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A Thread About Movies

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  • Linespider5Linespider5 I told her on Alderaan nothing else was going on.Registered User regular
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    I don't even understand 3d. It's not 3d in the way that the world is 3d, because you can't choose what to focus on. Some things are always in focus and some things are always out of focus. That works perfectly fine for a 2d movie, because it's just an image projected on a screen, but when you try to trick my brain into seeing in 3d, the whole "how come I can't focus on this object in the foreground" thing annoys the hell out of me. With normal movies, if I look at something that's out of focus, it's fine that it doesn't come into focus, because I'm just looking at a flat picture. When I look at what my brain thinks is a 3d object and it remains blurry, that's just a giant mindfuck. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a 3d movie, and I've seen stuff like Avatar, which seems to be built for that, and Up, which, as an entirely CG movie, would presumably make the transition to 3d perfectly. Hugo was one of my least favorite: Scorcese basically just shoved steam in my face for 2 hours because, well, he could?

    This man has all the correct answers.

    The big problem with 3D is most people do it backwards. 3D should be used to create depth by having objects recede behind the frame, but most uses of it are to show stupid crap being shoved out of the front of the frame, and, usually, being clipped by the edges of the frame anyway.

    It should be subtle. All the best movie special effects work because you don't know it's there, you just know the movie is awesome.
    only shitty directors need 3d to do this.
    Kurosawa's been doing this for years and in black and white.

    Well put. This is also correct.

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  • Look Out it's Sabs!Look Out it's Sabs! Registered User regular
    When I saw John Carter, I had to see it in 3d. I didn't want to see it in 3d, and I didn't want to pay the 10.00 (vs. a normal matinee of 6) price tag for it, but the theater was only showing the 3d "version." This is happening more and more here on films that are released in both formats (even at larger theaters that can spare a slot for both the 2d and 3d versions).

    It's pretty damn infuriating. I'm a dyed in the wool "see it in the theater or it doesn't count" kind of guy, but even I'm being driven from the multiplex by this model conversion.

    The theaters here do Tuesday cheap deals, and if its the first Tuesday of a newly released movie, if possible, it will only be shown in 3d/IMAX/ULTRA-AVX. So if I want to see a new movie in just a regular theater and get the Tuesday deal I have to wait longer. :P

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  • SliderSlider Registered User regular
    I'm currently halfway through Girl with a Dragon for a Tattoo on Her Back. So far, it's good.

    ...and the girl with the tattoo (Rooney Mara) has a nice bootay.

  • OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    I just watched The Man From Earth. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. It has much more conflict and much more of a plot than I'd been led to believe. In fact, its minimalism makes it a great study in the skillful usage of storytelling techniques.

    Probably the best example I've seen of how "action" doesn't mean parkour, "conflict" doesn't mean gunfights, and "movement" doesn't mean car chases. Hell, it even manages to sneak in a "science fiction" doesn't mean aliens and spaceships.

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  • BogartBogart Mr. Lady Anime Registered User regular
    Watched The Illusionist last night. It's beautifully animated, with a metric ton of lovely touches to characterisation and some neat jokes, but it's also kind of cloyingly sentimental and melancholy and basically quite a slight film.

  • ThirithThirith Registered User regular
    Cloyingly sentimental? I thought the film was quite good at de-sentimentalising what could easily have been cloying. (Also, what's wrong with melancholy?)

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  • BogartBogart Mr. Lady Anime Registered User regular
    Nothing's inherently wrong with melancholy or sentimentality, but since there's so little else of any substance in the film they overwhelm it.

  • Mad King GeorgeMad King George Registered User regular

    Why would you ever want Todd Phillips to work again? Hasn't he done enough to this world?

    I dunno, man. Can't we always use more "comedies" with irredeemably awful people doing awful things and getting away with it scot-free?

  • belligerentbelligerent Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I like todd phillips moves.

    I also like Judd Appatow movies.

    I used to love Adam Sandler movies.

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  • TexiKenTexiKen unable to feel my retinal assessment Registered User regular
    I liked Old School, don't care.

    And now I wonder where Luke Wilson went off to after doing those AT&T commercials.

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  • NODeNODe Registered User
    When I saw John Carter, I had to see it in 3d. I didn't want to see it in 3d, and I didn't want to pay the 10.00 (vs. a normal matinee of 6) price tag for it, but the theater was only showing the 3d "version." This is happening more and more here on films that are released in both formats (even at larger theaters that can spare a slot for both the 2d and 3d versions).

    It's pretty damn infuriating. I'm a dyed in the wool "see it in the theater or it doesn't count" kind of guy, but even I'm being driven from the multiplex by this model conversion.

    Wasn't it delightful though? Think of all the carefully rendered aliens that you couldn't really look at properly because the 3D made it impossible without getting a detached retina! Think of all that jumping that just wouldn't have been the same! Who wants to see 2D jumping? Suckers, that's who.

