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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 23 May 2001 06:26 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
With all the summer blockbusters due to come out this summer, are there any movies that y'all are actually looking forward to?

I've heard that there's going to be a re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


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I'd go see that. I'm really only waiting for LOTR this Winter, though.
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posted 24 May 2001 11:27 AM      Profile for Gayle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
LoTR, definitely.

Swordfish looks great. Right now I'm waiting to see A Knight's Tale and Shrek.

Other than that, I'm not sure what's coming up.


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posted 24 May 2001 11:49 AM      Profile for Cosmorific        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm looking forward to spending quality time with my VCR. This summer's movie lineup looks ass-tastic.
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posted 24 May 2001 12:20 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How about the Tombraider movie? Lara Croft...MMMM.
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posted 24 May 2001 12:36 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My buddy says that Shrek is "make-you-pee-funny".

A Knight's Tale is, apparently, drek.

I doubt I'll actually pay to see Tomb Raider, but the ads I've seen actually make it look half-decent. It might not be a total pant-load. I'm curious what the reviews will be like.

The one movie I'm really looking forward to is Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan.


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Shrek made me pee. There, it's out and I just don't give a damn!
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I'm looking forward to Moulin Rouge, and I'd like to see Dark Days while it's still in theatres. And Shrek is definitely on the list.

So far, it's been pretty weak year for movies as far as I'm concernced, with two exceptions: Ginger Snaps and Memento.


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posted 24 May 2001 04:27 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does O Brother get on that list, or was that last year?
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I'd like to go see Pearl Harbor in Buffalo and start cheering the Japanese.
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Planet of the Apes! Yeah man! That is the one! Monkey movies rock! Rule the world on July 27th!!

Planet of the freakin' Apes!!


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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Two words: Mark Wahlberg. Shudder.

Though I do want to see Charleton Heston in a monkey suit!

Re: LOTR. After the first trailer I was really hyped about this flick. Then I saw a few photos from the set and I was less enthusiastic. I just watched a new trailer on www.theonering.net. I'm hyped again.

Then again, I was hyped when I saw the trailers for Pearl Harbour as well. From the reviews, I really don't need to see that flick. I'll probably just rent Tora Tora Tora and From Here To Eternity.

One flick I'm really looking forward to is Robota. It's not coming out this summer. In fact, it's still in pre-production. It's a story about aliens invading the Earth . . . during the 1700's. It's directed by Doug Chiang, the head production designer behind the new Star Wars movies. I think it's going to be an animated movie, but I'm not sure. All I've seen of it is a teaser that's on the www.apple.com/quicktime website.

[ May 25, 2001: Message edited by: mediaboy ]


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Jay and silent bob strike back is this summer? Rock!!!

Ooh, and I forgot Moulin Rouge and Tomb Raider. I'm with dawna - mmmmm, lara croft


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I'm afraid if I go see Tomb Raider, I will develop an unhealthy obsession with Lara Croft. I think a strong, assertive world-traveller in a t-shirt and hot pants might be too much for my little heart to bear.

{edited for clarity}

[ May 25, 2001: Message edited by: VerbaTim ]


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Lara Croft seems awful safe to obsess over when compared to a real live girl...I guess that's healthy? Thank you media for giving us strong kickass role models like Buffy and Xena and Lara...especially Xena, who doesn't look at all starved...
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:devil's advocate mode:

Why are violent women considered "cool" and "empowering", but violent men are considered "ultra-right-wing" and/or oppressive/abusive?

:end devil's advocate mode:

As much as I dislike Julia Roberts' acting, I'd prefer more movie heroines like Erin Brokovich than Buffy, Xena or Lara Croft.

[ May 25, 2001: Message edited by: mediaboy ]


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quote:
Dawna Matrix said:
Does O Brother get on that list, or was that last year?

Whoops! Er... It's not that I forgot O Brother, Where Art Thou?... It's just that I missed seeing in the theatres, so it doesn't count... Yeah...


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mediaboy - tons of movies have violent male roles also, and are not termed as 'abusive' but 'gripping'. It's quite obvious that Xena and Buffy and Lara are NOT REAL. There are no gods walking the earth (unless I've missed my guess) and no vampires waiting under the college campus. What with the Taleban blowing up Buddhas, there aren't all that many tombs to raid.
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keep your eyes peeled for 'bread & roses', due out in july i think. is the latest ken loach movie (he did 'my name is joe', and more recently, 'land of freedom'). i got to see it in a preview a few weeks back.

it's real good. deals with the justice for janitors campaigns in LA in the 90s. is not entirely favorable towards the actual union behind the campaign (never mentioned by name, but it's the SEIU) and some might find this justified to some degree (i do), and loach doesn't do a thorough job of showing how union organizing should be conducted - but other than that the movie is impressive.

it makes an impact - deals with immigrant undocumented women in LA, being abused by mean bosses, being abused by the system. but they stand up for themselves. like brecht says, 'that you'll go down if you don't stand up for yourself. surely you see that'.


