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watching press conferences for the NBA finals has made me realize something:

People who don't need glasses, but wear them as a fashion statement bug me. To be clear, I'm talking about clear, untinted eyeglasses, not sunglasses.

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Yah it does look kind of meh. When you say 3 duds though, I'm not sure what you are referring to. While i wasn't a huge fan of Cars 2 (or Cars) it was still better than 90% of what non-pixar studio's put out and it made a TON of money.

Before that was Toy Story 3 which grossed over a BILLION dollars. It's one of the top-10 biggest earning movies of ALL TIME (8th). It was also nearly universally hailed as the best of the 3 and received an unheard of 99% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Before that was Up, my personal favorite Pixar film. Grossed over 700 million dollars and a 98% rotten tomatoes score. I also consider to have the most ambitious and well written first 10 minutes of any film ever made.
No no no. Toy Story 3 and UP were brilliant. I wasn't talking about those films at all. Cars 2 was better than most non-Pixar animated movies sure, but by far the worst Pixar film IMHO. Get this though. The first Cars movie made just under EIGHT BILLION dollars in merchandising alone. Obviously they were going to sell out and make a sequel, even if it wasn't the best. The other "duds" I was was referring to were Brave (saw it over the weekend. It was pretty meh. Not bad, but definitely not special like Toy Story or Ratatouille. It was pretty much on par with any Dreamworks movie.) and Monsters Inc II. Obviously I haven't seen it, but it might also be pretty "meh". Bring back the magic Pixar!!

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I liked the beginning, it was really touching. The rest was boring though, just like any other cartoon. I like the parts when they develop stories but once those "adventures" start - ugh ...
I like how the kid and the old man essentially murdered Muntz and then didn't speak of it again.

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watching press conferences for the NBA finals has made me realize something:

People who don't need glasses, but wear them as a fashion statement bug me. To be clear, I'm talking about clear, untinted eyeglasses, not sunglasses.
Tell me about it, but it is pretty funny when people try on my prescription glasses and freak out.

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First 10 minutes = hardly any dialog, but there's a "familiar" story which many resonate with many who have lost a close family member.

Up is more of a drama about relationships than an action/adventure flick.

I can hardly think about the start of the film without tearing up.
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I liked the beginning, it was really touching. The rest was boring though, just like any other cartoon. I like the parts when they develop stories but once those "adventures" start - ugh ...
Yeah see lots of people feel touched/emotional about the start of the movie. I didn't really feel anything but LS mentioned that it may because of feeling familiar if someone lost a close family member or something. So maybe it's that. idk

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Yeah see lots of people feel touched/emotional about the start of the movie. I didn't really feel anything but LS mentioned that it may because of feeling familiar if someone lost a close family member or something. So maybe it's that. idk
It may be a "life experience" thing too. If you haven't had a sibling, parent, aunt/uncle or grandparent, or really good friend, die, it may be hard to identify with. (Let's see, I've lost 4 grands, one great grand, a few great aunts/uncles, couple of cousins, and a handful of close friends.)

(Think of Harry Potter with those creatures that pulled the coaches -- not visible to those who have never seen death.)

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It may be a "life experience" thing too. If you haven't had a sibling, parent, aunt/uncle or grandparent, or really good friend, die, it may be hard to identify with. (Let's see, I've lost 4 grands, one great grand, a few great aunts/uncles, couple of cousins, and a handful of close friends.)

(Think of Harry Potter with those creatures that pulled the coaches -- not visible to those who have never seen death.)
Gotcha. That makes alot of sense.

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The first 20 minutes of Up was probably the greatest thing Pixar did. The rest of the movie was a bit too childish for my liking. I'm interested in Brave but I haven't heard too many good things about it. I liked Monsters' Inc. It wasn't as good as like Wall-E or The Incredibles, which were amazing, but I definitely wouldn't consider it a dud. Cars 2 looks absolutely horrible. It looks like something Dreamworks made (except HTTYD was pixar quality good).

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The first 20 minutes of Up was probably the greatest thing Pixar did. The rest of the movie was a bit too childish for my liking. I'm interested in Brave but I haven't heard too many good things about it. I liked Monsters' Inc. It wasn't as good as like Wall-E or The Incredibles, which were amazing, but I definitely wouldn't consider it a dud. Cars 2 looks absolutely horrible. It looks like something Dreamworks made (except HTTYD was pixar quality good).
Based on a book, AIUI.

Most of the Pixar stories are "original".

Cars 2 == excuse to travel to Europe/around the world. Mindless (not really much morality, kinda), but better than some stories.

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I didn't watch Brave yet, but it doesn't seem like it could have an emotional or heartfelt scene like Up, Wall-E, or Toy Story 3 did, which might be why RT is giving it a pretty mediocre rating? They love the artsy fartsy and emotional stuff. They gave Hugo a 90something and I thought it was pretty average.

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Yeah see lots of people feel touched/emotional about the start of the movie. I didn't really feel anything but LS mentioned that it may because of feeling familiar if someone lost a close family member or something. So maybe it's that. idk
The most impressive part to me is how it deals with a very complicated topic .I personally feel the most touching part of that scene is when they show the two of them in the Dr's office and the wife crying. Without a single line of dialogue you know she just found out she cant have children. That a pretty tough topic for a cartoon/children's movie.

