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Everything posted by Maksimov

  1. I think it's one of the better Stephen King films, but not as good as Shining or Shawshank Redemption. Not having Tom Hanks in them probably helps(not a big fan)! :D I think Tom Hanks was supposed to play Andy in Shawshank Redemption, but he went on to play Forrest Gump(one of his good performances) instead.
  2. The makers of those oldies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th knew they were making B-movies and didn't try to hide the fact. In many ways they were more honest and actually came up with something original. They may look like generic horror-fluff now, but that wasn't the case back in the day when they were first released. I'm not saying they're masterpieces, mind you, but now the with the re-makes they just try to impress the audience with fancy cinematography, color grading and other tricks to take attention away from how little substance there really is. Sometimes lo-fi is more.
  3. Funny you should mention "Jason and the Argonauts". The original "Clash of the Titans" had Ray Harryhausen in charge of creating the special effects. :D
  4. Maybe it's meant to be a B-grade mythological action flick. ;)
  5. Simon & Garfunkel's version is a cover version as well. :D
  6. Not too sure about that after the first listen. I've been waiting for them to release something since it's been announced that the new album will be released in June. The National and Stone Temple Pilots have released singles as well. I'm looking forward to the new albums from them as well.
  7. I find myself often agreeing with him, but I've strongly disagreed with him on a few occasions as well(The Cell being one of those movies). I don't always agree with him, but his reviews are usually interesting reading. I don't read his reviews because I want to read reviews by someone who thinks like me, but because I like to read reviews that make me think. There's one Finnish reviewer who is like that as well. He can be a bit harsh and controversial at times and I don't always agree with him, but I've got a pretty good picture of what sort of movies he likes, so in some cases(certain genres) if he hasn't liked the movie, it can actually be a recommendation to me(depends on why he didn't like though) and with certain genres I know I probably won't like the movie no matter how much this reviewer likes it. Both of these reviewers usually have something to say, instead of just filling space with text like some reviewers. As I haven't seen the movie yet, I can't say whether Ebert was wrong about this.
  8. In many good movies you will have the kids and adults often laughing at different things. I'm not sure if it's meant to be a kids movie, though. It's basically Anderson dealing with his favorite subject(dysfunctional families and especially father son relationships), but this time he's just decided to make it a stop animation movie. I didn't like the animation style when I first saw the trailer, but for some reason I really liked it when I saw the full movie on a big screen.
  9. I want to see The Lovely Bones, but haven't found the time to do it yet. It's been in the theaters for about a month, but there have been other more interesting movies that I've seen instead. I've yet to see Burton's Alice in Wonderland as well, but that has dropped down on my "to see" list after hearing so many comments from my friends about it being quite a mediocre(though visually impressive) movie. It's probably a movie that needs to be seen in 3D, so I might go see it at the theater a few blocks away from where I live. It's not the best theater there is, but it's near. None of my friends have seen Lovely Bones, but the reviews have been generally favorable(mostly 4/5 stars), all apart from Roger Ebert's review. It's rare to see him write such a negative review, so now I want to see it for myself. I went to see Fantastic Mr. Fox the other day and it was pretty good. I didn't like the trailer, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's probably my least favorite Wes Anderson movie, but then again, I've liked them all. I haven't seen Bottle Rocket, though. There's just something about Wes Anderson's style that appeals to me. I really wanted to see Man on Wire on a big screen, but I missed it when it was shown here and it was on the telly the other day, so I watched it. I quite liked it, although it wasn't quite what I expected.
  10. I just didn't find most of the comedic elements very funny and the big problem is that I don't find Benigni's character very likable, which is not a good thing in a movie like this. I think Emir Kusturica is quite successful in creating a "historical fairy tale" with his movie Underground. It's not about the holocaust, but I think it is far more successful in the way it looks at traumatic historical events through humor and in the way it uses fairy tale like elements(very common for Kusturica).
  11. La vita è bella(Life is Beautiful) was on the telly today and I decided to give it another try to see if I missed something or if I was in the wrong mood(or something) when I watched it the first time(when it first came out), but it did absolutely nothing for me second time around. Which is surprising as on paper(based on everything I've read about it) it seems like a movie that I should like, but there's just something about the way Benigni presents his story that doesn't feel genuine or honest. I know it's supposed to be some sort of grim fairy tale for adults and I like both whimsical and dark, but it just failed to get me emotionally involved. In parts it was blunt as a hammer and in parts it was very subtle, so I just wasn't sure what the movie was trying be. All I know is that it just doesn't seem like it's my kind of a movie.
