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« Reply #225 on: April 11, 2010, 11:19:07 PM »

Yesterday I watched Shawshank Redemption for the first time in years. Good stuff.

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« Reply #226 on: April 11, 2010, 11:44:00 PM »

Sleepy Hollow.  Seems like a fairly random film to be airing.  Tongue
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« Reply #227 on: April 18, 2010, 12:56:00 AM »

Well, I've been on a Kurosawa kick lately. I've become a huge fan of his work. I watch Ran last night and really liked it. Its an amazing film really as with all of the Kurosawa films I've seen recently. I think a lot of the scenes are done brilliantly and beautifully and the story was really capturing yet very tragic. Ran has a lot of scenes that will stick in my head. I've loved all of the Kurosawa films I've seen so far but I have to say my favorite so far is Yojimbo in which Toshirô Mifune is amazing. I'm planning on watching Kagemusha, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortress, and Red Beard later in the week. Kurosawa was a genius and has become one of my favorite directors. I'm just captured by his films.
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« Reply #228 on: April 19, 2010, 06:17:42 AM »

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« Reply #229 on: April 24, 2010, 04:57:08 AM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
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« Reply #230 on: April 24, 2010, 05:11:30 AM »

Super Size Me

I like to go to McDonalds and get some grub, come home, and pop this DVD in. Da-da-da-da-da, I'm lovin' it!  Grin
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« Reply #231 on: April 24, 2010, 11:53:28 AM »

Just watched "Z" for the first time.  Interesting flick though I had hoped it would have been in Greek!
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« Reply #232 on: April 28, 2010, 11:29:39 AM »

Just watched "Z" for the first time.  Interesting flick though I had hoped it would have been in Greek!
Wouldn't it then be called "Zeta"?
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« Reply #233 on: April 28, 2010, 05:34:21 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.
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« Reply #234 on: April 28, 2010, 06:21:24 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

I'm not a big fan of the new Doctor Who. Okay, I enjoy it a great deal, and watch it whenever I can, but I honestly think it's a much more conventional show than the good old stuff. The new show has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I'm inclined to agree. I like Buffy, but it's not Doctor Who. And I don't want to pretend that the old show was perfect- it certainly had its share of crap episodes (being the longest SF series ever, it's kind of inevitable), but there's been nothing in the new series that approaches the good stuff from Hartnell or Troughton or Baker.
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« Reply #235 on: April 28, 2010, 06:22:58 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

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Which Baker, Tom or Colin?
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« Reply #236 on: April 28, 2010, 06:57:16 PM »

The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II
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« Reply #237 on: April 28, 2010, 08:22:21 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

I'm not a big fan of the new Doctor Who. Okay, I enjoy it a great deal, and watch it whenever I can, but I honestly think it's a much more conventional show than the good old stuff. The new show has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I'm inclined to agree. I like Buffy, but it's not Doctor Who. And I don't want to pretend that the old show was perfect- it certainly had its share of crap episodes (being the longest SF series ever, it's kind of inevitable), but there's been nothing in the new series that approaches the good stuff from Hartnell or Troughton or Baker.
Which Baker, Tom or Colin?

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« Reply #238 on: April 30, 2010, 02:33:15 PM »

I just watched Super Size Me last night for the first time.  It was fascinating to see and a real eye opener, even in this day and age.  

I saw that movie. 

Keep in mind that if you abuse pretty much anything the results are going to be devastating to your health.  Having a burger and fries once in a blue moon will hardly hurt you, but eating home cooked rabbit 2 times a day for a month may give you protein poisoning. 

Thus I think the premise of that movie is flawed.

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There are plenty of other things that one could consume in the same quantity and be in perfect health.

The point of the movie is that fast food is generally highly unhealthy, and that eating it as a staple of your diet will destroy your body. That's a decent premise.

Again, if you eat a burger once in a while, it will hardly hurt you.  I enjoy them tremendously.  Especially the new Angus burgers. Smiley

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It also depends on where you get them from. With a lot of the food that is out there these days, the most unhealthy aspects about them are not so much which particular food you are eating, but where you are getting it from, i.e. how it was processed.
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« Reply #239 on: April 30, 2010, 02:46:44 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

I'm not a big fan of the new Doctor Who. Okay, I enjoy it a great deal, and watch it whenever I can, but I honestly think it's a much more conventional show than the good old stuff. The new show has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I'm inclined to agree. I like Buffy, but it's not Doctor Who. And I don't want to pretend that the old show was perfect- it certainly had its share of crap episodes (being the longest SF series ever, it's kind of inevitable), but there's been nothing in the new series that approaches the good stuff from Hartnell or Troughton or Baker.
Which Baker, Tom or Colin?

