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Posted on 25 May 2013 19:47:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2013 20:01:37 BDT
The film isn't very good: too much Luhrmann, not enough Fitzgerald.

Posted on 25 May 2013 19:54:16 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I just bought myself the dvd of that the other day I Readalot. : ) Thanks Ryan. Film trailers are supposed to make you want to go to see the film, but I must admit some absolutely guarantee that you won't.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 20:17:46 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
MD
It isn't going to be a 'great' film but given that it is Del Toro's homage to Japanese Monster movies and Manga, and that it is big budget Hollywood special effects spectacular featuring giant robots fighting giant alien monsters with hints of Lovecraftian apocalypse it is going to be a blast.
I've always thought HH was Bruce's best film, but then I think the original Casino Royale is the best Bond movie.

I recently had the pleasure of being involved in the construction of a two storey Georgian style library (apparently the first in several decades in a private residence) complete with a cupola and wrought iron gantry with spiral iron stair. Unfortunately they had not finished loading the shelves when I last saw it so I don't know whether they stocked it with by the yard purchases though I admit to a suspicion that they were going to.

Posted on 25 May 2013 20:36:24 BDT
I'm still getting over the cancellation of Del Toro's Mountains of Madness : (

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 20:44:57 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Going by Pacific Rim, it may yet happen. We live in hope.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 20:57:54 BDT
I Readalot says:
My son saw the trailer on TV, a big smile appeared on his face and he just said 'giant robots'. He's a big fan of Manga/Anime, especially anything containing giant robots, particularly Gundam. Tongue in cheek I asked him if Tom Cruise was in it (seems to be in everything at the moment) 'I don't care, its got giant robots' came the reply'! Talk about a big kid.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 21:02:18 BDT
I have my fingers crossed that Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality does not get cancelled.

Posted on 25 May 2013 21:27:56 BDT
M. Dowden says:
M. Jolliff, lucky you.....some of those libraries like that are fantastic. They make ideal settings for some films as well. And like your son I was going 'giant robots' when I saw the trailer, I Readalot. Funnily enough my mum would probably like the film, she is often going on about robots. She has been quite taken by one she saw on tv that had blue eyes, apparently. : )

Nicholas, who knows, some of these films get shelved but then are back on schedule, it just seems to be a matter of finding the right backers.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 10:32:52 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
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Yeah! That's pretty much my reaction. I'd still watch it even if it had Tom Cruise in it!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 10:36:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 May 2013 10:43:40 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
NM Sounds like an interesting film according to wiki and has been finished but living out in the sticks like I do I probably won't get the chance to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 10:42:46 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Your mum is probably thinking of Transformer's. ISTR one of them had blue eyes. The library did make me think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen/Hellboy but was too well lit due to very large sash windows. So saying if the shutters were closed would've been perfect..

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 10:46:37 BDT
We don't have a independent cinema so I have to wait for the DVD for most of my favourite films, Lovefilm comes in handy.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 12:05:46 BDT
I Readalot says:
Yea, even he couldn't ruin the fun of giant robots killing giant aliens. Anyone watched 'Robot Combat League' on Sky? Humans controlling robots, wonder where they got that idea from?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:05:06 BDT
M. Dowden says:
M. Jolliff, no my mum is thinking of a real robot. I forget its name but it was on one of the shows recently of Ben Earl? (I think his name is), who is a magician. Wasn't one of those films with a moving hand set in a library scene like that? There has definitely been a film with a moving body part sneaking around in a library setting like that. I don't think I've seen Hellboy but yes I know what you mean re: the League film.

Posted on 26 May 2013 13:08:35 BDT
I saw an interview with Sean Connery where he said he took the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen role because he regretted turning down The Lord of the Rings.

Posted on 26 May 2013 13:11:30 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Nicholas, like you I have to travel to go to the cinema. The nearest ones are some miles away and no parking, so if there are a few of you you have to go even further to be able to park. Someone told me in the week though that there is a rumour that we are going to get one. We were going to get a small one a few years back in the area, but it fell through when someone else offered a slightly higher price for the building. : ( Where I used to live I could just take a stroll of less than 10 minutes and I was there.

I Readalot, I haven't heard of or seen that, I will have to keep an eye out now.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:13:04 BDT
To be fair to him, if it had been as good as the graphic novel it would have been so much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:18:32 BDT
I hope it happens for you!! that would be great for you, we got one built about 2 years ago, it's great but only gets the main stream films, having said that we had a film festival three months ago! thought all my Christmas's had come at once.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:23:33 BDT
I Readalot says:
It is on Syfy at 6pm tonight. Involves contestants shadow boxing wearing exo-suits and 8ft robots.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:23:42 BDT
He said when he received LOTR he turned it down because he didn't understand it, and didn't want to make th same mistake twice. He never said what role, but I always thought maybe Theoden.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:29:13 BDT
And after it turned out to be such a rubbish film, I bet he regretted turning down LoTR even more.

Still, if I recall, Connery was approached for Gandalf. Personally, I don't think he would have been right for it. That being said, after McKellan's performance I couldn't imagine *anyone* else as Gandalf.

Posted on 26 May 2013 13:31:45 BDT
It had potential, and I never thought was all that bad. That is to say that is was enjoyable enough not to stop watching. It just never had that...hell, I don't know. But whatever it was it didn't have it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 13:34:43 BDT
It certainly had potential, but unfortunately unrealised. To be fair, I quite enjoyed it when I watched it; but I would be unlikely to bother watching it a second time.

You're right: it lacked ... something, part of which was an engaging enough plot. Personally, my problem with it was that I just didn't find the members of the League to be terribly interesting.

Posted on 26 May 2013 13:47:50 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I Readalot, thanks. : )

Nicholas, we do have a local film group upstairs in one of the pubs. That is okay, but to be honest really all they are showing are films that we have all seen before or have at home on dvd anyway.

Posted on 26 May 2013 13:50:49 BDT
M. Dowden says:
My personal favourite movie from a graphic novel is Kick Ass. I love that, and also I do like Tank Girl, but that is mainly because I have a thing for Lori Petty. : )
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