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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2700 on: February 09, 2016, 11:51:18 PM »
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2701 on: February 10, 2016, 06:26:24 PM »
Am I just being nostalgic or is it just a fact that as far as Disney hand animation is concerned Lion King was the last truly great film?  Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback and Tarzan were OK, but too formulaic with no great music, animation, or story.  The Frog Princess had the perfect idea and setting, and really raised my expectations but it seemed merely above average and kind of rote with no great songs written by someone who should not have written the songs (which is a missed opportunity). The animation didn't seem all too great either.  I think the older stuff had more of a classic Broadway or musical sense to it that the other films don't seem to have.

I get that a couple Disney CGI stuff is top notch, I just miss the hand animation.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2702 on: February 10, 2016, 06:35:22 PM »
Am I just being nostalgic or is it just a fact that as far as Disney hand animation is concerned Lion King was the last truly great film?  Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback and Tarzan were OK, but too formulaic with no great music, animation, or story.  The Frog Princess had the perfect idea and setting, and really raised my expectations but it seemed merely above average and kind of rote with no great songs written by someone who should not have written the songs (which is a missed opportunity). 

I get that a couple Disney CGI stuff is top notch, I just miss the hand animation.
Yep exactly. I was browsing Netflix the other night and saw Atlantis was on there (I've never seen it) but I turned it off after 30 seconds. The animation was awful. Disney's direct-to-video sequels were better animated than that crap.

People say Atlantis or Treasure Planet were to blame for the demise of the traditional hand animation Disney flick, but I agree with you I think it was right after Lion King.

Even that said though, watching some of those old Disney movies I knew as a kid haven't aged well.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2703 on: February 10, 2016, 06:47:09 PM »
Am I just being nostalgic or is it just a fact that as far as Disney hand animation is concerned Lion King was the last truly great film?  Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback and Tarzan were OK, but too formulaic with no great music, animation, or story.  The Frog Princess had the perfect idea and setting, and really raised my expectations but it seemed merely above average and kind of rote with no great songs written by someone who should not have written the songs (which is a missed opportunity). 

I get that a couple Disney CGI stuff is top notch, I just miss the hand animation.
Yep exactly. I was browsing Netflix the other night and saw Atlantis was on there (I've never seen it) but I turned it off after 30 seconds. The animation was awful. Disney's direct-to-video sequels were better animated than that crap.

People say Atlantis or Treasure Planet were to blame for the demise of the traditional hand animation Disney flick, but I agree with you I think it was right after Lion King.

Even that said though, watching some of those old Disney movies I knew as a kid haven't aged well.

I think it happened with Pocahontas.  I think I remember reading awhile back there was some kind of staff change.  I'm not sure if it's true.  It's interesting to think of what holds up after time.  A lot of 80's / 90's nostalgia does not hold up well.  There was some interesting hand animation though like The Last Unicorn (with the soundtrack done laughably by the folk rock band America),  American Tale, and Secret of Nihm (which was horrifying if you saw that when you 4).  I only think one or two of those might be able to compete with the best of Disney, but they were decent in their own right.

I think since the movie theater was more dominate before the 70's, the quality of those films tend to hold better because there was a higher concentration of talent and things weren't nearly as milked for mass consumerism and production so was there wasn't as much incentive to be ultra conservative and formulaic in order to turn a profit.  Also annoying is I think film companies rely more on celebrity (ex: phil collins writes disney songs, Eddie Murphy does Disney voices) than "unkown" more unique talent that is going to be better with voices, music, directing, etc.  So quality goes down.  It's a conservative mentality because it might be tougher for movies to turn a profit than it was before.  We may have been lucky to see movies like Beauty and the Beast...that may have been a fluke.