Colin Baker gave me nightmares as a child... dunno if it was that first episode where he tried to strangle Peri or the technicolor dreamcoat...
Yeah, the Sixth Doctor was the cockiest of them all.  What little I did see of him, I'm actually somewhat happy I didn't see more.  What a bombastic ass!  (As good fortune would have it, I moved out from Illinois to Oregon right before the local PBS station was to air "Caves of Androzani", Peter Davison's last regular episode.  I wasn't able to watch Doctor Who much at all following the move, so I never did see Colin Baker in the role of the Doctor until I saw "Twin Dilemma", his first episode, the one where he tries to throttle Peri, on youtube last year.)
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« Reply #240 on: May 01, 2010, 10:27:23 PM »

"Requiem for a Dream" (Darren Aronofsky, 2000) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem_for_a_Dream)

Shocked.

Hey, let's better watch "Casablanca..." or "Sleepless in Seattle." Or "Shreck."
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« Reply #241 on: May 02, 2010, 07:58:00 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

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Which Baker, Tom or Colin?

Definitely Tom! I think 80's Doctor Who is generally pretty bad, with the exception of some really good McCoy stories. Colin's Revelation of the Daleks, though, has kind of a grotesque so-bad-it's-good appeal to it.
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« Reply #242 on: May 02, 2010, 08:26:59 PM »

Has anyone here seen the new movie "A Shine of Rainbows", based on a novel by Lillian Beckwith? I think it looks like a lovely movie, and am hoping to see it eventually.

http://ashineofrainbows.com/
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« Reply #243 on: May 03, 2010, 11:22:20 PM »

Doctor Who:  "Voyage of the Damned" (2007 Christmas Special w/ David Tennant) - classic Doctor Who bad-****ery at its best! Grin
Just followed this up with the two-part special aired over the most recent Christmas and New Year's: "The End of Time".  What a powerful way to give David Tennant the grand swan song he deserves!  IMO, one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever.

I'm not a big fan of the new Doctor Who. Okay, I enjoy it a great deal, and watch it whenever I can, but I honestly think it's a much more conventional show than the good old stuff. The new show has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I'm inclined to agree. I like Buffy, but it's not Doctor Who. And I don't want to pretend that the old show was perfect- it certainly had its share of crap episodes (being the longest SF series ever, it's kind of inevitable), but there's been nothing in the new series that approaches the good stuff from Hartnell or Troughton or Baker.
Which Baker, Tom or Colin?

Definitely Tom! I think 80's Doctor Who is generally pretty bad, with the exception of some really good McCoy stories. Colin's Revelation of the Daleks, though, has kind of a grotesque so-bad-it's-good appeal to it.

Tom Baker is definitely the image that pops into my head when I think of "The Doctor" (or hear the theme music, in which case Tom Baker's head pops into my head).

On a currently watching note: I am really enjoying the new season/series so far.
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« Reply #244 on: May 04, 2010, 11:17:23 AM »

I've been thinking and here are my ideas for improving the new Doctor Who:

1. Spend time on individual stories. The old show had half-hour episodes and most of the good stories had more than 4 episodes to them. The new show follows the standard TV format of a different story for every episode (the over-arching plots notwithstanding), with occasional 2-parters. Make every story at least a 2-3 parter and take your time on things.

2. Spend time building worlds. Stop making up new menaces every episode. Spend time in a place and make it believable. Show some complexity and nuance. The new shows world's, alien races, etc., seem largely made up of whimsical after-thoughts. They're throwaways. Get better script-writers. Russell T Davies was awful. Steven Moffatt is a little better.

3. Dispense with over-arching plots between stories. Every season seems to have a plot like this which isn't any better than the individual stories. The Key to Time was great but this new show needs to master the basics before attempting something like that.

4. 2 year moratorium on the Daleks. Unfortunately, the Daleks and Davros became stock villains in the old series; they're even worse now. When you bring them back, make them interesting, complex, and genuinely scary. I think the last Dalek story where they were really menacing was Genesis of the Daleks.

5. Stop making the Doctor out to be some kind of god who is at the center of everything. This was an unfortunate carry-over from the latter years of the old show, especially McCoy's time. The Doctor was more interesting, IMO, when nobody knew him and he seemed more detached and inscrutable.

