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EvilLunch

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« Reply #400 on: 07-27-2004 14:47 »
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WELL, I admit it's not for everyone. But I like retro, I like B horror movies, I like rock and roll, I like drag, and I LOVE Meatloaf so.. It's, you know.. My perfect movie.
I'm a card carrying fan, but I'm not a very admirable one.. I've never been to a real showing, I've never dressed up and I don't even own the DVD : sigh : Maybe one day my dream of playing Eddie will be made reality. Must learn to play saxophone..

EDIT: Cast shot TOTPD![Linked cause it's big.] http://img62.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img62&image=RockyCast.jpg
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« Reply #401 on: 07-27-2004 15:32 »

 
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Originally posted by EvilLunch:
I've never been to a real showing,

I can't imagine why anyone who hadn't been to a real showing would be a fan.  The movie itself isn't really that great.
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #402 on: 07-27-2004 16:27 »

Spaceballs
Space movies: a field that put science fiction in a whole new locations. From Wookies, to martions that only say "Ack" space films have field us with lightsaber scenes, alien cretures and cool spaceship battles. This movies spoofs the whole thing!

Plot: When Princess Vespa of Druidia,  fairy-tale-land style planet, does not want to be married to a very sleepy prince, she and her female droid friend escape in a space craft.
After only minutes after escaping, she s almost beamed up onto a very, very, very long ship belonging to Darth Helmat and President Screw of the planet Spaceballs,
who plan to kidnapper her in a plot to steal Druidia's air. They are saved by a mob-in-dept space adventurer Lonestar and his dog/man friends Barf, who plan to bring her back to Druidia so her father can give them money they owe to the ganster Pizza the Hut.
When they lose fuel and land on a planet, they meet the wise Yogurt, who teaches Yougert the ways of the Swartz. Vespa iskidnapped during the nght and now Barf and Lonestar most travel to the Spaceball 1 ship to save her and her planet.

Overall, a classic in it's own right. With such hilarious lines as:
A+
BumbleBeeTheta

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« Reply #403 on: 07-27-2004 22:39 »

 
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Originally posted by EvilLunch:
WELL, I admit it's not for everyone. But I like retro, I like B horror movies, I like rock and roll, I like drag, and I LOVE Meatloaf so.. It's, you know.. My perfect movie.
I'm a card carrying fan, but I'm not a very admirable one.. I've never been to a real showing, I've never dressed up and I don't even own the DVD : sigh : Maybe one day my dream of playing Eddie will be made reality. Must learn to play saxophone..

I love watching Rocky at home, but you can't beat the theater experience, provided you have a good audience.  I go to the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, and the crowd's enthusiasm varies.  On Saturday, we had the worst I've seen.  No one used props (not even the easy ones like rice and flashlights), only a couple people made call-backs and at first, no one got up to do the Time Warp.  Even though it was my first time performing, it was very apparent to me just how important audience participation is to the cast.  We got some hollering during the opening, when our Rocky did a striptease to "Science Fiction, Double Feature," and when I pretended to be all over the girl playing Columbia during "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me."  And we did get some of the classic lines out of the otherwise dead audience:
"I've one thing to say and that's dammit, Janet, I wanna screw."
"I know he's my brother...but damn!  That's a nice ass!"
"Elbow sex!  Elbow sex!"
"Stumble, stumble, fall...stumble, stumble, fall..."
I could tell the rest of the cast was a bit irked though.  The guy playing Riff Raff kept encouraging the crowd to get up and dance, but no one moved a muscle til about halfway through the Time Warp.  I think we were also the only ones (besides the devout regulars) who added the traditional lines to "Eddie's Teddy" ("Not the artery, but the vein."  "Yay, punks!"  "But when he threatened your life with a dick this size..." ).  Still, I had an absolute blast with the other performers, and they were really receptive even though it was kind of a fluke that I was acting too (They were missing a Magenta, and I'd worn the costume to the theater.  I think that was the quickest job interview I've ever had.).
I'd highly recommend going to a screening, EvilLunch.  Most people are really awesome, and it's just plain fun.  So is going to IHOP afterwards and freaking out the normals.

