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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:16:44 AM »
See you on the other side, Egon.  :(

Harold Ramis

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: HD LED tv question Please help:
« on: February 16, 2014, 09:08:44 AM »
You should be fine with just that Blueray player and the HDTV, but you can't get a better image per see out of your old dvds from the blueray player. Any enhancing of the image on the screen is purely because of the higher picture quality that your TV now offers.
If you don't have a surround sound system I'd suggest getting one, seeing as a Blueray player and easily manage that.
It don't have to be an expensive one, and you can most likely use some of your old speakers (if you have some) so you don't have to buy a full set. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2014 Movie Discussion
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:55:06 AM »


This remake was actually far better than anticipated, even for me who holds the original close to my heart.
Gary Oldman, Samuel Jackson, Michael Keaton, Joel Kinnaman really delivers, and even without the Paul Werhoven ultraviolence and giant corporate slamming it still becomes a pretty grim story.

If I should point something out that the original did far better, it would be the street level gangster villain (Wallon) who seems pretty "toothless" compared to Clarence Boddicker (the villain from the original.)
Giving the role to Jackie Healey (Rorschach from Watchmen) instead of the role as Maddox he plays, and then expanding on the role would have worked far better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Cats or Dogs?
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:00:50 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: CEWB annual Seasons Greetings Thread 2013.
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
Wishing all you wonderful people on the board as well as your loved ones some very happy holidays, a happy new year and the very best for 2014.

God Jul 

Eastwood News / Re: Where Eagles Dare to screen in New York City
« on: November 15, 2013, 01:06:46 PM »
Talk about a diverse selection of movies  ::)
I could see it work if it had been a double feature of Where eagles dare and say, The guns of the Navarones, but X, Y and Zee?
I'd expect the hall where they show it to be half empty on both showings, but with two different groups of people for each time ;)

Eastwood News / Re: Jersey Boys: Production Information and News
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:27:50 PM »
Actually seems like a pretty solid date.  The competetion don't seem that hard seeing as it's placed pretty far from any of the big blockbuster, franchise and A list productions 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday dane with no name!!
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:14:56 PM »
Thank you all :)
Had a pretty relaxed birthday with a small gathering on the weekend before that.
Guess not all birthdayparties need to end up with me not being able to spell my own name ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: July 26, 2013, 01:24:47 PM »
AskReddits new challenge (What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences.) has given some damn creepy replies...

A few examples ;

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.

They celebrated the first successful cryogenic freezing. He had no way of letting them know he was still conscious.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: movie popularity flop?
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:33:02 AM »
It just seems like when everyone starts screaming "flop," it tarnishes the movie and makes everybody think it's not good.  "From Dusk Till Dawn only made around $25 million, yet it was known as George Clooney's big movie breakout and what put him on the map.  Other movies can make three times that amount and be a popularity flop.

In the end, a movie can flop or suceed in two ways, either financially or artisticly.
First of all, whether a movie is considered a flop or not, depends on which group of people that look at; Take Man of steel for example. It was pretty much universially slammed by the critics and predicted to tank/bomb/flop at the box office, but the moviegoers loved it and it is now a commercial success with a sequel underway. 

But while a movie with good actors and a good story may loose money at the box office, there is always the opportunity for it to become a cult or sleeper hit, and eventually turn into a great financial success via the DVD sale; Shawshank Redemption is the most obvious example of such a film.

I think the reason people are so quick on the trigger to exclaim that a movie is going to/has flopped is because nowadays (especailly during the summer) a movie got one, perhaps two weekends to make an impact on the public (and thus lure more people into the seats) before the next big movie shows up in the cinema. That's 7-14 days to make several million dollars back, not counting the money spend on adverticing the damn things, so it's a bit of a gamble to say the least.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:04:37 AM »
I'm good, dreaming of Crispbreads ... How's yourself?
I'm fine, thanks.
Got promoted at work which while wonderful in itself, triggered a workload avalance of different projects, which was the main reason for my recent board hiatus.

But now summer is here, (and it's even the very rare, warm and sunny kind!  :o ) so it's all about enjoying it while we have it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:05:14 AM »
Hi KC.
Yeah, nice to be back.  :)
How're you doing?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:10:08 PM »
Why do I have asthma? Is it because of all the second-hand smoke my family created when I was a baby and growing up?

Anybody got any secrets or tips on how to stop asthma without medication?

How long has this been going on? Have you considered possible allergies, that might trigger/stack with astma attacks?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:06:40 PM »
Usually the Thai policeofficers would waste hours on discussing who should be "the good cop" and who should be "the bad cop"  ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Action Movies (& TV)!
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:52:57 AM »
By the way, here's the page where that movie poster came from:

A lot of really good ideas there, but no. 2 is simply hillarious  ;D I don't think I can ever look at the Skyfall poster the same way again.   O0

Funny thing is, if memory serves with the release of Superman Returns 7 years ago, there was a slew of reissues on dvd and Blu-ray of the Christopher Reeve series, including the Richard Donner cut of Superman II.

Your memory serves you well. Superman Returns was written as a sequel to Superman II, which was why they released a lot of the old material, because they wanted to build on Donners movies...
That's a good and bad idea at the same time, because while you do have a solid foundation to build on, you also have some massive shoes to fill, and Superman returns clearly didn't cut it, in any way, shape or form.

So while I'm not overly fond of reboots, I can understand why they decided to start over, even if it meant leaving the iconic Superman theme by John Williams behind, because they needed to have as little as possible to do with the original movie series, even if it meant making some really odd choices. (Case in point; Papa Kents general attitude, and his death.  :idiot2:)     

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Action Movies (& TV)!
« on: July 04, 2013, 09:09:37 AM »
Watched Man of steel, and while it isn't without its flaws, I as a whole enjoyed it.

