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Old 16 January 2015, 01:45 PM
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Reeve. No "s" in Christopher's surname.

I don't know that Dean Cain's or George Reeves' portrayals had as much of an impact. I don't think either of those shows had the nearly as large an audience as the 70s-era Superman film had. And the tragedies in Reeve's and his family's later life strengthened the loyalty of of a lot of fans, I think.
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Old 17 January 2015, 01:07 AM
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About the only thing I didn't have a problem with in Man of Steel was Henry Cavill's performance. He wasn't jaw-droppingly bad or anything like that; he just played the part as it was written. The problem was how it was written.

Not to mention, I had my issues with the Christopher Reeve films. I did like his performance--he managed to play the clean-cut all-American farmboy character without making it come across as too corny or forced--but yeah, there's a reason everyone wants to forget III and IV, including the people who were in it. But even I and II had their problems. I didn't like the "Reverse-time-by-flying-around-the-globe thing" and as for Superman II, it was good until they did the nfbsking Amnesia kiss because the writers couldn't think of how to write stories with Lois knowing his identity so they came up with the Amnesia kiss as a copout. That and the part where he beats up that jerk in the diner. Yeah, the guy in the diner was a jerk, but still it seems awful petty for the Man of Steel to go around picking fights with mere mortals.

But I swore not into get into a long, profanity-laden rant about Man of Steel. Given how many times I've done it, I'm afraid people will either report me to the FBI or stop wanting to hang out, because that movie really makes me I will say one quibble: movie-makers everywhere, can we please have a Superman movie with a villain besides General Zod or Lex Luthor? Superman has a wide Rogues Gallery that deserves some screen time. A Darkseid movie, now that we have the effects to do it how it really should be done, would be awesome. C'mon, it's not like the Flash whose only good villain is Professor Zoom. Stretch your creative muscles a little.
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Old 17 January 2015, 09:32 AM
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Patema Inverted, an anime about two children who come from opposite worlds, quite literally. Patema's people live on the inside of the earth, and their gravity and that of everything in their world is inverted. When Patema "falls" into the pit at the edge of the city, she emerges on the surface and is fortunately grabbed by a boy named Age before she falls upward into the sky. What follows is a story of friendship and fighting The System and how alike we all are despite our differences, and it's honestly a plot that you've seen a million times before. But you've probably never seen it look like this, with gorgeous scenery porn and vertiginous camera angles and just so much pretty that you're not gonna care much about how cardboard the villain is or how convenient some of the coincidences are. It's available on DVD from Netflix.

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Old 17 January 2015, 01:46 PM
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Horrible Bosses 2 - wow, what a waste of time and talent (well, Jennifer Aniston and Christoph Waltz - the others were at their level). The only chuckles for me were 1 or 2 of the bloopers at the end. The shtick of the main characters always jibbering over each other got very old very quickly.
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Old 18 January 2015, 06:41 PM
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Finally got in to see Mockingjay Part 1 last night. I still hold the less-common opinion that the first film was the best, but this one was excellent, and even more so for being an adaptation of a book I pretty much hated. (It was the latter half that annoyed me more, though, so let's see how the last film does.) I really appreciated a lot of the little things they altered from the book, like making Katniss' bow less "magical" and bringing Effie in right at the start, rather than shoving her into a cell and going "Oh, nobody knows or particularly cares what happened to her" until the last couple chapters. And of course I loved that little moment of her flirting with Haymitch during the briefing.

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Old 19 January 2015, 12:50 AM
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Tabbyclaw, I wouldn't say that's an uncommon opinion. Most people consider the first book and movie in that series to be the strongest.

I'm wondering how Mockingjay II will play out. Mockingjay was my least favorite so I'm kind of curious as to whether it'll translate better onscreen than in print.
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Old 19 January 2015, 06:15 PM
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Saw The Imitation Game, and very much enjoyed Cumberbatch's performance, (I swear that man's voice has a built-in reverb!) Get ready to sit through the old "by-the-book military type harrassed the oddball scientists" trope for the first half. That is not to say it wasn't a enthralling story. The choices made with the knowledge gained was pretty wrenching

I have read that Turing's personality and manner of death differs from the movie, which I hope is true, because it was played as pretty bleak in the film.

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Old 19 January 2015, 07:19 PM
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Everything I've heard about Turing was that he was a friendly and congenial guy who was liked and respected by those he worked with. While there have been some attempts to retroactively diagnose him somewhere on the autistic spectrum, the portrayal of him in the film is (according to those who knew him) quite inaccurate.

As far as his death goes, it's controversial. The standard explanation is that yes, he did commit suicide after undergoing chemical castration, but some people have called the autopsy into question and attempted to make a case that it was accidental.
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Old 20 January 2015, 12:22 AM
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Saw Selma today. Great movie, worthy of all the honors bestowed on them. Especially given the way society's reduced Martin Luther King, Jr. to a plaster saint. He was a flesh-and-blood human like everyone else. He laughed, cried, and got angry like everyone else. Also, he said more than just that one quote everyone remembers. But then again, it's like that one guy* said: "The way of the world is to venerate dead saints while persecuting living ones." You find yourself wondering if the Right would venerate MLK the way they do, if MLK hadn't been gunned down in 1968, but was still around speaking the truth to power. To wrap this up, all the scenes they show with the white officers beating the snot and teargasing all the protestors...sadly, we can't exactly look at those scenes and say, "We're better now" given our response to Ferguson protests.

