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Posted by: Akur0 Jul 28 2008, 03:54 PM

so dark knight was the best thing I've seen in ages, even though the movie was awesome enough for it's own thread I figure this idea was coming for quite some time.

discuss

Posted by: Toph Jul 28 2008, 04:03 PM

DaShizWiz vs. Mew2king at FAST1 are a pretty good set of movies.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 28 2008, 05:02 PM

I just watched Stalker.

The cinematography was pretty breathtaking and delicate but outside of that I'm not sure if I really "got it."

Dark Night is wonderful, between it and Speed Racer this has been a pretty good year for big budget domestic stuff.

Posted by: Akur0 Jul 28 2008, 07:39 PM

so does anyone else think heath ledger deserves an oscar? I loved how the guy made my skin crawl in one scene only to have me laugh my ass off about five seconds later.


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I'm going to make this pencil, disapeaarrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 28 2008, 07:50 PM

of course he does

the supporting cast in that movie was just great, Joker, Dent, Gordon

Posted by: Nihopalaoa Jul 28 2008, 08:05 PM

QUOTE(Akur0 @ Jul 28 2008, 04:39 PM) *
so does anyone else think heath ledger deserves an oscar?

definitely

you can really tell heath ledger put everything into that character

Posted by: Darighaz Jul 28 2008, 09:09 PM

He put his life into it.

































Too soon?

Posted by: Deets Jul 28 2008, 09:30 PM

QUOTE(Axem Rangers @ Jul 28 2008, 04:02 PM) *
Dark Night is wonderful, between it and Speed Racer this has been a pretty good year for big budget domestic stuff.

hahahaha whaaaaaat

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 28 2008, 09:38 PM

Speed Racer was phenomenal, that's why I was repping the Trixie avatar and "THIS IS MY RELIGON" a while back. The way the relatively simple story was told in such a violently confrontational and unneccesarily non-linear way, the way characters walked stage right to stage left to wipe in a scene and then paced back to right and wiped in a new scene, the way the first thirty minutes were paced like a trailer, all the classy nods to the original series, that they kept it PG, the fantastic cartoonish villans, the over-the-top jerky "camera" cuts back and forth between Trixie and Speed in the second leg of the cross country race, the camera spinning around the goddamn snowflakes in the arctic melee, the fucking spot-on costumes and makeup, RAIN, John Goodman beating up a ninja, the painfully corny Dancemania-esque credits song, man, I could go on for hours. It was pretty amazingly unparalelled and though I'm not suprised it didn't really find an auidence, that doesn't change how perfectly it did everything it set out to do (within the context of the film itself).

I saw it twice, the second time in Imax.

Same with Dark Knight, in face.

Someone talk about Stalker with me it's really bothering me trying to figure it out. It's probably the sci-fi / post-apocalyptic fan in me trying to rationalize the setting, which of course isn't at all what the movie is about. I guess it's to be taken the way many plays are meant to be taken: It's not about the idea behind the characters and what they're doing, it's about the ideas shared between the characters while they are doing it. Doesn't aggravate me any less, though, and I am still having difficult with the stuff about his daughter and Porcupine's brother.

I guess I should read the original book and the screenplay adapted novel / short story. Also a little annoying to know how much of the film was rewritten and reshot, it would be interesting to know what ideas got lost in that jumble.

Posted by: djplaeskool Jul 28 2008, 09:45 PM

I, too, have to admit, Speed Racer was a really fun, pretty expertly crafted movie.

I think a lot of people just crap on the concept, not because of the execution, but because it seems intentionally designed to pan out like 90-minutes of a cartoon from the 60s.

Posted by: Gabe Jul 28 2008, 09:53 PM

Dark Knight was okay, but I don't understand how you can still like the movie the second time watching it. The best movie I've seen come out recently was There Will Be Blood, which was absolutely astounding and I'd gladly watch it 4-5 more times without any hesitation.

Posted by: Rowen of the Strata Jul 28 2008, 10:34 PM

They're both fun to see multiple times for some of the same reasons. Mostly the phenomenal acting throughout. Dark Knight has the honor of being partially filmed in IMAX though so seeing the differences is well worth it.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 28 2008, 10:41 PM

When Joker walks out of the hospital it's just great.

Posted by: Gabe Jul 28 2008, 11:15 PM

QUOTE(Rowen of the Strata @ Jul 28 2008, 11:34 PM) *
They're both fun to see multiple times for some of the same reasons. Mostly the phenomenal acting throughout. Dark Knight has the honor of being partially filmed in IMAX though so seeing the differences is well worth it.


I dunno, blockbuster movie acting is just so fake to me, I can't stand it. There really isn't anything you'll benefit from on a second watch though, save for the IMAX differences you spoke about. It's a good movie for a hollywood movie, it's just not an amazing one like everyone says it is. I can't watch it again and like it, honestly, considering I've seen it before and I know what's coming, there's nothing to figure out, etc. I'd rather like it now than watch it again and like it less because there's no depth to it.

Plus man they killed fuckin' Two-Face in his first appearance sad.gif The love triangle in the movie was pretty pointless anyways, since Harvey's character is supposed to be selfless enough to fret over being chosen above any other hostage. They could have just as easily used Gordon's family or something instead of the girl. What a pointless character.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 28 2008, 11:25 PM

hahahahaha yeah the character that gave the script its emotional and dynamic character arc was totally pointless

it would have been better if all the characters were static

QUOTE(Gabe @ Jul 29 2008, 12:15 AM) *
I dunno, blockbuster movie acting is just so fake to me, I can't stand it.

what does this even mean

Posted by: Milk Chan Jul 28 2008, 11:35 PM

That any blockbuster movie that puts millions of dollars into to it and hires well-known big budget actors feels like they're not even trying to act? I have no idea honestly...

I saw Wanted about a month ago. It was pretty badass, its kinda like a cross between The Matrix and Fight Club.

Plus you hear Morgan freeman say "shoot the motherfucker!".

Posted by: Deets Jul 28 2008, 11:59 PM

re: Speed Racer

I dug it, but people have already done pretty in-depth analysis on why the movie is http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2008/06/action_spielberg_vs_speed.html on a directorial level. Comparing it to The Dark Knight is fun, though, I'll admit.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 29 2008, 12:28 AM

I wasn't comparing it to Dark Knight.

I think directorally it's completely perfect. One's interpretation from there may vary, I guess, but as far as the production goes it seems completely and unfaultingly dead-on for what the intent was (or, "for what I percieve that the intent was"). Seems like, on some level, the core of the movie was to appeal to those working on the movie. Which, really, should be the point of all art.

(hahaha, briefly going over that exceedingly nitpicky article (I'll read it in full when I don't have company) "kind of a fucking mess" translates to pretty rad, point-for-point I guess)

I really hope it wins some sort of technical award, or best make-up or some shit. Making everyone look as animated as the rest of the movie, and exactly like their cartoon counterparts was a pretty sizable accomplishment, I think, not to mention managing to make Christina Ricchie some variant of sexually appealing.

Someone talk with me about Stalker I can't decide if I really, really like it or if it pisses me off a lot and would have been a collasal waste of time had it not been so goddamn pretty and had one of the most breathtaking long takes I've ever seen.

