Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.
Not THAT kind of scorpion.....
Oh, well. It was just a thought...
I don't know how to describe this mess. If Tom Cruise wants to make the ultimate intellectually gauche science fiction film,
why doesn't he just dress up like a lizard and produce Enemy Mine II?
Oblivion, After Earth, Pacific Rim, Elysium, Ender's Game
The sci fi genre really needs a couple of these movies to succeed.
Watching the Addams Family Movie. So great.
Oblivion- Pretty good. 70's bleak hard-ish scifi by way of 80's scifi spectacle and synth-ish score.
The drones were particularly brutal given the rating. Jaime Lannister seemed extraneous though- and the movie would have been better if we hadn't known Miogan Freeman was in it ahead of time (but that would have been impossible to market...).
Overall, a nice change of pace. The one larger twist is easy to anticipate but there's another significant twist that's still a surprise.
I often describe the senses evoked by Tron Legacy as noble and nostalgic. While Oblivion has a thread of nostalgia also (of honoring the loss of the past versus Legacy's restoring the past/fighting what that past has become), it's more about an odd mix of yearning and contentment.
However I can't be the only one who thought the director had probably hoped to bring Olivia Wilde over to this movie after Tron Legacy, given the female lead resemblance...
The D is silent, hillbilly.
'The Town That Dreaded Sundown', a low budget 70's drive in flick about a hooded serial killer who stalks his prey in Texarkana. It owes a great deal to the far superior 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' as it tries to emulate it's docudrama tone to not much success. It has some great moments because the killings are genuinely frightening but the plot has no coherence and the acting is bad even for a film like this.
Bit of a departure for Dawn Wells from Gilligan's Island to The Town that Dreaded Sundown, isn't it.
One of the best movies if you ask me. Definitely my favorite first contact with aliens movie.
Seconded. Contact is a great movie.
"First rule of government spending: why build one, when you can have two, twice the price? They still want an American to go, Doctor- feel like taking a ride?"
I was offered a free ticket to see Oblivion last night. So obviously, I went. Great visuals, but little under the surface. Pacing was all out, too. Still, I did spot Jaime Lannister.
Just saw Oblivion, too. Must be seen on a big screen, IMAX preferably. Decent story, but was more of an homage to those 70's scifi movies like Logan's Run than anything. I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
This was a really good film. A sort of character piece examining men and their legacies as fathers, showing how the consequences of their actions inevitably affect their children. I have to say, the trailers were very good at concealing a major plot twist, which I won't give away here. But it was a good story, very multifaceted.
All of the acting was top notch. Bradley Cooper really shows his range with films like this and Silver Linings Playbook. Ryan Gosling was great, and I really liked Ben Mendelsohn. Ray Liotta was good, as was Eva Mendes. And the film looked great too. Schenectady was a great setting.
Kind of an aside, but I think the poster looks kinda weird. Gosling looks like someone straight out of the US Civil War for some reason.
Same here. Saw it in IMAX and it was fun. It had kind of a "Moon" flavor about it, though that's not what made it great. What was great, imho, was that it was like being immersed in a dystopian Maxfield Parrish painting. It was pure candy for the eyes and ears.
Robin Hood, the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe version. Not an absolutely horrible movie but, eh, meh.
Atlas Shrugged Part II
It was more engaging and felt like it dragged on less than part I
Best part about that movie was the credits. I'm not even kidding, those credits were great.
Yeah, I caught a glimpse of them. Not sure if part of them were hinting at a sequel or something but I think we'll be better off without one.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Much better on DVD than in theaters. The battles didn't look like they were on fast forward.
Caught this On Demand. I really liked it, really liked the concepts it tackled and thought it used time travel in a really cool, creepy way. Parts reminded me of The Terminator and its first sequel, about changing the past vs accepting fate, and I liked how these impacted the characters, especially JGL's character. Time travel was a means of character growth, and raised a lot of questions on morality and ends justifying means.
The acting was good all around; even the kid who played Cid. I imagine he'll go down as one of those kid actors in the league of the girl from the Exorcist and Haley Joel Osment from The Sixth Sense. I liked the future setting. It was clearly futuristic (duh), but also seemed like a realistic look at our future, more akin to Blade Runner than, say, I, Robot. The time travel stuff was a little wibbly wobbly, but at least it was fairly consistent.
The Dark Knight Rises.
I liked this one better than The Dark Knight. I liked the references to Batman Begins, including the reappearance of Liam Neeson. I also found Bane to be a much more interesting villain than the Joker, and I liked the symbolism of Bruce Wayne "rising" from the prison of depression. The ending was really sad and profound, and I wonder what DC will do with Robin now that he's been introduced.
And I am soooo coming back as Catwoman in my next life. You heard it here first.
Prometheus. I didn't think it was as stupid as most people found it, but I found it to be rather "meh". Noomi Rapace's character must've had ovaries of steel to undergo that Cesarian in that machine.
Also, what was up with the bandage-wrap underwear she and Charlize Theron wore? Was Weyland Industries too cheap to spring for Hanes or Fruit of the Loom?