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« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2007, 12:14:13 am »

Cory! I'm shockd you are just discovering The Prestige!!! I saw it on opening weekend, and it was one of my favorite releases of the year! I just bought the DVD monday night! Tell me you've seen The Illusionist??!! That was a very similar movi thematically. I do have to say that the score to The Illusionist (by Phillip Glass) was one of my favorite parts of the film.

I just saw it tonight, so allow to add The Prestige to my list of favorite Steamunk films. It's really too bad that they didn't even hint in the slightest that there was any sort of Tesla-madness going on in it, otherwise I would have shown some interest in it before hearing that it was somehow inexplicably Steampunk. I can't explain how it's Steampunk either without giving away the plot, but see it! For real!

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« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2007, 12:16:49 am »

No No No No No!!!!

The Illusionist was almost as good as The Prestige!! It also has some Steampunk elements (lots of mechanical gadgetry, and weird science). I think both movies were about equal imho. I just bought The Illusionist about five minutes ago in fact!

Twas good, I agree.  And I did like the Steampunk elements to The Prestige.  Oh, but what a film to make you say "What if!"

Has anyone seen The Illusionist, and was it a) any good or b) Steampunk?  I'll take either.

The discussion after the movie led to talk about The Illusionist, and app[arently the answer is "no" on both counts.

Another point of discussion was how wrongly advertized The Prestige was, which makes me wonder if - after LXG and other poorly showing movies - whether or not Victorian Sci-Fi/Steampunk is actually considered a marketable category anymore.
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« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2007, 12:17:53 am »

Well, the Illusionist will be out in the cinema here in the UK on the second of March, so perhaps I will request a trip for my birthday. *grins*
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« Reply #53 on: February 26, 2007, 12:34:12 am »

Ok I may get shot here but we have been watching a lot of the New BBC Dr. Who series. There are several of the episodes in each season that really makes my steampunky heart keep ticking.

The one that really comes to mind is "The Girl in the Fireplace" which features time travel, automotons with nifty clockwork brains, and a famous french mistress. Really odd but the visuals were at the same time wonderful yet freaky.

BTW if you have not seen the Dr. Who 2006 or Season 2 it is well worth watching. We have been enjoying it a great deal we like how character driven it is.

Other TV and Movies I like have been mentioned Laputa, Howl's Moving Castle, LXG, Jasper Morello (really creepy for me as I don't normally like horror), Screw-On Head (favorite was the moving Abe Lincoln mouth!!), and um.. nothing else comes to mind.

I personally also really like the "pulp" genre so often for me the difference is whether or not they wear retro Victorian fashions or retro 30s fashions. Plus just how much chrome versus brass is in the gadgets.
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« Reply #54 on: February 26, 2007, 12:55:14 am »

Haha no one's going to shoot you for enjoying one of BBC's longest running, and most endeared programs.

Actually there were quite a few other Dr. Who episodes that had some Steampunk elements.

Ok I may get shot here but we have been watching a lot of the New BBC Dr. Who series. There are several of the episodes in each season that really makes my steampunky heart keep ticking.

The one that really comes to mind is "The Girl in the Fireplace" which features time travel, automotons with nifty clockwork brains, and a famous french mistress. Really odd but the visuals were at the same time wonderful yet freaky.

BTW if you have not seen the Dr. Who 2006 or Season 2 it is well worth watching. We have been enjoying it a great deal we like how character driven it is.

Other TV and Movies I like have been mentioned Laputa, Howl's Moving Castle, LXG, Jasper Morello (really creepy for me as I don't normally like horror), Screw-On Head (favorite was the moving Abe Lincoln mouth!!), and um.. nothing else comes to mind.

I personally also really like the "pulp" genre so often for me the difference is whether or not they wear retro Victorian fashions or retro 30s fashions. Plus just how much chrome versus brass is in the gadgets.

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« Reply #55 on: February 26, 2007, 01:16:44 am »

I chalk up my lack of seeing The Prestige to inaccurate advertizing: "See two rival magicians fight for the affections of the mildly above average Scarlett Johanson!" If they actually mentioned Tesla and all sorts of cool gadgets, I might have been interested!
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« Reply #56 on: February 26, 2007, 01:29:30 am »

That's true. I only knew about the details because I researched it when I heard that Christopher Nolan was directing a movie about dueling victorian magicians. Oh and in the trailer they showed that mechanical back thing that Jackman was using. Once I learned that David Bowie was playing Tesla though, I was sold!

