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Summer Blockbusters 2008
Topic by: hamano
Posted: May 9, 2008 - 4:50 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 18, 2008 - 3:22 PM PDT

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kaream
post #41  on May 21, 2008 - 8:35 PM PDT  
Kinda off-topic for a *2008* Summer Blockbusters thread, but I got inveigled a couple of evenings ago into watching Live Free or Die Hard -- surely the most recent movie I've seen so far -- and I loved it. None of us could stop laughing, virtually the whole way through. This is what comedy should be. In some ways Willis reminds me of Buster Keaton, the Great Stone Face.
Cinenaut
post #42  on May 23, 2008 - 9:52 AM PDT  
Any Indiana Jones reports? I haven't seen it yet.

I've heard lukewarm reviews from viewers who were over ten years old.



Yeah, Live Free or Die Hard was a fun popcorn movie. A lot of modern movies (including those by Jackie Chan) owe a big debt to Buster Keaton.
Vanamonde
post #43  on May 23, 2008 - 6:53 PM PDT  
Oooops, I am sorry. I have had that Ms. Conception for years and it is time for a divorce. I could swear that I saw a picture of Gillian Leigh Anderson in an ad with the Austin Symphony Orchestra but it was my foggy mental. Gillian Leigh Anderson's official web site is free off any orchestras and I find that Gillian B. Anderson has been conducting for years and also worked for the Library of Congress in the music dept.

Gillian Leigh Anderson is the one who ruined the English dub of "Princess Mononoke" by making the She-Wolf goddesss sound exactly Dana Scully.

I am now enlightened. Thank you!
Vanamonde
post #44  on May 26, 2008 - 8:13 AM PDT  
What a weekend for motor sports! Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600, and "Speed Racer"

I did not ask a lot of "Speed Racer". I am soooo glad I saw it on a great DLP screen - with four times the rez of HDTV and a brillant picture.

"Speed Racer" RAWKS! A lot of the action is hard to follow but what the hell, I am an old guy and this is common. Especially with cartoon physics. But John Gaeta is a genius and the art direction of the film is a hoot! And look who is in it! John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox and yes, Christina Ricci is HOT! She was born to play Trixie - and she does the job as well as she did Wednesday Adams only she gets to smile.

I just have one complaint. The Brothers are of a younger generation than I and use the guitar solo from "Freebird" in a comic moment. Bad juju. This much malaligned song is scared to many of ole farts and is played at many funerals. But is is over quickly, it is truncated.

SEE IT

See it on the best possible screen. It will lost sooo much on the small screen. And you will not be able to rent the 3840 x 2080 pixel version! Not unless you own a DLP theater. And it you get just 10 people at a showing, like when I saw, you will lost your butt.
hamano
post #45  on May 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM PDT  
Saw Indy Jones. Was amusing. Ford was OLD! Ending sucked. New kid ready to take over (possibly).
doozer
post #46  on May 27, 2008 - 12:14 PM PDT  
> On May 26, 2008 - 8:13 AM PDT Vanamonde wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> What a weekend for motor sports! Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600, and "Speed Racer"
>


Ironically I caught bits of both the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 and did not watch a bit of Speed Racer!

While on the subject of Indy though, I finished off my birthday Saturday night by passing out in front of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
AstroAppa
post #47  on May 27, 2008 - 4:35 PM PDT  
didn't really like indy to tell you the truth...I really really wanted to, but couldn't get myself to do it. Without giving too much away, all i can say is indy didn't feel like indy to me, no edge.
Battie
post #48  on June 2, 2008 - 7:40 AM PDT  
The Andromeda Strain was silly, but entertaining (up until the whole double-sacrifice thing at the end that was simply idiotic and so manly).

The more I see of Wall-E, the more I wanna see it. It's looks so cute! (And you guys know my reaction to CGI movies these days..) Wall-E, along with The Happening, are currently my most looked-forward-to movies. The Dark Knight might be #3, or Wanted.

It's not exactly a summer blockbuster, but The Lost Boys: The Tribe comes out on DVD in July. I'm honestly not sure what I should do. On the one hand, I know it'll mostly be rubbish and I'll probably wanna scrub myself clean after watching it. On the other, I can't resist the idea of a sequel (even if it is twenty years later). Throw in the two Coreys (I guess the hissy fit Corey H. threw netted him a reprisal), and I'll end up grabbing it the day it hits DVD.

