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My contributions to the RPG.net thread The game where we run movie titles together, collected in one place, just because I don't want to lose them.

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I just got back from watching Prometheus, so first impressions:

Missed the first ten minutes through trying to dodge the ads. From what I remember of the trailer, I think I may have missed the archeologists finding unconvincing fake directions to the mystery planet. (Unfortunately, I didn't miss the unconvincing team briefing later.) Nice android, suitably creepy and later unapologetic for being creepy. Not bad impression of Ian Holm's Ash as well, despite looking like Peter O'Toole. I did wonder if he would later turn out to be Ash, perhaps with a rebuild. Seems to share the same design flaw as Ash.

Bunch of lousy actors (or perhaps badly directed actors) in the cast. I especially hated the Scottish doctor, very stiff performance, maybe not her natural accent? Flakey geologist wasn't too special either. Weird guy who tried to make friends with geologist whose speciality I don't recall, bit bland. And stupid. Or just had a pressing need to make friends inappropriately. Male archeologist, also bland. Team security guy, way stupid. One of the civs looks at you funny and you leave the guns at home? What? The two cockpit crew weren't too bad, for their limited exposure, but a bit eager to dash off into the fray just on the word of a loopy archaeologist. The Captain was good compared to most of the rest of the cast, but wasn't given enough to work with. Also couldn't be convincing about the probe glitch, for some reason. You can see the roots of a fine tradition of Weyland executives screwing up with the Weyland executive, but she didn't do too badly, except right at the end when she ran in a very wrong direction. Altogether too many characters, though.

Way too much sloppy science. A survey ship doesn't do a pole-to-pole scan of the planet before landing, or deploy a weather satellite above the landing zone? And how does a ship landing in a random place happen upon the Maguffin quite so easily? One solves the other and would have taken 10 seconds of film and a couple of lines. Also, Time Team has been around for nearly two decades. Everyone except Hollywood scriptwriters knows how digs are supposed to go: you don't go scooting around the site opening doors and looting bodies before you run the inconclusive and possibly deceptive geophys survey. Also, don't ceasarean cuts go vertical instead of horizontal, so as to avoid fucking up your abdominal muscles? Also, Weyland exec whose name I don't recall, LV-whatever is way further away than half-a-billion miles from Earth. (Hint: try quadrillion or zillion, instead.) But maybe in the late 21st century they teach execs as little science as they teach Hollywood scriptwriters. Also DNA! How can it be identical without producing identical creatures? The Titans might be a certain percentage similar, which would be thrilling, and unlikely, but could be explained with suitable sci-fi jiggery-pokery, or the exact relation left suitably ambiguous.

Bit too much light and not enough dark in the cinematography, I thought. There were some glimpses of the young Ridley Scott in the shooting, but on the whole there wasn't enough air in the script to let the camera dwell on the exterior or interior settings to let the lighting work. I'm thinking that the zip-dash of 3D CGI was just too much for Scott's cinematography to survive.

Overall, though, I think I kind of liked the movie, though. I liked the Captain, the female archaeologist, the Weyland Executive, and the android (as characters, I hasten to add). Also the Titan; it acted kind of like you'd expect after the set-up it had, but the actor or CGI guys put some élan into the performance. The ceasarean scene was suitably gut wrenching, and put a twist on the old alien birth trope. And loopy archaeologist with a stapled stomach has a good chance of becoming an iconic strong female character, I think. I liked the fact that she doubled over in pain just when I was thinking that she was being way too active for someone who'd just had major surgery. I liked that the script didn't explain too much, leaving the exact nature of the alien weapon to being shown, not told, and also only implied why Weyland wanted access to it. And the spacesuits were kind of neat.
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I'm just watching this fifty-five-year-old movie on iPlayer. Stanley Baker plays an ex-con looking for work who turns up at a trucking firm (called Hawletts, geddit?). The work is a minimum rate per hour with a bonus for each ten-mile trip between a building site and a gravel pit. The boss, played by William Hartnell (Dr Who number 1, if you count such things), just wants as much ballast hauled as possible, and doesn't care about traffic laws, so Baker doesn't get his bonus if he stays below the speed limit.

After proving himself by driving the brake-less truck 13 on the ballast run, Baker is given truck 13, which he is expected to maintain himself in his off-hours. And just to complicate things the drivers also compete with each other for the fastest runs and most runs in a day. And this is on the British roads of the fifties: no motorways, no double carriageways, barely any straight roads at all, so lots of hair-raising stunt driving that would blanche the Stig's hair.