  12. Did you figure out all the details or just the main gist of it? If you figured out the details as well, then I'd say you were lucky, because I don't think the movie had presented us with all the "facts"/clues at that point.
  13. If you had it all worked out in 3 minutes, you've gotta be clairvoyant or very lucky, because I don't think we see any of his dream/flashback scenes before 10-15 minutes have passed at least.
  14. The one directed by David Bowie's son and starring Sam Rockwell?
  15. I went to see Shutter Island last night and I thought it was OK, but certainly nothing special. The actors all do a good job and the cinematography is pretty solid...mostly practical but not spectacular. Music (mostly) fits the mood in most scenes, but I thought the music at the beginning(when they arrive on the island) was overly dramatic and I almost laughed out loud because of it. I thought editing was alright, definitely not as bad as Moos makes it out to be. To me the biggest disappointment was some of the poorly done special effects. Especially the ones that were supposed to be subtle(so subtle you shouldn't even notice them), but there were one or two weaker "show piece" special effects moments, one of which was so corny that it spoiled a scene that (up until that) had been one of the rare scenes that managed to get me emotionally involved, but then the ending of the scene spoiled it for me. I don't want to talk about the plot too much so I won't spoil it for those who want to see it, so I'll just say that it was a decent psychological mystery/thriller, but watching it was more a puzzle(trying to figure out the ins and out of it all), than a story that gets you emotionally involved. I felt like I was just observing the scenes, but didn't feel all that immersed in the movie's world and I certainly didn't care very much for the characters even though some of them had had VERY horrible things happen in their lives. Definitely not amongst Scorsese's best, but I guess it was worth watching once. Some have suggested that it should work really well if you watched it a second time, but there are so many good movies to watch, so I don't think I'll be returning to the Shutter Island any day soon.
  16. Oh yeah...forgot about that one. Willem Dafoe is great in it.
  17. Not too many, I guess. I haven't seen them, but I understand the Twilight movies are sappy teen nonsense, 30 Days of Night has a good premise, but apparently the movie is just a mess. Are there others? True Blood seems to be a popular series, but it seems a bit silly, to be honest. Dead Snow? That's a comedy, right? Actually, come to think of it, I don't think I've seen any of the recent vampire movies. I couldn't really name a good action packed vampire movie. The first Blade was so terrible that I was shocked that they decided to make more of them and even more shocked that Guillermo del Toro directed one of them.
  18. Talking of vampires, I've yet to see Let the Right One In, but I've been told it's one of the best vampire movies of the recent years.
  19. Oh, ok. I haven't used NERO for this type of thing and actually it's been years since I last used NERO at all, so I was just wondering if there was a reason for this extra step and apparently there is. I think Roxio's software allows you to save the files on your hard drive. I haven't used the "Easy LP to MP3" software, but Toast is a really great software that I've used at work. Their products cost a bit, but they are good.
  20. Why do you copy the files to a CD? Couldn't you just import the files to iTunes?
  21. I haven't seen either of them, but apparently the second one was voted the worst movie of 2009 at the Razzies the other day.
  22. Was it as awful as Green Street Hooligans?
  23. It's a Disney film, so it has to be suitable for the whole family.
  24. I watched this yesterday: When I first heard about it I thought it's not a movie that I want to see, but I read some praising reviews and saw it being recommended in a movie magazine, so I thought I'd give it a go. Sadly it was just what I first expected it to be: voyeuristic shock-doc. The structure of the film was a mess and I don't think the footage of people actually jumping off of the bridge was in any way necessary. The only good thing about the film is that apparently(I read an article after watching the movie) they managed to prevent several suicides while they were shooting the documentary, but they also were witnesses to over 20 successful suicides AND just filmed them. I know it's a fact that many people jump off the bridge, but is it necessary to show them jumping off of the bridge and make "entertainment" out of it? They could have interviewed the same people and made a movie out of it. Sure, it wouldn't have had the shock value, but if the director really had good intentions when he made this movie, he wouldn't have needed the shock value. It's a touchy subject as it is, so maybe he should have concentrated on editing the interviews into a more coherent movie. I should have trusted my initial reaction and skipped the movie. I can't recommend this to anyone and I can't believe some usually reliable people like Roger Ebert gave this such great ratings.
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