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Kryten

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« Reply #200 on: 01-19-2002 18:21 »
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That is just WEIRD... my post is dated earlier than Drippy's but appears after it!

*TOTPD of the unexplained*
Drippy_taco

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« Reply #201 on: 01-19-2002 18:23 »

You'll notice that mine was on the 18th and yours was on the 19th, good ol' not-weird chronological order if I've ever seen it.
Kryten

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« Reply #202 on: 01-19-2002 18:41 »

Oh.

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« Reply #203 on: 01-20-2002 02:24 »

The Goonies

Classic 80's movie.  Group of kids, whose neighborhood is about to be razed to make a golf course, find a map to pirate One-Eye Willy's (a name like that can't be on accident) treasure ship.  Along the way they must outwit Willy's traps and a family of bumbling criminals.  Very good movie.  As a side note, the main character can be seen in theaters today as Samwise Gamgee, best friend of Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings.
VelourFog

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« Reply #204 on: 01-20-2002 21:16 »

more proof that The Royal Tenenbaums rocks:

Gene Hackman just won the Golden Globe for best actor!
bart182

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« Reply #205 on: 01-24-2002 01:52 »

k-pax

What can I say...Great movie.  Acting was brilliant, and the plot was very mind bending and clevor.  It was kind of like the 6th sense, so if you dont like mind bending endings, dont watch it. 9/10
FishyJoe

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« Reply #206 on: 01-27-2002 17:07 »

I saw a bunch of movies yesterday. Semi-old movies were being played at the local college auditorium for a dollar(but I showed up late and nobody was there to take my money, so I got in for free. I know I don't need to tell you this, but free stuff rocks).

Ghost World

I remember nerds liking this movie. And I'm kind of a nerd, so I figured why not. I started out hating it...it seemed too "quirky" for me, with weird characters just for the sake of being weird. But towards the end the movie really started to grow on me. The main character(the american beauty chick) was cool, and I could relate to her and her lack of trying to get a job. Her female friend was really hot, too.

I usually hate Steve Buscemi, but he was alright in this movie. I loved the little real-life images this movie recreates...for instance, there's one part where Steve Buscemi stops his car and lets a family of pedestrians cross the street, and he gets pissed off because they are walking so slowly. I know that situation all to well...the fat mom with two strollers, the bratty kids with their light-up sneakers(jumping up and down, and stomping their feet to make their shoes light up). Also, there's this shot with a business man walking out of a porno shop. You have to see it to know what I'm talking about...the guy walks out, clutching his briefcase, and looking around sheepishly. I've seen that image in real life, and even though it's almost a throw-away thing in the movie, it made me laugh a lot.

A Beautiful Mind

Aw man, now I'm tired of typing about movies. Oh well...this one I saw in a real theater. It was actually pretty good. All the spy scenes were cool, especially the car chase...it was kind of disappointing to find out that they were all just a bunch of schizo fantasies.

Also, what's the deal with Jennifer Connelly? She went through the whole movie without aging, and then suddenly at the end she's like 100. And where was Clint Howard? I heard from someone that he's supposed to be in every Ron Howard movie, but I didn't see him anywhere in A Beautiful Mind. But oh well...it was still a good movie.

I also saw The Others again, but I think I've already reviewed that. It was more boring the second time around, but not too bad.
VelourFog

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« Reply #207 on: 01-27-2002 19:24 »

A Beautiful Mind

I also happened to see this movie yesterday.  We went at 10am because it is only $4 then.  Cheapness always improves a movie.  The theatre was pretty full of old people that sounded like they were coughing up their lungs.  Aside from that, the movie was pretty enjoyable.

My one complaint would be that the movie is slightly too slow moving.  The feeling that I got from the movie was a "mellow" one.  If you were going to rent this to show at a social gathering, you and your friends might consider the movie "lame."

The spy stuff rocks.  I really liked all the ways they tried to show us the math (that phrase will sense if you see the movie).  I'm a big idiot, and sure didn't understand the math, but I appreciated the way they shot the movie in point of view of Dr. Nash.

