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10 Best Seasonal Halloween Flicks (Article) - 10/30/2013 6:09:00 PM

Sleepy Hollow was a TERRIBLE movie.  Maybe I'm a purist (having grown up in the Hudson Valley, quite near the actual Sleepy Hollow (and yes, it's a real place)) but the liberties Burton took with the source material didn't thrill me.  Also, the movie was unfocussed and didn't make a lot of sense.

You might try the Cowboy Beebop movie which featured a Halloween parade and lots of animated kung fu action.

Ford on Blade Runner 2 (Article) - 10/9/2013 6:27:05 AM

When Deckard and Rachel flew off into the sunset that was the perfect ending.  Not knowing what would happen to them was the best option.  Because, quite frankly, they didn't have much hope.  They were most likely to be hunted down by Blade Runners and go out in a hail of bullets like Bonnie and Clyde.

Somebody wrote a book as a sequel and, knowing that Blade Runner was one of my favorite films, my parents got it for me for Christmas.  It was awful.  It posited that Deckard had put Rachel in suspended animation due to she was about to die after 4 years and spent all his time staring at her through the little window in the suspended animation capsule.  Also, Priss was actually a human, not a replicant, so he was being hunted down as a murderer.  Just dreadful, depressing stuff and afterwards I wished I hadn't read it.

I fear that any new movie would be similar.  You can SAY that no badly done sequel can ruin the original and that's objectively true but if it changes your feelings about the original it can ruin it in a subjective manner.


10 Most Realistic Sci-Fi Movies (Article) - 10/8/2013 7:37:40 AM

What about Contagion.  In the event of a worldwide pandemic I think that's exactly what it would be like.

Abrams on Disney-ifying Star Wars (Article) - 10/7/2013 12:55:20 PM

There is no reason that new Star Wars films need to be gritty or ultra violent or show gore, cursing or nudity.  They should be clean enough for anybody to watch, even young kids.  That doesen't mean they have to be simplistic or silly. 

I was 11 years old during the summer of '77.  I saw Star Wars in the theater.  It was fantastic!  My younger brother and both my parents saw it with me and we all loved it. 

There seems to be such a disconnect now.  Any movie made for adults has to be full of violence, nudity, gore and bad language or is isn't "adult" enough to be taken seriously by an adult audience.  Any movie made for children has to be simplistic, silly and stupid, particurlarly if it is live action.   Only animated movies seem to be able to get away with being interesting to both adults and children.  This is sad.


TV Wasteland: This Is The End... (Article) - 10/1/2013 4:42:58 AM

What focus are the PTB shifting to?  Whatever it is, I don't like it much. 

I used to spend hours every day on this site, reading the articles and chatting with my Maniac buds.  Now, I check every day but there is seldon much that I want to read.  First most of the TV reviews went bye bye.  Now TV Wasteland which I always loved to read on Monday mornings.  All that's left is the Box Office report (in an abrieviated form and sometimes missing) and the movie reviews.  I want the Mania from 5 years ago back with all the fun articles and conversations.

Rob, tell the Powers That Be that they suck and their new direction is killing the site.

DVD Shopping Bag: Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (Article) - 9/25/2013 9:20:15 PM

Batman works in the JLA because he brings something to the table that the other heroes don't.  He may not fly or read minds or wield a power ring but he's smart and devious and he thinks outside the box in ways the other heroes can't.  In the comics Batman routinely saves more powerful heroes from supervillians and it's totally believable.

The strength of Iron Man as a hero is his armor.  He's a flying, bulletproof technoknight with astounding weaponry.  In his armor Tony Stark could take on a few dozen terrorists with automatic weapons in his sleep.

He's also formidable without his armor.  In the first film he used his intelligence to outwit the terrorists who kidnapped him and create the technology which first saved his life and then allowed him to become a hero.

But that's not the kind of formidable which works against fanatics with guns.  If they were going to strip Stark of his armor (a good move in my opinion.  Stark is more fun to watch than Iron Man.) they needed to come up with a threat which Stark could realistically defeat.  They needed a threat he could counter with his intelligence and creativity.  Not one which needed to be solved by force.  Sending him into the lion's den alone against overwhelming odds didn't make him look heroic.  It made him look dumb.  And that he could defeat that situation by himself with jurryrigged weaponry made the situation look unbelievable.

And several dozen remote controlled suits of flying, fighting armor was overwhelming and silly.  It was a great film until Stark got to Florida.  Stark alone, with his armor malfunctioning, hiding out in that kid's house and dodging the agents looking for him was exciting and believable.  Stark was using his intelligence and creativity to defeat a foe in a realistically logical way.  Then the movie jumped the shark and shattered my suspension of disbelief.  After that it was just meaningless special effects sequences.

DVD Shopping Bag: Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (Article) - 9/24/2013 4:43:03 PM

I had a different problem with this film.  Tony Stark has been many things in these movies but never before was he a fool.

Stark knows Hawkeye, Black Widdow, Captain America and Nick Fury.  One phone call to any of them and he could have had a ton of federal agents and Super Heroes to help him storm the hedquarters of a heavily armed terrorist group.  Instead, for reasons I didn't really understand (nobody can be THAT insecure) he decided to do it by himself using a few "weapons" he cobbled together from stuff he bought at Home Depot.

I realize that this was an Iron Man film, not an Avengers film.  Captain America and the others weren't going to appear.  It was just really bad writing to put Tony Stark into a situation where the only logical move was to call in backup which was readily available and not let him do that. It makes him look like an idiot.  Put Stark into a situation where he could be heroic where backup wouldn't be any help.  THAT would be a good film.


Mania Box Office Report: Prisoners Take Weekend (Article) - 9/24/2013 5:37:27 AM

Saw The Family on Saturday.  It's being advertized as a funny comedy but it really isn't.  It's about a family of people who are willing to hurt others at the drop of a hat and seem to have no conciences at all.  What they do and what happens because they are there bring destruction on all the people around them.  It's an interesting film.

Under the Dome: Curtains Review (Article) - 9/22/2013 5:47:08 AM

You know, during the episode I got this idea.  I thought that the streaking pink stars were what you would see if the dome were flying through space, like the streaking stars on the screen of the Enterprise.  I thought the dome was black to protect the townsfolk from radiation and the earthquake they felt was the town shooting off into outer space.  I thought the dome would clear and everybody would see that their town had become a space ship just as they were about to execute Barbie and they would decide he was too valuable a person to waste.

Imagine my disappointment when our last shot was the dome from the outside, still firmly placed on Earth.

Shooting the dome off into space would be a bold departure from the book and since the ending of the book was really dumb, that would be a good thing.

10 Best Live-Action Shows Based on Comic Books (Article) - 9/20/2013 4:34:12 PM

I didn't like The Hulk either.  I thought it was to formulaic, Banner hits town and makes some friends.  Someone threatens his new friends and he Hulks out.  Someone threatens him and his friends again and he Hulks out again and solves the issue with violence.  Then he leaves town, just ahead of his persuers.  Kind of dull.


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