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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 25 November 2003 10:49 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
See the trailer here.

The scene at the end reminds me of Alex Karras punching the horse in Blazing Saddles.

This appears to be shaping up into an enjoyable romp, although too much camp could kill it.

[ 25 November 2003: Message edited by: JimmyBrogan ]


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Kimura
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posted 26 November 2003 01:40 PM      Profile for Kimura     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
cool. i haven't been to a movie theater in one and a half years, but i just might turn out for this one. i'm totally unfamiliar with the Hellboy story and concept, so it looks fresh and interesting to me.

plus Ron Perlman is neat. nice to see a guy with such unconventional looks get a leading man role. i still remember him in the Beauty and the Beast television show!


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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 26 November 2003 06:03 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ha! That ruled!

There ain't no such animal as too much camp. Just good camp and bad camp. God, I love this new fashion for comic book movies.


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 28 November 2003 02:51 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah I love them as well Jacobx2. The state of the art in both CGI and stunt and wire work is making it possible to bring these characters to believable life.

The fight scene in the chateau in the middle of Matrix Reloaded blows me away everytime. Its like a wild violent ballet in 3 dimensions.


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 02 April 2004 01:12 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Star loves it!
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Forget making the world safe from demonic apocalypse. That much is expected from any self-respecting, comic-inspired movie superhero.


Hellboy, both the movie and the character, commands our rapturous applause for executing a rescue mission of considerably graver consequence. In his first big-screen appearance, he may have rescued the comic book movie.


The story of the origins of the ultra-secret Bureau for Paranormal Research And Defense's top agent - who was brought to life when an unholy pact between Hitler, Rasputin and Beelzebub himself blew a circuit - Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy is easily the most adept comic book adaptation since Ghost World.


It may also be the smartest superhero movie yet.


And currently 74% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes

I’m off to spend the day at The Paramount and will report in later.

[ 02 April 2004: Message edited by: JimmyBrogan ]


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posted 02 April 2004 01:20 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mark saw it last night and really liked it. He said it was big and explosiony.
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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 02 April 2004 01:22 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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big and explosiony

Woo Hoo! that's just what we're looking for.


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posted 02 April 2004 02:05 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My partner has been looking forward to this for MONTHS! (He's a huge Hellboy fan. And a Guillermo del Toro fan.)

I've been forced to endure weeks hearing of things he'd like to do if he had a giant stone hand.

So, we're going tonight, of course. And I even think it'll be the first time he'll have seen it today.


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posted 02 April 2004 02:45 PM      Profile for praenomen3        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In addition to B&B, he was one of the 3 hunters in Quest for Fire. That scene where Rae Dawn Chong demonstrated the missionary position - was that salacious or progressive?
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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 02 April 2004 10:39 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
del Torro nailed it - just a terrific entertainment. I'll be facinated to see how it does at the box-office.

Ron Perlman is The Hellboy - straight out of the comics onto the big screen.

Wheeee!!! Let's go again.


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posted 05 April 2004 10:08 AM      Profile for Obsidian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(bowing reverently)

Hellboy... Hellboy...

Guillermo was very true to the creator's vision of the character and his world. It's got creepy monsters, big battles, subterranean headquarters full of deathtraps and dank passages, evil rituals, stacks of pancakes, and the coolest red-skinned blue-collar hero of all time. I love Ron Perlman. Much pulpy goodness to be had.


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 08 April 2004 01:49 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
mmmm pulpy goodness. Yeah, I just loved the incredible looking graveyard and "The Corpse" cameo.

Speaking of pulpy goodness:

"Kill Bill" emerges as a brilliant, invigorating work, one to muse over for years to come.

Looks like a pulpy good month.


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posted 08 April 2004 03:56 AM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On the other hand, a nice bit of controversy from Armond White

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Pure entertainment...is an endangered species. By "pure" I don't mean goody-goody pomposity but a point of view unsullied by the nihilistic taste that has become the new sentimentality of hipsters and video geeks—the Pulp Fiction-Fight Club-Memento kids, many of whom are actually, chronologically adults. In a lament for the "heroic" age of moviegoing, essayist Philip Lopate once wrote that "the adolescent wants to touch bottom, to know the worst. His soul craves sardonic disenchantment." Lately, film culture has been run by grown-ups still in that stage of arrested development. The teenage thrill for comic books and kung-fu movies has calcified into a snobbish preference for bloody manga, the dreary Orientalism of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and worse... Despite a good-vs.-evil premise, the movie abjures optimism. Reveling in Nazi paranoia, Del Toro and co-story-writer Peter Briggs pretend the same pseudo-seriousness that Bryan Singer faked in Apt Pupil. The basic appeal is to what Pauline Kael called "Nazi junkies," but it also panders to the craving for sardonic disenchantment. Only an utter fool would find this flamboyant nihilism novel or interesting... One reason such humor lays so flat owes to what is now a familiar sardonicism that a pampered generation of consumers confuses for wit... Hellboy is no more than what those who object to The Passion of the Christ deserve. It may be what they prefer: violence without meaning. A thrill-ride for the faithless... There's got to be a way to cleanse our movie palettes. Refusing Hellboy shouldn't mean a return to childhood.

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posted 08 April 2004 04:30 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Because Del Toro lacks Chow's appreciation of goodness, he feels justified to play around with evil as an excuse for cheap, violent thrills and banal visual etudes.

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Celebrating a bad-boy superhero is such an inane, adolescent idea. That it comes from a comic book series by Mike Mignola is no excuse. Hellboy has the dim-mindedness of stoners who shout "roganroll!" at a guitar solo. This crushingly unimaginative flirtation with "the dark side" was made from a standpoint diametrical to Shaolin Soccer. Despite a good-vs.-evil premise, the movie abjures optimism. Reveling in Nazi paranoia, Del Toro and co-story-writer Peter Briggs pretend the same pseudo-seriousness that Bryan Singer faked in Apt Pupil. The basic appeal is to what Pauline Kael called "Nazi junkies," but it also panders to the craving for sardonic disenchantment. Only an utter fool would find this flamboyant nihilism novel or interesting.

Only an utter fool would take a frivolous confection like Hellboy as seriously as this. Back to your Dreary Arthouse Dreck, where you belong Armond, if that is your real name.


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posted 08 April 2004 12:26 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Meh. Too many monsters (Space monsters! Hell hounds! Nazi assassins! Giant tentacle thingys!) that served no purpose and didn't advance the plot (such as it was). A good looking, but totally confusing, mess.
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posted 08 April 2004 04:52 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Too many monsters?!?

I recognise the words but they don't make any sense.


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Black Dog
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posted 08 April 2004 05:10 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Okay: too many useless monsters.

Take the "hell hound", whatever it was called. On one hand, everytime you kill it, two new ones are reborn. But then it also lays eggs. And at the end (spoiler!), they kill 'em all, but no new one's are born.

So lame.


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posted 08 April 2004 05:17 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, but the new ones were reborn from the eggs. So no more eggs, no more bodies for the hell hound to bring to life.

And it had Cthulhu at the end! What more could you want?


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