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Old 12-19-2008, 09:05 PM   #11
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Re: what movies do u guys like

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I HATE CGI and shaky-cam. The first is rarely needed (exception for stuff like LOTR), the second is lazy choreography IMHO.
I'm with you on the shaky cam; just frame the bloody shot, it's worked for ages. I really hated watching "Cloverfield."

On CGI though... gratuitous CGI is annoying, yeah. It is useful when well done, though, especially as it saves on cost. Also it gets used alot in subtle ways, like making the sky look gloomy on a day that's supposed to be stormy when nature hands the film crew a sunny day. It also makes stunt and SFX shots easier and cheaper, and paradoxically, if that's the word I want, elevates the real execution of those types of things to a whole new level, creating fantastic action films, such as Ong-Bok, Banlieue 13, and The Protector, where the excitement of the action comes in part from knowing there's no CGI, no wire work, and that those actors are really leaping from tall buildings.

How's that for a run-on sentence?

You should check out a show on Sci-Fi called "Sanctuary." It was originally done as a web series, but they're redoing it as a broadcast show for Sci-Fi Channel. Even if you're not into science fiction, it's interesting to watch an episode just to see how they work the CGI. With few exceptions, the only things that are real are props the actors physically come into contact with, like a chair, etc. Otherwise, it's all done against green screen.

What's interesting is that, in a shot which your mind knows doesn't exist as a set, such as their cavernous underground lair, you can tell it's an inserted background. But when they're in a commonplace setting, like a diner or the main character's study, or something, you can't tell. At least, I can't. I thought those sets were real until I saw a "making of" short film about the show. I think this is the future of film and television.

Of course, you have to have actors who can carry it off... I think alot of the problem with the three most recent Star Wars films (I mean, apart from the direction, and the storylines, and the characters, and the puerile fart jokes, and the...) was that not having the fantastic sets to work against made it tougher on the actors to really sell the scenes.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:16 AM   #12
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Re: what movies do u guys like

Memento, No Country for Old men, 3:10 to Yuma, Snatch, Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels, Departed, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Requeim for a dream, Blow, American History X, V for Vendetta, and of course comedies like anchorman, Blades of Glory, Superbad...

There are far too many movies to name. I like anything that evokes emotion, doesn't matter which ones.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:26 AM   #13
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Re: what movies do u guys like

many have already listed them, but most any Coen Brother's movie is pretty dang great.

Gladiator was a good flick

There will be blood

Hot Rod

The hunt for Red October

Blackhawk down

Anything by Tim Burton

Most Judd Aptow films

Kubrick (namely Dr. Strangelove)
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:56 AM   #14
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Re: what movies do u guys like

I'd second memento...wife left the room confused after 5 min as it doesn't go start - middle - end.....

Sin City

Kill Bill Vol 1

Pulp Fiction

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

The Shining


Nikita (original french version)

LA Confidential


Get Carter

The Big Lebowski

Any early woody allen (sleeper/bananas/take the money and run/love and death)........The list could go on and on and on.......
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:12 AM   #15
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Re: what movies do u guys like

Throw momma from the train
The Machinist
Get Crazy
Six-string Samurai
The Evil Dead Series
Donny Darko
In Bruges
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:14 AM   #16
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italian job

im all about movies with alot of killing, or comedies
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:55 PM   #17
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Re: what movies do YOu guys like

Happy Gilmore
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Exorcist
Rob Zombie's movie's
A Night at the Roxbury
Flirting With Forty
American Pie
American Beauty
American History X
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:53 PM   #18
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El Topo, with the confidence that probably only Barry Cooper is old enough to have seen it .
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:02 PM   #19
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Re: what movies do YOu guys like



A Beautiful Mind

What Dreams May Come

SAW 1 - 5

All HORROR movies
- Vampire movies are my favorite
- Aliens and Ghosts scare the heck out of me but I can't get enough
- Zombies just totally make me lose it. I spend most of the movie with my hands over my eyes saying "ewwww!"
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:09 PM   #20
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Re: what movies do YOu guys like

I like films and movies. In no particular order;

American History X
Last King of Scotland
Princess Bride
Rocky 1/2/3/6
Knocked Up
For a Few Dollars More
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