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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #285 on: May 28, 2015, 02:50:18 pm »

Recently watched, Exit through the gift shop, a documentary about street art and the modern art scene.
Pretty stunning.
It should be fiction.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_Through_the_Gift_Shop
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #286 on: June 03, 2015, 02:34:51 am »

Saw Friedkin's (Excorcist, French Connection, To Live and Die in LA) Sorcerer

Comparisons in one review were to Treasure of the Sierra Madre, some Battle of Algiers and Peckinpah films.  I would add Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia to the review:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorcerer_%28film%29
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Several critics compared the movie to John Huston's The Treasure of
the Sierra Madre. Phil Mucci indicated a similarity in terms of the
premise as a "tale of desperate men in desperate times, bound together
by fate and circumstance," and Thomas Claggett likened Jackie
Scanlon's characteristics and appearance to Fred C. Dobbs (played by
Humphrey Bogart) from Huston's movie. According to Claggett, who cites
Friedkin, this was intentional. Phil Mucci notes the visual
influence of French New Wave, as well as Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle
of Algiers,the latter comment also mirrored by Shaun
Crawford,

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When our trailer [for Sorcerer] faded to black, the curtains closed
and opened again, and they kept opening and opening, and you started
feeling this huge thing coming over your shoulder overwhelming you,
and heard this noise, and you went right off into space. It made our
film look like this little, amateurish piece of shit. I told Billy
[Friedkin], 'We're f#cking being blown off the screen. You gotta go
see this.'

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It came out around the same time as Star Wars - not the time, in retrospect, to premiere a film.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BDbIzovuos  [2:54]
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #287 on: June 14, 2015, 02:37:31 pm »

Saw French torture porn movie Martyrs - it was OK if you're into that kind of thing, think Saw franchise but not Hollywood'd up.  Apparently there's an American version in the works  (yay).

Saw Hobbit: Unexpected Journey* on TV - was hoping the 'unexpected' part would be where Gandalf sits back and lets everybody get fried/eaten/killed but no!, he saved everyone's butts ... twice, by my count.  No wonder Sir Ian McKellen always looks so tired.  It has enough well-paced action to keep you awake, though.




* http://www.filthycritic.com/index.php/old-reviews/fantasy-sci-fi/item/598-hobbit-3-battle-of-the-pewter-figurines

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Hobbit 3: Battle of the Pewter Figurines

Good lord, that went on forever. The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Pewter Figurines takes longer than a Christmas mass by a drunken priest who doesn't believe in Vatican II. It's about as unrewarding for the unfaithful, too.

By squeezing three movies out of one thin children's story nerd auteur/director Peter Jackson thinks he's Jesus and The Hobbit is his loaves and fish. He's not and it isn't. He's a really good airbrush artist and this is the side of his custom van. This movie has plenty of detail but it wants for substance. No matter how much seriousness, pomp and circumstance Hobbit 3 mummifies its source material in, obviously very little is actually happening. It's not for a lack of characters. In fact, there are too many, mostly forgotten among the battle scenes.
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #288 on: June 14, 2015, 02:50:51 pm »

Watch "Jupiter Ascending"   

good movie, good guy gets girl, but must first save girl from evil son.   
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #289 on: June 15, 2015, 09:27:34 am »

Binge watched the two HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom". Hopefully, my sleep cycle will now return to normal.
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #290 on: June 16, 2015, 05:12:55 pm »

Saw Kingsman: Secret Service. I liked the action and humor well enough. BUT, I must admit the premise/plot was a little too close for comfort.
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« Reply #291 on: June 26, 2015, 03:21:28 pm »

So... last week DH tells me that Netflix has season 7 of Mad Men available as streaming. I was surprised that there were only 7 episodes. As we neared the 7th I kept thinking, "man how on earth are they going to wrap all this up." Then after the 7th episode I'm thinking, "That's how they chose to end the show?! WTF?!" Then a couple of days ago I read that the 7th season was split. Oh, thank goodness! Because I was feeling quite let down!
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #292 on: June 26, 2015, 09:37:17 pm »

I'm in the middle of re-watching Invader Zim.  :laugh:
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #293 on: July 01, 2015, 06:01:04 am »