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This may be out of place considering that
it is not going to be out til sept.but i hear
They are making a film from Lord of the rings
Can't wait myself

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posted 11 June 2001 11:48 AM      Profile for Wayne MacPhail   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Dawna Matrix wrote: "It's quite obvious that Xena and Buffy and Lara are NOT REAL."

Hi gang:
Dawna, The Terminator and Neo in The Matrix aren't real either, one's a titanium roboty-guy and the other is a cyber-projection/world saviour. Doesn't stop folks from complaining about their male ultra-violence.

I would also be interested in board reaction if two male posters wrote, "mmmmm Lara Croft".

Just calling double standards as I see 'em.

Over,
Wayne


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Exactly what do you think I was MMMMing about, Wayne? Her ass? Or her physical strength, skill, and fearlessness, etc. - her role-modelability? Every girl secretly wants to be the hero, and not the damsel in distress. I don't usually play video games because they have predominately male characters - for once I got to be in charge of a female character that wasn't saying 'math class is tough' and 'shopping is good'.
You wrote:
"Dawna, The Terminator and Neo in The Matrix aren't real either, one's a titanium roboty-guy and the other is a cyber-projection/world saviour. Doesn't stop folks from complaining about their male ultra-violence."

Umm, I wasn't complaining about the male violence, eh? Mediaboy was the one that started that up. Although, it doesn't show well that men are taking issue with actions that have been clearly free to be portrayed by males in the media for years, and are only starting to make a fuss about the violence as soon as it's women doing it. Strange, and mildly hypocritical. What is good for the gander isn't good for the goose?
I don't think either is suitable for children - Lara or Neo. The only beef I have with The Matrix is that there are 82 points of similarity with one comic book, and the writer didn't get any acknowledgements. Plus it was the only movie I've ever walked out on. Special effects can only go so far with flimsy dialogue.
We'll see what Angelina Jolie can do as Lara.

PS...I didn't know Angelina Jolie was going to play the part of Lara until Friday, and am very happy, as I loved her performance in Girl, Interrupted.

Pick a better beef, Wayne.


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The Matrix had the most holey story of any movie I've seen in quite a few years. I missed some of the effects b/c I was too stunned by the idiocy of the plot.

"Male violence" to me is violence by men against women that enjoys at least some sanction from society. I don't think Rambo machinegunning Veitnames soldiers is "male violence" -- it's mindless violence.

I am attracted to strong women, whether they wear hot pants or not. I would be just as happy to see Jeanine Garafalo in the role of Lara Croft. But not Sandra Bernhardt. Please, God, NO!


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I am going to go see Final Fantasy because they are going to show the trailer to the upcoming Spider-Man movie.
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I have to see Shrek...I have heard it was amazing. I saw Pearl Harbor (I am spelling it the American way like they do on all the previews and signs) and I thought it was awful!!! 2 hours 30 minutes of romance with 30 minutes of the attack! Why didn't they call the movie Romance that Just Happened to be at the Time of the Pearl Harbor Attack. I did not like the portrayal of the Japanese. The movie made them look evil and one dimensional.
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Pearl Harbor was FROMAGE.

It really really really sucked. However, I think they have their marketing down pretty well because there were young teens at the showing and I think that was what they were after.

Sappy, sappy love story. Yuck!


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The NYT mentioned that there they are going to be re-releasing Apocalypse Now with a bunch of extra footage. They have added a part were they discover an old French colonial plantation forgotten in deep jungle which sounds fascinating.

The first release was absolutely unbelievable (definitely in my top five), so I can wait to see the expanded version.

Of course it will have to be pretty bloody long as the first was about three hours. Oh well.


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Don't see Pearl Harbour, just don't. It's THREE HOURS of schlock.

I am excited to see Shrek now, though, since I saw the review on the Brunching Shuttlecocks.


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Hi

I'll keep my very first Babble post a light one. I'm looking forward to seeing "A.I."
most of all this summer. It looks like it's exploring the kinds of themes about humanity and prejudice that only good science fiction can. It probably won't even be that big of a hit but it looks like it will do what a good summer movie should do: show me something fantastic, show me something I haven't seen before, and don't insult me. Most summer flicks get maybe one or two of those qualities.


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Hey, it's a Speilberg - I'm in.
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Well, that is another defining characteristic of a good summer movie: the words" "Directed
by Steven Spielberg." A lot of people slag
him for being schmaltzy and maudlin but I think for just about every film he does, he succeeds in what he sets out to do. Not many filmmakers can say that. He wants to do action-adventure, he does Indiana Jones. Something for children: "E.T." Destroy
the myth of war movies: "Saving Private Ryan."

He's had some clunkers: "Hook" and "The Lost World" come to mind. There's a quality and imagination to his films that other mainstream directors lack. I don't know how good A.I. will be (its underground, internet campaign is amazing) but it's nice to see Speilberg returning to the sci-fi/fantasy genre.


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Spielberg can be irresistible.

His greatest gift is the ability to tell a story -- no mean feat. And he returns to the same themes -- children on the cusp of adulthood, often coming face-to-face with death or parental abandonment. (think "Stand by Me," or "Empire of the Sun.")

