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    It was what was good about Ridley. He really did not have a "genre". His first four films were all different: The Duelists, Alien, Blade Runner and Legend. Then he came up with that dud "Someone to watch over me". "Black Rain" was sort of meh. But they are all different and new. Now when he decides that he is doing bad prequels it seems to me that he us running out of ideas.
    And remember his brother Tony. First film: "The Hunger". A complete masterpiece. And from then on, one piece of junk after another (Days of Thunder. Days of Thunder?!)
    So if Ridley wants to talk about quality dilution, he certainly can start with himself.
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    I feel like there should be something here to mark the opening of The Force Awakens.

    The good thing about visiting old people in Florida is that we just walked into a half empty movie theatre with no pre-planning to see the movie.

    I would go again. And that's not something I ever do. I'm not saying I will. But I would.

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    Some interesting film history.

    Connery's selection for the role of James Bond owed a lot to Dana Broccoli, wife of producer"Cubby" Broccoli, who is reputed to have been instrumental in persuading her husband that Sean Connery was the right man.[43] James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, originally doubted Connery's casting, saying, "He's not what I envisioned of James Bond looks", and "I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man," adding that Connery (muscular, 6' 2", and a Scot) was unrefined. Fleming's girlfriend told him that Connery had the requisite sexual charisma, and Fleming changed his mind after the successful Dr. No première. He was so impressed, he created a half-Scottish, half-Swiss heritage for Bond in the later novels.

    Connery's portrayal of Bond owes much to stylistic tutelage from director Terence Young, polishing the actor while using his physical grace and presence for the action. Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny, related that, "Terence took Sean under his wing. He took him to dinner, showed him how to walk, how to talk, even how to eat."[44] The tutoring was successful; Connery received thousands of fan letters a week, and the actor became one of the great malesex symbols of film.[27]
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    i watched some Roger Moore Bond over the week and he is just so flat. I liked him in "The Saint" television show but he wasn't trying to live up to Connery's interpretation of a character. I sit through all the misogyny just to watch Connery.
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    Almost Half of the Michael Bay Benghazi Movie's Meagre Opening Weekend Revenue Came From Theaters in the South
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    Michael Bay’s Benghazi fan-fic thriller 13 Hours is on track to make $19 million at the box office this weekend, Variety reports. Nearly half of that—41 percent—will come from theaters in the South, where the movie out-performed other areas by 25 percent.

    Apart from its regional success, this is an underwhelming performance for Bay: The most recent Transformers movie cracked $100 million on its opening weekend. Even Pain & Gain topped $20 million. (Ride Along 2, meanwhile, also debuted this weekend at somewhere around $34 million.)

    Much of what has likely inhibited the film’s performance is disagreement not only over the interpretation of the facts on which it is purportedly based but also those facts themselves. The CIA’s Benghazi station chief—now retired, but identified only by his first name, “Bob,” because his cover hasn’t been lifted yet—rejected the film’s portrayal of his actions. “I thought I would regret it if I didn’t,” Bob told the Washington Post. “So much of this information has been wrong.”

    An agency spokesman, Ryan Trapani, went even further. “No one will mistake this movie for a documentary,” he told the Post. “It’s a distortion of the events and people who served in Benghazi that night. It’s shameful that, in order to highlight the heroism of some, those responsible for the movie felt the need to denigrate the courage of other Americans who served in harm’s way.”

    Rob Moore, vice-chairman of Paramount, the studio that made the $50 million war porn, bemoaned the fact that criticism of the film has become political. “It feels like it was hard for people to buy a ticket if they were more liberal leaning,” Moore said. “It’s sad that this gets turned into a political debate as opposed to a conversation about who did the right thing and who was heroic.”

    From Variety:

    The film is a departure for Bay, who is best known for overseeing the “Transformers” and “Bad Boys” franchises. Though “American Sniper” became the highest-grossign domestic release of 2014, studios tend to steer clear of politically charged movies such as “13 Hours.” For one thing, they tend not to play as well internationally — a major drawback at a time when foreign ticket sales can comprise nearly 70% of a picture’s gross.

    But this was a passion project for Bay and a reward for his role in guiding the “Transformers” films for Paramount. It’s no accident that the studio recently announced Bay will direct the fifth film in the Autobots series.

    To position the Transformers movies as somehow less “politically charged” than 13 Hours—after all, they’re both works of fantasy!—is laughable, considering how closely the Department of Defense worked with Bay on those movies (and Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon). Verisimilitude is very important, though.

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    Re: The Film Thread **SPOILERS**

    I had little intention on seeing it, but was hoping this film is not a total-BS Michael Bay disaster because I like John Krasinski and he decided to be in it for some reason (probably trying to have a Chris Pratt goofy TV actor to blockbusters transormation). Oh well.


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    Anyone interested in any of the following Sundance films?

    UNDER THE SHADOW
    THE LURE
    WHITE GIRL
    JACQUELINE
    MR. PIG
    THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    THE 4TH
    MAMMAL
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    Re: The Film Thread **SPOILERS**

    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
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    Documentary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Anyone interested in any of the following Sundance films?

    UNDER THE SHADOW
    THE LURE
    WHITE GIRL
    JACQUELINE
    MR. PIG
    THE BLACKOUT EXPERIMENTS
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    THE 4TH
    MAMMAL
    Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny
    I really only want to see the one where Harry Potter's explosive flatulence saves Paul Dano from being marooned on a desert island. And I'm so ecstatic that I'm not making that up.
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    Of the films at Sundance, the ones I want to watch most are Ali and Nino (Maria Valverde, one of my favourite actresses, stars in it), The Intervetion (Sara Quin, of my favourite band Tegan and Sara, composed the film's score), Holy Hell (the doc about Buddhafield), Green Room, The Lobster, and I forget what else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shtexas View Post
    Documentary?
    Yep yep

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    Well y'all, I only have links (hint hint) to the one's I've listed so munchin's erotic fantasies will have to wait out a little longer.

    Under The Shadow is a fun horror film especially since the setting is Tehran during the Iran/Iraq war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchin View Post
    I really only want to see the one where Harry Potter's explosive flatulence saves Paul Dano from being marooned on a desert island. And I'm so ecstatic that I'm not making that up.
    Nelslus and munchin finally have consensus. (Yup, I've heard of this one too, and the MANY walk-outs at the screening.)
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    I saw Hail, Caesar Friday night, and it did not live up to my expectations. I enjoyed most of the action set at the studio, but every time they cut to Clooney's characters and his kidnappers, it sucked all the life and energy out of the movie.

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    Saw Ex Machina last night, I thought it was a very intelligent addition to the AI/Sci-Fi genre. Very impressive effects for a relatively low budget production too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Saw Ex Machina last night, I thought it was a very intelligent addition to the AI/Sci-Fi genre. Very impressive effects for a relatively low budget production too.
    It's quite good but just got no award season traction. Same for Sicario.
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