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« Reply #1515 on: June 21, 2013, 06:01:34 am »
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« Reply #1516 on: June 21, 2013, 09:33:32 am »
Jack the Giant Slayer

Why, why, why, do I keep submitting myself to these fairy tale fantasy movies. I guess I'll run across a gem? I dunno.

Stupid phucking movie about CGI giants against regular sized humans. The characters were, well, characters. Almost cartoonish, like their counterparts... the giants. I can't even say I was entertained. I kept watching the clock. Despite Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane bringing class to this movie, it still was a childs movie.

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« Reply #1517 on: June 21, 2013, 11:49:08 am »
Well, I've been watching quite a few things but freshest in my mind at this moment is a double feature stand up that I wrapped up the night with.  The first was John Hodgman: Ragnarok.  Pretty bloody funny, it was a stand-up night he did on December 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar, talking about... well, geeky stuff, as well as how unrealistic is moustache looks and how someone pointed out it makes him look like the fellow on the Pringles can, and how after the apocalypse you should raise goats (since their unholy faces means you won't feel guilty about killing them) and rabbits (because they're easy meat and one rabbit in every warren has the gift of prophecy-- and his audience GOT the reference! They got REAL obscure references all through the night and Hodgman was genuinely surprised).

The other one was Bobcat Goldthwait... I think it was just called "Bobcat" but I've known this dude was funny for a long time, not just for Police Academy but also his stand-up, one bit he did about a guy getting eaten by a polar bear was on Shorties Watching Shorties so it was all over Comedy Central when I was in college).  Quite funny, and just vulgar and politically incorrect enough.  Totally worth a watch for sure, I feel bad for skipping over it as often as I had.

Checking my discs, I watched The Twilight Zone Movie last night.  Of course I don't remember watching it because it's not that good.  I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one, it was... I don't want to say weak, but it didn't get me like the original series did.  I can totally understand why it was made, but there are whole segments I don't care for (the Vic Morrow one, of course, since it was sadly never finished).  What's funny is that now it feels like a TV show since TV has gotten so cinematic in the meantimes (and that widescreen HD on the blu-ray... it really feels like this is what HDTV would have looked like 30 years ago).  The Spielberg sequence honestly felt like an episode of Amazing Stories.

My fave part?  Probably the cold open with Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd, it lulls you into a false sense of security, but that cut to the demon mask with the terrible dubbed bobcat howl... that still takes me out.  I mean, today it would be like a CGI morph and I'm sure I'd feel the same, I have no idea how to make that TRULY horrific and surprising (I can totally imagine the fangs going right through a fake Albert Brooks head).  I still think, to this day, that Aykroyd's character was also the banshee on the wing of the plane, how great would it be if THAT'S the head he turned into at the start?  He just picks some random schlub to torture to death.

I'm sure it's no secret what a fan of the original Twilight Zone I am (there are a few remake episodes that I like, including the credit card episode) so I was always thinking how to remake the movie.... my first thought would be to get someone like Jon Hamm as the narrator and stick him in a foggy desert.  Then I was thinking there'd be a Rush Limbaugh character who spews hate on the radio and it either becomes "he's Alive!" or the one where the guy shrinks... the ONE plot element I think for sure should happen is the last piece would be the broken glasses, so that Burgess Meredith character should pop up in little cameos in all the stories leading up to that, you think he's going to survive, and of course he gets the final and most famous ending.  It's the ultimate denouement.

You could even build up to that, if that's the "big d" as I call it (so I don't have to try to say or spell "denouement"), then before you have the nuclear war moment, then every story before that leads up to it.  The whole movie could be about this small town where the residents fall into the zone as the world's about to come to an end.  That could be cool.

I also think that Andrew Niccol would be an immediate go-to for the direction, he's got that classical style to it.  Gattaca looked like a Twilight Zone movie to me, get him and some bad-@ss writers and you've got my money.
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #1518 on: June 21, 2013, 11:55:32 am »
I saw Twilight Zone The Movie when it came out and remember absolutely nothing that took place. The only thing I am able to lock in on is of course Vic Marrow and the scene with the Helicopter. That's it. Describing stories that take place from the film wouldn't help me to remember any of it. I think it's time for me to watch it again.
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« Reply #1519 on: June 21, 2013, 12:04:30 pm »
It's not that memorable, it took me a while to remember I watched it last freakin' night!

