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Maxenmus

Was suddenly thinking about Ang Lee's Hulk for no particular reason and came across this:

It's a nice take on the film, especially with what he said about Bruce's father. I never really thought about the symbolisms before, how the Absorbing Man in the film is literally a self-centered father that sucked the life out of his whole family.

I remember liking the slower and more ponderous moments of the film that a lot of people complained about. Definitely enjoyed those psychological scenes of Bruce questioning his own humanity buried within that chaotic rage more than the rather generic action scenes with Hulk smashing some tanks. I guess that's why I liked Eternals more than many others. Eternals too had its flaws in story structure, but despite its overstuffed plot, I enjoyed spending time patiently with the characters exploring their viewpoints of humanity and life itself as gods among men.

I still have my copy of Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces. I do agree with the video in that the "modern myth" in cinema isn't as prominent anymore. I think certain films do still offer that kind of spiritual hero's journey to really reflect our own humanity through the protagonist's reflection. Blade Runner 2049 definitely comes to mind. I haven't seen Dune, but from what I heard, it feels like one of such films too.

But yeah, Ang Lee's Hulk. An ambitious film released at the wrong time, perhaps. I always like it when filmmakers take a fun medium like superhero comics and make it something grander, more poetic, rather than just settle for "fun superhero punching time" simply because the audience would love that sort of thing. Taking risks in filmmaking has always been an uphill battle, but I think it might be even harder today. I just can't imagine Ang Lee's Hulk being released as a film in this day and age without getting lambasted the way Eternals was. "Why is there so much talking in my Hulk film?" I mean, it's like asking why a story about a man struggling with his inner demons have ponderous slow burn moments that examine his relationship with said rage. I think that's why Ang Lee's Hulk never really felt like a bad film or even a weird superhero film to me because the slower self-reflection moments made sense in the context of the story and character. I wish more superhero films would have the guts to do that. In spite of my gripes about Zack Snyder, I still like Watchmen specifically because of these self-examination moments.

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XandertheWise

currently watching Ginger Snap on Joe Bob Briggs' Drive In on Shudder along with rewatching In Search of Darkness 1 for the heck of it.

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Kermit1

@HotGoomba... you saw nothing! ZAM

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Kermit1

As a kid I watched the behind the scenes to a film more than the film itself. I like to see how things work I always have.

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Kermit1

Peter Pan (2003) Is apart of my childhood I remember renting it from my local library so many times just to watch the behind the scenes and watch Jason Isaacs vlog (no joke). (I now own it and oddly the blu-ray sucks because the BTS were not on it, but I bought a DVD combo pack with it in it and it did have the BTS)

I did the same with anything Jim Henson related, but I owned everything he made so I ended up watching those more. Some of these BTS's will soon be lost to time.

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HAHA, I found the Jason Isaacs vlog!

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Gryffin

Sunsy wrote:

@Kermit1 I very much agree, also the special effects the ship had. The setup, the escape, the trip David went on with Max. A great movie, so glad that Disney+ had it too. Last time I watched it, it was on tape. That's how long ago I last saw this one.

Another good one I just remembered, Tron. I remember renting it from a video store a long time ago.

Tron: Legacy is one of my favorites movies ever.

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Mioaionios wrote:

@Maxenmus
The Oscars still is, and forever will be, a popularity contest. Every award show is a popularity contest.
If a certain movie, doesn't matter how good it might be, doesn't get seen enough, it has no chance of winning. And let's be honest here, most foreign movies don't get seen on a wide scale by the Academy members, this is true for live action movies as well.

I almost always think the winner of Best Picture is a joke. Except for Parasite. That deserved it.

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HotGoomba wrote:

AND WHO THE #### THOUGHT THAT Brave was better than Wreck It Ralph, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, AND The Pirates?

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Maxenmus

Gryffin wrote:

My ★★ review of Top Gun: Maverick on Letterboxd https://boxd.it/37yaz1

I think "machismo chauvinists" sums up Top Gun and its guilty pleasure appeal pretty much. I was so bored watching the first film, but I understand the 'fun' of its concept as an outdated '80s machismo relic. It's the kind of fun you'd find singing the Team America theme song, or perhaps Denis Leary's song about being a jerk (of which its title I probably can't spell it out here). It's the idea of being crass and obnoxious because you can, because 'MURICA! lol

Besides, sweaty male volleyball. Hard to argue that doesn't have its appeal.

Gryffin wrote:

HotGoomba wrote:

AND WHO THE #### THOUGHT THAT Brave was better than Wreck It Ralph, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, AND The Pirates?

🙋

I actually like Brave somewhat, but even if I think Wreck-It-Ralph's idea is more interesting (albeit not original since it's just Toy Story/The Secret Life of Pets with video games), I do admit Brave has a kind of charm with Pixar's first foray into the fantasy setting.

Gryffin wrote:

Tron: Legacy is one of my favorites movies ever.

Same. I've never seen the original Tron, but even then, I thought it's one of the most ambitious reboot since Casino Royale. To have the guts to make a sequel to such an old film, and in such a spectacular manner with mind-blowing graphics, it most certainly pioneered the "old movie reboot" of contemporary Hollywood.

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Kermit1

For anyone wondering the original Tron is like a Ben-Hur type movie but set in a computer. It's not a fast film it takes itself slow and steady like a David Lean film but Sci-Fi.

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Gryffin wrote:

HotGoomba wrote:

AND WHO THE #### THOUGHT THAT Brave was better than Wreck It Ralph, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, AND The Pirates?

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Gryffin wrote:

HotGoomba wrote:

AND WHO THE #### THOUGHT THAT Brave was better than Wreck It Ralph, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, AND The Pirates?

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blindsquarel

I really hope WB just replaces Ezra Miller with Grant Gustin. Obviously, not for this flash movie since that would basically require the whole movie to be reshot, but maybe in a post credit scene it could be a side effect of flashpoint.

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Kermit1

@blindsquarel... That might not happen, but from what I know (don't ask how) that guy from maze runner will be the flash. Take note I didn't say who from maze runner.

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I really hope WB just replaces Ezra Miller with Grant Gustin. Obviously, not for this flash movie since that would basically require the whole movie to be reshot, but maybe in a post credit scene it could be a side effect of flashpoint.

That'll be way too expensive. The movie seems to have recording finished and most of it seems to be finished, so rerecording it to replace this one actor would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, which knowing Warner Bros. Discovery's current business plan, that's not gonna happen.

It'll either be released in theaters as it is, or even just be cancelled like Batgirl or Scoob Holiday Haunt (I doubt the latter would happen).

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Sunsy

@Kermit1 Wow, mom and I watched the Black Hole recently. Mom always touted it as one of the darkest Disney movies ever. That scene with the flames towards the end, she was not kidding.

@Maxenmus Indeed, the in-depth storytelling was something I didn't appreciate much until playing Higurashi, all the descriptions and everything it went in-depth on. I thought the text was originally just for dialogue. BTW, nice to see someone else who played Higurashi. Still on Chapter 6, but glad I'm not the only one.

I think I've only seen Cars 3 once, in theaters. I remember waiting to buy it on DVD, and I just forgot all about it. Which I should do, I have the first two on DVD.

@Gryffin Tron Legacy is still a movie I need to see. I remember seeing the first Tron in 2003, the then new game Tron 2.0 got me curious. I have the game too, got it from GOG a few years back (funnily enough it was why I wanted a gaming PC back then, and when I got a PC, I didn't get a chance to buy it). I did love the first movie, the idea of a world inside a computer was too cool.

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