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Posts posted by JimmyMecks

  1. 1) Scott Pilgrim

    2) Hot Fuzz

    3) Shaun of the Dead

    4) At World's End


    I'm an MCU fanboy and even still I can say that SP is the only comic book adaptation that recreates things that are unique about comic books.


    Here's a cool video on the scene transitions that get pulled off. When you map scenes out in a physical place, it's like practically recreating a comic page


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  2. Guys I don't want the podcast to end either, but this isn't just a host leaving; this is an extremely nasty scandal. People have to think about what it means for their careers to be associated with it in any way. Who wants to be the new co-host of a podcast after something like that? Who wants to try to continue on after 97 episodes as though nothing happened? How many listeners are they going to lose no matter what they do?


    I think Amy has an extremely bright future, but if she continues with this concept it might be better to just start over with a new podcast. But there's also a strong chance that it's just over.


    It's really awful guys, but I think that's the reality of the situation.


    A lot of this podcast is shaped around the listeners and the community here. The Canon will survive and no one's career is gonna be damaged by being associated with it, it's not like Devin did all this on Canon facilities with Canon staff -- it's not a Penn State situation.


    EDIT: Not to compare Devin to Sandusky and Paterno, true monsters.

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  3. Edgar Wright is a legitimate genius. The World's End is my favorite film of his-- It's his most thematically complex and emotionally powerful-- but everything he's done is brilliant, with the Cornetto films in particular standing in absolute masterpiece territory.


    I'd love to see a Shaun of the Dead vs. Hot Fuzz episode, even though I have no doubt Shaun would win.


    I prefer Hot Fuzz to Shaun of the Dead but I can accept that I'm in the minority there

  4. I think this this should be in the canon way before Re-Animator or They Live


    I think I would be more interested in a 3 way VS episode with this, Friday the 13th and Halloween. The three big iconic slasher franchises going at it for one spot in the Canon


    I feel like that's a no contest, flawless victory for Halloween, no?

  5. Well, it took him forever to find roles where he wasn't Jim Carreying the whole time. That said, Jim Carrey--especially at the time--brings a likability and celebrity that I don't know would have worked with anyone else.


    And I feel like that's part of what makes me dislike the casting. If the appeal of the in universe Truman Show is that it's a show about an everyday normal man, they got one of the most abnormal actors to play him. For example, the scene where he makes a spaceman helmet in the mirror with the soap should have played out like an ordinary person having silly, goofy fun in private like we all do (my private, weirdo thing is replacing song lyrics with my dogs name) but instead it feels like Jim Carrey doing his shtick.

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  6. I think it's interesting how in the Boyz N The Hood episode, Devin took John Singleton to task for his unmotivated camera. Meanwhile Amy pointed out how Wrath of Khan is basically a tv movie with it's staging and it's written off as part of the 'charm'. I fear that nostalgia is causing some to lower the bar as to what is a great movie.

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  7. No, you can't vote THE WRATH OF KHAN into The Canon just because its Trek. But you CAN vote it in because it is (as far as I can tell) a good movie that's beloved that is only THE SECOND OF IT'S KIND. What do I mean you might ask? Name another TV series before STAR TREK that got turned into a theatrical feature franchise. (Go on...I'll wait.) You can't and because THE WRATH OF KHAN remains the best of all the Trek movies (with the possible exception of the even more Moby Dick inspired FIRST CONTACT) and because now the movies mine television for the repurposing of intellectual property all the time, that's why I voted THE WRATH OF KHAN into The Canon. Nice arguing Amy, but I think you missed the point of this one a little bit.


    Even ignoring the super condescending last sentence, is TV being mined for movies a trend that's Canon-worthy? If you're specifically talking about continuing a series into a feature length movie, how many examples do we have? Firefly? Simpsons?


    As for movies that remade old tv shows, how many of those are good? For every 21 Jump Street (which lampooned the original concept) there are a dozen Brady Bunches, Dark Shadows, Starsky and Hutches etc

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  8. Mulled it over since watching it for the first time since last week and ironically enough, something Devin said is what finally pushed me to the 'no' side. I ldon't think the movie is great enough to be canon-ized on it's own yet the legacy of Star Trek is undeniable, but what are we voting on? "Star Trek works best as a tv series" is what answered it for me, if this is a Canon for the greatest movies of all time, are the Star Trek movies, by themselves, strong enough to deserve a spot?

