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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on March 10, 2017, 05:02:01 PM »
2017 TBD

Vasili Mass' Spider (1991) on blu-ay from Mondo Macabro



A young model's life spins out of control after she visits the studio of an eccentric artist and poses for a painting of Virgin Mary.


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Filmmakers' Workshop / Fake brands
« Last post by Reelist on March 10, 2017, 03:36:22 PM »
I'm writing a short that revolves heavily around smoking and wondering if I have to use made up brands. Am I allowed to refer to a cigarette as a specific brand as long as I don't feature the logo? You see the major brands all throughout movies, but I'm assuming they get permission to do that, which I cannot afford. If I come up with fake brands, do I have to make sure they absolutely don't already exist? Or can I use the name as long as it doesn't have the same logo? I'd prefer to not use major brands so that it looks like an ad for them, but I don't want them to look like really cheap knock offs, either. So, where's the line in using a company's product without showing the name or logo?
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The Director's Chair / Re: JAMES CAMERON
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on March 10, 2017, 03:27:43 PM »
I still don't care if it's Pocahontas, I absolutely loved Avatar with no reservations, as a 3D theater experience. "Unobtanium" is the only thing that even made me flinch. I also haven't watched it since then.

People thought Titanic would be a financial disaster. And then they somehow thought the same thing about Avatar. I think he knows what he's doing. I will gladly go see all of these movies.
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The Director's Chair / Re: JAMES CAMERON
« Last post by Drenk on March 10, 2017, 03:19:51 PM »
Why doesn't he make an open world game?

Anyway, I have no expectations but, well, I'm curious. I like Avatar. Even if I haven't seen it since its release because, without the 3D, it's as if the movie isn't whole.
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The Director's Chair / Re: JAMES CAMERON
« Last post by Ravi on March 10, 2017, 03:09:42 PM »
http://www.avclub.com/article/wait-those-avatar-sequels-just-got-even-longer-251872

The wait on those Avatar sequels just got even longer
By Danette Chavez@bonmotvivant

James Cameron is going to make three more Avatar movies regardless of how you feel about them or the Avatar Land attraction that recently opened. The director-producer has shown a little discretion—for example, he doesn’t think he needs to bring Pandora to the small screen. Cameron’s pretty confident that four Avatar movies are all we could ever kind of want, or not really need. That said, you’ll have to wait a while before booking return passage to the land of the very tall and very blue people (and Sam Worthington). Cameron tells The Toronto Star that since he’s cooking up a whole batch of Avatar movies and not just working on an individual sequel like a sucker, it’ll be a while before the first one’s ready.

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Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making Avatar 2. We’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. [Laughs.] So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life. It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24/7. We’re pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right.

We’re not positive, but it sounds like the next Avatar movie won’t be out until sometime next decade. Presumably by then, Worthington will be in the middle of his own McConaissance, or some similar resurgence—the Working-again-ing-ton, maybe? Well, whatever, we have plenty of time to coin an appropriate term.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Michael Mann
« Last post by wilder on March 09, 2017, 06:16:03 PM »
Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ Back On The Road With Hugh Jackman & Noomi Rapace
via The Playlist

Hugh Jackman will now get behind the wheel of the newly titled “Ferrari,” with Noomi Rapace still attached to co-star. Based on Brock Yates’s book, “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races,” with a script by Mann, the film tells the story of the founder of one of the world’s most famous car brands, and his battle against Maserati for world prestige. Filming isn’t expected to start until summer 2018, and considering Mann takes his time with everything, this is looking like a 2019 release.
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News and Theory / Re: Best movie posters
« Last post by Lottery on March 08, 2017, 08:27:22 AM »
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The Small Screen / Re: Legion
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on March 08, 2017, 12:49:48 AM »
Episode 4 has been getting effusive praise, but I thought it was absolute garbage. (Except for Jemaine Clement, who was magical.) Really starting to feel like the emperor has no clothes.

The tacked-on narration beginning at 32:00 is deeply embarrassing. It's another poorly-written exposition insert (except we learn nothing new) executed with garbage acting. You're in a voice booth, and that's the take you went with? I guarantee at least one FX executive at this point in production considered replacing Rachel Keller but decided reshoots would be too expensive.

