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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 11:16:23 AM PDT
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RichieV says:
Good Star Wars list, Pastor of Muppets

I would also add: Another cool ten scenes from Star Wars

Princess Leia on the slave ship (Hey I was a teenage boy when I watched this)
The Trash compactor scene
Luke and Leia swinging the rope
Han navigating the Asteroid Field
Playing chess with a Wookie
Vader choking the guy using his mind
Gollum falling into the lava with the ring of power (Wait... I think that was from a different movie series)
"These are not the droids you are looking for"
The Opening scrolling credits into the battle between the Star Destroyer and Princess Leia's ship (Especially the very first time you see the movie)
The reward/honor scene at the end of "A new hope"

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 11:55:45 AM PDT
Leia in the slave-girl outfit came so close to my list, but some of the other ones are pretty good.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 12:08:13 PM PDT
Pastor: I cannot concede Beauty and the Beast--it belongs in the muck with the rest of them. Sappy and silly.

Posted on May 28, 2012 1:39:07 PM PDT
KatieHepburn says:
Top Ten Things Fathers AND Sons Have in Common

1. Farting and laughing
2. Pinching mom's tata's
3. Making truck noises while playing in the dirt
4. Pinching mom's tookus
5. Making boat noises in the bath tub
6. Looking mom straight in the eyes, without a blink, and lying through their teeth x^[
7. Staining their shorts
8. Going when the mom gets tough
9. Passing out after a good, warm meal and a cupa
10. Putting on a sweet smile and wrapping an arm around when they've done something they oughtna'!

Ain't they cute?!

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 4:51:55 PM PDT
WAS: Well, everyone has their opinions. But you'll be happy to know that I will be viewing Cocteau's film before La Dolce Vita. I was at a friend's house, and he happily let me borrow it.

Posted on May 28, 2012 5:01:52 PM PDT
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Pastor: You have a treat in store. And if it prompts you to watch more Cocteau, all the better. Orpheus, too, is an essential film.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 6:54:38 PM PDT
WAS: Just a question: What's your opinion of Fanny and Alexander? I just watched the first hour and a half, and I'm not sure what to make of it quite yet.

Posted on May 28, 2012 10:42:32 PM PDT
10 random facts about myself:

1. My taste in movies are all over the map, though I have some reservations on political thrillers and documentaries.

2. I am hoping to become a writer in many other genres, mainly High Fantasy.

3. I am a perfectionist by nature. This is why whenever I play video games, I tend to be obsessed with completing as much as humanly possible.

4. I would rather watch Freddy Got Fingered than any of the animated Titanic movies.

5. I am currently watching Boogey Nights right now.

6. Bugs Bunny's my favorite cartoon character with honorable mentions going to Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Wille E. Coyote to name a few.

7. The color tints of Traffic make me feel sick, though I will acknowledge it as a fine film.

8. I would rather watch the average Dreamworks animated film than the average Pixar, even in spite of some horrible films like Madagascar, Shark Tale, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Prince of Egypt.

9. I am a huge fan of Robot Chicken.

10.I am not Pastor of Muppets.

And just for the sake of it, I'll tag WAS, PoM, and RichieV.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 4:22:33 AM PDT
Gordo: Cool stories, bro.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 7:13:19 AM PDT
Pastor: Re: F & A: great film, in a sense uncharacteristic for Bergman, but a delight. Certainly among my favorite Bergman films.

Posted on May 29, 2012 10:26:25 AM PDT
10 favorite games to play with the Husband,

1) Canasta
2) Draw Something
3) Frisbee Golf
4) Drinking Checkers
5) Chess
6) 701 (Darts)
7) Trivial Pursuit
8) Wii Bowling
9) Pool
10) Madden NFL

10 games the will never again be played w/the Husband (mutually agreed upon for the sake of our marriage),

1) Monopoly
2) Risk
3) Uno
4) Cut Throat Cricket (Darts)
5) Life
6) CTR: Crash Team Racing
7) Mario Kart
8) Wii Tennis
9) Horseshoes
10) Charades

Posted on May 29, 2012 11:45:49 AM PDT
Not a top 10 list here, but I'm going to try to define the 7 deadly sins. And because Se7en is the only one to exhibit all 7 sins in some capacity or another and live to tell the tale, I will present them in the chronological order presented in the movie, Se7en:

Gluttony: A film in which the content is vulgar, repulsive, and utterly tasteless. This belongs mainly to the gross-out comedy or the utterly offensive like Borat, Good Luck Chuck, American Pie, or the vast majority of Adam Sandler films. Aesthetically speaking, it's a film about fat people like Fat Albert, The Nutty Professor (1996), Norbit and Wall-E, again to name a few. Combining these traits, the number one winner would have to be a film called Fat Slags.

