smoketetsuo: (GalaxyGirl)
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This is something that caught my attention today. As many of you know for the longest time George Lucas has been monkeying around with the Star Wars Trilogy changing things here and there for new editions. These changes have become more drastic and egregious as time goes by. Of course this makes many fans who grew up with the movies unhappy. Some of these fans are so unhappy that they have made their own edition to preserve the original while "remastering it in HD". The concept of these "despecialized" editions seems like a good one in theory. For me the reality doesn't line up with that though.

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smoketetsuo: (WhiteRabbitNeco)
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HDTV? What manner of sorcery is this?
So I just watched Tim Burton's feature film remake of the classic soap opera Dark Shadows. This film of course stars Johnny Depp and has Helena Bonham Carter in it. This is not a full film review per say just a few of my thoughts. Feel free to skip this entry if you want to watch Dark Shadows and don't want to be spoiled. I don't think I have enough to say to make an lj-cut but I will use the spoiler tags wherever I deem necessary.


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I know I'm probably late to this party but I wanted to chip in my 2¢. There are pluses and minuses to watching movies either at the theater or at home. Here's some things I've noticed and some of my opinions in general.
  • My local multiplex has rooms a lot smaller than traditional theaters we had in the past. In fact it almost seems like some of the rooms there are about three rows in the front and three rows in the back. Seriously, it seems they have been making smaller theater rooms in order to pack more screens into a multiplex.
  • Most people watch movies from the back half of the theater and especially when you are in the back row the screen doesn't seem much bigger than screens one may have at home especially if you are sitting closer to them. I watched prometheus at the theater in 2D sitting in the back half of the room and when I came home it didn't make my own system feel like crap the same way watching Terminator 2 at the theater in '91 did to my then small TV with mono sound. That was in a brand new at the time theater and it was the first time I was aware of surround sound... that being the major new feature of that theater.
  • Most movie theater rooms are acoustically treated and most homes are not. Also, some movie theaters have mediocre sound but others have sound that has more dynamic range than the average home theater sound system. This dynamic range makes a world of difference when watching movies at a well maintained movie theater. That being said I've been working on acoustically treating my personal screening room and spending a lot of time calibrating my sound system and right now my local multiplex doesn't sound bigger although their acoustical treatment does give an edge to their bass performance.
  • Many people don't know HD when they see it and don't have their displays calibrated properly nor do they even watch actual HD movies instead they watch DVDs upscaled or SD or lower videos in general with bad contrast and blurry colors.
Personally I'm sort of resentful towards 3D because it's one of those carrot in front of the horse type things. I've been upgrading my household to HD but then suddenly they decided to bring 3D back and suddenly HD is not good enough. I've had a sibling downplay our upgrade saying.. "It's not like it's 3D or anything". I have a 2k resolution display that I watch movies on and even though I don't have any movies that match that resolution it has me spoiled against most TVs that you find in the store. I was checking out some 3D TVs and they hardly even look HD to me.

One thing I forgot to mention at apartment therapy is it's true other people can be annoying at the theater. When I was watching Prometheus at the theater somebody brought a toddler along and the toddler was making comments and noise during the movie. Hell my parents tend to make comments and talk through the movie. On the other hand most of the other people in the theater that day where quiet and there's nothing like the feeling of being quiet and attentive to a movie with a group of people sharing that communal experience. 

It's also very possible to have a lot more comfy seats at home than at the theater. Some good theaters like the century rio in ABQ have real nice seats that when the arm rest is put up can be sat on like sofas. Others have narrow seats that while they have good cushion can be awkward to sit on and then you have relatively small arm rest that you have to share with other rubbing elbows with them. My father for example has a problem keeping his elbows to himself at the theater. At home there are a wide array of seating that you could choose to have in your personal screening rooms. 

