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cgosgo
12-30-2010, 03:58 AM
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Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-30-2010, 06:17 AM
Eagles Wing. A very unusual western.

Watched season 2 of Party Down last night. Funny.

rabkala
12-31-2010, 07:44 PM
The Lost Future, well thats more of a made for TV movie. Better than most SY Fy channel made stuff though.

Before that, DR Who A Christmas Carol. That is probably more a special than a Movie, I really liked it though!

I saw Operation Endgame at home. It wasn't what I expected, but did have some good bits.

The last Movie I saw at the theater, Easy A. Not my choice, but my daughters. For what it was, passable - cute.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
01-07-2011, 04:59 AM
Easy Money. A Rodney Dangerfield flick. Hilarious.

rabkala
01-15-2011, 09:02 PM
Went to see the Green Hornet in 3D with my sons. They loved it. I was a little less impressed by Seth Rogen and it's direction, but overall was a pretty good movie.

tesral
01-15-2011, 09:10 PM
For the life of me I cannot remember.

rabkala
01-15-2011, 09:39 PM
:nod: At this time, there are no medicines that can prevent or cure Alzhiemer's disease or that will restore normal mental abilities. Medicine may help some people function better by temporarily reducing memory loss and thinking problems. Other medicines may be needed to treat associated conditions, such as depression or desire to post nonsense on the internet which is not helpful.

I watched a copy of Let Me In yesterday. (shhhh!) I thought it would be craptastic, but was pleasantly surprised. Dark and sweet. Actually gave me some ideas, or reminded me of ideas I forgot. For the life of me I cannot remember... ;)

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
01-15-2011, 10:56 PM
The Wrestler and Piranha 2010.

The Wrester: 5-Star acting, and I fell in love with Marisa Tomei once again.

Piranha 2010: I was surprised that it was as good as it was.

tesral
01-16-2011, 12:03 AM
:nod: At this time, there are no medicines that can prevent or cure Alzhiemer's disease or that will restore normal mental abilities. Medicine may help some people function better by temporarily reducing memory loss and thinking problems. Other medicines may be needed to treat associated conditions, such as depression or desire to post nonsense on the internet which is not helpful.

Not that bad yet. It's just been that long since I watched a film. Theater wise I believe it was "The Dark Knight". Intense film, very intense. Worth the gelt to see on the big screen.

I suppose I'm not a dedicated fan of film. There indeed exists a vast body of film, some of them true legends of the art, that I have never seen. I suspect that in future ages Cinema art classes will not mention the fact that I never watched a given film.

Zannah18
01-21-2011, 05:38 AM
Last watched at home: aliens and sheen the final chapter
Last watched at theater: warriors way

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
01-21-2011, 06:01 AM
Salt. It was okay.

MortonStromgal
02-15-2011, 10:08 AM
The Kings Speech, loved it though the pacing is really slow compared to most Hollywood films these days.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
02-15-2011, 10:32 AM
The Hitman. Better than expected.

MisterBook
02-16-2011, 07:22 AM
The Court Jester - Danny Kaye.

Awesome fun to watch, its an all time favorite.

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:nod: At this time, there are no medicines that can prevent or cure Alzhiemer's disease or that will restore normal mental abilities. Medicine may help some people function better by temporarily reducing memory loss and thinking problems. Other medicines may be needed to treat associated conditions, such as depression or desire to post nonsense on the internet which is not helpful.

I watched a copy of Let Me In yesterday. (shhhh!) I thought it would be craptastic, but was pleasantly surprised. Dark and sweet. Actually gave me some ideas, or reminded me of ideas I forgot. For the life of me I cannot remember... ;)

See Let The Right One In, if you can get good subtitles it take the hurting away of the "Americanization" of it.

tesral
02-16-2011, 10:48 AM
The Court Jester - Danny Kaye.

Awesome fun to watch, its an all time favorite.


Danny Kay's films tend to be formula, but a good deal of fun.

reet
02-19-2011, 12:39 AM
Last movies, I saw with my nephew that was Ice Age 2, 3.

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tesral
02-19-2011, 12:45 AM
I need ot see three. That is a good series.

sillevisa
02-25-2011, 01:32 AM
Ya its good series, but I saw the trailer of ice age 4 also that is very nice.


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Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
02-25-2011, 01:37 AM
Knight and Day... again.

