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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Saw (series)
« on: January 03, 2010, 09:02:37 PM »
Saw VI has come and gone (and already is scheduled to come out on DVD in a few weeks). While it wasn't the grand finale I was hoping for that would end the series with a bang, it did tie up pretty much all the loose ends in the series up to this point. 6 would've been a good number to end on, but I guess it wasn't to be. It did leave one new mystery un-answered, though, and just generally left me curious about the consequences of some of the characters actions (at least the surviving ones, lol!). And it had one of the better "B" plot lines since Saw III.

There's always an "A" story and a "B" story going on in the Saw movies. The "A" one involves the long running plots that the sequels interloop with, and the "B" stories are exclusive to that particular sequel. The "B" story usually is where all the gore and such are put. I'm usually more interested in the "A" story and was glad that the Saw V "B" story had relatively little screen time. But in Saw VI the "B" story actually had more attention paid to it, rivalling only the first Saw movie (which itself was entirely a "B" story if you'll think of it that way), and this new "B" story was actually very good. better than the "A" story IMO. I feel the "A" story in VI wasn't handled as well as it could have, which made me disappointed at first, but in retrospect I think Saw VI will hold up considering it's great "B" story.

And now Saw VII is set to start filming on the first of next month for a..., you guessed it, October 2010 release! And also, it'll be in 3D! I'm wasn't clamouring for a 3D Saw entry, but as long as they keep the quality (or relative quality since most people seem to hate the Saw movies) I won't slam the 3D idea too much. And I'll be once again, eagerly awating it. One of the writers said recently that he has a "strong feeling" that the upcoming Saw VII may indeed be the final Saw chapter considering the less than stellar box office performance of Saw VI, making much less than all the other Saw movies. So maybe they can make Saw VII the grand finale the series deserves.

Saw it a week ago and LOVED it. Havent cared for QTs post-PF stuff, (there were bits and pieces of the KBs that I liked but overall doidn't enjoy them), but this flick is fucking great! I can hardly compare it to RD or PF because it's so different from those two, (and for the record I always prefered RD over PF), but I think that IG was more well made as a film overall than either of those two. I don't mind one bit, and perhaps even liked, that the scope of the movie was very small, even considering it's WWII setting.

One small thing though, I was hoping Rod Taylor would have a little bit more time in it, rather than being tucked away in the back of a room and given one 3-second close up and a couple lines. No biggie though, I just always loved him in The Time Machine and was looking forward to actually seeing him in a movie again. He's getting OLD!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Saw (series)
« on: July 22, 2009, 07:30:14 PM »

Yeah, I'm gonna be bumping this thread up every year, deal with it! >:D Though who knows, maybe they'll finally end it as the tagline seems to indicate, but with the news earlier this week that they're already talking about scripting Saw VII, who knows? These flicks cost about $10 million a piece to make, and every film in the series has made more than $100 million worldwide. How many long running series can say that each movie made 10 times their budget? So BRING ON October 23rd, I say! 8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Breakdown (1997)
« on: June 28, 2009, 12:21:41 PM »
Havent seen it for years but I remember it being very suspensful. Really great flick.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Saw (series)
« on: November 22, 2008, 02:30:26 PM »
BUMP! I recently moved and still don't have internet at my new place so that's why I havent been around too much lately.

Anyways, the release of Saw V has come and gone. I caught a midnight showing of it the night before it's release day and I was totally satisfied with it. It was exactly the movie it needed to be at this point in the series. All the promotions for the movie had the tagline "You won't believe how it ends" because all the Saw movies have the traditional twist ending, but really, it didn't have a twist ending. Maybe that's the twist though, that there was no twist. But the ending did have a very Saw movie type of ending regardless. Just the nature of it really shocked me. Also, I was very happy that it didn't leave it as a cliffhanger like Saw IV had. It definately left the door WIDE open for another (and hopefully final) entry in the series, with a few lingering set ups for possibel future plotlines, but the main narrative of the movie feels complete by the time the credits roll. Was greatful for that because I don't think I could've handled another year of suspense in the way that Saw IV had left me feeling.

So yeah, Saw V was great and I really hope that they decide to make the inevitable Saw VI the final chapter and end everything completely wrapped up and just right. I think it would cease being fun if they just kept going on seemingly forever. They just need the final pieces of the puzzle put in and let the saga stand as it is.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bond 22: Quantum of Shoelace (2008)
« on: November 22, 2008, 02:03:09 PM »
I'm sorry to say that I can't share the enthusiasm here. QoS ended up being a Bond movie pretty close to the bottom of my ranking list. Not a single action sequence in the film thrilled me in the least. Had me bored to tears. Then every once in a while they throw in a melodramatic scene and expect me to have any feelings about it. I liked Mathis and would've loved to have felt something about his death, for instance. Such a shame because they had some really great ideas with those quiter scenes that would've worked a lot better in a better Bond movie. The ending twist with Vesper's boyfriend turning out to be a honey-trap was especially interesting. Someone mentioned how there seemed to be a team dynamic with the rest of MI6. I want it to be a BOND film, not an MI6 Chonicles episode.