Also Boris's "Vein (Hardcore Version)" samples Stalker, apparently, and while I don't normally "ohh and aah" over dumb little things like that (this may or may not be a bareassed lie I guess), it's neat to see the bit of dialog in its original context (and have the translation for it, haha).

Posted by: Akur0 Jul 29 2008, 12:34 AM

QUOTE(Axem Rangers @ Jul 28 2008, 11:41 PM) *
When Joker walks out of the hospital it's just great.


favorite scene in the movie acctually, the red wig had me rolling
QUOTE(Gabe @ Jul 29 2008, 12:15 AM) *
Plus man they killed fuckin' Two-Face in his first appearance sad.gif The love triangle in the movie was pretty pointless anyways, since Harvey's character is supposed to be selfless enough to fret over being chosen above any other hostage. They could have just as easily used Gordon's family or something instead of the girl. What a pointless character.



QUOTE(Axem Rangers @ Jul 29 2008, 12:25 AM) *
hahahahaha yeah the character that gave the script its emotional and dynamic character arc was totally pointless

it would have been better if all the characters were static


I thought the entire point of two face was to act as a character of balance in between joker's anarchy and batman's order.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 29 2008, 01:37 AM

nope

Posted by: Brazoliange Jul 29 2008, 03:08 AM

QUOTE(Axem Rangers @ Jul 28 2008, 11:25 PM) *
hahahahaha yeah the character that gave the script its emotional and dynamic character arc was totally pointless

it would have been better if all the characters were static


hahahaha god dammit joe I love you so much

Posted by: BG_Hojo72 Jul 29 2008, 10:44 AM

Dark Knight was really good. i don't have anything deeper to say about it.

Wall-E was phenomenal. and that's a completely serious statement. when i first saw Dark Knight, i said "This might be better" but now that i've had time to mull it over, i'm leaning towards Wall-E. i dunno. i saw it twice, but Dark Knight just once. i still need to IMAX that bitch.

Posted by: SnakesonaplaneplayingIIDX Jul 29 2008, 11:00 AM

QUOTE(BG_Hojo72 @ Jul 29 2008, 10:44 AM) *
Dark Knight was really good. i don't have anything deeper to say about it.

Wall-E was phenomenal. and that's a completely serious statement. when i first saw Dark Knight, i said "This might be better" but now that i've had time to mull it over, i'm leaning towards Wall-E. i dunno. i saw it twice, but Dark Knight just once. i still need to IMAX that bitch.

I'm with you there man. I was really surprised at how good Wall-E was. I figured it would be just another generic kid CG animation vehicle, but the whole was much greater than the sum of its parts. I so wanna see it again, as does my sister.

As for Dark Knight, that was the best movie I've seen this year. Even better than Batman Begins, and that's saying something. It was worth the $6 I spent on it and then some. I should try to see it again on IMAX. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Gabe Jul 29 2008, 12:38 PM

There's a love story in almost every hollywood movie and that's why they suck. Good movies either have unorthodox ones, or don't have them at all. Dark Knight's is fairly unorthodox, but it's nothing groundbreaking to cinema.

The acting in hollywood blockbusters always comes across to me as unrealistic, maybe it's the way Peter Parker in the Spider-Man movies was smiling with his eyes wide open no matter what the circumstance (he even cried with the same fucking face), but like big budget actors often just seem like themselves in movies, not the character they're supposed to portray. Some actors have one fairly rigid role and try to work around it by accepting roles in movies that are well-suited to their strengths (Morgan Freeman works in The Dark Knight just as he does in most other movies, and he was fantastic imo). Even regular people can be better actors than actors themselves, just because they've been living in a more "real" reality in a time period closer to the movie's filming. Some really good examples of this are Night of the Living Dead and Slacker, where NOTLD was and probably still is considered one of the deepest horror movies there is, with racial and sexual undertones, an ending that is scarier than most of the movie itself, and some of the highest tension during a horror movie I've ever seen (the final thanks to the acting). I mean, the guy who is holding the house has to kill a child that turned bad during the time he was in the house. Slacker was a breakthrough in cinema where Linklater basically created an entirely new genre of film, and though few people have seen the movie it's well worth watching just for all the human interactions. They take place with such striking realism that you can't help but feel that's the way the world really is; but even then the camerawork breaks that reality and reminds you that it's a movie, just as most movies should at some point.

In short, The Dark Knight is a good movie (better than I thought it would be actually, considering I thought the Joker was trying too hard to be Jack Nicholson from the previews), but I can't take it seriously enough as a film for it to warrant a second watch.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 29 2008, 12:41 PM

hahahahahaha indie film kid

I love Romero as much as the next warm blooded American but what Night of the Living Dead has to do with Dark Knight escapes me, they are fundamentally different in pretty much every way.

Also the love story bit sounds like something I would have said in the weeks following the Amiiii-chan disaster geez haha grow up

The bit in Dawn where they pop two kids in the head is better.

It also confuses me that your example as to why the acting in Dark Knight is bad is from Spiderman.

Posted by: MazriM TaiM Jul 29 2008, 08:06 PM

Haven't seen The Dark Knight yet, but I saw Wall-E on the weekend and it was really good. I wasn't expecting much but I came out of it very impressed. Considering how little actual script is in the movie, it's incredible what they get across and the themes of the movie are quite interesting.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 2 2008, 08:38 PM

I just finished Noriko's Dinner Table.

I liked it plenty, but it sure wasn't the easiest watch. It did a good job of explaining things that I wasn't wondering and completely ignoring the things I was (from Suicide Circle), hahaha. It spent a lot more time with "characters" than the first one did, which in a way was very helpful, especially since the male lead was so good. A lot of the themes it delt with got kind of worn my the time it was done with them, but they were all introduced so well. Everytime a new plot point was conveyed I was thinking "LOL no way that's pretty woooooow," (especially the first scene with Noriko and Ueno dressed as punk runaway daughters for the scruff businessman, and when they are unable to break character.). There were some pretty interesting shots, most memorable to me were at the beginning when Noriko is introducing us to her e-pals, and the long take near the finale with the three girls huddled around Tesuzo in the corner. I liked how often the point of the narrative jumped around (especially during the times it changed mid-scene, but the violent changes in time from cut to cut, back and forth, made it hard to follow at times. On the whole I'd say I enjoyed the first more, Noriko spent a lot more time either preaching or giving disassociated rants, but it's a good companion piece with a lot of interesting ideas.

I can't wait for the third! (Assuming it is still going to happen?)

I wish someone would put out an English edition of the goddamn novel, though.

I also watched Svankmajer's "Jabberwocky" and "Food" earlier today. Jabberwocky was endless fun, and had an almost headache inducing pace. I can't imagine how labor intensive it must have been to make! Food was pretty great, mostly the gross absurdity of the 'Dinner' sequence (my stomach was turned more by the condiments than the portion, haha). I will need to see his "Fall of the House Of User" as well as Faust next. After I rewatch Alice, anyway.

I think I am rewatching Stalker tomorrow evening. I've come to the temporary conclusion that it's fucking brilliant and all of "my problems with it" are simply my problems, but we'll see how I feel afterwards.

ALSO CRITERION 2-DISC SALO OUT SOON FUCK TO THE FUCKING YEAH

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 7 2008, 04:13 PM

(In stark contrast to most critical analysis,) I think I had an easier time with Stalker than I did with Solaris.

