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Off-Topic Discussion / 30 Days of Night
« on: October 01, 2007, 11:03:58 AM »
Okay, so a bunch of vampires attack Barrow, Alaska during the time in winter when the sun doesn't rise for a month. I don't know why, but I'm really super stoaked for this. The trailer looks great, though it could just be that they were able to make a really good trailer for a crappy movie (that's been done many times before), but I'm thinking this'll be a great flick. "That cold ain't the weather, that's death approaching." >:D

And just a little trivia, according to Wikipedia, the sun actually doesn't rise for over 2 months in Barrow, Alaska, lasting from November 18th unitl January 24th. :o

Off-Topic Discussion / Saw (series)
« on: September 02, 2007, 06:34:09 PM »
With the release of Saw IV approaching, I thought I'd start a thread to see if anyone else love these flicks around here. I remember seeing the first one in theaters back in the fall of '04 (funny how it feels like such a long time ago). I really loved it. I thought it had the most shocking twist ending of any movie I've seen (I won't spoil it if you havent seen it and are planning to, though I think by now with as many sequels as there are it wouldn't effect new-comers as it did to us who saw it when there was only the first one). I thought the idea of making a Saw II was stupid, thinking the first one was an instant thriller classic (I don't consider them to be of the horror genre) and any sequel would be useless.

I went to see it anyways to give it a chance and thought that they handled it very well. It took the elements of the first one and turned it into an extravaganza, with more than one twist at the end. With Saw III they pulled back and made it the most small scaled of the series so far, though that for it's own good IMO, since at the end, while they did leave room for more movies, it would've felt enough like a trilogy had they decided to stop. I'm sure Wan and Whannell had this in mind to be the last of a trilogy, and maybe it was all Bousman making subtle sequel set-ups at the end of Saw III.

Either way, I'm cautiously optomistic about Saw IV since Whannell isn't writting the movies anymore. Word is they're planning to make a Saw V and a Saw VI. As long as the quality keeps up, I'm totally on board for this to get up to VI which would take it to '09 if they keep up the one-a-year schedule. Having a Saw movie every fall has been great and has become a tradition with me and my friend to go see the new Saw movie during the Halloween season.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Day of the Jackal (1973)
« on: August 17, 2007, 07:54:01 PM »
Just noticed someone on the board has a new sig pic from this movie, and thought I'd start a topic. This movie is quite possibly one of my favorite movies of all time. I only saw it for the first time earlier this year and it totally stuck with me. I also really liked The Odessa File, another Forsyth adaptation starring Jon Voight. I've tried reading both of those books, but couldn't get passed the first several pages. Forsyth has too dry of style for me, but at least those two books made great films. Anyways, discuss...

Off-Topic Discussion / Secret Agent AKA Danger Man
« on: May 28, 2007, 10:42:56 PM »
Anyone familiar with this old 60's british spy series? Known as Danger Man when it first aired in 1960, it was cancelled after 39 half hour episodes. With the popularity of the Bond movies, it was brought back in 1964 but was changed to an hour long show and had a title change to Secret Agent for the US, lasting another 47 episodes. I bought the megaset DVD collection and have been watching an episode a day. Right now I'm a few episodes into the hour long episodes. It's a really great show.

Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek II: The Wrath of KHAAAAAAN!
« on: December 08, 2006, 08:25:09 PM »
Anyone else LOVE this movie? I watched it again recently and it's still my favorite of the ST films. Everything about it is great. Discuss.

Off-Topic Discussion / R.I.P. Steve Irwin
« on: September 03, 2006, 11:06:19 PM »
The Croc Hunter has died from a sting ray attack off the coast of Queensland. I loved that guy. He may have took big risks like this on a daily basis, but man, this is still shocking. Rock on, Steve. :-[

Once Upon A Time In America / Finally saw it...
« on: August 07, 2006, 06:39:57 PM »
...and I'm sorry to say that I wasn't all too crazy about it. After thinking for a long after finishing it, I came to two reasons why I didn't like the film.

Reason One - I just don't really like the ganster genre. Though I can't say I've seen too many, one exception I'd make is the Godfather movies. One ganster movie I hated, and I mean hated so much that I didn't even finish it, was Goodfellas. Though not liking a genre of film doesn't mean I won't like a movie from it. I wasn't crazy about westerns before I saw Fistful of Dollars, but I did previously enjoy pseudo westerns such as Three Amigos, Westworld, Back to the Future Part III, and Fievel Goes West. But anyways, maybe it was the "commercialization", as some people around here have used that word, of the Godfather movies that made me at least like those.

Reason Two - It was confussing. Every once in a while I thought that I understood what was going on, but then something would happen that made me think "wtf?". I had similar problems, though to a much lesser extent with OUATITW, and had to ask a few questions on the IMDb boards before understanding whatever I asked, but at least I understood enough of that movie to enjoy it a lot even on my first viewing. It would take a much longer list for me to say what I didn't understand about this movie.

It wasn't all bad, though. I enjoyed the 1910's section of the movie a lot. I read before hand that it was a pretty big chunck of the film, but it flew by so fast that I was a little dissapointed when I realised it was jumping back to the future. And it was nice to see Treat Williams in his small role, but unfortunately, his scenes were some of the highlights of what I didn't understand of the plot. But it was interesting seeing him way back then. (BTW, while we're on the subject of him, I'll give 2 scooby-snacks to anyone who can provide screen-caps of him in Empire Strikes Back; apparently he was in there somewhere.)

So that's what I have to say about this movie. I may give it another chance in a year or so, (it's such a long movie I don't want to have to find the time to watch it again too soon), and maybe I poke around the threads here and see if I can get some questions answered. Better yet, maybe if I read the book that can make the plot more understandable for me. Anyone who's read it think that would help?

Duck, You Sucker / Historical question...
« on: June 20, 2006, 12:22:00 PM »
Just wondering, what did the Germans have to do with the Mexican revolution? I've been doing some googling and I nothing I found about the Mexican revolution mentions Germany. I though it might have something to do with WWI. Anyone who knows the history better care to educate me a bit?

Once Upon A Time In America / Treat Williams
« on: June 19, 2006, 12:05:52 AM »
Hi, I'm new here.

OUATIA is the only Leone film I havent seen yet, but was planning to get the DVD soon. Just wondering, how much is Treat Williams in this movie? He's listed fifth on the IMDb cast list. No spoilers, please, just was curious if he had a big part in the movie or not. Thanks! :)

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