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Is Tarzan of the Apes the one where they take a swim and Jane, has, what today would be called a "major wardrobe malfunction" on the way in?
Yes they take a swim for a few minutes, but I didn't notice a wardrobe malfunction. Nor was I looking for one.
She was wearing what was left of her now mini-skirt, bare leg and bare feet, and a short sleve shirt which was loose about the neckline but not showing obvious cleavage. Earlier she had been wearing only a slip, which I thought at the time was a bit risque for 1932.

I understand that the next one "Tarzan and His Mate(1934)" has a nude scene of sorts.
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The infamous nude swimming scene was originally filmed in three different versions: with Jane wearing her traditional costume, with Jane topless and with Jane fully nude. US states were empowered at that time to enact individual censorship laws, and three different versions of the scene were filmed in order to allow individual states to select the version of the scene which best conformed to its laws. All three versions were eventually removed from the film due to protests from conservative religious groups, particularly the powerful Catholic Legion of Decency. The nude version of the scene was discovered in the vaults of Turner Entertainment during the late 1990s following its purchase of the MGM film library, and was restored to most subsequent versions of the film on the direct orders of Turner Entertainment chairman Ted Turner. In the restored version of the scene, Tarzan is depicted wearing his traditional loincloth while Jane appears fully nude, her costume having been torn off when Tarzan playfully tosses her from a tree to the water below. The scene as it exists today is approximately four minutes in duration

Maureen O'Sullivan does not appear as Jane during the film's famous nude swimming sequence. O'Sullivan is instead doubled by Josephine McKim, a member of the 1924 and 1928 U.S. Womens' Olympic Swim Teams and one of the four U.S. swimmers on that team to win the 1928 gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay.

The only appearance of the two-piece Jane costume, subsequently replaced by a long one-piece costume in all the sequels due to pressure from the Hays Office as they felt it was too revealing.

Betty Roth (wife of animal supervisor Louis Roth) doubled for O'Sullivan for some close-up lion scenes at the end of filming due to O'Sullivan's absence for an appendectomy

The "African" elephants were actually Indian elephants fitted with prosthetic tusks and ears, as MGM already owned several Indian elephants

Edited by BasementBob - 4/15/13 at 7:44pm
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I forgot to set a timer for Tarzan of the Apes Saturday, work, softball out of town & the tv series I watch have kept me from any movie watching the last month or so, I did get to disc 3 of Sons of Anarch Season 3, loving this show...
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I understand that the next one "Tarzan and His Mate(1934)" has a nude scene of sorts.

THAT'S the one I was thinking of. As Jane's custume rips off, I'm sure that today it would be explained as a "major wardrobe malfunction" to avoid the millions in FCC fines. The interesting thing (to me, anyway) is that nudity was very popular in the 30s. I seem to remember from somewhere that Kellogg (of Kellogg's Cereals) was a proponent and that it was nudists travelling to camps that popularized the Airstream trailers.
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I'm on a string of a few that I've really enjoyed! Last night we watched "Django Unchained" - I was reluctant to rent this one. Usually not my thing....but I enjoyed it right from the get go. QT added just the right amount of humor and over the top imagery to take the sting off of all the cursing and violence. The subject of slavery was much harder to stomach though. In all, might have been my favorite QT movie, even better than Pulp Fiction.

It was a fun ride with the best acting I've seen this year. DiCaprio would have been my vote over Daniel Day Lewis for best actor. DiCaprio took more than a few notes from Lewis during Gangs of New York, it seems. Christof Waltz has become one of my favorites, and Samual Jackson was at his best. Nice to see him break from his typical role. All three at the top of their game.

EDIT: I looked up its nominations and see that DiCaprio was not even nominated?
Edited by tony123 - 4/19/13 at 5:06am
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Good to be on a roll! The Hobbit- I thought the LOTR series was good, not great...and definetely too long. So, I had low expectations for The Hobbit. I also saw that it was less than a heavyweight by many reviewers.

However, this one was better than all three of the LOTR too me. Yes, the theme is still there, a bunch of people (whose names I can't remember or pronounce) are wandering through middle earth trying to get somewhere. But, there was more of something that I can't put my finger on...humor maybe? The troll scene was hilarious! I also really enjoyed seeing some history from the LOTR.

