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Sorcerer Supreme NamelessITS FROM THE WRITER OF THE BEST MOVIE EVER, SUNSHINE, EVERYONE!

A beautiful man who writes (and directs) beautiful beautiful movies. The Beach changed the world!

Sunshine is outstanding.

It's terrible. ?:P

No, it's not.
Aug 24, 2017 4:09 AM
BadLieutenantOh, it's Alien vs. The Thing? Alien, unquestionably. The difference for me is in how the two movies present and define their characters. With The Thing, the movie rushes early on to establish its characters in the broadest strokes. As a result, they mostly end up being cardboard caricatures, and it's very clear from the beginning that Kurt Russell is our central antihero who's going to make it to the end, however ambiguous that ending may be. Alien never tips its hand that way. With Alien, the movie doesn't rush the character development. We're constantly learning more and more about them by how they learn about and react to the threat. In The Thing, none of the deaths or reveals were ever surprising or shocking to me because none of them involved Kurt Russell; he just reacted to them. In Alien, it's never really clear until the end who will survive, and there are a couple deaths/revelations that are really shocking.

I remember a scene early on in the film which showed MacReady playing a game of chess with a computer only to dump a cup of water into it, frying its circuits. I feel like one person hit the nail on the head when he mentioned that the film feels like MacReady playing a chess game with the other characters in terms of him fighting them when they become infected. I feel like him frying the computer's circuits represented him using a flamethrower. I also thought it was pretty cool how MacReady was the only one who ever burned an alien in the film. I felt like Carpenter intended to base the movie around him. It seemed to be about him fighting back more than it was about the other characters fighting back against the alien. I agree that it's clear MacReady will make it to the end from the beginning. However, I feel like Carpenter intended for the film to be like this due to the chess scene. I enjoyed this concept as it was an interesting idea to show how MacReady was the only main/primary character. You'd think that none of the deaths would be surprising as a result, but I think the movie made up for this with the well-done buildup and execution. A lot of the kills were unexpected such as the defibrillation and the blood test scenes. There were also several characters who I felt were infected, but the movie kept my anticipation high over when it was going to happen/if it was going to happen (this led to a few surprises). Anyways, this is why I don't have an issue with what you're talking about. I feel like both of these movies are brilliant, but I enjoyed The Thing slightly more.
Aug 24, 2017 2:06 AM
Thief12And I've said it before here, but I'm probably one of the few who would put 28 Weeks Later above Days.

I like 28 Weeks Later, but I feel like 28 Days Later has more merits and layers to it. Could you elaborate on both films though? I'm interested to hear what you think of them.
Aug 24, 2017 1:30 AM
Sorcerer Supreme Nameless
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Sorcerer Supreme NamelessITS FROM THE WRITER OF THE BEST MOVIE EVER, SUNSHINE, EVERYONE!

A beautiful man who writes (and directs) beautiful beautiful movies. The Beach changed the world!

Sunshine is outstanding.

I'm not huge on The Beach but 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, and Ex Machina are all outstanding movies to me. My gut has a strong feeling that Annihilation will be on the short list for this year's best films

He does interesting work in video games too - Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Journey to the West was written by him and he also wrote the story for their Devil May Cry reboot, which was far better than it had any right to be

I especially love 28 Days Later. It's my favorite zombie film of all time (I prefer it over Romero's Night of the Living Dead, which I've never been a fan of). It's not only a well-made film, but a smart film with great character arcs and political allegories.
Aug 23, 2017 11:43 PM
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessITS FROM THE WRITER OF THE BEST MOVIE EVER, SUNSHINE, EVERYONE!

A beautiful man who writes (and directs) beautiful beautiful movies. The Beach changed the world!

Sunshine is outstanding.
Aug 23, 2017 11:04 PM
Dredd is a great example. Its marketing was awful, and I didn't expect much from it. However, I was blown away by the film on a few levels. Very few modern action films have had a similar effect on me.
Aug 23, 2017 10:54 PM
Takoma1
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Takoma1
Rumpled 4 SkinSunshine

I love Sunshine, third act and all. I know that it becomes a different movie in the third act, but I like what it was and I like what it becomes. (Though, yes, I would have preferred that it stayed with what it had done in the beginning).

I understand why people don't like the film's third act, but I've never had a problem with it. I really don't care what anyone says about it to be honest. It's my favorite part of the movie by far. No amount of comment is going to change my opinion.

I prefer the intimacy and smaller drama of the first two-thirds. I also think that people trying to survive in space is enough of a thrill (ie the fixing the panels sequence) without what came later. Still, I do see how it follows from the beginning, even if it does significantly shift the tone and almost the genre of the film.
I also really enjoy the writing of Chris Evans' character, who is a jerk, but a jerk who is committed to the mission. I liked the way that his storyline played out.

