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evan

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« on: 12-20-2005 02:19 »

New thread.

I'm a bit behind everyone else, so I just recently saw "The Chronicles of Narnia" this week. A friend of mine had two free tickets, so I decided to go with him. I though, hey, I like fantasy movies and I like big-budget CGI films, what could possibly go wrong?

A lot.

Now, my relationship with the novels is short. I remember reading this book as a child and not being too thrilled with it. In fact, I hardly remembered anything from the book, but that could have been because I read it 15 years ago. But, as time passed, I thought I would give it another go.

The major problem with Narnia is that the children don't actually do anything relevant to the plot. Aside from being the "chosen children" that will bring about the fall of the White Witch, they don't do much for the duration of the movie. You'll notice it after the first few scenes in Narnia. They bitch and snipe at each other, but when it comes down to business, it's Aslan the Lion that inspires the troops and makes the big decisions. The children are little more than window dressing to the plot. Perhaps it's the child actors, but the kids' roles come off as one dimension: Peter is demanding (or "a dick" as my friend eloqantly put it), Susan wants to be mature and logical, Edmund is insubordinate all the time, and Lucy is the freakin' cute kid who still believes in magic and innocence. I'm surprised that any of them ever got along well enough to not die right away.

For a magical land, Narnia seems quite empty. There's so much going on we never get any taste of the characters. Unlike LOTR, Narnia is all event/event/event with little or no plot or character motivation to tie it all together. The Narnia scenes seem rushed, and somewhat important scenes are cut out (like how Peter transforms from holding his sword like a shovel to being a knight). Perhaps not all books should be made into movies.

But since it is a Disney film, at least the effects were great. It really looked fantastical, which is nice.

C
mcl6525

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« Reply #1 on: 12-20-2005 14:35 »

Has anyone here seen aeon flux yet? i herd it was bad.
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« Reply #2 on: 12-20-2005 15:14 »
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Nope, but I just watched March Of The Penguins
A delightful romp.... about penguins. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Marching to their mating ground, finding a mate.
The baby ones are schooo cute and the fall over and have dogpiles/crowd surfing sessions.   laff
They nearly have the funny sound effects like in Futurama when they're slipping on the oil.   big grin

A few sad moments too when they die of cold or starvation.   frown

Great cinematography, the Southern Lights, some really nice majestic pans and underwater shots.

B+
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« Reply #3 on: 12-20-2005 16:28 »

 
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Has anyone here seen aeon flux yet? i herd it was bad.

Saw it, reviewed it, it's on the other thread.
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« Reply #4 on: 12-20-2005 21:34 »

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: The story is classic and if you have ever seen the original you can tell a big different between the two. Although you can't beat a classic, I would say this film was pretty impressive and deserves a B+.. and for the performances from the actors... erm yeah Anna Popplewell gets a A+ for being hot and the obvious and only sex appeal of the entire movie.  tongue
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« Reply #5 on: 12-21-2005 03:17 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
but when it comes down to business, it's Aslan the Lion that inspires the troops and makes the big decisions.

Well, he *IS* Jesus.
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« Reply #6 on: 12-21-2005 15:03 »

King Kong

Jesus F'n Christ this movie is good.

A+
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« Reply #7 on: 12-21-2005 19:48 »

Kong was good, sure. But I'm not convinced that they needed to make it that bladder-burstingly long.

Was it Nix who wanted to fuck was saying "fuck you" to Peter Jackson, as a projectionist? I hear that! If that film was half an hour shorter, I would've been a hell of a lot happier with it.
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« Reply #8 on: 12-21-2005 20:32 »

As a closing projectionist only.  As in, the person who has to stay at work until it's over, which is currently about 2:15 am on a weeknight.
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« Reply #9 on: 12-21-2005 20:49 »

Nix, that sucks!  By the time you're finished with the tapes and other projectionist duties, all the good bars are closed and the decent women well passed being taken advantage of...