There's a great game of Who's Who on British TV & Films to be played here: besides Baker and Hartnell, the Hell Drivers include Patrick 'The Prisoner' McGoohan, Herbert 'Chief Inspector Dreyfuss' Lom, Sid 'Carry On...' James, Gordon 'The Professionals' Jackson, Alfie 'Bootsie & Snudge' Bass, David 'The Man from Uncle' McCallum and Sean Connery, who was in an obscure spy movie series of the sixties you probably haven't heard of.

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Stanley Baker smouldering in his bomber jacket.

It is, of course, a complete coincidence that the BBC should show this movie in the same week that British truck drivers are about to go on strike for better conditions (and the British government has tried to stoke up a petrol panic-buying spree in an attempt to make the drivers look like bad guys).

In completely unrelated news, I have to drive up to Birmingham Airport tomorrow morning, and I'm blogging and awake at 1:00 1:30 AM.
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A list of the 100 best SF movies.

Ones I've watched in italics:

1) Blade Runner (1982)
2) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3) Star Wars (1977)
4) Alien (1979)
5) Metropolis (1927)
6) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
7) The Terminator (1984)
8) Planet of the Apes (1968)
9) E.T. (1982)
10) Solaris (1972)
11) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
12) Forbidden Planet (1956)
13) The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
14) A Trip to the Moon (1902)
15) Aliens (1986)
16) Silent Running (1972)
17) Brazil (1985)
18) Akira (1988)
19) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
20) Total Recall (1990)
21) The Matrix (1999)
22) Tron (1982)
23) The Thing (1982)
24) RoboCop (1987)
25) Jurassic Park (1993)
26) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
27) A Clockwork Orange (1971)
28) The Fifth Element (1997)

29) La Jetée (1962)
30) Sleeper (1973)
31) The Fly (1986)
32) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
33) Westworld (1973)
34) Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) (1981)
35) Return of the Jedi (1983)
36) Back to the Future (1985)
37) WALL-E (2008)

38) The Fantastic Planet (1973)
39) The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
40) Things to Come (1936)
41) 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
42) The Abyss (1989)
43) Quatermass 2 (1957)
44) This Island Earth (1955)
45) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
46) Delicatessen (1991)
47) Dark Star (1974)
48) The Andromeda Strain (1971)
49) The Omega Man (1971)

50) Stalker (1979)
51) Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
52) Escape from New York (1981)
53) The Invisible Man (1933)
54) It Came From Outer Space (1953)
55) Godzilla (1954)
56) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
57) Minority Report (2002)

58) Alphaville (1965)
59) Gattaca (1997)
60) The Fountain (2006)
61) Them! (1954)
62) Videodrome (1983)

63) Logan’s Run (1976)
64) Ghost in the Shell (1995)
65) Repo Man (1984)
66) Children of Men (2006)
67) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
68) Outland (1981)
69) A Boy and his Dog (1975)
70) Mad Max (1979)
71) Donnie Darko (2001)
72) Soylent Green (1973)

73) Cube (1997)
74) Moon (2009)
75) Dark City (1998)
76) Starship Troopers (1997)
77) A Scanner Darkly (2006)

78) The Quiet Earth (1985)
79) Invaders From Mars (1953)
80) Fantastic Voyage (1966)
81) Barbarella (1968)
82) Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
83) Twelve Monkeys (1995)
84) Event Horizon (1997)
85) Independence Day (1996)
86) Altered States (1980)
87) The Stepford Wives (1975)
88) Serenity (2005)
89) Dune (1984)

90) Primer (2004)
91) Explorers (1985)
92) THX 1138 (1971)
93) Star Trek (2009)
94) Flash Gordon (1980)
95) Galaxy Quest (1999)
96) Cocoon (1985)
97) Stargate (1994)
98) Predator (1987)

99) Trancers (1985)
100) Rollerball (1975)

Eighty-seven out of 100. Yes, I watch too many movies. Or is that, I haven't watched enough? Films I got to watch sometime: La Jetée, The Fantastic Planet, Alphaville, Logan's Run, Cube. Yeah, and Ghost in the Shell, I got that on DVD somewhere.

