In your defense, I think the 2005 version is a lot more accessible to audiences than the 6 hour monster that is the '95 version is. For the sake of the story spreading to the masses, I'm glad they made a shorter version of Pride and Prejudice. Though, because I'm a super fan/purist over the book, I prefer the longer version (I'm dumb like that with Shakespeare adapted into movies too. They can't cut anything out. D: ). But both versions have their own charms, I think. Yet, like the_wolfs_howl, I sadly couldn't enjoy the newer version as much, even though I wanted to (because I was thinking too much on what great things they left out from the book instead of being able to enjoy the story. ;_; ), but I'm glad you and many others still enjoy it! : DAngelicTotoro wrote:...I'm just going to ignore that slight about one of my favorite movies ever. And move on. After all, it is a matter of personal taste and what really reached you. Everyone has their own opinion.
(I guess I'm in the minority that prefers the 2005 version to the 95' mini series. Don't care if the bbc one is more accurate, the movie brings me such joy and bliss, that I can watch it countless times. Oh wait, I've already done that too. :b)
GhostontheNet wrote:Tonight I watched Histoires Extraordinaires directed by Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini.
Where many Gothic horror films conceive of innocence haunted by a force of evil, these three short films inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories make the fascinating innovation of corrupt protagonists haunted by a sense of decency. Vadim tells of a countess who is sexually libertine but ruthless as she is drawn by love to her cousin, a man who opts for a quiet life of contemplation and communion with animals. Malle tells of a man who is a sadist, bully, and misogynist as he murders his virtuous doppelgänger only to find he has sealed his own doom. Fellini tells of media vampirism and an actor in a living death who finds no redemption either in spiritual themes of movies he plays in, or a femme fatale who claims to be the woman of his dreams and the key to his salvation.
bigsleepj wrote:Never heard of it, but it sounds interesting. I'm not a fan of these kind of films but this one arguably intrigued me (and the famous names attached helps!).
GhostontheNet wrote:It perplexes me that where the aliens at the end (or are they us?) have achieved singularity, the humans are content to maintain a bioconservative humanism toward their own bodies as a doctrine of racial supremacy.
bigsleepj wrote:As I understand it the aliens are computers from either a vastly different race that achieved life or it is the remnants of our own technology that moved beyond human data and now want to re-connect with its distant, ancient and equally alien creators.
GhostontheNet wrote:Last night I watched Chinatown directed by Roman Polanski.
I'm impressed, it's not often you see a detective story where the audience is fully inside the protagonist and knows everything they know, when they know it. This is of course a different pleasure from like, the Sherlock Holmes "Wow, I didn't see that one coming" where the audience is about as befuddled as old-school Watson, or dramatic irony where the audience is made privy to things the detective doesn't know. Like Polanski's other films of the 60's and 70's, the bad guys win and injustice triumphs in a terrible way. As an auteur's countertrend to Hollywood's preference for a happy ending, I think this reflects the way that Polanski lost most of his family to the Holocaust when he was just a boy.
the_wolfs_howl wrote:Underworld - A fun action flick with a gorgeous aesthetic. The costumes were awesome (and somewhat reminiscent of The Matrix ), and the set design was amazing. Anyway, it's a movie about the interminable war between vampires and werewolves, and thankfully the prosthetics and CG were pulled off wonderfully and believably for the most part. Overall, it was a fun movie, but a bit talk-y, if you know what I mean. There was much discussion of the long, sordid history of these two factions who've been fighting for hundreds of years. There were a couple of twists that surprised me, but I didn't really feel invested in any of the characters or care much which side won in the end. I doubt I'll watch it again, but I'm glad I saw it.
bigsleepj wrote:I watched A Monster in Paris. Its an animated French movie dubbed into English. It has a fairly predictable plot and the animation is not as good as most US production but the movie has a weird, likeable charm that I enjoyed. And a great song that gets stuck in your head.
GhostontheNet wrote:bigsleepj wrote:I watched A Monster in Paris. Its an animated French movie dubbed into English. It has a fairly predictable plot and the animation is not as good as most US production but the movie has a weird, likeable charm that I enjoyed. And a great song that gets stuck in your head.
While it doesn't yet have the global pop cultural influence and fanbase of American and Japanese animation, I notice French animation is getting really good. A lot of them do have this quaint charm and sneaky humor, like the way The Triplets of Belleville plays on the Jazzy bare-knuckled quality of pre-Code American animation.
the_wolfs_howl wrote:Warning to anyone who might be curious and doesn't know this already: There's some pretty blatantly implied demonic possession going on, and a scene with full-on female nudity (that can be skipped easily).
GhostontheNet wrote:I don't think The Shining's is a horror universe that needs demonic possession.
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