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  1. Any DSLR cinematographers out there who can recommend some good, affordable old SLR lenses which would be good for a Canon T3i? Models and personal recs would be greatly appreciated.

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    2. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      What's your budget? I use 1970's Nikon lenses and found some great deals on eBay (for 24mm, 50mm, and 135mm).

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Budget is around 800. I've got some wide angle, now I'm looking into telescopic/zoom lenses.

    4. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      I would definitely check out ebay or keh.com. You should be able to get yourself an 85mm f/1.8 and a 135mm f/2 and still have a little left over.

       

  2. Hannibal Season 2 might be the greatest piece of television I have ever seen. That finale, while slow at times, builds to the most emotionally devastating set piece to air on television.

    1. Writer

      Writer

      Was fantastic! Can't remember the last time I was that into an episode of TV.

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Made Game of Thrones look like a bed time story.

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      it was great! And that post credits reveal...WTF?!?!?!?! Hannibal HAS to be the best show on broadcast tv and most definitely up there with the top cable shows on now.

  3. I've said it before, I'll say it again: marketing needs to be completely overhauled in this game. How on earth did we slide back to cheesily narrated trailers? -

    1. Farmerboy

      Farmerboy

      Ah, it's the special foreign language films - for those who don't want to read subtitles

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    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      that is an amusing thought!

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      whatever parts of Section 6 are actually factual and historical (while connected to bond) should be fair game. right?

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      dsjones - you are correct but more than that, just become something is similar doesn't make it a copyright violation. Among the numerous examples, look at the atrocious film Mac and Me.

  4. I volunteer (Mike Maples) as tribute!

    1. opie100

      opie100

      In Soviet Russia, Padre reads you!

  5. Hannibal Lecter did this to me.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Interestingly enough, I remember reading the pilot and feeling underwhelmed.

       

      There was a scene in the pilot script where Hannibal approaches a teenage girl smoking a cigarette. We then cut to him pounding lung tissue in his kitchen, he samples the meat then says "pre-smoked".

       

      Hannibal with one-liners? I was afraid the series was going to be kind of a joke with lines like that but I'm glad to see they cut things like that from the show as it's definitely...

    3. axalon

      axalon

      ...one of the best things on TV.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      ...I don't remember that scene in the script I read. But then again it was a while ago. That said, Hannibal has an insane amount of cannibalism puns. It's like he wants to get caught... (cue feral fight scene).

  6. House of Cards...now THAT is television.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I knew about the British rooftop scene, but they fooled me by doing it in the first episode. In any case, it had a very visceral shock effect. Loved the speech to the mirror at the end too, after 'ignoring' us the whole episode. I'm not going to binge, I'm going to savor.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Had mixed feelings about the subway scene (too State of Play) but it left my roommate and I in shock once we realized it wasn't some sort of dream sequence. Very well done to play it straight. Overall, season 2 is a fucking masterpiece.

    4. DonKasparoza

      DonKasparoza

      Claire Underwood is so hot.

  7. This biopic trend is really wearing me out.

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    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      ddollar: says the man who wrote a biopic i can't wait to see :)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      Mysterian: agreed on Tyler Perry. Is there anyway we can send his ass to hell...NOW?! smh

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      The news of the Alice in Wonderland Louis Carroll biopic was the last straw. I just stopped caring.

  8. Philip Seymour Hoffman. That is all.

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Shocked & sad.

    3. Hasmap

      Hasmap

      Couldn't believe it when I heard last night. Totally shocking. RIP my friend. May your work be an inspiration to others, now and forever.

    4. opie100

      opie100

      he was sober for 23 years at one point - it's a lifelong illness to be sure

  9. Just read a rumor that to compete with Marvel, WB is going end their DC comic films with cliffhangers. Why on earth would ANYONE think that's a smart idea?

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Kidneys' the wrong color though.

