjoyed both of them. Oculus was a really solid modern horror film that wasn't found footage or riddled with jump scares and had a very good cast. Spice World was... dumb as fuck, but with a surprising amount of clever dialogue, a charming self-awareness of exactly what it is, and a bizarrely strong supporting cast. Plus the Spice Girls songs were kept to a minimum.


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This was definitely a dismal episode.

A random collection of angry thoughts in no particular order Show
I know Doctor Who never claimed to be hard science fiction, but usually the bad science isn't distracting enough to pull me out of the story. But this one... woof. The moon has been tooling along at a constant mass for four and a half billion years... suddenly in a couple years its mass doubles? What the hell kind of growth cycle is that for a creature? And the spiders being giant bacteria.... Elephants don't have bigger bacteria than humans do. Whales don't have bigger bacteria. There's just... bacteria. How the fuck does this make any sense? And if they're not spiders but bacteria WHY THE HELL ARE THERE COBWEBS EVERYWHERE!?!?

I don't get why Courtney randomly floated in the space station. I was so baffled by that as it happened. Then the Doctor says something about the moon being unstable or whatever? So what, the creature suddenly shrank or something? Is THAT what's supposed to have happened?

The second this creature is born it hatches another moon? Seriously? Where is it getting all these nutrients from?

All the characters were out of character. The Doctor wasn't himself half the time. I love Peter Capaldi so dearly, and he has it in him to be an absolutely classic Doctor, but his prick schtick is starting to wear thin. And Clara... why does she want to leave? Courtney is safe in the TARDIS, it is SO unlike the Clara we know to want to abandon an adventure halfway through. And speaking of Courtney... why the fuck is she there? She has no significant impact on the story whatsoever. She's just a catalyst for Doctor/Clara arguments, which I'm ALSO sick of.

2049, eh? So how weird is it going to be for aged Clara and Danny, their kids, and their grandkids to see de-aged grandmom broadcast on every TV on the entire world? And that dimwitted voting system... so like 3/4s of the planet doesn't get to vote, because they're either in daylight or they're on the far side of the Earth? Guess it doesn't matter since Clara ignores them all anyway.

And then gets pissed off at the Doctor because she had to make that decision? Why the fuck is that? The "dramatic" argument was so out of character for both of them I was grinding my teeth. And then Danny comforting her.... SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR FUCKING BAD DAY. It was intriguing in Into the Dalek, but they've drawn out that "mystery" way too long. Just tell her you shot a kid or whatever the hell happened so we can all move on already, we've halfway through this season.

That's probably not even close to everything wrong with the episode. I'm sure I forgot to mention how it looked cheap as hell. I still think series 5 is the absolute peak of nuWho so far, and I loved Moffat's episodes during RTD's run, but I'm so ready for him to be gone. Under the right leadership Capaldi could flourish and outlast Tom Baker, but series 8 is so far from the proper way to do that.


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Gone Girl was just so fantastic. Pitch black, hysterical, with the usual Fincher craft and expert performances everywhere. And having not read the book it was full of great surprises. Not at all the movie the trailers sold me, but in the best way possible.


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Haven't had a chance to listen to this one yet, but I just wanted to tell Teague that I appreciate the amount of effort he expends making these episode posters that we only ever see as tiny little thumbnails.

For real. Who could possibly get mad at you for posting THIS?


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I just saw this thread title up at the top, forgot which subforum I was in, and my brain went, "THEY'RE ACTUALLY MAKING A THIRD ONE!?!?" Then I immediately realized my brain is a dumbass.


(34 replies, posted in Episodes)

So Trey mentioned in the episode that he doesn't understand watching bad movies ironically. I absolutely LOVE watching bad movies. It's not necessarily ironic, though I do get plenty of laughs from a specific type of bad movie. But I actually find watching bad movies to be at a minimum AS educational as watching good movies, possibly even more so.

Good movies are kind of like a weird alchemy. You can point to the things that they did right, but checking all the right boxes doesn't necessarily make for a good movie. It takes a special combination of all the different elements to make a movie work. Ghostbusters is a fantastic example, since I just saw it in theaters and it's fresh in my mind. GREAT movie, one of my top ten favorites. But on paper it fucking shouldn't be. It's a bonkers idea, the script is structurally flawed to an extent, there's no reason Ghostbusters should be as amazing as it is. And that makes it kind of hard (but not impossible) to learn from.

But a bad movie is never less than a crash course in what not to do. Whether it's a horrible script, terrible casting, or even technical issues. It's easy to tell somebody, "You always need to capture good sound," but they won't understand how right you are until they watch a movie where a scene is dead silent until they fade up the dialogue tracks and you can hear cars and birds and possible the camera. Watching godawful schlock is a really good way to take all the lessons you've learned and see why they're as important as they are.


(262 replies, posted in Episodes)

What is there to say about Underworld for 90 minutes? "Here's their Matrix pastiche. Here's their other Matrix pastiche. Kate Beckinsale looks hot here. What are Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy doing in this? I'm not sure the physics of that work. I'm sure the physics of that DON'T work."