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#1 Feb 23, 2014 10:49am
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OT: Movies.

It looks like the movies thread is gone too.

 

Here was my last update:

 

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Beaches: I wanted to watch this because Seinfeld referred to it. Good acting and storytelling of a sometimes rocky relationship between friends.

Trainspotting: Great special effects and directing. Some amusing stories from the heroin addicts.
Renton’s character though still doesn’t seem to be the type to steal his friend Tommy’s sex tape, and then not confess that he caused Tommy and his girlfriend to break up because of the missing sex tape. Renton seemed to be the type of character that would have had a little bit of remorse.

2001: A Space Odyssey: Great directing. It took me a while to get into 2001, but once they introduced HAL 9000, I was intrigued.

The Goonies: I liked it, a good kids adventure movie. Best kids movie I've seen since the mid 90s movies with McCaulay Culkin, or The Sandlot.

The Hurt Locker: Pretty good, a unique setting for war movie, with the focus on the bomb squad. Not one of the greatest war movies, but worth watching. It wasn't THAT good to win the awards that it did.





Children Of The Corn (2009 Syfy channel version, not Stephen King version): The suspense in this movie was good. They had great timing on the suspense, more than most other scary movies. I liked the acting too.

Should I watch the original 1980 Stephen King movie? Not sure if I want to watch essentially the same plot twice.

The Big Lebowski: Another one of those movies with interesting characters, and an unpredictable plot, comprising of various incidents. I can see why there’s so many internet references to these characters.

Gravity: Good special effects, saw it in 3-D. It’s a survival/all-hope-is-lost movie. Pretty good acting by Bullock.

Spawn: Combines sci-fi with themes of good vs. evil and the afterlife. The special effects seem a little dated, and the directing style is a little weird. But a decent rental type of a movie.

Home Alone 4: Great kids movie. Also had some nice homages to the original movie, like with Marv being on fire, and Kevin singing in the shower.

A worthy sequel. If you never saw the first two, while they had some great actors, you'd like this one as much.

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy: The first 35 mins or so contained most of the soundbites and clips that I’d heard about this movie. After that, it was a little boring.
It’s hard to watch this movie with so much being said about it already. I wish most of the good parts weren’t so concentrated at the beginning.

Brick might be the funniest character in the movie, even more than Ron.

Cujo: Wow, great acting by the kid Danny Pintauro. One of the best child acting jobs, for a more serious movie (not a comedy), that I’ve seen. I can see why Pintauro would later star on Who’s The Boss.

This movie developed the characters well, with themes of marriage, disconnect/boredom in the marriage, adultery, and the suspicions and trust issues that arise from that.
And also, the child being scared of monsters in his room, only to have a rabid dog (another form of a “monster”) lurking outside, when the mom and child are trapped in the car.

They also developed the kid, Tad’s character, by showing that his dad was slightly better at comforting him from monsters than his mom, and that Tad wasn’t liking summer camp, but that his mom couldn’t figure that out. And that Tad could really only be truthful with his dad. They did a good job with showing a child having a different level of closeness with each parent.

Friday The 13th: I’m going to compare this to A Nightmare On Elm Street. I thought Nightmare had good special effects, but the plot was dumb. A guy killing people while they dream? I’m going to give this series another chance, and try part 2 sometime. But it will be a shame if I can’t get into this series, especially since Freddy Krueger is supposed to be an iconic character. And it has the same actor play Krueger in all the movies! How rare is that.

Now, back to Friday The 13th: I thought this did a solid job with the setting, music, and plot. I didn’t think the acting was that good. There wasn’t much material to work with though, just a bunch of people in their teens or early 20s hanging out at camp, and getting it prepared for camp opening which was a few days away.

However, I found out that there’s no iconic hockey mask in this movie! I have to wait for the 3rd movie to see the hockey mask.

Overall, this series has more potential for me than Nightmare, but like I said, I’ll give Nightmare another chance.

