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skeletonbow: In the last few years I've seen multiple people refer to Big Trouble in Little China over time and I did not recall having ever seen that one, so I decided it was time to give it a watch. I'm not sure how I would have felt about it had I watched it when it first came out so long ago, but watching it for the first time in 2016 even trying to put my mind into 80s context I found it to just not be a very good movie. I felt the story was drab, the special effects were laughable, the acting was terrible being a combination of over-acting and under-acting, and the dialogue was non-memorable. I didn't hate the movie, but found it to be "meh". I'm led to hypothesize that this movie may have been the inspiration behind Raiden in the Mortal Kombat series of video games.
That's pretty much opinion too. I love John Carpenter's movies, and I've seen most of them for the first time relatively recently, they all still hold up as superb movies (except for the much newer and pretty terrible Ghosts of Mars). He used to be a phenomenal director, but this one just doesn't work for me. I know it's supposed to be a spoof, but it's not really funny to me. It's an action comedy that isn't very good at neither action nor comedy.
Post edited October 19, 2016 by Breja
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Breja: That's pretty much opinion too. I love John Carpenter's movies, and I've seen most of them for the first time relatively recently, they all still hold up as superb movies (except for the much newer and pretty terrible Ghosts of Mars). He used to be a phenomenal director, but this one just doesn't work for me. I know it's supposed to be a spoof, but it's not really funny to me. It's an action comedy that isn't very good at neither action nor comedy.
Yup, that's a really good way of putting it. One of my personal favourites from back then was Escape From New York. The sequel Escape From L.A. not so much, but the first film was a classic. That's actually one that I'd like to see them do a modern remake of nowadays, and even produce an FPS video game for as well.
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skeletonbow: One of my personal favourites from back then was Escape From New York. The sequel Escape From L.A. not so much, but the first film was a classic. That's actually one that I'd like to see them do a modern remake of nowadays, and even produce an FPS video game for as well.
Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?

Another movie I'd love to see "game-ified" is District 9.
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DaCostaBR: I've just watched Westworld. It has an interesting premise, but it's just not a very good movie.

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Add to that a couple of plot holes or things left unexplained, never bothering to really explore the morality of it all, and a very obnoxious soundtrack, I would consider it quite forgettable and mediocre. I do not recommend it.

It is indeed an interesting premise though, this is the exact type of movie that deserves a remake. I'll watch the first episodes of the TV show now, and I'm curious to see if they do something more interesting with it.
I remembered watching that movie when I was a kid and was enjoying it but got called by my parents to come to the dinner table, then yelled at and had to leave the movie and miss the ending. I was pretty ticked off about that, and never got a chance to see it after that nor knew what the movie was called. From time to time over the years I remembered little fragments of the movie from time to time and wondered about it, figuring some day I would dig it up and get to watch the whole thing again.

About a year ago I was having a discussion about movies with a friend and somehow the image of the bald cowboy robot figure came to my mind again. Somehow my mind sparked "Yul Brynner" and I hunted him down on IMDB and lo and behold I found the movie finally! Then discovered it had a sequel as well (Futureworld), so I ended up watching both movies the next day and finally being able to get closure on a chapter of my childhood. :)

The movies were both somewhat B movie quality overall and are laughable by today's standards, but there was just something really eerily creepy about the bald cowboy robot played by Brynner that I had to see. The second film was poorer in quality and seemed like it was just milking the cow so to speak.

I heard they were recreating it as a TV series also and look forward to checking that out. I didn't realize that it was out there already though, and I actually figured it would get shitcanned before it came out because 90% of the movie/TV show remakes I hear about seen to never get anywhere other than talk/rumour. Look at the Logan's Run remake for example, where is that to be found other than an abandoned IMDB entry and radio silence... :)

Thanks for mentioning the Westworld series though, I'll have to check it out now. I hope that it turns out to be better than the mini-series remake of the British cult classic series The Prisoner though.
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Wishbone: Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?
I suppose he could pull it off well enough. Vin Diesel would fit the role more closely though I believe as his role as Riddick is similar in nature to a degree. I think Jason Statham would be another great pick as well. Actually, I think I'd prefer Statham.

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Wishbone: Another movie I'd love to see "game-ified" is District 9.
Absolutely, that would be pretty wicked.

