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Old April 8th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #31
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By far the worst movie I've sat through (after buying a ticket) was Wing Commander. I kept saying it can't get any worse, and it kept getting worse.
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Most movies made by the sci-fi channel (those animal movies are terrible).

Another movie I didn't like that much (and people will disagree with me here) is Ironman. I don't read the comics and went with a friend and I knew what was going to happen in every scene. It was way too perdicitible.
Shrug, I examined Ironman for the five criticals and I thought it met all five goals. Even Gwyneth Paltrow didn't stink and she usually does.
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Old April 8th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #32
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Acting was good in ironman, but the storyline for me was way to predictable and therefore too away from would have been a good movie. For me the storyline is the biggest thing, you can have all the best actors, special effects and sounds but if the storyline isnít there, it will take away from the movie.
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Shrug. Story is important but with the mediocre writers we have today, I'll take what I can get.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 08:49 AM   #34
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Bryan,

Never really played WC. Think I had a demo of one of the later versions of the game, but all I remember about it was my joystick awas $#^! and my PC didn't quite seem to be fast enough so I kept veering to the left, shooting late, which for some reason made the other pilots think my character was a traitor so I got fragged. A lot.

However what's really sad is your comments apply to SOOO many other movie adaptations of games it's not funny.

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I was introduced to DOOM as a PC game through a roommate. I loved playing the game as I found it very challenging and exciting - especially because it was a computer game that was able to entertain.

When I heard that a film was coming out, I was pretty excited about it because at that point, it had been quite a few years since I had played the game. I wondered what it would be like as a film. Would it be just as exciting to watch as it was to play? I could only wonder until the film came out. When DOOM came out as a film, I saw little tiny bits of what I experienced as a game, but not much more than that. The film was nearly unrecognizable compared to what I knew. I know that there's always something lost in the translation to film, but in this case, too much was cast aside.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100649/

The Movie is Solar Crisis.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #36
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The Movie is Solar Crisis.
Oh, now...

I've actually got Solar Crisis on DVD. I got it pretty cheap though. I liked the SciFi part of the story. I also liked some of the actors, soundtrack and even the VFX. Considering that it was a Japanese production, it was far better than what people were used to back then. The film came out in the very early 90's as I recall. I first saw it on VHS tape through a local video rental shop around 1993 or so.

The part of the film that just doesn't work is the stuff that takes place on Earth. You'd think that they'd focus on the effect that the Sun is having on our planet, but no....they go with the "evil corporation" crap and have one of the characters be the son and grandson of two other characters in the film. The son/grandson is being hunted down for no real apparent reason (that I recall).

The film had a pretty well known cast for some roles - Charlton Heston, Tim Matheson, Peter Boyle, Jack Palance, Dorian Harewood were in it. The grandson was played by Corin Nemec, who Stargate fans know as Jonas Quinn from Season 6 of Stargate SG-1.

On the whole, the film isn't very memorable, but for some reason, part of the film stuck with me over the years. When I saw it in the 5 dollar bin at Wal Mart, I figured that the price was just about right.

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Old April 14th, 2009, 12:45 PM   #37
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I didn't like it for much the same reason I didn't like Heston's monkey movies. Bad science. Today's stinker:



The trailer is the movie. Two words: Dolph Lundgrun.

Yetch.
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I didn't like it for much the same reason I didn't like Heston's monkey movies. Bad science. Today's stinker:

The trailer is the movie. Two words: Dolph Lundgrun.

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You mean Dolph Lundgren?
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You mean Dolph Lundgren?
The correct spelling is "Doof Lungegrunt".

Picky, picky, yeah that "actor".
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I, too, have Solar Crisis on DVD. Found it at a Big Lots for $3. Sort of watched it. Seemed okay, better than some of my other Big Lots scores. DVDs like:

COVERT ONE: THE HADES FACTOR

Apparently this was a mini-series. Apparently I even watched part of it because part way through it I realized I'd seen a scene. Which makes this is a totally forgettable OUTBREAK/ANDROMEDA STRAIN wannabe.

DECOYS

Imagine you're a low budget Canadian filmmaker. Now imagine you've decided to emulate SPECIES sans the eroticism, big budget VFX, and veteran actors. If you can manage to imagine all that then there's no real reason to watch this movie. Or it's sequel, which I also picked up, but left in the cellophane.