The first 3/4 of the movie feels like a long dissection/discussion what Superman represents and should be while his (new) origin story is told in flashbacks, with some plotholes/points sprinkeled around on a regular basis.
  The actors do a good job, considering the screentime they have, and especially Amy Adams' Lois Lane receives a much needed boost in both sassyness, inteligence and character, compared to Margot Kidders' Lois from the old movie series. (Margot Kidders' Lois is a Pulitzer prize winner?! Yeah right... With Amy Adams, I actually considered it a possibility)

 Henry Cavill still stands in the shadow of Christopher Reeves, but I can definetly see him stepping out of the shadow into the sun, with a sequel that hopefully'll show a more mature, nuanced and experienced Superman. 
The performance/character of General Zod doesn't even remotely look like Terence Stamps' iconic performance as the deliciously arrogant General Zod, here, but Michael Shannon does a excellent job portraying Zod as a fascist militant kryptonian engine of war, without any free will, and the polar opposite of Superman. It is not as much a battle for the fate of the world as it is a battle of principles between the two of them, with more than their very life hanging in their balance.
The pacing of the movie switch between slow and fast, perhaps too fast at times, which is why I think many people didn't like it. I even had a few problems with some of the sudden shifts that occured now and then, but upon a second viewing, most of it fell into place.
The lens flares/shaky cam that shows up several times in this movie was an annoyance upon the second viewing, but it somehow "makes sense" considering how inexperienced Superman is; building crash and crumble, planes and helicopters crash to the ground, and superpunches fly left and right. (I am probalby reading too much into the way MoS was shot, but I hope that we'll see less shaky cam/lens glares in the second movie, as a reflection of how much more experienced Superman has become.)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy New Year 2013
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:40:48 AM »
Happy new year all.
Here's to a great 2013  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: CEWB annual Seasons Greetings Thread 2012.
« on: December 25, 2012, 05:05:20 AM »
To all the wonderful people from the CEWB.
May your hollidays be spend in the warm company of friends, family  and loved ones.
Take care and have fun


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2012 Movie Discussion
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:28:26 PM »
Oops. Yes, that was a typo

(though I don't think the world would miss Die Hard 4.0 that much  ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2012 Movie Discussion
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:57:28 PM »
What seems like the kind of horror film we've all seen a thousand times.. turns into something completely different.
Impossible to say much more without spoiling it.. But the whole thing builds up to an amazing last half hour..
Good fun and a thrill ride.. Obviously made by people who love horror films..
Entertaining and unpredictable...
I couldn't agree more.
Cabin in the woods is one of the most entertaining horror movies I've seen in a long time.
Part affectionate nod and  part fresh take on the horror franchise, in a way that I haven't seen since Zombieland and Trollhunter.

I thought Taken was great fun Christopher.. but Taken 2 doesn't sound so good unfortunately..
And that rumor is right. Taken 2 lacks the punch (pun not intended) and excitement, that made the first one such a great action movie, with a franchise potential on par with the Die Hard franchise.
This is just another run of the mill bad-guy-wants-revenge movie, and Liam Neesons steely gaze is now fixed entirely on the paycheck at the end of the movie... 

On a side note...
Speaking of Die Hard...
Die Hard 4; A good day to die harder *groan*
While it's technically a 2013 movie, I thought I'd post the teaser here.
I'm kinda "meh" on this one at the moment, but at least it looks more pumped up than the last one...

Instead of watching Taken 2, I'd recommend Judge Dredd 3D instead.

I seem to have taken a liking to movies that bomb at the box office this year.
First John Carter, and now this...  ::)

As a long time Judge Dredd fan I had some high hopes for this one to at least surpass the 95 Stallone version, and boy does it deliver on that point.
Megacity One is shown (as it should be) as a brutal police state, barely able to support itself, on the edge of total anarchy and chaos, set in a dystopian future.
This gritty society still has enough recogniceable features to deliver the same kind of social comments and political satire that the Judge Dredd comic eventually became well known for during the mid 90ies though, and that shows a remarkable respect to the source material, while still delivering on the action.     
Judge Dredd is not the brightly coloured superhero type seen in the Stallone movie, but here shown  more as a Dirty Harry type character, following a uncaring law to the letter, with Karl Urban delivering an excellent portrayal of the character.
The 3D effects are quite good, and works well when you see the world through the eyes of the users of a new drug called slo-mo, a drug that gives the brain the illusion of watching the world passs by at 1/100 % of real time.
When these visuals are showing, the 3D effects easily surpass those of say, Tron; Legacy, and I didn't feel cheated by having to shell out the extra money for the 3D glasses.

The plot is pretty simple; The rookie Judge Anderson is born with a minor mutation that gives her limited psychic abilities, and is put out on a field test, supervised by Judge Dredd.
When a gang related triple homocide is called in at one of the bleak massive social  housings, (called a city block) Dredd and Anderson takes on the investigation only to find out that the block may be the housing for the production of the new slo-mo drug.
MaMa, the ringleader of the slo mo production, quickly steps in and have the entire block sealed off via a hacked security network before the two judges can leave, and a brutal battle for survival takes place as the stakes keeps getting raised, as the two judges begin to run out of options and ammunition.
The movie has been videly and wrongly accused for ripping of another Lionsgate movie called The Raid; Redemption (which would also be a nicer alternative to taken 2, btw.  ;) ) but in all fairness, the production of Dredd had been going on for some time before the production of The Raid had even started.   

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