I really enjoy seeing movies, especially in the theater, though that's slowly changing as prices get hiked up to ridiculous proportions. Last movie I saw was "Live Free or Die Hard." And I really enjoyed watching Bruce Willis become Detective John McClane again. It really was an entertaining movie and I plan to see it again.
I've seen Transformers three times so far and I still can't get enough of how awesome they've made Starscream. He really is just a badass in this movie. Always was my favorite character and this basically makes him one of my heroes!
Harry Potter was basically Star Wars Episode 2 all over again with all the teen angst going on in Potter's head. Though I enjoyed it better than the book because it ended faster.
Ratatouille, cute little movie for kids, but not on par with the rest of Pixar's animations.
And with 1408, Stephen King reestablishes his ability to weave a great short story. His short stories always become such great movies. Add to that the fact that John Cusack is playing the leading role and you've just mined some gold. This really is a good thriller and that really is just and evil room.
Post by Adol.Christin on Aug 1, 2007 14:28:30 GMT -5
Saturday I'm going to see Tales From Earthsea or Gedo Senki(anime). the latest Ghibli movie. the US has to mis out on this movie for another couple of years due to licensing issues around Disney, who also has the rights to the terrible Tales from Earthsea miniseries.
The Ancient Land of Ys is running trough my Blood....
I recently finally got to see the latest Harry Potter and "Live free or Die Hard".
Harry Potter - taking it apart from the book universe: It was good. Yes, there was a great deal of the whole angst issue and some plot points played down...but it was still a decent movie. A nice installment in the series, unlike oh say..the third movie.
Live Free or Die Hard - So nice to see McClane again. ^.^ True, over the top heroics that are the staple of the series complete with the sarcastic conversations that are its OTHER staple. A great popcorn 'watch things go BOOM!!" movie with some wit and generally just a ton of crazy, macho fun.
Stopped inflicting my poetry on folks. =P If you wanna see it, go here.
I finally got to see Transformers....quite liked it. Not much like the cartoon- but I kinda think that was a good thing, honestly. It was a good bit more serious than the cartoon had ever been- even if they both had a delightful cheddar scent about them.
Stopped inflicting my poetry on folks. =P If you wanna see it, go here.
State Fair. Not bad, for an old musical. I found it funny that the daughter meets the guy of her dreams, and runs off to marry him. But the son meets the girl of his dreams, but because she's married (though admittedly separated for over a year from the other guy), he doesn't end up with her. I mean, she could get divorced. But the movie is old, so apparently that wouldn't be acceptable. Instead, by meeting the girl of his dreams, he goes back home and realizes how good this other girl is? He got shafted.
you would base my taste off of one movie? and that too, Transformers? Why not what I thought about Citizen Kane?
OK, well... the first big chunk just felt so incredibly cliche-ridden, boring, pointless, and unfunny to me. I don't understand how much of your brain you have to switch off for this, I was thinking about hitting my head with a fry pan. Something stupid about the film just kept hitting me in the face every 5 minutes. Then the important part finally came, the battling, and it turned out to be a mishmash of people displaying awe for extended periods of time (like they were throughout the movie), pointless military scenes, and a mess of metal where I couldn't tell heads and tails about what was going on much of the time. I even started to miss 300's fight scenes. I thought a couple scenes looked cool here or there, and I liked it the few times Optimus was in the spotlight, but otherwise I was just bored.
and that main character that everyone said carried the movie? My brother used to watch the show Even Stevens, and I used to hate it. I knew the kid was a good actor, but I just hated his character in that movie. The show just annoyed me. He's basically the same thing here, again. He was great in The Greatest Game Ever Played, but here he was just the old Stevens again. Honestly, I even liked him better in Disturbia, where his role was basically the same, but less stupid. Still, he was the best actor in the movie, and he did his job, It was mostly his character I couldn't stand.
honestly, It just blows my mind that anyone who's watched a lot of other action films would like this film. There are way too many better action films than this movie. Despite TMNT not having too much to give as far as action goes, it was still much better than Transformers. ANY of the Godzilla/Toho movies were better. Even as far as an amazing CG-filled thriller goes, I can't believe this film is met with such acclaim or even tolerance yet War of the Worlds was waved away.
What I would have enjoyed better is to just watch all of the fight scenes put together into a few minutes, with all of that excess cut off.
although I understand how hard it'd be for Bay to make the entire movie focused on the CG wonders... to make the movie better he'd have to probably cut down on a few of the Transformer's extra parts in order to have enough budget to fill more of the movie, and we wouldn't want them to look less confusing, right? I don't care if they just stood around talking most of the time, I wanted them to be the focus, not those other guys!
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Casablanca -- I can't believe I've never seen this movie before, especially since I lived in a place all my friends called "the white house" when I was at college. But being without internet forced me to frequent the library, and I decided to start checking out movies. (It's a lot like a Blockbuster's, but way more ghetto. Especially since the system here allows you to have up to thirty items out at a time, regardless of whether it's a book, movie, or album.) Great movie, just don't expect happy endings.
Murder on the Orient Express -- A great Hercule Poirot whodunit. The way everything wraps up neatly at the end -- I never saw it coming.
