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    I'm hoping to start this thread to talk about films/movies. Hopefully there are a couple of you out there who avoid the Kangaroo Jack's (Garfield....) of the industry and instead center your attention on the artistic side. Either way, I would like to begin a discussion since films are my second favorite hobby.

    Let me begin...Recently I saw these two movies.

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    The movie, while being a sequel, was infused with much more charm and character than the first two, bringing it much closer to the warm characters from the books. This is no doubt thanks to new director Alfonso Cuaron.

    The location and sets were absolutely gorgeous, the costume design was more contemporary, and the themes were generally darker. But what really took the cake was the director's decisions on the film. Obviously don't continue reading if you haven't seen it . The scene when they arrive at the castle and are just foolin' in the dorm rooms with the crazy beans is great. This is the sort of thing that Chris Colombus completely forgot to add to the movies that is probably the most important aspect. Now that the characters felt more real with their every-day teenager clothes and real emotions, it made the movie a lot more comfortable to watch. Where the first two films had me whincing at adaptations from the book, this outting had me relax and really soak it all in

    Furthermore, the new score for the movie was fabulous. I quickly tired of the airy-fairy whimsical score for the first two movies, so the move to a more midieval and celtic sound was really lovely.

    And finally, Alfonso really took his time to show the emotion and feeling of being at hogwarts more than Chris C. ever did. The scene where Harry rides Buckbeak was gorgeous and relaxing to watch. Even while shorter, the movie gave the characters and setting a chance to breath.

    The Grave of the Fireflies

    A while ago I watched an interview with Michel Ancel where he mentioned Grave of the Fireflies. He said that he saw it many years ago and after watching had a feeling that he had to do something.

    While I don't want to tell you guys what it's about (and urge you not to go looking...) I want to tell you to watch the film. It would simply lose it's appeal if I were to tell you what it's about. I will say, however, that it is a Studio Ghibli animated movie. It quite simply shook me to my bones. I urge you guys to see this movie if you haven't already and let me know what you thought. It has already made a huge impact on me and I can barely sleep at night after watching.

    Studio Ghibli is unbelievable. Where I can normally not sit throught 30 seconds of anime, they make characters and stories that jump off the screen and come to life.

    Get this movie and watch it!

    For those who have seen it: try not to spoil what it's about. After you watch the movie, kindly tell me how you feel after watching. I would like to know that I'm not the only one (well...michel ancel as well I guess) that was deeply shaken by the film.
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    Gremlins was amazing. Gizmo is one of the best creatures every thought of. And the gremlins themselves are hilarious and evil at the same time, a very good combination.
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    Alrighty.

    <b>Harry Potter</b>

    I saw Harry Potter last night after much remorse -- you see I'm not a fan of the movies, never read the book, and well, I usually wait till DVD for the HP series.

    So me and my GF went just because it was the only thing we hadn't seen (love free movies eh? hehe) and well, I wasn't a fan.


    Granted the special effects and teh scenery were nice (Which is the only thing in the film i appreciated) I really had no care for the story. The movie had it's moments for funniness and just plain stupidity (I also agree the reference to the magic jelly beans was funny) But that half hawk, eagle, horse thing reminded me of a Chocobo more than anything.


    Also, one part of the movie i absoloutely loved, but hated at the same time -- was the whole time travel thing... The directory put an obvious cue into BACK TO THE FUTURE when hermidimneinoawenhahe whatever her name is, saw herself punch Draco. it was kind of a nod that i enjoyed.

    The whole time travel sequence was kinda cool because I love paradoxie's and finding out what did what in the 'normal' time line.

    Other than that, I didn't like the movie. heh.

    The beginning scene, when he blows up his aunt, seemed very rushed and 'reality tv' like, the camera was shaky -- the film quality was less, just in general seemed more low budget.



    <b>Super Size Me</b>

    I have to say, THIS FILM OWNS. for those who are uneducated, this is a documentary/exposure film on the corporation that is McDonalds. the main focus of the film is Morgann, a guy who is in top physical shape, completely healthy, perfect weight for his age and height, who goes on a 30 day mcdonalds binge. He can only eat what mcdonalds serves, and can only walk 5000 steps a day (a mile or 2 i cant remember), and he has to eat everything on the menu at least once. Oh, and if they ask him to supersize, he MUST. but he can only supersize if they ask him to.

    Needless to say the film is eye-opening, aside from ruining 'the beautiful blue danube' vision that kubrick gave me in 2001: space odyssey, the film is amazing. The physical changes he goes through in JUST 30 DAYS is just uncanny. He gained 33.5 pounds, thats over a pound a day boys and girls.

    Since seeing the film, almost a month ago, I haven't eaten mcdonalds -- and i feel better for it. DEFINATELY RECCOMEND SEEING IT.