Who is Agent Codename: Dragonfly?
Grim

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« Reply #404 on: 07-30-2004 11:07 »

Saw chronicles of Riddick this evening. I hadnt seen pitch black so I dont know if I was missing anything important, but it was still really cool. The movie had a very unique style to its special effects and sets which I really enjoyed.

The story was fairly stock standard as was the character vin diesel was playing, but overall an enjoyable night at the movies. Definately worth a look
BumbleBeeTheta

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« Reply #405 on: 07-30-2004 19:11 »

The Village
Saw this at an advanced screening last night.  Security was really scary.  They took down everyone's ID information so they could trace you if you spoiled the ending of the movie.  And what an ending it was...  There are several twists, one of which I guessed when I saw the trailer.  I think it's my favorite M. Night Shyamalan film, but it's not very scary and I really couldn't stand William Hurt.  It's definitely worth one or two looks.

Who is Agent Codename: Dragonfly?
boingo2000

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« Reply #406 on: 07-31-2004 11:35 »

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

I love John Frankenheimer's original Manchurian Candidate, with Frank Sinatra.  I love the films of Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Melvin and Howard).  So while I was wary of this film, I was pretty sure I'd at least like it.

I was right.

It's good, but not great.  The film looses a lot of the satiric bite of the Sinatra version, but in exchange we get a straight-up thriller with enough twists to entertain someone like me, who knows the original inside-out.

The problem with describing this film (much like the original) is I can't go into the plot in any detail without giving away it's secrets - and they're good secrets, secrets you deserve to find out on your own.  So I guess I'll have to do this:
  One major quibble about this version: why downplay the the love affair between Jocylin and Raymond in this version, when it was so key to making Raymond likeable and sympathetic in the original?

A good cast was put together for the film: Denzel Washington in the Frank Sinatra role and Liev Schreiber in the Lawerence Harvy role never quite get out from under the shodow of the original, but they do their best.  And while Angela Lansbury in the original remains one of the best performces in the history of film, Meryl Streep makes the role her own.  Jon Voight, Dean Stockwell, Ted Levine and Miguel Ferrer were underused, but it's good to see them in anything, no matter how breifly.  Ditto to the cameos by Demme regulars Charles Napier and Roger Corman (who is really looking old by now).  Also, the movie gets bonus geek points from me for casting Robyn Hitchcock (one of my favourite musicians) in a bit part.

While not as good as the original, this new version of The Manchurian Candidate is effective, tightly-scripted, and well-directed.  I give it a B.  Beyond that, there's only one thing left to say: Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.
Speli

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« Reply #407 on: 07-31-2004 11:50 »

Thanks Boingo, I now have enough confidence to see it. *Pats Boingo on the shoulder*
boingo2000

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« Reply #408 on: 07-31-2004 11:54 »

Help!  He's touching my special area!  I need an adult!  I NEED AN ADULT!!!
Shaucker

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« Reply #409 on: 07-31-2004 16:13 »

 
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Originally posted by BumbleBeeTheta:
The Village
Saw this at an advanced screening last night.  Security was really scary.  They took down everyone's ID information so they could trace you if you spoiled the ending of the movie.  And what an ending it was...  There are several twists, one of which I guessed when I saw the trailer.  I think it's my favorite M. Night Shyamalan film, but it's not very scary and I really couldn't stand William Hurt.  It's definitely worth one or two looks.


I want you to tell me the ending...I've been predicting what I think it is for weeks, yet I have absolutly no conviction to actually see The Village. Tell me?
Mr. Potter

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« Reply #410 on: 07-31-2004 16:47 »

Lost in La Mancha

This is one of the most painful movies I've seen. Many will already know the story that Terry Gilliam (just like Orson Welles) has always wanted to make a Don Quixote movie. Well, he finalLy got some financial support, he assembled a crew and got a cast of some great actors. It all looked well. But then things started going downhilL. It's really heart breaking to watch Terry Gilliam's vision going down the toilet after all the effort. The documentary also includes some finished clips from The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (the name of the fim) and really give an idea of how great would this movie have been. The documentary is an important fimmaking document that shows how things in a production can go horribly wrong.

