Open Discussion – July 14, 2014

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  1. Can we stop with the TASM 1+2{comments on article a few days ago},Prometheus and Avatar bashing,some people really like these films so let it go.

    I’m getting tired of reading the same old issues with these film’s.At the very least they employ thousands of people.

    Rant over.

    • It’s called Screen “Rant”. Everyone has their opinions. I love the XMen and it hurt to hear folks bashing DOFP before it even came out, but that’s the beauty of an open forum. I get to defend my opinion and make them defend there’s. Or let the eat crow when the movie finally came out and it was fantastic!!!

    • Dude if you dont want to read complaints then get off the internet-

    • You are kidding, right?

  2. Two things from this weekend:

    1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was incredible.

    2. Christopher Eccleston in The Leftovers last night was brilliant.

    Checking out The Strain pilot today!

  3. After discovering this site only several months ago, I’ve grown to love it. :-)

    The insider news, breaking scoops, and the knowledgable opinions found in the comment section is what keeps me coming back.
    I just wish the comment section was more interactive. Reply notification and a Up and Down voting system would be a good start.

  4. Edit function and troll report button (rolan!)

  5. Saw Dawn, and it was epic! I guess not even the word epic can do it justice. Man, Andy Serkis seriously needs to get acknowledged for his contributions to MoCap performances — and Hollywood as a thing for acknowledging peopele when their dead (read: when it’s to late). Here’s to hoping that isn’t the case here.

    Can anyone confirm if the news that FX (or Starzz, I’m not certain) has greenlit a pilot of Lev Grossman’s “Magicians” book? I’ve read the book and its sequel, and think they’re really good, and would love to see it adapted — if not a movie then certainly a serial.

    Saw the following movies (again):
    -The Bourne series (still one hell of a ride it is).
    -Minority Report (still love it).
    -Snowpiercer (certainly one of the best movies of the year).
    -The Spectacular Now (love Myles Teller. And boy, that Divergent chick with her innocent face is so cute).
    -CALVARY (I’m a huge Brandon Gleeson fan, and WOW! This movies is amazing. Those who lile a character drama type movie, need to see this. I wonder if he’ll get recognized for his performance. Maybe a BAFTA? Hope so.)
    -The Chronicles of Narnia series (well, I actually saw only the first one on tv, but then I wanted to see the others so I rewatched them. As a kid, I loved the books, and the movies are just so full of the emotions I felt when I was reading it. The problem with watching the Narnians and the others is that I become quite melancholic afterwards.)
    -Marathoned the Dark Knight Trilogy (my bum was hurting by the time all was seen and said and, well you get it. Amazing movies btw. Still love them. Up until now, Bale is still my definitive Bats, even if he’s just a shadow of the icon.)
    -Out of the Furnace. (Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casy Affleck and Willem Dafoe — why wouldn’t you want to watch it. Admittedly it isn’t the best movie. But if you can spend a ton of money on T4, why not a little for this?)

    O, and I’I’d like to congratulate everyone who was rooting for Germany for the WorldCup finals. I was there. And it was a moment of my life than I will never, ever forget. (Oh, and OMG, but why are all the chicks so sexy? I mean EYE POPPING sexy! ;) loved looking at them. Hokked up with one, and, yeah … you know. Lol)

    PS. I’m excited for Constantine and Fantastic Four. Just putting it out there ;)

    • Sorry for all the typos ;)
      Typed everything on my phone, which freezes from time to time.

  6. So I know this is a couple weeks late but I finally got around to checking out The Flash pilot and have to say that was a very solid pilot. I don’t want to give anything away for those waiting for the premier so I won’t say much. I thought they did a great job of establishing the world around him and (pardon the pun) got up to speed quite well with just one episode with a nice surprise. As someone who wasn’t really excited about the show, particularly the lead, I’m completely on board this fall and looking forward to it now. One thing is I don’t know if they’ll have the wise cracking Barry Allen, I don’t really get that feeling from Grant Gustin, so that might be a bit of a let down.

    • The thing about the Flash show is that it creates a new world for both Arrow’s universe and the Flash universe. The event in Arrow, where Barry gets his powers, that actually creates “super powers” so before the door was closed to villains and heroes that could do extraordinary things but not now! I have complete faith in the writers and producing teams in Arrow and The Flash and both series will be awesome together!