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I know I'm probably late to this party but I wanted to chip in my 2¢. There are pluses and minuses to watching movies either at the theater or at home. Here's some things I've noticed and some of my opinions in general.
  • My local multiplex has rooms a lot smaller than traditional theaters we had in the past. In fact it almost seems like some of the rooms there are about three rows in the front and three rows in the back. Seriously, it seems they have been making smaller theater rooms in order to pack more screens into a multiplex.
  • Most people watch movies from the back half of the theater and especially when you are in the back row the screen doesn't seem much bigger than screens one may have at home especially if you are sitting closer to them. I watched prometheus at the theater in 2D sitting in the back half of the room and when I came home it didn't make my own system feel like crap the same way watching Terminator 2 at the theater in '91 did to my then small TV with mono sound. That was in a brand new at the time theater and it was the first time I was aware of surround sound... that being the major new feature of that theater.
  • Most movie theater rooms are acoustically treated and most homes are not. Also, some movie theaters have mediocre sound but others have sound that has more dynamic range than the average home theater sound system. This dynamic range makes a world of difference when watching movies at a well maintained movie theater. That being said I've been working on acoustically treating my personal screening room and spending a lot of time calibrating my sound system and right now my local multiplex doesn't sound bigger although their acoustical treatment does give an edge to their bass performance.
  • Many people don't know HD when they see it and don't have their displays calibrated properly nor do they even watch actual HD movies instead they watch DVDs upscaled or SD or lower videos in general with bad contrast and blurry colors.
Personally I'm sort of resentful towards 3D because it's one of those carrot in front of the horse type things. I've been upgrading my household to HD but then suddenly they decided to bring 3D back and suddenly HD is not good enough. I've had a sibling downplay our upgrade saying.. "It's not like it's 3D or anything". I have a 2k resolution display that I watch movies on and even though I don't have any movies that match that resolution it has me spoiled against most TVs that you find in the store. I was checking out some 3D TVs and they hardly even look HD to me.

One thing I forgot to mention at apartment therapy is it's true other people can be annoying at the theater. When I was watching Prometheus at the theater somebody brought a toddler along and the toddler was making comments and noise during the movie. Hell my parents tend to make comments and talk through the movie. On the other hand most of the other people in the theater that day where quiet and there's nothing like the feeling of being quiet and attentive to a movie with a group of people sharing that communal experience. 

It's also very possible to have a lot more comfy seats at home than at the theater. Some good theaters like the century rio in ABQ have real nice seats that when the arm rest is put up can be sat on like sofas. Others have narrow seats that while they have good cushion can be awkward to sit on and then you have relatively small arm rest that you have to share with other rubbing elbows with them. My father for example has a problem keeping his elbows to himself at the theater. At home there are a wide array of seating that you could choose to have in your personal screening rooms. 

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smoketetsuo: (girl heaphones)
I know I'm probably late to this party but I wanted to chip in my 2¢. There are pluses and minuses to watching movies either at the theater or at home. Here's some things I've noticed and some of my opinions in general.
  • My local multiplex has rooms a lot smaller than traditional theaters we had in the past. In fact it almost seems like some of the rooms there are about three rows in the front and three rows in the back. Seriously, it seems they have been making smaller theater rooms in order to pack more screens into a multiplex.
  • Most people watch movies from the back half of the theater and especially when you are in the back row the screen doesn't seem much bigger than screens one may have at home especially if you are sitting closer to them. I watched prometheus at the theater in 2D sitting in the back half of the room and when I came home it didn't make my own system feel like crap the same way watching Terminator 2 at the theater in '91 did to my then small TV with mono sound. That was in a brand new at the time theater and it was the first time I was aware of surround sound... that being the major new feature of that theater.
  • Most movie theater rooms are acoustically treated and most homes are not. Also, some movie theaters have mediocre sound but others have sound that has more dynamic range than the average home theater sound system. This dynamic range makes a world of difference when watching movies at a well maintained movie theater. That being said I've been working on acoustically treating my personal screening room and spending a lot of time calibrating my sound system and right now my local multiplex doesn't sound bigger although their acoustical treatment does give an edge to their bass performance.
  • Many people don't know HD when they see it and don't have their displays calibrated properly nor do they even watch actual HD movies instead they watch DVDs upscaled or SD or lower videos in general with bad contrast and blurry colors.
Personally I'm sort of resentful towards 3D because it's one of those carrot in front of the horse type things. I've been upgrading my household to HD but then suddenly they decided to bring 3D back and suddenly HD is not good enough. I've had a sibling downplay our upgrade saying.. "It's not like it's 3D or anything". I have a 2k resolution display that I watch movies on and even though I don't have any movies that match that resolution it has me spoiled against most TVs that you find in the store. I was checking out some 3D TVs and they hardly even look HD to me.

