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What's better than a holiday weekend free of work but chock full of incredible food and festivities? A holiday weekend free of work but chock full of incredible food and festivities PLUS a new episode of Game of Thrones!
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JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: 10 months ago

My 10 Favorite Movie Dads (Happy Father's Day)

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11. Honorable Mention: The always heartwarming Denethor
Glinda
Glinda at 11:48 AM Jun 16

This is so awesome I love this list! Every one!

cp27502
cp27502 at 12:54 PM Jun 16

Nice list!

Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 03:39 PM Jun 16

Nice! mufasa is a great father, love the Kings of the past scene.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

I fucking love firefly so much and "Out of Gas" is really the crown jewel of the series to me. The transitions between present time and flashbacks that always begin and end with the same character action is just ridiculously clever. On top of that you get the emotional pull of the episode, some of the best music in the series and a great family aspect within the crew. So. Damn. Good.
WalkAway
WalkAway at 08:10 PM Jun 15

I was just telling Kate that I love the flashbacks in this one.

Mac136187
Mac136187 at 08:47 PM Jun 15

Great great episode. This is the one that made me love the series

MonsterZeroNJ
MonsterZeroNJ at 11:25 PM Jun 15

One of the best episodes. This and the last one with Jubal Early are my favorites.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

It's only been five days but I've already watched the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug about 57 times.
Invidtus
Invidtus at 12:33 PM Jun 15

Like beer-

Weapon X
Weapon X at 03:50 PM Jun 15

Slacker.

Otis_Driftwood
Otis_Driftwood at 08:42 PM Jun 15

I've been watching it too. Very excited!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

Happy Birthday Glinda! She's one of the sweetest, most generous Schmoes we've ever had on this site and always puts a smile on my face, We love ya
Glinda
Glinda at 11:49 AM Jun 15

Thank you JL for your birthday wishes and kind words! It's a beautiful day so far, and I love you all back, so much.

JohnLocke2342 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 10 months ago

Man of Steel



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Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David Goyer
Cast: Julia Ormond, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Science-Fiction
Official Site: www.manofsteel.com
Plot: A Superman movie that we not only deserve but need right now

Review:

What is it about Superman that gives the project a stigma of being impossible to translate into the modernized era of filmmaking? Is it the fact that he flies around with a red cape and possesses every super power in the comic-book arsenal? Thor had similar aspects and a much harder world to connect audiences to in a realistic way but that movie transitioned just fine. Is it because his "truth, justice and the American way" motto is so reminiscent of baby boomer Americana that we feel the message could be lost? Superman has always stood for peace and protection of his planet and those same themes are evident yet again in Man of Steel. Sacrifice, duty, responsibility and the religious, christ-like themes we've seen from time to time with "The Son of Krypton" being sent to save us are all very much involved in this retelling of Superman, and that's where the movie exceeds. Rather than sit us through another origin story of a character we all know we're treated to fleeting glimpses of his upbringing by flashbacks in the story. These crucial moments are things he learned to deal with from childhood to adulthood and help shape the choices he has to make in the present day, and because of that reiteration it works that much better as an effective form of character development. Instead of being lectured about Superman we learn those lessons with him and seeing him grow through those same...[more]...

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HTX0811
HTX0811 at 03:28 PM Jun 14

Great review!

Rebellion_Reborn
Rebellion_Reborn at 04:29 PM Jun 14

Great review my friend. I personally loved the hell out of it too.

X-KID
X-KID at 08:57 AM Jun 15

A+ Review!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

I was shocked and also thrilled with how large of a role Russell Crowe had as Jor-El and I love the possibility that he can make appearances in future Man of Steel sequels. His basically carried the first act of the movie on his own shoulders and brought his trademark blend of drama and bad-assery.
Dodong27
Dodong27 at 11:34 AM Jun 14

So happy to hear it JohnLocke!!!

randychico
randychico at 08:52 PM Jun 14

Yeah I was surprised that he got to kick so much ass in the 1st act

Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 11:30 PM Jun 14

I wasn't expecting his role to be that big either and it was such a fantastic surprise.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

