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03-23-2012, 09:12 PM
Killjoy here. i didn't see it the first time around and have no desire to see it now. I can't imagine anything I would want to see less.

03-23-2012, 09:57 PM
^ I did finally see it the first time round ... on VHS, about 4 years after it came out. That was more than plenty. I'm done.

03-23-2012, 10:48 PM
I can understand your opinion and dislike; when it opened in the theatres in 1997, I was on a major boycott and refused to go see it, especially since James Cameron was heavily involved in nearly every aspect of the production. I'd been interested in the ship for years at that point, long before Titanic-mania overtook the world, and I was in awe of Bob Ballard, who headed the expeditions to search for and finally discovered the wreckage in 1985).

The only reason I went to see it in the theatre was that I lost a bet l'd made with a friend who was a film buff -- I said that if Titanic tied or surpassed the record for Oscar wins held by Ben Hur (which I though it wouldn't come close to doing), I would go. It tied the record with 11 wins, and I was dragged, kicking and screaming (while my friend gloated) to the theatre, where I was determined to hate it. I ended up ignoring the Leo/Kate aspect of the movie and focused on the bigger picture (no pun intended), and I was shocked that I was rendered speechless when it was over. Such was the effect it had on me that I ended up going to see it again the next day :o :rofl:.

The movie is a completely different experience on the big screen - you really get much more of an idea as to how grand, luxurious, large, and majestic the ship was. When it struck the iceberg and sank, the tragedy of what happened is taken to a completely different level that conveys just how terrifying the passengers' (both those who died as well as the survivors) experience was and what they went through. Plus, the sound (both the effects as well as the musical score) in the theatre, along with the special effects, worked amazingly well on the big screen (they seem a bit corny and trite on TV) and made a huge difference from the viewers' perspectives.

I have both the VHS and the DVD, and by comparison, Titanic on the small screen makes it seem like you're watching a Lifetime movie :scream:.

03-24-2012, 12:09 AM
Just saw The Hunger Games and loved it! That the story was so unique and had no vampires or warewolves in it was a HUGE plus. The cinema was full and the night time showing was sold out in advance. :respec:

03-24-2012, 12:32 AM
If one were to show the Hugo movie to kids, at what age would you start? And the book?One should not show Hugo to kids, or anyone else of any age. I canNOT believe how much that movie SUCKED!!! :scream:

maybe the book is better?

03-24-2012, 02:14 AM
One should not show Hugo to kids, or anyone else of any age. I canNOT believe how much that movie SUCKED!!! :scream:

maybe the book is better?

Seriously? Along with The Artist and A Separation, that would be my list of 3 best movies I saw all year.

03-24-2012, 02:22 AM
I loved Titanic. I believe I saw it on Christmas Day when I had decided to skip the family get-together. The theatre was packed and it was like we had all been transported to another time or universe (much like I felt after seeing Avatar). Everything about Titanic was wondrous. I just loved it and got some hankie-usage in! :lol: I can't remember when it ended if there was major applause. There probably was. And if there wasn't, then there would have been a buzz throughout the theatre that existed because we had all just been part of something unlike we had ever experienced before. I think I've seen it on TV once since then. I should probably go see it in the theatre and see if it has the same impact on me that it did then. :)

P.S. If I was an actor of any stature, I think I'd get my agent to beg James Cameron to let me be in all his movies (which I wonder if Sigourney Weaver's agent has done!) There is no other filmmaker whose work I am more interested in finding out what's in store for us. I'm looking forward to the Avatar sequels, but am more interested in what new things await us. :respec:

03-24-2012, 05:15 AM
One should not show Hugo to kids, or anyone else of any age. I canNOT believe how much that movie SUCKED!!! :scream:

maybe the book is better?

Really? I thought it was a very good movie. I liked it better than the Artist.

