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The Film, TV, and General Media Thread

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 04:03:31

DangerBond

As a film major I feel compelled to ask: what are your favorite movies? Do you have any favorite directors or actors/actresses? Some of my favorite movie series include: James Bond 007 The Bournes (Identity, Supremacy, etc.) Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy The Jack Ryans (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, etc.) Star Wars Indiana Jones Transformers (I have a soft spot for Michael Bay) Marvel's Avengers canon
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 05:56:28

Ganonmaster

My favorite directors right now are probably David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino. Both of them know how to set up great visuals, build tension and know how to properly pay off that tension in their own way. They're masters of their art and both seem to have a passion for the films they work on.
"DangerBond" said ...
James Bond 007
Got any favorites? There are 23 movies in the franchise and 6 different actors have portrayed Bond, all with their own style, so you must have a favorite. I prefer most of Sean Connery's portrayals, of which my favorite is "You Only Live Twice". The latest movie with Daniel Craig was also more enjoyable than I expected. More serious and less tongue in cheek than the older ones. Sort of took the franchise in a new direction. :)
"DangerBond" said ...
Star Wars
Absolutely loved the original trilogy. Empire Strikes Back still my all time favorite movie. It's a shame that it went the way it did with Lucas and the prequels. The expanded universe really doesn't mean anything to me. The newly announced sequels will probably be better than Lucas' attempts at recapturing magic, as JJ Abrams is a well established filmmaker with knowledge of the source material.
"DangerBond" said ...
Indiana Jones
Loved those movies. Latest one was a little disappointing though, but that's what you get when you pull such an old beloved franchise out of its crypt. (haha, get it?)
"DangerBond" said ...
Transformers (I have a soft spot for Michael Bay)
I have a soft spot for Transformers (the toys and the TV show), but Michael Bay can burn in hell. The guy is great at filming action and explosions, but give him a script with a little more depth and he'll make sure to ruin it in some way. Succesful as he may be, his movies lack subtlety and a coherent plot. Why this man's movies have such broad appeal is beyond me.
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 07:31:58

Vitezislav

My all time favourite movie is The Good, the bad and the ugly from Sergio Leone. 2. Lord of the Rings/ Original Star Wars trilogy. 3. Once upon a time in the west. 4. The Hobbit
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:08:44

DangerBond

"Ganonmaster" said ...
My favorite directors right now are probably David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino. Both of them know how to set up great visuals, build tension and know how to properly pay off that tension in their own way. They're masters of their art and both seem to have a passion for the films they work on.
Love those two. Their styles are so recognizable and distinct, though personally I'd give an edge to Fincher. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was so unbelievably intense and you can never go wrong with Fight Club. Tarantino's scripts are always so well written and his characters so well developed. Directors who write their own screenplays tend to make better quality films than those who don't, wouldn't you agree?
"Ganonmaster" said ...
Got any favorites? There are 23 movies in the franchise and 6 different actors have portrayed Bond, all with their own style, so you must have a favorite. I prefer most of Sean Connery's portrayals, of which my favorite is "You Only Live Twice". The latest movie with Daniel Craig was also more enjoyable than I expected. More serious and less tongue in cheek than the older ones. Sort of took the franchise in a new direction. :)
Bond is something of a specialty for me. Roger Moore is my favorite actor to play 007 but my all-time favorite movie is The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton. Everything about that movie is so perfect, including Tim's down-to-Earth portrayal of Bond. That couldn't have been easy coming off the heels of Sir Roger who always kept things light and fun during his tenure as 007. I could go on, but I'll spare you. As for Skyfall, it's the first Daniel Craig Bond to crack my top 10. Casino Royale was alright but Quantum of Solace was just... ugh. We shan't get into that. Suffice to say I'm glad the producers righted the ship with Sam Mendes at the helm. Have you seen any of the classics on Blu-ray? I have the entire collection and the first time I watched Dr. No I nearly cried. Seriously.
"Ganonmaster" said ...
Absolutely loved the original trilogy. Empire Strikes Back still my all time favorite movie. It's a shame that it went the way it did with Lucas and the prequels. The expanded universe really doesn't mean anything to me. The newly announced sequels will probably be better than Lucas' attempts at recapturing magic, as JJ Abrams is a well established filmmaker with knowledge of the source material.
I wholeheartedly agree. I watched the prequels on Blu-ray for the first time recently and I was flabbergasted by the God-awful writing. I don't know what happened to George Lucas after the original trilogy. His creativity and overall sense of quality totally evaporated. I too look forward to J.J.'s revitalization. I'm just waiting to hear he got the rights to do a Mass Effect movie as well. He'd have most of the sci-fi film market in his back pocket, which may or may not be a good thing.
"Ganonmaster" said ...
Loved those movies. Latest one was a little disappointing though, but that's what you get when you pull such an old beloved franchise out of its crypt. (haha, get it?)
:mrgreen:
"Ganonmaster" said ...
I have a soft spot for Transformers (the toys and the TV show), but Michael Bay can burn in hell. The guy is great at filming action and explosions, but give him a script with a little more depth and he'll make sure to ruin it in some way. Succesful as he may be, his movies lack subtlety and a coherent plot. Why this man's movies have such broad appeal is beyond me.
Have you seen his newest film Pain & Gain? I highly recommend it. It has all the trapping of a MB film but with a surprising amount of substance (which isn't really that much but more so than any of his Transformers movies). My ex-girlfriend saw it with me recently and she genuinely loved it. The best part is she HATES Bay with a burning passion. After she told me she liked the movie I could tell she was a little dead inside, which goes to show how much she reviles the man. Redbox or Netflix it when it comes out. You too may be pleasantly surprised, my friend. ;)
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:14:16

