Probably meant heroine: a female hero. Heroin: opiate analgesic illegal drug.
Probably meant heroine: a female hero. Heroin: opiate analgesic illegal drug.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Marty and Doc must go to the future to prevent Marty's future son from ruining his life. In the future, Marty makes a few unwise decisions which have huge effects on their home-time.
Though this movie was most definitely not as good as the first one, it is still an excellent movie, same caliber as the first movie. I think that this one provides more thrills than the first one in terms of how minor changes completely change the future/past, its just overall more suspenseful. But in terms of the plot, i feel like it was weakened down. The future is a little too "cliche" for 1980's predictions of the future, not necessarily by the hover cars or hologram commercials, but more because of the whole "future punk" thing. Where all the cool kids are wearing jackets with metal on them, wacky hair, etc. Funny how this movie is supposed to take place merely 4 more years into the future, and it looks nothing like that lol. Overall great movie, if you liked the first you'll definitely like the second, especially since it revisits a lot of previous scenes. Its more of a fun movie this time around rather than a "good" movie experience that it was the first time.
part ii was not a great movie
it pales in comparison to the original, but you can spot a young Elijah Wood in the future arcade, also Flea is in it... and yea, I can't think of anything interesting to say about it
its an ok movie, its just that the first is a great movie
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
A young German boy moves to the countryside where his Nazi Officer father receives a new job. The German boy explores beyond the forest to find a concentration camp. With his little understanding of what is going on, he tries to befriend one of the child prisoners at the camp behind his parents' backs.
This was a pretty good movie based off of the book. I have a feeling the book is a better experience than the movie. Very interesting concept, seeing the holocaust through a child's eyes. Unfortunately the pace of the movie was very strange. It just felt like everything before the climax at the end WAS important, but it just felt that you could watch the last 10 minutes of the movie and you would get the entire effect of the movie. It seemed like the finale was a little too different from the rest of the movie. I did definitely enjoy it, i have not seen a good movie of this genre in quite some time. Unfortunately it just falls short of being memorable at all.
Altered States (1980)
Bushy Beards: Too many.
Some Harvard professors experiment with combining Mexican psychedelic mushrooms and isolation tanks to evoke ancient memories and arouse the buried subconscious. One of them undergoes a transformation into a complete braggart.
I did not enjoy this one. I learned from experience that people dislike your university science vocabulary applied to regular conversation. It comes off as condescending. The gifted characters here flaunt their educations nonstop, hurtling out medical terms and discussing their prestigious careers constantly. At one point, a man is hollering his long list of credentials in a passionate fit. The overacting, jargon flaunting showoffs become grating to the point where you are relieved at the sight of security guards.
Much of the movie is senselessness and hallucination montages provided by camera tricks, actual fireworks, and too many fog machines. Themes of religion are strongly established but then abandoned because they were only there to inject creepier images into the art show of tripping out. Too many theories are introduced with incessant techno babble, forging a double whammy for the audience trying to grasp which one is really occurring. It won't matter though, because love saves the day in the end, like in a Disney flick. I recommend skipping Altered States unless you are into transformation scenes, which I should admit are done well here.
The Prestige (2006)
How did this get on my sci fi list?: Oh well.
After a magic show goes tragically wrong, two talented stage magicians of the late 1800's split up and vie to outperform one another, steal secrets, and sabotage shows.
Though a bit too convoluted, The Prestige is definitely a great movie worth watching, even if you have just a passing interest in magic tricks. Themes include obsession with a trade, sacrifice, and revenge.
The Prestige was directed by Christopher Nolan, the director of Inception. Instead of having all deadbeats for characters, however, The Prestige cast is full of life and passion. I wish his movies had characters who speak clearly, though. I found it was not the British accents that made it hard to decipher, but everyone's muttering, mumbling and murmuring of too many vital lines, like with Inception. I recommend watching it on youtube where you can go back and catch everything that is said...and missed b/c the audience does not matter to Nolan.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Idea storm: 9.5/10
It's kind of a sci-fi mindfunk, but replace the n with something else. I am not sure what the plot is; just a mishmash of ideas tossed around by a handful of idiots in a spaceship.
