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« Reply #1890 on: September 16, 2013, 10:20:05 AM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.
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« Reply #1891 on: September 16, 2013, 10:32:54 AM »

You wouldn't happen to be watching TCM on Sundays, would you?  Wink
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« Reply #1892 on: September 16, 2013, 10:47:40 AM »

You wouldn't happen to be watching TCM on Sundays, would you?  Wink

Actually, it's funny that I got my dad's Hitchcock collection a few weeks and I started watching them only to find out last week that TCM features Hitchcock as its Director of the Month.  That's why I said watching and rewatching! Grin
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« Reply #1893 on: September 18, 2013, 12:52:40 AM »

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« Reply #1894 on: September 24, 2013, 12:33:24 AM »

Just watched Eraserhead for the first time (the full movie is on youtube) and yeah...

That baby...

Probably the best movie intro I've ever seen though.
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« Reply #1895 on: September 27, 2013, 07:53:47 AM »

Watched American Mary on Netflix. I suppose it was something of a disjointed bramble of characters who act in inexplicable ways... but if you can accept it as some kind of alternate reality (and many fictions are intended as such I guess), it ended up being a strange, confusing, possibly brilliant movie. A few annoyances, but overall very interesting.
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« Reply #1896 on: September 27, 2013, 12:38:11 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.
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« Reply #1897 on: September 27, 2013, 01:21:17 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.
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« Reply #1898 on: September 27, 2013, 01:28:09 PM »

Saw Jarhead last night.  I have mixed impressions about this film.
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« Reply #1899 on: September 27, 2013, 10:17:38 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.
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« Reply #1900 on: September 28, 2013, 03:48:44 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.

But hey, sounding like you're a clueless old man around passes around here for street cred, so enjoy. I would suggest acting your age and maybe actually looking at cinema of the last 25 years and on the whole comparing it to the era of Hitchcock. Just like TV, we are way better off on the whole. Way.

Like way.

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« Reply #1901 on: September 28, 2013, 04:31:12 PM »

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.
Whatever 12 year old girls are watching you probably have ready on your Instant Queue.

Were you a BH 90210 fan?
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« Reply #1902 on: September 29, 2013, 01:27:06 AM »

Did watch Flashpoint Paradox, it is one of the better DC animated movies.
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« Reply #1903 on: September 29, 2013, 01:12:40 PM »

Hey I bet orthonorm has something to say when Brooks hanged himself in Shawshank Redemption and how that relates to blacks being lynched and then Andy with the white guilt to save Red at the end.

Yes? Yes??
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« Reply #1904 on: September 29, 2013, 01:19:57 PM »

I await the insights of emperor norm (though I don't really understand your point), but I will say that when I leave I'm definitely going to do the "I've decided not to stay" line of Brooks.
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« Reply #1905 on: September 29, 2013, 02:15:30 PM »

I await the insights of emperor norm (though I don't really understand your point), but I will say that when I leave I'm definitely going to do the "I've decided not to stay" line of Brooks.
I think it says more about institutions than anything else.
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I await the insights of emperor norm (though I don't really understand your point), but I will say that when I leave I'm definitely going to do the "I've decided not to stay" line of Brooks.
I think it says more about institutions than anything else.

Never saw it. I can't even imagine.

But I do have a great story about seeing The Green Mile. Did I have tell you that doozy?

It was life altering.
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« Reply #1907 on: September 29, 2013, 11:49:00 PM »

Looking forward to seeing Rush this week. Regardless of the subject matter, Ron Howard is an excellent director. So I think this will be a good one.


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« Reply #1908 on: September 30, 2013, 10:18:47 AM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.

But hey, sounding like you're a clueless old man around passes around here for street cred, so enjoy. I would suggest acting your age and maybe actually looking at cinema of the last 25 years and on the whole comparing it to the era of Hitchcock. Just like TV, we are way better off on the whole. Way.

Like way.



So, could you recap your posts on Netflix so I don't have to read them?  I didn't know those were required reading.

BTW, what is it lately about the "old man" comments?  Do you have something against old people?  I'm 37, and that's not old.  And by "act your age" does that mean display contempt for anything that came before I existed?

Before getting into more name calling on a public thread, why don't you enlighten me (and others) as to the criteria which, in your mind, make movies great and how those criteria have been used over the past 25 years (lets use 1990 as a terminus post quem) to elevate movie-making both in general and specifically over movies that were made pre-1990.
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« Reply #1909 on: September 30, 2013, 03:13:03 PM »

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You really can't help yourself.