I chalk up my lack of seeing The Prestige to inaccurate advertizing: "See two rival magicians fight for the affections of the mildly above average Scarlett Johanson!" If they actually mentioned Tesla and all sorts of cool gadgets, I might have been interested!
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« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2007, 03:27:26 am »

Well shoot fire and save matches...
Just went to the video rental establishment and they were out of the Prestige, though it looks like they are stocking a bazillion copies.
I tend to live under a rock, so I hadn't heard of it until this thread. Was actually wondering when Bowie played Tesla, as someone mentioned in another thread...
Soon, though.
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« Reply #58 on: February 26, 2007, 12:21:27 pm »

::shudder:: Personally I hated the Prestige. I walked out in the middle of it...and I have never walked out of a cinema in the middle of a film before! So disappointing too, because I was really looking forward to David Bowie!Tesla.

I much preferred the Illusionist. Beautiful all around, with a damned good story.

I just remembered...what do people think of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? I thought that was a fabulous film noir steam punk thing. And what about the Hellboy film? And Van Helsing, silly film though it was?
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« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2007, 04:25:14 pm »

As a bitter comic book fanboy I hated LXG and its complete rape of what is really an epic comic

As someone who enjoys stupid popcorn flicks immensly I enjoyed LXG Tongue

Seriously though, to people who liked LXG, try and hunt down the comic book by Alan Moore (who is one of the greatest, if not craziest comic book writers around) But be fore-warned, its nothing like the movie, even slightly. Its also not for the feint of heart.
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« Reply #60 on: February 26, 2007, 05:34:13 pm »

As a bitter comic book fanboy I hated LXG and its complete rape of what is really an epic comic

As someone who enjoys stupid popcorn flicks immensly I enjoyed LXG Tongue

Seriously though, to people who liked LXG, try and hunt down the comic book by Alan Moore (who is one of the greatest, if not craziest comic book writers around) But be fore-warned, its nothing like the movie, even slightly. Its also not for the faint of heart.

You do realise that the movie is not based on the comic book, right? Both the comic and the film were started at the same time from the same concept. Comparing the LXG comic to the LXG film is like comparing the Gene Wilder Wonka film to the Johnny Depp one; they weren't based on one another, they were simply different treatments of the same source material.

Personally I think the comics were poorly executed. The movie had far more coherence, in my honest opinion, and I have read the first two comics all the way through.
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« Reply #61 on: February 26, 2007, 06:17:51 pm »

I'd give a vote for The Prestige as being steampunky.  Just saw it this weekend I liked it.  Had a good period feel to it.

But really, any film that has Tesla in it..I'm sold. 
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« Reply #62 on: February 26, 2007, 06:37:18 pm »

Ok so seriously, why do people spend money to go see a film and walk out of it?? I can see no good reason to walk out of most movies (let alone something as incredible as The Prestige).

Saying you didn't like the Prestige and you walked before the story even started to pick up steam, is like walking out of The Usual Suspects or The Empire Strikes Back and then going online to say how horrible you thought those movies were.

You pretty much missed the entire point of the film by walking out. Imagine walking out of The Illusionist, you wouldn't have caught the big payoff at the end, and it would be a total waste of time.

Sorry I'm venting, I just get really annoyed when people try to critique a film they didn't even bother sitting all the way through.

::shudder:: Personally I hated the Prestige. I walked out in the middle of it...and I have never walked out of a cinema in the middle of a film before! So disappointing too, because I was really looking forward to David Bowie!Tesla.

I much preferred the Illusionist. Beautiful all around, with a damned good story.

I just remembered...what do people think of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? I thought that was a fabulous film noir steam punk thing. And what about the Hellboy film? And Van Helsing, silly film though it was?
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« Reply #63 on: February 26, 2007, 06:44:26 pm »

Yes this was stated on the DVD commentary I believe. The problem though is that they used issue 1 as a blueprint for the movie, then went ahead and did their own thing. Which imho was a very bad idea.

The comic series is five billion times better than the film. No hoakey script, no cheesy characters, everything was based on the source material properly.

I can write a whole essay on how appaling the LXG film was, but I'll save my time. All I'll say is that I was so let down by the film that it hurt. Oh and even though I hated it by 1/4 of the way in, I still sat through the rest hoping for the best (which never came).  Embarrassed

As a bitter comic book fanboy I hated LXG and its complete rape of what is really an epic comic

As someone who enjoys stupid popcorn flicks immensly I enjoyed LXG Tongue

Seriously though, to people who liked LXG, try and hunt down the comic book by Alan Moore (who is one of the greatest, if not craziest comic book writers around) But be fore-warned, its nothing like the movie, even slightly. Its also not for the faint of heart.

