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Old 05-26-13, 09:59 PM   #926
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F & F 6 and an F only because it jumped the shark so many times I felt like ordering sushi takeout.
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Star Trek Into Darkness 9/10 - Loved it. I really like what JJ Abrams has done with both his ST movies.
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Haha, complete coincidence. I came to this thread to express my disgust with George Lucas Jr's botching of Star Trek and taking it a giant leap backward from Gene Roddenberry's dream of humankind united in science, learning, and space exploration. Not just stating this for the sake of being contrary.



This latest Trek movie was about revenge killing, violence, slick weapons, destruction & death, "we're going to take-the-b@$t@rd-out!", and had very little redeeming value at all. (Well, except for seeing Chris Pine get savagely beaten again--he's been a natural at that since "Bottleshock.")


True story: Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura in The Original Series) was a an earnest, stage actress who had real talent, and she sick of being window dressing in a short skirt. She was going to quit the show, "however, a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., changed her mind. She has said that King personally encouraged her to stay on the show, telling her that he was a big fan of the series. He said she "could not give up" because she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country, as well as for other children who would see Blacks appearing as equals. It is also often reported that Dr. King added that "Once that door is opened by someone, no one else can close it again."

I don't mind Abrams botching Star Wars even further, but he needs to be pulled from Trek IMO. Trek is sacred and deserves better than this shoot-em-up BS.
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This latest Trek movie was about revenge killing, violence, slick weapons, destruction & death, "we're going to take-the-b@$t@rd-out!", and had very little redeeming value at all.

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I don't mind Abrams botching Star Wars even further, but he needs to be pulled from Trek IMO. Trek is sacred and deserves better than this shoot-em-up BS.
You watched the same movie I did, right?

The title itself, "Into Darkness", was not about Khan or the simple shoot-em-up stuff (which was done in the first Khan movie, anyway, under Roddenberry). It was about Kirk's descent "into darkness", turning violent when everyone around him was saying that it wasn't the right way to go. Spock, too, was affected, trying to beat the snot out of Khan when, unbeknownst to him, doing so would have cost Kirk his life.

Yeah, Kirk had second thoughts, resisting the orders to blow up Khan and take him alive, but he still blindly went forward with the mission, himself being motivated by revenge.

By the end, the whole immoral mess seemed to have been sorted out, and the Enterprise crew was taking off on a five-year exploratory mission (sound familiar?).

Star Trek ain't as shallow as you'd think, lens flares and all.
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I don't see how your "immoral mess" was remotely addressed at all.
And I wasn't only talking about Abrams' latest abortion, but also about his first one. Nothing but a bunch shoot-em-up silliness, destructive firepower, gorillas punching each other stupid, more stale revenge, and villains so cartoonishly sinister, they might as well have black top-hats and pencil-thin mustaches.



Either that, or wrestlemania villains.
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the mystique and cultish respect surrounding star trek means that most definitely
offense will be taken no matter how the new movies are made

the unbelieveable poor quality of the first movie
1979s terrible star trek the motion picture
if it hadnt been produced by roddenberry
would result in people being hung
if made today

the newest movies are good movies
but have very little of the themes that made the original series so memorable
which is i think why so many people are upset
but this is a different era of entertainment
and the original themes would not play well for a modern wider audience
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Old 06-12-13, 12:30 PM   #933
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but this is a different era of entertainment
and the original themes would not play well for a modern wider audience
Alas, perhaps also the reason our news media in this country caters to the LCD.
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Old 06-12-13, 12:39 PM   #934
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Alas, perhaps also the reason our news media in this country caters to the LCD.

formatted for liquid crystal displays?

you are fooling yourself if you think the media in any time or place
has ever acted under the assumption that the wider audience was wise and well informed
the vast majority of media is commercially driven
and it shows

fox (faux) news reports the way it does because they cater to the audience
that has to turn up their hearing aids to watch
the others also report what they think people want to hear
only a select few can intentionally antagonize the audience
therefore rush limbaugh is a genius
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Old 06-12-13, 01:14 PM   #935
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formatted for liquid crystal displays?

