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Old 08-09-2014, 10:02 AM   #101
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Went and saw this last night with the family. It was pretty damn good. As a child of the 80's I enjoyed all of them. I like how all of the guardians at one time or another stole a scene. I hope we get another movie of just them(or maybe backstory films) before whatever huge event brings them and the Avengers together. Man, that one's going to be tough to give everyone enough screentime just so no one gets overshadowed.

Will buy this on blu ray
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:55 AM   #102
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I liked Guardians for the most part...not nearly as good as people are raving, but very enjoyable. Drax was definitely a favorite...sincere and funny. All the characters were well done, and the comedy wasnt forced as I had feared it would be like most Marvel efforts.

I do tend to get bored with come of the overlong special effect sequences, and was a bit disappointed in Ronan the Accuser's demise (dancing joke bit went on too long...c'mon, he's alien to it, but not stupid. Also, thought it would have worked better if some of the other Guardians had danced as well instead of making another joke with their refusal/embarrassment.)

And my single biggest complaint goes towards Disney/Marvel/this overly PC planet we live on...I had hoped the "A-holes" line was just an alternate take for trailers and general audience safety, but that wasn't the case. Violence, Murder, Implied prison rape, black-light semen stains, and cartoon Raccoon nutsack is ok for for the kids, but saying a naughty slang word for human anatomy? YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT EVEN GO FOR THE ATTITUDE, IT JUST @##@@ SUCKS!!!

...but other than that, I had a good time.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:51 AM   #103
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And my single biggest complaint goes towards Disney/Marvel/this overly PC planet we live on...I had hoped the "A-holes" line was just an alternate take for trailers and general audience safety, but that wasn't the case. Violence, Murder, Implied prison rape, black-light semen stains, and cartoon Raccoon nutsack is ok for for the kids, but saying a naughty slang word for human anatomy? YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT EVEN GO FOR THE ATTITUDE, IT JUST @##@@ SUCKS!!!

You know how the MPAA are... the film's two "dick" lines probably put it over the PG-13 language quota.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:19 AM   #104
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And my single biggest complaint goes towards Disney/Marvel/this overly PC planet we live on...I had hoped the "A-holes" line was just an alternate take for trailers and general audience safety, but that wasn't the case. Violence, Murder, Implied prison rape, black-light semen stains, and cartoon Raccoon nutsack is ok for for the kids, but saying a naughty slang word for human anatomy? YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT EVEN GO FOR THE ATTITUDE, IT JUST @##@@ SUCKS!!!

...but other than that, I had a good time.

"Ass"? But that's just silly. How else could one define a hoofed mammal of the horse family, which is typically smaller than a horse and has longer ears and a braying call, and isn't a donkey or a mule?

However, I think "A-holes" sounds funnier in the context.


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You know how the MPAA are... the film's two "dick" lines probably put it over the PG-13 language quota.

The Raven is a wonderfully liberated forum. You can write dick as many times as you want. But go onto somewhere like Sideshow Freaks and Burt Ward's most famous alter ego will always be **** Grayson.

The only gripe here is that you can never write *****. You'll never see the Bond film Octo***** or refer to a ***** cat.

But enough of these tribulations, and watch Baby Groot dancing in 1080p HD:




There's another unexpected extra, extra bonus in the world of toys, an even younger ickle baby Gwoot (aka a potted twig):






But all over the world this is what adults are demanding be made in 1:1 scale:

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Old 08-25-2014, 01:49 AM   #105
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Let me ask something, though. Why are trailers ok but spoilers aren't? It's not as though the director or the screenwriter is responsible for what goes into the trailer. How come this ridiculous teaser trailer-to-trailer routine doesn't bug you, or the whole geek film-industrial complex that's arisen to track every single move those producing these films make?

Well, trailers used to be designed/edited/whatever to build excitement for whatever film. That's what you want. Yet, somewhere around the time Castaway came out, they started giving away too much. Some even give away pivotal plot points and/or major set pieces, which is why you often see me drop out of threads somewhere between the teaser and the first full-trailer.

The teaser for Strange Days is just about as perfect as a trailer can get.

That said, I'm not keen on what you've dubbed the "geek film-industrial complex." There's comes a point when there's no... well, point in seeing the flick. I suspect that it's tolerated, or even condoned, is the idea of the "long tail." That's the idea the businesses will be selling less of more. Or in simple language, it's franchise building. Forget making a huge splash at the box office and moving onto the next thing. No, in today's business environment the real money is going to made further and further away from the "head" thus the near constant trickle of information.

Toy enthusiasts are about to get their wish...



Details and ordering information to be released tomorrow.

You can keep your Star Wars.

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:00 PM   #106
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Toy enthusiasts are about to get their wish...



It doesn't dance though. An actual dancing version is reportedly coming out later.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:14 PM   #107
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Toy enthusiasts are about to get their wish...

That Groot is outside my chosen scale, but since announcing I was only in this for the Racoon, and then succumbing to the tree, I have since committed myself to Star-Lord and Gamora.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:01 PM   #108
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I was only in this for the Racoon
You know you can get 1:1 raccoons for free right? As seen on Parks and Recreation.

