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Movie recommendation: Immortal

POSTED BY: CHRISISALL
UPDATED: Monday, March 22, 2010 12:52
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Sunday, June 7, 2009 4:49 AM

CHRISISALL




Immortal (2004) is a computer animated flick with some human actors in it, based on a French comic book, and directed by the creator of the comic itself.
What a crazy movie, it's like Fifth Element on LDS.
I bought it for $10 at Target, but whether you buy it or rent it, y'all must see it IMO. Itz nutz.



The laughing Chrisisall

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:15 AM

CHRISISALL


No one else saw this?
Hmmph.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:30 AM

WASHNWEAR


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
....What a crazy movie, it's like Fifth Element on LDS....



Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
No one else saw this?
Hmmph.

The laughing Chrisisall



No, I'm still too captivated with imagining Fifth Element being filmed at a Latter Day Saints compound...

But as soon as I get over that, I'll check it out!



donttalkbackjustdrivethecarshutyourmouthiknowwhatyouaredontsaynothinkeepyourhandsonthewheeldontturnaroundthisisforreal

Still...what would Rorschach do?

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 12:43 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by WASHnwear:
Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
....What a crazy movie, it's like Fifth Element on LDS....



Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
No one else saw this?
Hmmph.

The laughing Chrisisall



No, I'm still too captivated with imagining Fifth Element being filmed at a Latter Day Saints compound...

But as soon as I get over that, I'll check it out!



donttalkbackjustdrivethecarshutyourmouthiknowwhatyouaredontsaynothinkeepyourhandsonthewheeldontturnaroundthisisforreal

Still...what would Rorschach do?



That's what I was thinking!

Mike

Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day...
Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.


"You're a idiot." -AuRaptor, RWED, May 27, 2009.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 2:23 PM

BIGRICHARD


I have seen it! Although my copy was called Immortel (ad vitam) or something...

But yeah, to be honest, I can't remember it all that much, I saw it back in around 2005 or 2006 when it first came out here. I seem to remember it being fairly awesome. Plus it has Thomas Kretschmann in it, and he's always really good.

And a giant floating pyramid...

and a weird egyptian god guy...

I really need to watch it again.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:47 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:


I really need to watch it again.


'Twas very cool.




The laughing Chrisisall

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:04 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Immortal (2004) is a computer animated flick with some human actors in it, based on a French comic book, and directed by the creator of the comic itself.
What a crazy movie, it's like Fifth Element on LDS.
I bought it for $10 at Target, but whether you buy it or rent it, y'all must see it IMO. Itz nutz.



The laughing Chrisisall



Yeah, but you liked The Princess Bride, too.



Mike

Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day...
Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.


"You're a idiot." -AuRaptor, RWED, May 27, 2009.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 3:11 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:

Yeah, but you liked The Princess Bride, too.







I also liked Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, so what do I know?


The laughing Chrisisall

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Friday, June 12, 2009 3:34 AM

BIGRICHARD


WOAH WOAH WOAH!


CiA....you LIKED Ballistic?

....just when I respected you....

I'll never make THAT mistake again

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Friday, June 12, 2009 4:43 AM

DEADLOCKVICTIM


i think this topic has been around before...

anyway, i did like this movie - and just a little more information about it... the movie is based on the Nikopol Trilogy (1999) "Carnival of the Immortals/The Woman Trap/Equator Cold" written by Enki Bilal that was featured in Heavy Metal in the mid '80's (i think).
Bilal also directed the film.


The similarities to Fifth Element, could be due to the fact that Luc Besson (writter & director of FE) was heavily influenced by the work of Bilal.

Fifth Element



Immortal (ad vitam)

the only real similarity between the two movies (that i see) is mainly in the background/setting and, of course, the 'air taxi'

Immortal is either a very thought-provoking film or just eye-candy - depending on your perspective .... It had me scratching my head for a while.

On the other hand, I thought Fifth Element was, or at least devolved into, a totally nonsensical cartoon.. Multipass...

edit: correct photo

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Friday, June 12, 2009 11:11 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:
you LIKED Ballistic?


In the same way that I like mayonnaise on french fries- sometimes.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Friday, June 12, 2009 11:43 AM

FREMDFIRMA


I think it's kinda funny the way folks pan Ballistic (which is, essentially, a Comic Book "plot"* put on film) yet don't seem to realize (or admit) the same level of awfulness when hollywood does it with a better known franchise.

