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Old 03-15-2010, 02:32 PM   #11
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Don't forget he played "the Thing from another world" too, you know, the big mean carrot that drained the blood out of sled dogs, that the arctype uber liberal professor was trying to save in the North Pole? Remember that one? Do ya? Oh well...
"An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles!"

Not only do I remember it, I've got it on DVD and watch it every few months. Great film. One of the best '50s sci-fi flicks, right up there with Them!, which also starred James Arness (and which was remade - as in, thoroughly ripped off by that hack James Cameron - as Aliens) and Forbidden Planet (starring another Airplane! alum, Leslie Neilsen.)

It all fits together!
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:34 PM   #12
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"An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles!"

Not only do I remember it, I've got it on DVD and watch it every few months. Great film. One of the best '50s sci-fi flicks, right up there with Them!, which also starred James Arness (and which was remade - as in, thoroughly ripped off by that hack James Cameron - as Aliens) and Forbidden Planet (starring another Airplane! alum, Leslie Neilsen.)

It all fits together!
The only person lacking is Kevin Bacon to connect the damn dots......
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:42 PM   #13
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The only person lacking is Kevin Bacon to connect the damn dots......
James Arness was in Them! with James Whitmore, who was in Planet of the Apes with Roddy McDowell, who was in The Poseidon Adventure with Gene Hackman (and Leslie Neilsen!), who was in The Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, who was in A Perfect World with Kevin Costner, who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #14
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James Arness was in Them! with James Whitmore, who was in Planet of the Apes with Roddy McDowell, who was in The Poseidon Adventure with Gene Hackman (and Leslie Neilsen!), who was in The Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, who was in A Perfect World with Kevin Costner, who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

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Old 03-16-2010, 05:11 AM   #15
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"An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles!"

Not only do I remember it, I've got it on DVD and watch it every few months. Great film. One of the best '50s sci-fi flicks, right up there with Them!, which also starred James Arness (and which was remade - as in, thoroughly ripped off by that hack James Cameron - as Aliens) and Forbidden Planet (starring another Airplane! alum, Leslie Neilsen.)

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Forbidden Planet was a Scifi remake of Shakespeare's "The Tempest". The Thing and Forbidden Planet still hold up very well today. Even after all these years The Thing still chills and Forbidden Planet is still a nail biter.

It's a bit sad that many of those 50's low budget Scifi movies maintained a higher story standard than most any Scifi movie made in the last 20 years. The monster in Corman's "It Conquered The World" wass certainly silly, but the story line and acting are far superior to any recent high $ schlock.

BTW have you seen "Primer"? Made on video for virtually nothing it's probably the best time travel movie you can find. Or "Pi"?

I think that high budgets ruin Scifi. Blade Runner and Alien were low budget. The excellent "District 9" was also relatively low budget. Don't even start me on the latest brainless hi-$ Star Trek reboot. Time to put that franchise to rest. Avatar is beneath contempt.
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Forbidden Planet was a Scifi remake of Shakespeare's "The Tempest". The Thing and Forbidden Planet still hold up very well today. Even after all these years The Thing still chills and Forbidden Planet is still a nail biter.

It's a bit sad that many of those 50's low budget Scifi movies maintained a higher story standard than most any Scifi movie made in the last 20 years. The monster in Corman's "It Conquered The World" wass certainly silly, but the story line and acting are far superior to any recent high $ schlock.

BTW have you seen "Primer"? Made on video for virtually nothing it's probably the best time travel movie you can find. Or "Pi"?

I think that high budgets ruin Scifi. Blade Runner and Alien were low budget. The excellent "District 9" was also relatively low budget. Don't even start me on the latest brainless hi-$ Star Trek reboot. Time to put that franchise to rest. Avatar is beneath contempt.
I'm disagreeing with you on 'District 9'. The concept was great, the execution sucked. They turned the second half of the movie into a buddy flick. They could have replaced the alien with Eddie Murphy for sh!t's sake.

Their is truth in the the high budget theory. It's like they replace a decent story with large bags of cash. Look at the Star Wars series. The first two movies were low budget (at least the first one was). The final three movies cost a fortune and were complete sh!t.

Look at Blade Runner vs. The Fifth Element. Holy crap, Fifth Element element sucked. I mean, it was sooooo schlocky that the fifth element was love. That was the best the writers could do. That was it.

They also wasted Gary Oldman in the film and I wanted to beat Chris Tucker with a boot.
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Chris tucker was the only redeeming character in that film. :P
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I'm disagreeing with you on 'District 9'. The concept was great, the execution sucked. They turned the second half of the movie into a buddy flick. They could have replaced the alien with Eddie Murphy for sh!t's sake.

Their is truth in the the high budget theory. It's like they replace a decent story with large bags of cash. Look at the Star Wars series. The first two movies were low budget (at least the first one was). The final three movies cost a fortune and were complete sh!t.

Look at Blade Runner vs. The Fifth Element. Holy crap, Fifth Element element sucked. I mean, it was sooooo schlocky that the fifth element was love. That was the best the writers could do. That was it.

They also wasted Gary Oldman in the film and I wanted to beat Chris Tucker with a boot.
The Fifth Element was not meant to be taken seriously. As such I rate it pretty high in entertainment value. It made me laugh a lot at least instead of groaning through crap like Armageddon and getting a headache from the frenetic cutting. Michael Bay bragged that there is not one cut in Armageddon that lasted even 3 seconds. What a freaking @sshole. And that @sshole who ruined the 3rd Bourne movie with the frenetic cutting action. F*** him too. Now they all do it.... creating action with cutting and editing instead of blocking and choreography. Eff 'em. Eff 'em. Eff 'em. Compare the car chase in "7-Ups" and "Ronin" with the "Gone In 60 Seconds" remake. Today it's all done lazy and cheap in the editing room.
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I liked District 9, the South Afrikkan factor really makes the movie.

I watched Pandorum the other night with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. Quaid was his usual mawkish self but Ben Foster did pretty good and the girls was hot. I've only seen Foster in this one and as Russel Crowes second in command in 3:10 to Yuma but I thought he turned in pretty solid performances in both.
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I watched Pandorum the other night with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.
Cool! Are there any other famous people you hang out with?
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