Either way, I miss hand drawn movie / musical animation.  I wonder if it's a thing of the past?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2704 on: February 10, 2016, 07:08:33 PM »
Many Disney movies (Pocahontas, Mulan, Hercules, Lion King etc.).
Watched Aladdin the other night, sad to say it hasn't aged well. Should have just left that in my childhood

IMO, Alladin is one of the worst Disney's.
I'd like to see a top 10 best Disney movies list from you.

1. The Little Mermaid.
2. Pocahontas.
3. Hercules.
4. The Lion King.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
6. Frozen.
7. Mulan.
8. Beauty and the Beast.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2705 on: February 10, 2016, 07:13:25 PM »
Many Disney movies (Pocahontas, Mulan, Hercules, Lion King etc.).
Watched Aladdin the other night, sad to say it hasn't aged well. Should have just left that in my childhood

IMO, Alladin is one of the worst Disney's.
I'd like to see a top 10 best Disney movies list from you.

1. The Little Mermaid.
2. Pocahontas.
3. Hercules.
4. The Lion King.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
6. Frozen.
7. Mulan.
8. Beauty and the Beast.
9. Ratatouille.
10. Tangled.
10.5 Wreck-It Ralph.
10.(6) Wall-E.

1. Little Mermaid
2. Fantasia
3. Aladain
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Snow White
6. Bambi
7. Cinderella
8. Alice in Wonderland
9. 101 Dalmations
10. Lion King

I'm not throwing in live action or CGI (20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Mary Poppins were amazing though, as was the forgotten The Black Hole).  That's also how I rank it more leaning towards "favorite" than what I consider "best".  If I were to say best, it would be Fantasia, and I don't know if Alice in Wonderland would make the cut, Little Mermaid probably would only scrape the bottom of the top 10.  If I were going by pure favorites I'd drop Snow White and may throw in Sword in the Stone.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2706 on: February 10, 2016, 07:26:46 PM »
Am I just being nostalgic or is it just a fact that as far as Disney hand animation is concerned Lion King was the last truly great film?  Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback and Tarzan were OK, but too formulaic with no great music, animation, or story.  The Frog Princess had the perfect idea and setting, and really raised my expectations but it seemed merely above average and kind of rote with no great songs written by someone who should not have written the songs (which is a missed opportunity). 

I get that a couple Disney CGI stuff is top notch, I just miss the hand animation.
Yep exactly. I was browsing Netflix the other night and saw Atlantis was on there (I've never seen it) but I turned it off after 30 seconds. The animation was awful. Disney's direct-to-video sequels were better animated than that crap.

People say Atlantis or Treasure Planet were to blame for the demise of the traditional hand animation Disney flick, but I agree with you I think it was right after Lion King.

Even that said though, watching some of those old Disney movies I knew as a kid haven't aged well.

I think it happened with Pocahontas.  I think I remember reading awhile back there was some kind of staff change.  I'm not sure if it's true.  It's interesting to think of what holds up after time.  A lot of 80's / 90's nostalgia does not hold up well.  There was some interesting hand animation though like The Last Unicorn (with the soundtrack done laughably by the folk rock band America),  American Tale, and Secret of Nihm (which was horrifying if you saw that when you 4).  I only think one or two of those might be able to compete with the best of Disney, but they were decent in their own right.

I think since the movie theater was more dominate before the 70's, the quality of those films tend to hold better because there was a higher concentration of talent and things weren't nearly as milked for mass consumerism and production so was there wasn't as much incentive to be ultra conservative and formulaic in order to turn a profit.  Also annoying is I think film companies rely more on celebrity (ex: phil collins writes disney songs, Eddie Murphy does Disney voices) than "unkown" more unique talent that is going to be better with voices, music, directing, etc.  So quality goes down.  It's a conservative mentality because it might be tougher for movies to turn a profit than it was before.  We may have been lucky to see movies like Beauty and the Beast...that may have been a fluke.

Either way, I miss hand drawn movie / musical animation.  I wonder if it's a thing of the past?
In some respects I'm glad its over but then that Tarantino side of me wanting-to-stockpile-VHS tapes wants to see a big budget production for a hand drawn flick like The Thief and the Cobbler (and finish it for release).

