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Evans A Criswell
Phenomenal Film Handler

Posts: 1579
From: Huntsville, AL, USA
Registered: Mar 2000

 - posted 11-17-2000 09:16 PM      Profile for Evans A Criswell   Author's Homepage   Email Evans A Criswell   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Finally, a movie that caused sell-outs! I attempted to buy tickets to the 7:00 show at my local Carmike 10 at 6:15 and it was already sold out (which is unusual that early), so I went for the 7:45 show, which ended up selling out as well.

The effects in the movie were impressive, and the movie was largely geared toward kids. I wasn't quite as impressed as I expected to be, but I would recommend it as a family Christmas movie. I am EXTREMELY glad that the Rugrats movie came out this weekend because it reduced the number of young kids in the Grinch audience. The audience in my showing of the Grinch included a lot of kids, but the group was very well-behaved and there were no significant distractions.

I wonder how much of the Who's faces (and the Grinch's) was accomplished by computer generated material and how much was done by masks and make-up.

Anyway, it is good to see something come out that is making people flock to theatres again. When I left the theatre, a huge crowd was waiting in the lobby to get into the next show, and I was really glad to see that. Hopefully, it will help the financial condition of the theatre companies.

Evans A Criswell

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John Pytlak
Film God

Posts: 9987
From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Registered: Jan 2000

 - posted 11-20-2000 09:51 AM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
November's "American Cinematographer" magazine has articles about the production of "Grinch":

Hollywood movie equipment supplier has some movie "stuff" for sale:

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Fax: 716-722-7243

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Mike Blakesley
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From: Forsyth, Montana
Registered: Jun 99

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Overall I liked "Grinch" very well.

Wasn't sure what to make of the audience reaction on opening nite...the first lady to come out of the theatre said, "Well I bet Dr. Seuss is rolling over in his grave!" I esplained to her that his wife had full script approval, etc. She said "I can't believe she approved of THAT mess!"

But everyone else I've talked to has liked the movie.

The only parts I didn't like weres the "heart attack" scene at the end (too long) and the "fudge judge" part in the middle (too disgusting).

The little girl Taylor Momsen did a great job, I thought. Carrey was excellent too. And Anthony Hopkins did an excellent job on the narration.

Favorite line: The Grinch's outgoing answering machine message!

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