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Takoma1
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Takoma1The troll thing in Cat's Eye legitimately freaked me out when I watched it . . . in my mid-twenties. There's just something about practical effects that sends my brain "It's real! It's real!" panic waves.

It helps that he's an excellently done practical effect and was given a distinct personality. It makes you put emphasis on him as a character rather than an effect. He's silly but also deeply creepy. A fairy tale monster brought to believable life. The use of scale that sells his tiny stature was some of the best I've seen.

The only thing that really gets me through my practical effects freakouts is thinking about how they accomplished the illusion, and specifically the delightful idea of some person crafting HUGE buttons or jacks or whatever.

I can't help but think of the poor fellas in the costumes when it comes to stuff like that. Hours sitting in a chair while make up chair, followed by hours more of uncomfortable heat, itches that can't be scratched and bathroom breaks that can't be had all while being blind and having to hope your motions don't look ridiculous. I'm filming a short film right now where a friend had to wear a mask and essentially rendered worthless at any basic movement and had to be positioned and guided until the costume was off. Really undercuts the horror.

Wools- thoughts on Wolf man?

On a separate note, I watched Orphan. I think I'm a Jaume Collet Sera fan. I've not seen his Neeson action flicks but his horror/thrillers are all better than their premises deserve (House of Wax and the Shallows being the other two). I think he's got a good grasp on style and tension that make his flicks a cut above most other mainstream horror filmmakers. I think this one succeeded because of the authentic relationship dynamics of the entire family and Farmiga's great performance. Really grounded what could have easily gone ridiculous and silly, given what a sadistic little shit the titular Orphan is.
Jul 20, 2017 7:02 AM
Takoma1The troll thing in Cat's Eye legitimately freaked me out when I watched it . . . in my mid-twenties. There's just something about practical effects that sends my brain "It's real! It's real!" panic waves.

It helps that he's an excellently done practical effect and was given a distinct personality. It makes you put emphasis on him as a character rather than an effect. He's silly but also deeply creepy. A fairy tale monster brought to believable life. The use of scale that sells his tiny stature was some of the best I've seen.
Jul 20, 2017 1:52 AM
Sorcerer Supreme Nameless
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David Chromiak
Takoma1
What do you not like about Tulip? I really enjoyed Ruth Negga in her arc on Agents of SHIELD and I find her to be a fun presence on Preacher.

The accent is probably the main thing. It doesn't even sound real to me, more a cartoony version of what Tulip (or an American woman from the South) would sound like. I also think her comedic timing is a little off, (So is Jesse's.) I find a lot of her delivery to be wooden and in general, I have never seen her in a scene from Preacher where she pulls me in to the story. Like I mentioned earlier, her acting pulls me out of it.

Are you from/spent time in West Texas? Accents can get pretty cartoony. She sounds authentic to me.

I've read critiques of the early issues of Preacher where people are butthurt that the British Garth Ennis wrote caricatures of Texans than actual people from the south

Given the satirical nature of the work, it's 100% intentional. Preacher is nooooot exactly respectful to the culture it has on display

It's stereotyping, for sure. But like most stereotypes, it's one that exists and they're accurate to their reality.

Right, it's like complaining about the accents in Fargo

I made that exact comparison about Fargo and complaints about them stereotyping the accent.
Jul 19, 2017 11:35 PM
DeschainI remember Cat's Eye being pretty silly but it did adapt some of my favorite King shorts. So better than nothing I suppose.

I think it works well because it is silly. It's a very light horror anthology overall and would be a good intro flick for a kid to build towards things like Creepshow and Trick R Treat.
Jul 19, 2017 11:27 PM
Sorcerer Supreme Nameless
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David Chromiak
Takoma1
What do you not like about Tulip? I really enjoyed Ruth Negga in her arc on Agents of SHIELD and I find her to be a fun presence on Preacher.

The accent is probably the main thing. It doesn't even sound real to me, more a cartoony version of what Tulip (or an American woman from the South) would sound like. I also think her comedic timing is a little off, (So is Jesse's.) I find a lot of her delivery to be wooden and in general, I have never seen her in a scene from Preacher where she pulls me in to the story. Like I mentioned earlier, her acting pulls me out of it.