The movie overall doesn't feel like a Bond film at all. Not that I couldn't have enjoyed a non-Bond feeling Bond film. Licence to Kill I think is the only other Bond that didn't feel like a part of the series but I still liked that one a lot. QoS kinda feels more like a Bourne movie, though maybe I'm thinking that because of all of the shacky-cam. The pre-title sequence in the most underwhellming one in the series since Live and Let Die, and the whole movie isn't even that good as an action flick. Is Martin Campbell the only one who knows how to handle action in a Bond film anymore? And am I the only one who didn't understand why Bond and Leiter were all of a sudden great friends? They meet for two seconds in CR then suddenly they're on a first name basis like they've had a lot of history. I would've liked it if their friendship was still building at this point, then maybe the next one would have them be "old friends" depending on how much their invlovment with eachother had been insofar.

Some things I did like, the title song was a lot better than I remember when it had fist hit the net, and the titles themselves were cool-looking. Bond leaving Louie from Munich in the dessert like Blondie did to Tuco was a badass way for Bond to defeat the badguy in the end. I like the unconventiality of the main badguys' demises in the Craig Bond's so far. The chick from Hitman is still super-freaking-hot. BTW, I looked on IMDb and found out that the other chick, the one with the Oilfinger death, was born the same year that I was. That weirded me out a little bit; secondary Bond girls being the same age as me. Am I getting old? But I digress. Like I mentioned already, I really liked the twist at the end with Vesper's boyfriend and the following ending scene, but I would've felt a lot better about it had the rest of the movie matched up. I was so distraught about the movie having sucked that I could hardly pay attention to the gunbarrel. I had assumed at that point that they had done away with it altogether. I hope they put it back at the beginning for the next one.

I've heard Mikey Wilson say the next Bond is gonna be a stand alone and not connected plot-wise to the events of the first two. Good news for me. It would seem kinda weird that they'd set up this alledgedly HUGE evil organization and end it with the bad guy "telling him all about Quantum" offscreen during a car ride through the desert (maybe it's just on the back-burning like SPECTRE was between FRWL and TB?), but I feel I need at least one film that's un-connected enough to QoS to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. Hopefully they get a much better script and one that's good enough to lure back Martin Campbell. That guy knows how to make a Bond film.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:37:49 PM »

Really? That's the tamest of the three!

A lot of folks believe the second is the best of the series but I think that title goes to the first. It was the creepiest.
The second dwelved a little in the comedy at times and the third goes for all out laughs.
Yeah, when Bruce Campbell tours for various events, he ALWAYS tells the story about AoD getting an NC-17 and how dumbfounded they were.

Gotta agree, the first beats the others on the creep factor alone. I love the others, but the first has something special about it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:58:13 PM »
It funny you bring up the evil dead movies. Army of Darkness was given an NC-17 rating when it was first submitted to the MPAA. Good thing too, we all know that those crappy looking skeletons that turn into dust when you bash 'em is WAY too intense for the kiddies.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Watchmen (2009)
« on: July 20, 2008, 12:02:59 AM »
I'm excited for this movie, but, Zack Snyder scares me shitless when it comes to adapting my favorite comic. Remember 300?
I remember 300 rocking my nuts off. Still can't find 'em.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Watchmen (2009)
« on: July 19, 2008, 07:20:25 PM »
Saw the trailer last night, never heard of it but looks pretty interesting.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 19, 2008, 01:21:00 PM »
Saw it last night. I just don't see what the big deal is about it, besides Ledger at least, he was amazing. I laughed out loud MANY times at his antics throughout the film. There's gonna have to be some seriously great supporting actor performance before the end of the year to justify Ledger not only getting nominated but outright winning. But yeah, like Batman Begins before it, this one just didn't excite me at all. Would even say it was pretty damn corny at some parts. Plus, I've been hearing the word "epic" being thrown around describing this, but I didn't feel that it was epic as so much just a movie that's running time is a bit longer than the average one. Maybe I just don't understand the meaning of the word "epic", or maybe I'm just too used to Leone's deliberately paced style. This movie was pretty damn faced-paced for it's running time. Kinda like Spider-Man 3. Kinda exausted after it's over.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Times' WORST Endings of All Time
« on: July 17, 2008, 07:35:06 PM »
Citizen Kane? REALLY? Reminds me of that Family Guy episode where Peter taped over the whole movie leaving just a short message of him saying "I just saved you from two long boob-less hours."

Duck, You Sucker / Re: How good is DYS?
« on: July 12, 2008, 08:49:18 PM »
The first time I watched it I thought it was pretty entertaining and just a fun movie to watch, the second time I saw it I thought it was even more fun than the first time and also realised how brilliant it all was. Left me pretty blown away.

Ah! That's why we kept hearing the toilet flush!

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Arch Stanton's skeleton
« on: July 02, 2008, 06:07:44 PM »
Bet he/she is related to Pat.

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