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Old 12-09-2009, 06:04 PM   #4711 (permalink)
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Saw these two this evening.



A lot worse than I thought it would be (and my hopes were already low). A bag of wank.
Watch the original short film of this in the short films thread.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:56 PM   #4712 (permalink)
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^ Saw this for the first time a few hours back. Certainly good fun (yet another superb performance from Jack Nicholson), decent script, charmingly dated special effects for the final scene and that, but nothing earth-shatteringly brilliant by any stretch of the imagination.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:01 PM   #4713 (permalink)
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Another classic, with a great creepy performance Bette Davis. It's wonderful to see her and Joan Crawford up against each other (not that way, behave).
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Lord Of The Rings Fellow Ship Of The Ring

I've had all 3 movies on my shelf for a while, I bought them because I was in HMV and it was £15 down from £50 so I felt compelled to get it, but never really had any desire to watch it. Until last night, I decided I'd give it a watch and I thought it was brilliant, although this kind of stuff isn't really my cup of tea, I thought it was visually brilliant and despite the story line being a bit "oooh there's a ring, it's so powerful, we must destroy it" I'm really excited to see what happens in the second movie. 8/10.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:02 PM   #4715 (permalink)
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You got a great deal for those movies. Lord Of The Rings is one of my favorite trilogies of all time, you will not be disappointed.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:05 PM   #4716 (permalink)
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You got a great deal for those movies. Lord Of The Rings is one of my favorite trilogies of all time, you will not be disappointed.
I guess I wasn't expecting much from it when I put it on which only made the film better, sometimes the hype and expectation ruin a film. But I wasn't expecting anything and thought it was a great film. Tempted to watch the second one now.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:12 PM   #4717 (permalink)
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the first one is the weakest...3rd the best
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:22 PM   #4718 (permalink)
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Watch the original short film of this in the short films thread.
You mean the Twilight Zone episode? Or was there also a short film of it?
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:43 PM   #4719 (permalink)
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You mean the Twilight Zone episode? Or was there also a short film of it?


I love this version of it. There have been many, many adaptations of this concept throughout time which I think stemmed from the 'Faustian Bargain' (read the YouTube sidebar of this short film for more information if you're interested). The newest adaptation of it, which stars Cameron Diaz, I think is one of the worst.
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I love this version of it. There have been many, many adaptations of this concept throughout time which I think stemmed from the 'Faustian Bargain' (read the YouTube sidebar of this short film for more information if you're interested). The newest adaptation of it, which stars Cameron Diaz, I think is one of the worst.
I'm sure there are similar themes that can be found in other stories but The Box is based on a Richard Matheson short story which was originally filmed as a Twilight Zone episode in the mid 80s. As far as I can tell these are the only two filmed versions of this story in existence (according to Wikipedia there is also a radio adaptation).

According to that YouTube link, Black Button is not based on the Matheson story or the Twilight Zone episode. It is simply an original story with a similar premise, it is not inspired by the Matheson story nor is it the original version of the Richard Kelly film.
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