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Title: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on July 08, 2009, 02:40:58 PM
Couldn't find it, so I'll start another one.

Finally broke down and bought Match Point in the VERY cheap bin at Walmart.  Woody Allen is a genius, and his writing keeps getting better.  I don't laugh uncontrollably out loud that much, but their is one scene ending, one shot, that I lost it.  Unbelievable.  Great film, highly recommended.
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Post by: jim brenholts on July 08, 2009, 06:13:06 PM
i recently picked up ocean's 11, 12 and 13. 11 and 13 are very cool and quite slick. 12 is a tad sluggish and slow. however, czj adds tremendous pizazz to any movie she graces so it's ok.
i really dig the series in general. lots of fun to watch.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on July 10, 2009, 10:49:37 AM
Watched "The Blues Brothers" last night. 8)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on July 13, 2009, 06:45:42 AM
Over the weekend...
Missing and The Wedding Singer and found a copy of Fantasia at a flea market for $10, made in the USA for China in 2007.
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Post by: Dave Michuda on July 13, 2009, 05:56:16 PM
I just went on a binge of buying TV series on DVD and picked up...

IT Crowd season 2
Extras seasons 1 & 2
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 6
Arrested Development season 1
Eastbound & Down season 1

That should keep us busy for awhile.
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Post by: SunDummy on July 13, 2009, 07:41:55 PM
Watched "Blindness" last night.  Not at all what I was expecting  - Julianne Moore is fantastic (as always) in a very creepy, very unpleasant film.  (Stop here if you don't want to know too much...)  It starts as a tale of what happens when people start inexplicably going blind, and get quarantined by the powers that be.  It morphs into a "Lord of the Flies"-like tale of survival, and explores what people will do when they answer to nobody, and what others will do to survive when they have no choice...

In the vein of the excellent "Children of Men" (or "I Am Legend"), but not nearly as good - still worth a viewing if you like post-apocalyptic tales and aren't put off by some unpleasantness...
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Post by: Seren on July 14, 2009, 02:33:08 AM
Watched Phonebooth again. It's not often you get a whole film set in one place. I think it's very well written to keep attention for that long in one setting.
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Post by: jkn on July 14, 2009, 06:38:03 AM
Dave - Arrested Development is one of my all time favorite tv shows - you'll be buying seasons 2 and 3 (only a half season) very quickly.   It's one you can watch over and over as the jokes tend to be hinted at episodes before they happen and then called back over and over again in subtle ways.   Brilliant - utterly brilliant show.

We picked up Weeds on sale at Best Buy - all four seasons for $14.99 each.    For a show that's supposed to be brilliant - neither of use are "getting it" yet.   Listed as a Comedy - Drama... why do they always put Comedy in front of Drama in descriptions when a show is almost 99% drama and just a minor hint of comedy...  Unless it's coming later?     Not sure if we'll keep season 2, 3, and 4... we'll see after we get into a few more episodes.   Acting and writing are good - it's just depressing... maybe we're just not in the right mood???



Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: petekelly on July 14, 2009, 02:06:41 PM
Clouds (again)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on July 30, 2009, 11:12:27 AM
"When you hear an oboe in the opening credits, you know it isn't going to be a happy story."
Carol Higgins, 07/28/09

Great quote my wife made after we watched "Notes from a Scandal".  Talk about intense drama!
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Post by: Boris Lelong on August 05, 2009, 12:36:39 AM
I saw UP and, as usual with PIXAR movies, found it wonderful.
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Post by: darkenedsoul on August 05, 2009, 04:05:33 PM
Torchwood - Children of Earth. Wow, this was actually a really good miniseries and was very surprised/shocked at the end but kind of understand maybe some need for atonement from Capt. Jack Harkness. Still it was very very good. And Eve Myles is always pleasant on the eyes ;-)

Doctor Who's Planet of the Dead was *ok* compared (but only 75 mins/1 night vs 5 nights) and one good thing was it had Michelle Ryan (aka Bionic Woman (thought she looked hotter on that show though)).

Now wondering if Torchwood is going to come back for another season seeing what happened in the last season and this miniseries.

Mike
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: jkn on August 14, 2009, 06:29:35 AM
T w i n   P e a k s - We just bought the Gold Box dvd's which have the pilot and both seasons (we previously had the 1st season they released back in 2001... which didn't have the pilot...).   Wow - once again reminded what a brilliant series Twin Peaks was... the mood, the music, the lingering shots, the quirkiness, the coffee...  good acting (and some fun campy bad acting)...

Lord of the Rings ... in 20 minute increments... - on my lunch hours for several weeks now I've been watching the extended LOTR discs... Yes - it's humorous to be watching in 15 to 20 minute chunks every day.   The battle of Helm's Deep just started.   Since I have Friday afternoon's off from work - I do get a bit of extra watching time today!  

The Donna Reed Show season 2 - just bought this set and Heidi and I love (love love love) old tv shows.  

Matlock season 2 - I love mystery tv.  Columbo and Murder She Wrote spin frequently every weekend (we love our "mystery sunday's..." - and I've always enjoyed Matlock.   Season 1 wasn't so hot for Matlock - it started to gel from season 2 onwards.  
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Post by: Wayne Higgins on August 14, 2009, 08:26:02 AM
Donna Reed, oh my, she is such a babe.  Between her, Diana Rigg and Gene Tierney, wow!

We've been on trilogy marathons this week.  We did the Bourne trilogy first half of the week, now we're on The Pirates of the Caribbean.
We couldn't remember much of the Bourne stuff.  There was one funny part in an extra.  I watched the New York car chase on the third flick, and during one of the wrecks, I had to stop and rewind a few times.  There is a ruler-on-a-table used in the background during the crashes.  We're watching the last of the POTC movies tonight.  Watched the second one last night (Dead Man's Chest).  I didn't care too much for it the first time I saw it, but the second time through was great.

Donna Reed.  Damn. ;)


oh yeah....Saturday night...Judas Priest in St. Augustine!
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: jkn on August 14, 2009, 08:51:02 AM
Diana Rigg...   oddly enough - we were looking at TMZ.com this morning at the "memba them?" section and she popped up - a shot of her in her Emma Peel days with a shot from a couple years ago.   (yes we sometimes do goofy internet browsing over breakfast!   check the weather, what's the special of day on QVC, I look at tvshowsondvd.com...)

I love the Avengers - Heid bought me the Emma Peel Mega-Set dvd box for my birthday the first year we had a DVD player.   It was huge... 16 full sized dvd cases in a big yellow and orange box...  (I've since eliminated 90% of my dvd cases instead opting to put them all in media holders...).   The re-release of the Emma Peel set is in slimline cases and includes a bonus disc I didn't get.   

At least companies finally started figuring out they didn't need to put everything in big huge plastic cases!   
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Post by: jim brenholts on August 14, 2009, 03:07:00 PM
been watching star trek:tng, seasons 5, 6 & 7. i love this series. overall, i think it is the best of the treks although i have not seen much voyager.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Scott M2 on August 14, 2009, 08:23:56 PM
I think they spread shows over more discs than required (HBO, Showcase...)
to justify a higher price. A 13 episode season could fit on 3 or 4 discs max
and not 5 or 6. Then you add fat packaging that makes it look bigger.

