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« Reply #40 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
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:



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« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2009, 02:34:35 PM »
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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.
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« Reply #42 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.
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« Reply #43 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.

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« Reply #44 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.

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« Reply #45 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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« Reply #46 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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« Reply #47 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.



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« Reply #48 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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« Reply #49 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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« Reply #50 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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« Reply #51 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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« Reply #52 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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« Reply #53 on: December 28, 2009, 06:53:13 AM »
Has anyone seen Avatar yet? In 3-D or otherwise? Comments?

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« Reply #54 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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« Reply #55 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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« Reply #56 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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« Reply #57 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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« Reply #58 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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« Reply #59 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.

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