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Old 10-28-2012, 02:42 PM
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I watched 300 for the first time tonight.

It is the most ludicrous example of cultural revisionism since Thrall's "noble savage" retcon. I'm okay with weird, inexplicable zombies, wizards and crab-things joining in, but the Spartan's totally ripped off the Athenian democracy shtick with that bogus council and voting bullshit, not to mention they stole all the glory for themselves at the last stand. Where were the Thespians? They stayed behind, too! They died in that rearguard stand, too! Where's their badass hero-king tribute legend guy? And what about the fleet at Artemision? The way this movie shows it, a ragtag bunch of plucky Spartan heroes single-handedly held off an empire while all the other Hellenes hid and pissed themselves. Athens was totally hardcore. It was totally fucking up Xerxes' shit out at sea, and there's not even a fucking reference to their badass navy and the way they would chase the Persian navy onto land, get off their own ships and slaughter the fleeing enemy sailors!

What a joke. Spartan bias.
You know the movie is based off a comic book, right?
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:58 PM
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What really frustrated me about 300 though is that the Battle of Thermopylae was just so fucking amazing and incredible in real life, and they had to ruin it by adding a bunch of ogres and other nonsense. I'm not a big Frank Miller fan, but his comic played it pretty much straight, and was much better for it.
That's exactly what I thought! The Persian Wars are badass already, you don't need to throw in random, inexplicable eastern mutants to buy a cheap thrill. The Persians were threatening enough in reality. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers clad in their respective cultural raiments from across an empire maybe twenty times the size of Hellas, all of them lined up in front of these paltry thousands of Greek warriors. You don't need masked demons or giant zombies to make that feel threatening, nor some absurdly glorified pseudo-Spartan ethos to make the Hellenes feel heroic.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:11 PM
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You know the movie is based off a comic book, right?
The comic book was actually a lot more realistic from what I remember (I did read it a very long time ago). It didn't have giant ogres and wizards fighting the Greeks.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:03 AM
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Action movies are action based and not historically inaccurate, uptight nerds bothered, more at eleven.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:12 PM
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Out of boredom Iím gonna pretend my opinions matter: top movies of 2012:

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Batman. Bane. Alfred (;_. Christopher Nolan. This things are good things. This movie wasnít flawless but it was pretty damn close. I loved Bane in this, and I loved how much of his character was built up by the cinematography and soundtrack. Shots of him climbing up elevator shafts or sauntering out of the shadows with confidence and strength, when he arrives, you're scared. His charisma and brute strength combine for a phenomenal screen presence. Heís a monolith. Terrifying, cruel and imposing. Villains make movies like this (see: TDK). The opening scene to that movie is one of the most mind blowing cinematic experiences Iíve had the pleasure of rubbing my eyeballs over. They kept up that energy throughout the entire movie and ended with an incredibly emotional bang. The score, the acting (this was without a doubt the best Christian Bale has been as Bruce Wayne, and Michael Caine broke my heart more times than I could count). They really upped the ante with each movie, always bigger and badder than the last. There arenít enough words for how much I loved this movie.

Maybe I just really like Batman.

2. The Hobbit

Dwarves.

3. Wreck It Ralph

I was worried about WIR because movies about video games tend to make me groan and roll my eyes for the whole duration but they strayed away from the tropes that would have ruined it for me. Cameos from characters were background gags more than anything else, they didnít beat you over the head with them. The characters were all fantastic and I loved the way each video game felt like an entirely different universe. Great VA from John C. Reilly.

4. Cabin in the Woods.

Possibly one of the most meta movies Iíve seen in a long while (Adaptation might win though...), this was such an incredible surprise. I don't even remember why I decided to see it, but oh man I'm so glad I did. This movie was just damn clever and I loved every second of it. I donít even want to go into much detail because the best way to see that movie is to not have any idea what to expect!

5. The Secret World of Arietty

Honestly if a Miyazaki film comes out, itís going to be one of my favorites, that shit is guaranteed, I have a pretty strong bias towards animation. This movie was gorgeous. Attention to detail is Ghibliís specialty and they knocked it out of the park when creating a whole world for tiny people. It's just another one of Ghibli's engaging magical adventure that steals you away reality and if you don't like it you're a butt.