The new Buffy/Angel re-releases are super slim and won't take up a whole shelf.
Nice - but I already have the old ones.
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on August 16, 2009, 07:17:20 AM
Saw District 9 Thursday at a screening sponsored by aintitcool.com and was blown away...one of the most intense, provocative and disturbing movies I've seen in many many years. It's a very cynical, but IMO right on, evaluation of how we treat those who are different from us. The political and social allegories are contained within a well-made suspenseful "action" movie although this is much more intelligent and non-cliche than 99.9 percent of action movies, esp. SF ones. Several gut-wrenching scenes that almost reduced me to sobs. The movie also features one of the most complex lead characters - a person who doesn't have a simple "bad guy to good guy" arc, but is much more fleshed out. It's a very depressing film and even though some folks laughed at some scenes, I think there is only one scene that inspires laughter, and I'll bet Peter Jackson had a hand in it as it resembles the humor from his films such as Bad Taste, Dead-Alive, and Meet the Feebles. But other than that one "laugh" this is a grim and disheartening film, although bloody brilliant and, in a certain way, entertaining at times. Definitely not for the squeamish, esp. if Cronenberg's The Fly made you queasy. Extremely violent, both physically and emotionally. The final shot in the film just tears you apart - it is so tenderly poignant yet so horrifically tragic.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on August 17, 2009, 12:30:06 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if we could do a Star Trek thread here.  Anyway...

I love the original, and really liked Voyager (my wife and I plan on getting the entire series for Christmas), but NG never did it for me.  The movies are great, but the series was lame.  Wesley Crusher REALLY got on my nerves, as did Data.  I can only watch so much of a robot saying things like "What does it mean to feel?" before it begins to grate down my spine.  Captain Picard is a wimp compared to Kirk or even Janeway.  Always sending someone else on the away team.  (Away team, how creative.  "Number two, go away!")  Riker has the personality of a paper towel (albeit, a good director).  There was one show where Dianna Troy and her mother (the season's write in for Majel Barrett) were talking via telepathy and the scene actually consisted of the two women looking at each other and voice overs added later.  Awful.  And there was this blonde security chick in the begining that seemed like a Fascist-anti-drug-bimbo that really turned me off.  John de Lancie is a nice guy, though.  Met him once at this Tallahassee Star Trek Convention in the basement of the Holiday Inn.  I was tempted to ask him if Patrick Stewart was gay, but I had a feeling that the 50 or so Trekies present would have gotten really pissed at me. ;D
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Post by: jim brenholts on August 17, 2009, 03:00:50 PM
so wayne, quit being evasive. how do you really feel about tng?
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: jkn on August 18, 2009, 04:36:03 AM
so wayne, quit being evasive. how do you really feel about tng?

Hilarious!

Nothing new on the watching front... been out and about and not in front of the tv as much.   We did our usual "mystery sunday" which was mainly Murder She Wrote this week...  My aunt joined us for an episode after our several hour visit to a local cemetery and nature preserve on Sunday.

I'm continuing my LOTR in 20 minute increments (at lunch) - which is hilarious... seems to be I have to go back to work on a cliffhanger pretty much every day...  (well, not that I haven't read the book a billion times and seen the movie a billion times... I'm exagerating... slightly.)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on August 18, 2009, 08:42:27 AM
I do like Whoopi.
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Post by: judd stephens on August 18, 2009, 03:53:13 PM

Saw District 9 Thursday at a screening sponsored by aintitcool.com and was blown away...one of the most intense, provocative and disturbing movies I've seen in many many years. It's a very cynical, but IMO right on, evaluation of how we treat those who are different from us. The political and social allegories are contained within a well-made suspenseful "action" movie although this is much more intelligent and non-cliche than 99.9 percent of action movies, esp. SF ones. Several gut-wrenching scenes that almost reduced me to sobs. The movie also features one of the most complex lead characters - a person who doesn't have a simple "bad guy to good guy" arc, but is much more fleshed out. It's a very depressing film and even though some folks laughed at some scenes, I think there is only one scene that inspires laughter, and I'll bet Peter Jackson had a hand in it as it resembles the humor from his films such as Bad Taste, Dead-Alive, and Meet the Feebles. But other than that one "laugh" this is a grim and disheartening film, although bloody brilliant and, in a certain way, entertaining at times. Definitely not for the squeamish, esp. if Cronenberg's The Fly made you queasy. Extremely violent, both physically and emotionally. The final shot in the film just tears you apart - it is so tenderly poignant yet so horrifically tragic.

Wow, this was incredible!  I saw it today and definitely thought it was going to be an extremely dark movie for the first 30-40 minutes or so.  What was the most squeamish was the anticipation of what  you think is going to happen, but as certain scenes pan out, there's a bit of a relief from the imagined horror.  The second half of the movie is more adrenaline as they fight back.  It's interesting how the violence toward the opressed is so repulsive, yet it was hard not to feel satisfied when the same violence is inflicted on the aggressors.  Bill's right, the lead actor was fantastic.  I also never cared much for or about CGI characters before like I did with this movie....  Definitely one worth buying on DVD, and I never do that.  I'd rank it up there with Children of Men in terms of dark, intelligent Sci-fi with just enough action and effects payoff to keep the "awe-struck kid within" at the movies satisfied.  This was even a low budget movie by relative standards, and hopefully that's the wave of the near future- sci-fi movies with great stories where the effects are the caboose and not the engine.  I'm really looking forward to seeing another such movie called Moon... maybe won't get to it before it leaves the theatres here.  Anyway, District 9 is two big thumbs way the hell up.  

Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on August 19, 2009, 06:37:06 AM
So, after seeing Judas Priest this weekend, I had to go home and watch "Spinal Tap". (JP was awesome, BTW.  I've never seen a band open with an entire album, song for song (British Steel)).  Then "Goya's Ghosts" (Natalie Portman keeps getting beter and beter).  Last night was "Waking Ned Divine".  Love that movie.

Here's a bit for a laugh, thought of it this morning on the way to work.  I call it mixing the teleplays.

                                     Picard
Number one, get an away team together and try to gather more information on this planet.

                                      Riker
Yes, sir.  Warf, Data, Jordi, Number 6, come with me.

                                      Number 6
I am not a number!  I'm a free man!

                                      Everyone
Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

 ;D :D ;) ::)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: petekelly on October 12, 2009, 02:40:12 PM

'Keine Lust' by Rammstein, this is the 'normal' version !:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0oQgBJha5M

Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on October 13, 2009, 11:33:03 AM
Took the kids to see Alice Cooper's "Theater of Death" show in Biloxi.  Good family entertainment.

Watched "A Clockwork Orange" last night.  I have seen that movie so many times, but never realized how many people are wearing orange.

I happen to be extremely pissed at the Disney corp.  What's the deal with releasing "Snow White" on DVD for $25, DVD and Blue Ray disc together.  No choice, you have to buy the Blue Ray.  I'm looking for someone with a blue ray player, so we can split the purchase.  What a rip off.  I bet they do that with "Fantasia" in December.
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Post by: mgriffin on October 13, 2009, 04:51:46 PM
Would you be happier if they sold you the DVD for $25 now and the BluRay for $25 in a few years?   ;)

One thing Disney has always done with their video releases is they release something and then fairly quickly take it off the market for 7-10 years, so if you want it, you have to buy it in the brief window when it's available, or find a used copy.  I sold my Fantasia laserdisc on Ebay for something like $80 when it was hard to find.
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Post by: Dave Michuda on October 13, 2009, 07:32:14 PM
Favorite new show of the year is "Modern Family" on ABC.  Anybody else catch this yet?  It's a no laugh track comedy done in a sort of "Office" documentary style.  All three shows have been great so far.

