I know I'm going to be blacklisted for this, but...

Brad_W

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I just watched 3,000 Miles To Graceland (AKA 3,000 miles to Dweetland) and... it was awesome. I know there are prolly a couple threads about this movie, but I thought I would start a fresh one. I didn't want to rent the movie (I have preconcieved notions about any film that stars Kevin "bland" Costner and Kurt "overboard" Russell; dressing as Elvis, no less), but my wife convinced me ("Hey, let's rent that." "okay."). Never have I wanted to dress up as Elvis and carry machine guns around killing people more than I have today. Yes, this movie is not an Oscar waiting to happen, nor is the movie a cinematic masterpiece, but it sure was fun to watch. I would have to say that 25% of the movie was lame, but the rest of the film was witty and violent. Normally, I shouldn't like this movie, but for some reason I really enjoyed it and laughed a lot. Flame me if you will, but I stick to my oppinion.
Now, I must run and hide in the corner.
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SteveGon

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Hey, if ya liked it, ya liked it. Enough said!

Maybe I'll rent it - my local Hollywood Video has a .99 rental special going on. Can't go too wrong for a buck!
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JohnE

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It's not something I would buy, but a friend dropped by with it a few weeks ago, and I found it to be far better than I expected. Not really as bad as I had heard.
 

Seth Paxton

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It not the money OR the time...it's the horrible scenes leaving permanent scars on my filmmaking psyche.

BTW, my advice to the filmmakers is to keep in mind that when the police have laser sights on the criminal that they:
A) shouldn't miss, shouldn't allow the criminal to raise his gun and shoot before the cops can even get a shot off, etc.
B) the shots should actually be shown hitting roughly near where the "cool" laser sights are aimed.
Talk about style over substance, that whole bit was about "this looks neat" rather than any reasonable storytelling. I don't mind for going for a cool look, but you should try to get it right if you want to do it that way. If you can't make it work, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it.
That's just one of the reasons I hated the film. But obviously there were things in there for someone to enjoy as we see by this thread.
[Edited last by Seth Paxton on October 05, 2001 at 01:10 AM]
 

BrianKM

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when the police have laser sights on the criminal that they:
A) shouldn't miss, shouldn't allow the criminal to raise his gun and shoot before the cops can even get a shot off, etc.
B) the shots should actually be shown hitting roughly near where the "cool" laser sights are aimed.
Talk about style over substance, that whole bit was about "this looks neat" rather than any reasonable storytelling. I don't mind for going for a cool look, but you should try to get it right if you want to do it that way. If you can't make it work, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it.

Not to be antagonistic, but have you ever fired a gun with a laser sight? I don't think it's as easy as other movies make it out to be - there is skill involved with squeezing the trigger so that the tensed muscles don't throw the gun off target as the trigger comes back, something that I'm sure many cops have not mastered in combat situations. I haven't seen the flick yet, so maybe I am off base here ...
 
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I really don't know why people HATE this movie so much. IMO it was also a very enjoyable popcorn flick, on the par with titles like Con Air.
 

Brad_W

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...nice to hear what makes uo some peoples definition of "awesome"...
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Easy there cowboy, I only say this for this movie. However, keep in mind that wit and violence could be the name of any Tarentino film.
Also, I said I like this movie not because it was a great intelligent film, but because of it's fluff. Nit-picking this movie would be like shooting fish in a barrel; I know that and enjoy this movie for other reasons, i.e. elvis with a machine gun.
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Alex Spindler

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Open Blacklist.txt
Append 'Brad_W'
Append 'Infraction : 3000 Miles to Graceland'
Close Blacklist.txt
Just kidding. Liking a movie won't get you blacklisted, even one as (IMO) bad and disappointing as this one.
Hehe, this from someone who went out of his way to get Basket Case : Special Edition!
 

Brad_W

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Hehe, this from someone who went out of his way to get Basket Case : Special Edition!
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Hey, that's okay. I opened myself up to be flamed for this one. I normally wouldn't like a movie like this, but for some reason I do. I normally am a film snob, but gawd I couldn't help myself. Also, I'm the guy that went out of his way to obtain "Head of the Family" on dvd. There's nothing like a movie about a killer talking head.
edited to say that it's been too long since I've been on my medication. Plus, my wife just stares at me every time she walks by and sees me in the corner rocking back and forth drooling on myself. (They've turned me loose from the nervous hospital)
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[Edited last by Brad_W on October 05, 2001 at 02:42 PM]
 

Bruce Hedtke

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Nothing wrong with a little style in a film. Or alot of style. Or of a film having only style to carry it. I liked 3000 Miles to Graceland as well, but consider it a one viewing film.
Bruce
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