No naming calling here. I could check my PM box and find evidence to the contrary on your end.

In short, I don't cooperate with terrorists. Oh and learn how to use google. I even made a great post on how to do that here.
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« Reply #1910 on: September 30, 2013, 03:27:15 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

Movies should have both good imagery and story.  I don't care much for movies that lack both.
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« Reply #1911 on: September 30, 2013, 05:01:35 PM »

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You really can't help yourself.

No naming calling here. I could check my PM box and find evidence to the contrary on your end.

In short, I don't cooperate with terrorists. Oh and learn how to use google. I even made a great post on how to do that here.

No name calling?  Right, you just called me a terrorist. If I called you anything (which I admit I have), I at least didn't do so publicly, but did so privately.  Can't tell the difference?

What do you want me to google exactly?

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« Reply #1912 on: September 30, 2013, 05:16:24 PM »

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You really can't help yourself.

No naming calling here. I could check my PM box and find evidence to the contrary on your end.

In short, I don't cooperate with terrorists. Oh and learn how to use google. I even made a great post on how to do that here.

No name calling?  Right, you just called me a terrorist. If I called you anything (which I admit I have), I at least didn't do so publicly, but did so privately.  Can't tell the difference?

What do you want me to google exactly?
Enough with the hostility, both of you! This is the Reviews section, an information-only section where debate and polemics are not permitted. If you must quarrel with each other, take it to private messages where you can really take your gloves off.
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« Reply #1913 on: September 30, 2013, 05:28:53 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.
I think TV shows are even better.

I guess I am more of a serial format person.
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« Reply #1914 on: September 30, 2013, 05:43:52 PM »

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To answer your question, which I know you asked orthonorm and he probably has a completely different answer, older movies just haven't aged well.

I can only think of a handful examples that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so, but considering how much goes into movies these days...it's not really much of a surprise they are better.

OK yes when directors like Coppola contributed to the studios thwarting their creative control in order to make a financially successful film there will be a dip in quality but I am still not entirely convinced that dip makes older films better.

Of course you have your Transformers of the world that are completely vacuous, however the development of the moving picture has made things better on the whole.

Higher production values, creative and extensive usage of cinematography, classical music scores that don't sound dated (most old movie soundtracks are dreck), better acting (and really with all the people trying to compete for the limelight in Hollywood, maybe I am naive enough to believe the talented ones will rise to the top), etc etc.

Or maybe you believe Steven Spielberg in that movies are going to be a dead medium soon.

I once believed that interactive entertainment was going to largely displace movies, and maybe one day it will, but I am not sure I see it going away anytime soon.

I don't know I think a lot of the newer films that have been highly rated are crafted superbly well.

I just don't like when people get nostalgic about the past, as if there was some sort of golden age and miss what is right in front of them. It's OK to reminisce sometime but anytime I try to go back to something that in my head looks serene, perfect and beautiful it ends up not having the same effect as when I first watch it whoever I was when I viewed it.

It's kind of like the point orthonorm made about Buffy. It changed TV but if you were to watch it today, it just wouldn't have the same impact.

Now if you like the older films because it reminds you of a time when you liked things how they were...well that's unfair I think to judge newer films in that light.

I can't stand the gratitous violence and gore of recent movies like that ridiculous Tarantino film Django Unchained or the new Evil Dead reboot. Yes both films have much more real problems at heart (like it taking a white man to free the black slave, etc)but I can't help but think people mistake this superficiality violence as something intelligent, because it's not.

I like to be entertained and also satisfy the artsy/pretentious part of my brain too. I am a snob and someone that can be easily entertained...which I think is a good combo to have.
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« Reply #1915 on: September 30, 2013, 05:46:41 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.
I think TV shows are even better.

I guess I am more of a serial format person.

Same here. Movies are silly for the most part.
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« Reply #1916 on: September 30, 2013, 05:52:33 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.
I think TV shows are even better.

I guess I am more of a serial format person.

Same here. Movies are silly for the most part.
Really the way a TV show can unfold like a well written novel is just irresistible.
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« Reply #1917 on: September 30, 2013, 05:56:21 PM »

There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...
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« Reply #1918 on: September 30, 2013, 05:59:32 PM »

There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...
How can you miss Bollywood??
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« Reply #1919 on: September 30, 2013, 06:04:31 PM »

There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...
How can you miss Bollywood??