Usually, I'm okay with tone shifts. For instance, the tone of The Cabin in the Woods and 10 Cloverfield Lane shifted, but I didn't mind them, because the shifts made sense and were plausible considering the events which led up to those shifts. That was sort of what I felt with this movie.
Aug 23, 2017 10:51 PM
Another film I can think of is Knowing. Like many others, I don't care that much for Nicholas Cage and most of the films he's been in. For this reason and the poor review scores, I didn't expect anything from this film. However, I felt like this movie was competently directed and shot along with several great scenes and an amazing ending. Also, I liked Cage's performance. He did a pretty good job in this movie in my opinion.
Aug 23, 2017 9:30 PM
13 films where a computer is the antagonist

1. WarGames
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Aug 23, 2017 9:16 PM
Spencie ReturnsWall-E teases you into thinking it's a masterpiece just so it can shove a run-of-mill, animated children's movie at you for the last half or so. Up's another offender, but its quality takes a nose dive way before the third act.

I'm not sure if the space scene from Wall-E is really the third act. It feels more like the 2nd half. Either way, however, I do agree that it was a bit weaker. I would've enjoyed the movie more if it kept the fate of humanity ambiguous.
Aug 23, 2017 9:08 PM
The Mist has one of the most powerful tragic endings I've ever seen. I strongly disagree on it being flawed.
Aug 23, 2017 9:04 PM
Takoma1
Rumpled 4 SkinSunshine

I love Sunshine, third act and all. I know that it becomes a different movie in the third act, but I like what it was and I like what it becomes. (Though, yes, I would have preferred that it stayed with what it had done in the beginning).

I understand why people don't like the film's third act, but I've never had a problem with it. I really don't care what anyone says about it to be honest. It's my favorite part of the movie by far. No amount of comment is going to change my opinion.
Aug 23, 2017 9:03 PM
A recent film is Beneath. Considering how its reviews were so low, I assumed that it was just another run-of-the-mill creature feature movie. However, I was impressed by it in a number of ways. The characters are unlikable, but I think they were intended to be that way as the movie's purpose was to show how far someone can be pushed to insanity when put in a survival situation. I did dislike how Johnny appeared to be the main character only to be pushed aside as the film went on, but it's still a great movie. It disappoints me that it was panned that much.

I was also impressed with Seconds. I heard Gaspar Noe mention it in a closet picks video on Criterion's youtube channel. I didn't expect it to be bad, but I also wasn't expecting anything spectacular. However, I feel like it's close to perfect. I liked how the film depicted the company as untrustworthy from the beginning. It also did a good job describing how Arthur met his downfall. The thought-provoking scenes when the movie discussed this were powerful. It also had a powerful ending. Also, a lot of the middle felt like a bizarre escapist fantasy. I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I first watched it, but I was completely blown away by it.

Which movies can you guys think of?
Aug 23, 2017 6:12 PM
Takoma1I read a very intriguing review of the movie Marjorie Prime. Anyone else planning to see it? It sounds like the kind of low-key sci-fi that I'm pretty into these days.

It looks pretty intriguing.
Aug 23, 2017 6:06 PM
pugmanLoved it when dim witted Donald Trump had the glasses, took them off and looked directly into the sun.

This is why we can't have nice things, America.

Anyways, me and my dad went to Wyoming to see it at 100% totality for about 2 1/2 minutes. It was mind-blowing to see it.
Aug 23, 2017 5:57 PM
Death ProofHe made this post in OT, which sounds like it was created by some sort of random dictionary generator site.


http://forum-origin.rottentomatoes.com/topic/show/1998452#post_33257810

I used to think he was Armond White, but I'm not sure now. I mean, even Armond White isn't THAT stupid.
Aug 13, 2017 7:14 PM
Thomas H CullenTen great movie posters:

Alien
Thor
Batman & Robin
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The Fellowship of the Ring
Iron Man
Alien Covenant
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Timecop
X-Men

I think you forgot to over-analyze those posters.
Aug 13, 2017 5:38 PM
NotReallyYARNAutism GuyI honestly don't see what you're getting at here.

I don't think any of us do.
Aug 13, 2017 5:36 PM
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]13 films you were disappointed in/disliked that got better toward the end[/font]

[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]1. A Monster Calls[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]2. Scarface[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]4. John Wick[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]5. Along Came a Spider[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]6. Tron Legacy[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]7. Syriana[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]8. Ordet[/font]
Aug 13, 2017 2:47 PM
Thief12Source Code is one of the best films I can think of, in terms of time travel.

I second this.
Aug 13, 2017 2:23 PM