I have no idea what kids are watching these days that aren't Pixar/Dreamworks creations.

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I think since the movie theater was more dominate before the 70's, the quality of those films tend to hold better because there was a higher concentration of talent and things weren't nearly as milked for mass consumerism and production so was there wasn't as much incentive to be ultra conservative and formulaic in order to turn a profit.
I'm not sure I agree with this. I'd say that the quality shifted from traditional animation over to computer animation, I would take a handful of Pixar movies over any Disney movie from the past anyday. Besides Beauty and the Beast, maybe a few when Walt was still around, I just can't think of any Disney movies that rival what Pixar/Dreamworks puts out. It's like how TV shows continue to get better, just look at the past 10 years and compare that to older shows.

I'd rather just keep the stuff I watched as a kid in the past, everytime I revisit something from my youth it ends up being aged garbage.

Also you forgot Studio Ghibli stuff, if that's your thing.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2707 on: February 10, 2016, 07:45:04 PM »
I'm not sure I agree with this. I'd say that the quality shifted from traditional animation over to computer animation, I would take a handful of Pixar movies over any Disney movie from the past anyday. Besides Beauty and the Beast, maybe a few when Walt was still around, I just can't think of any Disney movies that rival what Pixar/Dreamworks puts out. It's like how TV shows continue to get better, just look at the past 10 years and compare that to older shows.

I'd rather just keep the stuff I watched as a kid in the past, everytime I revisit something from my youth it ends up being aged garbage.

Also you forgot Studio Ghibli stuff, if that's your thing.


You're right, I over simplified.  I think I was thinking about big budget movies in general.  I think if I were to take my logic, hand drawn talent has to compete with CGI talent which is the dominate form. So hand drawn has a smaller pool of talent and less incentive. But I would say that a lot of stuff I watched as a kid still holds up.  Shows like Animaniacs, Batman, X Men, Justice League, Ren and Stimpy, Rug Rats are great.  Ninja Turtles, Transformers, GI Joe, and 85% of the other stuff is not....but that's probably with most things in most generations.


Personally, I think hand drawn tends to be better.  As far as story telling or artistic merit is concerned I'm not sure the best of Pixar/Dreamworks eclipses old Disney or the best of older hand drawn animation - no doubt that their best are among the best, I just don't think they outright beat them.  We may have to save that debate for another time though. That may be a fun debate to have.

As for television being better now, maybe. I don't watch much television.  I'd have to think about it, that may be a debate for another time too.  No doubt that production value and creative talent are flowing to Television shows at perhaps an unprecedented rate.  I'm not too sure how I asses it though.  Like I said, I don't watch much TV anymore.  I think I can also say that other than Angie Tribeca I don't really like much of the comedy I've seen, but that is a limited perspective and off the cuff remark.  Like I said, that may be a debate for another time.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2708 on: February 10, 2016, 11:21:36 PM »
Just saw Hail, Caesar! on Monday. It wasn't laugh out loud hilarious, but it was enjoyable.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2709 on: February 14, 2016, 10:11:51 AM »
The Danish Girl

Saw this one yesterday. It was beautiful. Less sentimental than I thought which made it better than I expected. Probably wouldn't have worked if the movie would have tried to justify or explain transgenderism but it just showed two lost and suffering people persons. A bit anachronistic but that was to be expected.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2710 on: February 16, 2016, 08:24:26 AM »
I was eager to watch Gravity with Clooney and Bulock and upon starting it up I am horrified to hear this very strange "3D" audio effect IN SPACE!!!! Since I am watching it on my computer with headphones I guess the channel separation sounds worse...

What are these people thinking? Arggghh. The audio is coming through the comms people!!!

And it won an Oscar for audio!?! It boggles the mind!