    <b>Day after tomorrow</b>

    I wont comment much as it's a big hit recent film and people don't like spoilers much, but think Independance day, minus aliens, with the shock disaster of armageddeon, but with a story like deep impact. Needless to say it's everything balled into one, there's not much plotline, and the way the 'ice age' 'crawls' up on the characters is just rediculous. It follows them like a horror movie, just behind their steps, conveniently leaving their room (the one with the fire.. oh THAT explains it, hah) the only one unfrozen. If anything, it'd be a flash freeze and everyone would be dead. end of movie. The effects were intense, cool and enjoyable. It's about time the US/World got destroyed again -- but I don't appreciate how they mention that Canada was a 'lost cause' and 'everyone's dead' -- cuz ya know, we're not covered in snow or anything.

    <b>Shrek2</b>

    As good, if not better than the first, takes two or three views to catch all the underlying motives of the characters - I love adult humour.

    <b>TROY</b>
    I saw this in LA during E3 with the rest of the staff, and Ben and I both agreed that the movie, while pretty to look at -- really fucked around with greek mythology. Achilles didnt have that role in the original myth, a lot of the shit was whacked around. It was the hulk vs legolas vs tyler durden. Fight scenes were drawn out and boring (not to mention repetitive), altough the three hours flew by, it seemed to be a big waste of time. By the way, we saw this on HD-Digital at The Chinese Theatre... so thats why it was pretty.



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    Yea wtf? Achilles and Paris were supposed to die before the sack of Rome, and Achilles' cousin was supposed to be older, and more studly, not a kid. And they didn't make it clear to the audience that Achilles is immortal in every place except for his heel. They didn't mention how that was made so, either.

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    by the looks of it there is no way I'm going to see any movies opening this weekend.

    Barring disasterous reviews, I'll just wait and see the Terminal next week. Spielberg almost always entertains and displays masterful film making. I imagine The Terminal will be the same.

    Man, the movies this weekend looks wretched .
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  6. I enjoyed Harry Potter, but I felt that the movie failed to capture one of the key elements of the book: the fear caused by the character of Sirius Black hanging over the story. Granted, it's harder to do that in a movie without getting campy, but the audience never gets the feeling how big of a threat Black really is.

    Shrek 2 disappointed me in ways that can't be described. The Donkey/Shrek dynamic was completely ignored, Fiona drags the plot down, John Cleese was absolutely terrible, and the thing that made the first Shrek so great was its complete and utter send-up of Disneyified fairy tales was noticeably absent in the sequel.

    I've been trying to encourage my friends to see Super Size Me (and I will), and tonight I'll be seeing Saved!, so that should be fun.

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    I Just saw garfield, and I must say it wasn't as bad as the reviews had made it out to be.

    At first, the story is a bit slow -- and even the main part of the movie is kinda draggish, but the scenery around Los Angeles (oddly enough, the city is 'the midwest' -- it's never called LA, but being in most of the locales they shot in, I know it's LA) was very fitting for the film. The house, the nature of the comic strip, they did pretty good with.

    The film itself was alright, i'm glad it was free -- but still a genuinely good turnaround in terms of garfields' feelings to odie. Very well done, even though odie wasn't CG, the dancing scene is quite hilarious

    I liked it.

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    Seen a lot of movies recently so here goes.

    The Stepford Wives
    I saw this last night, and as much as I like Nicole Kidman for her acting ability, gorgeous looks, and Australian-ness, this movie sucked!

    It was funny in spots, (trying to be) scary-ish in other spots, and then tried to do a The Sixth Sense twist at the end.

    The first three quarters went so slow, and then they tried to finish off the whole story in about 20 minutes.

    To make matters worse, there was a bit of everything special effects-wise. Bit of Minority Report with the way he reversed the procedure, bit of other movies with the foreboding mansion, bit of this and that with a hidden dungeon underneath where all the secret business happens, and the aforementioned Sixth Sense reference.

    Not the worst movie, but definitely not the best either.

    4 out of 10.

    Harry Potter: Year 3

    I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, pre-ordered Order of the Phoenix, and finished it in 2 days, and saw the first session of Prisoner of Azkaban.

    I wasn't disappointed with anything, Jason made a good point with the scene showing the 5 boys playing with the candy.

    Much darker, yet much more convincing.

    I was a little bit disappointed to see less Quidditch, but that's a minor gripe. I was also disappointed to have ZERO reference to Cho Chang, I'm curious to see the girl they'll cast as this character. She should've appeared by now, but I guess that's what the Goblet of Fire movie will be for.

    I shudder to think how dark and moody the next movie will be, yet I'm expecting nothing less than an exemplary effort. Too bad it's not the same director as this movie.

    9 out of 10 because I'm a HP fanboy. 8.5 out of 10 as a movie on its own.

    Troy

    I watched it at 11pm having hardly any sleep, so I almost dozed off at the beginning, but stayed awake and was mildly impressed.

    I didn't really know much about Greek Mythology so I had no reason to nitpick anything, and I wanted to see it because it just looked like Gladiator, a film I really enjoyed.

    Anyway, I liked Troy. Not bad, not excellent, but better than good.

