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Crazy idea, but maybe keep the tone and intensity of the best recent Craig films but (a) make sure the story is good and not just crossing its T's and dotting its i's and (b) don't make Bond a shithead womanizer. How essential is it to this series that Bond comes at women like a rapey frat boy? Why is it essential? What's gained? What's lost? Skyfall had that absolutely bizarre sequence where he comes at that sexually abused woman in the shower and then later laments her death with "waste of a good scotch." What are we even supposed to do with that? And Spectre somehow found a way to not only waste Monica Bellucci but think that Lea Seydoux would be an improvement. Spoiler alert. She isn't.

The gadgets, the love-of-the-UK, the toughness, the serpentine plots, nothing about them is antiquated conceptually, and given recent events, a protagonist created during the Cold War is shockingly prescient. And I'm fine with adding some humor too, provided it's useful to the story being told (i.e. it isn't arbitrary and out of sync).

Just stop making his womanizing a thing. It's not a big deal. It doesn't have to be a big deal.
Jul 27, 2017 3:01 AM
I think the lesson is less for the suicidal and more for those of us who aren't. There have been a lot of people offering hotline numbers and the like, but if you know someone who you suspect might be depressed or unhappy or dealing with anxiety, take the time to give them a call or grab 'em a dinner or just hang and watch a movie. Don't come in like some sort of normie avenger offering solutions. Chances are they've either explored the options you've considered or are beyond them. But let them know you care, and let them not be alone for a while. Listen to them.
Jul 26, 2017 2:49 AM
There was a thread, it's at the bottom of the second page right now.
Jul 26, 2017 2:11 AM
Dude, I was fully onboard to love this movie and forgive all its faults if it could deliver as a piece of creative fantasy spectacle. And I will go to my death defending what it does right, which includes some individual sequences of imaginative action and absurdist cartoon excess (a dual sequence of Rihanna's striptease and Laureline's escape from a tribe of primitives works really, really well). I would actually endorse it (if barely) as a film to experience on the biggest screen available, and maybe even with 3D.

But there are so many goddamn problems. The two heroes are miscast. Their dialogue for the first third of the film is circular and unconvincing. They have no motivations or perspectives on the work they actually do, which means it isn't until Valerian is presumed dead a third of the way through that the film actually starts to invoke audience engagement. The underlying story is needlessly obscurantist, and its conclusions are obvious and the reveals don't offer any tweaks on expectations. For stretches, the film is shockingly dull.

Americans do "resist" bold cinema, but moreover the market is changing. Adults who want to watch filmed media with comparative artistic integrity or maturity watch cable television and streaming platforms. The marketing team for this film did what they could, but marketing a non-branded space opera based on an obscure comic directed by someone whose recent track record has been spotty as fuck (who was actually enticed by "From the Director of Lucy"?) was always going to be an uphill climb. My hope - and that was pie in the sky - was that this film might clear $100 million at the US box office. It won't, which sucks, but I'm not going to blame audiences. The studio failed to market, and even if they had, audiences would likely have come out disappointed.

Ambition is laudable, but it's not all there is.
Jul 26, 2017 1:12 AM
Not to engage in whataboutism, but this seems considerably less a big deal than, say, Gwyneth Paltrow naming her child Apple or Nic Cage naming his son Kal-El. Although in the latter case, simply siring a child so that their father is Nic Cage is an actionable offense.
Jul 25, 2017 4:58 AM
Jesus, the only reason anyone would give any attention to this story is because they want to be triggered, either in masturbatory righteous endorsement or masturbatory righteous indignation.
Jul 25, 2017 4:27 AM
Rock
DaMU[It's also interesting to call the end of Day "happy." They've escaped, but she's back to marking off her calendar, and there's no real hope for the human race beyond that these three live out their days in relative calm. The chintzy chimes at the end feels like a companion to the thin muzak of Dawn. I've never taken it as "happy."]

...but that relative calm is a definite improvement over the situation in the bunker.

That is a low bar to clear, sir.