The Vic Morrow thing, outside of being tragic, totally throws the movie into a downward spiral because they couldn't wrap up his story, it became sort of like torture p-rn instead of "dude learning a lesson" like it was intended to be, there's no resolution so it just feels like we wasted some time.  And if you don't KNOW the helicopter story then you're thinking that dude's gonna show up later, like as a Holocaust survivor in the old age home that Scatman Brothers visits.

You know, I get the idea of these directors loving the Twilight Zone and doing a tribute to it but the final project just didn't feel fun.  Think about Grindhouse, that movie was the directors playing tribute to something they dug and it made us feel the love that they had, "this is what we love and you're gonna have fun with us" and the Twilight Zone wasn't that.  And I am TOTALLY in the "Twilight Zone should be fun" camp.  it IS fun.  That's how I could watch it as a little kid and never get nightmares (my mom could NEVER wrap her head around that).  It's giving us interesting characters and forcing them to look into a mirror and see if they can survive what they see.

There was a book I found years ago of short stories with the Twilight Zone title and I don't remember any of the stories (I sent it to my best friend a long time ago) but I remember thinking some of them would be PERFECT for a new series or a movie and people aren't as familiar with them as the old series.  A new movie should totally find great, underappreciated stories to adapt.  For the most part.  I still say go for the glasses bit.  Because that's the trademark Twilight Zone moment.

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« Reply #1520 on: June 21, 2013, 12:11:06 pm »
Bobcat has always made me laugh. He's almost unrecognizable today. He's sane, shorter kept hair, no snorting and growling. But still funny as hell.

A classic rant here.

Have any of you guys seen any of his movies... the one's he's directed.
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« Reply #1521 on: June 21, 2013, 12:16:58 pm »
He's bald now, I think.

Were you meaning to make a link, cause I didn't see anything.  But there's one bit I dug where he's talking about his teenage daughter helping him run lines for "Blow."

I have seen two of Bobcat's movies, I think.  "Teacher of the Year" with Robin Williams and "God Bless America."  They're both good but I really dug "God Bless America," it took an absolutely reprehensible idea (actually, both did) and made us sympathize with a person who is, by all standards of society, a monster.  Using your son's suicide for your own personal gain or going on a shooting rampage, they're darkly comic.

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« Reply #1522 on: June 21, 2013, 02:39:16 pm »
Yea, I meant to link the YouTube.
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« Reply #1523 on: June 21, 2013, 07:00:31 pm »
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« Reply #1524 on: June 21, 2013, 07:48:06 pm »
The fact that you watched a VHS in 2013 is just another notch in your awesome belt as far as I'm concerned.

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« Reply #1525 on: June 21, 2013, 08:09:37 pm »
Ha. I still have a few VHS around that I'm not willing to part with just yet.
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« Reply #1526 on: June 21, 2013, 08:24:33 pm »
Same here.  Plus my VHS player is also a region-free DVD player.

Finally got my hands on the Elephant Man.  Starting it now.

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« Reply #1527 on: June 21, 2013, 08:50:21 pm »
Finally got my hands on the Elephant Man.  Starting it now.

Looking forward to your review.
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« Reply #1528 on: June 21, 2013, 10:50:24 pm »
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« Reply #1529 on: June 21, 2013, 10:56:15 pm »
You know what's f'in crazy?  The movie I watched RIGHT before this was Puss in Boots, the Antonio Banderas cartoon thingie, and that's the play that Merrick is watching at the end of The Elephant Man!  Never saw that coming!

I won't lie, the Brooksfilm title at the start, especially being in black and white, totally put Young Frankenstein in my head.  Which actually wound up being rather apt when you think about it, both movies are about a brilliant unorthodox doctor finding the humanity and decency in someone that everyone else sees as a monster, and they're both done in the same black and white old-fashioned style, they're like artifacts from another time.

I'm not sure how much of a rewatch this would be for me (you could import the blu-ray since it's an A-B disc) but it's definitely something I like, the whole rescuing someone and bringing them not to a better life but the life that they deserve.  I was trying to think of what this reminded me of, and I just thought "Hugo!"  Obviously Hugo is the more palate-friendly "fun with learning!" kiddie movie with 3D but that little kernel is the same.  Now I may have wonderful synaptic connections between the two.

Now I totally get why John Hurt showed up in Spaceballs.  Of course!

 

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