Posted by: djplaeskool Aug 7 2008, 10:39 PM

Everyone, do yourselves a favor and go see Pineapple Express.

Posted by: η-BEATS Aug 8 2008, 03:03 AM

QUOTE(djplaeskool @ Aug 7 2008, 08:39 PM) *
Everyone, do yourselves a favor and go see Pineapple Express.

this is the worst time for me to run out of weed

worse than when ATHF colon movie film for theaters came out. I have some curse related to being sober when stoner flicks come out.

Regardless, I'm excited for this one!

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 11 2008, 03:56 PM

I sure do like Blue Velvet.

Posted by: dj SHAHRA Aug 12 2008, 05:18 AM

QUOTE(Axem Rangers @ Aug 11 2008, 01:56 PM) *
I sure do like Blue Velvet.

Thumbs way the fuck up.

I honestly love David Lynch's work in every case that isn't Erasherhead. Especially that insane Dune adaptation.

"MY NAME IS A KILLING WORD!"

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 12 2008, 10:47 AM

Eraserhead is my favorite movie, and David Lynch is my favorite director.

I didn't want to bring up Lynch, just Blue Velvet, because talking about the larger body of his work with most people is fairly aggravating.

Dune is pretty great also.

Posted by: Deoxysapple Aug 15 2008, 05:14 PM

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7562557.stm

"...Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... pushed back... to July 2009."

sad.gif

It better freaking own when it's out.

Posted by: rmz Aug 15 2008, 05:55 PM

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clone_wars/

Posted by: Rowen of the Strata Aug 15 2008, 06:03 PM

I'm not surprised. I thought it started as a straight-to-DVD release. And it probably should've stayed as one.

Posted by: djplaeskool Aug 15 2008, 06:23 PM

Ya, seriously.
All signs and reviews point to it being like a mediocre hour and a half long pilot of a mediocre series...
Which it basically is...

Posted by: PkerUNO Aug 15 2008, 08:48 PM

I just saw the adverts for it and said "What... the... shit".

Posted by: Xythar Aug 15 2008, 08:58 PM

I saw the trailer or whatever and was wondering mostly why they purposefully made the characters look awful

Posted by: djplaeskool Aug 15 2008, 10:57 PM

QUOTE(Xythar @ Aug 15 2008, 08:58 PM) *
I saw the trailer or whatever and was wondering mostly why they purposefully made the characters look awful


There was an open house/advance viewing at the Skywalker Ranch a couple of weeks ago.
Supposedly, they're supposed to look like painted wooden marionettes...why? Even Lucasfilm had no logical reasoning for that "artistic" "decision" btns.gif

Posted by: grayfox9996 Aug 15 2008, 11:02 PM

QUOTE(djplaeskool @ Aug 15 2008, 08:57 PM) *
Supposedly, they're supposed to look like painted wooden marionettes...why?

Because obviously they want to compete with the Team America demographic THE GEORGE LUCAS WAY™

Posted by: djplaeskool Aug 15 2008, 11:13 PM


Posted by: HIGHWAY61 Aug 16 2008, 04:38 AM

QUOTE(Deoxysapple @ Aug 15 2008, 05:14 PM) *
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7562557.stm

"...Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... pushed back... to July 2009."

sad.gif

It better freaking own when it's out.

HP TWG IX

Who will kill Dumbledore

Let's see

Posted by: Schlagwerk Aug 16 2008, 11:39 AM

QUOTE(HIGHWAY61 @ Aug 16 2008, 02:38 AM) *
HP TWG IX

Who will kill Dumbledore

Let's see

Harry, shirt, ripped, gay sex, etc

Posted by: Toph Aug 16 2008, 07:53 PM

Thye

Posted by: Toph Aug 17 2008, 05:36 PM

I know I'm late to the party, but THE DARK KNIGHT is top tier. Way top tier. Maybe broken tier.

I went to see it like 3 weeks after it came out, at 10:30 PM (last show of the day), and the theater was full of people. I guess that goes to show how god damn good that movie is.

Posted by: therealbong Aug 17 2008, 06:07 PM

QUOTE(HIGHWAY61 @ Aug 16 2008, 04:38 AM) *
HP TWG IX

Who will kill Dumbledore

Let's see

Snape, with the wand.....ummmm in the castle
*checks the 3 clue cards* I WIN!

Posted by: Deets Aug 17 2008, 06:28 PM

Major surprise: Tropic Thunder is a pretty fucking hilarious movie. I wasn't expecting much from a Ben Stiller vehicle, but I was amused and bemused the whole way through.

Posted by: Toph Aug 17 2008, 07:36 PM

QUOTE(Deets @ Aug 17 2008, 01:28 PM) *
Major surprise: Tropic Thunder is a pretty fucking hilarious movie. I wasn't expecting much from a Ben Stiller vehicle, but I was amused and bemused the whole way through.


Posted by: Morning Blue Aug 18 2008, 02:26 AM

I was actually curious about that movie and wondered if it was any good. Glad to hear it doesn't suck.

I've actually seen a whole bunch of movies this summer, which is very unusual for me: WALL-E, The Dark Knight, Hancock, Pineapple Express, Kung Fu Panda, Iron Man, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And with the exception of the last one, I enjoyed each of them, and even saw some of them twice.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2008, 08:12 AM

fuck yeah dude kung fu panda

Posted by: Morning Blue Aug 18 2008, 02:22 PM

Kung Fu Panda was a really big surprise for me, as I genuinely don't care about most Dreamworks animated films, as well as most CG films in general. I find it more enjoyable than some of Pixar's more recent films! I liked the lack of a love story, musical numbers, or pop culture references that so many other animated films these days seem to stuff themselves full of for 90 minutes. I hear they're making more of them, and if they're as good as the original then I'll be pleased.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 31 2008, 09:46 PM

Andrei Rublev is really great on many more levels than I think I can understand. Certainly the most difficult film I've seen in a long while, perhaps ever. The epilouge seemed a bit much, but the final shot almost made me cry.

Russian seems more and more like such a pretty language, the more Tarkovsky that I watch.

Posted by: stsung Sep 1 2008, 04:24 AM

what do you find so cool about wall-e? ok, I went finally to the cinema to see this movie and I regret paying for it.

well, it does not have logic, is way too much exaggerated...I just couldn't enjoy something like that. that's my opinion, might be just a question of taste. but still what is the thing that made you enjoy the movie? quite interested in this, because everyone says it's so cool, etc etc etc. so after all that I had to see it for myself.

anyway kung fu panda in my eyes was a good movie. even though I mostly don't like anything animated like this (walt disney). it was fun.

Posted by: Milk Chan Sep 2 2008, 01:44 AM

This was a good movie summer. I saw Iron man, Hulk, Hancock, WALL-E, Wanted, Dark knight, and Pineapple Express. All were great movies.

There's still Tropic thunder but im really split on seeing it because if its not a positive review its usually an extremely negative review. Might just wait till DVD for it.


Also omg disaster movie was soo funny best movie of the year by far!


EDIT: I have one tiny nitpick with Hancock. It's nothing major and nothing to lose sleep over but if it was a PG-13 movie and had a decent amount of swearing, why did they play an edited version of Ludacris's song at the beginning?

