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Post by yeshead 777 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:46 pm

Elric and I finally saw the"grand and glorious" epic-as Steve put it! And that's a pretty good description-let me just add "BRUTAL"! And not just in the graphic violence, but brutal in its attack on the emotions and senses. I thought the last 45 min.(while a little over the top at times) was as good as any 45min. on film in recent history-ABSOLUTELY RIVETING! The only thing that deeply distrubed me was seeing young teens in the theters with and without parents!Shameful!
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Post by yeshead 777 » Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:03 pm

My wife and I saw "The pursuit of Happyness" on Friday. Very good and moving-the natural chemistry between Will Smith and his real life son is what makes it so special. Good date movie!
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Post by SuperTed » Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:55 am

MayorOfLongview wrote:Saw Apocalypto last night and thought it grand and gory. Also saw the trailer for The 300. This looks like a fantasy based on the Battle of Thermopylae (which in part inspired Lex Rex). This looks like a really cool movie! Check out the trailer....

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/300/tr ... edium.html
And everyone's already read the Frank Miller graphic novel that the story's based on, haven't they? :P

Saw this trailer before Casino Royale (great movie!) and will definitely plant for it!!

Of course, if they were being historically accurate then the 300 would be in the altogether instead of nifty loin cloths! :twisted:
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:02 pm

Has anyone made it to Pan's Labyrinth yet?
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Post by Bnielsen » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:31 pm

Nope, but I really wanna see 'The Good Shepard'

I'm a huge fan of the cold war/espionage, and this looks great!
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Post by FredProgGH » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:50 pm

Sam Gamgee wrote:Has anyone made it to Pan's Labyrinth yet?
Not showing in Chattanooga; at least not yet. Hopefully the release will go wider if it does well. It's at 99% fresh on Rottentomatos or something insane.
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:15 am

All I have heard is that it's really good but "unimaginably depressing" at the end... Which doesn't say much, and is a matter of taste... It's playing in Chicago, so I hope to go see it soon. I wonder why it doesn't have a wider release? That's odd, especially if it's so good...
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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:51 am

Sam Gamgee wrote:I wonder why it doesn't have a wider release? That's odd, especially if it's so good...
Too expensive and risky for a foreign film. They used to do movies like this, and recently it worked well with Borat; start small, let word of mouth build and then go wider.
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:51 am

Well, I saw it. And I can say with certainty that this movie is definitely not for everyone.

Critics and friends had been saying a mix of "unimaginably sad", "bittersweet", "beautiful", "darkly violent", "you'll cry yourself to sleep tonight", etc. Personally, I thought this movie was deep, sad, beautiful and yet gloriously hopeful. (Note: there is violence, and not in a Gladiator kind, with two guys fighting each other - it's pretty much all helpless people getting tortured - very psychologically frightening rather than the visual gore. If you have no stomach for that, you've been warned.) In fact, I think it's a safe guess to base what your opinion will be on this: Do you like the Silmarillion?

This movie was, in my opinion, almost an illustration of Tolkien's essay on fairy stories, with the kind of feel of the Silmarillion in a less historically epic way. For instance, Tolkien defends fairy stories against the accusation of escapism by saying, “I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used… Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it.” (And there's also kind of a euchatastrophe, depending on your interpretation)

The movie is basically about this girl just after the Spanish civil war who goes with her mother to live with her stepfather, who is leading the extermination of the resistance group hiding in the woods (and finds her circumstances miserable). Meanwhile, she comes in contact with the fairies, who tell her she's really a princess of this magical realm, and she needs to do tasks to prove it, etc... And you'll probably interpret it based on your worldview coming in: are the fairies real, or do they speak to us with something real? Or are they something childish we create to help us cope: is this whole movie about one dillusional dream being crushed? Where is truth to be found - in the primary world, in the secondary world, or both?

I just compared it to the Silmarillion, so it would probably be redundant to say that I found it to be a very moving and thought-provoking movie.
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Post by theHermit » Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:39 pm

I saw Pan's Labyrinth a few days ago during a visit to California and I concur with what Steph has written. Not to be missed folks. Same can be said for Children of Men. See that for the wonderful handheld camera work if nothing else. CoM is based on what I believe is PD James's only sci fi novel.
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Post by Shreddy » Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:04 pm

Fred, the movie is playing at the Rave in Chattanooga.
I saw it with Caitlin yesterday. It's pretty cool. :-)

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Post by FredProgGH » Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:00 pm

Yeah, I saw it Thursday actually! Darker than I expected (don't know why; it IS a Del Toro movie!) but very cool.
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Post by yeshead 777 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:32 am

I guess alot of it depends on your expectations or just general outlook on certain things. I saw it as very realistic fantasy-not necessarily "dark". The "darkness" was rooted in the reality of the visciousness of the villian(the fascist captain), and the light in the fantasy creatures(faun and fairies),but darkness still very much rules this world-but the light gives us hope. So to me, it was more of an upper, than a downer, and I thought the ending was perfect.
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Post by yeshead 777 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:51 am

Saw "Bridge to Teribithia" yesterday with two of my daughters. I enjoyed it alot! A GREAT family flic, but not at all what I expected. Ironically a lot like Pan's Labyrinth-it was alot more story and character development, and alot less fantasy. The child actors did a great job though, and the minimal CGI used was very effective. A very emotional film, considered its aimed at younger audiences, and in a very odd way reminded me of"My Girl"-you'll see what I mean if you see it. Highly recommended for Dads to see with their adolescents or teens!
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Post by theHermit » Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:18 pm

I am looking forward to seeing Bridge to Terrabithia. My daughter and I read the novel this past summer.

Last night the wife and I snuck out and saw Ghost Rider with a couple of her colleagues from the department and we all had a good time. Being the comic book geek that I am, I enjoyed this for being just as corny as the comic. Nick Cage is great in this and I am not always his biggest fan. Sam Elliot and Peter Fonda are fun in this too.

SE: "You alright?"
GR: "I feel like my skull is on fire, but I'm good."

Also saw a preview for the Silver Surfer flick coming this summer. Sweet!
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