"30 Rock" returns this week!  Woo Hoo!           
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on October 14, 2009, 09:36:37 AM
When "Fantasia" was originally released on DVD, it was a 3 disc set with the two movies and a disc of extras.  Never to be seen again.  I got a Chinese copy at a flea market recently.  Didn't play completely, but it was released in China last year.  I read that it will be released in the US in December.  Once again, probably in time for Christmas and on BluRay.

My point is that I don't like the idea of "gotta buy the BluRay to get the DVD."  Besides, I don't see myself buying BluRays.  Sure, I hear that they look better, that you can see the blades of grass, ect.  But a) I can't see that well anyway, and b) I have way too many movies that look fine right now to switch over to BR.

I'll probably get Snow White.  Anyone want to buy the BluRay for $12 plus postage? :D
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Post by: mgriffin on October 14, 2009, 09:46:58 AM
My point is, if they hadn't included the BluRay and sold you the DVD for $25, you would have been fine with it.  Why not look at the BluRay as a free throw-in, and hold onto it for when you get a BluRay player, which you eventually will.  I remember when everyone said "VHS tapes look fine, why would I buy a DVD player and replace all my VHS movies?" and yet now you can't even buy a VHS tape, except used. 

By this Christmas, $149 BluRay players will be everywhere and $99 players will start to appear, and next year it'll be $99 and $49.  In 3-5 years you won't be able to buy a DVD player that doesn't also play BluRays (just like you can't find a single CD player any more, just DVD players that also play CDs, except in audiophile shops).  Store shelves will increasingly fill up with BluRay discs and empty of DVDs, just like in the transition between VHS and DVD, except that in this case the new format's players will also play the old format's media.   At some point, you'll be glad you have the BluRay and you'll say "this DVD looks like shit, let's just give it to your cousin so your neice can watch it."
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Scott M2 on October 14, 2009, 11:40:57 AM
I believe that "most" Blue-ray players will up-convert DVD quality a bit too.
I'm looking at the OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray - primarily because it also plays
both SACD and DVD-A surround-sound discs - keeping all my libraries alive.  8)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on October 14, 2009, 12:13:24 PM
I feel so old....
but I still say it's a conspiracy! >:(
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: mgriffin on October 14, 2009, 12:25:20 PM
I believe that "most" Blue-ray players will up-convert DVD quality a bit too.
I'm looking at the OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray - primarily because it also plays
both SACD and DVD-A surround-sound discs - keeping all my libraries alive.  8)

I have an Oppo upconverting DVD player and it works great, plus it's region-free and plays PAL or NTSC discs, so we can watch DVDs from anywhere in the world with no problem. 

I use a Sony Playstation 3 to view BluRay discs, and it does upconvert standard DVDs as well.  At the time I bought the PS3 it was $600 (now $299) and the cheapest BluRay players were $800... and this wasn't long ago!
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: hdibrell on November 05, 2009, 02:19:48 PM
The Great British Synth Documentary.  This is up on the Matrixsynth blog right now http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/ (http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/). There are 7 of 10 parts here. It appears to be a history of synthpop in England in the '80's. I've only watched 2 parts so far, but it looks interesting. You may have to scroll down a bit depending on what time you check it out. Right now it's about five entries down.       Harry
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Post by: jkn on November 06, 2009, 08:19:23 AM
We breezed through all 10 episodes of Castle - season 1  -   excellent!  Highly recommended if you like cop/crime/drama shows.

It's not hyper gruesome like the CSI's have become.   It's more of an ensemble show with a fantastic cast all around - every part seems perfectly cast.  Toss in a bit of humor (Nathan Fillion is great in this) - and you have a great show.   They toss in several twists so the killer is rarely who we guess it is.

Can't wait to see season 2 (yes yes it's on tv - but it's on at 9 pm... too late for us - we both work early).
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Post by: Wayne Higgins on November 06, 2009, 12:35:50 PM
Sucked into the 1st and 2nd season of Voyager.  Highly addictive.  Got High Fidelity and Whatever Works this week.  Both great.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: drkappa on November 07, 2009, 02:08:16 PM
The Great British Synth Documentary.  This is up on the Matrixsynth blog right now http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/ (http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/). There are 7 of 10 parts here. It appears to be a history of synthpop in England in the '80's. I've only watched 2 parts so far, but it looks interesting. You may have to scroll down a bit depending on what time you check it out. Right now it's about five entries down.       Harry
A few weeks ago there was also a BBC documentary on Krautrock featuring interviews
with the likes of Edgar Froese and Klaus Schulze, Autobahn.  I recorded it while I was away in
Seren Fford territory, but the Oxford transmitter power was much reduced and the
programme was unwatchable.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nf10k (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nf10k)
Both documentaries were directed by Ben Whalley.  Shame the German slant on synthesised
music only lasted an hour whereas the Synth Britannia had 90 minutes.

I was going to say no doubt it will be repeated... Just spotted it's on tonight BBC4 at
00:30. :)
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Post by: SunDummy on November 11, 2009, 01:06:16 PM
Anybody else hooked on Sons of Anarchy?

(http://foxshop.seenon.com/img/product/resized/00105704-204960_200.jpg?k=e553cf6c&pid=105704&s=catl)

It's gritty and raw, crude and filthy, violent and ugly, yet compelling as hell.  Every character, from the drug-running cycle gang to the crooked cops to the white separatists, is an asshole, but I find myself rooting for the cycle gang even as they do truly nasty things. 

F/X hit a bullseye with this show; highly recommended.
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Post by: judd stephens on November 11, 2009, 01:29:19 PM
Food Inc.- very eye-opening documentary about the food industry and the policies that make it what it is today.

Watched Blade Runner:  The Final Cut.  Not much different with the actual movie although it sounded and looked better than ever.  The bonus disc was really what made me experience the movie from fresh eyes.  Good interviews, funny anecdotes, deleted material.  One of the most interesting things they left out, even Ridley Scott with the final cut, was a line from Gaffe's character at toward the end... remember right after Batty dies, and Deckard is sort of regaining his senses when Gaffe says, "You've done a man's job, sir".. or something like that?  Well I discovered the following line they omitted:  Gaffe continues with "... but can you be sure you are a man?" along those lines.  Maybe that dialogue wasn't subtle enough to leave any room for doubt (given the unicorn origami shortly after), but it would've worked perfectly because when he says his line, Deckard is sorta dazed, and it almost sounds dreamlike when Gaffe comes in with his line.  At any rate it was cool thinking about it  :)
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Post by: mgriffin on November 11, 2009, 01:30:34 PM
It's gritty and raw, crude and filthy, violent and ugly, yet compelling as hell.

Sounds like you're describing my life!  ;)

OK seriously, it sounds like an intriguing show.  On the subject of getting hooked on a TV show about people very different from oneself, lately I've been into The Deadliest Catch, which is about Alaskan crab fishing.  Good stuff!

