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Bob K.
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 10:27 pm:   

The new review's up:

http://www.electricstory.com/reviews/review.aspx?title=new/constantine
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Jörn Grote
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:26 am:   

I'ts always fun seeing Lucius dissecting movies.
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Bob
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:01 am:   

Yeah, but this time he's acknowledging each bit with an appreciative bon mot as he rips it out of the twitching carcass. I like these positive reviews every once in awhile. Good review!

Bob
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JV
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:14 am:   

Lucius:

Ann and I just saw Constantine and we agree with you completely. It's definitely above average, and it might just be, as you say, diminished expectations, but the movie did bypass some potential pitfalls. For example, the "romance" in the movie is only really hinted at toward the end; they don't waste any time with any stupid romance subplot.

I thought that the actress who played Gabriel was great.

JeffV
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:32 am:   

Tilda Swinton, a British actress. She played Orlando, and was in "The Deep End, the War Room," and will play the witch in the CS Lewis series now filming.

Glad you concur, Jeff.

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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:47 am:   

By the way, Swinton made a scifi movie a couple years ago called Teknolust, in which she plays four half-human, half-robot creatures.
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Bob
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:52 am:   

And the CS Lewis series is Weta Workshop's followup to LoTR. Check out this concept piece.

http://www.narnia.com/movie/news/conceptualArt/image4.jpg

Bob, fanboy
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 12:09 pm:   

Looks real sad and girlish and all...
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Bob K.
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 12:11 pm:   

Yeah, and my little girl's gonna love it. Since every Hollywood movie is written to her level -- five years old -- but not every one is appropriate. We're excited about this one.

Bob
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 12:25 pm:   

God bless us every one....

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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:16 pm:   

Tilda was also in a small slipstream piece called Conceiving Ada. She played Ada Byron Lovelace Babbage. (Yeah, her.) This seems to be one of those things that only I liked. But how could I not like a film featuring actors playing Charles Babbage, William Lovelace, and Mary Shelly. And with a small role played by Timothy Leary.

I must admit it didn't make a great deal of sense, but was delierious enough for me to enjoy.

She was also in Female Perversions with Karen Sillas for those who are into that sort of thing. (Me, me, me.)

Just landed in Hong Kong for about a week. Not much to do here book-wise and all DVDs are legit british issues and I was in the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street on breaks between Real Ales a few days ago. I haven't been to the sleazier areas of Mongkok ever, though.

Dreading reading the Constantine review. Could Lucius actually have said something positive about a film with Keanu Reeves? Or am I misreading the post-review comments. Just have to gird my loins and give it a try.

Swinton or no Swinton, Weta or no Weta, I can quite cheerfully do without that Lion foolishness.
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:27 pm:   

Hmmm. Doesn't sound too bad. I'll wait for a cheap DVD to show up in China.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 03:33 pm:   

I agree on the Lewis, man. Enough! At least it's neither a remake or a comic book.

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Bob
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 05:09 pm:   

I think you misinterpret, Lucius, if by "enough" you mean just the surfeit of fantasy for kiddies. The Lion, capital L, is really the big J in fur. Whatever, I don't care. It'll be a welcome relief from first Elmo and now Star Wars.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 05:43 pm:   

I mean enough Christian crap already, enough mindfuck allegory screwing with the brains of the little kids...
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Dementia 13
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 06:24 pm:   

Constantine rocked!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 07:05 pm:   

Most astute, Dementia.....13.
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DB
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 10:20 pm:   

Lucius, I'm surprised you made no mention of the movie's hilarious and ironic take on the No Smoking campaign.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 07:18 am:   

Yeah, I guess I shoulda done. At one point the surgeon general's warning from a pack pf smokes fills the entire screen -- it is pretty funny.
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Bill H.
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 08:19 am:   

Lucius,

After seeing Constantine and reading your review, I am reminded of something I heard Neil Gaiman say at a con some years back. It was in regard to The Sandman being made into a movie and Gaiman commented that he didn't want to be involved and figured that Hollywood being the way it is would likely cast Ahnold as Dream ending with the line "Sweet dreams, motherfucker!" and, of course, an explosion.

As for the film, I'm too much of a purist to actually let _that_ go and enjoy it for what it was. No Brit, no yellow trenchcoat, no excitement. But that's just me. I saw Hellboy with a big fan of Mignola's and he really enjoyed it and that rubbed off on me. I just hope that someone--an indie, perhaps--will do a comic movie right for the title and the creator and also the fans.

Just don't let it be Captain Carrot and His Zoo Crew, please!!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 08:22 am:   

Batmab Begins looks promising. They may finally have the right guy in Bale...
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 04:51 pm:   

Hmm. . .I still haven't seen this movie, but my friend Sally has. Her thoughts: "I really liked the movie. I was expecially [sic] impressed with Keanu's attempt to not appear vacant."
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 05:01 pm:   

:-)

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