    3. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      Does anyone really read any mainstream comics these days? And I'm sorry, but the idea of reading "digital comics" online holds no desire from me... Only the Fantagraphics type stuff is interesting. Ahh, I remember when an afternoon of hustlin' deposit money on pop bottles with a buddy could yield an inch high stack of comic books and a few candy bars. A true cliffhanger? Psspt! More likely some stunt with a character's sexuality or whatever's the "new"...

    4. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      I'm still holding out for KAMANDI!

  10. BBC's Sherlock continues to amaze. Anyone else watching?

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I agree, Foz. And that Best Man speech felt utterly interminable. That's what I mean about these episodes being too long. The character stuff is drawn out and the mystery is rushed. Did like the very ending and the use of "Oh What A Night".

    3. Foz90

      Foz90

      Tell you what I am loving on the BBC at the moment though... The Bridge. The first season was amazing and this one looks to be great too.

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I think the first season is on Netflix. I'll check it out.

  11. Homeland: you are officially dead to me. I don't even care about knowing if I was right anymore, I'm not watching another season of this.

  12. So, Homeland - I hate you. Incidentally, make the identity of the CIA mole more obvious. All the subtlety of a punch to the balls.

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    2. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      No he didn't Axalon. I just found Stringer's comment amusing.

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I thought he looked terrible.

    4. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      Yeah I guess his forehead was wrinkle free, smoother than a babies ass, but we've all seen worse celebs out there.

  13. AVClub: "Seen on a traditional movie screen, Gravity looks like a near triumph, compromised just slightly by the tidiness of its dramatic trajectory. Stretch the film across a bigger canvas, however, and those flaws become tiny specks, dwarfed by the enormity of Cuarón’s aesthetic achievement."

    1. dsjones

      dsjones

      See it IMAX guys, it's mind blowing.

    2. Nic8767

      Nic8767

      Can't wait to see this!

       

  14. You know who needs more work? John Barrowman. Very entertaining. Need more Torchwood in my life.

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    2. Escapist

      Escapist

      CHILDREN OF EARTH is amazing!

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      whoarethoseguys: I watched Children of Earth before Series 1 and 2 - no foreknowledge required as it's pretty easy to figure out the relationships. Bits of information you should know going in: The lead, Captain Jack, is immortal. Torchwood is a (poorly kept) secret government program tasked with eliminating alien threats. That's all you need to know. That said, it rewards fans with little nods to the first two series.

    4. ... who are those guys?
  15. GOTHAM: A Batman show without the Batman. Intriguing idea, but they've got so much going against them right now it seems silly to even attempt.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Also, I think Gotham could theoretically work. Batman wasn't awesome because it was Batman; Batman was awesome because of the villains. It's an interesting idea to place the villains, who really only have an equal in Batman in a scenario where there is no Batman. Give them the upper-hand by a long stretch.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      i'm not giving him a pass, i'm saying he did BUFFY and ANGEL. and yes, FIREFLY and DOLL HOUSE, neither of which I watched all of. still... I have more faith than not.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      The only star wars prequels that are canon are the ones i've outlined in my mind. I'll say this: the villains are interesting, but a response to Batman's presence. He's the light that draws the insects out at night. This series would probably just focus on the deterioration of Gordon's faith and principles while seeing the blatant corruption going on around the city...which could really just be any cop show. I want a reason for this to be set in the Batman universe, even i...

  16. That Dexter finale...might have been the worst finale ever conceived.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Axalon, I agree. And Deb shooting LaGuerta, although surprising, just felt so wrong and un-Deb and just set the wrong tone for the following season.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      the show needed to end with Dex dying to protect Deb - showing he was capable of love - and Deb becoming "Harry" to Harrison, teaching him the code as he was exhibiting Dex's traits...

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      What a piece of shit. I feel like I wasted yrs of my life... Worst possible ending

  17. Finally saw Prisoners - totally called what they were going to change with re: the finale. Woot, Woot! Go see it if you haven't already!