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You know you can get 1:1 raccoons for free right? As seen on Parks and Recreation.

I had to look this one up...





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Old 08-25-2014, 04:16 PM   #110
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That Groot is outside my chosen scale, but since announcing I was only in this for the Racoon, and then succumbing to the tree, I have since committed myself to Star-Lord and Gamora.

Am I the only one who walked out of this movie with a huge geekcrush on Drax the Destroyer?

*checks Internet*

Oh, no I wasn't. Whew.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:08 PM   #111
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Am I the only one who walked out of this movie with a huge geekcrush on Drax the Destroyer?

*checks Internet*

Oh, no I wasn't. Whew.

I've been hearing good things about Drax. Sounds like he was a surprise success.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-star-batista/

(If Hot Toys can sort out the mess they made of their prototype he can join the team as well).
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Le Sab, will you be ordering a Number 64?



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Old 08-28-2014, 02:59 AM   #113
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Le Sab, will you be ordering a Number 64?

Maybe. I don't have anywhere to put them as it is. If they had some actual heft, they'd end up as bookends. My shelves could use some more color.

My reaction: Wait? What? Donald --ohmigawd it's Howard the Duck!

I'm sure you'll remain as reticent as ever, but you'd be doing yourself a favor by seeing this in actual theatre. You can save face by making it a matinee at a second-run theatre. You know too much as it is already.

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I've been hearing good things about Drax.

Despite my enthusiasm for the flick, I had two pressing concerns going into the movie: 1.) I would be annoyed with Bradley Cooper's voice work. & 2.) Dave Bautista's turn as Drax would suck. I was less concerned about Bautista's wrestling origins than I was with his absolutely tepid/boring performance in The Man with the Iron Fists. I expected that to be carried over into this movie. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. His reaction going into the final battle was one of the movie's best bits.

Bradley Cooper did a fine job as well, but I prefer the Cockney(?) accent from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Cooper's work is leagues above the portrayal in Ultimate Spider-Man.

As we head into the final summer weekend, it's almost assured that Guardians will beat Captain America's domestic haul of ~$259-million bucks making it the highest grossing film of the year! It just passed Transformers 4 for highest grossing flick of the summer! Pretty impressive for a film that opened three weeks ago. Globally it just passed $500-million.

August was a safe bet for an untried property, but I bet it could have done a bit better had it been released earlier in the summer. Expect the sequel to command one of those "important" holiday weekends. Back to school preparations have almost assuredly cut into the repeat business, which drives box office totals.

Is a billion bucks total box office still possible? Yes, but I'm now expecting it peter out at around $8-900-million. It still has to open in China, Japan, Italy, & Germany. All four are key markets. Japan goes apespit for sci-fi, so we'll see how it fares there. China's mass of moviegoers should give it a comfortable haul there as well.

Fingers crossed.

I'm going to see it a second time (something I almost never do) before committing to something resembling a review.

More toys!

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I'm sure you'll remain as reticent as ever, but you'd be doing yourself a favor by seeing this in actual theatre. You can save face by making it a matinee at a second-run theatre. You know too much as it is already.

I will...remain reticent.

The idea of travelling to a place and paying to see a film once at an allotted time just doesn't appeal. I'd probably get half way there and decide I couldn't be bothered to go through with it.

I'd rather buy the Blu-ray, gain a sense of ownership and have re-playability.

Sometimes even when I pick up a film I've been wanting to see, I don't play it for months, but catch up on older finds first.

I've been saving Game of Thrones for about six months.

For me this film is just an accessory to the toys.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:24 AM   #115
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I've been hearing good things about Drax. Sounds like he was a surprise success.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-star-batista/

(If Hot Toys can sort out the mess they made of their prototype he can join the team as well).

A lot of his appeal for me comes from his personality almost approaching Asperger's-level trouble with metaphors and sarcasm. And seeing as I and many of my friends have that disorder, I find the idea of an Aspergian revenge-obsessed space-barbarian hilarious to no end.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:15 AM   #116
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A lot of his appeal for me comes from his personality almost approaching Asperger's-level trouble with metaphors and sarcasm. And seeing as I and many of my friends have that disorder, I find the idea of an Aspergian revenge-obsessed space-barbarian hilarious to no end.

That's a brilliant analogy!

Just read the Wiki page on Aspergers and think I might have self-diagnosed my aversion to cinemas:

"A lack of demonstrated empathy has a significant impact on aspects of communal living for persons with Asperger syndrome. Individuals with AS experience difficulties in basic elements of social interaction, which may include a failure to develop friendships or to seek shared enjoyments or achievements with others..."

"People with Asperger syndrome display behavior, interests, and activities that are restricted and repetitive and are sometimes abnormally intense or focused. They may stick to inflexible routines..."
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Here's my own Baby Groot, I just had to make one.

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Nicely done. Is that ceramic?
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I used Sculpey so that I could bake it in my home oven. It's a polymer clay, so it cures into a rubbery plastic you can paint. The whole sculpt is on top of an armature made out of a wire hanger, foil, and more wire. Each finger and "Hair" has a support wire inside.