    7.5 out of 10.

    Shrek 2

    I totally COULD NOT wait to see this movie. Shrek is one of my favourite movies, and I couldn't wait to see what the fab three (Mike, Eddie, and Cameron) would dish out.

    Overall, I was mildly disappointed. Donkey just wasn't as funny this time around, and Puss really stole the show for me. Just in case someone out there still hasn't seen it, I won't mention his classic 'look'. Every time I saw it, I couldn't contain my laughter.

    The entire movie is pretty enjoyable, but it's just not even close to the original. I don't understand where all the "A sequel that outdoes the original" type of quotes came from. It's a good sequel, worthy of its existence, but it's not better than the first one.

    To make a probably unfair comparison, it's not like the Toy Stories. Two movies I couldn't separate, couldn't rank one higher than the other. With Shrek, it's easy to see the sequel sitting below the original on an "all-time" type of list.

    Overall, I still enjoyed it the most out of every movie I've seen in North America.

    9 out of 10 because I love Shrek and this movie didn't put any downers.
    8.5 out of 10 on its own.

    The Day after Tomorrow

    I gotta admit I'm a bit of a sucker for disaster movies. I know they're unrealistic, I know they're not that good, I know the acting is always over the top, and I know the settings and plots are always just so out there.

    Yet I enjoy them. ID4, Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Core, and now The Day after Tomorrow all fall into the same basket.

    I don't know why, I guess it's the feel-good feeling you get from a group of characters who triumph over any "end of the world" setting.

    6.5 out of 10. (It wasn't THAT good, but above average)

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    That's about all the 'movie reviews' that I've got.

    I'm looking forward to The Terminal this week, and the biggie Spiderman 2 in a couple of weeks.

    Otherwise, I still don't really know what's out and what's coming. (I always miss the previews hehe)
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    The Chronicles of Riddick

    It's been about two years since I've gone to a theatre to watch anything, and of all the movies to start me up, I got sucked into this one by a few friends. I'm not really dissapointed with the movie in itself - I expected it to be mediocre.

    Vin Diesel plays as the young Furion warrior Riddick. Necromongers are going from planet to planet, doing the whole "world domination" thing. From there on in, the story moves at a remarkably slow pace. The fighting scenes are uninteresting, Riddick's predictable "Too cool for this universe" attitude never succeded in making me laugh, and everything else seemed to be either pointless chatter thatin theory would advance the story or a set up for another lame joke by Riddick.

    Perhaps the only thing that brought this movie up to mediocre status is the ending, which I found remotely interesting. I won't go into details of course, but I thought it was quite good none the less.

    6 / 10


    Oh, by the way GeneralTao, I've been working on aquiring that movie for some time now. Got the highest review score ever on an anime site I was browsing for no particular reason.
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  10. <b>generaltao:</b> And finally, Alfonso really took his time to show the emotion and feeling of being at hogwarts more than Chris C. ever did. The scene where Harry rides Buckbeak was gorgeous and relaxing to watch. Even while shorter, the movie gave the characters and setting a chance to breath.
    First, a disclaimer: I haven't read the books, nor do I really plan on doing so. However, I did enjoy the first two movies so I'm not coming at this just to be a curmudgeon.

    Dean's assessment generally agrees with my experience--the film seemed quite rushed, and the plot felt haphazardly pieced together. Not to say that the plot was poorly put in--as is obvious from finishing the film, everything fit together nicely--but rather, I didn't like how there were seven or eight different plot lines which were completely resolved all at once, with the same explanation, in the last 15 minutes of the movie.

    Basically there were two reactions on my part--for the first 3/4 of the movie, I felt that the writers had placed too many brief, unrelated vignettes, without resolving any of them. It was unsettling to have all these different elements given lip service and then not mentioned, or investigated--like the fact that hermidimneinoawenhahe (*cough*) was never simply asked by Harry or Ron what her deal was.

    Also, because of the "got to get this scene in" style of the movie, it kept fluctuating between ominous and jovial, with the end result of never giving off an ominous vibe for me.

    As an aside, I'm from the Poe school of short stories, where the story should have a theme/focus and stick to it. I'm also of the opinion that movies are much better vehicles of short stories (something which is designed to be read in at least 1-4 hours) than books: the reason is that there isn't much time in a movie (and short story) to digress with cursory scenarios. Not a hard and fast rule, of course, but I like to think that books are more suited towards a miniseries format.

    Following this remark, it's fairly obvious why I think the Harry Potter movie should have excised some scenes.

    I'll wrap this up quickly, because I'm about to go make some dinner--I really didn't like the ending (and I mean the entire ending--from right before the time travel). It seemed like a hacked together method of tying together unresolved plotlines (read: all of them...). I'm sure it worked well for the book, because she would have been able to develop the scenes more (and put in many bits which actually had nothing to do with the ending), but the movie seemed rushed to get done in time.