One thing I forgot to mention at apartment therapy is it's true other people can be annoying at the theater. When I was watching Prometheus at the theater somebody brought a toddler along and the toddler was making comments and noise during the movie. Hell my parents tend to make comments and talk through the movie. On the other hand most of the other people in the theater that day where quiet and there's nothing like the feeling of being quiet and attentive to a movie with a group of people sharing that communal experience. 

It's also very possible to have a lot more comfy seats at home than at the theater. Some good theaters like the century rio in ABQ have real nice seats that when the arm rest is put up can be sat on like sofas. Others have narrow seats that while they have good cushion can be awkward to sit on and then you have relatively small arm rest that you have to share with other rubbing elbows with them. My father for example has a problem keeping his elbows to himself at the theater. At home there are a wide array of seating that you could choose to have in your personal screening rooms. 

{Posted here}
smoketetsuo: (ValveConcept)

I think it's pretty much established by now that this is an Alien prequel. What's interesting is I heard in a live chat Ridley Scott only considers Aliens as the only other film in the franchise other than his to be canon. I think that's mostly because it fleshed out the company and gave it an actual name "Weyland-Yutani" or just "Weyland" so he's cribbing some stuff from it for his prequel.

I've heard Giger came back to do designs for this movie so that's awesome if he did.

Also I want more Alien and Prometheus related figures in my collection and in particular of the humans... I have mini figs of a Nostromo in his astronaut suit, one of the space jockey in its chair and I have the xenomporph both in mini and non mini versions. But I don't have any regular versions of the humans thus far. I read a certain company (I forgot which off the top of my head) got the rights to make figures from Prometheus.. and the figures being teased here look pretty good:

{Check this link out}

It would be nice to also have one of the Space Jockey that's not in the chair.. just by itself standalone. I love the iris stuff for the hatches that the chair and ship come out of.

What I like about this trailer is it shows that they will show more of the mechanical workings of the space jockey and it seems like a crew member or two is going to even mutate into a space jockey or something. As far as I can tell these are probably going to be the people who leave the warning beacon that gets "mistaken" by the nostromo crew as an SOS. 

But at this point I kind of feel the water has been muddied as to whether or not the company knew of that planet and what was on it. It could be only the crew in the original Alien was ignorant to that. It's kind of like with any spin\off fan writing about the colonial marines from Aliens... they make it seem like they encounter Xenomorphs of the variety the space jockeys created all the time but in the movie Aliens they didn't and they where caught off guard by something they weren't prepared for and knew nothing about. That's why they had Ripley around as an advisor... because she had actually seen one before.

The line "It's a bug hunt" likely just meant that colonists where jumpy at something they thought was an alien menace but was really just a minor bug infestation comparatively speaking.. or nothing at all like they have a blip on their radar but it is just someone's pet gerbils or something. It didn't mean they where always fighting the Xenomorphs before.
smoketetsuo: (Default)

I think it's pretty much established by now that this is an Alien prequel. What's interesting is I heard in a live chat Ridley Scott only considers Aliens as the only other film in the franchise other than his to be canon. I think that's mostly because it fleshed out the company and gave it an actual name "Weyland-Yutani" or just "Weyland" so he's cribbing some stuff from it for his prequel.

I've heard Giger came back to do designs for this movie so that's awesome if he did.

Also I want more Alien and Prometheus related figures in my collection and in particular of the humans... I have mini figs of a Nostromo in his astronaut suit, one of the space jockey in its chair and I have the xenomporph both in mini and non mini versions. But I don't have any regular versions of the humans thus far. I read a certain company (I forgot which off the top of my head) got the rights to make figures from Prometheus.. and the figures being teased here look pretty good:

{Check this link out}

It would be nice to also have one of the Space Jockey that's not in the chair.. just by itself standalone. I love the iris stuff for the hatches that the chair and ship come out of.

What I like about this trailer is it shows that they will show more of the mechanical workings of the space jockey and it seems like a crew member or two is going to even mutate into a space jockey or something. As far as I can tell these are probably going to be the people who leave the warning beacon that gets "mistaken" by the nostromo crew as an SOS. 

