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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Belmondo » Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:32 am

I just watched "The Lodger" from 1944 with Laird Cregar. It is supposed to be the long overdue DVD release of this "classic tale of gothic horror".
Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. The movie is only 84 minutes long but it drags and we get two plot stopping and dull musical numbers from Merle Oberon. I listened to the commentary track by the usually interesting team of Ursini and Silver, and they can't seem to work up much enthusiasm either. Hope "Hangover Square" is better ...
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby azul017 » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:00 am

Mark Van Hook wrote:It also betrays the zombie rules of the original by having its zombies try to eat people, when the original was very specific in its assertion that they were infected with "rage" (and therefore wanted to just kick the shit out of people).


I never got that impression. The zombies in the second film were like the ones in the first movie, only they were keen on biting and killing people, I never saw them eating other people (unless the first few seconds of the attack on the cottage, where one zombie takes a bite out of that girl's arm, counts as eating flesh). I'll give you that 28 Weeks Later does steal a few scenes from the original, notably one death scene and a sequence of people being Infected.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Andrew Forbes » Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:00 pm

Halloween II. Much better than I expected. Stylistically, it's a seamless transition from the original, and it does what it promises. People tend to overstate the quality of the first film, which is basically an effective scare machine that follows a simple formula: someone minds their own business, we glimpse Michael Myers, he gets closer, then he kills the person. This is more of the same, and it's well done for what it is.

The Stranger. I strongly urge anyone who has not seen this to go out and buy the movie right away. It's a taut, magnificently filmed little thriller about a Nazi war criminal hiding out in a small town. Damn, could Welles ever move a camera!
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby HGervais » Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:27 pm

chamucamel wrote:The Stranger. I strongly urge anyone who has not seen this to go out and buy the movie right away. It's a taut, magnificently filmed little thriller about a Nazi war criminal hiding out in a small town. Damn, could Welles ever move a camera!

Agreed and I only mention this again because the idea fasinates me...yes, Edward G. Robinson is great but can you imagine what a movie it had been if Welles had been able to cast his first choice, Agnes Moorehead, in the role of the Nazi hunter?
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby molly1216 » Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:25 pm

spent some time last night watching nbc rewind to catch up on chuck and bionic woman
can't say i care all that much for either of them, at least not enough to watch them when they are broadcast.
perhaps when i get bored and on the internet....

i adore the retail underachiever satire of chuck, have no use for the spy versus spy crapola, yawn- shades of scarecrow and mrs king, been here seen that.

regarding bionic woman...am i the only one who thinks that the star has NO PRESENCE? i swear when she's in the frame with folks of the calibre of miguel ferrer, isaiah i'm not a bigot washington or katee sackoff she is practically blow off the screen. unless it gets radically retooled soon, it's gonna tank. you can't hang a picture on a weak nail. i mean, compare her with lucy lawless....they gave lucy centerstage ad surrounded her with great character actors but when she is in the room SHE is what you look at. bionic disappointment.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Dan Mancini » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:57 am

molly1216 wrote:regarding bionic woman...am i the only one who thinks that the star has NO PRESENCE?


I find she has lots of presence -- when she's wearing tight jeans.

Actually, I thought last night's episode was an improvement over the previous week's, which in turn was an improvement over the pilot. The show seems to be moving in the right direction, though I'm not sure it's doing so fast enough to hold my interest. If as much ass-kicking goes on next week as they hyped in the previews at the end of last night's show, they may be able to keep me for a while. If not, I'm probably done.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby molly1216 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:46 am

Dan Mancini wrote:
molly1216 wrote:regarding bionic woman...am i the only one who thinks that the star has NO PRESENCE?


I find she has lots of presence -- when she's wearing tight jeans.

Actually, I thought last night's episode was an improvement over the previous week's, which in turn was an improvement over the pilot. The show seems to be moving in the right direction, though I'm not sure it's doing so fast enough to hold my interest. If as much ass-kicking goes on next week as they hyped in the previews at the end of last night's show, they may be able to keep me for a while. If not, I'm probably done.


i am sooo sick of ass kicking in lieu of PLOT. fercrissakes we all SAW THE MATRIX!!!! and many times at that.

