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#305195
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I am Legend
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---SPOILERS---

I think Smith nailed his part, and showed Neville's slowly-deteriorating psyche perfectly, in a way that made me emotionally invested in him. I thought it was pitch-perfect (minus "zombie" effects) until he tried to attack them/kill himself on the pier, at which point it got ... hmm ... I'm not sure how to put it ... not so much "cliched," as ... well, I thought it was original until then anyway, then it seemed to borrow a lot from other movies.

And the one thing I *hated* about it was how they turned it into a religious allegory in the last 15-20 minutes, when it had NOTHING whatsoever to do with that at all until that point. I would have had no problem with it if it had been a theme throughout the film, but not randomly at the end.

Although I must say, the "Please say 'hello' to me" scene was probably my favorite emotional scene in any film I saw all year - it actually made me ache with sympathy for Neville, and Smith did an amazing job with that scene alone.

I'll make a fan-edit of it as a short film where the "dummy" he set out at the pier was actually him - just end it with the POV shot of the vampires/zombies lunging at him, and cut to credits, no music or sound. Depressing, yeah, but I think it would be intense. Dunno if it would make it better, but I'd like it more.
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#304900
Topic
pick your top ridley scott movies
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Originally posted by: Windexed
I guess my biggest gripe is that Orlando gets 15 minutes of lessons about fighting from his pop, then automatically is the best swordsman in the world for the next 2 hours and 45 minutes.


That's explained in the DC, vaguely anyway - it was mentioned that Balian had been at war before, so he does have experience, his father just refined his technique. And his brother mentioned that he designed siege weapons for war as a blacksmith, hence his eye for tactical strategy.
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#304751
Topic
pick your top ridley scott movies
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I absolutely love Ridley Scott. He is easily my favorite director of all time, and I have an incredible amount of respect for the man. I'm in the process of Netflixing every movie he's made (minus 1492 which hasn't been released in R1), but I've seen quite a few. This would be my list of all of Scott's films I've seen, best to worst:

Blade Runner (Final Cut)
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)
American Gangster
Alien (Theatrical Cut)
Gladiator (Theatrical Cut)
Blade Runner (Director's Cut/Workprint)
Legend (Director's Cut)
Alien (Director's Cut)
Kingdom of Heaven (Theatrical Cut - I actually liked it a lot when I first saw it, but fell in love with it when I saw the Director's Cut)
Black Hawk Down
Hannibal
Blade Runner (Theatrical/International Cuts)


On my list to see (* next to the ones I own/currently have through Netflix):

The Duellists*
Legend (Theatrical Cut)*
Someone to Watch Over Me
Black Rain
Thelma & Louise
1492: Conquest of Paradise
White Squall
G.I. Jane
Matchstick Men
A Good Year

Not interested in the Extended Cut of Gladiator, but Scott is easily the only director that I can honestly say I want to see all of his films.

And I can't find any indication that 1492 was ever released in R1 - where did you find it, Dayv?
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#304302
Topic
Blade Runner 2, 4, and 5-disc sets in December
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Originally posted by: dark_jedi
There is an option to buy the 5-disc without the briefcase,I bought it,and it was only $35 for the Bluray.

alot easier to store the 5-disc Collectors Edition than the 5-disc Ultimate Collectors Edition(Briefcase).


You're absolutely right - if you have a Blu-Ray or an HD-DVD player. Us stuck with standard def have less, more expensive options.

And how much does that 3-disc CD set run, Dayv? I'm intrigued...
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#304292
Topic
Blade Runner 2, 4, and 5-disc sets in December
Time
Love the set, but I would have loved it more if there had been an option to buy the 5-disc DVD without the fucking briefcase and all that useless B.S.

Also, I thought the "Dangerous Days" documentary was the best DVD extra I've watched since the Lord of the Rings EE documentaries ("Everybody Loves Hypnotoad" notwithstanding). Incredibly informative, and honest, which is always a good thing.
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#303798
Topic
The Golden Compass
Time
Yeah, which I was miffed about before I saw the movie, but after I saw it I'm kind of glad - it would have been a HUGE downer for the people who haven't read the books.

I'm a bit saddened by the poor US box office ($26 mil opening weekend when analysts were saying it needed $35-40 mil to have a chance at breaking even), but I hear international response is better than anticipated. Crossing my fingers for "The Subtle Knife" ...
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#303603
Topic
"Blade Runner - Replicated" - Ongoing split-screen project.
Time
Originally posted by: Jambe Davdar
...A split-screen comparison of the 1982 Theatrical, the 1982 International, The 1991 Directors Cut and the Workprint.