This series also seems a little better than Child’s Play (seen the first 4). Child’s Play was good for a few quick surprises, but not much would happen during the other moments of the movie IMO.

 

EDIT:  Having now seen the first 5 Nightmare on Elm Streets, and first five Friday The Thirteenths:

 

* The 2nd, 4th, 5th Nightmares were decent.  Overall though, this movie is better for special effects, than it is for being scary or having good dialog.

 

* Even though the 3rd Friday The Thirteenth had the hockey mask, I thought the 1st, 2nd, 4th were more memorable with the death scenes, and not as repetitive.  4th one had good acting by the boy, Corey Feldman.  5th one left the viewer guessing as to who Freddy was.  These movies do get predictable with similar characters behaving in similar ways.  Still, I like this series a little more.

 

* The Third Man:  I'm trying to remember what I wrote for this, 5-6 weeks ago.

 

I remember how jarring it was, for me, that pretty much every professional role in the movie was by a male.  Doctor, convention speaker, the hotel porter, the police.  Watching it in today's times, that part of it just seems out of place.

 

The scene when we first see Harry Lime alive, is a surprising/intriguing moment in the movie,

 

I also agree with mannycoon, that the zither music is a memorable signature of the movie.

 

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

 

There was plenty of tension throughout the movie.

 

All of the characters were flawed and had something wrong with them.

 

This was a difficult movie to watch, as there was so much tension and intensity.

Feb 23, 2014 11:42am
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Oscars are next week. I've seen 7 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture. To make this easy, I'll group the pics into Like and Didn't Like:

Liked:
Gravity-great story and special effects
Her-brilliant story. An excellent satire on our obsession with technology.
The Wolf of Wall Street-hilarious! DiCaprio is an excellent actor and this is Scorsesee's best picture since Goodfellas.

Didn't Like:
American Hustle-forgettable story. Sad when the clothes and hairstyles are the most memorable thing about the movie.
Captain Phillips-I read that the crew actually blamed Captain Philips for ignoring warnings and sailing too close to Somalia which allowed the ship to get captured in the first place.
Dallas Buyers Club-curious choice of subject to tell the AIDs crisis story, especially since 2 of the 3 main characters were fictional.
Nebraska-seemed like a typical road movie, didn't like the choice of filming in black and white. I couldn't finish watching on tv.

Didn't See:
Philomena-didn't know enough about the story to see in the theater. Started watching on viooz.co but didn't commit to it.
Twelve Years A Slave-I've been avoiding this one because we already know that slavery was bad and this will probably be a downer movie.

 

Feb 23, 2014 12:41pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

Oscars are next week. I've seen 7 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture. To make this easy, I'll group the pics into Like and Didn't Like:

Liked:
Gravity-great story and special effects
Her-brilliant story. An excellent satire on our obsession with technology.
The Wolf of Wall Street-hilarious! DiCaprio is an excellent actor and this is Scorsesee's best picture since Goodfellas.

Didn't Like:
American Hustle-forgettable story. Sad when the clothes and hairstyles are the most memorable thing about the movie.
Captain Phillips-I read that the crew actually blamed Captain Philips for ignoring warnings and sailing too close to Somalia which allowed the ship to get captured in the first place.
Dallas Buyers Club-curious choice of subject to tell the AIDs crisis story, especially since 2 of the 3 main characters were fictional.
Nebraska-seemed like a typical road movie, didn't like the choice of filming in black and white. I couldn't finish watching on tv.

Didn't See:
Philomena-didn't know enough about the story to see in the theater. Started watching on viooz.co but didn't commit to it.
Twelve Years A Slave-I've been avoiding this one because we already know that slavery was bad and this will probably be a downer movie.

 

Thanks.  I'll post my Oscars Predictions Thread later this week.

Feb 23, 2014 1:14pm
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The Third Man music is one of my favorite movie scores.  It is up there with some of the Leone western scores.

