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2012-12-05 02:35:11 PM

Cythraul: verbaltoxin: Burr: verbaltoxin: I shouldn't be sitting in a theater watching kids' movies, I'm an adult.

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/just because I have adult responsibilities now doesn't mean I need to stop enjoying childish things

And I've decided that means reading Ray Bradbury, drinking whiskey, home brewing beer, playing music, watching pro wrestling, and eating grilled, seasoned meats.

If you want to pay $10/head to watch digital bedtime stories, more power to you.

What a big boy you are!


You don't frequent the Sports tab on Mondays, I'll bet. I get my nerd on there, I'm not ashamed of it. But I just can't watch the kiddie movies anymore. I want to watch stuff like Serpico or old, Vincent Price movies.

I love how defensive you get over your own pet childhood obsessions though.
 
2012-12-05 02:37:00 PM

Cythraul: Brave has been released?! I was wondering what was taking them so long. Was it any good? I was hoping after what I heard about Cars 2, Brave would be awesome.


It's a fairy tale about communication problems between a mother and daughter. It wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't watch it again (unlike walle, toy story, the incredibles, cars, etc; that you could watch several times and enjoy)
 
2012-12-05 02:38:38 PM

Burr: verbaltoxin: And I've decided that means reading Ray Bradbury, drinking whiskey, home brewing beer, playing music, watching pro wrestling, and eating grilled, seasoned meats.

More power to you. I have decided that means drinking whiskey, gardening, grilling, watching football, fixing cars, creating computer programs, playing video games, watching cartoons, and whatever else I want do...because I could care less if somebody thinks its "childish" or not. If you want to hang on to some abstract notion of "adult entertainment" then it is your loss. I on the other hand will enjoy life to it's fullest.

Also...

verbaltoxin: watching pro wrestling

...speaking of "digital bedtime stories"




Invalidation followed by passive aggression. Tell me, does Merida strike something within you that disturbs you, and that's why you get defensive? Is it an urge that dare not speak its name?

Because frankly I don't mind watching two, rippling-muscled men tustle together ion a canvas, sweat oozing, their tight spandex slipping every so slightly, and their bodies locked in a tight, physical dance of theatrical sensuality.

/Just cutting you off at the pass.
 
2012-12-05 02:39:49 PM

Hebalo: willfullyobscure: Plus Lightning McQueen is a douchebag. Seriously, think about it. He's a complete selfish tool and people around him not only put up with his shiat, they reward him for it and the ultimate lesson of the movie is that retards and hicks will do anything for you if you just act like enough of a dick to them.

OR.... The people around him make him atone for his dickishness (buy building a road), and his time spent with them makes him reconsider his behaviour, resulting in friendships with them, his turning down the big money for loyalty, and his moving to live with them, while the town prospers.

Seriously, did you watch a different movie? Or did you maybe think Lightning McQueen was the Green car?


He built the road to pay for tearing it up- straight equivalence. He did seem to enjoy the townspeople once he got bored with making fun of them, but he dropped them like a hot rock to go back to racing, where he was in a slump thanks to being a tool and suffering from boredom. No change there, he was still in a slump when he went back. The whole town experience could have been a bad dream as far as he was concerned. until the townspeople showed up on their own dime to support his race, with free tires, free special fuel and free pit work. He got exited and fired up to win because he realized he had a bunch of sycophants that turned their lives upside for him, not becuase they needed him or anything.

There's nothing to suggest Rust Eze wasn't paying him plenty of money, he was a star rookie with a fully equipped race team and clearly able to outperform the competition until he decided to go all Holden Caulfield on his sponsors. Dinoco was a prestige sponsor, not a money bill. He was embarrassed to be sponsored by a hemorrhoid cream--again, dickish all the way around.

He went back to Radiator Springs and brought them some business, sure, but why? So his race team could have cheap real estate and cheap labor and he could get some over the hill Porsche poon. About the only two times McQueen acted like a decent person where when he got Mater a ride in the copter and when Doc taught him how to drift on dirt. And even that! There is nothing douchebaggier than needing to be beaten into submission before you finally show some respect.

the ENTIRE lesson of that movie was: believe in yourself and other people will suck your dick. Cars 2 was much, much better, since he actually had to work for a living for once and they let Mater and the spy cars take lead in the story.
 