Anyone know if BRAINSTORM, APRIL FOOLS DAY, or EATING RAOUL are worth watching? I picked those up too.
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nyone know if BRAINSTORM, APRIL FOOLS DAY, or EATING RAOUL are worth watching? I picked those up too.
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I haven't seen the latter two films, but I have Brainstorm on DVD - It's been one of my favorite films over the years. Not a favorite in terms of a blockbuster film or anything, but this is one of those films that really grabs me. I've always been a big fan of Natalie Wood and this film was the film she was working on when she died from an accidental drowning on 1981. It was her final film and I just had to see it. There are some really good performances in the film from Louise Fletcher, Christopher Walken and Cliff Robertson. The film was directed by Douglas Trumbull who most of us remember him from his special effects work in films like Blade Runner, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Silent Running, The Andromeda Strain and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

If you want to see a trailer for it, they've got one over at Netflix:

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Brainst...=506863158_0_0

Now that I've been talking about it, I'm gonna have to pull the DVD out and watch it again...it's been awhile.

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Another Tim Burton debacle:



Why do they let this guy make movies again?
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So I popped Brainstorm into my DVD player.

My first reaction was: O-M-G it's a gimmick film and the gimmick is effing annoying! It's a WS presentation and, being far from an expert, I'd say it looks like the movie was originally shot in something like regular 35mm with super 70mm for the "virtual" visualisations and while that may have looked awesome on the big screen it's annoying as h#!! on the small screen. Takes you right out of the movie.

My second reaction after the movie had been playing awhile was: O-M-G I saw this ages ago and it ends with a pyschadellic "trip" sequence. I wasn't sure of the latter but, upon skipping chapters to the end, I ejected the disc in disgust as, once I realized I'd seen the movie, there really was no point to watch it. Nothing happens. It's just one long build up to the VFX ending and the gimmick SFX of switching aspect ratios was too annoying, for me.

However if you've never seen the movie it's not a bad watch, I suppose. But not remotely worth revisiting, IMO, unless it's in full screen or on a theatre screen.
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It skunked the first time I saw it. Silent Running was a nifty little filmTrumball turned out; but this dopey piece of celluloid (Brainstorm) was just a precursor or rather a slightly better first version of Strange Days with none of that crummy movie's technical glitches or half baked story continuity errors that made Strange Days so comical and Brainstorm as a point by the numbers movie, so DULL.

No wonder Natalie Wood killed herself. What a way to wreck a career!
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That comment about Natalie Wood was a bit harsh.

Back to Brainstorm...

You know, now that you mention it, I didn't really care for Strange Days either. It's one of those movies when you ask someone if it's worth watching the ONLY thing they can think of to recommend it is that someone shows her tatas. Not that I have anything against actresses showing their tatas (in fact I think that's what's missing in movies today, not enough tatas) but when that's the ONLY reason someone gives you to watch a movie that's not explicitly a softcore T&A flick or porno one does wonder how bad said movie must be.

However, storywise, Strange Days was probably more interesting than Brainstorm. The latter is really a Twilight Zone episode padded out to feature length. But if not for that gimmick of switching aspect ratios so the screen goes from this little box with a picture in a field of black to FULL widescreen (with just black bars top and bottom) I'd probably have enjoyed Brainstorm a lot more. Sometimes a gimmick ruins a movie.

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Harsh, but unfortunately true.

Did you ever get the feeling that Kathy Bigelow, James Cameron, and Jay Cocks somehow watched Brainstorm and glommed onto the Rodney King incident as the actual inspiration for Strange Days? That would explain how disjointed and comical that movie turned out to be to me as written and filmed. Toss in Philo Gant (Phil Spector in all but name) and the LAPD as the usual bad guys and you have a mess that passes for "cyber punk filmmaking".

Shrug. Ultimately the movie was nihilistic, over complex for the stupidly simple story it tried to tell, and no fun at all too watch.

Brainstorm had a single minded story. It missed the mark when it overplayed the mind recording gimmick and failed to exploit the husband wife conflict.

Trumball forgot what made Silent Running work-character.
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You could set out to make your own movie....and see what people think.


BTW, in the clip from I, Claudius, is that Sian Phillips in the scene with Stewart? If so, she also performed in Dune (1984) as did Stewart.
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BTW, in the clip from I, Claudius, is that Sian Phillips in the scene with Stewart? If so, she also performed in Dune (1984) as did Stewart.



Ooooo! I love Patrick Stewart as Gurney Hallick! I need to go watch that film again!

Thanks for the reminder Steve!

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Ooooo! I love Patrick Stewart as Gurney Hallick! I need to go watch that film again!

Thanks for the reminder Steve!

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Yeah....I liked him in that role. If you get a chance, watch the extended version of the movie.

And, you're welcome.
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