    Oh yeah, and why the hell did Harry believe Sirius immediately when he said "oh I didn't betray you..." What happened to evil men lie? It was dumb, and, with survival instincts like that, I'm surprised Potter isn't dead. At least I still can count on the universal movie constant: whores are saints and saints are whores.

    PS: If anyone mentions that my post is rushed and poorly pieced together, I'm going to have to cite irony. And if you don't buy that, go back and reread my dinner comment: it also affects editing.
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    Originally posted by generaltao
    by the looks of it there is no way I'm going to see any movies opening this weekend.

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    Man, the movies this weekend looks wretched .
    I think Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story looks like the best movie of the summer. Honestly. And I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

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    <B>THE TERMINAL</B>

    Before I get started on this AMAZING MASTERPIECE OF A MOVIE, I must say YOU HAVE TO SEE IT.

    Before you read my thoughts, this is definately a 5/5 movie, it's fucking AWESOME.

    Now, going into this movie I had my share of doubts -- the summer movie season has been shitty at best so far, and the early reviews I had heard were 'moderate' at best... I was astounded by how great this movie was.


    The premise is simple, Viktor Navorsky is stuck in a NY Airport terminal because his country is at a civil war, he cant go on US soil, but he cant go back because the borders are locked into his country.

    So, he gets 'released' into the international terminals and can basically do what he pleases.

    The following sections will contain HEAVY SPOILERS, so don't read if you dont want major plot points ruined.. Do read if you've seen the movie, or don't care about plot points.

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    Ok so you've come this far, anyways... The movie starts out very nicely paced, it's just an airport, showing the way things work and how things are done -- then we're introduced to Viktor, he gets rejected at customs and then is 'sentenced' to his release, during this whole incident, he understands only a few words, like his home country and stuff about New York -- he's clueless.

    He's released into the international terminal and given meal vouchers, which he quickly loses because of a slight breeze -this is where we're introduced to the film's underdog talent -- the janitor guy, I can't remember his name for the life of me but every shot he's in he steals the show.

    Viktor tries to get his meal stubs back but can't because he needs 'an appointment' (which becomes a comical saying throughout the film) with the janitor -- on Tuesday.

    The next scene we see is Viktor hearing about Krakhosia, his home country -- he only sees the imagery and can't understand what's being said on the news.. He sees the bombs and the people getting shot, and just all the stuff you'd expect to see on CNN about a war breaking out.. This scene is EXTREMELY powerful, and Hanks pulls of it off perfectly; If he's not nominated for best actor, I don't know wtf the academy is on.. Amazing performance throuhgout the enitre film.

    After the initial shock of this kind of wears off, we get into the 'life' of the film, the previous scene really made us feel for Viktor, and it made us so compassionate for him.

    The film's introduction of Emelia (Catherine Zeta Jones) was flawless, she slips on the freshly washed floor (by none other than our janitor friend) and viktor, as swave and as harmless as he is, introduces himself and the story propells forward.

    I'm not going to go point by point on this, so no more spoilers.


    Spielberg's Direction is great, from the choice of sets to the shots he creates, the illusions are amazing and just the entire film is a spectacle to take in.

    I saw this with a crowd of about 113, including myself and my girlfriend -- both avid movie goers and are extremely cynical of films.

    The harmlessness that Hanks portrays Viktor, and just the entire way the story unfolds, from being a love messenger to a carpenter, he performs insanely well -- makes the character so believeable, and so lovable, that the film was the only thing you paid attention to.

    The dinner scene was great as well, letting our janitor freind shine in a way that, you'd never think spielberg would pull off.. And that's saying a lot.


    The reason for Viktor to be in USA, the reason for this entire film, is touching -- it's perfect for father's day, and the ending isn't dissapointing at all. You don't cry, you don't feel bad, you feel happy, you feel relieved, and mostly, you feel he has completed his journey and made a new family along the way -- the film, in itself, is a masterpiece.

    I don't think I could ever find a way to reccomend this movie more than I am right now, YOU MUST SEE IT.

    John Williams' score is also flawless, brings life to scenes that are already alive with glory and visual appeal -- the Fountain scene for instance, the Jazz that gets played, everything is note to note accurate, the mood is heightened by his score.


    I'd like to comment briefly on the Art Direction, the way Terminal 67 is lit, the way we're introduced to it is great, it's this under-construction terminal that isnt' scheduled to be completed for another 10 months, allowing Viktor a basically undisturbed living quarters, which he makes his own. The evolution of where he lives throughout the film is so subtle, that you only realize it near the last few shots of his experience. Things like these make Spielberg the director everyone says he is, this trio of people (Spielberg, Hanks, and Williams) are a force to be reckoned with, and I felt at home with this movie, I cannot wait for this to come out on DVD.


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    ...what Dean said.

    Terminal gets my huge thumbs up with approval. I went to see it for more Spielberg goodness and walked away more impressed than I even thought I would be. Hanks and Zeta-Jones are also masteful in this film.