You're not comparing using the Final Cut at all? I'd say use one or the other 1982 version, but not both as they're not that significantly different, the 1991 DC, the 2007 FC and the WP.
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#303144
Topic
The Golden Compass
Time
Just got back from it. Non-spoileriffic version: It was very good, a solid 7/10 easily. Acting was great, especially Lyra; the bears were done PERFECTLY, and the fight between Iorek and the king (whose name was changed from Iofur to I-dunno-what) was EXCELLENT; and the effects, while iffy at times, were done well enough to satisfy. The bad: the under-2 hour running time meant a lot of it was streamlined to the detriment of the characters and plot, and some little deals that help to understand the world and certain plot events are skimmed over, and the ending was cut short. Other than that, it was great, and I'm not even all that miffed about the end. What it needs is another 30-45 minutes to flesh the story and characters out. Hopefully we'll get that in a DVD Director's Cut eventually.

SPOILERED CRITIQUE

WARNING

HERE BE SPOILERS

IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WARNED, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION

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Note: These are almost all nitpicks. I really did enjoy the movie a lot - the spirit of Pullman's novel is still very much there.

Alright. My problems with the movie stemmed from the treatment of certain details. First, the child found without his daemon in the movie is Billy Costa, while in the book it was Tony Makarios, a character with no direct ties to the main characters. When they find the child in the book, the horrifying nature of what has been done to him is shown when none of the Gyptians will even go near him until Lyra forces them to stop being assholes - in the movie, before anyone is told what happens, Ma Costa hugs Billy and tells him they'll find his daemon, and everyone crowds around. It would have been better for them to treat him more like Tony was in the book, emphasizing the horror that has happened to him. This was my biggest single nitpick with the movie. Also, the taboo of not touching another's daemon is touched upon, but could have been emphasized more so we really understand what's happening to Lyra at the end.

Second, the ending didn't bother me all that much - it's a much less depressing note to end a film on than discovering Asriel's true motives, and his murder of Roger. While the way they ended "Compass" felt a bit clunky, it's much like shifting around elements in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, and didn't bother me that much.

Third, the rearrangement of some plot elements bothered me (i.e. Lyra doesn't find out about her parents until the end of the film, which is quite odd), but this is a necessary evil. This also made the witches an incredibly unnecessary element of the film, especially Serafina Pekkala. If I hadn't read the book, I'd say that the witches' purpose in the film was to give Eva Green screentime.

Finally, the religious element is still very much there, but the "Church" and "Magisterium" have been merged into just the "Magisterium," and the direct references to Adam and Eve and Creationism have been toned down to vague passing mentions. But this isn't an anti-Christian, or pro-atheist film - it's a film that critiques the strong arm of power the Church can have over politics in the interest of preserving itself, which is something that the Vatican does, it really can't be denied. It'll be interesting to see how "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass" are dealt with.

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END SPOILERS


So, again, all in all I really liked it, and it could be immensely improved with a more relaxed pace and more character/plot development beyond "Point A to point B to point C to point D." Bring on #2 and #3! Highly recommended to everyone willing to have an open mind.
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#302924
Topic
The Golden Compass
Time
I'm glad most of my Catholic friends aren't as ridiculously ignorant as you, Hellhound (interesting name choice for a Catholic, by the way). It's people like you that give Catholics a bad rap, same as the Islamic extremist suicide bombers giving Muslims a bad rap.

I may be an atheist, but at least I have an open mind.
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#302876
Topic
The Golden Compass
Time
Originally posted by: {DoS}Hellhound
IDGRA about the book or the movie they r both fucking athiest


Two things.

1) Have you read them, or seen the movie?

2) This is the part that really bothers me: saying what you said is like me saying saying, as an atheist, I refuse to see any movies about religion. That's absolutely ridiculous. The Passion promotes Catholicism! BOYCOTT IT!!!!!
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#302800
Topic
The Golden Compass
Time
I just finished rereading the book. From what I hear, I'll probably enjoy the movie (I plan on seeing it this weekend), even though the ending has been changed. Though I will admit the book ends on a big downer, I think that's better than having a cliffhanger that might never be resolved (greenlighting of "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass" depends upon the success of "Compass," so even though the true end to "Compass" will be in the beginning of "Knife," it may never be seen except in a potential Director's Cut of "Compass" if the first movie does poorly).

And the first book's most controversial elements IMO occur during the excised portion of the ending, and "Knife" & "Spyglass" are infinitely more controversial than the first. I hope the sequels are done justice and not watered-down, but I hope even more that they get made. I loved all three when I first read them, and I think the ultra-conservative Christians that are bashing the books/movies need to actually read them to see what they're saying beyond what everyone says about [SPOILER FOR BOOK 3 AHEAD--------------] killing God in the books. That's not exactly how it goes. People should judge for themselves. [--------END SPOILERS]