(http://www.imagenic.net/images/4bi4sozgex90wisu857.jpg)

Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on November 11, 2009, 01:31:04 PM
A few weeks ago there was also a BBC documentary on Krautrock featuring interviews
with the likes of Edgar Froese and Klaus Schulze, Autobahn.  I recorded it while I was away in
Seren Fford territory, but the Oxford transmitter power was much reduced and the
programme was unwatchable.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nf10k (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nf10k)
Both documentaries were directed by Ben Whalley.  Shame the German slant on synthesised
music only lasted an hour whereas the Synth Britannia had 90 minutes.

I was going to say no doubt it will be repeated... Just spotted it's on tonight BBC4 at
00:30. :)

You can watch the entirety of that documentary online.  I saw it last week and found it pretty interesting (though the omission of Manny Gottsching & Ash Ra Tempel seemed unusual).  Here's a link:

http://vimeo.com/7366791

 8)
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Wayne Higgins on November 11, 2009, 02:34:35 PM
judd stevens
Quote
Food Inc.- very eye-opening documentary about the food industry and the policies that make it what it is today.

I really want to see this, but ...

I have a degree in Food and Nutrition Science, which is why I work in an environmental testing lab.  I just didn't want to make a career out of making Cheestos or slaughtering chickens.  I've seen enough to make you want to [STOP! >:(]  Anyway, I'm actually scared to watch it.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: cromag on November 12, 2009, 12:47:24 AM
I lost the local ABC affiliate when TV switched to digital  -- they stayed VHF when everyone else went UHF, and signal strength made for a great analog picture won't make it as digital -- but I've been watching FlashForward online, and I like it so far.  It really doesn't share much with the book it's based on, but it's pretty good so far.

On an earlier point, I dislike the way Disney manipulates the market -- it's just profiteering on little kids, as far as I'm concerned.  My kids are finally old enough to have figured out what the "vault" is all about.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: judd stephens on November 12, 2009, 02:21:36 PM
I really want to see this, but ...

I have a degree in Food and Nutrition Science, which is why I work in an environmental testing lab.  I just didn't want to make a career out of making Cheestos or slaughtering chickens.  I've seen enough to make you want to [STOP! >:(]  Anyway, I'm actually scared to watch it.

If you're worried it's going to graphic, it it doesn't feature too much of an animal holocaust-type visuals.  It's more about the people, the middle-men, and the victims, if you will... the farmers for Tyson chicken farms and how they get squeezed by that coorperation, the standards of other factory farms, parents of kids who died due to E.Coli, things of that nature.  It's definitely sad, but it could've been a lot more graphic.  Also Joel Sallatin takes the audience on a tour of his farm, which is the refreshing break and antithesis of everything else in the movie.  If you read the Omnivor'es Dilemma, you'll be acquainted with him.  All the major companies denied interviews for the movie:  Monsanto, Tyson and at least one other.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: Bill Binkelman on November 14, 2009, 05:31:44 PM
Anyone going to see 2012 or has maybe already seen it? Worthwhile or just too brain dead despite the SFX? May spend the 5 bucks at a matinee to see it, but damn, at almost 3 hours long, it's a tough call. That's a lotta time to invest in eye candy.
Title: Re: Now watching...
Post by: mgriffin on December 22, 2009, 02:43:19 PM
2012 was one of those movies that seemed really interesting when the studio first "teased" what was coming, but the more I saw and read regarding the movie, the less I cared about it.  At this point I'm not even sure I'd bother watching the DVD when Netflix has it.

We've been watching a lot of stuff lately, and finally caught Food Inc. which a few of you just mentioned.

It was definitely worth seeing, but it falls into the category of "important but difficult" documentary. Hot Pockets and Chicken McNuggets and Totino's Pizzas and chicken pot pies, those are much more "product" than food, and that's really the point of this documentary.  Really no matter what one's taste preferences, it makes sense to stick with foods that are cleaner, more natural, and more like the kind of thing your great grandparents could have found at the market.   Lena and I are already especially careful about what kinds of food we eat.  We almost never eat any food "products," and try to use actual fruits and vegetables and meat to make foods that are, you know, real food.  Yet even for us, seeing Food Inc made us re-think some of the things we eat.  Difficult viewing, yes, but important enough as to be worth it.

I had lunch at Chipotle today and they've been hyping this DVD/Bluray at their front counter for the past month or so, trying to get people to be more aware of the difference between organically or sustainably produced food (which is generally what they use at Chipotle) and the kind of factory-produced and genetically modified food you might find across the street at Burger King, Taco Bell or KFC.
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Post by: mystified on December 22, 2009, 02:48:19 PM
Buying the new "Star Trek" dvd was a good call, imo. Few extra features, but fun to revisit the movie.

I was not aware that Abrams did not shoot in digital. Interesting.
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Post by: mgriffin on December 22, 2009, 03:02:57 PM
Another recent view was Henry Fool, a strange, slightly funny, very bent drama by Hal Hartley.  It follows a strange, introverted garbage man named Simon Grim, who meets a brash extrovert (the title character) who is writing a great, epic work of poetry.  This convinces Simon to try his own hand at writing, and Simon becomes massively famous, finding out along the way that his friend, who had inspired him so much, was not at all what he seemed.  Lots of weird family relationship stuff -- Simon's sister is a major character, played by the always great Parker Posey.  Her character, Fay Grim, is the title character is a sequel of sorts, which Hartley made 10 years later.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c3/Henry_fool.jpg)

Not a perfect film, but you have to love artists who follow their own path and indulge their idiosyncrasies without compromising.
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Post by: jkn on December 23, 2009, 06:48:33 AM
I recently bought 4 seasons of Boston Legal.  I'd never seen it - it was highly recommended - and on a deep sale...

Heidi and I are enjoying season 1... especially once Candace Bergan joins the cast.   Great ensemble, good writing. 
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Post by: mgriffin on December 23, 2009, 07:32:08 AM
Lena and I are nearly done with Boston Legal (see my smart-ass remarks about Denny Crane and Alan Shore in the Shatner thread) and at the beginning it was a great, inspired show, one of the few to really balance comedy and drama effectively.  Alan Shore is one of my favorite television characters of recent memory, though he's usually difficult to exactly "like."

There are times in the later seasons where the absurdity rises up and overruns the drama, when Denny Crane becomes ridiculous, and for some reason Candace Bergen ages 15 years in 3 and yet ever man who comes in contact with her is still madly in love with her.  In other words, I don't think the latter seasons are as good, and I start to see little hints of why the show ended up canceled, but it's still worth watching.
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Post by: Wayne Higgins on December 23, 2009, 12:17:20 PM
We're on Season Four of Star Trek Voyager.  Highly addictive. 

Saw 2012 in the theater.  Absolutely hillarious.  Couldn't stop laughing.  Also lately, that Mr. Fox movie.  Good, only slept for a few minutes.  I'm still a bit wierded out about Where the Wild Things Are.

I did finally manage to see Scarlet Street.  Been looking for it for quite a while.  What happened with this one is that they made this after The Woman in the Window with the same cast, same director.  I have The Woman in the Window, great movie.  Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, directed by Fritz Lang.  Interesting pair of movies.  The more I watch Edward G., the more I like him.
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Post by: mgriffin on December 23, 2009, 12:22:46 PM
We're on Season Four of Star Trek Voyager.  Highly addictive. 