    Spielberg has a way of delicately handling the on-screen characters he's bringing to life so that you feel the aura of the character as it were. Beyond the set (which is recorded as the largest set ever created for a film), there are no real special effects in this movie. It's a movie with a premise so simple that it allows the script time to play with the characters and location until the audience almost feels life in the terminal.

    See The Terminal if you're going to the theater. Period. My pick with Eternal Sunshine for best movie so far this year.
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    Grave of the Fireflies

    Wow, an excellent movie. Best movie I've seen in a long time. I'm lending it to everyone I know.

    Anyways, without saying what it's about, it's really a very sad movie. I cried at the end, I felt so bad for what happened. Seriously, this is a great yet sad movie. Everyone go watch it.

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    Around the World in 80 Days

    I liked it. I like Jackie Chan movies, I like how he's probably the ballsiest guy in the world, and I like how he's funny.

    He was all that in this movie.

    Everything else? Well...storyline and plot was crap. Acting? Usual "Jackie Chan movie" quality. Chicks? The chick in it wasn't bad, I don't even remember her name so clearly she's not that memorable.

    Best bits? Definitely all of the cameo appearances, I was actually surprised by the amount of cameo's that appeared. Luke and Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, and especially Arnold Governator.

    I basically went into it thinking it would be crap, and came out pleasantly surprised at how much I laughed. That alone made me enjoy it.

    Overall, probably still justifies the "Disney wasted 100+ Million in this?" claims that I've seen around, but for something funny, it's worth it.

    6 out of 10.

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    Next up for me is The Terminal. I wanted to see it before these two positive reviews, and it's just nice to know that some people like it. I saw some iffy reviews beforehand too.

    Either way, I'll find out for myself. Going to try to see it tonight.
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    Originally posted by Gregory
    Grave of the Fireflies

    Wow, an excellent movie. Best movie I've seen in a long time. I'm lending it to everyone I know.

    Anyways, without saying what it's about, it's really a very sad movie. I cried at the end, I felt so bad for what happened. Seriously, this is a great yet sad movie. Everyone go watch it.
    Did you just see it on your own accord or did you take my advice? Just thought I would see if I actually convinced anybody to see it. It's quite moving and even thought it's been a while since I've seen it I'm still shaken up by it.

    Mark: you will laugh until you cry with terminal. The movie is filled with very intelligently staged comedy and at the same time lots of heart felt dramatic moments.
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    To be honest generaltao, I'd read about it on an anime site a while ago (anime academy I think. Got a 98% there). I made a mental note of perhaps trying to see it one day. You're the one who pushed me over the edge with your suggestion, so I bought it off Amazon.ca. A well spent 30 dollars I say.

    Now I'm going to make a note of renting the terminal when it comes out.

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    Wow, I'm surprised that you just went out and bought it. Though I do think it is something that is worth owning even just to spread it around to those you know. Were you able to sleep after watching it? I had trouble concentrating in classes in the days that followed. I can easily see how it had changed Michel Ancel's life, even if just a little bit, as it left a mark on me as well.

    Definitely rent The Terminal. If you aren't going to pay the steep cinema prices (I don't blame you) then I highly suggest you rent it.
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    Has anybody seen Touch of Evil or The Trial (both directed by Orson Welles)? I almost bought The Trial on the spot but resisted until I could find out more about it. So are either worth a rent/buy in your opinion?

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    Yesir, I have recently aquired the habit of buying things on a whim. That is, when my gut feeling tells me it will be worth it. Lately I've been unanimously right, save for a fifty dollar PC purchase known as "Prince of Persia: The sands of Time". At merely 50% done, I have no desire whatsoever to finish that hugely over rated game.

    To be honest, I've had a hard time getting the music and the movie in general out of my head. (On a side note, I think the animation rocks. The backgrounds look amazing, and the character animation is realistic though choppy. Only thing that looks a tad dated is the faces.) I haven't walked into any walls or anything, but this is the kind of thing that sticks with me. I'm used to this sort of thing by now, because all my other recent purchases seem to have a steadily high rate of grim, serious depressing truthfulness going through them. Maybe that's an indicator of something. I'm actually looking for some art to use as my desktop wallpaper right now, and it looks as though I'm going to use some shots from this movie.

    If I may make a suggestion to you generaltao, check out these books. This is the first of the series, I personally own this one as well as volumes two and four. I can almost guarantee you'll love these books. I highly suggest trying to get a hold of them somehow (used maybe? or if you have a local manga store they might have it).

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    I'm writing it down as we speak Gregory. I'll call my local comic book "shoppe" later to see if they have it. If not, I'll see about just ordering it off Amazon. It sounds like it might be up my alley, so thanks a lot for recommending it!

    Oh, and I couldn't agree more about Prince of Persia. Quite possibly the most over-rated game next to Splinter Cell 1. If you think you're laughing now, you should see the last boss since he's an absolute joke in every way imaginable. Bleh!