  7. “Begin Again” with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley was utterly AMAZING!
    I guess I’m kinda biased cause I love those kind of movies, but it was soo good, I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have good date night or just wants to see a wonderful movie.

  8. Joe, with Nic Cage was a good film. I really like David Gordon Green’s directing, and Tye Sheridan’s a solid young actor.
    Anyway, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!
    Nuff’ said.

  9. I’m trying to watch Cap 2 before seeing GOTG, not that they will be connected in anyway, just though it’s a good excuse to see it Cap 2 again. Watched Thor 2 twice in the past month too, figuring that will have the most connection (aside from the mid-credits scene). Anyways, anyone know where i can stream Cap 2 or where to watch it?

  10. I’m looking at doing an Anime marathon on my upcoming days-off, most I’ve seen and heard only pleasantness about but one I’m not sure about is ‘Princess Mononoke’. Is it any good? Can you guys recommend anymore “great” Anime movies outside of the obvious ones that everyone has seen?

    • Princess mononoke is truely great. Try “Tekkonkinkreet”. It’s my favourite.

      Try animefreak.tv. You can stream loads of anime from there. I did write a big list, but then realized you were only after anime movies and not series.

      • Adding it. Read a synopsis, looks awesome. Downloading it as we speak.

        I’ll could look into a good series as long as it’s either really violent or really dramatic with high scifi ideas. Some of the series that I’ve been recommended have been too “safe”.

        • An old mini series called “Cyber City OEDO 808″ is great fun and pretty violent. It is old skool though. The Original “Ninja Scroll” movie (Not the series, that was rubbish). The “Vampire Hunter D : Bloodlust” is a sequel/reboot to the original made in the 80′s. It was made in the late 90′s/early 2000′s and has some really gorgeous animation (All painted cels) “Parania Angent is messed up, good and strange. It sounds like “Gantz” would be you kinda thing Lots and lots of sex and gory violence with a trippy story concept.

          • Oops. *Paranoia Agent*

          • Gantz was my life when we had a 24hr Anime channel. I watched every episode at least 4 or 5 times because they could never get the scheduling right.

            Gonna get a couple of your suggestions, I’m going into full research mode. I’m gonna plan this right and choose movies/series I’m actually gonna watch. In the past I just ended up watching The Animatrix or Ghost In The Shell because what had downloaded was boring. I’m gonna do it right… Starting with Ninja Scroll.

            Thanks

            • Check out the Evangelion movies. 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
              You might not be able to understand it but the animation is awesome.
              Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is weird but dope.
              @Motoko
              Bro I forgot all about Paranoia Agent. That series was crazy.

    • I personally really liked Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. One of the few Anime movies I really enjoyed. Vampire Hunter D from 1985 was amazing as well. Possibly my favorite anime film.

    • Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

      • I’ve only heard great things about Cowboy Bebop. I’ll make sure to add it to my list. Thanks.

    • You could prbly go ahead and watch the obvious ones. I finally saw Akira last year and thought it was fantastic. Also this other one called Paprika is worth checking out. It’s like Inception (a plot involving dreams, planting ideas in peoples heads through dreams, and other stuff) but it was made like 5 or 6 years before Inception’s release.

      Mononoke is an incredible movie. My little brother was watching it last week and I was just passing through the room and before I knew it I had finished the whole movie with him. The movie just takes you in. I’ve seen it countless times and I always love it.

      Check out other Hayao Miyazaki movies too. I’ve seen all of his movies and they’re great. My faves of his are Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and definitely My Neighbor Totoro. His new film The Wind Rises that just got a US release in February this year is fantastic as well.

      • Can’t have an Anime marathon without Akira. I may as well call it a “Miyazaki marathon” cause it seems like I’m gonna have to download all his movies.

        For some reason, I don’t know why, Spirited Away scared the crap out of me when I first saw it. Still does….

    • Check out Metropolis the anime.

      If you want a pretty good recommendation engine site, check out anime-planet.com (that’s a hyphen). Look up an anime movie or series, then scroll down and you’ll see other recommended animes that are similar to it. Alternatively, you can do an advanced search and look up things by checking off specific tags you want like “sci-fi”, “androids”, “adventure”, etc.