2012-12-05 02:40:10 PM

DeltaPunch: What cracks ME up is that you have a daughter. Somewhere, there's a little girl whose father goes online and acts like a dick on anonymous website forums... what a role model you are!


I tell you what, pumpkin. I'm going to Target later today to get Christmas presents. Brave for my daughter, Dark Knight for my son.

I can pick you up a copy of Brave, if you like.

Friends?
 
2012-12-05 02:48:12 PM

willfullyobscure: He built the road to pay for tearing it up- straight equivalence. He did seem to enjoy the townspeople once he got bored with making fun of them, but he dropped them like a hot rock to go back to racing, where he was in a slump thanks to being a tool and suffering from boredom. No change there, he was still in a slump when he went back. The whole town experience could have been a bad dream as far as he was concerned. until the townspeople showed up on their own dime to support his race, with free tires, free special fuel and free pit work. He got exited and fired up to win because he realized he had a bunch of sycophants that turned their lives upside for him, not becuase they needed him or anything.

There's nothing to suggest Rust Eze wasn't paying him plenty of money, he was a star rookie with a fully equipped race team and clearly able to outperform the competition until he decided to go all Holden Caulfield on his sponsors. Dinoco was a prestige sponsor, not a money bill. He was embarrassed to be sponsored by a hemorrhoid cream--again, dickish all the way around.

He went back to Radiator Springs and brought them some business, sure, but why? So his race team could have cheap real estate and cheap labor and he could get some over the hill Porsche poon. About the only two times McQueen acted like a decent person where when he got Mater a ride in the copter and when Doc taught him how to drift on dirt. And even that! There is nothing douchebaggier than needing to be beaten into submission before you finally show some respect.

the ENTIRE lesson of that movie was: believe in yourself and other people will suck your dick. Cars 2 was much, much better, since he actually had to work for a living for once and they let Mater and the spy cars take lead in the story.



You miiiight be borderline retarded.

So, choosing to help The King doesn't strike you as "acting like a decent person".

You fail at seeing the lesson of the movie, and I hope you never have kids, because.... wow.
 
2012-12-05 02:48:51 PM

willfullyobscure: Hebalo: willfullyobscure: Plus Lightning McQueen is a douchebag. Seriously, think about it. He's a complete selfish tool and people around him not only put up with his shiat, they reward him for it and the ultimate lesson of the movie is that retards and hicks will do anything for you if you just act like enough of a dick to them.

OR.... The people around him make him atone for his dickishness (buy building a road), and his time spent with them makes him reconsider his behaviour, resulting in friendships with them, his turning down the big money for loyalty, and his moving to live with them, while the town prospers.

Seriously, did you watch a different movie? Or did you maybe think Lightning McQueen was the Green car?

He built the road to pay for tearing it up- straight equivalence. He did seem to enjoy the townspeople once he got bored with making fun of them, but he dropped them like a hot rock to go back to racing, where he was in a slump thanks to being a tool and suffering from boredom. No change there, he was still in a slump when he went back. The whole town experience could have been a bad dream as far as he was concerned. until the townspeople showed up on their own dime to support his race, with free tires, free special fuel and free pit work. He got exited and fired up to win because he realized he had a bunch of sycophants that turned their lives upside for him, not becuase they needed him or anything.

There's nothing to suggest Rust Eze wasn't paying him plenty of money, he was a star rookie with a fully equipped race team and clearly able to outperform the competition until he decided to go all Holden Caulfield on his sponsors. Dinoco was a prestige sponsor, not a money bill. He was embarrassed to be sponsored by a hemorrhoid cream--again, dickish all the way around.

He went back to Radiator Springs and brought them some business, sure, but why? So his race team could have cheap real estate and cheap labor and he could get some over the hill Porsc ...


If you want to troll these guys, follow my example.
 
2012-12-05 02:55:18 PM

verbaltoxin: Invalidation followed by passive aggression. Tell me, does Merida strike something within you that disturbs you, and that's why you get defensive? Is it an urge that dare not speak its name?