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Speli

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« Reply #411 on: 07-31-2004 18:46 »
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Holy crap did The Village suck. It was completely boring, the monsters were cool, but then
Do yourself a favor and spare yourself the eight bucks. In a matter of fact, don't even rent the DVD. This movie wanted to make me throw up. Bad, bad, bad. D-
You have disappointed me again, M. Night Shalamawhatever
EvilLunch

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« Reply #412 on: 07-31-2004 21:11 »
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Lost in La Mancha was great, but.. You're right. It was funny, but most of all it was painful, epecially if you're a Gilliam fan. The poor guy! If anyone could make a great Don Quixote movie it's him, yet seeing the project get battered at every turn is quite depressing. The mudslide almost made me cry.. The Giant guys rocked though.
M Night Shyamalan makes some good films. But someone PLEASE make him stay away from 'monsters'. This crap and the lame alien from Signs.. Just.. UGH. Go back to the Sixth Sense style, man! Your ghosts were interesting at least..
Shaucker

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« Reply #413 on: 07-31-2004 22:49 »

Nah,  just stop M. Night altogether. Remember "Unbreakable"? This guy seems to have a bone for Bruce Willis and Joaquin Phoenix.

Thanks to Speli. That's pretty much what I thought the ending would entail. Now I can see "Maria, Full of Grace" and feel more artsy.
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #414 on: 08-01-2004 00:40 »

Little Shop of Horrors
Muscicals. The kind of entertainment that ageravates and inlightens the soul. Some think muscials "are for sissies". Others say that musicals are "wimsical". Others just think musicals are OK. This movie is more then an OK musical.

Plot: An assistant at a flower shop named Seymor finds snd buys a strange plant that apered after the exlipce of the sun. He names it Audrey II after his cruss and co-worker Audrey. When he is forced by the owner Mr. Mushnik to grow the plant, Seymore has no sucess, until he prickes his finger on a rose and Audrey II wants to drink the blood. Soon, after nearly sucking out all of Seymor's blood, Audrey II grows,
as well as Audrey and Seymore's love life. One night, Audrey II convinces Seymore to kill and chop up Audrey's insaine and mean boyfriend of a dentist. Soon, Musnik finds out Seymore's secret and becomes a victume of Audrey II. Seymore and Audrey plan to get married and leave town the next day, but when Audrey gets an annonimus call from the plant shop, she heads over there and is almost eaten by Audrey II, until Seymoe comes to rescue her. Now it's Seymore v.s the now very powerful Audrey II. Who will win?

Overal, a very good movie. It is one out of the only musicals I like,along with SP:BLU.
I realy liked the plant and those girls who singed inbetween. A-
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« Reply #415 on: 08-01-2004 01:11 »
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Originally posted by Speli:
You have disappointed me again, M. Night Shalamawhatever

Funny thing is, one review was used in the trailer twice. It's like they didn't have 5 credible positive reviews they could use for it. The problem with most of his movies is the fact that he is more concerened with a big twist than making a good movie. Then the twist is weakend by the rest of the plot not being all that great, and the movie falls apart like Rosie O'Donald's belt at Christmas dinner. I bet his movies would be good if he concentrated less on putting in the big twist, and more on just making sure they're well written and scary.
Shaucker

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« Reply #416 on: 08-01-2004 01:18 »

Little Shop of Horrors sucks. The movie sucks more.

There are very few truly great musicals, and only a handful of good ones. That is not one.
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #417 on: 08-01-2004 01:31 »

Fahrenheit 9/11
It sucked really. It was so distorted. And the camera work made me ill. And when he is going through the list of Americas allies - sure Iceland may not have a large army, but how did he fail to remember that Britain and Australia are also involved. A pile of crap. D
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« Reply #418 on: 08-01-2004 06:26 »
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White Chicks

I saw this copy on DVD (not out in the UK yet) and I thought this movie was really funny. Shawn and Marlon Wayans were both great under all what make up and you couldn’t really tell that they really men because of their performance as two white girls.

So is this film big in the U.S?

Mr. Potter

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« Reply #419 on: 08-01-2004 15:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Juliet:
White Chicks
So is this film big in the U.S?


No.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #420 on: 08-01-2004 15:47 »

Juliet, sorry to say this but sometimes you have really horrible taste when it comes to movies and television.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #421 on: 08-01-2004 15:48 »
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Originally posted by Shaucker:
Nah, just stop M. Night altogether. Remember "Unbreakable"?

What, you mean his best movie?