(Meme caught from ffutures.)
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The name of the movie
Rating
Setting
Background Music
Political Outlook
Mood of Ending
Has a hilarious-looking afroffutures
Appears mostly for a gratuitous sex scenemiss_mcdonald
Feels it necessary to wear aviator sunglassesemesisgirl
Plays a minority in a way modern viewers find racistslammerkinbabe
Utters the catchphrase that will remain in American pop culturestacy288
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The name of the movie
Rating
Setting
Background Music
Political Outlook
Mood of Ending
Has a hilarious-looking afroffutures
Appears mostly for a gratuitous sex scenemiss_mcdonald
Feels it necessary to wear aviator sunglassesemesisgirl
Plays a minority in a way modern viewers find racistslammerkinbabe
Utters the catchphrase that will remain in American pop culturestacy288
Comic reliefwest32
Cult Classic?False
Most repeated phrase on DVD commentary trackI am Jor-El!
This Fun Quiz created by Akhmed at BlogQuiz.Net
Scorpio Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz


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Same deal as the previous meme — Bold the ones you saw in the theatre, italicise the ones you saw by other means, leave the others alone — except this list is inflation adjusted.

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $1,390,067,000
2. Star Wars (1977) $1,225,462,800
3. The Sound of Music (1965) $979,817,800
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $975,957,800
5. The Ten Commandments (1956) $901,280,000
6. Titanic (1997) $883,019,700
7. Jaws (1975) $881,182,300
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $854,051,900
9. The Exorcist (1973) $760,712,400
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $749,920,000
11. 101 Dalmatians (1961) $687,430,700
12. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $675,482,800
13. Ben-Hur (1959) $674,240,000
14. Return of the Jedi (1983) $647,128,700
15. The Sting (1973) $613,302,900
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $606,416,000
17. Jurassic Park (1993) $593,096,200

18. The Graduate (1967) $588,731,200
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $583,601,600
20. Fantasia (1941) $571,339,100
21. The Godfather (1972) $542,987,300
22. Forrest Gump (1994) $540,393,800
23. Mary Poppins (1964) $537,890,900

24. The Lion King (1994) $531,354,700
25. Grease (1978) $529,221,700
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Same deal as the previous meme — Bold the ones you saw in the theatre, italicise the ones you saw by other means, leave the others alone — except this list is inflation adjusted.

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $1,390,067,000
2. Star Wars (1977) $1,225,462,800
3. The Sound of Music (1965) $979,817,800
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $975,957,800
5. The Ten Commandments (1956) $901,280,000
6. Titanic (1997) $883,019,700
7. Jaws (1975) $881,182,300
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $854,051,900
9. The Exorcist (1973) $760,712,400
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $749,920,000
11. 101 Dalmatians (1961) $687,430,700
12. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $675,482,800
13. Ben-Hur (1959) $674,240,000
14. Return of the Jedi (1983) $647,128,700
15. The Sting (1973) $613,302,900
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $606,416,000
17. Jurassic Park (1993) $593,096,200

18. The Graduate (1967) $588,731,200
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $583,601,600
20. Fantasia (1941) $571,339,100
21. The Godfather (1972) $542,987,300
22. Forrest Gump (1994) $540,393,800
23. Mary Poppins (1964) $537,890,900

24. The Lion King (1994) $531,354,700
25. Grease (1978) $529,221,700

Movie Meme

Jul. 12th, 2008 08:01 pm
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IMDb's top 25 all-time box office hits. Bold the ones you saw in theater, italicize the ones you saw some other way instead, and leave the unseen ones alone.

1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. Shrek 2 (2004) $436,471,036
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $423,032,628
7. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) $380,262,555
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $377,019,252
10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) $373,377,893

11. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370,270,943
12. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $340,478,898

14. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
15. Spider-Man 3 (2007) $336,530,303
16. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
17. The Lion King (1994) $328,423,001
18. Shrek the Third (2007) $320,706,665
19. Transformers (2007) $318,759,914
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $313,837,577

22. Iron Man (2008) $311,708,133
23. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583
24. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $309,404,152
25. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,40


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Movie Meme

Jul. 12th, 2008 08:01 pm
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IMDb's top 25 all-time box office hits. Bold the ones you saw in theater, italicize the ones you saw some other way instead, and leave the unseen ones alone.

1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. Shrek 2 (2004) $436,471,036
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $423,032,628
7. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) $380,262,555
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $377,019,252
10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) $373,377,893

11. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370,270,943
12. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $340,478,898

14. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
15. Spider-Man 3 (2007) $336,530,303
16. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
17. The Lion King (1994) $328,423,001
18. Shrek the Third (2007) $320,706,665
19. Transformers (2007) $318,759,914
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $313,837,577

22. Iron Man (2008) $311,708,133
23. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583
24. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $309,404,152
25. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,40


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