DangerBond

"Vitezislav" said ...
My all time favourite movie is The Good, the bad and the ugly from Sergio Leone. 2. Lord of the Rings/ Original Star Wars trilogy. 3. Once upon a time in the west. 4. The Hobbit
Ah! I completely forgot to mention LoTR! Those movies are masterpieces. Do you have a favorite? Have you read the books? Also, I've yet to see The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. I enjoyed A Fistful of Dollars immensely, even though it was a clear ripoff of Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Not that I'm complaining. Imitation is often the most sincere form of flattery in the movie business.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:19:13

Vitezislav

"DangerBond" said ...
Ah! I completely forgot to mention LoTR! Those movies are masterpieces. Do you have a favorite? Have you read the books? Also, I've yet to see The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. I enjoyed A Fistful of Dollars immensely, even though it was a clear ripoff of Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Not that I'm complaining. Imitation is often the most sincere form of flattery in the movie business.
My favourite book is The Silmarillion from Tolkien and I have read all his books about Middle-Earth that have been published, including all 12 The History of Middle-Earth volumes. My favourite movie out of the three is The Fellowship of the Ring. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is a true masterpiece and nothing has ever been made that comes close to it. It's a unique piece of work.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:55:52

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
"Ganonmaster" said ...
Absolutely loved the original trilogy. Empire Strikes Back still my all time favorite movie. It's a shame that it went the way it did with Lucas and the prequels. The expanded universe really doesn't mean anything to me. The newly announced sequels will probably be better than Lucas' attempts at recapturing magic, as JJ Abrams is a well established filmmaker with knowledge of the source material.
I wholeheartedly agree. I watched the prequels on Blu-ray for the first time recently and I was flabbergasted by the God-awful writing. I don't know what happened to George Lucas after the original trilogy. His creativity and overall sense of quality totally evaporated. I too look forward to J.J.'s revitalization. I'm just waiting to hear he got the rights to do a Mass Effect movie as well. He'd have most of the sci-fi film market in his back pocket, which may or may not be a good thing.
I think what most people forget is that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were not directed by George Lucas, and he was not the only screenwriter for those two either. Production on A New Hope was a disaster, and a lot of changes were made as production went along. Lucas had less control over the process and was challenged by actors and artists as production went along. "George, you can type this shit, but you can't say it!" said Harrison Ford. When you look back, the creative process was more collaborative, and you can't credit George Lucas for being the only creator of Star Wars. He was there for that initial idea, but after that it gets fuzzy. His ego got the best of him when the decision was made to make new Star Wars movies. It's a good thing that he's sort of letting go, by selling Lucasfilm to Disney and letting another director take care of it.
"DangerBond" said ...
"Ganonmaster" said ...
I have a soft spot for Transformers (the toys and the TV show), but Michael Bay can burn in hell. The guy is great at filming action and explosions, but give him a script with a little more depth and he'll make sure to ruin it in some way. Succesful as he may be, his movies lack subtlety and a coherent plot. Why this man's movies have such broad appeal is beyond me.
Have you seen his newest film Pain & Gain? I highly recommend it. It has all the trapping of a MB film but with a surprising amount of substance (which isn't really that much but more so than any of his Transformers movies). My ex-girlfriend saw it with me recently and she genuinely loved it. The best part is she HATES Bay with a burning passion. After she told me she liked the movie I could tell she was a little dead inside, which goes to show how much she reviles the man. Redbox or Netflix it when it comes out. You too may be pleasantly surprised, my friend. ;)
The movie hasn't been released yet in my country and won't be until August, so no, I haven't seen it. I've seen some reviews and watched some trailers, but it only reassured me that it's not worth my time. You take a true story, blow it out of proportions and stuff it full of juvenile humor. That's all I got from watching the trailers and reviews. It's so off putting. I just can't take it seriously.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:37:37