  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular

    Why would you ever want Todd Phillips to work again? Hasn't he done enough to this world?

    I dunno, man. Can't we always use more "comedies" with irredeemably awful people doing awful things and getting away with it scot-free?

    It depends.

    Adam McKay and Judd Apatow's stable of writer/directors seem to be able to routinely do this with little issue.

    Todd Phillips seems to think that movies are some kind of contest to see how much money you can earn doing as little work as possible.

  • Mad King GeorgeMad King George Registered User regular
    It depends.

    Adam McKay and Judd Apatow's stable of writer/directors seem to be able to routinely do this with little issue.

    Todd Phillips seems to think that movies are some kind of contest to see how much money you can earn doing as little work as possible.

    I seem to think Phillips revels in a certain type of anti-social, misanthropic character more than other people that came up working with those groups. Paul Feig seems to have a sense of heart; Phillips doesn't.

  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    It depends.

    Adam McKay and Judd Apatow's stable of writer/directors seem to be able to routinely do this with little issue.

    Todd Phillips seems to think that movies are some kind of contest to see how much money you can earn doing as little work as possible.

    I seem to think Phillips revels in a certain type of anti-social, misanthropic character more than other people that came up working with those groups. Paul Feig seems to have a sense of heart; Phillips doesn't.

    Right. Phillips just goes, "Hey, look at these horrible people! Aren't they funny because they're so horrible?!" and stops right there.


    As well (and I've mentioned this elsewhere) Phillips has used the same lazy writing crutch in four movies now: the roap trip. It's what bad writers default to when they just want to show an unrelated series of absurd events without having to tie it into a greater story. What's worse, the last time Phillips did this he couldn't even be bothered to write a new script.

  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
  • GimGim "god imagining ludious squatting at a walmart-owned company while devouring a pretzel like andy serkis, my nips have never been harder" Organichu;31272083Registered User regular
    Gim wrote: »
    Soon I will watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and then go eat sushi. Cheap-ish sushi? Absolutely.

    Well. I was hungry every time they did a food-porn closeup on the sushi being put on a tray. Lots of "This man really enjoys making sushi" and "His sons, the poor bastards, they'll never be perceived to be as good" and "Work hard at what you love to do". Not a whole lot of insight into anything else. It was alright.

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Well, that seems pretty ludicrous.Registered User regular
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    NOPE.
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  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    shryke wrote: »
    Goddamn Due Date was a dull movie.

    Phillips' movies suffer from his notion that completely reprehensible characters are endearing and engaging if, at the very last moment, you find out they have a tragic past, even if that tragedy plays no real motivation in their behavior.

    I fully expect his next film to feature a character that pulls kittens in half while screaming, "My parents died in a tragic explosion!"



    Not a dry eye in the house.

  • shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    I didn't even care if they were endearing or not. I was just bored. After 30 minutes, I had no reason to want to watch them do anything.

  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    So It Goes wrote: »
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    I know. I'm really hoping for something else.

  • Harry DresdenHarry Dresden Registered User regular
    So It Goes wrote: »
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    Yeah. I'm waiting for Snow White and the Huntsman. That looks like a good Snow White adaption.

  • Look Out it's Sabs!Look Out it's Sabs! Registered User regular
    I didn't mind Due Date, but I also saw it after I saw all the awful reviews it got so I went in with low low expectations.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    So It Goes wrote: »
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    Yeah. I'm waiting for Snow White and the Huntsman. That looks like a good Snow White adaption.

    The original teasers, I was like "ugh" and I still can't get past the casting of Kristen Stewart

    But the newest trailer, I have to admit, it looks pretty entertaining

    Also, the screenwriter from Drive is a co-screenwriter for it, so uh, there's that

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  • NODeNODe Registered User
    So It Goes wrote: »
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    I know. I'm really hoping for something else.

    25% of the current trailer (to my recollection) features a dwarf hitting someone with various items.

    You must be hoping very, very hard.

  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    NODe wrote: »
    So It Goes wrote: »
    So, anyone going to see Mirror, Mirror this weekend?

    It's Tarsem Singh, so I can't really help myself. I may bring my iPod, however.

    Ugh that looks so bad

    I know. I'm really hoping for something else.

    25% of the current trailer (to my recollection) features a dwarf hitting someone with various items.

    You must be hoping very, very hard.

    I'm down to crossing my toes. All my fingers are broken from all the crossing.


    Also, my feet are remarkably dextrous.

  • wirehead26wirehead26 Registered User regular
    So Wrath of the Titans is currently getting trashed by critics. Fuck it I'll still see it in 2D tomorrow. Between that and Avengers I only have like one or two movies I want to see.

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  • Look Out it's Sabs!Look Out it's Sabs! Registered User regular
    Mirror Mirror is at about 55% with 50 reviews counted on rotten tomatoes. Consensus : "Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale."

    Not too surprised.

