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Offline Charles Castle

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13860 on: April 09, 2014, 03:03:44 PM »
Missing (1982, Costa-Gavras) is a political film, not in the sense that it's set against a political backdrop -- the 1973 coup of the Chilean military, secretly backed by the US, to oust a leftist president -- but in the sense that it's a film trying to, if not change minds, then at least raise awareness. For those already sympathetic to the "radical left," personified here by Sissy Spacek and her missing husband (John Shea), it's preaching to the choir. It's intended audience is, I think, personified in the Jack Lemmon character, the American businessman and generally upstanding citizen who believes in the American way of life without fully understanding the global ramifications or human cost of it. By empathizing with him, it not only reaches that audience, but it achieves that precise balance of emotional engagement and detached observation that seems necessary for the political edification of the individual. I have to admit not having cared much for Costa -Gavras's Z, and I'm not sure now whether that was due to having seen it before my own political awakening, or whether that film lacked the human quality that Lemmon and Spacek bring to the screen, or both. But Missing is one of the more successful political films I've come across, and it hasn't lost its relevance.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13861 on: April 11, 2014, 12:30:30 AM »
Blackfish (2013)
Disturbing look at Seaworld and their Orcas. Zeroes in on one Whale that was involved with the death of 2 trainers. It presents the facts soberly, doesn't overly sensationalize and I didn't feel brow beaten... though no one from Seaworld would agree to be interviewed so you never hear their side of it. Not that they could have said much in their defense. Science and study is one thing, using them to entertain us is another, especially when you weigh the cost in life and the damage it causes the animal.

I am very troubled now, after watching this well made documentary.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13862 on: April 11, 2014, 06:41:57 AM »
I haven't seen Blackfish yet, but I used to work at SeaWorld Orlando in food service, and I still have some friends who work there. My friends CLAIM the documentary is full of shit, constantly linking to this, but I didn't work with the animals, so I have no idea how accurate the claims are from either side. Both sides have their own agendas, and I'm sure NEITHER side is being 100% honest.

But even if SeaWorld comes out of this clean, they still have to deal with the fact that they're halfway between Disney World and Universal Orlando, both of which are FAR LESS BORING.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13863 on: April 11, 2014, 02:11:29 PM »
Blackfish (2013)
Disturbing look at Seaworld and their Orcas. Zeroes in on one Whale that was involved with the death of 2 trainers. It presents the facts soberly, doesn't overly sensationalize and I didn't feel brow beaten... though no one from Seaworld would agree to be interviewed so you never hear their side of it. Not that they could have said much in their defense. Science and study is one thing, using them to entertain us is another, especially when you weigh the cost in life and the damage it causes the animal.

I am very troubled now, after watching this well made documentary.

Just saw this too!  Yeah, definitely shocked by it - seeing the trainers be attacked was super frightening.  But being a "Little Mermaid" era kid, I totally bought into the Sea World magic when I was little.  We never went (living in New England) but this film really burst the bubble, haha
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13864 on: April 11, 2014, 02:20:32 PM »
I haven't seen Blackfish yet, but I used to work at SeaWorld Orlando in food service, and I still have some friends who work there. My friends CLAIM the documentary is full of shit, constantly linking to this, but I didn't work with the animals, so I have no idea how accurate the claims are from either side. Both sides have their own agendas, and I'm sure NEITHER side is being 100% honest.

But even if SeaWorld comes out of this clean, they still have to deal with the fact that they're halfway between Disney World and Universal Orlando, both of which are FAR LESS BORING.

I went to SeaWorld in San Antonio about five years ago. It was forgettable. The only cool thing was feeding dolphins. I've never been to Disney World and I have no desire to do so. Can someone explain the appeal?

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I just watched Nebraska. It was a good little movie. I wouldn't consider it one of my favorites from last year, but it was weird and funny. Really reminded me of my granddad now that he's starting to forget things.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13865 on: April 11, 2014, 05:48:18 PM »
I've never been to Disney World and I have no desire to do so. Can someone explain the appeal?

