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Saw "Lockout" starring Guy Pearce last night. I thought it was OK as far as B-movies go. The plot is dead simple and hilarious if you think about it. In the future, the president's daughter is inspecting a new super-max prison that just happens to be a space station. Prisoners are put in stasis. One prisoner is thawed out to conduct an interview for the inspection, gets loose and causes a whole ton of shit to go down. Now the prison's out of control, the president's daughter is a hostage and only one man can get her back.

Yes, it's as cheesy and stupid as it sounds, but in a good way. Pearce is pretty good in it and has a lot of fun with the jaded uber-bad-ass role he's given. The bad guys are of the extreme mustache-twirly crazy type. The flick moves fast as hell, so it never drags even slightly. This sometimes leads to jarring scenes where the thing  they said they were going to do gets done between cuts. "We need to get into space and onto that station" cut to: "Here we are on the station, finally!"

I found it to be a fun flick. Doesn't feel it's length at all and has some neat action beats and evil bad-guy moments. I recommend it if you're a fan of cheesy sci-fi action schlock.

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Yeah, considering it's basically Escape from New York in space, it isn't half bad.  Guy Pearce is clearly enjoying himself in his role.  I do wonder what happened with the bike chase sequence -- it feels like they green lit the pre-viz.

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I think it's pretty weak. The pg-13 really cripples it, there's nothing memorable about it in terms of action. You'd think an action movie on a space station would be awesome, but they don't do a lot with it.

Semi-related, I checked out Olympus has Fallen, the first of 2 Die Hard on a White House movies this year, and it's frustratingly mediocre. There's sections where it's ripping off Die Hard whole-sale that actually work quite well, but then there's other stuff that's just terrible. Cheesy ass patriotic music straight out of West Wing, the worst theatrically released CGI I've ever seen (seriously Asylum quality stuff), and a pretty sloppy screenplay.

It does make good use of its R-rating though, it goes a lot more brutal than you'd expect from this kinda movie (at least 50 people get shot or stabbed in the head throughout). That's what's annoying about it, there's pieces of it that are totally the 80s/90s throwback I want it to be, but not enough of it to overcome the bad stuff. Will be interesting to compare with White House Down in 3 months though, if only academically.

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bullet3 wrote:

I think it's pretty weak. The pg-13 really cripples it, there's nothing memorable about it in terms of action. You'd think an action movie on a space station would be awesome, but they don't do a lot with it.

You do know about the unrated version, right ?!  smile  - maybe for that version they reinserted all the awesome.  cool

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Nope, watched the unrated cut, there's basically nothing added back in.

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bullet3 wrote:

Nope, watched the unrated cut, there's basically nothing added back in.

Darn it. I guess they just chose not to go the Salt route and bring out an unrated version worthy of that 2nd dipping.  sad

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Ya, I was optimistic because the Taken unrated cut is actually excellent, and VASTLY better than the awful cut down US release, but no dice on this one.

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Saw Lockout and can only remember the part where they jump out of the space station and go into immediate freefall, because, you know, being in orbit is just like being really reallly high up in the sky. That and the whole inanity of the let's put our dangerous prisoners in a station above the earth thing made me roll me eyes a bit.

But I vaguely remember enjoying the whole thing despite these two complaints.

I just saw Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, which is another remake from Takashi Miike and is yet another case of the original (by Kobayashi) being much better. Throughout the whole thing, I was wondering what the point of remaking it was (besides telling the story in colour). I don't know, maybe someone who hasn't seen the original would like it (and perhaps end up preferring it due to its more modern look)?

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Did anyone else happen to stumble on to the new trailer for the Riddick movie that is coming out in September?

It looks like they are going to return to the style of Pitch black instead of the overly expansive universe of Chronicles. Which I am very happy about. This means it could end up going the way of Ghostbuster's 2 and the hangover 2, which isn't great but I loved Pitch Black so I wouldn't complain too much.

I know they are going to cram Karl Urban's character into this movie. So in some way it will be connected to chronicles, not sure if that is a positive or negative yet.

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I'm really curious how they deal with the events of Chronicles. I mean, once you've jumped down that rabbit hole, it's kinda hard to climb out again. I have high hopes, though.

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I believe the script opens with him being deposed from the throne (probably for being a terrible ruler) and left for dead, at which point mercenaries come after him. I know Karl Urban filmed a small cameo, so I'm guessing this all happens in the first 5 minutes and then we're on to a pitch-black style adventure.

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redxavier wrote:

Saw Lockout and can only remember the part where they jump out of the space station and go into immediate freefall, because, you know, being in orbit is just like being really reallly high up in the sky. That and the whole inanity of the let's put our dangerous prisoners in a station above the earth thing made me roll me eyes a bit.

But I vaguely remember enjoying the whole thing despite these two complaints.

I just saw Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, which is another remake from Takashi Miike and is yet another case of the original (by Kobayashi) being much better. Throughout the whole thing, I was wondering what the point of remaking it was (besides telling the story in colour). I don't know, maybe someone who hasn't seen the original would like it (and perhaps end up preferring it due to its more modern look)?

I watched Hara-Kiri a few weeks ago, and I almost made a thread for it because of one scene. I've not seen the original so I can't compare, but the new one has what could be the single most depressing scene ever filmed. It got to the point where by the end I was actually laughing at how ridiculous it was.