Posted by: Axem Rangers Sep 2 2008, 01:56 AM

pretty classy up in here

Also (edit) I rewatched Lost Highway this morning for the first time in quite a long time and I liked it a rather fucking lot. Not sure what my issues with it were the first time (literally, I really do not recall). Bits of it I found especially fantastic, like when Mr. Eddy kicks the shit out of the guy while lecturing him on tailgating, and I found the scenes where Pete's parents refuse to tell him why he was taken to jail very disconcerting. I guess my complaints that remain, and I'm fairly unwavering in them, are the godawful choices of music for the film (everything except the Angelo Badalamenti and David Bowie tracks) and the sheer amount of screentime that is wasted on sex/making out. I understand how important it is to the film's themes, but come on, there had to be a good half hour of it that I feel could have been spent more wisely. It really hurt the pacing to me.

Also, Lynch needs to stop cutting huge chunks of time out of his film after the initial screenings (and not subsequently releasing them in any form). It really pisses me off I want to see the 25 minutes of deleted footage that Wiki claims he removed from the original cut. You'd think after how badly he regrets losing that handful of scenes from Eraserhead he'd knock it off. At least with Inland Empire we got the "More Things That Happened" feature.

I want to see the special features on the R2 DVD release. =\

Posted by: sir nabsalot Sep 2 2008, 10:44 PM

Man, the Lost Highway soundtrack is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks ever. I am going to listen to it in protest of your comment.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Sep 3 2008, 12:04 PM

I had posted a snotnosed response to that but I guess it was pretty irrelevant.

I do not really care for "industrial rock," it just comes across as comically over the top and without feeling, and always postures so goddamn hard. The composition is never anything special, either, although I'm sure that's not where the appeal is supposed to lie. Some of it works (I guess) in the context of the movie, since Lynch with a more "gritty," sort of speedy, pulpy thriller feel, rather than a winding mystery, but...not the kind of thing I'm going to opt to listen to in my free time.

Dub Driving and Red Bats With Teeth are two of my favorite Angelo Badalamenti pieces that I've heard, though.

Posted by: sir nabsalot Sep 3 2008, 09:40 PM

Haha snotnosed? Axemmmmm

After my righteous listen-through of Lost Highway, I have to say it's still pretty great even after all these years. The only truely weak points have got to be the rather inexplicable Rammstein tracks, which don't really work IMO. If that's what you mean by "industrial rock" then I'd have to agree on "comical". If you're talking about NIN, Smashing Pumpkins or Marilyn Manson, then I can only partially agree in general. The tracks that made it into this playlist were all pretty great and well-composed. I'm not even a MM fan, but Apple of Sodom is exactly the kind of AAA creepy danky dank darkness that put that dude on the map in the first place, and holy shit his cover of I Put A Spell On You fucking rocks in any credible sense of the term.

Angelo Badalamenti apparently makes up a full quarter of the album and well, his stuff fits David Lynch like a goddamn rubber; Red Bats With Teeth would work in any Lynch film ever.

I'd have to see the movie again to refresh my sense of how well the soundtrack actually goes with it. But as a fancy pants playlist it just works. The songs fit together without creating thematic monotony, and the transitions from track to track (like from Eye to Dub Driving for example) are subtle and surprising, and bring to the album the kind of cohesiveness you'd normally expect from a single dedicated artist.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Sep 3 2008, 09:52 PM

Trent Reznor is one of my least favorite people in the music industry. It's an unfair title because there's not a whole lot of people that you can really single out like that, and if he'd "done less stuff" then I'd be less able to make such a ridiculous statement, but geez do I so intensely dislike quite nearly everything he's had anything to do with and all his compositions have such a bland, monotone feel and an uninvolved attitude. I mean, if being buddy buddy with Lynch and Coil can't help you, then fuck, what can?

Marilyn Manson either is or has in his employ a really fucking good marketing man. Hardly seemed like the music was ever the focus of his "thing." It shows. Bores me and the attitude is childish and not expressed in a way that is new or interesting.

Smashing Pumpkins and Rammstein are basically just "lol."

QUOTE(sir nabsalot @ Sep 3 2008, 10:40 PM) *
...Apple of Sodom is exactly the kind of AAA creepy danky dank darkness that put that dude on the map in the first place...

I can't really let this slide.

Like it's almost offensive, but I guess that's pretty


edity: oops wait I think I totally misunderstood what you were saying there, for some reason I inferred "that dude" to be David Lynch, not Marilyn Manson.

haha oops my bad

Posted by: sir nabsalot Sep 4 2008, 09:10 AM

Oho, actually I didn't see that you misunderstood; I just figured that you really didn't like Marilyn Manson. He certainly had an image he marketed to a certain demographic (like any artist really), but his music used to actually be interesting and new (and for me as a teenager, I found it all deeply unsettling and way too dark to get into). As time went on, he seemed to become a mere caricature of himself. A pretty common story in market-driven pop music I'd say.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Dec 26 2008, 04:55 PM

earth stood still remake was pretty good and very enjoyable

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jan 23 2009, 05:43 PM

frost/nixon smile.gif

Posted by: rmz Jan 23 2009, 05:48 PM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Jan 23 2009, 03:43 PM) *
frost/nixon smile.gif

I've been wanting to see this, I will probably wait to get it through netflix though

Posted by: grayfox9996 Jan 23 2009, 07:12 PM

Yeah, there's a bunch of movies I want to see right now (Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler, Defiance, and I already saw Benjamin Button), but I'm waiting for most of them - only reason I even WENT to the movies recently was to take my sister out for her birthday. I'll see Watchmen in theaters for sure, and my girlfriend and I will do the midnight showing for HP6, like we always do, but beyond that I don't see myself going to the theater much. Tickets are $9 a piece now for both of the theaters I go to, which is fucking ridiculous (at least the Arizona Mills Harkins was $6 for matinee), so I'd rather spend the $9 a month to get as many movies as I want from Netflix. I have a big enough TV, and I can make better popcorn than they have at the theater, anyway. tongue.gif

Posted by: b00geyman Jan 23 2009, 09:29 PM

im a bit late, but yes Speed Racer was absolutely amazing. i cant remember the last time i enjoyed watching a movie to this extent. i even bought the DVD. yes bought. with money


Posted by: Deets Jan 23 2009, 09:43 PM

The last shot of The Wrestler. It's something else.

Posted by: osrg Jan 23 2009, 09:47 PM

I watched Speed Racer on my plane to Japan in the summer. Not one of the worst movies I've seen, but one I would walk out of the theater on if I went to see it.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jan 23 2009, 10:17 PM

hahaha

Posted by: Rowen of the Strata Jan 24 2009, 12:22 AM

I liked Speed Racer so much that I asked for it for Christmas as the only present I would get. So awesome.


I saw Gran Torino recently and that was excellent. Clint Eastwood is still an amazing actor/man/god/old.

I'd love to see The Wrestler but none of the theaters within a 200 mile radius have it so that's pretty hard. Frost/Nixon's sort of in a similar situation except it's a 50 mile radius. Either way, it's too far.

