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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #50 on: October 29, 2006, 07:02:50 PM »
Saw The Prestige last night.  Awesome movie - definately recommended.  I'm not sure that I liked the twist though, as it seemed to kind of undermine the whole point of the film.  But it was still enjoyable and I loved Bale and Jackman's performances as well as David Bowie and Andy Serkis' guest turns.  I'll definately be picking this one up on DVD.
Let me also say that this movie is awesome.  Michael Caine + Christian Bale + Christopher Nolan = success seems to be the formula.  The most impressive part was probably Jackman's performance.  He kept the tone pretty low key throughout, but you could almost always see the undercurrent of cold, evil obsession lurking there.  I agree that the final twist at the end did undermine the point, but I was surprised by it so I felt less cheated by how simple the previous twists were.  The way the focus moved from one time frame to another was inspiried and really helped tell the story even if it did disjoint the flow.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #51 on: November 05, 2006, 12:34:58 AM »
I saw Borat last night. It was FUCKING HILARIOUS. It was pretty offensive in some parts, but overall it was great. I wouldn't recommends taking a date to this movie though, as it could lead to some uncomfortable situations. Or any Jewish friend. Or any gay friends.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #52 on: November 11, 2006, 03:08:34 AM »
'Flags of Our Fathers' was very good. Not 'Saving Private Ryan' good but definitely worth the price of admission. The end credits with the actual images of the soldiers in question synching up with what we saw happen in the film was a particularly nice touch, and shows the care Eastwood took with making sure he had an accurate film. The jumping back and forth in time is a technique that gets old fast though. I'd give the film a B+ and I'm looking forward to seeing its Japanese counterpart next year.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #53 on: November 11, 2006, 03:14:33 AM »
I think Letters from Iwo Jima (said counterpart) will be a real eye-opener.
Edmund: I remember Massingburg's most famous case, the case of the bloody knife. A man was found next to a murdured body, he had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses that seen him stab the victim, and when the police arrived he said, "I'm glad I killed the bastard." Massingbird not only got him off, but he got him knighted in the New Year's Honors list, and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #54 on: November 11, 2006, 03:26:30 AM »
Curious: Has anyone shown this yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VjukIVSDJs

Good or bad, I will be there. I owe it to my childhood.
Edmund: I remember Massingburg's most famous case, the case of the bloody knife. A man was found next to a murdured body, he had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses that seen him stab the victim, and when the police arrived he said, "I'm glad I killed the bastard." Massingbird not only got him off, but he got him knighted in the New Year's Honors list, and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket.
Perkins: And he's a dab hand at the prosecution, Sir.
Edmund: Yes, well, look at Oscar Wilde.
Perkins: Oh, butch Oscar.
Edmund: Big, bearded, bonking, butch Oscar - the terror of the ladies. 114 illegitamate children, world heavyweight boxing champion, and author of the best-selling phamplet, "Why I Like To Do It With Girls". Massingbird had him sent down for being a woopsie.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #55 on: November 11, 2006, 03:27:55 AM »
^^^ Yeah, it looks like it should be a good one (edit: in reference to your comments on 'Letters from Iwo Jima.')

Am I the only person on this board that liked Ultraviolet even a little? ok I wasnt exactly all that impressed but I still liked it *shrugs*

Yep, you're it. And that's one more fan than that piece of crap deserves.

Yes becuase that was an informed and balanced post that youre always on to people to make, anyway...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to bring this up to apologize. At the time I was jokingly answering your question in a smartass way (though not changing my opinion on Ultraviolet), but I can see how it comes off looking serious. I didn't mean anything by it though Chem. My apologies.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #56 on: November 12, 2006, 08:13:17 PM »
Either really cool or really stupid

Didn't Tom Savini already make a re-imagining/remake of NotLD?
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #57 on: November 12, 2006, 08:18:12 PM »
I've seen this, and similar, trailers for this movie for some time, now. I can't help but think of those old movies where they go overboard in trying to make you think whatever's happening is really coming for you.
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« Reply #58 on: November 14, 2006, 03:11:30 AM »
Either really cool or really stupid

Didn't Tom Savini already make a re-imagining/remake of NotLD?

Yep way back in 1990.  That was made to win back the rights for the name "Night of the Living Dead". 

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #59 on: November 14, 2006, 08:12:20 AM »
^^^ Yeah, it looks like it should be a good one (edit: in reference to your comments on 'Letters from Iwo Jima.')

