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ray_afraid said:

Dek Rollins said:

darthrush said:

Possessed said:

^

I concur. Much better than the “amazing” reboot from a few years ago. Totally don’t get the hate for toby as Peter Parker. I thought both of those movies were very well done.

I disagree. Garfield was far better than Toby for me. The first of the Amazing reboots was quite good. The only one from the Raimi trilogy that impressed me all that much was the second. Never understand the mass amount of love for the first one. I still think it is a pretty mediocre flick.

Well, first off, you’re just plain wrong. 😛

But really, the first two Raimi films are what I consider masterpieces of modern cinema, and they are among the most perfect comic book films ever made.

Not only is Raimi an amazing director, but he was pretty much the perfect director they could’ve gotten. He’s a fan of the comics, he enjoys and understands the characters, and he’s just plain fun. Everything he brought to those films blows Marc Webb out of the water. Who wants a “dark and gritty” Spider-Man film? I’d rather have some comic book optimism.

And the hate for Tobey Maguire as Peter has no legs to stand on. He was perfectly cast (along with everyone else, actually). People seem to complain about a few things in general; he makes weird faces at times/is just goofy looking, he cries too much (understandable and well performed every time save for the third film), and he’s supposedly not “transformed” enough under the mask. None of these complaints that I’ve read/heard make any sense. Andrew Garfield is just awful as Peter IMO. He’s not a genius nerd who gets picked on by bullies, he’s a genius hot guy who protects those who are bullied and he’s just kind of a jerk sometimes, and his performances are just bad most of the time.

J.K. Simmons is J. Jonah Jameson.

Cliff Robertson is Uncle Ben.

Rosemary Harris is Aunt May.

Willem Dafoe is Norman Osborn.

The only complaint about those films that I understand is that Maryjane is underdeveloped. This is somewhat valid, but even this I don’t feel is really that valid either, because she is developed as much as she needs to be, and though she may be a primary character, the films aren’t really about her. I’m fine with what they did, because she does have a developed character, despite being weaker than some others. And Kirsten Dunst does a great job with her.

If you’re interested in wasting an hour of your life, this shows a lot about why people love the first two Raimi films:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3h_bT0Mfg

Also this, this and this.

I agree very much. Best superhero movies by a long distance.
I only wish they’d used the animatronic Goblin mask they developed and went with a more traditional Green Goblin costume. That PowerRangers suit they used is silly to the point of breaking some scenes for me and the animatronic mask looked so great!

I’m curious though, how do you think that kind of Goblin face would’ve been explained in the film? The animatronic mask doesn’t make any sense so they’d have to figure out a really good reason for that mask to even exist. The armored mask appears the same as the rest of the armored flight suit, so it’s logical to assume it was something that was made for the suit, as silly as that may seem. I just can’t think of a logical explanation for his face turning green and eyes turning yellow, not to mention where that purple getup came from. 😉

I actually love the organic web shooters. It makes as much sense as the rest of the powers he endowed from the spider bite and save a heap of time and explaining.

I always thought it was dumb that the signature super power of SPIDER-MAN wasn’t even a super power originally.

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DuracellEnergizer said:

Dek Rollins said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

I really like the first Spidey movie. My only pet peeves with it are the Green Goblin’s suit, Kirsten Dunst, and the organic webshooters.

May I ask what bothers you about these things? The organic web-shooters were an interesting thing that I forgot to mention in my post. I actually prefer the webs being biological over the plot device ridden mechanical ones from the comics (“I’m out of webbing!”). I also really like the Green Goblin suit. I feel it captures the comic book feel while also making sense within the story context. And I already mentioned that I think Kirsten Dunst did a fine job.

I dislike the Green Goblin suit for the same reasons everyone else on the Internet who dislikes it has already mentioned.

My problem with Dunst’s Mary Jane is she is never this

except perhaps in that stupid dance scene from S3. Most times, she’s just this soft-spoken, passive woman who vacillates between being a damsel in distress and a wet blanket.

As for the webshooters, mechanical webshooters help establish Peter as someone with a keen interest and aptitude for science. In Raimi’s films, he’s just a nerd who likes science but never displays any overt scientific prowess.

Valid points, but I feel like your problem with Maryjane is with the chracter and not with the actress. Those aren’t really nuances that Dunst can bring out in a performance when the character simply wasn’t written that way.

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DuracellEnergizer said:

I really like the first Spidey movie. My only pet peeves with it are the Green Goblin’s suit, Kirsten Dunst, and the organic webshooters.

May I ask what bothers you about these things? The organic web-shooters were an interesting thing that I forgot to mention in my post. I actually prefer the webs being biological over the plot device ridden mechanical ones from the comics (“I’m out of webbing!”). I also really like the Green Goblin suit. I feel it captures the comic book feel while also making sense within the story context. And I already mentioned that I think Kirsten Dunst did a fine job.

