Sept. 23, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST
Thanks, AICN, for starting the queer habit of posting Firsts, that has gone on to plague the entire internet.
Sept. 23, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST
Now don;t get me wrong I cannot wait to see pans Labyrinth and I think it's gonna be great but the Del Toro insanity is just a little...well....insane. Blade 2 and Hellboy were kinda sorta neat as entertainment pieces but literally the only thing that distinguishes them from anything else in their field is the colors are brilliantly lush. Other than that it's not as if they particularly rise above in characterization, action, or writing. In fact it could be said from an action standpoint these films are very mediocre with Del Toro often taking the easy way out and resorting to unnecessary CG. I've never seen Cronos but I've heard good things. And The Devils Backbone, it's good but I highly doubt anyone outside of the 10 or so editors of various film websites would ever deign to call it a masterpiece. I remember seeing it a couple of years ago and it being interesting but at the end I got the feeling that the ghost story aspect wasn't even all that necessary. I admit I haven't seen it in a few years so I'm probably missing some sort of point but evenr eally giving it the benefit of the doubt, masterpiece? Many Kubrick Films are masterpieces, Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece, the original Star Wars Trilogy, Taxi Driver is a Masterpiece, Fight Club is a masterpiece, but The Devils Backbone? Methinks you overstate.
Sept. 23, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST
The thing is, it's not just you guys at AICN that are calling the film a masterpiece - EVERY DAMN REVIEW I've read on the film, from fans to film festivals to influential critics, is calling it a masterpiece. And having seen it at FrightFest here in the UK a few weeks ago, I must concur. This is a remarkable, brutal, beautiful, magical film. GO SEE IT.
Sept. 24, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST
and here's why: because the internet is stupid. I'm looking at a National Lampoon's DVD of the Month ad that was designed for the sole purpose of burning it into my subconscience so I might look the offer up if I was thinking "maybe I want some comedy DVD's". It's absurd. I tip my hat to anything that serves to remind me that the internet should not be taken too seriously. Posting first is punk rock.
Sept. 24, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST
I mean, what the fuck. It was so bad, it made me save my money on Blade: Trinity, thank god.
Sept. 24, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST
Simply for the subject of the first TB here. You can't beat that for class.
Sept. 24, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST
In the past, movies truly earned this title for being the great works of art they are but today it's a term thrown around way too loosely and used on movies that you like for a month or 2 then they fade away. Oh, how times have changed.
Sept. 24, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST
..on this site and nowhere else, i might add. Outside of AICN, he gets exactly as much respect as he deserves. I completely mirror the sentiments of industrykiller. Aside from the technical aspects, blade 2 and hellboy were very mediocre. especially Hellboy, becuase the make up/costume and art direction were sooo fucking good, it threw the lack of story and character in to sharp relief. That being said, I am looking forward to this alot because of what it is. I think it looks and sounds very good. My anticipation has nothing to do with del toro. Niel Marshall may not have the flashy productions that del toro has, but If I was going off the name alone, I'd see his next movie before del toro. Ive been more impressed by dog soldiers and decent than ANYTHING del toro has done. Devils Backbone included (which was good not great).
Sept. 24, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST
by half vader
AICN wasn't even the first movie-based site to have Firsties. You're a young pup, aren't you?
Sept. 25, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST
No, not a young pup. Read the site for many years but I loathe the TalkBack portions (so God knows why I bothered to get caught up and actually make even this one - now two - post). If there was another site guilty of the same thing then screw them, too. But I still blame AICN for refusing to let it go and catapulting it across the mainstream internet. It's practically impossible to go to any message board now without dealing with morons wanting to continue the trend.
Sept. 25, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST
because some stupid boring indy flick will win everything everywhere shunning a better movie.