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Which movie do you like best?

Transformers (2007)
2 (10%)
Psycho
1 (5%)
The Dark Crystal
2 (10%)
American Beauty
3 (15%)
Aliens
12 (60%)

Total Members Voted: 19

Voting closed: February 12, 2008, 05:12:21 PM

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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2008, 04:55:52 PM »
Dark Crystal. Haven't seen Aliens, Transformers, or Psycho. American Beauty was excellent and I love the actors in it, but the Dark Crystal is just too awesome. My girlfriend introduced me to it and frequently impersonates Fizzgigg—and after we showed it to my roommate, we have two Fizzgiggs in the family.

Okay, I don't say this kind of thing often, but you simply *must* see both Aliens and Psycho (the original Hitchcock - can't speak for the remake).  Of course, to see AlienS you must first see Alien.  Alien and Psycho are two films that managed to scare the bejeebers out of me... and Aliens is that rarest of very rare things: a really good sequel.

Though, to be honest, I don't think I ever saw Dark Crystal.  Time to surf over to NetFlix...
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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2008, 05:58:40 PM »
Though, to be honest, I don't think I ever saw Dark Crystal.  Time to surf over to NetFlix...

Gah!  Don't waste your time.  Honestly.

I remembered it as a warm, insightful children's fantasy, maybe a bit cheesy, but put aside the adult skepticism, disengage the cliche detectors, fire up the soppiness shields and you could enjoy it like The Iron Giant or The Princess Bride or The Neverending Story.

It's not like that at all.  It's just rubbish.

Does anybody in the UK want a DVD of The Dark Crystal?  I'll pay postage.

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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2008, 06:48:10 PM »
The Princess Bride was funny.

would The Dark Crystal be worth it to download illegally then delete after watching? :D
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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2008, 11:26:38 PM »
Though, to be honest, I don't think I ever saw Dark Crystal.  Time to surf over to NetFlix...

Gah!  Don't waste your time.  Honestly.

I remembered it as a warm, insightful children's fantasy, maybe a bit cheesy, but put aside the adult skepticism, disengage the cliche detectors, fire up the soppiness shields and you could enjoy it like The Iron Giant or The Princess Bride or The Neverending Story.

It's not like that at all.  It's just rubbish.

Does anybody in the UK want a DVD of The Dark Crystal?  I'll pay postage.

I'm probably one of the few that has to agree with you on the Dark Crystal.  Its the only movie I don't like on that list.   My wife loves it so its on here once in a while.  The whole muppet deal does nothing for me.
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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2008, 06:13:14 AM »
Though, to be honest, I don't think I ever saw Dark Crystal.  Time to surf over to NetFlix...

Gah!  Don't waste your time.  Honestly.

I remembered it as a warm, insightful children's fantasy, maybe a bit cheesy, but put aside the adult skepticism, disengage the cliche detectors, fire up the soppiness shields and you could enjoy it like The Iron Giant or The Princess Bride or The Neverending Story.

It's not like that at all.  It's just rubbish.

Does anybody in the UK want a DVD of The Dark Crystal?  I'll pay postage.

I'm probably one of the few that has to agree with you on the Dark Crystal.  Its the only movie I don't like on that list.   My wife loves it so its on here once in a while.  The whole muppet deal does nothing for me.


Hmmm... caution noted.  I did really like Iron Giant, though (I'm a sucker for the theme of "personal choice vs. predetermined nature" and I loved the way they handled that); and Princess Bride is a big favorite in our house.  I remember Neverending Story fondly, but I was maybe 8 when I saw it, so I doubt it would have the same effect now.  My wife has forbidden that one on the ground that the Rock Biter scared the piss out of her when she was little, and she doesn't want to deal with our little ones' nightmares.

As far as muppets go... well, maybe we need a separate thread just for them.
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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2008, 12:29:09 PM »
Have you seen Labrynth with David Bowie?  It's kind of like that, only not as funny and without the David Bowie songs.  I rewatched the Dark Crystal a few years ago and I didn't hate it.  It was okay, a product of its time for sure. 

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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2008, 05:32:50 PM »

I remembered it as a warm, insightful children's fantasy, maybe a bit cheesy, but put aside the adult skepticism, disengage the cliche detectors, fire up the soppiness shields and you could enjoy it like The Iron Giant or The Princess Bride or The Neverending Story.


I loved the Iron Giant. Somebody on Slashdot was gushing over it, and I happened to come across it in my search for family safe viewing later that day. We all endded up in tears. They left it wide open for a sequel too, but I'm kinda glad hey didn't risk it.

I read the Neverending Story several times when I was a teenager. I thought it was fantastic (you know what I mean!) and when I finally saw the movie I was really disappointed. The movie itself was okay, but the book was one of the best things I read while in High school. Sometimes you just have to know what order to view/read in.

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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2008, 07:35:24 PM »
I took a long time for me to watch Iron Giant.  It looked like one cliche after another, and it was.  But it was so fun and charming that somehow it beat the odds. 

Yeah, Dark Crystal came out on the same rails as Labyrinth and Never Ending Story.  Maybe Legend was in there, too.  Maybe that's why I never watched it, the others were enough for me.  Though I have to applaud the attempt break the fantasy genre away from Middle Earth.  I think it's Peter Beagle who with his writing buddies follows the rule: NFE.  No Fucking Elves.

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Re: Attack of the Film Poll XVIII
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2008, 08:37:11 PM »
I'm sure you guys probably know this already, but for posterity's sake:  Iron Giant was the work of Brad Bird, who went on to helm "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" for PIXAR.  In my book, he's done pretty well, since we all adored Incredibles in our house, and I was even pleasantly surprised (like the food critic!) to enjoy something by/about a talking Rat.  Appropriate choice for their first Disney work, though.  ;)
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