Saw Clash of the Titans tonight -- dumb, loud and a decent bit of fun. As long as you don't go in expecting cinematic gold, you should be OK. Probably worth checking out as a matinee or waiting for Blueray.
As far as Greek Mythology goes, I actually kinda preferred Percy Jackson from earlier this year. Definitely a better take on some of the stuff (notably Hades & Medusa) than here.
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Thanks CE. My youngest boy is really into reading Greek mythology. I got a copy of the original COTT's, and he's watched it several times. And he always points out that the movie is not like that in the book. And of course I let him know that Hollywood always takes certain "liberties" in order to try and spice it up.
I'll be looking for Percy Jackson when it comes out on DVD. It got good reviews. I'm also gonna to recommend the series of books to my son. He will probably enjoy reading them.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
As a movie, the pacing is awkward -- the first reel feels overly expository and gets more than a tad dull. Once they get all the backstory out of the way, the movie picks up steam and is pretty fun. If he's seen the first movie and knows mythology, he'll enjoy the movie more than most. And, as an aside, it's surprisingly "kid friendly" -- the monsters kill a lot of people, but nothing struck me as overly graphic (a few people get impaled, but it's all fairly bloodless) or unneccessarily gory and there's virtually nothing by way of sexuality or the like.
And I definitely recommend the Percy Jackson stuff -- I enjoyed the movie enough to go pick up the books, and I've found them to be fun reads (I just started the last one and read about halfway through last night) with a really creative spin on the Greek mythological "universe." They're very much Harry Potter knock-offs, but like Harry Potter, the books get better and better as you go along. I wish we had stuff like this when I was growing up.
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Watched Steve McQueen's "Bullit." Car chase = fantastic. I know it's been out for years, but I'm only 20 :.
prior to 1960 most action films were really just dramas.
by the 1980s a lot of action movies were in parody mode. lots of bad one liners. the action scenes were staring to get ridiculous. my feeling is that the shark was officially jumped when Arnuld jumped out of a plane in Eraser without a parachute. and lived.
also a lot of old time action stars were real men not pretty boys. watch a movie today & its hard to tell if its an action film or a commercial for Aeropsostle. the old school action stars looked like they worked on a ranch or were a car mechanic. todays guys looked like they stepped off the Twilight set.
Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson & Clint Eastwood are great places to start.
The Connery Bond flicks are pretty good as well.
Also believe it or not Burt Reynolds made some great movies in his time. Gator. White Lightning. Deliverance. The Longest Yard. Sharky's Machine.
Very well made story of King Arthur. Lots of fine British stage actors including Patrick Stewart in a pre Star trek role.
great scenery. great sets.
The actor who played Merlin is especially good.
I saw Clash of the Titans last night. The special effects were pretty good but the rest was just average.
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"I can make all the stadiums rock."
If you like car movies, The Gumball Rally is a lot of fun.
I saw 2012 on PPV. Awesome f/x and that carries the movie. I didn't expect any great plot lines or subtle characters and I wasn't disappointed. But man does stuff get blown up and split up and go crash bam boom. I did cock my eyebrow at the Earth's crust shifting 1025 miles to save the day, but what the heck.