Russell Crowe is not my favorite person/actor.  But he did a really good job acting in this movie.  He wasn't a scary guy who'd kill you.  He was a bumbling genius.  I loved his pickup "lines."  Jennifer Connelly didn't age till the end, but she was also supposed to be younger than R.C.  so maybe that's why. :shrug:  She's classy/sexy/cool, though.
Binder

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« Reply #208 on: 01-27-2002 21:39 »

can anybody do a Kung Pow! review? I know you'd probably kill yourself halfway through because it probably sucks but I'm curious.
Kryten

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« Reply #209 on: 01-28-2002 00:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Binder:
can anybody do a Kung Pow! review? I know you'd probably kill yourself halfway through because it probably sucks but I'm curious.

Only one critic as brave enough to even attampt such a thing. They found him in a dumpster behind Cineplex Odeon, trying to gouge his eyes out with a used Twizzler.

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« Reply #210 on: 01-28-2002 05:43 »

Rotten Tomatoes: Movie Reviews and Previews: Kung-Pow Enter the Fist
VelourFog

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« Reply #211 on: 01-28-2002 08:26 »

I'm not dumb enough to spend $7.25 seing a movie that'll just make me want to kill myself.

I'd rather spend that $7.25 on a bottle of sleeping pills and some anti freeze
FishyJoe

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« Reply #212 on: 01-28-2002 15:24 »
« Last Edit on: 01-28-2002 15:24 »

Me and a friend hatched this plan:

Bring a group of maybe five people to see Kung-Pow(but buy tickets for The Royal Tenenbaums. Wes Anderson deserves your money, not the idiot who made this movie). Sit in different areas of the theater, like you all came seperately. Then one person starts yelling at the screen, making fun of the movie and saying how much it sucks. Then a second person joins in, and then the third fourth and fifth. The goal of all this is to get someone else who isn't a part of your group to yell at the movie with you. Hopefully we'd get the entire theater yelling with us, and we'd somehow start a city-wide riot because of this terrible terrible movie.

And even if it doesn't go that far...if we can get just one other person to hate the movie alongside us, the whole operation will have been worth it.
VelourFog

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« Reply #213 on: 02-16-2002 14:50 »

The Gift
Keanu Reeves in the roll he was born to play, drunken redneck wifebeater!  Also Cate Blanchett as a person with ESP.  She has to solve a murder before she gets killed herself.  Lots of great disturbing shots.  Also some breasts, for you guys out there.  A good thriller.

Wonder Boys
Toby Maguire plays a freak boy, or does he?  Maybe.  Michael Douglas is a professor whose day keeps getting worse and worse.  What do you get when you mix a transvestite, a dead dog, drugs, Marilyn Monroe, and a slutty Katie Holmes? This movie.  Good, but not Excellent.

VelourFog

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« Reply #214 on: 02-16-2002 14:52 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2002 14:52 »

Crazy/Beautiful
She's crazy, he's beautiful.  She's white, he's hispanic.  She's rich, he's poor.  No one loves her, everyone loves him.  She's a jerk, he sticks up for her.  This movie is good, but not as edgy as it would like to seem.

You Can Count On Me
This is a really good, touching movie. It's about a brother and a sister and their adult relationship after their parents' death.  Matthew Broderick co-stars as a guy who likes to have sex in motels giving me a scary flashback to "Election," though this isn't near as nasty.  The cast also includes another precocious Culkin child. 
VelourFog

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« Reply #215 on: 02-16-2002 15:01 »

2001
I'll have to turn in my nerd badge but I hated this movie.  Maybe I'm not smart enough to "get" it.  But first of all the movie is boring.  So boring.  And the classical music, or the breathing scenes.  Oy.  I just didn't like it.  I did like the parts with the stewardesses and HAL.  HAL should get a spin off show or something.  I really liked him.  Those stupid humans were so mean to him.  Poor HAL.  And the end section?  Am I supposed to be on crack to properly appreciate it?  Because that could explain a lot. 
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #216 on: 02-16-2002 15:15 »

I think that if they cut out all non HAL bits, it would be enjoyable for all, and yes. You do have to be on crack to appreciate the end.
By that, I mean that the whole film was strange.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #217 on: 02-16-2002 16:58 »

Riding In Cars With Boys

Annoying. Why does Drew Barrymore think she can still play teenagers in movies? Seeing her play a 15 year old here is really sad. At the same time, she was pretty unconvincing as a 40 year old too(the movie is told in flashbacks). She wasn't convincing as a pregnant woman. The only time I believed in her was when she played a 20-something white trash mom who ignores her son and yells at her husband for being a drunk.

