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« on: December 09, 2006, 05:35:24 PM »

I was thinking today about the movie One Hour Photo with Robin Williams.  A lot of people in the past have called it creepy but I always felt his character could have been a hell of a lot more menacing.  In other words, I thought the idea of a psycho one hour photo clerk was great but ended up fizzling out due to the fragility of Wililams's character.  He would have been 10x as scary if he killed off a few people in the movie.

That made me think, what other movies had the potential to be awesome but just ended up as ok...any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006, 06:03:44 PM »

I have always thought that "Psychomania" could have been a lot better than it was.  Some parts of the movie are great, but large sections of the film are so horribly slow.  When the gang members are committing their suicides and later, when they are bullying people who they felt wronged them, it is fun to watch.  For the most part, the remaining balance of the movie is a slow mess.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2006, 07:37:11 PM »

American Psycho, movie was okay, they should have went more over the top with the gore to make the character more psychotic but they watered it down for mainstream audiences (and now have action figures and t-shirts, how ironic)
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2006, 07:45:33 PM »

I agree about PSCHOMANIA. What really p**ses me off is the 1931 DRACULA-Sooo many wasted cinematic oppertunities wasted !I think it was because sound films were a novelty still,....silent films exclusivly focused on story telling through IMAGE. Plus< I think Tod Browning was still bummed out by the death of Chaney. Lugosi is the ONLY reason this movie is still as well loved as it is today.(at least by me.)
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2006, 08:14:19 PM »

the american version of GODZILLA-WHY WHY WHHHYYY???????

Oh, god yes. What an utter disappointment. I still bought the bloody thing on DVD, but it in no way lived up to all that tremendous hype.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2006, 09:18:49 PM »

Boy-I really f*cked up on my thread! Somehow (leave it to me) I erased part of my post! "- means a good film? Hammer did a totally original take on DRACULA_-thanx to Chris Lee"s Very physical and strong performance,and the Frankenstien series consentrated on the misadventures of the good doctor"-sorry...I was cooking dinner and typing and watching kids all at once.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2006, 12:26:41 AM »

Mission to Mars could have been great. It had a great sci-fi premise, great special effects and good science. The problem is they shoe-horned alot of really bad and unnessessary melodrama into the script.

Lost in Space could have been great. Again, it had a good story, good effects and set pieces. The problem was with the characters. The dysfunctional family in space concept just didn't work. They should have stuck with the family working as a team concept they used in the television series.


Wing Commander could have been great. I liked the visuals and the "Top Gun" in space concept. The problem is the plot wasn't very clear. I've watched the movie several times, and still don't know what it's about. Some of the female characters were a bit annoying as well. If they are going to incorporate female characters into a movie like this, they need to at least make them likable.
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2006, 01:09:28 AM »

Superman Returns


I just watched this the other day on DVD and while it was decent, it could've been so much better.
I thought Brandon Routh was good as Superman and I especially liked Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane...even though just about every other film critic and Superman fans have trashed her performance.
Couldn't take my eyes off her.  In fact...she was the only character I really cared about in the entire film.
Thought Spacey's performance as Lex Luthor and everyone else's was just OK.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2006, 01:12:45 AM »

erk --
Again, this is soooo subjective, re.  The very film that starts this discussion, "One Hour Photo", I thought was just fine the way it is -- Sorry!
No, I genuinely liked it the way it was, & think that if it had gone further, it would have ruined the structure & become another ho-hum monster killer slasher horror poo, that too many of us here seem to revere . . .
And I DO NOT mean to DEMEAN anyone's general taste -- It's just that I generally like films that try to go for something more -- successful or no . . .
Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of The Rings" could have done a lot more -- And "OOps!!", here we have Peter Jackson's version!!   How nice . . .
Yeah, I know it's a real issue, . . . but I simply can[t think of one right now --
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2006, 01:47:19 AM »

Santa Claus (1959)
Just before Santa & his creepy cyborg reindeer leave the palace, he asks "Lord Jesus to join us on Earth tonight!" I spent the rest of the movie waiting for some hippie to make a cameo.

And I find it odd that children from all over the world would be making toys for the children of Earth, but not for themselves. And how did they get there? Are they orphans? Could they be the souls of dead children?

Maybe they were saving that for the sequel.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2006, 05:15:43 AM »

Mystery Men: The premise was OK, the characters were fine, and the silly take on superheroes was nice. However, it was far too long and too slow. They could have cut half an hour at least.
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2006, 05:45:10 AM »

The first Nemesis  film had a great opening shootout, and the beginnings of a plot for a decent cyberpunk action flick. The plot goes nowhere, the action is hit or miss and the stop motion cybernetic Tim Thomerson is a littel too old-fashioned for this film at that point in time. Early 80s it would have been cool, but times were changing. I'm still one of the few fans of this movie, but it could have been much better. One of the better Albert Pyun films, faint praise indeed, but more could have been done with it.

The new Miami Vice movie had its moments, but it also reminded me why Michael Mann mostly disappoints me as a filmmaker. Again cool believable gunfights (could have used more shouts and screams from the wounded for realism, getting shot hurts no matter how macho you are) and the film plunges you into the world of the characters from the beginning making you pay attention, a good start. But it bogs down in the excuses for emotions and relationships presented. Tubbs and Trudy seemed like a couple only because they were around each other, I never bought that they cared for each other, even when the story requires it later on. Gong Li's character was only in the film to give Crockett something to do (no pun) in between plot movement, and a chance to bend the rules while being noble at the end. Mann creates types not characters.

I agree Los in Space had potential. Needed a less muddled plot, the time bubble thing was just stupid, also too much time wasted with the tour of the derelict ship, make that a movie of it's own or leave it out. The bad CGI pet was a distraction as well.

I'm in the minority, but I would have liked Open Range, better if along with the beautiful scenery and interesting camerawork during the action if they had a plot that was more than just like something out of an old Audie Murphy backlot western from the 50s.
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2006, 09:02:27 AM »

Another one I thought of...The Gingerdead Man.  Stupid and silly in concept it could have been another Jack Frost.  Charles Band truly dropped the ball on that film. 
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2006, 11:37:12 AM »

Either version of Willard instantly comes to mind. As much as the general relationship between Willard and the rats was essential and pretty creepy, there seriously needed to be more to Willard's rampage. It was largey advertised as a horror film.

As for the new one, it needed to retain more of Willard's innocence from the 1970s version, it also could have had a batter ending
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2006, 05:38:58 PM »


Cabin Fever. I think if they played it as straight horror then it could have been better.

And I agree with Godzilla (1999)
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