Posted by: Brazoliange Jan 24 2009, 01:23 AM

There is a really good DVDSCR of The Wrestler out if you aren't opposed to that. I definitely recommend it, it's a great movie. I'd be amazed if Mickey Rourke and optionally Marisa Tomei don't take home Oscars for their respective roles.

Hoping to get out and see Rachel Getting Married on Sunday and maybe Slumdog Millionaire sometime in the near future.

Posted by: rage against the usual Jan 24 2009, 03:08 PM

QUOTE (Rowen of the Strata @ Jan 24 2009, 01:22 AM) *
I saw Gran Torino recently and that was excellent. Clint Eastwood is still an amazing actor/man/god/old.

doo-wop dago

Posted by: Axem Rangers Feb 5 2009, 08:02 PM





Startlingly good, exceeded all expectations. Sucks that he didn't get to make the other two...also sucks that the 50 minutes of deleted scenes he picked haven't seen the light of day yet. (Especially, especially so because, "Note the original cut of the Convenience Store Scene was originally 20 minutes long as Lynch had filmed a lot more footage that strayed off the original script. Michael Anderson had mentioned to me that the film version 'doesn't even come close to capturing all of the events that were filmed that day.'") But still...wow. Better than Lost Highway, on par with Mulholland. Few flaws to speak of.

Posted by: deathrazor Mar 6 2009, 09:00 AM

Watchmen. See it. Love it.

Posted by: djplaeskool Mar 6 2009, 09:17 AM

QUOTE (deathrazor @ Mar 6 2009, 09:00 AM) *
Watchmen. See it. Love it.


Seeing it tomorrow...
I'm reading through the graphic novel now...and holy shit...
I've heard about it, but never read it...this thing is beyond deep...

I'm hearing about how the movie is true to the book to both its benefit and detriment.
I think that's because the previews make it out to be an action movie...but reading through this, that's far from the truth.
I'm expecting a visual and psychological mindscrew...

Posted by: Schlagwerk Mar 6 2009, 11:39 AM

I'm hype. I picked up the graphic novel for Watchmen and V for Vendetta back in January, and while I've never been much of an American comic reader I was definitely impressed by Watchmen
Also doesn't hurt that I got 2 tickets for $8 thanks to Best Buy's recent "buy any XBL item, get 2 free tickets" deal

Posted by: deathrazor Mar 6 2009, 12:20 PM

I haven't read the graphic novel, I was waiting to see the movie beforehand.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Mar 6 2009, 02:02 PM

QUOTE (deathrazor @ Mar 6 2009, 10:20 AM) *
I haven't read the graphic novel, I was waiting to see the movie beforehand.

It really surprises me how many people I know that haven't read the graphic novel are liking it so far.

Posted by: Brazoliange Mar 6 2009, 02:55 PM

The movie is pretty great if not perfect. 2-3 of the soundtrack choices felt p. off (such as during SS and NO's sex scene), and I can't say I totally loved the changed ending although I can totally agree that it was both a lot more logical/practical and was the only real way to save a fair deal of running time. Overall though, a lot of it was perfectly done.

Posted by: osrg Mar 6 2009, 02:55 PM

City of God: Might be my new favorite movie over Dr. Strangelove
Slumdog Millionaire: Very good but not as good as previous movies that won the best picture award. I'll give it a few rewatches to see if it gains any additional depth.
Fritz the Cat: Interesting, not much else to say about this lol.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of Bakishi's other movies, specifically Heavy Traffic and Coonskin.

Posted by: deathrazor Mar 6 2009, 04:32 PM

QUOTE (grayfox9996 @ Mar 6 2009, 02:02 PM) *
It really surprises me how many people I know that haven't read the graphic novel are liking it so far.


Why's that?

Posted by: grayfox9996 Mar 6 2009, 05:41 PM

QUOTE (deathrazor @ Mar 6 2009, 02:32 PM) *
Why's that?

I'd assumed it would either be difficult to follow the story (since they crammed quite a bit down into so little time), too little action for those that saw the trailer thinking it was an action-packed superhero movie (which most of my relatives did), or just that it would end up a poor movie in general.

Still looking forward to seeing it at some point this weekend, though.

Posted by: deathrazor Mar 7 2009, 07:49 AM

I had no problem following the story, I had the feeling it wouldn't be full of action but more focused on dialogue and storytelling, and I went to it generally optimistic. Also I picked up the graphic novel last night and I'm going to read through it over my spring break this week.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Mar 7 2009, 08:03 AM

haha nerds

Posted by: red shoe paul Mar 8 2009, 04:36 PM

I just watched Battle In Seattle which was pretty interesting.

Posted by: sir nabsalot Mar 10 2009, 06:51 PM

NEEERRRRRRRDDDSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/startrek/
eeeeeeeee new trailer! still don't know about syler as spock

Posted by: Sense2007 Mar 11 2009, 12:23 AM

every time i see this thread i laugh because it reminds me of "Akur0"

Posted by: sir nabsalot Mar 11 2009, 05:47 PM

hahaha it sounds like you love him so much

Posted by: djplaeskool Mar 26 2009, 03:16 PM

Yeah...so I just watched the trailer for Where The Wild Things Are...

this looks incredible (even if only because I have fond memories of this book).

Posted by: Axem Rangers Mar 26 2009, 03:20 PM

I watched Wild At Heart a few weeks ago and I really liked it.

Also The Spirit Of The Beehive. At first I thought that I didn't get it, and then I realized that I was overthinking it and it was just very calculated and romantically drawn out in telling something very simple and universal. Really wonderful.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Apr 8 2009, 05:45 PM

tideland again

Posted by: djplaeskool Apr 8 2009, 06:30 PM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Apr 8 2009, 06:45 PM) *
tideland again


Good movie.
Terry Gilliam is alright in my book.


In unrelated news, Knowing is 1:59 of boring, drawnout melodrama and thirty awesome seconds of the earth getting its shit ruined (read: microwaved by a junk science gamma burst super solar flare that our sun is nowhere near large enough or unstable enough to emit in the next few million years).
edited for accuracy

Posted by: Axem Rangers Apr 8 2009, 06:35 PM

"good"
"alright"



"Knowing"




nicholas cage had to sell one of his castles because of the economy

Posted by: Axem Rangers Apr 10 2009, 09:37 PM

the night walking scenes in mamma roma ohmy.gif

Posted by: Axem Rangers Apr 27 2009, 08:18 PM

haha jesus the last minute and a half of Ivan's Chuldhood



does Tarkovsky do that in every film? (not that I mind!)

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 13 2010, 05:58 PM












Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 13 2010, 07:09 PM

Seen a lot of movies this summer already - Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, Get Him to the Greek, Iron Man 2, The Losers, The A-Team, Killers, Grown-Ups, The Last Airbender, and Despicable Me. The Last Airbender and Killers are two of the worst movies I've ever had the misfortune of ever seeing in a movie theater.

I'm kind of looking forward to Inception Friday, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World next month.

Posted by: Mazrim Jul 13 2010, 07:33 PM

What movie is that, Axem? Considering your tastes, I assume it's extremely weird or strange. She looks hot, though!

Posted by: over there Jul 13 2010, 07:48 PM

it's Anti-Christ. It's really good lol.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 13 2010, 07:53 PM

QUOTE (Tropical Pallete @ Jul 13 2010, 07:09 PM) *
Seen a lot of complete garbage this summer already.

