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Posted 09/13/14 - 3:32 PM:
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Man of steel evokes great imagery of alien life across the universe. It's a great entertainer. It's full of high-speed action, breath-taking special effects and magical scenery. It's the only Superman movie I have ever seen and I loved Superman. I used to enjoy watching cartoon series when I was a kid. This movie revived my memories of past, only with much more colors added to them.



The alien movies where they are portrayed as intelligent beings appeal more to me, than those where they are just blood sucking horrifying biological organisms. I have not seen movies where aliens are shown as very advanced spiritual beings who don't need to fight or invade, but I think the day of such movies has not come yet because there might not be enough action in them to entertain the general audience of such movies--kids. I think spiritual aliens would look like Gods and then they would seem more like mythologies rather than like science-fiction.

Anyways, I enjoyed watching 'Man of Steel,' because of many reasons and a very good sound track along with good picture quality are some of the factors. I highly recommend watching this movie if you like some stupendous action and love the superhero flying in the
sky like a missile. I think what was missing in the movie--was carryover from scene to another at some of places--which makes it look like a dream-sequence--which is not suitable for a place where high-quality action is taking place in movie. That might be the reason why movie did not better critical reception--otherwise--it seemed like Christopher Nolan's action movies, of course, with the lack of mystery-thriller element in it.
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Posted 09/15/14 - 1:07 PM:

Saw it...bored me to tears...literally: I cried at the mind-numbing nature of the flick...couldn't stand any of it...the acting bit, the story bit, the special effects, well, once you've seen a man fly...*shrug*

Awfully tired of reboots and origin stories...Superman is the last son of Krypton, Peter Parker got bit by a radioactive spider, Bruce Wayne lost his parents at an early age, Bruce Banner got exposed to gamma rays, Tony Stark took shrapnel to the chest, etc.

Enough with the beginnings...get on with the story.
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Posted 09/15/14 - 2:59 PM:

henry quirk wrote:
Saw it...bored me to tears...literally: I cried at the mind-numbing nature of the flick...couldn't stand any of it...the acting bit, the story bit, the special effects, well, once you've seen a man fly...*shrug*


I know you like "Hobo with a shotgun" type movies( wink ), i.e. which are realistic ones and not the ones giving such stretch to imagination as these superhero movies or movies involving occult etc. Entertainment does depend on our belief system and philosophy. I like these movies only for high-speed action.

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Awfully tired of reboots and origin stories...Superman is the last son of Krypton, Peter Parker got bit by a radioactive spider, Bruce Wayne lost his parents at an early age, Bruce Banner got exposed to gamma rays, Tony Stark took shrapnel to the chest, etc.

Enough with the beginnings...get on with the story.


I think I understand it--but most of them are adaptations from comics in the first generation--reason is--even when adaptation started say 20-30 years ago, of a character(say Peter Parker for example)--it was not so accomplished as to dissuade other directors from attempting to redo it in a better way. To help support it--take for example--2001 A Space Odyssey of Kubrick--it is so well done a masterpiece that nobody could try redoing it--even the sequel 2010(which came very late) could not receive critical acclaim.



What are your favorite movies, if any, Henry?

What are your favorite books(apart from Kierkegaard/Nietzsche/existential stuff), if I may ask?



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Posted 09/15/14 - 11:16 PM:

Well I'm going to jump in here ahead of Henry. I'm not going to claim my favorite movies, but 2 that I liked.

"The Enemy Below" the movie was good. I read the condensed version as a youth and liked it. I found the movie much later and it too was good. I finally found the book and was greatly disappointed. The book was populated by one dimensional characters that had little depth. the movie was populated by human beings.

The same was true of "The Bedford Incident". The book had wooden one dimensional characters but the movie had human beings as characters.

In both cases the movie was much better than the book.
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Posted 09/15/14 - 11:27 PM:

I think one of my main criteria is that the movie be populated by human beings and not comic book characters. I liked "A Christmas Carol" with George C Scott.

The Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett was good and well acted, but I also thought Tom Baker was a good Sherlock but he had a rather poor supporting cast. One of my problems with any Sherlock Holmes movie is the casting of Watson, and only a few have gotten it right. Watson was a large, very strong man, and only a few movies have cast it correctly.
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Posted 09/16/14 - 12:08 AM:

thedoc wrote:
Well I'm going to jump in here ahead of Henry. I'm not going to claim my favorite movies, but 2 that I liked.

"The Enemy Below" the movie was good. I read the condensed version as a youth and liked it. I found the movie much later and it too was good. I finally found the book and was greatly disappointed. The book was populated by one dimensional characters that had little depth. the movie was populated by human beings.

The same was true of "The Bedford Incident". The book had wooden one dimensional characters but the movie had human beings as characters.

In both cases the movie was much better than the book.


Hi thedoc!

I am not much of fiction reader(in fact not much of reader at all!)--so I have mostly watched movies and only in a few cases where I had a chance to read a novel beforehand, I found movies better than the novels(similar to your observation.)
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Posted 09/16/14 - 12:12 AM:

thedoc wrote:
I think one of my main criteria is that the movie be populated by human beings and not comic book characters. I liked "A Christmas Carol" with George C Scott.

The Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett was good and well acted, but I also thought Tom Baker was a good Sherlock but he had a rather poor supporting cast. One of my problems with any Sherlock Holmes movie is the casting of Watson, and only a few have gotten it right. Watson was a large, very strong man, and only a few movies have cast it correctly.



I think what you mean to say is--characters which look like plain humans and not those wearing masks or having super-powers. Because novels as well as comic books are both fictions---with the only difference in audience type--but sometimes even novels have supernatural phenomena. I loved BBC's Sherlock Holmes the most. I have read almost all of Sherlock Holmes canon--but found Hounds of Baskerville presentation of BBC very impressing. thumb up
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Posted 09/16/14 - 9:54 AM:

Yeah, sad to say, I'd rather watch a hobo shoot folks with a shotgun than watch an alien in blue tights fly.

*shrug*

I got no favorites in anything.

There's stuff I like, stuff I dislike, stuff about which I feel nuthin' at all.
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