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Tron's World | Tom's Hardware UK and Ireland
Topic: Movies 12:41 pm EST, Mar 17, 2006

"It was like we put LSD in the punch at the school prom and it was just way more than they can handle."

"But people do not want to get their minds blown by Walt Disney Studios, they want to be reassured by them. Young people who were 10 and 12 weren't aware of the politics so they went to the movie and just dug it. But people who were 35 and had two kids - they bought their tickets, sat down, and it just ricocheted off the back of their heads and they couldn't handle it at all."

So Tron didn't make much money in the box office, but its clearly an important film that a lot people know about. I wonder how much it made from secondary releases.

Tron's World | Tom's Hardware UK and Ireland

This Movie Will Kick Your Ass, By Kurt Loder
Topic: Movies 10:02 pm EST, Feb 20, 2006

It's a fascinating picture, dark and exciting, and it will almost certainly be an enormous hit.

This Movie Will Kick Your Ass, By Kurt Loder

Pattern Recognition (2006)
Topic: Movies 10:07 am EST, Dec  8, 2005

Status: Announced

Note: Since this project is categorized as being in production, the data is subject to change; some data could be removed completely.


Pattern Recognition (2006)

His 'Secret' Movie Trailer Is No Secret Anymore - New York Times
Topic: Movies 2:16 pm EDT, Oct  4, 2005

The challenge? Take any movie and cut a new trailer for it — but in an entirely different genre. Only the sound and dialogue could be modified, not the visuals, he said.

Mr. Ryang chose “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. In his hands, it became a saccharine comedy — about a writer struggling to find his muse and a boy lonely for a father. Gilding the lily, he even set it against “Solsbury Hill,” the way-too-overused Peter Gabriel song heard in comedies billed as life-changing experiences, like last year’s “In Good Company.”

His 'Secret' Movie Trailer Is No Secret Anymore - New York Times

Star Wars: Databank | Chewbacca
Topic: Movies 11:28 am EDT, May 31, 2005

] For their brutish strength and technological savvy,
] Wookiees were enslaved by the Empire for use as labor.
] For a time, Chewbacca was a slave, toiling away for the
] betterment of the Empire until an impudent Imperial cadet
] named Han Solo freed him.
] Drummed out of the military, Solo had few options but to
] return to the fringe lifestyle he knew so well. Chewbacca
] swore loyalty to Han, and became his partner in crime.
] The two of them became a well-known smuggling duo.

I was wondering how Chewie went from being a leader of the Wookies to running drugs for Jabba the Hut. Someone sent me the answer...

Star Wars: Databank | Chewbacca

Star Wars: Episode III | Episode III Easter Egg Hunt
Topic: Movies 9:42 am EDT, May 29, 2005

] Its tiny, but visible enough to send a warm fuzzy through
] the hearts of original trilogy fans. In the establishing
] shot of the expansive Senate docking bays, there's a tiny
] Millennium Falcon easing into frame.

Star Wars: Episode III | Episode III Easter Egg Hunt

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Topic: Movies 10:07 am EST, Feb 21, 2005

] ttoned up Harold and laidback Kumar are stoners who want
] to get food at a White Castle Burgers joint, which
] becomes a perilous journey full of strange obstacles.

This movie was mentioned in the previous story about MPAA ratings. I saw it recently. I had ignored it when it came out because it seemed like a big advertizement. Its definately a college oriented stoner movie, so if you don't like that sort of thing you should avoid it, but I enjoyed it much more then I expected I would.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) - Don't give me an 'R'
Topic: Movies 9:48 am EST, Feb 21, 2005

] Despite moral watchdogs lamenting Hollywood's vile
] tendencies, the studios have actually been cleaning up
] their act. R-rated films, once the studios' mainstay, are
] on the decline, both in numbers and in lure. In the last
] five years, R-rated pics have dwindled from 212 in 1999
] to just 147 last year.

It will be 80 years before this pendellum swings back. - Don't give me an 'R'

How Dirty Harry Turned Commie
Topic: Movies 4:40 pm EST, Feb 12, 2005

] I never thought about the political side of this when
] making the film," Mr. Eastwood says. He is both bemused
] and concerned that a movie with no political agenda
] should be construed by some as a polemic and arouse such
] partisan rage. "Maybe I'm getting to the age when I'm
] starting to be senile or nostalgic or both, but people
] are so angry now," he adds. "You used to be able to
] disagree with people and still be friends. Now you hear
] these talk shows, and everyone who believes differently
] from you is a moron and an idiot - both on the right and
] the left."

How Dirty Harry Turned Commie

A standout Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Silver Chips Online
Topic: Movies 1:41 am EDT, Sep 21, 2004

] In its strong application of existentialist philosophy and
] undeniably astounding animation, Innocence is a film that
] both challenges the mind and perception of what is and
] what is to be.

I saw GITS2 this evening.

Most of the critics don't understand either the philosophy or the computer terminology, and so they hate it. Furthermore, they have no real understanding of what the influences are for this film. GITS1 influenced the Matrix, not the other way around. This movie has nothing to do with "AI" or "A Waking Life" and everything to do with Bladerunner and Neuromancer. And its Hong Kong, not New York, damnit! This critic wasn't so confused. (And, ironically, this critic wasn't some professional, but a writer at a high school newspaper run by a rather amazing public school in Maryland! I want my kids to go there!)

This movie is absolutely stunning visually. SEE IT IN THE THEATER. Its one of the most amazing sites you'll see in a theater ever.

But be forewarned that it is a challenging film. Its in Japanese. You are reading subtitles, while you are trying to piece together a very deep idea about the nature of existence, while you are trying to parse a custom set of computer jargon that is both technically accurate and which requires an understanding of the technology to truly grok, while you are trying to follow a plot in which the lines between reality and the virtual are hopelessly blurred, while you are gawking at the most amazing animation you've ever seen.

I found it heavy, so I'm not surprised that less geeky critics are throwing up their hands and saying "lets go shopping."

The critical comment I'll make about it is embodied in the opening theme song. The song is almost exactly like the original, only a little different. Improved maybe. Thats what I felt about the film. Its an evolutionary change from the first film. Similar structure. Similar themes. I guess at times it felt like it wasn't an entirely new experience. But, its an experience that I enjoy, although frankly I'll enjoy it much more when I can hear it in my native tongue.

A standout Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Silver Chips Online

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