If you aren't a big fan of the prior trilogy and have put this one off, I encourage you to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. smile.gif
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Watched MirrorMask (2005). Have been putting off watching this one for some time, it looked like it might appeal to me based on trailer I had seen, which had a lot of other worldly fantasy animation mixed with live acting. I enjoyed it quite a bit, a nice story, creative alternate reality / dreamworld visuals, and a surprising amount of LFE kick in a few scenes.
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Les Miserables - 2.5/5 - When it ended, I was glad to not be misearable any longer. I was uplifted, from my chair, to get this thing out of my player. I have never seen the show and am not familiar at all with ANY of the music. Apparently, there is a reason. It's not that I don't appreciate musicals (even the completly sung type ---can we call it an Opera?) but this entire track semeed to me to be recititive with little aria. At least none that I can remember. And I felt that the recititive never resolved (musically). It was like it was all being made up on the spot with really bad rhyming to boot. And French accents that sounded remarkably English. So that's my impression of the show. The sound track WAS a pretty good workout for the sound system given the full orchestral treatment. Overall, meh. I'll take Andrew Lloyd Webber any day over this.

Mr. Majorium's Magic Emporium - 3/5 for the eye candy. THIS should be included in all future demo disks under the eye candy section. Really weird ending that only makes sense if/when MMME 2 comes out. IF you're not in it for the eye candy or 7 year old in the house, 2/5.
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We went on a rampage this weekend. We watched

Ted: Pretty funny, about what I expected with a small twist at the end. Cursing, drinking and drug using bear, what's not to like. The "people" did a good job acting with the computer bear, which seems like it'd be tough 7.5/10.

Les Miserables: I liked the musical and this was probably a little better. The issues I had with the plot are the same as the musical. Too long though, I was ready for it to end by the 2 hour mark. 7.5/10

Argo: Don't know how much was true and how much was Hollywood, but I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting because it was a very basic storyline without too many twists. They had a plan, and for the most part stuck to it. That being said, we were on the edge of our seats and my heart was beating faster . . . 8.5/10
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Watched Detention (2011)
3/5 (amazon 3.6/5 (even distribution), imdb 5.6/10, rotten tomatoes 46%)
An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy .
Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time, by traveling through time, to stop the killer.
If you enjoyed "Scream", and "Cabin in the Woods", and "Tucker and Dale vs Evil", as teen slasher spoofs, then you might enjoy this.
There's a lot packed into the run-time of this movie, it moves at a hundred miles an hour with little let-up and the humor comes at you quick. There are a lot of clever pop culture references from both 'now' and the 80s/90s and they come at you relentlessly.
Refreshingly goofy & bizarre.


Watched Django Unchained (2012)
3.3/5 (Amazon 4.1/5 (heavy 5), imdb 8.5/10, rotten tomatoes 94%, AVS Lee Webber: 4/5)
Quentin Tarantino
Why this was released on Christmas is beyond me. (25 December 2012).
Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity.
Django has action, humor, suspense, drama, and even some romance, all washed down with gallons of MontyPython/KillBill blood.
There is a small additional scene with the 3 men in a cage at the very end of the credits.
I find myself conflicted that I can say two things simultaniously: the story was imperfect and I never really felt for any of the characters and it wasn't as good as I was led to believe :: it felt like 1 hour 45 mintues, and I didn't notice until just now that it's actually 2 hours and 45 minutes of a movie.
Django in the original film(s) was introduced as a rediculously amazing gunfighter -- whereas here the audience sort of discovers it along the way ("You're a natural"), and somehow its not as effective.


Watched Gangster Squad (2013)
3.2/5 (amazon 3.5/5 (even distribution), imdb 6.8/10, rotten tomatoes 62% (critics 32%), AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5 ,Spill.com review: "Rental" )
There have been a few films of police department "off the books" death squads that go out to kill a good sized chunk of unarrestable gangs, none of the movies particularly great, and this one is a little better, but its essentially just another one of the same.
I'm sure I've seen this story before, but I can't think of the particular film off hand, but they're loosely based on real life LAPD chief William H. Parker’s late 1940s urging a handful of cops to go beyond the law into vigilantism.
Emma Stone in that red dress has never looked better. "dazzling eye candy of Emma Stone in terrific period dresses and heartbreaking auburn hair "
It's 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O'Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O'Mara to lead the unit. O'Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen's people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen's organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it's the cops.
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John Carpenter's The Thing - I guess that having seen the last two incarnations of this, this one is only "blah." If you've never seen The Thing, this is as good as any. I didn't get the very end I've seen the previous versions.

Life of Pi - It was, OK. It has it's moments. A bit long. GREAT eye candy and the butt kickers kicked in a couple of times. Watched in 2D in the theater. One of these days, I'll fire it up 3D. I could tell the couple of spots that there SHOULD be some pop out. I noticed on the 2D disk that the only English audio track was in 7.1. I had to change audio settings to have the BR player convert to 5.1 to send to the amp or else there was no center channel. Embarrising with a neighbor sitting in the room watching and no center channel. Didn't seem to mind though...I guess the 3-4 shots at dinner put EVERYONE in a good mood.
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Watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
4/5 (amazon 4.0/5 (mostly 5), imdb 8.2/10, rotten tomatoes 84%, Decent Films: B-, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)

Video: stellar.
Clear. Beautiful vistas. Great cinematography.

