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« Reply #1050: February 10, 2013, 10:51:13 AM »
I can't see Harrison Ford as Jackie Robinson.

You're bad  ...   :smh:


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« Reply #1051: February 10, 2013, 11:55:06 AM »
I can't see Harrison Ford as Jackie Robinson.

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« Reply #1052: February 10, 2013, 07:00:51 PM »
Make-up

I can't see Harrison Ford as Jackie Robinson.

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« Reply #1053: February 10, 2013, 08:20:37 PM »
I also watched Looper tonight. Decent action movie. I liked it. I got mad at a few parts but it was good.

I'll spoiler for Looper to save others waiting 'til it hits HBO/Starz...



I loved Looper. The concept, awesome. Truly, truly awesome. But... I think they overdid things with the TK aspect. You've got a film about time travel and the paradox of meeting yourself, amped up in Looper to killing your future self. Amazing and rich, relatively untapped story potential there. Then to add the Rain Maker portion, humans gai ing TK/psionic powers? Then to boot, this almost 'second coming' like child who towers over us all?

Too much, imo, and enough to cause the general public to shrug their shoulders Inception-like. Admittedly the time travel equals mega-suspension of disbelief, so why not go all out? I just think they had more than enough room to play around with one crazy sci-fi element without adding yet another.

Particularly since Push (2009), handled this secondary element superbly, and was largely panned by critics and the general public. I think Push is one of the best films of the past decade for sci-fi, and it got no attention or respect.  So as much as I enjoyed Looper in all regards, I think adding the TK bit not only prevented it from gaining traction with large numbers but also detracted from exploring time travel and subsequent paradoxes.

Maybe I'm slightly biased because I felt like they were forced to use that plotline for all the wrong reasons. I saw it as studio execs saying, 'Yeah, time travel. Neat. What's the end game/ultimate conflict to leave Joe Blow satisfied. The way it stands, there's not even a protagonist. Give him something to fight, sacrifice, a big battle to send people home happy.' I just can't imagine why it gets included for any other reason.

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« Reply #1054: February 10, 2013, 10:14:47 PM »
I'll spoiler for Looper to save others waiting 'til it hits HBO/Starz...



I loved Looper. The concept, awesome. Truly, truly awesome. But... I think they overdid things with the TK aspect. You've got a film about time travel and the paradox of meeting yourself, amped up in Looper to killing your future self. Amazing and rich, relatively untapped story potential there. Then to add the Rain Maker portion, humans gai ing TK/psionic powers? Then to boot, this almost 'second coming' like child who towers over us all?

Too much, imo, and enough to cause the general public to shrug their shoulders Inception-like. Admittedly the time travel equals mega-suspension of disbelief, so why not go all out? I just think they had more than enough room to play around with one crazy sci-fi element without adding yet another.

Particularly since Push (2009), handled this secondary element superbly, and was largely panned by critics and the general public. I think Push is one of the best films of the past decade for sci-fi, and it got no attention or respect.  So as much as I enjoyed Looper in all regards, I think adding the TK bit not only prevented it from gaining traction with large numbers but also detracted from exploring time travel and subsequent paradoxes.

Maybe I'm slightly biased because I felt like they were forced to use that plotline for all the wrong reasons. I saw it as studio execs saying, 'Yeah, time travel. Neat. What's the end game/ultimate conflict to leave Joe Blow satisfied. The way it stands, there's not even a protagonist. Give him something to fight, sacrifice, a big battle to send people home happy.' I just can't imagine why it gets included for any other reason.


I believe time travel and tk were merely a setting and plot device to keep the story going. The story seemed to be mainly about what drives people to do things. It started out like one film and then immediately went to something else once they reached the farm. I'm with you 100% when it comes to how they handled the setting... but I think that was their primary objective from the get go.

As for the story itself, I think they should've just killed the kid. Sure, the last 5 minutes explains the possibility of preventing a rainmaker, but it still leaves that chance for him to develop to that level... I dunno... just felt attached to Bruce and JGL's characters that I felt it was random to feel sympathy for a kid who has these abilities that will eventually kill people. It's the exact same scenario in the show Lost.



Anyway, I recommend watching End of Watch.

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« Reply #1055: February 10, 2013, 11:33:43 PM »

I'd never thought about it like that, but you raise a good point. I watched it a couple months back, never gave it much consideration beyond what I wrote. If you view the main goal of the story as being trapped in 'loops', unable to break the cycle/etc... Then I could be way off base about the studio exec interference.

The whole kid/TK theme just seemed out of the blue. They could have done the same thing with the next Hitler type, absent the TK, and the story probably would have been stronger/more coherent. Like you mentioned, the kid was hardly sympathetic... The fact he had a power beyond any other human sort of took away the impact and made him more dangerous and more suited for a bullet in the head. No matter what, he's going to pose a risk.