Judging by the one trailer out so far, it does seem to have some of the tone of the first (but I'm betting it won't be nearly as cool). Sadly, a few shots remind me of The Covenant and like films. D:
troublemaker
post #49  on June 2, 2008 - 10:56 AM PDT  
> On May 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Saw Indy Jones. Was amusing. Ford was OLD! Ending sucked. New kid ready to take over (possibly).
> ---------------------------------

I'll be honest, I came in ready to hate on Shia but he pulled off his character perfectly. He had all the smarm and charm of the Harrison of old.

I can't fully decide my stance with the new Indy film. Some things I felt they did right, others.. just left me speechless in the direction in which the film went. I remember hearing all the squabbling early on about how Lucas would not approve of the script that Frank Darabont wrote for the fourth film, and finally both Spielberg and Lucas agreed on the storyline which we are seeing now that was written by David Koepp. In one way, given Spielberg's history and his past interests it completely makes sense that they allowed Indy to fall into this new territory. (For those haven't seen it yet, I'll be mum about saying anymore).
Battie
post #50  on June 2, 2008 - 11:23 AM PDT  
And I'd also like to add..If it weren't for Angus Sutherland in the trailer (insanely hot, seductive voice - shouldn't be surprised given who is father is), I wouldn't likely be a tenth as interested as I actually am. Boy is smokin'. (Yes, boy, even though he's older than I am, ha!)
underdog
post #51  on June 6, 2008 - 2:43 PM PDT  
Kung Fu Panda was much better than I expected!

Wrote little review of it here.
As I say there, it's no masterpiece but is supremely well designed in look, has some great comic set pieces, lovely characters and voice cast, and all in all is great fun. Even if predictable, even those predictable parts end up being fun because of its wit. And no annoying modern pop culture references!
hamano
post #52  on June 7, 2008 - 6:52 PM PDT  
I agree! Two Radial Sesamoids UP on Kung Fu Panda. I took my kids this morning and I enjoyed it immensely, especially the fight choreography. The last couple of years I've been paying particularly close attention to fight choreography in anime (Black Lagoon, Soul Eater) for some reason unfathomable even to me, and I was very happy to be watching Kung Fu Panda.

They also showed the trailer for the new animated Star Wars movie... for a second I thought the characters were going to be Legos....
hamano
post #53  on June 7, 2008 - 7:36 PM PDT  
> On June 2, 2008 - 10:56 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I remember hearing all the squabbling early on about how Lucas would not approve of the script that Frank Darabont wrote for the fourth film, and finally both Spielberg and Lucas agreed on the storyline which we are seeing now that was written by David Koepp.

During the Clone Wars trailer they showed Lucas talking about it, and you know how he used to look a lot like the Ewoks? I was shocked to see he's now developed more of a Jabba-look... he's not suffering from goiter, is he?
underdog
post #54  on June 13, 2008 - 4:32 PM PDT  
The reviews are starting to come in for the latest M Night Shylaman:

"M Night Shyamalan's latest movie, The Happening, is not merely bad," writes the New Republic's Christopher Orr. "It is an astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined.... So rather than write a conventional review explaining why you should or shouldn't see The Happening (trust me, you shouldn't), I'm offering an alternative: A dozen and a half of the most mind-bendingly ridiculous elements of the film, which will enable you to marvel at its anti-genius without sacrificing (and I don't use that term lightly) 90 minutes of your life. As this is intended to be an alternative to seeing the actual film it is, of course, overflowing with spoilers."

But then there's:

For the New York Times' Manohla Dargis, The Happening "turns out to be a divertingly goofy thriller with an animistic bent, moments of shivery and twitchy suspense and a solid lead performance from Mark Wahlberg. Much like Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix in Signs, which this film resembles in mood, effectiveness and flaws, Mr Wahlberg fits into the Shyamalan universe comfortably. He rides the spooky stuff with as much ease as he does the jokes, the manufactured sincerity and cornball messages."

If you see it, let me know if this is fair or not...

