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Weekly Box Office & Film Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jvcarroll, May 20, 2012.

  1. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    They play the Maggie short in 2D. :cool:
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's a load off my mind (as long as they have it at the theater I'm going to). That's the MAIN reason I wanted to go, being a Simpsons fan since the Tracy Ullman show.
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  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Just came from it yesterday, and I have to admit, it was pretty good for a franchise Fox and Blue Sky are ramming down everyone's throats. I'm not one to say they get better with each sequel, but their storytelling does. Every segment had a clear, concise narrative, it didn't feel like they had a grand story arc that got abandoned because they didn't have the time to let it flourish, like the last one. Still don't even know why they went to all that length to have that thing about Diego having to "retire" and then not even follow up on it.

    I agree completely. Granny stole the show. Wanda Sykes totally made the character even funnier, really selling that thin line between crabbiness and senility. Pirates were fun too. Loved the very expressive animation on Captain Gutt and the elephant seal. And I gotta admit, Jennifer Lopez's character wasn't quite as weak as I thought she'd be. I liked her better than the Jaguar from Madagascar 3. And most of all, I loved Sid's line that lampshaded the entire third movie, "Then we fought Dinosaurs in the Ice Age! That didn't make any sense!' Not to mention the movie ended on a tooth gag. I love tooth gags.

    And the Maggie cartoon was precious too. I hope Paste Eating baby gets absorbed into the show. And I loved the call back to "A Streetcar Named Marge" with the Ayn Rand day care center. I think I was the only one in the audience that remembered that one. Heck, I think I was the only one who even laughed at the other Ayn Rand gag too (the pile of Raggedy Ayn Rand dolls that had angry looks on their faces... priceless).

    Still, I think Madagascar 3 was my favorite animated movie of the Summer so far... Paranorman comes out in a few weeks.
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  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I just saw Hope Springs (not my idea). Needless to say, I certainly wasn't the key demo for this.
  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Part of Hope Springs was filmed in the town to the east of me. I recognized a couple of shop fronts from one of the previews. Despite local pride, I will not be seeing it.

    Anyone going to see The Campaign?
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Our cousins' house was the one they used for the couple's, which was the main (and probably only) reason my parents wanted to see it.
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  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It has "quiet respectable comedy that is released just before the Fall" written all over it. I'd say you'd have to be part of an old married couple to really appreciate the film. Same reason why I don't care for "As Time Goes By" and my local PBS was forcibly shoving it down everyone's throats for a while.

    Batman still seems to be going steady... I really hope Totally Recalled dives to the bottom quickly (I'm very disappointed that Men in Black 3 fell so fast, being the only movie in May to actually get a number one spot, ahead of The Avengers). But as far as I'm concerned, I just don't care about anything else, except for Paranorman and The Campaign... at least until Finding Nemo's 3-D rerelease, Hotel Transylvania (ONLY because of Genndy) and Frankenweinie.
  8. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    We saw "The Campaign" tonight. When my dad asked if I wanted to, I declined and said "It looks insipid." And it kinda was. It tried to be smart and satirical, but all the vulgarity took away from it. They're not trying to get laughs from the extreme ridiculousness of how it fits into the campaign like a satire WOULD do, but just tried to make it a laugh before of how inappropriate it was. And the ending? When it cut to black, I went "What?"

    I have no desire to see any more Will Farrell movies, ever. Zach at least was a character different from ones he's played; Will's is the same type of moron he always plays.

    But, how nice that they gave a married Kenneth Parcell a cameo.
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  9. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Anyone else see Paranorman? I think that's my favorite animated film of the year so far. And it had such a distinct look to it, it's so slick it almost looks like CGI, Stop Motion has come quite a way. Not to mention how there's an astounding 3 Stop Motion movies in a single year... Pirates: Band of Misfits, Paranorman, and Frankenweinie. That's absolutely amazing considering how much of a strangle hold CGI has on everything.