6. Make Doctor Who asexual again. The sexualization of Doctor Who has not made it more titillating, just more conventional. Again, like his god-like status, it makes the Doctor less interesting.

7. Make the next Doctor some ugly old curmudgeon. In the old show, the only Doctor who was a "looker" was Peter Davidson and that was when the show was at its nadir. You can afford to lose the teeny-boppers if you actually make a gripping, intelligent show. No Doctors under 50, please.

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« Reply #245 on: May 08, 2010, 03:18:25 PM »

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« Reply #246 on: May 09, 2010, 12:44:52 AM »

4. 2 year moratorium on the Daleks. Unfortunately, the Daleks and Davros became stock villains in the old series; they're even worse now. When you bring them back, make them interesting, complex, and genuinely scary. I think the last Dalek story where they were really menacing was Genesis of the Daleks.
I just watched "Genesis of the Daleks" last night to get a refresher on how the Daleks began their existence.  Create a sentient mutant devoid of any pity, compassion, or remorse, and it should not have surprised Davros at all that they would turn very quickly against him.
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« Reply #247 on: May 20, 2010, 11:01:33 PM »

I'm currently (half heartedly) watching Dead Alive. This is the first time I've watched it, and I have to say that I am very let down so far, after hearing about how great it is from some people. The girl is cute, that's about it.
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« Reply #248 on: May 20, 2010, 11:07:48 PM »

We just saw "Hangover". it's  very popular with all the kids and I have to admit it was funny.

One of the actors seemed to be a cheap imitation of John Belushi.
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« Reply #249 on: May 20, 2010, 11:09:51 PM »

The Hurt Locker.  This movie totally sucked.  I've seen my share of war movies that proclaim loud and clear that "war is hell" but this one was just poorly made.  I couldn't watch it all the way through; I had to stop it and come back to it because it was so drawn out and boring.  Why did it win an Academy Award for best picture again?
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« Reply #250 on: May 21, 2010, 12:22:45 AM »

The Hurt Locker.  This movie totally sucked.  I've seen my share of war movies that proclaim loud and clear that "war is hell" but this one was just poorly made.  I couldn't watch it all the way through; I had to stop it and come back to it because it was so drawn out and boring.  Why did it win an Academy Award for best picture again?

Man, I really liked this movie.
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« Reply #251 on: May 21, 2010, 11:43:51 AM »

The Hurt Locker.  This movie totally sucked.  I've seen my share of war movies that proclaim loud and clear that "war is hell" but this one was just poorly made.  I couldn't watch it all the way through; I had to stop it and come back to it because it was so drawn out and boring.  Why did it win an Academy Award for best picture again?

Man, I really liked this movie.

To each his own; I thought it was a bad movie and not deserving of an Academy Award unless Best Picture is now code amongst the academy for "Best Political Commentary."  BTW, my negative appraisal of this movie has nothing to do with politics; I'm assessing it solely on artistic merit.
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« Reply #252 on: May 22, 2010, 04:25:45 AM »

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« Reply #253 on: May 28, 2010, 09:55:11 PM »

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« Reply #254 on: June 16, 2010, 01:36:17 AM »

I recently saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I thought that it was pretty awesome.

I saw it over the weekend, and I like it. I also like the book of Eli. It seemed strange and some what out of place in our now extreme secular culture.....but I liked it.
 




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I recently saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I thought that it was pretty awesome.

I saw it over the weekend, and I like it. I also like the book of Eli. It seemed strange and some what out of place in our now extreme secular culture.....but I liked it.
 




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« Reply #256 on: June 27, 2010, 01:05:57 AM »

Commando, but dubbed into French.  Arnie without his accent is just so... I don't even know.  laugh
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« Reply #257 on: June 27, 2010, 10:32:40 PM »

We took the children to see The Karate Kid. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It got pretty decent reviews, but it was also panned by some. However, I thought it was actually very good. There was only some very mild language, and no sexual references at all. The karate violence was pretty intense, but nothing gory or bloody. Very well acted I thought. The kids loved it, and I did too. I really can't understand why some people (only a few) gave it very bad reviews. I'd definitely recommend it for children maybe 11 and up, although our 10 year old and 6 year also old loved it.


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« Reply #258 on: June 28, 2010, 09:04:33 AM »

We took the children to see The Karate Kid. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. It got pretty decent reviews, but it was also panned by some. However, I thought it was actually very good. There was only some very mild language, and no sexual references at all. The karate violence was pretty intense, but nothing gory or bloody.

