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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 03:07 am:   

Here 'tis...

http://www.electricstory.com/reviews/review.aspx?title=new/labyrinth
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 04:00 am:   

I like the word "people-munching".

If I recall correctly the waves of Daytona Beach crash at various angles and not exclusively "head-on"...and sharks. While I don't recall encountering any sharks, it was a common concern (along with jellyfish).
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 04:47 am:   

Sharks like that word, too. Sand sharks can be easily caught off the beach at Daytona. There aren't too many incidents of big sharks coming close to shore, but it's happened. And whale sharks, emormous but harmless, have been caught out beyond the sand bar. The waves do crash at varoius angles in stormy weather, but generally pile in with respectable regularity. What's this in reference to?

Lots of jellyfish and men of war in August.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:03 am:   

Your mention of Daytona Beach in the review recalled my visit many years ago to Daytona.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:18 am:   

Ah! Perhaps you met...eerie music...wait, wait for it....MANGOGA!
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:31 am:   

Knew I was going to get killed sooner or later :-)

By the way whatever happened to MANGOGA?
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Huw
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:32 am:   

I really enjoyed that review, Lucius. You pointed out some things, regarding both films, that I hadn't noticed (e.g. the correlation between the eyeless man and the captain). It's made me want to go back and watch both films again, especially The Host.

I felt exactly the same way about the moment of irresponsibility on Ofelia's part in Pan's Labyrinth; I almost gasped when that happened, it seemed so out of character. I agree that the film was lacking in suspense. I enjoyed it, but it hasn't lingered in my mind the way The Host has: I found it quite beautiful and poignant both in terms of the acting and the visuals, but I felt there was also something missing, something that caused it to seem a little flat and lacking in impact, and reading your review I think you've summed it up well (the lack of suspense and unwillingness to play it as "real" fantasy).

I wonder if we'll get Hartnett in the remake of The Host, or even Cruise... he's played this type of role before in War of the Worlds (sort of). :: shudder ::

Sorry if this post is muddled and inarticulate, I'm actually half asleep at the moment. ;-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:49 am:   

Mangoga...Fuck, I don't know. Dust in a landfill somewhere. The only interesting thing about it was much of the novel was told from the monster's POV...
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 05:54 am:   

Huw, did you notice that the eyeless man's feast was, I believe, laid out similary if not identically to the feast at Captain Vidal's dinner party? I'm not going back to PL. You're riht, it doesn't linger in the mind like the Host. I've already seen the Host twice and I could watch it again.

If not Hartnett, we'll get some other turkey.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 06:03 am:   

It's noteworthy (dare I say shocking) that neither film was wretched. Usually there's at least one film...I'm not complaining one way or the other...just making an observation.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 06:13 am:   

Well, I think PL was way wretcheder than the Host, but yeah...
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MarcL
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 10:50 am:   

I liked PL when I watched it, but for a movie that was all about resonance it didn't resonate at all. Whereas The Descent, unpretentious as it was, stuck with me for days and ultimately seems a more genuine act of imagination.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 11:42 am:   

Yeah, I agree...with the UK ending, esp. Also, my appreciation for the Host is growing.
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:04 am:   

Yeah, I appreciated the humour in the Host a lot more on second viewing.

Nice to see the film makers using real American actors for a change too (instead of U.S. soldiers or English teachers). Paul Lazar (the guy with the lazy eye in Silence of the Lambs) does a great bit as a U.S. army doctor examining Gang-du.

The other scene that had me LOL was when a group of folks are waiting at a bus stop wearing SARS masks and a radio commentator comes on to tell people that the symptoms of the virus are similar to the common cold. The group shuffle away from a guy who's started coughing and right after he removes his mask to spit off the curb into a puddle, a car drives by and splashes them all.

A great joke that manages to perfectly sum up life in China during SARS.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 04:04 am:   

That was good, the SARS bit. Also the humor in the funeral scene seemed more minor and consdierably more integrated. But are we ready for the sequel -- The Hostess? :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 12:05 pm:   

Lucius, did Steve Irwin's death stir up eerie memories of Mangoga??
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 12:19 pm:   

No, actually I didn;t think of that, but I was prescient. ;)
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 01:11 pm:   

I'm going to start working the exclamation "by the tail of Mangoga!" into casual conversation.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 01:22 pm:   

Feel free. Maybe I will too? :-)
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PM
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:11 pm:   

Can someone explicate Mangoga's proper pronunciation? Wouldn't want to display ignorance :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:19 pm:   

Man go (accent grave) gah.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:34 pm:   

I would have thought a soft g. Oh well, live and learn.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 02:43 pm:   

Mot threatening, the soft G...

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