Wathcya watchin'?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:40 am

Another one of them new worlds. No beer, no women, no pool parlors, nothin'. Nothin' to do but throw rocks at tin cans, and we gotta bring our own tin cans.



Monsters, John! Monsters from the Id!



Guilty! Guilty! My evil self is at that door, and I have no power to stop it!


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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:04 am

After many years of production, Iron Sky is about to be released:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KEueJns ... ntrinter=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeAfoiN5SDw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNDaOFQ6g2I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeIu1FiT ... re=related

...And here's the official release trailer, and look who's President when the motherfucking Nazis attack: Is that Sarah Palin?!?

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

Nazis from the Moon! Heinlein would be so proud.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Ben W. » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:14 pm

Just saw an episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY.

All I can say is they HAVE to rope Harlan in for a guest appearance. Imagine a scene where Sheldon Cooper meets Harlan at a Trek convention, and Sheldon unwisely brings up the subject of THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER.

The ensuing mayhem would be the stuff of television legend.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:32 pm

Last Saturday, I saw The Woman in Black. It's nice to see the Hammer name show up again, even if it isn't the old Hammer Studios.

I don't believe in ghoulies, ghosties or long-leggedy beasties, but I do like a good ghost story. I saw the BBC production on A&E back when it really was about arts and entertainment.

This one is a good haunted house movie, with plenty of scares and a building sense of dread. I managed to enjoy this picture even though I was watching it in a theater full of adolescent kids. Oh, bother. One young couple to my right left before the movie was half over, no doubt becoming impatient with the lack of exploding heads.

The Woman in Black is a scary movie for grownups or people with a grown-up mind set.

And that is one pissed-off ghost.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:26 pm

That sounds like an endorsement to me; anything to counter the torture porn trend. Though I wish Hollywood would get back to natural colours and quit giving everything that bluish tinge.

(I read somewhere what that process was called, and wish I'd written it down. Damn near wrekcs my enjoyment of every film out there nowadays. . .)

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:34 pm

The Best Man(1964)

Always have had a love of "political" drama. Unfortunately the genre tends to be box office poison so such movies rarely get made. But because of that when they do get made they tend to be prestige projects, close to somebody's heart, and every few years we get such an attempt. George Clooney's recent The Ides of March is a perfect example.

The Best Man, considered one of the classics of the genre, was directed by Franklin Schaffner from a Gore Vidal script based on his own play. Schaffner got his start in the 50s in so-called "Golden Age" television (Playhouse 90) and of course went on to direct Planet of the Apes and Patton. Vidal was raised here in DC in a political family. His father worked for FDR and his grandfather was a senator for many years. This gave him a unique perspective and when he wrote the original play he had an insider's view of how politics in this country really worked. The cast is strictly "A" list for the time, starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Kevin McCarthy and a whole host of instantly recognizable character actors.

For all the firepower the film is not much seen. It is available only as a made on demand DVD-R and from all reports the transfer is very poor. I'm not sure why this is. The print I saw last night at the AFI Silver Theater was excellent. (Of course I've probably provided my own answer. If MGM went to all the trouble to restore and release the movie it could count on a limited audience for all its trouble.)

The film concerns a hypothetical 1964 political convention and the behind the scenes struggle between two candidates from the same party (Fonda and Robertson) to win the endorsement of the outgoing incumbent (wonderfully played by Lee Tracy) thus guaranteeing the nomination and almost certain victory in the general election. As the title suggests the movie is a character study. Because he has no fairy dust in his eyes Vidal has been accused of being cynical (and there is a bit of dark humor in the movie) but the movie is not cynical – anything but. Vidal seems to suggest that politics is a messy business and to participate requires one to acknowledge that and be willing to get your hands dirty. But also to realize that political power is an awesome and dangerous weapon and should never be ceded to either the saint or the ideologue.

Critics have had fun trying to match the characters in the movie to political figures of the period. It’s easy to see Adlai Stevenson in Henry Fonda’s academically brilliant but Hamlet-like portrayal but the real subtle character is Robertson’s. He is Nixonian for sure but he is just as much JFK, and it is a testimony to Vidal’s brilliance and clear eye that he can see that relationship and what the two had in common no matter their philosophical differences.

It’s said that it is better not to actually see how laws and sausages get made and certainly Americans have a view of ourselves not too terribly tied to reality. Here we are in another election year and the depressing part of watching this movie is to realize how little has changed.
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:26 pm

Paths of Glory. No war has brought more misfortune and death than "The Great War". It certainly has been harshly criticised in several films, All Quiet on the Western Front, Grand Illusion, Johnny Got His Gun, for example. Black Adder Goes Forth was a particularly acidic send-up of the twentieth century's premier blunder.

Paths of Glory concetrated on the sheer, nonsensical stupidity of the conflict, especially among the military leadership. Why is Colonel Dax and his men sent to "take The Anthill"? No valid military reason is given, it's all politics. Adolphe Menjou gives a great performance of a general whose callous disregard for the lives being wasted day after day, his fixation on position and advancement has a corrupting influence on the other general officers in the army.

The whole conflict seems marked by the careless fashion of the military leadership of Europe that wasted hundreds of thousands of lives on offensives that gained only yards.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Ben W. » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:23 am

I recently read a transcript of another sitcom episode online, and it sort of amazed me just how vile and hateful 90% of the dialogue sounds on paper when you take away an actor's inflection and the laugh track. What's the biggest difference between sitcoms and reality? Any overly sensitive soul would have probably committed suicide before the pilot was even over.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:04 pm

Kodak will axe slide film. Some of us like the old fashioned way to do certain things. Another good reason to hate Capitalism.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Moderator » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:46 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Kodak will axe slide film. Some of us like the old fashioned way to do certain things. Another good reason to hate Capitalism.


Personally, as a photographer, digital gives me a great deal more freedom and ability to shoot than film does. If anything, the digital format has freed me from Kodak not reduced me for the sake of a mighty dollar.

(BTW - The reason Kodak is dropping slide film is because none of the perhaps ten manufacturers of cameras are producing slide cameras, and consumers aren't buying the film. Which is why Kodak is in BK. Nasty capitalist overlords!!!)
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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Steve Evil » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:41 pm

Ben W. wrote:I recently read a transcript of another sitcom episode online, and it sort of amazed me just how vile and hateful 90% of the dialogue sounds on paper when you take away an actor's inflection and the laugh track.


Which one?

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby Ben W. » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:16 am

Steve Evil wrote:Which one?


Truth be told, it was THE BIG BANG THEORY. I've been getting into the show a lot lately, and I was a little startled at how much of a difference reading the script can be to hearing it spoken aloud.

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Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:30 pm

Barber, please say you watch 30 Rock!

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Postby Moderator » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:47 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Barber, please say you watch 30 Rock!


Um.
:oops:

(You'd think, given my background and interests, it would've been a natural. It's coming to cable, so it will get a viewing...)
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Postby Moderator » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:50 pm

Ben W. wrote:Truth be told, it was THE BIG BANG THEORY. I've been getting into the show a lot lately, and I was a little startled at how much of a difference reading the script can be to hearing it spoken aloud.


This really doesn't surprise me. The putdowns can be quite direct. It's a tribute to the amazing cast that they're so funny in the end.
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