Audio: clear and entertaining

Part 1 of
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga.

Good acting. Pleasant story.
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Watched Life of Pi (2012)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 8.1/10, rotten tomatoes 87%, Decent films: B-, AVS Ralph Potts: 4/5)
More multi-religious than I was expecting, attempting a relating of a sought spiritual experience. Some interesting visuals, but the story itself was kind of so-so because the morals of the story don't come through.

Although it's not the highest rated one for me this week, it's likely the one I'll reach for when the senior family comes to watch something.

"In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Rickard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive."
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I'm surprised Life of Pi doesn't get higher ratings from you guys... It should be noted, that although that paragraph that Bob quoted to describe the movie is in fact what you're watching, it is not what the movie is ultimately about.

Silver Linings Playbook - I really enjoyed this one! Again, the trailer doesn't show all the cards of the movie...actually, it shows hardly any of them. Therefore, I can't say as much as I'd like to.smile.gif It's a movie that goes deeper than its surface. Of all the top billings of last year, this may be the only one that is a "slice of life" theme, and those are usually my favorites.
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I'm surprised Life of Pi doesn't get higher ratings from you guys...
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I guess the 3-4 shots at dinner put EVERYONE in a good mood.

Maybe one or two more would have done the trick.
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Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook - Official Trailer (HD)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ
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I so wanna push the dislike button, just to be the first, lol.
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I take back my comment...on watching that trailer, its obvious what the movie is about. Why didn't I get it the first time?
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I had a weekend to myself, so I got to watch several movies that I've been meaning to get to.

Life of Pi - 3/5

This was a good movie with a good story. The visuals were outstanding, and I can imagine it was a treat to see in the theater. With that said, this just isn't the type of movie I get into, and, as mentioned before, it's a bit long. When I start getting the urge to check my email and check AVS, I start docking points smile.gif

Django Unchained - 4/5

If you like Quentin Tarantino, this movie will not let you down. A few minor complaints, but my real issue is the film should have been much shorter, too. Lost a point because I checked AVS when it should have ended.

Mission: Impossible III - 3/5

This movie was a lot of fun with plenty of cool toys. It was predictable, though.

Kick Ass - 5/5

I've mentioned this one before, and it truly is one of my favorites. Last time it was a 4/5, but it just gets better with age.
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Slumdog Millionaire - 4/5 - MUCH better than I expected. It's been on my list for a while and finally got around to it. Amazingly enough, I didn't really know much about it, and I'm glad I didn't. It was a very different way to tell a life story. I will say that were times that the seats shook, and I didn't have the butt kickers on! HOWEVER, between this and Life of Pi, I have NO inclination to visit India.
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Looper - 4/5

It was different than I was expecting, but pretty enjoyable. I like time-travel movies, so I like this one. SWMBO would prboably give it a 2.5/5 . . . eek.giftongue.gif
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Did anyone remember to watch Star Wars on Saturday?

"May the fourth be with you."
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Les Miserables- We had not seen a version of this and had no clue of the story. We like musicals, so it was no surprise that we really enjoyed this one. As most reports have said, Russel Crowe was a bit out of place...a few times it took us right out of the "mood". We were very impressed with Hugh Jackman though. It brought us all to tears many times and I felt I could rewatch it back to back. I warn you though, if you do not like musicals, this one will grate on you. There is hardly a spoken line in the entire movie.
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Star Trek TNG: Best of Both Worlds 4.99/5 both episodes combined into one in HD and dtsMA 7.1 sound, excellent ...couldn't stand it and bought the S3 disc. Yesterdays Enterprise same score, the lack of widescreen barely noticed on both, very good upgrades...
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I haven't posted in this topic for a while, but I did go on a movie kick this week trying (in vain) to keep up with things. Funny enough, I would rate each of the movies I saw this week all in the 3.5/5 range, which is highly unusual since I'm seeing most of them for the first time. I saw Evil Dead (1981 version), Evil Dead 2, The Captains (a documentary by William Shatner from a couple of years ago), Cowboys & Aliens, and finally G.I. Joe - Retaliation in 3D in the theater.

Because I only saw Evil Dead 1 and 2 for the first time, I did not previously realize that Army of Darkness is a continuation of Evil Dead 2. I'd previously seen Army of Darkness but now must see it again now that the Evil Dead movies are fresh in my mind.
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Kick Ass - 5/5

I've mentioned this one before, and it truly is one of my favorites. Last time it was a 4/5, but it just gets better with age.


