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@dopilus I read that somewhere, but never heard anything else about it.
Weren't they supposed to be making a sequel a while back?
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I love this movie so much!!! When I was little, my mom had this on a Vhs tape. I watched it like everyday. Jen, Kira, Fizzgig lol, just a great movie. I still watch it, everytime it's on...One of the best!
I just absolutely love this film. Honestly, just after a few minutes you are already forgetting you look at puppets. CGI as we have it nowadays just wasn't there and I can really imagine this world. It wouldn't ssurprise me at all if this film was some sort of inspiration for Cameron's Avatar. Really really worth the look and I give it a 9 out of ten
So tomorrow is the big day....my teeth get pulled. I have to admit I have grown rather fond of running my tongue over the one that has come in sideays. It feels nice.

Today was a fun kind of hang-out day. Not too much happened. I tried once more to track down Jen since I have lost her number that she gave me the last time I was in town. I called her mom's place but no one answered. Fuckin A. Kevin gets in tomorrow, so does my brother. Then I have Saturday and Sunday and its back to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Summer is just around the corner and oh yes it will be kickass.

Kurt's party is shaping up to be quite an affair. I was happy when my dad told me that the anesthesia that Dr. Schneeberger uses will wear off pretty quickly. The pain in my mouth will be the only hurdle it seems. I hope I can talk on Saturday.....can you imagine me at Kurt's bash with all those people to offend and not being able to even speak??? I will just have to give everyone the finger all night!!!!

I still havent seen Hellboy. I'm going Friday or Saturday even if I have to go by myself. Pain in my mouth would not keep me from enjoying a movie.

Pacers play on ESPN tomorrow night too. Playoffs are drawing closer....

On to the reviews....
The Dark Crystal is a movie I remember enjoying as a child and also being a bit creeped out by it. But its a triumph of production design and does neatly in 97 minutes what Lord of the Rings attempted to do in over 10 hours -- tell the tale of an underdog returning a piece of jewelry to its rightful place. Give me puppets over CGI any day!!!!

Three Men and a Baby is a quintessential 80s concept comedy. It is carried off by 3 likable stars and a cute baby. Not too much feels old in the movie since it broke new ground in male parenting, after 1982's groundbreaking Mr. Mom with Michael "Jack Frost" Keaton. Its funny, easy to watch and totally 80s. How can you go wrong? Its barely an 8 though, more like a 7.5

Scooby Doo is a piece of dogshit. Possibly the worst movie ever made. Nothing to redeem it. Bad special effects, bad acting, bad script, bad everything. The Humane Society should have had it put to sleep.

And there you have it
The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson/Frank Oz, 1982)
At the screening of The Dark Crystal I attended a couple of weeks ago, Jim Henson's daughter Cheryl was there to talk about the process of the film's creation, along with Robbie Barnett, a body puppeteer who played several of the creatures in the film. She emphasized that for Henson, The Dark Crystal was largely about the creation of a completely new and utterly different place; a broad and sweeping vision of a fantastic world populated by dying races, yet teeming with with life (even the rocks can get up and stroll around).


And, in that respect at least, he succeeds. The world of The Dark Crystal is indeed impressive; the pure delight with which Henson took in creating it down to the smallest details permeates the screen. The home of the Gelfling Kira is alive with flora, fauna, and, yeah, minerals. The castle of the Skeksis is creepy and forbidding. They really do look like places, not sets. Henson poured himself into the film, and it shows (according to Cheryl Henson, her father began working on it in 1977).



Unfortunately, and it pains me to say this because of the respect I have for Henson, the result is a beautiful ballroom with no dancers. The story is slight and Fantasy 101: Two races, the Skeksis and Mystics, split apart by the shattering of the Dark Crystal 1,000 years before, have reached a tipping point: either the crystal will be restored and life will return to the planet, or it will remain split and the evil Skeksis will rule forever. Only the Gelfling Jen can restore the Dark Crystal and set things right. The story unfolds pretty much as you'd expect, subservient to the admittedly impressive puppetry. There is one important exception to that: while the Skeksis and Mystics are fully realized and fascinating to watch, the Gelflings ... well, they look like puppets, with limited facial expressions. Their presence is jarring, and that the film never fully resolves just who are the real protagonists-is it the Skeksis/Mystics, who are really the dominant species, or the time-filling but seemingly less significant Gelflings?-only further muddies the waters.



The Dark Crystal ends up being the cinematic equivalent of Antarctica: beautiful to look at and filled with strange creatures, but what's the point of sticking around?



The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
In a similar vein we have The Leopard (yes, I do intend to compare The Dark Crystal to The Leopard. Deal), Visconti's long (very long) portrait of a man standing at the cusp of two worlds: the Italian aristocrat Prince Salina (Burt Lancaster), who is seeing the centuries-old aristocratic system founder under the tide of revolution. He knows he cannot stop it, so he makes the most of it, manipulating and engineering events to favor his more vacuous, voluptuous nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon, or possibly Cary Elwes).


The Leopard is lushly photographed and (like, hey!, The Dark Crystal) creates a genuine sense of place in late-19th century Sicily-one can almost taste the dust kicked up from the horse-drawn wagons. But it lingers too long and, aside from the Prince himself and to a lesser extent his amusing priest sidekick, the characters are banal. The love triangle between Tancredi, the Prince's daughter and the politically connected Angelica Sedara (the also voluptuous Claudia Cardinale) plays out in a distressingly uninteresting fashion, which is a pity because it takes up a lot of screen time.



It is really the psychological study of the Prince that saves the film-he is fully self-aware, and his knowingly futile dance with the forces of history is, in its own way, heartbreaking to watch. That Visconti himself was an avid leftist makes his rather sympathetic portrayal of the death of aristocracy all the more intriguing.
I love this movie: it's fanciful and pretty and serious all at once without making the viewer feel their intelligence is being insulted, especially in the case of children.
I don't really remember this movie much from when I was younger. I know I watched it, because I could recall a lot of the stuff in the beginning of the film, and a lot towards the end. But everything in the middle was completely blurred.

Watching this again, I can see why I blurred out the middle of this movie. Now, I'm not saying that I hate this movie, but the middle of this movie didn't really do anything to keep my attention much. I think of the two movies I revisited with this weekend, Labyrinth is the better of the two.

But this movie does display some really great character designs. I really liked the crab beetle things, and the battle that our two heroes have with them on top of these other creatures with really long limbs.

Like I said about Labyrinth, this movie has a lot of imagination. The only problem I feel is that more imagination was put into the look of the characters, then the story that they are a part of. I liked this film enough to want to see it again, and to recommend it to those who haven't seen it.

But if it came down to The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, I would say that you should see Labyrinth for this. But this film is still worth a viewing if you haven't already, of if you haven't in a long time.
Not a human in site, not much of a story ether, but still very beautiful. I'm not sure what to say about this film. It may be a movie I need to let stew in my mind, but right now I think a six will be fine.
:rotten: :rotten: :rotten: :rotten: :rotten: A great idea of a movie with all the good ideas removed from it. If it had moved faster and had better muppets. . . . . .