The characters are all a bunch of annoying whiners. They all need to shut up. Except for the dad played by James Woods, he was a class act all the way.

Even though this movie has the word "boys" in the title, I was seriously the only boy in the theater watching this piece of crap. On the way out I heard a group of girls talking about how good the acting was. I guess the acting was "good" in the sense that it wasn't "bad"...I mean I guess everyone emoted properly. But still, they were annoying. Their voices were annoying(especially their stupid fake accents), their lines were annoying. It was just an all-around annoying movie. Drew Barrymore is annoying. Tom Green was right to have irreconcilable differences with her.
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #218 on: 02-16-2002 17:22 »

 
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Originally posted by FishyJoe:

Vanilla Sky

We walked in, saw Tom Cruise dancing around like a flaming homo inside of a big empty building, and immediately walked out.


Did any of you know that Vanilla Sky is the re-make of one of the best Spanish movies called "Open yor eyes"???? wich is too much better in my opinion (from Alejandro Amenabar director of the "The others&quot wink

SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #219 on: 02-16-2002 17:35 »

 
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Originally posted by totalnerduk:
I think that if they cut out all non HAL bits, it would be enjoyable for all, and yes. You do have to be on crack to appreciate the end.
By that, I mean that the whole film was strange.

yeah, you can only understand the movie if you read the book first. but then it's really good.
SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #220 on: 02-27-2002 14:34 »

snatch

i saw that movie on dvd this weekend. in english, or at least an accent that claimed to be it. subtitles were a must (ever tried to understand some gypsy gibberish? good.).
but, f*ck it, this movie rocked. it's basically a gangster story about some diamonds, illegal box fights, sneaky russians selling guns, even more sneaky gypsies and strange britishs feeding corpses to pigs. and other stuff.
it's funny (sometimes at least), and especially, it's fast. after about 10 min (all people need to be introduced and the tone needs to be set) the story takes a breathtaking speed and captivates you.
a problem might be that there are like 20 characters in the story and they're all important, but hey, a little excercise for your brain  smile.
plus this movie taught me something very important: there's not a single f*cking thing in the whole f*cking english language you can't express with the words f*ck, c*nt and sh*t. the movie makes such a f*cking excessive use of these words, it's opens up a whole new dimension.
i really recommend this movie. i'ld say: 9/10
FishyJoe

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« Reply #221 on: 02-27-2002 17:00 »

Yes, Snatch rocks(along with Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels).

You Can Count On Me

I rented this on DVDVDVDVD. Despite the fact that it has an evil Culkin kid in it, I really liked it. It had great characters and some cool memorable scenes. I could really relate to the characters, except for Matthew Broderick. I know I'm following the whole "the good characters can't have any flaws" mentality that the director makes fun of a lot in the commentary, but I didn't like how the likeable sister had an affair with a dick like Matthew Broderick. But oh well, that's life. I give this movie seven thumbs up.
Venus

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« Reply #222 on: 02-27-2002 21:45 »

QUEEN OF THE DAMNED
i read in the paper that it sucked but i went to see it anyway. The paper was wrong. This movie kicked ass. It's also the only movie i've ever gone to that relied heavily on music where EVERY single song was amazing. Aalia (sp?) was amazing and her costume/makeup was gorgeous. But beware the first 10 minutes though. It's a voiceover, which in and of itself isn't that bad but Stuart Townsend is a bad voice actor and the voiceovers were to loud and really false sounding. It played like a bad B movie for the first few minutes but it really picked up quick.I want to see the movie again and i'm burning a copy of the soundtrack as soon as i can pry it from my friends cold dead hands.

DRAGONFLY
wow.Niiiice.it's creepy..in a good way. It gave me goosbumps. It's kinda a chick flick though, one of those romantic numbers that sappy girls like me live on.Very re-watchable.
Delta-V

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« Reply #223 on: 03-14-2002 13:20 »

The Lighthorsemen
Finally out on DVD...but only in Australia.  Had to have a copy smuggled in to the US  wink
The true story of the Australian Lighthorse (mounted infantry) and the assault on Beersheba in Palestine in World War I.  It's worth it just to see the cavalry charge (with about 400 extras) at the end of the film. The last great cavalry charge in history.  Excellent movie.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #224 on: 03-14-2002 16:26 »

Rat Race

I thought this was a pretty bad movie. Some of the gags were funny(Jon Lovitz usually had the best scenes), but they were all pretty cartooney and unrealistic. I wonder if it was originally written to be animated. I can't help but think most of these gags would work better in cartoon form. At the very least, animating it would mean we wouldn't have to look at Whoopie Goldberg. So it would already be a million times better in that format.

