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A Geek’s Month in Review: August 2013

by on 2013/08/31

Hacker Renders
It began as a pun a couple of years ago . . . doing “august” works in August . . . Citizen Kane and all that sort of thing.

Then, last year, a kind of assonance . . . doing “auteurs” in August. Gru tackled Woody Allen, and I was tackled by David Cronenberg.

This year was a little less erudite, with more popular geeky auteurs. Gru subjected herself to the relatively-more-goth James Cameron. I did a nearly exhaustive — and exhausting — run of Ivan Reitman, followed by a few selections by his son, Jason . . . exhausting in a completely different way.

Watching along with the Cameron oeuvre, I looked forward to reviewing them too, although I was slightly put off to realize I would need to re-watch True Lies and Avatar. Ugh.

That process of parallel screenings, however, showed us unexpected coincidences, with the same actors being cast by multiple directors repeatedly. I’m not referring to examples like Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn often working with Cameron, or J.K. Simmons appearing in each of Jason’s films. Instead, I thought it was interesting how Sigourney Weaver and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in both sets of videos time and again. Significant? Probably not, but it was nearly A Very Arnie August.

Okay, I’ll stop.


Favourite
Up in the Air (2009)Up in the Air (2009)
by Hacker Renders on 2013/08/28

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“While the movie, through its characters and expression, has a lot to say on many topics, in the end, it succeeded best for achieving this one thing: it made me feel so much for someone who longs to feel so little.”


Surprise
Dave (1993)Dave (1993)
by Hacker Renders on 2013/08/19

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“As a whole, the feature is crowd-pleasing without crossing into insult. I thought of Dave as a kind of fable, except without the animals . . . unless you count the political animals.”
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Disappointment
Ghostbusters II (1989)Ghostbusters II (1989)
by Hacker Renders on 2013/08/12

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“I used to like part two a bit more than the original. In the spirit of such great expectations, I was hopeful early on . . . . yet I found it even more deeply disappointing than is suggested by the middling passes from most critics and audiences.”


Least-Liked
Junior (1994)Junior (1994)
by Hacker Renders on 2013/08/22

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“Boo-nior.”

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Show Me
Titanic (1997)Titanic (1997)
by Grushenka Geusebach on 2013/08/27

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“This movie is good. Painfully, psyche shatteringly good. James Cameron seems to have a unique knack of grabbing his audiences by the throats and dragging them through – in this case – his doomed ship. From the sound design, to the special effects to the costumes to the performances, I believed every moment of it.”


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