I really don't understand how "The Sixth Sense" fooled so many people; it was pretty obvious what was going on with Brucey.
Juliet

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« Reply #422 on: 08-01-2004 16:34 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
Juliet, sorry to say this but sometimes you have really horrible taste when it comes to movies and television.

I was just asking

spacepilot3000

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« Reply #423 on: 08-01-2004 16:56 »

The Village

Never before have I've been so mixed on a film like "The Village". For one, the film looks great, with a good cast but the film felt very disjointed through the first hour or so. The first hour went too fast, which is a bad thing. I never felt a connection with the characters other than Ivy. J. Pheonix was terribly wasted in this movie, at top billing, I figured he would be around for most of the movie, then
which was although shocking, kinda angered me. Ivy was the best character in the film because you really feel for her and her situation(being blind and all). The last 45 minutes, were very good, it finally got rolling when we find out the secrets of the "Creatures". The twist, although I saw it coming(damn you internet), was handled very well IMO. The film ended on a "what happens next?" note, which gave the film a very incomplete look to it and left me with some unanswered questions
Overall, a dissapointment compared to M. Night's previous work(Signs was the best IMO), and the weakest of the films.

Grade: C+
evan

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« Reply #424 on: 08-02-2004 00:59 »

The Village review.

I'm really at a loss for words here.  As I discussed with my friends on the ride home, there was a lot in this film that could potentially have worked out very well.  The cinamatography and direction were very good and very Shamylanian.  IMO, the girl who played Ivy Walker (who is supercute, btw) and Adrian Brody gave very good performances, playing the blind girl and the town retard, respectively. But after that, ugh.

To me, the film seemed all premise and no development.  Some parts seemed incredibly rushed, while at times the film seemed to drag on endlessly with no point.  But my major problem with it is that it just wasn't scary.  I mean, I know we want to pretend that it's not, but The Village has been marketed as, has the reputation as, and appears to be a horror film.  Yet there were only two scares throughout the entire movie.  And not just things that personally scared me, I mean "total amount of attempted scares."


Oh, and in case you hadn't guessed: "love is blind"

Grade:Very very disappointing.
Mr. Potter

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« Reply #425 on: 08-02-2004 01:25 »

I used to be excited about this movie. The trailers and the cast really got me into it. I'll still watch it. Signs is one of my favorite movies from its year and a lot of people hated it, so I may like this one. And I'm not interested in scares, what I want is atmosphere. I hope it can create a good atmosphere like Burton was able to create in Sleepy Hollow.

 
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Originally posted by evan:
The Village review.

I'm IMO, the girl who played Ivy Walker (who is supercute, btw)

I think that's Ron Howard's daughter.


evan

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« Reply #426 on: 08-02-2004 01:39 »
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I checked, it is.

I still maintain my original point, that The Village just isn't scary.  We're told that the people live in constant fear of what's within the woods, but we never actually see that.  And that's part of the film's problem.

Sweetmelly

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« Reply #427 on: 08-02-2004 03:14 »

Fahrenheit 9/11

This Anti-War- and Anti-Bush-Documentary is a masterpiece. This touching movie is a slap in the face of George Bush and i hope this film will take its part that Bush won't get elected again. Enormously touching was the portrait of Lila Libscomb. A mother who has lost her son during Iraq war. You are feeling with her and her travel to the White House was made me crying.  10/10 and good contender for the next Academy Awards.
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« Reply #428 on: 08-02-2004 04:09 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
the girl who played Ivy Walker (who is supercute, btw)

Agreed 100%. Way cuter than her crazy whore of a sister (in the movie, mind you. I have no idea if she has sisters who are whores in real life).

 
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canned eggs

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« Reply #429 on: 08-02-2004 17:54 »

I went and saw Harold and Kumar go to White Castle because I got dragged there, and I had some vague hunch it took place in New Jersey.  It did.  Made me damn homesick.  I have a feeling this is going to be the type of movie that has a peculiar second life on video, because you can't bring a bong to the movie theater.  But if you're gonna see this movie, you should probably try.

Anyone from New Jersey (especially Nix and MMF) should pay close attention to the broadly drawn stereotypes and made-up places, in addition to shout outs to Newark, Princeton, Freehold, New Brunswick (represent!) and Cherry Hell - I mean, Cherry Hill, which really disappointed me because there's no shot of the water tower.  How do we know they're really in Cherry Hill?  Plus you guys gotta back me up because nobody in California belives New Jersey cops are really like that.