    • if you have a roku, there is a channel called “crunchy roll” that my daughter watches alot of anime on.

  11. I went to Comic Con in London this weekend and the queue was crazy long!!!

    At least I managed to get in and have a look at the stands (dont mind the extra queues for autographs or pictures…). There were some cool things but mainly I saw some great cosplays. Although I might say that latex, spandex and lycra must be used with care… It is not for everybody and it doesnt always look good… There is a reason superheroes are ripped :)

    Also this weekend, and for no particular reason, I felt like watching Aliens again since it had been a long time. And man, that movie is so good! The tape has almost 30 years on and it passes the rewatching test with flying colours.

    The whole unit with the cameras has inspired so many games.

    This movie is also a template for strong female characters (remember the recent article?).

    Also one of the biggest achievements is that still today looks futuristic. I can think of Blade Runner and not many more movies where the futuristic aspect resists rewatching.

    Truly a classic.

    • Bill Paxton + Lance Henriksen + aliens = Awesome!

      Did you meet any writers/artists at the comic con?

      • I couldn’t cope with more queues so I didnt

  12. Today at lunch, the family and I named our favorite final scenes of movies. Without spoiling, what final scenes are your favorites?

    My choices:
    Classic: Death Wish
    Current: Edge of Tomorrow

    • Being at the office, I dont have a bunch of time to think about this, but one of my favorite movie endings of recent memory is Now You See Me.

    • I’m likely forgetting a few, but I recall at the moment are:

      The ending of TDK, highlighted by Gordon’s narration to his son…

      The children’s chorus beautifully singing “Closing of the Year” at the end of the Robin Williams film “Toys” (which I love to this day)…

    • Definitely the ending of Se7en, especially Morgan Freeman’s last words. Something along the lines of… “I’ll be around…”. Heart wrenching stuff.

      • speaking of Morgan Freeman. The ending of Shawshank would be on a list of my favorites.

    • Classic: the Usual Suspects
      Current: Gravity

    • Classic: how do I define classic…. I’m gonna say The Lion King.

      Current: X:Men DOFP, also the ending of DotPotA was really good.

  13. I noticed that Netflix had a whole bunch of classic family movies from my childhood (Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Cloak and Dagger, Jumanji, etc.), so I watched Explorers with my kids this weekend. My wife had never seen it before so she thought it was cheesy. My son is too young to pay attention. But my 5 year old daughter was attached to the screen. She loved it.

    This gives me hope for the human race.

    • Cloak and Dagger! I took a girl on a date to see that! Well, actually, my mom took us and had to sit a couple rows behind us. With Mom in the same room, the make-out factor was nil, so basically, I had to watch the movie. :(

      • HA! At least your mom took you! My dates were confined to walking distance in a small Nebraska village.

        • ever shoot a potato gun on a date? I have. Ah, Nebraska. The Good Life ;)

    • You should go for Princess Bride then! Fond memories of that one (like Goonies or Willow)

      • She liked Goonies! That one was on Amazon Prime. We haven’t watched Princess Bride with her yet. It isn’t streaming on Netflix. I almost bought it on Amazon one night, but we went with something else. And I forgot about Willow.

        And on that note, she liked the Never Ending Story as well.

  14. Well, as promised I’ve started reading American Gods in anticipation of the upcoming series. I’m a quarter through the book and I can’t believe how good it is. My gosh. I’m almost afraid of finishing it.

    • My older brother is begging me to read that thing. He says it’s incredible but nobody else he knows has read it so he can’t discuss it’s awesomeness with anybody haha..

    • Ezee-T…

      After to you finish the magnificent AMERICAN GODS, you should try ANANSI BOYS. It is Gaiman’s follow-up novel to AG. It is NOT a sequel but does take place in the universe established by AG. Instead of bringing in other gods/pantheons, it focuses just on Anansi and his family. It is not as polished as AG but is still a very entertaining read. It also (merely by definition of the character it’s covering) possesses quite a few genuinely funny moments.

      Definitely worth picking up after AG…

      • Will do. I didn’t know there was a follow up, Amazon usually recommends the next book but for some reason it didn’t for American Gods.

        Thank you!!

  15. Have any of you seen “Afflicted”? It’d be nice to hear about it in a rants and raves segment. Unless you guys did it already and I just missed it.

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