Actually, I haven't seen the movie, and it really doesn't interest me enough to watch it unless it is on (really seems a little boring to me). I did take my 3 year old to see Wreck-It Ralph though, more for my enjoyment then his but I wanted to share that enjoyment with him. I will also sit down and watch Adventure Time or Regular Show (I am a fan of the absurd)

I just don't like it when people dismiss things that others enjoy as "childish". Sure, when it borders on obsessive that might get a little...strange...but I feel the same way when somebody gets way to into their favorite sports team as when somebody gets way too far into My Little Pony. Granted, I won't say "hey you can't enjoy that" because, as long as they aren't hurting anybody, then why should it matter?

Just, when you limit yourself to only enjoying adult things because "I am an adult and that is what I am supposed to do" then you are severely limiting your life experience. And when you look down your nose on those who are enjoying themselves because its "childish" well that seems like a pretty closed outlook on life.
 
2012-12-05 02:56:05 PM

Hebalo: You miiiight be borderline retarded.


You need to lighten up. That was hilarious and CLEARLY satire.
 
2012-12-05 02:56:15 PM
After driving 2 hours to pick my husband up from the base upon his return from deployment, I found out that the aircraft would be delayed four hours. Not wanting to sit in a parking lot waiting, I went to the theater to see "Up". At the point where Mr. Frederikson sits down in defeat, open's Ellie's book and realizes that she'd filled it up, my phone rang. It was my husband saying "where are you?!?!?" I had to leave the theater then and there and it was a good two weeks before I saw the entire movie, with my husband, of course. I loved the talking dogs too - at the time I had a goofy Golden Retriever (RIP, buddy) who looked and acted just like Dug.

As an aside, I don't understand why anyone would waste time in a thread about a topic in which they have zero interest. I'm not a sports fan, but I don't feel the need to go into sports threads to proudly proclaim my disinterest or to insult those who are into them.
 
2012-12-05 03:00:15 PM
Cars 2 is the only Pixar movie my 10 year old has never wanted to watch more than once. Enough said.
 
2012-12-05 03:01:56 PM

willfullyobscure: He built the road to pay for tearing it up- straight equivalence. He did seem to enjoy the townspeople once he got bored with making fun of them, but he dropped them like a hot rock to go back to racing, where he was in a slump thanks to being a tool and suffering from boredom. No change there, he was still in a slump when he went back. The whole town experience could have been a bad dream as far as he was concerned. until the townspeople showed up on their own dime to support his race, with free tires, free special fuel and free pit work. He got exited and fired up to win because he realized he had a bunch of sycophants that turned their lives upside for him, not becuase they needed him or anything.


You didn't pay attention to the movie. Doc Hudson called the press corps and he was forced to leave the town. Once the town realized what Doc had done, he felt guilty and went to the race with the other townsfolk (townscars?) to help McQueen.

There's nothing to suggest Rust Eze wasn't paying him plenty of money, he was a star rookie with a fully equipped race team and clearly able to outperform the competition until he decided to go all Holden Caulfield on his sponsors. Dinoco was a prestige sponsor, not a money bill. He was embarrassed to be sponsored by a hemorrhoid cream--again, dickish all the way around.


And in the end he turned down Dinoco's offer, but still had them give 'Mater a ride in a helicopter. That's the OPPOSITE of dickish.

/dickish is misrepresenting what happened in a movie just because you didn't personally care for it
 
2012-12-05 03:01:57 PM

Burr: And when you look down your nose on those who are enjoying themselves because its "childish" well that seems like a pretty closed outlook on life.


There's nothing wrong with enjoying "childish" movies. The problem comes in when people want to ascribe grown-up expectations to movies made for children. Someone upthread lamented the fact that the writers of Tangled put in an upbeat dance number to appeal to the kids, and how that broke the "Renaissance" feel of the movie.

A kids' movie appeal to kids?? How dare they!!!

Like a 10 year old konws what the Renaissance is, much less gives a shiat about it.
 
2012-12-05 03:02:44 PM
Well, judging from the feedback, I'm guessing that if everyone rated all the Pixar movies, best to worst, you'd end up with at least 30 different lists. Even obvious things like the number one choice would be vastly different for different groups of people, but most people will throw Cars 2 in last place, unless they freakin' love NASCAR. So, here's my list.

