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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2008, 11:26:58 PM »

Oh hey, it's Stiv and Niku.

Good to see you guys.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2008, 11:30:44 PM »

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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2008, 01:36:35 AM »

So I watched Scoop. Should we place bets on whether or not I can get it out the door this week?
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2008, 11:51:50 AM »

So I watched Scoop. Should we place bets on whether or not I can get it out the door this week?

Ha ha ha! I am betting NO. I've seen your Netflix piles.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2008, 06:06:07 AM »

One of these days I'm actually going to finish watching American Psycho.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2008, 10:31:40 AM »

One of these days I'm actually going to finish watching American Psycho.



Yah. You'd do well to see that movie. It's incredibly satisfying to see  :;-(: go all crazy.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2008, 12:19:21 AM »

That movie was so fucking weird.  I watched it with Kazz for the first time ever a couple nights ago.  It freaked me out a little how incredibly fucked up the guy was.  I mean, jesus.  That guy was so fucked up.  I liked it, but DAMN, so fucked up.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2008, 08:25:51 AM »

American Psycho is a weird movie because the main character reminds me heavily of my father.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2008, 05:17:11 PM »

I watched Sunshine the other day. The ending made me tear up a little.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2008, 08:24:20 PM »



This little gem is worth adding to your queue. I ask you this, what is better than your favorite rehashed horror character Jason mutilating his foes in the cold vacuums of space? The only way this could be cooler would be if there was robot ninjas, oh wait this movie has those to.

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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2008, 09:27:54 PM »

Jason X

Worth it just for the Camp Crystal Lake scene.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2008, 09:50:31 PM »



Hey... isn't that the big bad guy from Power Rangers?
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2008, 10:40:19 PM »

Which one? Yes.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2008, 11:40:17 PM »

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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2008, 02:41:31 AM »

I did much better with the Netflix thing last year, when I was living with other slackers. By this point in the year, we had watched every single episode of Futurama, Firefly, the first season of Deadwood, and a couple dozen movies.

This year, I've barely struggled through four two-disk seasons of Jeeves and Wooster, and watched maybe ten or fifteen movies. Some good ones, though -- Layer Cake last week, Pan's Labyrinth, Casino Royale and Secretary a couple months ago. I've been on an artsy/foreign kick; I've got Amores Perros right now and The Devil's Backbone on the way.

I also watched the Futurama movie with some of my housemates last week. I can't tell if it was actually good, or if the combination of alcohol and two hours of shameless fanservice just made it seem that way.

So I watched Scoop. Should we place bets on whether or not I can get it out the door this week?

Any good? I don't usually like Woody Allen, but this one looked enjoyable.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #35 on: January 28, 2008, 09:42:48 AM »

So I watched Scoop. Should we place bets on whether or not I can get it out the door this week?

Any good? I don't usually like Woody Allen, but this one looked enjoyable.
I liked it, but then I like Woody Allen. Scarlett Johansson is basically doing an impression of him (how my friend described it to me before I saw it, and I would agree), i.e. anxious speed talking, kinda fidgety, which is a weird part for her to play. It doesn't really work that well, but if you can get past that awkwardness the movie itself was pretty enjoyable.

That said, I didn't have very high expectations. I got it mostly as an excuse to watch sexy people frolic. I mean not only do you have Scarlett Johansson, but you have Hugh Jackman. Both of them. Kissing. I did actually lol a few times, though, and the premise was amusing, so I guess that's a win for comedy.

Incidentally, I didn't get it out the door last week either. I have this compulsion to send both disks out together, which, is just stupid. It must be overcome.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2008, 01:20:56 AM »

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Worth it just for the Camp Crystal Lake scene.



If by Camp Crystal lake scene you mean the part where he beats a 'hot young camp girl' with another girl who has been zipped into a sleeping bag then I fully agree.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2008, 10:25:22 AM »

Query. After viewing Flight of the Dragons, how can we accept that a scientist disproved magic, when no scientific method was employed? Sure, blowing up a dragon's head by reciting branches of science is turbo neat and all,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSPeILDOI6o

but to discount all he has seen beforehand? Ludicrous!

This further resolves my stance that Willow is the one and true Fantasy film, resoundingly crushing all others before or since.


I watched Sunshine the other day. The ending made me tear up a little.

A revelation of budgeted special effects, but makes every attempt at daring the viewer to endure tedium. What separates this from 2001? Kubrick's jaunt wasn't intermixed with the weaker sections of Event Horizon, that's what.
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2008, 11:18:30 AM »

What separates this from 2001? Kubrick's jaunt wasn't intermixed with the weaker sections of Event Horizon, that's what.

The question then remains, what separates Sunshine from Solaris?
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Re: Movies for Home Viewing
« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2008, 04:08:31 PM »

Just watched Dragonlance.

The tone: it's not funny enough.  Fizban is not NEARLY batshit enough, and Tasslehoff is entirely lacking in a Cockney accent.

Dragons are not scary enough.  It is never properly established that nobody's seen one in hundreds of years and they're now considered old wives' tales, and most importantly, the notion of dragonfear, that everyone should just be completely fucking paralyzed on seeing one, is never even mentioned.  It's more like, "Oh shit, there's a dragon, now let's talk loudly and steal her shit."


The visuals: you like CG mixing in with your cel animation?  Of course you don't.  But for some reason somebody thought it was a good idea here.  Far and away the worst example of it is the fights between the cel Companions and the CG Draconians; it is incredibly jarring.

Oh, and scene for scene it's pretty much a straight-up ripoff of Lord of the Rings at every turn.  I know that's to be expected, but it didn't have to be so flagrant.


The dialogue: everyone speaks entirely in overblown, stilted exposition, and yet somehow they go ninety minutes without bothering to explain why Raistlin has hourglass eyes, or that kender are immune to fear.

The final "Tanis, destroy the bad guy with YOUR FAITH IN GOD!" battle is so overbearing that it makes Narnia look downright subtle by comparison.


The characters: Kiefer Sutherland actually makes a damn fine Raistlin, and steals the show, as Raistlin should.  He's not quite mean enough for my tastes.

Michael Rosenbaum just seems OFF as Tanis.  The fact that I keep picturing Lex Luthor every time he opens his mouth doesn't help, of course.

There's very little Laurana, but she comes across as an annoying valley-girl type.  Which actually might be okay, as we're SUPPOSED to see her grow from an immature child to a battle-hardened general over the course of the trilogy.

The rest are pretty good.  No real standouts.  Phil LaMarr is in everything.


The pace: decently brisk.  A little too much so in places, but they do a pretty good job of keeping the important material.  I missed the wicker dragon, but can't think of anything important that was missing offhand (Riverwind's "death", I guess).  Bear in mind, of course, that it's been about a decade since I read the book.

Not enough time spent on Bupu.  She's not really important as a character, but Raistlin's kindness to her when he's an utter bastard to everyone else is crucial to his character later on down the line.

They TOTALLY abuse fade-in-fade-out scene transitions, to the point that the whole thing winds up feeling pretty disjointed.  There's a definite "okay, now we gotta get to the NEXT part" vibe going on.

As I mentioned earlier, several important details (Raistlin's eyes, dragonfear, kender fearlessness) are left out, while a couple of plot twists that cropped up in later books show up here (Fizban's true nature, and what Kitiara's up to).


All in all: a thoroughly meh adaptation.  Not really BAD, but not especially good either.
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