Oh word.

Mazrim the name of the film is "Antichrist" by the Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier (although the film itself is in English). The leading lady is none other than miss Charolette Gainsbourg, daughter of the French modern Renissance man Serge Gainsbourg. She co-stars with Willem Dafoe. It's an intense and deeply psychological horror flick: a take on the "spooky cabin in the woods" archetype, except that there's no monsters or apparent otherworldly forces at play. It was my first exposure to Von Trier and I really loved it; it won its share of awards in Europe and Charolette got Best Actress at Cannes. Not for the faint of heart, probably, it's excessively dark, features extreme violence and sexual content (including a couple shots of unsimulated sex acts, and some genital mutilation), and is generally "avant-garde" and despondant in its delivery.

Either way, absolutely gourgeous cinematography:






Posted by: Mazrim Jul 13 2010, 07:57 PM

Hmm...sounds interesting. I'm not a big horror person but I might check it out.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 13 2010, 08:03 PM

Yeah it's not really a "horror film" so much as it is "a film that is horrifying" haha.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Jul 13 2010, 10:32 PM

Axem you have sold me, this movie's going on my list. :>

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 13 2010, 11:48 PM

cool man! let me know what you think when you see it!

I don't want to give away too much. It's very confusing, but it's also genuine and visceral and very powerful. So you walk away feeling an impact.

-____-;;;

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 15 2010, 08:27 PM

Sorry, Axem. I forgot that movies are only good if they're obscure, foreign, and flop tremendously in the box office.

Do you still like Speed Racer?

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 16 2010, 01:39 PM

of course, one of my favorites

gonna go see inception, maybe today, maybe tomorrow

Ended up rewatching Antchrist last night. I liked it even more now that I had room to breathe. It can be read in so many different ways.

What else recently? There was Survival of the Dead, got to see that on a big screen a couple weeks ago. It wasn't very scary but I really enjoyed it, it seemed like it was very self-aware and in control. Just Romero getting to have some fun by using his element to escape his element. Probably better than Diary, although if I recall Diary had a little less CG and was in general much more claustrophobic and opressive... I don't know why they've gotten such bad reviews. I guess everyone still wants to be hand-fed "Zombies = consumerism!! The military complex is bad!!" Or maybe everyone just wants fast zombies now haha (CHUMPS).

Before that was a one-night screening of Brazil, which I don't really have to extol the virtues of haha. Truely massive.
I missed the recut & restored Metropolis though. :<

Next month is Kurosawa month at http://dryden.eastmanhouse.org/, but I don't know what I'm going to be around for. They're also showing Dogtooth in August, which I was just recently reading about and would really like to get to see.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Jul 16 2010, 08:23 PM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Jul 16 2010, 11:39 AM) *
I missed the recut & restored Metropolis though. :<

The restored Metropolis is complete?! I thought they were saying it wouldn't be done until 2011 - fuuuuuck I need to see this. I love Fritz Lang's older films (M in particular was fantastic), but Metropolis is still hard to watch with all of those scenes missing, as much as I do enjoy the movie.

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 16 2010, 08:27 PM

Got back from Inception. I like the first 70 minutes or so, and not so much the other 78. So much filler.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 16 2010, 11:48 PM

QUOTE (Tropical Pallete @ Jul 16 2010, 08:27 PM) *
Got back from Inception. I like the first 70 minutes or so, and not so much the other 78. So much filler.

unlike get him to the greek that shit was JAM PACKED

grayfox: yeah, it's been making the rounds...keep an eye out on your indie theaters. dunno when it'll be on dvd.

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 16 2010, 11:58 PM

Get Him to the Greek didn't spend endless minutes wallowing over a man's dead wife like Inception does. Get Him to the Greek didn't rely on big-budget special effects for the sole purpose of big-budget special effects to pad out the length of the film. Get Him to the Greek didn't have an ending that teased its audience who watched the first 130 minutes of the film hoping for a conclusion. If Nolan spent a decade making this film like he claims, he should've spent another year making it more interesting. I nearly fell asleep twice.

It's a very original film, though. I'll give it that. An unique concept, good acting, great special effects. But it seemed to be more focused on visuals and sound than on story, which is good for a while...

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 17 2010, 12:00 AM

ah nevermind I totally misread you I see that you know the writer/director's name which proves your keen insight

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 17 2010, 12:02 AM

you are right though I will probably hate it because it's domestic and mainstream sad.gif

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 17 2010, 12:11 AM

I dunno, man. You liked The Dark Knight. This might up your alley. It's not your typical Hollywood film, that's for damn sure.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 17 2010, 12:14 AM

no no no I hated the dark knight it was domestic and mainstream and a box office hit

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 17 2010, 12:23 AM

Did you even see Get Him to the Greek or the other movies I saw that you called garbage earlier? Just out of curiosity. (Granted, I do think some of those are complete garbage..) I'd apologize about my earlier comment if I knew you weren't pulling my leg.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Jul 17 2010, 12:24 AM

have you ever visited north korea



maybe it's nice

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jul 17 2010, 12:28 AM

Yeah, I'm going to leave this thread now until I see another movie. Sorry about my earlier comments, Axem. I got to learn to stop being butthurt when you were just messing around. I do think you might enjoy Inception for real, though.

Posted by: ErAseRmoTor maXimUM Aug 16 2010, 08:09 AM

I watched the men who stare at goats because it was on the netflix thing on xbox and I thought it was hysterical but apparently people think it sucks?

also during that one part when he said the name of the town is something sweet I immediatly thought "it would be funny if he said what I'm thinking" and then he said it and I was like woah

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 17 2010, 03:48 PM

I liked it.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 05:40 PM

how about that scott pilgrim i hear it has



videogame references

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 18 2010, 07:02 PM

looks awesome, seeing it friday

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 07:10 PM

have you read the comics?

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 18 2010, 07:43 PM

nope, but I played the first level of the game

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 07:47 PM

ah well the game is great

the movie is...enjoyable. maybe you'll have fewer problems with it if you're not familiar with the source material.

or maybe it'll have absolutely no soul or coherence because you won't know where it's coming from. hard to say. :s

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 18 2010, 07:57 PM

Yeah... Well, I really liked the other films Edgar Wright is done and the film looked pretty great in the theatrical trailers so hopefully I'll enjoy it

What did you think of Inception?

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 08:16 PM

Yeah I like his other movies too. But with how he handled the source material with this one, it was like, "Okay, I want to make another genre film!...Uh, how can we make this a genre film?" and after a certain point in the script the film realises how much stuff it has to fit in its remaining time and just starts throwing stuff to the wall to see what sticks, and by the end of the movie things have become so convoluted that it's hard to have any investment in what's going on onscreen (beyond kneejerk reactions) because most of what the first act spent its capital establishing has faded so far into the background that you wonder why they bothered in the first place.

Good sentence. Well, if you like it, read the comic. If you don't like it...read the comic.

