James Cameron is making the Battle Angel Alita movie.

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Apologies if this is old news to some. This could turn out so horribly bad.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437086/

TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Monday, 5 June 2006 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

are you a fan of battle angel alita? what is it?

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 5 June 2006 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

ALBA ALBA ALBA
(Cameron "discovered" her)

Huk-L (Huk-L), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Whoa! Battle Angel Alita (despite it's crappy English title) was great for a long while, but got kinda patchy towards the end. Still, it is one of the better sci-fi mangas with a combination of martial art action, existential philosophy and sentimental tweeness. The rollerball story was probably the best of them all.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

if i was a fan of a comic, any comic, i'd be THRILLED to have jc direct the movie version, what more can you ask?

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

ALBA BIKINI

Huk-L (Huk-L), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link

It's the only manga I've ever read from the beginning to the end, and I have fond memories of it. I'm not sure Cameron is the right person to direct a film adaptation though.

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Yeah, but BAA, thugh seemingly a cyberpunk action comic, is really quite profound and moving, and I'm afraid Cameron'll dumben it down.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Huk, the main character in Battle Angel Alita is a cyborg with a robotic body, so little bikini shots there. Though they might change that in the film.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

he's probably more likely than any other possible director in that genre to NOT dumb it down

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I guess Titanic showed he could combine twee sentimentalism with FX action. Why hasn't he done any more films after that, btw?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

i think he went a little crazy during/after titanic!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

he shld try watching the fucken thing

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Monday, 5 June 2006 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

From IMdB trivia page:

The main character, even though it's a live action film, will be done with CG animation and will be shot in 3D using the stereo imagining system that James Cameron had been developing for his documentaries.

BWAHAHAHAHA I CACKLE AT FANBOYS.

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Monday, 5 June 2006 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Battle Angel Alita is boring. Hear me? Boorwing!

c(''c) (Leee), Monday, 5 June 2006 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

The king of the world need answer to NO ONE!

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 5 June 2006 16:52 (thirteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWmbUMStlGI

oder doch?, Saturday, 9 December 2017 19:58 (two years ago) link

Thought this revive would be about the trailer? Oh wait

El Tomboto, Saturday, 9 December 2017 20:02 (two years ago) link

Waltz as Ido seems like fun, can we have Leonardo play Desty Nova in the sequel

El Tomboto, Saturday, 9 December 2017 20:15 (two years ago) link

help i'm trapped in this uncanny valley and i'm running out of water

straightedge is just volcel for vegans (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 9 December 2017 20:31 (two years ago) link

so it's co-written and directed by Rodriguez? that's a good sign. trailer is filling me with dread tho.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:54 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I did wonder why there were no adaptations after the OAV considering what a hit it was over here
https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/13/18223318/battle-angel-alita-anime-gunnm-yukito-kishiro

I'll probably see the new movie on A-List this weekend, hopefully in eye-splintering IMAX 3D

Nhex, Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:38 (ten months ago) link

This movie owns

Norm’s Superego (silby), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:22 (nine months ago) link

Anyone who hates this movie is a cop

Norm’s Superego (silby), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:24 (nine months ago) link

It was pretty fun!

El Tomboto, Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:44 (nine months ago) link

i feel like this might be the perfect pairing with a theater/diner and Nitehawk IS showing it so...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:52 (nine months ago) link

might as well do it! i liked it. it's a bit clunky but forgivable and likeable imo

Nhex, Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:43 (nine months ago) link

seems of a kind with speed racer

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:54 (nine months ago) link

anyone going to see a james cameron related film in the 2k19 has truly huffed the unobtanium

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:57 (nine months ago) link

seems of a kind with speed racer

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, February 21, 2019 11:54 AM (three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

huffin my way to the theater

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:59 (nine months ago) link

Brad u will love this

Norm’s Superego (silby), Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:08 (nine months ago) link

I wish this were a Wachowskis movie but it very nearly could be

Norm’s Superego (silby), Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:09 (nine months ago) link

if you're someone (like me!) who can appreciate Speed Racer and Jupiter Ascending definitely go see this

Nhex, Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:18 (nine months ago) link

It's a tad better than Mortal Engines, but if someone told me this was as visually bonkers as Speed Racer, I'd be disappointed.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:40 (nine months ago) link

this movie is good, sometimes very good. i also was wishing it had been the wachowskis, who'd dive more into the cyberpunk/fluidity-of-identity potential here. but rodriguez is thankfully awake at the wheel and turns in a really competent and sometimes super fun action slash girl-finding-her-identity movie.

if you'd told me twenty years ago that hollywood was going to make a battle angel movie i would have put money on it being a complete mess, on the cheap, with nothing to do with the comics. instead it's almost shockingly faithful to them without becoming a watchmen-esque xerox. the action in particular has the cleanness, momentum, and pose-to-pose intensity of those great drawings. it is a LITTLE episodic and feels longer than two hours, but that's also because i wasn't sure which plots they're just teasing and which were gonna get resolved, so i was bracing myself for possible 4th and 7th acts that turned out not to be there.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:29 (nine months ago) link

oh and yeah it's definitely nowhere close to as formally bonkers as speed racer. maybe comparable in its basic good-naturedness and willingness to throw its world at you without overexplaining it.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:32 (nine months ago) link

I'd say it's more than a little episodic! It's like the first 6 episodes of a 12-episode anime season. I was surprised and pleased it ended when it did and not 40 minutes later. If they leave me to imagine/fanfic the rest, or read the manga, I won't be heartbroken. But I do hope James Cameron fleeces some more idiots to make the sequel.