Saw 2012 in the theater.  Absolutely hillarious.  Couldn't stop laughing. 


2012 wasn't supposed to be funny, though, right?

We've just started Voyager on DVD for "while exercising" viewing.  I had previously watched seasons 1-3 a few years back but never finished the series, so when Lena and I started watching it again, so far I've just seen shows I had seen before.  But having just run through the full series of Deep Space Nine, I feel like the early part of Voyager is better than how Deep Space Nine started out.  DS9 ended strong, though.

Season 1 of Voyager was strangely short, just 12 episodes or so.  We're into season 2 now and it's overall pretty good.  Neelix can be kind of annoying but he improves a bit as they go along.
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Post by: APK on December 23, 2009, 12:25:50 PM
Voyager gets better and better, especially once you get to the Borg.  8)

Just watched District 9 ... not sure if I liked/enjoyed it or not. Which is probably negative in itself.
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 28, 2009, 06:53:13 AM
Has anyone seen Avatar yet? In 3-D or otherwise? Comments?
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Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 28, 2009, 07:12:56 AM
Saw it last night in 3D.  I wouldn't go for the plot, but the visuals were incredibly beautiful and innovative.
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Post by: Alan Imberg on December 28, 2009, 05:45:44 PM
Has anyone seen Avatar yet? In 3-D or otherwise? Comments?
I've seen it twice (once in 2D, then in 3D). The plot is kinda like "Dances with Wolves" in space. The effects are remarkable. The main female part is a blue, 8 foot tall alien. I know the effects work because she became strangely attractive (she is "played" by Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the latest ST so she's beautiful in her own right).
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Post by: mgriffin on December 28, 2009, 08:03:05 PM
I've seen it twice (once in 2D, then in 3D). The plot is kinda like "Dances with Wolves" in space. The effects are remarkable. The main female part is a blue, 8 foot tall alien. I know the effects work because she became strangely attractive (she is "played" by Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the latest ST so she's beautiful in her own right).


Alan, how would you rate the importance of seeing it in 3D?  Does it make a huge difference?  We received several movie passes for Christmas but they won't work for the more expensive 3D showings, so I'm wondering if it would be a waste of time to see it in a normal 2D theater.
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Post by: Alan Imberg on December 28, 2009, 10:39:49 PM
Alan, how would you rate the importance of seeing it in 3D?  Does it make a huge difference?  We received several movie passes for Christmas but they won't work for the more expensive 3D showings, so I'm wondering if it would be a waste of time to see it in a normal 2D theater.
I saw it in 2D first and thought it was amazing in and of itself. The 3D, while kinda cool, wasn't worth the extra $ IMO ($4 difference at the local theater). The glasses tended to dim the colors. And as I wear glasses anyways, having a 2nd pair on over my own was annoying. I will say that they have improved the 3D effects compared to old days.
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Post by: Wayne Higgins on December 29, 2009, 09:16:08 AM
3D movies, for me anyway, get tiresome after about 90 min.  There is nothing better than The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D.  Seen it at least 10 times.

2012
funny.  It's so outrageous, I couldn't help myself.  The very idea of someone escaping all that is ridiculous anyway.  Seeing it is a riot.  It was like a roller coaster ride, without the G-forces.  And the end.... the richest people on the planet survive to replenish the earth, living in peace an harmony.  Talk about a capitalist fantasy.  I'm no Marxist, but get real.  Those people would die in a month.

Star Trek Voyager.  Into the forth season.  Very enjoyable.  I think the really got going on this season.  7-of-9 (of whom my son and I refer to as 36DD) is great.  Scary thing is that when watching the story from the beginning, the Borg seem to have the right idea.

Watched Kung Fu Panda last night.  Great
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Post by: Dave Michuda on December 29, 2009, 06:11:59 PM
The 3D Avatar is worth the extra money.  It's different from most 3D movies in that it doesn't constantly throw things at you, reminding you that you're watching a 3D movie.  In the case of Avatar, the 3D just sucks you right into the film.

As innovative as the tech is in this movie, it's disappointing that the rest of it is so cliched.  Story's been done before & the soundtrack is laughable.  But it's still a fun ride that I'd recommend to anyone.

Other recent viewing...

movies:
UP
Man on Wire
Up in the Air

TV:
IT Crowd season 3
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 7
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Post by: Seren on December 30, 2009, 03:28:51 AM
....I know the effects work because she became strangely attractive (she is "played" by Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the latest ST so she's beautiful in her own right).

I know the feeling - I've always been interested in mythological animals and (embarrasing admission coming...) I found the female Centaurs in the Narnia films strangely impelling too....
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 30, 2009, 03:17:59 PM
Alan, how would you rate the importance of seeing it in 3D?  Does it make a huge difference?  We received several movie passes for Christmas but they won't work for the more expensive 3D showings, so I'm wondering if it would be a waste of time to see it in a normal 2D theater.
I saw it in 2D first and thought it was amazing in and of itself. The 3D, while kinda cool, wasn't worth the extra $ IMO ($4 difference at the local theater). The glasses tended to dim the colors. And as I wear glasses anyways, having a 2nd pair on over my own was annoying.  I will say that they have improved the 3D effects compared to old days.

That's my big concern, since I too am a glasses wearer. The last time I tried to see a 3D movie, the small 3D lenses didn't completely cover my glasses so I was constantly squinting so I didn't see "two versions" of the film. How big are the 3D glasses lenses? Anyone? Plus, as Alan wrote above, there is also the uncomfortable annoyance factor (having two "glasses arms" over my ears).
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Post by: Alan Imberg on December 30, 2009, 04:11:37 PM
That's my big concern, since I too am a glasses wearer. The last time I tried to see a 3D movie, the small 3D lenses didn't completely cover my glasses so I was constantly squinting so I didn't see "two versions" of the film. How big are the 3D glasses lenses? Anyone? Plus, as Alan wrote above, there is also the uncomfortable annoyance factor (having two "glasses arms" over my ears).
The glasses were actually pretty big, kinda like Raybans with the black rims. They covered my glasses alright but were pretty heavy. My main complaint was the dimming of the colors. But the 3D effect was impressive in some parts. There was one scene where theres ash coming down through the air and it looked like the ash was right in front of me. But still, I wouldn't pay the extra $$$ for 3D if I was bringing the whole family.
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Post by: mgriffin on December 30, 2009, 04:14:32 PM
I figure if the 3d effect is an improvement on what I've seen before, it's worth a few extra $$ over the 2d version.  We're planning to see this tomorrow.
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Post by: mgriffin on January 01, 2010, 12:59:15 PM
Lena and I saw Avatar in 3d yesterday with some of my family, in a packed theater during the afternoon.  I thought the 3d added an extra level of immersion and "being there" which I really enjoyed, but I think even in 2d only this would have been a very major "event" film due to the really impressive world creation and especially the best CG animated characters yet seen on a movie screen.  Once every decade or two a film comes along that is such a leap forward visually, or in terms of the believable representation of people, creatures ore locations that don't really exist.  I'm thinking of the Lord of the Rings films (really the first one was the real leap forward, and the others just carried on from that level), Terminator 2 (the closest comparison I can think of -- a film packed with so much "gosh, wow!" visual energy and inventiveness that the audience almost doesn't mind the clumsy aspects to the story), and before that, Blade Runner, the first Star Wars film, or 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I definitely want to see this again, preferably in 3d, and I'm sure it's one of those major sci-fi event films that will earn a billion dollars, inspire sequels, make James Cameron "king of the world" again, and inspire other studios, directors, and special effects houses to create a next generation of entertainment that much closer to "virtual reality" immersiveness.

