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  1. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    They forgot The Road Warrior (which opened in Australia in Dec 1981, but worldwide in 1982). And, with a little slide over to the paranormal, Poltergeist.
  2. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I can't say my Top Ten -- if I was inclined to make one -- would match Schrader's, but every single one of his choices in that list are unquestionably great movies.
  3. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    If you mean Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), I never saw it. I suppose I should, since it has Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, and Michelle Yeoh in it. But I recall when it came out. My wife and I liked the TV show Medium, with Patricia Arquette. And one episode included an astonishingly shameless and...
  4. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I think the only time I'd call what I saw at the Brattle "weird shit" was when I saw Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? there. Great movie, though, so I'm not sure I'd call it "weird shit" nowadays.
  5. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I don't think "appointment viewing" should be a factor. One still has to make an effort to see something. If I hear about a film that sounds interesting to me, I still have to hunt for it, whether to find where I can stream it, get it on demand through cable, or find on disc. Back in the day...
  6. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Back in the day, A Clockwork Orange was a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and it won¹. At the time, I was a member of a Science Fiction club, and the club had a membership to the convention so that we, as a club, could vote for the Hugos. Anyway, when it came to...
  7. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Speaking of ACO... I remember a discussion (elsewhere) back in the early 90s regarding ACO, and not suprisingly, one of the points of contention was regarding whether it should be considered science fiction. Someone on the "not" side argued that it depicted the world "outside our window". I...
  8. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    You make good points, here. But almost from the time it was released, I'd seen comments from people complaining about it being completely baffling, and how "nobody" could possibly understand the ending. I understood it when I was 15, even if it took two viewings and a few weeks of thinking about...
  9. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    The original Mad Max was definitely a cult film. In the US, it pretty much played only in drive-ins. And the reason Warner gave for calling the second one "The Road Warrior" instead of its original Aussie title "Mad Max 2" was because they figured that nobody would know there even was a "Mad Max...
  10. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I'm with Pike regarding the definition of "cult film". The ultimate cult film is probably The Rocky Horror Picture Show, though at this point it's so well known in the cultural zeitgeist that it's hard to think of it as one anymore. I think maybe my two favorite cult films are The Wizard of...
  11. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I think you're kind of missing the point. Pretty much from the start, they had the idea of setting up these disparate characters in their own films with the idea of bringing them together. So Cap would have to be brought up to the present day in order for him to be a part of that. And they were...
  12. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    There are also people who take on franchise roles simply because they want to. Or because they want to be in something that their grandchildren will enjoy. Folks like Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford could get any role in any picture they wanted. Hell, Redford could decide to direct any movie...
  13. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I get what you mean, but using Scorsese as your prime example of this seems...odd. Scorsese is, and has always been, at the forefront of the promotion of World Cinema. It doesn't strike me as reasonable to suggest that Scorsese would deliberately make pictures primarily for an English-speaking...
  14. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I get what Pike is trying to say. I've seen a lot of low-budget films created by "nobodies" that are better than a lot of big-budget films made by and with popular filmmakers. For example, Gareth Edwards' virtually-nil-budget Monsters is a hell of a lot more creative than his bloated mega-budget...
  15. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    But Westerns also have a..."feel" or "tone" that can transcend the setting of time and place. People tend to think that a Western must take place in the American West (usually defined as West of the Mississippi) and in the 1800s. But the aforementioned The Proposition takes place in Australia...
  16. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I would say "great movie actor". I've never thought of him as a "movie star". Will Smith is another actor that I think qualified as a "movie star" earlier in his career, but I don't think he has as much cachet in that respect nowadays.
  17. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Yes, I've seen that argument elsewhere. People who say, well, Star Wars has spaceships and robots and ray-guns, but it also has princesses and wizards and swordfights, which are fantasy tropes not SF tropes, so it's fantasy and not science fiction. My response to that is that yes, Star Wars has...
  18. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    OK, I'll give you Minority Report (and Blade Runner, too). But as you say, "one of the defining examples of SF" opens up SF for being many other things, and not just that. That's why SF has been so hard to define, because there are too many disparate ideas that are encompassed by the term. As...
  19. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Or to quote SF writer, editor, and critic Damon Knight: "Science Fiction is whatever I point to and say, 'That's Science Fiction'." That it's a very subjective concept is kind of my point. There isn't a single genre out there in the world that doesn't invite arguments about what does or doesn't...
  20. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    It depends on what you mean when you say "science fiction". Spaceships, future tech, ray guns, etc. are staples of what has been called "science fiction" since the earliest days of the genre. Especially in the "classic sci-fi books". For several decades, I've seen people argue that "Star Wars...
  21. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I actually didn't care for his performance in 12 Monkeys. It felt like he was trying to channel Dennis Hopper's performance in Apocalypse Now.
  22. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Difficult question, as I like different actors for different reasons. Even the ones who aren't necessarily "good" actors can have a screen presence that carries the day for them. And the trouble with referring to actors who "look pretty" is that it's easy to dismiss someone's acting abilities...
  23. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Just remember to bring ear protectors for your mice.
  24. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I don't think you have to learn the rules to break them, but I think it's still a good idea to do it. There's generally a good reason why the rules are there in the first place. The problem you had suggests that you had a poor instructor who seems to believe that the rules are the rules because...
  25. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    My wife and I are still not comfortable with sitting in a crowded cinema, even if we're wearing masks. So, there is an extremely limited number of movies we will go to see in a theater. Basically, if it's not in IMAX, I'd just as soon wait until I can stream it or get it on UHD. So far, the only...
  26. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Though it's a Roland Emmerich film instead of Michael Bay, every time my wife and I saw a trailer for 10,000 B.C. we'd say "awesome pussycat!" when the sabre-tooth tiger shows up.
  27. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Actually, the "B" features were before the main features. Like the warm-up acts at concerts. Oops...Howie beat me to it.
  28. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Universal's Classic Monster films were the original shared universe film franchise.
  29. jayembee

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    End credits have been excrutiatingly long for decades. It's not a recent development. Plus, the reason for them is primarily all of the guilds and unions demanding acknowledgement of their existence. So we now have to sit through credits listing the stars' personal assistants, the accountants...
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