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Archive: December 2009

[UPDATE: I added “behind the scenes” images from Digital Domain; scroll down.] I haven’t seen Avatar yet, so I can’t comment, but I’ve noticed that everyone’s giving James Cameron’s team credit for “finally” solving the problem of creating expressive digital faces that look photorealistic and genuine, without being creepy…since nobody else has done this. Really? […]

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From Defamer: “I’m laying down some ground rules about movie theater seat saving, because I’m sick of having the film ruined by you assholes…If you can not follow them, then you have to sit in the aisle or wait for everything to come out on DVD and leave the theater for civilized folk.” The rules […]

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2009-12-22 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Silent Hill

(2006) **** If you drew a straight line from The Matrix to Dark City and then extended the line along the same axis, you’d eventually hit Silent Hill, French director Christophe Ganz’ feverishly obsessive cinematic rendering of the acclaimed computer game series of the same name. This odd, grisly, beautiful movie was a box-office disappointment […]

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2009-12-19 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
The man gets around

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This is so amazing and wonderful! You just have to watch it. From the Associated Press (via Huffinton Post): AP– SYDNEY — Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter – unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. […]

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When even those grouchy depressed snotty hipsters on Gawker publicly apologize for attacking Avatar (and sing its praises), it starts to look like ol’ James Cameron pulled it out. Apparently he aimed for the impossible sci-fi bullsye and hit it: For months, the evidence mounted and mounted that James Cameron’s long awaited Titanic follow-up was […]

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2009-12-13 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts + Horrorthon Reviews
Near Dark

(1987) ** Horrorthon ’09 is “officially” over (and I’ve already done my summation), so I don’t feel compelled to do a particularly circumspect job on this flick. I wasn’t even going to review it, except I’m a little bit irritated because I feel like every time I turn around these days I’m dealing with James […]

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2009-12-12 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
New Post

“You should do what I do and write a whole new post,” Octopunk said (in response to my response to his voluminous post below). So I figured he had a point. Here’s my response again: 1) I wish my Patton Oswald post had “dominated the blog over the weekend.” It only got three comments (and […]

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2009-12-09 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Dr. X

This is just some random excellence I came across the other day. I’ve been moving through the fantastic (and extremely overdue) DVD sets of SCTV episodes from the early 1980s. SCTV was arguably the greatest sketch comedy/variety show ever. It was one of my favorite TV shows at the time (and I had a small […]

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After seeing the excellent Ratatouille last month, I realized I recognized the name of the dude who did the voice of the main character (you know, the rat who can cook), and after sitting there frowning for a moment trying to place him, I remembered that he’d been a guest on a couple of episodes […]

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