Seriously, see this movie.

*I googled this quote trying to find out who originally said it, but I couldn't. Anyone wanna help me out?
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Old 21 January 2015, 12:06 PM
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Big Hero 6. Go. Go see it. Do it NOW.
... and two months after we had that conversation I finally saw the film tonight. It was actually released in Australia about 4 weeks ago but other things kept coming up and I kept putting it off but tonight I cleared my schedule and made sure I had plenty of time to get to the cinema. It would have been super easy for me to download it at any point over those 2 months but I was determined to be patient and wait until I could see it legitimately.

And it was pretty darn good.
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Old 29 January 2015, 01:58 AM
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Saw Birdman today and right now I'm glad I'm not a professional movie critic because I really don't know what to say about this movie. It's not something where you just spout of "This is Good," or "This is the worst piece of shit ever," it's just complicated that way. I will say that Michael Keaton deserves all the Oscar buzz he's getting, but I find myself thinking, "There's no way I'm sitting through this movie again." In fact, I can place Birdman in two different categories I have regarding entertainment: "Good but gives me Very little Viewing Pleasure" and "Good, Possibly Even Great Movies but Movies that Once You've seen once, there's no reason to see it again." Yeah, need to think of shorter names for my categories. Anyone wanna help me out?

Anyway, I think of it as being like the comic Watchmen. I'm able to recognize the creative genius and the skill in plotting and writing that kind of story, but from a reading standpoint, it gives me little pleasure. Or in short, the writer in me is impressed with the craft, but the reader in me is left cold by the story.

Okay, I've given my two cents. If anyone wants to say something, feel free.
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Old 03 February 2015, 01:32 AM
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Night Will Fall- it's a documentary about the attempted documentary under taken by the British and Americans towards the end of WW2 regarding the Nazi concentration and death camps from footage obtained during liberation. The project was enormous and continued on after the German surrender in 1945. The change in postwar politics eventually buried the film and it sat on the shelves for decades.
It is a very well done film and would recommend viewing it but word of warning the liberation footage is very disturbing. Even having grown up seeing various stills from the camps when studying WW2, I found some of the footage hard to watch.
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Old 03 February 2015, 03:48 AM
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Not to mention, I had my issues with the Christopher Reeve films. I did like his performance--he managed to play the clean-cut all-American farmboy character without making it come across as too corny or forced--but yeah, there's a reason everyone wants to forget III and IV, including the people who were in it. But even I and II had their problems. I didn't like the "Reverse-time-by-flying-around-the-globe thing" and as for Superman II, it was good until they did the nfbsking Amnesia kiss because the writers couldn't think of how to write stories with Lois knowing his identity so they came up with the Amnesia kiss as a copout. That and the part where he beats up that jerk in the diner. Yeah, the guy in the diner was a jerk, but still it seems awful petty for the Man of Steel to go around picking fights with mere mortals.
That's not counting the Donner cut of II, where Supes reverses time to the point of undoing the entire movie (including somehow putting the three villains back in the Phantom Zone thingy) and then takes out the diner jerk. Who, thanks to the time meddling, has done precisely nothing to them.

(also, III has an absence of either of those two)

I re-watched Barbie and the Three Musketeers the other night. Can someone tell me what kind of advanced fencing involves cartwheels and backflips? Also, exactly how does Renee use the violin during the climax?
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Old 06 February 2015, 04:33 PM
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I've decided to sit down and watch Sergio Leone's spaghetti western "Dollars Trilogy" starring Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name for the first time. I'm a huge fan of Kurosawa's Yojimbo which was a direct influence on Leone's film ('influence' might not be a strong enough word, Kurosawa actually sued Leone's studio and won because they clearly ripped him off) and I was watching a 1970s Kong Kong kung fu film last night called 'The Magic Blade' which was clearly influenced by Leone's films if the lead character's costume was any indication.

I guess after this I'll have to go read Dashiell Hammett's 1932 novel Red Harvest and the 1942 film The Glass Key (also based on one of Hammett's novels) since they were apparently the inspirations for Yojimbo. I'll get to the bottom of all this eventually.
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Watched Escape from Tomorrow...
I just got around to seeing this one (trailer here) and liked it a lot. I do know a lot of people have complained the scenes don't quite hold together as a complete film, but I disagree. And while I respect JoeBentley's perspective, I think the film is far more accessible than Eraserhead or Begotten - although it would appeal to the same audiences - and the ending not all that Gainax. To me the film's major weakness is that some of the humor derails the creepiness, especially in the third act.

I found myself talking a lot about the picture after watching it, which must mean they did something right.
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Zombie thread alert! I know there's a newer version of this thread somewhere.
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Zombie thread alert! I know there's a newer version of this thread somewhere.
Dang. I went looking for a previous message about the film and didn't realize it was an old thread.

I'll post my comments in the new thread. In the meantime, everybody, DON'T POST HERE, POST THERE!
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