The actress who plays Kerry can't deliver a single line properly. She also has this weird panicked look on her face the whole time, like she has no idea what her character's motivation is. The aforementioned backstory insert (18:28) is a trainwreck. I'm not sure she can execute an action scene, either, because when her big moment arrives, they immediately cut away, go to slow motion, and only show us glimpses. There are hundreds of actors who could have performed this role competently — I am utterly confused.

What happened to the mutants who have actual useful powers? Remember the super powerful telekinetic guy who effortlessly threw boulders (and people) around at the end of Episode 1? He is just not there anymore. And whoever performed pyrokenesis above the swimming pool is also gone. They had so much firepower for their rescue mission, but now who do they send? The memory artist (who is basically defenseless) and a mediocre fighter who appears to have no actual enhanced fighting powers.

Those are just some examples. This show has shat the bed and needs to do a lot to recover.
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News and Theory / Re: The "Teen" Movie
« Last post by Reelist on March 07, 2017, 11:16:16 PM »

The Breakfast Club

I love it. Really fun group of characters, a lot of hilarious and memorable dialogue, and something always captured my imagination about them sneaking around causing mischief in that big empty school. Being a John Hughes film, there's also a ton of stuff that's really farfetched. I've noticed after watching a few of his movies recently that they'll be funny for the most part, but always have a few gags that completely fall flat or don't make any sense. Like Emilio screaming so loud after he smokes pot that he breaks a window, or Judd Nelson burning the sole of his boot to light a cigarette, all of the dancing. The bonding session at the end makes it seem more like they're stuck in rehab together than detention. Everyone gets to take their turn to break down, get all weepy, and yell at each other. Was there some sort of truth serum in that weed? Emilio's confession plays like pure comedy. Watching this reminded me of how spot on the parody in 'Not Another Teen Movie' was. There's so much that hasn't aged well, but you get to see all of the archetypal high school players interact in their early stages, before they became a cliche' we grew tired of seeing.

Trivia Fact: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, and Ally Sheedy were all 22 at the time of filming. Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 17.



Pretty In Pink

This, I did not enjoy. It wasn't made for me, though. You shouldn't watch a teen movie and relate the most to the Dad. Harry Dean Stanton saved the whole experience for me. Jon Cryer ruined it. What bothers me so much about his performance is how far he's reaching to seem cool and not pulling it off whatsoever. Anthony Michael Hall looked like a geek, but embodied a cool persona. This Ducky guy is just intolerable. He's a stalker/sociopath. You know that oh so memorable dance scene in the record store? I always assumed he put the song on because he'd practiced that whole routine already. The way it plays out, the girls randomly put on that song and he barges in and does that whole horrendous sequence. Why are they never like "Ducky, GTFO of here. Couldn't you see we were having a moment?" He's mentally unhinged. I was audibly groaning throughout. Some of the worst dancing I've ever seen. Of course, I can see the reason for a character like that and even reluctantly notice a lot of myself in him, but just really didn't like Jon Cryer playing it.



Can't Hardly Wait

This movie Rocks! It was everything I remembered it to be: Fast, Funny, and cleverly written. I LOL'ed harder than anything else I've seen in recent memory and cried at the end, too. It feels like more of a spoof than a straight on comedy, but they cap it off with the heartfelt ending to wrangle some emotion out of us. I used to root for Preston really hard, but this time found him kind of pathetic.  It's nice to see his persistence pay off in the end but in my experience, women aren't exactly brought to their knees over the written word. This is apparently a letter he's been endlessly revising so there's that slight chance he's perfectly encapsulated how he feels about her that it has to win her over. It never really rang true for her to go all the way to the train station to catch him but it's a movie sentiment I can appreciate, like how girls must feel seeing Molly Ringwald get the guy in 'Pretty In Pink'.

 Not a single person in this movie looks like a teenager except Jennifer Love Hewitt. My favorite character is and always has been the guy who can't stop reminiscing, and the best performance goes to Jerry O' Connell as a wasted frat dude, ( "College chicks are way different, bro. They're all serious and shit." )  I was surprised to see Jason Segel and Selma Blair in very small parts. The director team went on to do 'Josie and The Pussycats' which was their only other film and I know has gotten a lot of acclaim from JB here. I'll definitely have to check it out now because I love their sense of humor. In the commentary, it was interesting to hear them pick apart everything that was wrong with each setup and pat themselves on the back for practically nothing.


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