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Which movies have you watched? ΙΔ' - The House of Asterion

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Kyriakos, Aug 4, 2019.

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  1. Sommerswerd

    Sommerswerd I never yielded

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    Just watched Malificent for the first time... it was quite good. Yes it's Disney and yes it stars Angelina Jolie. It also stars this younger Drew Barrymore-looking actress as Aurora. Whatever, I liked it, and no one can stop me... come at me haters :p
    It was FOX News IIRC, but I agree with you that initially he was actually quite entertaining, thought-provoking and overall entirely watchable... but after Obama got elected he went full-bore conspiracy theorist nut-balls and hi show became an unintelligible, unwatchable mess.
     
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    :goodjob::thumbsup: Two thumbs up. The "younger Drew Barrymore-looking actress" is Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning;s younger sister. Note: Elle and Dakota are the actresses' middle names.

    Next Sunday, the whole fam damily is piling in my car and is headed off to see the sequel. :yup:
     
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    Nah he was on either CNN or MSNBC. I have never once watched a program on Fox News. (I googled it just now, he was on CNN Headline News - now called HLN - from 2006 to 2008)

    I'm glad someone else agrees with me that he wasn't a nutjob for a brief window in time. Any time I've seen him in the news in the last 10 years I wonder if I just imagined that he wasn't always crazy! And I would definitely say he was thought-provoking back then, he was pretty mainstream but wasn't radically toward one side or the other and had a lot of insightful stuff and then he slowly warped into crazy land, which he doubled-down on after he got booted off CNN HN.
     
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    Well, I came here to say this, but you already said everything.
     
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    Not bad, worth a watch.
     
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    Sooo.... Egyptian TV Channel 2 loves (crappy) action movies, frequently apparently incompetently duplicated from an original print (if not actually pirated directly from a cinema-showing), so that the video-signal is 80% black-screened, and the sound-signal ranges from inaudibly bombastic to just plain inaudible.*

    Under these conditions, and courtesy of the hotel TV-remote's fatal post-breakfast/ pre-dinner attraction for my younger son, we have been treated this past fortnight to (in order of quality?) about half of the The Dark Knight, most of Avengers: Infinity War, most of Aquaman, (repetitions of) several Planets of the Apes (Dawn and War, per Wiki), most of Spider-Man 3, both Jurassic Worlds, half of the live-action Aladdin, and what was of course the crowning jewel of this collection: The Meg**.
    Spoiler * :
    We also chanced upon Captain Marvel one evening -- the only one of this motley collection that I had any prior interest in watching, but had not yet seen -- but not under those conditions! Despite protests, I managed to persuade him to turn it off, so that it was not spoiled.
    Spoiler ** :
    We caught parts of this one twice as well: our first encounter was at about 9 am, on the day he was due to do his first scuba-course dives in open water...
    Ooh, ooh, edited because I just remembered that the day before we flew, we also watched The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on Netflix (though admittedly that was my idea, as a distraction from the movie he'd actually asked for, which was rated 16 -- he's 10).

    My cup, truly, hath run over... :lol:

    EDITED later to add at least one more film that I forgot the first time
     
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  7. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Are you sure those aren't from some pay-per-view service? Cause you may end up having to pay a lot of *local currency*s
     
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    tjs282 Un(a)bashed immigrant

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    Quite sure :yup:

    MBC2 is one of the broadcast channels. Here's an example of their schedule:

    https://elcinema.com/en/tvguide/1128

    (And we already checked out of the hotel yesterday anyway)
     
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    :thumbsup: Unstoppable is inspired by a true story. When a gigantic freight train carrying toxic, explosive chemicals rolls out of a Pennsylvania rail yard with no one at the controls, Denzel Washington and Chris Pike violate corporate orders and set off in pursuit. A real nail biter. :scared:
     
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    BenitoChavez Whispering Walrus

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    WEIRDEST.

    MOVIE.

    EVER.
     