Mad Max:  Fury Road:  Beautiful movie.  Two hours of nearly non-stop balls-to-the-wall action that gets crazier and crazier as it goes along.  Very little CGI (I suppose they had to use it for Cherlize Theron's amputated arm).  Scenes like Max (Tom Hardy) driving a rat-rodded big rig with left hand, is given an SKS which he holds/rests with only his right and then loads the SKS with a stripper clip and charges it with said right hand - SKS is stock-looking 10-rd attached swivel mag.  You can see part of the scene in the trailer below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJnMQG9ev8 [2:31]

Guns used in film:

http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Mad_Max:_Fury_Road


http://www.filthycritic.com/index.php/old-reviews/fantasy-sci-fi/item/612-mad-max-fury-road
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Miller does with Fury Road what Keaton did in black-and-white. He does his damndest to entertain you, and for him that means pushing and pushing to keep topping himself. Mad Max says f*ck you to the same old shit that's been shoveled down our throat. This movie is enough to make someone question why they've settled for so much less, so much derivation and formula. Why the f*ck have we let assholes with nothing new to say keep selling us slight variations on men in leotards? Why have we let them dole out the fun in such tiny, coldly-calculated morsels? Fury Road gives its all, like there is nothing more this movie could be.

Within two minutes, Fury Road shows almost all the backstory you need. Max (Tom Hardy) is nuts and desperate, the world is a toxic wasteland, and he's being chased.  For the next two hours, he keeps being chased. Well, first he is strapped to the grill of a rat rod with his blood transfusing to its War Boy driver. But, soon enough he becomes entangled with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) who is trying to smuggle five slave brides away from Warlord Immortan Joe. Joe is a fragile, old bastard whose lesioned skin requires talcum baths and protective armor. He has fed his people a line of horseshit about immortality and salvation. He controls the scarce materials: gas, bullets and water.

Furiosa is probably a badder ass than Max. She's only got one arm but more guns than a rich redneck. She can drive a big rig, too. She wants to spirit the slave brides away to something called the Green Place, far from the endless, lifeless landscape.
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #294 on: July 02, 2015, 09:10:35 am »

Loved that movie.  I will probably have it on repeat once it is released.

Only bit of TV I've found worth watching at all is the Netflix take on Daredevil.
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« Reply #295 on: July 03, 2015, 01:19:34 pm »

Loved that movie.  I will probably have it on repeat once it is released.

Only bit of TV I've found worth watching at all is the Netflix take on Daredevil.

Lead bad guy was the bad guy Toecutter in the original Mad Max so long ago.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/hugh-keaysbyrne-interview-toecutter-is-back--but-as-a-different-villain-in-mad-max-fury-road-10255632.html
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Immortan, who wears a skull mask, drinks milk from lactating women and harvests organs from men he holds captive in steel cages, would make Toecutter quake in his leather boots. But Keays-Byrne insists both characters are misunderstood.

Toecutter was a member of an “oppressed nomadic minority”, he says; Immortan is “a renaissance man – he’s simply trying to bring order into an apocalyptic world”.
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« Reply #296 on: July 03, 2015, 07:50:15 pm »

In a crazy world Immortan Joe is doing something incredible.  He's managed to control a system of advanced production and barter that has keep humans surviving for 40 years after nuclear holocaust. And he is trying to breed humans healthy enough to keep the human race going. Sure, it's all wrapped up in megalomania, and he's created a cult, an actual religious cult, around himself, but he is by no means a man without vision and motivation.
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« Reply #297 on: July 31, 2015, 02:03:40 pm »

Watched a BBC production called "The Paradise." Wholesome and interesting tale about creating one of the first department stores in England. The show was cancelled after season 2. Now we're catching up on season 4 of "Hell on Wheels." Looks like the railroad camp is finally settling in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We also finished the "Justified" series.
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Re: What are you watching?......
« Reply #298 on: July 31, 2015, 02:32:15 pm »

The WGN series "Salem", both seasons. I tried this a year or so back and didn't get very far, but this time I binge-watched both seasons. Season 3 coming next year.
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« Reply #299 on: August 02, 2015, 08:55:03 am »

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, etc. A good next installment in the series.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381249/
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