Something like this, despite its faults, puts to shame recent mega-budget effects spectaculars like 2012 and 10,000 BC.
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Post by: Alan Imberg on January 02, 2010, 08:48:26 AM
I agree with you, Mike, in that this is one of those points of impressive advancement in film-making and Sci Fi. For the first time, I emotionally connected with a CG characters. I suppose the nearest that has happened previously for me was Gollum from LOTR (sorry Jar Jar Binks).
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 02, 2010, 05:29:35 PM
Just saw Up in the Air on New Years Eve. TREMENDOUS film...absolutely on point for a realistic snapshot of people in these tumultuous times. Great performances all around. Clooney, is, of course, superb. He is heading towards being the best American actor of his generation, IMO. Can't remember seeing a more mature yet accessible film in a long long time. Not as much a comedy (although many laugh out loud moments) as a genuine slice of life, i.e. comedy, drama, tragedy, hope, ambiguity, despair, hopelessness, and redemption. Makes me realize there is hope for film after all..it's not just special effects, explosions, and cliche-ridden plots.

Going to see The Hurt Locker next week at a neighborhood second run theater http://www.riverviewtheater.com.
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Post by: APK on January 02, 2010, 06:03:38 PM
Saw Avatar in 2D this afternoon. Its a crazily good piece of work, technically.
Hope to see the 3D before it leaves the cinemas.
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Post by: Dave Michuda on January 02, 2010, 06:21:00 PM
Bill,

I agree with you about Up in the Air, great film.  It's not over the top with anything, the tone is just perfect.  You said it best when describing it as "mature".  I saw Invictus, Nine & Up in the Air this week & Air is by far the best of the three.
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Post by: cromag on January 02, 2010, 10:20:19 PM
I just got back from seeing Dances with Aliens ... ummm, I mean Avatar ... in 3D.

First, let me say this is a very, very good movie: a good (if somewhat predictable and familiar) plot, good characters, great special effects, and very good use of 3D (not too many spears thrusting out of the screen, that sort of thing).  It would probably still be one of my favorite movies in 2D -- and I don't think anyone has the technology for 3D on TV yet, so I'm sure I'll be getting the 2D version when the DVD comes out.

We got there at 6:30 for the 7:00 show, and the line already ran 2/3 of the way around the lobby, so the crowds haven't dispersed yet.  And, here in NJ at least, two adult tickets (and just the tickets) set me back $29.00 (yes, I'm cheap!  I was shocked!) -- I told my daughter it was a sinister plot to sell overpriced snacks to people on line, and then have them hungry again during the show.


Of course, for me half the fun of going to a movie is picking the nits, but I won't do that here -- I don't want to ruin it for anyone.  Still, you should see it, and see it in 3D if you can.
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Post by: Seren on January 03, 2010, 02:55:48 AM
Saw Avatar last night - and made the Dances with Aliens comment to my friends too. It is spectacular and for the first time I felt I was actually watching the sort of alien landscape I vividly imagined when reading Sci-Fi novels in the 70's, including Brian Aldiss's Hothouse.

will be getting this on DVD as soon as it comes out
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Post by: Alan Imberg on January 03, 2010, 04:18:17 PM
I took my youngest to see "Alvin/Chipmunks 2". Oh, the things a parent must do....
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Post by: hdibrell on January 03, 2010, 06:01:32 PM
I took my youngest to see "Alvin/Chipmunks 2". Oh, the things a parent must do....
Hopefully it was in 3D.  :D
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Post by: jkn on January 04, 2010, 06:35:57 AM
We had a dvd player break...  replaced with a blu-ray player.    Picked up Planet Earth and the latest Harry Potter on blu-ray.   

Wow - Planet Earth - I've watched the standard dvd many times - seeing it in hi-def is almost like seeing it clearly for the first time.   And I thought the standard dvd was jaw dropping gorgeous!

Also - Heidi and I are continuing our Boston Legal marathon..  about mid-way through season 2. 
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Post by: mgriffin on January 04, 2010, 11:47:04 AM
Last night watched the Watchmen director's cut on BluRay.  Such great stuff.  Yes, the movie has slight flaws, but this is a great translation of this super-classic graphic novel.  Lots of fun, visually stylish and inventive, and enjoyable even if you know where the story is headed.  Alan Moore (who wrote the graphic novel, for those of you who don't know) refused to have his name attached to the film but that's no reflection on its quality.

(http://chud.com/articles/content_images/5/watchmen-bluray.jpg)

I plan to take in some of the extensive special features on the extra discs.
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Post by: lena on January 04, 2010, 12:33:16 PM
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How big are the 3D glasses lenses? Anyone?

Here they are, Bill!

(http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x107/hypnosgrl/3DglassesBW.jpg)


I thought the aliens were beautiful, and I loved their long, thin, graceful, muscular bodies!
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Post by: Scott M2 on January 04, 2010, 02:48:17 PM
Not Raybans but not bad.     8)
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 04, 2010, 05:31:24 PM
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How big are the 3D glasses lenses? Anyone?

Here they are, Bill!

(http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x107/hypnosgrl/3DglassesBW.jpg)


I thought the aliens were beautiful, and I loved their long, thin, graceful, muscular bodies!

Even with those godawful glasses on, you're both STILL so damned good looking. It's simply not fair to folks like me - I hate you both!  :'(
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 04, 2010, 05:34:33 PM
Mike,

How different is the director's cut from the theatrical version of Watchmen I was underwhelmed by the theatrical cut...it seemed visually stunning but lacked the inherent drama of the graphic novel since it was so condensed. The first "moving" scene was (SPOILER WARNING - DON'T SCROLL DOWN UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE)













When Rorschach (sp?) is killed at the end.
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Post by: mgriffin on January 04, 2010, 05:44:14 PM
Mike,

How different is the director's cut from the theatrical version of Watchmen I was underwhelmed by the theatrical cut...it seemed visually stunning but lacked the inherent drama of the graphic novel since it was so condensed. The first "moving" scene was.....


What happens in the director's cut is not at all different from the theatrical cut so I suspect it wouldn't fix what you didn't like about it.  A few scenes unfold more slowly and with more detail, especially the last scene with Hollis Mason, the original Owl.  The difference is over 20 minutes, though, so it's quite a bit.

Though I had read the graphic novel and enjoyed it a lot, I have to admit that some parts of the film sped past me and didn't make much impact the first time I saw it, and I was able to better keep myself oriented within the plot this time.  So it felt more dramatic to me this time, and the machinations of (secret "bad guy") were clearer as they unfolded.
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Post by: lena on January 04, 2010, 05:55:18 PM
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Even with those godawful glasses on, you're both STILL so damned good looking.