As for Oscars.  I'm hearing Twelve Years A Slave is pretty much a lock for best picture.  I haven't seen it for pretty much the same reasons as Sisyphus.

Feb 23, 2014 8:08pm
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Here are my guesses for the Academy Awards (not who I want to win, just who I think will win):

Best Picture 12 Years a Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Best Actor Matthew McConaugey - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay 12 Yeas a Slave
Best Original Screenplay Her
Feb 23, 2014 8:20pm
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Mistwell wrote:

Here are my guesses for the Academy Awards (not who I want to win, just who I think will win):

Best Picture 12 Years a Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Best Actor Matthew McConaugey - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay 12 Yeas a Slave
Best Original Screenplay Her

 

Hey, I didn't start my predictions game yet!

 

J/K.

 

Nice job using a table to format your post.

 

Which of those movies have you seen, and your thoughts on them?

Feb 23, 2014 10:05pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

 

Hey, I didn't start my predictions game yet!

 

J/K.

 

Nice job using a table to format your post.

 

Which of those movies have you seen, and your thoughts on them?

We didn't get out much to the movies as much as I would have liked this year, which is a shame. But we did see some SAG award screeners.  I've seen Gravity (liked it a lot), August: Osage County (very good acting, but felt like the plat it is based on), Blue Jasmine (pretty good), Captain Phillips (not bad but not as good as I was hoping it would be), and American Hustle (I liked it).

Of those, I'd say I liked Gravity the most, followed by American Hustle.

But I gotta say, nothing I've seen felt good enough to be a best picture award, relative to most prior years.  Maybe 12 Years a Slave is awesome, that's one we didn't see and which I hear is excellent.  I wanted to see Her (though I was spoiled for the ending).

As far as other movies I saw this year that I really liked, I am a pretty big sci-fi/fantasy nerd so they all ran in tha vein: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (I thought it was really quite good, and it finally got me to read the books, which are better than I expected), Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen.  I also liked World's End.  I'd really like to see Saving Mr. Banks, and Inside Llewyn Davis, as well.

Feb 23, 2014 10:09pm
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You reminded me that I never saw the new Star Trek.

 

I'm not a big Trekkie, but can appreciate it.  I only saw 2-3 episodes from the original TV series.  I've seen the first 4 movies, then one other one at the theater in the 90s, then the reboot from 2009.

Feb 23, 2014 10:16pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

You reminded me that I never saw the new Star Trek.

 

I'm not a big Trekkie, but can appreciate it.  I only saw 2-3 episodes from the original TV series.  I've seen the first 4 movies, then one other one at the theater in the 90s, then the reboot from 2009.

The later seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 are pretty epic television.  It's where Ron Moore developed some of the ideas he put into Battlestar Galactica. 

Feb 23, 2014 10:55pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

You reminded me that I never saw the new Star Trek.

 

I'm not a big Trekkie, but can appreciate it.  I only saw 2-3 episodes from the original TV series.  I've seen the first 4 movies, then one other one at the theater in the 90s, then the reboot from 2009.

I really enjoyed Into the Darkness, however I watched it at the theater in 3D.  They made some beautiful planets and characters come to life.  It had a very good script, nice young cast and developed, intelligent action scenes.  There is many moral dilemmas that occur.  And the chemistry with Kirk and Spock works well.  You don't need to be a Trek fan to enjoy it or understand it.

Feb 23, 2014 11:21pm
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I didn't want to see Captain Phillips, but I rented it and it actually ended up enjoying this intense movie.  Tom Hanks is a legend.  I loved Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, The Wolf, Blue Jasmine but I'm alone on this, but Gravity was boring for me.  What may have ruined it for me was, watching a special IMAX version of Spacejunk at the Museum of Science in Texas.  Its astonishing that a chip of paint, in orbit can demolish a space station, and there is trash from broken satellites floating in orbit at very high speeds.  Also Rush was boring.  I haven't seen 12 years a slave, Her, and Philomena.

