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I have a theory that Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's bodyguard in Dawn of Justice, will be an Amazon, and that'll be their way of getting Wonder Woman involved and giving her something to do in the movie.
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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

I have a theory that Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's bodyguard in Dawn of Justice, will be an Amazon, and that'll be their way of getting Wonder Woman involved and giving her something to do in the movie.
timmyd at 09:36 PM Jun 30

sound theory , methinks.

Anakin at 03:21 AM Jul 01

Or Kara?

Moviefreak2010 at 07:44 PM Dec 16

I can go for that

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' looks fantastic.
Cochise at 04:28 PM Jun 19


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sLaShEr84 at 06:32 PM Jun 19

Yep it does look good.

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

Was in the mood for something grunty and ultra-violent, so I watched 300: Rise of an Empire. Think I may have had more fun with this one than the first actually, it seemed to revel in being gleefully insane and absurdly bombastic.
Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

You know what the best part about the giants on Game of Thrones is... They're not fuckin' CGI.
Cochise at 03:49 PM Jun 10

they're not? They seemed CG when they were marching to me?

Nite Owl
Nite Owl at 05:33 PM Jun 10

Nope, they were men in costume shot against green screen and added into the shots in post. Or, in some shots, they were filmed in miniature sets to make them appear large.

Cochise at 09:31 PM Jun 11

huh, cool

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

Was Guttenberg just too big for Short Circuit 2? At least Fischer Stevens had enough good sense to know who buttered his bread.
Righteous_faustus at 01:02 PM Jun 09

Johnny 5 was like "Steve Guttenberg? No more input!"

Nite Owl
Nite Owl at 01:10 PM Jun 09

I guess he was upset that the robot got paid more than him.

Invidtus at 05:50 PM Jun 09

After the award winning accolades of Police Academy Guttenberg was like BITCHES PLEASE-

Nite Owl posted a BLOG item over 3 years ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Top Ten Science Fiction Films

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): The story was so strong and compelling that the film did not require heavy special effects or monsters or violence to be simultaneously hopeful and terrifying.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Perhaps the first film to be all about the discovery of alien intelligence yet not show what it looks like, knowing that our imagination could surely do a better job than Hollywood. In any case, it was a visual orgy of space travel and space exploration that we remain far from achieving, even 13 years after the 33 years-in-the-future it portrayed.

Planet of the Apes (1968): Saw this again recently and it held up over all these years in many important details. Had not appreciated when I first saw it. The hierarchy of apes that ran the planet, chimps were the academics, baboons were the soldiers, orangutans were the diplomats. An action-adventure movie that was an insightful mirror to our lives and our civilization.

The Terminator (1984): Deftly woven action, violence, sentient machines, a heroine and time travel. All stitched together in a tight and scarily plausible storyline. And, when you think about it, a perfect acting vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a mostly mute terminator, whom many would rather look at than listen to.

The Quiet Earth (1985): Low budget, low distribution. One of many films that imagine for you what life might be like if you were the last person alive on Earth. In this case, the premise, the story, the casual science literacy of the main character, keeps the viewer in suspense the entire time, wondering what the hell happened and why.

Contact (1997): The second film that I know of that is all about contact with alien intelligence and yet does not offer you a glimpse of what they look like. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Carl Sagan advised Arthur C. Clarke to not show aliens in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Contact” itself is Carl Sagan’s Story. A brilliant exploration of how our culturally and religiously pluralistic society might react to the knowledge that we have been contacted by a species more intelligent than we are.

Deep Impact (1998): There have been many asteroid/comet disaster films. But this one took the time to get most of the physics right, and made sure you cared about all the characters in the film so that their prospect of dying matters to the viewer. And Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of the president of the United States may be the best ever.

The Matrix (1999): My top film in any category. From the opening credits to final scenes, every moment of this film is so fully conceived and so well executed that in spite of the complete fantasy world portrayed, the viewer was there, experiencing it with the characters themselves.

The Island (2005): Apart from too many minutes of gratuitous chase scenes, I think this movie is profound in its message as well as visually stunning. A rare study of science in the service of vanity, mixed with an exploration of corporate profits, human identity and free will. I've always viewed “Gattaca” (1997) as a lower-budget cousin of this film.

Watchmen (2009): I don’t know if I am alone in thinking that “Watchmen” is the best-of-genre among all superhero films. I liked it because the characters had fully expressed, complex personality profiles. They experience love, hate, revenge, megalomania, moral anguish and trepidation. Nothing polished about them. For this reason, they were all more real to me. If the world really did have superheroes in it, “Watchmen” is the world it would be.

As a runner up, Tyson cited Blade Runner (1982), stating "This story was simultaneously deep and scary. But I never warmed to it the way so many lovers of the genre have. Which makes this comment more of a confession than a review."