Ha ha! Well, thank you, but I think I look kind of goofy in this pic. (Mike, however, is looking all kinds of shmexy in his glasses!)  ;)
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Post by: cromag on January 04, 2010, 09:58:33 PM
...
I thought the aliens were beautiful, and I loved their long, thin, graceful, muscular bodies!

They did a great job on the alien avatars for the human characters, but sometimes the fact that it was so well done was, in itself, a distraction.

For instance, the avatar for Sigourney Weaver's character was very nearly perfect.  At one point the avatar smiled and it was such a perfect replication of Sigourney Weaver's smile that I got pulled right out of the movie -- I wondered how many people worked just to get that smile right.
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Post by: mgriffin on January 04, 2010, 11:33:04 PM
For instance, the avatar for Sigourney Weaver's character was very nearly perfect.  At one point the avatar smiled and it was such a perfect replication of Sigourney Weaver's smile that I got pulled right out of the movie -- I wondered how many people worked just to get that smile right.

Were you aware that Avatar used motion-capture technology not only for the actors' bodies (you've probably seen videos before of actors jumping around in front of a blue screen with motion-tracking dots glued all over their body), but also their faces? So as the actors moved around, not only were their bodiliy movements captured, but also their expression.  Sure, a lot of time was spent scanning & building a 3d model of Sigourney Weaver in Nav'i form, but once that was done, the new system actually should duplicate the actors' mannerisms and expressions accurately.
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Post by: mystified on January 10, 2010, 09:33:54 AM
Just watching-- Eps. 1 and 2 of Twin Peaks from the Gold Box set. Very happy with the set so far.
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Post by: jkn on January 11, 2010, 06:11:42 AM
We bought the Gold Box set of Twin Peaks last year - having the pilot was a major key.    The original dvd release (which I still have and need to give to a relative...) - didn't have the pilot, and only had season 1.   Brilliant still, but lacking that key beginning.  :-)

We're still on a Boston Legal marathon - and I think we're both getting a little tired of it (nearing end of season 2).   Probably need to take a break and come back to it.   Also watching our usual array of old tv shows when we go to bed - Odd Couple last night.
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Post by: APK on January 11, 2010, 06:21:02 AM
- The Mighty Boosh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz2szNKnsXo&feature=fvw
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Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 11, 2010, 09:07:23 AM
Saturday Night...The Visitor  great, incredible ending.
Yesterday... The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus  Terry Gilliam has outdone himself.  GREAT MOVIE  Christopher Plumber deserve an oscar nomination for his performance.  Gilliam deserves a best director nod.  I had a good feeling about this one.  The same feeling I had when I walked out from Braveheart, The Titanic, American Beauty and No Country for Old Men.
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Post by: APK on January 29, 2010, 09:04:22 PM
This evening... after many, many years

- The Life of Brian

excellent.

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Post by: APK on January 31, 2010, 08:47:07 AM
Just saw
- Pandorum
This is a sci-fi movie strong on the blood/horror side.
And its fairly well done. Great sets, good cast. Simple linear
plot, but some unexpected stuff to keep it interesting.
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Post by: Seren on January 31, 2010, 01:51:01 PM
Slowly working through Heroes Series 3 (with a cold :()
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Post by: jkn on February 01, 2010, 07:18:56 AM
Watched Changeling yesterday.   Truly excellent throughout.

We have netflix streaming now... so been watching some odd bits here and there:

The Avengers 68 - with Tara King...  they piled on the camp a lot heavier once they went to color (including the final Emma Peel year), but it's still fun, just not as fun.

Dirty Jobs - we've always heard about this show, but never watched it until netflix... very fun - we've watched several now.

Leave it to Beaver - netflix has most episodes from all of the seasons available for streaming (while only the first two are on dvd released in '05 and '06).    What a fun find!   I did just read that the entire series is coming to dvd this summer - which is a must buy for us.

MacMillan and Wife - 70's murder/mystery show with Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James that rotated with Columbo and McCloud (I think) on Sunday nights.   Fun show.  Only the 1st season is on dvd, but most episodes from the entire series are available for streaming.   I'm a huge fan of these types of murder mystery shows... Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Monk, etc...



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Post by: mgriffin on February 01, 2010, 10:51:22 AM
Just saw
- Pandorum
This is a sci-fi movie strong on the blood/horror side.
And its fairly well done. Great sets, good cast. Simple linear
plot, but some unexpected stuff to keep it interesting.

We just saw this too, and I think it was pretty good.  It's at least as much a horror film as sci-fi, though.
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Post by: Seren on February 01, 2010, 11:30:50 AM
Terminator Salvation.....

I suppose it's not bad as an action film, but despite the 'Salvation' angle I think it loses sight of the earleir films.

If Skynet had such control over everything how would north americans obtain enough fuel to fly planes and helicopters?
and given the chance to kill Kyle Rees, they did not..... ???
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Post by: judd stephens on February 01, 2010, 05:48:30 PM
Terminator Salvation.....

I suppose it's not bad as an action film, but despite the 'Salvation' angle I think it loses sight of the earleir films.

If Skynet had such control over everything how would north americans obtain enough fuel to fly planes and helicopters?
and given the chance to kill Kyle Rees, they did not..... ???

Way too many whatifs in the Terminator movies 8)  In the movie skynet admits that it had to upgrade the terminators because the past, or rather, future or, well, just failures of each terminator, as seen in  the "present time" of the prequel movies .... so it's like they're changing their strategy based on things they haven't done yet but already know about. 

The obvious thing to me that came up was if the machines knew that they were going to fail, why send a terminator back at all to kill Sarah Connor?  No terminator sent= no Kyle Reese sent= no John Connor.
It'd probably be harder for the resistance to send back Kyle Reese with no terminator to fight, with the sole mission being "high I'm Kyle Reese, the father of your child who'll lead the resistance against the machines, and I need to impregnate you".
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Post by: judd stephens on February 01, 2010, 06:00:28 PM
I did think this though about "Salvation", is that they found the best actor imaginable to play Kyle Reese.  He just seemed to have a similar physical sature and personality, so I thought that was a good casting job.  Unfortunately he's so young that it'll take a good 3 years or so for him to look more mature to fit any role in a sequel that involves the Reese we knew from Terminator 1. 

The 2 best characters were by far not John Connor, and I felt they were wasted to some extent, one certainly more than the other, without giving it away if anyone's remotely interested...

And what's up with these post-apocalyptic women lately, with their bouncy, shiny, pro-vitamin enriched hair?  Well, I guess there were a couple of babes in the "Road Warrior" who had time to do make-up, and one of the tougher chicks had classic 80's crimp-ironed hair.  Of course if guys have time to shave mowhawks, ladies can use the pantene pro-v... 
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Post by: hdibrell on February 01, 2010, 10:01:29 PM
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MacMillan and Wife - 70's murder/mystery show with Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James that rotated with Columbo and McCloud (I think) on Sunday nights.   Fun show.  Only the 1st season is on dvd, but most episodes from the entire series are available for streaming.   I'm a huge fan of these types of murder mystery shows... Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Monk, etc...
Another great show in that series was Hec Ramsey starring Richard Boone (of Have Gun, Will Travel). It was about an aging gunfighter who used scientific methods to solve crimes in the later days of the west. It was a favorite of mine.
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Post by: Dave Michuda on February 01, 2010, 10:19:18 PM
Final season of Lost!!!!!  Should be a wild ride!
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Post by: APK on February 02, 2010, 06:43:13 AM
Final season of Lost!!!!!  Should be a wild ride!

