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#1376335
Topic
Lord of the Rings: A Hobbit's Tale [The Hobbit Remade] (Released)
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I’m only typing up about the first third here, have to watch this again to give complete thoughts, will do so soon:

I like most of what you’ve done here, this was quite enjoyable.
The beginning was well done. Though, without much dialogue, it almost feels like an opening credits sequence without the credits up until Bilbo takes the fish off the pan. (Might add some reverb to Galadriel’s voice at the intro, you can hear the cuts at the end of her words)
The dwarves’ arriving, dinner and meeting were all done very well.
The montage during the Misty Mountains song was excellent. And though I kind of miss that little moment where Bilbo looks at the contract and then to his door (not the running down the hill “going on an adventure!” bit), it worked nicely that it just cuts to him on the horse, having been convinced to join the party by the song they sung.
I think losing the trolls scene was a bit jarring, even in trying to separate myself from the source material, it still seems like something is missing there. Sure, it can just be that they happen to come upon a few petrified troll statues along the way, but for the uninitiated audience there’s nothing to explain why they’re petrified. Not a huge deal I guess.
The fireside Azog story was well done.
Very impressed by the orc chase scene with no Radaghast, very well done. Most edits omit that scene but you’ve made it work in transitioning to Rivendell.
The Rivendell dinner scene was good, also the next scene of the moon runes reading.
Great work on the small flashback scene of Thorin contemplating “the sickness”. You did a great job re-purposing the backstory scenes in the original.
I think there should be retained some of the introduction to Galadriel and Saruman before the white council, again, just for the audience’s sake (who are these people?), otherwise the meeting itself was cut together well.
The added Thorin dialog during the departure didn’t work for me. Thorin suddenly insulting Bilbo as they’re leaving seems out of character, even for grumpy dwarf Thorin.
The stone giants were not missed.
The goblin town scene worked up until the part where the goblins were clearly taking them somewhere for a bit, then all of a sudden they’re beating the crap out of the dwarves… then Gandalf shows up. Again, it feels like something’s missing here. Having just a bit of the goblin king wouldn’t hurt here (not that terrible song, though).
The action in the tunnels was cut well with the Gollum scene. The Gandalf audio over the part where Bilbo shows pity to Gollum was a little clunky though.
The fir trees scene and eagle rescue… was awesome.
The scene where Thorin wakes up on the Carrock has an odd moment where Bilbo just looks at Thorin and Thorin notices the mountain behind him, sort of shrugging off the fact that Bilbo tried to save his life. I’d rather have the embrace and “I’m sorry I doubted you” in this instance.

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#1376304
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
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Going Mad: The Battle of Fury Road (2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9klHcXRdSs - from the Warner Bros. Entertainment YouTube channel (41 mins.)
(Actual documentary starts after an introduction by Sean O’Connell of Cinemablend, 2 mins. and 12 seconds in.)

The blurb (from Letterboxd):
“For 20 years director George Miller fought to unleash the ultimate Mad Max movie- Mad Max: Fury Road. Witness George’s journey from the dream of a female warrior to the harsh plains of the Namibian desert to statues of gold in Hollywood, California.”

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#1371544
Topic
Do any of you happen to know some more obscure prog rock recs?
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Return to Forever - The Romantic Warrior (1976)
I used to play Nintendo/SNES games listening to this album in my youth. It’s considered jazz/fusion in some circles but I’ve always seen it as prog-rock. I’m pretty sure the entire album is still up on youtube, I’ve owned the album 4 times on vinyl (people keep stealing it!)

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#1371006
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

The Making of Rock & Rule (1983)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGQ5Y-nlfhM - from the Musta Costa Fortune YouTube channel (25 mins.)

The blurb:
“Documentary on the making of the cult classic Nelvana animated film, “Rock & Rule.” Featuring interviews with Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Iggy Pop, Maurice White, and Director Clive Smith.”

