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Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 day ago
Replies: 36
Do movies teach stereotypes?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Do movies teach stereotypes?

It's an old, castigated term that used to refer to suspected communists, but in regard to stereotypes, movies seem to be the "Fellow Travelers". They didn't invent the stereotypes, nor do they teach...
Forum: Upcoming Movies & Sequels 3 days ago
Replies: 64
Godzilla vs Kong
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Godzilla vs Kong

I've seen way too many flicks with Godzilla or Kong to thing about doing another. I had a "Never Again" moment the last time. Damn, I wish somebody could manage to come up with a new monster, but I...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 3 days ago
Replies: 36
Do movies teach stereotypes?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Do movies teach stereotypes?

I don't think movies teach stereotypes as much as they use the ones that are already there. You can't do much teaching on anything in a 90 minute movie but, when you want to bring in a new plot...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 5 days ago
Replies: 20
How many movies have you ever watched?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: How many movies have you ever watched?

"Once you break 10k it really makes no difference."

That sounds about right. Count my years of life, multiply by 52, multiply that by 3 or maybe 4 each week and you get a number that just means...
Forum: Movie Reviews 1 week ago
Replies: 212
80's Trash from the Future
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: 80's Trash from the Future

So, how 'bout some Humanoids From the Deep. It's 1980, the best of decades for bad movies since the 1930's and monsters come to the beach. Not only are they monsters, but they are horny monsters,...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 29
Movies compared/contrasted to books
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Movies compared/contrasted to books

I recall a fad for multi-media presentations from way back. I saw events that had live music, live actors, video, scenery and lights combined, but honestly, aside from the novelty, I never thought...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 29
Movies compared/contrasted to books
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Movies compared/contrasted to books

Movies and books are so different that, for me, it's a question of how much time I spend listing the differences.

Fundamentally, the most basic difference is text vs image and sound. There's...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 29
Insane number of nazi references in movies
Posted By skizzerflake
When I think about the people who ran the USSR,...

When I think about the people who ran the USSR, my picture is of a group of guys in drab suits in a room in the Kremlin, drab more than scary. Nazi imagery, however, is immediate with recognizable...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

Different style, intent, content and intention. A movie about a composer would seem to need a lot of music to indicate what was rattling around in the composer's mind while he did trivial things. ...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Definitely. I don't think I could recall a...

Definitely. I don't think I could recall a single melody from Miami Vice an hour after the show, but it was crafted to be as much of a part of the scene as a palm tree. Cars, music, flower print...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 15
Movies similar too Truman show and Stranger than fiction
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Movies similar too Truman show and Stranger than fiction

Groundhog Day for cheery rom-com, but when things get dark and weird, definitely Dark City. I'm glad this came up because I've been on a Noir binge lately and Dark City is a great Noir-Sci-Fi piece...
Forum: Movie Reviews 1 week ago
Replies: 212
80's Trash from the Future
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: 80's Trash from the Future

"The more you drive, the less intelligent you are" - One of many taglines from Repo Man, the 1984 punk-sci-fi-junk classic. People chase a car around in the desert. The car has some sort of ET that...
Forum: Movie Reviews 1 week ago
Replies: 212
80's Trash from the Future
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: 80's Trash from the Future

I'm back again from the 80's with another one - The Re-Animator. It bills itself as being from H P Lovecraft, but trust me, that prudish guy would never have come up with trash like this; even...
Forum: Movie Reviews 1 week ago
Replies: 212
80's Trash from the Future
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: 80's Trash from the Future

My favorite junk decade. They've been mentioned before, although not in this context, but two all time favorite junk movies from that time would be CHUD and Humanoids From the Deep. They're special...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 1 week ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

It brings me to the question about movies that are not designated musicals exactly, but where there's a song that's very conspicuous and completely wrapped into the plot. My favorite examples of...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Honestly, I do want the director or whoever does...

Honestly, I do want the director or whoever does this to use the music to tell me how to feel. It is emotional manipulation, but so is the rest of the story. The whole idea of having a movie is to...
Replies: 196
Why do you pirate movies/TV shows?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Why do you pirate movies/TV shows?

I really don't do it much anymore. Between Netflix and Amazon, there's almost alway SOMETHING I want to see. I also make passes at bargain DVD and Blue Ray bins so I have a lot of those. My most...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 29
Insane number of nazi references in movies
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Insane number of nazi references in movies

In regard to my earlier contention that Nazis are an “easy” villain, the other side is that Bolsheviks and Stalinists not only are less identifiable, but most people, having forgotten a lot of...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 62
Prison Movies
Posted By skizzerflake
They are a genre, a minor one at that. If I were...

They are a genre, a minor one at that. If I were a script writer, wondering what my next script would be, however, I can't help but wonder why I'd think that my next script would be about being in...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

Like a lot of things in film, in this case music, the difference between music that just gimmicky ornamentation and music that really integrates with the movie, is a continuum. All other aspects,...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

"The Phantom Carriage is an excellently scored silent film."

I have to ask the obvious question, whether there was a composed score performed in a theater or whether the music was written after...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 62
Prison Movies
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Prison Movies

I have a skewed perspective on this, being possibly the only person in the discussion who has been inside a lot of prisons, thankfully on a purely professional basis. I had lots of experience...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

Yep. I recall an interview with a movie composer (not sure which one) when he said that the best movie score is the one that you don't hear because it melds into the story. As for manipulation or...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 41
Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?
Posted By skizzerflake
Re: Music in film: Emotional manipulation or enhancement?

Movies without the music are pretty darn flat, since soundtrack writers are very conscious of the fact that they are the emotional barometer of the movie. That's how a person walking down the street...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 2 weeks ago
Replies: 15
It appears IMDB has changed its format.
Posted By skizzerflake
I generally do not use the desktop version of...

I generally do not use the desktop version of IMDB, mainly because it's so loaded with ads that monopolize my time by slowing up pages. The iPhone app is much more economical and gets what I want...