    Grave of the Fireflies desktop might be an idea, though I would be pushed to near-tears by just looking at it. What a wonderous film; it brings out so many different emotions and does it so eloquently.

    As for movies:

    City of God

    Not much to say about this movie, but it is very well done. It is done with subtitles and is based on one of the craziest true stories (which I incidentally had no knowledge of.) Direction is superb with a stylistic approach to the timeline of events. If you go to your local video store and are baffled as to where all the good movies are (as I am), then go for the near-sure thing with City of God. Oh, and Mystic River if you haven't seen it.
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    Originally posted by ChE guy
    Has anybody seen Touch of Evil or The Trial (both directed by Orson Welles)? I almost bought The Trial on the spot but resisted until I could find out more about it. So are either worth a rent/buy in your opinion?
    I've seen The Trial - I read the Kafka book for a class in college, and when we were done we watched the movie. The book is very strange, excellent, but strange and to see such a book converted to film leads to equally strange results. It's worth seeing, not sure that I'd want to own it to watch over and over, but if it was cheap I suppose. And I'm not much of a snob about reading, but the book is indeed better than the movie.

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    Lately I've been unanimously right, save for a fifty dollar PC purchase known as "Prince of Persia: The sands of Time". At merely 50% done, I have no desire whatsoever to finish that hugely over rated game.
    Note to derail the thread or anything, but I'd just like to say that I picked up BG&E for about 20-25 CAD (new) and haven't regretted it one bit. Nice to see I made the correct ubiChoice.
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    Tonight was a fun night at the theatre, opening night of white chicks and this is what happens:

    The person who made up the film (who is in deep shit, btw) made it up too quickly and was very careless -- the splices were too sticky (the tape wasnt applied correctly) and they were doubling over in the projector.

    The film went out of frame many times and eventually, got stuck and snapped.

    before the film snapped, it burned up and melted in the projector -- everyone watching the film saw this.

    I, the ever so persistent employee, asked for the film.

    This is what happened:

    <img src="attachments/burnsnap_small.jpg">

    You can get higher resolution ones here:

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    crazy shit eh?
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    To get the thread back on topic!

    The Terminal

    10 out of 10. Enough said.

    Spiderman 2

    Great sequel, great action sequences, great story, great "Spiderman is dead. Long live Spiderman!" re-invention of Spiderman, great movie.

    9 out of 10.

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    To attempt to foil MJM's best intentions of topicity...

    Dean, that film reminds me of The Ring. Not that I've <em>seen</em> that movie, just that it fits my preconceptions.

    Just replace the punishment of "death" with the sight of a massively-chined girl.

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    You're all gonna call me a wuss by the time you finish reading these reviews..


    anyways

    <b>Dodgeball</b>
    Truly funny, I enjoyed it - especially for the 'milkshake' dance after the credits, defining moment in my opinion. Some of the humour was weak and rehashed (see: austin powers throw up bit), but on the whole (heh) it was satisfying.

    Stiller and Vaughn do a great job together, awesome complements - funny movie all around with some good cameos.

    <b>SPIDERMAN II</b>
    Great friggen movie, awesome effects, story lacked in a few places -- LOVED the setups for possible spiderman 3-5, we already know of the hob goblin, but they secretly introduced two other villains from the comic.. I won't tell you who though.

    As much as the superman ripoff was meant to be a tribute, I didn't like how they stole it from superman, just -- kinda -- made -- me -- mad.
    Great movie though.

    <b>Fahrenheit 9/11</b>
    Man, as much as michael moore is a extreme 'view' film creator, he really brings up a lotta shit about bush, and makes me feel bad for americans - because well, if Canada were run by him, I'd move in a second... great direction and flowing of thoughts -- he brings a lot together, leaves some stuff un resolved, but really didn't have to be resolved at all, so he gets away with it -- really an interesting few hours, just coasts through -- you can tell he's riding off of bowling's success, but that's okay.


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    And now for the big one, that you'll make fun of me for

    <b>THE NOTEBOOK</b>
    Yeah, I know... you're thinkin wtf right? Me and my GF went to see this tonight, actually, and awesome story - it's obviously a chick flick, but it has everything, love, love making, war, more love making, conflict, more love making, a bit more war... it's really cool, the imagery rocked and the art direction was insane as well.

    The actual story of the film is so touching I cried like a madman at the end, I must admit, watching a film like this with someone you truly love only makes you appreciate that love more.


    So with that said, If you truly love your girlfriend, go see the notebook... with her.


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    Must. Get. It. Out....


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    Hey, what other villains were introduced in Spiderman 2? I completely didn't catch any except for Hob Goblin. But I agree, it was a very good film, even if it was a little melodramatic (particularly ::spoilers vaguely::Aunt May's heavy handed "Everyone needs a hero" speech, where you can't help but feel, hmm, how coincidental she's saying this to Spiderman!) Also,::definite spoilers:: Mary Jane's running out from the wedding smiling was ridiculous. I think she'd feel guilty for standing up a guy, not so damn joyous. I also figured she'd respond a little more dramatically to Peter's being Spiderman. But all said and told (no more spoilers here) the fights were cool, Doctor Octo was very cool (I love when he first turns evil, very horror film-esque), and the plot was fairly good. I know I felt good about it afterwards.

