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Walter

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IncantatioN said:
There's a lot of symbolic referencing I notice now like the Kabbalah Tree of life in 2.22 and the entire Freudian influence/ under-tones.
I liked the new Eva movies as well, but you shouldn't think too much on the mumbo jumbo aspects of it. It's all full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
 

Oburi

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I never saw the other paranormal activity movies but the third one was the biggest piece of shit ever. The guys daughters are in danger, his wife is seriously injured and still he holds the camera an records everything in the slowest and most suspensful way possible They try so hard to be ultra reallistic and yet that's what makes the movie seem so fake, not to mention boring as well. I think if they ditched the video recorder gimmick and made a proper film it could actually be scary.
 

Griffith

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Oburi said:
I think if they ditched the video recorder gimmick and made a proper film it could actually be scary.
They're going to need a new name for that movie, something like Poltergeist or The Exorcist.

Anyway, yeah, the scariest thing about these movies is the commentary they are on the homogenization of our imagination, from every completely recycled idea throughout to the title that's been reduced to the lowest common denominator: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY! :magni: It's reminiscent of Carlin's take on euphemistic language. For the next movie in this series I recommend the title and totally original premise Paranormal Activity Investigations and Pest Control.
 
Studios are going to look to many more sequels like the Saw movies, just to cash in on the concept. Money talks and the movie broke the October movie sale record, unfortunately *sigh*. Damn you, Oburi and Truder! Kidding :schierke:
 

Griffith

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Well, when you look at what it's competing with, such as the thankfully tanking Three Musketeers abomination, I can't begrudge its success too much. And yeah, at least it's not another case of torture porn breaking box office records.

BTW, The Thing has grossed an abysmal fourteen million dollars in over two weeks. Got the message yet, Hollywood? No, of course not, I look forward to all my favorite cult films being embarrassed in similar fashion by greedy morons. Anyway, kudos to Thing fans for staying away (or there just not being that many; again, why did they do this?), you're much better than the losers that keep paying for the right to have their childhoods molested by the latest rape of Star Wars.
 

Walter

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It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon? Guess I should check the other thread, eh? :troll:
 
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I'm actually looking forward to Paranormal Activity 3. I just recently watched part 2, and honestly I liked it a lot. I'm not tired of the genre and there's something from my childhood that gets rekindled by this franchise.

I think some of it may have to do with the amount of computer-generated attention deficit bombardment we get nowadays from Hollywood. I really enjoy the old props and slight-of-hand tricks that used to be used all the time in cinema growing up. Also, I had siblings and we always enjoyed scaring the crap out of each other whenever possible. Cutting off the lights, turning the sound way up, popping some popcorn and snuggling with my woman is perfect for these movies, and I hope they keep making them personally. The reviews for part 3 have mostly all been good, so I'll definitely catch it sooner or later.
 

Truder

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IncantatioN said:
Damn you, Oburi and Truder! Kidding :schierke:
Glad I could be part of the problem! :troll:

but in all honesty, the movie is not that bad. If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie. It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.
 

Griffith

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Truder said:
If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie.
I can't think of a much better reason to dislike a visual medium than not liking the visuals, but the overall theme of objection seems to be what a retread it is.

Truder said:
It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.
In the same vein of not going totally film snob here, spare us the populist sentiment about the audience experience. You don't want to sound like one of those commercials where they interview actors outside a theater saying, "It was SO scary/funny/award worthy!" Just kidding about the last one, they don't usually stoop to that for good movies. :griffnotevil:
 

Oburi

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Truder said:
Glad I could be part of the problem! :troll:

but in all honesty, the movie is not that bad. If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie. It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.
Believe me dude I'm not a snob. But it's like if a person who hates fantasy watches Lord of the Rings and says it was a dumb movie. It's just not my thing. I don't get these types of movies and after seeing Paranormal Activity 3, it didn't do anything to help change my opinion, even though I went in with an open mind. The camera gimmick wasn't the only thing wrong with it, but like Griff said, it's pretty much the whole movie so there isn't a need to go further.

As a sidenote, I went with a really big fan of the series and it was opening night so I imagine a lot of the people were fans. There was a lot of laughing in my theater. None of scary parts were inducing frightened gasps or anything. People chuckled and actually yelled out loud at the end things like "DON"T TELL ME THAT"S HOW IT ENDS". It was disappointing to everyone it seemed, both die hard fans and people like me who knew nothing about the series. But don't worry, you won't find me complaining about how bad Paranormal Activity 4 is.
 