Umiushi
02-25-2011, 02:17 AM
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

DarthTalon
02-25-2011, 03:42 AM
ironically enough it was a flick called "Gamers"

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
02-25-2011, 07:53 AM
2010: The Year We Make Contact

Umiushi
03-02-2011, 02:26 AM
Cencoroll

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
03-02-2011, 06:21 AM
Das Boot, the 4 hour version.

tesral
03-02-2011, 10:13 AM
I read the book. A 4 hour film, ugh.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
03-02-2011, 11:36 AM
Alien, directors extended version. Awesomeness.

h3athrow
03-02-2011, 11:56 AM
The Dungeonmaster -- absolutely horrible. Inspired by D&D, but nothing to do with it, really. Seven directors, limited cast (in number and talent!), weird perspective on the potential of personal computing, and a hero's journey plot on rails. Maaaybe worth seeing if you like D&D, but perhaps the worst movie I've seen in a long time -- and I like bad movies.

rabkala
03-02-2011, 10:50 PM
I just watched True grit. It has been so long since I saw the original, I am not sure. The acting seemed a bit odd. While familiar, somehow not right.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
03-03-2011, 12:41 AM
Supernova

Umiushi
03-03-2011, 01:50 AM
The Lost Thing

Malruhn
03-03-2011, 08:31 AM
I saw I am Number Four last night... and really enjoyed it up to the last 30 seconds. It wasn't a copy of Twilight as I had been told - BUT - the damned thing was just a horrible set-up for a TV series.

Word of warning - the girl that plays the "love interest" is on the cast of Glee and my left testicle has more acting ability than she displays in this movie.

adinden01
04-07-2011, 02:28 AM
Last Night, I was watch Saw movie. It's horror movie. I like this movie.

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adamden02
04-07-2011, 05:01 AM
I watched Mr.Bean holiday last Sunday. It is very Comedy movie.

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Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
04-07-2011, 07:23 AM
Buried.

Malruhn
04-07-2011, 07:55 PM
I went to see Red Riding Hood last week - and it was actually VERY good. My only complaint was that the lead actress' eyes were almost comic-book-size HUGE - think anime sized!! Other than that, it was a very good retelling of the story. Oh - and Gary Oldman was... Gary Oldman... spectacular (a TRUE bastage!!).

Mccullam
04-20-2011, 12:48 AM
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05-03-2011, 02:49 PM
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I saw I am Number Four last night... and really enjoyed it up to the last 30 seconds. It wasn't a copy of Twilight as I had been told - BUT - the damned thing was just a horrible set-up for a TV series.

Word of warning - the girl that plays the "love interest" is on the cast of Glee and my left testicle has more acting ability than she displays in this movie.
You mentioned Twilight which I am a huge fan of. I saw it in theaters for the midnight showing and loved it. The most recent movie I saw was on TNT though. It was Heat. I hadn't seen it in years and forgot most of the plot. It's a total classic.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
05-04-2011, 09:23 AM
Watched Event Horizon, again, with friends.

Q-man
05-04-2011, 01:23 PM
Hmm... last movie I watched? I think it was Krull (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085811/). I didn't finish it though, hopefully Netflix still has where I left off saved. The last movie I watch entirely was probably Big Fan (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228953/), though I can't really recommend it.

Sascha
05-04-2011, 01:30 PM
"To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Inherit the Wind." Classic film double-feature.

angelajolie
05-19-2011, 12:29 AM
I have watched Thor my last movie.



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tesral
05-19-2011, 01:28 AM
Tron Legacy. It seemed a very short film. A sign it was good.

Sascha
05-19-2011, 02:03 AM
Tron Legacy: the sequel The Matrix shoulda had. And yeah, the pacing was pretty good.

remanjot
05-19-2011, 04:43 AM
I have watched Thor last movie.

xcvxcv3
05-20-2011, 12:16 AM
Goodfellas.

Yep, live under a rock.

tesral
05-20-2011, 10:57 AM
A comfortable one we hope.

Scribe of the Realm
05-21-2011, 01:11 AM
Young Frankenstein and Life of Brian.

I'm hoping that The Good, The Band and The Ugly and Doctor Strangelove will make the rounds on the movie channels again soon. They're about due.

xcvxcv3
05-21-2011, 05:11 AM
The White Zombie.

Haven't seen a "zombies via voodoo" film in a very very very long time.
Now that I think about it, didn't sprinkling salt on reanimated corpses destroy them once upon a time?

CityofSin
05-21-2011, 05:25 PM
Total Recall. Hadn't seen it since it came out. Forgot how good it was.

suviapoter
05-25-2011, 07:53 AM
Last Time I saw Adventure movie that was "Final Destination 4"

Umiushi
05-28-2011, 07:14 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I found it to be my favorite in the franchise next to the first one. I wish the Indiana Jones sequels were more like this movie. I understand it's quite different from the novel that "suggested" it, but Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors so I'll look forward to reading that over the summer.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
05-28-2011, 07:55 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I found it to be my favorite in the franchise next to the first one. I wish the Indiana Jones sequels were more like this movie. I understand it's quite different from the novel that "suggested" it, but Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors so I'll look forward to reading that over the summer.