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  • AtomikaAtomika YOU ARE COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE YOU ARE A BARNACLERegistered User regular
    Mirror Mirror is at about 55% with 50 reviews counted on rotten tomatoes. Consensus : "Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale."

    Not too surprised.

    Not to sound xenophobic, but Tarsem's movies tend to follow a trend of being extremely nice to look at while having very little concern for the story being told that not at all uncommon with films from India and Russia. He reminds me a lot of Bekmambetov, actually.

    If he could get a great script, Tarsem would be the next big whatever.

  • DanHibikiDanHibiki Registered User regular
    wirehead26 wrote: »
    So Wrath of the Titans is currently getting trashed by critics. Fuck it I'll still see it in 2D tomorrow. Between that and Avengers I only have like one or two movies I want to see.

    seems to be the opposite reaction from audience reviews so it looks like a pure effects movie that you can get drunk and watch with friends. Not much more.

    Oh well, it's this or 21 jump street.

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  • Mad King GeorgeMad King George Registered User regular
    If he could get a great script, Tarsem would be the next big whatever.

    I don't think a lot of directors can tell, though.

    It's a problem you see even with people like Spielberg.

  • VariableVariable Ted Hitler Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    wirehead26 wrote: »
    So Wrath of the Titans is currently getting trashed by critics. Fuck it I'll still see it in 2D tomorrow. Between that and Avengers I only have like one or two movies I want to see.

    seems to be the opposite reaction from audience reviews so it looks like a pure effects movie that you can get drunk and watch with friends. Not much more.

    Oh well, it's this or 21 jump street.

    21 jump street is a great comedy, seriously

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  • FerquinFerquin Snorlax Renton, WA, USARegistered User regular
    So, am I the only one that's planning to watch Titanic next week?

    I dunno, I really liked the movie, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I've always been fascinated with the legend of the Titanic, and I'm a fan of the time period. And I guess I'm a romantic.

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  • Redcoat-13Redcoat-13 Registered User regular
    I've got a slight issue with Titanic with regards to the portrayal of Murdoch. As in, it being horribly wrong with regards to his behaviour; instead of shooting people then killing himself, he was in charge of launching (10) the starboard lifeboats, which in the end accounted for 75% of the people who survived.

    The film makers refused to take this scene out, and instead flew some executives out to his hometown and donated £5000, which considering the money this film made, in addition to the actual amount (honestly, how much money did the executives spend going out there?), I find to be pretty insulting.

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  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Registered User regular
    My problem with Titanic is that was devoid of any merit.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    Mirror Mirror is at about 55% with 50 reviews counted on rotten tomatoes. Consensus : "Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale."

    Not too surprised.

    Not to sound xenophobic, but Tarsem's movies tend to follow a trend of being extremely nice to look at while having very little concern for the story being told that not at all uncommon with films from India and Russia. He reminds me a lot of Bekmambetov, actually.

    If he could get a great script, Tarsem would be the next big whatever.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mirror-mirror-tarsem-eye-in-the-sky-samurai-jack-roman-polanski-michael-haneke-305463
    Tarsem Singh, director of the Snow White adaptation Mirror Mirror, told The Hollywood Reporter that his intended follow-up, the wartime thriller Eye in the Sky, is meant to be a departure after tackling projects that have emphasized visual rather than narrative considerations. "I had just been looking specifically for material that wasn't on paper, that was not written well," Tarsem said Tuesday. "I wanted that because I want to be able to put enough of my DNA in it and I am very aware that I'm putting the cart ahead of the donkey. But now I'd like to do non-visual films, and I'd like to go reflect on people."

  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    Holy Crap. A sequel for Twins is in development.

    With Eddie Murphy as the third brother.

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  • Joe DizzyJoe Dizzy Registered User regular
    Kyougu wrote: »
    Holy Crap. A sequel for Twins is in development.

    With Eddie Murphy as the third brother.

    I must admit that this is so mindblowingly dumb, that I can't help but be fascinated by it. I hope it actually gets made and released. The chances of it not being a trainwreck are slim to none, but I'm sure it will be glorious.

    ...in accordance to the ancient prophecies.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    Variable wrote: »
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    wirehead26 wrote: »
    So Wrath of the Titans is currently getting trashed by critics. Fuck it I'll still see it in 2D tomorrow. Between that and Avengers I only have like one or two movies I want to see.

    seems to be the opposite reaction from audience reviews so it looks like a pure effects movie that you can get drunk and watch with friends. Not much more.

    Oh well, it's this or 21 jump street.

    21 jump street is a great comedy, seriously

    That was such a surprising thing to hear after it came out, basically universal praise for what looked like the worst cash-in idea I'd ever heard.

    I think I'll catch it this weekend, actually.

  • OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Have we discussed that Cabin in the Woods is finally coming out? (April 13th).



    I can't decide how I feel about the two trailers. I thought it might be a bit more of a parody, instead it looks more like a science fiction-y twist on the cliche.

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