But you're right that the music at the end isn't mocking, not in the same way as the muzak. But it does seem about as thin to me.
Jul 25, 2017 2:51 AM
crumbsroomNo fans of The Crazies in the house? I'm not surprised if there isn't, but I figured there must be at least some cult of fans for this movie warranting it being remade. But then again, I'm pretty sure no one on earth likes House on the Edge of the Park, and they felt that was also fit to bring back for some inexplicable reason.

I'd have to give it another shot. I remember it being conceptually interesting but one of the least technically successful of his films.
Jul 25, 2017 1:46 AM
I predict this will become the Poltergeist who-directed-it critical argument for a new generation.
Jul 25, 2017 1:45 AM
RockI can't say I found the characters in The Visit very believable, but I though Shyamalan did a great job producing tense visuals in the found footage format. And I laughed at the rapping kid. Don't judge me.

As did I... as did I.

It's hardly great, but a base hit from Shyamalan after all those strikeouts was refreshing. And Split felt like a double after that. Will Glass be a homer?

...probably not, but it's fun to think so.
Jul 25, 2017 1:42 AM
I've just never been able to fully embrace its shouty claustrophobic repetition. The bunker isn't interesting to me, the people aren't interesting to me. The heroes feel like hand-me-downs from the prior two films with less texture. I'd recommend it to others on the basis of its pedigree, its oppressive sense of atmosphere (at times), Bub, and the insane practical effects. And because, I will admit, the very first time I watched it in my teens, there was a tension and real horror when the elevator descended at the end, and there was nowhere for anybody to run. The feeling didn't last, because there was no empathetic connection to the people suffering, but there was a very real repulsion at how gruesome things got. The man shrieking in higher and higher pitch as his vocal cords stretch is the stuff of blackest nightmares.

For some unconscionable reason, all access to Robin Wood's essay on Day of the Dead is unavailable online (without university credentials). Damn shame. It's still probably the best argument for the movie out there.

[It's also interesting to call the end of Day "happy." They've escaped, but she's back to marking off her calendar, and there's no real hope for the human race beyond that these three live out their days in relative calm. The chintzy chimes at the end feels like a companion to the thin muzak of Dawn. I've never taken it as "happy."]
Jul 25, 2017 1:37 AM
Night of the Living Dead - A
Dawn of the Dead - A
Martin - A
Knightriders - B+
Creepshow - B+
Land of the Dead - B-
Day of the Dead - B-
Monkey Shines - C+
The Dark Half - C+
The Crazies - C
Bruiser - C
Diary of the Dead - C
Survival of the Dead - D
Jul 25, 2017 1:27 AM
My only beef with Psycho, besides Shrinky-Dink at the end, is that the back two-thirds of the movie is just never quite as interesting as the first third. Lila and Sam are poor substitutes for Marion, and the film doesn't side quite as much with Norman as it could, since the film takes its time introducing us to Arbogast, having Lila and Sam do their Encyclopedia Brown action, and then firmly putting us in empathy to Lila instead of Norman in the final leg. I don't know that there's a better way to make the film and make its best parts be effective in the way they need to be, and obviously it's not like the back two-thirds of the film are bad or anything (they're mostly excellent). But the film's climax, to me, is the parlor scene and the subsequent shower scene, and the rest feels like cinema's most impressive long-form epilogue.
Jul 23, 2017 1:39 AM
I watched this trailer and I immediately shed my corporeal form and ascended to a higher plane. I've since returned to my cold organic body and found it wanting but feel the need to spread the understanding that this film, if it can even be called a film, is in fact a collective nexus of human enlightenment, a metaphysical mind orgasm that will make you come with transcendent wisdom. Justice League is the StarChild. It is the Messiah. It is us spinning the great wheel of the Dharmachackra and ending in the Realm of Gods.
Jul 22, 2017 11:42 PM
YAWN
DaMU
YAWN
ashvirtually
Johnny Wishbone
ashvirtuallyI'm not going to justify or defend asking if there is even common ground to be had with other human beings not seeing me as fully human because I have more melanin in my skin. ?There's no "playing the race card" in that. It's a legitimate question proposed to a legitimate problem facing the nation. ?That asking that question triggers the same, tired defensiveness and yet another bullshit equivocation is what's gobsmacking.