I remember when a friend of mine recommended we go see this movie when it hit the cheap theaters. Honestly, I thought it was just going to be some silly little kids type of movie. I never did any reading up on it before seeing it and was blown away at how good it was when we saw it. Definitely the unexpected hit of 2010 for me.
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Bought and watched my second copy of Timecrimes (2007).
Before purchasing, I checked my list of DVDs for "time crimes". Nope not there.
"timecrimes" was there. Now I have two.
For those of you who need a review.
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Les Miserables - 3/5 - It took me a bit to figure out what it was that bugged me about this one, but then it hit me. The two leads were completely outshone by their costars. Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks were all leaps and bounds better in this than Jackman and Crowe. I was especially surprised by Amanda Seyfried and her beautiful voice. In all honesty, even Sascha Baron Cohen and Helena Bohnam Carter were better than the leads... The production is stunning however. The visuals and audio deserve a 5/5.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1707386/

The Impossible - 5/5 - Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor take the lead in this movie about a family that survives the 2005 Tsunami that hit Thailand. This is a movie that will grab your gut and heart, twist them, and then hold them hostage for 90 minutes while you watch this family persevere through this incredible event.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649419/?ref_=sr_1

The Thieves - 3.5/5 - Korean heist movie. Funny and clever with multiple twists at the end. We just had a good time watching this one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2330866/?ref_=sr_1
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I need to watch "The Impossible", thanks robnix!

Last nite was date-nite at he local cinema. We saw Iron Man 3 (in 3D). First 3d viewing that didn't give the wife a headache, or make me uncomfortable. Is it possible that 3D quality is improving as it becomes more mainstream, and/or the "pop-out" effect is being dialed back just a bit? As for the actual movie I give it a 4/5. Will be watching it again on my HT in 2D.
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Watched Jack Reacher (2012)
3.5/5 (amazon 3.6/5 (mostly good), imdb 7.0/10, rotten tomatoes 71%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)
A pleasant 130 minute (seems shorter) film, with a plot. Based on the book "One Shot" by Lee Child, of which there are 18 books in the The Jack Reacher novel series.
I found the video a little plain, and was worried for a bit that this was going to be another director that thinks film grain is a good thing (which it isn't the moment you try to do digital compression), but it wasn't film grained.
I'd seen this in the theatres, after a commercial in which the Tom Cruise character said "You think I'm a hero? I am not a hero. Lawyer is all yours" referring to a kidnapped woman (lawyer) who's kidnappers want Jack Reacher to surrender himself to save her knowing that there's a likely possibility that both he and she will be killed -- but instead his philosophy seems to be kidnap victims are already dead, and regardless of what happens to her he's going to hunt and kill the kidnappers.
Trailer
Rosamund Pike was in 007 Die Another Day (Miranda Frost), and Wrath of the Titans (Andromeda), and Johnny English Reborn and a few other things, and I didn't like her in any of them; but she's ok here and a bit more buxum I think in this film.
The worldwide gross is $213 million, which is just shy of the $250 million that usually signals a sequel.
You can watch this film twice without too much trouble.


Watched Savages (2012)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.4/5 (even distribution), imdb 6.5/10, rotten tomatoes 55%)
Strangely I hadn't heard of this 141 min (seems longer) Oliver Stone film at all.
Also has Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta (minor role), Blake Lively (cute, but worthless damsel in distress), Salma Hayek (distressing damsel), and of course Sean Stone (son of Oliver).
Very violent film. The film is based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel. Not particularly deep, no character development, thin characters, not a lot of plot -- a shock film, on man's inhumanity.
Video is beautiful saturated colours.
The dual ending was unexpected.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town. That's the first five minutes.
Then the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon - with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta) - wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.
Without the shocks, watching this film twice might be boring the second time around.
Edited by BasementBob - 5/13/13 at 1:43am
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Skyfall - 4/5. I've seen most of the Bond movies and this is one of the ones that I've enjoyed more than most. At over 2 hours, I did not feel like it was too long. Not much of a real story, but good action and a good workout for the sound system. I use a remote that lights when picked up. I leave it in the cupholders of the chair next to mine. I noticed a couple of times that the light on the remote came on, and I didn't even have the buttkickers turned on. Often, the dog lays down on the stage (NOTHING seems to bother him!) but at one point he looked at the screen and got up and climbed up into an empty chair. I just can't figure out the timeline of this one in relation to all of the other bond flicks. ANd why does Daniel Craig run like Tom Cruise in the MI films? Is that the way these guys are taught to run at the academy (and by "academy" I mean the FBI, CIA, etc, NOT the Motion Picture Academy)?
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Did anyone remember to watch Star Wars on Saturday?

"May the fourth be with you."
I'm waiting for the anniversary on May 25th. It will be 36 years since the episode 4 was released.
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