Post by Falcom Director of Fanservice on Dec 7, 2007 22:33:26 GMT -5
Well to be fair, I also based it off the amount of unwarranted love you give to Lufia TLR. But, something of an overstatement, I apologize.
However, you're missing the important part. It's finally covering the one thing no transformers ever: How they actually worked into the world. This alone makes it significantly better than anything else done with them; as they aren't in some vacuum where no one cares or are affected by them. As far as the main character, he's still leagues above any other human ever in Transformers; at least he had a life of some sort. Remember Spike? Yeah. As for the other things he was in, I can't comment; not seen 'em.
So yeah, it's not big robots fighting all the time. Thank god, says I. That'd be boring as shit. Instead it made a valiant attempt to make sense of the general plotline. The military was actually doing shit, and figuring out how to be effective in defending people from these things. Admittedly, I can see how the addition of the Men in Black could throw one off; I liked the inclusion as I liked that it meant someone knew about things based on what had already happened, but I can see how others might not care for it.
Looking back over your argument, it seems like you're more dismayed that people didn't hold your biases than looking at things objectively. Are you complaining it was dumb? Of course it was dumb! It was a cartoon by Hasbro to sell toys! What was tried here was to take the idea and use it in a way that makes sense in the world; especially given that I'd say most people barely remembered what happened in a cartoon that aired 20 years ago to begin with. Go watch the animated movie they released back in the 80's. Tell me it's any better.
Also, linking VGCats is a low blow, man. I don't think anyone here did anything to deserve that.
Warning: thumbnails might not be dobby for work, oh my brothers!
Hey, I once hated Lufia TLR. I used to just tell myself it wasn't even developed by the guys who did the SNES games. It may sound like I think it's an amazing game, but really I'm just saying that I think it's much better than most people would have one believe. Don't compare it to the rest of the series, see it on it's own. Also, I don't even like VGcats, but I did agree with that comic. Sorry, I didn't think it'd be so deadly I'll keep that in mind next time.
As far as story compared to the old Transformers stuff, I was never doing that comparison while watching. I honestly don't remember too much of the old transformers show, nor have i seen much of the old movie. I was never really that big of a fan. The closest thing I have to go on is Beast Wars. But some research and brushing up shows me that Beast Wars was quite similar, anyways.
I base what I think the movie should have been like on what I think makes a good film, and whatever I do remember about how transformers was. While you're right in them trying to do one thing with the story, there's also so many things they had to leave out, like what I believe made Transformers so appealing in the first place. I don't really think it's right to say "it's just based on a show used to promote some old kids toys", because while that's right it also wasn't half assed. The creator put enough effort into making the backstories and character of each robot good enough to raise the toy's appeal far beyond what the toys alone would have garnered. Kids at recess always brought up the show when playing with their transformers... I used to do it with Beast Wars toys a bit myself. We used to talk about one character betraying one side for the other, or finding new transformers in pods from space, and how certain characters were more cool that others. No one gave a damn about the human characters from the shows. All they had to really do was at least show the same things the cartoons did: their main characters, the damn robots. They only really got the audience to know a bit of Optimus and Bumble bee, that's all. I didn't want them to be constantly fighting, but I did want to see them more often.. talking, interacting, planning, fortifying, etc.
Anyways, all that aside, the movie could have pulled off implementing Transformers into the world in so many better ways than what they did as well as what the show did. I never once saw it the way you did, I just saw it as another Micheal Bay film that follows his typical "movie for teenage boys" and "omg the world is being raped by ___, shock and awe!" formula (and another thing, this is based on kid's toys that had a broad age appeal, right? why the change in audience?). I don't know how anyone that has seen a Micheal Bay film before not see this the same way.
but I can't believe you're actually telling me you expecting something more than action from the film, and that the story turned out good. You're the only person I know that states that as the reason for why the film was good. Before I saw the film, everyone that liked it told me "you have to shut your brain off..." (more like, this film deserves special treatment, it's actually a roller coaster, not a movie), "and then you'll find it to be one of the coolest action movies ever with a lot of great humor and characters!".
None of that happened, no matter how much I shut my brain off. The action scenes were horrible and I didn't like a single character, nor felt anything for them. Nor did I laugh. As far as story goes, there was an effort there, but the story really just came out useless in the end. There was never a sense of any real goal, the allspark was useless, they spent their time looking for glasses that were never really needed, the millitary was NOT doing anything to help at all... they're the idiots that brought the allspark into the friggen city where they thought it'd be safe without jeopardizing the innocent! I'd like it better if they just went with something simpler and less cliche. I don't mind silly stories, but retarded ones are something I can't stand.
if they really were going to treat this movie as being based off some dumb old cartoon hasbro (actually, i remember them getting Marvel to work on it) made up to sell their toys, they shouldn't have been making the movie in the first place. It's the same reason why directors should stop trying to make video game based movies.
point is, I don't see this as an abomination to transformers... i honestly don't care how different this movie could be from the original story. I just see it as a terrible movie. I'm not exagerating when I say that I found it just as bad, if not worse, than Fantastic Four 2. Die Hard 4 should be getting all the summer blockbuster praise.