Except for Satyajit Ray and Rooks' Siddhartha, I'm not a big fan of Indian cinema.
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« Reply #1920 on: September 30, 2013, 06:07:37 PM »

There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...
How can you miss Bollywood??

Except for Satyajit Ray and Rooks' Siddhartha, I'm not a big fan of Indian cinema.
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« Reply #1921 on: September 30, 2013, 06:08:23 PM »

Who can agree with me that Roger Ebert is overrated and never had anything original to say?

Yes? Yes??

Pauline Kael was a much better critic in everyway eventhough her taste's and mine conflict.
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« Reply #1922 on: September 30, 2013, 06:40:51 PM »

There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...

What's your point? Other than making part of mine? The Platinum Years was Weimar. The Golden, Hollywood. And whatever people moan about today is Global and transnational. I doubt most people have more than a five films from a dozen different countries or transnational productions over the last five years.
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There is non-American cinema: Swedish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Asian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Iranian, Israeli...

What's your point? Other than making part of mine? The Platinum Years was Weimar. The Golden, Hollywood. And whatever people moan about today is Global and transnational. I doubt most people have more than a five films from a dozen different countries or transnational productions over the last five years.

I don't think Hollywood is unsurpassed at all, even if that's what most people moan about today. Great art isn't just props and money. 

Actually, if I were to make a top 10 of my all-time favourite directors, I'd have to think long and hard about an American...   
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« Reply #1924 on: October 01, 2013, 11:36:01 AM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.

But hey, sounding like you're a clueless old man around passes around here for street cred, so enjoy. I would suggest acting your age and maybe actually looking at cinema of the last 25 years and on the whole comparing it to the era of Hitchcock. Just like TV, we are way better off on the whole. Way.

Like way.



So, could you recap your posts on Netflix so I don't have to read them?  I didn't know those were required reading.

BTW, what is it lately about the "old man" comments?  Do you have something against old people?  I'm 37, and that's not old.  And by "act your age" does that mean display contempt for anything that came before I existed?

Before getting into more name calling on a public thread, why don't you enlighten me (and others) as to the criteria which, in your mind, make movies great and how those criteria have been used over the past 25 years (lets use 1990 as a terminus post quem) to elevate movie-making both in general and specifically over movies that were made pre-1990.
Off the top of my head, orthonorm has spoken quite highly of Tree of Life, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. By contrast, even as a fan of Joss Whedon, he has a pretty negative assessment of The Avengers. This is less about how you should have a detailed knowledge of his taste in films, and more about how silly it is to assume anyone who prefers modern movies to older ones is all about spectacle and flash. That's a really, really absurd leap to make. Spectacle and flash and SFX showcases have been a part of movies for a very long time, but they've never been the only things being made, unless you want to go really early back in the history of film.
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« Reply #1925 on: October 01, 2013, 12:38:59 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.

But hey, sounding like you're a clueless old man around passes around here for street cred, so enjoy. I would suggest acting your age and maybe actually looking at cinema of the last 25 years and on the whole comparing it to the era of Hitchcock. Just like TV, we are way better off on the whole. Way.

Like way.



So, could you recap your posts on Netflix so I don't have to read them?  I didn't know those were required reading.

BTW, what is it lately about the "old man" comments?  Do you have something against old people?  I'm 37, and that's not old.  And by "act your age" does that mean display contempt for anything that came before I existed?

Before getting into more name calling on a public thread, why don't you enlighten me (and others) as to the criteria which, in your mind, make movies great and how those criteria have been used over the past 25 years (lets use 1990 as a terminus post quem) to elevate movie-making both in general and specifically over movies that were made pre-1990.
Off the top of my head, orthonorm has spoken quite highly of Tree of Life, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. By contrast, even as a fan of Joss Whedon, he has a pretty negative assessment of The Avengers. This is less about how you should have a detailed knowledge of his taste in films, and more about how silly it is to assume anyone who prefers modern movies to older ones is all about spectacle and flash. That's a really, really absurd leap to make. Spectacle and flash and SFX showcases have been a part of movies for a very long time, but they've never been the only things being made, unless you want to go really early back in the history of film.