One gripe I have is that the guys decide to drive to Cherry Hill from New Brunswick to go to White Castle.  There's one in Piscataway, like ten minutes away.  It's right by my dentist's office.  For real.  It's like a block from Middlesex Mall.  Anyway, the jokes are funny, even if it seems unrelentingly stupid if you're not high as hell.  Neil Patrick Harris plays a sleazy version of himself, which is funny for about thirty seconds.

canned eggs: all rights reserved, all wrongs reversed.
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« Reply #430 on: 08-02-2004 18:00 »

I saw The Village last week. I thought it was a lot like Signs, in the way that it had potential to be scary, but really just couldn't make it work. Not a good movie. 4/10

Also, I rewatched Spiderman 2. Still a 10/10.
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« Reply #431 on: 08-02-2004 19:13 »

 
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I heard about the similarities between The Village and a children's book, through AICN even.


Bender: "Try this, kids at home!
Warning: do not try this at home
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« Reply #432 on: 08-02-2004 22:55 »

I liked The Village enough to be pissed off that some punk kid blurted out the twist before I saw actually saw the movie.

I swear I've seen Adrian Brody somewhere with long hair and possibly crazy, but I don't know where.

I LIKED Joaquin Phoenix's character, the stoic, uncomfortable-with-speaking, intensely private, quiet guy.  His little speech to Ivy sealed the deal for me.

I'll agree that the pacing and timing of the plot twist left much to be desired.
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« Reply #433 on: 08-02-2004 23:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
I LIKED Joaquin Phoenix's character, the stoic, uncomfortable-with-speaking, intensely private, quiet guy. His little speech to Ivy sealed the deal for me.

I liked his performance too. His totally wordless non-reaction to Ivy's sister's declaration of love was hilarious.
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« Reply #434 on: 08-03-2004 00:04 »

That was probably the most well-executed and well-timed cut in the entire movie.
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« Reply #435 on: 08-03-2004 00:18 »

 
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Originally posted by leelaholic:
I saw The Village last week. I thought it was a lot like Signs, in the way that it had potential to be scary, but really just couldn't make it work.

One of the reason why I liked Signs was that the movie tried to be more than just a simple scary movie. It was about Mel Gibson's character and his search for faith and how miracles (in the form of the aliens and the asthma thing) changed him back into the man he was before.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #436 on: 08-03-2004 00:36 »

 
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Originally posted by Mr. Potter:
 One of the reason why I liked Signs was that the movie tried to be more than just a simple scary movie. It was about Mel Gibson's character and his search for faith and how miracles (in the form of the aliens and the asthma thing) changed him back into the man he was before.

The Village is like that too, in a way.

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« Reply #437 on: 08-03-2004 14:28 »
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Spiderman 2

A lot of people said it was better than the first one, but I was cynical. However, after finally watching it today, I'm surprised to say I agree! This had everything, and done right with great pacing and veriety...

A
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« Reply #438 on: 08-03-2004 22:39 »
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Originally posted by Shaucker:
Nah,  just stop M. Night altogether. Remember "Unbreakable"? This guy seems to have a bone for Bruce Willis and Joaquin Phoenix.
Joaquin is totally bone-worthy though.

Woah. I'm going to agree that "Unbreakable" is his best movie yet. And "Signs" was lame, but the movie wasn't about Aliens, it was about faith in God and things happening for a reason.

I'm pretty sad that I could figure out one of the twists in "the village" just from a 5 second shot in the teaser trailer. If they are trying to be so tight lipped about it why would they even show stuff that's so obvious? I wanted to see this movie a lot, but not now that I know how stupid it is.

 
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Originally posted by evan:
Oh, and in case you hadn't guessed: "love is blind"
I thought it was "love is retarded"



and seriously, not having seen the movie, I may be way off, but I don't think anyone's mentioned
Mr. Potter

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« Reply #439 on: 08-05-2004 01:53 »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I just found the best movie of the year (until The Life Aquatic comes out). Everything in it is almost perfect. I can't give a proper review now, but if you don't know it already, it is really amazing. And to think that the critics here gave it an average rating of 7.

A+
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