Inception was basically perfect. Audiovisually stunning, well-paced, painstakingly complex and yet easy to follow without the film constantly coddling you with extraneous expositional dialog. It refused to get bogged down in the nuances of its science-fiction elements, and thus kept from being too contrived, and was able to focus entirely on interweaving an intense emotional narrative with what was, essentially, an ensemble heist thriller. But one that through clever use of a modest gimmick was able to encompass so, so much more ground (both figuratively and literally!) than the sum of its parts. Lots of ways to read it, lots of ways to watch it, lots of reasons to see it again. And something that doesn't seem to come up often is that it's a time travel movie that works. Endlessly fascinating, to me anyway.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 08:21 PM

repping the triumverate of shitty posting all up in

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 18 2010, 09:10 PM

Yeah I agree about Inception, at first I felt like they could have done more crazy stuff with the (relatively conventional) dream settings but it's not really the point of the film and it works pretty great as-is. The direction was also some of the most... economical? I don't really know the best word to use, but it basically uses the exact right amount of time to show and explain everything without beating the viewer over the head with concepts.

I also loved Memento and The Dark Knight and I picked up The Prestige on blu-ray but haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

Posted by: Schlagwerk Aug 18 2010, 09:20 PM

I left Inception wanting to know all more about the magical dreamy device and its rules

...well done

Posted by: Xenogenesis Aug 18 2010, 10:24 PM

QUOTE (Schlagwerk @ Aug 18 2010, 10:20 PM) *
I left Inception wanting to know all more about the magical dreamy device and its rules

...well done

You see this is one (of the many!) things Inception did perfectly, and that alot of sci-fi fails horribly with. We have absolutely no clue how the dream boxes work, Nolan doesn't bother trying to explain how they work, and doing would only detract from the story. Really, how would rationalizing the magic further develop Cobb's obsession with the dreamworld/Mal, or build the operation's tension, or... anything?

I mean maybe this is a completely unfair contrast, but consider the opposite extreme, most episodes of Star Trek TNG. At best, Geordi rambling on about how warp core dilithium crystals and deflector is just padding. Knowing how the Enterprise goes from point A to point B doesn't flesh out the TNG world in any interesting way, it doesn't make me care anymore about the cast's dynamic, and doesn't contribute to the alien interactions. At WORST, the technobabble is used as a cop-out to resolve an episode's main conflict.

Magic should do what the story requires of it, and get out of the way as soon as possible. We don't know how the dream boxes work, we don't know how the Tardis works, but we don't have to and the fiction's better for it.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 10:39 PM

xeno hehe hit the nail right on the head, see:

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Aug 18 2010, 08:16 PM) *
It refused to get bogged down in the nuances of its science-fiction elements


Totally agree on that point dude.

Xyth I was actually initially very disappointed that there wasn't more kooky dream stuff as well, but as you said it all worked out for the best in terms of the plot and helping you keep your focus, and I think an ulterior motive for this may have been to keep the movie from turning into a CG fest.

(wiki sez: Inception had close to 500 visual effects shots (in comparison, Batman Begins had approximately 620) which is considered minor in comparison to contemporary visual effects epics that can have around 1,500 or 2,000 VFX shots.[41]))

Memento is classic and if you're into that sort of 90's, toying with reality and the perception thereof kind of movie you should check out "Dark City (1998)" (which I may have mentioned in this thread a few pages ago?). There was a new director's cut released on DVD a couple years ago that's especially great... It's got Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt... Wouldn't want to give away too much about the film but it's a sort of neo-noir detective story with gorgeous and deliberate set design, very dark aesthetics and fast paced, claustrophobic cuts. A sprinkle of sci-fi and the reveals in the film's final act give it a concrete psychological edge, just enough to push it over the edge and make it really engrossing. A long time favorite of mine, let me know if you see it (or have already seen it haha).

QUOTE (Schlagwerk @ Aug 18 2010, 09:20 PM) *
I left Inception wanting to know all more about the magical dreamy device and its rules

...well done


have you heard of this show "death note" plenty of rules there

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 18 2010, 10:55 PM

I've seen Dark City and I own it on DVD and Blu-Ray, it's one of my favourite films. It was actually the first film I saw Kiefer Sutherland in so it always made watching 24 feel kind of weird.

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 10:59 PM

oh nice, well, one step ahead of me then :B

Posted by: Shades of Grey Aug 18 2010, 11:45 PM

QUOTE (chotto kiitena @ Aug 18 2010, 05:57 PM) *
Yeah... Well, I really liked the other films Edgar Wright is done and the film looked pretty great in the theatrical trailers so hopefully I'll enjoy it

I'm gonna give you this, as someone who read v1 of the series and didn't like it: The film's damn solid.

This is all you need to know comic-wise to make the film work: nothing. It is a good film and it doesn't try to be the books, it tries to work. As a film, it solidly does. Edgar Wright pulled it off.

Also that game's great too. I'm loving that. I apparently like everything but the source material. (this is a lie, I just like Edgar Wright and the Paul Robertson/Amanaguchi combo)

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 11:55 PM

I actually don't think the movie took enough creative liberties (something, you know, that I never thought I'd say about any script to screen adaption of anything), and is thusly kind of stuck with a back nine that's really compressed and a bunch of extended one note jokes that get kind of hackneyed, and a bunch of characters that get established and then sit out the rest of the movie, and a bunch of subplots and relationships that get enough of a nod to make you wonder where they could be going and then are never mentioned again.

And the liberties it did take (such as framing the entire story in a "battle of the bands" setup) didn't really serve to streamline the narrative or add anything.

Welp,

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 18 2010, 11:56 PM

just another shitty post courtesy of axemrangers

I wouldn't quite write the comic off after the first issue, by the way. The scope of the story and the characters only grows and grows, and ultimately it's quite rewarding. While it's hardly a masterpiece (and in fact is one of the few things I might self-identify as a "guilty pleasure"), the fine line it walks between painstakingly focus-tested exploitational sentimentality and full-on condescension is so genuine that it really creates a unique aesthetic, and is at the very least pleasantly addictive. If you really do like the movie, then give it another shot. It certainly goes somewhere from the first volume.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Aug 19 2010, 12:10 AM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Aug 18 2010, 09:55 PM) *
I actually don't think the movie took enough creative liberties (something, you know, that I never thought I'd say about any script to screen adaption of anything)

Watchmen?

Posted by: Shades of Grey Aug 19 2010, 01:07 AM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Aug 18 2010, 09:56 PM) *
I wouldn't quite write the comic off after the first issue, by the way.

I didn't really like a single person in it, though.

I mean, I tend to give things a two issue/episode/whatever test, but at $10 a pop and finding the entire first sixth SO damn unimpressive I had no reason to go on. The game is basically scratching any itch I had with the series.

Posted by: big booty bitches Aug 19 2010, 01:46 AM

hey xythar has bangs ever taken u to da movies v.gif

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 19 2010, 02:54 AM

who?

Posted by: big booty bitches Aug 19 2010, 03:21 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJbJs-9ST0

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 19 2010, 10:30 PM

QUOTE (Shades of Grey @ Aug 19 2010, 01:07 AM) *
I didn't really like a single person in it, though.

I mean, I tend to give things a two issue/episode/whatever test, but at $10 a pop and finding the entire first sixth SO damn unimpressive I had no reason to go on. The game is basically scratching any itch I had with the series.

but you liked the people in the movie?