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My only complaint: the paint should have been a greener shade. But otherwise, that looks utterly amazing, HenryJunior!
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Just went to Guardians for what was possibly the 9th or 10th time in theaters last night! May have been 8th (I lost count). If it was 9th, that would tie it with Capt America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and LOTR the Two Towers, for the most times I went to a movie in theaters. I saw Crystal Skull 7 times in theaters, and would have seen the others more frequently if I could have when I was younger. This will all change of course, when I get the projector I want, though I will still go to the Theater.

Point is, I totally love this movie!!! Saw it pre-screening opening night, and about 3 or 4 times were at the Drive-in, 4 were in Big D (for those that don't know this is way bigger than regular screens, but not as tall/big as IMAX), and (sadly) only once or twice got to be in 3D.

Maybe wouldn't have gone so many times, except for having friends who hadn't seen it, and that I would tell myself it was the last time to see it in Big D, since they bump it out of there when the newest flicks come in. Problem is they keep putting it back in, because it keeps performing!

Seems like (good) Galactic/Space movies are few and far between, and I love getting immersed in the worlds in this one! Sometimes when I went to other movies multiple times, I zoned out in parts, but last night while watching It kept my attention, and I even picked up on new things.
What can I say, every time Starlord starts dancing to the rhythms of Redbone and singing into his "microphone", a big smile comes across my face, and the audience realizes, "we are in for a joyride, and this is not your daddy's outer space movie...and yet in some ways it is"!

Last night I was thinking how the way that the movie title takes up the entire screen, was probably inspired by, and an homage to the movie title being larger than life in Temple of Doom. I know the director cited Raiders as an influence in many aspects of the movie.

I had a few gripes with the flick, but ultimately it's a great ride. If going, one should definately see this on the biggest screen possible!
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Just went to Guardians for what was possibly the 9th or 10th time in theaters last night! May have been 8th (I lost count). If it was 9th, that would tie it with Capt America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and LOTR the Two Towers, for the most times I went to a movie in theaters. I saw Crystal Skull 7 times in theaters, and would have seen the others more frequently if I could have when I was younger. This will all change of course, when I get the projector I want, though I will still go to the Theater.

Point is, I totally love this movie!!! Saw it pre-screening opening night, and about 3 or 4 times were at the Drive-in, 4 were in Big D (for those that don't know this is way bigger than regular screens, but not as tall/big as IMAX), and (sadly) only once or twice got to be in 3D.

Maybe wouldn't have gone so many times, except for having friends who hadn't seen it, and that I would tell myself it was the last time to see it in Big D, since they bump it out of there when the newest flicks come in. Problem is they keep putting it back in, because it keeps performing!

Seems like (good) Galactic/Space movies are few and far between, and I love getting immersed in the worlds in this one! Sometimes when I went to other movies multiple times, I zoned out in parts, but last night while watching It kept my attention, and I even picked up on new things.
What can I say, every time Starlord starts dancing to the rhythms of Redbone and singing into his "microphone", a big smile comes across my face, and the audience realizes, "we are in for a joyride, and this is not your daddy's outer space movie...and yet in some ways it is"!

Last night I was thinking how the way that the movie title takes up the entire screen, was probably inspired by, and an homage to the movie title being larger than life in Temple of Doom. I know the director cited Raiders as an influence in many aspects of the movie.

I had a few gripes with the flick, but ultimately it's a great ride. If going, one should definately see this on the biggest screen possible!

Monarch Returns!

This really is a charming as hell movie, I agree. And the soundtrack is nothing but MY kind of music, so its just an endless parade of things I love.
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I finally saw the seventh biggest movie of the year (opens in China next week, but will probably finish behind Hunger Games 3 and Hobbit 3). Despite the hype and the many moments spoiled by the trailers it was worth the matinee price. Looked great but a bit random:



Since this is part of the undisputed dominant popular mythology of the 2010s, does it all really culminate in Avengers 3 with Galactus collecting the six Trivial Pursuit pie pieces? At which point the Avengers assemble to stop him by choosing a category of question he hopefully cannot answer? Hasbro's having a better year than I realized...
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I finally saw the seventh biggest movie of the year (opens in China next week, but will probably finish behind Hunger Games 3 and Hobbit 3).

The Hunger Games (a.k.a. Running Man for preteens) is an undeniable box office juggernaut, but the primary difference between the two? Guardians is just beginning to heat up, and in another two years there won't be anything else left to source from that well or pillage from Tolkien's archives. Disney has successfully launched a new franchise.

Test footage from the floor of the New York City Comic Con:



I'm not entirely sold on the art style -- it reminds me of Akira -- but the cartoon is definitely going to keep the team in the public's eye right up through the next couple of movies. Home video sales & merchandise are going to net Disney-Marvel a nice pile of money.

The movie still has to open in Italy & Switzerland still.

It did open in China (finally) with a nice haul of $26.6-million. So depending on its final take there, I see no reason why the flick couldn't leap over The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man. X-Men in an outside possibility, but it won't rise higher than that.

Oh, and the official, actual dancing Groot toy.


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