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Offline Spekkio

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How to win an Oscar
« on: March 09, 2010, 02:30:46 AM »
Make up a fake war movie and advertise it as authentic...movie critics will never know the difference, and the few percentage of people who will don't count anyway.

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/essay-15/

PS: I know every movie takes creative license even when based on true events. Black Hawk Down is one such movie, which was also screened by the people who were there and has a certain level of authenticity to it...at least by Hollywood standards. However, the Hurt Locker was lauded for being realistic, but has very few realistic elements in it. And I'm not talking about minor stuff like painting a humvee the wrong way.
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2010, 05:56:09 AM »
It's crazy that some guy is trying to sue the makers of that movie because he claims he is being portrayed in the film. The screen-writer says it is a complete work of fiction. Hilarious.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 07:31:49 AM »
The guys in Iraq have had countless things happen to them.  Maybe this guy just happened to have a similar thing happen to him.  lol

I enjoyed the Hurt Locker but didn't think it was better than D-9  :(

By the way Avatar was horrible unless your eyes can have orgasms if they see enough amazing CG.  Imagine what it would have been like if the special effects were shitty.  It would have been shitty.  Shouldn't have even been nominated but it just made so damn much money.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 11:05:31 AM »
The thing I don't like about Avatar and District 9 is...

That they aren't new stories.

Avatar = Indians

District 9 = Any Ghetto (REAL Ghetto, not our usage of it)

They change the people to Aliens, and slap on some CG. Put a UFO or a Big Tree of Souls and we are supposed to be distracted too much to notice the similarities.

Good Job James Cameron. You showed us what it would be like if the Indians would have kicked our ass.
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 12:21:52 PM »
District 9 = Any Ghetto (REAL Ghetto, not our usage of it)

District 9 = apartheid with aliens
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2010, 12:31:29 PM »
District 9 = Any Ghetto (REAL Ghetto, not our usage of it)

District 9 = apartheid with aliens

THAT'S the word I was looking for! Much better descriptor.
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010, 07:19:34 PM »
D9 was indeed an awesome movie.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010, 09:16:33 PM »
Yes but apartheid with aliens is much more interesting than a Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas clone with blue people.  Apartheid is much more broad of a subject than a simple story that has been told a thousand times.  I enjoyed Avatar but just for the eye candy.  D-9 had some great effects and an interesting story.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2010, 10:38:05 AM »
I like the quote on wikipedia about Hurt locker, which is criticized for its lack of authenticity, and yet Transformers is praised for it.

Regardless,  the merits of Hurt Locker are not in its authenticity.....its just a good film.  The film was about how war is an addictive drug for the main character, and how it drove him to do reckless things.  The authenticity is lost without a doubt, but does  a good job of driving home the tension and stress of the job.  I think to get that impact though, you have to sacrifice realism for the sake of getting the message to the audience. 
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2010, 04:14:33 PM »
I didn't think the Hurt Locker was that good tbh. It was ok but I would count many other movies much better (like Black Hawk Down).
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 12:01:05 AM »
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and yet Transformers is praised for it.
Well, IRL there aren't robots flying around, but the director of Xformers did work with the Navy ships involved in the film...the military aspect of it is authentic, even though it's not the focus of the movie.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 01:16:59 AM »
I didn't think the Hurt Locker was that good tbh. It was ok but I would count many other movies much better (like Black Hawk Down).


Yes.  BHD is amazing.  Every time I watch I love it.  I don't think I could say the same for The Hurt Locker even though I've only seen it once.  Seems like a one and done kind of film.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 01:23:12 AM »
BHD is praised for being pretty authentic regarding the big stuff, and was shown to people who were there prior to being released. However, their SFX and stuff are all Hollywood, which is more forgivable to me than authentic SFX and a guy who would be kicked out of the military if he wasn't killed first. Much of the criticism of BHD centers around the omission of other specwar/specops units that supported the mission. They also decided not to include the fact that the Somalis grabbed children and used them as bullet shields.

One big fake part of BHD is the hike toward the end of the movie. Word is that they didn't walk that far...they ran it.
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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 01:54:23 AM »
I have an Oscar.  But it's my dog not a movie award  :(.  He is a little weiner dog (dachshund) and we named him after the Oscar Mayer Weiner Company hot dogs since he is a hot dog himself.  This is how he looks when he begs for food.

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Re: How to win an Oscar
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 03:29:36 AM »
I have an Oscar.  But it's my dog not a movie award  :(.  He is a little weiner dog (dachshund) and we named him after the Oscar Mayer Weiner Company hot dogs since he is a hot dog himself.  This is how he looks when he begs for food.

I lol'd. Hard.