While entertaining, this one is too all over the place and scatterbrained with loose ends.Maybe they tried to encapsulate too many of the books into one movie. The narrator is in high demand to tell us what is happening, since not even the bumbling characters know.SpoilerFor example, weren't the crew supposed to deliver the POV gun to someone, and what was the salt needed for?
Something just seems missing (besides a plot). I am not a cinema expert enough to put my finger on it, but the random cyclone of a story and annoying, lethargic characters make things worse. One guy tagging along is mildly retarded, obnoxious, and resembles the Nickleback singer. It does not help that he has two heads and is in charge of everything the audience sees.
Some of the ideas do not fly at all.I take it we are meant to pretend the galaxy is inhabited by clueless, indifferent races who do not mind being wiped out or dominated.SpoilerFor example, if dolphins are vastly intelligent and try desperately to communicate with man, why do they not arrange dead fish into letters or symbols at the bottom of their pools? If the president of the galaxy was elected by a known fluke mix up, why is there no resistance or uproar by any group in the entire galaxy? Why did the superior mouse race leave themselves open to being flattened by a bigger, dumber creature? The vital towel could have been a rope, sweater, T-shirt, or a thousand other things.
Problems aside, it is still worth watching for it's funner ideas in sci fi. Don't expect more than a sprawling choppy mess, though.
How 'Atlas Shrugged' Shocked Hollywood's Marketing Machine
8:03 AM 4/20/2011 by Paul Bond
Despite its "awful" marketing plan, as one distribution exec calls it, the movie earned a $5,640 per-theater average opening: "Things have turned for us," producer Harmon Kaslow tells THR.
The power of Ayn Rand devotees have impressed some Hollywood distribution executives, who took note of the hefty $5,640 per-theater average scored by Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 during its opening weekend.
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"Shocking," one executive said about the healthy business the low-budget film has been doing considering its "awful" marketing plan.
Awful or not, business has been brisk enough for producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro to expand from 299 theaters to 425 this weekend and to 1,000 by the end of the month, they told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
The two said they fielded 500 inquiries from theater bookers Monday but didn't have enough film prints to fill orders.
"Things have turned for us," Kaslow said. "When we started, exhibitors were not embracing the film like we thought they would. Now, we can pretty much go into as many theaters as we want. It's just a matter of logistics."
Kaslow has turned to Deluxe to crank out more prints because "initially we didn't order more than we needed, so we're behind the 8-ball."
Kaslow and Aglialoro stood by their marketing campaign, which relied heavily on using the Internet to drum up support among members of the Tea Party, Libertarians and other Rand enthusiasts.
It's a passionate bunch that didn't need much encouragement. On Monday, for example, a caller to Dennis Miller's radio show said he saw the film opening night and purchased another ticket on his way out of the theater that he didn't use, just to support the film.
"We didn't take the needle-in-the-haystack approach by running a bunch of TV ads looking for the needles who might want to see the film," Kaslow said. "We turned that model on its head. When the needles looked for us, we advertised to them. We were getting 9 million online impressions a day from people looking for Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged and [the book's popular line] 'Who Is John Galt?'"
Aglialoro, who co-wrote and financed the movie, said timing -- politically speaking -- also has worked to the film's advantage, so an expensive marketing campaign wasn't necessary.
"People are hungry for what these characters are saying," he said. "They're telling the government, 'Don't entitle me with your gifts and your involvement in my life, because there's a price I'll pay for that. Just leave me alone. Let me hang onto my life and pursue my passions and rational self-interest. That's what will benefit society.'"
Aglialoro said his "aspiration" is to make Parts 2 and 3, though he won't determine whether it makes economic sense for several weeks. He spent $10 million of his own money to make Part 1.
Merchandise, he said, is helping the cause. When Aglialoro obtained rights to the movie almost 19 years ago, he also got rights to sell such items as T-shirts, mugs, posters and even jewelry, though not dolls, video games and other "interesting exceptions."
On Tuesday, the Website atlasshruggedpart1.com was sold out of its most expensive item: a $159 bracelet made of "Rearden Metal," a replica of the one heroine Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) wears in the film.
"The merchandise has taken off like we couldn't believe," he said. "We're shipping to every continent."
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