Movie rant... Gravity? Pfft

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    First let me say one thing: I am not a HUGE movie buff and I have never ranted about a movie before...lol

    So I rented Gravity lastnight. Don't rent it. If you didn't see it in Imax 3D, you will be dissapointed.

    I simply found no depth to it, not much of anything other than special effects. Sadran Bullock was nice looking and that's about it. Kinda like a modern day Cast Away....

    Anyone else feel the same?

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    Funny I felt the opposite. Saw it on the big screen, but non-3D and thought it was great. Yes the visual effects are a big element.
     
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    A movie that is 1hr and 24 mins kinda reminds me of a Disney cartoon...lol.

    I guess my hopes were too high. I was thinking of something along the lines of 12 years a slave, etc.
     
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    I haven't seen it yet, but have heard similar critiques. The plot could be summed up in a Sunday cartoon strip.
     
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    We liked it, I give it a 6.5-7 out of 10....
     
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    I didn't hate the movie. It's just with all the damn hype about it, I was expecting something along the lines of Shawshank Redemption or Apollo 13. Not some overly crazy exagerated "how to survive in space" movie (note, I love exagerated action flics or sci-fi ones. I just found this was over the top!!).

    Yes, BG, a Sunday cartoon strip would fit nicely. lol... 3 scenes.
     
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    I'm looking forward to the Godzilla remake coming out in May. That's comic book movie making at its best.
     
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    Lots of good shows coming out in the next year. I was always hopefull for a Ghostbusters 3. BUt unfortunately I don't think it's happening.

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    I liked the plot of a character overcoming extreme obstacles. However, the effects were so stunning that they often overpowered the story.
     
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    Well, we watched it the other night, we're gona have to watch it again. An lot happened in such a short time, we have to see it again, than maybe I can make a comment.

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    Haven't seen Gravity yet but your assessment reminds me a lot of "Avatar". The special effects were very impressive but the story has been told like a hundred times already and was predictable from the beginning to the end. After all that hype about it as the "best film of the year" I was sorely disappointed.
     
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    I have not seen Avatar yet. LOL. A little late on that one...
     
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    'Dances with Wolves' in space. If you are going in expecting a popcorn movie you will be fine. Just don't think you will see something particularly memorable.
     
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    Grisu, We like Avatar much, not the message it carried, but great picture.

    Maybe you should see Gravity, try it on yourself.

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    Actually I liked Avatar a lot too. It was an incredibly innovative production and one of just a couple movies where the 3D really worked for me. Not in a sledgehammer fashion but in subtle ways that were delightful. Repeating the underlying message of Dancing With Wolves is not a bad thing IMO.
     
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    I haven't seen Gravity, but I really loved Castaway. The movie is supposed to feel somewhat endless because that's how life was on the island.
     
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    HA ha. Cast away was better than Gravity IMO.
    Gravity starts in space, crap hits the fan, try to save yourself. 1 hr 24 mins (and credits start rolling).

    We all know space is lonely and complicated but being deserted on an island is slightly more realistic in my view...

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    Just saw Lost at Sea with Robert Redford in the same plot but on the sea in a boat. No dialog except , crap and help for the whole movie.
     
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    While we're trashing recent films let me add: "Inside Lewelyn Davis" (this is the first Coen brothers film I didn't like) and "Dallas Buyers Club" (great performances by Matt and his co-star, interesting histories of the 1970s and 1980s buyers clubs which I didn't know anything about, but the film was just too predictable from the first 15 minutes forward. If you haven't seen "Nebraska" I would definitely recommend that one....... a very well-written and directed film and a great performance by Bruce Dern.

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    I guess I'm getting older. I've always thought of Cast Away as modern day. Just realized it's 14 years old. ;lol

    I still need to get around to seeing The Hangover. <>
     
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    12 years a slave: great movie.
     
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    It is not just the absolutely predictable story that bothered me with Avatar but also the one-dimensional characters:

    - Broken hero that finds new purpose in life through love. check.
    - Native that takes interest in hero and falls in love with him. check.
    - Jealous native boyfriend/supposed fiancee of love interest. check.
    - Malicious bad guy without any conscience who totally deserved to be killed. check.
    - Well-meaning mentor who gets used by bad side and, of course, dies. check.

    Don't get me wrong: It is an enjoyable popcorn movie. But favorite for best picture of the year? 9 Oscar nominations? The Matrix had more innovative plot ideas and was not even nominated for best picture (also rightfully so as much as I enjoyed watching it). 2009 was just not a good year for Hollywood-movies. The best ones where hidden in the foreign category IMHO (A Prophet, The White Ribbon; have yet to see "The secret in their eyes").

    The Sci-Fi that impressed me recently is the new Battlestar Galactica. For a long time, I did not care for a supposed cheap knock-off of a cheap 70ies TV-series but man was I wrong. When I finally saw the pilot a few months back I got really hooked. That is an interesting plot which keeps you guessing. The Sci-Fi is just a backdrop for many interesting existential questions. Another little surprise that I found recently was "Robot and Frank". For people who don't need action all the time.
     
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    Okay, movie buffs... what's a western I can show my 4-year old kid, without getting into trouble with the wife? She saw me showing him trailers of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly the other day, and I caught hell. He's running around the house yelling, I wanna see a Spaghetti Western, mom!

    Tried finding Hot Lead and Cold Feet on Netflix / Amazon Prime, but no joy. If I can't get away with showing him Eastwood, maybe Knotts would do. ;lol
     
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    There are a bunch of Spaghetti Western-comedies with Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer like this one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067355/?ref_=tt_rec_tt or this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070215/?ref_=tt_rec_tti
    I remember them as usually being pretty harmless, more in the line of 3 Stooges than a serious Western. I am not sure if I would show it to a 4-year old, though. Maybe better a cartoon for that age?


    Not a Spaghetti Western but similar is this great cartoon series for kids about a boy Sioux: http://www.ovguide.com/tv_season/yakari-season-1-84458
     
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