Posted by: Schlagwerk Aug 20 2010, 12:19 AM

Just got back from the live* RiffTraxing of Reefer Madness

*and by live I mean delayed 3 hours stupid timezones

Posted by: Shades of Grey Aug 20 2010, 12:35 AM

QUOTE (Axem Rangers @ Aug 19 2010, 08:30 PM) *
but you liked the people in the movie?

My entire reason for going to the film was "see Michael Cera punched in the face". It delivered on this, and the same scene that did went insane with bollywood succubi backup dancers and shit.

So yeah, totally.

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 20 2010, 01:16 AM

I don't really get why so many people hate Michael Cera, especially if they liked Arrested Development. But then I haven't seen him in a movie yet >_>

Posted by: Shades of Grey Aug 20 2010, 02:25 AM

I've never seen AD. I just know he plays the same goddamn stunted manchild in everything. Sometimes you want to see that kind of person punched in the face.

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 20 2010, 02:41 AM

QUOTE (Shades of Grey @ Aug 20 2010, 03:25 AM) *
I've never seen AD.


what is wrong with you

Posted by: Shades of Grey Aug 20 2010, 03:10 AM

Give me:
a) a reason to watch it (all I ever get is "IT'S THE BEST COMEDY EVER" with no reasoning, usually from people whose taste I give no shits about)
cool.gif a reason to boost it ahead of the pile of DVDs/series I'm working through.

Posted by: chotto kiitena Aug 20 2010, 11:28 AM

It's funny. You can't explain why something is funny and you'd be a tool for trying to. It just is.

I don't know what else you're watching so I can't exactly make that judgment!

Posted by: Axem Rangers Aug 20 2010, 08:09 PM

QUOTE (Schlagwerk @ Aug 20 2010, 12:19 AM) *
Just got back from the live* RiffTraxing of Reefer Madness

*and by live I mean delayed 3 hours stupid timezones

I am really sad that I missed this.

Posted by: Newcastle Legions Oct 19 2010, 06:13 AM

i watched buried

it's like 90 minutes watching an interior of a wooden crate with a guy in it (seriously, except a 10 second videoclip on the guy's mobile you don't see any people/other place)

it's not awesome but could be waaaaaaay worse

Posted by: Mazrim Dec 12 2010, 12:08 PM

Tron was on TV last night. Forgot how good it is. Still pretty impressive when you consider when it was made. It's also a great primer for the new movie coming out.

Posted by: Xenogenesis Dec 14 2010, 05:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6w0r-ScEG4&hd=1

Posted by: Nihopalaoa May 13 2011, 08:06 PM

http://www.thebeaver-movie.com/

what in the ever-loving fuck is this shit.

Posted by: ErAseRmoTor maXimUM May 13 2011, 08:08 PM

is that real

Posted by: Marlie Tang May 13 2011, 08:12 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_Back,_Mr._McDonald is a good movie

Posted by: Nihopalaoa May 13 2011, 08:16 PM

QUOTE (ErAseRmoTor maXimUM @ May 13 2011, 06:08 PM) *
is that real

unfortunately

Posted by: Xenogenesis May 13 2011, 11:06 PM

QUOTE (Nihopalaoa @ May 13 2011, 09:06 PM) *
what in the ever-loving fuck is this shit.

Are you kidding me, a black comedy about a man who's lost all grasp of reality and can only interact with the world through a hand puppet could be awesome. Granted there is potential for it to descend into a sappy message movie, but I'm willing to give it a chance anyway.

Posted by: Xenogenesis May 13 2011, 11:06 PM

Sucker Punch

Posted by: Marlie Tang May 14 2011, 12:32 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDaOFQ6g2I

what the actual fuck

Posted by: Marlie Tang May 14 2011, 03:50 AM

QUOTE (Xenogenesis @ May 13 2011, 11:06 PM) *
Sucker Punch

not sold, why should I watch this I mean it looks like it's starring a scene girl who would unironically spout the phrase "epic fail" as actual dialogue

Posted by: grayfox9996 May 14 2011, 03:54 AM

Tron Legacy was really aurally and visually appealing. That is all I've seen lately. sad.gif

Posted by: BG_Hojo72 May 14 2011, 04:20 AM

i watched The Thing a few weeks ago.

holy shit, amazing movie. Kurt Russell had a beard in it.

Posted by: grayfox9996 May 14 2011, 04:24 AM

QUOTE (BG_Hojo72 @ May 14 2011, 02:20 AM) *
i watched The Thing a few weeks ago.

holy shit, amazing movie. Kurt Russell had a beard in it.

Fuck yes, this movie is great.

And the new prequel they're making has Carpenter's blessing - he's apparently had a hand in everything leading right up into production, so that should be great, hopefully :>

Posted by: ErAseRmoTor maXimUM May 14 2011, 04:42 AM

thirding how good The Thing is

if they make a bad prequel I'll never recover

Posted by: chotto kiitena May 14 2011, 04:47 AM

I think the last good movie I saw was The Social Network, and that was ages ago

Posted by: Tropical Pallete May 21 2011, 07:50 PM

I still have to see the last half-hour of The Social Network, which I missed due to work before the movie was over.

Any thoughts on the new Pirates film? Does anyone even care?

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Dec 13 2012, 06:09 AM

So is anyone planning to see The Hobbit? Just saw the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy again for the first time in years and I'm kind of excited for another film.

Posted by: Mazrim Dec 13 2012, 03:01 PM

Watched the trilogy a couple months ago and I couldn't care less about The Hobbit. Maybe I should have waited to see The Hobbit first, then the trilogy.

Posted by: sync Dec 13 2012, 03:30 PM

Pretty excited for The Hobbit actually. I'm planning on going to see it once the hype dies out a bit.

Posted by: Putf8umHawke Dec 13 2012, 07:41 PM

Going to see it tomorrow in IMAX 3D Bells and Whistles edition.

Posted by: #Based death song template Dec 13 2012, 09:29 PM

id rtaher watch the Hobbit than LotR because LIV TYLER graahahagaghahrahahahgahghahh LIV TYLER UGH agahgrhghehghaghrghghaggrhgahrhagh

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Dec 13 2012, 09:43 PM

Yeah, the absence of Liv Tyler is automatically a plus!

When my friend, Razer and I all saw the films again recently, we fast-forwarded through all the scenes with her.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Dec 13 2012, 10:30 PM

I'm not excited for The Hobbit, for a lot of reasons. I know I'll see it at some point, though.

I am, however, excited for Man of Steel, even if that's months away. May be the next film I see in theaters, though, at this rate.

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Dec 14 2012, 01:54 AM

I'm still sitting on Man of Steel. My view of Synder fell dramatically after I watched Sucker Punch.

Edit: Saw the new trailer. I retract my earlier comment.

Posted by: adammm Feb 14 2013, 10:25 AM

New movie Trance by Danny Boyle looks sick. Great director.

Posted by: Tropical Pallete Jun 20 2013, 08:54 AM

So yeah, Man of Steel wasn't that good.

Posted by: grayfox9996 Jun 20 2013, 12:59 PM

Yeah I haven't been to a theater since The Dark Knight Rises and I don't think that's going to change for Man of Steel, unfortunately.

Posted by: security tubbs Jun 20 2013, 10:46 PM

It could not miss the point of Superman harder if it tried. I'd argue it got the rest of the cast right though.

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