Agreed. It was surprisingly good.

I'm currently watching Tudors, again.

rabkala
06-02-2011, 09:33 PM
Kung Fu Panda 2 and Hangover 2 on the long weekend.

I think I would give the nod to the Panda.

Still looking to see On Stranger Tides.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-02-2011, 09:42 PM
The Green Hornet. It was surprisingly good. Bruce Lee would have got a laugh if he were here today to watch it.

Sascha
06-03-2011, 09:06 AM
Monsters vs. Aliens (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892782/), which had the awesome Dr. Cockroach. Super fun film, with pop culture references galore.
The (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129167/)Iron Giant (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129167/), by a pre-Pixar Brad Bird; fantastic film, with a non-human character that's all-too human.
And the American Astro Boy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375568/). I wanted to like it, but meh, it was missing something.

movwills
06-04-2011, 05:07 AM
last movie i have watched "Fast five"....

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-04-2011, 07:16 AM
Saw the new X-Men yesterday. It wasn't bad. Later today will be the Little Fockers, according to Netflix.

gnombient
06-12-2011, 11:02 AM
Mrs. Gnombient and I recently watched the sci-fi adventure movie Hunter Prey (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270291/) and were thoroughly entertained; the movie screams for a sequel and we both hope it happens.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-12-2011, 02:15 PM
The Bad News Bears, 1976. Always a classic.

Sascha
06-13-2011, 06:08 AM
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush *and* Ian McShane chewing scenery made for a heck of a ride~

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-16-2011, 10:44 AM
Jacknife. An excellent movie.

rabkala
06-18-2011, 10:51 PM
I just watched Thor! Awesome! I lost all critical perspective and was easily swept up in the magic.

Best movie I've seen this year.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-18-2011, 11:26 PM
True Grit, the remake. It was great!

Sascha
06-19-2011, 12:46 AM
The A-Team. Order of awesome, and they bring seconds. Very fun film. (The cameos were great, too, though not as good as the Pirates one :P)


True Grit, the remake. It was great!
Easily the best western I've ever seen. And I loves me the John Wayne version.

tesral
06-19-2011, 01:41 AM
True Grit, the remake. It was great!

I take it you have seen the original? Opinions?

Malruhn
06-20-2011, 08:45 PM
I will agree with rabkala's review of Thor - I, too, was caught up - until the "dead" Thor caught the hammer - and I realized that it truly was nothing but a live-action comic book... which is exactly what I have wanted in a movie adaptation of these stories. I will by buying that one!!

I saw Super 8 last night. It is an "adult" E.T. The Extraterrestrial - and TOTALLY rocked. Elle Fanning will be going far. The whole thing was believable in the context of who was "watching" it - the train crash was over the top for those of us who know what they look like - but to the kids in the middle of it, the scenes were totally believable. The monster was great... and the cameos were outstanding.

Elvis
06-21-2011, 01:56 AM
Fast 5 was last movie, great performance of the Vin Deasel and Rock.
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Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-21-2011, 08:44 AM
Man from Earth. One of the better movies of all time, and with really no budget to make. Check it out when you all get a chance.

Malruhn
06-23-2011, 10:46 PM
I saw a double feature yesterday---

X-Men: First Class and The Green Lantern.

X-Men was better than outstanding. My few complaints were silly (Xaviar's wheelchair would have had spoked wheels in 1962/3 - not the uber-cool "X" logo - yeah, I told you they were silly). Kevin Bacon ROCKED as a bad guy!!

The Green Lantern was good, but I think they over-reached on this first one. Hal Jordan beat a god-killing entity that can eat solar systems and galaxies for meals - where the heck do they go from there? The love interest was good - but for a brilliant and successful woman, she was an idiot for sticking around Hal Jordan. He was a total butt-head to her and she still came back. BUT - Ryan Reynolds was GREAT as GL.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-23-2011, 10:53 PM
Jack Ass III & Knight & Day. JA was about what I expected, perhaps a bit less; whereas, K&D was excellent.

Sascha
06-24-2011, 01:00 AM
Surrogates. Bruce Willis being Bruce Willis (read: on-screen awesomesauce). Also Bruce Willis being a Bruce Willis robot (read: extra awesome). The plot was decent enough as a response to transhumanism, masquerading as a mystery; still, the ending felt, I don't know, ham-handed in its execution?