On an unrelated note, after playing GUN a week ago for a while I had a mental revelation a few days later - how friggen awesome would it be to have either an FPS or a TPP western shooter game where you play Clint Eastwood in the Man With No Name series of old spaghetti westerns! When I thought of it I foamed at the mouth at how cool it would be to have a modern shooter like that based on those ancient movies. Not sure if they'd be market-viable nowadays as westerns probably aren't too popular, and as loved as Eastwood is he's an old classic now and not in his prime anymore so such a game might not appear to a lot of the younger audience.

Still, I for one would flip out if some company decided to try to bring an FPS/TPP game or game series based on The Man With No Name series of movies (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More), or even a game or game series based on Dirty Harry. I'd totally shit bricks. "Do ya feel lucky punk? Well? Do ya?" How cool would that be?! :)
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Wishbone: Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?
I think Hemsworth seems like too much of a nice guy. I can see him as the new Flash Gordon, but not Snake.

I'd say Hugh Jackman would be pretty good. Or Carl Urban.
Post edited October 19, 2016 by Breja
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Wishbone: Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?
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skeletonbow: I suppose he could pull it off well enough. Vin Diesel would fit the role more closely though I believe as his role as Riddick is similar in nature to a degree. I think Jason Statham would be another great pick as well. Actually, I think I'd prefer Statham.
Hmm, I'm with you on Vin Diesel actually, provided he did it with the hair and the beard. A bald, clean-shaven Snake might work, but not with him I think. It'd be too close to all his other usual characters.

Jason Statham... No. That is entirely too close to his other character(s). It would be another case of "Jason Statham is... Jason Statham!"

Norman Reedus might make a good Snake, now that I think of it.

But oh, the ultimate Snake... Well, if it weren't for the fact that he is way too old for the part by now, Ron Perlman would have absolutely rocked that character.
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Wishbone: Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?
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Breja: I think Hemsworth seems like too much of a nice guy. I can see him as the new Flash Gordon, but not Snake.
Well, that's more or less the whole point of "acting", to pretend to be a certain character, no matter how far removed from your own they may be.

I do like to see actors portray characters that are very different to their "usual" ones. I find it often makes the part more effective. For instance, I think One Hour Photo would have been much less chilling with a standard "bad guy actor" in the role of Seymour Parrish. The fact that the part was so far from what people usually expected from Robin Williams gave the role a lot more impact, I think.
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Breja: I'd say Hugh Jackman would be pretty good. Or Carl Urban.
Both good suggestions. Although it's Karl, with a K.
Post edited October 19, 2016 by Wishbone
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hurvl: Just wanted to point that it's based on the Swedish show Real Humans, [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humans_(TV_series)]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humans_(TV_series)[/url] which I watched two seasons of on Swedish television a few years ago. Quite uncommon in many ways, even comparing it to other things I've seen. Almost all Swedish tv series are not worth watching, but this one got me hooked.

Also, according to the same wikipedia page "the second eight-episode series is scheduled to premiere in the UK on 30 October 2016", but I don't trust wikipedia to always have updated or even correct-at-the-time info.
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sanscript: Hehe, It's the reversed sentiment I have; can't stand anything that is created here, but I think Swedish television is great in comparison. Well, some movies and crime-series, that is. Maybe it's because we all grew up with "only" swedish tv (tv3, tv4, etc), long before we had our own quality tv streams :-D

We'll just have to see what happens with "humans". I think I tried to get a hold of the original just to see how it was, with no luck...
Heh, I don't know much about Norwegian TV, but I like Skavlan. I haven't found Real Humans on svtplay.se or oppetarkiv.se, but there are lots of other shows there, although those pages might not be viewable outside of Sweden.
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Breja: I think Hemsworth seems like too much of a nice guy. I can see him as the new Flash Gordon, but not Snake.

I'd say Hugh Jackman would be pretty good. Or Carl Urban.
I actually thought of Urban also and meant to throw his name into the hat as well hehehe. Jackman would be great too.

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Wishbone: Hmm, I'm with you on Vin Diesel actually, provided he did it with the hair and the beard. A bald, clean-shaven Snake might work, but not with him I think. It'd be too close to all his other usual characters.
Yeah, the bald thing could work but you're probably right. I don't think I've ever seen Diesel in a movie with hair of any kind ever though. It might even be weird to see him like that. :)

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Wishbone: Jason Statham... No. That is entirely too close to his other character(s). It would be another case of "Jason Statham is... Jason Statham!"
I'm ok with that! :oP
Post edited October 19, 2016 by skeletonbow
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Wishbone: Well, that's more or less the whole point of "acting", to pretend to be a certain character, no matter how far removed from your own they may be.