I'm a massive theme park nerd, and Disney set the gold standard. Granted, WDW has a lot more wasted space filled with mediocrity than Disneyland California, but the best areas and attractions of a Disney or Universal park on either coast are just like any other form of entertainment, be it movie, television, or video game. The main difference is, it exists in physical reality (or at least a quality simulation thereof).

Visiting a great theme park is like stepping into a movie, visiting a fictional world in real time. Yes, like most forms of entertainment, it's pure escapism, but it's a unique form of escapism that can't be pirated or recreated at home, yet can be shared with loved ones on another level than even watching a movie together.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13866 on: April 11, 2014, 06:49:09 PM »
just got back from particle fever. really well-done documentary about the higgs discovery.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13867 on: April 11, 2014, 10:37:32 PM »
Dallas Buyers Club
Incredible film, this packed a wallop (yes, I know they changed some things from his real life... but still, judged as a film, it's was quite powerful). While there was some top notch acting across the board, it's Matthew McConaughey that carries this thing. With this and "Mud", he's had a hell of an impressive year (I remember that flick Rifftrax tackled... back then I never would have suspected that he had this kind of performance in him).

I think Oscar got it right with their best Actor/Actress winners this year.

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Nominated for best Foreign film, this is tragic love story was one of the best things I'd seen in it's first half... and then it lost it's way. It got bogged down trying to insert a political message, got a little overly theatrical (the onstage meltdown). The first part the tears I shed were earned and genuine, the second half my tears dried up as I felt they were forcing it a bit. Still, well worth checking out.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13868 on: April 12, 2014, 08:47:57 PM »
Now You See Me

At the end of the day, it's a goofball take on a heist film. They can't stay two steps ahead of the audience forever, so once it becomes pretty evident that...
 
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... they had little choice but to pull out some silly car crashes and chase scenes.

So while your suspension of disbelief had it coming... totally asking for it... trolling around Netflix wearing that short skirt... This still ended the night as a fun popcorn movie...  Oceans Eleven brought to you by the director of Independence Day.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13869 on: April 12, 2014, 11:05:50 PM »
Mr. Nobody

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13870 on: April 13, 2014, 07:46:04 AM »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I concur with everything that has been said so far. I have only one complaint. Total lack of Chris Evans shirtless!
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13871 on: April 14, 2014, 04:20:39 AM »
Batman Forever, by way of Master Pancake.  Second time I've seen them do a live riff (last month they did Twilight New Moon with Mary Jo Pehl as a guest.)  This time it was all MP originals, and it was hilarious.  Every time I see one of the 90s Batman movies I'm reminded of how long we had to wait for a good one.  None of them hold up.  Because MP loves to screw with things the movie was edited down by 30 minutes (they lost almost nothing essential, the only plot point missing was how Riddler determined Batman's identity.) and the addition of a deleted scene that seemed more Star Wars than Batman and some extra music cues made the night complete.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13872 on: April 14, 2014, 06:54:55 AM »
I was about to disagree with the idea that the 90's Batman movies were all bad, but then I remembered the original Tim Burton one came out in '89. I love that movie, and I think Nicholson's Joker was better than Ledger's.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13873 on: April 14, 2014, 07:09:09 AM »
I was about to disagree with the idea that the 90's Batman movies were all bad, but then I remembered the original Tim Burton one came out in '89. I love that movie, and I think Nicholson's Joker was better than Ledger's.

There's things I love about that movie, but it really doesn't hold together anymore for me.  Maybe it's because I had to tear it apart to riff it, but there's things I just can't stand in it anymore.  (Batman the remote control murderer.)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13874 on: April 14, 2014, 08:03:20 AM »
I agree.  I don't think the Burton Batmans have held up at all.  They look nice, but aside from that...