It really is too distracting. I don't think I can finish it...... :(

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2711 on: February 16, 2016, 09:52:49 AM »
The Good Dinosaur. Basically, Pixar's answer to The Lion King. Seriously, the first act of this and the first act of The Lion King are the same exact movie. Very predictable, too.

Gorgeous looking CGI, though. Some of the best computer-generated effects we'll ever see on film for a while.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2712 on: February 16, 2016, 10:22:35 AM »
I was eager to watch Gravity with Clooney and Bulock and upon starting it up I am horrified to hear this very strange "3D" audio effect IN SPACE!!!! Since I am watching it on my computer with headphones I guess the channel separation sounds worse...

What are these people thinking? Arggghh. The audio is coming through the comms people!!!

And it won an Oscar for audio!?! It boggles the mind!

It really is too distracting. I don't think I can finish it...... :(
Have you tried watching Interstellar yet? Just wait until you hear the audio on that.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2713 on: February 17, 2016, 08:01:30 AM »
I was eager to watch Gravity with Clooney and Bulock and upon starting it up I am horrified to hear this very strange "3D" audio effect IN SPACE!!!! Since I am watching it on my computer with headphones I guess the channel separation sounds worse...

What are these people thinking? Arggghh. The audio is coming through the comms people!!!

And it won an Oscar for audio!?! It boggles the mind!

It really is too distracting. I don't think I can finish it...... :(
Have you tried watching Interstellar yet? Just wait until you hear the audio on that.

I watched it about a month ago. When I saw your response I struggled to remember anything about the audio and so I googled it and got this. Yes it was quiet at times but I watched it alone at home on TV and I had full control of the volume so it was not a problem so much. I don't recall but I likely had subtitles on as well.

My problem with Gravity was that it felt like I had a fly moving around about my head! Very annoying. The movie had the potential to draw you in and make you feel that you were there. Wonderful special effects, but as you are getting drawn in, you hear the audio panning back and forth completely ruining the experience. I really hope they re-release it without the 3D audio, it should be easy.

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I think this Youtube clip is a good example of what people are complaining about. I don't mind it too much and I kind of see the artistic side of that Nolan is trying to do. But Gravity was just bizarre.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2715 on: February 20, 2016, 05:44:57 PM »
Saw Gangs of New York yesterday. It was weird, but I think the last hour of the movie kindda saved it.
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« Reply #2716 on: February 22, 2016, 05:36:26 PM »
I've just come back from cinema to see Zootopia. A great film, here is a trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWM0ct-OLsM (nice almost Orthodox element in the end of it)
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2717 on: February 22, 2016, 07:50:38 PM »
Casablanca.. Always a good watch.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2718 on: February 22, 2016, 11:09:52 PM »
Casablanca.. Always a good watch.
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« Reply #2719 on: February 22, 2016, 11:32:03 PM »
Casablanca never had a lasting impression on me. Anastasia (1956) did.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2720 on: February 23, 2016, 12:08:45 AM »
Casablanca never had a lasting impression on me. Anastasia (1956) did.

I like them both.  I think Casablanca is just absolutely fantastic though.  Anastasia opens with an Orthodox Easter procession though, so that's nice.

Both Yule Brynner and Bogart make great world weary cynics, and Igrid Bergman is certainly the perfect foil to them.
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« Reply #2721 on: February 23, 2016, 09:38:29 AM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.
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« Reply #2722 on: February 23, 2016, 10:13:53 AM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Same, except I don't like Ingrid Bergman in it.
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« Reply #2723 on: February 23, 2016, 12:07:06 PM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2724 on: February 23, 2016, 01:18:08 PM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Same, except I don't like Ingrid Bergman in it.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2725 on: February 23, 2016, 01:23:16 PM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Same, except I don't like Ingrid Bergman in it.

And whom would you have preferred in that role?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2726 on: February 24, 2016, 09:16:17 AM »
Casablanca is one of my all-time favorite movies.
Same, except I don't like Ingrid Bergman in it.

