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 on: May 23, 2016, 05:28:10 PM 
Started by Ed, Ego and Superego - Last post by Ed, Ego and Superego
Many of them are made for TV, but I'd like to see the Stranger.


 on: May 23, 2016, 05:09:06 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by BoyScoutKevin
The Shadow of the Tower (1972)

Episode III
Schooling of Apes

09. Patience

10. Diplomacy

11. Henry VIII could have learned a couple of things from his father Henry VII, and he'd have a lot fewer problems, but . . .?! They both believed they were called by God to rule.

12. Historical unrealism is not always the filmmakers fault. Apparently, in "Wolf Hall," there was a historical character who favored pink silks. Yet the filmmakers dressed him in dark worsteds, and I can see why. There is a character here who dresses in pink silks, and you can't take him seriously. Of course, he is also depicted as being not the sharpest tool in the shed.

13. Normally, the more actors I recognize the better I like a film, but . . .?! here I think it works in reverse, as I recognize so few of the actors, I'm thinking of the historical characters and not the actors. There is one actor I recognize. Geoffrey Palmer, who I recognized from seeing him on British TV.

14. The fear is worst than the fact. The fear of the Tower of London, which we'll get to later, was actually worst than the factual Tower of London.

Episode IV
Crowning the Apes

15. Where did they get that guy with the Irish brogue? Could it be anymore comedic?

16. Uneasy the head that wears the crown. One can feel a certain amount of sympathy for Henry VII, who probably during his entire reign, there was not a moment that he did not only fear losing his crown, but . . .?! also his head.

17. But . . .?! the ones you really feel for, are the children who are depicted so far, and one wonders how historical this is, because this is not the 1st time I've seen them depicted this way.
a. No more sense than what God gives a rock.
b. No understanding that their actions have consequences not only for themselves, but . . .?! for others.
c. Used and exploited by every adult.

18. Except by Henry VII, who is more merciful to the children who fall under his power than his . . .
a. Daughter and the way she treated her teenage cousin and the cousin's teenage husband.
b. And Richard III, and the way he treated his 2 young nephews, for whatever happened to the boys, their disappearance from sight began under their uncle Richard.

19. One of the things which seemingly helped Henry VII survived was his sense of humor, which comes out in this series.

20. The series does do a good job (IMHO) of getting at the feel of the time, even if . . .

21. While a TV miniseries, it is staged like a play on stage.

22. Which means, the weakness of the series is the action scenes, which look staged.

Next time: episodes V and VI.

 on: May 23, 2016, 05:06:50 PM 
Started by Chainsaw midget - Last post by SynapticBoomstick
So long as the writer from Prometheus isn't involved.

 on: May 23, 2016, 04:43:15 PM 
Started by Chainsaw midget - Last post by Jim H
Shane Black, the guy who wrote Leathal Weapon 1,2 and 3, Monster Squad, and wrote and directed Ironman 3 is behind the wheel of a new Predator movie due out in 2018.  Arnold is supposed to be returning as well.  

The thing I'm wondering is, what is there actually to reboot in this series?  The Predators have no real backstory or origins.  None of the movies connect to each other at all.  There's no returning characters from one movie to the next. Somehow though, they seem to insist that it's a reboot.  

Probably means that rather than come up with a new idea they'll just re-use the plot of the original. It's a shame: I really would have liked to see what happened after Predators, which was actually a decent movie.

It's still unclear what exactly this is, reboot/sequel/remake.  Shane Black initially said it was a sequel.  And the term reboot is so diluted now it can mean almost anything Star Wars VII gets called a reboot, seriously.  

I can't find a press release stating anything directly, so who knows.

Every reference I've found to it has called it a reboot.  

Ones I see imply it's like a soft reboot, like Jurassic World.  So not breaking continuity, but with minimal if any recurring characters or particularly major references to the previous films.

Has some quotes from Shane Black about it.

“[It’s not a reboot] as far as Fred and I are concerned anyway. Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine? [However, I can] really get behind inventive sequels [and] the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”

 on: May 23, 2016, 03:12:14 PM 
Started by zombie #1 - Last post by Rev. Powell



 on: May 23, 2016, 03:01:35 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by claws
Cop Car (2015)

Two young boys who ran away from their homes discover a seemingly abandoned cop car left in secluded farm area. They go on a joy ride, putting the owner - a corrupt small town coke sniffing cop (Kevin Bacon) - in a rather stressful and not always successful tour-de-force.