But at this point I kind of feel the water has been muddied as to whether or not the company knew of that planet and what was on it. It could be only the crew in the original Alien was ignorant to that. It's kind of like with any spin\off fan writing about the colonial marines from Aliens... they make it seem like they encounter Xenomorphs of the variety the space jockeys created all the time but in the movie Aliens they didn't and they where caught off guard by something they weren't prepared for and knew nothing about. That's why they had Ripley around as an advisor... because she had actually seen one before.

The line "It's a bug hunt" likely just meant that colonists where jumpy at something they thought was an alien menace but was really just a minor bug infestation comparatively speaking.. or nothing at all like they have a blip on their radar but it is just someone's pet gerbils or something. It didn't mean they where always fighting the Xenomorphs before.
smoketetsuo: (ValveConcept)

I think it's pretty much established by now that this is an Alien prequel. What's interesting is I heard in a live chat Ridley Scott only considers Aliens as the only other film in the franchise other than his to be canon. I think that's mostly because it fleshed out the company and gave it an actual name "Weyland-Yutani" or just "Weyland" so he's cribbing some stuff from it for his prequel.

I've heard Giger came back to do designs for this movie so that's awesome if he did.

Also I want more Alien and Prometheus related figures in my collection and in particular of the humans... I have mini figs of a Nostromo in his astronaut suit, one of the space jockey in its chair and I have the xenomporph both in mini and non mini versions. But I don't have any regular versions of the humans thus far. I read a certain company (I forgot which off the top of my head) got the rights to make figures from Prometheus.. and the figures being teased here look pretty good:

{Check this link out}

It would be nice to also have one of the Space Jockey that's not in the chair.. just by itself standalone. I love the iris stuff for the hatches that the chair and ship come out of.

What I like about this trailer is it shows that they will show more of the mechanical workings of the space jockey and it seems like a crew member or two is going to even mutate into a space jockey or something. As far as I can tell these are probably going to be the people who leave the warning beacon that gets "mistaken" by the nostromo crew as an SOS. 

But at this point I kind of feel the water has been muddied as to whether or not the company knew of that planet and what was on it. It could be only the crew in the original Alien was ignorant to that. It's kind of like with any spin\off fan writing about the colonial marines from Aliens... they make it seem like they encounter Xenomorphs of the variety the space jockeys created all the time but in the movie Aliens they didn't and they where caught off guard by something they weren't prepared for and knew nothing about. That's why they had Ripley around as an advisor... because she had actually seen one before.

The line "It's a bug hunt" likely just meant that colonists where jumpy at something they thought was an alien menace but was really just a minor bug infestation comparatively speaking.. or nothing at all like they have a blip on their radar but it is just someone's pet gerbils or something. It didn't mean they where always fighting the Xenomorphs before.
smoketetsuo: (anime)

Today's video is one that I'm posting because not only is it a good tech demo for the motion capture system Quantic Dream uses it's quite the little movie besides. The performance is really good although contrary to the article I found this from it's still not quite as realistic as live action footage.

But it still evokes emotion and gets the point across and looks good. They used a motion capture system that has forty cameras and stars Valorie Curry of Veronica Mars.

The only problem for me is Quantic Dream went Sony exclusive after Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy and for example Heavy Rain was a PS3 exclusive when it was originally announced for PC. Same thing happened with Alan Wake from a different studio, Remedy. But they remedied that situation this year releasing Alan Wake for the PC although I'm wondering if anyone is going to port it to the Mac. I haven't tried running it via WINE although I may sooner or later... I digress. It's a little obvious to me they are running it on now "aging" hardware because the visuals aren't as sharp as stuff I've seen running in real time on my computer. But again it gets the job done.

Anyway, like I said earlier this is a good video and I recommend anyone who likes Science Fiction and robots to watch it as I believe it stands on its own as a rather good short film. 

Some crude person on the comments said she's an "ugly dyke" but I disagree. I think she's quite cute.
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Today's video is one that I'm posting because not only is it a good tech demo for the motion capture system Quantic Dream uses it's quite the little movie besides. The performance is really good although contrary to the article I found this from it's still not quite as realistic as live action footage.

But it still evokes emotion and gets the point across and looks good. They used a motion capture system that has forty cameras and stars Valorie Curry of Veronica Mars.