1. The Incredibles
2. WALL-E
3. Toy Story 3
4. Toy Story 2
5. Finding Nemo
6. Monsters Inc
7. A Bug's Life
8. Tory Story
9. Up
10. Ratatouille
11. Cars
12. Brave
13. Cars 2
 
2012-12-05 03:04:46 PM
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/The most wanted sequel never made.
 
2012-12-05 03:07:44 PM

freetomato: As an aside, I don't understand why anyone would waste time in a thread about a topic in which they have zero interest. I'm not a sports fan, but I don't feel the need to go into sports threads to proudly proclaim my disinterest or to insult those who are into them.


They're called trolls.
 
2012-12-05 03:09:19 PM

Bluemookie: 8. Tory Story


This has potential.
 
2012-12-05 03:18:50 PM

Slow To Return: theurge14: Cythraul: AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

Talking dogs flying fighter planes. Seriously, what the shiat? I thought I was watching a Dreamworks movie.

You know what else is stupid? Talking mice.

I'm looking at you Mickey.

You too, Minnie.


Cute.

It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.
 
2012-12-05 03:20:38 PM
Watched "Brave" the other day. It looked strangely familiar...


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2012-12-05 03:20:48 PM

theurge14: It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.


The ghost was jarringly out of place in Sixth Sense, too.
 
2012-12-05 03:25:05 PM

verbaltoxin: I thought Brave was "meh," but I later realized these are kids' movies. I shouldn't be sitting in a theater watching kids' movies, I'm an adult. So I haven't bothered to see a Wreck-It Ralph or whatever since. When I have kids I'll be subjected to that stuff all over, but for now, give me something with cussing, tits and blood in it.


Listen, I really like the movie Commando, but I also think it's less mature than Pixar movies in many ways. Stuff made for kids isn't supposed to suck, unfortunately a lot of it does because lazy hack writers who couldn't make it in the adult world wind up doing it. But there's also talented people out there making stuff designed to appeal to any age.
 
2012-12-05 03:25:05 PM

theurge14: Slow To Return: theurge14: Cythraul: AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

Talking dogs flying fighter planes. Seriously, what the shiat? I thought I was watching a Dreamworks movie.

You know what else is stupid? Talking mice.

I'm looking at you Mickey.

You too, Minnie.

Cute.

It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.


It's established in the intro when the young Carl Fredricksen is watching a news reel in a movie theater that shows the explorer and inventor Charles Muntz's various inventions that aid his dogs, such as an 'automatic dog washer,' and an dog exercise machine, if I remember correctly.

Those may be a stretch from dog-friendly fighter planes, but it does seem to imply a sort of 'mad scientist' vibe about Charles Muntz, which I think explains talking dogs well. Maybe not dogs that can fly planes, that was a little weird.
 
2012-12-05 03:28:13 PM
I really enjoyed Brave when I saw it with some friends over the summer, and it's on my Christmas list. Is it my favorite Pixar movie? Nah, I think WALL-E will hold that spot for awhile. But it was still a great all around film. Pixar isn't going to hit it out of the park every time, but I do trust that they'll consistently make something that is quality and enjoyable for wide ranging groups of people. Even my niece loves watching WALL-E.

I really do want to see Wreck-It Ralph. Maybe over the holidays I'll get a chance to go.
 
2012-12-05 03:29:23 PM

Cythraul: theurge14: Slow To Return: theurge14: Cythraul: AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

Talking dogs flying fighter planes. Seriously, what the shiat? I thought I was watching a Dreamworks movie.

You know what else is stupid? Talking mice.

I'm looking at you Mickey.

You too, Minnie.

Cute.

It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.

It's established in the intro when the young Carl Fredricksen is watching a news reel in a movie theater that shows the explorer and inventor Charles Muntz's various inventions that aid his dogs, such as an 'automatic dog washer,' and an dog exercise machine, if I remember correctly.

Those may be a stretch from dog-friendly fighter planes, but it does seem to imply a sort of 'mad scientist' vibe about Charles Muntz, which I think explains talking dogs well. Maybe not dogs that can fly planes, that was a little weird.


I'm pretty sure that once you see an entire house being floated away by a couple thousand helium balloons, it's clear you're watching a movie where you might be called on to suspend your disbeliefs a time or two.
 
