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What movies are you watching?

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scamandrius said:
My wife made me watch Sharknado.  Horribly, horribly bad.
I heard that mentioned on the radio last week, only at first I thought they said "Shark NATO".
 

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Peter J said:
scamandrius said:
My wife made me watch Sharknado.  Horribly, horribly bad.
I heard that mentioned on the radio last week, only at first I thought they said "Shark NATO".
That actually sounds like it would be much better than what I had to sit through last night.
 

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scamandrius said:
My wife made me watch Sharknado.  Horribly, horribly bad.
Sorry to hear about the impending divorce.  I made my ex watch Dead Snow.  I think that's what killed that relationship.
 

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vamrat said:
scamandrius said:
My wife made me watch Sharknado.  Horribly, horribly bad.
Sorry to hear about the impending divorce.  I made my ex watch Dead Snow.  I think that's what killed that relationship.
Our pre-up covered bad movie choices.  It did not cover sequels to those bad movies, however
 

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The other night I watched part of a movie called The Help.  I hope sometime to see the whole thing.  It seemed like a great movie.

There was one thing that seemed like an anachronism, though.  During the movie, a woman was typing, and then used liquid paper.  This took place in 1963.  There is no way she could have used that back then.  Did anyone else catch that?

It was otherwise very good.
 

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Salpy said:
The other night I watched part of a movie called The Help.  I hope sometime to see the whole thing.  It seemed like a great movie.

There was one thing that seemed like an anachronism, though.  During the movie, a woman was typing, and then used liquid paper.  This took place in 1963.  There is no way she could have used that back then.  Did anyone else catch that?

It was otherwise very good.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_Paper

In 1956, Bette Nesmith Graham invented the first correction fluid in her kitchen. Working as a typist, she used to make many mistakes and always strived for a way to correct them. Starting on a basis of tempera paint she mixed with a common kitchen blender, she called the outcome fluid Mistake Out and started to provide her co-workers with small bottles on which the brand's name was displayed.

By 1956, Graham founded the Mistake Out Company and continued working from her kitchen nights and weekends to produce small batches of correction bottles. She was fired from her typist job after she made a mistake that she did not manage to correct. She had typed in her company name instead of the bank's. After this stroke of bad luck, she decided to devote her time to her new company.

The inventor offered the product to IBM, which declined the offer. She sold the product from her house for 17 years; the name was changed to Liquid Paper shortly after. By 1968, the product was profitable, and in 1979 the Liquid Paper Corporation was sold to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million with royalties.
 

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And oc.net continues to wallow in garbage. Achronos really elevated this thread to something to actually check.
 

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orthonorm said:
And oc.net continues to wallow in garbage. Achronos really elevated this thread to something to actually check.
There's the logout button. Don't let it slam your computer on your way out. I also recommend clearing your history.
 

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orthonorm said:
And oc.net continues to wallow in garbage. Achronos really elevated this thread to something to actually check.

The book, music, and movie recommendations of OC.net posters explain more about this forum than anything else. Disheartening, to say the least.


Selam
 

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orthonorm said:
And oc.net continues to wallow in garbage. Achronos really elevated this thread to something to actually check.
The movies in this thread are quality stuff compared to the songs in the 'What's everyone listening to?' thread.
 

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Monsters vs. Aliens, in preparation for the MvsA: Cloning Around TV spinoff.
 

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I really liked this movie. I thought it was amazing.
 

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This afternoon I went to see Boyhood, directed by Richard Linkater. The movie has received wonderful reviews, and I was really looking forward to it. I enjoyed Linklater’s films, “Fast Food Nation,” “Before Sunset,” “School of Rock,” and of course, the iconic “Dazed and Confused” (one of my favorite movies ever!) So I had high hopes for this one. Linklater took 12 years to make this movie because he decided to use the same actor (Ellar Coltrane) who plays the main character throughout the film. So we are truly watching a boy grow up on screen. This in itself is quite unique and indeed very fascinating. However, I came away disappointed.

It’s not that this was a bad movie. It’s definitely better than 90% of the mindless crap that Hollywood pumps out these days. But the movie falls flat. I love character driven dramas, and I am more entertained by good dialogue and a good plot than by action and adventure. But even for me, this movie was just sort of boring. I never felt really drawn in to any of the main characters. And rather than smoothly transitioning from one stage of the boy’s life to the next – or else going from grade school to middle school to high school and allowing us to get attached to the circumstances and characters during each of these stages – the movie tends to progress randomly. Is it a year later? Is it a month later? Is it two years later? It’s difficult to tell. We essentially have to figure it out based on the boy’s hair style at the time.

But I get it. The idea was for us to watch this boy grow up on screen. But the segues were odd. And just as you start to take interest in a particular character (for example, the two step fathers that were very well portrayed), the movie jumps to the next stage in the boy’s life and those characters are jettisoned from the movie in the process. We never see them again, and we are left with many unresolved character plots. The only characters we see consistently throughout the film are the boy, his sister (Lorelei Linklater), his mother (Patricia Arquette), and the father (Ethan Hawke). But none of these characters really gained my interest. I wanted to become emotionally invested in them, but I never did.

There were a few humorous moments, but not many. There was plenty of beautiful scenery. But the movie never succeeded in delivering the intended sentiment. But again, this was not a terrible movie. If you’re gonna spend $15 at the movies, this will be better than anything else that’s playing. But I’d wait for it to come out on video.