Some movies I liked this year that weren't nominated were Mud, Prisoners,The Place Beyond the Pines, Into the Darkness, Enders Game, Fruitvale Station, the Conjuring, Hunger Games and the Butler.  

Feb 23, 2014 11:46pm
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Oh yeah I wanted to see Ender's Game as well.  Great book!

Feb 24, 2014 9:09am
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Ender's game was good.  Loved the ending of that movie.  Very underrated.  I liked Sinister and You're Next.  Two very creepy movies.  Loved the second Hunger Games movie.  Liked the new Star Trek movie.  Superman and Iron Man retreads not so much.  The Thor retread wasn't bad.

As far as the nominees I liked 12 years a Slave.  It is brutal but seems to be painfully realistic.  Great acting.  Liked Gravity a lot.  Good acting and absolutely groundbreaking special effects.  Didn't like Wolf of Wall Street because it had no moral center.  Thought American Hustle was nothing great or memorable.  Her I didn't see but it is offputting that the plot is about a guy is in love with his sex toy.  Captain Phillips was nothing to write home about either.  Other ones I didn't see.  Lone Survivor is pretty good too.  Best ensemble award for a group of stunt men.

Feb 24, 2014 9:41am
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Clippers1121 wrote:

Ender's game was good.  Loved the ending of that movie.  Very underrated.  I liked Sinister and You're Next.  Two very creepy movies.  Loved the second Hunger Games movie.  Liked the new Star Trek movie.  Superman and Iron Man retreads not so much.  The Thor retread wasn't bad.

As far as the nominees I liked 12 years a Slave.  It is brutal but seems to be painfully realistic.  Great acting.  Liked Gravity a lot.  Good acting and absolutely groundbreaking special effects.  Didn't like Wolf of Wall Street because it had no moral center.  Thought American Hustle was nothing great or memorable.  Her I didn't see but it is offputting that the plot is about a guy is in love with his sex toy.  Captain Phillips was nothing to write home about either.  Other ones I didn't see.  Lone Survivor is pretty good too.  Best ensemble award for a group of stunt men.

Your Next was a classic, I thought it was going to be a lame Home Invasion movie, but it was something much different.  I watched in theater. People were giving each other high fives, cheering, clapping, talking back to the movie and laughing.  It's been a while since I've seen that enthusiasm in the theater. 

Yes, the ending of Enders separated it from some of the si-fi readings and movies I've seen recently.    

Feb 24, 2014 1:10pm
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I have been reluctant to see Enders Game because I don't think it could live up to the book.  Also am not sure if the actors are of that caliber for an action/drama.  Especially for something that's been well known for about 28 years, as a book.

 

Those that have read the book(s) and seen the movie, thoughts?

 

As for the books, I've read:

  1. Ender's Game
  2. Ender's Shadow (Note: The events of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow take place in roughly the same time period.)
  3. A War of Gifts (Note: This takes place during Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow.)
  4. Shadow of the Hegemon
  5. Shadow Puppets
  6. Shadow of the Giant
  7. Ender in Exile (Note: Beginning takes place during Shadow of the Hegemon and through Shadow of the Giant)
  8. Shadows in Flight
  9. First Meetings (A collection of short stories whose settings range from before Ender's Game till after Shadows in Flight)
  10. Speaker for the Dead
  11. Xenocide
  12. Children of the Mind

 

I have yet to read:

  1. Earth Unaware
  2. Earth Afire
  3. Earth Awakens
  4. Shadows Alive

 

 

Feb 24, 2014 1:19pm
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I thought the movie of Ender's Game was a lot better than the book was.  A really fine adaptation.  The actors in it were great.  Only read the original Ender's Game.  Not familiar with the other books on that list.

Feb 25, 2014 9:57am
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

Oscars are next week. I've seen 7 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture. To make this easy, I'll group the pics into Like and Didn't Like:

Liked:
Gravity-great story and special effects
Her-brilliant story. An excellent satire on our obsession with technology.
The Wolf of Wall Street-hilarious! DiCaprio is an excellent actor and this is Scorsesee's best picture since Goodfellas.

