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post #76 of 79
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Originally Posted by Bradford
EXACTLY -

My wife and I had this exact conversation yesterday after seeing the movie. We didn't take our 3-year-old, because we figured it would be too scary for him and we were correct. We were though, once again, surprised by the number of people who apparently feel that PG-13 is just a "suggestion" and take young children to these movies.

We also discussed the fact that, despite the rating, Disney is clearly marketing this to young children. We specifically discussed the fact that not too many kids 13 or older would be eating Happy Meals at McDonalds, so all they are doing is encouraging young kids to bug their parents to see this movie.

i saw a lot of scary and violent movies, including 'halloween' and 'clash of the titans', when i was a little kid, and i turned out okay.
post #77 of 79
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
To be perfectly honest... I've seen The Canturbury Tales, and it sucked. I didn't really note anything extraordinary about it. I might have tried to sit through Accittone once or twice, but it seemed so unfocused, pointless, and clumsily written that I don't think I've ever finished it. Never really run across anything else that peaked my interest. Generally Italian film is not my cup of tea.

I recognize that REAL people watch movies to be entertained, not so they can name drop or discuss the effect of the Odessa Steps sequence in the 1925 russian silent filmn Battleship Potemkin on modern film. Or to think about the existential ramifications of Fellini's 8 1/2. (about the only italian director I've ever really found watchable other than Dario Argento, and occasionally Sergio Leone ) Or whatever it is that people talk about in those cheese and wine parties where everyone basically tries to out-do one another with their meaningless drivel.

I mean, I can talk about those things, like the importance of Citizen Kane, its social and political impact, and it's being the basis for almost all modern filmmaking. But only when asked. I understand though, that its a pretty boring movie as far as modern tastes go, and without going to film school, or knowing someone who did, most people will never understand why...

I also know that Raiders Of The Lost Ark may be one of the most entertaining movies ever made, and also definitely not a children's movie. There is nothing wrong with watching movies for fun, and in fact, I consider it to be much nobler a cause than seeing movies because of some quasi-intellectual one upsmanship. I work for a living, I don't have time to ponder.

Ditto, films like "˜Il Gattopardo' are totally lost on me. Sure, the cinematography is interesting and the portrait of the era is fascinating, but other than that it's just a 185 minutes of pointless story telling with no beginning, middle or end.

Jon.
post #78 of 79
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
film is a medium for art. pirates of the caribbean is a film made to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and every decision on these films, from th writing to the editing, is a business decision. i won't spend my money to support it.

i am only an elitist in the same way that people here are eltist toward kenneth cole square-toed bicycle front shoes. the members here generally say they care for the finer things in life and it not unusual to find long threads on handmade clothes, the finest cigars, whiskies, the finest hotels, etc... but when it comes to film, something like "battle in heaven" does not get a mention. instead there is a long thread on a disney children's film that is the filmic equivalent to a happy meal.


Not every film can be Citizen Kane, not every film can be Akira, not every film has to break the barriers of its particular genre or break the standard (thereby creating a new standard) of its sub-genre. Not all films are made to make you think or analyze both the film and life. Some films are there simply to entertain and make money for the studios.

I'm not saying that all films should be pointless, not at all; it would be great if people were able to understand something higher than the lowest common denominator, unfortunately that is not the case. If everyone could understand "˜art' films, that is what Hollywood would make, but since, for the most part they can't, they pander to the group of people they think will make them the most profit...after all the studios are business and at the end of the day they exist, simply to make money.

Jon.
post #79 of 79
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Not every film can be Citizen Kane, not every film can be Akira, not every film has to break the barriers of its particular genre or break the standard (thereby creating a new standard) of its sub-genre. Not all films are made to make you think or analyze both the film and life. Some films are there simply to entertain and make money for the studios.

Jon.

thank god for that. i join the masses when it comes to movies: cheap thrills and popcorn- good times!
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