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Interesting thing that occurs to me: Thranduil's burned Phantom of the Opera face in The Hobbit is likely an idea Peter Jackson cribbed from George Lucas.

Lucas wanted to feature a disfigured Elf back in Willow--in the early story concept Sorsha was a blonde half-Elf, and she lost an eye in the film's final battle.

You could also compare the Elf version of Sorsha with PJ's invented character, the Elf warrior Tauriel. Given Tauriel's likely fate in the next film, Sorsha losing an eye suddenly doesn't look so bad.

This isn't the first time somebody else borrowed from Lucas's unused concepts for Willow, either. There was an idea Lucas had for a nude scene where Sorsha wears only a fabulously beautiful Elven necklace--a scene that ended up being recycled by James Cameron for Titanic.

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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ATMachine said:

Interesting thing that occurs to me: Thranduil's burned Phantom of the Opera face in The Hobbit is likely an idea Peter Jackson cribbed from George Lucas.

Lucas wanted to feature a disfigured Elf back in Willow--in the early story concept Sorsha was a blonde half-Elf, and she lost an eye in the film's final battle.

You could also compare the Elf version of Sorsha with PJ's invented character, the Elf warrior Tauriel. Given Tauriel's likely fate in the next film, Sorsha losing an eye suddenly doesn't look so bad.

This isn't the first time somebody else borrowed from Lucas's unused concepts for Willow, either. There was an idea Lucas had for a nude scene where Sorsha wears only a fabulously beautiful Elven necklace--a scene that ended up being recycled by James Cameron for Titanic.

 If you haven't seen that 'Room 237' Kubrick doc you really should ;-)

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Last Action Hero (1993) - Based on its reputation, I was surprised to find that this film is not terrible. In fact, it is an entirely enjoyable Arnie action film. Its biggest crime is not making better use of its brilliant concept however. Honestly, watching this, I kept seeing all different ways this could have been more interesting. Unfortunately, the first half is mainly spent within the "Slater IV" movie, with things playing out largely as they would, only the kid is there to comment on the proceedings. He doesn't affect the plot in any real way, even though there seems to be the promise that he will with his knowledge of blockbuster tropes (also the kid is awful, super annoying). The worst part is that we can't take the action seriously because they're making fun of it, but at the same time there's a lot of action and not so many jokes. Then we go into the real world and things do get interesting, but then devolve into general action movie proceedings, with intriguing stuff like Slater meeting Arnie brushed aside, as well as the potential for jumping into other movies and taking characters out from those movies into the real world. Props for Ian McKellan as Death from The Seventh Seal, but ultimately that character has practically zero purpose. It's a shame, this film could have been a whole lot better. Still, pretty good though. B-

Silent Movie (1976) - A unique idea for a modern comedy and I think it works rather well. It, however, does not quite reach the same comic heights as Mel Brooks's best work, which is a shame. I, too, feel that there might have been some missed opportunities. I wish Brooks had gone more meta with this, as he often does. As is, the film feels a little slight, but that's okay I guess. I fun hour and a half. B 

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(also the kid is awful, super annoying)

Ah, that kid. That stupid, braindead, motherfucking asshole, piece of shit kid.

I generally don't like to see children violently murdered on screen, but in his case, Arnold should have rammed the barrel of a gatling gun down his throat and unloaded an entire ammo belt into his junk food-rotted guts.  

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Wrong thread LOL

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The Third Man- A pulp writer goes to bombed-out post-war Vienna in search of a friend and finds a dark glimpse of evil. Extraordinary film noir about the darkness of humanity, set against a hellish real backdrop that no production designer could ever conceive. If you've seen this in 35mm, I envy you. You've truly gotten to see magic. A brilliant masterpiece that represents the best that filmmaking has to offer. Brilliant performances, rich atmosphere, a compelling story, noir fatalism which hasn't been darkened by our age of nihilism, a smart script, and some of the most amazing cinematography you'll ever see, bleak beauty tinged with dark and fatalistic Romanticism. Truly one of the greats.

I Know What You Did Last Summer- A post-modern slasher flick from screenwriter Kevin Williamson hot on the heels of his success with Scream. Unfortunately, director Jim Gillespie doesn't have the wit that Craven had, and characters talking about how you shouldn't do something doesn't excuse their stupidity when they do it. A cast of once hot stars who're now largely faded, it has a few pleasures, but not enough to differentiate from the endless slasher films which it attempts to imitate. Followed by a sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and a direct-to-video followup called I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. Another installment is evidently in the works, evidently simply titled I Know. I was holding out for The Knowledge of What You Did Last Summer Remains With Me Still.