OK, let's petition -marc- to give Nix a living wage being a mod!   cool

Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now.
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« Reply #10 on: 12-21-2005 21:19 »

Before I forget, my Aeon Flux review:

Story: D+
Acting: C
Action: C+
Eye candy: B
Charlize Theron's costume design: A
evan

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« Reply #11 on: 12-21-2005 23:58 »

While King Kong was absolutely knock-socks-off, monkey-butt-sliding-on-ice awesome, there was perhaps 20 minutes that could easily have been shaved off certain scenes. Like the aformentioned Kong on Ice bit. But I think there was a lot more good than bad, not limited to Kong grabbing a T.Rex with a jaw in both paw and tearing its head open. That was awesome.
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« Reply #12 on: 12-22-2005 01:23 »

I wish they had shown more Kong vs Trex stuff.

I can safely say that part of the movie was where I was completely in awe.

And as for the length of the film, I really didnt mind it at all. I personally like longer movies.
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« Reply #13 on: 12-22-2005 01:37 »

I saw the ice skating scene at work the other day. It was hawt. She was like so totally into that monkey. I was waiting for some more girl-on-ape action but i gues they're saving it for the unedited directers cut.
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« Reply #14 on: 12-22-2005 02:50 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
Kong grabbing a T.Rex with a jaw in both paw and tearing its head open. That was awesome.

What you meant to say was Kong grabbing a T Rex with a jaw in both paws, ripping its tongue out with his mouth, breaking the lower jaw, and then forcing the upper jaw into the thing's brain.
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« Reply #15 on: 12-22-2005 03:11 »

 
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I was waiting for some more girl-on-ape action but i gues they're saving it for the unedited directers cut.

  puke

My gawd.  That sounds so... perverted!

Ralph 'Almost Speechless' Snart

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« Reply #16 on: 12-22-2005 10:12 »

Spoilers people.

God damn you.
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« Reply #17 on: 12-22-2005 14:04 »

 
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Charlize Theron's costume design: A

Pictures please!
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« Reply #18 on: 12-22-2005 15:18 »

 
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 Well, he *IS* Jesus.
:jaw drops:

no way!
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« Reply #19 on: 12-22-2005 15:32 »
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King Kong

I'm not one for long film reviews (at least not when it's the evening and I'm tired) but as has been said before, this film was very good. I loved the way that Jackson really captured the feel of 1930s America in this, and enjoyed the first and last parts of the film in New York just as much, if not more, than the middle part on Skull Island.
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« Reply #20 on: 12-22-2005 17:51 »

 
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 Pictures please!

What she wears for most of the movie

My personal favorite
iliketowankalot

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« Reply #21 on: 12-22-2005 21:07 »

Yeah Kong was Great, I dont think it was too long, screw all you weak bladder fools.
Only complaint? not enough girl on monkey action.
Favourite part? the Kong Rex fight scene, although the giant penis cuming out of the swamp and eating the mans head was really cool too
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« Reply #22 on: 12-23-2005 02:34 »

Hehehehe...you wrote Cuming. But no time to laugh about it now.

Anyway, King Kong kicked ass. Throughout the whole movie, I never had the urge to go to the bathroom, and I had a large soda.
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« Reply #23 on: 12-23-2005 05:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Before I forget, my Aeon Flux review:

Story: D+
Acting: C
Action: C+
Eye candy: B
Charlize Theron's costume design: A

All up it does'nt do justice to peter chungs animated series

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« Reply #24 on: 12-23-2005 11:47 »

 
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I never had the urge to go to the bathroom, and I had a large soda.
And he was given the custom title: Power Bladder McSteelbig grin

Must. See. Kong.
Wooter

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« Reply #25 on: 12-23-2005 16:20 »

I just saw From Dusk Till Dawn.

Great movie, it was like two movies in one! I <3 Tarantino dialogue. Richie was creepy as hell, and I'm not just talking about how he looks. Salma Hiyek! Vampires! Boobies! Triple Cheech! Etc!

So, ummm... it gets an A, at least to my sick, twisted little mind...
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« Reply #26 on: 12-24-2005 02:09 »

 
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And he was given the custom title: Power Bladder McSteel!   big grin

YES! That is totally awesome! What do I win?

*Receives a Steel Model Of A Bladder*

Oh...yay.

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« Reply #27 on: 12-24-2005 02:26 »

JUST saw Dusk 'Till Dawn? Ah, poor boy. The commentary is amusing. And the band is awesome. And the general horror-movie-stupidness that it so revels in makes for a highly entertaining flick. Weee!