2012-12-05 03:32:28 PM

Slow To Return: Cythraul: theurge14: Slow To Return: theurge14: Cythraul: AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

Talking dogs flying fighter planes. Seriously, what the shiat? I thought I was watching a Dreamworks movie.

You know what else is stupid? Talking mice.

I'm looking at you Mickey.

You too, Minnie.

Cute.

It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.

It's established in the intro when the young Carl Fredricksen is watching a news reel in a movie theater that shows the explorer and inventor Charles Muntz's various inventions that aid his dogs, such as an 'automatic dog washer,' and an dog exercise machine, if I remember correctly.

Those may be a stretch from dog-friendly fighter planes, but it does seem to imply a sort of 'mad scientist' vibe about Charles Muntz, which I think explains talking dogs well. Maybe not dogs that can fly planes, that was a little weird.

I'm pretty sure that once you see an entire house being floated away by a couple thousand helium balloons, it's clear you're watching a movie where you might be called on to suspend your disbeliefs a time or two.


No way, man. That's totally believable. My sister's former college room mate dated a guy has a brother who is also has a friend who told him and then later told him and then her that the totally know someone who did the same thing to their house.
 
2012-12-05 03:33:11 PM

ChrisDe: The scripts. When they're good, they're very, very good.


I agree. I think that Pixar has always understood that they are, first and foremost, telling a story. The stunning technological achievements (of which there have been plenty) are never an end in itself.
 
2012-12-05 03:39:36 PM

verbaltoxin: Tell me, does Merida strike something within you that disturbs you, and that's why you get defensive? Is it an urge that dare not speak its name?


Merida gives me the urge to part her like the red sea.

Hey, I have no shame in saying it, I think Merida is hot. I did not hesitate whipping it out and start spaking it to her. Until the cops showed up. Stupid asshole theater manager. Because of him, now I have to move by court order because I currently live within 50 yards of a school.

Boycott Cinemark!!!
 
2012-12-05 03:39:51 PM

Cythraul: No way, man. That's totally believable. My sister's former college room mate dated a guy has a brother who is also has a friend who told him and then later told him and then her that the totally know someone who did the same thing to their house.


I have a similar friend. Except the friend has talking dogs.

By the way, anyone who thinks the opening sequence with Carl and Ellie is the saddest part of that movie didn't watch all the through to the part where Carl finally opens the photo album.
 
2012-12-05 03:41:48 PM
Cythraul [TotalFark]
2012-12-05 10:44:28 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

You mean other than it being dull, boring inane and had ed assner droning on and on for 2 hrs?
 
2012-12-05 03:43:11 PM

peterthx: willfullyobscure:

You didn't pay attention to the movie. Doc Hudson called the press corps and he was forced to leave the town. Once the town realized what Doc had done, he felt guilty and went to the race with the other townsfolk (townscars?) to help McQueen.


BS. McQueen could have broken his contract and stayed. He's just be piss pot poor like the rest of the hicks and wastoids. He went back because he's used to his star lifestyle and never seriously thought about giving it up.

Oh and Doc Hudson, there's ANOTHER giant douchebag!! Has a great year, gets hurt, starts a comeback and then gets whiny beucase people aren't tonguing his choad like they did before the accident? How about you stick around and work your way back up, chump? Istead he moves to West Bumfark where he can be a shiftless, dirty old man and still have people treat him like King shiat! Then he gets sandy vag when people like the young hot car better than him, dimes him out, THEN, uses his fellow tards and hicks to stage his own comeback as a successful race manager.


This movie should have been called "Two Douchebags That are Cars"
 
2012-12-05 03:47:54 PM

Hebalo: willfullyobscure:

the ENTIRE lesson of that movie was: believe in yourself and other people will suck your dick. Cars 2 was much, much better, since he actually had to work for a living for once and they let Mater and the spy cars take lead in the story

You miiiight be borderline retarded.

So, choosing to help The King doesn't strike you as "acting like a decent person".

You fail at seeing the lesson of the movie, and I hope you never ...


tell you what, next time we're running a roadrace and you fall down, break your legs, have a head injury and what all else, let me pick your ass up and force you to keep running the race instead of waiting for medical professionals or administering first aid. No, I'll pick you up, hurt you some more, and then take all the credit for being a "hero".
 
2012-12-05 03:47:55 PM

Slow To Return: Cythraul: theurge14: Slow To Return: theurge14: Cythraul: AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.