Night Flight article about the making of Rock & Rule:
http://nightflight.com/rock-rule-the-oft-forgotten-animated-post-apocalyptic-rock-n-roll-sci-fi-fantasy-musical/

IMDb link

Backup links from archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/The_Making_of_Rock_and_Rule
and dailymotion:
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3635ut

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#1360118
Topic
A '<strong>Rumour and News</strong>' thread for reported new Star Wars films and tv series
Time

It’s odd how this guy tries to make himself sound intelligent and in-the-know with Lucasfilm, yet doesn’t somehow factor into his bullshit that Disney/Lucasfilm would never take 3 billion-dollar+ money making movies and make them just ‘go away’, however divisively they were received by some fans/him. He claims that once Kathleen Kennedy’s contract ends in 2022 that Bob Iger himself will hire a replacement head at Lucasfilm: A.) Not his decision, KK can decide to renew her contract or choose a successor, B.) Bob Iger is no longer CEO!

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#1359899
Topic
A '<strong>Rumour and News</strong>' thread for reported new Star Wars films and tv series
Time

Going through my usual need to have my morning news with coffee (which lately has all been bad news), I saw this in an ‘entertainment’ section of google… and I’m still cleaning the coffee off my computer monitor. I seriously LOL’d when I read this crap.
https://cosmicbook.news/disney-resetting-star-wars-erasing-last-jedi

Seriously, comedic gold. Ever wanted to hear the ridiculous ramblings of a wishful heartbroken fanboy? Here’s this “Doomcock Overlord”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H91ZTzqVI4&feature=emb_logo
I hope this is an elaborate ruse by HelloGreedo, heh

Sorry if this was posted elsewhere, but I felt it needed shared, if only to give people a good laugh

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#1359251
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvuEdFEHKyI - from the Sterlmeister YouTube channel (2 hrs.)

The blurb:
“Retrospective documentary about the making of the horror cult classic ‘The Return of the Living Dead’ (1985).”

IMDb link

Backup link from thejohnsmithyetagain channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJx1xkCBio

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#1357280
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

The Fear of God: 25 Years of ‘The Exorcist’ (1998)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwuN1EWqn14 - from the Rufinoman YouTube channel (53 mins.)

The blurb (from IMDb):
“The Exorcist (1973) became a cultural phenomenon upon its release. This making-of documentary tells the story of its creation and describes how audiences reacted to it. Interviews with cast and crew are shown.”

IMDb link


E! True Hollywood Story - Curse of the Exorcist (2004)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlbWIDDMeFs - from the Scott William YouTube channel (1 hr. and 27 mins.)

The blurb (from IMDb):
“Mishaps, missteps and misfortunes that occurred during the making of the horror film.”

IMDb link


Raising Hell: Filming The Exorcist (2010)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0TmHK6e4SM - from the horrorfan YouTube channel (30 mins.)

The blurb:
“A documentary on the making of The Exorcist (1973). For the first time ever, witness the creation of the most memorable moments from the film with newly discovered behind the scenes footage shot by cinematographer Owen Roizman, along with never-before-seen outtakes, deleted scenes, and interviews with cast and crew.”

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#1356277
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

Naked Making Lunch (1992)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYWeacz5ujg - from the cinematographos YouTube channel (40 mins.)

The Making of David Cronenberg’s film of William S. Burroughs’ novel “Naked Lunch”.

IMDb link

CRAFT: Creatures - Naked Lunch (2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbBZOpuYFzo - from the TIFF Originals YouTube channel (5 mins.)

Main crew members talk about creating and filming the creatures for David Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch” (1991).


for fun -
Siskel & Ebert’s reaction to the film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_qz2_8mUMg

Dennis Miller talks to the special effects guys on a (not sure which) talk show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrEMTMy2qi8

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#1356236
Topic
Last Movie Not Seen
Time

Dek Rollins said:

I don’t know, I enjoyed it quite a bit for what it was. It was definitely better than Detective Pikachu. Still would rather have a 2D animated movie based on the original games though.

