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Soundtracker (2010), Nick Sherman, B-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Monday, November 29th, 2010

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An interesting yet uneven portrait of a man who has made it his life’s work to record natural sounds. Problem is, you want to champion him as a great man, but he’s something of a downer. (And a little inconsistent in his philosophy.) Still, worth checking out, if you are into this sort of thing.

The Great Man’s Lady (1942), William A. Wellman, C

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Monday, November 29th, 2010

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Worth watching just to see some outrageous sexism on display.

This film posits that the best thing a woman could ever do is, basically, sacrifice herself to chastity and anonymity if it means her man gets to achieve great things. I know this was made during the war and Rosie the Riveter and all that. . .but this is a shocking piece of work. (And not particularly a good movie either.)

Boomerang! (1947), Elia Kazan, B

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Monday, November 29th, 2010

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The first two-thirds of this movie are absolutely fantastic – definitely the work of the man who gave us A Face In The Crowd. Then it kinda devolves into bland Law & Order territory (with a Paul Harvey ending to boot!)

Aliens (1986), James Cameron, B

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There’s a tremendous amount of razzle dazzle here but you know what’s funny? Not much actually happens.

Even when I was a kid I realized that when Michael Biehn says to Ripley “we can find her with THIS” the movie was a little bit of a joke.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010), Mac Carter, B-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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A more-interesting-than-you’d-think corporate congratulatory video.

Any interview footage of Julius Schwartz is gladly accepted.

United Red Army (2008), Koji Wakamatsu, A-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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Makes the cast of the Baader-Meinhof Complex look like a bunch of wimps!

There are a few things I find ceaselessly fascinating. One of them is radical groups of the 1970s, the other is Japanese subcultures. Put the two together and pow.

This true story about the fringest of the fringe extreme groups is a really unique movie. It has a full 40 minute prologue setting up the history of leftist radicals in Japan. Then we see this group rise from the ashes of two different, fallen groups. They go up a mountain to train for full-out revolution through a series of “self-critiques” and things go APESHIT!

Not only is this a fascinating historical film, it is a great document about group hysteria and mutual descent into madness. Really weird and really scary.

The Dark Crystal (1982), Jim Henson and Frank Oz, B+

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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I know I am destroying a lot of hearts by giving this a mere B+, but the story is a little weak, let’s be fair.

Where it succeeds tremendously is the world-building, the characters, the races. And the way the Chamberlain goes “Mmmmm?”

Fela: Music is the Weapon (1982), St├ęphane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori B-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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Years ago I was in a loud club and in between acts they were projecting a film about Fela Kuti. I couldn’t here it, but the footage looked fantastic.

I thought it was this movie. It isn’t. This movie is okay, but not that holy grail I’ve been looking for.

Music is the Weapon is about an hour of concert excerpts from The Shrine, some historical background, and interview of Fela in tight blue underwear. Any footage of the man is worthwhile, but it is put together in a somewhat shoddy way.

This DVD, however, comes with a full additional hour of other concert footage – including an amazing clip from a German jazz fest. The DVD is good, even if the movie isn’t, if that makes any sense.

Northlanders #29 – #34 (METAL)

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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So here’s how it works with Brian Woods’ Northlanders. A new arc begins – seems like a really cool setting. Then it meanders for a bunch of issues, to the point that I almost say “I’m never reading this garbage again.” And then, in the last 1 or 2 issues, it starts to really come together and ends in a gigantic clash of awesome. Every. Single. Time.

This time it is Christianity overtaking Paganism, but Gregg Allman (they always look like Gregg Allman) isn’t going down without a fight.

Car Bomb (2008), Kevin Toolis, C

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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I don’t know if this is a movie or just an overblown (ha!) Discovery Channel special, but this is a perfect example of something that is “kinda” good.

It is an interesting topic, it doesn’t delve too deep and it stays short.

The only thing unique about this was the interviews with old, reformed (I’m hoping) bombers from the IRA or the Lehi Zionists or Falangists.

As presented in this film, Robert Baer (who Clooney played in Syriana) kinda comes off like a tool.

All-Star Superman, Book 1

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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When pretty much everyone says “you should read xyz” there’s probably a reason.

Add my name to the list of people saying “you should read All-Star Superman.” It looks cool, the stories are fun, they don’t spin out of control sending you to the DC Wikia to remember who obscure characters are, and they are loaded with zippy SF moments. The Underverse! I love the Underverse! Exo-Genes are fun, too. Looking forward to Book 2.

My one complaint is that Lois Lane is too sexed up. I prefer a tough NYC broad. (I’ll always love you Margot Kidder.)

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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Listen, there’s only so much I can talk smack about a collection that includes Batman dressed like a pilgrim fighting Salem witches.

Zipping through time – fighting cavemen and Edward G. Robinson baddies alike, Bruce Wayne comes back from Darkseid’s own version of he Negative Zone and, eventually, lands back in Gotham. Just in time for DIck Grayson to get comfy in the cape and cowl. . . meaning more Batman titles for DC!

With that, I excuse myself from reading Batman comics. It’s a full time job to follow what’s happening in all the different intersecting story arcs – and I have enough trouble with Green Lantern.

Oh, and this wasn’t even all that good. Just goofy.

Black Swan (2010), Darren Aronofsky, A

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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My review and video will be up at UGO.com in a few days, but I think I’m going to end up giving this one an “A.” It might also be a contender for best film of 2010.

Faster (2010), George Tillman Jr., B-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but slow justice is no justice.

You can read my very entertaining review of Faster, a movie that actually has redeeming, artistic merit buried deep within it, over here at UGO.

Tron: Betrayal

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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I have not seen Tron Legacy yet, but if it is anything like this prequel comic I can guarantee you it will be absolutely gorgeous and make absolutely no sense. Much like the original film I love so much.

Green Lantern: Willworld

Jordan | Cram it in Your Ear | Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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J.M. DeMatteis and Seth Fisher offer and out-of-continuity GL book that is part Phantom Tollbooth, part Doctor Strange, part Dr. Seuss.

It doesn’t all work, but it is tongue in cheek enough to say things like the Universe is neither Subjective nor Objective but OMNIjective.

Fundamentally, you’ve got 100 pages in which to make surrealist, acid-tinged images mixing Alice in Wonderland and SF tropes. Kinda nuts. Then we learn it is all part of The Guardians’ Kobayashi Maru-like test called the Me’laam Na’aquall. Very awesome.

Some of the people some of the time

Jordan | No News Is Good News | Friday, November 26th, 2010

Recently, with the aid of Matt Patches, I wrote a very lengthy article about the top 100 spaceships.

These two comments are side by side on Reddit.

APeacefulWarrior 1 point 1 day ago[-]
I usually hate long lists broken up like that, but I was honestly a bit impressed at how geeky the guy who wrote it was. I mean, it’s not just that he’s writing up a list of spaceships, but nearly every blurb has a coded joke poking fun at the movie it’s from.
That said, there were an awful lot of flying saucers on that list. He maybe should have stuck to a Top 50.

Aluhut 1 point 4 hours ago[-]
Let me guess: the autor looked at the starship size comparison pic and started writing up a random sentence for every one.
He did not really compare them in any way. It is not more then a list of 100 space ships.
Good job collecting the screenshots but you can forget the rest.

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010), Joaquim Dos Santos, D

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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Slugfest. Uninteresting.

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