Didn't Like:
American Hustle-forgettable story. Sad when the clothes and hairstyles are the most memorable thing about the movie.
Captain Phillips-I read that the crew actually blamed Captain Philips for ignoring warnings and sailing too close to Somalia which allowed the ship to get captured in the first place.
Dallas Buyers Club-curious choice of subject to tell the AIDs crisis story, especially since 2 of the 3 main characters were fictional.
Nebraska-seemed like a typical road movie, didn't like the choice of filming in black and white. I couldn't finish watching on tv.

Didn't See:
Philomena-didn't know enough about the story to see in the theater. Started watching on viooz.co but didn't commit to it.
Twelve Years A Slave-I've been avoiding this one because we already know that slavery was bad and this will probably be a downer movie.

 

I watched Philomena last night. Steve Coogan was better in The Trip and played basically the same character. Judi Dench wasn't convincing as a working-class Irish woman. The story was meh.

Feb 25, 2014 10:00pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

ClipperSisyphus wrote:

Oscars are next week. I've seen 7 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture. To make this easy, I'll group the pics into Like and Didn't Like:

Liked:
Gravity-great story and special effects
Her-brilliant story. An excellent satire on our obsession with technology.
The Wolf of Wall Street-hilarious! DiCaprio is an excellent actor and this is Scorsesee's best picture since Goodfellas.

Didn't Like:
American Hustle-forgettable story. Sad when the clothes and hairstyles are the most memorable thing about the movie.
Captain Phillips-I read that the crew actually blamed Captain Philips for ignoring warnings and sailing too close to Somalia which allowed the ship to get captured in the first place.
Dallas Buyers Club-curious choice of subject to tell the AIDs crisis story, especially since 2 of the 3 main characters were fictional.
Nebraska-seemed like a typical road movie, didn't like the choice of filming in black and white. I couldn't finish watching on tv.

Didn't See:
Philomena-didn't know enough about the story to see in the theater. Started watching on viooz.co but didn't commit to it.
Twelve Years A Slave-I've been avoiding this one because we already know that slavery was bad and this will probably be a downer movie.

 

I watched Philomena last night. Steve Coogan was better in The Trip and played basically the same character. Judi Dench wasn't convincing as a working-class Irish woman. The story was meh.

I just finished Twelve Years a Slave. Yep, it was a downer. Throw it in the lot with Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena and Captain Phillips as "message" movies. Frankly, I'd rather just be entertained when I go to the movies.

BTW, I watched Amelie on Netflix last weekend for the umpteenth time. That is one of the greatest films of all time.

Feb 25, 2014 10:22pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

BTW, I watched Amelie on Netflix last weekend for the umpteenth time. That is one of the greatest films of all time.

That was my wife and I's first date :) I love it too.

Feb 25, 2014 10:41pm
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Yes, Amelie has a bunch of little moments that make repeat viewings worth while.

Feb 26, 2014 8:41am
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Twelve Years a Slave was a much better and more realistic depiction of slavery than something like Django Unchained even though the later was much more entertaining.  Much like Lincoln of last years nominees.  It is painful to see slavery but to see it well done and realistically portrayed makes for great art which is well worth seeing.  Captain Phillips and Philomena are not all that culturally relevant and I would not put them in the same class as Twelve Years.

Anybody see Ruby Sparks?  That seems to be the same kind of concept as Her except they use a live woman instead of a phone.  That is a very good movie.

Feb 26, 2014 1:59pm
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I saw Blackfish last night, the documentary about Seaworld and the death of several trainers over the years.

It's a biased film, but even adjusting for that skewed perspective, it made me pissed off enough at Seaworld for blaming a victim and lying to cover their asses, to not ever want to go there again unless they change their behavior.