Sascha
06-25-2011, 11:33 AM
Caught the opening of Batman: the Motion Picture. I get the shark. I get the shark repellant spray. I still don't get the explosion. (And, I think it's that absurdity that compels me to watch, every chance I get. /sigh)

Umiushi
06-28-2011, 03:22 AM
Space Battleship Yamato. I'm referring to the live-action film that was released last year. It was a great remake of the original 1974 TV series with a surprising number of elements from the 1978 sequel movie, Saraba Uchuu Senkan Yamato, such as the inclusion of the Space Commandos as part of the ship's original complement. In terms of impact, it conveyed the sense of a moving, heroic endeavor against monumental odds that the original was known for.

In case anyone isn't familiar with Uchuu Senkan Yamato or, as it was known in the US, Starblazers, the quick synopsis is as follows: At the end of the 22nd century, an alien race appears in the solar system and bombards the Earth with large-scale radiation weapons. In a few years, the surface of the planet is rendered sterile, and life can only continue in subterranean cities. However, a message containing plans for a warp drive and particle weaponry fall into the hands of the humans. The World War 2 hulk of the Battleship Yamato is retrofitted as an interstellar spacecraft utilizing this technology, and begins a journey of 148,000 light years to a star system in the direction of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the source of the message, to try and find a means to save the Earth. However, in one year's time, the underground radiation contamination will have reached the point of no return for human life.

A huge amount of stuff had to be jettisoned to cram everything into a movie, even one that clocks in at over two hours. That includes some of my favorite events, such as the Battle of the Rainbow Star Cluster or the final showdown with Dessler. Even so, I didn't feel that there were any unnecessary scenes in the movie, so I can understand why those decisions were made. Perhaps one of the strongest quibbles I had was that instead of depicting the assault on Gamilas in a similar manner to the 1974 series, the decision was made to make it more reminiscent of the assault on Telezart in the sequel. While good for showcasing the Space Commandos, I really felt that the original way it was done was a lot more epic in scope.

Kimura Takuya was all I could ever hope for playing the role of Deputy Captain Kodai Susumu. Yamazaki Tsutomu was excellent as Captain Okita. Many of the actors really nailed their characters throughout the movie, and most of the characters were true to their original roles from the 1974 program. The one exception was Mori Yuki, who was essentially a different character with the same name, but a more engaging one, in my opinion. The original Yuki pretty much fit into the role of a "frail damsel." The updated Yuki holds her own much better. Also, the overall gender-balancing is slightly improved over the original, which often gave the impression (and I think it was literally true in the sequel) that Yuki was the only female crew member.

Some of the original voice cast reprised their roles, too. Ibu Masatou played Dessler, and Ogata Kenichi was a somewhat less obnoxious Analyzer.

Sascha
06-28-2011, 12:24 PM
Singin' in the Rain, again. My friend Heather had never seen it.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-28-2011, 01:57 PM
The Owl and the Pussycat.

Dark
06-30-2011, 02:14 PM
Green Lantern

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
06-30-2011, 07:57 PM
Damnation Alley... again.

tesral
06-30-2011, 10:21 PM
For a lich that must be a favorite.

Umiushi
07-01-2011, 01:16 AM
Green Lantern. For a while I thought it could get away with only being mediocre, but by the end it was just plain bad. I wonder who among the director and four scriptwriters was responsible for the climax. Too bad, Green Lantern was my first favorite superhero.

Dark
07-01-2011, 06:06 AM
The thing to mee that ruined the movie was they put more into special effects and less into story and actors my god the acting was bad.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-01-2011, 07:21 AM
The Mole People... again. Classic. Awesome. Wrote a module inspired by the movie for a WFRP & DnD adventure.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-01-2011, 11:28 AM
Just finished - again, The Attack of the Crab Monsters. Classic. Awesome. Wrote a module inspired by this movie as well. In fact, It was part of a high level/career (5+) campaign. My players loved it.

rabkala
07-01-2011, 09:32 PM
How about writing such a module up for your fellow PandP games friends?