Identity- Fun and twisty thriller from director James Magnold, the ever-watchable John Cusack head up a good cast who have fun in a post-modern riff on Agatha Christie. Doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense when you stop and think about it, but rattles along a great pace while it does with some nice atmosphere. Enjoyable enough, certainly a better variation on a theme than the above.

Sherlock Jr.- Fun two-reeler from Buster Keaton. Tons of funny gags and great stunts, it holds ups surprisingly well, though of course its brief length means that it won't be that substantial, Keaton knows it and takes the chance to make something lean and mean that you don't see much of in today's age of excess.

Sholay- My first Bollywood flick, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Western with musical numbers, martial arts, and all kinds of things. Actually pretty fun in strange way.

Lagaan- Once Upon A Time India- Another Bollywood flick. I don't know anything about Cricket, and wow is it long, but it's the kind of thing Arthur Freed would've loved-lavishly colorful with fun musical numbers and old Hollywood glamor.

Django- Spaghetti Western Yojimbo knockoff with a nice muddy setting and some brutal exploitation violence. Slight, but lean, mean, and effective at what it does.

A Fistful of Dollars- Micro-budgeted Spaghetti Western that launched the careers of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood. A hugely iconic cultural touchstone, a post-modern comic book of a movie which was pretty innovative once upon a time. Though its often been imitated and has dated and lost some of its bite, Leone's grandly operatic style makes it good fun and a precursor to the more ambitious films to come later in his career.

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I enjoyed your pretentious reviews.  Don't stop.  I think it's fun.  We're all aspiring for something greater.  No harm in getting some practice :)

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darth_ender said:

I enjoyed your pretentious reviews.  Don't stop.  I think it's fun.  We're all aspiring for something greater.  No harm in getting some practice :)

 Yeah well said.  You can't get better at something without doing it badly. 

To really get good you have to dare to be stupid,that means you can't be afraid of looking foolish.

I for example make riffed videos on Youtube and write fanfiction that mostly sucks and I know it makes me look silly and most people don't care for it but I don't care because I am also getting practice and feedback on these things so little by little I am getting better.

I think internet critic SF Debris put it best when he said "The first thing you do in any creative field is going to suck" but that is no reason to stop doing it. 

I have found your reviews interesting and I think they are getting better so please don't give up.

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Guardians of the Galaxy - A whole lot of fun, first-rate comic book action. 4/5

Don’t do drugs, unless you’re with me.

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DrCrowTStarwars said:

darth_ender said:

I enjoyed your pretentious reviews.  Don't stop.  I think it's fun.  We're all aspiring for something greater.  No harm in getting some practice :)

 Yeah well said.  You can't get better at something without doing it badly. 

To really get good you have to dare to be stupid,that means you can't be afraid of looking fooling.

I for example make riffed videos on Youtube and write fanfiction that mostly sucks and I know it makes me look silly and most people don't care for it but I don't care because I am also getting practice and feedback on these things so little by little I am getting better.

I think internet critic SF Debris put it best when he said "The first thing you do in any creative field is going to suck" but that is no reason to stop doing it. 

I have found your reviews interesting and I thinking they are getting better so please don't give up.

 My suggestion would be to try using "post-modern" more.

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A few Good Men

3 Balls. Quite good, despite having one of the best parts almost totally ruined by trailers.

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

Not perfect but quite good.

3 Balls.

22 Jump Street. Pretty Funny with a lot of fourth wall breaking humour and some dick jokes.

2.5 Balls.

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Lagaan- Once Upon A Time India- Another Bollywood flick. I don't know anything about Cricket, and wow is it long, but it's the kind of thing Arthur Freed would've loved-lavishly colorful with fun musical numbers and old Hollywood glamor.

 I must admit I've seen very few Bollywood films but 'Lagaan' was fantastic. It is very long but in that nice 'Spartacus' kind of way.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

quite good.

Burn the heretic! ;-)

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I must have phrased that bad. My English is, how you say, inelegant. I meant to say, it was the greatest cinematic experience of my life.

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^^ Genius x-D

^ That's more like it ;-)

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Johnny Ringo said:
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

quite good.

http://www.51allout.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/simpsons-villagers-pitchfork-torches.jpeg

Burn the heretic! ;-)

Yeah wait...

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(assuming Australians are just as polite as Brits)

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Believe it or not, a relative of mine was involved with the making if Detropia. I've lived in the suburbs outside my whole life. Sad story, that once-great city :(. Haven't seen the film yet though. 

