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« Reply #3660 on: April 19, 2014, 01:43:45 PM »

I still need to see that movie.  I thought the book was pretty enjoyable.
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« Reply #3661 on: April 20, 2014, 06:28:53 AM »

From what I understand, a lot of those old tales were never children's stories at all, back in their origins.  They were just general folklore.  Somehow those "fairy tales" got watered down into becoming children's stories over time.  Examples in this tangent include The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White.

  
Might apply to some of them, but not the Little Mermaid as the last page of the original manuscript as modified by the author is basically emotionally blackmailing children (the Little Mermaid can go to heaven sooner if you are good little boys and girls).

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« Reply #3662 on: April 23, 2014, 11:31:28 AM »

I saw Amazing Spider-Man 2 tonight. I won't post spoilers.

It felt.......disjointed. That's the best word I can think of.

There is far too much focus on the love plot between Peter and Gwen. It felt like a soap opera.

The villains felt really rushed, particularly Electro. Overall, it was disappointing - which sucks because Spider-Man is my favourite comic character.

Go see Captain America 2 instead, it's a much better movie.
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« Reply #3663 on: April 23, 2014, 02:31:57 PM »

I saw Amazing Spider-Man 2 tonight. I won't post spoilers.

It felt.......disjointed. That's the best word I can think of.

There is far too much focus on the love plot between Peter and Gwen. It felt like a soap opera.

The villains felt really rushed, particularly Electro. Overall, it was disappointing - which sucks because Spider-Man is my favourite comic character.

Go see Captain America 2 instead, it's a much better movie.

Welp. That's what they get for dumping half a dozen villains into a single movie. The law of comic book villainy conservation strikes again.
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« Reply #3664 on: April 23, 2014, 11:06:09 PM »

From what I understand, a lot of those old tales were never children's stories at all, back in their origins.  They were just general folklore.  Somehow those "fairy tales" got watered down into becoming children's stories over time.  Examples in this tangent include The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White.

Anyway, my drummer encouraged us (in the band) to actually watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  I thought "there is no way in hell I'll watch this flick.  It looks and sounds so f'n stupid!"  But knowing that my drummer would probably pester me till I saw it (he himself had the same "man this is gonna be stupid" kneejerk), I watched it.  It was actually an enjoyable flick.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either and just went along for the ride.  The premise is hokey, but the film heartily commits to it.  The action scenes are good and the history parts of this "alternative history" were mostly in-tact (though some liberties were obviously taken.)  The part I remember most was how the slavery advocates did not want Lincoln to free the slaves, because
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the slavers were vampires and were keeping slaves as food so that they could feed secretly and the community wouldn't know they're vampires.  So if the slaves were free, then the vampires would not be kept in check.
 Which got me to thinking about stuff like the Donner Party and the darker aspects of American history that we're NOT taught.  

My wife and I tried to watch that movie. I figured it might be schlocky fun. Too bad the story was awful, and the movie just ended up boring and no fun at all. I remember feeling like there was no good explanation for anything that was happening. I didn't even bother to write a review, and I rarely do that.

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« Reply #3665 on: April 24, 2014, 03:40:43 AM »

Welp. That's what they get for dumping half a dozen villains into a single movie. The law of comic book villainy conservation strikes again.

I wouldn't even say the villains are the main part of the problem. I don't actually think the villains are in it *enough* compared to the drama stuff between Gwen and Peter.
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« Reply #3666 on: April 24, 2014, 07:51:46 AM »

I saw Amazing Spider-Man 2 tonight. I won't post spoilers.

It felt.......disjointed. That's the best word I can think of.

There is far too much focus on the love plot between Peter and Gwen. It felt like a soap opera.

The villains felt really rushed, particularly Electro. Overall, it was disappointing - which sucks because Spider-Man is my favourite comic character.

Go see Captain America 2 instead, it's a much better movie.
Review I've seen of it liked it. I have a distinct feeling that this movie is going to be very divisive. Oh well I'm still going to see it as I loved the first one (in large part because of the Gwen/Peter dynamic).
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« Reply #3667 on: April 24, 2014, 08:49:05 AM »

The one positive thing I will say about it is that they actually did nail Spider-Man.

He's much more tonally similar to what is portrayed in the comics as a wise-cracking smart-ass, and this was one thing that McGuire really liked.

Garfield is *way* more energetic as Spider-Man than Tobey was.
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« Reply #3668 on: April 24, 2014, 12:13:54 PM »

The one positive thing I will say about it is that they actually did nail Spider-Man.

He's much more tonally similar to what is portrayed in the comics as a wise-cracking smart-ass, and this was one thing that McGuire really liked.

Garfield is *way* more energetic as Spider-Man than Tobey was.

That continues to be a relief. Seriously Toby did Parker alright but he was a terrible Spider-Man (I seriously couldn't see an Aughts Spiderman 4 have a scene where Spiderman's running around in an ill-fitting borrowed Fantastic Four outfit with a paper bag with a single peephole over his head).


Anyways, I finally got around to watching Frozen and The Winter Soldier last 420. I kinda ruined the ending to Frozen for myself due to being dumb enough to start following a second FFXIII-1 LP. And enough has been already said here about the The Winter Soldier that I have nothing to add.
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« Reply #3669 on: April 24, 2014, 12:35:18 PM »

I must be in the minority because I much preferred Toby Maguire to Garfield. Amazing Spider-man was dejavu all over again for that series. Nothing really new. It was ok, but rather generic in my opinion. Number 2 looks like Spider-man 3, which is NOT good. I have a hard time getting excited about the series at this point. Pretty sad considering the first two Maguire movies were some of the best superhero films of their time.
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