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Old 10-13-2007, 11:31 PM  
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Yeah, so I saw a lot of movies this weekend.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Mediocre, at best. Slow and dragged on. Shorten it to 2 hours and it's golden. It's not, so it fails.

Michael Clayton - Amazing. Everything about it is awesome. However, it's VERY complex and mind bending. You have to think, so be prepared. I still feel like I'm missing key details of exactly what happened. Gotta see it again.

Across the Universe - Perfect is one word that comes to mind. It just works. And, contrary to many people I bet, the movie is best viewed sober. Trust me.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:36 PM   #3136
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There were cool action sequences and it did fit with the overall mythos of the series
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:38 PM   #3137
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I liked the third one. If nothing else than for the really well done fight sequences
I didn't mind the third one - it was okay. But it's shit compared to the first two, and was utterly unnecessary.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:42 PM   #3138
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I didn't mind the third one - it was okay. But it's shit compared to the first two, and was utterly unnecessary.
I agree. Did you like the new one? I haven't seen it yet out of fear of it being a **** storm
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:45 PM   #3139
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I agree. Did you like the new one? I haven't seen it yet out of fear of it being a **** storm
No. I heard it sucked, decided to hold out for the DVD.

The Terminator series is now like the Alien series - they should have stopped after the second one, but kept wanting money.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:47 PM   #3140
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I've seen the Terminator and Terminator 2 6 or 7 times each, and I'll probably see them again. I saw Terminator 3 once. That'll be it.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:50 PM   #3141
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There were cool action sequences and it did fit with the overall mythos of the series
I didn't fit with the overall mythos of the series. The entire point of 1 and 2 is that we CAN change the future, that nothing is set. No. 3 totally spat it the face of that.

And T:S was quite possibly worse than Kingdom of the Crystal Crap.
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I've seen the Terminator and Terminator 2 6 or 7 times each, and I'll probably see them again. I saw Terminator 3 once. That'll be it.
Good man.
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No. I heard it sucked, decided to hold out for the DVD.

The Terminator series is now like the Alien series - they should have stopped after the second one, but kept wanting money.
The only Alien movies I didn't care for were Alien 3 and the first AVP. The second AVP was in my opinion everything we could have wanted from a vs movie between the two. I also liked Alien Resurrection, but that could be my man-love for Joss Whedon (who wrote it) and also for Ron Perlman who is great in almost anything
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I didn't fit with the overall mythos of the series. The entire point of 1 and 2 is that we CAN change the future, that nothing is set. No. 3 totally spat it the face of that.

And T:S was quite possibly worse than Kingdom of the Crystal Crap.
I'll NEVER watch that one. As I've said before, it's like Alien 3 - in my universe, it simply doesn't exist.
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The only Alien movies I didn't care for were Alien 3 and the first AVP. The second AVP was in my opinion everything we could have wanted from a vs movie between the two. I also liked Alien Resurrection, but that could be my man-love for Joss Whedon (who wrote it) and also for Ron Perlman who is great in almost anything
Ripley and Hicks made it back to earth, got married, adopted Newt, and they all lived happily ever after on a fat settlement from the Company.

The End.

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Old 07-28-2009, 01:58 PM   #3146
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Ripley and Hicks made it back to earth, got married, adopted Newt, and they all lived happily ever after on a fat settlement from the Company.

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Old 07-28-2009, 02:53 PM   #3147
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Today I watched Chariots of Fire.

It's a fine sports movie, one that really stresses the pursuit of individualistic excellence that sports demand. It's also a fine religious movie, focusing on both the problems faced by minority religions and also the unwavering value some of the greatest individuals place in religious faith.

It's a period piece, set just after the Great War, and some of the movie feels ancient. Would people feel that it is an honorable thing to not run on the Sabbath in our time? Doubtful. Most would probably consider that fundamentalist drivel. The movie wants us to honor that though, and for that, the movie is commendable. In our time, most stores are open on Sunday, and some of the most watched sporting events like football and Nascar are played and celebrated on Sunday. The sacredness of things in life is dying, and that is nothing newly revealed, but should often be deplored.

Patriotism is very elemental in the movie. The British Empire is a thing of glory that is desired to be protected. To those in power, it was important that runners ran for that, not for themselves or their beliefs. In the end, the feeling to me was that the individual still triumphs over all setbacks, and still the Empire remains unweakened, the old order remains content. Everyone's happy! But in reality, the sun was setting on the British Empire and other forms of European imperialism. Nationalism between the two world wars was very high on both the European continent and outside of it. In some cases, it was a positive display of self-determination and independence, like in India or a number of Eastern European nationalities. In other cases, it regrettably turned itself into a monsterous corrupted state, like Germany. In this movie, everybody comes together for a huge hug and tea. The Jew is happy, the Scot is happy, the Prince of Wales is happy, even the Arab trainer is happy.

The film tries to show how sports can conquer all divisions. After a Jew wins a medal, we can assume that things are now great for Jews. That's far too simple. It's like saying Jackie Robinson or Jesse Owens or Louis Armstrong ended black racism in our country. They were significant, no doubt. But presenting them as the cures for problems distorts the realities of the NAACP or Martin Luther King or the more liberal Catholic priests and nuns coming into existence demanding racial justice. Of course, we need ourselves to be aware of the history to actually critic it's artistic representations. What was the experience of Jews in England compared to the Jewish experience in the notoriously anti-Semitic Germany? Probably much better. And probably better than the black experience in America. But still a problem. Why else would there be any conflict in the story then about a man and his Jewish tradition and identity? And we can certainly tell that the Olympics didn't help Jews outside of perhaps the Jews of the winning team or of that country. We know that in Europe, things got much worse for Jews.

A movie can't say all of this, but it shouldn't distort realities in the presentation of hope and inspiration. Hope must be based on some reality. Taking these into account, I don't think there is enough serious historical analysis and reflection to make Chariots of Fire the great and serious film that deserves its accolades.

But it still has a lot going for it, including the individualistic themes of honor and perseverence and religious background. Also, some of its historical ancedotes are very interesting, like the baggage guys who fought in World War I. The music is done by the same man who did Blade Runner's. It is great and iconic, and is similar to Grant Wood's American Gothic in the amount of parodies it inspires. It is a solid family movie, and one that wishes to stir the soul into action and perhaps can come close.

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No. I heard it sucked, decided to hold out for the DVD.

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BALE FAIL. It was horrid. Absolutely ****ing horrid.

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Are you ****ing stoned? The first one was good. The second one sucked a ****ing butt.
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BALE FAIL. It was horrid. Absolutely ****ing horrid.



Are you ****ing stoned? The first one was good. The second one sucked a ****ing butt.
Are you serious?! The first one had off-screen kills, no creativity, and it had the main chick and the predator practically running hand-in-hand away from an explosion. That movie was an extreme piece of garbage. The second one stuck with all the rules and mythos of both series as well as used weapons from the series in new and innovative ways. It was violent and at points super f&cked up like the originals. Plus it had the balls to do it in a city setting.
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Are you serious?! The first one had off-screen kills, no creativity, and it had the main chick and the predator practically running hand-in-hand away from an explosion. That movie was an extreme piece of garbage. The second one stuck with all the rules and mythos of both series as well as used weapons from the series in new and innovative ways. It was violent and at points super f&cked up like the originals. Plus it had the balls to do it in a city setting.
Who cares if Timmy the ****ing pizza delivery boy and his high school friends get wacked for the 900th ****ing time in a movie?!?!?

Perfect opportunity to introduce a Predalien, and FAIL!

FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!
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