You didn't like the rest of UP? Why? I thought it was good.

Talking dogs flying fighter planes. Seriously, what the shiat? I thought I was watching a Dreamworks movie.

You know what else is stupid? Talking mice.

I'm looking at you Mickey.

You too, Minnie.

Cute.

It's usually established early on in a movie what kind of universe it takes place in. Nowhere in the first 3/4 of the movie UP did it indicate that this was going to be in a universe where dogs talk and fly airplanes. It was jarringly out of place.

It's established in the intro when the young Carl Fredricksen is watching a news reel in a movie theater that shows the explorer and inventor Charles Muntz's various inventions that aid his dogs, such as an 'automatic dog washer,' and an dog exercise machine, if I remember correctly.

Those may be a stretch from dog-friendly fighter planes, but it does seem to imply a sort of 'mad scientist' vibe about Charles Muntz, which I think explains talking dogs well. Maybe not dogs that can fly planes, that was a little weird.

I'm pretty sure that once you see an entire house being floated away by a couple thousand helium balloons, it's clear you're watching a movie where you might be called on to suspend your disbeliefs a time or two.


Yeah, it's just a movie. Throw any stupid shiat you want in there, whimsical balloons means all bets are off. We'll get over it.
 
2012-12-05 03:49:00 PM

UDel_Kitty: I really enjoyed Brave when I saw it with some friends over the summer, and it's on my Christmas list. Is it my favorite Pixar movie? Nah, I think WALL-E will hold that spot for awhile. But it was still a great all around film. Pixar isn't going to hit it out of the park every time, but I do trust that they'll consistently make something that is quality and enjoyable for wide ranging groups of people. Even my niece loves watching WALL-E.


I enjoyed Brave, and so did my daughters. Monsters Inc is still my favorite, and I'll be taking my kids to see it in 3D when it comes out. I'm a little suspicious of the "Monster University" idea because it sounds a lot like one of those lame direct-to-video sequels that Disney has churned out by the truckload since the days of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

I really do want to see Wreck-It Ralph. Maybe over the holidays I'll get a chance to go.

Wreck-It Ralph was really good.
 
2012-12-05 03:49:28 PM

Cagey B: Bluemookie: 8. Tory Story

This has potential.


Too bad "Spitting Image" isn't still around with their satirical puppets. I'd like to see this made....
 
2012-12-05 03:51:19 PM

browntimmy: Listen, I really like the movie Commando, but I also think it's less mature than Pixar movies in many ways


Commando would be a Pixar movie I would watch.
 
2012-12-05 03:52:38 PM

UDel_Kitty: I really enjoyed Brave when I saw it with some friends over the summer, and it's on my Christmas list. Is it my favorite Pixar movie? Nah, I think WALL-E will hold that spot for awhile.


When you can have extended sequences featuring NO dialogue that still tell a beautiful story (WALL-E and EEEEEEEeeeeeeeva dancing around in space), or can compress entire lines of dialogue to a single "vocalization" (every time WALL-E talks) without losing any meaning, you know you have a good cinematic team.

That's why Pixar rules. So long as they can tell a better love story using only pictures and the score than Spielberg can in 3 hours with $400 million, Pixar will barely be able to spend the moneypiles we throw at them fast enough.
 
2012-12-05 04:04:21 PM

Cythraul: DamnYankees: Cythraul: Brave has been released?! I was wondering what was taking them so long. Was it any good? I was hoping after what I heard about Cars 2, Brave would be awesome.

Its not. Brave is the very apex of "eh, its ok".

That's a shame. Before Cars 2, I don't think there was a single Pixar film that I didn't at least 'like a lot,' if not 'love.'

Who do we blame for this? I blame Disney. They're convenient.


One of the movie intros describes a story meeting for the studio in 1995, when the studio was doing Toy Story, where movie ideas were discussed. They came up with the basics of Bug's Life, Nemo, Monsters Inc, Rattatoullie, WALL-E, etc literally years in advance.

The last movie mentioned in the intro, stated as "the last of the movies from that meeting" was, iirc, UP.

So... basically they've run through all the shiat they thought was cool when founding the studio, and from now on are having to write and create movies in the normal development time without, perhaps, the same personal attachment to them among the staff.

