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  1. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
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    Hey, I am recomending




    but go see WALL-E first,

    uh, I am going to have to see it again,
    then buy the DVD for the extras,

    just way too much fun, and way to much stuff going on,
    and lots of tributes (some blantant) to previous films.

    A little weak in the middle, but ya can take the kids,
    and it's FUN, ok I said that before.

    Note, yes, there is one very tiny joke at the,
    absolute end, after all credits and logos,
    and, well, it's ok but not worth bursting your kydney for[face_laugh]
    good for those with nothing better to do.

    also, the animation continues throughout the end credits,
    I mean, it is a Pixar film after all.

    Sound by Star Wars, Ben Burtt (sound designer)
    and Skywalker Sound....pretty gosh darn good!

    Also with this, is an aboslutely perfect Pixar short,
    that had me and the entire audience laughing out loud,
    it seemed more adult to me, but some of the kids got it.

    ok, now go see this film, at the movies!
    sure, it'll be ok on home video later,
    but this is one try to see and hear as intended.

    oh, did I say I liked this,

    well I did, it was nice and kid friendly,

    That's all Folks,

    cue the music.

  2. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    WallE is on my list of "must see"....

    I actually just saw the new Indiana Jones movie last week...
    I liked it...
    where it was no "Raiders" it was better than "Temple of Doom" and equal to "Last Crusade"....

    I missed the new "Narnia"....I kinda wanted to see that on the big screen..
    chances are...I will end up not seeing it at is gone from the theaters...

    I still haven't seen the last "Pirates of the Carribean" movie...

    And ...of course...
    we need to mention that the CSO is doing John Williams music at Ravinia
    on August 1st!

    Star Wars
    Jurassic Park

    to name a few movies....
  3. kosure Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2004
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    I haven'y seen Wall·E yet. I plan on seeing it next week though. I've heard all sorts of things about it. From "too dark an eco-movie for children" to "NeoCon children's hero." It can't be all that bad.

    I missed Narnia too. Frankly I didn't think the first one was that great, I'll just rent it: whatever.

    I'm looking forward to Dark Knight, which I plan on seeing sometime this weekend. I saw an interview with Gary Oldham the other day that really got me excited. Honestly I think the hype is really high though. I hope it can live up to it.
  4. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    I saw Wall-E yesterday...
    it is a VERY interesting movie...
    lots of "little things" going on if you look closely.

    I enjoyed it...
    it provoked a lot of thought...
    there were several times I laughed out loud...
    which is something I find that I don't do often during a movie or TV show.

    There were a few times that it kind of dragged...
    but for the most part..
    I would say to go see it.

    Narnia was one that I really wanted to see on the "big screen"...

    Wall-E is one that I think that could be ok whether it is big or small screen...
  5. ObiWanBottari Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    May 19, 2005
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    I went to see "Wall-E" with Emma and my granddaughter Violet, and was mostly impressed with it's exceedingly dark vision of the future. The biotic aspect of the earth was so far gone that only one machine was able to survive, and the whole object of a probe from the survivors of the human race was to see if a single weed had sprouted on the earth they (we)had totally trashed 700 years before.
    The film's humans, although somewhat changed, were still quite recognizable as specimens one sees today in shopping malls. But even that was a dark vision, predicting gross obesity and a completely mechanized robotic maintenance of human life (with shades of "HAL") as the norm.
    There was humor and clowning, of course, which carried the story line and provided the entertainment. But the vision of a dusty lifeless junkyard dump future for the entire planet could be taken either as a cautionary tale or a concession to the inevitable, I can't tell which.
    I guess that's up to us.
  6. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
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    ok, let me start by saying I like ABBA's music,
    and yet, I was never a fan....just came accross/re-discovered the music,
    after viewing Muriel's Wedding (1994) in a used CD store while waiting to
    check out.

    and, I just love musicals (any kind, thus George Lucas and American Graffiti)

    and I liked many many many sections of this film,
    I can not recomend it, unless you can have fun just watching a musical
    number out of context,

    for the STARS are awesome and give their all,

    including Pierce Brosnan (of 007 fame)

    but every single moment he is on screen is like chalk the wrong way
    on the black board.

