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Old 04-21-2012, 05:59 AM   #11531 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:38 AM   #11532 (permalink)
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Superbad & 28 Days Later. Both were mediocre.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:05 AM   #11533 (permalink)
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True, it's not often I read that sort of criticism about movies!
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:33 AM   #11534 (permalink)
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Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I really wish I did a better job at avoiding the publicity for this one. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie, but if I had not read all the stuff about it I would have enjoyed it a lot more, or it would have at least been a lot more special. Still though, this is one of the more creative horror movies I've seen a good long while.

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I really liked how the Elder Things were in a way, a metaphor for us. I mean, the average movie going person will go see a horror movie once or twice a year. We go see them in an almost ritualistic fashion, always in the month of October and we're going to see young people die. I even liked how one of the technicians said "we can't go off script" (or something along those lines) indicating that the Elder Things, like us, want to watch the same thing again and again without change, I mean that's how we got 7 Saw films in as many years.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:15 PM   #11535 (permalink)
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Saw this classic for the first time. This is a Noir style private eye classic starring Jack Nicholson as P. I. Jake Gittes who's investigating what starts out as suspected adultery but which of course turns into a lot more. I don't wanna potentially spoil anything else. I love Polanski's way of telling the story and how he uses the camera. I thought the movie was basically great in every way, but ..

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Oh man what an ending!

Still, great film
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #11536 (permalink)
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:17 PM   #11537 (permalink)
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Cabin in the Woods (2012)

I really wish I did a better job at avoiding the publicity for this one. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie, but if I had not read all the stuff about it I would have enjoyed it a lot more, or it would have at least been a lot more special. Still though, this is one of the more creative horror movies I've seen a good long while.
I just got back from seeing this. I intentionally avoided reading anything about it before going because it seemed like it would be better that way, but I have to confess I was slightly disappointed. It was a great ride but the ending was kind of a let down. I figured out what was happening pretty early on so I think I was expecting some more twists (and better explanations) and they never came. Certainly an original concept though.
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I just got back from seeing this. I intentionally avoided reading anything about it before going because it seemed like it would be better that way, but I have to confess I was slightly disappointed. It was a great ride but the ending was kind of a let down. I figured out what was happening pretty early on so I think I was expecting some more twists (and better explanations) and they never came. Certainly an original concept though.
I think we waited too long and just heard about all the hype which created an expectation too spectacular to be fulfilled by a really good mainstream horror movie. I know what you mean about the ending, I was hoping for a bit more of an explanation as to just where all the monsters came from.




Videodrome (1983)

I really enjoyed this movie, I think it did a great job of creating a mindfuck movie that was still easy to follow. David Cronenberg is definitely the master of body horror because that chest cavity VCR thing was awesomely disgusting. Definitely one of his better movies.
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I think we waited too long and just heard about all the hype which created an expectation too spectacular to be fulfilled by a really good mainstream horror movie. I know what you mean about the ending, I was hoping for a bit more of an explanation as to just where all the monsters came from.
Agreed, but the bigger questions for me were:

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1. What was the actual situation above ground? Is it basically supposed to be our world and hardly anyone is aware of all this human sacrifice going on all over the place all the time? Or are most people aware of the sacrifices, but there's a certain percentage of the population that's bred to sacrificed and raised in a controlled, fictitious world where they are kept unaware?

2. It seemed like they were implying that someone had deliberately sabotaged the operation from the inside but this was never elaborated upon. Was it actually sabotaged? If so, by whom? I would have liked some explanation.
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Agreed, but the bigger questions for me were:

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1. What was the actual situation above ground? Is it basically supposed to be our world and hardly anyone is aware of all this human sacrifice going on all over the place all the time? Or are most people aware of the sacrifices, but there's a certain percentage of the population that's bred to sacrificed and raised in a controlled, fictitious world where they are kept unaware?

2. It seemed like they were implying that someone had deliberately sabotaged the operation from the inside but this was never elaborated upon. Was it actually sabotaged? If so, by whom? I would have liked some explanation.
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In regards to question one... I never even really gave it a thought when watching the movie and just chalked it up a big global conspiracy with really nice benefits to entice silence among the workers. As to the human sacrifices, I think they just worked with what fit the bill as best they could. There was a line towards the end where The Director was explaining to Dana her role as "the virgin" and she just gives Sigourney Weaver a look of "you really think I'm a virgin?" and Sigourney Weaver responds with "we work with what we have.

As to the second question, there does seem to be a bit of a plothole there, perhaps it was cut from the movie to be added to the Director's Cut DVD when it comes out? Joss Whedon is a decent enough writer to avoid a pretty obvious plothole like that so I'm going to assume it's studio meddling.
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