    But it's a stone cold shame Paranorman was buried in August, so it isn't going to get its due.
  11. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I really really wish I could see it. I've been looking forward to it and I just don't think I'll be able to get to the theater in time. Hopefully it won't take as long as coraline did to come to dvd
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sounds a lot less vulgar than our real life campaigns.

    I'm probably going to try to see it, I guess... It seems like they're trying to do the same thing they did with The Other Guys, trying to hide vital social commentary into a frat boy movie... sounds like Other Guys did a better job.

    Though I still want to see this because they supposedly mock two of the three worst figures in American politics, the Koch Brothers.
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen The Other Guys, so I can't judge. And yes, they DO mock the Koch Brothers.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Just feel I have to point this out.

    Know how when I was talking about the new Spider-Man film, I said that, considering the Daily Bugle became both print and televised news media in the film, JJJ would probably be an O'Reily Factor type editorial show host?

    Turns out they already are doing that in the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. They usually make these cartoons adaptions with the upcoming movies in mind. The Batman was heavily influenced by the Chris Nolan movies, even though it premiered a year before the movie came out, and more or less, they had a similar Joker concept... at least in the fact the character was full blown crazy, and not a criminal king pin like other versions of the character (though the cartoon version was a less homicidal kinda crazy).

    So I'm guessing that the Ultimate cartoon either predicted that JJJ would be in a similar role in the second Amazing Spider-Man film, or it's just such an obvious way to handle the character in a post-print media world.
  15. ToonGeek

    ToonGeek Well-Known Member

    Saw Timothy Green Online Last Night Felt Really Bad For Timothy!!!
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You can tell that Paranorman's completely under the radar, which is very disappointing on all levels (&^%$ August release date! Doesn't help that it couldn't be released in September or October when a horror comedy kid's film would do wonders because of Hotel Transylvania and Frankenwenie getting those respective release months).

    Mainly because I haven't heard anyone shaking their fist at the twist ending, where...

    after Paranorman's stereotypical teenage sister has spent a good portion of the movie trying to get this stereotypical jock to notice her, finally asks him to take her out on a date "just not to a scary movie," the jock responds with "Oh! I should totally introduce you to my boyfriend. he LOVES chick Flicks!"
    in so much as that was an AWESOME gag with a great payoff.

    But had this movie been popular like it should have been, you KNOW who'd be up in arms and they'd TOTALLY spoil that gag.
  17. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Just looked up "Hotel Transylvania" hoping it would be based on the Chelsea Quinn Yarbro book...eeesh. Not even close. Selena Gomez has a leading role?


  18. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    The previews look funny for Hotel Transylvania. I wanna see it. I agree about the Selena Gomez part. :rolleyes:
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm trying to keep an open mind, as the director is Genndy Tartakovsky.

    I can't say it really grabs me so far, but I'm a fan of his work, he got completely screwed by CN recently... it's nice to see him move on.
  20. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    Paranorman, I want to see. Hotel Transylvania looks good too. But I have my eyes set on Frankenweenie. I'm a big Tim Burton fan. I know, I know. Run out of good ideas, uses too much Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter... I disagree. He's got superb directorial skill and I really love the short film he made in the 80's that it's based on. I'm glad he's making it and additionally keeping it in black and white.

    I've been gone for a while, while I'm here. I'll give you my response to Brave and Madagascar 3. One word to describe both: awesome! Brave was Pixar's first fairy tale foray. And they did it perfectly. Not their best film by any means but was not their worst at all *cough* *cough* Cars 2 *cough*... And great jokes from the supporting characters. It was just a great story.

    Madagascar 3 on the other hand, was great but not the best. It's story was good but I prefer the first or the TV series anyday. Stefano stood out however. Julian was funny as ever. But the story was a little all over the place and rushed. Alex's love story wasn't that interesting though, nor Melman and Gloria's. But, overall it was a great and an okay addition to the franchise.

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