I’m less taken with Spider-Man 2 – I prefer the egomaniacal Doc Ock from the comics, thank you very much –

I prefer Alfred Molina’s wonderful performance to any old bowl cut, thank you very much. 😉

and Spider-Man 3 is an interesting failure.

“Awful” in the words of Raimi. I think the biggest issue is that because 2 capped off the character arcs so well, it would’ve been impossible to make a third film feel like a natural continuation like 2 was. Everything had to go down hill for a new conflict to work out. Then of course is the real reason it sucked; the studio forced Raimi to work with Venom being shoe-horned in even though he didn’t care for the character. Bruce Campbell’s cameo was as wonderful as ever though. 😄

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darthrush said:

Possessed said:

^

I concur. Much better than the “amazing” reboot from a few years ago. Totally don’t get the hate for toby as Peter Parker. I thought both of those movies were very well done.

I disagree. Garfield was far better than Toby for me. The first of the Amazing reboots was quite good. The only one from the Raimi trilogy that impressed me all that much was the second. Never understand the mass amount of love for the first one. I still think it is a pretty mediocre flick.

Well, first off, you’re just plain wrong. 😛

But really, the first two Raimi films are what I consider masterpieces of modern cinema, and they are among the most perfect comic book films ever made.

Not only is Raimi an amazing director, but he was pretty much the perfect director they could’ve gotten. He’s a fan of the comics, he enjoys and understands the characters, and he’s just plain fun. Everything he brought to those films blows Marc Webb out of the water. Who wants a “dark and gritty” Spider-Man film? I’d rather have some comic book optimism.

And the hate for Tobey Maguire as Peter has no legs to stand on. He was perfectly cast (along with everyone else, actually). People seem to complain about a few things in general; he makes weird faces at times/is just goofy looking, he cries too much (understandable and well performed every time save for the third film), and he’s supposedly not “transformed” enough under the mask. None of these complaints that I’ve read/heard make any sense. Andrew Garfield is just awful as Peter IMO. He’s not a genius nerd who gets picked on by bullies, he’s a genius hot guy who protects those who are bullied and he’s just kind of a jerk sometimes, and his performances are just bad most of the time.

J.K. Simmons is J. Jonah Jameson.

Cliff Robertson is Uncle Ben.

Rosemary Harris is Aunt May.

Willem Dafoe is Norman Osborn.

The only complaint about those films that I understand is that Maryjane is underdeveloped. This is somewhat valid, but even this I don’t feel is really that valid either, because she is developed as much as she needs to be, and though she may be a primary character, the films aren’t really about her. I’m fine with what they did, because she does have a developed character, despite being weaker than some others. And Kirsten Dunst does a great job with her.

If you’re interested in wasting an hour of your life, this shows a lot about why people love the first two Raimi films:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3h_bT0Mfg

Also this, this and this.

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Spider-Man (2002) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

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#1076722
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Batteries Not Included (1987) – ★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

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#1076089
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The "Share about your career/career plans, hobbies, passions, etc., and what inspired you" thread.
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I’ll start:

I’m a junior in high school and will hopefully be getting my first job this summer, so I don’t have a “career” yet. For a long time I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker, and at this time I’m really planning on making it happen, at least to some degree. I’d like to start independent, and I want to write/co-write my own screenplays to direct, though my writing ability is going to need some work. I don’t plan on going to film school, though that would be nice. Film is a passion of mine, and it has always been a big part of my life as entertainment and an art form.

To say when I really started wanting to make films would probably have started with Raiders of the Lost Ark back when I was maybe seven years old or so. Raiders was one of my favorite films (along with the rest of the trilogy), and my local Cash Wise video rental store had a DVD set of all three films with bonus feature discs. Watching the behind-the-scenes of Raiders intrigued and entertained me so much, that it made me wish I could do that stuff too. I wanted to be Spielberg blowing a hair-dryer on the wax and gelatin head of Major Toht.

Take that idea and fastforward to when I watched The Evil Dead for the first time last year, and I was greatly inspired to make my dream career become the reality of my future. Just reading about how Sam Raimi and co. got the Evil Dead films made inspired me to just make something. I’d say that Sam Raimi is, at this point, my biggest inspiration in general. After Raimi, I would have to say that Quentin Tarantino is also a huge inspiration. I love listening to interviews with them, and especially Tarantino, since I think of myself as a less extreme version of him; I just love film.

I’ve shot a shortfilm with some friends during this past winter (unfinished due to lack of shooting time), and getting even a little bit of unprofessional experience helped me understand some things about filmmaking, especially in editing.