Wow, I think Man of Steel is a perfect launching pad for the DC Universe and one of the better superhero movies I've ever seen. Most of the cast wasn't just solid or good but borderline perfect, especially Cavill who embodies everything Superman is and Crowe who had a (thankfully) much larger role and absolutely owned it. I was surprised by the amount of emotion it evoked out of me and wasn't expecting it to have that much soul at the core of its story, but it did. It had some of the generic "mash em" destruction you'll see from most blockbusters and some shamelessly bad product placement but I had few gripes with the movie at all. I was hooked from the moment the brilliantly paced destruction of Krypton started until the very last frame... Just an all around fantastic rebirth of the character that left me totally satisfied. 9/10.
Beauski
Beauski at 06:23 AM Jun 14

Fuck yeah John Locke, just what I wanted to hear about this movie!

sLaShEr84
sLaShEr84 at 06:49 AM Jun 14

Good to hear that.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 07:43 AM Jun 14

Is it a phenomenal, groundbreaking superhero movie? No, it's not, and again I can see why some people would be turned away by these version of Supes because there are some throwaway moments, less development and your standard blockbuster destruction fare that we've seen hundreds of times before, but to me it was something different... a Superman I could finally get behind and be excited to see where his story goes. It was very much the New DC 52 version of Superman with a tone that struck a good balance between reality and a world where alien races exist to terraform new planets.

It's very serious but it still has small moments of charm as well as humor, and people that said it was completely without that were being unfair IMO.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

On my way to grab a beer and head over to the Man of Steel midnight showing! I'm insanely pumped for this and my expectations are pretty damn high so I'm hoping it's the Superman movie we deserve AND the one we need right now. Snyder and Nolan, please bring us the start of a new DC era!
TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 07:14 PM Jun 13

I'm doing the same JL! I'll have a toast to you and others tonight who are catching to Midnight premiere!

Scotch
Scotch at 07:24 PM Jun 13

Sounds like a damn great night. Enjoy, brother

Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 07:42 PM Jun 13

Have fun dude! Hope you enjoy the hell out of it! I'll be doin the same in just a little bit.

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JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: 10 months ago

Five Actresses I'd like to see as Wonder Woman

Wonder-woman
1. Jaimie Alexander - I know she's Sif but she's barely in those movies and is more of a role player so if Chris Evans can jump from Fantastic Four to Cap then she can definitely do this. The perfect choice IMO
2. Lynn Collins - She basically played a warrior princess already in John Carter so the transition would be simple
3. Taylor Cole - She has the looks, skills and frame to bulk up even more and kick some ass as Wonder Woman
4. Erin Cummings - An unknown aside from notable roles in Bitch Slap and Starz's Spartacus but I think she has the necessary looks, skills and stature to throw down as Diana.
5. Bridget Regan - A name I see consistently in online communities and WalkAway swears by her so she's gotta go on the list.. an unknown might be the direction they wanna take with this franchise and plenty of fans would be very pleased
6. I know plenty of people love the idea of Gina Carano as Wonder Woman but she's a really terrible actress and I just couldn't put her on here because of that. I think she'd be great for a villain to square off with Wonder Woman in the movie, though.
Terminal_83
Terminal_83 at 09:04 PM Jun 13

Not feeling these choices, I'm still for Carano.

OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 02:20 AM Jun 14

I'm completely for Jaimie in the role, I think she's the best all-round choice.

Psycho-Pirate-99
Psycho-Pirate-99 at 12:39 PM Jun 14

Great picks man, totally for Jaimie Alexander, personally. And I too think Carano would make a horrible Wonder Woman.

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JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: 10 months ago

My Top 10 Movie Man Crushes

1. Indiana Jones
2. Aragorn
3. Boromir
4. Thorin Oakenshield
5. Maximus
6. James Bond
7. Eomer
8. Bruce Wayne
9. Han Solo
10. Malcolm Reynolds
Anakin
Anakin at 01:54 PM Jun 13

A lot of talent on this list.

WalkAway
WalkAway at 03:16 PM Jun 13

Pretty much all of LOTR YES

TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 03:45 PM Jun 13

I see you have a thing for Warriors!