    I just call them, "close your eyes and think of England" moments[face_laugh]

    After that, however, this film has GREAT humor and lots of fun and fun jokes.

    and if you like Musical/Fantasy, (aren't the all)

    that is in the order of Xanadu, then you will not mind the contrived plot,
    that drags you from one song to the next and one moment to the next,
    cause there are a lot of fun moments and good songs.

    ok to wait for Video rental or broadcast on this,
    better yet, go see the Play, it is one of the most successful ever.

    Lastly, if you are fluent in another language, you might try that version,
    when Pierce Brosnan, gets dubbed.

    oh, that is all for now.
  7. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    I was a HUGE X-Files fan and went to see the new movie last week..
    where I did enjoy it...
    revisiting the characters ..
    and it most certainly had that "X-Files" feel...
    I had wished that the movie dealt with the "Aliens" issue...

  8. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    Thanks for the note on this one, I forgut that this one was out.
  9. jediprincess77 Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Nov 26, 2006
    May I recommend a FREE evening of classical music in Millennium Park this weekend? :D

    Yeah, this is a shameless plug for the Grant Park Chorus in which I sing. We're doing a "Great Opera Choruses" program, so if anyone wants to come hear me sing a bazillion high notes, this is the program for you.

    We perform at Pritzker Pavilion (the thing that looks like an exploded pop can) in Millennium Park Friday (tonight) at 8:30pm and Saturday at 7:30pm.

    Like I said, it's FREE and waaaay nicer sounding than the Air & Water Show. [face_whistling]

    If anyone is planning to attend, let me know & I can stop by afterward to say hello!! :)
  10. kosure Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2004
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    I recently watched Charlie Wilson's War, which I've had hanging around for a while. It's kind of a strange movie. Where there should be a cliff-hanger; there's a montage. And it doesn't have an ending. The acting in it is very good though, and all of the characters are very interesting. I didn't find out until the end that it was written by Aaron Sorkin (who also wrote A Few Good Men, and the West Wing). I know this review sounds bad, but overall I liked it. Maybe a little thin, but enjoyable enough. Maybe good netflix filler if you're running low.
  11. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    On AMC tomorrow night___Tuesday around 8 or 9 depending on the time at your location?,0,2164822.story

    Samuel L. Jackson____film-tribute

    Includes, R2D2, C3P0 and George Lucas,

    check it out:)

    ps, it is highly edited:eek: , as I think it was more of a roast,

    looking for un-edited version :D
  12. JediFalcon25 Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Nov 24, 2004
    star 2
    Today Batman The Dark Knight is out on DVD, i bought the 2 Disc Special Edition, Walmart has an Exclusive that comes with a Comic Book and a Two Face Coin for $19.99, the Regular DVD's are like $13.99, this is a Phenomenal Film, with alot of Kool Chicago Locations!!!
  13. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    Well, had a chance to view the AMC Samuel L. Jackson awards program,

    typical hour awards show,

    with George Lucas handing out the award by
    barely saying,

    come up here and get it.

    There was a lot of bleeping, which seems to be
    the new substitute word for swearing here in Illinois at least.

    so I expect that it might get banned here sometime soon

    Evidently, Samuel was in a lot of "bleeping" movies:D
  14. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    As a huge Buffy and Angel fan....
    I was intrigued by "Twilight"..

    and ...
    I can hear the groans out there...

    I enjoyed the movie thorougly with new slants on vampire myth...
    so I decided to read the book/books

    so I bought all 4 books...

    I sailed through the first three books (all nearly 600 pages and over)
    in less than a week.....
    which is a Christmas miracle...
    I am a desperately slow reader usually...

    I am on the last book now...which is "meh"...

    all in all...
    I loved it...
  15. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    Went to see "The Day the Earth Stood Still" yesterday...

    Didn't really have the heart and soul of the original movie...
    and ...
    something about seeing the original ...
    on a black and white TV
    in the late 50's/early 60's (can't remember when it was on TV but everytime the movie came on...I watched it)

  16. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    I too recently saw this film and agree with Schph Gochi

    Right after seeing it, I came right home and watched
    the original.

    This re-make version is missing the MUSIC,
    that really made the original.
    also, I am a fan of Patricia Neal (original)

    How good in the music in the original?