Yep!  Should be great.
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Post by: jkn on February 02, 2010, 07:01:56 AM
I'll be glued to my telly tonight!   Lost deserves it's own thread.  ;-)
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Post by: Antdude on February 03, 2010, 12:35:41 AM
All I have to say is, LOST, you better not screw with me or this is the last season I'm watching.
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Post by: jkn on February 03, 2010, 06:30:59 AM
All I have to say is, LOST, you better not screw with me or this is the last season I'm watching.

LOL!   Nice one.
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Post by: Hypnagogue on February 04, 2010, 12:46:34 PM
It hasn't been mentioned here since October, but please tell me some of you are enjoying "Modern Family." Simply the smartest, funniest show on TV right now. Capable of setting you off laughing hysterically and then delivering a magnificent heart-punch of pure emotion. Honest characters, solid writing and structure that makes the writerly me ab-so-lute-ly jealous.
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Post by: jkn on February 04, 2010, 02:56:44 PM
Yep - loving Modern Family.
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Post by: APK on April 25, 2010, 04:33:29 PM

- Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

The excellent tv version. Brilliant.
Tend to watch this again every few years.
Still fresh. But maybe its a British thing.
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Post by: drkappa on April 30, 2010, 03:53:59 PM
Recent viewing on the gogglebox:

There have been lots of good science documentaries on the BBC recently

Beautiful Minds  -- a series about three scientists who bucked dogma
The two series on the power and role of maps
Darwin's Nightmare
The Story of Science

Drama:
Damages      Whom can you trust?
Dr Who         Please can we have some longer stories like when I was a lad.
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Post by: Seren on April 02, 2012, 02:28:48 PM
The Thing - prequel.....plot spoiler alert.

I have to say I was underwhelmed by this version - despite liking the way they linked the events and 'bodies' to the first film.

I thought having 2 non Norwegians in the station was very lazy writing - better to have had them all as Norwegian and filmed it all in english language - having the Americans (I would have felt the same if they were british) as the clever ones who worked it out etc just added to the sense of lazy script writing.

Although the effects were very good - I thought they lacked the originality of the first film and were very repetitive - and if bits of 'the thing' can survive on their own then it would have split into very small parts to sneak up on everyone at the same time, like insect bites.....

I also thought the 'repelling' of artificial bits was poorly thought out - if the alien is taking over every cell it would replace everything around the artificial items = not heal them.....

IMHO - but just my opinion....
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Post by: drone on on April 02, 2012, 04:56:25 PM
Maybe I missed something, but I wasn't expecting much yet really liked the film.  If nothing else, see it for the special effects, they were fantastic.
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Post by: Dave Michuda on April 03, 2012, 02:53:45 PM
Just finished the first season of the BBC show "The Fades."  (http://www.amazon.com/The-Fades-Season-Daniel-Kaluuya/dp/B006HGXH0Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333489995&sr=8-2)  An excellent, intense show about "fades" which are sort of ghosts, sort of zombies.  The main character is a reluctant high school kid that can see the dead people(fades).

At only six episodes, I swept through the whole season in one weekend.  Very cool.
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Post by: Seren on April 04, 2012, 01:01:49 PM
Just started watching Millenium series 1 again - forgot how dark and unsettling this series is.
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Post by: jkn on April 05, 2012, 06:54:21 AM
I got hooked on "Bones".   Had never seen a full episode before - now I'm sucked in. 


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Post by: Dave Michuda on October 13, 2012, 05:38:02 PM
Just started re-watching "The West Wing."  I haven't seen it since I watched it in real time years ago.

I am loving every minute of it!  Such a wonderful show.  I'm really looking forward to plowing through 6 or 7 years all over again.
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Post by: APK on October 13, 2012, 05:52:57 PM
I got hooked on "Bones".   Had never seen a full episode before - now I'm sucked in.

Netflix has all the early seasons ... its great !
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Post by: mgriffin on October 15, 2012, 04:13:55 PM
Lena and I are just starting Dexter.... late to the party, I know. Fantastic show!

Also lately really into Downton Abbey, and Walking Dead (perhaps the two opposite extremes in terms of style & mood).

We have a lot of fun with Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock, and are also watching Burn Notice while we work out.
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Post by: SunDummy on October 16, 2012, 07:23:21 AM
We watched "In Bruges" last night; good stuff.  Starts out as a mellow little sleeper of a film, then gets more and more intense.  Collin Ferrel is excellent, as is Ralph Fiennes.  Recommended. 

Saturday we were bored, so we went to see "Taken 2".  Mindless action flick; not bad, but we were laughing through much of it, pointing out the absurdity of just about every decision the characters made.  You know how some movies stick with you long after you've seen them?  Well, this one left my brain the minute the credits rolled.
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Post by: phobos on November 17, 2012, 12:16:40 PM
ZZ Top - Live From Texas on Sky Arts 1

I was fortunate enough to see these guys a few times when I was younger. Love their stuff.
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Post by: Seren on April 12, 2015, 12:42:37 PM
Predestination - based on a Heinlein story.
a bit like Looper but I found it more interesting - less flash and bang, more character development and interaction.
I will watch it again.
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Post by: Antdude on April 13, 2015, 09:41:34 AM
I know some of you are in the same age group, so the new "Thunderbirds Are Go" is quite frankly, a hoot.

Here's the new intro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwgIZ__WrY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwgIZ__WrY)
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Post by: Embers Below Zero on April 23, 2015, 06:52:21 AM
Yesterday I finished "Fortitude", an amazing TV show which begins like a Scandinavian crime drama/thriller, but with each consecutive episode turns towards a pure horror. Good cast, fascinating, cold atmosphere (as the action takes place somewhere on Spitsbergen) and perfect soundtrack by Ben Frost. One of the best shows I've seen lately. Highly recommendable.
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Post by: Seren on April 27, 2015, 12:53:45 PM
Predestination - based on a Heinlein story.
a bit like Looper but I found it more interesting - less flash and bang, more character development and interaction.
I will watch it again.

I did and I still liked it - may set up my own time loop of comments.
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Post by: phobos on January 30, 2017, 05:28:56 AM
Fortitude series 2.
After the excellent first series I have been eagerly awaiting this shows return. Although there are still the odd surprise here and there, it isn't as good as the first series, and I can't help feeling a little bit disappointed. The ending sort of hints at a third series but I don't find myself feeling as eager for that one as I did after the end of the first series. Still worth watching though, for those who have seen series one.
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Post by: thirdsystem on February 07, 2017, 10:09:03 AM
Really enjoyed Fortitude series 1, there is something about the North that draws me in.

Looking forward to season 2 , watched the first episode and the rest is loading on the Sky box. It will keep me going until the imminent return of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones  8) 8) 8).

Also been watching the BBC series Taboo . Dark, dark, dark !!!
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Post by: thirdsystem on March 18, 2017, 06:15:49 AM
Finished Season2 of Fortitude.

What can I say. I think "enjoyed" would be the wrong word. Very, very dark , disturbing, brutal but addictive. Stunning scenery and 2 or 3 very good acting performances.( some not so good but insufficient to spoil the overall )

As said, disturbing stuff.