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      It's a wonderful thing when a great script turns into great film. Terrific movie & performances.

    3. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      SPOILER -- walking out and I heard a woman say "i wish they showed him reunited with the daughter at the end." Oye. Yeah, then cut to Alex reunited with his mom. And a meadow. And a flower. And the American flag...

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      The ending was perfecto. Perfect spot to cut.

  18. Breaking Bad's final two episodes are 75 minutes each. So I'm betting 5 extra minutes of story, 10 extra minutes of commercials? Hope AMC's making a pretty penny off those ad sales.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Anybody have a link for Homeland S3/E1? Or is that gone now?

    3. dsjones
    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Sorry, trying to be low-key about it. I'm sure BB will be worth all the commercials. The DVD sets are the way to watch this series anyway, as we all know.

  19. James Cameron isn't lying when he says that Gravity is the best space film ever made. Simple plot, lean and effective - nice use of theme, music's intense and it's a nail biter. But the visuals, my god. Several members of the audience who partook of herb were freaking out. I can't imagine what they saw but what I saw was beautiful.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      If it's a 2 story IMAX screen? Yes, see it in IMAX. I saw it in regular but have seen enough films in regular and IMAX (you're welcome WB) to compare: the film's amazing in regular but the sheer addition of scale will make it a more immersive experience. You will feel engulfed by space. My vote: IMAX 3D. (oh and snag me a poster or three if you do the midnight showing.)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      i can't wait to see this. And it's my birthday October 4th? omg will I be buying the herb and smoking it before I watch Gravity to get the full on "freak out" experience? hmmmmmmmmm :) I can't wait to see this!

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      But will it do well on dvd or even make it to TV? 90 minutes of running out of air won't translate to these media.

  20. Seeing Gravity this evening, Prisoners next week. So it begins.

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    2. opie100

      opie100

      Honestly, having kids and searching for missing kids at school before, I'm not sure Prisoners is for me.

    3. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      Understandable Opie, I have a daughter and I know where you're coming from on this. I've followed the progress of this script for so long I feel invested in it and having read it I know what to expect.

    4. opie100

      opie100

      Eager to hear about Gravity, even though I've experienced that as well.

  21. Jonathan Nolan/JJ Abrams team up for an HBO television remake of "Westworld". If you haven't seen Person of Interest, check it out - good news on all fronts as Jonathan Nolan is also directing the pilot.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      exponential growth in terms of quality and story.

    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      Thanks, DS. I'll check it out.

    4. chandolaswinter

      chandolaswinter

      that sounds like a fantastic combo-- looking forward to that!!

       

  22. Having just sat through Elysium, I hereby proclaim the shaky camera genre dead to me.

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    2. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      o is that who they were?! so confused... I needed like three more flashbacks

       

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Axalon: it was the kinda heavy handed story I wrote in Screenwriting 101 in college. It was cringeworthy to see on screen. Two editors and they weren't able to figure out that it was cancer to the story? Just start with them as children, get all that out of the way at the start, then jump to how it all went wrong - then one really quick flashback montage (of everything we've seen right as "destiny" is achieved). He was struggling with this story and getting all the pieces and...

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Jones, I'm constantly amazed that these extremely expensive movies can't seem to figure out the little things like what you mentioned. I mean nobody said *anything* to Blomkamp?

  23. Clint Eastwood + American Sniper...I'm officially excited about this project again.

  24. No. No. No, No, No. No. No.No. No. No, No, No. No. No.No. No. No, No, No. No. No. WHY BEN AFFLECK?!

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    2. ... who are those guys?
    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      Zack Snyder should be what everyone is complaining about.

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      ledger was the best joker ever. i don't think affleck will be able to pull that off. granted, he's definately getting his mojo back, but truthfully i can't buy in until i see him in action in cape, cowl, gloves, and boots which probably won't pass until the trailer.

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