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Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on January 03, 2008, 03:32 AM:
If you're looking for a really nice film "The Water Horse" Legend of the Deep, is an excellent choice for both adults and children, I was surprised as to how good this film is, most of the filming was done here in NZ " and is mentioned only in the credits as the "second unit" I guess "Nessy" is supposed to be in Scotland [Wink] also Peter Jackson's "Weta shop" did the special effects, a nice story, very well acted, a good all round production. excellent Scope print.

And for something completely different "I Am Legend" is another good one, unlike some of last years blockbusters zzzzzzzzzzz and although there is a lot of hand held camera shots, [Wink] you wont notice it after your the first encounter with mutant human with very sharp teeth, which comes "right at you" [Eek!] it made me jump and that was from the projection box, never mind those that were sitting "I think" in the cinema, with what I have seen of the movie so far Will Smith has done a superb job, looks great in Scope and with really [Eek!] good sound.

Graham. [Smile]
Posted by David Kilderry (Member # 549) on January 03, 2008, 09:43 AM:
I Am Legend is packing them in at the lunar drive-in, so is Alvin and the Chipmunks. We could not fit Water Horse in; we are only three screens and combine that with daylight saving our first session is 9.15 PM!

Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 03, 2008, 09:46 AM:
We saw Waterhorse New Year's Eve and I thought it was really great. The locations were spectacular and the photography was wonderful. For the most part the story was good too. The thing is (without giving away the story) it got a little intense towards the end and upset our son (5 years old).

This may be a better one for kids a few years older.

I did think the good guy and the not so good guy uniting forces by getting in a boat together to head out over stormy waters to rescue the child/hero was a little too reminiscent of Andre, but I guess there are only a finite number of plots in the universe....

-Then again the kid urging the creature on to jump the barrier to freedom was just a little Free Willy as well.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on January 04, 2008, 01:49 AM:
9.15pm is quite late in the evening, what time is your last session?

Its interesting to watch films, and sometimes think I have seen that before, its a bit like "I Am Legend" there is a scene where he is looking for his dog in a dark old building, he finds the dog hiding under a desk but as he approaches the dog you get a close up of it backing away, that reminded me of "Alien" when Harry Dean Stanton is trying to catch the cat and the look on the cats eyes sensing something is very wrong [Eek!] I guess even films like the "Star Wars" 1977 are not much more than a space version of "Robin Hood" the good, the bad, and the princes that needs to be rescued [Wink]

I was amused watching the end credits of 'The Water Horse" where it states,

No "Sea Monsters" were harmed during the making of this film. [Roll Eyes]

Graham. [Smile]
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 04, 2008, 12:13 PM:
I was impressed by the fact that they made a movie mostly geared towards younger audiences set during WW2. Most movies like this are set in present days.

Just maybe somewhere in the world a kid is asking their parents why they set up a canon on the shores of Loch Ness, and providing Mom and Dad are prepared to give an answer perhaps that kid will start to learn the world existed before the year 2000, and maybe that it's important to know what happened back then.

[ January 04, 2008, 02:21 PM: Message edited by: Steve Klare ]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on January 05, 2008, 02:18 PM:
Its interesting to note, it was "the kids" worldwide in writing to, and putting pressure on Warner Bros after watching the movie "Free Willy" that started the ball rolling, and the amazing story of the eventual release of "Keiko" what comes across so well is the willingness of everyone concerned to help out and to do what is best. I cant think of another case of a major studio being more involved, a real credit to "Warner Bros",

Posted by David Kilderry (Member # 549) on January 05, 2008, 07:35 PM:
Graham, we run three 9.00 Pm sessions (feature at around 9.20 depending on how many cars still out on the highway and the dusk). We then have a couple of late shows hit around 11.00PM (or supports for our double features).

In Winter we are on at 6.15 with our family shows on weekends, so there is abig difference. We have had very strong trade this past week, with several full houses.

Posted by Mike Peckham (Member # 16) on February 17, 2008, 02:06 PM:
So, February 17th and the Water Horse made it to the Worthing Dome (I guess it was a long way to swim from New Zealand [Wink] ).

Lovely film, brought a tear to my eye...

Mike [Cool]
Posted by Patrick Walsh (Member # 637) on February 18, 2008, 02:28 PM:
we are still running it here on the weekends, and getting good attendances, I have not sat through the whole thing but it looks like a good film, it is amazing how many actors in it are from our local home grown TV shows, putting on a scottish accent as well!
the next X men film is being made here at the moment, being filmed south of here.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on February 19, 2008, 03:39 AM:
Well....I am not 100% sure but the final scene "the kid with the egg" of another baby "Nessie" looks to me [Roll Eyes] that it was shot at a place called "Inveraray" in Scotland and the building you see on the right side of the frame is the old prison on the shore of Loch Fyne.

The reason I say this is that we used to visit Inveraray quite a bit long long ago. The old prison was very medi-evil where not so long ago torture was not uncommon, [Eek!] although it was a good place to stop for haddock and chips [Big Grin]

Talking about "Nessie" one film I thought was nice was "Loch Ness" starring Ted Danson from "Cheers" made back in the 90s going of topic a tad who can remember a very funny Scottish film called "Local Hero" great music, superb cast which included Burt Lancaster.

Graham. [Smile]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on June 10, 2016, 05:34 AM:
Well the years have certainly passed since I ran the 35mm print, but tonight for the first time since 2008 I watched it again, but this time on blu-ray with my grandson Conner who is 7 yrs old and he enjoyed it.

That's the strange thing about once being a projectionist, you remember all these films, 12 years worth. Although I was always to busy to sit and watch them right through, you did keep an eye on things like the focus and sound on every screening, plus the work that was involved in making the films up ready for screening.

Those days are long gone, but its amazing what you can still remember, as if it was just yesterday.

PS. I still have "The Water Horse" 35mm trailer somewhere. [Smile]
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on June 11, 2016, 11:37 AM:
I remember years ago that National Geographic actually did a whole study with sonar triggered cameras and all and while they didn't get any full shots of the creature, they did get some very interesting photo's of a very large flipper passing by the camera when it was triggered. I've always thought that they should do a new study with the new sonar and digital technologies that exist today.

There's enough partial proof out there for the possibility of Pleliasaurs (aquatic dinosaurs, for those who don't know what they are), to exist, to this day for it to merit a good, honest study of the subject. I mean, Celocanths were supposed to be millions of year old fossils, preserved in the fossil record, and in the last 100 years, live ones were found at the lower depths of the ocean, alive and kicking! To this day, the a great deal of the lowest depths of the ocean still haven't been actually photographed or studied.

... besides, wouldn't there be so much incredible interest in actual living dinosaurs today? It would be great!

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