Walter

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Is this the one featuring home video footage with people wobbling scenery off camera to make it look like the house is haunted? I heard that's pretty scary stuff.
 
Last night I watched:


Attack the Block: I loved this. It felt like a modern day Goonies to me (with aliens instead of pirates). I have to admit, I haven't seen Super 8, but from what I read, it was trying to remake the magic that is 80s kids movies, and I think this movie did that wonderfully. The kids aren't talked down to, and feel real, and the monsters were a blast. Kind of felt B-movie-ish, but I def would recommend.
 
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.
 
Walter said:
It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon? Guess I should check the other thread, eh? :troll:
I watched it at home on Saturday and it was just about decent. The soundtrack stands out but there plot's predictable. I read reviews talking about the European look or the awesome car chases ... I couldn't find either.
 

Walter

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IncantatioN said:
The soundtrack stands out but there plot's predictable.
I don't think every movie has to have sharp turns in the plot in order for it to be good. Anyone with a modicum of experience in watching movies these days could probably predict the general structure of a given movie after the 20 minute mark. But the ones that fail are those that give you time to ruminate on this while watching the movie :guts:
 

Oburi

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Walter said:
It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon?
My thoughts exactly. This year was total shit for movies. Though, I will go see Rum Diary and Immortals in the next weeks.

The only other stuff on the horizon is all spread across 2012 and most of that is the big stuff like The Hobbit, Alien prequel and Batman.
 
Rhombaad said:
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.
Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.
 
frankencowx said:
Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.
Sam Neil at his best! I like the In the Mouth of Madness, Event Horizon Halloween double feature.
 

Oburi

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Rhombaad said:
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.
Yea I've seen it so many times tho that I decided to watch the commentary on the special edition and that was truly great. Carpenter and Kurt Russel are both informative and hilarious. Kurt Russel admitted that he hadn't see the film in years and when the scenes with the creature effects start he just geeks out like any fan of the film would. They also mentioned that there was literally no females involved in the production. Just a bunch guys making a guy movie out in the freezing cold. :guts:
 

Griffith

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Oburi said:
Yea I've seen it so many times tho that I decided to watch the commentary on the special edition and that was truly great. Carpenter and Kurt Russel are both informative and hilarious. Kurt Russel admitted that he hadn't see the film in years and when the scenes with the creature effects start he just geeks out like any fan of the film would.
Wally and I used to send wavs of that commentary to each other.

*Thing-person splits in half* Russell[excited]: "Oh Jesus!" *laughs hysterically* Carpenter[dryly]: "Yep...*as the gore escalates*...YEP!"

Wish I still had those. :ganishka:

Oburi said:
They also mentioned that there was literally no females involved in the production. Just a bunch guys making a guy movie out in the freezing cold. :guts:
Damn straight, possibly the manliest movie ever (Predator would be undisputed champion, except for having a woman and arguable homoerotic imagery =). As I said when it was revealed that fucking Ramona Flowers would be replacing Kurt Russell as the lead in the premake, this is the only female that belongs in The Thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2R-K0vl94s

Voice of Adrienne Barbeau, of course.
 
Griffith said:
As I said when it was revealed that fucking Ramona Flowers would be replacing Kurt Russell as the lead in the premake, this is the only female that belongs in The Thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2R-K0vl94s
I love that part. :ganishka:
 
During Halloween I sat through the entire Evil Dead movies & John Carpenter's The Thing to get myself in the mood for the holiday experience, to this day I still say the effects in those movies are groundbreaking because of the practicality they used in them.
 

NightCrawler

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frankencowx said:
Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.
JudeauChop said:
Sam Neil at his best!
In the Mouth of Madness is probably my favorite movie of all time.
 

Griffith

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I've never looked at children playing ball the same way after that movie. IT'S MOMMY'S DAY! :magni:

Another fun fact about In the Mouth of Madness, the theme song blatantly rips off Enter Sandman and is otherwise like a pastiche of 90's Megadeth. Seriously, listen to this shit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wAw7gBQxU

We're off to Haaaaah-Ooooobb’s End

Don't get me wrong though, I love it. :ganishka:
 
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