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  9. Expanding on my earlier post mentioning how easy it is for horror to get into the Canon: 12 horror movies have been discussed on the show so far and 9 have got in. The three that didn't (Aliens, Let Me In, The Fly) only missed out because they were in Vs. episodes against other horror movies -- funnily enough the action oriented Aliens lost to the more horror leaning Alien.

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  10. I'll be curious to hear from people who aren't familiar with the show, or aren't fans of it. I wonder how enjoyable the movie is if you're not. And even then, will this still get voted in just because Star Trek is so culturally significant? If so, a part of me will be disappointed (and I say this as a big TOS fan); I believe Canon-inductees should be able to stand on their own as great films.


    :raises hand:


    I've only seen Neu Trek: really liked the first one, really disliked the second one, enjoyed the third one until the final act


    Watched Wrath of Khan last night and thought it was really good, although I wish I had known to watch "Space Seed" before watching this one. I'm very on the fence on which way I'm voting... it feels like representing the legacy of Star Trek is really important but I'm unsure for now if it breaks through the barrier as a single, standalone film deserving of a place in The Canon.

  11. My top (or bottom, I suppose) four:


    1) The Usual Suspects

    2) Re-Animator

    3) They Live

    4) Stand By Me


    I like both They Live and Re-Animator but I feel like neither are at the level of canon-worthy and that the bar for horror films to get in right now is really, really low, unfortunately, especially compared to other genres where good movies on the same level have been soundly rejected.


    Stand By Me just got in so I assume it's pretty safe.


    The Usual Suspects is the only one out of the four, and one of the only few movies ever discussed, that I will argue is a straight up bad movie. I wasn't around here when it got voted in so I don't know how the split was but I hope in my lifetime I can see this movie get left in the dust when people remember 90s filmmaking.

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  12. Easy yes


    Wanted to add that as the episode was winding down, my ears immediately perked up when Devin mentioned "After Hours." Never expected that movie to get it's own episode but now I am immediately energized to campaign for it to get an episode of it's own. Don't expect it to get voted in but would be a worthwhile discussion.

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  13. Wall-E never regains the heights of it's opening, silent 30 minutes and it's environmental themes are barely fleshed out, instead opting to instead just call people fat and lazy. Definitely the most overrated Pixar film and one of the more disappointing ones when you take into account how great those opening scenes are.

  14. Restraining from voting this episode but I do agree with Devin that some of improv that's meant to be authentic is just way too planned. We have amateur documentarians in real life and we know that even the worst of them know how to point a camera. And I don't buy the "realistic" dialogue where one character repeats someone's name over and over again. Look at reality show competitions like the Amazing Race, people are more eloquent than you think even in pressure situations.

  15. This is a fine movie, craftsmanlike in execution but with no real artistry or any kind of inspiration in its use of the camera. Everything is fine, and results in an enjoyable, safe film with no real bite to it. Soft no from me.


    I voted no and am disappointed it's gonna make it into The Canon but I gotta disagree with the idea that there are no inspired uses of the camera. As Devin and Amy stated in the episode, the train sequence is really crafted. I'd also add the initial train scene where Corey Feldman plays chicken before River to pulls him off cuts to them on the side and the train passing by very closely. There are also some pretty beautiful landscape shots, particularly when they leave the train tracks and head into the woods, the frame is divided nicely between the sunniness of the field at the bottom and the dark, forest green at the top that they're running towards.

  16. Btw, I was wondering if anyone is here is familiar with PNW history and can answer why the accents seemed to lean pretty hard in the New York/Boston realm? John Cusack was also a Yankee fan, apparently, which seemed odd to me but I guess front runners gonna front run?

  17. This is a movie that's full of nice moments that doesn't feel like a really well made movie overall. There are some structure issues I have, especially reliance on flashbacks to fill in blanks without informing any of the present action. I agree with the point that grown up Gordie is a poor writer based on his narration and that's piling onto the fact that the narration is pretty pointless to begin with and I double agree with Gordie feeling too much of a "special" character that the other characters hold up, making me think that the foundations are being set for characters like Bella Swan.


    For me, Gordie just seems so passive and inconsequential. I concede that he is a writer and a writer's role is to observe but because of that his final decision to point the gun at Ace feels really unearned.


    This was an easy no for me.

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