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« Reply #240 on: May 20, 2015, 06:18:41 AM »

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Heath Ledger’s Joker Was The Hero
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« Reply #241 on: May 20, 2015, 12:44:23 PM »


Not a moment I've had or will ever have, and he forgot that nurse getting shot in the face while his "hero" was visiting Dent in the hospital.
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« Reply #242 on: May 21, 2015, 12:42:12 AM »

It also conveniently ignores both the dual ferry bombs morality test, and the hostages disguised as goons who would have been killed by the police.
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« Reply #243 on: May 21, 2015, 02:14:16 AM »

It also conveniently ignores both the dual ferry bombs morality test, and the hostages disguised as goons who would have been killed by the police.


Oh, and using the various mentally ill homeless men as improvised suicide bombers to facilitate his escape.
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« Reply #244 on: May 21, 2015, 03:51:58 PM »

  Yes, yes, its selective to the point of absurdity.

  I think what was actually going on in the movie is more interesting anyway - his incessant need to prove other people are every bit as murderous as himself. And I really find it amusing when people latch on to his chat with Dent... His denigrating "schemers" as if that's some pure little window into his soul when that is HIS fundamental modus operandi. He spends the whole movie lying, especially in that scene.
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« Reply #245 on: May 23, 2015, 11:25:19 AM »

I discovered something while watching Fury Road yesterday: Mad Max is Conan with cars.

An important concept to keep in mind when watching any of the Mad Max films is that each one is essentially a reboot. They're not in any meaningful sense sequels to one another any more than successive Conan stories were in any meaningful sense sequels to one another.

Howard wrote his tales "out of order", and I got the same sense from Fury Road that I get from Conan stories: this is "a tale of Max" rather than "the next in the saga". In fact, I find in general that Mad Max and Conan operate on many of the same premises, and both hold a subtle power, partly in the way they build their world. Howard never really stops to provide long expositions regarding which people come from where and how their societies operate. Neither does Miller. You get it from dialogue cues and fill the details in as you go. The Fast and Furious movies clearly want to ape the action of Mad Max, but they don't create the world that Mad Max does. That keeps F&F pretty solidly in the soulless spectacle camp for me. They're just not swinging the mythic themes and world of Mad Max.

And the cars aren't nearly as cool.

And I found the movie a hyperkinetic thrill ride that pasted me to the back wall of the theater and held me there for two straight hours or sensory-awesome. If you pay attention, you can even see where Tom Hardy does some looks and glances and moves that are clearly drawn from Mel Gibson's style, and while it would have been neat to see Gibson come back for one last ride here, I can dig Hardy's Max.

For Car Wars purposes, I can now reasonably state that my personal vision of the game is bookended by Miller's Fury Road on one side and the Wachowskis' Speed Racer on the other. Smiley
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« Reply #246 on: Today at 03:04:05 AM »

Just got back from Tommorowland.

Ug. I'm going to buy it because I want to walk frame-by-frame through the scenery/cityscapes, but I'm perfectly ok with never hearing that dialogue ever again.

Its just DULL. Its about the most soulless 'message of hope' I've ever seen. Certainly not the first time a villain monologues and I am right there with them nodding my head - fury at a planet of idiots I get.

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Mad Max was amazing. Epic. It's Battle Opera that is unashamed of being REALLY LOUD. I absolutely recommend seeing it in the theater because the home experience will not be the same.

Tommorowland will shrink down to the small screen and you won't even blink.
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