    As for Fareinheit 9/11, that's a very well-done film. My brother said, when he saw it in New Orleans, a large portion of the crowd was chanting "Kill Bush!" after viewing the film. You know a film has to do something right to get an audience into a such a fervor (even if it is a little scary). The facts were interesting, Bush's actions were interesting, the story of the mom of the iraqi soldier was moving, and it was just a good film; entertaining and moving at once (though it did slow down about 1/2 way through for a bit). I'm curious if there were any falsified facts in this movie, as I heard some were present in Bowling for Columbine?

    Oh, I also saw Hero, the Jet Li film made by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon guy). It's a cool film with, like CTHD, a somewhat unhappy ending, but it has some cool symbology and techniques. I like how the story of what occurs in the movie is retold three times (only one is true, of course), and how color is used in the film to show...well, you'll see. And of course, the fights are great and as ridiculous as ever. The fight on water is cool and ridiculous, as is the fight in which they move so fast they kick up leaves with the wind of their motion. It's quite a nice little movie. Sadly, I wasn't able to read the very ending text, as they don't subtitle the epilogue text into english on my friend's copy.

    Rounding out this movie spree, I saw Battle Royale 1: Special Edition at a friend's house. For those who don't know, the story is as follows: In future Japan, one 9th grade class of about 40 is chosen to take part in the Battle Royale. In the Battle Royale, each student is strapped with an explosive, radio controlled collar, given some survival supplies, a random weapon (such as an axe, gun, or pot lid) and are sent to an island to kill eachother. Last man standing survives and goes home. And at the end of 3 days, if more than one person remains, everyone dies. Fun stuff, eh? Anyway, the plot is a bit ridiculous (and no real reason is given, in the movie, as to why these games exist; apparently the manga has deeper reasons), but the horror/action parts of the film are good, and as is some of the humor (at least, I think some parts are intentionally ridiculous and funny). It's oddly easy to detach yourself from what's happening on screen, due to how ridiculous the circumstances are, and how dumb some of the deaths get. That said, the way people react in different ways to being forced to kill each other is surprisingly realistic; I could see people reacting in all the different ways. Also, some of the deaths are kind of disturbing. All in all, it's an alternately campy/disturbing action/horror flick that's entertaining all the way around. The end of the villain is kind of silly (you'll know when you get there), and there is a sequel for those of you who enjoy the creepy improbable premise. I haven't seen the second, though.

    For some film related fun, head to http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2237. It's all a bunch of photoshopped movie previews. They're generally pretty funny, especially after the first page, and there might be something mildly offensive in there, like swearing. Also, being a site that the hardcore internet users like us frequent, some of the ad-banners advertise places that sell hentai.

    (<insert rant...now!> Really, there seems to be a connection; newgrounds also advertises hentai, as well as lots of torrent sites I've been to. Seriously, do all hardcore internet users besides me view the stuff or something? And why do they advertise that stuff on sites and what not? It's not like someone's going to be viewing newgrounds for some cool new flash animation, see the hentai ad, and suddenly be like, "Screw this Xiao Xiao, I want hentai now now!" (Ooh, that rhymed. I'm cool.))
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    Jesus, I can't wait for King Arthur.
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    Colussus, the text at the very ending says this:

    !SPOILERS FOR HERO!




    By his Majestys command, Nameless was buried with honor. In order to commemorate his three friends that died, Sky stopped practicing martial arts. In 201 B.C the King of Qin unified China, ended all the wars, and built the great wall of China. He became the first king of China, called Qin Shi Huang.



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    Thanks, Yahiko!

    And Underwood: perhaps I'm just strange, but King Arthur doesn't look very good to me. The chick is hot, I'll give you that, and it looks like an okay action movie. However, I don't like the costumes (why do they wear Roman-esque armor?) and the dialog seems bad from the preview. However, I guess I'll have to see it to make sure. I did have bad feelings about Troy, but it entertained me, and I liked the whole chatting about the nature of gods compared to men.
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    More of a DVD thing, but all the same...

    <a href="http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds14901.html">Holy Shit</a>
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallout
    More of a DVD thing, but all the same...

    <a href="http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds14901.html">Holy Shit</a>

    TEN DISK!!! w00t!!!!

    But i get the feeling that disk 8,9,10 will be just mere filler to justify the cost of the entire package. I mean, that almost translates to $130 Canadian :eek: .