Now, who among us is gonna actually sit through 35 minutes of dumb broadcast TV waiting for 6 minutes of choreographed fight scenes with lots of wire removal ? oh yeah and love how the nanytes HEAL her immediately.. hell-O wolverine/deathstrike anyone? and btw if she is soo freaking smart why is she a GD bartender? WHAT? she never heard of Adult Ed? and the skipping out to save the world while trying to create a homelife for your sister? - ahem ..gotta do it, gotta...drop the B-WORD - Buffy anyone? This show is NOT post Buffy, it's not even Post Xena, hell it's a freaking ALIAS knock off.

sorry I just watched 3 episodes of Journeyman back to back on NBC rewind and having to watch that assinine Jerry Stiller heatbreak kid trailer 21 times in a row has made me insane in the membrane.

Journeyman has lifted IT'S plot from Early Edition and Quantum Leap. if it didn't have Kevin McKidd and Reed Diamond I wouldn't have watched that far. now THEY have presence and make believable brothers, though so far Diamond is totally wasted. he was soo out there on Homicide you know? I have been waiting for him to score a hit again, but this isn't it. Seems LOST has ruined mediocre tv - now they don't do much exposition and explain plot devices...well because they just don't have to. guess they dun't worry about time paradoxes much here and if they say the words 'higher being' i'm gonna puke. I keep hoping one of Millenium's time quakes is gonna hit and change the universe.

So between Bionic woman, Chuck and Journeyman all borrowing plots from previous tv shows - I am getting a SERIOUS SENSE OF DE JA FREAKING VU. - guys a TEENSY bit of originality can go a long way.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Dan Mancini » Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:52 am

molly1216 wrote:i am sooo sick of ass kicking in lieu of PLOT. fercrissakes we all SAW THE MATRIX!!!! and many times at that.


Yeah, but if The Matrix had duel hot chicks instead of Keanu Reeves and an anorexic chick with scraggily hair, I might actually like it.

molly1216 wrote:...hell it's a freaking ALIAS knock off.


Of that there's no doubt -- which is why its chances of maintaining my viewership are pretty slim. But, then again, any hour-long serial action-drama has little chance of keeping me long as a viewer (not even Battlestar Galactica managed that). I hate stories that never end.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Chris_Sax » Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:56 am

Chuck is good.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby molly1216 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:44 am

Chris_Sax wrote:Chuck is good.

i agree Chuck has much potential....but the spy v spy stuff has been done...yawn. and both the blonde chick and adam baldwin's character have only been given 2 dimensions so far. what function does his sister serve? she seems to be just 'the nag'
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Jon Mercer » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:12 am

molly1216 wrote:
Chris_Sax wrote:Chuck is good.

the blonde chick and adam baldwin's character have only been given 2 dimensions so far.

Adam's Baldwin's biceps are far too large to be contained within a mere 2 dimensions.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby molly1216 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:51 am

Jon Mercer wrote:
molly1216 wrote:
Chris_Sax wrote:Chuck is good.

the blonde chick and adam baldwin's character have only been given 2 dimensions so far.

Adam's Baldwin's biceps are far too large to be contained within a mere 2 dimensions.
yep. i agree.
and the great part is for a large guy he is VERY funny. so i would say that no one else could do fill his shoes...or his shirt.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby arciooh » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:56 am

molly1216 wrote:
Jon Mercer wrote:
molly1216 wrote:
Chris_Sax wrote:Chuck is good.

the blonde chick and adam baldwin's character have only been given 2 dimensions so far.

Adam's Baldwin's biceps are far too large to be contained within a mere 2 dimensions.
yep. i agree.
and the great part is for a large guy he is VERY funny. so i would say that no one else could do fill his shoes...or his shirt.