Those in need of a quick Bacon fix will find plenty to enjoy in this dark and twisted crime thriller. 4/5

Chappie (2015)

RoboCops are doing a much appreciated job in cleaning Johannesburg from crime and filth. However, shady happenings among authorities lead to the invention of an intelligent robot who falls into the hands of criminals. They name him "Chappie" and want to program him to commit crimes but Chappie has a difficult time adapting.

This is basically District 9 retold. Instead of aliens its robots. I quite enjoyed this, a movie with a few challenges (the director wants the audience to feel sympathy for deliberately unsympathetic characters). 4.5/5

 on: May 23, 2016, 02:25:55 PM 
Started by Rev. Powell - Last post by BoyScoutKevin
Captain America : Civil War

I finally got around to seeing this one. I wasn't going to see it, as I had read the comic book series upon which it was based, and--Lord--did that hurt, and it hurt bad. Yet . . .?! While this one did have some hurts, it did not hurt as bad as that, and--frankly--it was far funnier than the comic book series. Which should be no surprise, as I do prefer visual humor to verbal humor. What did surprise me was the . . .

I have seen a lot of action scenes in my time. Some good. Some not so good, but . . .?! I don't (IMHO) think I have seen action scenes as good as the ones in this film. Which should be the casebook on how to do an action scene.

"No one does it better." Unless it is Marvel, as they succeeded where the Bond films have failed recently, and that is in interjecting some much needed and effective humor into the action scene. (IMHO)

And if the action scenes took me by surprise, what was even a greater surprise was the tete a tetes between the characters which tied the action scenes together, and which was  effective in schussing out the characters.

The old guys and gals have really grown into their parts.

The new guys. I think their appearance in this film effectively answers with an yes any question whether the actor who plays the Black Panther can carry off the role in the upcoming 2018 film. And even more surprising, as he is the 1st actor to play the Black Panther in a film, it is the actor who plays Spiderman in this film, who may be the best Spiderman yet, even though there have been others before him. While I have been inconsistent in my Spiderman film watching, I may see Columbia's next attempt at it in 2017. If only because it seems that Marvel is taking a bigger role in the film. Thus, it may succeed, where other films have failed.

All the others. From Ironman's parents and the MIT university prof to the CIA official to William Hurt and Alfre Woodward, much of the strength (IMHO) of this film lies in its acting.

Also . . .
The film raises that age old question: "What do you do with a man who wants to die? Thus killing him gives him what he wants."

Stan Lee. When are they going to do an Alfred Hitchcock and put his cameo at the start of the film? One spends much of one's time now scoping out the film watching for his cameo.

Not 1 but 2 after credit sequences. One does wonder whether the 1st sequence will have any part in the upcoming Black Panther film in 2018.

A couple of things I disliked about the film. 1st that the big airport fight, which I thought should be the last fight in the film, because it was so big, should have been the last fight in the film, and it was not. And more seriously, 2nd, at least in comparison to how the comic book series ended, I did not like the way the film ended. Though, we will have to see how the ending plays out in The Avengers : Infinity War - Part I in 2018 and Avengers : Infinity War - Part II in 2019, which is the next time the Avengers appear in a film.

TAL (Trailers always lie) Still . . .?! Saw the trailers for "Doctor Strange," which we'll talk about later, and "Rogue One : a Star Wars Story," which looks interesting, as it contains almost, except for Mon Mothma's appearance, all new characters.

Next up: Most likely "Alice Thru the Looking Glass"

 on: May 23, 2016, 12:57:48 PM 
Started by alandhopewell - Last post by Flangepart
WAY TO GO, DUDE!  Thumbup Cheers

 on: May 23, 2016, 12:52:05 PM 
Started by Ash - Last post by Flangepart
Okay Ash...when did you qualify for Jeopardy, and how else can we help you train?

 on: May 23, 2016, 12:49:55 PM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by Flangepart
I'll be over there, watching for Arther Dent and Ford Prefect as they pop in on the sofa. Tell Slartibartfast to start ordering the bread sticks.

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