And yes, Ballistic is from an all but unknown comic series that never made the bigtime and fell apart after only a few issues - they changed the names and a few other bits, but it's damn near a direct plot lift.

Speakin of which, I seriously wouldn't mind seeing an animated adaptation of Poison Elves, so long as they get crispin freeman to voice Lusiphur...


-F

*Oh, yah - I've long held the opinion that the folks at DC and Marvel wouldn't know a solid plot if you fired it up their arse on a nuclear powered rocket, and even then they'll spend more time trying to wrench it into knots that would make a soap opera writer groan instead of actually telling the freakin STORY!!!

Even Joss is not immune to the comic book worlds garbaging of decent plots, I mighta liked Runaways, if they hadn't got completely stupid with it.

Which is, why I went to reading Manga instead.
You don't *need* a celtic knotwork plot to tell a good story, and you damn sure shouldn't milk a story till even your fans hate you - knowing WHEN TO STOP is as important as how you tell the tale, and while Manga is not immune to this, it's hella better than the trash passing for american comic books these days.

Hey!, someone hadda say it!

You want real awesome, action-hero comic book stuff without the soap operatic bullshit ?
Start HERE.
http://www.funimation.com/blacklagoon/

Now THAT, folks, is a reccommendation.
(ProTip: Check out the videos section)

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Friday, June 12, 2009 2:26 PM

BIGRICHARD


I have no problem admitting Hollywood has made some fairly bad comic films.
Spiderman 3? Check.
Wolverine? (half-check. Some things were alright. Overall, not so much.)
X-Men 3? Check.
Aeon Flux (I think it was an anime...)? Check.

You'll find that a lot of people have no problem admitting when Hollywood do something wrong.

And comics, like manga, just depend on you finding something you like. Sure, there's a lot of crappy stuff in stores, but there is also a lot of great stuff. I personally dislike most of the manga I've read, just not my style, but I wouldn't attack the entire industry.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 2:29 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:

Spiderman 3? Check.


I'm the only one that likes that film. Even my Son hates it.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Friday, June 12, 2009 2:42 PM

BIGRICHARD


What did you like about it?

Some of it was almost 'so bad in a good way' like when emo Spidey is walking down the street dancing...but other parts (and the way they handled Venom) were just annoying. Although Venom did look pretty cool, I'll give them that.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 3:22 PM

FREMDFIRMA


Well, you know Sturgeon's Law, yes ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturgeon%27s_law

Problem is, the US Comic Book industry seems hellfire determined to make *sure* to get that last 10% down to the quality of the other 90%, no matter what it takes - even the "best" stuff I've seen was downright cringeworthy, with a few noteable exceptions like Poison Elves and Transmetropolitan.

Manga/Anime has it's crap too, boy does it *ever*, but dredging that last 10% is actually worth the trouble, finding such gems as Black Lagoon, Captain Tylor, and on occasion stuff that's downright art, though tastes may vary, obviously - especially since most of the stuff I relegate to "art" isn't exactly happy stuff.
(See Also: Pan's Labyrinth)

Besides, there's really only seven stories in the world, and it's all in how you tell em anyways.

S'why I loved Firefly so much, it isn't the convolution of the plot, or how long you can milk it, it's HOW YOU TELL THE STORY, I didn't care much for Joss's other stuff, even the BDM, but Firefly was prime storytelling.

-F

PS - Oh, yah, I got dragged to some of those hideous spidey flicks, imho, the only redeeming quality (go ahead and laugh) was that they found the PERFECT J. Jonah Jameson...
Was the only thing that kept me from trying to asphixiate myself with the popcorn bucket, I tellya.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 3:39 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:
What did you like about it?


It captured that tragic element from the comics so well.
IMO.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Friday, June 12, 2009 4:03 PM

FREELANCERTEX


Quote:

Originally posted by ChrisIsAll: it's like Fifth Element on LDS

lolz, been watching Star Trek IV: A Journey Home lately? XD ((jk))

never seen it, will have to check it out. Heavy Metal sounds familiar for some reason.....


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Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:58 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by freelancertex:

lolz, been watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home lately? XD ((jk))


LOL, I love Italian, and so do you.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:08 AM

FREELANCERTEX


XD i LOVE the one-liners in that movie XD
"how do you know that? NOBODY knows gracie's pregnant."
"Gracie does."