Chuck's fun... Doesn't take itself too seriously... But does anybody else here thinks that he kind of looks and acts like Jim from The Office? I'm just waiting for him to look into the camera!
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby HGervais » Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:48 am

Catching up on TV as well. Yeah, the third episode of Bionic Woman is better than the second which was better than the first...so that is a good sign. Gets another couple of weeks on the season pass.
Boston Legal....first good episode of the season and a pretty good examble of why I like the show. Shatner had stuff to do and Spader gave a great closing. Ditto on the season pass.
Heroes...I went back and watched all three new episodes in a row and man, I don't know. I think the show might have been better with its original plan of featuring an all new cast. There are too many characters right now with the main problem being that none of the plots they are involved in are very interesting or make much sense. I guess the Hiro one is the most fun and the Sylar one which made its first appearance this week gives me some small hope.
Pushing Daisies...I hate to sound like the hype machine but it is the best new show I've watched. Equal parts morbid & sweet, the show is relentlessly clever. I know it did well in the ratings last week, so hopefully that continues. So far of the shows I'm watching, this has turned into the one I look forward to watching most.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Mark Van Hook » Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:09 pm

So I finally made it through Season 1 of Friday Night Lights and really enjoyed it - good characters, strong writing. Like pretty much all shows that survive purely on critical acclaim (exception being The Wire) , it is also wildly overpraised. For every wonderful performance on the show (Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton) there's at least one really bad actor (Minka Kelly, I'm looking at YOU), and some of the storylines feel contrived and predictable (the racism two-parter, the Riggins-as-father-figure-to-little-kid). Plus, every game but one comes down to a huge last play - totally unrealistic. But that said, it's got some wonderful emotional moments (Riggins' first encounter with Street after the accident is just wrenching), and a lot of the details feel right. For $20, you can do a lot worse.

Best Character: Riggins
Worst Character: Lila
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby HGervais » Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:20 pm

Mark Van Hook wrote:Best Characters: Landry Clarke & Tyra Collette
Most Annoying Character: Lila


Fixed.

I guess since I missed it entirely during its run last year, I missed all the hype surrounding it. What I found was a really solid show that at its best was really, really good and at its worst, wasn't terrible. And I would agree, the one big thing the show has going for it is its tone. The show feels real. Get past all the actors in thier 20s playing teens & all the ungodly hot women in such a small town and the show feels accurate. I gather it did well in its first appearance on friday night but I'm hoping that with the plot twist involving Landry & Tyra the show hasn't set itself up to jump the shark.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Future Man » Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:00 pm

Robinson Crusoe on Mars
I enjoyed the first half better than the second. Up until the arrival of you-know-who it was a fairly compelling survival tale the dramatics of which involved a guy using his wits simply to stay alive, similar to Castaway.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby J.M. Vargas » Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:22 pm

Saw a special theatrical screening of An American Werewolf in London Friday night at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York City with John Landis (courtesy of Blue Underground's Bill Lustig) in person to introduce the movie. The 35mm copy looked as washed-out as the DVD but the crowd (a third of which raised their hands when asked by Landis is they hadn't seen the movie) went wild and clapped during David's nightmare-within-a-nightmare scene and the Piccadilli Circus climax. The highlight of the evening was Landis' introduction though. For 20 minutes he rambled on about the film's origins while he was a PA in Yugoslavia working on "Kelly's Heroes," how much better the movie looks on "Blu-ray" high definition (I didn't have to heart to interrupt and correct him that "Werewolf" is from HD-DVD exclusive studio Universal), how the technicians that make high-definition versions of his movies hate him for making them degrade the PQ of the HD versions to match what he wants the movie to look ("Animal House" was made too pretty-looking on HD-DVD so he made them redo it), how he was in town for the world premiere of his new Don Rickles documentary ("...which you cheap f--- can watch for free on HBO in December"). At one point his cellphone rang in the middle of a story and, without missing a beat, he looked at it and said 'It's Mrs. Giulliani' (afterwards he said it was an Italian writer of a book about Landis' movies she's finishing in time for a January '08 release).

