romeo must die

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What a time capsule this is.

I was 12-13 in 2000, Alternative rock was still ruling the air waves, Much Music was still only showing music videos. Social media wasn’t around yet (or at least still in its embryonic infancy), as MySpace was still 3 years away. In fact the internet was in the midst of its first large economic bubble, and broadband was still very new to average consumers. Ipods weren’t around as downloading mp3’s was only just beginning to spread due to napster’s launch a year before. Lastly, it was one of the last years when only drug dealers could afford cell phones.

As for the movie, the dvd box of this movie mentions The Matrix no less than 4 times; and it comes from a time where a lot of Hong Kong expats were trying (with varying degrees of success) to find success in Hollywood. As The Matrix‘s success showed there was an audience for martial arts heavy action movies in North America, much like Enter the Dragon had done so decades ago. With Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat, and Jackie Chan releasing no less than 9 American made movies from 2000-2003.

I say all this because the historical context surrounding Romeo Must Die is a lot more interesting than the movie itself, but i suppose that’s enough stalling.

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The Magnificent Ambersons

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Another post that was deformed by formatting errors, that i’ve had to re-post.

I’ve been on a bit of an Orsen Welles binge as of late, having watched Macbeth (1948), The Magnificent Ambersons, Citizen Kane, and Touch of Evil in short succession to one another (although i had watched Kane and Evil previously). Naturally i’ve decided to spew forth my haphazard thoughts about them and have decided to set my sights on Welles’ second film as my first victim…

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I’m not a fan of Live Action Trailers…

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This has been a topic that i’ve had rattling around in my head for a little while now; in fact it has been something that i thought i might write about since i saw DOOM‘s live action trailer:

I think it’s well-known that i love DOOM, all things DOOM in fact. And i didn’t think it was possible for me to be turned off by an advertisement for DOOM. But holy shit that trailer almost did the trick.

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Looking Forward to 2017

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for a lack of anything else cool to put up here

for a lack of anything else cool to put up here

 

After the awards there’s the looking forward, so lets look at imdb’s list of most popular releases for 2017, and see if it can stir something in my loins.

Looking at the short list i do have to say that 2017 seems to be filled with far more enticing prospects than 2016, i’ll cover the top ten fully and then pick out highlights further down, but lets get straight to it.

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THE 2nd ANNUAL TYTL AWARDS

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5 stars

 

It honestly feels like yesterday that i was here handing out my obscure awards, i guess time flies when you’re having fun.

All in all 2016 was a topsy-turvy year that’s been covered and complained about extensively elsewhere, i certainly posted more this year, with 46 this year (though i didn’t post anything all November, shame shame). Which is higher than my 41 of 2015, so i delivered on my promise to bring more updates.

As for movies i saw a grand total of 10:

 

 

which is 2 more than i saw the year before, which is a good thing as i honestly was startled last year by how little i bothered to see in the theaters. I do apologise for not reviewing all of them, as Arrival certainly deserves a full write-up. Perhaps in the future.

But enough of the musing, let’s get to the awards!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Alright. I’m going to have to eat my words here, i stated in my Heads up for 2016 on my blog that i was only going to check out the proper episodes and that’s it.

So what happened between now and then? Or even since i put up my Done with Star Wars post in 2014? Well it certainly isn’t because the quality of the films is so high that it swayed my opinion of them; The Force Awakens and Rogue One aren’t fantastic films. I can say for certain that the trailers for Rogue One undeniably piqued my interest:

 

 

And i was certainly curious for more scenes of Darth Vader. Also the level of my vitriol has certainly subsided; while the fandom around these movies remains as infuriating as ever, i have found ways to ignore it completely and focus on the movies. I’m not counting the days until Episode VIII and i’m certainly not looking forward to Han Solo’s prequel either, so we’ll have to see if i bother to see it.

So when my cousin again offered to take me with him to watch it (Rogue One) i didn’t say no (and again i would not say no to him if he wants to watch it with me because i have a soul), and here we are.

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