    Well, a few years back I trooped a concert of
    Sci-Fi Music in Indianapolis with the ISO,
    (great job on Duel of the fates that included chorus)

    and sure there was some trekkie stuff.

    But at that time, it was the original Day The Earth
    Stood still music that made that event for me.

    Opening titles, Gort, and Radar
    music are just the best!

    However, given the general bad results of re-makes,
    this one is not that bad and was watchable.

    And seemed to have a more family friendly feeling
    that is what made Sci-Fi of the 50s.

    So, give it a try if your thinking about it.

    //edit to add image of original (remastered) soundtrack

    by the great Bernard Herrmann


  17. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    I also saw the trailer for the New Star Trek movie...
    I gotta say...

    I am really EXCITED about the movie...

    I am not a big Star Trek Fan....and didn't like any of the movies much...
    but this new one has a real Star Wars feel to it...
    and it looks like it will be GREAT!

    I am getting together some items to make my first Star TREK costume...

  18. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

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    Feb 22, 2005
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  19. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4 read right!
  20. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4

    I saw this at IMAX, and it was worth it,

    for the first time since I saw a 3-Stooges 3-D movie at the
    old Music Box,

    3-D IMAX worked for me and worked quite well.

    The movie it-self has some huge plot wholes, but is fun
    and well made.

    Obviously, this is one where at home on the small screen really will
    hurt the viewing experience.

  21. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    I went to see "Knowing" yesterday...

    it was not what I expected...

    well worth the $$
  22. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

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    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    So, anyone planing on a diplomatic mission to see the new Star Trek movie?
  23. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    not yet...
    I probably won't get to it for a few weeks...

    also on my list of "must see" is "Angels and Demons"...
    the book was incredible...
  24. Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2002
    star 4
    I saw it yesterday.....and I really liked it...

    The actor who played Spock in the movie ....well...the resemblence to a young Nimoy for me was eerie....and even the mid-life Spock was so close to the little boy who played Spock as a child...

    I LOVED Dr. McCoy in this one....I hoped to see more of him...

    I didn't understand the choice for Chekov though....

    Even Sulu...who always seemed kinda "lame" in the original series was also a very talented and lethal kinda guy...

    I really loved seeing all of these characters as they started out... seeing Jedi in the Phantom Menace in their was nice to see TOS characters in their prime ....they seemed a bit "stodgy" in TOS....but I guess that was because there were no really fantastic special effects to make them seem "better" and more "lethal"....

    I had trouble with the concept of "old Spock" being able to meet "new Spock" though...perhaps I just didn't "get it"...

    Where I loved the movie...
    I found that I didn't say to myself that I "can't wait for the next one" when the credits rollled
    like I always did with Star Wars....

    When a Star Wars movie was done...the first reaction was always...
    " will I stand it till the next SW Movie"....of course...
    after Revenge of the Sith the feeling was...."is that all there is?"

    I know there was some complaints about the "humor"...but I found I enjoyed the occasional "tongue in cheek" humor....for me...I don't think it was over done in the least...
    very Star Wars-y of the film to have some well timed "comic relief"...
  25. MusicTrooper Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 22, 2005
    star 4
    Yes, I too have seen this film.

    It is a pretty good movie, but I had problems with a lot of stuff.


    Exterier ship design of Enterprise.


    Kirk........Surprizingly ok.

    Scotty.....also well done, and serves the storyline well.

    Chekov.....a weird visiual choice, but ok, however he is not suppose to be there.

    Uhura......only barely ok.........then victim of bad Vulcan story line.

    Spock......good then bad then ok then victim of bad Vulcan story line.

    Special effects....some very very good ones!


    Villians....reminded me of the biker gang in "Back to the Beach"

    Music.......what music, what very very very little of it there was, was good.
    but you must stay til the very end of the ending credits to hear a
    nice re-work of the Star Trek theme.
    Other wise this soundtrack album is only 10 minutes long.

    Bridge interior, looks like the dressing room (or set) for A Chorus Line.

    Engineering.......looks like they are making ...dare I say it here...Beer.
    (which would be a good thing, if they were making beer)

    and, did I mention a bad Vulcan story line,
    well its one I just can not accept.

    so there, I am just an old disgruntled fan[face_laugh]

    try this for laughs,
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