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 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

His Girl Friday (1940) - 7/10
I'm tempted to give it even lower than a 7 because some aspects of the film were a bit annoying to me but I recognize that sometimes when a character really makes you angry it means they did a good job acting. So much manipulation by some characters that I was surprised to see in something from the 40s. Smart writing and some fantastic editing keep it moving. Just when it starts to drag it picks up.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

His Girl Friday (1940) - 7/10
I'm tempted to give it even lower than a 7 because some aspects of the film were a bit annoying to me but I recognize that sometimes when a character really makes you angry it means they did a good job acting. So much manipulation by some characters that I was surprised to see in something from the 40s. Smart writing and some fantastic editing keep it moving. Just when it starts to drag it picks up.


Haven't seen it but I love the remake Switching Channels with Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner, and Christopher Reeve.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Blue Jasmine 8/10

I loved this movie. Cate Blanchett was tremendous as were the rest of the cast. I'll no doubt expound further on this film...

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

From the trailer Blue Jasmine looked mostly like a depressing film about crazy characters fighting all the time. Is the end result different?

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

From the trailer Blue Jasmine looked mostly like a depressing film about crazy characters fighting all the time. Is the end result different?

lol You just watched "His Girl Friday" which was a movie--though not depressing--about crazy people fighting all the time. I can still see Roz Russell tackling that guy...and the guy hidden in the roll-top desk. I think it's time for me to revisit that Hawks masterwork.

I won't get into detail about Blue Jasmine in this thread since things move rapidly here and I also don't want to ruin it for the one other person here who may want to see it, though I will gladly discuss it with you and anyone else in another thread. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

You can put it in spoiler tags. But yeah the irony of the similarity of those two movies is pretty striking. I wish I could remember who suggested that I watch His Girl Friday. I ought to give them a smack.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Rock & Rule: 8-10

I rank this film higher more for it's artistic accomplishment than it's over all story. The film has little in the way of plot and the male lead is not really likable. Thankfully he takes a back seat to the female lead Angle whom is a more sympathetic character.

Speaking of characters they could have fleshed out the character designs a bit. They are not very appealing to look at. Especially Omar and Angles faces. The other characters are decent enough.

I know the film is called Rock and Rule, but the soundtrack is annoyingly loud. I don't necessarily mean the music. (Seems like there are a lot of screaming in this film.) Though there are some wonderful sound effects too.

This brings me to what I do like about this film. It is a cross between a Disney film and an Anime film. (Think of Disney doing Heavy Metal) It's a more adult film which thankfully doesn't go to far into the gutter. (like they do today) Character animation is fluid and expressive, but a bit under defined.

A lot of attention went into the over all production. It has liberal amount of effects animation, details such as airbrush shading on the cels, innovative use of computer graphics (for it's time). Back lighting for realistic glow effects. They photographed models and transferred them to cels for mechanical objects like hover crafts.

Taking it to another level they photographed cotton balls, (stretch out into interesting shapes) then shot them out of focus on glass to represent clouds in the sky. They also photographed real cow brains and used it as texture for the monster from another dimension. This film artistically has a lot in common with Fantasia in many respects.

There are some genuine funny moments. Character driven humor too. Not the tired cut and paste jokes we've been hearing in every film for the last 20 years. Mok surely goes down in animation history as one of the greatest villains- Expertly voiced by Don Francks. He is both a gentlemen and a mad man.

To my knowledge the film went straight to cable and home video. Sadly the dismal box office failure of another highly anticipated animated film, The Secret Of NIMH just a year before sealed it's fate.

One other note, the film was released just three years ago on BluRay. It is already OOP and going for huge bucks on the secondary market. roll eyes

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Elysium (2013) 6/10
Even though I didn’t particularly like everything about “District 9? I recognized the elements that led some Hollywood executive to give the director, Neill Blomkamp, money to make a big budget action movie. His mech fights showed us a different side of the science-fiction spectacle movie, specifically mechanical effects that looked really cool. I was hesitant coming into “Elysium” but I am now more convinced that Blomkamp has skills as a director. He also has a great eye for special effects and action sequences but would do well to bring in a writer to help him on his next movie.

Given the obvious social commentary in “District 9? I was not surprised by the social commentary dripping off the “Elysium” trailer. I am not convinced much by the message “Elysium” pushes, so perhaps that was what kept me from liking the movie more than I do.

In the future presented in “Elysium”, earth is an overpopulated slum. Anyone with enough money to escape lives in a separate orbiting habitat called Elysium where they have a machine capable of curing people of any illness. It appears as if there is no cost to running these machines and yet the citizens of Elysium keep these to themselves. In order for the machine to even function to cure someone from Earth, it must be tricked with a fake Elysium ID.

Matt Damon plays a worker living on Earth who becomes terminally ill through an accident at work and decides to fight his way to Elysium at all costs so that he can be cured. We are treated to some exciting action sequences as he fights the people sent by Elysium to stop him. “Elysium” is one of the more gory action films I’ve seen in recent years, although the action sequences are relatively short. People are blown to bits on screen a number of times in detailed ways that you rarely see on screen these days. The fight scenes are impressive and include a fight scene between two people in exoskeletons that make them extra strong.

Ryan Amon wrote a pounding rhythmic action score for “Elysium” that blends orchestra with synthesizers. The music is a typical modern action score complete with wailing woman, heavy horns, and string ostinati. It does its job with the film and fits with its futuristic setting but doesn’t really stick with you after the film.

