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#6001 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:12 PM

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Not Cronenberg's best or anything (a bit mainstream for him as well), but this one was entertaining enough. I like Walken and Sheen, and it was a fun film all in all.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:59 PM

Not Cronenberg's best or anything (a bit mainstream for him as well), but this one was entertaining enough. I like Walken and Sheen, and it was a fun film all in all.


Some say it's the best King adaptation (if they don't think Shawshank, Carrie, or Stand By Me are)

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:02 PM

Best as in it stays true? Or that it's of the highest quality?

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:14 PM

Best as in it stays true? Or that it's of the highest quality?


Both (but again, it's a toss-up between fans and critics alike. Personally, I think Stand By Me ranks #1)

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#6005 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:16 PM

Best as in it stays true?


Haha, The Shining gets thrown out right there.

I've yet to see (or even hear much about) Stand By Me.

agrimorfee, you've made it clear that it stays true, how is it as a film in itself?
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#6006 Henrietta

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:19 PM

The Shining is the best King-adaptation, even if it doesn't stay true.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:29 PM

The Shining is the best King-adaptation, even if it doesn't stay true.


Don't get me wrong, from what I've seen, I agree.
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#6008 Agrimorfee

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:35 PM

Best as in it stays true?


Haha, The Shining gets thrown out right there.

I've yet to see (or even hear much about) Stand By Me.

agrimorfee, you've made it clear that it stays true, how is it as a film in itself?


Well....it's not as though Rob Reiner is out to reinvent cinema, but it's a good flick. Fine acting all around by the kids, some of whom wouldn't ever attain the same heights (Hi Corey Feldman!)

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#6009 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 02:37 PM

Well....it's not as though Rob Reiner is out to reinvent cinema, but it's a good flick. Fine acting all around by the kids, some of whom wouldn't ever attain the same heights (Hi Corey Feldman!)


Doesn't stop me from loving A Few Good Men. I'll have to look into renting it (God, is my list piling up).
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:07 PM

My fave King adaptations (and there aren't very many good ones, to be sure):

The Dead Zone (Walken nails the character perfectly)
The Shining (I can't believe King hated Kubrick's version)
Carrie (altho it's gotten kinda creaky in its old age)
Misery (damn near perfect, really)
the Shawshank Redemption (brilliant casting makes up for a less-than-engaging plot)

These days I tend to shy away from King's work since most of it's quite formulaic, but occasionally I get a nice surprise like the Mist or Secret Window (both of which weren't half-bad, altho needed a bit more oomph here & there). I heard the Green Mile was supposed to be pretty good - I just can't stand the thought of seeing Tom Hanks dominate any more films. Dunno why, really - he just comes off a bit too arrogant since he won that Oscar back in the day.

Back to the Shining - yeah, King publicly stated that Kubrick "couldn't make a decent horror film" ( :o ) and then went on to make Maximum Overdrive to try & show the world how it's supossed to be done. Ironic, considering how flat-out horrid that film turned out to be (paging Dr. Hubris.... Dr. Hubris, white courtesy phone, please).
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#6011 Agrimorfee

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:21 PM

The Green Mile is good, as far as King's story goes...folks may get turned off at the Spielbergianess of it, but that's the story, plain and simple. Michael Clarke Duncan was born to play John Coffey. What really peeved King as far as The Shining is concerned is that Kubrick basically separated the evil of the hotel from the Torrance family...in the book, Jack Torrance is an alcoholic and kind of a fuck-up who's getting desperate to repair the damage he has done to his family. The hotel uses those problems to its own ends for survival (and has a much more involved history that is only hinted at in the movie)...but from the moment you see Jack onscreen, you know that that family is fucked beyond help, and it doesn't matter whether or not the hotel is evil, it's just some weird shit that happens to be going on at the same time Jack goes nuts. As a metaphor for the destruction of "the family unit", it's chilling...but it doesn't follow King's real intentions. That was why King had a hand in the ABC adaptation that more closely follows the book. (the endings of the book and both movies suck, though, no getting around it) King will allow almost any of his works get adapted, hence the lack of quality control.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:42 AM

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#6013 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:17 AM

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Just got around to watching this. I'm glad I saw it, and it was pretty good, very good from the perspective of political corruption/intrigue, but I don't think I'll be hurried to see it again now that I have. In some ways, it felt like an earlier, less dense, Syriana.

EDIT- Looking at imdb, didn't even realize this was the same guy who directed Amen., that was another pretty good film. I'd say this one was superior to it, I only found Amen. so interesting.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:44 AM

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Just got around to watching this. I'm glad I saw it, and it was pretty good, very good from the perspective of political corruption/intrigue, but I don't think I'll be hurried to see it again now that I have. In some ways, it felt like an earlier, less dense, Syriana.

EDIT- Looking at imdb, didn't even realize this was the same guy who directed Amen., that was another pretty good film. I'd say this one was superior to it, I only found Amen. so interesting.



I saw Amen in the theater and thought it was really boring! :unsure:

Has anyone seen Mamma Mia! yet?

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:51 AM

Has anyone seen Mamma Mia! yet?


Damo saw it. I'm kinda surprised to be writing that but then who knows what anyone around here really likes anyways.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:03 PM

Has anyone seen Mamma Mia! yet?


Damo saw it. I'm kinda surprised to be writing that but then who knows what anyone around here really likes anyways.



I heard it was awful and without the great music would be completely unwatchable.

#6017 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:13 PM

I saw Amen in the theater and thought it was really boring! :unsure:


I checked it out from my college's seemingly endless supply one boring afternoon. I wasn't that fond of it either, but I find Nazi Germany interesting, so I trudged through it.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:14 PM

I heard it was awful and without the great music would be completely unwatchable.


I've heard some very negative things from some of my friends that are inclined to such movies. When even the interested audience doesn't like it, it's gotta be really bad.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:18 PM

I heard it was awful and without the great music would be completely unwatchable.


I've heard some very negative things from some of my friends that are inclined to such movies. When even the interested audience doesn't like it, it's gotta be really bad.


Inclined to what kind of movies?

#6020 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:21 PM

Perhaps that was a bad choice of words. The friends' whose word I was going on are the theatre going crowd to the extreme. I take part in plays at my college, and enjoy the theatre as much as the next guy, but the people in question know-and need to see-nearly everything. So, when a movie comes out based on a musical, they'll typically be the first in line. That answer your question?
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