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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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author topic: Summer Blockbusters 2008
doozer
post #81  on June 16, 2008 - 8:36 PM PDT  
> On June 16, 2008 - 8:10 PM PDT Battie wrote:
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> Did he REALLY have a heart attack?
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He truly did. When they ambulance was taking him away they almost ran down some kid on a bike. It was early on in the movie too so they just started it over. I can't remember the exact scene but I know whatever it was made me jump and my friends made fun of me.

I was around 19 and from what I remember Asian horror wasn't really a big deal in the area at the time. Audition was a lot of peoples first taste of it and they really hyped it up. A group of my friends went and all the girls except for me backed out at the last minute so I got made fun of extra for being jumpy.

I loved it though, it was the start of something beautiful (my J-horror obsession). Most of us worked at some electronics store at the time and we were selling Apex DVD players that by some flaw played any region DVD. We snagged a couple before they were pulled from the shelves. As soon as I got it home I bought a bunch of region 3 j-horror DVDs from Hong Kong for like 5 bucks a piece. It was before they were released region 1 obviously. Even if they had them available in America at the time it was still probably cheaper.

Sigh. Memories.
hamano
post #82  on June 17, 2008 - 12:49 AM PDT  
> On June 16, 2008 - 8:10 PM PDT Battie wrote:
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> > On June 16, 2008 - 2:27 PM PDT doozer wrote:
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> > Shannyn Sossamon?
>
> Shannyn. She's total eye-candy. :P

She's a bit skinny, but nice looking. I thought she was pretty good in A Knights Tale, but recently she's been slumming on TV....
Battie
post #83  on June 18, 2008 - 1:48 AM PDT  
> On June 17, 2008 - 12:49 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> She's a bit skinny, but nice looking. I thought she was pretty good in A Knights Tale, but recently she's been slumming on TV....
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Yeah...Moonlight whatever was a low point for anyone.
underdog
post #84  on June 18, 2008 - 10:41 AM PDT  
> On June 17, 2008 - 12:49 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> > On June 16, 2008 - 8:10 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On June 16, 2008 - 2:27 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Shannyn Sossamon?
> >
> > Shannyn. She's total eye-candy. :P
>
> She's a bit skinny, but nice looking. I thought she was pretty good in A Knights Tale, but recently she's been slumming on TV....
> ---------------------------------

No love for her work in Wristcutters A Love Story? Interesting little movie, she was pretty good in it, too.
Cinenaut
post #85  on June 18, 2008 - 4:46 PM PDT  
Has anybody seen The Incredible Hulk yet? Any opinions?

> On June 18, 2008 - 10:41 AM PDT underdog wrote:
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> No love for her work in Wristcutters A Love Story? Interesting little movie, she was pretty good in it, too.
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She was one of the best things about Wristcutters...

The plot just kind of falls apart there towards the end, but otherwise it was a fun flick. It would've made a good drive-in movie once upon a time.
underdog
post #86  on June 18, 2008 - 6:15 PM PDT  
> On June 18, 2008 - 4:46 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> Has anybody seen The Incredible Hulk yet? Any opinions?
>
> > On June 18, 2008 - 10:41 AM PDT underdog wrote:
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> > No love for her work in Wristcutters A Love Story? Interesting little movie, she was pretty good in it, too.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> She was one of the best things about Wristcutters...
>
> The plot just kind of falls apart there towards the end, but otherwise it was a fun flick. It would've made a good drive-in movie once upon a time.
> ---------------------------------

(It seems funny to be talking about Wristcutters in the Summer Blockbusters thread, heh.) But yeah, I agree, it's 2/3 of a good movie. I liked the cast of characters but there are some scenes that just don't work. But for awhile it's pretty cool. And she was lovely and good in it.
doozer
post #87  on June 20, 2008 - 10:26 AM PDT  
> On June 18, 2008 - 4:46 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> Has anybody seen The Incredible Hulk yet? Any opinions?
>


I caught it with a friend because he had to write a review for it and he didn't want to go alone.