I think it's because these themes touch so deeply that I can forgive the appalling sentimental lapses in every one of his movies. I'd love to see "Private Ryan" with the beginning and ending lopped off. Ditto the scene in "Schindler's List" where Liam Neeson is on his knees crying. "Empire of the Sun" is laced through with such crap, but I still love it.

So yes -- AI is on my list of summer movies, though I know I'll be cringing my way through a quarter of it.


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I agree that Spielberg has lapses of
sentimentality in all his flicks (even
Indiana Jones had this in the final flick
with the reconciliation between Indy and Dr Jones Sr.) Still, in the overall context of the films, I willingly buy into it in a way that I refuse to do with other films. He is, at heart, an old fashioned romantic and I can't fault him for that. There's only so much cynicism of Todd Solendz that I can take.

"Stand By Me," however, was directed by Rob Reiner, no stranger himself to sentimentality, especially when he's making a good living as a low-rent Neil Simon.


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Who in their right mind says Hook is a clunker? I've watched it so many times - the metaphors in it are amazing. That's a saucy face for anyone who doesn't like it.
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Thanks for the correction, John -- I am in complete agreement with you. You must admit that there's something Speilbergian about "Stand by me." That huge black train hurtling down the tracks is such a Spielberg image.
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Dawna: I rented Hook for my niece and nephew and they were afraid of Robin Williams and asked that I turn the video off. Similiar thing happened with Jumanji. I just think Robin Williams frightens children. I can't tell if he's actually being overly enthusiastic and wacky to entertain children or if he's fallen off the wagon and is on coke again. So maybe it's not Steven but Robin in that case.

Rabble-Rouser: Yeah, Stand By Me definitely feels like a Speilberg film.


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Sorry, 905er. I addressed you as Rabble Rouser. I misread the ID.

I'm new here. Give me time.


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Ew! What? Robin Williams is a cannibal?
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Grim! Grim grim grim!

Hey, wait -- is this defamation? I think it might be...


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Hi Dawna:

Despite the fact that Mr. Williams is a public figure in the U.S., it is probably not a good idea for you to be making allegations without proof about illegal activities (sex with underage women) on his part. Should Robin Williams chose to, he could take legal action against you and rabble.ca as it's a moderated discussion forum and so is responsible as a publisher of the libel. Don't want to be a spoilsport, but this stuff can bite you on the ass.

All the best,
Wayne


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<lawyer mode>Well, she has qualified her statement by saying that it's a rumour. I don't think she was contending that it was a proveable fact. Perhaps she'd be willing to reveal her source for this rumour?</lawyer mode>
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How about not. I'm not comfortable with it. If you're gonna dish, do it by email. Thanks!
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It was just something I heard years ago - probably the same urban style myth as the Richard Gere/hamster thing. I did state that it was a rumour, ie, lacking entirely in proof. Apologies to Robin Williams. I love all his movies, as I am a diehard fan. Don't worry Audra. Nothing phrased as fact. If you are still uncomfortable, delete the post, no problem.
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Planet of the Apes, but I'm not sure it's due out this summer (?!?) I loved the original(s).
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Speaking of Planet of the Apes and Robin Williams, does anyone else see the resemblance?
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Home-Grown Talent

Motodops, Panhanlders Tapped for Roles in Matt Dillon Movie

The Cambodia Daily , WEEKEND Saturday, April 21, 2001

I'll be looking forward to this movie hopefully coming out this summer “Beneath the Banyan Trees” . The American cast is okay but I like the idea behind the camera.
“It is one movie that shows Cambodian culture, Cambodian living conditions,” he says. “When they see the movie, they will know what is Cambodia.”
Matt Dillon will be directing this picture.


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Jay and Silent Bob starts TODAY. I'm trembling.
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You're tembling? I'm such a sycophantic Kevin Smith fan-boy it's rediculous!!!


I just received my DVD of A Better Place last night. If you see it in a video store (unlikely, unfortunately) RENT IT! It is THE BEST portrayal of high school alienation and violence EVER. It doesn't pull punches. It doesn't turn the bad guys into cartoons. It has the most realistic fight scenes (although they added punch and kick sound effects for the DVD, which I thought were unnecessary) I've ever seen. It's pretty hard to believe the flick was made pre-Columbine, because it is DEFINITELY relevant.

It was produced by Kevin Smith, and directed by the guy who introduced Smith to the world of film production (Vincent Pereira). The budget was a mere $40'000 (and it shows in some scenes, which are badly out-of-focus).

But, enough gushing out of me . . .


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rasmus
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posted 24 August 2001 06:13 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sean S., a fairly damaging review of PoA in the Guardian that ends with the paragraph:


quote:
This is a film whose knuckles scrape along the ground, when it should be swinging through the trees. It's a clumsy tea-party of over-acting and sub-Erich Von Daniken plot-lines. And the script looks like it had loads of writers: an infinite number, each with his own typewriter.

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girlincrisis
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i've heard GhostWorld is pretty slick..i'd like to check that out this week.
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