Am I the only person on this board that liked Ultraviolet even a little? ok I wasnt exactly all that impressed but I still liked it *shrugs*

Yep, you're it. And that's one more fan than that piece of crap deserves.

Yes becuase that was an informed and balanced post that youre always on to people to make, anyway...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to bring this up to apologize. At the time I was jokingly answering your question in a smartass way (though not changing my opinion on Ultraviolet), but I can see how it comes off looking serious. I didn't mean anything by it though Chem. My apologies.

Nah its alright, I can see why other people might not enjoy it.

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« Reply #60 on: November 15, 2006, 02:52:48 PM »
^^^ Yeah, it looks like it should be a good one (edit: in reference to your comments on 'Letters from Iwo Jima.')

Am I the only person on this board that liked Ultraviolet even a little? ok I wasnt exactly all that impressed but I still liked it *shrugs*

Yep, you're it. And that's one more fan than that piece of crap deserves.

Yes becuase that was an informed and balanced post that youre always on to people to make, anyway...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to bring this up to apologize. At the time I was jokingly answering your question in a smartass way (though not changing my opinion on Ultraviolet), but I can see how it comes off looking serious. I didn't mean anything by it though Chem. My apologies.

Nah its alright, I can see why other people might not enjoy it.

I thought Ultraviolet was good, at least from a cinematographic standpoint. But the plot made no sense.
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« Reply #61 on: November 17, 2006, 08:18:59 AM »
^^^ Yeah, it looks like it should be a good one (edit: in reference to your comments on 'Letters from Iwo Jima.')

Am I the only person on this board that liked Ultraviolet even a little? ok I wasnt exactly all that impressed but I still liked it *shrugs*

Yep, you're it. And that's one more fan than that piece of crap deserves.

Yes becuase that was an informed and balanced post that youre always on to people to make, anyway...

I know this is an old post but I wanted to bring this up to apologize. At the time I was jokingly answering your question in a smartass way (though not changing my opinion on Ultraviolet), but I can see how it comes off looking serious. I didn't mean anything by it though Chem. My apologies.

Nah its alright, I can see why other people might not enjoy it.

I thought Ultraviolet was good, at least from a cinematographic standpoint. But the plot made no sense.

Yeah the main problem all along was, it was entirely her viewpoint, her life, her feelings etc That slowed it down and made it to centric to her when they had a whole futuristic society with a vast GM'd subcultural/species that could have been explored better.

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« Reply #62 on: November 17, 2006, 02:44:12 PM »
That, or the fact it was just several random (though sweet) action sequences strung together by the barest of plots. Equilibrium
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« Reply #63 on: November 18, 2006, 08:36:55 AM »
Yeah, I loved the bullet melee, and the fact they actually made a proper Vampire hunter "Falchion" or however its spelled, for the final fight sequence.

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« Reply #64 on: November 19, 2006, 09:55:52 PM »
Casino Royale rocked. It's the Batman Begins of James Bond movies. I'm a happy moviegoer. :)

One thing that bugged me was that the guy with the burnt face near the beginning was bouncing around acrobatically while running from Bond. It came so close to Spider-man type impossibility that it kind of hurt the believability of the sequence, as cool as it was. Also, the music during the animated opening sequence sucked @$$.
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« Reply #65 on: November 20, 2006, 12:22:26 AM »
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Also, the music during the animated opening sequence sucked @$$.
Bond opening music always sucks ass, only reason this one seemed suckier is because it wasn't backed with outlines of hot women. 

I also quite approve of the movie, great cinematography and the settings they used in Montenegro were absolutely stunning.  I heartily approve of Eva Green as the Bond girl, and Daniel Craig has successfully dispelled any fears about his ability, he's the best Bond aside from Connery (give him time and he may well challenge Connery).  I felt that last twist up after Le Chiffre was dead was sort of pointless, but it gave the film more of a spy feel because there wasn't one megalomanic without whom the baddies ran away.  I also like how this one dealt with a more plausible scenario because it didn't require a megalomanic out to destroy the world for some random reason.
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One thing that bugged me was that the guy with the burnt face near the beginning was bouncing around acrobatically while running from Bond. It came so close to Spider-man type impossibility that it kind of hurt the believability of the sequence, as cool as it was.
Also agreed.  Some of those stunts were just a bit outside of human capability.  What I want to know out of that sequence is what happened to the stupid agent that fell in the pit with the cobra and mongoose?