DangerBond

"Ganonmaster" said ...
I think what most people forget is that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were not directed by George Lucas, and he was not the only screenwriter for those two either. Production on A New Hope was a disaster, and a lot of changes were made as production went along. Lucas had less control over the process and was challenged by actors and artists as production went along. "George, you can type this shit, but you can't say it!" said Harrison Ford. When you look back, the creative process was more collaborative, and you can't credit George Lucas for being the only creator of Star Wars. He was there for that initial idea, but after that it gets fuzzy. His ego got the best of him when the decision was made to make new Star Wars movies. It's a good thing that he's sort of letting go, by selling Lucasfilm to Disney and letting another director take care of it.
I remember watching Lucas' AFI Lifetime Achievement Award presentation and hearing Harrison say that when he got up to speak. Didn't George say he was so burnt out after A New Hope that he had no inclination to direct the sequels? Not that I'm complaining. Kershner did fantastic helming Empire and was one of Lucas' professors at USC. I think... Also, how do you think Disney will fare with its acquisition of Lucasfilm? I was petrified when they first bought Marvel, but after I saw The Avengers last year most of my doubts/fears were erased. Hopefully the same will be true for our beloved Star Wars franchise.
"Ganonmaster" said ...
The movie hasn't been released yet in my country and won't be until August, so no, I haven't seen it. I've seen some reviews and watched some trailers, but it only reassured me that it's not worth my time. You take a true story, blow it out of proportions and stuff it full of juvenile humor. That's all I got from watching the trailers and reviews. It's so off putting. I just can't take it seriously.
That's okay. I can't take Bay seriously either. As much as I love his films, they're just eye candy and spectacle. He's a master at creating visually exciting movies, but as you pointed out the scripts he oversees have about as much depth as a beach at low tide. He's not in the same class as Fincher, Tarantino, or even Nolan (my personal favorite, btw). But I like him for what he does since he's so good at it. Like most distinctive directors or "auteurs" if you want to be fancy about it, Bay has a unique style, which just so happens to emphasize bright colors, high levels of saturation, low angles, model-caliber women, crude humor, etc. Though I will concede that he's what my ex called "a hormonally-charged tits and ass obsessed man-child." Thought you'd find that amusing. :D
"Vitezislav" said ...
My favourite book is The Silmarillion from Tolkien and I have read all his books about Middle-Earth that have been published, including all 12 The History of Middle-Earth volumes. My favourite movie out of the three is The Fellowship of the Ring.
Sounds like you're a Tolkien scholar, my friend. How do you think Jackson's treating the story for The Hobbit? Some of my LoTR friends aren't too keen on how he's adding story elements in order to make the book a film trilogy.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:45:39

Vitezislav

I think it's brilliant what he is doing with the Hobbit, by adding some of the events that take place during the book, but aren't told in the book.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 03:08:47

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
Also, how do you think Disney will fare with its acquisition of Lucasfilm? I was petrified when they first bought Marvel, but after I saw The Avengers last year most of my doubts/fears were erased. Hopefully the same will be true for our beloved Star Wars franchise.
Part of me is relieved that George is no longer steering the Star Wars boat. Negative side effects have already been seen though as Disney closed down the videogame division LucasArts. (one of the oldest videogame studios in the world) It should be noted though that LucasArts didn't release any good videogames for a long time. Disney announced it had plans to license all the Lucasfilm and LucasArts IP to third parties. This could have potentially resulted in strong videogame titles by well established studios. But alas, they licensed all the Star Wars games to EA. And a million souls cried out in torment and were silenced at once...
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 06:37:22

