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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2655 on: January 26, 2016, 11:24:31 AM »
Will watch Master of the Flying Guillotine today

Great choice!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2656 on: January 26, 2016, 11:25:07 AM »
Also, if you have Netflix streaming, check out Come Drink With Me.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2657 on: January 26, 2016, 11:28:04 AM »
Will watch Master of the Flying Guillotine today

Great choice!

For those of you who are connoisseurs of Run Run Shaw kung fu movies, El Rey Network features them twice a week.  I DVR them and watch them with the kids.  They have a preference for the old pre-CGI classics.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2658 on: January 26, 2016, 11:35:25 AM »
One thing I've noticed in a lot of the kung fu movies is a weird combination of slapstick humor with a crushing grimness and a Shakespearean body count at the end.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2659 on: January 26, 2016, 11:47:55 AM »
One thing I've noticed in a lot of the kung fu movies is a weird combination of slapstick humor with a crushing grimness and a Shakespearean body count at the end.

Don't forget 'sworn brothers' and revenge...
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2660 on: January 26, 2016, 12:02:57 PM »
One thing I've noticed in a lot of the kung fu movies is a weird combination of slapstick humor with a crushing grimness and a Shakespearean body count at the end.
and that is why we love them.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2661 on: January 26, 2016, 12:29:02 PM »
Seeing that Dirty Harry avatar reminded me its been awhile since I've watched Unforgiven one of my favorites.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2662 on: January 26, 2016, 12:31:10 PM »
Also, if you have Netflix streaming, check out Come Drink With Me.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2663 on: January 27, 2016, 12:33:28 AM »
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2664 on: January 27, 2016, 12:42:25 AM »
Watched two of my favorite movies with my sons last week:

Remains of The Day
Into the Wild
These movies get even better every time I watch them.
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Obviously I missed the point and found neither uplifting or regenerating. They were so depressing I wouldn't watch them again.
Help me out here.

If you like the fight game, Creed is one to catch with your kids.

It's all a matter of individual taste of course. But I didn't find either of these movies depressing at all. Just because they didn't have happy endings doesn't mean they are depressing. And I thought both movies actually ended on a very redemptive note, with plenty of joyous and humorous scenes throughout. Incredible stories, wonderful acting, and brilliantly directed. Two philosophical masterpieces. I love these movies.

As for Creed, I was disappointed. Not much there. But I guess it was better than most of the other Rocky movies. The first Rocky was one of the best films ever made. It's a shame that they just couldn't leave well enough alone.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2665 on: January 27, 2016, 10:22:21 AM »
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2666 on: January 27, 2016, 10:30:15 AM »
Watched two of my favorite movies with my sons last week:

Remains of The Day
Into the Wild
These movies get even better every time I watch them.
Selam

Obviously I missed the point and found neither uplifting or regenerating. They were so depressing I wouldn't watch them again.
Help me out here.

If you like the fight game, Creed is one to catch with your kids.

It's all a matter of individual taste of course. But I didn't find either of these movies depressing at all. Just because they didn't have happy endings doesn't mean they are depressing. And I thought both movies actually ended on a very redemptive note, with plenty of joyous and humorous scenes throughout. Incredible stories, wonderful acting, and brilliantly directed. Two philosophical masterpieces. I love these movies.

As for Creed, I was disappointed. Not much there. But I guess it was better than most of the other Rocky movies. The first Rocky was one of the best films ever made. It's a shame that they just couldn't leave well enough alone.
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Found Creed to be motivational and inspirationally  good for kids. As to artistic standards, it was a movie.
The other two movies presented futility-in-life to me.
The first one has a man's entire carrier, his dedication, his service was all for naught! Turns out he was near evil and never knew it due to his steadfast focus of his service. Downer for me.
The other( Wild) movie simply indicated the naiveté and stupidity of a young man gets him dead. When one goes off into the wild, the wild goes off into him. What was the point?
True thatI am simply two dimensional, so I easily miss the mark.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2667 on: February 07, 2016, 05:39:50 PM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2668 on: February 07, 2016, 07:58:55 PM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2669 on: February 07, 2016, 09:24:12 PM »
A Better Life

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Good movie.


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« Reply #2670 on: February 07, 2016, 10:24:52 PM »
Chrysalis. A French sci-fi film. A bit muddled, but not too bad.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2671 on: February 07, 2016, 11:44:49 PM »
Saw Nightcrawler and it was MEHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Jake was great though.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2672 on: February 07, 2016, 11:54:31 PM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o

The Monkey King is a character of Chinese folklore- not a demon, per se.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2673 on: February 07, 2016, 11:55:17 PM »
Saw Nightcrawler and it was MEHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Jake was great though.

Yeah, I was disappointed in it. Expected it to be much better.