Are you from/spent time in West Texas? Accents can get pretty cartoony. She sounds authentic to me.

I've read critiques of the early issues of Preacher where people are butthurt that the British Garth Ennis wrote caricatures of Texans than actual people from the south

Given the satirical nature of the work, it's 100% intentional. Preacher is nooooot exactly respectful to the culture it has on display

It's stereotyping, for sure. But like most stereotypes, it's one that exists and they're accurate to their reality.
Jul 19, 2017 11:03 PM
I rewatched Cat's Eye for the first time since childhood. I dug it a lot and think it's one of the more consistent horror anthologies around. Most importantly, it's one that gets better as it goes. The first, Quitters Inc. feels undercooked and ends short of leaving a lasting impression. The Ledge is a big improvement and has some clever twists and turns throughout. The General is easily the best and fits in nicely with flicks like the Gate and Phantasm. I also very much enjoyed the cheesy opening with the cat being chased by Cujo and almost getting hit by Christine (could have done without the bumper sticker that spells it all out).

The cat is also a dead ringer for my cat, who is currently living with my parents. Made me root for the cat a lot more. He was also a wandering cat that just sort of decided I was his human so new head canon for where he was before I adopted him.
Jul 19, 2017 11:02 PM
David Chromiak
Takoma1
What do you not like about Tulip? I really enjoyed Ruth Negga in her arc on Agents of SHIELD and I find her to be a fun presence on Preacher.

The accent is probably the main thing. It doesn't even sound real to me, more a cartoony version of what Tulip (or an American woman from the South) would sound like. I also think her comedic timing is a little off, (So is Jesse's.) I find a lot of her delivery to be wooden and in general, I have never seen her in a scene from Preacher where she pulls me in to the story. Like I mentioned earlier, her acting pulls me out of it.

Are you from/spent time in West Texas? Accents can get pretty cartoony. She sounds authentic to me.
Jul 19, 2017 10:02 PM
I think the show is just as bitingly funny and irreverent as the comics. It has some of the most energetic and fun action sequences and doesn't seem to limit them to just "big" episodes. A long take fight sequence will just pop up out of nowhere.

I also think both Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga are great actors, though. Especially Negga. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Loving last year, using virtually the same accent from Preacher. It's an impressive accent compared to when most actors from the UK try to do Southern/Texan. Compared to Andrew Lincoln, she's perfectly authentic.
Jul 19, 2017 2:06 PM
DaMUThe most compelling theory to me is the parallel between MacReady losing to the computer at chess, "feeding" it a drink, and then the computer burning... and MacReady "losing" to the Thing at their chess game (in that the base is destroyed and he's going to die), "feeding" it a drink... and then the assumption being that he'll torch it.

But I agree that the pleasure is in the not knowing.

I love that regardless of what the precise ending of the film, that scene operates as the films thesis on humanity and places our penchant for self sabotage and "let's burn this mother down" as a source of strength and reliance. If MacReady can't win, he's willing to destroy his entire ability to play the game to stop the program. If he can't survive, he's willing to destroy the base to stop the alien.
If my splitting headache lifts soon, I just may crack open my scream factory blu finally. I've only been watching the special features, which warrant a purchase as is, but I've gotta dig that new transfer too. Previous one has some peculiar coloration that I'm curious to see if it persists or not.
Jul 19, 2017 1:50 PM
Matthew Good... Band
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James MacKinnon
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James MacKinnonI don't really care?

Thoughts?

When I don't really care, I don't make a long winded thread about a subject.

Quoting 5 words out of a "long winded post" doesn't sum up the whole post... thanks though.

It sums up everything wrong with your approach to the subject quite nicely.

"I am the judge and I judge that my argument is the best. Also, I am the coolest and best looking."

Say something worth while. I'll wait.

You'll wait? Heh. I'm not sure what worth can be found in the off hand remarks of strangers on the internet. A strange thing to wait for.