Obviously Scamandrius only cares about claymation dinosaurs and aliens.
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« Reply #1926 on: October 01, 2013, 03:20:43 PM »

I've been really getting into Hitchcock lately.  Recently watched or rewatched
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dial M for Murder
Vertigo


They really DON'T make them like these anymore...unfortunately.

Hitchcock is really good.

This is true, but thankfully they don't make em like that anymore. On the whole movies are much better.

Are you kidding?  You're probably one of the people who thinks that CGI and cool Michael Bayesque explosions are what make movies great.  God forbid that movies anymore have plot, plot twists, character development, good dialogue, etc.  Hell, you probably think Phantom Menace is the best movie ever made.

You really haven't seen my posts about how netflix describes my taste.

But hey, sounding like you're a clueless old man around passes around here for street cred, so enjoy. I would suggest acting your age and maybe actually looking at cinema of the last 25 years and on the whole comparing it to the era of Hitchcock. Just like TV, we are way better off on the whole. Way.

Like way.



So, could you recap your posts on Netflix so I don't have to read them?  I didn't know those were required reading.

BTW, what is it lately about the "old man" comments?  Do you have something against old people?  I'm 37, and that's not old.  And by "act your age" does that mean display contempt for anything that came before I existed?

Before getting into more name calling on a public thread, why don't you enlighten me (and others) as to the criteria which, in your mind, make movies great and how those criteria have been used over the past 25 years (lets use 1990 as a terminus post quem) to elevate movie-making both in general and specifically over movies that were made pre-1990.
Off the top of my head, orthonorm has spoken quite highly of Tree of Life, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. By contrast, even as a fan of Joss Whedon, he has a pretty negative assessment of The Avengers. This is less about how you should have a detailed knowledge of his taste in films, and more about how silly it is to assume anyone who prefers modern movies to older ones is all about spectacle and flash. That's a really, really absurd leap to make. Spectacle and flash and SFX showcases have been a part of movies for a very long time, but they've never been the only things being made, unless you want to go really early back in the history of film.

The Way of the Samurai was pretty good. 

As for Joss Whedon, I really liked Firefly, though I think it would have been better to have had a couple more seasons than the movie Serenity.  It was ok, don't get me wrong, but developing the Shepherd more would have been wonderful and there was lot more they could have done between Reynolds and Inara.  Despite Firefly, I am not ready to sacrifice the virginity of any future daughters I might have on the altar of Joss Whedon.
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« Reply #1927 on: October 01, 2013, 03:22:44 PM »

As for older movies, Zulu, The Wild Geese, A Bridge too Far, and Conan the Barbarian are some of my favorite movies.  There have been few modern ones that I like more.  Maybe 9th Company.  Perhaps some others will grow on me over time to the point that I like them as much.
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« Reply #1928 on: October 03, 2013, 10:47:31 PM »

I just saw The Trials of Muhammad Ali. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it going in but I came out rather satisfied.

I didn't feel like it had a strong enough conclusion but that may just be because it's a documentary, which, in my experience, tend not to lend themselves well in such regards.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the life and times of the boxer formerly known as Cassius Marcellus Clay.
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« Reply #1929 on: October 04, 2013, 06:25:35 AM »

I'll (probably) be watching Planes together with the young one after school.
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« Reply #1930 on: October 04, 2013, 06:56:16 AM »

I just saw The Trials of Muhammad Ali. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it going in but I came out rather satisfied.

I didn't feel like it had a strong enough conclusion but that may just be because it's a documentary, which, in my experience, tend not to lend themselves well in such regards.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the life and times of the boxer formerly known as Cassius Marcellus Clay.

Cool. I've been wanting to see it, but I don't get those cable channels. One of my heroes. Ali certainly had his flaws, but such a courageous person nonetheless. He has given me strength ever since I was a little boy. I hope to meet him one day.

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« Reply #1931 on: October 06, 2013, 07:30:24 PM »

Am I the only person that actually likes Batman Forever?
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« Reply #1932 on: October 06, 2013, 08:55:21 PM »

Saw Gravity a few days ago.  Pretty good.
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« Reply #1933 on: October 06, 2013, 09:03:32 PM »

Went to see Gravity today. W-o-w!
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« Reply #1934 on: October 06, 2013, 09:17:54 PM »

Its Alfonso Cuaron, of course it's great.
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