Most assuredly had I seen The MasterĒ it would be listed because Iím a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fanboy. I left off Django because I still donít really know how I feel about that movie after seeing it. Honorable mention to Avengers and the first half of Skyfall.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:46 PM
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Does anybody else finds this trailer interesting?

WARNING: NSFW

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Old 01-01-2013, 04:14 PM
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I'm slightly excited about Monsters University...
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:46 PM
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I remember when I went to see the Hobbit, the preview of the new ST movie is freaking long, I even had to go out to see am I in the right theater.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:45 AM
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Right, what this thread needs are top lists, this is not a list of movies you should watch before you die, this is a list of movies you need to watch right the fuck now, they're that good.
I am a harsh critic so the following, in no particular order, are certainly good movies no mater your tastes. Ahem:

-The Game (Micheal Douglass)
-The Prestige (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman)
-The Usual Suspects (Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne)
-The Layer Cake (Daniel Craig)
-The Godfather trilogy
-12 Angry Men (old version, 50 something)
-The Shawshank Redemption (Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman)
-Fight Club (Edvard Norton, Brad Pitt)
-The Score (Edward Norton, Robert De Niro)
-Instinct (Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Goodring Junior)
-Catch Me If You Can (Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio)
-Interview with the Vampire (Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise)
-Once Upon A Time In America (Robert De Niro)
-Fracture (Anthony Hopkins)
-The Devil's Advocate (Al Pacino, Kianu Reeves)
-The Italian Job (Edvard Norton, Mark Whalberg)
-LA Confidential (Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe)
-Rounders (Matt Damon, Edvard Norton)
-Fallen (Denzel Washington)
-The Green Mile (Tom Hanks)
-Inside Man(Clive Owen, Denzel Washington)
-Forest Gump (Tom Hanks)

Right, that should keep you buys for a while, more to come later.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:38 PM
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My favorite

Star Wars all 6 of them


Casablanca(Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman)


Beyond Silence


Schindler's List(Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes)


A Beautiful Mind( Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly)



Life is Beautiful(Roberto Benigni)


Stepmom(Julia Roberts, Ed Harris)



Enemy at the Gates(Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Ed Harris)


Rebecca


Psycho


Vertigo

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Oldboy is a great film. Intense.
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Wasn't that the book written by one of those cracked writers?
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Wasn't that the book written by one of those cracked writers?
Yup.
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I just rewatched The Prestige and oh boy, I nearly forgot how intense the end of that movie is. Shivers down my spine!

"Now youíre looking for the secret. But you wonít find it because of course, youíre not really looking. You donít really want to work it out. You want to be fooled."
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I really hate the end of The Mummy Returns

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:03 PM
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I really hate the end of The Mummy Returns

It was a fitting end. It showed that she didn't really love Imhotep, and just used him.
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It was a fitting end. It showed that she didn't really love Imhotep, and just used him.
She committed suicide for him and asked him not to leave her before he went to face the Scorpion King.
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So I've noticed amongst my friends I seem to be the only one who is shamelessly overjoyed that there are still new PotC movies. Personally, I think they're lying to themselves.
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So I've noticed amongst my friends I seem to be the only one who is shamelessly overjoyed that there are still new PotC movies. Personally, I think they're lying to themselves.
Hmm, I kind of lost interest at the second movie myself. I found it overcrowded with characters and subplots.
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Hmm, I kind of lost interest at the second movie myself. I found it overcrowded with characters and subplots.
I thought the 2nd/3rd movie were much better than the first (at least, I enjoyed them more). They kinda have to be judged together since they're two halves of the same story. Strangely, one of the most common complaints I hear about it is that no one knew what side people were fighting for, which seems pretty damn piratey to me but what do I know.

I enjoyed the 4th one a lot too, it was good of them to get rid of Elizabeth and Will I think, they would have been far too played out (plus, without spoiling much, Will has an awesome awesome awesome story ending that needs to stay undamaged).

I just think it's built perfectly to be a big franchise. The movies are fun, the setting is expansive and can go in a lot of different directions, the main character is compelling and interesting to watch no matter what he's doing, and of course the music is always going to be some of the best adventuring soundtracks you can find. I can't think of a good reason why I wouldn't want to watch more.
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