OK, that’s my two cent movie review on this one. I wish that I had something better to say about it. Of course, others may completely disagree with my assessment. If you’ve seen it, please let me know what you think.

Selam

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Perhaps I am movie illiterate, but I have not ever heard of any of the movies you mentioned in there.
 

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TheTrisagion said:
Perhaps I am movie illiterate, but I have not ever heard of any of the movies you mentioned in there.
Dazed and Confused is wonderful. Of course, it's the type of movie that might only be appreciated by people familiar with the 70's. But I think it still communicates the universal themes of high school shenanigans. Infinitely better than Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Fast Food Nation is also a good movie.

Selam
 

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Uh oh... I prefer Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 8) Though I wouldn't call either a favorite movie. But Dazed and Confused just seems too much like a series of vignettes at times.
 

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I watched Terminator 3 & 4 for the first time and I have to say I was very disappointed--more so with the former. Part 3 entirely pooped on the masterpiece that was Judgment Day by contradicting the "No fate" message and making half the plot pointless and obsolete since judgment day still inevitably happened (albeit at a later date).

If I were writing the plot for Terminator 3, I'd follow the "Battle Across Time" theme and revolve it around destroying the time machines in the future so that the Terminator 2 timeline can be preserved and the timeline never changed again. It'd end with Arnold going back in time to protect young John Connor, leading to the events of Terminator 2, and Reese going back to protect Sarah Conner, leading to the events of Terminator 1, then the time machines being destroyed once and for all.

Worst part about Terminator 3 is that it implies Arnold committed suicide at the end of Judgment Day for nothing since judgment day still happened. Thus, one of the saddest deaths in all of action cinema history was rendered pointless. John lost the one father figure he had in his life for nothing.
 

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I watched two movies yesterday night: the first was the Indie horror flick Deadgirl and the second was The Matrix It was my first time viewing both.

I have to say that the former, if you can stomach just how disturbing it really is, was very original and instilled new life in the zombie genre. It was also a great premise and concept for exploring just how dark and disturbed humans can really be, especially when it comes to sex and desires, and what we would do if we had ultimate power. However, due to bad acting, sloppy writing, and other factors, the film just devolved into a typical horror movie torture-porn rape fest. I was disappointed that such a great story and premise with the potential to be, in my opinion, one of the greatest zombie and horror movies of all time--filled with a Romero-ian social commentary on contemporary and philosophical issues--was wasted into one trashy, subpar movie. It's a solid 5/10, and the only reason for that is because its premise was original and it had potential. Cut that out and it's only a 3/10.

In regards to the latter movie I watched--The Matrix--I was somewhat intrigued, but I didn't feel it lived up to its hype. I don't get the "ooh it's philosophical and deep!" reputation it has among armchair movie philosophers. It really wasn't that confusing or deep Plus, I feel like the story vastly plagiarized and ripped-off the Terminator franchise--what with advanced computers taking over and the alternate universes/timelines thing. The kung-fu sequences were also godawful and outrightly cheesy and cringeworthy. Unless you're a 1980s Asian kung-fu flick, leave the martial arts sequences out. It's just laughable and bad. Also, I feel that the acting was very bad and there was no good chemistry between the characters. I'll give this movie a solid 6/10.
 

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Saturday night is my movie night with my wife and pretty much the only time I can view movies.  Here are the last three weeks' choices:

Young Sherlock Holmes (chosen by me)
A Day in the Sun (chosen by my wife)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (chosen by me)
 

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'Young Sherlock Holmes' is fantastic. Nicholas Rowe has the title role. :)

I'm watching 'In the Cold Light of Day,' a 1996 mystery with Richard Grant as a detective. It's really good!
 

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JamesR said:
In regards to the latter movie I watched--The Matrix--I was somewhat intrigued, but I didn't feel it lived up to its hype. I don't get the "ooh it's philosophical and deep!" reputation it has among armchair movie philosophers. It really wasn't that confusing or deep Plus, I feel like the story vastly plagiarized and ripped-off the Terminator franchise--what with advanced computers taking over and the alternate universes/timelines thing. The kung-fu sequences were also godawful and outrightly cheesy and cringeworthy. Unless you're a 1980s Asian kung-fu flick, leave the martial arts sequences out. It's just laughable and bad. Also, I feel that the acting was very bad and there was no good chemistry between the characters. I'll give this movie a solid 6/10.

I had so many people tell me how great The Matrix was. I suffered through 15 minutes of it and that's all I could take. Terrible movie.


Selam
 

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biro said:
'Young Sherlock Holmes' is fantastic. Nicholas Rowe has the title role
It was one of my favorite movies as a kid so I forced my wife to watch it!
 

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Winter Light (1962), directed by Ingmar Bergman. A pastor of a small congregation struggles with his atheist girlfriend as he himself loses faith. Very powerful finale.

You can watch the full film on YouTube.
 

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lovesupreme said:
Winter Light (1962), directed by Ingmar Bergman. A pastor of a small congregation struggles with his atheist girlfriend as he himself loses faith. Very powerful finale.

You can watch the full film on YouTube.
I saw this a while ago and enjoyed it.  Thanks for the link. 
 
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