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Mania Review: Elysium (Article) - 8/10/2013 7:44:10 PM

@ Lazarus


LOL. Seriously, your argument is: "I'm not being preachy, you are... so let me be preachy, declare myself a self-made man, pound my chest, espouse my world-view as correct, and insult you."


Here's a hint: we'll STFU when you STFU. Fair enough?

Top 10 Wrongs of Roland Emmerich (Article) - 6/26/2013 10:29:56 PM

Roland Emmerich is one of those guys that likes to destroy things big time. He's like a more capable version of Michael Bay - his movies are about as brain-dead, but at least they're fun the first time through. ID4 remains a guilty pleasure for me, and while I didn't think Stargate worked all that well, I did enjoy the TV series it launched.

On a final note, it's amusing to see that there are still climate-change deniers out there that think it's all a big conspiracy to sell incandescent bulbs and tax-credits. The data's in, guys. You lost the argument.  

Continuum: A Stitch in Time Review (Article) - 1/17/2013 3:45:52 PM

Let me be blunt - while I have seen many bad pilot episodes to genre series before, this one took the cake and smashed it flat. This is inept storytelling. To list:

*  No information about the future world everyone comes from, so why should I care?

*  No information on the Liber8 Group, but they pulled a World Trade Center, so I guess they must be automatically bad, right?

* We're supposed to side with Kiera, the show is exceptionally heavy-handed about that. But why should I? Because she's good looking and has a bad actor for a son?

* Two sidekicks, a cop and a cyberware genius - both trust Kiera almost right off the bat. Are they really that stupid?

If this show is trying to be complex and mysterious, it misses the mark and goes way into vague, cliched, and malformed plotting territory. It's rare that I want a show to die screaming. Alas, it sounds like it'll be around for awhile.  

Summer of '82: The Thing (Article) - 6/25/2012 2:14:45 PM

Truly one of the best horror flicks. It's in my Top Ten.

A shame that the remake... oh, sorry, prequel... was such a mess of a rip-off.

The Thing Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 2/18/2012 1:23:41 PM

I finally got around to looking at this movie. I'm attempting to calm myself as I write this.

People like to argue semantics over this movie because, somehow, when someone says that this movie is essentially a remake, some silly person thinks they can score an point by bluntly claiming it's a prequel. But here's the thing about this movie - IT"S A FRICKEN' REMAKE! (and yes, a remake of John Carpenter's version, not the 1950s).

True, it does its job of connecting the plot dots by religiously showing us how certain scenes from John Carpenter's version fit in (oh, look, the Thing's icy bath tub - amazingly neat, considering the Thing just shattered its way out; oh, wow, that's how the alien ship got exposed to the sky - wait, why would the Thing climb out into a frozen wasteland when it crashed if the ship had power?).

Hmm... they apparently created plot holes when they did that, didn't they?

But otherwise it acts exactly like a remake. It rips off the look of the original's basecamp, not to mention ripping off SEVERAL scene from the original. Is it identical? Certainly not. But it would have been better if it had, because this movie comes off like a bad B-movie creation.

The acting manages to be pedestrian, the main characters are idiots too often, and the only real new addition to the Thing's mythology is a plot element that, while not a dumb revelation, is used in a particulary dumb fashion. The pacing is rushed, the CGI ruins the atmosphere, and the movie's direction is only a surprise to anyone who hasn't watched the original.This movie wasn't just bad - it made me angry. Here's a movie I have to commit selective amnesia on in order to not let it stain my good memories of the far-better original. 

Left Behind Series Rebooted (Article) - 11/7/2011 5:32:41 PM

@ keithdaniel

I would also add love, we all know that that is very real, yet love really can't be measured through science. Kara, have you really thought about that one? Maybe it's an attempt in vain to try to prove in the scientific existence of God...for perhaps He too cannot be measured through science!

Let's see...

You can't measure love. You also can't measure hate, anger, sadness, envy, apathy, etc. Oh, wait, you can measure them. It's called neurological activity.

Love is not necessarily a positive. People have done plenty of bad things out of love. Nor does "Love can't be measured, God can't be measured, therefore God is real" work as evidence. That's faulty logic. Not trying to sway you on anything, clearly that's not going to happen, but I don't want you thinking your argument works.

