September 24th, 2012, 08:22 AM
September 24th, 2012, 12:16 PM
Weekend Box Office – END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Tie for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE a Close Second while DREDD 3D Stumbles | Collider
What a shame. Dredd died a miserable death. Funny, at the Grove, where we saw it, they were alternating 3d and 2d showings. What other 3d movie gets treated like that. And the girls that worked there had no idea what it was about. Was it perfect? no. It was very close to the spirit of the comics, but little things were missing. Like the blocks being called mundane things like 'Peachtree' or O'Neill(which actually was a bit of an easter egg), but in the books they had names like Rowdy Yates block etc. Just an overall lacking sense of humor. Almost played too straight. Nice and bloody. Great visuals/3d. And Karl Urban was just about perfect as Dredd. What it was was a good launching point for a franchise that will now not happen. And of course, House at the End of the Street was a winner. Hooray. And just for full disclosure, Kingsqueen had no idea really what this was about. Vague recollection of me and the comics. But she came out of it pleasantly surprised by how much she liked it. Aw...what could have been. Thanks moviegoing public.
September 25th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Haha! I watched it. :O
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
I get what you're saying and I had mixed feelings. The visuals were awesome, but it just felt off. Dunno, you hit the nail on the head, some people won't care about it, but people who have read the comics will see it differently, and maybe expect too much?
When I was a kid and me and my family would head out to Melrose, I would always insist on us going to Golden Apple. And they had a semi adult comic section which included stuff like 2000 AD and Heavy Metal Magazine, not the really hard core adult section that had stuff like Cherry Poptart and Faust, lol, and was hidden behind the curtain.
But anyhow, I was able to thumb through the 2000 AD stuff, and that's how I discovered Dredd. And there are so many complexities in those stories, I mean, the fact that he never takes his mask off in the comic has lead people to argue he is not "white." And there's a lot of satire of the British Judicial system and reflections of the parliament. And Dredd really is one of those comic book characters that truly seems British.
So because I have such a high regard to the character, I might expected too much from this movie. It wasn't bad, but didn't feel quite right. But I've come to the point that films based on comics are seldom going to be as good as it's source material, so might as well take the film on it's own terms. It's like the Watchmen film, I knew it would never be as good as the comics, but decided to watch it and take it on its own terms, and I enjoyed it. The scenes with Jackie Earle Haley were brilliant. Not a perfect movie, but interesting, and I guess that's how I felt about this Dredd movie.
So comic films should not ever be seen as translations of the source material.
Except, for Scott Pilgrim, that was the biggest piece of hipster **** I've ever watched. Lol! I actually walked out. The Scott Pilgrim comics? Great? The movie not so much.
September 25th, 2012, 11:32 AM
Crazy talk. The Scott Pilgrim movie is awesome.
September 25th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Yeah, disagree on the Scott Pilgrim flick but you were good up til then.
Screenwriter Alex Garland Talks DREDD 3D | Collider
I think the majority of the movie they got right, it was just sterilized a bit. The 2000AD sarcasm/snipey humor just wasn't there. But that's to be expected.
September 25th, 2012, 11:53 AM
Gee, lol, the two people here who have posted that Scott Pilgrim is a good movie also prefer Thanos over Darkseid. :P
I think I was in a bad mood when I saw that movie, so it might influenced my opinion. Still, I'll on to my opinion of said film until the time being.
September 26th, 2012, 09:41 AM
Loved Dredd (movie and some of the comics). Loved Scott Pilgrim (movie, never read comics). Both in my 5 favorite movies for their respective years (so far).
September 26th, 2012, 10:05 AM
You should read the Scott Pilgrim comics! :D
Originally Posted by LetTigerIn
October 3rd, 2012, 01:02 PM
Saw Looper this weekend. It was surprisingly interesting. There are a few parts where you might want to ask questions. You know... butterfly effect kind of stuff. There were parts that made you go "Holy ****! Did I just watch that?!", and other parts where you think "meh". In general it was a pretty good movie, but the storyline gets a little muddy at the end.
I'd go see it again.
Also, a few weeks back I watched the most recent instalment of Resident Evil. The wifey and I watched it in 2D because the glasses at Arclight Pasadena are like welding goggles and they kinda hurt your beak a bit. Anyway... it's the usual Alice kicking zombie ass. There were MASSIVE holes in the plot line, but it was an attempt at a reboot I think.
If you have the chance, watch it on Netflix, because it was a flaming cat turd of a movie.
Thinking about movies in general, I'm noticing a bit more and more of the overly campy nature of scifi movies. I can't tell if the studios are making them in hopes that SyFy will show them in 9 months or if they think the movies really are cinematic works of art. I can't tell. I watched the original Alien movie the other day, and that thing freaked the **** out of me as a kid. The thing that made it creapy was how they let the storyline marinate a bit in the juices of the movie. Then you watch the Alien VS Predator flaming pile of mule excriment and its close to horror pr0n. Just in your face goop flying everywhere and no storyline. Prometheus was pretty good, but still lacked a bit of something...
Carry on Wayne!
October 4th, 2012, 08:10 AM
also, the wifey and I are going to see Taken 2 this weekend. It looks pretty interesting. I loved the first one, so it will be interesting to see where they go with the story.
One question that's been stuck in my craw for a bit, how the **** did Liam Neeson become such a badass? Is he a dramatic actor like in Schindler's List, or is he an action star like in Taken? Then he lays eggs like Battleship and Clash of the Titans.
What is it with him? Great movies followed by shear crap.