I still really want to see 12 Years a Slave, though unless it comes out on RedBox or Netflix download before this weekend it seems like that won't happen in time for the Awards.

Feb 26, 2014 2:32pm
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Mistwell wrote:

I saw Blackfish last night, the documentary about Seaworld and the death of several trainers over the years.

It's a biased film, but even adjusting for that skewed perspective, it made me pissed off enough at Seaworld for blaming a victim and lying to cover their asses, to not ever want to go there again unless they change their behavior.

I still really want to see 12 Years a Slave, though unless it comes out on RedBox or Netflix download before this weekend it seems like that won't happen in time for the Awards.

Try viooz.co

 

Feb 27, 2014 11:23pm
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Clippers1121 wrote:

I thought the movie of Ender's Game was a lot better than the book was.  A really fine adaptation.  The actors in it were great.  Only read the original Ender's Game.  Not familiar with the other books on that list.

I rented this tonight on the basis of your comment. I guess I missed the part where this story was for adolescents. It was definitely good on that level, and the acting was on that level too. When the Mrs. got up 1/3 way through and took the garbage out, then said that our daughter would like it because of the teenage angst, that about set the tone. I didn't like when the kid became the commander of Big Baby Davis and Big Baby Davis was really happy about it. I hope the book was deeper.

Feb 28, 2014 7:11am
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JGlanton wrote:

Clippers1121 wrote:

I thought the movie of Ender's Game was a lot better than the book was.  A really fine adaptation.  The actors in it were great.  Only read the original Ender's Game.  Not familiar with the other books on that list.

I rented this tonight on the basis of your comment. I guess I missed the part where this story was for adolescents. It was definitely good on that level, and the acting was on that level too. When the Mrs. got up 1/3 way through and took the garbage out, then said that our daughter would like it because of the teenage angst, that about set the tone. I didn't like when the kid became the commander of Big Baby Davis and Big Baby Davis was really happy about it. I hope the book was deeper.

OT:  Who in this thread has read either "Ender's Game", or one of the other books in the series, or the Ender's Shadow series; or any book in the Enderverse?

Feb 28, 2014 7:14am
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JGlanton wrote:

Clippers1121 wrote:

I thought the movie of Ender's Game was a lot better than the book was.  A really fine adaptation.  The actors in it were great.  Only read the original Ender's Game.  Not familiar with the other books on that list.

I rented this tonight on the basis of your comment. I guess I missed the part where this story was for adolescents. It was definitely good on that level, and the acting was on that level too. When the Mrs. got up 1/3 way through and took the garbage out, then said that our daughter would like it because of the teenage angst, that about set the tone. I didn't like when the kid became the commander of Big Baby Davis and Big Baby Davis was really happy about it. I hope the book was deeper.

Let's see.  If your daughter traveled to Beijing in 2008 to help the USA Women's bball team prepare for the Olympics, then she probably graduated high school about a year later, so if she finished college, she probably did it last year, or this upcoming spring term.  So if she's in her 20s, does she still have teenage angst?

Feb 28, 2014 8:32am
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I've read the first three books of the series and Ender's Game used to be my favorite sci-fi book.  My wife read Ender's Shadow as well, but I have not gotten back to the books yet.

Right now I am on a Brandon Sanderson kick.  And also James S.A. Corey.  Everything by both authors is awesome.

Feb 28, 2014 8:53am
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Big article in the LA Times yesterday about how everybody was avoiding seeing 12 Years a Slave because they were uncomfortable with the subject matter.  Same as the people on this board.  I kind of had to force myself to see it.  Its weird that people would rather just forget that slavery ever existed in this country.  This  is one of the most realistic portrayals of the subject ever produced.  The article pointed out that the slave owners in the movie were people just like us.  This movie deserves to be seen.  Hope it wins the oscar for best picture on Sunday.