Last week I saw:
Limitless - Odd but kind of good.
Win Win - 'Nice' Hollywood ending. Some good performances.
Your Highness - A couple 'cute' spots, but I found it lacking much.
Priest - Stylish and action packed. It makes me want to see the comic inspiration.
Stakeland - More like a zombie flick... some good development. Thumbs up. :thumb:

Umiushi
07-11-2011, 03:08 AM
Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), last year's Studio Ghibli movie based on the novel The Borrowers, by Mary Norton. It's about a family of action figure-sized people and their encounters with the regular inhabitants of the house they live in. Studio Ghibli is perhaps best known in the US for producing the animated movies My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

Recently, I've found myself enjoying each successive Studio Ghibli movie less than the last. I'm happy to say that Arrietty finally broke that trend. I would call it good as opposed to great, and wouldn't place it up there with my favorite Ghibli movies such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (edit: for the detail-oriented, this was produced by Ghibli's predecessor, Studio Topcraft), Porco Rosso, or Ponpoko, but I certainly felt it was a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and one where I wouldn't cringe if someone showed it to their children.

Having not read the novel, I wouldn't be able to compare the two.

Sascha
07-11-2011, 10:34 AM
The first three Muppet movies, as a triple-feature - The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan.


[...]based on the novel The Borrowers, by Mary Norton.[...]
Also a 1997 John Goodman vehicle. (Which I never saw.)

Edit: Pic, which you might enjoy ;)
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Ann
07-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Watch a lot of movies on Netflix. Watched _Phantom Punch_ last night with my husband. It was about Sonny Liston, the boxer, and was quite a good, well-acted movie.

-- Ann

Arnold
07-12-2011, 07:56 AM
I saw " Transformers 3" and "Thor 3D" in the last two days.!
Both are good movies and I will recommend all those who haven't seen them yet..!!

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-12-2011, 10:01 AM
Super 8. An adult version of ET, kind of. Grade: C

Bad Teacher. Much better than I expected. Suprisingly good, in fact. Grade B+

rabkala
07-12-2011, 06:33 PM
I too saw Super 8, and was disappointed.
Elephant White - very good
Bridesmaids - funny
Xmen first class - I think my favorite one so far

kirksmithicus
07-17-2011, 12:41 AM
Cars 2 and Rio. I have a three year old.

tesral
07-17-2011, 07:57 AM
They do grow up, honest. Mine is bald and working on his second three.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-17-2011, 08:20 AM
True Blood. Season 3, disk 5.

Going to see Harry Potter today.

rabkala
07-17-2011, 02:30 PM
I just watched Super with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. It looked like a cheap Kick Ass, but I liked this so much more! I think I would've dropped the sweetness at the end. Now I will dream of Boltie...

kirksmithicus
07-18-2011, 01:20 AM
They do grow up, honest. Mine is bald and working on his second three.


You know, going to the video store is great because I haven't seen much of anything in years. So I feel no need to get the latest releases.

Tonight I got to watch Wall-E. Pretty funny actually.

tesral
07-18-2011, 02:57 AM
I see very little in current releases that I want to see. Hollyweird is pumping out "Piece of Recycled Trash 3" and it's ilk. I cannot care enough to spend money. Remakes, retreds even the truly horrible films are getting remade. (Trash of the Titans) Original? No that would be to risky.

Sascha
07-18-2011, 12:50 PM
Tonight I got to watch Wall-E. Pretty funny actually.
Wall-E is delightful~


I see very little in current releases that I want to see. Hollyweird is pumping out "Piece of Recycled Trash 3" and it's ilk. I cannot care enough to spend money. Remakes, retreds even the truly horrible films are getting remade. (Trash of the Titans) Original? No that would be to risky.
It actually is about risk, though. "Bad movie" isn't synonymous with "losing money" (re: Bay's Transformers franchise), nor is "good movie" synonymous with "return on investment" (re: The Shawshank Redemption's initial theatrical run; its second, post-Oscar nomination run pushed it into 'box office success' territory). And, with the 'arms race' philosophy behind the studio system, whatever's making money will be imitated. It's been Hollywood's standard operating procedure since, like, forever.

tesral
07-18-2011, 06:18 PM
And the risky films tend to be the best, mostly. Every rule has its exception. No, good does not of necessity translate into box office success. And yes "Make it like Star Wars, but different enough we don't get sued." has been a film formula forever. What Hollyweird forgets is Star Wars broke all the rules and was a total risk. It was also wildly successful.

Film in the 70s was a wasteland of "meaning" and "message" that some films managed rise above somewhat. Star Wars set out to be entertaining. The amount of money it hauled in shocked the film making world. It had no moral, no message, it wasn't relevant it was fun. Star Wars and the summer of fun. Bittersweet.

Me, i don't measure good by the amount of money it hauls in.