The only problem for me is Quantic Dream went Sony exclusive after Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy and for example Heavy Rain was a PS3 exclusive when it was originally announced for PC. Same thing happened with Alan Wake from a different studio, Remedy. But they remedied that situation this year releasing Alan Wake for the PC although I'm wondering if anyone is going to port it to the Mac. I haven't tried running it via WINE although I may sooner or later... I digress. It's a little obvious to me they are running it on now "aging" hardware because the visuals aren't as sharp as stuff I've seen running in real time on my computer. But again it gets the job done.

Anyway, like I said earlier this is a good video and I recommend anyone who likes Science Fiction and robots to watch it as I believe it stands on its own as a rather good short film. 

Some crude person on the comments said she's an "ugly dyke" but I disagree. I think she's quite cute.
smoketetsuo: (anime)

Today's video is one that I'm posting because not only is it a good tech demo for the motion capture system Quantic Dream uses it's quite the little movie besides. The performance is really good although contrary to the article I found this from it's still not quite as realistic as live action footage.

But it still evokes emotion and gets the point across and looks good. They used a motion capture system that has forty cameras and stars Valorie Curry of Veronica Mars.

The only problem for me is Quantic Dream went Sony exclusive after Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy and for example Heavy Rain was a PS3 exclusive when it was originally announced for PC. Same thing happened with Alan Wake from a different studio, Remedy. But they remedied that situation this year releasing Alan Wake for the PC although I'm wondering if anyone is going to port it to the Mac. I haven't tried running it via WINE although I may sooner or later... I digress. It's a little obvious to me they are running it on now "aging" hardware because the visuals aren't as sharp as stuff I've seen running in real time on my computer. But again it gets the job done.

Anyway, like I said earlier this is a good video and I recommend anyone who likes Science Fiction and robots to watch it as I believe it stands on its own as a rather good short film. 

Some crude person on the comments said she's an "ugly dyke" but I disagree. I think she's quite cute.
smoketetsuo: (Clockwork Orange)

Despite how people keep on saying it'll probably be bad especially since they where even shooting it without a script and or rewriting it during filming I have to say I have a big soft spot for the MiB. MiBII was even a guilty pleasure for me. I wonder if Monk is going to return and get his head blown off again. 

I just knew Josh Brolin would make a good young Agent K and the few times they show him in the trailer he seems very convincing to have as a de-aged Tommy Lee Jones. It's better than doing it Tron Legacy style and having him look artificial. Also it looks like they are going to have some good crazy alien stuff and tech. Love those bikes.. they had one in the anime movie "Steam Boy" and it as cool there too.. that type of bike always fascinates me. 

Also I love Emma Thompson as the MiB head agent... she's perfect as an Agent!

The only dilemma for me is do I watch this in the theater in 3D or do I wait for the Blu-ray release? I hardly ever get to go to the theater though. I hope to at least see Prometheus this year as I'm a HUGE Alien fan. 
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Despite how people keep on saying it'll probably be bad especially since they where even shooting it without a script and or rewriting it during filming I have to say I have a big soft spot for the MiB. MiBII was even a guilty pleasure for me. I wonder if Monk is going to return and get his head blown off again. 

I just knew Josh Brolin would make a good young Agent K and the few times they show him in the trailer he seems very convincing to have as a de-aged Tommy Lee Jones. It's better than doing it Tron Legacy style and having him look artificial. Also it looks like they are going to have some good crazy alien stuff and tech. Love those bikes.. they had one in the anime movie "Steam Boy" and it as cool there too.. that type of bike always fascinates me. 

Also I love Emma Thompson as the MiB head agent... she's perfect as an Agent!

The only dilemma for me is do I watch this in the theater in 3D or do I wait for the Blu-ray release? I hardly ever get to go to the theater though. I hope to at least see Prometheus this year as I'm a HUGE Alien fan. 
smoketetsuo: (Clockwork Orange)

Despite how people keep on saying it'll probably be bad especially since they where even shooting it without a script and or rewriting it during filming I have to say I have a big soft spot for the MiB. MiBII was even a guilty pleasure for me. I wonder if Monk is going to return and get his head blown off again. 

