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  1. David Echo

    2008 at the Box Office

    From Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online perfect storm Main Entry: perfect storm Function: noun : a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors From Wikipedia: The phrase perfect storm originates from the 1997 book The Perfect...
  2. David Echo

    *** Official THE DARK KNIGHT Discussion Thread

    I have to agree with Will_B on this point - I very much respected the film and everyone involved in it's creation but I too was somewhat expecting to see some Batman elements pop up in a Batman movie. For us comic readers on the forum, to me TDK felt like a fill-in arc written by a hotshot...
  3. David Echo

    some summer 2008 movie bets I made with a "friend"

    Actually I have to agree with 'ol Charlie on this one - for better or for worse we'll never know what TDK would have done at the BO under "normal" circumstances. ANY numbers thrown around to that effect are simply pure speculation. Heath's tragic death made all traditional tracking impossible...
  4. David Echo

    some summer 2008 movie bets I made with a "friend"

    Uh, I really hate to be the one to say it to my fellow HTF-ers here but (here it goes.) Why So Serious? Just because you see a thread's been updated doesn't mean you need to read it if you didn't like what you read there the last time. I thought this forum was a place open to all film...
  5. David Echo

    Best Places To Buy DVD's in Vancouver, BC region?

    Please move this thread if it is in the wrong forum. Hi All, I'm looking for some help from my fellow HTF-ers in the Vancouver, BC region. I recently moved to White Rock from Montreal and am looking for advice on where to go shopping for dvd's in the area. Montreal had at least 2 very...
  6. David Echo

    2004 Box Office Predictions And Discussions

    That seems to be the Miramax option with long (4+ hour) movies depending on how 'cool' you are: Martin Scorsese, one of America's most respected directors has to significantly cut Gangs of New York to get it under a 3 hour window for distribution, probably damaging his film in the process...
  7. David Echo

    Halo: Can it be run on a below spec PC?

    Thanks Scott, I figured as much. Looks like I'll be buying the gf a new machine for HER b-day! Dave
  8. David Echo

    Halo: Can it be run on a below spec PC?

    long story short - my gf bought Halo for her son for his b-day and her proccessor is a little slower than is required. Can the game be run at all, albiet slow and choppy maybe or will it just not run on a below spec machine? Any info would be helpful as she and I are on seperate coasts and I...
  9. David Echo

    *** Official THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Discussion Thread

    Geez Ricardo, I'm not a great fan of collectables talk as well but after soooo many pages of movie talk these guys have to mix it up a little bit! :D Now, having said that my change of topic question for the panel is this: what do you think the chances are of getting a multi-disc epic...
  10. David Echo

    *** Official THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Discussion Thread

    I second you Sean. I've always mentally added a years' passage of time to account for Gandalf's excursions and to stick to the timeline as outlined in both the book and the movie. Dave
  11. David Echo

    *** Official THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Discussion Thread

    Huh. But what about that scene in the EE of TTT where M&P run into that wacky Eric Idle in the Bazzar on the edge of Fangorn and they buy back the daggers as he teaches them how to haggle? Where's my No-Prize? 'Nuff said. Dave
  12. David Echo

    *** Official THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Discussion Thread

    Actually Galadriel mentions that the daggers she gives Merry and Pippin are of the Noldorin (sp?) - High Elves - and that they have already seen service in war suggesting that there may be more to them than meet the eye. Not word for word from the original text I'll grant you but in the same...
  13. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    From cnn.com - "Return of the King" did not set records for best domestic opening weekend, but it put up the highest numbers ever for a worldwide debut. The film added $121 million in 28 other countries since Wednesday for a global total of $246.1 million, surpassing the $202.8 million...
  14. David Echo