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JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: 10 months ago

My Top 5 Movie Character Crushes

1. Rose Dawson in "Titanic"
2. Molly in "She's Out of my League"
3. Zoe in "Fanboys"
4. Claire Cleary in "Wedding Crashers"
5. Vesper Lynd in "Casino Royale"

Based on a list by Scotch

MLRoberts
MLRoberts at 12:46 PM Jun 13

Love Fanboys!

WalkAway
WalkAway at 12:59 PM Jun 13

Can't beat Rose!

randychico
randychico at 01:09 PM Jun 13

ohhh Molly Molly Molly good golly. A character who's not only awesome but within my league haha

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

Is anyone else heading out to Man of Steel at midnight tonight??
Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 09:43 AM Jun 13

Yep! So stoked!

joeyc5
joeyc5 at 10:04 AM Jun 13

sadly no hitting up a baseball game tonight. I hope to go this week end at some point though

TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 11:44 AM Jun 13

THIS GUY most certainly will. In fact about to leave to buy my ticket in an hour. I'm getting pretty excited and ready to soar!!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

We only saw Beorn and his cabin for about .9 seconds in the trailer for The Desolation of Smaug but they both looked exactly as I hoped they would, as did the scene of Bilbo poking his head through the top of Mirkwood forest for the first time in days. Uggghhh GOD DAMMIT... ONLY SIXMOREMONTHS.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

You gotta have at least one Firefly marathon a year amirite? First time watch on blu-ray for me as well.. time to board the Serenity again!
XSsoCX
XSsoCX at 08:34 PM Jun 12

I still need to check "Firefly" out.

Terminal_83
Terminal_83 at 08:53 PM Jun 12

I watch my box set twice a year.

Anakin
Anakin at 01:32 AM Jun 13

Need to get this on BluRay

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 10 months ago

One of my few gripes with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the abandoning of miniatures and reliance on heavy CGI instead of make-up and prosthetics... and it looks to be more of the same in The Desolation of Smaug. There were a couple of sequences in the trailer that had too much green screen and fake lighting and for god's sake, why are half of the orcs and elves running around in the beginning FULL CGI renditions? Is it that hard to use make-up in movies anymore? Luckily Jackson still frequently uses the landscapes of New Zealand and some incredibly massive, detailed sets but I really wish he didn't opt for so many computer generated orcs and creatures this time around.
Dodong27
Dodong27 at 09:57 AM Jun 12

I agree with you on this and this was my main itch with An Unexpected Journey. They went on the CGI route instead of make-up and prosthetics like you said. And the miniatures were a good sight to see when they interact with others, but there was none of that in The Hobbit.
Seeing the Orcs in full flesh make-up and prosthetics were the cherry on top in the LOTR.

Cochise
Cochise at 10:09 AM Jun 12

some stuff just can't be done with make up and effects like that but I agree, with a budget that big (I assume) and that much creative power I don't see why he wouldn't do as much as possible with makeup and such, but I don't really find it too much of a hinderance. Of course I would prefer to have as much makeup effects as possible, 1) it looks better and 2) it (usually) ages better (unless the CGI is amazing). To be honest though the one thing that bugged me effects wise in the trailer was the look of Smaug... didn't look 'bad' per se but being that the movie is all about him I thought I would not only be impressed by the effects but flat out wowed... and I wasn't. I said it before though there is a lot of time til it's released so hopefully that gets polished or fixed up in some way.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 10:13 AM Jun 12

^ For the make-up I'm mainly talking about the orcs and how there's absolutely no reason at all to have them as full CGI renderings. I understand some instances where they can't be an actual person but in the fight scenes it looks blatantly fake when they're slicing through invisible creatures with little resistance. In the original trilogy almost every orc and uruk-hai was an actor in full garb and make-up and that added to the intensity of the fight sequences.

As for Smaug, well, we barely saw him and I honestly thought he looked great from the small portion of his face that we did see.. but you're right about it being so early and there's still 6 months for them to finish effects shots (I remember in the extended edition bonus features Peter Jackson said he was fixing a digital effect the day of the premiere of The Two Towers, lol).

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