Vitezislav

I was really looking forward to Star Wars 1313, but because Disney closed LucasArts the game is cancelled.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:01:56

DangerBond

"Vitezislav" said ...
I was really looking forward to Star Wars 1313, but because Disney closed LucasArts the game is cancelled.
I too was excited for 1313. The premise was so interesting and the gameplay style really differed from all the prior Star Wars games. They were billing it the Uncharted of the Star Wars franchise, which would have been incredibly awesome. It's such a shame. LucasArts had some amazing video games; most of which were integral to my childhood. Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron, Dark Forces and the subsequent Jedi Knight spin-offs, Episode I: Racer, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, Republic Commando, hell even The Force Unleashed was pretty entertaining.
"Ganonmaster" said ...
But alas, they licensed all the Star Wars games to EA. And a million souls cried out in torment and were silenced at once...
Seriously? EA? How the hell did I miss that? Although I'd much rather EA get the rights than Activision. They butchered the hell out of James Bond, Call of Duty, and just about any other title they manage to acquire. Still, the lesser of two evils isn't really a good thing. I know EA's not the best publisher and whatnot, but I have a tiny soft spot for them and their games. Funny considering I'm not even a sports gamer, at least not anymore.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:04:32

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
"Ganonmaster" said ...
But alas, they licensed all the Star Wars games to EA. And a million souls cried out in torment and were silenced at once...
Seriously? EA? How the hell did I miss that? Although I'd much rather EA get the rights than Activision. They butchered the hell out of James Bond, Call of Duty, and just about any other title they manage to acquire. Still, the lesser of two evils isn't really a good thing. I know EA's not the best publisher and whatnot, but I have a tiny soft spot for them and their games. Funny considering I'm not even a sports gamer, at least not anymore.
It happened.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:03:48

Vitezislav

EA is allowed to make the games for the Star Wars movies. Also EA doesn't own Call of Duty, but Battlefield.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:27:49

DangerBond

"Vitezislav" said ...
Also EA doesn't own Call of Duty, but Battlefield.
Oh I know. I was just saying that Activision doesn't exactly have a great record regarding game quality. If you ask me, Black Ops was their last good game. Modern Warfare 3 was the exact same thing as MW2 and I've little interest in playing BO2. They watered down those games so much that they aren't unique or remotely fun as they used to be. The same goes for Guitar Hero and James Bond. Thank God Activision sold the rights to 007 otherwise we'd be subject to more garbage in the future. Don't get me wrong, EA's quality isn't fantastic; but, I honestly think it's better even if it isn't by much. James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing is my all time favorite game and that was made by EA. Granted that was almost 10 years ago and a lot of things have changed since then, like the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle and the most recent Sim City fiasco.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:07:18

Vitezislav

Please don't mention SimCity. I'm still getting nightmares from it. Every time I try to play it something else is broken.
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 03:34:14

dark0nex

After a while it's hard to say which IS your favorite, you love so many. I often say Fight Club is my #1, I often tie it with Fallen Angels from Kar Wai Wong Lots of "franchises" I enjoy, don't know where to start. For The Bond, [spoiler:kf4jfyhh]my favorite is Timothy Dalton, his smirk is great. Sadly Roger Moore is last on my list. Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are my other two favorite. (Yes I like George Lazenby more then Moore.) I though Telly Savalas made a great Blofeld. Favorite movie, have a few, also a few theme songs... I could probably go on forever about Bond.[/spoiler:kf4jfyhh] The Princess Bride is probably in my top favorite movies. Love all sorts of stuff, from wacky to serious. Sci-Fi & Film Noire are my favorite Genres. Mix them and I'm in heaven. As for Tarantino, he is great, my favorite of his is probably Jackie Brown, but their all pretty amazing. I've discovered my love for Christopher Nolan's Movies ever since I first saw Memento, another one which is probably in my top 10 favorites.
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 03:46:58

Ganonmaster

"dark0nex" said ...
Sci-Fi & Film Noire are my favorite Genres. Mix them and I'm in heaven.
The genre you're looking for is Cyberpunk.
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:52:10