And whom would you have preferred in that role?
I don't know, I always felt she was miscast. I love the rest of the cast though and Bogie is my favorite actor of all time.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2727 on: February 24, 2016, 06:52:15 PM »
Just saw The Lady in The Van. This movie got excellent reviews and a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So I decided to go to the matinee. First time in a while that I've been to the theatre. But ugh, what a disappointment. I mean, there was a good story there, and I stayed through it simply because there was also sort of a "fool for Christ" theme (though perhaps unintentional.) But the acting was stale, the characters never drew me in, and the movie was just downright boring and incredibly slow. Which is too bad, because the actual story was worth telling much better than it was told. But this was truly one of the most boring movies I've ever seen (and I'm a character driven drama guy, not an action movie fan.) But nothing about this movie grabbed me in any way. I should have gone to see The Witch instead. 


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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2728 on: February 25, 2016, 02:08:54 AM »
Just saw The Lady in The Van. This movie got excellent reviews and a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So I decided to go to the matinee. First time in a while that I've been to the theatre. But ugh, what a disappointment. I mean, there was a good story there, and I stayed through it simply because there was also sort of a "fool for Christ" theme (though perhaps unintentional.) But the acting was stale, the characters never drew me in, and the movie was just downright boring and incredibly slow. Which is too bad, because the actual story was worth telling much better than it was told. But this was truly one of the most boring movies I've ever seen (and I'm a character driven drama guy, not an action movie fan.) But nothing about this movie grabbed me in any way. I should have gone to see The Witch instead. 
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2729 on: February 25, 2016, 03:00:34 AM »
Just saw The Lady in The Van. This movie got excellent reviews and a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So I decided to go to the matinee. First time in a while that I've been to the theatre. But ugh, what a disappointment. I mean, there was a good story there, and I stayed through it simply because there was also sort of a "fool for Christ" theme (though perhaps unintentional.) But the acting was stale, the characters never drew me in, and the movie was just downright boring and incredibly slow. Which is too bad, because the actual story was worth telling much better than it was told. But this was truly one of the most boring movies I've ever seen (and I'm a character driven drama guy, not an action movie fan.) But nothing about this movie grabbed me in any way. I should have gone to see The Witch instead. 
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Yeah, they should have told us: it's British. Covers a lot of sins!

Exactly what I thought.


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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2730 on: February 26, 2016, 05:23:58 PM »
Saw The Witch this afternoon. Boring, pointless movie. I'm 0-2 with going to the theater this week. I should have known better than to waste my money. But I had a FB friend tell me that The Witch was great. And it got an 83% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. So I gave it a shot. It sucked.


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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2731 on: February 26, 2016, 05:35:35 PM »
Saw The Witch this afternoon. Boring, pointless movie. I'm 0-2 with going to the theater this week. I should have known better than to waste my money. But I had a FB friend tell me that The Witch was great. And it got an 83% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. So I gave it a shot. It sucked.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2732 on: February 27, 2016, 11:53:08 AM »
Finally got to watch Ostrov, what an awesome film.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2733 on: February 28, 2016, 06:15:22 PM »
Have any of you seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev? I've received multiple oppinions from friends on it, from "awesome" to "tedious".
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2734 on: February 28, 2016, 10:46:55 PM »
Deadpool is definitely not an Orthodox movie.
The language is non-stop filthy, almost a character in itself, as part of the dialogue, which is outstandingly good.
Although there are many 70's, 80's & 90's references that I did not get, as I was to busy at the time.
If a movie has three or more good lines, I like it. This had at least five!
There are enough car crashes, bombs wit loud noises, gun, blood and edge fights to satisfy the most juvenile of me.
I laughed, giggled, smurfed, guffawed and grinned almost the whole time from the opening credits until......
I strongly recommend not to see this movie, unless you are one sick puppy. But if you must, see it prior to Great Lent!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2735 on: February 28, 2016, 10:49:52 PM »
I hate it when I smurf, especially grouchy!  :police:

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2736 on: February 28, 2016, 11:20:10 PM »
Deadpool is definitely not an Orthodox movie.