Fair enough, I’ll agree to disagree; though I can’t help but feel like the movie would’ve worked better (for me, anyway) grounded in Sonic’s world rather than Earth. In fact a friend was telling me that the post credits scenes suggest that the next film will probably take place in Sonic’s world, which I might be down for, if they at least tone down Sonic being generally annoying. The only character I found mildly interesting was the old man who was trying to prove the existence of the “blue devil”.

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#1355959
Topic
Last Movie Not Seen
Time

Ugh. Me and a friend got about 25 mins. in and agreed it sucked and turned it off. Between the consistently nonsensical plot to the unfunny strings of jokes, the weird vocal and visual product placement and Jim Carrey being a douchebag… sure, I wasn’t expecting much, but this movie made the Detective Pikachu movie from last year look like Citizen Kane. And to think there were glowing reviews of this movie, stating things like “Jim Carrey is an absolut delight!”… MY ASS. Seriously, F this movie.

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#1355548
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

An Opera of Violence (2003)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpGht6p_GcE - from the Dvdbytes YouTube channel (29 mins.)

The blurb:
“Part one of the making of Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968). Featuring exclusive interviews with: Claudia Cardinale, Gabriele Ferzetti, Bernardo Bertolucci, and archive interviews of Sergio Leone and Henry Fonda.”

IMDb link


The Wages of Sin (2003)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h61ze4i6rU - from the Dvdbytes YouTube channel (19.5 mins.)

The blurb:
“Part two of the making of Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968).”

IMDb link


Something To Do With Death (2003)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4tkZU3LoJU - from the Dvdbytes YouTube channel (18 mins.)

The blurb:
“Part three of the making if Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968).”

IMDb link

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#1353506
Topic
Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds
Time

Ex:S - The Wicker Man (1998)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--yn3Q_93pM - from the Dec Cart YouTube channel (29 mins.)

The blurb:
“A documentary from the late 90s about The Wicker Man. This was only shown once on Scottish TV.”

The Wicker Man Enigma (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkViFssjO1U - from the cinematographos YouTube channel (34.5 mins.)

The blurb (from IMDb):
“A documentary detailing the process of the creation of the film ‘The Wicker Man’ and the subsequent problems distributing it.”

IMDb link

Backup links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyMQxzyEsIQ - from the MovieDrome101 channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BlWZY7_B3k - from the Lorde Velho channel

Scotland on Screen - The Wicker Man (excerpt; 2009)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9spNJT04qzI - from the Dec Cart YouTube channel (13 mins.)

An excerpt from a BBC documentary hosted by Alan Cumming.

IMDb link


Interviews; most regarding the different cuts of the film:

Christopher Lee talks about The Wicker Man (2002)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M39giPEjE6Y - from the Srdjan Mitrovic YouTube channel (3.5 mins.)

Christopher Lee talks about film “The Wicker Man” on a press conference at Brussels Fantasy film festival 21st March, 2002.

Director Robin Hardy on The Wicker Man (2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u-C3OoASWA - from the BFIEvents YouTube channel (11 mins.)

The blurb:
“Wicker Man director Robin Hardy talks to curators Vic Pratt and Will Fowler about the film’s restoration and the circumstances surrounding its production and troubled release 40 years ago.”

Robin Hardy Interview - The Wicker Man (2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_2NjN3A-xg - from the HeyUGuys YouTube channel (13 mins.)

The blurb:
“Georgia Fleury Reynolds from HeyUGuys interviews legendary Director Robin Hardy on his movie The Wicker Man.”

Wicker Man director Robin Hardy on film’s new version (2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuQYrmvimjk - from the Al Moloney YouTube channel (9 mins.)

The blurb:
“Cult British film The Wicker Man has returned to cinema screens with a new ‘final cut’ that claims to be closer to the director’s original vision. The longer version of the movie has famously been lost since its release 40 years ago. Director Robin Hardy spoke to the BBC’s Al Moloney about working with Woodward and co-star Christopher Lee on the project and his desire to make a third film in his ‘wicker’ trilogy.”


Brief video about the different film/video release versions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie_0ZHy46-A - from the kermodeandmayo channel (5 mins.)