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MGibster

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One of my favorite Arnold movies of the '80s was Commando.

To this day, I am still somewhat amazed that there are people who don't realize that it's a satire. A very, very, very deadpan satire ... which is why it works so perfectly.
Me: Remember, Snarf, when I promised to reply to you last?
Snarf: That's right, you did!
Me: I lied.

I like Siskel and Ebert but they are wrong a lot
Ebert in particular really dropped the ball on The Thing.

I view critics much the same as people who spend way too much time picking apart RPGs on forums. Yes, they may know more about the industry, the processes, the hits, and misses than your average person, but so what? The average person is still going to enjoy the thing regardless of the minor flub of mise en scène in act two or the mechanics not being perfectly detailed.
I used to rate movies on a scale of 1-5. But I thought it was stupid trying to come up with a sliding scale so instead just started using a thumbs up. Is this movie worth watching? Then it gets a thumbs up.
 



innerdude

Legend
I think we are getting to the point that the general public is familiar enough with fantasy tropes, thanks especially to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, that a parodic take seems inevitable. Going with Munchkin -- assuming the naming rights wouldn't be an issue for the film -- seems like a good route.

** Looks at Honor Among Thieves poster **

Hmm, yeah, you may be on to something there.

😉
 


Moonmover

Explorer
The Lord of the Rings has too many dang descriptions of trees and geographic formations. I don't need to know the exact layout of every gently rising hillock, wind-blown mead, and narrow defile these guys walk across.

The Silmarillion is Tolkein's best novel.
 

MGibster

Legend
Horror is one of those areas where, at best, critics who are not specialists in it often have a very, very narrow view of what works in it.
Have you read his review? Because I don't think it's the problem. He opens up by saying he was disappointed by the superficial characterizations and the implausible actions of the characters. Did he watch the same movie the rest of us watched? I re-watched it just a few years ago, and I didn't find anyone's behavior to be implausible.
 

Have you read his review? Because I don't think it's the problem. He opens up by saying he was disappointed by the superficial characterizations and the implausible actions of the characters. Did he watch the same movie the rest of us watched? I re-watched it just a few years ago, and I didn't find anyone's behavior to be implausible.

Generally I found Ebert fair and he just had his opinions (which is reasonable, the guy doesn't have to like every horror movie I do). Where I think they both did have a bit of a blind spot was the slasher genre, which they were both had an extreme dislike of (though to be fair, they liked Halloween so it wasn't an unuanced dislike of the sub-genre).
 

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