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10 August 2003 @ 12:13 pm
Movie Reviews  
Watched Jackass: The Movie last night.
It really was just a triple-length episode, other than a couple of parts where the (relatively) huge budget was obvious.
Just like a TV episode some stunts made me laugh my arse off, some made my eyes water, and some made me sit there hoping it would end soon because it was boring and not at all funny. You would think for a "feature film" they would shoot a lot more stunts so that they could cut out the ones that were crap. But the half-hour of "deleted scenes" were mostly just extensions of scenes in the final film, with a couple of short bits that were just not funny at all.
Overall a fun movie, but not really up to the standard of "feature film".

I used a two-for-one voucher so I also saw Star Trek: Nemesis.
I wasn't paying attention when this was at the cinema, so it's the first time I've missed the theatrical release of a Star Trek movie since Star Trek 6. I wish I had seen it at the cinema, because as always it was a visual feast. This one was a lot darker and less funny than previous outings, but it tied up all the loose ends and made a fitting farewell to the Next Generation cast, if indeed it is the last Star Trek film with this cast (as they tell us it is). The various threads of Star Trek have a tendency to rise from the grave when least expected.

Begin Spoiler: The noble death of Data was overshadowed, in my opinion, by a misleading plant. When they say that they are downloading all of Data's memories into Before (B4?) I took that as meaning that Before would become Data, with downloaded memories and personality to take over the barely-there personality of Before. So when Data was sacrificing himself I was scornfully waiting for the "surprise" ending when Before becomes the pre-death Data. The surprise was that this didn't occur to anyone, least of all Before, who just showed residual traces of Data's memory at the end. As Patrick Stewart said in an interview for the DVD, although this was meant to be the final Next Gen movie there is a sequel suggested by this ending. It mirrors the plant in Star Trek 2 where Spock stores his memories in Bones, before sacrificing himself, so that he can be resurrected in Star Trek 3.
I was also annoyed that the count-down was allowed, to create false tension, to get down to one before Data shot the machine thingy. This was despite the fact that they had no evidence that shooting it at that spot was going to stop the weapon. There wasn't a scene, ala Star Wars, where they analysed the schematics to determine the weapon's weak-spot. If Picard was smart he would have a)taken the emergency transport device with him in the first place, and b)canned the emotion charged scene and searched for an off-switch when he still had at least thirty seconds to go, leaving heroic self-sacrifice as a last-resort.

End Spoiler.

The Polish film I saw at MIFF was too depressing to even think about reviewing here.
It was good though, don't get me wrong.
 
 
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