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Old 05-08-18, 11:56 AM
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their father is named Abel.
Thread drift: Was anybody ever named Caine (after that first kid, obviously)?
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Old 05-10-18, 12:47 PM
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Old 05-12-18, 02:50 PM
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Iron man 3 - 7/10. The first 2 films were much better then last one.
Btw my best film is AVATAR
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Old 05-15-18, 12:21 PM
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I saw Platoon the other night for the first time in probably a decade. Still engaging, holds up well. And what a cast! 8/10
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Old 05-16-18, 10:15 PM
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Infuriating as ever.

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Old 05-18-18, 08:42 AM
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Watched Darkest Hour last week. Gary Oldman can morph himself into any character. 8/10
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Old 05-21-18, 01:09 AM
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Fury 7 out of 10...the one tank scene at the end seemed a little unrealistic
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Old 05-21-18, 06:08 AM
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I watched Get Out over the weekend and didn't get what all the fuss was about. Sure, it was well executed and kind of fun, if a bit predictable, but so many people who've discussed it in my presence have seemed to think it was some transcendent experience. I just don't get it. I mean I'd probably give it a 6-7 out of 10 (maybe I'd go a bit higher if I enjoyed the genre more), but a lot of my students seemed to think it was at least a 10/10 movie.
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Old 05-21-18, 07:04 AM
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The Man Who Knew Infinity (on Netflix), about the Indian mathematical prodigy S. Ramadijan (sp.?). I though with Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, and Dev Patel that this would be an excellent movie. Nope. It felt as though they were trying to address too much, and would have greatly benefited from better editing. I already knew how the story was going to end, so I turned it off about 3/4 of the way through. Shame, it could have been a fascinating movie.
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Dances with Wolves (1990)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099348/

It was a film I never got around to seeing previously, because it came out while I was struggling through engineering school.
9/10

ETA: For those who have already seen it, here is a bit of humor from "The Red Green Show" a few years later:

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Gary Oldman can morph himself into any character. 8/10
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"Deliverance"(1972)
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Sideways - 7/10 - I forgot how messed up the premise of the movie was....
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Sideways - 7/10 - I forgot how messed up the premise of the movie was....
I AM NOT DRINKING ANY ****ING MERLOT!!!
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The Age of Adaline - 6.5/10 A pretty, entirely predictable movie... and I completely understand what Ryan Reynolds sees in Blake Lively
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Avengers: Infinity War - 10/10
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I AM NOT DRINKING ANY ****ING MERLOT!!!
yet his dream wine-chateau cheval blanc-consumed in a styrofoam cup is comprised of roughly 40% merlot. go figure.
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Watched a documentary called In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America at the theater last night. It was a special showing that got our mayor, the UK and Irish Consulate to appear. It is about a forgotten contemporary figure in Irish politics that was instrumental in getting the violence stopped in N. Ireland. Hume recognized that the key was to get the U.S. involved to pressure the UK. Many interviews with former U.S. Presidents and Senators etc. Good if you like documentaries.
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How so? Just curious. I've never seen the movie just a local stage production.
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How so? Just curious. I've never seen the movie just a local stage production.
Actually the whole vietnam war business.... And the movie kinda soft-pedaled the ending too...
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"Thunderheart"(1992) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105585/
Stars Val Kilmer with supporting actors Sam Shepard and Graham Greene.

Green was "Kicking Bird" in "Dances with Wolves".
Green again plays a Sioux, (he is really an Oneida), and he gets to speak English, and be a smartass at times.
He is the best part of the film.

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Prometheus -- 6/10

Ridley Scott has lost his mind. Prometheus is what happens when you try to milk a franchise dry after having already sold your soul and creative spark to the devil for access to the military/industrial complex and perpetual war machine.

At best it's a stylish incoherent mess. There's no indication that, other than Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the actors received any direction whatsoever. And the results are predictable. Left to their own devices most actors will flail about like spoiled adolescents. Totally absent is the low key realism of the original Alien that perfectly underscored the tension of the barely seen monster -- which was both the xenomorph and the corporate corruption that made the humans expendable. Worst of all were the thankfully soon-dead Fifield and Shaw's annoyingly smug and snide boyfriend/scientist, both of whom appear to be punk rockers who apparently got wasted backstage and were mistaken for a anthropologist and geologist. Perfectly understandable and hilarious mix up, in the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure universe.

And which second unit assistant to the assistant director thought it was a good idea to slap old man makeup on Guy Pearce and direct him to play a variation of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons? And let's shoot plenty of B roll for the DVD extras to compensate for the incoherent back story and community theatre grade monologue. Hell, Morgan Freeman would have made a more believable father of David the android and Charlize Ice Queen.

The best part was when the Engineer ripped off David's head. The worst part was when the Engineer failed to rip off Ridley Scott's head before he could regurgitate this abomination.

It's pretty, slick, looks and sounds good and Noomi Rapace even looks like an alien or android or both. She and Fassbender and bald Vitruvian Man are the entire movie.

Maybe Covenant will be better. I hope so. Otherwise, Alien: Resurrection remains the best followup to Alien and Aliens, if only because it's so hilariously irreverent in the Heavy Metal magazine vein of Frenchy absurdity.

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Prometheus is worse
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Prometheus is worse
Yeah, I just watched it late last night (wee hours) after posting the above. Guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

What the actual fnorgn?

There was so much potential for an intelligent back story to the Alien franchise and Ridley Scott blew it all away on cheap thrills. As good as Michael Fassbender is even he couldn't salvage these piles of poo.

Somehow our future selves are capable of developing fully autonomous androids and space travel but forgot the most basic practices of research and exploration in biology, anthropology and archaeology. Hazmat? Screw that. Let's just touch, sniff and taste everything willy nilly like toddlers and puppies exploring a cat's litter box.

Finally, an explanation for how a powerful rapidly moving life form can grow to fully mature size in mere hours while consuming nothing more than the audience's suspension of disbelief. Nah, screw that too. It's magic.

Never mind decades of intelligent sci-fi exploring the nuances and subtleties of other possible life forms and intelligences, or relating anything to larger issues relevant to mankind. Screw that airy fairy Star Trek stuff. Let's use Event Horizon as the model for acting by having everyone scream at each other constantly and distract audiences by filling gaping plot holes with gore.

Much as I admired Scott's previous efforts at creating tough and intelligent heroines in Ellen Ripley (and even the side women characters in Aliens and Alien: Resurrection), it was difficult to find Elizabeth Shaw quite as engaging, mostly due to poor writing and implausible scenarios -- not the fault of Noomi Rapace, although she's not half the actor Sigourney Weaver is (hell, I can barely move three weeks after being hit by a car, let alone jump up and fight beasties 15 minutes after a C-section). And I was actually rooting for the zippomorphs against Daniels. I smirked along with David when Daniels realized she'd been duped.

There may come a time when we get a decent Alien follow up. But not yet. Not yet.



Not yet.

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