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    Going to the Movies: past, present, future.

    I love the movies. Film noir to musicals and everything in between. I've started favorite/best film threads in the past, but thought I'd run one that would let us discuss our favorites, fill people in on the best to be had in the moment and get excited about upcoming events.

    Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley have begun filming their parts in the upcoming: Ender's Game movie. If you aren't familiar with the books penned by half the screen writing team for the project's Orson Scott Card and you like a good tale you should get to your local library or bookstore and take care of that.

    This Hunger Games (hate the title) looks more and more interesting as the trailers release, but I don't know that much about it.

    John Carter appears to be suffering a slump in the states, though it's doing good box office overseas. I think they made a tactical mistake in not using a known commodity for the leads.

    So...feel free to discuss anything about the movies you want here.
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    I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did read The Hunger Games series. Collins is trying to make a very interesting point with the books, and I heard that the first movie is very faithful to the book. There were times when I felt like one had to be a young lady, struggling for her place in a pretty cruel world, in order to completely enjoy the series. However, the vast majority of the series is more universal in its scope. The writing isn't going to blow you away, but the story is quite good, and Collins creates a realistic ending to her tale. I'll be interested to see how well the movies are done.

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    I used to watch a lot of movies but for some reason I only show up for the big name fantasy epics or the really oddball titles like Scott Pilgrim. I'm almost all dvd/blu ray in use too, hardly ever go to a movie theater. I've had a blu-ray player since the PS3 came out and here is my list of movies for it:

    Gladiator
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Scott Pilgrim
    The Walking Dead
    Inception
    Paranormal Activity 1, 2
    The Matrix
    300
    Troy
    Alexander
    Despicable Me
    True Blood
    Underworld Series
    Twilight Series (yes I admit it)

    That is all I've picked up in as much as time as blu-ray has been out. I just don't think movies are as good as they were when I was growing up, or perhaps I have less imagination now. Perhaps. I'd rather play video games, they're more interactive. When I do find a movie I love I really enjoy it though, like 300. One of my favorites ever.
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    Meet Joe Black came on AMC HD the other day. Unbelievably good score to that one and one of my favorites. Has a terrific and complicated love triangle and is well cast all around.

    When it first came out I thought it killed itself with a certain scene that happens right near the beginning. An off screen notice of it wouldn't have been as jarring. I spent too much of the film irked by it and settling back into the movie, distracted. The next time I watched it I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film and the time after that I bought it.
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    Anything but Westerns.

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    That is a good one TH, long but good. Got me hooked on peanut butter too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy2006 View Post
    That is a good one TH, long but good. Got me hooked on peanut butter too.
    Great scene. And Pitt really does a good job of playing something unaccustomed to finding itself in so narrowly focused a form. Everyone does a first rate job for that matter. And the score, especially effective for the key moments between the lovers, remarkably so at the end where he partially reveals his actual nature.

    Darn good film. Glad you like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegascowboy View Post
    Anything but Westerns.

    I just can't sit through a Western.




    Er....wait...
    Prolly cos you're too busy changing avatars....

    Anyhoooo, my current gripe with current cinema is the influx of 'reboots' etc. There's films less than 10 - 20 years old that are getting this 'makeover' treatment which is darn annoying. What is the point of 'remaking' 'Total Recall' to point to one such example? I know Hollywood is hardly renowned for originality as forte nowadays but this fad is overshadowing projects simply for bucks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Brain View Post
    Prolly cos you're too busy changing avatars....

    Anyhoooo, my current gripe with current cinema is the influx of 'reboots' etc. There's films less than 10 - 20 years old that are getting this 'makeover' treatment which is darn annoying. What is the point of 'remaking' 'Total Recall' to point to one such example? I know Hollywood is hardly renowned for originality as forte nowadays but this fad is overshadowing projects simply for bucks....

    It's ok Arthur. Very soon Robert Pattinson from Twilight will be staring in one of those remakes. Man, the best actor of our time . You'll love remakes then, buddy.
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    Every now and then I will see a movie that didn't get much press, if any.
    But I grab it because it looks interesting.

    One such move was The Boondock Saints.
    It didn't get much press or reviews when it first came out.
    So, it ended up in the $6 dump bin at the video store.
    Bought it. LOVED it!
    And I was thrilled when The Boondock Saints II came out. LOVED it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quincy View Post
    It's ok Arthur. Very soon Robert Pattinson from Twilight will be staring in one of those remakes. Man, the best actor of our time . You'll love remakes then, buddy.
    Let's just hope he gets killed in it....

    Well this is fun isn't it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Brain View Post
    Prolly cos you're too busy changing avatars....

    Anyhoooo, my current gripe with current cinema is the influx of 'reboots' etc. There's films less than 10 - 20 years old that are getting this 'makeover' treatment which is darn annoying. What is the point of 'remaking' 'Total Recall' to point to one such example? I know Hollywood is hardly renowned for originality as forte nowadays but this fad is overshadowing projects simply for bucks....

    Two words: Spider-man.

    Oh, the next Trek movie is under way as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tambora View Post
    Every now and then I will see a movie that didn't get much press, if any.
    But I grab it because it looks interesting.

    One such move was The Boondock Saints.
    It didn't get much press or reviews when it first came out.
    So, it ended up in the $6 dump bin at the video store.
    Bought it. LOVED it!
    And I was thrilled when The Boondock Saints II came out. LOVED it too!
    Strangely attractive film, though the sequel...(shudders).
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    Are you guys excited for Wrath of the Titans?! I am, I love this kind of stuff. I'm actually going to see that in theaters.
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    Watched Take Shelter the other night. Similar to Sixth Sense or Signs, but good.

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