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#40479 - 05/15/16 05:47 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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"Fight Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" watched back to back. I read a dark theory that Cameron Frye may imagine the Ferris Bueller character just like Edward Norton's character imagines Tyler Burden. An outlet for repressed feelings. Ok, I'm ready for the attacks over this one...

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#40558 - 05/18/16 03:19 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: slolerner]
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I realize this is a "Movies" thread, but there was some TV series mentioned. Just want folks to know that on AMC, they have been showing the BBC produced series "The Night Manager". It is very, very good. Has only 6 episodes, and already the first 5 have been shown on AMC (Episode 5 aired last night). I would recommend it.
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#40569 - 05/19/16 09:40 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: honestone]
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I concur. "The Night Manager" is good TV (if that is not an oxymoron). And for all of you fans of the TV series "House", Hugh Laurie is back. He plays the bad guy in "The Night Manager" (that is not a spoiler), complete with his native/normal accent.
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#40573 - 05/19/16 12:13 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: Ira L]
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Originally Posted By: Ira L
I concur. "The Night Manager" is good TV (if that is not an oxymoron). And for all of you fans of the TV series "House", Hugh Laurie is back. He plays the bad guy in "The Night Manager" (that is not a spoiler), complete with his native/normal accent.


Yeah, he is definitely good in that part!

The TV series, though, differs from the book, as detailed here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Manager_(miniseries)

With the ending being "somewhat" drastically different than the book (I have not seen Episode 6 yet, although I have it), one would think that there could possibly be a season 2. Here are a couple of pro and con links about that:

Con: http://www.theweek.co.uk/69776/tom-hiddleston-rules-out-second-series-of-the-night-manager

Pro: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/hit-bbc-drama-night-manager-7546325

The other excellent series on now is Season 4 of "The Americans". In fact, Episode 10 aired last night, with only 3 more episodes to go. The last 3 episodes have been super interesting! I'll bet we'll be left "hanging" after Episode 13 airs in 3 weeks, and then we'll have to wait for the start of Season 5 (most likely back in March or April) to get a resolution. To me, just after season 1 of Fargo, and tied with Breaking Bad, it is up there as another excellent series. Definitely good TV!


Edited by honestone (05/19/16 12:18 PM)
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#40588 - 05/19/16 09:55 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: honestone]
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Thanks, honestone. "The Night Manager" is great, but Episode 6 not on Amazon.


Edited by slolerner (05/19/16 09:58 PM)

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#41678 - 09/09/16 12:29 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Loc: New York City
"Neurotypical"

A facinating view of how functional autistic teenagers and adults view "neurotypicals," their classification for those people who are not autistic. The systems they use to succeed and please others while maintaining their own individual worlds.

A triumph over the stigma of the label of autistic.

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#41679 - 09/09/16 12:32 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: slolerner]
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Loc: New York City
BBC series "Life Story"

The Life Story team spent 1900 days filming the series, in 29 countries across six continents. They traveled a total of 1,850,798 miles – the equivalent of circling the globe 78 times. They recorded a total of 1800 hours of footage – that’s 300 terabytes of data, or the equivalent of 64,000 DVD’s.

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#41785 - 09/18/16 07:21 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Loc: New York City
"Deep Web"

Story of Ross William Ulbrich and the Silk Road TOR network.

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#42087 - 10/07/16 06:11 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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In the long-form documentary "Requiem for the American Dream" (73 minutes, now available on DVD) Noam Chomsky "exposes with searing clarity the forces and policies behind the coordinated campaign to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a select few" [from package blurb].
He defines and dissects democracy, especially as it has become wholly perverted within the American context (with the same only slightly differing and lagging in the Canadian context). The outrageous and dispiriting demise of the once and future dream in Chomsky's soliloquies is countered in his succinct, hopeful coda.

The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
1. Reduce democracy
2. Shape ideology
3. Redesign the economy
4. Shift the burden
5. Attack solidarity
6. Run the regulators
7. Engineer elections
8. Keep the rabble in line
9. Manufacture consent
10. Marginalize the population

The majority (70%) of the population has no way of influencing public policy and it knows it.
"What it's led to is a population that's angry, frustrated, hates institutions. It's not acting constructively to try to respond to this. There is popular mobilization and activism, but in very self-destructive directions. It's taking the form of unfocused anger, attacks on one another, and on vulnerable targets. That's what happens in cases like this. It is corrosive of social relations, but that's the point. The point is to make people hate and fear each other, and look out only for themselves, and don't do anything for anyone else."

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#42115 - 10/10/16 08:27 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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For a conservative/right-wing take on the same subject, check out Frank Buckley's The Way Back : Restoring the Promise of America or a short-form version in Hillsdale College's Imprimis titled "Restoring America's Economic Mobility" (Sept 2016, Vol 45, No 9), where it can also be downloaded in PDF format (142KB).

It's uncanny how close Buckley and Chomsky in their analyses of the American Dream. (I love the term "right-wing Marxist".)

It doesn't hurt that Buckley also uses Canada as the example to follow in recouping the loss.

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#52832 - 11/07/19 10:49 PM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Yeah, you're gonna cry ... maybe a lot ...

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is in theaters and now out on DVD (and probably streaming somewhere).

Excellent. Now I'm going to have to reread the book.

Just a reminder:

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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#52849 - 11/09/19 01:45 AM Re: Movies to see [Re: grelber]
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Of interest:
The film was shot primarily in Vancouver, BC (standing in for Seattle) and the racing scenes were filmed in Toronto (except for the finale at a track in Seattle).

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