Norm’s Superego (silby), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:53 (nine months ago) link

I groaned thinking that the villain was played by Cameron himself under dodgy makeup but then groaned again when it turned out not to be Cameron.

Philip Nunez, Friday, 22 February 2019 01:11 (nine months ago) link

one of the very speed racer things about this is that if you miss it in the theater you will be mad at yourself later when you see it on a small screen. I actually keep thinking I need to go back and pay more attention but I know I won't be able to make the time.

El Tomboto, Friday, 22 February 2019 03:27 (nine months ago) link

thing kicked goddamn ass

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 March 2019 06:37 (nine months ago) link

Anyone who hates this movie is a cop

― Norm’s Superego (silby), Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:24 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the only part of this movie that sucked was that my roommate's boyfriend hated every minute of it and loudly complained about it the whole walk home from the theater

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 March 2019 06:44 (nine months ago) link

at least i have y'all to enjoy painfully earnest action spectacles with

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 March 2019 06:44 (nine months ago) link

💙

moose; squirrel (silby), Sunday, 3 March 2019 06:58 (nine months ago) link

can't stop thinking about this movie

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 11 March 2019 17:57 (nine months ago) link

I keep flashing back to the scene where her most of her is destroyed and she vaults onto the dude's face with her one arm, rage-filled

moose; squirrel (silby), Monday, 11 March 2019 18:01 (nine months ago) link

has now done 380 mil worldwide and was still on some 2000+ US screens over its fourth weekend, sucks that the domestic total will give this the stench of failure regardless

moose; squirrel (silby), Monday, 11 March 2019 18:05 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

christolph waltz is so good in this movie

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 22:44 (five months ago) link

word

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 22:48 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

this was better than i expected and far more faithful to the source material than i could've predicted.
cons: overstuffed, overlong, more than a bit indulgent in its expectations about how much i'm supposed to care about these characters, lol at the ed norton tease
pros: visually sumptuous, clear and well orchestrated fight scenes, consistently well-thought out creative design, literal big-eyed manga heroine surprisingly well acted

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:05 (four months ago) link

flipped back thru some chunks of this at the tail end of a flight with no time to watch a whole movie. it still ruled, and benefited from being able to skip the Hugo scenes and just focus on Alita and Doc Ido. i love how many times she yells "HIIIII-YA!" and smashes things. it's hard not to wish they'd cut the hugo subplot way down and actually finished the whole story, but i also admire the gutsiness of their imagining they'd be able to do a part ii, and thus take their time with the origin story stuff, multiple showdowns with the same guys, lots of talk about berserker bodies and panzer kunst, etc. etc. wish connolly had a little more to do but maybe i forgot/skipped her best scenes.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:11 (four months ago) link

connolly and ali both seemed mostly wasted as far as i could see but they didn't take anything away from the film

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:17 (four months ago) link

it's flawed, and ending right where the story should be ramping up to a conclusion is... frustrating

but it has a lot of heart and the cast are great

(especially christolph waltz, who delivers an actual genuinely touching performance instead of falling back on the tics he's been relying on since inglourious basterds and also he has a rocket-propelled hammer ffs)

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:19 (four months ago) link

agreed wholeheartedly re: waltz

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:54 (four months ago) link

is this maybe robert rodriguez's best movie?

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:58 (four months ago) link

what a wildly varible career that guy's had

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 14:59 (four months ago) link

i'd have to rewatch SpyKids and the first two Mariachi movies, which iirc do have the advantage of being a little more focused than this one.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 15:39 (four months ago) link

I maintain that this movie’s wandering episodic focus is a strength not a weakness and makes the whole project feel More Anime

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 15:50 (four months ago) link

i recall the first spy kids being an absolute joy

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 16:20 (four months ago) link

ranking the Rodriguezes I've seen:

1995 Desperado
1995 Four Rooms: Room 309 - The Misbehavers
1992 El Mariachi
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
2007 Grindhouse: Planet Terror
2010 Machete
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico
2001 Spy Kids
2013 Machete Kills
1991 Bedhead
2005 Sin City
1998 The Faculty
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

not seen:

1994 Roadracers
2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
2009 Shorts
2011 The Black Mamba
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
2013 Two Scoops
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
2015 Sock 'em Dead
2018 The Limit
2019 Alita: Battle Angel

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:18 (four months ago) link

i remember absolutely dying at the misbehavers in theaters but i haven't seen it since then and i'm unlikely to hunt it down

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:49 (four months ago) link


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