I just knew Josh Brolin would make a good young Agent K and the few times they show him in the trailer he seems very convincing to have as a de-aged Tommy Lee Jones. It's better than doing it Tron Legacy style and having him look artificial. Also it looks like they are going to have some good crazy alien stuff and tech. Love those bikes.. they had one in the anime movie "Steam Boy" and it as cool there too.. that type of bike always fascinates me. 

Also I love Emma Thompson as the MiB head agent... she's perfect as an Agent!

The only dilemma for me is do I watch this in the theater in 3D or do I wait for the Blu-ray release? I hardly ever get to go to the theater though. I hope to at least see Prometheus this year as I'm a HUGE Alien fan. 
smoketetsuo: (GalaxyGirl)
[Error: unknown template qotd]For me the movie that outdoes it's predecessor that jumped out to me is: Evil Dead II.... it's more of a remake than a sequel and if you are looking for more straight up horror the original is a classic. However part II is in my opinion the best of the three. The third one (Army of Darkness) is more straight up comedy and action. The second one however is a nice middle ground. It also established everything that made Bruce Campbell's Ash famous.

I used to feel that way about Phantasm II in its series but I have rewatched both it and part one recently and I don't feel that way about it anymore really and think part one is just as good if not better. So right now I can only honestly say I feel that way about Evil Dead II.

Personally I wouldn't say Aliens or Terminator 2 or the like that most people would list here. They can do that if they like but I appreciate the predecessors of those movies too much for me to say that myself. Especially Alien... so the sequel has "more action, more 'splosions, a cute girl etc" but in my opinion stuff like that doesn't automatically make a movie better otherwise Michael Bay movies would be the best. ;) No seriously I liked Aliens and it's one of my favorite movies but I like Alien for the things that it DOESN'T have compared to Aliens or the differences. Like it's more of a slower paced cerebral horror film compared to the popcorn sci-fi action that's in Aliens.

It also has the direct involvement of H.R. Giger and much of the creature effects and art was in my opinion better for it. The facehugger dissection scene looked a lot more natural in Alien than the rubbery equivalent in Aliens. I also prefer the smooth headed H.R. Giger Alien over the ridged headed James Cameron alien.

For very different reasons and standing on their own feet I would put Alien and Aliens on equal footing to be honest. I look forward to a return to the tone of the original film in Prometheus.

Terminator 2 was a really good film although I feel the franchise had been going downhill ever since Arnold got into his head that his terminator should be a good guy. I preferred the villainous T800 in the original film and I liked more of the punk feel it had. So in a way I do agree T2 is probably better I still think the original has things going for it. But not so much as Alien has to Aliens in my opinion.

As far as Star Wars goes I probably would agree with the general consensus that Empire Strikes back is the best. However ever since the prequels I am less biased towards it and appreciate every installation in the original trilogy quite a bit especially compared to the phantom menace which was very disappointing to me.

I say all that even after having watched all those films dozens of times and have them memorized.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]For me the movie that outdoes it's predecessor that jumped out to me is: Evil Dead II.... it's more of a remake than a sequel and if you are looking for more straight up horror the original is a classic. However part II is in my opinion the best of the three. The third one (Army of Darkness) is more straight up comedy and action. The second one however is a nice middle ground. It also established everything that made Bruce Campbell's Ash famous.

I used to feel that way about Phantasm II in its series but I have rewatched both it and part one recently and I don't feel that way about it anymore really and think part one is just as good if not better. So right now I can only honestly say I feel that way about Evil Dead II.

Personally I wouldn't say Aliens or Terminator 2 or the like that most people would list here. They can do that if they like but I appreciate the predecessors of those movies too much for me to say that myself. Especially Alien... so the sequel has "more action, more 'splosions, a cute girl etc" but in my opinion stuff like that doesn't automatically make a movie better otherwise Michael Bay movies would be the best. ;) No seriously I liked Aliens and it's one of my favorite movies but I like Alien for the things that it DOESN'T have compared to Aliens or the differences. Like it's more of a slower paced cerebral horror film compared to the popcorn sci-fi action that's in Aliens.

It also has the direct involvement of H.R. Giger and much of the creature effects and art was in my opinion better for it. The facehugger dissection scene looked a lot more natural in Alien than the rubbery equivalent in Aliens. I also prefer the smooth headed H.R. Giger Alien over the ridged headed James Cameron alien.

