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Short Stephen King marathon
« on: May 09, 2009, 05:29:08 PM »
I have decided to rewatch all my movies, which have Stephen King credited as "Original Material By" (there aren't many).
I have to admit, that I have never read any of his books, so I cannot compare the movies to their source material.



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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 08:45:16 PM »
I have decided to rewatch all my movies, which have Stephen King credited as "Original Material By" (there aren't many).
Prompted me to check in my collection and I was surprised the total for me is 12, well no, 10 (the other two are Screenwriter credits)... Looking forward to see which you own.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 09:24:06 PM »


Title: The Shawshank Redemption
Year: 1994
Director: Frank Darabont
Rating: R
Length: 142 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton
William Sadler
Clancy Brown

Plot:
Few movies capture the triumph of the human spirit as memorably as The Shawshank Redemption. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in this powerful nominee for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) based on a Stephen King story.

Freeman plays "Red" Redding, a lifer who knows the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison. Robbins is new inmate Andy Dufresne, a quiet banker unjustly convicted of murder. Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship; his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison. Andy is full of surprises - and he saves his best for last. Written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile), The Shawshank Redemption is an "engrossing, superbly acted yarn." (Tom Charity, Time Out Film Guide).

Extras:
Closed Captioned
Comic Spoof 'The Sharktank Redemption'
Commentary
DVD-ROM Content
Featurettes
Photo Gallery
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
IMDb #1 in the Top 250. It is a great movie. Although almost two and half hours long, and doesn't feel like it. I enjoyed every minute of it. Though I am really surprised, that it's number 1 on IMDb. Is it really a movie which would be universally given a 9-10 rating? I don't mind it being number 1 :)

Also worth checking out: The 25-minute short movie "SharkTank Redemption" which stars Morgan Freeman's son Alfonso in a parody of his father's role. This short is set in an agency's office environment instead of prison. It's great how they fit in dialog from Shawshank into this film.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2009, 10:33:11 PM »
You started your marathon with a movie I have never seen!  :bag:
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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2009, 10:34:38 PM »
You started your marathon with a movie I have never seen!  :bag:

Don't feel bad...I've only seen part of it.  Though I did think what I saw was great.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009, 11:03:05 PM »
I'm not surprised it is number one. It's a wonderful film and while it certainly isn't the absolute best, it's trick is that everyone can watch it. It's like Casablanca in that respect. Most films you can think of will only appeal to a target audience. If you don't like sci-fi or fantasy, that's Star Wars, Lord of the Rings out and any superhero in a silly costume, and if you're not fond of gangsters or violence in general, bang goes The Godfather, Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction, and thank goodness it isn't black & white or subtitled. ;) Much as I hate to admit it, this is why Titanic is such a huge hit too. To dismiss any of them as populist is mean, but that's why they win.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2009, 11:34:20 PM »


Title: The Dead Zone
Year: 1983
Director: David Cronenberg
Rating: R
Length: 104 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Christopher Walken
Brooke Adams
Tom Skerritt
Herbert Lom
Anthony Zerbe

Plot:
Christopher Walken stars in this tense, gripping screen adaption of Stephen King's best-selling novel, The Dead Zone. One fateful night, Johnny Smith (Walken) smashes head-on into an enormous truck. For five long years, Johnny is plunged into a deep coma. When he awakens, he discovers that his youth, his career and his fiancee, Sarah (Brooke Adams), have all been lost. But Johnny has gained something — extraordinary psychic powers allowing him to see visions of the past, present and future. In episode after episode, Johnny is propelled into horror-filled, supernatural experiences. Desperately, Johnny seeks seclusion, but a moral decision must be made — should he use his powers to change the future of mankind? Martin Sheen gives a chilling portrayal as a sinister, psychotic Senate hopeful aspiring to the U.S. Presidency.

Extras:
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My Thoughts:
A good movie. Though I like the TV series better. For those of you, who know the TV series, but not this movie: It's essentially the plot of the pilot episode and the first season's Stillson story arc.
And unlike the TV series, we have a proper resolution to the Stillson arc.

Ironic is, that Martin Sheen, who plays Stillson whose ambition is to become President of the United States, later plays the president on West Wing. And Christopher Walken, whose character is talking about Sleepy Hollow and the headless horseman, will later play this character in the Tim Burton movie.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2009, 12:23:49 AM »
I enjoyed this one as well... matter of fact I bought the special edition of it....



Even though I don't consider it much of a special edition... only has 4 featurettes and the trailer.
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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2009, 11:00:21 AM »


Title: The Running Man
Year: 1987
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Rating: 18
Length: 101 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles:

Stars:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Conchita Alonso
Yaphet Kotto
Jim Brown
Jesse Ventura

Plot:
In the year 2019 an innocent man accused of a crime has a coice - Hard Time or Prime Time. He must pay or play The Running Man - the highest rated Television Show in history.

It's a game between life and death but tonight the game is going to be different - Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Running Man. He's playing for a prize - the prize is his life. From now the rules are going to change... forever.

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My Thoughts:
One of my favorite 80s action flicks. A nice choice to get a real game show host for the role of Damon Killian.
Though I think I will replace this release, when a Blu-ray release comes out. The DVD has non-anamorphic video and only stereo sound.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2009, 09:13:35 PM »


Title: The Green Mile
Year: 1999
Director: Frank Darabont
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 181 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish

Stars:
Tom Hanks
David Morse
Bonnie Hunt
Michael Clarke Duncan
James Cromwell

Extras:
Featurettes
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
Like "The Shawshank Redemption", this one is written and directed by Frank Darabont. And it is another prison movie. This time with a touch of supernatural. This movie is great, but not as good as Shawshank.
Michael Duncan Clarke had his big break with this movie, and this deservingly so.
Clocking in with three hours, this movie is even longer than Shawshank, but this time it maybe a little too long. I had the feeling in parts, that it moved along a little too slow, but not disturbingly so.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2009, 09:42:19 PM »
I only have one further Stephen King movie: "The Langoliers"
I am not sure, if I will watch it for this marathon.
If yes, then not soon. Tomorrow I will go the sauna after work. On Tuesday I will go watch "Star Trek" :)
On Wednesday I will go to training and will not be able to fit a three-hour movie into the evening. On Thursday I will probably watch the next Bond movie for our marathon. And if the weather is good on Saturday, I will go to a barbecue. So if I will watch it, then probably on Friday.



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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2009, 09:46:47 PM »
Oh, I just remembered: I am invited to a birthday next Saturday. So I will not be able to go to the barbecue  :laugh:



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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2009, 04:03:02 PM »
if you're not fond of gangsters or violence in general, bang goes The Godfather, Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction, and thank goodness it isn't black & white or subtitled. ;).
You can add Casino to this list too. Not as good than Goodfellas but almost, good performance from every actors (even Sharon Stone) and build in the same way than Goodfellas.

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Re: Short Stephen King marathon
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2009, 11:48:06 PM »
if you're not fond of gangsters or violence in general, bang goes The Godfather, Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction, and thank goodness it isn't black & white or subtitled. ;).
You can add Casino to this list too. Not as good than Goodfellas but almost, good performance from every actors (even Sharon Stone) and build in the same way than Goodfellas.

 :laugh: I purposefully picked three films that have all been declared as absolute-must-see-no-matter-what. Casino is good, but it's never been mentioned before Goodfellas. I do think that Goodfellas marked the beginning of a downturn for Scorcese because Casino was his next film and it was virtually a remake.

Actually you prove my point. Pulp Fiction is considered one of the greatest modern movies, but what do you do if you don't like the violence, or even Tarantino?  ;)