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    Colossus:

    I'm sure the two other villains Dean was thinking about were [SPOILERS! (In case that's not blatantly obvious already)]The Lizard and, um, some werewolf guy who's name I forget. The Lizard is Dr Connors, who tried to combine his DNA with reptilian DNA in order to grow a new arm. The fact that they actually showed Connors as a one armed man seems to suggest they're setting it up, or maybe they just want it to be as accurate as possible. But if they wanted it to be accurate they would have realized Connors lived in Florida... As for the werewolf person, that's John Jameson (MJ's fiance). He became a werewold on a trip to the moon, and it was all pretty stupid. Needless to say, I'm hoping they ignore that.[End of spoilers].

    And yes, the wedding scene was really stupid and they could have done without it. But I disagree about Aunt May's speech being melodramatic. I think it's obvious she knew Peter was Spider-Man, and was telling Peter that she approved and wanted him to return to being Spidey without letting Peter know she knew. Peter never told May because he didn't want her to worry about him, and Peter was always far too worried about May's health and stuff. Ergo, May did not want peter to worry about her, so she had to give her speech while making it appear innocent. I thought it worked well.

    As for Hob... er, the next Goblin (as much as I agree with the idea of giving him a different name, before they do it Harry's still the Green Goblin, and the Hobgoblin is still a (mostly) separate entity), I really hope he's NOT a villain, at least not like we're used to. I would prefer it if Harry doesn't go around causing mass destruction and death, but rather just annoys the heck out of Peter while remaining perfectly innocent, thereby creating an intolerable situation leading up to the final showdown. They're best friends - the battling should be more psychological. Let the battle end up like it did in the comic books.
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  36. See, now my take on Troy was different. I saw it as something along the lines of "and so the legend is born". When they find Achilles dead, he only had one arrow in him, and it's in his heel. Since nothing that anyone has seen in any of his battles has really hurt him, the assumption was that his heel was his only weak spot. The rumours grew into the legend we know today. Granted, Achilles was never "just an ordinary guy", but that, at least, was my interpretation on the way the film played his character.

    As for Prizoner of Azkaban, the only other movie discussed in this thread I've actually had the time to see, I was disappointed the first time(I may have to see it more than once). The film seemed very cut up. A lot of the scenes felt rushed and the whole movie had a kind of "surface level" thing going on. The environments, the music and everything like that was fine, it just felt kinda slapped together.

    Though, I will comment that I prefered Michael Gamboan's Dumbledore to Richard Harris' Dumbledore. Much more whimsical and mischief-filled. Harris seemed to stuffy for the way Dumbledore is described in the novels.

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    With Spiderman 2, I don't think they have a specific idea for the sequel. Instead, they're leaving themselves lots of opportunities for ideas.

    They have Dr. Conners, who they can easily have as Lizard.

    They exposed the "Goblin Cave" to Harry, thus posing the possibility of a renewed Goblin.

    And then, there's John Jamason, who could be a reasonable conduit for the Venom symbiont.

    Personally, though it has the potential to screw up the movie, I say that they should have Venom and Goblin 2 at the same time. They don't have the problems that the Batman films did with this, since Harry's character has already been fleshed out. It would be interesting to see a Goblin 2 who actually fights alongside Spiderman at one point to take on the Venom suit.
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  38. Actually if they did that they would have to have Spiderman actually use the venom suit for a time as well, as happened in the comics, before choosing to reject it because it was making him something he's not: evil. However, I don't believe that the venom symbiote will show up until the 4th movie at least. For that to happen it kind of shuts out the possibilities for the movie after it, being that it would probably escalate into the whole Carnage saga and generally start getting weird. lol. On the other hand, just doing the Lizard for the next movie would be kind of difficult too because it would be the third villian in a row that was a good scientist who turned himself bad by experimentation and might lead to criticism and a general feeling of been here, done this. I don't think that Harry will be the main bad guy in the movie either and won't be killed off for the same reasons I just outlined.

    It's really difficult to say where they are going with it. Spider-man 2 might be the peak of the series.

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    <b>ANCHORMAN</b>

    Sadly I was dissapointed - I'd read all these reviews without spoilers saying it's a funny movie and that you'll be shedding tears at how good it is... I found this to be mildly entertaining and only somewhat funny.

    Most of the film seemed like it was still one big set up opening scene, waiting for the nonstop improv gags to start -- they never did. The cameos were great and all, but too short lived -- I liked the whole fight sequence.

    One part I enjoyed was the phonebooth / glass case of emotion scene - I laughed at that. But that was really it.

    The characters were fine, not too fleshed out though. Christina Applegate is still Kelly Bundy though, she always will be.

    I don't know -- I was dissapointed with this, I really was hoping for a comedy masterpiece, Vince Vaughn fucks up a few lines and they left it in too, he was funnier in dodgeball.

    If i had to give it a rating out of five, i'd say 2.5/5

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    Contradicting Dean, I found Anchorman to be hilarious. The strange view of the news world was hilarious, and Will Ferrell was admirable The fight was hilarious, the dog was always used for hilarity, and it was just completely insane. In a good way. There are a lot of comedians, and they're all too funny. To put it simply,I had an awesome time watching this movie. It reminds me of the slapstick style of 70's comedies of old. If you liked them, you'll like this.
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