I mean, you can go look at the chart of writers/directors/etc for Pixar movies at wikipedia if you want, it sort of corresponds to what's been good and what's been meh as well. But I like my explanation better because narrative.
 
2012-12-05 04:08:47 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: ManateeGag: UP told a more compelling story in that opening sequence between Carl and Ellie than the entirety of the Twilight Series.

Too bad there was an entire movie after that opening sequence. That kind of ruined the whole thing.



Disney sent out "For Your Consideration" screener DVDs to Academy members that year which featured just the opening sequence of Up ... up to the point that Carl is sitting alone with the balloons.

The picture fades to black ... and then credits roll.
 
2012-12-05 04:08:50 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: [i1125.photobucket.com image 850x164] 

/The most wanted sequel never made.


That's a funny way to spell "Buckaroo Bonzai Against the World Crime League."
 
2012-12-05 04:09:38 PM
And...that's an even funnier way to spell Banzai.
 
2012-12-05 04:19:28 PM
Saw Wreck-It Ralph for my girlfriend's birthday - she loves Disney and i love Gaming so it was a great movie for both of us to discover great common ground with each other. Since then she has suggested i dress as Ralph for Halloween if only for being able to dress as Vanellope herself. I Recently saw Brave - liked the hell out of it, especially the Dad. Wished i had seen it in theaters with her i bet it would have been fun.

But the best part of going to see a Pixar film in theaters...the shorts before the movie itself.

davelandweb.com



www.awn.com

www.filmequals.com

They always leave me with a smile.
 
2012-12-05 04:19:58 PM

UDel_Kitty: I really enjoyed Brave when I saw it with some friends over the summer, and it's on my Christmas list. Is it my favorite Pixar movie? Nah, I think WALL-E will hold that spot for awhile. But it was still a great all around film. Pixar isn't going to hit it out of the park every time, but I do trust that they'll consistently make something that is quality and enjoyable for wide ranging groups of people. Even my niece loves watching WALL-E.

I really do want to see Wreck-It Ralph. Maybe over the holidays I'll get a chance to go.


I have yet to see a Pixar movie that didn't at least entertain me, and usually I find them rather touching and heartfelt. I've bought several on DVD or Blu-Ray, and a Pixar movie is the only thing that I'll say "sure, count me in" to see it in the theater without even hearing much about what the movie actually IS. They've been good for it so far.

I can see why others would disagree; some of their movies aren't as strong as others, but I'd rather see those than most of the other Hollywood dreck that's out there. I just don't understand why some people are practically creaming their shorts at the thought of Pixar finally making a bad movie.

Go see Wreck-It Ralph. You'll love it.
 
2012-12-05 04:36:18 PM

verbaltoxin: Burr: verbaltoxin: And I've decided that means reading Ray Bradbury, drinking whiskey, home brewing beer, playing music, watching pro wrestling, and eating grilled, seasoned meats.

More power to you. I have decided that means drinking whiskey, gardening, grilling, watching football, fixing cars, creating computer programs, playing video games, watching cartoons, and whatever else I want do...because I could care less if somebody thinks its "childish" or not. If you want to hang on to some abstract notion of "adult entertainment" then it is your loss. I on the other hand will enjoy life to it's fullest.

Also...

verbaltoxin: watching pro wrestling

...speaking of "digital bedtime stories"



Invalidation followed by passive aggression. Tell me, does Merida strike something within you that disturbs you, and that's why you get defensive? Is it an urge that dare not speak its name?

Because frankly I don't mind watching two, rippling-muscled men tustle together ion a canvas, sweat oozing, their tight spandex slipping every so slightly, and their bodies locked in a tight, physical dance of theatrical sensuality.

/Just cutting you off at the pass.


The voice of the voice of the voiceless.

10/10

/love Pixar films, own them all but Cars 2
//it's an abomination
///room for wrasslin' and kids flicks
////I really need to see Wreck it Ralph
//slashies are childish
 
2012-12-05 04:50:11 PM

Expolaris: Saw Wreck-It Ralph for my girlfriend's birthday - she loves Disney and i love Gaming so it was a great movie for both of us to discover great common ground with each other. Since then she has suggested i dress as Ralph for Halloween if only for being able to dress as Vanellope herself. I Recently saw Brave - liked the hell out of it, especially the Dad. Wished i had seen it in theaters with her i bet it would have been fun.