I’m who you might call a “film purist,” or very nearly one, I should say. I want to get to the point of shooting on film, processing on film and generally using as few digital intermediates as possible in every process of making the film.

When it comes to hobbies, it’s mostly just film stuff. 😛 And I like bike-riding as well.

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#1076034
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The New Thread Thread
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How about a thread to discuss and share about our careers/career plans, hobbies, passions, etc., and what inspired us?

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DuracellEnergizer said:

At the Earth’s Core (1976) – 5/10 (7/10 for the MST3K episode)

I saw this film on TV when I was a kid. After they started digging and they all passed out under the heat, I said, “Now it’s just gonna get really cold all of the sudden” as a joke. When it actually happened a few seconds later, I was flabbergasted.

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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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generalfrevious said:

James Comey is only the first victim of the dictatorship’s purges.

Donald Trump is the most evil sentient being that has ever existed in the observable universe. Thousands will start disappearing in the next few weeks; first in the inner cities under an expanded war on drugs, then spreading through every level of society until every family will have a member killed by this regime. Concentration camps are being built right now under our noses; their first occupants will be the undocumented of course, but it will expand to anyone with a hispanic name, then to muslims, and then to political dissidents. By the time Trump dies (the only way he will not be president anymore), 20 million or more will be murdered.

Democracy dies in darkness.

I’d rather kill myself than be killed by the government.

DuracellEnergizer said:

  • No ridiculous doom saying (like all non-Trump supporters will be rounded up and executed)
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TylerDurden389 said:

Please don’t take this the wrong way guys, but I still have a copy of The Terminator on vhs, and it isn’t that blue. The color was always pretty neutral, except for the future scenes which are always blue (though some trailers have those scenes look very pink/magenta pushed. Probably Cameron’s floodlights to help the blue once the filters were added. Same thing for T2 trailers).

Even older home video transfers often made changes to color, so that’s not really valid without further proof to suggest it retained the color timing.

I also have a very old German dvd of Terminator that looks like it was taken from a film print (lots of print damage and cigarette burns), and it’s actually very teal, but not the same kind of teal like the blu-ray. It’s more natural, if that makes any sense.

Here’s some screencaps:

http://sd.caps-a-holic.com/vergleich.php?vergleichID=221

It’s the first DE/German dvd on the left. The only one with a 1.66 aspect ratio.

That’s better, but it still isn’t a perfect source.

The goal of this project is to recolor the BD to make resemble the original timing as closely as can be approximated. Since koasjm watched an original 35mm print and gave his notes just afterwards, and then after looking at my regrade tests said that the print wasn’t far off, I’m going to assume I’ve accomplished that. I do hope that a 35mm scan of The Terminator will come to the OT community sometime, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 😄

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Jetrell Fo said:

Dek Rollins said:

Warbler said:

Well, you said I did the SAME THING when you were temp-banned that I did today. We both agree that today I posted a clapping gif to show agreement with a post of Darth Ender’s. Therefore you must think that when I posted the clapping gif when you were temp banned, I must have been doing so to show agreement with a post of Darth Ender’s. So again I ask, which post of Darth Ender’s do you think I was agreeing with?

it was Ender’s “victim card” post.

Piss off Dek … I was perfectly clear.

You brought up the fact that he posted a gif when you were temp banned, and that seemed to be the biggest issue of confusion in the conversation. When Warb asked for further clarification because he wasn’t fully understanding your statements, you blew him of and didn’t answer the question. And no, I won’t piss off, because I was trying to clarify it simply for Warb when you apparently refused to do so.

Possessed said:

No dek it’s okay, rule #6 only applies to Fo remember?

I suppose I should just turn myself in to save a law suit. 😉

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#1074412
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Warbler said:

Well, you said I did the SAME THING when you were temp-banned that I did today. We both agree that today I posted a clapping gif to show agreement with a post of Darth Ender’s. Therefore you must think that when I posted the clapping gif when you were temp banned, I must have been doing so to show agreement with a post of Darth Ender’s. So again I ask, which post of Darth Ender’s do you think I was agreeing with?

I think it was Ender’s “victim card” post. That’s what I gathered from his last couple posts anyway. He can’t just make himself clear though, he has to confuse the situation by not replying when you misunderstand his statements.

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The Terminator - Color Regrade
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^Thanks for the feedback, I’m glad it worked! 😄

And I wouldn’t even say just teal pushing, but rather an all around yellow push that makes blue look teal, cyan look green, etc.

It’s a real shame that it takes non-professionals without any money like myself to restore the proper look to a classic film. I mean, I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m still in school for goodness sake!

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The Terminator - Color Regrade
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I think I’m going to upload both actually. I haven’t had time to render the film yet, but I’m sure I could upload the LUT tomorrow for anyone who just wants to use that.

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