April 24, 2003 at 7:41 pm #1446
why is politics the source of almost every argument? Screw it.
Well a matter a fact i must admit its basicly the same as a saturday night live sketch.April 24, 2003 at 7:56 pm #1448
Regarding the debate over the appropriateness of this film, I think RevMen already said most of what I wanted to say. Yolegoman, I can’t quite understand how you find this film “disturbing.” This is political satire—-dissent. I see no reason why it should be fine to make fun of Clinton, but “disturbing” to parody Bush. The viewer chooses to agree or disagree with the perspective of the movie–the film is not “right” or “wrong” in itself.
Following is my actual long-winded review of the film.
As many people have said before, comedy is one of the most difficult things to execute. In this case, I think Jason did a fairly good job of it. The writing was pretty good for the most part. It’s true that much of the same topical territory has been figuratively trod on before, but it would have been difficult to do otherwise. The comic timing wasn’t always spot-on, but wasn’t too bad either. I didn’t quite understand Cheney’s fixation with brains, however, and I don’t think that the Saddam-Osama scene (dream sequence?) worked very well. I enjoyed the visual gags, especially the “Gulf War II: Daddy’s Revenge” game cartridge.
The voice acting was the best aspect of the movie. G. Bush was particularly good, with “George go to bed.” It’s too bad there weren’t more scenes with Condoleezza. Powell was also fairly good. The other voices varied. Sets were done nicely, with good integration of the graphic elements. I did note the “Reaganomics” trapdoor.
Minifigs were chosen well. Condoleezza did look a little strange, and I thought that Rumsfeld minifig looked more like Cheney and vice versa, though this is just my personal opinion. A minor note: Bush’s hair is actually gray—but then there are very few gray Lego hairpieces in circulation.
The quality of the animation itself seemed to be only so-so. The hand movements were not too smooth, and the wheeling of the weapons carts seemed very jerky. There was also a bit of set movement. Sometimes I think there could have been more background sounds, besides just the dialog, especially during the “Gulf War II” gaming.
Overall, a pretty good film, which provides a good bit of amusement, especially to one critical of the Bush administration, and opens a new genre in brickfilms.
Just my two dinars.April 24, 2003 at 8:02 pm #1449
Okay, here you go Jason:
*Spoilers: and No Dick, its not Brains that are spoiling*
I didn’t catch it the first time, but this time around I noticed the Logo at the beginning was animated: and very well done also. And what is it about Monkeys in opening credits? I’ve done that in every single one of my film so far! :P:
The Intro was very well done, that really added to the feel of a political film lol
The voices were simply awesome. I almost forgot I wasn’t watching The Real Bush.
The sets were very well done. I haven’t watched to many press releases from Bush, but the few I have seen stick in my mind, and your press set captured that image in my mind very clearly.
Especially the first few minutes, I found the film hilarious. After that, I didn’t ‘get’ some of the jokes, but that’s just me.
The music: This time around I noticed music playing in the back during the presss release, this added nicely to the film. Mebbe it could have been louder?
Oh and “Frankly, as your elected leader, I don’t care what you think! How’s that for Texas justice!” That just so cracks me up! LOL!
The other minor things I liked were the office set, were they played video games I mean, and the customs were very well done.
Oh and the frown thing that is so funny too!
Bad stuff will come later, got work to do.
Although the animation Timing was excellent, the framerate could use some work IMO, but then again, like Bman said, might have been the compression. *insert shrug emoticon here*
I still don’t feel like we should be making fun of our country’s leaders, which is what you appear to be doin’, but I can override that. The real moral issue that sticks in my mind is the gay scene, I find no reason for that, whatever, although I didn’t catch that either till the second time round. *Insert shrug emoticon here again*
Certainly, overall, a huge improvement over your last film “Alone” and of great film/story quality, but unofortanetaly, this one still doesn’t rest well with my morals, and won’t be on my rewatch soon list. *Insert shrug Emoticon Here, for the last time*
Aside from every thing I have said in this thread, I am still eagerly awaiting your next film “Hopefully Sol Chronicles” and Haqve nothing against you as a person.
And hopefully, hopefully, just maybe this post won’t be grounds for another flame war. *Sigh*
YolegomanApril 24, 2003 at 9:32 pm #1453
Sorry, I had a bad day yesterday and needed to take it out on something. But it’s all good now, and I apologize to everyone (especially Jason) about the not-so-great review I gave this flic. It deserves way better. I espescially liked the gay joke. I personally don’t see how someone could like another person of the same sex, but hey that’s just me. Although I do seem to remember that episode of SouthPark.
I did find all of the jokes about Bush funny, but I still don’t think it’s right to make fun of somebody who has just removed a threat of nuclear warfare and potentially saved all of our lives.
As for the posting issue, I’m still stuck in the middle. I read Blunts post and completely agreed with him, but then I read Darkside’s, and completely agreed with him. hmm
I guess if I had that kind of power I would be inclined to do the same, and probably would stick it at the top, but why stick it in the wrong forum, too?
Why, Jason, why?April 24, 2003 at 10:01 pm #1454
Maybe what we are all trying to say is, let me put it in this scenario:
If this was a “Household” (meaning brickfilms.com) Jason would be our “father”.
Now, your “real” dad does stuff like not let you watch a certain Tv show, for example, yet he watches it himself when your in bed. :roll .
As your dad, he has the power to do that.
You would defintely respect your dad more if he didn’t let U watch that Tv show, AND didn’t watch it himself, but that’s just life, your dad likes to do that kind of stuff.
Jason, as our Brickfilms “Father” can make a topic sticky, in all the forums if he so chooses, and not let us do the same thing, because it’s his “House” he pays for your room and board here at the forums he adds your films to the directory, or the person he has given authority to do so does.
Now, you can yell at your real dad, be angry at him or whatever you choose, but that doesn’t mean he will let you watch the Tv show. It may even mean you will be grounded.
Basically, if you don’t like the rules of the household, as Darksideoflego said, then leave, pay your own room and board somewhere else, get adopted by Coolbrickmoves.com or just get a life and don’t come back.
Some are going to quote my earlier post, but I have changed my mind, I think this is the ideal solution for what Jason did, the reason I mean, so if you don’t like it run away or just clam up, or complain about it and Annoy Jason, you won’t change his mind unless you appeal the right way, as my dad is always saying. It’s a bit late for that though, we’ve all already lashed out at him. Better luck next time, guys.
YolegomanApril 25, 2003 at 12:23 am #1458
Ahh, yess, with great power comes great responsibility, yeeeesssssss. A rift, I sense in the forums…April 25, 2003 at 1:27 am #1462
Good example you’re setting here, yolegoman. If you don’t like what your father does, then run away. Nice morals.
CometgreenApril 25, 2003 at 1:30 am #1463
“Cometgreen” wrote: Good example you’re setting here, yolegoman. If you don’t like what your father does, then run away. Nice morals.
Hell, everyone has ran away at one time or another, or will someday.April 25, 2003 at 2:20 am #1472
Just one question(I may have miss it in the movie) but why didn’t you bring up President Bush’s own military record and the Vietnam War…April 25, 2003 at 5:56 am #1481
but… George confused alot
Well, I think everything has basicly been said already. As for the “politicly correct” issues… who cares… it’s funny! I mean, just immagin if the whole world was “politicly correct”… *shudders*