I saw the TK as a way they could have an epic battle, blow some cash on CG. Like I said, the time travel should be enough for any story. If they didn't set out with time travel and the 'inner conflict'/battle between your past self and a future you as their primary plot device, but on 'Going back in time and killing baby Adolf/breaking out of an unending cycle', the story would have been 100x better keeping the kid but removing the telekinetic bit from the story.

So whether the kid was crucial to the story they wanted to tell or not, the TK ended up being a distraction that convoluted an already difficult premise. I'd actually argue that it harmed a film with the kid/future evil/break the loop more than a film without the kid in it at all... In other words - A film with the kid in it/future evil lost more adding the TK than a movie centered on the future self/time travel paradox that added both the kid and the TK. As nonsensical as those last two sentence are, hopefully I managed to get my meaning across.

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Re: Movie Recommendations/Want To See List
« Reply #1056: February 11, 2013, 09:02:31 AM »
Even Coladar's redacted posts are long.   :)

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« Reply #1057: February 11, 2013, 03:12:30 PM »
Even Coladar's redacted posts are long.   :)
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« Reply #1058: February 13, 2013, 05:21:02 PM »
Side Effects

A story of drugs and their side effects. As others have recommended, the less you know of the movie going in, the better.

Rooney Mara is pretty darn fantastic in this one.

If this is truly Soderbergh's last movie, he didn't hit a home run, but as I believe Deadspin said, making a career out of hitting doubles isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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« Reply #1059: February 19, 2013, 04:39:36 PM »
9 things you didn't know about Bull Durham:

http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/07/15/bull-durham-trivia-facts/

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« Reply #1060: February 20, 2013, 04:19:40 PM »
watched the first half of SkyFall last night, it was really good.  can't wait to pick it up tonight when i get home.

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« Reply #1061: February 23, 2013, 02:13:06 AM »
If Nic Cage hadn't hit rock bottom before, he certainly has now.


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« Reply #1062: February 23, 2013, 02:39:18 AM »
Watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Reminded me a lot of Garden State.

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« Reply #1063: February 23, 2013, 11:37:03 AM »
i love nic cage.

p.s. Skyfall is brilliant. 

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« Reply #1064: February 24, 2013, 06:09:03 PM »
Side Effects

A story of drugs and their side effects. As others have recommended, the less you know of the movie going in, the better.

Rooney Mara is pretty darn fantastic in this one.

If this is truly Soderbergh's last movie, he didn't hit a home run, but as I believe Deadspin said, making a career out of hitting doubles isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Yea I just watched this one. Surprisingly good. I didn't like the ending, but the second half reminded me of Wild Things with Dillon and Denise "I don't know how to act, but some men think I'm hot" Richards.  Btw, I'm convinced that Catherine Zeta-Jones is an alien in a human body, she looks weird, either that or she's looks like what the human race will develop into 10,000 years from now, monkeys to humans to Zeta-Jones's or Jolie's.

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« Reply #1065: February 24, 2013, 07:34:51 PM »
Watched skyfall last night. Fun movie but a lot of very quiet dialogue.  We were constantly turning the volume up and down.

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« Reply #1066: February 24, 2013, 09:32:25 PM »
9 things you didn't know about Bull Durham:

http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/07/15/bull-durham-trivia-facts/
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Actually whenever McCatty goes to the mound, I think of the Candlesticks scene.

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« Reply #1068: March 07, 2013, 06:31:00 PM »
i love nic cage.

p.s. Skyfall is brilliant. 

No harm meant, but Nic Cage has got to be one of the worst actors ever. Cher saved Moonstruck.

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« Reply #1069: March 07, 2013, 06:34:02 PM »
No harm meant, but Nic Cage has got to be one of the worst actors ever. Cher saved Moonstruck.

haha just b/c i'm a fan doesn't mean i think he's the best actor.  he just fits the role perfectly for some of the films he does. 

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« Reply #1070: March 07, 2013, 06:35:37 PM »
haha just b/c i'm a fan doesn't mean i think he's the best actor.  he just fits the role perfectly for some of the films he does. 

I can respect that. Some of my favorite music's musicians aren't exactly Yo Yo Ma. I'm down with that. :)

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« Reply #1071: March 07, 2013, 06:36:46 PM »
No harm meant, but Nic Cage has got to be one of the worst actors ever. Cher saved Moonstruck.

He's the not the best actor, but I liked him in Family Man, Adaptation, The Weather Man and Matchstick Men. All of those are great movies.

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« Reply #1072: March 07, 2013, 07:06:45 PM »
Lord of War is absolutely fantastic. Cage has a ton of good movies and a ton of bad movies.

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« Reply #1073: March 08, 2013, 07:56:21 AM »
I love the National Treasure movies.

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« Reply #1074: March 08, 2013, 08:04:20 AM »
Face Off was fantastic.