I was very skeptical because The Hulk was incredible when I was about 9 years old.

It was alright. Forgettable. Unless you're a HUGE Hulk fan I would wait for DVD and maybe have it as one of those queue buffers (you know, that movie you add while you're waiting for the movie you *really* want to see). It wouldn't be an act of contrition if you miss it, that's for sure.

I like comics, but some I left behind as a kid. Like The Hulk and G.I. Joe.

But that's just me, I didn't waste my time with Iron Man either for the same reason. Well that and Tony Stark is a fascist. Everybody else seemed to love it.
hamano
post #88  on July 3, 2008 - 10:03 PM PDT  
Based on a glowing review I heard on Fresh Air on NPR (David Edelstein practially DROOLED his enthusiasm for Angelina Jolie's performance) I went to see WANTED. It was a fun enough film, but sorely lacked any character/acting/script/plot depth. Heck, the nerd turned warrior plot was practically identical to the Forbidden Kingdom film with Jet Li and Jackie Chan. It didn't help that the lead actor looked a lot like the Peter Parker character from the Spiderman films...

Someone has to take Angelina Jolie to a bunch of buffets.... I kept staring at her sticklike wrists and forearms... she was like a skeleton with boobs. Anyway, the NPR review led me to believe it would be a real breakthrough in kinetic film-making or something, but despite all the slickness it wasn't as exciting as the first time I saw John Woo's Hard Boiled... And when are directors gonna realize that slo-mo tracking of bullet trajectories are as old as SNIPER (starring Tom Berenger! 1993!) and pretty much has been a joke since right after the first Matrix film? I should have read the Mark Jenkins review (on the same page as the Fresh Air audio review) first...

So I was disappointed with WANTED but I stuck around to see Hancock, despite some rather lackluster reviews... like this one by Kenneth Turan. But SURPRISE! I really liked Hancock! You think it's some kind of comedy at first, but deep down it's a superior version of all the angsty Marvel-super-hero films that have been coming out over the last few years. The script did seem to have some problems with consistency but thanks to some GREAT acting by Charlize Theron and Will Smith I came out of the theater feeling really happy. It was fulfilling in a way that Iron Man and Spiderman and even Ang Lee's Hulk and certainly none of the Xmen films ever managed. I'd rank this one right up there with Tim Burton's first BATMAN film and The Incredibles... It was a little bit Edward Scissorhands, too. It wasn't the jokes or the action that really made Hancock, but the love and loss and longing.

Weirdly but understandably, Hancock is being marketed like some big summer blockbuster film, but Hancock is a curious film that I think a lot of mainstream critics are misunderstanding. It's sort of an anti-summer-blockbuster. To really appreciate it you have to pay attention to a LOT of subtle stuff going on in the quiet moments when characters are turning away or looking off in the distance or not speaking. When they might be trying to remember something, or trying to figure out a nagging feeling. Then the twist ending, which seems to have thrown so many critics for a loop, makes a great deal of sense and just makes the climactic scenes sorta special.

So MANY films, like M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, might have been rescued by an ending this good...

My advice for now is to skip WANTED (unless you have some immediate need to see dozens of people get beaten and shot) and go see Hancock. But if you go see Hancock don't take your eyes off Charlize Theron right from her first appearance (how hard would it be to follow THAT piece of advice?)... it's not just some "Jungle Fever" vibe that's going on!
hamano
post #89  on July 6, 2008 - 3:46 PM PDT  
so did anyone else see any films this weekend?
AstroAppa
post #90  on July 6, 2008 - 8:04 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2008 - 3:46 PM PDT hamano wrote:
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> so did anyone else see any films this weekend?
> ---------------------------------

