Three DVDs this week, Orphan Black Season 2, Community Season 5, and on the advice of a new time travel podcast by fellow Canadian internauts David Fiore and Elise Moore called Another Kind of Distance, Portrait of Jennie. They're getting me to be buy all the time travel movies I don't already have! Belated birthday gift from favorite friend Isabel: Casablanca and Theater of Blood!
Reviewed Pacific Rim when it came out in theaters, and I don't think my opinion changed viewing it in a different format, though perhaps my appreciation for the film has grown. My main problem with it before was that the dialog was lackluster and the characters too archetypal. Visually, of course, it's flawless. This has led me to look at the movie in a different way, and I really do believe you could take out all the dialog and completely understand what's going on. Guillermo del Toro gets so much visual detail in that you don't need the words. I like how, in the extras, he talks about eye candy, but also eye protein. Does that make him the anti-Michael Bay? I sort of think so when I compare what Bay has to say about his process and del Toro's thoughtful, rapid-fire commentary track. A second disc holds nearly two hours' worth of featurettes about all sorts of elements and sequences, revealing among other things how much of the film was actually filmed practically, plus bios of certain characters as we look at their lives through the drift (these satisfactorily explain what's up with Raleigh's accent), animatics, design art, deleted scenes, and a blooper reel. A nice package.
Hyperion to a Satyr posts this week:
V.i. Ophelia's Funeral - Hamlet 2000