As bad as the movie was, it kept me and my friends entertained the whole time. And I liked the weird gambling games those rich guys came up with. Those were actually really funny, and reminded me of the kind of crazy shit me and my cousins bet on.

But again, everything is too farfetched, and I hated half the actors, and the finale with Smash Mouth was terrible. Way to date your movie, guys.  roll eyes I don't recommend this movie.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #225 on: 03-14-2002 17:44 »

EraserHead

Hadn't see this movie or heard of it but today I saw it on TV and it was odd. Some guy
and his freak show girlfriend had a baby worm thing and the story was pretty will pointless bunch of crap. 1/10
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« Reply #226 on: 03-17-2002 14:21 »
« Last Edit on: 03-17-2002 14:21 »

"Tank Girl"

All right now so that some of you actually go out and see this movie and appreciate the joke in the Calendar I will try my best to review this movie!  Well overall its pretty wierd, but its funny.  Its about a futuristic world were water is very very scarce and this evil man tries to fuck it all up and its up to tank girl ro save the world.  Its an old movie 80's so its a bit...(correction it came out in 95?!?!)strange but still entertaining.  I liked it. GO RENT IT!! IT WILL ONLY BE LIKE 2.25!! ITS WORTH IT!!
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« Reply #227 on: 03-17-2002 20:40 »

The Third Annual RT Awards
Delta-V

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« Reply #228 on: 03-19-2002 10:40 »

I'll have to admit, I actually liked Tank Girl.  It's got alot of good one-liners. ("Well, it's been swell, but the swelling's gone down&quot wink  It's really corny, but in a good way.
VelourFog

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« Reply #229 on: 03-22-2002 17:10 »

Joy Ride
Decent horror/thriller movie.  It's nice that they don't rely on a bunch of special effects and monsters that look fake anyway.  Just some kids on a rode trip home from college and a crazy trucker.  Yay. Truckers are cool.  It does have that stupid LeeLee Sobieski girl, but she isn't that bad here, except for the fact that she's LeeLee Sobieski. 
FishyJoe

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« Reply #230 on: 03-22-2002 17:51 »

A Life Less Ordinary

This is a weird romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. As much as I love Ewan, I thought it was pretty crappy. It's a cheesy love story, about angels who come to earth to bring a poor janitor and some rich idiot's wealthy daughter together. Then they try to spice it up by including kidnappings and bank robberies and gunshot wounds, but in the end it's just a mess.

But to be fair, it came on at 2 in the morning and I kept watching it, even though there were probably some very amusing infomercials I could have turned to. Maybe there's something to be said about that.

This is apparently from the director of Trainspotting and The Beach. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Trainspotting supposed to be good or something? I can't imagine this guy ever directing a good movie. If this movie and The Beach are of any indication, all he can hope for is "kinda entertaining I guess, but mostly weird and stupid".
cellery

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« Reply #231 on: 03-22-2002 17:59 »

Blade II

I liked this one quite a bit, and am going back to see it again this evening. One of the rare sequels that outdoes its predecessor. While it's no Oscar contender, the plot in this one is meatier and has more direction than the first movie.

Wesley Snipes puts in a better performance as the hero this time, his character is fleshed out and better developed. The makeup and costumes are great, and the fight sequences are superb. If you're looking for a good popcorn flick, this one is worth a look.

Letter grade: B+
Stars: **** out of *****
cellery

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« Reply #232 on: 03-22-2002 18:09 »

Gosford Park

It seems that every year around Oscar time, I get dragged along to see some of the films up for awards. This year it was A Beautiful Mind and this one. Although I've liked Robert Altman's films in the past, this one wasn't as good as I was hoping.