Sascha
07-18-2011, 09:57 PM
And the risky films tend to be the best, mostly. Every rule has its exception. No, good does not of necessity translate into box office success. And yes "Make it like Star Wars, but different enough we don't get sued." has been a film formula forever. What Hollyweird forgets is Star Wars broke all the rules and was a total risk. It was also wildly successful.
Can be, sure; Citizen Kane or The Godfather were risky prospects for their respective studios. An auteur (wunderkind Orson Welles) or dire financial straits (Paramount) allow for more risky behavior, but can just as easily sink the studio if it flops, 'specially the latter. In the case of Star Wars, you had the former; Alan Ladd, Jr., didn't buy Lucas's pitch because it was creative or original or broke rules, he bought it because of Lucas, the man.

(Modern-day auteurs are your James Camerons, Peter Jacksons, Guillermo del Toros, for genre flicks.)

On the other hand, Casablanca was a formulaic, mass-produced film of no note ... or so they thought at the time. Not really risky, turns out to be the second-greatest American film of all time (to date). (And more watchable than Kane as entertainment, imo.)

Risk producing the best movies? Eh, causality isn't evident from that sample ('specially when you go down the list). There's correlation, though, because of the next point.


Film in the 70s was a wasteland of "meaning" and "message" that some films managed rise above somewhat. Star Wars set out to be entertaining. The amount of money it hauled in shocked the film making world. It had no moral, no message, it wasn't relevant it was fun. Star Wars and the summer of fun. Bittersweet.
Wheat, chaff. Films of every time period are glutted with forgettable, uninspired works. The ones that stand out are exceptions. That Star Wars happened to be wheat was a fluke (a fluke named George Lucas); nobody expected it to be what it was, least of all the head of the studio.

Also, dismissing "meaning" or "message" is misdirected disdain. Morality plays - which Star Wars totally is, by the by; (over-?)simplified and color-coded, even - aren't inherently any more or less quality than pure popcorn stories. It's the execution that makes it work or not.

tesral
07-18-2011, 10:11 PM
When the meaning and the message bury the first object of any film, which is to be entertaining, which they did, yes they are getting in the way. You can have a film with meaning and message and that is relevant, but it has to entertain first. Anvilicous is never a good thing. The first is usually a clear case of the director and screen writers taking themselves too seriously.

In a creative effort you must take the effort seriously. No matter how trite or lightweight the subject, it is important that it be done well. Never take yourself seriously.

Casablanca was the film it was because of the cast. In the hands of lessor actors I think it would have been a lessor film. Ronald Regan was the first choice for Rick. When Lauren Bacall was brought on board they thought Regan was too much of a lightweight and got Bogart. Casablanca stands above becasue of excelent casting. Not just those two either, but the whole of the cast.

Sascha
07-19-2011, 04:00 PM
When the meaning and the message bury the first object of any film, which is to be entertaining, which they did, yes they are getting in the way. You can have a film with meaning and message and that is relevant, but it has to entertain first.
And here we have the root of the problem. Like every other communication medium, movies have multiple goals, among them to entertain ("amuse"), to inform, to persuade. Each of these goals are compatible with the others, so you can get, as you say, entertaining films with information and/or a persuasive argument. That does not, in any way, dictate that *all* films have entertainment as their primary goal. See "documentary," for proof of concept, as a film with the primary goal of information.

Even if we accept that premise, it still has a major problem: what's entertaining (read: "amusing") is subjective. It's going to vary from culture to culture, sub-culture to sub-culture, individual to individual. How I'm reading your argument is "movies today fail to entertain tesral, thus they suck," which is not really an argument against the quality of major Hollywood releases. It's really more of an insight into the tastes of a individual, and not very indicative of larger trends. (Incidentally, you get the same problem with gauging quality of persuasive films. Informative films are the only ones that can be objectively analyzed for success at their primary goal.)

tesral
07-19-2011, 11:01 PM
No you're not quite getting my point. A great many movies fail to entertain me, like horror, and romantic comedy. This does not make them "not entertaining". I can accept that a film can entertain even if I personally do not care for that genre or even that film. Tastes differ. This is why we have more than one book or more than one film. Tastes differ. I don't consider my tastes are universal. I am speaking of films that failed ot entertain as their first concern. It is good to inform, or be relevant, but you must entertain.

Even a documentary must engage the viewer; that is be entertaining. It is possible to present factual, even interesting information in such as way as to make sane people blow their brains out rather than continue to watch it. Take for example the way schools present math. Why do so many students hate math with a purple passion? Because math is taught without passion. With some very notable exceptions. Lucky students that get those teachers. The wrong presentation can make any subject dry enough to suck the life out it it and you.