Though I enjoyed the movie overall, there were a few things that bothered me. For one, there were a few spots where characters behaved so stupidly that you could tell they it was only so that certain plot elements could work out. I won’t bother explaining these in detail but this is why I suggest that Blomkamp should hire a writer. Still, the most glaring annoyance with the film involves the medical machines. Though there is no apparent cost to using them, nobody on “Elysium” bothers to offer access to the people of Earth. This could simply be attributed to their lack of caring for the poor unwashed masses of Earth, but it also doesn’t seem to be in their best interests to withhold care.

For one thing, since they rely on the people of Earth for labor and manufacturing, it can’t be beneficial to simply let them die. Furthermore, since it seems the only thing that makes the people of Earth want to disrupt the balance of life on “Elysium” is their need for medical care, it would placate the masses if they had maybe one machine per country. The machines cure people so fast it wouldn’t take long for all the people with terminal illness to get cured.

Despite its flaws, “Elysium” displays some interesting ideas of how the future might look with the assistance of technology. It is interesting to watch all the little aspects of tech that make their world different. The action scenes are also unlike anything I have ever seen before on screen. Though we may see a number of movies featuring exoskeleton fights in the future, this is the first I’ve seen, and it is really cool to watch. If you are a science fiction fan and can ignore some of the more annoying aspects of social commentary in the film, it is a solid summer film and worth watching in theaters.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Great review Sirusjr. Very informative. I read all the great stuff about District 9, but I couldn't stand it. Turned it off after 20 minutes. I thought it was pretentious, and I did not find the "unscripted it's really happening now" documentary approach credible at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

To me, the best part of District 9 was about the last 15-20 minutes, but by then it was too late to save the movie. As soon as I saw the trailer for Elysium, I had to roll my eyes at the obviousness of it all and thought, "More lame social commentary BS." The symbolism was as heavy-handed as a George Romero movie. Pass.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Count me in among those who found D9 stupid. Sure it has good if not strong ideas and themes but once Wikus becomes a Prawn Hybrid, the film goes to hell and becomes idiotic.

- Really, the guy is the FIRST case of this and was filmed during work and no one watches the footage?

- The government is quick to whisk him off and have him test weapons but they too are stupid to not track his movement for the last 24 hours.

- They want to dissect him to study him... really? That would be like dissecting a dog's nose to see how it works and then try to fuse it with a human and mind you, Wikus is the first and thus ONLY link they have but once he runs its "just kill him"

And the things that happen to keep the story moving:

- A Baby Prawn happens to know how to work and pilot a machine that predates him but naturally does it at the last moment when needed.

- The exo-suit has a protection A.I. that saves our heroes in the nick of time.

- Our hero can barely stand conflict but becomes an all out killing machine in the third act.

It certainly brought the GORE and ULTRA-VIOLENCE but nothing else. Glad to read others found it as stupid as it was.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 6:10 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

RED 2 -- 7/10

This is a fun and silly film that thankfully doesn't take itself to seriously and is just as fun as the first film with the same humor and action that made the first one such a welcomed surprise.

Loved it.

PACIFIC RIM -- 7/10

While the script has some serious problems [a lot of which feel like scenes were cut] this is still a solid action film with some pretty impressive action scenes. I personally enjoyed the hell out of it and the score but it does have it weak points but still, this thing has more heart than all of the TRANSFORMERS combined and I would rate it with REEL STEEL as proof that CGI can in fact have heart especially with the right talent behind it.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Just makin hashtag reviews

Red 2 7/10 ***
#funny #silly #likedit!

Space Battleship Yamato. 2/10 *

#emo #kimura #johnnies #crying #cheesyvideogamelikebattles #haircareproducts #gatsbylooseshuffle #crying #angryfemale #stirringspeeches #crying

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Funny, I didn't hate District 9 because it was stupid. I didn't get over how much I hated the main character enough to dissect how stupid it was. If I had I might have realized that the movie was poorly written and skipped on Elysium but then I would have missed the fun for what was there.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I really enjoyed District 9.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

(revisit)
The Faculty (1998) -- 9.5/10
Love this film!


I saw the second half of this on cable one day. What struck me was the scene with the naked girl. She was completely naked but they digitally removed her nipples! It was so damn weird. They should have just re-cut or re-crop the film so you only saw her from the neck up if nipples are so offensive. Were her nipples digitally covered up in the theatrical version of the film?

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


I saw the second half of this on cable one day. What struck me was the scene with the naked girl. She was completely naked but they digitally removed her nipples! It was so damn weird. They should have just re-cut or re-crop the film so you only saw her from the neck up if nipples are so offensive. Were her nipples digitally covered up in the theatrical version of the film?


Were you watching it on basic cable? Because the basic cable version of Showgirls supposedly put digital bras and panties(!) on several of the naked women in the film.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


I saw the second half of this on cable one day. What struck me was the scene with the naked girl. She was completely naked but they digitally removed her nipples! It was so damn weird. They should have just re-cut or re-crop the film so you only saw her from the neck up if nipples are so offensive. Were her nipples digitally covered up in the theatrical version of the film?


Were you watching it on basic cable? Because the basic cable version of Showgirls supposedly put digital bras and panties(!) on several of the naked women in the film.


Yes, it was TNT or something. Not HBO or Showtime. I know they censor on basic cable but it was weird they were alright showing the entire upper torso, I think some full nudity shots from a distance too. Of course there was an over all blurriness to the scenes. Ive heard they started to actually digitally remove nipples even from theatrical edits. So that is why I was asking.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 8:48 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Jack Reacher (2012) -- 6/10

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Were you watching it on basic cable? Because the basic cable version of Showgirls supposedly put digital bras and panties(!) on several of the naked women in the film.

Yeah, Showgirls' digital bras and panties were pretty funny. They weren't even that well done. When a girl was standing in place, they would shift around slightly like they couldn't stay still. Kind of like how the characters' outlines on Ed, Edd & Eddy would seem to be in constant motion. LOL!

 
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