I ran across someone in the "guilty pleasures" thread who mentioned "The Fifth Element." I would vehemently argue with anyone who says it is not a good movie. Hell, I have the French poster for it on my living room wall. Here's someone who argues that the movie is a perfect example of a very French farce. I've never thought of it as being overtly "French," but it is an interesting take.
GROOVY MATTER: The Fifth Element
P.S. I'm so getting this:
P.P.S. A laugh courtesy of the Urban Dictionary
1. Aziz, Light! 19 up, 3 down From "The Fifth Element"
1. Synonym for "Turn on the light"
2. Turning on the lights to find something scary or ugly
Some Dude: Dude the lights are out!
You: Aziz, Light!
Some Dude: What?
You:Turn on the lights!
Some Dude: Nobody gets your obscure movie references
You:*mumbles* Fifth Element is ****ing boss
Last edited by santiclaws; June 18th, 2012 at 01:41 PM.
I love the movie but the costume and hair design was either Chanel or Chanel inspired(main reason for the French accusations). It has aged well but it certainly alienated a lot of potential audience at first because it really is a strange feeling movie. From Chris Tucker's histrionic performance(great or grate depending) to BWillie with peroxide hair to the overall Moebias(Heavy Metal) production design not exactly mass market kind of stuff. BTW...Gary Oldman just KILLS it and Tiny Lister as the President...BRILLIANT. He has my vote.I ran across someone in the "guilty pleasures" thread who mentioned "The Fifth Element." I would vehemently argue with anyone who says it is not a good movie. Hell, I have the French poster for it on my living room wall. Here's someone who argues that the movie is a perfect example of a very French farce. I've never thought of it as being overtly "French,"...
Looks like a sortof update of They Live with a ton of social commentary re:consumerism. Probably going to be a hot mess...but it's on my radar now.
Sequel To Monsters Gets Misfits Director, New Screenwriter | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
Should go in sequels...but Monsters is such a niche flick and this thread does it more justice. If you haven't seen it you should. It's deliberate and you don't get money shots till the last couple of minutes. But if you go in knowing that it really is a great little slow burn with the aforementioned nice payoff.Vertigo Films have been planning some kind of spin-off from Monsters pretty much since that film landed a couple-few years back. At first we didn’t know if they were planning a sequel film, a TV series or possibly both because, as far as I could see, they hadn’t quite made their mind up either. Then, at last year’s Cannes, some firm details bobbed up.
At that point, the plan was for Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas to direct “a Heart of Darkness-style story” featuring a pair of brothers as the two lead roles, one of them going full-on Captain Kurtz in monster territory. We were promised a wider variety of CG aliens than in Garth Edwards‘ first installment, in typical sequel fashion. The budget was set at around $5 million, which doesn’t sound like much but absolutely dwarfs the costs of part one.
But much of that seems to have changed.
Screen Daily (via Shock Til You Drop) are reporting that the film has been handed to new creatives, Jay Basu and Tom Green.
Basu co-wrote Fast Girls, which is currently in UK cinemas, so you can check out his credentials with a quick trip into town. Meanwhile, Green has directed several episodes of Misfits.
The film now has a subtitle – Dark Continent - which doesn’t preclude it from having the same plot as last year, but doesn’t confirm that the story is sticking, either.
Of course, this is all assuming that the two projects don’t co-exist. Perhaps they do. And perhaps one of them is a TV show. There’s nothing 100% clear in the original story. Hopefully Vertigo will announce something soon.
Blu-ray Review: John Carter | Geeks of Doom
Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars is the first book in the John Carter of Mars series, which tells the story of a Civil War veteran transported to Mars.
For nearly 100 years, Hollywood has failed in its attempts to bring Burroughs’ classic science-fiction fantasy to the silver screen, though the ideas presented were borrowed by countless other works.
Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series is so old that it actually influenced other influences. From Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian series to the pulpy Flash Gordon serials of the ’30s and ’40s that inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars, the themes and elements of Burroughs’ work have been mined so thoroughly that most moviegoers will find Disney’s live-action film adaptation, John Carter, to be rather irrelevant – but that’s not to say it isn’t entertaining.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo), John Carter is a sweeping epic of action and adventure set on the mysterious world of Barsoom – a planet the inhabitants of Earth know as Mars. The film follows [you guessed it!] John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who wakes up on Mars and becomes entangled in an age-old conflict amongst the planet’s inhabitants, including Thark warrior Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the absolutely bad-ass Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
Dejah Thoris is an extremely influential female character in science-fiction fantasy history – a template for later heroines like Princess Leia, Red Sonja, and Ripley. She’s a brilliant scientist, a fierce warrior, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s drop-dead gorgeous either. When I first saw Return of the Jedi as a boy and laid eyes upon Princess Leia in that metal slave bikini, I knew I liked girls. In that same way, Lynn Collins will no doubt ignite an entire generation’s Bad-Thoughts-Machine as Dejah Thoris, who wears a ceremonial wedding gown like no other.
Taylor Kitsch, on the other hand, isn’t terrible as John Carter, but he’s just all wrong for the part. Kitsch is a young, handsome guy – he looks like an underwear model, not a grizzled Civil War veteran haunted by a broken past.
Ultimately, John Carter suffers from a lack of consistency – it’s completely unbalanced. At one moment it’s silly and comic, with a ten-legged dog-monster that speeds around the martian deserts like The Road Runner. Other times the film wants so desperately to be serious and somber – simultaneously assaulting you with action sequences that, while thrilling, have been done before.
Don’t get me wrong, the monsters and the airships and the landscapes are fantastic, but any time John Carter jumps and skips across the surface, it feels wrong – it reminds me of Elektra’s rooftop jumps in Daredevil – it feels fake, even in a world where we can breathe on Mars and there are Great White Apes roaming about.