Mania Review: In Time (Article) - 10/29/2011 1:26:41 PM

Well, gee, Rob liked this movie. Maybe some commenters here will stop their over-generalizations about him, but I doubt it.

This movie does look intriguing, though I'll probably wait until the DVD comes out.

Mania Review: Puss in Boots (Article) - 10/29/2011 1:18:24 PM


You're right. We don't cater to these high-minded words around here. We's a simple folk with simple words, and we burn anyone who opens a dictionary or gets a college education.

And we don't care about reviews. I mean, yeah, we read them... and we take the time to comment on them... and insult the reviewer because he don't agree with us... but that don't mean we care...

(Forgive my sarcasm, but I'll say it over and over: if you don't care about reviews, you shouldn't be reading or watching them, much less commenting on them. Because that means you do care, and that you are a hypocrite. Argue against the review, that's just fine and dandy, but claiming you don't care about reviews on a review site immediately destroys your credibility.)

Mania Review: The Thing (Article) - 10/15/2011 3:25:45 PM

@ Wallyrus

Ok, let's go at this a bit:

- Any good story? No, I've read and watched many good stories where good characters are killed off for tragic reasons. A good HORROR story makes you root for the characters who get killed, flaws or not. Because that's what makes it scary. Because that's the definition of horror. Too many horror stories make their characters frequently unlikeable or just walking bags of blood and gore because it stops being about scarying the audience and more about giving the audience gruesome kills.

The Thing is not the protagonist just because its name is the title, just like Gremlins or The Blob or any number of horror movies that have the monster's name as the title. The Thing is not the focal character - it is the threat. We do not root for it, we do not want it to win, and we sympathize with the HUMAN characters.

- See, I don't agree with your hypothesis at all. There have been discussions about whether MacReady was really a Thing. The movie tries to make us question his humanity. There's also the possibility that the Things were so independent that they'd work against each other... which I never bought because it makes no sense in the context of the film. But here's the problem, one which you actually brought up. The famous Hot Needle scene. MacReady either has everyone else tied up or held at flamethrower point as blood is collected. MacReady has the entire camp incapacitated. Considering how amorphous the Thing is, how strong and fast it can react (remember the dog-assimilation scene?), MacReady could have killed or assimilated EVERYONE at that time. When they exposed one of the other men as a Thing, they all very nearly bought it right there. If MacReady was a Thing (at that point), he would have acted right then.

I can't think of a single good reason why he wouldn't. If the Thing's objective was to assimilate everyone and wait for rescue, MacReady went at it terribly. Hell, one or two well-placed sticks of dynamite would have solved his problems. But he didn't. So while you can argue that MacReady MIGHT be a Thing at the very end, after his short battle with the Blair-Thing, I see no evidence that he was one before that.

- Last Point: playing chess doesn't make you good at strategy... especially since MacReady killed the computer with a glass of alcohol. What that scene represents is that MacReady is willing to destroy his source of entertainment rather than let the computer beat him. In other words, he's willing to committ total destruction rather than let an opponent win. Foreshadowing much?

Mania Review: The Thing (Article) - 10/14/2011 4:59:58 PM

@ GothicStorm:

The point you're missing (or refusing to accept) is that this movie is basically a remake in everything that matters. The only thing that differs is that it tries to pull a chronological fast one by dealing with the Norweigians, but as several reviewers have said already, it might as well be a remake in terms of plot. For all my unhappiness with the Star Wars prequels, at least they didn't copy and paste the plot and setting from the first trilogy and call it something new.

@ Wallyrus:

To your points:

- No, the movie makes PERFECT sense if MacReady is still human. The point and power of the ending was in its ambiguous nature. Are they human? Is one of them a Thing? Are they BOTH Things? Arguments have been made for all conclusions.

- MacReady not looking well? You mean from the sleep deprivation, chronic stress, and paranoia he had to be feeling? That's not evidence. Also, "looking ill" is not a symptom of being a Thing. In fact, Things copy their victims' health conditions, so illness means nothing.

- Just because the movie is called The Thing doesn't mean it survives. That means nothing.



Date Joined: October 14, 2011