But the best part of going to see a Pixar film in theaters...the shorts before the movie itself.

[davelandweb.com image 850x510]



[www.awn.com image 620x260]

[www.filmequals.com image 550x291]

They always leave me with a smile.

Paperman

is not Pixar (played before Wreck-It Ralph)
 
2012-12-05 04:52:24 PM

peterthx: Expolaris: Saw Wreck-It Ralph for my girlfriend's birthday - she loves Disney and i love Gaming so it was a great movie for both of us to discover great common ground with each other. Since then she has suggested i dress as Ralph for Halloween if only for being able to dress as Vanellope herself. I Recently saw Brave - liked the hell out of it, especially the Dad. Wished i had seen it in theaters with her i bet it would have been fun.

But the best part of going to see a Pixar film in theaters...the shorts before the movie itself.

[davelandweb.com image 850x510]



[www.awn.com image 620x260]

[www.filmequals.com image 550x291]

They always leave me with a smile.

Paperman is not Pixar (played before Wreck-It Ralph)


Really? Do you know which studio put it together i really liked it and thought it stood on it's own. I still lump them in together with the other heart warming shorts.

Almost forgot one of my favorites!

0.tqn.com
 
2012-12-05 05:13:46 PM

Goonie_Goo_Goo: Watched "Brave" the other day. It looked strangely familiar...

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


I was telling the kids the other day "you know Pixar has never made a bad movie". Well that's still true but before the Disney corruption you could honestly say "every movie Pixar has ever made has been super awesome!"

Brave wasn't really even good. Not bad but not good. Oh and a complete ripoff.
 
2012-12-05 05:19:58 PM

Miss Stein: Shostie: DamnYankees: Cythraul: Brave has been released?! I was wondering what was taking them so long. Was it any good? I was hoping after what I heard about Cars 2, Brave would be awesome.

Its not. Brave is the very apex of "eh, its ok".

My wife really liked it. I haven't gotten around to seeing it.

This may be one of those situations where, if you have a penis, you won't "get it," or something.

I wasn't pleased with it either. It would have been better if the triplets had been taken away or put in grave danger, and Merida was the one who braved incredible odds and harrowing ordeals to bring them safe to the kingdom, instead of that touchy-feely mother/daughter crap they foisted on us.


I was hoping the coin/token thing the witch took was going to be used for some magic purpose to enable the witch to take over the entire kingdom and Merida would have to defeat her using cunning in addition to her bow skills. Possibly with some better story links to the old kingdom and freeing the cursed bear. But no.

Normally I rank Pixar movies on a scale of "Very Good" to "Excellent". IMO Brave was half a step up from "I want my money back". YMMV.
 
2012-12-05 05:21:39 PM
I know Genndy Tartakovsky and I know the other directors

Wait, what awards is he up for?

*checks wiki*

"Hotel Transylvania"? Really??
 
2012-12-05 05:25:06 PM
"at the end of the day, I just make movies."
"at the end of the day, they'll end up loving it."
"At the end of the day, I've done my job as a storyteller."
"At the end of the day she's just a character.

geekandpoke.typepad.com
 
2012-12-05 05:25:58 PM

Cythraul: moothemagiccow: Cythraul: moothemagiccow: Cythraul: r1niceboy: I liked Brave, mind you I am Scottish, so got all the inside jokes.

I kept reading how a lot of Scots couldn't watch the film because the accents made them cringe.

The king was billy connolly, a scot, and merida was a scot, kelly mcdonald. Most of the main cast were Scottish. The remainders were British apart from John Ratzenberger

Yeah, but I heard somewhere that they were asked to alter their accents to fit more of what Americans think the Scottish accent should be. These are just forum rumors I'm repeating, by the way.

So you're proudly repeating nonsense?

Umm, no. I've heard of instances where American southern actors were asked to 'redneckify' their accents for a film because they didn't sound 'southern enough.'

So, in this instance, it could be possible.


If I was an actor that would be me. With the exception of maybe two weeks I have spent my entire 30 years in the southeast; my WoW guildies told me on vent I have no accent.

/looking to leave the southeast next year
 
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