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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Michael Cimino (1939 - 2016)
« on: January 30, 2017, 04:15:37 PM »
The things that work in Desperate Hours are the photography, the score, and the detour with David Morse. A worse director probably would have done the thriller parts better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: W. (2008)
« on: October 22, 2008, 02:44:08 PM »

Like, I don't know what all the "too soon" stuff is about. The movie ends in 2003 and doesn't even touch on his second term. This movie is more sympathetic to Bush than just about any I've seen. He's presented as a tragic hero, who overcomes many of his flaws but is eventually brought down by them.

Some stuff could have admittedly been fleshed out, but I thought it was an excellent drama and Stone's best work in over a decade.

Quote from: Rod Serling
Whose version of "what a wonderful world" is on the W. trailer?

Eddy Arnold's.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tropic Thunder (2008)
« on: August 06, 2008, 07:48:27 PM »
The Cable Guy is a masterpiece, Zoolander is very funny, and Reality Bites at least captures the era well. He's never directed a bad film, although admittedly he's starred in plenty.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tropic Thunder (2008)
« on: August 06, 2008, 07:20:22 PM »
Ben Stiller's also directing. Yes, that is a good thing.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: W. (2008)
« on: July 27, 2008, 11:19:39 PM »
See, I'm looking forward to this. I'm a big Oliver Stone fan, and although this'll probably look dated a month after its release, it looks like it'll have a little more bite than his last two bland films. At the very least, it'll have camp value.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 26, 2008, 10:47:57 AM »
Well, hey, it's your opinion. I personally think "The Dark Knight" is flawed in some area's and that "Batman Begins" is a slightly better constructed story. However, as far as sequel's go, I think this is up there with the best. There were just to many brilliant moments to put the film down.

I agree that Begins has a simpler, better constructed story, but we have to keep in mind that Dark Knight is meant to set up a third movie, provide the turning point. I like this movie better because Begins had pretty weak villains and Maggie Gyllenhaal > Katie Holmes in my opinion.

As for Heath's death giving his performance a certain mystique, I'm not so sure about that. I remember clearly when the first trailer hit the net, people were going nuts at what they saw of Ledger in the trailer. It was all over the net. I remember like it was yesterday. This was before Heath's death.

True. I think his death only doubled that.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:17:17 PM »
I disagree with you Ringo. Ledger overrated? I don't think so. He lived up to the hype and then some.

He did as good as anyone could be expected to with the part, and certainly livens the film up but the script didn't do him any favors. I think the whole mindgames and philosophy act has been overdone with villains lately, although these were better than most. I was waiting for him do something that would shock me out of my chair and it didn't happen.

The film would have done great at the box-office regardless of Ledger's death.

No argument there, but you can't deny that Ledger's death gave it (and his performance) a mystique it would've otherwise lacked.

I should clarify that I did like the film, and consider the best Batman movie by a pretty wide margin. It's just been a bit overpraised.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Dark Knight (2008)
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:23:18 PM »
I enjoyed the movie while watching it but find myself not remembering much about it a few days later, although according to our friends at IMDB, it's THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE. Probably the fact that someone has made a blockbuster that isn't a completely stupid embarrassment, along with the hype, caused critics to praise it so much.

Ledger was overrated but still the most enjoyable part of the movie by far. Since his death will inevitably make this a cult film, they should just drop the idea of the third one to add to the allure. "It's the franchise that couldn't be finished!!!"

And apparently, Batman is Bush.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Borat
« on: January 02, 2008, 03:03:41 PM »
Overrated as hell. The biggest problem is that (contrary to the publicity) most of the Americans Borat encounters come off quite well, and are actually amazingly tolerant at many points. If there were more scenes like the one with the frat boys it could have been a classic.

Other Films / Re: No Country for Old Men (2007)
« on: December 15, 2007, 08:05:40 PM »
Just saw it.

Starts off excellent, turns pretentious towards the end. Haven't read the novel, but this seems to be a case of trying to be too faithful to the source. Sheriff Bell simply wasn't developed enough for the last psychological half hour to work. Chigurh was effective when he was a silent killing machine, but the whole coin thing and discussions of fate was pretty ridiculous. Maybe it's the best movie of the year (not much of a year) but it's hardly the flawless masterpiece most people are calling it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 24, 2007, 08:59:32 PM »
The Mist: The novella is arguably the best thing King's ever written, and I thought this was a pretty good adaptation. A good amount of suspense, fairly faithful, and a surprising amount of laughs. It's the first time in a long while I've heard the audience applaud during a movie: trust me, you will know the scene. The Rod Serling-style ending (not in the novella) is also great.  Some of the special effects were a little cheesy, and the whole "Bush surrogate" thing is getting pretty tiresome. Good thing there's only a year left.

Other Films / Re: Il mio West (1998)
« on: November 11, 2007, 12:04:38 AM »

Nostalgic homage to the Western genre, made in 1998. That it took eight years to get a video release in the States should say something. On its side are nice cinematography and beautiful Tuscan locations. Unfortunately, the narrative is a mess, never building momentum and starting out from the focus of a young Indian boy (hence the original title) and then abandoning him for long periods of time and never letting him get involved with the story. Also annoying is the slavish attempt to imitate Hollywood movies. It's shot in English. There's pointless scenes involving Indians just to imitate Dances With Wolves. There's even a rap song over the credits, for Pete's sake.

The oddball casting provides some entertainment. Harvey Keitel is excellent as the weary gunslinger and the best reason to watch. David Bowie is amusing - he and his eccentric gang provide the more spaghetti-esque moments in the film. Leonardo Pieraccioni, the "creative force" behind the movie, is the weak link. He's very wooden (not helped by his flat dubbed voice) and his attempts at comedy don't work. You also get the feeling that his ego is at work - the character he plays is a pacifist, non-racist, and the most respected man in town.

What's ultimately the most disappointing is the wasted opportunity this represents. With big stars and higher financial resources, this could have revived the SW, or at least been an attempt to do something new and unique with the genre. Instead, it's just a derivative way to kill an hour and a half. What a shame.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Saw (series)
« on: October 30, 2007, 08:21:32 PM »
The Saw movies have held my interest due to the story - it may be overly complicated, but it's the only horror franchise I can think of that isn't just "New sequel, new bunch of disposable victims, refresh, rinse, and repeat". The stories directly continue from the last movie and the same group of actors return for each one. It's almost like a comic book series where if you miss an issue, you can't follow the story. That said, Saw IV is certainly the worst one yet.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Hill / Spencer recommendations
« on: October 30, 2007, 08:14:57 PM »
MAN OF THE EAST (Hill solo vehicle) is absolutely terrific, but maybe a little atypical of their stuff.

I thought the movie was really terrific in all aspects - score, (especially) cinematography, and story. My only complaints is that there are a few too many unecessary characters and the movie seems to wander from the main story in the middle.

Pitt was pretty good, Affleck was great, but the real standout was Sam Rockwell. His character was the most tragic in my opinion, and he pulls it off beautifully.

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