Category Archives: Specials

The Thing (1982) Blood Test Scene – Why is it so effective?

Does Aliens (1986) hold up better than Alien (1979)? [Video version]

Ranked – The Pirates of the Caribbean Movies (Video version)

The Death of IMDb’s Message Boards – The Reactions (Part 3)

See part 1 here and part 2 here.

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The Death of IMDb’s Message Boards – The Reactions (Part 2) [Updated Version]

This is an updated version of this post.

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The Death of IMDb’s Message Boards – The Reactions (Part 2)

See par 1 here and part 3 here.

This is the archived copy of the second board closure thread. Please note this thread had yet to be completed at the time that I pulled it.

EDIT: This is an old version. See the updated one here.

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The Death of IMDb’s Message Boards – The Reactions (Part 1)

See part 2 here and part 3 here.

In early February IMDb announced that it would be discontinuing its message boards. It goes without saying that, like all internet forums, the IMDb boards had their share of trolls and bullies, but it would be a tremendous discredit to the users of the board not to acknowledge the vast amount of intelligent and approachable users, some of whom have been on the site for almost two decades. Warm and inviting sets of communities developed overtime – some notable ones being the Film General board, the IMDb Poll Board, the Classical Film board and the Movie Awards board – and they remained a well-liked hub of film discussion. It is worth mentioning that many of these people would have nobody to communicate and exchange discourse with about the kinds of films they watch with people they know – such knowledge and love for movie was only available to them through the forums.

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Aliens (1986) holds up better than Alien (1979) – A Defense of Cameron’s Masterpiece

Now I’m not one to knock one great film in order to praise another, but I’ll play devil’s advocate in order to get some discussion going. In reality it is pointless to compare the two as they are not two adaptions of the same film, they are prequel and sequel and complement each other very well. However since it’s one of the more well-known debates, I thought I’d chip in.

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De-aging De Niro for The Irishman – Daring or Dangerous?

From Producer Gaston Pavlovich:

You don’t use prosthetics, make-up; they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we’ve seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob and just do a scene. We saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we’re looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman … Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather: Part II days, that’s pretty much how you’re going to see him again.

I think most of us who have been following The Irishman are against digitally de-aging the actors for the flashback scenes. I’d much rather they went for casting different actors, a la Once Upon a Time in America. As well as the margin for error being smaller, it would also add a nice dynamic, seeing as though it is probably going to be noticeable when actors who are over 70 years old are going to be playing 30 year old versions of themselves, but when you cast different actors they bring their own little ticks to the role.

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“Oh, woe is me!” I cry

A couple of months ago, my IMDb account was hit with a near-fatal blow  which took out all of my posts and my page bio, thanks to a certain villainous troll and some negligent and tyrannical moderators. As frustrating as this was, I’ve gotten over it. In fact, it  helped with lessening my ODC.

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