"I love it how he's only been a vampire for, like, 2 mintues, and he's already like KING of the vampires!"
M0le

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« Reply #28 on: 12-24-2005 08:03 »

Cropse Bride
I dropped my choc top all over my pants when Johnny Depp quivered onto the screen, and it could only get better from there. Wasn't that funny, but I couldn't help grinning at some parts, like the animation and talking skeletons. The songs were a bit unmemorable, but I liked the first song (the parents). And the ending was shocking too. "SO SHE WAS MADE OF BUTTERFLIES! IT WAS SO OBVIOUS!"

B+
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« Reply #29 on: 12-25-2005 06:41 »

Has anyone seen the 2 sequals to dusk till dawn and how do that much up to the this movie
Venus

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« Reply #30 on: 12-27-2005 20:40 »

The Ringer and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 I went into it expecting an hour and a half of mindless fluff and that's exactly what i got. Both did good jobs of being what they are.

Memoirs of a Geisha Pretty good. Kinda long but kept my interest. Probably wouldn't be willing to sit through it again though.

Saw a trailer for Ice Age 2. Made me bouncy with happiness. I've been waiting for a sequel for 2 years.
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« Reply #31 on: 12-27-2005 23:09 »
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I know I'm gonna catch a lot of flak and I'll be the only one who thinks this, but I didn't like Kong all that much. As a matter of fact, it actually made me angry. I wanted to smack Anne, I hated Kong because he was a putz who had no regard for life, the 'love' scenes were taking waaaaay too long, and I thought about all the things I could edit out to make it a normal movie and still have the same impact. Also if I was the pilot, I wouldn't stop shooting if that bitch got in the way.
Venus

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« Reply #32 on: 12-27-2005 23:16 »

I actually agree. It was way too long and he was biting the heads off people. If i had been Anne i'd have been a little less comfortable around him.

Great CGI though. Go ILM!
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« Reply #33 on: 12-28-2005 00:25 »

Speli: flak you! flaak flakety flak-flak!  tongue

I still haven't seen it, but if people get their heads bit off, it will probably reming my of that Treehouse of Horror episode when Homer was Kong, and ate marges father at the wedding photos. *slurping noise*
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« Reply #34 on: 12-29-2005 04:08 »

Munich
Not as pretentious as I was worried it would be. When Spielberg tries to get philosophical, it always blows, but it was offset by some good action. All in all, a worthwhile film to see.

B
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« Reply #35 on: 12-29-2005 04:44 »
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Great CGI though. Go ILM!

*hears millions of WETA employees suddenly cry out in anger*   tongue

Back to the thread:

King Kong

B+

Why not an A? Because there are some scenes that could have been cut. There's no doubt that it's a good movie, and it has some great scenes in it, but there also some scenes that are almost unecessary, especially in the first half.
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« Reply #36 on: 12-29-2005 06:39 »
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If at any point I lost interest in King Kong, it was on Skull Island. As awesome as it is, there's just too much action there. And always someone to save the day. (for the people worth saving)

The 40 Year Old Virgin: Woo
The Exorcism of Emily Rose: Boo
Dark Water: Moo

Please note: Moo is a higher rating than Boo.
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« Reply #37 on: 12-29-2005 17:17 »

Rumor has it

Laughed at the drunk old lady gags and Nineties Nostalgia, made out through the rest of it.  So, A.
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« Reply #38 on: 12-29-2005 18:58 »
« Last Edit on: 12-29-2005 18:58 »

Kung Fu Hustle
Brilliant, it's like if Hero was remade by the guys who did Airplane.   big grin
It's got:
Cartoon violence, regular Kung Fu violence, unecessary slapstick violence, little movie references, an awesome catchy soundtrack.

Best lines:
After tapping the lethal Kung Fu master bad guy on the head and running away to hide:
"Is he conscious?!?"

and:
"I realised then that good guys never win, I want to be evil!
I want to be a ruthless killer!!"
"... Let's get some ice-cream."
*looks up* "Where?!"
  laff

It's completely rediculous and over the top, and there's a love "story" tagged on, but it's got bad guys in top hats choregraphed dancing while holding axes, and crazy Kung Fu, so I forgive it.

B+
Wooter

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« Reply #39 on: 12-29-2005 22:01 »

Oh, yeah. I liked it when the fat guy was trying to throw the knives. Good movie.
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