(Taken from GreenCine Daily)
Battie
post #55  on June 13, 2008 - 8:38 PM PDT  
BIG FAT WARNING: While there are major spoilers in this post, I suggest you not read it until after you've seen the movie. If you walk into the theater already knowing what I (or others) have found flawed, it WILL spoil the flick. Trust me on this. I found the movie flawed, but wanna see it again anyway (but then, I wasn't analyzing the damn thing to death).




You know, to an extent, I agree with the first (bad) review. There were some cringe-inducing moments (and I don't mean good cringe, like the mower scene - I pulled my hoodie over my face cuz I didn't wanna see the gore), but I don't think The Happening was meant to be like his other films. Honestly, if someone had shown it to me and told me who directed it afterwards, I'd have been surprised for about 10 minutes.

I think everyone has this expectation for his films to be absolutely mind-boggling amazing. Both entertainment and food for thought. Truthfully, while I've occasionally enjoyed his trips into la-la land (Lady in the Water and Signs, especially), I watch his films for entertainment value. I like how he can take a scene and make it creepy when most hard-core horror directors can't make me cringe and jump worth a damn. So, coming out of The Happening, I was both disappointed and happy.

First, the disappointment. There was no 'trick' ending and no drawn-out revelation of wtf is going on. And I absolutely love that about his films. You're told, very early on, what's happening (which is a pity - I think the film would've been a lot better if it'd been revealed much later). In fact, that first reviewer brings something up about how the main characters travel that could've been explained by the LACK of explanation (ie, if they don't know what's up, their idiocy is excusable to a point).

I can't say I enjoyed any of the performances (though Wahlberg occasionally surprised me. but let's face it - he needs to be playing jerks, not cool HS science teachers). Okay, Legiuzamo always makes me happy, but I have a crush on him. Go figure. Alma and the actress who played her made me want to hurl things at the screen (do women like Alma actually exist...and if so, can we kill them?). I found the little girl to be a convenient plot device (and given how much I truly despise children, a hated plot device). SHE DIDN'T EVEN SPEAK! And truthfully, how the little girl ended up with Wahlberg was the only moment in the film where I took a step back from the movie (suspension of disbelief went bye-bye) and asked, "Why? How idiotic was that?" The plot itself was both kind of original (kind of) and completely ridiculous (I disagree on the wind thing, however).

All the extra characters that were there for more than the 30 seconds it took to die were...Okay, lemme rephrase. I'd have enjoyed the movie better if those scenes involving those characters were cut. They really served no purpose.

Honestly, the movie was an utter failure when it came to plot and script. I'm not sure what he was thinking. It reminds me a bit of the Dawn of the Dead remake where the first 10 minutes are awesome, and then it starts going flat.

Now the happy: Unlike Dawn of the Dead, The Happening doesn't go flat. It just never gets as cool as the first 10 minutes. The failure of the plot and script (mostly the script - though there were some insanely hilarious and eerie lines throughout) were, to my mind, saved by the direction (or cinematography - maybe both). Some of the shots were just horrifying, to be honest. But maybe I'm sensitive, heh heh. Mostly, though, it conveyed a sense of 'WTF?'. Who knew you could make a pretty, open field in sunlight seem so scary?

And I admit it, (barring the weird marital crap that was PURE crap), the ending rocked. Take that (name withheld to avoid spoilers)!


Anyway...if you're going to the movie for great plot, script and acting (a la The Sixth Sense and Signs), you will be unhappy. If you're going to be entertained and maybe creeped the hell out, you should enjoy. Unless you're lame.

I say go just so you can learn about all the different ways you can die. And you know, so you'll look around you after the movie and think, "Am I being plotted against?" Muwah!