I love the movie mainly because it chooses to deal with difficult topics in a way children can, while maybe not totally understand, at least absorb. The obvious themes early on are about death, loneliness, and the unfairness of life. The later part of of the film is about letting go of anger, finding new joy even late in life, and how caring for someone else can be the most rewarding part of your life. It also attempts to help children understand their elders better, why they are the way they are and what they've had to go through. Those are not topics that generally is presented to kids, and I think that's unfair.

Another film that has some similar messages that not many people have seen was called About Schmidt. Brilliant film, and if you aren't left in tears by the end, you aren't human.

I prefer films that tackle difficult topics and have subtle but powerful messages. Mixing that with a bit of comedy always seems to make it a lot easier to enjoy as well. Groundhogs day and Joe Vs the Volcano are two brilliant old films often overlooked that fall into that category.

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I didn't watch Brave yet, but it doesn't seem like it could have an emotional or heartfelt scene like Up, Wall-E, or Toy Story 3 did, which might be why RT is giving it a pretty mediocre rating? They love the artsy fartsy and emotional stuff. They gave Hugo a 90something and I thought it was pretty average.
That's because Brave hasn't actually been released yet, but I am a little skeptical (I think it might be a more traditional story). I won't judge it til I've seen it, but if it is only ok, as the 75% on RT implies, and Monsters Inc. II is not good, I could see saying it was three less than stellar movies in a row and for Pixar that is a little sad. Although, I didn't see Cars 2 because I thought the first one was terrible, so maybe it was actually really good

Ratatouille is still their best as far as I'm concerned.

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That's because Brave hasn't actually been released yet, but I am a little skeptical (I think it might be a more traditional story). I won't judge it til I've seen it, but if it is only ok, as the 75% on RT implies, and Monsters Inc. II is not good, I could see saying it was three less than stellar movies in a row and for Pixar that is a little sad. Although, I didn't see Cars 2 because I thought the first one was terrible, so maybe it was actually really good

Ratatouille is still their best as far as I'm concerned.
Cars 2 was better than I expected actually. I have a 2 year old and he LOVES Cars toys, so we got it for him and I finally saw it (first Pixar movie i didn't see in the theater). There is nothing particularly unique about it, it has pretty shallow messages that are pretty mundane.

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Up
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My wife really wants to see "Brave" so I guess I will be watching it when it comes out.

I've only seen the first 20 minutes of Up so the whole movie is sad to me. We bought the Blu Ray, didn't get around to watching it for a while, found out it was damaged when we finally did. I still need to get around to watching Toy Story 3 as well.

No interest in the Cars movies or Ratatouille but I love the rest of them.

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I didn't watch Brave yet, but it doesn't seem like it could have an emotional or heartfelt scene like Up, Wall-E, or Toy Story 3 did, which might be why RT is giving it a pretty mediocre rating? They love the artsy fartsy and emotional stuff. They gave Hugo a 90something and I thought it was pretty average.
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That's because Brave hasn't actually been released yet, but I am a little skeptical (I think it might be a more traditional story). I won't judge it til I've seen it, but if it is only ok, as the 75% on RT implies, and Monsters Inc. II is not good, I could see saying it was three less than stellar movies in a row and for Pixar that is a little sad. Although, I didn't see Cars 2 because I thought the first one was terrible, so maybe it was actually really good

Ratatouille is still their best as far as I'm concerned.
I saw Brave at Pixar on Saturday. CZC hit the nail on the head. It is a much more traditional and straightforward plot compared to other Pixar flicks. It has a "Disney" feel to it. Again, not bad, but nothing special. Not Cars 2 bad, but nowhere near Toy Story 3 good. RT has it at 76% right now. I'd say that's pretty accurate. I must say, the short before the movie is pretty great. Probably one of my favorite Pixar shorts. I wouldn't go to see it again, but I would still recommend it. I know people always harp on 3D, but it really works well for animated movies. Definitely worth the extra few bucks.

My Pixar top 5
1) Ratatouille
2) Toy Story 3
3) Nemo
4) UP
5) Incredibles

I didn't love WALL-E. That's right. I said it. It was cute the first time, but not a re-watchable movie for me.

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I won't judge it til I've seen it, but if it is only ok, as the 75% on RT implies, and Monsters Inc. II is not good, I could see saying it was three less than stellar movies in a row and for Pixar that is a little sad.
I don't have high hopes for Monsters Inc II. Maybe if it was a sequel, but making a prequel of a movie that old just seems like a bad idea. And since it's a prequel, you know nothing is going to happen.

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1-3 are pretty interchangeable though.

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Alright, Nem. The bootleg Godzilla '85 has made it here (sorry for the phone pics):





The quality is actually pretty damned good for an unrestored dvd. Can't tell that it's a bootleg (not sure if it even is one).





No menus whatsoever, but there are chapters that you can jump to so that makes me happy. I feel this was a good purchase.

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Part 2 of 3. I guess the cut at the end of part 1 was intentional.


and @ Slocal: That looks pretty solid. For me though the shipping prices are outrageous, so **** 'em. Someone's eventually gotta come out with a legit release here anyway. Maybe for when the new US movie comes out in the next couple years.

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Not Hot Wheels? What's happened to kids these days.

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