you are fooling yourself if you think the media in any time or place
has ever acted under the assumption that the wider audience was wise and well informed
the vast majority of media is commercially driven
and it shows

fox (faux) news reports the way it does because they cater to the audience
that has to turn up their hearing aids to watch
the others also report what they think people want to hear
only a select few can intentionally antagonize the audience
therefore rush limbaugh is a genius
Ever? Well, we all have our illusions. I like to think that every once in a while I see someone making an effort before they get tamped back into submission, or off the air.
They're usually dismissed offhand by the Faux-indoctrinated, but I like the BBC and Guardian. (Who broke the recent story about our NSA when no American channels were up to the task.)

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Old 06-12-13, 02:56 PM   #936
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Got reservations to see it again tonight at the Cinepolis again tonight, just in case BarracksSI is right.
Even George Lucas got a second chance, unfortunately. And then (tragically) a third one.



I'll be honest if it turns out BSI is on to something. But then again I'll also be honest if he's not too.
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Old 06-12-13, 03:42 PM   #937
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Cloud Atlas - 10/10

An amazing film, albeit difficult to follow at times.
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Watched it again. I'd forgotten about NewSpock's completely illogical stance at the beginning.
So he's going to die in the volcano, self-righteously whining about violating the Prime Directive by letting the albino cavemen in dayglo loincloths see the ship launch from under the sea....
Nevermind the fact that saving the albino-caveman-in-dayglo-loincloths from extinction in the first place is an even more blatant violation of The Prime Directive.


And it just went Godfather III from there. Hopefully Abrams gets too busy with Star Wars to screw up Trek any worse.
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Old 06-14-13, 12:01 PM   #939
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I had a couple of spare hours during the day yesterday, so I popped into the local cinema to kill some time. The best of the current offerings seemed to be The Internship, so that's what I chose.

I wasn't expecting much, but I have to say I was entertained. It's a predictable fish-out-of-water feel-good tale, with everyone learning from each other while the underdogs win the day over their adversaries.

However -

1) It was a pretty humorous take on an old story, and it made me laugh.
2) Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have chemistry and timing, and this kind of movie is in their wheelhouse.
3) BONUS - it was not a 2+ hour long CGI crapfest, or shot in 3D. That was refreshing.

So - even though predictable with no new ground broken, I give it a 8/10 just for the 3 reasons bulleted above.
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antonioni's l'avventura. from 1960 i think. a 9/9.5.
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I know I'm going to get some flak for this, but........ Man of Steel - 2/10

If only it were 30 minutes longer and had a bit more CGI and product placement.

Yet another overly-long, boring CGI crap-fest. I must be getting old...... it really astounds me what passes for great entertainment these days.
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Titanic - 8/10 - A cheesy, overdone, predictable and sappy mess of a movie.
And I love it.
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9.5/10

when the movie ended i was sad i head to leave the very real feeling world it had created for me
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Seven Psychopaths. Love it, love the dialog and interaction between characters.
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Monster's Ball 5/10. It received very good reviews but it was just one implausibly depressing scenario after another with some very good and also very wooden acting. Parental cruelty, racism, a graphic unexpected suicide, an electric chair execution, a bereaved woman's eviction onto the street, a hit and run death of a child and Billy Bob Thornton dumping his ailing father in a nursing home because he can't keep his old South racist yap shut. Clinical depression inducing.
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Dark Victory on DVD; a very good Betty Davis vehicle. Commentary on the DVD was interesting.
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This is the End. 8/10 thoroughly irreverent and funny as hell
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Man of Steel...Superman should always be an American: 5/10

Stark Trek...Khan must always be a MexiKhan: 6/10

Pacific Rim...Guillermo del Toro has created a roller coaster thrill ride out Godzilla meets The Transformers: 9/10
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