Caché (Hidden)- My first Michael Haneke film, an unusual, icy drama shot on cool, detached digital video with a camera that rarely moves. It's nominally a thriller, but it certainly doesn't play anything like a thriller would in the US. Very European, slow, and deliberate, but with a deeply creepy atmosphere and some moments of explosive shock. Answers very few of its questions, it's one of those cryptic art films which wants to be analyzed and dissected more than liked. Fascinating movie.

Spirit of the Beehive- Fascinating, frustrating, slow, but often hypotonic Spanish art film about a little girl under the fascist Franco regime who loses her innocence to the heavy weight of the monstrous regime. It's a quiet, subtle film, and though director Victor Erice cites Ozu as a big influence, it feels like Malick with a bit of Haneke. Though acknowledged as a major influence on Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and though it shares a number of similarities, it's a subtler, more melancholy film without any of del Toro's uplift. I was reminded of Haneke in the film's depiction of fascism's suffocating banality, characters going about their lives mechanically as creativity and reasons for living are bled away. Though the film shies away from any real violence, the atmosphere is genuinely oppressive, and highlights evil's way of taking away hope and innocence. A bit slow, but I'm not convinced I'd say "dull." I don't feel I fully acclimated to the film's pace, somehow waiting for it to "get going" as though it were a regular film. I think a second viewing is in order after some reading. As a quick side note, there's a wonderful scene where a group of children away cans of 35mm at a traveling cinema, whisked off into the world of movies through the clicking projector. Sadly, with the recent announcement of film's final death knell, it's a reminder of a vanished magic in more ways than one, and adds another sad layer to a film about loss http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/frown.gif.

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9 creepy fae girls out of 10

Simply magical. The sense of wonder achieved with just edits was amazing. Don't ask questions. Actually has the disjointed feeling of some of the medieval tales.

This dude made "Battlefield Earth"

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Gardens of the Galaxy(Spoiler free)

You know a few days ago I was talking to someone about the fact that one of the things I miss about films from the 30s and 40s was that they wouldn't waste time. I liked how films like Stagecoach would just drop you into the world of the movie and trust you to figure out what was going on,they would set up characters and situations with a little as one line of dialog or a look and go from there and yet it would set up so well you would follow every bit and still care about the character. I miss that style of film making because you could get a lot more story told in a lot shorter of a time. Of course for that to work the film goer has to keep their attention fixed on the screen the whole time so in this age of cellphones and stuff it's no wonder that style of film making is dead,still I miss it.  Well This movie is a return to that style.  To be clear this is the first film in the MCU were I know nothing about the characters or the comic it is based on and yet I never once felt lost. This movie is the best paced film I have seen in years and it doesn't come at the expense of the characters and every scene feels like it serves a purpose in telling a story.  It's the first film I have seen in a long time where I felt every second of screen time was needed. As I said it reminds me of Stagecoach one of the best paced movies of all time. Also like the work of John Ford it takes time from it's well paced story to have a sense of wonder about it's setting and let you soak in just how aw inspiring it is.

It is also the first movie of the MCU that I would recommend to people who are sick of comic book movies because it is not a superhero movie in any way. It's a fast paced,fun,bright Sci-Fi adventure. It has a sense of pure fun and excitement that was missing in the latest entries in both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. In fact it does a better job taking it's hero from being s selfish jerk who only cares about number one to being a hero who i believe can inspire people then either of the last two Star Trek movies. You know if WB were still going to make a Mass Effect movie I would want the writer/director of this film behind it because I think he could do something with the concept and it wouldn't feel like it drags.  This film brings a rag tag team together quickly and gives all of the characters a moment so that towards the end I had a tear in my eye,and it does it in two hours.  The action scenes are fun and creative and flow naturally from one to another and are there to help tell the story and don't feel like they hang around too long.  The movie is expertly crafted from start to finish and if you like Sci-Fi or Star Wars then I can't think of a reason you wouldn't enjoy this film. It's the only film in the MCU that I would recommend to people who don't like superhero movies.  Marvel took a big gamble with this film and it paid off big time,this is the best film in the MCU if you ask me.

10/10

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^^^I agree

Saw it last night in IMAX (my first IMAX experience - it's new to our cinema) and I loved it, more to the point, so did the missus!!!

And she fucking hates Star Wars - silly bitch!! ;)

Great film, now to take my son next week. Can't wait to see his face when he walks in to see that huge fucking screen bearing down on him!!!

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wow

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I have yet to see a movie in IMAX since there are no theaters in my area but having seen it in 3D I have to say I assume it would look very impressive in that format.