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#3461 velocity

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 08:36 PM

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Way better than expected. Who's better than Jeff Daniels
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:31 PM

saw 23 last night and i can't say i would recommend it on an f/x sunday afternoon. that's disappointing because i ain't no jim carrey hater.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 01:29 AM

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 12:35 PM

thinking about catching a matinee of michael clayton today at 1 or 4 by myself...has anyone else seen it? Is it worth my $5.50 (I have $20 to get me until thursday)?

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 02:23 PM

thinking about catching a matinee of michael clayton today at 1 or 4 by myself...has anyone else seen it? Is it worth my $5.50 (I have $20 to get me until thursday)?

Totally worth it. It will be one of my favs for the year. At it's heart it is a pretty straightforward thriller/legal drama. But it is exceptionally well done and acted. The sort of movie that you'd think would be effortless for Hollywood to put out on a regular basis, but it just doesn't happen.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:24 PM

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The thing that was contrived and made the remainder of the movie dismissible was
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 04:42 PM

It's a Drebin Day...

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:22 PM

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Way better than expected. Who's better than Jeff Daniels

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The thing that was contrived and made the remainder of the movie dismissible was
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Maybe but,
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 10:13 PM

Hahaha, OK, I can see that.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 03:53 PM

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Twilight Zone - the Movie

Haven't seen this in like, oh, 20 years - and I've never seen the widescreen before. It's held up pretty well - in fact, some parts are actually brilliant in terms of production + style. Of course, since the film is a bunch of short stories you can only review it in pieces, so:

The intro is great, up til the reveal.

The 1st episode: You know, all the controversy surrounding the death of Vic Morrow makes it hard to be objective about this. You don't get to see the finished product since they were unable to complete filming, so what wound up onscreen is an attempt to show a story - any story - through creative editing. Does it work? Not really. However the acting + set design are well done, and it's also mercifully short. Interestingly enough, it's the only original story presented (the other 3 being remakes of classic TZ episodes) and maybe that is the problem: it contains elements of several old TZ stories, but falls apart under its own ambitions as Landis visibly attempts to make something truly unpleasant for us to endure, only without the proper ending to make it a satisfying ride. Supposedly this piece caused Spielberg to terminate his friendship with Landis (and boy wouldn't you have looooooved to be a fly on the wall for that argument!)

The 2nd episode: Spielberg in all his sentimental glory but it's really Scatman Crothers who makes it all work. Way back in tha day, we all thought this segment was decent-but-hallmark, but I must admit it's aged quite well. In fact, I might venture to say it's one of the best pieces Spielberg's ever produced. Beat-perfect timing from start-to-finish, a musical score that rivals John Williams & some terrific use of anamorphic lenses to accent the performances. Nice.

The 3rd episode: Ok, this is where the film actually gets to where it should have been from the first minute. Joe Dante swoops in with a psychedelic reinvention of a boy who can make the world anything he desires by pure thought. And if said boy is infatuated with cartoons (because "anything can happen in a cartoon") you're in for a dangerous time. Using radical camera angles, colorful lighting, and a killer cast - Dante makes a story that will both excite children + freak out adults. But the real star is the constant stream of cartoons showing on TVs throughout: drawing from a massive animation library Dante is able to make the sound effects, dialogue, + music an integral part of the story. Seriously - once you get to the house, pay close attention to the details in the background - they're what makes this segment worth repeated viewing.

The 4th episode: John Lithgow kicks ass right outta the gate as the proverbial white-knuckle airline passenger who is a genius on the ground but a terrified little boy on a plane. A stellar performance, enhanced by constantly moving camera angles, subtle lighting effects & a perfect supporting cast. Sure, the premise is a bit silly - which makes this even more of a successful achievement as an exercise in tone. George Miller really needs to get back into this sort of work & quit treading water with kid's films.

The outro: predictable yet fun.

All in all, it's nice to finally have this on DVD (and it's a clean print, solid colors + sounds throughout). Pity there's no bonus materials outside of a weak trailer. With all the controversy surrounding the film's creation you'd think that someone would have put together some fascinating documentaries - or at least show some of TZ's influence throughout history. Would've been fun to see interviews with William Shatner + John Lithgow discussing the parallels between the two versions of their story and so forth. Ah well.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:02 PM

I remember the reviews for this saying the Dante and Miller segments were better than the ones from the more seasoned Landis & Spielberg ones (and I still believe this). Odd how in these multi-story, multi-director movies that the less experienced (at the time) directors usually get the thumbs up in the initial critical reviews. (Compare with Four Rooms or New York Stories...)

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 01:44 PM

the naked kiss. not sure why i watched this movie again. the great opening scene perhaps.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 02:25 PM

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God I love this mini-series. I've probably seen each episode 6-7 times now but I can't get enough.
I'm introducing all of my roommates to it right now.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:58 PM

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God I love this mini-series. I've probably seen each episode 6-7 times now but I can't get enough.
I'm introducing all of my roommates to it right now.



The interviews with the vets make me weap like a baby. My grandfather was in the 82nd in WWII, and that footage really hits me hard sometimes.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 11:19 PM

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Third time I watch this movie. It's just terrifying.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:56 AM

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Third time I watch this movie. It's just terrifying.


Impawards viewers, he is referring to 28 Days Later.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 09:35 AM

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Eastern Promises
Excellent film. Cronenberg delivers again with Viggo in a role even stronger than "A History of Violence". Probably Cronenberg's most straightforward narrative, even if he hasn't really employed any of his usual kinks. Naomi Watts is cast well, and the supporting cast is equally strong. I can't say too much about the story, but I highly recommend it.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 12:45 PM

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i catch parts of this from time to time on the Discovery Channel. at every viewing i'm still amazed at how amazing the shots of birds in flight are. its so unlike anything i've ever seen before that it makes it appear fake.
i should probably set the DVR to record this so i can watch the entire thing.
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 09:53 PM

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Average at best. You've seen it all before. When is Clooney going to play against type? I'm so bored with his smug, cocky characters (Clooney playing himself). Tom Wilkinson was good - an Oscar bait type role.

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:39 AM

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