I'm still not entirely convinced Bond needed a reboot, but if we can expect this type of quality in the future I'll be happy with it.  8/10
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« Reply #66 on: November 20, 2006, 12:31:49 AM »
^^^ You mean the freerunning/parkour stuff?
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« Reply #67 on: November 20, 2006, 07:28:49 AM »
Casino Royale rocked. It's the Batman Begins of James Bond movies. I'm a happy moviegoer. :)

That's what everyone I've spoken to has said as well. I'm going to see it tomorrow, I can't wait.

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One thing that bugged me was that the guy with the burnt face near the beginning was bouncing around acrobatically while running from Bond. It came so close to Spider-man type impossibility that it kind of hurt the believability of the sequence, as cool as it was.

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Also agreed. Some of those stunts were just a bit outside of human capability.

But the guy who played Mollaca (Sebastien Foucan) actually does all that, and Craig learned to do it to a lesser degree for the film as well. He trained with Foucan for three months to do that sequence. Foucan co-founded Parkour with his buddy David Belle, and also founded Freerunning, which are both used during that sequence.

The crane jump was as far as I recall the only part of the sequence that they didn't actually do because the studio wouldn't let them for insurance reasons, as it was too dangerous.

Watch some of these videos of Freerunning and Parkour:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=foucan&search=Search

http://www.parkour-videos.com/

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/74911/sebastien_foucan/

And here's some more info on Foucan:

http://www.parkour.com/pk/homepage.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A9bastien_Foucan

If Foucan is a bit too much like Spider-Man in the film, it's because he really is like Spider-Man. The guy is awesome.
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« Reply #68 on: November 20, 2006, 12:19:45 PM »
Casino Royale was awesome, 'nuff said.

Well, except for totalling the Aston Martin DBS. A car so new it's not even been officially launched, and Bond totals it.  :'(

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« Reply #69 on: November 20, 2006, 05:09:09 PM »
Totaling an Aston Martin should be a crime! I almost cried when I saw the trashed '71 Challenger in the autobody shop down the street. Imagine how I felt when the Martin flipped over in the ad!
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« Reply #70 on: November 21, 2006, 04:59:13 PM »
If Foucan is a bit too much like Spider-Man in the film, it's because he really is like Spider-Man. The guy is awesome.

Yeah, when I was actually watching the scene it left me wondering whether the stunts were authentic or not and since I don't know very much about Parkour or Freerunning (though I've heard something about Freerunning in the past) I didn't have much of a basis to be convinced they were real. It's more a matter of seeing something that is outside of one's common experience, and if I saw it again I would probably be fine with it. But in all fairness, none of the videos you hyperlinked comes very close to the quality seen in the film. They probably benefited much from having a professional cinematographer to get the most visual bang out of the stunts as possible.

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Well, except for totalling the Aston Martin DBS. A car so new it's not even been officially launched, and Bond totals it.

Yeah, but the great thing about that scene is that they play on your expectations that it's going to be a traditional James Bond car chase, then they flip it in a totally different direction.
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« Reply #71 on: November 21, 2006, 05:04:05 PM »
oh, that I get, but he totalled an Aston Martin. Like Xero said, it should be illeagal.

I may have a slight obsession with Aston Matirns, nothing major though ;)

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« Reply #72 on: November 22, 2006, 11:01:56 PM »
I just got back from Casino Royale. It was pretty good I thought.

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« Reply #73 on: November 23, 2006, 09:32:11 AM »
Casino Royale rocked. It's the Batman Begins of James Bond movies. I'm a happy moviegoer. :)

One thing that bugged me was that the guy with the burnt face near the beginning was bouncing around acrobatically while running from Bond. It came so close to Spider-man type impossibility that it kind of hurt the believability of the sequence, as cool as it was. Also, the music during the animated opening sequence sucked @$$.

I liked Casino Royale immensely as well - though I felt it went on a bit long.  Although the show I originally wanted to go to was sold out and I had to go to a later one that let out at 1am, so maybe some of that was external to the film.

I personally liked the theme music.

And I'm right there with you about the bomb-maker.  When he started running straight up those girders, I was like "Aw, hells no.  He's gotta come down from there some time, and I'll catch him then."

I thought Daniel Craig was going to make a good Bond, and he did.  Can't wait for the sequel.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #74 on: November 24, 2006, 05:13:48 PM »
Casino Royale was fucking awesome. The ending was perfect and Eva Green is one of the hottest Bond girls. Ever.

However, there were a few bad parts. The attempts at humor during the torture scene were just plain wrong and the relationship between Bond and Vesper, although lifted from the source material, didn't seem right for Bond.

The theme song comes very very very close to the best theme ever but still doesn't match up to Live and Let Die.