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02-12-2020, 10:45   #916
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I wasn't even aware it was abandoned in the first place; was it a case of technology outpacing the facility, or funding? Kinda sad to see for sure, such a truly iconic location. Had only watched Contact again the other week
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Donner, Gibson & Glover are returning for Lethal Weapon 5.

Donner is writing the script at the moment.
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03-12-2020, 18:43   #918
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Ah, I was wondering what that sound outside my window was - obviously a dead horse being flogged.
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03-12-2020, 18:43   #919
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Donner, Gibson & Glover are returning for Lethal Weapon 5.

Donner is writing the script at the moment.
Jaysus. That seems ... .. ill advised. Glover cuts a very old looking 74 these days; presumably the script will be of the "passing the torch" variety cos he really is too old for this shít now...
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03-12-2020, 20:07   #920
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Good old JLG has hit the big nine zero:

https://twitter.com/Criterion/status...322897922?s=20

Possibly the greatest director left standing. At his worst, his films are fascinatingly infuriating. At his best - and his ninth decade brought some of his absolute best - the films are as vital, playful and experimental as anything the medium has ever produced. Raise a glass to JLG, but make sure to smash cut to some random phrase against a brightly coloured background or something.
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03-12-2020, 21:48   #921
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I wasn't even aware it was abandoned in the first place; was it a case of technology outpacing the facility, or funding? Kinda sad to see for sure, such a truly iconic location. Had only watched Contact again the other week
From what I've read, it was the funding, it was damaged in the storms a while ago and the funding for repair just never came. It had been assessed again recently and the decision was made that it was simply too dangerous to repair because of the nature of the structure, so it was to be decommissioned and the collapse just hastened the process.

There was more advanced tech elsewhere but apparently there was one particular kind of relatively near imaging it was uniquely equipped for in the world, so it does still represent a loss scientifically. The kind of thing where the cutting edge is pointing somewhere else, so the cost of replacing something lower on the evolutionary tree is no longer justified.
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So I recently heard the song Sleeping Awake by P.O.D, which was one of the theme songs for the Matrix Reloaded, so decided to give it another watch.

Gods they really did go bloody mental on the plot of this thing. Instead of being a great story and kinda meaningful like the first one, this one clearly tries so damn hard to be deep and meaningful and it just ends up being really pretentious.

Literally the only reason to watch them is for the over the top fight scenes.
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The Russo’s plan to start filming #TheGrayMan next month with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. The film will be the start of a new franchise
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Today I learned there's a Disney version of Pump Up The Volume. Radio Rebel was on Rte 2 and has a similar premise.
Though didn't watch it, seems it's actually based on a book about a shy student who's secretly the voice of the most popular podcast or station in school
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TIL the Russos brothers directed the pilot of Arrested Development
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Not lacking in confidence, are they?
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07-12-2020, 12:23   #927
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Not lacking in confidence, are they?
Practically tempting the fates for this to be a spectacular flop; I think the Russos might be overestimating their abilities to sell a vehicle here. The Avengers sold themselves, and without coming across contrarian, succeeded despite the Russos, not because of them.
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... The Avengers sold themselves, and without coming across contrarian, succeeded despite the Russos, not because of them.
I'm not a fan, either. I think the action they direct is lazily choreographed and they try to hide it with frenetic editing that produces a chaotic mess.
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I'm not a fan, either. I think the action they direct is lazily choreographed and they try to hide it with frenetic editing that produces a chaotic mess.
100% agreed. The Russos deserve praise in how Infinity War juggled a bazillion characters and plot strands, yet held together as a coherent narrative. What they managed was nothing short of a miracle - Infinity War could have failed in a dozen different ways.

But as you say though, their action choreography was bloody awful to watch. They could learn a lot from the likes of Mission Impossible: Fallout .
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I’m no fan of the MCU overall, but the Russos are poor visual directors even by the mediocre standards of the franchise as a whole.
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