Basically a bunch of people come to this rich (and disliked) guy's house for a shooting party and then the guy gets murdered. The exposition is very long and tedious, introducing you to 20 or so characters. The guy doesn't even get murdered until the movie is two-thirds over.

Almost everyone speaks with a British accent, and over the theater's crummy sound system it was hard to understand things, especially when they were talking in hushed tones. Things end up playing out rather interestingly, as the relationships between characters are slowly revealed. Good, but not worth the Academy Award hype.

Letter grade: C
Stars: **1/2 out of *****
bart182

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« Reply #233 on: 03-22-2002 20:59 »

Resident Evil

THIS MOVIE RULED!!!!!!!!  Everything about it was great!  The zombies were scary, and the acting was really great.  9/10
Just Chris

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« Reply #234 on: 03-23-2002 11:36 »
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^ See above movie

I wholeheartedly agree. THE BEST VG-TO MOVIE TRANSLATION EVER! Although none of the characters were actually from the game, the movie did a good job of depicting the premise & part 1 of the game. Most of it was wall-to-wall suspense and horror which they did very well, though they did manage to slip in a few in-jokes about the games ("Where did all the dead bodies go?" ). The actors were pretty good in it. And at the same time avoided many of the action/thriller cliches.
cellery

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« Reply #235 on: 03-23-2002 14:35 »

Thanks for elaborating on what made RE so good, Just Chris. I always liked the games, so this doesn't look too bad at all.
cellery

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« Reply #236 on: 03-23-2002 14:53 »

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (20th Anniversary Edition) 

Considered one of Steven Spielberg's finest works, this enhanced rerelease keeps the magic of the original. There are a couple of deleted scenes added back into the film, and they further highlight Elliot's relationship with E.T. Spielberg reshot the famous shot of the bike in front of the moon for this release, and it looks much better than the sort-of-fakey one in the original.

The sound and picture quality have also been given an upgrade, and it was great to see it in a digital theater. John Williams' score is phenomenal, showing why he is one of the premier movie soundtrack composers. For those who don't know, he also did the music for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films.

One weird thing I noticed was that the g-men had walkie-talkies in their hands instead of the guns they had originally. Making things a little more politically correct maybe?

After 20 years, E.T. still tugs at your heartstrings and moves its audience to feel for Elliot and his little alien friend. It is truly a classic that has stood the test of time.

Letter grade: A
Star rating: ***** out of *****
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« Reply #237 on: 03-31-2002 23:20 »

Ice Age

You know I hate to plug anything I saw advertised on the Fox website, but I gotta tell ya, this was a good movie.  Beautiful animation, a storyline that (for the most part) kept you guessing, and genuinely likable characters (even if they were voiced by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary), combine to make the 85-minute movie a lot of fun, bordering on a joy, to watch.  Easily ranks with Shrek on my list of best animated movies.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #238 on: 04-01-2002 07:40 »

 
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Originally posted by cellery:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (20th Anniversary Edition) 

One weird thing I noticed was that the g-men had walkie-talkies in their hands instead of the guns they had originally. Making things a little more politically correct maybe?


Seņor Spielbergo had the guns digitally erased, not so much for "political correctness" but because of the personal discomfort he has come to feel about gun-related violence (especially now that he has children of his own) since this (and his more gun-heavy movies like Raiders)was made.

While it wouldn't be practical or realistic to erase them from Jaws or Jurassic Park, he thought they had no real place in E.T. and, in hindsight, shouldn't have been included to begin with.

Some people loathe and mock this decision, but I don't mind. Guns really didn't add anything to the picture; in fact, their use in the "roadblock" bit was over the top. (Did anyone honestly believe they were going to shoot children? C'mon.) However, I'd rather he'd just completely reshot the key shots; now the agents hold walkie-talkies...like rifles.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #239 on: 04-01-2002 07:49 »

VelourFog might like 2010 better. Directed by Peter Hyams, better known for cheesy hit-or-miss action movies like Outland, Capricorn One, Sudden Death, The Relic, The Musketeer, Running Scared, and End of Days, this one goes into detail about why HAL went nuts, what The Monolith is all about, has a spooky scene about air, and a suspenseful SFX-scene about atmosphere-skimming. It suffers from excessive John Lithgow--and too much "earnest" narration by Roy Schieder--but it's a fun little time-killer that does not overtax the frontal lobes with obscure poetry.
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