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Grosse Pointe Blank
ashamel
Last week we watched Your Highness, so in reparation for our sins it was The Big Sleep this time round. I really don't think I followed it all, but it was certainly awesomely cool on the way.
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Bellatrix
ashamel
We've just come back from jack_ryder's new experimental-improv-theatre-thing, Tweatre wherein live tweets (in one case, actual spam) get turned into performance. It's on most of this week for those in Sydney.

Likewise, for those so blessed, come along to kylaw's book launch next week, for The Land of Bad Dreams. And by 'book launch', I mean performances by people like Venus Vamp and The Surgical Sideshow, at the World Bar in Kings Cross, so get in quick.
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Bellatrix
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Saw Griff the Invisible this evening -- more Aussie weirdness, this case in the cause of superheroics. Probably best not to delve too deeply (and the trailer on the main site seems to give most of it away), but it was fun, and charming.
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Nick and Nat
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I'm going mad. Well, I saw the latest episodes of The Guild and Death Valley, and thought they were pretty funny, which is probably the same thing.
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Grosse Pointe Blank
ashamel
We've just seen The Square, in the fine tradition of weird Aussie crime flicks. Having said that, it all turns out a bit muddled, so lacks the power of some of its compatriots -- but there's some fine stuff on the way. The fact it was shot down in the Woronora Valley near us was also neat.
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Bellatrix
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We've watched the first half of the new Underbelly, after making the (there-is-a-precedent-but-not-for-a-while) step of connecting up our TV receiver. Not quite convinced yet, although it certainly has some style. Putting Mental as Anything in a 1920 saloon seemed to work.

I also spotted K walking down a 1920s street, so that was all good.
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Clive Barker
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More strangeness: last week I saw (500) Days of Summer. I saw 'I' because K took debunked on the flimsy prefix that one of her friends has Othello on (no doubt I should have gone, but am still sickly).

Anyway, the movie is very odd, being not really a romance, and not really a comedy -- it's quite possible I don't really understand these concepts in conjunction anyway. It's certainly interesting, with lots of cool things and quite a few geeky things as well (bonding over the Knight Rider theme, for a start). But the narrative focus was a bit off-putting, and in the end it was more interesting than actually affecting.
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Grosse Pointe Blank
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Last night we saw Summer Wars, upon recommendation. It's a strange anime of family solidarity and cyber-warfare. From a traditional daimyo homestead, Kenji and Natsuki must defend OZ (ie, the internet if Second Life ever took off) and the world from an AI super-villain called Love Machine.

This mesh of cultures was didn't always come off, but there was a lot of genuine emotion in the contrast, and the battle. As K said, it at least provides as good a justification for cute bunnies battling demons as any; and the human characters ground it all beautifully.
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Bellatrix
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We saw Limitless, which is well made and pretty cool -- though full of frustrating bits where we were berating the main character for being stupid. Given the nature of the movie, that's a bit sad.

Also, this is somewhat unrelated to the movie itself, but I'd just like to note that watching alternate endings (yes, apparently plural) to a movie directly after watching the thing itself dilutes the very point of movie-watching. So, well, I didn't.
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Not finishing things
Clive Barker
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I had high hopes for Portal 2 co-op, but we didn't quite make it. We got to test 7 (of 8) in the last category, but then got stuck, and back to the shop it goes. Given the sudden insane timing needed I'm not sure we would have got it in any reasonable time anyway (or there was some other solution I was overlooking).

I'm sure there are many, many other things I'm not finishing, but that will do for now.
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