It is a pity that he's yet to produce anything comparable to Signs (which is still my favorite, YES), but it's also a little silly to expect constant greatness from anyone. At least he's not making me want to go out and kill people like some movies. And at least his movies aren't completely inane pieces of crap (The Incredible Hulk - and no, just because Edward Norton is starring does not mean it's worth a single CGI dollar). I will take The Happening over every major release out in theaters right now. Twice!
Battie
post #56  on June 13, 2008 - 8:59 PM PDT  
I fully expect one of the following to be my favorite for the summer:
Wall-E (kind of surprised on that one), Wanted (yeah, yeah, Matrix-esque bullets, blegh), Dark Knight

Runners up:
Swing Vote, The Happening, Hancock

Wild cards:
Brick Lane, The Last Mistress, The Lost Boys 2 (what? It COULD capture the greatness of the first...unlikely, but possible), Babylon A.D. (directed by the guy who directed Gothika - which was actually not that bad)


I'd put Blindness in the first category, but it doesn't open till September (though trailers are already in theaters), which makes it a Fall release (along with a lot of other films that sound *really* good - think Malkovich and the Cohen brothers).


(Does anyone remember the controversy over Hounddog? It's out July 18th.)
Cinenaut
post #57  on June 13, 2008 - 10:23 PM PDT  
I think I spotted boom mikes in at least five different scenes during The Happening.

And I couldn't help but laugh out loud during the scene where they watched the video on the iPhone. That was quite unintentionally funny. "WHAT KIND OF TERRORISTS ARE THESE!?"



Battie
post #58  on June 14, 2008 - 12:50 AM PDT  
> On June 13, 2008 - 10:23 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think I spotted boom mikes in at least five different scenes during The Happening.
>
> And I couldn't help but laugh out loud during the scene where they watched the video on the iPhone. That was quite unintentionally funny. "WHAT KIND OF TERRORISTS ARE THESE!?"
> ---------------------------------

You know, I don't think it was unintentionally funny. There were a lot of moments like that where you just wanted to arch an eyebrow. I think he was playing with the audience, yeah? The average Joe isn't very clever (sorry, it's true - just cuz you don't like being dumb don't mean you ain't). So those kind of statements might, in such a situation, be made. Yet the fact that this mythological beast called Terrorists probably couldn't have done what was on the video would be obvious to the non-average Joe, making the terrorist comment hilarious. I think he was playing the audience. (Also, whatever the Terrorists might be after, I doubt it would ever be to make people do, specifically, what that dude did.)

That said...I think at least half the audience laughed in my theater. XD (Including me.)


I sorta wonder if that swing scene was meant to be a statement on parenting. Or maybe on stupid women.
Catullus
post #59  on June 14, 2008 - 4:09 PM PDT  
> On June 13, 2008 - 8:38 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Anyway...if you're going to the movie for great plot, script and acting (a la The Sixth Sense and Signs), you will be unhappy. If you're going to be entertained and maybe creeped the hell out, you should enjoy. Unless you're lame.
> ---------------------------------

Im the lamest of them all because I dont waste my time going to see uninteresting movies that are made by horrible directors. Honestly I liked the review underdog posted because it exemplifies the directors lack of talent.

To put it bluntly, he might be the worst director making "big" movies out there that the margin by which he is the worst is actually impressive.

Battie
post #60  on June 14, 2008 - 4:58 PM PDT  
> On June 14, 2008 - 4:09 PM PDT Catullus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Im the lamest of them all because I dont waste my time going to see uninteresting movies that are made by horrible directors. Honestly I liked the review underdog posted because it exemplifies the directors lack of talent.
>
> To put it bluntly, he might be the worst director making "big" movies out there that the margin by which he is the worst is actually impressive.
> ---------------------------------

Ahem. Uwe Boll. Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Louis Leterrier. The Wachowski brothers (save for V for Vendetta, which I actually loved).

I know there are plenty more out there. That said, I'm not sure how he ever got lumped into this 'omg, he's super talented' category. I've enjoyed most of his movies, but the thing is, all of his movies are popcorn fare. Popcorn movies aren't supposed to be brilliant. It's why they're shown in the summer, instead of the fall. I mean, c'mon. He wrote the screenplay for Stuart Little. How does THAT scream greatness?

That said, I think he's a perfectly fine director. But maybe he should hand the bulk of the writing over to someone else. I find Mark Wahlberg to be, at best, a one-trick pony. At worst, he's a no-talent actor who should've stuck to modeling underwear cuz I sure as hell don't wanna see him in movies. And yet, in The Happening, there were moments where he was convincing. Not very long moments, but I was genuinely surprised he could act AT ALL. To date, none of the movies I've seen him in made me impressed, including The Departed.
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