DangerBond

"dark0nex" said ...
my favorite is Timothy Dalton, his smirk is great... I though Telly Savalas made a great Blofeld.
FINALLY! Someone who appreciates both Timothy and Telly's contributions to the series. A lot of people seem to forget that this whole "Bond gets darker" thing didn't start with Daniel Craig. Tim Dalton's incarnation of 007 is the closest thing to Fleming's literary Bond to date. The Living Daylights was simply brilliant in that it had all the trappings of a Bond film presented in a far less tongue-in-cheek way, à la the Roger Moore era. As far as Nolan is concerned, Memento and Insomnia are the only two films of his I haven't seen. Need to pick those up on Blu-ray sharpish. He's rumored to be in connection with Bond 24, but nothing's been confirmed--or, more importantly, denied--beyond that. He'd make a great Bond director. Hell's bells he fully admitted to "borrowing" elements from Bond movies in his own films, such as: [spoiler:xpajzmfa]the Skyhook Batman uses in The Dark Knight to exfiltrate from Lao's building in Hong Kong - as seen in Thunderball Joker's dagger-tipped shoe in The Dark Knight - as seen in From Russia with Love the opening scene in The Dark Knight Rises when Bane abducts Dr. Pavel by towing the CIA plane with a C-130 - as seen in Licence to Kill[/spoiler:xpajzmfa]
"dark0nex" said ...
Sadly Roger Moore is last on my list. (Yes I like George Lazenby more then Moore.)
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 04:36:39

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
FINALLY! Someone who appreciates both Timothy and Telly's contributions to the series. A lot of people seem to forget that this whole "Bond gets darker" thing didn't start with Daniel Craig. Tim Dalton's incarnation of 007 is the closest thing to Fleming's literary Bond to date. The Living Daylights was simply brilliant in that it had all the trappings of a Bond film presented in a far less tongue-in-cheek way, à la the Roger Moore era.
And yet License to Kill did quite poorly at the box office and they went straight back to the silly action movie style with Goldeneye. Timothy Dalton's "darker Bond" really came at the wrong time, seeing as people basically got 7 straight servings of Roger Moore's over the top shenanigans.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:51:17

DangerBond

Whew! Back from the dead! No longer just an anonymous star on the memorial wall at MI6. :mrgreen: Anyway, shifting gears momentarily to films on the whole, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg recently spoke on the future of movies. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:48:16

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg recently spoke on the future of movies. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
I can definitely see why Duncan Jones says these two are out of touch. Lucas fears for his precious silver screen. On-demand streaming are definitely on the rise, and will continue to rise as speedy internet becomes available to more and more people. The big screen cinema will have to innovate to stay relevant. If it doesn't keep up with new media, it will eventually become irrelevant. Back in the day, when the TV was first introduced, they did this by introducing the widescreen formats (CinemaScope, Vistavision etc.), which later made their way into our living rooms. Recently they've tried this with the 3D movies and special seats (don't know what they're called, but they've got like rumble to make the experience more "intense"). Some of this stuff works, some of it doesn't. And if in the long run they can't get people into the cinema anymore, maybe it's time to let the inevitable happen. We don't have many arcades anymore either, but videogames are more popular than ever. For me the 3D effect and IMAX displays add value and I've gone to see more movies in cinemas the past two years than I did any previous year. Don't know how this compares to other countries, but here in the Netherlands we have assigned seats in a lot of cinema's. You can pick your seat ahead of time. If I know I'll have a good seat, I know I'll have a pretty good movie experience. Also adds value to me. I understand though, that for some people this isn't the case. (3d gives them motion sickness or whatever) But if I can get that same experience at home for the same price or cheaper, I probably wouldn't go to the cinema. That's the same way I feel about pirating TV shows or movies. I don't have a TV, I just have my computer. If I need to by a TV, cable box, a cable plan AND a seperate HBO subscription before I get to watch Game of Thrones, you bet your ass I'm pirating! All these are roadblocks that deter me from their service. If they provided a service that would allow me to stream every episode of Game of Thrones to my computer for about €30 for the whole season or a couple bucks per episode, I'd use that! Spice it up with added features like character Bio and information about the universe like they had on the Blu-ray and you're winning me over. But no such thing exists. It's a service problem. If you treat your customers like shit, don't move forward and offer them real value, you will become irrelevant.
Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:03:13