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It starts out with the death of an infant. Then the baby's mother starts apologizing to her father for killing the kid, because she gave it the disease it died from. Then the body of the baby's father / woman's husband is brought in and they're told he committed hara-kiri. Then they find out that he had to do it with a wooden sword. Then they find out that the suicide was intended to be a ploy to get money or work and he didn't actually want to kill himself. He was just desperate. Then, while the older guy is learning about that, the woman eats a bloody sweet her dead husband saved for her before her death. THEN she tries to feed some to the dead baby. THEN she kills herself with the splintered shard of the sword he used to kill himself. Finally, the older guy comes back in to discover the bodies of all three laying together.

It was the point where she starts trying to feed the bloody sweet to her dead infant where I started laughing uncontrollably at how all of these different little things had been set up specifically so they could just run down the checklist of horrible shit in this one prolonged scene of abject despair.

I did really like the movie a lot, tho. I'll have to watch the original to compare. I thought they were a bit heavy-handed with the theme at the end, but Miike's version of 13 Assassins did the same thing, so maybe that's just a thing he likes to do in his flicks.

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Doctor Submarine wrote:

I'm really curious how they deal with the events of Chronicles. I mean, once you've jumped down that rabbit hole, it's kinda hard to climb out again. I have high hopes, though.

I love Chronicles and yes, the new film follows shortly after Chronicles, with Riddick being betrayed by the Necromongers, no doubt for working against their goals.
It sounds like more of a survival story, with Riddick again hunted by Mercs (hired by Karl Urban?)
It sounds like a blast and I love Vin Disel playing Riddick, regardless of the movie smile

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redxavier wrote:

because, you know, being in orbit is just like being really reallly high up in the sky.

Technically it's being really really high up in the sky, while going really fucking fast. So you know...half marks for that one.

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Tomahawk wrote:

You guys speak of Tatum like he's actually enjoyable to watch. I put him on the same line as Jonah Hill. He get's a good movie or two, but it's not like I'll follow his career with great interest.

Who's that again? I'm watching it for Dwayne Johnson and Ray Park smile
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Are those regular 'splosions or BIGsplosions?

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Regular 'splosions.

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I have now seen G.I. JOE RETALIATION. And I was entertained.

I give the film three explosions out of four!

I'm looking forward to reveling in non-content and a Darth Maul reprise.

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So they posted the soundtrack for Oblivion the other day. It's weird. Starts out very Hans Zimmer with shades of Daft Punk's score for Tron: Legacy, but after the first few tracks it veers off into Blade Runner territory with a lot of really 80's synth sounds. It's not ambient like Blade Runner's soundtrack is, tho. Some of the tracks, tho... wow... fucking weird.

The end credits music is very listenable.

http://mashable.com/2013/04/04/stream-t … oundtrack/

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I watched Wreck-It Ralph and Life of Pi the other day. Ralph was a lot of fun, altho I thought some of the voices were kind of weak choices.

Pi was terrific, and I quite liked the semi-ambiguous ending. However, I really don't think that ending needed 45 minutes of setup. The whole first act could go, in my opinion, with the exception of shortened versions of the interview start and the story about Pi's name.

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I wanted to like Wreck-It Ralph, but there were too many moving parts. Or maybe the world and its rules didn't feel consistent. Not sure. It was a couple drafts away from being great. But it's worth watching for the really clever ideas and funny moments.

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I sort of stumbled across a diamond in the rough on Netflix yesterday. My buddy and I often watch cheesy b to z-grade movies on instant and riff on them, but we watched one called "Stake Land" that turned out to actually be really good.

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The name made us assume that it'd be pretty schlocky, but it ended up being a well made character story with some nice twists on vampire lore and a post-apocalyptic setting. It's a movie that's not afraid to take its time and trusts the audience, which was far and beyond anything we were expecting. It also had setups and payoffs that worked well, and questions and complaints we made near the beginning of the film were actually answered and resolved before the film ended. It actually sort of reminded me of "Monsters", but I ended up liking this even more than "Monsters." I definitely give it my recommendation.

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So I'm watching MST3K's take on I Was a Teenage Werewolf, with Michael Landon, right? And the cops are investigating the first killing, and one cop says this to the chief about any circuses or farms in the area that might have wild animals:

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There's a mink farm about three miles north of here. But they're all baby mink. First thing they do is cut off their teeth.

And for some reason the chief does NOT say:

Chief Who Looks Like Mr. Weatherbee from Archie Comics wrote:

No way! What the fuck?! Are you serious? They do that?! That is fucked up! Is that legal? Shouldn't we arrest them for animal cruelty? This is 1957, for godsake, not the Dark Ages!

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Zarban wrote:

And for some reason the chief does NOT say:

Chief Who Looks Like Mr. Weatherbee from Archie Comics wrote:

No way! What the fuck?! Are you serious? They do that?! That is fucked up! Is that legal? Shouldn't we arrest them for animal cruelty? This is 1957, for godsake, not the Dark Ages!

Apparently this was all the rage in the 1950's?
hmm
I just don't know...

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Zarban...I take it you haven't been around a farm much have you?

There are much worse things being cut off animals every day.

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