Mood: Chillin'

Weapon X
Weapon X at 09:03 PM Jun 07

The rockstar of astrophysics endorses a Michael Bay movie. Now I've heard everything.

razgriz21 at 09:36 PM Jun 07

He's got decent taste even though I think Contact is just hokey.

Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

Looks like MARVEL found their sacrificial lamb to get Brett Ratnered by taking over the ANT-MAN movie, and therefore all the blame if it fails. Most of the stuff people hated in X3 was because of the studio, and already in place before Ratner was brought in last minute because Matthew Vaughn bailed. Not that Ratner is some great film-maker or anything, but he gets more of the blame than he deserves for X3.
Cochise at 04:11 PM Jun 07

agreed. I think it was David Fincher who said something along the lines of "If the movie is a success I'll get way more credit than I deserve, if it's a failure I'll get way too much blame"

As for the choice... honestly at the moment I would've rather have even had the Gangster Squad guy or the We're The Millers guy and with all the other rumoured choices (McKay, Dowse, Stoller and the guy Reed was mentioned with) way above those two.

Oh well though, still in it because the cast ROCKS, especially Rudd in a role like this. Reed could definitely surprise! And it's also really interesting to hear Adam McKay is helping with the script (I assume making the changes that Edgar didn't want to make, but still cool that it's someone like that doing it)

Nite Owl
Nite Owl at 04:23 PM Jun 07

At the end of the day, this is the studios movie now. Whomever they slide into the Director's chair, is just there to give them what they want. Maybe it'll work out for them in the end, like Cap 2 did.

MonsterZeroNJ at 05:01 PM Jun 07

Agreed. Not a big fan of Ratner but, most of the film's problems are from the script not that direction.

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

There was a movie I saw as a kid, but I can't remember what it was. It was about a school bus, the smaller kind, that was being terrorized by a black car, or maybe it was a truck. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I wanna say it was maybe a late 70's, early 80's, possibly a TV movie. The bus driver was a woman, and the movie was pretty much about her trying to protect the kids while the car/truck keep trying to run her off the road.
Nite Owl
Nite Owl at 12:40 PM Jun 07

Wheels of Terror, that's it! Thanks, emmyd!

I even found it on YouTube...

emmyd at 12:42 PM Jun 07

You're welcome, glad I could help!

Glinda at 12:47 PM Jun 07

I've never seen it through but I've caught parts of it on tv when flipping channels through the years. I never knew the name but sure this is it. I hope you enjoy it it's always fun to re watch a movie we vaguely remember from childhood. Sometimes we love it and sometimes we wonder how we loved it. :)

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

Caught Spielberg's 'Duel' for the first time on the old boob tube. A great old school Hitchcockian thriller. His passion as a film-maker, and excitement to finally be making a film was evident even then, because he shot the crap out of that movie. Lots of angles and fast paced editing, that helps to put you into the frantic and paranoid mindset of the character. Surprisingly sparse on dialogue too, but the imagery and editing help keep up the pace and tell the whole story.
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Nite Owl at 12:05 PM Jun 07

You can see how it prepared him for JAWS as well, because he even managed to give that truck a foreboding presence and the personality of a stalking predator.

Cochise at 01:33 PM Jun 07

nice, always wanted to give it a spin

Glinda at 12:33 AM Jun 08

Duel is a fun movie. I can't remember now how Spielberg describes it in the "Making of Jaws" but I think he said he used the same sound effects from an old Godzilla movie for both when the semi truck went over the cliff and also when Jaws had been blown up and was sinking to the ocean floor. I could be wrong but I think it was Godzilla roaring.

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

Guess I just wasn't as WOW'ed by Chronicle as everyone else seems to be, because I don't see the big deal about Josh Trank directing a STAR WARS movie.
JohnnyPHreak at 03:07 PM Jun 04

I thought he was doing the FF reboot. It's funny how the Star Wars movies are picking up directors who are already attached to big films. Trank with FF and Evans with the Godzilla sequel.

Nite Owl updated his STATUS: over 3 years ago

X-MEN: DOFP has me thinking, what if in the new timeline, past Wolverine gets his adamantium not from Stryker, but from Apocalypse by becoming one of his horsemen? It's how he got his skeleton back after Magneto ripped it out in the comics, and it'd be an interesting dynamic to see Wolverine as a villain in the next movie. Since the movie supposedly takes place in the 80's, Angel would be too young to be one of the horsemen, and the past, pre-Weapon X Wolverine is a darker character than the post amnesia Wolverine we've come to know. So, he could potentially be swayed by Apocalypse's 'survival of the fittest' attitude to join his cause, or even be mind controlled by Apocalypse into it as well.
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Nite Owl at 01:54 AM May 30

DOFP doesn't really erase the previous movies, just puts them in their own side dimension/timeline. Whenever you're dealing with time travel, you're dealing with parallel dimensions, because altering timelines just creates them. Those movies still happened to the future Wolverine, who wakes up in the mansion at the end of DOFP. They've just STAR TREK'ed it. Future Wolverine only remembers the old timeline (original movies) that he came from, and nothing from the new/altered timeline that he wakes up into at the end of DOFP. It's sort of like how you have old Spock in the STAR TREK reboot, but he still lived through/remembers the original timeline (old series/movies) that he came from. Xavier also knows of the old timeline too, from when he read Logan's mind back in the 70's, and saw it all for himself.