I strongly recommend not to see this movie, unless you are one sick puppy. But if you must, see it prior to Great Lent!

All the trailers and promotions really misled me. In fact, I could have sworn the St. Vladimir's Seminary movie critic gave it 9 Lord, have mercys out of 10.

I think I will see it on Clean Monday just because I am a sick puppy.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2737 on: February 29, 2016, 07:06:21 PM »
Have any of you seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev? I've received multiple oppinions from friends on it, from "awesome" to "tedious".

Blinkin' weird, that's what's I calls it. Let's start with the horse rolling in the meadow....


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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2738 on: February 29, 2016, 07:15:43 PM »
Have any of you seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev? I've received multiple oppinions from friends on it, from "awesome" to "tedious".

It's one of those movies that I'm supposed to like as a good Orthodox Christian. Similar to Ostrov. I'm supposed to think it's the greatest thing ever. Like the works of Dostoevsky. But the bottom line is that the movie is too long and tedious. Like Dostoevsky's novels. Some great stuff along the way that makes it worth struggling through. But I'm not going to pretend that it's the greatest thing ever. The older I get, the less patient I become when it comes to literature and film. If the acting, writing, and dialogue doesn't captivate me from the get go, then I won't waste my time. But that's also probably because I'm not very bright.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2739 on: February 29, 2016, 08:09:12 PM »
All the trailers and promotions really misled me. In fact, I could have sworn the St. Vladimir's Seminary movie critic gave it 9 Lord, have mercys out of 10.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2740 on: February 29, 2016, 09:38:13 PM »
Have any of you seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev? I've received multiple oppinions from friends on it, from "awesome" to "tedious".

It's one of those movies that I'm supposed to like as a good Orthodox Christian. Similar to Ostrov. I'm supposed to think it's the greatest thing ever. Like the works of Dostoevsky. But the bottom line is that the movie is too long and tedious. Like Dostoevsky's novels. Some great stuff along the way that makes it worth struggling through. But I'm not going to pretend that it's the greatest thing ever. The older I get, the less patient I become when it comes to literature and film. If the acting, writing, and dialogue doesn't captivate me from the get go, then I won't waste my time. But that's also probably because I'm not very bright.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2741 on: March 01, 2016, 09:00:04 AM »
All the trailers and promotions really misled me. In fact, I could have sworn the St. Vladimir's Seminary movie critic gave it 9 Lord, have mercys out of 10.

The what?

Attempt at humor.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2742 on: March 01, 2016, 02:33:25 PM »
All the trailers and promotions really misled me. In fact, I could have sworn the St. Vladimir's Seminary movie critic gave it 9 Lord, have mercys out of 10.

The what?

Attempt at humor.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2743 on: March 01, 2016, 03:48:56 PM »
I want to see a St. Vladimir's web series of Orthodox discussing Hollywood movies. Both faculty and guests can take part. The first season would be:

- Met. Kallistos Ware examines the psychology and perspectives on vice and virtue in the movie The Dark Knight, using the commentary of St. Gregory of Nyssa on darkness and Moses as an anchor, and the Catholic text Dark Night of the Soul as a supplement and contrastext.

- Fr. John Behr explores the existential themes of The Hobbit trilogy, with a special emphasis on the dread, acedia, and outright psychological pain one feels when trying to endure a viewing of it. Fr. John shows through careful examination that the triology is the best and most actualized artistic representation of redemption through suffering yet created.

- Met. John Zizioulas explains the phenomenological notes played in the profound musical philosophy of the most recent Star Wars movie, and then traces this backwards in time showing the the entire franchise has been nothing short of an awe-inspiring symphony of Orthodox theology, hidden within the apparently action-oriented entertainment medium.