You do realise that the movie is not based on the comic book, right? Both the comic and the film were started at the same time from the same concept. Comparing the LXG comic to the LXG film is like comparing the Gene Wilder Wonka film to the Johnny Depp one; they weren't based on one another, they were simply different treatments of the same source material.

Personally I think the comics were poorly executed. The movie had far more coherence, in my honest opinion, and I have read the first two comics all the way through.
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« Reply #64 on: February 26, 2007, 07:09:48 pm »

I love Sky Captain and the World to Tomorrow to death, but I didn't include it because there is absolutely nothing Steampunk about it. The flim is a straight up, 1930's Art Deco, Sci-Fi, Pulp adventure film... In fact, that's the movie's strength: it is EXACTLY the sort of thing they would have made in 1939 if they had CGI, warts and all.

And the reason I love it for that is because the "Golden Age of Hollywood" is my favorite era of filmmaking. If I was only permitted to watch one decade's worth of movies, I would easily choose 1925-1935. You just can't go wrong with a line-up like The Lost World, Son of the Sheik, Phantom of the Opera, Metropolis, Sunrise, The General, Vampyr, Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, White Zombie, The Invisible Man, Island of Lost Souls, King Kong, Tarzan the Ape Man, Tarzan and His Mate, The Mummy, The Black Cat, and all the early Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoons... If I was allowed another 10 years, I would stretch it out 5 years on either side, just so I could slip in more films like Nosferatu, The Mark of Zorro, Häxan, Robin Hood, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Ten Commandmens, Thief of Baghdad, Peter Pan, The Shiek, Dracula's Daughter, King Solomon's Mines, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia...



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« Reply #65 on: February 27, 2007, 09:14:45 am »

Has anyone else seen this post on boingboing?

It has links to "A Trip to the Moon" (Une Voyage dans la Lune) from 1902 mixed with a
modern soundtrack
. The soundtrack is electronic/instrumental (I'm woefully ignorant of the current labels for sub-genres of this type of music, I still think industrial means Einsturzende Neubauten, or old Art of Noise, you know samples of industrial noises and beating on factory equipment.)

The post also has links to the film with a more conventional soundtrack.

Also interestingly, the boingboingers found out about this from Bruce Sterling...
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« Reply #66 on: February 27, 2007, 04:13:38 pm »

You do realise that the movie is not based on the comic book, right? Both the comic and the film were started at the same time from the same concept. Comparing the LXG comic to the LXG film is like comparing the Gene Wilder Wonka film to the Johnny Depp one; they weren't based on one another, they were simply different treatments of the same source material.

Wait, what? Were did you get that from?

Alan Moore has been pretty vocal about his dislike of the LXG movie for completly bastardising his comic book.  The Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neil comic book is the original LXG source material.
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« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2007, 06:13:09 pm »

suddenly I remembered. there is a film about kafka, with Jeremy Irons on it http://imdb.com/title/tt0102181/. in the end you get in the castle where is this character very Dr. Moreau like making a lobotomy. some stuff can fit with the victorian ages thing...
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« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2007, 07:33:25 pm »

I really enjoy "The First Great Train Robbery". Not so much Steampunk in that there are no gadgets and gubbins but it does mess with historical fact in a right rollicking Victorian fashion..
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« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2007, 07:47:16 pm »

I think that Time Changer could be considered a Steampunk film.
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« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2007, 07:51:51 pm »

Is that the one with the seminary professor in the 1890's ( Huh ) and the time machine that sends him into the modern day? If so, then yes, the time machine part (at least) was rather steampunky.
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« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2007, 09:28:31 am »

I dare say I found that Fritz Lang's Metropolis had a very steampunk touch. And it's a masterpiece of german expressionism.
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« Reply #72 on: March 02, 2007, 12:22:22 pm »

Time after Time
Jack the Ripper (David Warner) uses HG Wells' (Malcolm Mcdowell) time machine to escape to 1979.
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« Reply #73 on: March 02, 2007, 01:26:30 pm »

You just see it in bits of the costuming and gear (Mal's pistol, for instance), but Firefly has a few traces of steampunk. Also, for anyone interested, I saw the DVD of the Amazing Screw-on Head pilot at the video store last week, so it's out there now.
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« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2007, 01:35:21 pm »

As someone interested in the sub-sub-genre of Western or Frontier Steampunk, I have to agree with you. Josh Wedon's orginal inspiration was a book he read on Civil War veterans in the old west. I mean look at Simon's vs. Mal's costumes... Much more the difference between back East and out West than the difference between Klingon and Federation.
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