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Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.

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  1. Life

    Life Jedi Knight star 4

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    City of Ember
    Family science fiction film set in a post-apocalyptic future. After an event in the future that the narrative doesn't delve into, the earth becomes uninhabitable, so the remaining survivors decide that they will have to build a city deep under ground in order for humanity to survive. It is presumed that the knowledge of the world above, and what once was and was lost, would devastate the underground society with mass depression, so it is decided that the founders would not tell the later generations about mankind's past. Instead, they are left with a sealed box with a message, set to open after 200 years, when presumably it is safe to come back up to the surface. This is the first 2 minutes of the film.

    What follows is fairly intriguing and entertaining, but my overall opinion of it was so so. The ending also felt a bit anti-climactic. I give it 3 out of 5.
     
  2. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    The Visitor (2008). It was an excellent little drama with a great Oscar worthy performance by Richard Jenkins. This movie seemed to kickstart his career too since he's been in a lot of stuff after that. I highly recommend it.
     
  3. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    The proper term would be jingoistic. I know little about the remake, but that would certainly apply to the original. Its premise was a paranoid Reagan-era fantasy meant to exploit extremely irrational fears of the USSR and communism. It was a laughable movie that presented itself and the Soviets and Cubans (lololol) somehow being capable of landing troops in the lower 48-- let alone Colorado-- with a serious tone it did not deserve. Never mind that a nuclear war would have occurred long before it got to that stage (forgot how that was handwaved and I don't care because it was dumb).

    Discounting that the remake is of a film that should be left in the dustbin of cinema, the trailers seem to present it in a equally serious manner. And lol DPRK/PRC/Russian coalition.
     
  4. Jabbadabbado

    Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Lincoln. Loved it. DDL does it again, with help from Spielberg. There Will Be Oscars. More out of respect for its subject matter than for it's greatness. Kids will be watching it in school for decades to come.
     
  5. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Wait, wait, wait. Are you saying a movie mined an unrealistic situation for action and drama?
     
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  6. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    I'd say the political sentiment behind it and the fact that at least the original portrays a "plausible" situation is distasteful. And the movie is plain bad even ignoring that.
     
  7. Jabba-wocky

    Jabba-wocky Chosen One star 9

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    Also, even were that not the case, your counterpoint to Guy is not a good one. He did not criticize the premise itself, but that said premise was presented with such gravity and seriousness. Goofy plots are created all the time to serve as vehicles for mindless action. See any film in the Transformers series, or any of the Resident Evil sequels. But to attempt to make something sound more plausible, and end up with a device as ridiculous as the "problem" you were trying to fix is pretty worthy of scorn. That's exactly what the three-way alliance Asterix described did. That betrays a grasp of geo-politics so terrible that it is unrivaled by most anything since Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game spin-offs.
     
  8. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    ^I can't wait to see it :)

    Sherlock Holmes: The Game of Shadows
     
  9. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Sherlock Holmes: The Game of Shadows
     
  10. Hero of Tukayyid

    Hero of Tukayyid Jedi Youngling star 1

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    The Forbidden Kingdom 7/10
     
  11. AAAAAH

    AAAAAH Jedi Knight star 4

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    if the kids are going to be watching lankins in class, i wish spielberg had peppered the movie with more f-bombs.
    peppered like the fat guy that you have seen grinding half of the pepper in the thing on top of his steak and fries. medium rare, please.
     
  12. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

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    Life of Pi in XD (HUGE screen, digital projection) 3D. If there is a better film out there, I've never seen it. Not only is the cinema technically perfect from the script to the score (and everything in between), it speaks to me on a personal level. Life of Pi has instantly become my favorite film of all time.
     
  13. SWpants

    SWpants Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    That is awesome :D I hope I can see it as such.
     
  14. AAAAAH

    AAAAAH Jedi Knight star 4

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    wow. i thought it was good but not THAT good. it was kind of a thing of the sum being lesser than the parts. also the device they used to frame the story was clunky. and the part where the author was like oh so this was this and that was that almost made me pull out my piece and shoot up the screen. and save a bullet for the little window and the projector beyond it.
     
  15. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

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    There was no scene in the film that left me less than amazed, astonished, laughing, weeping, or just plain glad to be alive. I don't know what you mean about the framing device being "clunky" -- it isn't -- nor do I have any problem with the author's summation, which is essential to understanding what has just happened in the preceding two hours.
     
  16. AAAAAH

    AAAAAH Jedi Knight star 4

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    yes, but he didn't need to say it out loud. it was obvious what was what. i let loose a huge fart when i heard him explain it, and it stunk up the whole theater.
     
  17. Asterix_of_Gaul

    Asterix_of_Gaul Jedi Master star 5

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    But...it's supposed to be a hypothetical future/timeline where things change in such a way that said coalition is possible and likely. It's a movie, it's fun, and not difficult to accept the fictional premise that would not occur in the real world. Much like "red matter" in Star Trek--it's easy to accept for the purpose of enjoying the film.
     
  18. DarthMak

    DarthMak Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Revenge of the Sith on Spike
     
  19. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

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    I needed him to say it. Just cuz ur like, all smart n stuff, doesn't mean the rest of us are.
     
  20. Life

    Life Jedi Knight star 4

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    Sweet November
    Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron reunite in their second movie appearance together, in this romantic drama from 2001. Reeves works in advertising and loves his job. Slightly psychopathic Theron tells him he doesn't.

    I liked it. Had to get used to Reeves' special mannerisms, but I liked it. :p
     
  21. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Grabbers, a lowish budget alien/monster movie set on a small Irish island. Like a funnier Attack the Block.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Twilight, unfortunately.
     
  23. AAAAAH

    AAAAAH Jedi Knight star 4

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    i'm not that smart! that's the thing! ok, nevermind.
     
  24. Darth_Kiryan

    Darth_Kiryan Jedi Master star 4

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    Skyfall.

    in all honesty, worth a second viewing.
     
  25. Darth McClain

    Darth McClain Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Fargo. Good, short film.
     
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