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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Julius Aurora » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:53 pm

V for Vendetta was on the magiks box last night. Love that film.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Rainswept » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:36 pm

I watched Batman/Superman:Apocalypse, and Superman/Shazam: Return of Black Adam. After watching them both I'm left wondering why they don't concentrate on more like the excellent Batman: Under the Red Hood
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:27 am

Wait, were those first two good, or not so good? They're all in the wave of animated movies DCs made in the past few years, right? I've been meaning to rent those and watch them. Mostly because they still have Kevin Conroy as Batman, but hey, I'm sure there's more to them than that. :P

My friends and I went to see Rango on Saturday. It was pretty good. Either there were a lot more almost adult jokes (nothing vulgar, but you had to have a better vocabulary to get them) than most kids movies, or I haven't been watching enough kids movies. Depp and the rest of the voice actors are great, and it's a very enjoyable movie, though it does have a few plot holes and problems, but hey, what kids movie doesn't? It's not as bad as Aladdin, so I'm not too worried...
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Rainswept » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:26 am

Black adam turned out to be a bunch of short stories and was ok, apocalypse was inconsistent and a bit silly. Under the Red Hood was very good.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/batman_ ... _red_hood/
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Arkaeon » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:23 am

I'm currently on break from plugging through hours and hours of 1st and 2nd hand presentations, reviews, analyses and interviews of various kinds of UFO-related stuff, especially as applied to material science and electromagnetism. It's a LOT of really marginal and speculative material, with an occasional look at something "more meaningful" like the development and attenuation of neural micro-fibers by magnetism in the presence of amorphous iron. Yah, that's the good stuff. (Takes another drink and sings a chorus of "How Dry I Am") Don't even ask me about contrails. Really. You DON''T want to know.

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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Ravi Oli » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:31 pm

^What movie is that Arkaeon? So I can avoid it. :scientist:

Speaking of mad scientists and tech gone bad... dug up some oldie but goodies last week... Dr Strangelove [etc etc] and Bladerunner.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Arkaeon » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:41 am

Still slugging through my pile of raw video footage on mostly-useless UFO/alien stuff. It's not a movie, it's a collection of a variety of old video records, so it's nothing you'll run across. A lot of it is from Australia, which seems to have aliens on the brain like USA has angels. I won't even get to the point where I can start related internet searches for followup leads for a couple days, and I promise not to link anything unless it has some actual interest in a scientifically meaningful way. There is this thing about "non-petroleum oil-bearing magnetic amorphous iron complexes" (which may be oxymoronic to start with) that looks cool, or at least new to me. I don't know if I'll actually be able to track the subsequent results, since primary testing on the original samples seems to have been done by some of the same guys who develop ion-beam warfare arrays for USA government (can you say "black bag"?) in their spare time at work. 99% boring is what base inquiry is all about, and geeks are geeks.

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Stranglove and Bladerunner are justifiable classics, and beautifully ironic.
In case you didn't realize it, I DO have a sense of humor. How about you?
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:34 pm

We watched the latest installment of Wallace and Gromit "A Matter of Loaf and Death" last night. Lots of fun, right in the same vein as the other Wallace and Gromit shorts from before the movie. They're getting more violent, though, I think this is the first one where somebody was actually killed. But there was lots of silliness, great gadgets, and Wallace trying yet another new line of work.

Tonight we finished up "Trainspotting". We had started it a few nights ago, but our Netflix disk was damaged, and got stuck right in the middle. We got the replacement and finished it up tonight. A well-make film, but there were so many parts that made me squirm that I don't think I'll be watching it again. Ewan McGregor looked really young and really thin.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby PKMKII » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:35 pm

American Splendor. I liked that Pekar stayed largely true to his class and surroundings. Especially given that he could have easily transplanted to a larger, more "cultured" city and gone heavily commercial.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:50 pm

Just got back from Inception, as my philosophy professor showed it as a Film and Philosophy Night. We had a good half hour or so long discussion afterwards. Always a good movie to watch and discuss.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:57 pm

I liked that one, but didn't love it. The concept was there that it could have been a masterpiece of a film, but it just fell a little short in the final script.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Julius Aurora » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:09 am

The first three-quarters of the film I found amazing, great concept wonderfully implemented. However the end was definitely a let down. Not sure if I just got bored because it went for so long, or it was just missing a little something. Also, I love Wallace and Gromit.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:28 am

I'm not really sure what you guys are talking about. Not that I think you're wrong, of course, I just don't see the movie as having that many weaknesses, at least as far as concept and story go. It's brilliantly devised so that there's evidence for both takes on what the last shot means.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby PKMKII » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:04 pm

Qwertyuiopasd wrote:I'm not really sure what you guys are talking about. Not that I think you're wrong, of course, I just don't see the movie as having that many weaknesses, at least as far as concept and story go. It's brilliantly devised so that there's evidence for both takes on what the last shot means.


False dichotomy; There's more than two ways to interpret the last shot [SPOILER]You can interpret that the top stops spinning, and that Cobb is in reality. You can interpret that the top does not stop spinning, and that he is still in the dream. Or, you can interpret it doesn't matter. If you interpret the movie as a meta-commentary on the art of filmmaking, then the top is not about the story: the top is about the audience's suspension of disbelief. A movie that you fall into so much that you suspend your disbelief is like the top that does not stop spinning. A movie you did not suspend your disbelief for is like a top that stops spinning.[/SPOILER]
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:56 pm

My response: [SPOILER]I think you can still have that interpretation while taking a stance on whether or not the top keeps spinning or not. I'd argue that it doesn't matter, but only because he doesn't need the top anymore to "prove" to himself that he's not dreaming, though of course I maintain that it does fall, because he is in reality. There's also the fact that whenever he's in reality, he isn't wearing his wedding ring, and when he's in the dream, he is still wearing the wedding ring, and in the last scene he is not wearing the wedding ring. ;)[/SPOILER]

Gee this must be weird if you haven't seen the movie... But no matter what interpretation you take, I think the greatest strength of the movie is that you can argue for very different interpretations and take multiple meanings from it. It may have a meta-commentary of one thing while also exploring older philosophical questions, and perhaps discussing human psychology at the same time, while the actual concepts aren't necessarily related, or wouldn't be related outside of the film.
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