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Oct. 14th, 2006

05:56 pm - Open Season and trailers

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I saw Open Season yesterday. Not great, but not unwatchable. Best parts: the "fake mauling behind the curtain" scene, the fact that Martin Lawrence only says "my bad" once. Worst parts: the ugly squirrels, the deer pellets.

Trailers I saw before the movie:
The Nativity Story. How Jesus was born. Eh. But what's this? Olive-skinned Mideastern actors? A Biblical film with an ethnically correct cast? I'm amazed!
Arthur and the Invisibles. Plot is similar to "The Borrowers" (child discovers race of tiny people in house, enlists their help to prevent evil lawyers from demolishing the house), except in this case the child shrinks and becomes one of them (kinda like in "The Ant Bully"). A mix of live action and CGI. The tiny people look like a cross between troll dolls and big-floppy-eared anime elves. 50-50 chance it'll suck.

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From:wolflahti
Date:October 14th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Not a lot of movies I'm looking forward to seeing. One exception is Jade Warrior, a film set simultaneously in modern-day Finland and ancient China.

The chances of this getting general distribution, however, seem to be pretty slim.
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From:neuracnu
Date:October 14th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I just looked up Arthur and the Invisibles and watched the trailer. It's directed by Luc Benson. La Femme Nikita, Léon, The Fifth Element, that Joan of Arc movie, then this? It doesn't make sense.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 14th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Does Luc Besson have children? Perhaps this is the same "I want to make something my kids can watch" phenomenon that led Alec Baldwin to star as Mr. Conductor in that Thomas the Tank Engine movie, and Robert Rodriguez to make "Spy Kids" (and later, "Shark Boy & Lavagirl").
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 14th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
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And of course he's French. Perhaps these characters are designed to look like some sort of beloved French fairy-tale race of tiny folk or something.
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From:zrath
Date:October 15th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
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Apparently, Luc Besson wrote a kid's book called "Arthur et les Mini-Moys",
and he's now made it into a movie.
He also wrote a second Arthur book.
So it's all his own stuff.

I really like the first "Spy Kids" movie.
Robert Rodriguez' first movie was a short subject named "Bedhead". It was a very funny
little piece about two kids, one of whom suffered from legendary bedhead syndrome.
It was inluded on the "El Mariachi" laserdisc, which I rented once upon a time.
When I saw the trailer for "Spy Kids", I knew it would be good, because of "Bedhead".
My buddy Spino, sitting next to me in the theater, said "that looks really cool!".
We went to see it when it came out and we loved it.
"Spy Kids 2" was fun, and "Spy Kids 3D" was more geared towards kids.
I have yet to pick up "Spy Kids" on DVD.


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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 15th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
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Ah! So this movie is merely his softer side, as it were.

And whoa, I saw "Bedhead" a long time ago. I didn't know Robert Rodriguez made it! (I saw it on a program called "Night Flight"; if they showed credits for it, I didn't remember any names from it.)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 15th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
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I heard that "Passion" had linguistically-correct dialogue, but not sure about the ethnicity thing (never seen it), but I think it was, like all the others off. Wonder if they'll be speakign Aramaic in this Nativity movie?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 15th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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Nope, they were speaking English in the trailer.

The Passion starred Jim Caviezel, who's from Mount Vernon, Washington, as Jesus. So, one gets the language right and the other gets the nationalities right.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 15th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I think nationality is more important in this case. You're not considered insensitive to use a language that most viewers will understand. Nativity also gets points for choosing a less gorey approach to a spiritual experience.

Open Season has gotten some critics to think that there should be a moratorium on films with talking animals. WE don't want that!

If Arthur and the Invisibles combines the Borrowers movie with The Ant Bully, then I'd say its chance of sucking is far greater than 50%.

Bedhead is fun. More fun than El Mariachi, IMO.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 15th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Well of course, the Nativity is less gory than the Crucifixion to begin with. Pregnant couple who can't get a hotel room, vs. a guy being nailed to a cross and poked full of holes? No contest!

Yah, rilly! Even after Ishtar, Leonard Part 6, three dozen Police Academy movies, and so on, nobody ever demands a ban on talking-human movies! DOUBLE STANDARD! :}

I'm sure "The Borrowers meets The Ant Bully" was how Arthur and the Invisibles was pitched, but now I know it was written by a French guy, I'd say it's got a hope. (And of course depending on how long ago it was optioned, the resemblance to Ant Bully may be pure coincidence.)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 15th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I dunno about that. In my almost 35 years on the planet, I've seen plenty of blood and gore on the screen (haven't seen "Passion" yet, as mentioned earlier, but it can't be much worse than what I've already seen) *and* I've been in the operating room when both my children were delivered; I'd have to say the Sam Peckinpah award goes to the childbirth one. Hands down.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 15th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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This reminds me of a story a friend of mine related to me.

To start with, if you're unfamiliar, Canada has two official languages, English and French. Most of the country is English-speaking, but the province of Quebec (the second-most populous one) is primarily French and language is a hot topic there, to put it mildly.

Anyways, I forget, sadly, the setup to the punchline (must be my comedic mind), but it was, apparently, a heated language debate going on in a Quebec town. At some point during the proceedings, a lady stands up, Bible in hand, and screams, "IF ENGLISH WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR JESUS, THEN IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!"

(My friend says this is a true story ... )
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 15th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
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And that reminds me of the Austin Lounge Lizards song "Jesus Loves Me (But He Can't Stand You)". Specifically the spoken interlude, which starts:

"Jesus loves me. He called me on the phone the other day and told me. He said, 'Son, I love you.' He speaks English pretty good, considering it's a second language for him..."
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From:octan
Date:October 15th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
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"The Nativity Story. How Jesus was born. Eh. But what's this? Olive-skinned Mideastern actors? A Biblical film with an ethnically correct cast? I'm amazed!"

Ah, but how much you wanna bet they'll include at least one of the following faux pas: a total of exactly three magi, having the magi visit the stable at the same time as the shepherds (neither of these is suggested in Matthew, and it's usually claimed that the second is historically unsound), and the stable being a wooden structure (I keep hearing that most scholars nowadays think it would be more of a cave).

Of course, I still don't see the point of making feature-length films about such tiny parts of Jesus' life. There's no plot, no real story, no really unique perspective (unless you count the use of an ethnically-correct cast as unique enough to merit a whole film, and I don't), and of course they lose sight of the bigger picture. *shrug* But whatever floats their boats.
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From:squeakybunny
Date:October 16th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
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What's wrong with a little poetic licence in the nativity? Back when Pampers came in boxes, I cut a slot in an empty one and set it on the back of the camel of one of the wise men.
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From:recoom
Date:October 18th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Heh, saw the movie as well. :) Not one that I would watch again, either. Only thing I could truly appreciate about it would be the humor, but that's about as far as it goes. And yes, the mauling behind the curtains was hilarious! :D
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