For very different reasons and standing on their own feet I would put Alien and Aliens on equal footing to be honest. I look forward to a return to the tone of the original film in Prometheus.

Terminator 2 was a really good film although I feel the franchise had been going downhill ever since Arnold got into his head that his terminator should be a good guy. I preferred the villainous T800 in the original film and I liked more of the punk feel it had. So in a way I do agree T2 is probably better I still think the original has things going for it. But not so much as Alien has to Aliens in my opinion.

As far as Star Wars goes I probably would agree with the general consensus that Empire Strikes back is the best. However ever since the prequels I am less biased towards it and appreciate every installation in the original trilogy quite a bit especially compared to the phantom menace which was very disappointing to me.

I say all that even after having watched all those films dozens of times and have them memorized.
smoketetsuo: (GalaxyGirl)
[Error: unknown template qotd]For me the movie that outdoes it's predecessor that jumped out to me is: Evil Dead II.... it's more of a remake than a sequel and if you are looking for more straight up horror the original is a classic. However part II is in my opinion the best of the three. The third one (Army of Darkness) is more straight up comedy and action. The second one however is a nice middle ground. It also established everything that made Bruce Campbell's Ash famous.

I used to feel that way about Phantasm II in its series but I have rewatched both it and part one recently and I don't feel that way about it anymore really and think part one is just as good if not better. So right now I can only honestly say I feel that way about Evil Dead II.

Personally I wouldn't say Aliens or Terminator 2 or the like that most people would list here. They can do that if they like but I appreciate the predecessors of those movies too much for me to say that myself. Especially Alien... so the sequel has "more action, more 'splosions, a cute girl etc" but in my opinion stuff like that doesn't automatically make a movie better otherwise Michael Bay movies would be the best. ;) No seriously I liked Aliens and it's one of my favorite movies but I like Alien for the things that it DOESN'T have compared to Aliens or the differences. Like it's more of a slower paced cerebral horror film compared to the popcorn sci-fi action that's in Aliens.

It also has the direct involvement of H.R. Giger and much of the creature effects and art was in my opinion better for it. The facehugger dissection scene looked a lot more natural in Alien than the rubbery equivalent in Aliens. I also prefer the smooth headed H.R. Giger Alien over the ridged headed James Cameron alien.

For very different reasons and standing on their own feet I would put Alien and Aliens on equal footing to be honest. I look forward to a return to the tone of the original film in Prometheus.

Terminator 2 was a really good film although I feel the franchise had been going downhill ever since Arnold got into his head that his terminator should be a good guy. I preferred the villainous T800 in the original film and I liked more of the punk feel it had. So in a way I do agree T2 is probably better I still think the original has things going for it. But not so much as Alien has to Aliens in my opinion.

As far as Star Wars goes I probably would agree with the general consensus that Empire Strikes back is the best. However ever since the prequels I am less biased towards it and appreciate every installation in the original trilogy quite a bit especially compared to the phantom menace which was very disappointing to me.

I say all that even after having watched all those films dozens of times and have them memorized.
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I am calling it James Cameron's Avatar as to avoid confusion with Avatar The Last Airbender... I have always been interested in this because as far as I know he hasn't done a Sci-Fi epic since perhaps Terminator 2. So far the movie is looking good to me I watched the HD trailer on my families HDTV but this picture has sold me on it:

sigourney weaver and her alien counterpart


More inside... )

If any friend out there that's on my IM would like to talk about this movie with me feel free to IM me.
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I am calling it James Cameron's Avatar as to avoid confusion with Avatar The Last Airbender... I have always been interested in this because as far as I know he hasn't done a Sci-Fi epic since perhaps Terminator 2. So far the movie is looking good to me I watched the HD trailer on my families HDTV but this picture has sold me on it:

sigourney weaver and her alien counterpart


More inside... )

If any friend out there that's on my IM would like to talk about this movie with me feel free to IM me.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I am calling it James Cameron's Avatar as to avoid confusion with Avatar The Last Airbender... I have always been interested in this because as far as I know he hasn't done a Sci-Fi epic since perhaps Terminator 2. So far the movie is looking good to me I watched the HD trailer on my families HDTV but this picture has sold me on it:

sigourney weaver and her alien counterpart


More inside... )

If any friend out there that's on my IM would like to talk about this movie with me feel free to IM me.

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