As for Wolverine being a villain, after seven movies featuring him, they should do something different just to shake it up and give Hugh something new to play with character-wise. Not just for him, but the for audience as well. And yeah, he saved Yashida back in WWII, but the 40 years between then and the 80's can change a person. Besides, Magneto does bad things, and people ultimately still like him. And, we know Wolverine ends as an X-MAN/hero in the end, because the Wolverine in the altered future, which is supposedly the future we're now leading toward, wakes up in the X-mansion. Wolverine's entire story, is essentially one of redemption. But, in order for it to be a story of redemption, he needs to have something to redeem himself of.

Moviefreak2010 at 03:11 AM May 30

sounds interesting

Cochise at 11:40 AM May 30

@Nite - see but with Magneto he has always been a bad guy... in fact he was introduced right off the bat as THE villain, a layered villain but still out and out the villain... it wasn't until First Class that they really showed a different side of him and made him a sympathetic and somewhat likable character, even if he still proves in FC and DOFP that there is something naturally villainous rooted deep inside him in some respect.

Again I would like to see it too, I think it could work. You mention the 40 years, and that's a lot of time to work with but again they would need to really make it work with a reason behind it all... perhaps show Wolverine with a wife and kids and have them get murdered, or even killed by accident, and his rage takes over and he kills whoever's responsible, falls into a depression/rage and keeps killing and slumming around for years... that could certainly work. At the same time though I thought I read that Apocalypse would feature both timelines again (which confuses me, as much as I prefer the original timeline/old cast, why didn't they just use the old cast, it doesn't really seem necessary here to do both again, but we'll see) so in that respect if past Wolverine is bad and chooses Apocalypse's side, then present/good Wolverine kind of has to go back and fight bad Wolverine no? I actually think just having a bad Wolverine alone would be really cool, but if they're doing both casts/time periods again and evil-Wolverine they would kind of have to use old Wolverine too no?

edit: ah I'm so confused, I forgot the part where when Wolverine goes back he doesn't actually go back he just goes back to the consciousness of young Wolverine... which makes me confused about the whole both casts thing, no way they're just going to do the whole 'send Wolverine back' thing again... hmm...

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: almost 4 years ago

Thought 'SON OF BATMAN' was kind of lame, but then I'm not exactly a fan of Damian Wayne, so take that as you will.
grelber37 at 08:18 PM Apr 16

Thanks for the mini-review. A person will know to moderate his expectations. They can't all be winners. Not all DC Animation is the best DC Animation ever.

Nite Owl updated his STATUS: almost 4 years ago

'Winter Soldier' lived up to the hype, and then some. Easily my favorite MARVEL Studios movie to date, and now one of my favorites of the genre as a whole. They completely captured the tone and spirit of Ed Brubaker's run so perfectly, and if they continue in this vein I hope we see a certain event that occurred after Civil War play out down the road.
Invidtus at 11:31 AM Apr 12

Lol yep -

TheChanges23 at 03:53 PM Apr 12

I KNEW you'd love it Nitey! And yes I saw Mr. Lao.

Did you see Ed Brubaker? SLIGHT SPOILER... He was one of the scientists that was working on Winter Soldier....

Weapon X
Weapon X at 08:21 PM Apr 12

Thank you, Owl! I knew I recognized the Asian from somewhere. Alan Dale and Jenny Agutter are no-brainers, but I couldn't place him till now.

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Nite Owl updated his STATUS: almost 4 years ago

Off to see 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' today.
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Nite Owl at 08:06 AM Apr 11

Cochise at 11:13 AM Apr 11

throws his miiiightyy shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeld

enjoy the movie man

TheChanges23 at 01:13 PM Apr 11

You mean you havent already!?!? Well enjoy you magnificent bastardo!

Nite Owl posted a VIDEO item: almost 4 years ago

"Batman: Strange Days" - Bruce Timm's Batman 75th Anniversary Short


OfficerFriendly at 11:04 AM Apr 11

Bruce Timm is greatness as usual.

JohnLocke2342 at 12:59 PM Apr 11

fuck yes.. great find man

XSsoCX at 09:38 PM Apr 11

Absolutely amazing. I want more!

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