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Middle Earth spin-off movies

26 October 2014 - 07:24 PM

This dawned on me while watching the DoS EE earlier today.

 

Spin-offs of Tolkiens written works already exist when it comes to games, so why should there not be spin-off movies? Set in Tolkien's Middle Earth, but without being actually based on his books.

This is what Disney will be doing with Star Wars, Marvel is essentially doing this with it's movies, so why can't Warner Bros and New Line do this with their Middle Earth franchise?


Hello Kitty!

30 September 2014 - 03:59 PM

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She's a 4 year old grey/white European Shorthair. I picked her up from the animal shelter today.

The shelter named her Famke, which is a Dutch name meaning "little woman". I ight keep the name, havent decided yet.

 

But she's a beauty. Right now lying under the curtains, but been exploring a little bit.

 

 

i apologize for not holding the camera in the correct, horizontal position. I have no excuse.


 

What's the Gracepoint?

29 September 2014 - 10:25 PM

Earlier this year I watched the British ITV series Broadchurch, which deals with a murder in a small seaside town.
The show apparently did very well so a remake was made for the American market. This time set in the USA, with a different cast, apart from David Tennant who reprises his role. Albeit with a different character name and accent.
 
At first I actually didnt see the point. I mean despite the English setting and maybe some particularities regarding English law-enforcement there isnt anything about Broadchurch that would make the show unsuitable to watch as is.
Also, as the youtube clip shows, stylistically the two look almost identical. Even down to the wardrobe of the Olivia Colman/Anna Gunn character.
Both series actually share the same directors.
 

 
So i did kinda dismiss this show and didnt really plan on watching it.
 
But apparently they changed the ending, which kinda makes sense for a murder mystery show.
And that is actually quite interesting because I had some mixed feelings about the Broadchurch ending.
It works, and it packs a suitably emotional whallop. But I did have some issues with it.
 

Spoiler

 
Broadchurch, while being quite a good series, mainly because of the excellent cast and the decision to spend considerable time on the aftermath of the murder, not just the investigation, but the emotional side, didn't feel quite as good as I wanted it to be. There was quite a lot of hype surrounding it, and I just wanted it to be a bit better.
 
So maybe this remake makes sense after all. It's 10 episodes long instead of the 8 of Broadchurch. Anna Gunn does look like a very safe bet when it comes to doing a different version of the excellent Olivia Colman role. Nick Nolte will be in this, in the grumpy old man role played by David Bradley (Harry Potter's Filch), and David Tennant looks even more world-weary and tired in the American version (though when it comes to dour, nothing can beat a Scottish accent).
 
Remakes in general are frowned upon. Usually they are of established classics. But Broadchurch was never that IMO.
 
Maybe they can do just a little bit better this time.
 
 


Your favorite John Williams score!

19 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

Finally the final of all finals is upon us!

The winners of the decade polls going head to head in a ruthless struggle with only one winner!

 

What score will be awarded JWFAn's official most favorite John Williams score ever!

 

The suspense is killing me!


FILM: Under The Skin

16 September 2014 - 11:09 AM

Under The Skin

 

Enigmatic is probably the word best suiting much of this film, the other is alien.

 

This sci-fi films opens with shots clearly homemaking CE3k (the light), Blade Runner (the eye) and 2001: ASO (the first shot of the motorcyclist in high speed looks like Dave Bowman going on his transcendental voyage).

After that is really becomes it's own thing.

 

Toi describe it's plot is to basically describe what happens on the screen. There isnt a traditional plot. Scenes happen, often for a reason, but at no point is it clear what will happen next.

 

Scarlett Johansson literally stars in this movie. She once started in indie cinema to become a big movie star, but is able to toss all of that away and pretty much returns to where she started, though more bizarre.

She plays her character (nameless, like every character in the film) as a complete empty vessel. An alien of some sort seemingly programmed to lure Scottish men into her den, where they are processed in a large liquid substance and eventually removed from their skin. For reasons never quite made plain.

 

Johanssen's enigmatic smile and her voice are used by her character, but only when she is on her mission. For the rest her facial expressions are either completely blank, a subtle curious bemusement, discomfort and a bit later mild enjoyment and panic.

At first a effective predator she begins to falter in his task as she is overwhelmed by the sensory output she is receiving on this planet. Without even a hint of exposition the film is able to tell a lot about her character. Her home planet must be completely different. without the variety of colors, objects, and especially sounds. After a while it begins to overwhelm her and flees, for reasons probably not clear for herself either.

 

Jonanssen strips herself from any glamor she has as an actress,and become essentially someone acting out of an unknown impulse, going through the world with a very limited vocabulary, or frame of reference (the only engaging dialogue scenes she has are the pick-ups. In other scenes she is barely able to express anything, as if it wasnt part of her programming).

It's a brave performance, because it gives the viewer so little to latch on to.

 

Jonathan Glazer's direction purposely tries to avoid the viewer getting too close. It has a distinct 70's feel in how it was shot. Long, lingering shots from an extreme distance which would have made Kubrick proud are alternated with the convined conditions of the truck Johansson drives.

 

Music is used sparingly and very effectively. Lots of unearthly  atonal string stracting. an almost ritualistic theme with strings and a drum to signify the scenes where Johanssen lures men to their demise. (repeated in an almost ironic fashion later in the film)

 

This is a very puzzling film. If you think 2001: ASO was frustrating then stay away, because that film is a picture of clarity compared to this one.

 

Yes, it's very involving, for the right audience, the person who doesn't always need to be led by the director, writer or even the actor. I loved how the film was able to make things clear, or suggest things to me simply be showing whats going on, rather then telling me. And even though I'm sure my conclusions about it may be completely different to what might have been intended...but maybe thats the point.

 

Yes Johanssen has a few nude scenes here, particularly one where she examines herself in the mirror. It shows that she is indeed a gorgeous woman, yet there is something "normal" about here.

 

This is the sort of film many many will hate, because they think it's about nothing, and nothing happens.

That might actually be so. yet there is something irresistible about it.

 

Enigmatic