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Originally posted by Rothko:
The Two Towers was on TV last night. If I had 14 hours of uninterrupted time, I'd pop in the Directors Cut of the entire Lord of the Rings series and watch it all.


The Director's Cut of The Two Towers is much better, imo, than the theatrical release. However, I prefer the theatrical release of Fellowship over the director's cut of it by a lot. I prefer the theatrical release of Return of the King over the director'scut by a little.
while it has it's "pans labyrinth" moments(visually *only*), it is nowhere within that league. in fact, a complete disgusting disaster. and i liked the first hellboy...

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Originally posted by winetarelli:
Actually, it is a Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) movie. Haven't seen it yet but curious. Pan's Labyrinth is my favorite movie of the past few years...
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Originally posted by TBird:
while it has it's "pans labyrinth" moments(visually *only*), it is nowhere within that league. in fact, a complete disgusting disaster. and i liked the first hellboy...

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Originally posted by winetarelli:
Actually, it is a Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) movie. Haven't seen it yet but curious. Pan's Labyrinth is my favorite movie of the past few years...

Tbird-

I thought that it was entertaining and, although I admit that it had some glaring weaknesses, it had some very enjoyable scenes. From a purely visual perspective, it was fantastic. And there were several very humorous moments as well.

I really enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth, mostly because the subject matter was so dark, compelling, and imaginative. Hellboy II could not go as deeply or darkly into the subject matter; too many commercial interests would have been placed at risk.
maybe my expectations were too high, but i was embarrassed for it. but i will easily agree with the 2nd half of your post. Smile

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Originally posted by gigabit:
Tbird-
I thought that it was entertaining and, although I admit that it had some glaring weaknesses, it had some very enjoyable scenes. From a purely visual perspective, it was fantastic. And there were several very humorous moments as well.

I really enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth, mostly because the subject matter was so dark, compelling, and imaginative. Hellboy II could not go as deeply or darkly into the subject matter; too many commercial interests would have been placed at risk.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by Rothko:
The Two Towers was on TV last night. If I had 14 hours of uninterrupted time, I'd pop in the Directors Cut of the entire Lord of the Rings series and watch it all.


The Director's Cut of The Two Towers is much better, imo, than the theatrical release. However, I prefer the theatrical release of Fellowship over the director's cut of it by a lot. I prefer the theatrical release of Return of the King over the director'scut by a little.


Interesting. Why do you prefer the theatrical cut of Fellowship over the Director's Cut? I thought the Director's Cut fills out a few sections that got shortchanged in the theatrical version.
Watched John Carpenter's Dark Star last night. I think I last saw it at a midnight matinee around 1977. Lowest of the low budget sci-fi films. It's fun to watch again just to see what they used for set decorations and props; i.e. upside down plastic ice cube trays and viewmaster reels for control panel buttons, vacuum cleaner hoses, and a duct tape spacesuit with a plastic corn-popper dome for a helmet. Big Grin
I heard he made it in film school, but I don't know for sure.
Still good for a few laughs.

Doolittle: "Bomb, this is Lt. Doolittle. You are *not* to detonate in the bomb bay. I repeat, you are NOT to detonate in the bomb bay!"
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Fight Club.

Geez, that's a strange one. Eek


KSC02 - is this your first time watching this movie? strange gives the feeling that you didn't enjoy this. I thought, and think, that this is a great, great movie. if you didn't hate it, wait a few months and watch it again. I come away thinking that this could solve a lot of our world's problems (the fighting part, not the anarchy and getting rid of credit and government).

Dale
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Originally posted by Dale451:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Fight Club.

Geez, that's a strange one. Eek


KSC02 - is this your first time watching this movie? strange gives the feeling that you didn't enjoy this. I thought, and think, that this is a great, great movie. if you didn't hate it, wait a few months and watch it again. I come away thinking that this could solve a lot of our world's problems (the fighting part, not the anarchy and getting rid of credit and government).

Dale

Not a 'bad' movie, just not my style of movie.
I would be willing to give it a second go again, in the future.

The 'twist' of it all was interesting. Just a bit disturbing I suppose.
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Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
Breaking Away. A classic IMO.

That's one of my favorites, too. Smile
Haven't seen it in ages.


Classic flick. If you haven't had a chance to see it, the Little 500 still runs each Spring in Bloomington, IN, and is a lot of fun to watch. During a workday a few years ago, I met the guy who was the inspiration for the BA lead character, Dave Stoller. Nice guy, teaches high school biology if I remember correctly.
I just came back from seeing the new Bond flick. I found it very entertaining and kept my attention glued to the screen throughout the movie. It opened up a little Bourne'esq, but I'm not one of the purists who takes issue with such things. Overall a very enjoyable movie with enough of the classic 007 elements and characters to know it was a Bond movie.
DVD,
I assume you are referring to the romantic girlie nature of the flick. No doubt Titanic was a bit sappy, but it was a movie designed for the big screen of the theater and was well worth the price of admission when it came out. It's that same grand scale of the set and panoramic views that draw you in and hold your attention in this movie.
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Originally posted by TBird:
god i wanted to poke my eyes(and ears) out with dull toothpicks while watching this one... Frown

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Originally posted by indybob:
Across the Universe.


Yep, it's not for everyone. But I definitely liked it better than you did. My wife loves it, I think parts are very well done (I want you, and Come Together), but parts are just sad (Bono's segment), IMO.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by indybob:
Doctor Zhivago. My first time seeing it. ****


Did you see it on a big screen theater?

I have seen it twice on such, and it is majestic. I seems to show here every couple of years during our classic week.


I did not, unfortunately. 37 inch LCD. It would have been even better. I had the good fortune of seeing Lawrence of Arabia on a local big screen fairly recently, and it was just awe inspiring.
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Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Shawshank Redemption.