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Saturday, June 13, 2009 4:31 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by freelancertex:
XD i LOVE the one-liners in that movie XD

Me too.
Obviously.

That's the beauty of it.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:15 PM

RHYIANAN


Please forgive me, I didn't read the entire thread.

That said, the only thing I remember about Immortal is that it was absolutely crazy and it had Egyptian gods playing monopoly.


I'm a leaf on the wind

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Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:46 AM

CHRISISALL


EC? Is that you knockin'?
Tell us you've seen it!


The laughing Chrisisall

"I only do it to to remind you that I'm right and that deep down, you know I'm right, you want me to be right, you need me to be right." - The Imperial Hero Strikes Back, 2010

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Sunday, March 21, 2010 8:41 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
EC? Is that you knockin'?
Tell us you've seen it!


I had been looking for this thread and wasn't having any luck, but you started it a lot longer ago that I thought. Thanks for the bump.

Yeah, I watched it last night, on Blu-Ray from Netflix, then ordered it off amazon.com this morning, just $8.99. I know I have to watch it a couple more times just to make up my mind if I liked it or not, but for now I'm giving it a thumbs up.

The Fifth Element on LSD is a good description (hint, please take your dyslexia medication, Chris). I would compare it to a mash-up of Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Brazil, Night Watch, with early Tim Burton on steroids tossed in. That's visually. Thematically, it's as original a movie as I've seen it quite some time.

Normally when viewing a movie or TV show on DVD, I will pause it occasionally for kitchen and/or bathroom breaks. I couldn't do that last night. I was compelled to keep watching no matter what my bladder was telling me.



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Sunday, March 21, 2010 10:25 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I know I have to watch it a couple more times just to make up my mind if I liked it or not

Yeah, I've seen it twice since I bought it, and I *know* I like it a lot, but what a movie in that I cannot tell you precisely why without some serious contemplation...

Visual dynamism, likable heroine, the Gods thing, the sexual dynamic... It's a cornucopia of chaos tied together with a beautiful other-worldly ribbon.
Quote:



The Fifth Element on LSD is a good description (hint, please take your dyslexia medication, Chris).

LDS is Kirk dummy-talk, EC.


The laughing Chrisisall

"I only do it to to remind you that I'm right and that deep down, you know I'm right, you want me to be right, you need me to be right." - The Imperial Hero Strikes Back, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010 5:37 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:


The Fifth Element on LSD is a good description


Hey EC, did the end when

Select to view spoiler:


her baby killed the bird

disturb you? Was that just nature being reborn thru the Gods? Or was it a statement on the fact that we have predatory parts within us all?

Crap, I hafta watch it a couple dozen more times, I think...


The laughing Chrisisall

"I only do it to to remind you that I'm right and that deep down, you know I'm right, you want me to be right, you need me to be right." - The Imperial Hero Strikes Back, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010 7:46 AM

STEGASAURUS


You know, I think I've caught this a couple times on SyFy (back when it was SciFi). And watching it edited as it was, I just couldn't get into it.

At all.

But because of my past experience with it I would be VERY hard pressed to actually buy/rent it to watch it yet again.

That, and I just couldn't get into the dialogue. Seemed way to fragmented to me. And I'm the one in the household that routinely has to interpret foreign/semi-foreign films for my wife. I was just lost.

BUT! I did enjoy the visuals of the movie. And the concept of the "Gods" returning. But past that, I gave it a great, big, fat, juicy raspberry. Mostly due to my own failings at comprehending it.

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Monday, March 22, 2010 7:54 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Stegasaurus:
But past that, I gave it a great, big, fat, juicy raspberry. Mostly due to my own failings at comprehending it.

Do not try to understand the ways of the Gods, my friend.

At least not the randy ones with dog snouts...


The laughing Chrisisall

"I only do it to to remind you that I'm right and that deep down, you know I'm right, you want me to be right, you need me to be right." - The Imperial Hero Strikes Back, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010 12:52 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I can imagine that Sci-Fi edited it so heavily it would have been difficult to comprehend, when it's already so freaking weird to begin with. I'd recommend you try renting it (Netflix if ya got it, and Blu-Ray if ya got a player for it too). Since amazon had it for just $8.99 I figured I could watch it a few more times then sell it on Ebay if I get tired of it and make back most of it. That's less than what I pay a month for Netflix anyway.



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