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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2674 on: February 08, 2016, 12:25:55 AM »
Greta Garbo in Ninotchka, directed by Ernst Lubitsch .  It kind of reminded of a slightly less funny, slightly more charming, and artistically superior To Be or Not To Be in that it's a great comedy that took place at the time of a present great horror and the satirists were still a bit in the dark about how horrific the events actually were (Communists and the Five Year Plan, NAZIS and the Holocaust). I guess such people are pretty easy targets to lampoon though. Anyway, it's a great screwball comedy and satire.



I also saw The Big Short.  If this film won the Oscars I would not be disappointed.  I think Room is up for nomination too.  I'm not sure which one of those films is more deserving, but they are both worthy of the award.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2675 on: February 08, 2016, 10:51:30 AM »
Ah thanks William for reminding me of the Big Short, I'll see if that's on Netflix.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2676 on: February 08, 2016, 11:39:18 AM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o

The Monkey King is a character of Chinese folklore- not a demon, per se.

Specifically he was made famous in the novel Journey to the West which has seen about a zillion opera, shadow puppet, film, comic book, and TV adaptations.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2677 on: February 08, 2016, 12:07:02 PM »
I think I'll finally see Ostrov today. I've been watching an awful lot of terror movies, but yesterday I watched this Irish film about a priest who is death threatened (Calvary) and now I'll keep my detox with Ostrov.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2678 on: February 08, 2016, 02:31:13 PM »
I think I'll finally see Ostrov today. I've been watching an awful lot of terror movies, but yesterday I watched this Irish film about a priest who is death threatened (Calvary) and now I'll keep my detox with Ostrov.

Oh man...I've already seen Ostrov and was going to watch Calvary.  Is it really a bad idea?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2679 on: February 08, 2016, 02:56:13 PM »
I think I'll finally see Ostrov today. I've been watching an awful lot of terror movies, but yesterday I watched this Irish film about a priest who is death threatened (Calvary) and now I'll keep my detox with Ostrov.

Oh man...I've already seen Ostrov and was going to watch Calvary.  Is it really a bad idea?
No, I misexpressed myself, it's a good film. I found it a bit pretentious, but it's still worth watching.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2680 on: February 08, 2016, 03:16:35 PM »
Edit wow I'm so sad
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2681 on: February 08, 2016, 03:53:51 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2682 on: February 08, 2016, 04:02:49 PM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o

The Monkey King is a character of Chinese folklore- not a demon, per se.

Specifically he was made famous in the novel Journey to the West which has seen about a zillion opera, shadow puppet, film, comic book, and TV adaptations.

If either of you know any decent academic researches or introductions to Chinese folk Buddhism I'm open for suggestions. I becamed a bit ashamed that I don't know much about Buddhism and even less about how it's actually like.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2683 on: February 08, 2016, 04:34:49 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2684 on: February 08, 2016, 05:08:59 PM »
I think I'll finally see Ostrov today. I've been watching an awful lot of terror movies, but yesterday I watched this Irish film about a priest who is death threatened (Calvary) and now I'll keep my detox with Ostrov.

Oh man...I've already seen Ostrov and was going to watch Calvary.  Is it really a bad idea?
No, I misexpressed myself, it's a good film. I found it a bit pretentious, but it's still worth watching.

What a relief. 
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2685 on: February 08, 2016, 11:10:32 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.
Oh dear please leave CK alone. Just leave the classics alone.

Roger Ebert said it best, if you are gonna do remakes select bad movies to make them better.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2686 on: February 08, 2016, 11:25:15 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2687 on: February 08, 2016, 11:51:23 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.

Citizen Kane 2: This Time it's Personal
Citizen Kane 3: The Rosebuddening

lol, I was so close to saying somethng like that.  4: Comrade Kane, in Soviet Russia Sled Remember you! 5: Baron Kane, that's a heck of an act , what do you call it? Citizen Kane 6: Kane vs Mecha-Kane.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2688 on: February 08, 2016, 11:54:56 PM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.
Oh dear please leave CK alone. Just leave the classics alone.

Roger Ebert said it best, if you are gonna do remakes select bad movies to make them better.

But point Break, top gun, and Roadhouse are a special kind of bad.  You can never remake Plan 9, it has a magic of it's own.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2689 on: February 09, 2016, 09:53:27 AM »
How are you going to remake Road House, what a crock of crap. Burn Hollywood burn!

Hollywood is running dry.  It's unwilling to take risks.  Didn't they remake Point Break?  I'm still waiting for a Citizen Kane trilogy.

Citizen Kane 2: This Time it's Personal
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2690 on: February 09, 2016, 11:23:10 AM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o

The Monkey King is a character of Chinese folklore- not a demon, per se.

Specifically he was made famous in the novel Journey to the West which has seen about a zillion opera, shadow puppet, film, comic book, and TV adaptations.

If either of you know any decent academic researches or introductions to Chinese folk Buddhism I'm open for suggestions. I becamed a bit ashamed that I don't know much about Buddhism and even less about how it's actually like.