DangerBond

Call me old fashioned, but I'd rather see a first run movie in the theater rather than pirate it or wait until it comes out on Blu-ray. Guess I too fear for the silver screen. Granted I'm nowhere near well off or anything income wise, but there's just something about going to the theater. For me, it's a shared experience with a bunch of strangers that draws everyone together. Any film that can get a room full of people from all kinds of backgrounds to feel a single unified emotion says a lot about the movie. Plus I'm a huge quality Nazi. If a movie's offered in IMAX, nine times out of ten I'll shell out the extra cash to get the biggest and best experience available. What really troubles me is what Spielberg mentioned about studios not bankrolling smaller and quite possibly more interesting pictures in favor of funding one giant financial behemoth like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love blockbuster cinema. Hell's bells, most--if not all--of the movies I listed as my favorites are classified as mainstream Hollywood cinema with large production costs. But as we know, a colossal budget doesn't necessarily guarantee success. I'd much rather see a studio produce a bunch of smaller films within a year and maybe a huge blockbuster every three or four years than a blockbuster every year or two with virtually nothing else in between. And I didn't know your theaters have assigned seats. In my country it's first come, first served, hence why people camp outside the box office for hours, sometimes days before a highly anticipated film's premiere.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:53:55

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
Call me old fashioned, but I'd rather see a first run movie in the theater rather than pirate it or wait until it comes out on Blu-ray. Guess I too fear for the silver screen. Granted I'm nowhere near well off or anything income wise, but there's just something about going to the theater. For me, it's a shared experience with a bunch of strangers that draws everyone together. Any film that can get a room full of people from all kinds of backgrounds to feel a single unified emotion says a lot about the movie. Plus I'm a huge quality Nazi. If a movie's offered in IMAX, nine times out of ten I'll shell out the extra cash to get the biggest and best experience available.
I understand completely. For a lot of people, 'watching with complete strangers' does not add value over watching a movie at home and if the theater operators don't do anything about that, they'll go out of business for sure. The fact that home 3D cinema is not really catching on is doing them a service at this time. People don't have the means to watch 3D movies at home, so they're more likely to go to the theater.(I saw a lot of people do this with the Hobbit)
"DangerBond" said ...
What really troubles me is what Spielberg mentioned about studios not bankrolling smaller and quite possibly more interesting pictures in favor of funding one giant financial behemoth like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love blockbuster cinema. Hell's bells, most--if not all--of the movies I listed as my favorites are classified as mainstream Hollywood cinema with large production costs. But as we know, a colossal budget doesn't necessarily guarantee success. I'd much rather see a studio produce a bunch of smaller films within a year and maybe a huge blockbuster every three or four years than a blockbuster every year or two with virtually nothing else in between.
There have been attempts by Hollywood to make relatively smaller, cheaper type movies in the past few years, but for some reason, a lot of these don't make their money back. Dredd 3D would be a perfect example. Excellent film, cost only $45 million to make. Only grossed $36 million at the box office. People also have to make choices with their money. "I'd love to go see all these films, but I only have money for one. Guess I'll go see that big blockbuster everyone's been talking about!" or "I'm not going to take a risk seeing this smaller movie. I don't know much about it, so I'm not sure if I'll like it. I'd rather just pirate it. That way, if it's bad, it's not a big deal." I guess I'd also blame it on lack of good taste, but if people don't go see these films, the studios have no incentive to bet on smaller movies. I feel like Lucas' reasons for calling out the big studio system on this are unjustified, though. I feel like his reasoning can be traced back to Red Tails not being supported by the big studios. Lucas has come up with a lot of reasons why this movie was unsuccessful, such as: "The studio system is racist and doesn't want a movie with an all black cast!" or "The studio system doesn't want to take risks on smaller movies!". The real reason they didn't support his movie, was because it simply was a bad movie that was going to bomb for sure. For all the other movies, there's a lot of factors involved. We'll see a couple of massive bombs in the future for sure, and studios should support smaller films to prevent it. That's where Spielberg is right.
"DangerBond" said ...
And I didn't know your theaters have assigned seats. In my country it's first come, first served, hence why people camp outside the box office for hours, sometimes days before a highly anticipated film's premiere.
I can just imagine the people freezing to death outside or trampling eachother trying to reach their seats.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:16:22