Feb 28, 2014 12:10pm
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Clippers1121 wrote:

Big article in the LA Times yesterday about how everybody was avoiding seeing 12 Years a Slave because they were uncomfortable with the subject matter.  Same as the people on this board.  I kind of had to force myself to see it.  Its weird that people would rather just forget that slavery ever existed in this country.  This  is one of the most realistic portrayals of the subject ever produced.  The article pointed out that the slave owners in the movie were people just like us.  This movie deserves to be seen.  Hope it wins the oscar for best picture on Sunday.

 

I want to see the movie.  Just haven't gotten around to it, only seen one movie in the theater in 2013 I think.

Maybe I'll try the link above, or wait for it to come to cable, or wait for it to be $3-4 on-demand.  I don't know.

I will try to post the Oscars predictions game tomorrow.

Feb 28, 2014 12:13pm
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Mistwell wrote:

I've read the first three books of the series and Ender's Game used to be my favorite sci-fi book.  My wife read Ender's Shadow as well, but I have not gotten back to the books yet.

Right now I am on a Brandon Sanderson kick.  And also James S.A. Corey.  Everything by both authors is awesome.

If the two of you liked the books you've read, I think you'll like the others too.  They're not repetitive IMO.  They all continue telling a story.

Let us know what you think of each book, as you keep reading them. (If you or your wife do).

 

A War Of Gifts is different though, that's a short story with unrelated characters (but the same setting) on its own.  Good though.

 

Feb 28, 2014 11:52pm
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I just saw He Got Game with Ray Allen... I want those 80 minutes back :-(

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SamIAm19 wrote:

I just saw He Got Game with Ray Allen... I want those 80 minutes back :-(


 

Ouch.  Around the summer of 2004 or 2005, I saw that one, "Blue Chips", "White Men Can't Jump", "The Perfect Score" (starring Darius Miles), and maybe 1-2 other basketball themed movies (or with The Perfect Store, had a NBA player).

 

I thought He Got Game was pretty good.  I was confused at first though as others kept calling Allen's character "Jesus".  I thought they were mocking him.  It took me a while to figure out that was his character's name.

Mar 2, 2014 11:25am
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Ok, my plan for today is to try and watch 12 Years A Slave before the Oscars, and the Pelicans game.  Not sure in what order though.

Mar 2, 2014 11:28am
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2014 Oscars Predictions Thread:

 

Pick these:

Best Picture

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Directing

 

 

Mar 2, 2014 11:41am
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I'll stick with my prior post :)

Mar 2, 2014 12:12pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

Let's see.  If your daughter traveled to Beijing in 2008 to help the USA Women's bball team prepare for the Olympics, then she probably graduated high school about a year later, so if she finished college, she probably did it last year, or this upcoming spring term.  So if she's in her 20s, does she still have teenage angst?

Now you're just making stuff up facepalm.  She did go to the 2008 Olympics to spectate and meet players, and was part of a girl's traveling team in China. She's 20 going on 16, and definitely has teenage angst.

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JGlanton wrote:

nuraman00 wrote:

Let's see.  If your daughter traveled to Beijing in 2008 to help the USA Women's bball team prepare for the Olympics, then she probably graduated high school about a year later, so if she finished college, she probably did it last year, or this upcoming spring term.  So if she's in her 20s, does she still have teenage angst?

Now you're just making stuff up facepalm.  She did go to the 2008 Olympics to spectate and meet players, and was part of a girl's traveling team in China. She's 20 going on 16, and definitely has teenage angst.

 

LOL, sorry.  I misunderstood this whole time.

 

I thought she was on some sort of USA Select Team that would practice with the Womens Olympics team.

 

Ok, so she was part of a "traveling team", and went to the 2008 Olympics to meet the players, but was not on any sort of Team USA Select Team.  Sorry for my misunderstanding.

Mar 2, 2014 12:19pm
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Mistwell wrote:

Here are my guesses for the Academy Awards (not who I want to win, just who I think will win):

Best Picture 12 Years a Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Best Actor Matthew McConaugey - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay 12 Yeas a Slave
Best Original Screenplay Her

 

Mistwell wrote:

I'll stick with my prior post :)

 

You did a good job with your predictions, and picked more than the "top 6 categories" that I listed too.