Wall-E...I liked it, especially the opening short. the next two weeks are gonna be good movie-wise. Hellboy and Dark Knight. I didn't think i could get anymore excited for Dark Knight but with all the great reviews coming in i dunno...haha. What do you guys think of Journey to the center of the earth. The only way i would watch it would be in 3d, and it looks like it could be fun...
weezy
post #91  on July 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM PDT  
> On July 6, 2008 - 8:04 PM PDT AstroAppa wrote:
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> > On July 6, 2008 - 3:46 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > so did anyone else see any films this weekend?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Wall-E...I liked it, especially the opening short. the next two weeks are gonna be good movie-wise. Hellboy and Dark Knight. I didn't think i could get anymore excited for Dark Knight but with all the great reviews coming in i dunno...haha. What do you guys think of Journey to the center of the earth. The only way i would watch it would be in 3d, and it looks like it could be fun...
> ---------------------------------

I saw Wall-E too! LOVED IT. Almost unbelievable how a movie with such few words could capture the attention of a theater full of kids. Pixar rules.

Last week I saw "Encounters at the End of the World" - I wish Herzog was my eccentric grandpapa. My tummy hurt from laughing at a few golden Herzog moments. And the cinematography was amazing. Highly recommended.
Cinenaut
post #92  on July 8, 2008 - 9:19 PM PDT  
Wall-E was great. When the DVD comes out, it would be nice to be able to pore over some of the frames of animation because they are so rich with detail.

Hancock started out good but then just kind of degraded into a mediocre Hollywood movie.
hamano
post #93  on July 9, 2008 - 6:14 AM PDT  
> On July 8, 2008 - 9:19 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wall-E was great. When the DVD comes out, it would be nice to be able to pore over some of the frames of animation because they are so rich with detail.

I saw Wall-E with the kids yesterday... lots of Mac jokes in there, the iPod for watching musicals, Wall-E's startup sound... Apparently the voice of the First Mate computer on the bridge was completely generated by a Mac's voice synthesizer. No voice actor at all.

> Hancock started out good but then just kind of degraded into a mediocre Hollywood movie.

Hmm... most critics I read seemed to think it degraded into an incoherent mess. I disagree completely. I thought the first half and the second half worked well organically as one film. However, I thought the film got MUCH MORE interesting after Hancock and Mary started confronting each other. But even that was an extension of stuff that happened before in the film, from Mary's first introduction to the restaurant dinner scene where Hancock dined with Mary and Ray.

I might have to go back and rent Aeon Flux, which I skipped when it came out theatrically...

Battie
post #94  on July 9, 2008 - 7:16 AM PDT  
> On July 9, 2008 - 6:14 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> I saw Wall-E with the kids yesterday... lots of Mac jokes in there, the iPod for watching musicals, Wall-E's startup sound... Apparently the voice of the First Mate computer on the bridge was completely generated by a Mac's voice synthesizer. No voice actor at all.
>

I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd want to own Wall-E, but it's the only CGI kid flick to-date that I really enjoyed without any 'meh' after. It was genuinely cute.

> I might have to go back and rent Aeon Flux, which I skipped when it came out theatrically...
> ---------------------------------

Don't bother. Theron can sometimes pull acting talent out of her ass, but mostly she stands there and tries to look pretty, but with none of the style and flair Angelina has.
hamano
post #95  on July 9, 2008 - 11:33 AM PDT  
> On July 9, 2008 - 7:16 AM PDT Battie wrote:
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> Don't bother. Theron can sometimes pull acting talent out of her ass, but mostly she stands there and tries to look pretty, but with none of the style and flair Angelina has.

Hmm... must be a chemistry thing. Theron has almost always clicked with me, going back to even Mighty Joe Young, while Angelina always left me a little cold. She always seems vaguely "reptilian" to me.
Vanamonde
post #96  on July 9, 2008 - 5:54 PM PDT  
> > On July 8, 2008 - 9:19 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Wall-E was great. When the DVD comes out, it would be nice to be able to pore over some of the frames of animation because they are so rich with detail.
>
I KNOW! Did anyone see that billboard for B'n'L's Reused Food? Ewwweee.