- Fr. John McGuckin considers the life and work of Tom Hanks, asking whether the main characters in Forrest Gump, Big, Philadelphia, Castaway, and The Da Vinci Code, are really so different after all. His insights into 'Wilson,' the only communicative companion of Hanks when trapped on the island in Castaway, is sure to be a ratings magnet.

- Dr. Jeannie Constantinou contrasts the biblical passages about the end times with the Left Behind trilogy, with mention when relevant of the reboot. Her review of the franchise is both respectful and insightful.

- Dr. David Bentley Hart gives a devastating critique of Cloverfield, along with the second movie (released this spring), showing that such a view of nature and evil could only come about in a post-enlightenment west where the true understanding of God--and reality itself--has become, at best, an empty, oblate-spheroid-shaped husk.

- Dr. Peter Bouteneff will review the career of the fictional 'Rocky' character, showing the truths to be drawn from his struggles, but also lamenting the opportunities lost due to the cultural context in which the movies were made, and the ultimate failings resulting from developmental/productionary short-comings.

- Sister Nonna Verna Harrison, in the finale of the first season, delivers a ground-breaking address elucidating the connection between the Orthodox faith on one hand, and on the other meaningful anthropological ideas in movies such as Planet of the Mole People and the Betwixt Antinomy and Agony. She thus shows the power of cinema as not just a financial and entertainment industry, but also one of artistic profundity and spirituality.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #2744 on: March 01, 2016, 03:55:28 PM »
I want to see a St. Vladimir's web series of Orthodox discussing Hollywood movies. Both faculty and guests can take part. The first season would be:

- Met. Kallistos Ware examines the psychology and perspectives on vice and virtue in the movie The Dark Knight, using the commentary of St. Gregory of Nyssa on darkness and Moses as an anchor, and the Catholic text Dark Night of the Soul as a supplement and contrastext.

- Fr. John Behr explores the existential themes of The Hobbit trilogy, with a special emphasis on the dread, acedia, and outright psychological pain one feels when trying to endure a viewing of it. Fr. John shows through careful examination that the triology is the best and most actualized artistic representation of redemption through suffering yet created.

- Met. John Zizioulas explains the phenomenological notes played in the profound musical philosophy of the most recent Star Wars movie, and then traces this backwards in time showing the the entire franchise has been nothing short of an awe-inspiring symphony of Orthodox theology, hidden within the apparently action-oriented entertainment medium.

- Fr. John McGuckin considers the life and work of Tom Hanks, asking whether the main characters in Forrest Gump, Big, Philadelphia, Castaway, and The Da Vinci Code, are really so different after all. His insights into 'Wilson,' the only communicative companion of Hanks when trapped on the island in Castaway, is sure to be a ratings magnet.

- Dr. Jeannie Constantinou contrasts the biblical passages about the end times with the Left Behind trilogy, with mention when relevant of the reboot. Her review of the franchise is both respectful and insightful.

- Dr. David Bentley Hart gives a devastating critique of Cloverfield, along with the second movie (released this spring), showing that such a view of nature and evil could only come about in a post-enlightenment west where the true understanding of God--and reality itself--has become, at best, an empty, oblate-spheroid-shaped husk.

- Dr. Peter Bouteneff will review the career of the fictional 'Rocky' character, showing the truths to be drawn from his struggles, but also lamenting the opportunities lost due to the cultural context in which the movies were made, and the ultimate failings resulting from developmental/productionary short-comings.

- Sister Nonna Verna Harrison, in the finale of the first season, delivers a ground-breaking address elucidating the connection between the Orthodox faith on one hand, and on the other meaningful anthropological ideas in movies such as Planet of the Mole People and the Betwixt Antinomy and Agony. She thus shows the power of cinema as not just a financial and entertainment industry, but also one of artistic profundity and spirituality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omECDMfbu4k

(I don't know who over half those people are, but if that is a parody of attending certain kinds of literary lectures, that's hilarious)
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