Just finished White House Down. Jesus Christ that was dumb. Even if I thought my expectations were tempered by knowing it was a Rolan Emmerich joint, and seeing Olympus Has Fallen. Great actors though (Woods, Clarke, Jenkins, Gyllenhaal). Would've been a lot more entertaining if it'd been made now, with Alec Baldwin as the President and Melissa McCartney as Sean Spicer.
The Re-up Thread - Page 6
I think we're all pretty much on board with this movie and have been for years, but reading Vince Mancini's look back at the film was like falling in love with it all over again.
I enjoy Tucker's performance much more now than I did then. The thing that bugs me now is, how come Leeloo can fight off a whole bunch of Mondoshawans but Zorg and his gun are too much?
Here's the part where I sit and rethink my life for a while..
It might even be my favorite Verhoeven film now. I dunno. RoboCop and Total Recall are tough to beat though. That's definitely his holy trinity..
Tucker's performance in The Fifth Element is, in my humble, the best thing he's done. The mere presence of that character in the film turns it into something different than anything that proceeded it. What I did not know until recently was that the role of Ruby Rhod was based on and originally offered to Prince.
I can imagine a little Luc Besson reading Metal Hurlant and jamming out to Prince and thinking "These two things would go really great together." He was correct.
And now I'm wondering how that never occurred to me before. Some people just HAAAATE Tucker in that movie but I gotta be honest...I find him pretty hilarious.
Seeing The Fifth Element was a memorable theatrical experience because I saw it on South Padre Island while nursing a broken nose. And then Ruby Rhod happened and it hurt like a bastard to laugh..
Zorg's gun has homing bullets. They follow her into the vent.
at least the movie never visualizes it the way it vizualized it during Zorg's demo
I think he just manages to hit her when she's up in the vents and he shoots up toward them
I tried putting together a group to see it but scheduling it on Mother's Day was pretty dumb.
I didn't see The Fifth Element until it hit video, but I saw Father's Day the weekend both opened.
I haven't seen Element in almost 20 years. If it was made with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell instead of Besson and Bruno, on half the budget, it would be one of my favorite sci-fi movies ever.
It would be the urbania of Escape from New York meets the weird mysticism of Big Trouble in Little China.
Or Escape from Earth.
if you recall his sales pitch for the weapon, he says
"ONE SHOT! (shoots target once)... and REPLAY, sends ev'ry followin' shot to the saaaaame location!"
With Leeloo, he doesn't successfully hit her, so what location would the shots home in on? the same point he missed with the first shot? He misses completely and continues to spray until he apparently hits her. But we don't realize that she's actually been hit until much later, when the movie cuts to her crying in the vents.
bad communication by movie?
no... bad media literacy by bort
Zorg's ZF-1 demonstration reminds me of another instance of wasted tech setup; Bond's car in GOLDENEYE. Established to have all sorts of tools... and Bond just uses it for a nice drive for a scene.
oh I know it
Honestly, I haven't seen it in a long time either. But I specifically recall thinking back when I saw it on VHS, "they really don't use that gun's capabilities after all that setup... just like in GOLDENEYE...... bad calibration... a bad cadence of payoffs... look, listen... catsup mixed with bud light lime... in cargo shorts..."
Fix that shit, pronto!
(I also didn't see it until it hit video but have watched many times since. My daughters quote it to me fairly often!)
I've always thought Tucker was funny in the Fifth Element. I get a kick out of him still doing his show while a wild shoot out goes on. The man is dedicated to his craft.
Oldman is also funny in this, but he is still a legit villain. I love his reaction to finding out the stones aren't in the box.
I had a dim teenage memory of enjoying MST3K. Not a weekly fan, but there were some laughs to be had.
So when I heard the show was rebooting, I watched some of the curated episodes available in Netflix to prepare.
It is no longer funny to me in any way. I expected them to savage the films with trenchant observations, but the bots just seem to ramble on in a stream of consciousness until something occasionally sticks.
I didn't expect something to have aged so very badly over time. Am I watching the wrong episodes?
Rewatching the original JAWWWWNNNNN WICK for a podcast I'm guesting on later this week. I didn't get a chance to watch it again before Chapter 2. Michael Nyqvist is such a delightful ham in his first moments. He does something that I think is very rare in action movie villains: he's totally insecure and knows he's fucked the minute he gets the call from John Leguizamo. I forgot that he tells a story about Wick killing multiple men with a pencil too!
I hope he returns in Chapter 3 as a cyborg, or his twin brother, who launders money in the old country for the President of the United States of America.
THIS IS WICK
The Red Circle scene is one of the best action sequences of the decade. If it wasn't for Fury Road, I'd call it the action movie of the decade, but for now, it has to settle as the best American action film since Kill Bill.
This is all completely accurate.