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#14584 - 03/06/11 10:18 AM Movies to see
grelber Offline


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The old movie thread seems to have disappeared, so herewith begins a new one ...

Take in Sergio Leone's epic, Once Upon a Time in America (1984) — not the abbreviated and butchered North American versions originally released, but the full version remastered in 2003 and available in a 2-DVD set (ISBN 0-7907-8912-4). It is immaculate and overwhelming and is Leone's swan song. Set aside 229 minutes (3:49) and then maybe another couple of hours to retrace your steps.
Starring Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Tuesday Weld, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connelly (screen debut at age 13), and many more.

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#14585 - 03/06/11 10:57 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Eames Aluminium Chair. Best seen at 1080p, full screen, on a fast connection. Stunning on the 27" iMac.
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#18931 - 11/05/11 04:18 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
grelber Offline


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BRIDESMAIDS (2011), now out on DVD (with some great bonus features).
It's a goodie and raunchy, pretty much a sarcastic estrogen fest, brought to you by the folks who produced THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN.
The episode with the bride and bridesmaids at the dressmaker's just after a bad meal at a Brazilian restaurant in a bad part of town is one of the funniest I've ever seen; I was paralyzed with laughter for 5 minutes and had to 'rewind' to view the parts I missed.

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#19724 - 12/18/11 01:17 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Add to the list:

UNKNOWN (2011) with Liam Neeson, and pay close attention to the dialog and visuals from the first scene on (because it ain't goin' where you think it's goin').

HANNA (2011) with Saoirse Ronan (and Cate Blanchett); quite a performance for a (at the time) 15-year-old.

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#19733 - 12/18/11 05:20 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Loc: Portland, Oregon, USA
Hanna was a well-done movie, though it seemed to be missing something to me. I'm not sure what the missing ingredient was, but I definitely felt some kind of lack while I was watching it.

I really, really enjoyed the movie In Time, a science-fiction film set in a future where everyone stops aging at 24, but then must work in exchange for time; if the amount of time in your account goes to zero, you die instantly, on the spot. Some people have millions of years in their accounts; most people have a day or two, and so must constantly struggle to get another few hours added to the clock before it runs out.
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#19742 - 12/19/11 12:26 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: tacit]
grelber Offline


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Originally Posted By: tacit
Hanna was a well-done movie, though it seemed to be missing something to me. I'm not sure what the missing ingredient was, but I definitely felt some kind of lack while I was watching it.

That may have been on purpose, part of the director's plan. I watched it on the DVD, and Joe Wright commented on his use of "ellipsis" in filming many of the sequences. The viewer is invited to fill in the gaps.

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#19743 - 12/19/11 01:16 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: grelber
Add to the list:

I recommend "Temple Grandin" an HBO movie originally on television with Claire Danes in the title role. It's an amazing biographical film from a number of angles; the phenomenal things accomplished by an autistic individual against incredible odds; how much we still need to learn about the mind; our tendency to reject or ridicule those things we don't understand; insight into the processing of animals for food...et cetera.

And Claire Danes proves to be a wonderful actress.

Postscript: Temple Grandin was recently in our province speaking to a group in a farm community but, unfortunately, I was away. It certainly would have been interesting.


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#19744 - 12/19/11 01:50 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: ryck]
grelber Offline


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Indeed it is. And Temple Grandin herself has commented about how dead-on Claire Danes's depiction of her is. Check out the DVD extras.

Temple Grandin is an outstanding individual, what she herself calls a high-functioning autistic. But don't walk around behind her when she's giving a talk; she spooks like one of the cattle she's so in tune with (and she makes no bones about it). Any time you can see her in person or otherwise, it is a worthwhile experience. Read her books too.

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#19779 - 12/20/11 09:36 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Just for sake of argument and because I don't want to start a new thread for just one item (although I can be persuaded differently, if need be), here's a book you'll want to read ... it came out a while ago, but almost everybody I've recommended it to seems to have heard of it from a different source and finds it engrossing (at the very least). You be the judge.

The Art of Racing in the Rain : A Novel
by Garth Stein (321 pp)
HarperCollins, 2008; ISBN 978-1-55468-172-3
Harper Perennial (pbk ed), 2010; ISBN 978-1-44340-496-9

SUMMARY
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and by listening closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
On the night before his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through, hoping, in his next life, to return as a human.

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#19793 - 12/21/11 05:44 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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It will make you cry.....
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#19797 - 12/21/11 01:55 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: MacManiac]
grelber Offline


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Originally Posted By: MacManiac
It will make you cry.....

And you'll laugh. And you'll get mad. And you'll cheer.
And you'll do all those things over and over again.

The point - counterpoint of life and racing, in or out of the rain.
And I think that I finally understand the phrase, "What goes around, comes around."

"It's okay ... If you need to go, you can go."
"One more lap! Faster!"

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#20665 - 02/16/12 12:43 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011). Wow!

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#21583 - 04/15/12 04:53 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
grelber Offline


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This is a movie NOT to see:

The Tree of Life (written and directed, so to speak, by Terrence Malick)

With Brad Pitt, Sean Penn (non-speaking role), Jessica Chastain, and a host of uninspiring others.

