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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:16 pm

Heartbreaking. One of the greats.



Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead at 46 years old.

One of Hollywood's most respected actors, Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, for "Capote." Hoffman is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three young children.

Hoffman battled drug abuse in his early twenties and was clean for 23 years before relapsing.

He leaves behind a legacy of great performances on film.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/0 ... 13623.html
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:38 pm

Clive Barker recutting Nightbreed for Blu-Ray ...
http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/34 ... cabal-cut/
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:50 pm

http://blushots.weebly.com/phantom-of-the-paradise.html

New UK Phantom of the Paradise Blu-Ray has its colors pushed to teal and orange to look like a current-release film. Awful. Everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves.
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:17 am

2002's Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi, is 2 hours long. 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, is 2 hours 16 minutes long, and it's clear that it was intended to be 2 hours, 30 minutes long originally. A lot of important scenes with Rhys Ifans hit the cutting room floor, leaving his character curiously unexplored. I'm surprised they couldn't get to the point and deliver a 2 hour film.

Here are the deleted scenes, including an early version of Uncle Ben's death which is much less intense but also much less cheesy, and not based on Raimi's film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUtbZ48YbEg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaOR2GwKEmI

I'm of two minds about The Amazing Spider-Man. It does a lot of things right, and has some good casting. But it falls flat compared to Raimi's admittedly campier film. The third act of the film doesn't make much sense and feels extremely dumbed down, and it seems like most of that happened in post production - making choices to beat the audience over the head with things. Clearly decisions were made to make Curt Connors purely evil as well, rather than the much more nuanced character in the deleted scenes.

Emma Stone is given very little to do as Gwen Stacey, leaving her to often seem lost and desperate, making romantic advances at Andrew Garfield, who alternates between being charming and a brick wall, in scenes with any actor in the film. Martin Sheen and especially Sally Field are hard to believe as Uncle Ben and Aunt May - they're big stars with a lot of history behind them, and Field, despite her age, still looks too young for the role somehow.

Much of the film also feels unnecessary, reprising many beats that Raimi's film did better - or at least did first. Even the sequel will do the same - dealing with Norman and Harry Osborn, and probably the death of Gwen Stacy (which Raimi's films reprised bizarrely and danced around).

It's not bad, especially taking the deleted scenes into account, and I can imagine the second film working. We'll see. It's better than the second Hulk film at least, but not really interesting enough to stand alongside the Avengers-era movies.

The film could have saved itself a lot of trouble if it had skipped the origin story entirely, knowing that we'd seen it all before, albeit with a different cast. The Incredible Hulk and Batman Forever both did that.

Rhys Ifans is rather good in the deleted scenes, but in the actual film his Lizard gets far too much screentime as a truly uninteresting CGI monster. It works well enough as a non-speaking brute, but it gets a lot of awkward dialogue scenes.

Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker, at times, is much closer to the comic book character than Tobey Maguire was, but also less fun to watch, since the film is less fun to watch. There aren't many moments where he really shines.

The Spider-Man costume is truly hideous, changed just to be different from Raimi's portrayal. We also rarely see it in the daytime, where Raimi's films really showed it off best in the day and sunset. The upcoming sequel has fixed the costume for the most part, but boy did they screw up with that one.

Irrfan Khan's character also vanishes from the film entirely after a certain point, since his whole death scene and confrontation with Connors and Parker was cut - along with the "truth about Peter Parker's parents" which this film was sold on. Irrfan Khan's character is already unintentionally funny. He's always talking about Richard Parker in this film. In 2012, the same year The Amazing Spider-Man came out, Irrfan Khan starred in the Best Picture Winner, Ang Lee's hit Life of Pi. That film starred a 450-pound Bengal Tiger named .... Richard Parker.

I get the feeling the Spider-Man films now suffer from a lot of executive meddling. The editing of this film is, as I've said, questionable. And Spider-Man 3, of course, suffered badly from too many villains. The executives wanted Raimi to include Venom in his film, when he already had The Sandman, Vulture (Ben Kingsley), and Harry Osborn as a new Goblin. Clearly Raimi couldn't give a damn about Venom either - the character not having been around in the comics he read as a kid. The result was an overstuffed, overlong film with a famously terrible Venom/symbiote storyline, which basically killed the Raimi franchise. Raimi was also very unhappy with how the story was shaping up for Spider-Man 4 .... which eventually became this.

It's not a bad comic book film, as these things go. And we've seen a lot of bad comic book films. But it tends to feel a bit unnecessary and uninspired. It feels like it's blandly ticking the boxes of what's needed to get a "comic-accurate" Peter Parker - a few scenes of him making smart-aleck remarks, check. Homemade webshooters, check. It's a movie made by people just doing their jobs.

We'll see about its sequel.
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:58 am

The LEGO Movie is at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, which means it's going to be unstoppable this season.
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Uncle Sporkums » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:31 pm

Official new trailer for the documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre, unmade version of Dune.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaGoFqTWtw
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Re: Movie Thread: The Dissection Room

Postby Uncle Sporkums » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:26 pm

Whatever. I like it.
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