Ahhh, one of my favorites. Such a beautifully made film, and with superb acting, especially by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman (great supporting cast as well). I've seen it more than a dozen times and I still get choked up watching the last scene.


Did you ever read the short story by Stephen King?
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Shawshank Redemption.


Ahhh, one of my favorites. Such a beautifully made film, and with superb acting, especially by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman (great supporting cast as well). I've seen it more than a dozen times and I still get choked up watching the last scene.


Did you ever read the short story by Stephen King?


Hate to admit it but I haven't yet.
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Originally posted by duckfaninmt:
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Originally posted by zwine:
Requiem for a Dream


Is that the one with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly? I remember seeing it awhile ago... very disturbing (but definitely well made) movie... I think I'd have a hard time watching it again.


I think you have the right movie but Billy Crudup doesn't act in it. Jared Leto, who does kinda looks like Billy Crudup is one of lead actors. Yeah its a pretty disturbing movie done by Darren Aronofsky based on a novel from back in the 70's which I believe carries the same name.
DD- the magic trick really is the bestsingle scene I've seen in a movie this year. Still makes me chuckle.

Last night: Tropic Thunder

Amusing but not awesome. Worth it for Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise, though.

Tonight: Either stay at home and watch You Don't Mess With the Zohan or go out and see The Tale of Desperaux or Doubt... the three seem like pretty similar movies Roll Eyes Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:
winetarelli, I love Downey's work, but you can keep Cruise.

A couple on my hit list before going back to work on the 5th.

The Reader
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire


I hear great things about Slumdog Millionaire

Have you seen Tropic Thunder? I run hot (well, warm) and cold on Cruise. (Professionally. Personally think he is an idiot.) If you've not, I gotta say... it isn't really a typical role for him. In fact, it is just about the opposite. Even if you don't like him, it might still be worth seeing him do this.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
winetarelli, I love Downey's work, but you can keep Cruise.

A couple on my hit list before going back to work on the 5th.

The Reader
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire


I hear great things about Slumdog Millionaire



Personally think he is an idiot.)


Big Grin

I will check the movie out.
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Originally posted by gigabit:He is clearly incapable of carrying a movie as the lead actor.


Gigabit, I have to disagree with you. Oprah or no Oprah. E Meters or no E Meters, he's one of his generation's premier talents and a bonafide Movie Star if there ever was one. That star may have tarnished a bit, but to say he is incapable of carrying a movie as the lead actor borders on the absurd.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by gigabit:He is clearly incapable of carrying a movie as the lead actor.


Gigabit, I have to disagree with you. Oprah or no Oprah. E Meters or no E Meters, he's one of his generation's premier talents and a bonafide Movie Star if there ever was one. That star may have tarnished a bit, but to say he is incapable of carrying a movie as the lead actor borders on the absurd.

ib-

I believe that you must differentiate between a Movie Star and an Actor. There are a multitude of Movie Stars that possess limited acting ability (i.e. Ben Affleck). I believe that Cruise falls into that category. When he is on the screen I do not believe that he is anything other than Tom Cruise. And when he is paired with another actor that can act, the difference is glaring.

Just my opinion.
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Originally posted by gigabit:


I believe that you must differentiate between a Movie Star and an Actor. There are a multitude of Movie Stars that possess limited acting ability (i.e. Ben Affleck). I believe that Cruise falls into that category. When he is on the screen I do not believe that he is anything other than Tom Cruise. And when he is paired with another actor that can act, the difference is glaring.



I absolutely and completely agree! I could not have said it better myself.

While there are Movie Stars that can indeed act, Cruise is not one of them.

He is pathetic. Tom Cruise plays, Tom Cruise.
Wow, didn't realize there was so much Cruise dislike. I'm not saying he's Depp, or Hoffman (either PS or D), or Daniel Day Lewis. But, I'd hardly call his performances in War of the Worlds, Vanilla Sky, or The Color of Money pathetic. Roll Eyes

I have long thought that Jack Nicholson plays nothing but Jack Nicholson, but I'll admit that he's a very good actor.

Sure you're not allowing Cruise's bizarre off-screen antics cloud your judgement of what's on screen?
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Originally posted by indybob:

I have long thought that Jack Nicholson plays nothing but Jack Nicholson, but I'll admit that he's a very good actor.

I used to say the same about Nicholson until I watched About Schmidt. He actually can play against type brilliantly.

As for Cruise, I did enjoy his cameo in the third Austin Powers movie, along with Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito.
On the subject of Tom Cruise...

I think he has been a very good movie star in certain roles that called for limited acting. Specifically: Risky Business, Top Gun, and A Few Good Men. Additionally, he has shown himself to be a good actor in movies such as Magnolia and Collateral. There are very few movie stars who are also such good actors that you forget who you are watching when seeing one of their movies. And Tom Cruise *certainly* does not fall into this category. But I enjoy some of his earlier work for what it is, and I think he has shown serious acting talent from time to time, though not consistently nor recently. As a person, I thinkwe can all agree he is an egomaniac of the highest order, and, frankly, he strikes me as a bit of a jerk.

Last night saw You Don't Mess With the Zohan. I have to preface this with: I'm Jewish, my ex was the daughter of immigrants from Eastern Europe and Iraq, her step family was Israeli, I have a few close Arab and Persian friends. Soooo... This movie probably hit closer to home for me than for most, allowing me to appreciate the humor more. That being said, I enjoyed it. I laughed out loud several times, though they were not the type of laughs that make you feel good about yourself. Deffinitely glad I skipped it in the theatres, but also had fun. Good *mindless* comedy, but not the type of movie one has to see... just the type of movie that is worth seeing if it is available and you want to watch a mindless comedy.