My personal taste in film are to intelligent comedy and action or edutanment; that engaging documentary I spoke of. I love the old Loony Tunes. I can slip a few DVDs of the classics in and spend a whole evening at it. The James Burke series "Connections" and "The Day the Universe Changed" are good examples of entertaining documentary.

Umiushi
07-27-2011, 03:04 AM
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi, again. That was a long movie! Long enough to make me search for a list of longest traditional or digitally painted animated feature films. I thought the Great Internet would deliver the answer to me right away, but it proved to take a little bit of doing. The results were inconclusive, but it seems safe to say that at 163 minutes, Disappearance is solidly among the top five.

While I enjoyed it enough to look forward to watching it again, I had some trouble getting through a couple of scenes the first time. It's better the second time around, though. There's definitely more detail to notice. At the risk of an incidental spoiler, this sure seems to be my year to watch time travel shows.

Umiushi
08-07-2011, 02:55 AM
War of the Worlds (2005). Awful. The best I can say about it is that it felt Spielberg took The War of the Worlds license to wrap around the disaster movie he wanted to make with his typical dysfunctional family motif. When I looked it up, I was just a little bit flabbergasted to discover that the film was a critical success. Even Highschool of the Dead is better in that the writers seem to have thought out reasonable answers to the question of what happens in an existential catastrophe, while in War of the Worlds, events only occur to shoehorn the characters in the direction the story's going.

Sascha
08-07-2011, 09:56 AM
Captain America - How can you tell a supers movie is good? When you can't get that silly grin of childlike wonder off your face, and it's a character you never really cared about before. Captain America is that kind of movie :p


War of the Worlds (2005)
Disappointing film, indeed. There was a good movie in there somewhere, but somehow managed to elude the camera.

liza2010
08-08-2011, 05:53 AM
Last night i watched Harry potter and DH pt 2...

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
08-08-2011, 12:56 PM
Company Men.

Simon W
08-17-2011, 04:25 PM
The Good, The Bad & The Weird - loved it

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
08-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Fever Pitch, the British version.

latinformonsters
08-22-2011, 02:27 AM
I just watched Winter's Bone, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1399683/) it was pretty bleak and beautiful visually. Altogether I'd say it was quite well done. It's not my typical choice, but I noticed it was on instant watch, so I went for it. I haven't seen a movie in theaters since The Dark Knight.

Umiushi
08-22-2011, 03:44 AM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part Two. I found it quite good. As the final movie in the series, it hit all the right notes for me. Overall, I'm really impressed with the Harry Potter movies: the worst ones were at least decent, and how many series of eight or even six movies can make that claim? As an additional benefit, a number of scenes gave me some inspiration for possible set piece encounters.

AnnieBerries
09-13-2011, 04:58 AM
Last movie that i watched was Spy. It is the story of a Spy,Bob who hide his identity from his girl friend and she went out of town. Bob has to take care of her children. but when she came to know about the truth she asked him to stay away from her and her children's life. In the end, Her children insists her to get married to Bob.

Umiushi
09-14-2011, 05:18 AM
Gurren Lagann the Movie: The Lights in the Sky Are Stars. It's the second and concluding Gurren Lagann movie. As a pastiche of super robot tropes, I can't really get much out of the characterizations, but as a mecha tall tale, it is unparalleled.

363636
09-14-2011, 11:21 PM
i dont remember which i wated first, but last night i watched some sort of a artsy short film based in a psychiatric hospital that for the life of me i can not remember what it was called, and of course the great Pink Floyd The Wall (possibly the greatest film of all time)

rabkala
09-15-2011, 11:46 PM
I was disappointed by Captain America The First Avenger.
I kind of liked Cowboys And Aliens.
I enjoyed Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Malruhn
10-15-2011, 11:12 PM
I saw Real Steel with one of my kids tonight - and it was GREAT! Yes, it was a predictable retelling of Rocky 1, but it was very nice. I recommend it!!

Dark
10-17-2011, 06:40 PM
Yeah I thought so as well.

Malruhn
01-30-2012, 01:29 PM
My zombie/(non-sparkly) vampire/werewolf-loving daughter and I went to see Underworld: Awakening that was just released. It was two hours of OMG great movie - with sixty seconds of "Ooh, we're gonna set up a TV SERIES" at the end that ruined the ENTIRE thing. While I admit that Kate Beckensale was just as hot as ever, it just wasn't worth it.

Oh, and India Eisley that played Selene's daughter is HAWT. Sure, she PLAYS a 12-year old, but she's 18... so I'm not truly being a perv. She played the smart-mouthed sister in The Secret Life of an American Teenager. She's one to watch for the future.