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    As good as the original Maleficent was, that's how bad Maleficent 2 is. :thumbsdown: So many fantasy cliches. :cry:
     
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    I think it is a bit clearer than most other DL movies, in that it seems to be a straighforward delusion of the female protagonist (she never actually became a known actress; and ended in her little room).
     
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    The Boy (2016)

    Overall not good.
     
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    Yeah the basic plot makes sense, although to be fair the twist ending would have probably been more shocking if I had watched the movie in 2001 when it first came out. There have been a lot of movies in more recent years that do the whole 'what you saw wasn't actually real' thing. What blew me away was the individual scenes. The opening dance sequence, the guy talking about his dream in the diner, the evil hobo, the Cowboy, the nightclub, etc. All those were an absolute mind-fornication as to what is really going on. I suppose you could explain it all away as a part of the main character's delusion but I feel like there is probably something more that David Lynch was trying to say. My best guess is that it's all about subverting expectations away from the usual Hollywood cliches but even then it feels like I'm missing something.
     
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    Watched this long ago

     
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    Star Trek: First Contact (1996) holds up pretty well, all these years later. I started it just while I was doing some cleaning, but I ended up watching the whole thing.
     
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    Saw "The Ninth Gate" by Roman Polanski. Absolutely great thriller. Really, my only criticism is that all of the supernatural stuff was not just unnecessary but incredibly wacky, out of place and comedic. I had seen the movie before, but that was years ago. This is definitely one you can watch multiple times.

    That's one of my favorite movies ever, I hope you enjoyed it. I won't spoil it for you with a long-winded interpretation, I'm just gonna say "the box is the key" and leave you with that. This is one of those movies that click only after repeated viewings.

    That Hobo scene literally burnt itself into my mental. It's honestly as bad as the guy with the bear-mask from shining. I was an adult when I first saw MD and still got quite the trauma from that scene. But honestly still not as bad as Inland Empire, in terms of spooks that one is pure nightmare fuel.

    Alan Shaw has some great writing about MD:

    https://mulholland-drive.net/analysis/analysis01.htm
    https://mulholland-drive.net/analysis/analysis11.htm

    This surface-level interpretation I think works for almost any Lynch movie, but only to a certain point. I think Lynch movies can be analyzed in different ways with valid results: You can look at the plot and deduce some kind of worldly interpretation (yours), you can look at the themes/symbolism (I do that a lot but it's kinda lame) or you can take apart the cinematography (like you would with, say, a Kubrick) and that almost always yields something interesting.

    I disagree with that interpretation of delusion (also I don't think it applies to other Lynch movies. You could very well argue that, for example, Lost Highway is about the psychogenic fugue, and that would be a valid interpretation, but there are better ones out there.) But it's certainly one working interpretation.

    A lot of people will also say "David Lynch is just dream logic" etc., which is also kind of bullfeathers. Clearly some of Lynchs movies follow conventional logic (Elephant Man), some almost exclusively follow dream logic (Eraserhead), others are intermixed. This I feel is another cop-out interpretation. It's like saying "Well, James Joyce was just a really wacky guy who liked language games". Not really wrong, but not saying much.
     
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    That was one of the best ST movies in my opinion, if not the best.
     
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    If you're talking next gen then I agree. If including all, not even in the top 3.
     
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    I haven't seen Star Trek IV in ages. I'd have to watch that one again to rank them. First Contact is clearly TNG's Wrath of Khan, except in WoK, the Captain Ahab character is the villain; in FC, it's the hero, or nearly so. Speaking of which, I really liked Alfre Woodard in this. Her scene with Patrick Stewart in Picard's ready room is my favorite scene in the movie. This might've been the first thing I saw her in. Glancing at her IMDb page, I don't think I've seen any of her work before this. James Cromwell was fun, too. I don't think I've ever seen him play the goof besides this. And how often has Jonathan Frakes had to look up at a costar? I did remember Neal McDonough - I must have rewatched First Contact after I'd seen Band of Brothers - but I noticed Adam Scott for the first time. First Contact trivia: Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga were extras in the Dixon Hill nightclub scene.
     
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