We face a problem in the country involving race, the same problem we've been facing since Day One. You'd have to be a blind, deaf and dumb twit to not see it - and to this end, I don't know if Yawn is pretending ignorance to offer up his smarmy contrary-for-contrary's-sake-everything-is-relative-asking-from-your-POV-equates-you-to-a-racist horseshit or if, as Janson suggests, there is something more to it, because he's not stupid.

FWIW, I want to believe that it's as Angela Davis said a few days after the election: this clusterfuck of a dumpster fire is the result of the last, dying gasp of white supremacy in this country. ?Despite all the despicable shit coming out of peoples' mouths over the last two years, I've seen good, too. ?I refuse to believe a significant portion of the white population in the USA are racist. Maybe this is wrong-headed (Gorb probably thinks so), but so be it. ?It is what the hell it is and only time will tell.

That said, we have an openly racist "president" who abandoned all the dog whistles of the GOP of the last thirty years for a fucking bullhorn and swaths of the country heeded its siren. ?We have people like Steve King and Jeff Sessions in positions of unbelievable power - known, degenerate racists - actively promoting their hateful rhetoric and, in the case of Sessions, dredging up failed policies that specifically target minorities, easing civil rights enforcements that specifically hurt minorities, etc. I very wrongly assumed Americans' "better angels" would see this age-old shit for what it was and refute it on its face, and yet here we are where we are. ?

Despite Yawn's never-ending bullshit: impact > intent. ?Always. People voting for this FUBAR out of fear is a fucked up, unacceptable excuse, not a reason, and there is a difference.

Of an even bigger concern for me, though, are the lack of empathy and decency in our society and the disparaging of intellect and knowledge. ?Izzy said somewhere here or in another thread I've been following that the solution to a great many problems facing our country is education, education and more education. ?I agree. ?But as she also said, one of the major political parties in this country has a regressive posture towards it and worse, the majority of its base is convinced it (education) is doing great harm to the country.

This lack of individual self-awareness and utter regression... we're in bad shape. ?Really, really bad shape.

Which leads me to where I'll finish: that it is equally incumbent upon me, as a black American, to appeal to the racists in this country, to find this "common cause" and appeal to their "better angels".

Uh-huh.

Spoken like a white American guy who knows fuck-all outside of his own circumspection.

Janson spoke a page back or two about what is all necessary to defeat racism. ?A lot of it is on the individual - you can't make anyone do anything, you can't make people see what they've been brought up and raised to believe isn't right. ?All you can do is share your POV (which I do) and hope they come around.

A lot of it is also on white America in toto to accept the reality of the problem and stop condoning it, both implicitly and explicitly. ?That someone like Steve King can keep getting reelected, that the entire white GOP-controlled Senate could overlook Session's long, proven record of racism and bigotry, goes to the heart of white America's complicity in allowing it to continue.

I will not be responsible for that and I reject the very idea that I have to go beyond speaking out about it, marching against it and boycotting those who perpetrate it. ?I reject this absurd notion that it's all relative. ?I reject the implication that minorities in this country are somehow to blame for the white supremacy that's been at this country's very roots since the beginning.

It's NOT all relative.

And that's all I have. ?I'm not going to with you, Yawn, so wall-of-text your rocks off. ?I can't and won't. ?Life's too short, and that was especially made clear last November.

Posts like this one are the reason Trump is in office right now.

I'll bite this one - so, do tell.

Make sure you show your work, ok?

Says the guy who posts a wall of text announcing he won't read the text of others.


He won't read your text. Slight difference.

Yeah, he knows I'll drag him out into the deep water where I'll drown his ass.

Talking to you can often feel like a suffocating experience.
Jul 22, 2017 5:21 AM
YAWN
ashvirtually
Johnny Wishbone
ashvirtuallyI'm not going to justify or defend asking if there is even common ground to be had with other human beings not seeing me as fully human because I have more melanin in my skin. ?There's no "playing the race card" in that. It's a legitimate question proposed to a legitimate problem facing the nation. ?That asking that question triggers the same, tired defensiveness and yet another bullshit equivocation is what's gobsmacking.

We face a problem in the country involving race, the same problem we've been facing since Day One. You'd have to be a blind, deaf and dumb twit to not see it - and to this end, I don't know if Yawn is pretending ignorance to offer up his smarmy contrary-for-contrary's-sake-everything-is-relative-asking-from-your-POV-equates-you-to-a-racist horseshit or if, as Janson suggests, there is something more to it, because he's not stupid.