03-25-2012, 10:15 PM
I just finished Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwPb8HXvigk). What a cast! Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner and Montgomery Clift. Schell won the Academy Award for best actor, Tracy was nominated for the same category. And Clift and Garland both were nominated in the supporting categories. In the DVD extras, the writer Abby Mann said that he did not want the movie to be a propoganda film and I felt he succeeded in that the movie was quite objective. I think I was expecting something more heavy-handed. In that same DVD extra, Mann dicusses the film with Schell (who still looks great in his 70s) who talks about the backlash he encountered in Europe for starring in this movie. And Mann talks about how the director, Stanley Kramer, had spoken at universities before deciding to make this movie and the students so often spoke about how they felt the Holocaust either could not have happened, or not to such a great extent that he did. That spurred Kramer in to making this movie to shed more light on the whole topic.

And on a purely superficial note...Maximilian Schell had the most beautiful hair!! :lol:

03-26-2012, 11:50 PM
Here are trailers for others movies that are coming out in April. The ones that really grabbed my interest are in bold. Note that the one in red is for the worst trailer for what looks like one of the worst movies of all time. In my humble opinion! :lol:

April 4 Iron Sky (Action comedy – no big names)

April 5 Air Racers 3D (Action adventure documentary narrated by Paul Walker)

April 6 ATM (horror thriller – no big names)

April 6 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (April 6 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (featuring Seth Rogan, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth and Stan Lee – directed by Morgan Spurlock with Joss Whedon as one of the writers)

April 6 We Have A Pope (Italian drama. Imdb.com: “A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.”

April 6 The Hunter (Adventure drama with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill)

April 6 Keyhole (Dramatic thriller with Jason Patric, Kevin MacDonald [Kids In The Hall] and Isabella Rossellini)

April 6 Player Hating: A Love Story (Musical documentary. Imdb.com: “A documentary about hip hop artist named Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew as they struggle to escape the poverty and violence of the Albany Housing Projects through music.”

April 6 Surviving Progress (Documentary featuring Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood and David Suzuki). Imdb.com: “Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse?”

April 6 We the Party (Comedy by Marion Van Peebles. Imdb.com: “In Los Angeles, five high-school friends deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves.”

April 12 The Eye of the Storm (Drama with Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis)

April 13 Bad Ass (action with Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton and Ron Perlman)

April 13 Blue Like Jazz (no big names. From youtube.com: “Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller spent 43 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and has sold over 1.5 million copies to date.”

April 13 Deadline (Dramatic mystery thriller with Eric Roberts and J. D. Souther)

April 13 Detention (Comedy horror with Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook)

April 13 Mansieur Lazhar (Comedy drama. From youtube.com: “Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life.”

April 13 Touchback (Sports drama with Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Kevin Covais and Marc Blucas)

April 13 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (Drama with Blair Underwood and Pam Grier)

April 13 Unraveled (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 Million Dollars from hedge funds.”)

April 20 Goodbye First Love (French Romantic drama)

April 20 My Way (South Korean drama) imdb.com summary: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606384/plotsummary
Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpYk5ww8Jjc

April 20 Marley (Bob Marley documentary)

April 20 The Moth Diaries (Horror with Scott Speedman)

April 20 To the Arctic 3D (Documentary narrated by Meryl Streep. Imdb.com: A journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.)

April 20 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Comedy drama with Keira Knightley, Steve Carrell, Adam Brody, Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton and William Peterson)

April 20 Downtown Express (Musical romance)

April 27 Headhunters (Norweigan action crime thriller with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau [Game of Thrones]. Imdb.com: An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.)

April 27 Sound of My Voice (Drama. Imdb.com: “A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.”)

April 27 96 Minutes (Dramatic thriller with Brittany Snow)

03-27-2012, 12:00 AM
Headhunters looks great; I think I'll put that one on my list.

03-30-2012, 09:10 PM
Saw Wrath of the Titans and all I can say is save your money. Wait for it to be the movie of the week on tv.