Greed: A commercial film made with the sole intent to make money, completely disregarding the quality of their pictures. Just about every blockbuster ever made fits the bill here, although there are plenty of then sleeper hits that went on to become huge successes (Star Wars and The Sixth Sense), and there are plenty of highly successful films that are genuinely great such as Lawrence of Arabia or 2001: A Space Oddessey. However, the films that are undeservedly successful include Wall-E, The Smurfs, Avatar, and most Pixar films in general to name a few. Aesthetically speaking, it's a film about greed, like There Will Be Blood. The worst sinner would have to be The Smurfs, though if I am to combine the two sides together, it'd probably have to be Avatar.

Sloth: A film in which the filmmakers made absolutely no effort in giving us a genuinely good or otherwise entertaining movie. This trait is prevalent mainly in actors and directors (for whatever reasons they may have had) rather than films in general, but prime examples include the Seltzerberg ''spoofs'' (and most comedies in general), The Avengers (1998), A Troll in Central Park, and the various works of dadda. Aesthetically, it's really an actor or filmmaker simply cashing in a check or reluctantly working on the film because they're under contract, though there are some slacker films like Bill and Ted, Beavis and Butthead, and Pineapple Express to name a few. But the worst offenders would have to be the Seltzerberg spoods.

Lust: A self-indulgent film that gets off on the material that they are making regardless of their original intent. The easy target is any porn film out there, but within mainstream cinema, the culprits include Gamer, Blue Valentine, Good Luck Chuck, the Twilight movies, Fight Club, and Natural Born Killers to name a few. Aesthetically, it's the subject of lustful desires like Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, American Beauty, The Seven Year Itch, and of course, the porn film. The obvious biggest sinner is the porn film, but in mainstream film, the worst of the worst would probably be Barb Wire followed up by Twilight.

Pride: A pretentious cinematic work in which the filmmakers show their arrogance of the source material, firmly believing that they are giving us art. Examples of this includes every Exploitation/snuff film ever made, the entire filmographies of Terrence Malick and Oliver Stone (except for Badlands and JFK respectively), the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime (and most anime in general), at least half of Pixar, and presumably all of Lars von Trier's films Breaking the Waves onwards (I say presumably because I never saw his films and I heard nothing but bad things about them). Aesthetically, it's a film in which the lead character, if not most of the characters, tend to be cocky and arrogant, such as 127 Hours, Into the Wild, and Grave of the Fireflies. Evangelion may be the biggest sinner here, but the film possessing of both traits would have to be Grave of the Fireflies.

Envy: A derivitive film that so obviously spites the source material that it draws itself from and thus tries to replicate it. Example include Avatar (Dances with Wolves), Wall-E (2001 meets Beauty and the Beast with elements of Short Circuit, Idiocracy, and I am Legend), Eragon (Star Wars plot meets Lord of the Rings mythos), and countless Romantic Comedies (especially the modern ones). Aesthetically speaking, it's a film that intentionally steals from these ideas, such the Seltzerberg ''spoofs,'' Eragon, and who knows how many modern chick flicks. Technically speaking, remakes could fit the bill as well, but the intent is known, and the solid remakes shows either a respect and/or a justifiable disdain for the previous movie. However, the number one culprit here are the endless supplies of RomComs, specifically When in Rome, The Ugly Truth, and who knows what else.

Wrath: An angry, hateful film in which the intent of the film is obviously malevolent. Prime examples include End of Evangelion, Wall-E, Grave of the Fireflies, most, if not all of Adam Sandler's films (this includes Punch-Drunk Love, though that was a good movie), and the never ending supply of pro-left/anti-right movies. Aesthetically speaking, it is a film featuring an angry assortment of characters, such as End of Evangelion, Punch-Drunk Love, or Akira. The worst offender of them all, however, is End of Evangelion.

And so, here are the 7 primary examples of each of the 7 deadly sins of cinema (keep in mind too that many of them possess multiple sins, so I'm just encompassing one film in possession of the most notable sin of the bunch; that means one film per sin):

Gluttony: Fat Slags
Greed: Avatar
Sloth: Disaster Movie (and all the other Seltzerberg films along with it)
Lust: Barb Wire
Pride: Grave of the Fireflies
Envy: I said most RomComs...but if I am to select just one film, it'd be The Women (2009)
Wrath: End of Evangelion

And the worst film of the bunch would have to be End of Evangelion (incidentally too since Wrath turned out to be the final and deadliest sin in Se7en).

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 1:13:48 PM PDT
WAS: Nothing really happened quite yet in the movie except we really get to know the characters- I found Maj's showing Alexander her dress quite interesting. Please don't tell me what happens next, I don't like spoilers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 1:16:33 PM PDT
Gordo: Oliver Stone's best film might be Platoon. Might be better than JFK.

