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Perhaps this is an unwelcome thought on this site of all places, but man, Star Wars has only been back in pop culture for a couple years and I'm already sick of seeing it everywhere.
This thread got me thinking about Stargate and how if they had tweaked the scientist character, they could have easily turned it into a modern day Indiana Jones type movie. It probably would have been a lot more fun that way. It's a nice adventure but the tone is a little too serious with Kurt Russell in stoic mode and all.
Well this is an odd turn of events for Disney. Pirates stealing Pirates 5 and holding it for ransom. Forbes has posted an article too.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/15/15644...som-disney
(05-14-2017, 05:58 PM)DigModiFicaTion Wrote: [ -> ]I hope you're joking. I've always considered it to be one of the better sci-fi movies. Sure it's a bit cheesy, but it was mind blowing at the time of its release and still looks good today.

Not at all. A team of humans waltzes through a Stargate for no particular reason, encounters a few tribal humans, and, eighty minutes in, meets an alien who's been alive for thousands of years, yet doesn't appear to be doing anything of interest, and then they fight a bit because the movie needs gunplay to secure its financing in the first place? And from the retrospective, it looks visually drab and dull, without a fraction of the production design appeal of, say, The Fifth Element. No wonder Ebert gave it a one-star review. Wink



(05-15-2017, 08:48 PM)DigModiFicaTion Wrote: [ -> ]Well this is an odd turn of events for Disney. Pirates stealing Pirates 5 and holding it for ransom. Forbes has posted an article too.

The Pirates franchise's glorification of pirates, while conspicuously avoiding ever showing them committing any actual acts of piracy, has been a weird feature of the series from the start. To my mind, that contradiction is a big part of why Dead Man's Chest is its only good movie to date, as the soul-sucking, pirate of spirits Davy Jones is the only satisfying, hissable villain in the bunch. Heck, even Blackbeard in On Stranger Tides was mainly trying to merely stay alive - an unpleasant circumstance, sure, but hardly a devilish plot of nefariousness. Here's hoping this fifth entry gives us a proper baddie from Bardem.
(05-15-2017, 10:04 PM)Gaith Wrote: [ -> ]Not at all. A team of humans waltzes through a Stargate for no particular reason, encounters a few tribal humans, and, eighty minutes in, meets an alien who's been alive for thousands of years, yet doesn't appear to be doing anything of interest, and then they fight a bit because the movie needs gunplay to secure its financing in the first place? And from the retrospective, it looks visually drab and dull, without a fraction of the production design appeal of, say, The Fifth Element. No wonder Ebert gave it a one-star review. Wink 

Interesting. I always lumped The Fifth Element in with the likes of Wing Commander, production wise. The Fifth Element always felt like I was watching robots and animatronics. It was a little too "out there" for its own good for me. Now Gaith, for someone that has Ardeth from the Mummy movies as his avatar, I'm kind of shocked that a) you seem to be knocking down an egyptian-esque movie and b) you're worried about the storyline. Tongue

(05-15-2017, 10:04 PM)Gaith Wrote: [ -> ]The Pirates franchise's glorification of pirates, while conspicuously avoiding ever showing them committing any actual acts of piracy, has been a weird feature of the series from the start. To my mind, that contradiction is a big part of why Dead Man's Chest is its only good movie to date, as the soul-sucking, pirate of spirits Davy Jones is the only satisfying, hissable villain in the bunch. Heck, even Blackbeard in On Stranger Tides was mainly trying to merely stay alive - an unpleasant circumstance, sure, but hardly a devilish plot of nefariousness. Here's hoping this fifth entry gives us a proper baddie from Bardem.

Well I suppose this response to my original comment meets the "random" response criteria Tongue
(05-16-2017, 02:07 AM)DigModiFicaTion Wrote: [ -> ]The Fifth Element always felt like I was watching robots and animatronics. It was a little too "out there" for its own good for me. Now Gaith, for someone that has Ardeth from the Mummy movies as his avatar, I'm kind of shocked that a) you seem to be knocking down an egyptian-esque movie and b) you're worried about the storyline. Tongue

1) Are you implying The Mummy '99 isn't a modern masterpiece of popcorn cinema, and that its fan edit sequel Year of the Scorpion isn't a delightful romp? You seem to be, but that would be crazy talk; so, I am confused. Wink

2) Egypt-flavored archaeology adventure and modern sci-fi action are like beef stew and strawberry milkshake: two great tastes that don't blend very well. (See: Raider, Tomb.) Once plastics, batteries, automatic weapons and computers become commonplace, the whole mystique of creeping through ancient, long-lost caverns severely diminishes. Nor am I much fond of the whole Ancient Astronauts trope. But, even given these failures to appeal to me personally, the movie itself sounds objectively poor, and the clips featured in the video look drab and lifeless. This space alien has been living relatively undisturbed for thousands of years, and all he has to show for it is a lone pyramid in the middle of nowhere? The Pharaoh in The Mummy's prologue had a far grander empire centered around the Nile!
Gaith, you sure seem to be hating a lot on the movie for never having seen it. I think you're just afraid you might enjoy it and then :gasp: you'll disagree with Ebert and agree with everybody else here saying it was pretty fun.

Also, one time I had a beef stew MRE and the included strawberry milkshake. I threw up about 45 minutes later.
I think the notion of Ancient Aliens is rather insulting in reality, but makes for a great fiction premise. Hence, I really enjoy the ilk of HP Lovecraft, and movies like Fifth Element, Stargate, Prometheus, etc.
It's like you guys have just met Gaith.
I noticed that my local multiplex isn't even offering 3D screenings of 'Wonder Woman' and POTC5 only had a token 2 screenings that are not in 2D (out of 12). Finally, I think 3D's long-predicted reign of terror is coming to an end Big Grin .