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I also saw “Hot Fuzz”, which is a British take-off on cop films, made by the director and star who made “Shaun of the Dead”. It was OK (at best).
Well ... you're wrong (at best). :glare:
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:05 PM
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Well ... you're wrong (at best). :glare:
A lot of the critics agree with you. Maybe I haven't seen enough English cop movies to "get" all the in-jokes and snide visual references. I didn't much like "Shaun of the Dead", either, although I only saw it on TV (and wasn't paying much attention). The concept was funny (as was the concept in "Hot Fuzz"), but the movies are too long.

It seems to me that part of the fun of these lampoons of other films (there are dozens of these types of movies made in America, but I haven't seen any of the recent ones) is simply recognizing the references, and feeling good about how clever you are for doing so. However, since I probably missed most of the references, this didn't work for me. I'll grant that "Hot Fuzz" is probably superior to "Police Academy 7" or "Epic Movie 13", but the whole concept seems a bit stale and derivative.
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Ok, well, surely you can at least remember that there's a scene where Alba's clothes get burned off and she's lying naked on the sidewalk.
I remember that well. Unfortunately they left everything but her face and part of her calf to the imagination. I can imagine her naked without a lame plot device!
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In the comics, Sue Storm-Richards is a genius married to a supergenius. Somehow, poor Jessica Alba doesn't quite manage to convince me that she's a world-class intellect.
Yes, that was also a problem in the first one.

I wanted to laugh out loud during the first one when she talks about how she's a genius geneticist or some shit like that. It was just like, yeah, I can't take those words seriously coming from a bleached-blond Jessica Alba.
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Ok, well, surely you can at least remember that there's a scene where Alba's clothes get burned off and she's lying naked on the sidewalk.
I remember that well. Unfortunately they left everything but her face and part of her calf to the imagination. I can imagine her naked without a lame plot device!
Internet + PhotoShop = no need for imagination any more!
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The Last King of Scotland - great movie with an outstanding Forest Whitaker.
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I wanted to laugh out loud during the first one when she talks about how she's a genius geneticist or some shit like that. It was just like, yeah, I can't take those words seriously coming from a bleached-blond Jessica Alba.
I actually laughed out loud at that scene. She said something to the effect of, "I'm a gene scientist." I wanted to tell her, "The word you're searching for, Sweetie, is geneticist." If you don't even know the name of your discipline, it's hard to believe you're a world-class expert.

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Well, that's really a matter of shitty writing than her fault. Either that, or it was the writers playing a joke on her :P
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And, you know, I appreciate a story in which people are gifted with great powers and instead of everyone envying or mistrusting them, people accept them -- and instead of the "heroes" spending all their time whining about how they don't "fit in" and how they're "alone," their first instinct is to use their gifts to help people.
Sadly, such stories are few and far between. Which makes me hope that one day, one day, they make an Ex Machina film.
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Surf's Up and Live Free or Die Hard.
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Apocalypto - Mel Gibson's follow-up to the Passion of the Christ. Ultra-violent (seriously, not for the squeamish!), ultra-silly and very entertaining. Probably not what Mel wanted to achieve, but it's a fun action flick. 7/10
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i love documentaries. they are all i basically watch. some great ones i have watched recently are:

the flaming lips: the fearless freaks

dig (about the dandy warhols and brian jonestown massacre)

gambling, gods and lsd

my architect- a son's jouney (about the architect louis kahn)

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The Simpsons Movie - Shows before noon are $4, and I was bored. It was passably decent with some good chuckles and one or two actual laughs. But exceedingly tame on the whole, which is a shame. The writers needed to wait until they were really pissed off and didn't care whether they remained employed before working on the script. That's how they've made some of their best episodes.
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I saw Ratatouille earlier this week.

It was cute and funny, and I would recommend it. We had been planning to see Transformers but we got there late and I suggested seeing Ratatouille instead and getting a bite to eat first (the showing was later). It probably was money better spent than on Transformers.
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Hairspray. If you can swallow the racism as an anachronism of the time period (1962), it's fantastic.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:03 PM
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I saw Ratatouille earlier this week.

It was cute and funny, and I would recommend it. We had been planning to see Transformers but we got there late and I suggested seeing Ratatouille instead and getting a bite to eat first (the showing was later). It probably was money better spent than on Transformers.
Ratatouille was indeed a tasty treat, however, I haven't seen Transformers yet so I will not attempt a comparison.
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Ratatouille was good.

Transformers I'll skip. You have to draw the line somewhere and when the advertising takes over the program is when I change channels. Never liked the show and not interested in the movie.
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i saw night at the museum, not funny even though i was very receptive to humor being very high.


it gets 0 on the bey stoner scale for comedies.
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Ratatouille was good.

Transformers I'll skip. You have to draw the line somewhere and when the advertising takes over the program is when I change channels. Never liked the show and not interested in the movie.
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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

I resisted seeing this documentary for many years on the principle that I was there and didn't need to be told what happened. Now that I've seen it, that was a very big mistake, because it is one of the most powerful documentaries I've ever seen. It has rather less analysis than I had expected, and perhaps wanted. I tend to retreat into intellectualism sometimes because otherwise things piss me off too much, and I sputter and become incoherent.

However, as an on-the-ground picture of what things were like that day, I thought they did extremely well. However, the precise degree of the police brutality seemed underemphasized. I don't know if they were self-censoring, out of fears of being called biased or didn't have the footage or what. I saw a man with his jaw shattered by a plastic bullet, his mouth streaming with blood, and the fact that they used such things in the course of the protests was only passingly referenced by a speaker in one of the on-the-street segments. Nor did they mention that these paramilitary-style cops took to the streets with live ammunition and AR-15s on Wednesday, Dec 1st.

Still, despite these few small reservations, it was an extremely moving documentary. It made me cry with happiness that I was able to be there. :happycry:
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And for those who (like me) have no idea what Nullifidian is talking about:

This is what democracy looks like is a documentary about the street protests against the WTO summit in Seattle in 1999.

And also: yes, you should be proud to have been there, Nullifidian!
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I recently rented and enjoyed Zodiac. Great movie. One of the more interesting serial killer movies I've seen. Though I haven't seen too many, really.
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We are in the process of watching The Good Sheperd. Can't seem to find enough time to finish it though but it is good so far.
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Rush Hour 3, think Rush Hour 1 with an evil brother thrown in and the big bad guy even more obvious.

Entertaining action flick but very formulaic and predictable.
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