I couldn't place the Vamp coven leader until I looked it up - he is Charles Dance, whom I remember fondly as the bad guy with the glass eye from The Last Action Hero.

I just wish the last 60 seconds didn't destroy the franchise for me so totally.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
01-30-2012, 01:36 PM
Red Tails. 3-Stars.

I'm looking forward to the prequel to Alien to be released this June. One can only hope it will be better than the prequel to The Thing that was released last year.

briangriffin
02-15-2013, 03:49 AM
This is 40 watched last night online with my friends. Great entertaining movie we enjoyed a lot.

Malruhn
02-16-2013, 10:46 PM
This past weekend, I went to see Warm Bodies - a ROM ZOM COM (Romantic Zombie Comedy). It actually worked very well. It was mildly funny throughout - with a few absolute SCREAMER funny moments - It had typical teen angst romance - and it had brain-eating zombies... as well as "Bonies" (zombies that no longer shuffled around looking for brains, they stripped their zombie skin off and were FAST and actually frightening.

Yup - good movie. I recommend it - and I recommend it at FULL theater pricing!! (Not many get that recommendation!!)

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
02-19-2013, 04:03 AM
Prometheus. Next up, today: Lake Placid: The Final Chapter. Yes, I'm probably going to regret that one.

Jeffrywith1e
02-19-2013, 09:59 AM
Prometheus was cool.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - the 1979 animated film.

Here are my extensive recently watched films - http://letterboxd.com/jeffrywith1e/films/diary/

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02-19-2013, 10:09 AM
If you have't already, check out the animated movie, Jeffrywith1e: Fire and Ice.

collinwills
02-20-2013, 03:37 AM
Zero Dark Thirty is the last movie watched by me online with my friends. In this movie i like Jessica Chastain the most. This was an entertaining movie, enjoyed a lot.
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02-21-2013, 07:58 AM
The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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04-07-2013, 12:05 PM
Snitch was the last movie watched by me. 8/10 :)
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Jeffrywith1e
04-07-2013, 12:12 PM
Finally saw To Kill a Mockingbird. Great film.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
04-08-2013, 10:26 AM
Saw 'The Croods' a few days ago. Kids loved it.

nijineko
04-09-2013, 12:38 PM
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi, again. That was a long movie! Long enough to make me search for a list of longest traditional or digitally painted animated feature films. I thought the Great Internet would deliver the answer to me right away, but it proved to take a little bit of doing. The results were inconclusive, but it seems safe to say that at 163 minutes, Disappearance is solidly among the top five.

While I enjoyed it enough to look forward to watching it again, I had some trouble getting through a couple of scenes the first time. It's better the second time around, though. There's definitely more detail to notice. At the risk of an incidental spoiler, this sure seems to be my year to watch time travel shows.

i believe the longest animated feature film is akira, the original uncut and unedited version that is almost impossible to find.


we also watched the croods recently. amusing and light-hearted for the most part despite being about the "end of a world"... sorta. the hands bugged me, though. laughed at all the mother-in-law jokes.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
04-09-2013, 12:46 PM
I'm looking forward to catching the remake of Evil Dead, in theaters now. Hopefully by this weekend, at the latest.

Two more movies coming out in the next month or two are the two science fictions movies, one with Tom Cruise, and the other with Will Smith. These two fine actors should draw in a respectable budget for their respective movies. Well, lets hope.

Malruhn
04-11-2013, 10:29 PM
When it came out, I saw Warm Bodies - the rom/zom/com. It was actually kinda cool - AND it gave some interesting fodder for a zombie-apocalypse... eat the brains, get the memories. Remember that secret passage that allowed you to sneak out of the keep? Well, now the zombies know it, too!!

I recommend buying it when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Good flick. Some VERY funny one-liners.

Thorn
04-13-2013, 02:54 PM
The Avengers movie, I thought it was interesting.

Thorn
04-14-2013, 05:48 PM
The movie Steel base on the D.C. comic book hero.

nijineko
04-16-2013, 09:37 AM
re-watching the fringe series. playing 'spot the observers' with the wife. ^^ there appears to be one in every episode....

jpatterson
05-09-2013, 02:39 AM
Oh, good, apparently movies watched at home count, because I can't remember the last movie I saw at a theater. Literally. Definitely over a year ago. Okay so. Last movie. New movie I presume.

The Hobbit? Yes that sounds right. I thought it was fairly solid. I was disappointed in the blatantly cheaper look and feel of it, and the rampant CGI, but overall there were enough creative touches to keep it interesting.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
05-09-2013, 08:37 AM
Watched Evil Dead, Jack Reacher and Oblivion in the last few days. All were good.