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Watching the Oscars

Man, War of the Worlds is getting the shaft! I saw it for the first time a couple of nights ago, and I was blown away. I greatly enjoyed King Kong, but War of the Worlds stands head and shoulders above King Kong in every technical aspect, and it's the technical awards where King Kong is mopping the floor with War of the Worlds.

Of course, I haven't seen any of the films nominated for best picture, so I don't care which one wins.

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ankh_f_n_khonsu
Mar. 6th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I was bored shitless while watching "War of the Worlds". I found it to be a pathetic sham of the original.

It didn't do so well in the box office, did it? I know it certainly didn't over here. I think it may have played for 2 weeks, but if so, just barely.

We haven't watched Kong yet, largely because it looked pretty lame.

We both highly enjoyed "Crash" (and I'm very pleased it beat out "Brokeback~" for best picture) as well as "Walk the Line". "Memoirs of a Geisha" entertained us but left us disappointed (they shouldn't have been speaking English for fuck's sake). I've got a copy of "Brokeback~", but we haven't watched it, largely because it looks rather ghey... heh, I made a funny. :D

Namaste.
kmo
Mar. 6th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)

I was bored shitless while watching "War of the Worlds". I found it to be a pathetic sham of the original.

It seems your criticisms involve the screenplay, the directing, the editing, and possibly the acting.

King Kong beat out War of the Worlds in the following catagories:

  • Best Achievement in Sound


  • Best Achievement in Sound Editing


  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects


  • Having seen both King Kong and War of the Worlds, I judge War of the Worlds as the better film in those three catagories. I liked King Kong. I found it lush and easy on the eyes, and I particularly liked the realization of the character of Kong, but it didn't really seem to make much of an attempt at realism in the way that War of the Worlds and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did.

    As for Memoirs of a Geisha, I didn't see it, but just looking at the imdb page for it, I can tell you that to have had the characters speaking Japanese they would have had to have re-cast most of the major roles, as only about half the people in front of the camera (and almost none behind it) have Japanese names.

    ankh_f_n_khonsu
    Mar. 7th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
    Yeah, we thought they should've used Japanese characters for it.

    I don't know if Kong should've beat out "War of the Worlds" in those categories or not. I was so bored I didn't find anything much to be pleased about.

    We were very much so looking forward to Kong, but when it came out, a lot of the reviews had criticisms that sounded pretty legit to me. We'll watch it eventually, but we've been waiting for a while to increase our apathy towards it and try to give it a semi-fair chance.

    I avoided "Narnia" like the plague. It takes a rare Christian apologist to make it through my filters.

    Namaste.
    kmo
    Mar. 7th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
    King Kong
    I have only one complaint about King Kong. Too long. It seems that Mr. Jackson put the extended DVD edition up on the big screen.

    I didn't see Narnia either, but I could tell from the previews that they put animated cgi characters into a real environment, whereas in King Kong we primarily had animated CGI monsters stomping around in a CGI environment. It all hung together very well, but it had more in common with Shrek than with a movie like War of the Worlds (or if you'd rather not think about that film, conpare KK with Walking with Dinosaurs) which started out as real world imagery captured on film which the film-makers then enhanced with additional digital visual elements which had to match the look of the real world.

    ankh_f_n_khonsu
    Mar. 7th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
    Re: King Kong
    I think I'd find a CGI Kong in a CGI environment pretty dull.

    It looked totally faux from what I saw of it... it just didn't manage to convince me to "suspend belief".

    I dunno. I find it rather irrelevant at this point, because I haven't watched it. I can only argue from ignorance, which doesn't strike me as a defendable stance. ;)

    Namaste.
    sutut
    Mar. 6th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
    H.G. Wells butchered every time
    He wrote such simple, elegant stories that pass the test of time. While Jules Verne gets a last puff in "Steampunk" cliche, Wells stories endure.

    Yet, almost each and EVERY time a motion picture is made of Wells, more care is taken to wipe out the meaning of the story than to make it. To reduce it to nothing but the "Surface" and then only focus on special effects to carry the story. I heard this latest farce was just pure action, even having had the martian engines buried on earth millions of years before. (why not come THEN?)

    And, really, I was hopeful when I heard "War of the Worlds" was being made into a motion picture. A story that had a great parallel to the British "Colonialism", starting with a mention of the total genocide of the Tasmanians. But, its another special effects nonsense with NO social meaning, just "Big alien monster disaster movie".

    What a perfect vehicle, War of the Worlds, to point out the wrongness of "Wars for rescoruces", the rape of land and the oppression of other cultures to steal from them. Imagine how it could be modernized: A tentacled alien on Mars wearing millitary insignia yelling at a tentacled alien wearing tie-dyed ornaments waving a 'peace in the universe' sign- "Look, FREAK, it's 'Us or Them', got it? Really, they have more sun than us and don't know how to USE it. Don't give me that 'zero-point' PIPE DREAM!"

    Myself, I did a few comics based on the Iraq war being a parallel to War of the Worlds.

    Now, when you get an destructive, bland or worse erotic adaptation of another classic, say "Alice in Wonderland" the result is HATRED in the general populace. This should be the same with the butcher jobs on Wells's work.

    The only HG Wells film not butchered, IMHO, is "Things to Come" a film that got booed out of theatres in Britian because it's "Future History" showed another world war and the White Cliffs of Dover being crossed by millitary airplanes. The history went wrong after that, but in many ways it was right also. "Dr. Moreau" is a close second, but only cause 'religion bashing' is cool in hollywood.
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