Off to finish a research paper and start rereading "The Subtle Knife."
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#302087
Topic
The Return of Futurama
Time
So, has anyone else seen "Futurama: Bender's Big Score" yet? Just watched it today, let me tell you it was GREAT! It's not like the Family Guy movie, which is 3 episodes lazily tacked onto each other - it really is a cohesive whole. The last quarter is a bit of an exception with the flashbacks, but for the most part, anytime something "new" comes along that would be conducive to the beginning of a new episode, it feels perfectly natural. Aside from the obligatory "We're cancelled! Wait, no, we're back now," jokes at the beginning (which are done by 5 minutes in), nothing fell flat - I'm incredibly excited for the next 3 movies and the sixth season (since the fifth will be the 16 episodes from the 4 movies). Hopefully Futurama will live on properly and not go to shit like Family Guy - but for now, there's nothing to worry about.
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#302022
Topic
Posters
Time
Now that I'm in college, my roommate and I combined have these:

Mine:

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/IMAGES/153/ST2762.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/SCR/1380~Hot-Fuzz-Posters.jpg
http://www.gobaeng.de/images/products/3396.jpg
http://simianfarmer.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/star_wars_poster.gif
http://webofdallas.com/images/bartblackboard.jpg
http://www.grooveshark.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/9069Beatles~The-Beatles-Abbey-Road-Posters.jpg
http://ammaryasir.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/pink-floyd-the-wall-poster-c10289248.jpeg
http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/images_4/SimpsonsMoviePoster_000.jpg
http://images.art.com/images/products/large/10016000/10016639.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/19/PO7039.JPG
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/IMPO/ST2889~Halloween-Movie-Score-Posters.jpg

http://www.thesequencers.us/DarkSide/images/recordposterpinkfloyd.jpg
http://www.thesequencers.us/DarkSide/images/recordposterdarkside.jpg
-Both of these came with a vinyl copy of "The Dark Side of the Moon" I got on eBay
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PYR/GPP30526-The-Godather-Cat-B~The-Godfather-Posters.jpg
-Not exactly like the one I have - mine has a white border around Vito, with the words "The Godfather" and "The Greatest Gangster Picture Ever Made" above that.
http://www.impawards.com/1978/posters/animal_house_ver1.jpg

And, my 100% personal favorite of all (and most expensive):
http://www.hi-rezdesigns.com/posters/blade_runner_int_c.jpg
Too bad about the watermark, but it's the only image I could find of it (interestingly enough from the same place I bought it at).

Those are all the ones that are actually mine, and they take up my half of the room (mostly). The back wall is still not completely full.

Roommate's:

http://www.canmag.com/images/front/movies20074/toddposter1.jpg
(plus 4 identical small ones that just have Johnny Depp's head I can't find)
http://nofreelist.com/images/nofreelist/promo/charlie.jpg
http://artfiles.art.com/images/-/The-Nightmare-Before-Christmas-Poster-C10287770.jpeg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PYR/CON6507DM-CR~Casino-Royale-Posters.jpg
http://www.mania.com/image/374239/104_large.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PYR/NECA0012~300-Posters.jpg
http://blog.mctimages.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/06/kill_bill_vol_2.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/UVSL/M2084~Clint-Eastwood-The-Good-the-Bad-and-the-Ugly-Posters.jpg
http://www.cinemablend.com/images/reviews/2227/_11811872416789.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PYR/NECA00014~Grindhouse-Posters.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PE/806009~Lock-Stock-And-Two-Smoking-Barrels-Posters.jpg
http://www.impawards.com/2004/posters/shaun_of_the_dead_verdvd.jpg
http://www.latinoreview.com/images/upload/134poster.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/adc/10068725A~Snatch-Posters.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/MMPO/505380~Oceans-13-Posters.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/mmpo/503494~Sin-City-Posters.jpg
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/MMPO/505530~Live-Free-Die-Hard-Posters.jpg
http://evelynpy.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/505534the-invasion-posters.jpg

He's got a bunch of other small ones, but I can't see them from my computer desk and there are already far too many images in this thread anyway, so yeah - those are all the major posters we have in our room right now. The wall's not completely full yet, so we've got a little while to go until we're done.
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#300539
Topic
Indiana Jones IV
Time
Originally posted by: DarkGryphon2048
Originally posted by: ADigitalMan
Interesting "That's a Wrap" feature. Did you guys know that in 1981 there was a movie called "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark?" I don't recall that film. Boy, that's a mouthful too.
That's only on the fucking VHS case and the damn DVD cover. NO, the actual movie has not been change you Star Wars elitest dipshite. I swear, you Star Wars fanboys complain far too fucking much for your own good.


Quick question: Why the fuck are you here?
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#300365
Topic
The Dark Knight (Batman Begins Returns Again)
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You're judging based on pics that were taken on-set, not based on actual shots from the film, so any cinematographic lighting choices etc are not accurately represented. I'd hold off until you see at least a trailer.

And I'm not worried - everyone I've talked to that's been on set or has seen shooting downtown when it was still here (Chicago) says not to worry, and those images aren't representative of the mood of the film at all.

In short, it'll be worth it. And if it turns out to be shit, well, I'll be the first to admit that, but I'm staying optimistic.