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  1. Well, I had time to burn last weekend, and so grabbed a bowl of over-priced Ben&Jerry's (is there any other kind?) from the concession stand, picked up my 3D glasses, and headed in to see this movie. I went in unspoiled, and not really caring if I liked it or not. I grinned like a happy school boy through the whole thing. Yes, it's not literature, and it's not high art. It's clumsy in places, and no one will be fun-quoting the dialog at parties anytime soon, (a-la-Princess Bride). But it was deliciously, ebulliently, over-the-top. I'll see it again. I vaguely remember the Leste
  2. Or just the opposite. Judging from the adult laughter in the theater, I suspect more than one adult found the skewering of Tangled's "maternal vampire" satisfyingly cathartic. I suspect it would depend on how far along in the "dealing with" process they are.
  3. Evan and Beth - I did indeed have thoughts about the villainy of "Mother" in the movie. This is not Cruella, a madcap clown of a villain. This is a selfishly manipulative woman who uses "love" and passive-aggressive guilt to keep Rapunzel in bondage. It is a level of inter-personal evil that goes beyond most of the other Disney villains I can think of. For most children, I suspect there will not be a problem. The "Mother" is clearly the "Bad Guy" and so she gets what she deserves and all is well. Happy endings all round. One concern, as I pondered the movie, was for those adults in the a
  4. The whole was not greater than the sum of its parts, but some of the parts were delightful. The movie worked when it recaptured images from the book - the cheesburger shower, the pancake on the school roof, the ice cream. Or, when it extrapolated from them and went bigger - the spaghetti tornado was exactly what one would look like. Several good character moments, especially with Sam... and even Steve. Others felt forced (including the heavy-handed Mr. T and son emphasis. Like, I get it. They have a great relationship, and, like, Flint and his Dad don't. Wow. Ironic contrast... who would hav
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    That's a good essay, N.K.
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    I'm also glad I missed out on all the behind-the-scenes kerfuffle over this movie (both pro- and con-). My wife and I watched it for the first time last night, and were deeply moved. It was one of those rare shared experiences for us, where we find ourselves thinking about it through the night, and talking about it the next day. It makes me wonder what to think about film criticism in general. A critic says Bella was "plodding" and had "story flaws." I don't know what to do with that. In our experience the story moved along at a good pace for the subject matter. Does everything have to be ju
  7. Stumbled across the DVD to this over the weekend, and stayed up well into the wee hours watching the whole thing in one sitting. It's presented in a 2-disk "collectors edition" with parts 1 and 2 on the first disk, part 3 and bonuses on the second. Anyone else see it? Comments? "Tin Man" retells the story of Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" in a semi-modern, sci-fi setting. It does not try to be a straight adaptation, but rather a translation - taking a familar story and setting in different visual and narrative language. So, for example, "Scarecrow" is not actually a scarecrow, but a man who had
  8. I stopped reading this thread several pages ago, in preparation for seeing the movie this past weekend. (Wanted to stop spoiling myself... ). Getting back into the conversation, and catching up as best I can, I admit that I'm disheartened by some of the criticism I read here. Not that the points are invalid as such... just that somehow it saps some of the joy and elation I experienced as part of my viewing of Wall-E. The whole thing - story, art, design, satire - worked for me. I was not put off by the "swipes" at our human foibles, or the apparent "hypocrisy" of a multi-national corp lectur
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    The Incredible Hulk

    I suppose it's a reboot in the sense that it has a totally new slate of actors. But I agree that - at least based on the trailer - it really doesn't look like a new start. Well, Hulk is significantly uglier. Does that count? I liked aspects of the earlier version, in spite of all its problems. But this one is just unappealing to me. Edward Norton does not look like the right actor for the part, for one thing.
  10. Speaking of Mr. Fraser - I see he's in Journey to the Center of the Earth this summer too. So that makes two wild adventures for him in one season. Come to think of it, Jet Li is doubling up as well, with the already forgotten Forgotten Kingdom. The first Mummy was a fun ride, and I return to it now and then. (I recall the extra features on the DVD were well done too - better than most). The second was a mess, I recall, and I didn't see it more than once. Some of the individual scenes were cool, but the overall story... ugh. As for the sort-of sequel, Scorpion King - didn't see it. No Brenden
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    Ha. Good point. Though, I just saw the latest trailer again on television last night, and it's clear they are marketing this as the more-or-less family-friendly Will Smith ala Independence Day and Men in Black.
  12. Anything more on this one? We had the trailer for it before Prince Caspian and I must admit I was impressed. The story may well be a disaster (as was the second Mummy) but the concept of the clay army of Xian come to life excites me. Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, dragons, Great Wall, Xian army... all the ingredients are there. But something tells me the cake didn't bake...
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    I was looking forward to this one too... the trailer made it look like a hoot. Bummer. Sounds like they really did not know what to do with this one, during production. Look, if you are going to make a gross-out comedy/actioner (ala Scary Movie or Hot Fuzz) then go for the hard R rating and be done with it. Have all the ejaculation humor and decapitation gore you want. Advertise as such. There's a market for it. But if you advertise your movie as a fun superhero comedy featuring the lovable Mr. Smith, then be sure to deliver that product. Ah well... on to other things....
  14. scene magnificent? Yes... I was wondering how that would play out, and I thought it really brought to the forefront the temptation to use "unrighteous" powers for "righteous" gain (if I may inject some religious talk here). It would have perhaps been more satisfying a scene to somehow I also wondered if that scene, or a follow-up to it, would have been a good place to resolve the Peter-Caspian conflict, which I felt was not settled very well. Overall though, CrimsonLine, I'm with you on my enjoyment of this adaptation. Took my 14-year-old and 17-year-old to it last night - both big fa
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    The Incredible Hulk

    The trailer is ... ok. I don't see anything here though that improves on the story - or execution - of Ang Lee's attempt. Plus, doesn't the overall story seem too similar to Iron Man? Summary: "hero has to avoid US military and take on larger version of himself in climactic battle." I know that's skimming the surface of both stories too much to be really fair, but that what I thought of when I watched this trailer. With Iron Man, Hancock, Indy and Batman all headed to the theaters this summer, I don't see how this re-do can be a hit - or even that attractive. B
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