- Dec 5, 2008
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The Castle. Funny and interesting movie about eminent domain.
As I recall, the Sixers are not really punished in the book. Wade just gains control of Oasis and bans them all with the implication that he'll keep them at bay in the real world from now on (I always kind of wondered if Halliday's prize was really legal lol, though I guess it doesn't really matter in dystopia land).Iconodule said:Saw Ready Player One last week with a friend. This time, I had actually read the book a while ago- too long to really keep track of where the movie diverges. I felt like the book was pretty badly written but enjoyable enough. I wonder how much lasting power the dystopia/ 80's nostalgia combination will have. Also SPOILER ALERT I found that the dystopian angle was severely undermined by the sudden appearance of righteous police at the end to bring the evil CEO to justice. Everything that happened prior would suggest that government and law enforcement was firmly in the pockets of people like the villain. I can't remember if this was in the book or if this is a Spielbergism.
My favorite part is that the dragon is called the "Ebersisk" in the script because George Lucas had some beef with Siskel and Ebert at the time. I forget what it was since they liked Star Wars (unlike Pauline Kael who got a bad guy named after her for panning it). Just reminds me that George has always been a bit of a manchild, not just in the Phantom Menace era.Iconodule said:Willow
A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good.
+1Iconodule said:Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.
Yeah, same. Though I'm not sure what exactly did it for me (nowadays An American Werewolf in London is probably my favorite example, though I'm not nearly messed up enough to have seen that movie as a kid lol).Asteriktos said:+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling.
I'm sorry.Asteriktos said:I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.
Never played it myself, heh. Probably just giving too much credence to a bad review or LP I watched once.Asteriktos said:Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.
They definitely are, yeah. So that might be it. I recall it was only justified with a vague "psychologists say" it might be harmful. This was in 2005 when the movie came out, but I wonder if anti-trans concerns were also already on their minds.Asteriktos said:I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???
Now that one I did see parts of as a kid (not the mysteriously PG topless scene, though). I remember being fascinated by the "Leech Man" in particular. Thanks for reminding me!Asteriktos said:I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.
Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).Iconodule said:John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
Well, it was only like three words in the middle of Wade's holy litany of the homework that Halliday's vlogs gave him.Iconodule said:No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.
I feel like the effects are integral to the atmosphere. I read Who Goes There? a few years back and was struck by how fairly faithful Carpenter was in the essentials. As far as the gore goes I felt like Campbell was being a bit restrained but a certain gruesomeness seems inherent to the alien's activity.Volnutt said:Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).Iconodule said:John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
I remember liking it a lot, yeah.RaphaCam said:Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.
I started it twice, but it was way too slow for me. And I usually like slow paced films. Maybe I need to try it again.RaphaCam said:Recently watched The Others. One of the best horror movies (if one can classify it that way) I've seen in my entire life. The end is so mindblowing, and simultaneously depressing and lovely.
The answer is monotone. It's monotone. I really hate it when animated movies (dubbed or not) slight actual working voice actors in favor of celebrities with little experience in the subtleties of that kind of acting (Mark Hamill of course, being one of the great exceptions that proves the rule- and he does actually voice the bad guy in Castle in the Sky). Doesn't help that Billy Bob Thornton is another rule in Mononoke.Ainnir said:Nah; I'm not sure there was that much I saw her in. Apart from Eyes Wide Shut, I can't think of another move I've seen her in. But I never tried all that hard to keep up with the latest movies or the latest Hollywood drama. It's hard to get tired of people I intentionally ignore. ;D It was done well, I just dislike horror. Less so than when I saw it, but it's still probably my least favorite genre.
I'd have to watch Princess Mononoke for real and see what I thought. I'm having a hard time imagining her voice in an anime, though.
See also Amerigeddon, the movie so great that Alex Jones just had to cameo.Iconodule said:I've started watching Operation Mekong on Netflix. If you ever wonder what happened to good old jingoistic, dumb, but oh-so-fun 80's American action movies, the answer is that they moved to China.