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Orange Thursday: The Laundromat (2019)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Only one movie for you this week, as I didn’t manage to watch a second one last night after all. But it’s an all-star affair directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Scott Z Burns and featuring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, Rosalind Chao and Sharon Stone.

It’s The Laundromat (2019), it’s all about tax avoidance and the Panama Papers, and it’s going to be reviewed after the adverts and the trailer.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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Orange Thursday: Doctor Sleep (2019) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Yes, it’s Friday. Let’s not talk about it. Let’s talk about the two movies I’ve got for you instead:

  • Doctor Sleep (2019): An adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining that also serves as a sequel to The Shining.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2018): A sequel to Godzilla (2014) that also serves as a sequel to Kong: Skull Island.

Both of them after the adverts and the trailers.

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Between Two Ferns
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Orange Thursday: Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)

Every Thursday, TMINE reviews two movies, carefully avoiding infringing a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

Looks like we made it. Or I thought so till today.

No, hang on. We really did. Look, it’s Thursday and here’s Orange Thursday.

A couple of odd ones this week. First up, we have a movie version of Zach Galifianakis celebrity chat show, Between Two Ferns. That’s the one where he sits with a guest between two ferns and insults them. How are they going to do a movie of that, hey?

And then, rolling like it’s 2018, it’s the return for one week – and one week only – of TMINE’s old feature, Weekly Wonder Woman, as we look at the release of new animated movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, which tells the story of how Diana, princess of the Amazons, rescues a wounded pilot, Steve Trevor…

What do you mean you’ve already seen that like half a dozen times already? You have a point. Yet surprisingly, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, is an origin story that should still be watched.

Both of those after the jump.

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Phase IV
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The alternative ending of Saul Bass’s Phase IV is now available

A long time ago, I nominated Saul Bass’s Phase IV (1974) as one of the scariest movies ever made. Sure, it’s about little tiny ants, but you only have to watch the first nine minutes of it to be totally creeped out by Bass’s micro-photography, and real-life teeny tiny ants (and wasps pretending to be ants) setting their mind to destroying and/or enslaving the human race.

The movie’s ending is reasonably bizarre as it stands.

However, that wasn’t Bass’s original ending. As you might expect of the graphic designer who worked most with Stanley Kubrick, that was a completely different beast.

In the book Future Tense by John Brosnan, an alternate ending to the film was described: “Bass originally filmed a spectacular, surreal montage lasting four minutes, showing what life would be like in the ‘new’ Earth, but this was cut by the distributor.”

A preview version with this ending intact was shown to some audiences in 1973-4, and clips of it showed up in the film’s theatrical trailer, and in Saul Bass’ title sequence to Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear (1991).

Unfortunately, though, it was lost to the mists of time until 2012, when the alternate ending and preview version resurfaced. The 35mm original footage of the ending was then scanned and colour-corrected (it had faded to magenta) by the Academy Film Archive.

Until now, Paramount has refused to license the additional footage, so releases of the movie since 2012 have failed to include it. But guess what. The movie’s 45 years old this year and has been released in 4K on Apple’s iTunes service – and the alternative ending is available as an iTunes Extra.

You can view a nice polished clip of this here, but if you don’t mind blurry vision, here’s the full thing, in all its oddness.