 

yes

Mar 2, 2014 12:21pm
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I do have to laugh at an old Firemillen post.

 

During the 2009 or 2010 All-Star game, during the pre-game stuff, they had a "Magenta Carpet" theme (kind of like the Oscars Red Carpet theme).

 

Firemillen said "WTF is this Magenta Carpet shit"?

 

That was a good post.

 

Mar 2, 2014 12:47pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

2014 Oscars Predictions Thread:

 

Pick these:

Best Picture

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Directing

 

 

I checked the betting line and each category has an overwhelming favorite:

Best Picture Twelve Years A Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Best Actor Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyongo - Twelve Years A Slave

 

Mar 2, 2014 1:31pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

2014 Oscars Predictions Thread:

 

Pick these:

Best Picture

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Directing

 

 

My picks

Mar 2, 2014 1:51pm
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 Oscars Predictions Tally

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus , Dyce)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Matthew McConaugey (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus , Dyce)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus , Dyce)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jared Leto (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus )

Michael Fassbender (Dyce)

 

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong'o (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus )

Sally Hawkins (Dyce)

Best Directing

Gravity (Mistwell, ClipperSisyphus )

American Hustle (Dyce)

Best Adapted Screenplay 12 Years a Slave (Mistwell)
Best Original Screenplay Her (Mistwell)

 

Mar 2, 2014 2:00pm
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Shit.  I was avoiding the Pelicans game thread until after I've watched the game.

 

But I went to the JJ Redick thread, and clicked on that ClipsNation medical article.  On the side of that page had a headline which ruined the game for me.

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...

Mar 2, 2014 4:35pm
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Starting the movie now.

Mar 2, 2014 9:03pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

nuraman00 wrote:

2014 Oscars Predictions Thread:

 

Pick these:

Best Picture

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Directing

 

 

I checked the betting line and each category has an overwhelming favorite:

Best Picture Twelve Years A Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Best Actor Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyongo - Twelve Years A Slave

 

The bookies went 6 for 6.

The next question should be which picture would we buy the DVD or recommend to a friend.

Mar 2, 2014 10:12pm
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I went 8 for 8 :)

Mar 2, 2014 10:49pm
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Mistwell wrote:

I went 8 for 8 :)

 

Hey, I'm supposed to announce the Oscars Predictions Game Results!  tongue-out

 

Congrats Mistwell, you have won the 2014 Oscars Predictions Game.

 

OT:  "tense2" won either the 2010 or 2011 Oscars Predictions Game.  He was one of the posters that we lost shortly after ESPN Robust.  I don't think he knew about ClipperTalk.  He wasn't an everyday poster, but I'd see his posts a few times a week.

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About the Oscars:

 

* I thought the jokes were really good, especially the first 30 minutes.  Ellen did a good job. 

I noticed her style was a little different than some of the ones from a few years ago.  They would react to the person that just accepted the award, make a joke about it, then transition to the new segment.

 

She didn't do that.

 

* I thought the pizza thing was a little weird, and just kept getting weirder, with the delivery man, then putting money in the hat.  It was a good weird though, I liked the randomness of it.

 

* Interesting that Judi Dench is working on a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  I don't know anything about that movie, I just found it interesting that someone at her age is still so busy.

 

* I liked Jared Leto's speech the best.

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I'll post more about 12 Years A Slave another day, but quick question:  Was that Solomon's daughter, with the husband, at the end of the movie?  Because that couple had a baby, and said it was Solomon's grandson.

 

If so, what happened to Solomon's wife?

 

Also, are we to imply that Epps was treating the daughter he had from one of Patsey's rapes, nicer than other slaves, because he would then rape that daughter in the future?  It just seems like the cycle would continue.  If he did it to Patsey, he would do it to other young slaves.