How it won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture this past season is unfathomable. The fact that it did is disturbing on many levels.

One reviewer (Wall Street Journal) opined: "Exquisite ... A work of art that defies categorization."
La Presse found it "Extraordinaire".
Jacket blurb touts it as "one of the year's most talked about films."

All of those comments are a polite way of saying that the 140-minute film is bizarre, incoherent, twisted, ....

The portions of the film which do not involve a peopled "story" are artistically and technically superb, albeit more often than not disrupted with voice-overs of words and phrases which are supposed to be significant (and somehow relevant to the peopled story) but which turn out to be just obfuscatory interjections.

Recommendation: Do not see this film unless you wish to regret 140 minutes which you'll never recoup.

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#21625 - 04/17/12 03:18 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Chimpanzee, which took 4 years to film, opens this Friday (April 20).
If you're planning on seeing it, do so the first week, since the proceeds (from the first week) go to the Jane Goodall Institute.

Check out Chimpanzee and Jane Goodall, conservationists hope 'Chimpanzee' will save chimps

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#21671 - 04/22/12 06:30 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
grelber Offline


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Christian the Lion at World's End (2009, 97 min)

This is a digitally restored DVD of the 1976 movie which includes "The Reunion" (of YouTube fame). If you got 'em, watch it with your cats. This is the closest any of us will ever get to reintroducing lions to the wild. And watching George Adamson's rapport with the lions is an added benefit.

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#34102 - 05/03/15 02:08 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Life itself: Now out on DVD (2014, 120 min), Steve James's documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir of the same name is superb and lives up to all the blurbs about it: enthralling, deeply moving, a joy, ....

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#34245 - 05/12/15 06:07 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
Senna, 2010. Documentary.

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#34248 - 05/12/15 07:47 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: slolerner]
tacit Offline


Registered: 08/03/09
Loc: Portland, Oregon, USA
Hollywood has just released a spate of movies with an AI theme: Chappie (by the same person who did District 9), Ex Machina, and Interstellar (not really a movie about AI, but several of the characters are AIs). Three radically different movies with three radically different takes on AI, all worth watching.
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#34250 - 05/12/15 10:31 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: tacit]
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Loc: New York City
I am Ali, 2014, Documentary

Biography as told by his family and friends along with his own audio tapes and great archival footage. A facinating insight into what he accomplished and how humble someone so brilliant and talented could be.

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#34257 - 05/13/15 07:20 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: tacit]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: tacit
Hollywood has just released a spate of movies with an AI theme: Chappie (by the same person who did District 9), Ex Machina, and Interstellar (not really a movie about AI, but several of the characters are AIs). Three radically different movies with three radically different takes on AI, all worth watching.

Isn't Interstellar one of the few movies that involves AI assisting in space travel, where NONE of them are malevolent?

Everywhere else... the AIs are just plain out to get us. Wait no I can think of one more, Nikki in Supernova. Nikki let a crewman die, but at least she wasn't venting the crew out the airlocks.
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#34260 - 05/13/15 08:59 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: Virtual1]
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Loc: New York City
Never trust a HAL 9000.

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#34262 - 05/13/15 09:24 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: slolerner]
grelber Offline


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Originally Posted By: slolerner
Never trust a HAL 9000.

If you were around in 1968, you were likely too stoned to care.
During the fifth (?) viewing of the stargate sequence I couldn't feel my legs.

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#34264 - 05/13/15 11:12 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: slolerner]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: London, UK
As racing movies have been selected, I have to recommend Rush, Ron Howard. This is as much excitement as you can stand without actually being in an F1 car.

However, even if you don't care for racing it's a good story about the two drivers racing for the championship in 1976 – James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. Two more different personalities there could never be. The film follows both in a very eventful season.

Film making at its best.
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#34267 - 05/13/15 12:26 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: Virtual1]
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The AIs in Interstellar are interesting--they seem to be sentient and display things like initiative, humor, and very flexible cognitive processes, but they appear to lack any sort of survival drive or self-motivation. All in all, a really interesting take on AI.

The AI in Chappie is not malicious or hostile, but it has some badly skewed ideas about how to interact with people, probably owing to being "raised" by South African drug-dealing gangsters. Chappie is a very non-Hollywood movie, which is probably why the reviews are so polarized (folks seem to hate it or love it, with little in between).
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#34270 - 05/13/15 03:12 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: tacit]
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Originally Posted By: tacit
The AI in Chappie is not malicious or hostile, but it has some badly skewed ideas about how to interact with people, probably owing to being "raised" by South African drug-dealing gangsters. Chappie is a very non-Hollywood movie, which is probably why the reviews are so polarized (folks seem to hate it or love it, with little in between).

Remember that CHAPPIE is brought to you by the same director, Neill Blomkamp, who gave us DISTRICT 9 (2009) and ELYSIUM (2013). Small wonder that it has a decidedly non-Hollywood feel to it.

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