    *** Official THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Review Thread

    Thanks for the review Ruben amd welcome to AICN! Lol, best review I've heard yet. Way to go Troy. Hmmmm, as for myself I'm really torn between saying which I liked more - ROTK or FOTR. I think for myself ROTK was the best CINEMA EXPERIENCE of the 3 but that FOTR is a better movie. If that...
  15. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    So about this Return of the King thingy? Shall we say $125 million by Sunday (it will pass $100 million on Saturday) and $400 million domestic when all is said and done. I know it's a bit high on the final domestic but it is the holidays and I'm in a generous mood. Dave p.s. BTW, I also...
  16. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    No prob, Matt - I knew you were kidding - I just didn't want the point of my post to be lost. Which basically was this: if you give JSP a movie they think is going to be fun, and they come away from it thinking it was fun (regardless of whether it was good by any standard you wish to apply to...
  17. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    I didn't say I (damn, how do you show emphasis on a capital "I") would go see CA2 or think it'll be a fun film (although again I might); only that the general public's perception of the film via the first one and the marketing push of the second is that this one will be a FUN moviegoing...
  18. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    Personally I think Hulk was released at the wrong time. Summer is not the time to put out a "thinking man's" comic book movie. I think this would have gone over much better as a fall/winter release. LOTR and Harry Potter have proven that long, big-budget films can still clean up in that time...
  19. David Echo

    *** Official "THE TWO TOWERS" Discussion Thread

    Perhaps I can clarify my position with another example. Let's take the historical event of the shooting at the O.K. Corral. It really happened and such personages as Wyatt Earp and his brothers were there, along with Doc Holiday, the Clanton's, Johnny Ringo, etc. Now, there have been many...
  20. David Echo

    *** Official "THE TWO TOWERS" Discussion Thread

    My own take on how to view PJ's LOTR films compared to J.R.R.'s novel(s) boils down to this - Tolkien wore two hats in Middle-Earth, one of mythmaker, one of storyteller. As mythmaker he created the world(s) and their histories, populated them with incredible creatures and personalities. Gave...
  21. David Echo

    Deus ex machina?

    Sorry again Greg, I think the techincal term for the one in Holy Grail is "A Joke." Just bugging ya! Dave
  22. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    Hmmmmmm, interestingly enough if you check Box Office Mojo's list of films that opened in more than 3000 theaters (not screens, and not updated since 5/5/02) only 2 made more than 40% of their total gross in their opening weekend. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: 50.0% Battlefield Earth...
  23. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    I don't think anyone here is saying that a film making a few hundred million dollars is not a success, just that in the case of The Matrix Reloaded it apparently HAD to open huge because it has no legs and the reason it has no legs is that it is simply not a very good film. We like to bitch...
  24. David Echo

    *** Official "2003 Box Office Prediction and Discussion" Thread

    Actually I do think front-loaded B.O. is a good indicator of a film's quality in certain respects - if a film makes $200 million in it's first week and a nominal amount thereafter, then it made it's money through marketing/anticipation and NOT on the strengh of the film. That doesn't mean the...
  25. David Echo

    TV 'B' Story Origins?

    Hi All, I was on the phone with a friend of mine last night and we were talking all things TV. One of the topics that came up was the practice of having a lesser "B" story running alongside the main "A" story. We were curious when this really began to become common practice. Original Star...
  26. David Echo

    OK, make your 2002 box office predictions! Spiderman, AOTC, HPATCOS, TTT...

    In my SEPT 2ND POST I also predicted a 350 Million dollar domestic gross.
  27. David Echo

    Do YOU sit through the credits?? Why?

    Yes, always - at home and in the cinema. Why? Because films are always a group effort and this is really hammered home as you watch the end credits scroll by. Besides I'm hoping some of the people whose names I read as they go by will return the favor someday and watch my name crawling up the...
  28. David Echo

    OK, make your 2002 box office predictions! Spiderman, AOTC, HPATCOS, TTT...

    From Tolkienonline.com messageboard/ box office thread - Audience analysis of the TTT Box office Fact: 1. FOTR sold 56 million movie tickets (313M total BO divided by $5.6 average ticket price in 2001. http://www.natoonline.org/statisticstickets.htm). 2. FOTR VHS & DVD rented for 12 million...
  29. David Echo

    OK, make your 2002 box office predictions! Spiderman, AOTC, HPATCOS, TTT...

    My own feeling is the TTT will do better than FOTR but only by about 50 million. 350 million is my "official" domestic prediction and I'm sticking to it. Book sales of LOTR went up like 500 - 800% after Fellowship came out, a good sign that people find the story engaging enough to want to...
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