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Swan Swan H
Jun 09 2005 10:52 PM

Until we get a Movie forum set up.

The MTV Movie Awards were announced tonight. The winner for movie of the year was:

Napoleon Dynamite.

I know this board was pretty much split on this film, but I thought it was very funny, and this award pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it's target audience - 13-25 year-olds, and 47-year-olds with serious maturity issues.

Edgy DC
Jun 10 2005 12:05 AM



Never tell me the demographics.

holychicken
Jun 10 2005 09:58 AM

I JUST saw ND about a week ago. . .so I wasn't in on the discussion. I wasn't particularly bowled over by it, but I imagine it would be one of those movies I would appreciate more if I saw it again. But I definitely see the appeal of it. . .

Matt Murdock, Esq.
Jun 12 2005 04:19 AM
movie thread?

You're all nuts if you think i'm going to fall for THIS again!

:?:

cooby
Jun 18 2005 10:08 PM

Went to see Batman Begins tonight

http://www2.warnerbros.com/batmanbegins/index.html

Much better than others. For starters, I didn't laugh at loud at his "ears"

Vic Sage
Jun 20 2005 11:21 AM

i liked, but did not love, the new BATMAN

first the good news...

the first hour is the best batman movie ever. Bale is terrific as the obsessed seeker. Liam Neeson as his mentor is excellent too. Michael Caine provides the right combination of humor and emotional complexity for Alfred. Morgan Freeman's Lucious Fox and gary oldman's Jim Gordon round out a strong supporting cast.

the film captures the tone of Miller's Dark Knight books. There is not a whiff of camp or silliness. It knows its telling a story from the canon of American mythology and treats it with dignity.

Also, the movie looks great and uses iconic images to great effect. The image of Bale in the bat cave, standing without fear, is incredible, as he's transformed his fear into strength and in the process has become something... more. Bale is a truly terrifying figure in a way no other screen Batman has ever been.

Now for the bad news...

Christopher Nolan couldn't direct a fight scene if his life depended on it. Most of the action scenes are a pointless jumble, with no interesting or dramatic effect, nor any aesthetic value either. They are just indecipherable closeups of movement. They spent an hour showing Batman's training, his expertise in the martial arts, yet we don'[t actually get to see him demonstrate that prowess. The big climax is anti-climactic. And the love interest is not of interest.

if Nolan had turned over the direction of the action scenes to a 2nd unit director (John Woo? the Warchowski bros?), this would've been a classic.

missed opportunity, but still worth seeing.

soupcan
Jun 20 2005 01:04 PM

Saw it Saturday night and really enjoyed it.

Agree with Norri...er, uh Vic on most points. The fight scenes were worthless in terms of action but effective in conveying a feeling of mystery and Batman being something other than hunman in his ability to appear, wreak quick havoc and almost immediately disappear.

cooby
Jun 20 2005 01:06 PM

I got the sense that the training was more for him to become aware of his surroundings and watch for surprises. And to overcome his inner demons, of course...

Edgy DC
Jun 20 2005 01:26 PM

I'm really glad somebody wants to honor the the real spirit of the Batman story, and it seems to have a lot of elements of the graphic novel Batman: Year One. That lack of respect undid Burton's movies (and Schumacher's, of course) in a big way for me. All style and none of the substance. Where's Batman the code hero?

And Ms. Edgy wants to see it too. But what worries me is that they continue Burton's mistake of outfitting Batman in rubber and latex body armour. A big part of what makes the guy is that he moves in shadows, comes out of nowhere, whacks you silly, scares you messy, and disappears. Burton's guy stood there in a clunky suit, took a few bullets off his breastplate, then apprehended you with an equally clunky rope-shooting thing.

Now, I imagine I'll see the guy move and my fears will be overstated, and maybe I'm hopelessly behind expecting the guy to be in something lightweighht like tights. But he still looks too much like a lead-footed golem for my tastes.



Even the cape looks like it weights 25 pounds.

cooby
Jun 20 2005 01:28 PM

Wait til you see his car!

Vic Sage
Jun 20 2005 02:12 PM

]The fight scenes were worthless in terms of action but effective in conveying a feeling of mystery and Batman being something other than hunman in his ability to appear, wreak quick havoc and almost immediately disappear.


yes, but a little of that goes a long way. The first few times he appears to apprehend henchman, it was fine. But when the big extended fight scenes occur later on, it should have been taken up a notch and delivered in a bigger way.

soupcan
Jun 20 2005 03:33 PM

]yes, but a little of that goes a long way. The first few times he appears to apprehend henchman, it was fine. But when the big extended fight scenes occur later on, it should have been taken up a notch and delivered in a bigger way.


Good point - I can see that.

Vic Sage
Jun 23 2005 05:21 PM
just trying to keep stuff in one place...

for discussion of the bad news bears, and director Michael Ritchie:

http://cybermessageboard.ehost.com/getalife/viewtopic.php?t=256

ScarletKnight41
Jun 26 2005 03:40 PM

The more I see Lost in Translation, the more I appreciate it. I have come to really enjoy the depiction of the close yet platonic relationship between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. It was beautifully directed and subtly acted, portraying intense emotion within the boundaries of a nontraditional friendship.

It's still a slowly paced movie, and you have to be in the right mood to truly get it. But, over time, it's grown on me.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 28 2005 02:08 PM

Commotion on 33rd street at lunch today. Police barricades, tons of people with cameras, a pathetic fat guy wearing an NBA jersey and holding a copy of Rolling Stone and a pen pushed away from the crowd calling his pusher a "faggot," then shoving past a bystander (me) on the sidewalk to get a better angle:

Jessica Alba appearing at a comic book store.

On the other side of the crowd, a line going all the way to 6th avenue to get an autograph and/or jerkoff material.

You comic book fans are geeks.

ScarletKnight41
Jun 28 2005 02:11 PM

D-Dad accompanied our 15-year-old daughter and her friends to the IMAX on Sunday to see Batman - they loved the experience of seeing it in that format.

cooby
Aug 12 2005 10:31 PM

Kate Hudson, rocket scientist, commenting on her latest film:

It was really fun it felt very natural it felt more natural than actually doing romantic comedies, which is weird, but it was great," Hudson told FOX News.