[Alternate post] Oh, random internet guy. If only I had a remark worthy of your reply!

Still waiting.
Jul 19, 2017 7:47 AM
Matthew Good... Band
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James MacKinnon
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James MacKinnonI don't really care?

Thoughts?

When I don't really care, I don't make a long winded thread about a subject.

Quoting 5 words out of a "long winded post" doesn't sum up the whole post... thanks though.

It sums up everything wrong with your approach to the subject quite nicely.

"I am the judge and I judge that my argument is the best. Also, I am the coolest and best looking."

Say something worth while. I'll wait.
Jul 19, 2017 6:31 AM
James MacKinnon
MKS
James MacKinnonI don't really care?

Thoughts?

When I don't really care, I don't make a long winded thread about a subject.

Quoting 5 words out of a "long winded post" doesn't sum up the whole post... thanks though.

It sums up everything wrong with your approach to the subject quite nicely.
Jul 19, 2017 5:16 AM
Takoma1I was watching a click-baity thing on YouTube about horror fan theories. A lot of it was "eh," but there was one about The Thing that I'd never heard before and thought was neat.

It relates to The Thing: (MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS!!)

At the end of the movie you have Childs and McReady sitting across from each other. Childs takes a drink from a bottle and McReady smiles. The fan theory goes that earlier in the movie we see that McReady is filling all of the bottles with accelerant to create Molotov cocktails. So in this moment it is possible that McReady knows that Childs is drinking accelerant (not reacting because he is an alien and doesn't have context for what is or is not drinkable) and this confirms that he is the alien and can now be confident in killing him.

Maybe this is well-known and I'd just never come across it, but I like it. I'm not sure I totally agree, but I think it's a fun interpretation and doesn't stretch very far from what we actually see on screen.

I first came upon the theory when I pulled a Thing/Hateful Eight double feature with my brother in law last year. He was convinced momentarily that it wasn't ambiguous and it was just a really classy reveal. I was amused and impressed then checked the nets and saw others had come to a similar assessment but it was new to me.
Another reason it's brilliant. The only fan theory I don't care for relates to breath. The movie doesn't support it because breath is visible for both.
Jul 19, 2017 5:14 AM
James MacKinnonI don't really care?

Thoughts?

When I don't really care, I don't make a long winded thread about a subject.
Jul 18, 2017 10:30 PM
jasper de large
MKSI'm going to assume those placing this as Mann's worst haven't seen the Keep or LA Takedown (if TV movies count).

No to LA Takedown, but I did see The Keep. Topic

Didn't click.
Jul 18, 2017 12:05 AM
I just bought the regular Barry Lyndon Blu-ray... And I bought the complete Twin Peaks Blu-ray about a month ago so that I could have FWWM... Criterion is fucking with me and my wallet.
Jul 17, 2017 10:33 PM
Michael Gustafson
MKSWhen has a lack of creative control and freedom ever been why one of his projects failed? I watched Zygote. It had all the symptoms, good and bad, of a Blomkamp joint. Bad dialogue, shallow characters, heavy handed themes with a sci-fi setting, excellent effects and cool character design.

Feel like after district 9 bigger budgets just ruined a lot of his work. With Oats he's going more small scale and I like that. Zygote wasn't my favorite, but for a short I dug it. The monster was creepy and it had some cool imagery, cinematography and music. This project is experimental and he isn't too worried about reception. He's just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. Any artist who is willing to do this type of thing has my respect.

How?
Jul 17, 2017 4:32 AM
When has a lack of creative control and freedom ever been why one of his projects failed? I watched Zygote. It had all the symptoms, good and bad, of a Blomkamp joint. Bad dialogue, shallow characters, heavy handed themes with a sci-fi setting, excellent effects and cool character design.
Jul 17, 2017 4:07 AM
The Keep does look good (and sounds good with that Tangerine Dream score) in a different way than Miami Vice. It's also been butchered into a nonsensical, tedious mess. It also doesn't have good shootouts.
Jul 17, 2017 1:10 AM