04-01-2012, 02:25 AM
Do you remember the first movie you ever saw in the theatre? I was thinking about this the other day and decided to make a list. I did not include movies that I saw on television, just those that I remember seeing in a theatre. Here are the first ten movies I remembering seeing on the big screen:

1. 1968: (Oliver) (five years old)
2. 1972: The Poseidon Adventure (nine years old)
3. 1972: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (#4) (Escape [#3]…was released in ’71, Beneath [#2] in ‘70)
4. 1972: The Legend of Boggy Creek
5. 1973: Westworld (Yul Brynner) (ten years old)
6. 1974: The Towering Inferno (eleven years old)
7. 1974: Big Bad Mama (Angie Dickinson)
8. 1975: The Day of the Locust (twelve years old)
9. 1975: The Great Waldo Pepper (twelve years old)
10. 1975: Death Race 2000

I put a few in brackets because my memory is vague around that. If I do remember correctly, I was taken to see "Oliver" with my first grade class. Which is strange, because I think in my entire time at elementary school, I barely remember going anywhere on any kind of field trip. It just didn't happen. I'm not sure if that's because we were in a poor or rural area, or field trips just did not happen often for anybody in the late 60's.

Almost all of the movies on this list were ones that my Dad took me to see. #7, 8 and 9 were definitely never on my list of movies to see. Day of the Locust stands out in that there is a scene where a crowd goes into a frenzy and a nasty little girl in the film is trampled. I remember being shocked/semi-traumatized by this scene. I swear I was only 7 or 8 in how it affected me and how it seemed inappropriate for me to be seeing a movie that had a scene like this. But the movie came out in '75, so I was twelve!

And I remember being bored to pieces by The Great Waldo Pepper. Not so great in my eyes, even with the presence of the blonde Robert Redford. Maybe he had his flying cap covering his gorgeous locks too much (the movie was about aviation, which was one of my Dad's loves).

As much as I love the Poseidon Adventure (to this day, I still love a good popcorn movie), one reason it stands out is because I remember being slightly in awe of the whole movie theatre experience. I guess in '72 the theatre had an old-time feel and I was captivated by all the red velvet. And from what I can recall, this is the first movie I have a specific memory about going to. It was for a birthday party of a classmate, and everyone got pop and a popcorn. Well, going to a movie was a big deal...but food, too!!?? (As kids, we never got to buy anything in the theatre, but Dad would sneak in chocolate bars and we would get one each.) Anyway, I was so overwhelmed by everything that I ended up dropping my popcorn. I guess because I came from a dysfunctional family, instead of just saying what happened, I kept quiet so that I would not get in trouble. One of the other boys gave me some of his popcorn in my empty container. Nowadays people would just get a free re-fill, but I was freaked and did not want to get in trouble or be sent home! (Which I doubt would have happened, but part of me thought I had done something TERRIBLE.)

The Legend of Boggy Creek came out the same year, it was a lot less traumatic in the movie-going experience, I guess I was more prepared this time. I saw it with my neighbourhood friend and I had to keep cracking jokes because it scared me sh**-less!!! :lol: I looked up the trailer on youtube and even though it's dated and the production values are surely lacking, it still reminds me of how it was well directed, in spite of probably having a next-to-nothing budget. One day I'd like to find a copy of it and watch it again and see how it compares to the viewing of a nine year-old. :)

P.S. When I spoke to Mom about making this list, she said, "We took all of you to see 'The Sound of Music'". "Mom, didn't that come out in something like 1965??" Sure enough, it did. So I was 18 months old. And somehow I don't remember it! :D (And I doubt she took an 18 month old to the movies!!)

P.S. #2: The site I used to come up with my list is:


04-01-2012, 02:33 AM
The first movie I can remember seeing was Star Wars. I remember it very well because I got to wear my brand new pair of shoes. That was 1977 so I must have been 7 years old.

04-01-2012, 07:11 AM
I saw Hunger Games tonight and thought it was phenomenal. I haven't read the books yet (bought book #1 on my way home from the theater though :P) so I don't know if that makes a difference but I think it's a really great movie. My cousin loved it too and he also bought the book on his way home.

I plan to go see Titanic on the big screen in a few weeks with a friend. We both saw it several times in the theater the first time around and can't wait to see it again. :D