Landis asked the crowd for questions and I was first. I told him his group commentary track for "Kentucky Fried Movie" was my favorite and wondered why he didn't do DVD commentary tracks for his other movies. He said the Zuckers brought the funny out of him in the "KFC" commentary track and that, on his own, he just doesn't like doing or listening to them because they're boring. I told him that the stories he had just been telling for 20+ minutes would have been great to hear on a "Werewolf" commentary track and he sniped back in a pretend-exasperated voice 'I just told you these stories. Why would you want to hear them again?' (huge roar of laughter from the crowd). A couple of ass-kissing questions later Landis left to thunderous applause. I was sitting on an aisle seat and, without me looking at him or asking for it, Landis tapped my shoulder as he walked by me on his way out the theater. As pleased as I was that I met in person the director of "AAWIL" I shuddered a bit at the thought that the killer of Vic Morrow had just tapped my shoulder. :shock:
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Andrew Forbes » Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:31 pm

Casino Royale. I think this is the third time, so my opinion of it is solidifying nicely. My take is that it is mostly upper-tier Bond with a few mild-to-serious problems. One problem is that the film is fairly front-heavy when it comes to action. There are two massive setpieces that are staged with a ton of style, but nothing in the second half of the film comes close action-wise. This really causes the finale to feel rather small, despite the strong emotional investment. The second issue is that the film is really awkwardly paced. Even knowing what is coming, the post-casino bits seem tacked on, despite being fairly critical to the plot. It's no longer quite as troubling as it was in the theatre, but it irks me. Another gripe, which is admittedly minor, is the poker-for-dummies exposition throughout the casino sequence. Giancarlo Giannini's role is pretty thankless, as he is mostly relegated to pointing out obvious developments in the game. Same with Jeffrey Wright. And why, why, why did they have to use poker? It feels out of place in the high-class Euro-world Bond inhabits, and I'm sure the film would still have found an audience without relying on the game's recent popularity. Baccarat would have been a better choice.

Having said all that, it is still a very entertaining film, and Daniel Craig is a very good Bond.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Boba Fett » Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:51 pm

In the past week:

Wolf: Very, very underrated, slow building "horror" film. One of Nicholson's most underrated performances. I thought it was a very interesting take on werewolves, especially due to the ruthless corporate setting his character worked. Spader was perfectly as always, playing the slimey sleeze.

Mr. Baseball: Another film I think is underrated, but I may be alone on this one. Very funny performances from everyone.

Shoot Em Up: My third favorite film of the year. Unapologetic violent, goofy fun. The quote about it stating "makes Hard Boiled look restrained" is completely false though; despite the nonstop action, itss still a few rungs below that film in the action department.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby stypee » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:23 pm

The Host - It was beautifully shot but other than that I don't see what all the hoopla was about. I still can't get "Ong Ju!! Ong Ju!!!" Out of my mind right now.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby arciooh » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:28 pm

Nice anecdote about John Landis J.M.Vargas!

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Severance - Very fun, gory movie! I liked how it wasn't a full blown parody, and it still made me squirm on a couple of scenes.
The Twilight Zone Movie - Ended up renting it, and I still love it. Specially John Lithgow as a panic stricken passenger and Dan Aykroyd with Midnight Special...
From Beyond - Liked it, hadn't seen it since I saw in the theater (I was like 11 years old), and it's ok, too much rubber monsters unfortunately...
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Future Man » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:49 am

World at War
First two episodes. After a strong first episode, slows down a bit in the second episode as the POV shifts to England and its initially sluggish response to Germany's aggression. It will be interesting to see the reportedly British POV on display overall throughout the series although I hope America's involvement is given more attention than some reviews indicate. (Hard to imagine a survey of WWII not mentioning Patton; anyone know if this is true?)
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby Bryan Pope » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:02 am

Hard Candy was on The Movie Channel last night, and my wife and I got sucked in pretty fast. It raises a lot of interesting, uncomfortable questions. The film deliberately withholds information while feeding just enough to make you jump to what could be the wrong conclusions about the characters. Is Jeff the monster we're led to believe he is? Are "Haley's" motives what she says they are? What, exactly, was the evidence she found in his safe? Even if we are to believe everthing we saw, does the punishment fit the crime? Excellent film. Check out Brett Cullum's review (http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/hardcandy.php) if you have a chance.

Oh, also saw the second episode of Dexter S2.
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Postby zircona1 » Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:17 am

I've been feeling kinda sad the past couple of days, so this weekend I watched Happiness and Requiem For A Dream.
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Re: What Are You Watching?....Newer & Brighter Edition

Postby maintcoder » Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:04 am

I watched All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) so far today. The new transfer by Universal looks quite good for movie over 70 years old. Also, the subject matter is as relevant today as then...
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