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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I think Meloncholia is gone from these parts now, but I considered seeing it very thoroughly before deciding I couldn't risk another Antichrist mistake.  I can't unsee that movie and I fear Mr. Von Trier now...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I won't say it was bad, just... not very tight. It was done "prominade" style, which means in a big room with various scenes set up around the room and you sort of wander around and see what's happening in each corner.  Prominade usually means the actors will be doing their thing inches away from you, or somewhere in a crowd of others where you can't see all that well, from my personal experience.  Not my favorite, but maybe I'm just too pregnant.

In this play, mostly there was only one thing happening at a time, or the actors would go from place to place and you could follow them, but still. If you're going to do that kind of show, you really need it to be less than two full hours long so that the wandering crowd don't feel like they have to sit on the floor every fifteen minutes to keep from cramping up. Then scramble out of the way as soon as an actor comes rushing at them...

It wasn't the Mountains of Madness story, it took place AFTER the two expeditions, in the aftermath of everyone being called crazy, or having gone crazy and trying to hide it, etc. It referenced a bunch of other Lovecraft stories as well. It should have been delightful, but it just took so long to get to the interesting bits, and the lack of seating... I was kind of left with superblah.

So as I said.  Not the worst thing in the world but nowhere near the best. And at least I got to hang out with Kenneth Hite.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh... I would think for something like that to work, you'd need... more going on. Enough overstimulation that you'd either feel like staying in front of one area would be rewarding, but following the various actions would be equally good.

Either way, setting it after everything happened seems like a bad choice, especially if you then *still* have to wait for the good stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kept wondering how people who weren't Lovecraft nerds were following the storyline.  Because the first part of it had a lot of name dropping and you really had to pay attention to figure out, "Ok, there were two expeditions, and this group is a mixture of the survivors of both."  But aside from that, really... it was the blank wandering that murdered me.  Decorate the WHOLE space or make the space smaller, dammit!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A trailer for this came on FOX last Sunday night during Family Guy.  It occurred to me that it was April 1st, so I was quite sure it was a hoax.

But... it don't seem to be going away...

http://www.tedisreal.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm genuinely curious about the new Rob Zombie movie. It has a great look to it.

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I seem to have forgotten how to post a video. It's here.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't look half bad.  I get to see about one movie every two or three months now, but I'll keep this on the "try really hard to see" list.

Speaking of trailers, has anyone seen this yet?


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How's it strike you?  I feel a bit... uneasy about it.  It's so damned dark and not woo-boo bloody but plain old bloody.  I mean, it looks like a fucked up horror movie as opposed to, you know, Evil Dead.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trelbee wrote:
That doesn't look half bad. †I get to see about one movie every two or three months now, but I'll keep this on the "try really hard to see" list.

Speaking of trailers, has anyone seen this yet?


Link


How's it strike you? †I feel a bit... uneasy about it. †It's so damned dark and not woo-boo bloody but plain old bloody. †I mean, it looks like a fucked up horror movie as opposed to, you know, Evil Dead.


The ratings board gave the remake an NC-17, so the director is cutting back on the hard stuff to get an R. The DVD will have the unrated version.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trelbee wrote:
How's it strike you? †I feel a bit... uneasy about it. †It's so damned dark and not woo-boo bloody but plain old bloody. †I mean, it looks like a fucked up horror movie as opposed to, you know, Evil Dead.



That's a strange choice for tone. I mean, I the first movie wasn't aiming for laughs, but this is clearly combining elements of the first two movies together. And Iím not sure if anyone saw the "hand goes bad" scene and thought to themselves, "This could certainly use being grimmer and edgier." It's as if the director slipped in from a timeline where the first Evil Dead was an indelible classic, and the second two movies were just strange footnotes that everyone agreed ruined the series. (Fun fact: In this timeline Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch made 100 million dollars, and inspired 5 sequels, including the penultimate "Halloween 7: Masks Take Manhattan.")

Alternatively, the director might just have decided, "I am not going to be able to beat Evil Dead 2's horror/comedy tone. But I might be able to win if I just go for straight horror."

That said, I really hope that the scene where someone gets covered in pink vomit is really being played for laughs. It's hard to tell, what with the trailer using the musical stingers normally associated when Michael Bay's Transmorphers Are About To E.X.P.L.O.D.E..
(Another Fun Fact: In the director's timeline, You Can't Do That On Television is considered to be the most terrifying television series of all time.)

Other observations:
1- This is the kind of movie whose idea of being clever is going to be "Instead of a final guy, we have a final girl!," isn't it?

2- The more straight a movie tries to play things, the less I can accept people just up and summoning a demon from a book that says "WARNING: SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE MONSTER TREE RAPE."

3- And who the hell will write "NOOOO!" in a book, when they could burn it, rip out pages, or cover it in whiteout?

3a- Well, cursed books, at least. I did once check out The Runes Of The Earth: Book 1 of How The Hell Is There A Third Thomas Covenant Series?!, and found that someone had written out sarcastic messages throughout it, and warnings that the characters weren't going to get any more likeable in the next 500 pages.



Final Aside: I looked for a supercut of people getting slimed in You Can't Do That On Television. Instead, Google told me that I wanted twelve minutes of this instead. I'm not sure they're entirely wrong.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mister Bile wrote:
(Fun fact: In this timeline Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch made 100 million dollars, and inspired 5 sequels, including the penultimate "Halloween 7: Masks Take Manhattan.")


"12 more days till Manhattan, Manhattan, Manhattan..."

Mister Bile wrote:
(Another Fun Fact: In the director's timeline, You Can't Do That On Television is considered to be the most terrifying television series of all time.)


I should start a Candle Cove-like thread about that...

Mister Bile wrote:
The more straight a movie tries to play things, the less I can accept people just up and summoning a demon from a book that says "WARNING: SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE MONSTER TREE RAPE."


Speaking of things I don't need to see treated more seriously than in the original, tree rape is high on that list.

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And who the hell will write "NOOOO!" in a book, when they could burn it, rip out pages, or cover it in whiteout?


Maybe his was a library book too.

Also, never yell while crossing the street. †Busses HATE that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trelbee wrote:
I should start a Candle Cove-like thread about that...


Heh... I bet it could get creepier than Evil Dead. Just saying: I don't care how dangerous a turkey carving knife is. Using it to cut off your own hand just looks silly.

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Also, never yell while crossing the street. †Busses HATE that.

Bus Drivers know that Noise Pollution is the real enemy.

I never realized that, for the most part, it's impossible to tell the "guy gets hit by bus comically!" shots apart from "Tragic Bus Accident!" when you separate them from their initial context. It's all "Wide angle lens, back up a bit, and it's just going to look a little goofy, really."
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was startled to see this trailer before Interstellar the other day. And there I was, the only little white girl saying, "Holy shit, that's Die Antwoord... In a new movie by the people that did District 11!"

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HhNshgSYF_M

Grr, it's been so long I can't remember how to embed video. Waah.


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