I do like to see actors portray characters that are very different to their "usual" ones. I find it often makes the part more effective. For instance, I think One Hour Photo would have been much less chilling with a standard "bad guy actor" in the role of Seymour Parrish. The fact that the part was so far from what people usually expected from Robin Williams gave the role a lot more impact, I think.
That's true, I just don't think Hemsworth has all that much range as an actor (though I like him just fine). Maybe he would prove we wrong. Then again, some actors, even good ones, just don't fit certain roles. I think Stallone, for example, is a very, very good actor, very underappreciated by many people, but still, there is no way I can imagine him playing a Starfleet captain on Star Trek, or one of the Knights of the Round Table, while I've already seen Hemsworth play the former just fine, and could easily imagine him play the latter, but I don't think I'd ever buy him as Rambo.
Post edited October 19, 2016 by Breja
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ipickert55: I just watched Mad Max Fury Road, what a movie. I haven't had a movie completely enthrall me like that in a long time.
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Telika: The black and white version is out soon, and looks gorgeous.
I don't know if I'd prefer that, the vibrant colors are awesome in that movie.
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Telika: The black and white version is out soon, and looks gorgeous.
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ipickert55: I don't know if I'd prefer that, the vibrant colors are awesome in that movie.
I probably wouldn't manage to prefer one (i don't manage to, in photography), but I don't even intend to try. I look forward to re-watch it in black&white, without hierarchizing the versions.

Now, seeing it in black and white and 3D would be interesting too...
* Nosferatu * by Werner Herzog (1979)

Very interesting remake as the original movie (1922) was from the silent era thus from a technical point of view everything had to be "redone". But Herzog stays very close to the original material by recreating some famous frames while keeping the movie rooted in his usual "dreamy" directorial style. I was a bit surprised that the movie was shot in a Dutch city but it's interesting as it gives a more familiar and closer feeling to the movie when you're accustomed to those kind of surroundings in real life. As usual, Klaus Kinski's acting is top-notch as he takes the model of Max Schreck and add some subtleties in his "restrained" moves and delivers a very specific way of talking. The only default is that the story is too short and more scenes between Adjani and Kinski would have been welcomed as they made a good pair. Overall, I'm impressed as I thought it would be a "minor" Herzog's film but it's a very good balance between his usual style and a more commercial subject.

Bonus: the insanely good soundtrack by Popol Vuh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N5-Dq9NS2w
Son of Batman. This was...oh man this was not good...

Not the worst film I've ever seen, not the worst Batman media I've ever seen...but it was just not good. Nightwing, Alfred and Croc contribute the only highlights in this film, and their scenes make up maybe ten minutes out of the hour-ish total runtime. I mean, I didn't exactly go in with high expectations, because I don't really care for anything to do with Ra's al Ghul and co, but the film still managed to leave me unimpressed.

I do not recommend this film. Luckily it was part of a bundle (came with Batman: Under the Red Hood) but I kinda wish I hadn't watched the entire thing, I'd like that hour back haha.
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catpower1980: * Nosferatu * by Werner Herzog (1979)

Very interesting remake as the original movie (1922) was from the silent era thus from a technical point of view everything had to be "redone". But Herzog stays very close to the original material by recreating some famous frames while keeping the movie rooted in his usual "dreamy" directorial style. I was a bit surprised that the movie was shot in a Dutch city but it's interesting as it gives a more familiar and closer feeling to the movie when you're accustomed to those kind of surroundings in real life. As usual, Klaus Kinski's acting is top-notch as he takes the model of Max Schreck and add some subtleties in his "restrained" moves and delivers a very specific way of talking. The only default is that the story is too short and more scenes between Adjani and Kinski would have been welcomed as they made a good pair. Overall, I'm impressed as I thought it would be a "minor" Herzog's film but it's a very good balance between his usual style and a more commercial subject.

Bonus: the insanely good soundtrack by Popol Vuh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N5-Dq9NS2w
I've been meaning to watch both Nosferatus, I'll increase their priority on my watch list. Also, yes that soundtrack is phenomenal.