FWIW, I want to believe that it's as Angela Davis said a few days after the election: this clusterfuck of a dumpster fire is the result of the last, dying gasp of white supremacy in this country. ?Despite all the despicable shit coming out of peoples' mouths over the last two years, I've seen good, too. ?I refuse to believe a significant portion of the white population in the USA are racist. Maybe this is wrong-headed (Gorb probably thinks so), but so be it. ?It is what the hell it is and only time will tell.

That said, we have an openly racist "president" who abandoned all the dog whistles of the GOP of the last thirty years for a fucking bullhorn and swaths of the country heeded its siren. ?We have people like Steve King and Jeff Sessions in positions of unbelievable power - known, degenerate racists - actively promoting their hateful rhetoric and, in the case of Sessions, dredging up failed policies that specifically target minorities, easing civil rights enforcements that specifically hurt minorities, etc. I very wrongly assumed Americans' "better angels" would see this age-old shit for what it was and refute it on its face, and yet here we are where we are. ?

Despite Yawn's never-ending bullshit: impact > intent. ?Always. People voting for this FUBAR out of fear is a fucked up, unacceptable excuse, not a reason, and there is a difference.

Of an even bigger concern for me, though, are the lack of empathy and decency in our society and the disparaging of intellect and knowledge. ?Izzy said somewhere here or in another thread I've been following that the solution to a great many problems facing our country is education, education and more education. ?I agree. ?But as she also said, one of the major political parties in this country has a regressive posture towards it and worse, the majority of its base is convinced it (education) is doing great harm to the country.

This lack of individual self-awareness and utter regression... we're in bad shape. ?Really, really bad shape.

Which leads me to where I'll finish: that it is equally incumbent upon me, as a black American, to appeal to the racists in this country, to find this "common cause" and appeal to their "better angels".

Uh-huh.

Spoken like a white American guy who knows fuck-all outside of his own circumspection.

Janson spoke a page back or two about what is all necessary to defeat racism. ?A lot of it is on the individual - you can't make anyone do anything, you can't make people see what they've been brought up and raised to believe isn't right. ?All you can do is share your POV (which I do) and hope they come around.

A lot of it is also on white America in toto to accept the reality of the problem and stop condoning it, both implicitly and explicitly. ?That someone like Steve King can keep getting reelected, that the entire white GOP-controlled Senate could overlook Session's long, proven record of racism and bigotry, goes to the heart of white America's complicity in allowing it to continue.

I will not be responsible for that and I reject the very idea that I have to go beyond speaking out about it, marching against it and boycotting those who perpetrate it. ?I reject this absurd notion that it's all relative. ?I reject the implication that minorities in this country are somehow to blame for the white supremacy that's been at this country's very roots since the beginning.

It's NOT all relative.

And that's all I have. ?I'm not going to with you, Yawn, so wall-of-text your rocks off. ?I can't and won't. ?Life's too short, and that was especially made clear last November.

Posts like this one are the reason Trump is in office right now.

I'll bite this one - so, do tell.

Make sure you show your work, ok?

Says the guy who posts a wall of text announcing he won't read the text of others.


He won't read your text. Slight difference.
Jul 22, 2017 3:49 AM
Going into a thread about the untimely death of a singer and complaining about their last album is like swinging by a wake and pointing out that the deceased didn't always nail their quarterly performance reviews.
Jul 22, 2017 12:47 AM
I'd be worried about the crisis of migration/relocation and the social upheaval it might cause. Taking in refugees really isn't viable in most cases due to the sheer size of people in need, even without something as sizeable as Yellowstone.
Jul 21, 2017 11:59 PM
Evan Solomon
Takoma1
Evan SolomonNever any love for Day of the Triffids.

Oh, man--I would love a solid adaptation of Day of the Triffids. After reading the book I was really underwhelmed by the made-for-TV version.


The film version from 1962 I thought was rather good, and conveyed a good sense of scale. Traumatized me as a child, though.

It was decent for sure, but the book's just so much dang better.
Jul 21, 2017 11:57 PM