Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mamo #26: Mumbo Jumbo

You want a big Mamo? A really big Mamo? A huge, gigantic, Kong-sized six-month-anniversary we're-gonna-talk-till-we're-blue-in-the-face Jumbo Mamo?

You got it!

Tonight we celebrate our half-centennial on the world wide web by talking all things Kong: the movie, the monkey, the grosses, the hype, the criticism, the new, the old... and of course, just what kind of a man it takes to make a film this good, and make it look like fun.


Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

I think Penny Arcade captured "spoiling" the ending of Kong perfectly with this comic. The thing is no matter how common knowledge a subject will be, there will still be some people who don't have that cultural reference.

Personally, despite knowing how the movie goes, I still avoided the trailer even fast fowarded parts of the podcast when you guys started going too far into detail about the movie (which I just saw tonight). I already knew the general structure of the movie I wanted to avoid seeing anything from the new movie so that there was still some surprises left. It's true that the journey is what makes a story interesting, but personally I really enjoy the twists and turns when you see a movie for the first time, which in too many movies these days are too perdictable. Which one of the reasons that Serenity is hands down one of the best movies I've seen in years, as it literally had me at the edge of my seat not knowing who lives or die and it feeling at the end that anything could happen.

Back to King Kong, it doesn't seem to be getting incredible word of mouth, as I've heard from a LOT of people that the movie is way too long and really drags in the middle. Also I do think some people are turned away from a movie where they know exactly how it's going to end. However, with the way trailers are these days showing you just about everything, I don't see how that's different from a lot of movies.

From what I have heard from people I imagine that it's only going to pass the $200 million mark (maybe $215 or so) and not be the big blockbuster monster (pun intended) that people thought it would have been.

As far as CGI, I'm more interested in seeing more surreal worlds in movies, such as MirrorMask and Sin City. Where instead of trying to make things look and feel very real, showing a different and stylized world.

Or maybe I just want studios to keep giving Dave McKean more money for more of his CGI movies using real actors. :)

There a great rambling jumbo comment for the great jumbo mamo. I enjoyed it and think you guys should do it again for certain big movies like Kong. Also I don't mind you guys talking about yourselves, as it gives me more to seperate you two beyond the fact that Matthew Price is the guy with the South Park avatar and Matthew Brown is the one with the Obi-wan avatar. :)

2:35 AM  
Blogger Uri said...

Great MaMo and great movie (I've been PJ's fan since friend introduced me to Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles and Braindead, about a year before release of Heavenly Creatures)! :)
Length of jumbo MaMo was ok, even though I prefer shorter ones. Shorter and more frequent vs longer and more apart.

Background about yourselves was cool and I have to admit that I did, interestingly enough, picked up some bits here and there from previous already.

This is also the first time I have a real problem with something you've discussed (since MaMo #1 which hooked me and I've become a fan since #2) - hence the comment. I'm not going into the whole 'gorilla vs monkey' issue, because I'm not THAT anal and frankly don't really care about it as much. But what I do care about is the fact how amazing and closest (as far animals go) to humans gorillas really are (on biological and even emotional level). On one hand dolphins are arguable smarter animals, but gorillas show wider variety of emotions, which is much easier to compare and study because of physical similarities with humans.

Check this link about Koko (I would recommend the whole site/project) and let me know what you think.

Also I find interesting Forbes article The Biology Of King Kong, which also talks about a cross-species sexual attraction which does happen.

I found it funny when you talked about Kong being 100% PJ's baby, which in fact exhausted him so much that he had to call upon Bryan Singer for help, as seen in Superman Returns video blog (#7 The Call).

8:47 AM  

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