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I agree with Amanie on both counts. Sweeney Todd looks good. The King of Kong is awesome. I'm looking forward to a movie called Be Kind Rewind from the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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I had almost forgotten about the King of Kong, I'll just wait for the DVD release. Be Kind Please Rewind looks awesome, I saw a preview for it at National Treasure.

This post was edited by SilenceOmo7 on 1/22/2008 3:15 PM
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No Country for Old Men.
I am not or have not been a fan of the new releases, most are the same old story new people at best.  This one is a bit different IMHO.  It is not a true blood and guts movie, but it is pretty violent (so be warned on that) - and there is no way to talk about the plot without giving it away. It hit an 8.7 on IMDB (here) and is worth it.

Sweeny Todd (2007; Depp)
I saw the original BBC version and walked out of this one - a musical murder story? bleh...

Perfume, the story of a murder
Odd, Weird (and what I expected of Sweeny Todd) but not a waste of time / if you don't mind demented stories.

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You really didn't like Sweeney Todd? That has been getting rave reviews, and I know quite a few people that like the play. I'm not rushing out to see it, but I didn't think it'd be walk-out worthy. Fun fact: I've never walked out of a movie theater before. No matter how bad of a movie, I just feel obligated to finish it if I've already put a certain amount of time and money to go all the way out to the theater.

Rambo

Wow... this movie is insanity. I'm not a big fan of violent movies, and this is one of the most violent movies I've ever seen. They really don't leave anything to the imagination. Heads being blown in half, blown off entirely. Arms and legs being chopped off, bodies blowing up with body parts flying all over the place. It just... ya. You really need to know what you're going into so you don't throw up or walk out of the theater.

Personally, it brings up an interesting issue. Is the violence gratuitous? Or is it actually educational? I mean, these soldiers are using real guns and weapons. These weapons really do kill people and often in a horrific and brutal manner. Saving Private Ryan was pretty gruesome but it was done in a "classy" way. I don't think Rambo achieves that same classiness, for obvious reasons, but it's actually not as sensational as I initially assumed. I mean, getting shot by a .50 Cal sniper rifle really would launch you 30 feet and take off your head. Poor bastards...

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Is that good/bad to walk out of the theater, I normally tell them at the box that it s(#)#$* and I want my money back - they do it about 1/2 the time if it is early in the movie.  I love Burton and Depp and Marla (never remember her real name) and really expected a lot out of this movie - a musical was not it though.  A Musical Murder story is demented, I like demented (grin), but this one was just -shrug- dunno.  We made it to the pie shop and walked.  Oh, that is one note, the story seems very changed from the original.

Rambo - I am always reminded of a comedy I saw with a Rambo Returns #152 movie poster when I hear or see that name.


Violence - both.  Yes and No.  War, Death is never pretty and that brings a reality element to it (per se) what is unreal is one guy going through all that and never getting hurt or having the same thing happen to him and I guess that would be my complaint.  In war the other side normally shoots back and the odds are pretty equal in ground combat. I know vets that said saving private ryan was just as close as you could get to what it looked like, without getting shot - these same types laugh at the other stuff for the same reason.
Morbid taste of reality (Warning) - I have hunted a lot, and seen a lot of video most would not want to see - A large cal round is made to penetrate IE: normally is a very high velocity (50 cal is 3,000 FPS / 2,000 MPH); most sniper rounds are not hollow points as that lowers accuracy and range - so you end up with a sharp point bullet going very fast.  To translate; Hit your own leg with a needle as hard as you can / then do the same with a hammer - that is the best way to describe the difference; a bullet will not launch you.  When you shoot a deer, or a person, with a round (normally a 223 or 308 - military standard issue round and sniper round) they will 'jump' from shock and impact - almost the same as jumping to a thunder clap. The only way to transfer that velocity is to stop the bullet - IE: change it to the hammer; then you get the "launch you 30 feet."
So...
That is my complaint and why I vote Gratuitous, and only 3% educational (Violent death aftermath; trauma).

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Erik: I hadn't heard about that yet. And now, me too! I also liked The Science of Sleep.

My thoughts during violent movies: "Owww... Eww.. Coool"

 

PS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Aronofsky

This post was edited by squalorking on 1/30/2008 8:10 PM
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On the idea of walking out, I recently came up with the idea that if a movie is so bad that I am going to walk out (Which takes a lot for me, I sat all the way through The Hulk, which sucked), I will walk into another theater. Screw you cinemas, you're not going to give me my money back, so I am going to "steal" from you.

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Well Charon... you definitely set me straight on that!

It's funny, now that I learn it's gratuitous and unrealistic the movie loses a lot of the shock value and becomes a lot sillier. Actually, now I'm a little pissed off that they'd go so over the top with violence. Heck they even show children getting killed, which you rarely see in movies. I need to mull on this more to settle on how I really feel.

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ROFLMAO @ Dialup -- we did .... er wait ... 5th amendment on that! (I hear ya though) /evil_grin#17

Omar: Was not to 'set ya straight' just tried to relate how unreal some of that is.  Seems ya got the point on that I didn't mean to make it 'pointed' if you will, we watched the latest die hard movie and it was the same on over the top stuff (laughable even - Willis standing on the back of a jet in flight!); a friend of mine calls it 'eye candy' and that is really what it is .. just desensitizes you to reality in relation to those things.

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What Rambo would do if he was hired to do IT:

Perhaps a strongly worded email would've sufficed?

This post was edited by Erik on 1/30/2008 11:54 PM

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