And Into the Wild, though McCandless was cocky, is a great film.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 1:56:43 PM PDT
Muppets: Platoon is a cartoon film; films drawn from personal experiences of a biased liberal filmmaker is anything but reliable. Even less so when said biased liberal filmmaker is completely insane. At least his mindset was put into appropriate use in JFK, and it's based on frequent conspiracy theories that people in regards to the JFK assassinations long before Oliver Stone made the film.

As for Into the Wild, I'm sorry, but Sean Penn is on my list of unwatchable actors and directors. One of the only times I ever liked him or his films was Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 6:15:14 PM PDT
Gordo: Considering Stone himself was in Vietnam, I found it to be pretty accurate. Much more than I can say about Full Metal Jacket (which is a great film nonetheless). I'm still kicking myself in the head because I haven't seen Apocalypse Now. I need advice on which version to see. How sad is that?

Understandable about Sean Penn. I feel the same way about James Horner's film music.

Posted on May 29, 2012 7:27:15 PM PDT
If I won the lottery, top 10 things I would turn into anime:

1. Elric (Michael Moorcock)
2. Dancers at the End of Time (Michael Moorcock)
3. Corum (Michael Moorcock)
4. Thomas Covenant (6 or possibly 10 books, depending on how the 10th turns out)(Stephen R. Donaldson)
5. Mordant's Need (Donaldson)
6. Night's Dawn (Peter F Hamilton)
7. Swamp Thing (Alan Moore)(Guest-starring the REAL Constantine)
8. Mage (Matt Wagner)
9. Grendel (Matt Wagner)(Although I'm a little leery about the Eppy Thatcher incarnation.)
10. The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)(But just to make money.)

And an extra bonus:
The Wild Cards series (edited by George R. R. Martin.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 7:28:50 PM PDT
Star Wars: Han Solo flying in from the sun, showing he's not all about money. (Episode IV)

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 7:36:04 PM PDT
I will rise to the Evangelion bait to this extent: I eagarly await Pastor's defense of Evangelion.

And this-

Whenever I see someone with an obsessive hatred of something/someone, I like to run the following dialogue in my head, substituting the object of hatred for "Harkonnen":

Jessica: When you said.. "Harkonnen" .. just now.. I didn't know you had so much reason to hate them.
Dr. Yueh: My wife.. but you never met my wife.. the Harkonnens they.. forgive me if I can't talk about it.
Jessica (mentally): They must have tortured her.

It helps me get through the day.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 8:20:05 PM PDT
Cilantron: That moment came so close, but then the original trilogy has so many iconic moments.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 8:45:07 PM PDT
Cilantron: Not sure about most of these, but one thing is for certain; The Wheel of Time is least as a live-action feature. Too much time is needed to adapt the books which span at least 2 years combined. At least Harry Potter had each book separated by an entire school year so the task was doable. With Wheel of Time, a 14 book series mind you, the characters would get too old, the films would get too stale, and too much content needed to be covered.

And it's not like Western animations will ever work on more adult material...and if they do, they make it a vulgar comedy like South Park. Reluctantly, the only way to adapt The Wheel of Time, it seems, is to make a Japanese animated show based off the books. It's episodic and thus can cover more material; we never need to worry about the aging problem because it's animated; if an actor dies or chooses not to return to the project, one could always replace the actor if needed; and we could expect some stylish animation with far more possibilities in the medium than that of a live action film.

It seems reasonable that an animated television show would be the best way to adapt the books. And since Japan takes most of their animated work seriously (even their braindead comedies, ugh!), they seem to be our best bet. A shame too since it probably will never happen.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 11:28:33 PM PDT
RichieV says:
Cilantron says:
If I won the lottery, top 10 things I would turn into anime:

10. The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)(But just to make money.)
Richiev says: If I had the money, I would make a movie based on "The Fall of Manetheren" The sword that cannot be broken.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 3:45:40 AM PDT
Gordo: The problem with Harry Potter though is after the fourth movie (some could argue the third or second), the rest of the series became more Hollywood standard cliches. It really angered me because I'm a big fan of the book series.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 9:26:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 9:31:29 AM PDT
PoM: I believe that I have already noted that the version of Apocalypse Now to see is Redux--Coppola's final version. But watch both he original release and Redux.

Both that, and Full Metal Jacket, are the definitive Vietnam films. Platoon is worse than a cartoon--obvious and schematic. Very high on my list of worst best pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 9:28:47 AM PDT
Cilantron: Arrrrghhhhhhh!

Moorcock's works demand better than anime. I can't say that I read every bit of the Eternal Champion cycle, but I have read most of it, and I admire it enormously. Real film, please, with the best CGI imaginable. I don't want to see it turned into toons.

And, much as I like Elric, I'd do the Hawkmoons first.
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