Just a mildly pedantic note: there is no karate in the new Karate Kid.
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« Reply #259 on: June 28, 2010, 09:26:45 AM »

Finally saw Avatar. Visually, I really enjoyed it. But in terms of the writing... well, some people call it "Dances with Wolves in space" but it could also be called "Dune for dumb people." For all the talent and innovation that went into creating the images, it's an utter shame that they could only come up with such an unremarkable script and such a predictable/ conventional plot. And the music... sounds like rejects from the Lion King soundtrack. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected more from the director of Predator and Titanic.
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« Reply #260 on: June 28, 2010, 01:27:29 PM »

I just finished The Man Without a Past. Kaurismäki's movies has been praised pretty much but I'm still a little suprised how good it was. I can understand though why Kaurismäki's films has been a little baffling experience for non-Finns. The dialogue or rather the lack of it was even overwhelming.
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« Reply #261 on: June 28, 2010, 01:42:24 PM »

Finally saw Avatar. Visually, I really enjoyed it. But in terms of the writing... well, some people call it "Dances with Wolves in space" but it could also be called "Dune for dumb people." For all the talent and innovation that went into creating the images, it's an utter shame that they could only come up with such an unremarkable script and such a predictable/ conventional plot. And the music... sounds like rejects from the Lion King soundtrack. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected more from the director of Predator and Titanic.

I love the anti-war and anti-chauvinist stance of the "Avatar."
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« Reply #262 on: June 28, 2010, 01:43:31 PM »

Watched Sam Mendes's "Away We Go" this past weekend. Very good film, as always from Mendes. Just wonderful. Highly recommend.
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« Reply #263 on: June 28, 2010, 02:03:38 PM »

I though Dances with Smurfs...I mean Avatar...was ok.  It was hyped, but still fun to watch.  Even funner to mock.  A number of people mentioned Paranormal Activity on here.  The best part was the Mexican woman who was sitting in front of us.  She was bawling the whole movie, crossing herself, and repeated "Madre de Dios" every time the door slammed.  I have a feeling her kids and husband forced her to go with them.  I thought he movie was kinda stupid, if not laughable, but I guess people from other countries are not as inured as many of us are to horror movies.

For war movies, its hard to go wrong with Finnish movies.  I have seen Tali-Ihantala 1944, Talvisota, and Ambush.  They can be pretty hard to find but if you get the chance, definitely not a waste of time.  I think the funniest part of any war movie comes in Ambush when one of the guys strips naked to swim the river so he can throw boards across the bridge for the rest of the platoon, and when his friends bring his equipment he grabs the light machine gun and leaves the rest behind!
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« Reply #264 on: June 28, 2010, 02:05:19 PM »

Finally saw Avatar. Visually, I really enjoyed it. But in terms of the writing... well, some people call it "Dances with Wolves in space" but it could also be called "Dune for dumb people." For all the talent and innovation that went into creating the images, it's an utter shame that they could only come up with such an unremarkable script and such a predictable/ conventional plot. And the music... sounds like rejects from the Lion King soundtrack. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected more from the director of Predator and Titanic.

I love the anti-war and anti-chauvinist stance of the "Avatar."

It's been done better in so many other movies.
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« Reply #265 on: June 28, 2010, 02:34:46 PM »

Finally saw The Hangover.  One of the funniest, if not crude, movies I've seen in a long time.  Good times! Grin
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Finally saw The Hangover.  One of the funniest, if not crude, movies I've seen in a long time.  Good times! Grin
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« Reply #267 on: June 28, 2010, 03:12:37 PM »

^I didn't hear good things about that one, but if I can get it for free, I'll give it a try.
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« Reply #268 on: June 28, 2010, 03:26:13 PM »

Finally saw Avatar. Visually, I really enjoyed it. But in terms of the writing... well, some people call it "Dances with Wolves in space" but it could also be called "Dune for dumb people." For all the talent and innovation that went into creating the images, it's an utter shame that they could only come up with such an unremarkable script and such a predictable/ conventional plot. And the music... sounds like rejects from the Lion King soundtrack. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected more from the director of Predator and Titanic.

I love the anti-war and anti-chauvinist stance of the "Avatar."
Did you also like the all the stereotypes and complete lack of character development?
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« Reply #269 on: June 28, 2010, 06:04:35 PM »

Watched the sand's of time on the internet channel 131 quality was so so.... Grin

Also watched the H B O special, about the vampires and werewolfs, True Blood ,Quality  so so...... Grin
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