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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
So the main hook of the film is that the cops in Johannesburg South Africa are using droids to help them out. The main creator of these droids is secretly working on a project to create a droid with a conscience. He obviously succeeds and thus CHAPPiE is born. Except he isn't raised and nurtured by his intelligent creator. Nope, he is born into the slums under the care of three dipshit hoodlums (played by Die Antwoord).
For me this is where it gets interesting. It's like the movie Precious mixed with Short Circuit, mixed with Robocop. Alot of the users on these forums have children. Imagine them at 5 years old. Now imagine them having their child-like, 5 year old, mind while being a fully grown adult. That is basically CHAPPiE. He knows nothing of the world except what he learns from these thugs...who obviously manipulate him. It's funny, heartbreaking and pretty well done overall. The concept is interesting and the film really fucking goes for it. It's at times heavy handed, but again I enjoyed it all.
I've seen lots of folks complain about the inclusion of Ninja and Yolinda from Die Antwoord. I know nothing about them, but they were fine for me. Also, Hugh Jackman hams it up as the badguy. He rocks a fierce mullet and is a God fearin' man. He is also working on this Metal Gear, ED209 prototype and the droid robots are holding up the greenlight for this project. So you know...he goes all evil and whatnot.
My first impressions of the film are very positive. As a fan of Blomkamp I think this is another solid film. Really hoping the studio just lets him run wild with his upcoming Alien film. I'm hoping they re-write Alien 3 and Resurrection as a bad dream of Ripley while she is sleeping in her pod.
Egg Shen wrote: Ninja III: The Domination is a bad film...but it's great
Just saw this and wanted to say "thanks!" for shouting out one of my all-time favorite B-movies. The 15 minute opening gambit with the ninja attack on the golf course and the cop slaughter, my god. A sublime movie.
And since when did Master Chief join the Corps?
btw if that were a video game, I bet there is stuff in those crates behind them if you break 'em
oh, and may I make a quick call on how Neil could pull a Lucas on this one? If he puts any Marines in a loader just to fight aliens. It would totally be like when Lucas had all the younglings training with blast shields on. Totally ruining what was originally conceived as an impromptu moment working with what you got.
October Baby was the film.
Incidentally, after looking up the name just now, I found this:
Kind of interesting perspective on things, and I like the ex-Duke boy more now than I ever did.
I talked about Ant-Man in another thread already, but I think the best things one can say about it is that Paul Rudd is amiable, there are some nice surprises in the third act, and the movie isn't as bad as it could've been (or probably was in script form at one point or another). The Marvel formula is down so pat right now that you could basically replace all the characters with other ones and change the name for all the settings and you'd probably have an equally passable movie. I'm not the biggest Guardians fan on this board, but those two films are night-and-day different in terms of the artistry and sense of vision brought to bear.
Minions ... Hardly an instant classic, but there were plenty of chuckles to get me through, and I like slapstick a fair bit. (The Minions' homage to "Make 'Em Laugh" from "Singin' in the Rain" was pretty cute, for instance.) I'm not actually bothered by the fact that the bad guys' efforts to hang the Minions from a noose went awry, but I'm surprised someone let that get through into a kids' movie (not so much for the nonviolence of it but for the imitation factor). More bothersome was the narration, which, at least early on, kept mentioning that the Minions were looking for a new "master." At other points, the narrator says "villain" or "boss," but the tone-deafness of "master" was more than a little grating.
Black Barney wrote: oh, and may I make a quick call on how Neil could pull a Lucas on this one? If he puts any Marines in a loader just to fight aliens. It would totally be like when Lucas had all the younglings training with blast shields on. Totally ruining what was originally conceived as an impromptu moment working with what you got.
Great point, Barney! I never caught that, but you're right. It makes no sense for the younglings to have blast shields...
I watched Fellowship of the Ring again last night while assembling some minis. I still enjoy watching these and _still_ enjoy the key lines. "One doesn't simply...", "And my Axe!", "I ain't been droppin' no eaves sir, honest", etc. Love quoting those in the privacy of my home...
i know the messages in these films are beat over your head, but I dig 'em. Make the most of your time here, 'little' people can make a difference too, etc. As opposed to Star Wars one big message...people are born into greatness. Yeah, I'm throwing shade on Star Wars again, but i just don't feel the same about that franchise after LotR.
I'll probably watch Two Towers later this week.