I almost enjoyed it. It hit a bit close to home. Probably not a bad thing but....

I am huge. Way overweight. It is a struggle.

"Now, mother, tell your children, not to DOOOOO what IIII have done...."

I was expecting pure escape and get confronted with the 500 lb. gorilla in my living room that I try to ignore. Still, I have to recommend it to any who has a kid or was once a kid. It was masterful in DLP.
hamano
post #97  on July 10, 2008 - 5:35 AM PDT  
I don't think you're the only one, Vanamonde... When we came out into the light after WALL-E we were in the middle of a herd of roundish parents and their roundish children clutching their almost empty extra-large cups of soda, squeezing out through the exit door and bobbling toward their cars.

I wondered if the film was poking very sharp fun at its own audience, or if the appearance-conscious Californian PIXAR artists living in Emeryville have no idea what's happening to Americans in the South and SouthEast. Or maybe they just never shop at Walmart....

If WALL-E was hard sci-fi those AXIOMites would have never have made it back to Earth. Their bones would have broken like matchsticks...

Oh, I saw Aeon Flux. The whole film was incredibly moronic. Theron's acting was not even a factor considering the bad script, bad acting, and slothful action choreography throughout. At least she looked pretty good in it!
Battie
post #98  on July 10, 2008 - 4:19 PM PDT  
> On July 10, 2008 - 5:35 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> I don't think you're the only one, Vanamonde... When we came out into the light after WALL-E we were in the middle of a herd of roundish parents and their roundish children clutching their almost empty extra-large cups of soda, squeezing out through the exit door and bobbling toward their cars.
>

I think that was the point, knowing all those fat people would be watching the flick and poking fun knowing they'd already paid for a ticket.

> I wondered if the film was poking very sharp fun at its own audience, or if the appearance-conscious Californian PIXAR artists living in Emeryville have no idea what's happening to Americans in the South and SouthEast. Or maybe they just never shop at Walmart....
>

I think it was poking very sharp fun. :P Notice how the fat folk even sounded vaguely southern and mid-western?

> If WALL-E was hard sci-fi those AXIOMites would have never have made it back to Earth. Their bones would have broken like matchsticks...
>

Indeedy. If you haven't ever walked before...(nevermind the gravity bits).

> Oh, I saw Aeon Flux. The whole film was incredibly moronic. Theron's acting was not even a factor considering the bad script, bad acting, and slothful action choreography throughout. At least she looked pretty good in it!
> ---------------------------------

Well, I liked Theron in In the Valley of Elah, but that's about it. I enjoyed Aeon Flux more for nostalgia than anything, but a second half-look bored me to tears.
Battie
post #99  on July 10, 2008 - 4:20 PM PDT  
Truthfully, I thought 'everyone becomes fat' was the most moronic aspect of the film. It was the primary reason I didn't enjoy it as much.
hamano
post #100  on July 10, 2008 - 8:49 PM PDT  
> On July 10, 2008 - 4:20 PM PDT Battie wrote:
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> Truthfully, I thought 'everyone becomes fat' was the most moronic aspect of the film. It was the primary reason I didn't enjoy it as much.
> ---------------------------------

I thought WALL-E was kinda dumbed down PIXAR... Disneyfied, since they got bought out, maybe? It reminded me of Fantasia... pretty and witty, but intellectually vacuous. Personally I think PIXAR hit a peak with Incredibles and have gone soft since. They're just doing feature-length versions of the cute shorts they play at the beginning. Oh, wait, I really loved Ratatouille, but that was Brad Bird (Incredibles, Iron Giant) again. He can do no wrong.

But the PIXAR films helmed by the PIXAR insiders (as opposed to Brad Bird), Cars, WALL-E, just designed to sell lots of cute toys.... So the last really great PIXAR insider film was what? Toy Story II, I guess. Finding Nemo made the most money.
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