There are a few overlapping but distinct subjects here: Buddhism as a distinct religion in China, Chinese folk religion which includes Buddhist ideas but a lot of other stuff too, and then the religion of Daoism which is also distinct but integral to Chinese folk religion.

For general Chinese Buddhism, I would recommend Yin Shun's book The Way to Buddhahood. It is a systematic presentation for laypeople of fundamental orthodox Mahayana Buddhist concepts by a well-respected monk and reformer. It won't tell much about the folk aspects because Yin Shun is trying to re-establish what he considers the pure Buddhadharma, so it is more a reference point. I found it dry but refreshingly straightforward. A general academic overview of Chinese folk religion is the short book by Laurence Thompson which came out in the 90's. There may be better books now but this is one I remember. For one look at how Daoism is practiced in modern Chinese society (Taiwan specifically) check out Michael Saso's book Taoist Master Chuang.  Also, the book Journey to the West is itself a really good introduction to the Chinese folk religious mindset and in turn has been very influential. You can also find stories of the Eight Immortals (there is a printed collected by Kwok Man-Ho which is good) and also read selected tales from Liaozhai Zhiyi (lots of ghost stories). There are plenty of movies too. A Chinese Ghost Story by Ching Siu-Tung is a really fun romp with some Chinese folk beliefs, starring the late and lamented Leslie Cheung. 
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2691 on: February 09, 2016, 11:27:43 AM »
I like to watch porn movies.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2692 on: February 09, 2016, 11:30:26 AM »
I like to watch porn movies.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2693 on: February 09, 2016, 11:31:40 AM »
I like to watch porn movies.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2694 on: February 09, 2016, 11:32:47 AM »
Field of Dreams
Finding Nemo
Star Wars VII:  Force Awakens
Star Wars V:  EMpire Strikes Back
Star Trek II:  Wrath of Khan


I've seen all of these multiple times this last week mainly because my 3 year old son loves them
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2695 on: February 09, 2016, 11:40:43 AM »
I like to watch porn movies.
This is perhaps one of those things that you should not feel the need to tell us.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2696 on: February 09, 2016, 12:29:08 PM »
I like to watch porn movies.
This is perhaps one of those things that you should not feel the need to tell us.

The thread asked me.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2697 on: February 09, 2016, 01:37:43 PM »
I like to watch porn movies.
This is perhaps one of those things that you should not feel the need to tell us.

The thread asked me.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2698 on: February 09, 2016, 01:53:58 PM »
The Monkey King

I don't know whether I've seen any film that would make so much sense as this. Also first Buddhist movie I've seen. Now I know than monkey demons can be cured by recitating the Buddha sutra.

Monkey demons?

You were possessed by monkeys?  :o

The Monkey King is a character of Chinese folklore- not a demon, per se.

Specifically he was made famous in the novel Journey to the West which has seen about a zillion opera, shadow puppet, film, comic book, and TV adaptations.

If either of you know any decent academic researches or introductions to Chinese folk Buddhism I'm open for suggestions. I becamed a bit ashamed that I don't know much about Buddhism and even less about how it's actually like.

There are a few overlapping but distinct subjects here: Buddhism as a distinct religion in China, Chinese folk religion which includes Buddhist ideas but a lot of other stuff too, and then the religion of Daoism which is also distinct but integral to Chinese folk religion.

For general Chinese Buddhism, I would recommend Yin Shun's book The Way to Buddhahood. It is a systematic presentation for laypeople of fundamental orthodox Mahayana Buddhist concepts by a well-respected monk and reformer. It won't tell much about the folk aspects because Yin Shun is trying to re-establish what he considers the pure Buddhadharma, so it is more a reference point. I found it dry but refreshingly straightforward. A general academic overview of Chinese folk religion is the short book by Laurence Thompson which came out in the 90's. There may be better books now but this is one I remember. For one look at how Daoism is practiced in modern Chinese society (Taiwan specifically) check out Michael Saso's book Taoist Master Chuang.  Also, the book Journey to the West is itself a really good introduction to the Chinese folk religious mindset and in turn has been very influential. You can also find stories of the Eight Immortals (there is a printed collected by Kwok Man-Ho which is good) and also read selected tales from Liaozhai Zhiyi (lots of ghost stories). There are plenty of movies too. A Chinese Ghost Story by Ching Siu-Tung is a really fun romp with some Chinese folk beliefs, starring the late and lamented Leslie Cheung. 

Thanks. In this case I was more interested in how Buddhism is actually like in real-world Chinese folks instead of how it ought to be like in theory. I do realize that there are many aspects to be considered but since AFAIK Chinese are syncretists I don't mind syncretism here and there. Thank you for suggestions. I'm a lazy reader of which I'm ashamed but I will check whether your suggestions are available around here.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2699 on: February 09, 2016, 09:10:09 PM »
I like to watch porn movies.

Then go to the mirror, strip down, look and see: it's no big thing and it ain't nothing special. That ends the porn moment for today.
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