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by JSWalsh
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: RIP Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett
Replies: 6
Views: 620

I wouldn't agree with all of that. The guy's recording career -- like it or not -- is still an amazing accomplishment that is unparalleled in the recording industry. That does count for something. The weird, other stuff...yeah, it's sad. But the former part will stand the test of time as much as hi...
by JSWalsh
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Gladiator - 2-disc Blu-ray release
Replies: 24
Views: 1555

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by JSWalsh
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Gladiator - 2-disc Blu-ray release
Replies: 24
Views: 1555

A masculine warrior who loses his family, and longs to be reunited with that family, and has a vision of that reunion as he lays dying, executed at the hands of a despot. Both films also feature an effete prince who hated his father -- a father who considered him a weak and unworthy successor. Are ...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: rate the last movie you saw
Replies: 3151
Views: 126365

Seconds (1966). (1) I would have preferred more clarity showing Tony/Arthur's dissatisfaction with his new life. Since it was established that Arthur Hamilton's daughter had moved West, and Tony was living in Malibu I kept anticipating a scene of Tony running into his daughter and that triggering a...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: RIP Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Although this isn't political, it comes from a political source, so I won't post it, but it really sums up what I think. http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MzkwYTNiMmI1Mzg0ZTNjMDNjNGQ0MWQ0MTgzMzAyZTg= Michael Jackson doesn't interest me in that I'll never read a book about him, but he is a per...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:28 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Gladiator - 2-disc Blu-ray release
Replies: 24
Views: 1555

I think the most you could say about Braveheart being derivative is that some elements are reminiscent of Spartacus, whereas Gladiator is very similar to The Fall of the Roman Empire and...well, Braveheart. That may be the most YOU could say. I don't see anything ripped off from Braveheart in Gladi...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Gladiator - 2-disc Blu-ray release
Replies: 24
Views: 1555

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by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: ALIEN Remake Coming Our Way -- from producer Ridley Scott?
Replies: 64
Views: 4751

BTW, if one wants to apply the label auteur to Hyams, Ed Wood and others, it really does show what a silly label it is. As a term invented for use in film studies, it is so without foundation in the realities of filmmaking in the age of movies that are as much "crafted" by post-production standards ...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:44 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: ALIEN Remake Coming Our Way -- from producer Ridley Scott?
Replies: 64
Views: 4751

But they're not primarily the work of one man--I mean, this may come off as glib, but have you seen the lists of credits in his movies? I don't dispute that the art department, composer and other creative team members bring something unique to a film. I am just saying that a director like Peter Hya...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:39 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: ALIEN Remake Coming Our Way -- from producer Ridley Scott?
Replies: 64
Views: 4751

So indeed, the quality of the work on-screen is a lot more important than the written credits. Why do they need to be great movies in order for him to be an auteur? He's made several films I would classify as being "good" at any rate, at least early on in his career, and I find there is definitely ...
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Synecdoche, New York
Replies: 2
Views: 309

I'm sorry no one else has seen this. It's a sure cure for the endless stream of infantile junk coming out.
by JSWalsh
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: RIP Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett
Replies: 6
Views: 620

I don't see Jackson as being up there with the giants, but more of a fad. Elvis, Sinatra and The Beatles either performed and/or wrote songs that live in part because they can be interpreted by other performers--ironically, this preserves their PERFORMANCES because they are the spring from which so ...
by JSWalsh
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Synecdoche, New York
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Synecdoche, New York

Best movie I've seen in ages. Anyone else have any thoughts?
by JSWalsh
Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: Dumbest Idea Ever Dept: 10 Nominees for Best Picture
Replies: 3
Views: 344

So more movies will be recognized as nominees to pump up some box office during the post-announcement period, and the winning movie will win with that many fewer votes, thus being even less popular than the winners usually are. Great idea! :shock:

Show the vote tallies!
by JSWalsh
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: Theatrical, Blu-Ray & DVD Discussion
Topic: ALIEN Remake Coming Our Way -- from producer Ridley Scott?
Replies: 64
Views: 4751

That Peter Hyams is considered an auteur says all that need be said about this theory, to me. :? I am not saying Hyams' movies are necessarily great art, but the fact that he personally executes most of his films' key artistic tasks, gives him a degree of authorship that few others can claim (parti...