DangerBond

"Ganonmaster" said ...
Dredd 3D would be a perfect example. Excellent film, cost only $45 million to make. Only grossed $36 million at the box office.
Oh God I know! That was so shocking! :( I saw Dredd twice in theaters and bought it day one on Blu-ray. I showed it to a lot of my friends who didn't see it in theaters and they loved it, too. It got great reviews and as you said was an excellent film on the whole; yet it didn't break even when the final numbers were tallied. On the flip side, Fast & Furious 6 looked incredibly cheap--to me at least--and the budget for that was around $160 million. Seriously? I haven't seen it, but how the hell could a movie like that cost THAT MUCH to make?
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 02:56:02

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
Seriously? I haven't seen it, but how the hell could a movie like that cost THAT MUCH to make?
Not to mention the Twilight Saga and the recent Adam Sandler movies. Sometimes I just want to punch people.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:18:08

ArcticAvenger20

Does it count if I'm really hyped about Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5guMumPFBag
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:48:15

Rastifan

Looking forward to Pacific Rim my self. Just don't get it confused with this crap! [youtube:1o7xlbtg]21Ej33nWU2M[/youtube:1o7xlbtg] Asylum doing bad rip-offs as always.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:54:27

ArcticAvenger20

TotalBiscuit, Dodger,Husky and Jesse are doing some king of spinoff. I'm not sure what to call it. They showed how the suits were made and I think they posted some kind of behind the scenes. Should turn out pretty cool.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:42:28

Ganonmaster

"ArcticAvenger20" said ...
Does it count if I'm really hyped about Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro?
Yes. I got nerd chills when I first saw the trailer.
"ArcticAvenger20" said ...
TotalBiscuit, Dodger,Husky and Jesse are doing some king of spinoff. I'm not sure what to call it.
Don't forget the Game Grumps, they're in there too. I'd call it a parody more than anything else. Ofcourse it's marketing, but it's cool how Guillermo del Toro himself is involved as well.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:02:26

DangerBond

"ArcticAvenger20" said ...
Does it count if I'm really hyped about Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro?
Hell yes it counts! :mrgreen: Sleeper hit of the summer right there. I can't get over how pretty the CG looks. Is Pacific Rim formatted for IMAX like Skyfall?
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:06:30

Ganonmaster

"DangerBond" said ...
I can't get over how pretty the CG looks. Is Pacific Rim formatted for IMAX like Skyfall?
Yes. Full on IMAX 3D.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:48:01

ArcticAvenger20

"Ganonmaster" said ...
Don't forget the Game Grumps, they're in there too. I'd call it a parody more than anything else.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOwcmcpAAkQ Couldn't help but notice that the whole video consisted of Greg just facepalming.
"Ganonmaster" said ...
Ofcourse it's marketing, but it's cool how Guillermo del Toro himself is involved as well.
It was actually pretty smart of him to use these youtubers (?) to promote his movie.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:28:23

Electricks

There are a lot I like but my these are my favorite in movie genre. Si-Fi: -Predator 1 -The Fith Element -AvP -Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn -Treasure Planet (eventhough it's animated I still consider it a si-fi) Action/Adventure: *new Man of Steel Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 Matrix and Matrix Reloaded (Revolutions was okay) Pulp Fiction Army of Darkness The Shadow Horror: Evil Dead 1 & 2 The Shining (I also prefer the book) 13 Ghosts Comedy: Any Mel Brooks movie except for The Twelve Chairs and Silent Movie Dude Wheres My Car Airplane! (parody of the movie Zero Hour) Animated/Family: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (never liked the johnny depp version) Atlantis The Lost Empire If I missed any it probably because there are a lot of movies I like. TV Shows it's mainly Futurama especially the new final season.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:22:39

ArcticAvenger20

Went to iMAX last week with a friend to see Pacific Rim in 3D. I've never seen a movie in 3D, so it took a while to get used to it. That being said, I really loved the movie. Totally worth the money I spend and I'd actually go as far as to say I'd go AGAIN to see it. The only thing I wanna complain about, is that I really wish there would have bin a few more scenes with the Russian and the Chinese Jagers.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:54:36

DangerBond

Anyone see any interesting films lately? We watched a Colombian thriller in my editing class called The Hidden Face which was a helluva lot of fun. I highly recommend it; lots of well executed suspense, superfluous boobage and sexy times. :great:
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:16:27

Moneyshot

I saw Elysium a couple of days ago. Storywise, eh. But it's another beautiful cgi movie, so I can recommend it at highest quality you can view it at. I have a letterboxd where I have all the movies I'd recommend, that I have seen since a kid. http://letterboxd.com/moneyshot/films/r ... by/rating/