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02-02-2013, 03:23 PM
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Wow thanks... that was interesting. I guess the joke's on me for obsessing on the meaning.
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Since when?

His 5 Oscar nominations (2 wins) suggest otherwise, and I've literally never heard him described as being a bad actor before.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000576/awards
Widely considered by me, anyway.

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West of Memphis (2012), directed by Amy Berg: Three teenagers are convicted of the ritual Satanic murders of three eight-year-old boys. It doesn't take very long for the conviction to come under serious fire. The prosecution misrepresented evidence, forensic evidence was completely botched by an incompetent physician who couldn't tell the difference between a knife mark and a turtle bite, and huge pieces of the case melted away under even cursory scrutiny. Not only does this documentary prove the teenage boys didn't do it, it points a very convincing finger at the man who almost certainly did do it, a violent step father of one of the boys who was, amazingly, never a person of interest in the initial investigation. The judicial system of Arkansas looks like it just stepped out of the dark ages, with none of the principle officials ever willing to admit that they or the State could be wrong, even when confronted with forensic evidence that is incontrovertible. When someone comes up with a ruse that would make a Banana Republic blush to allow the Arkansas criminal and judicial systems to safe face, the State continues to stall. Though it could use a bit of editing here and there, West of Memphis is a thoroughly engrossing documentary.

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02-03-2013, 02:11 AM
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wow loved it. one of the best horror flicks I've seen in awhile. great acting and filming

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Silver Linings Playbook, not a fan of it

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02-03-2013, 03:25 AM
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West of Memphis (2012), directed by Amy Berg: Three teenagers are convicted of the ritual Satanic murders of three eight-year-old boys. It doesn't take very long for the conviction to come under serious fire. The prosecution misrepresented evidence, forensic evidence was completely botched by an incompetent physician who couldn't tell the difference between a knife mark and a turtle bite, and huge pieces of the case melted away under even cursory scrutiny. Not only does this documentary prove the teenage boys didn't do it, it points a very convincing finger at the man who almost certainly did do it, a violent step father of one of the boys who was, amazingly, never a person of interest in the initial investigation. The judicial system of Arkansas looks like it just stepped out of the dark ages, with none of the principle officials ever willing to admit that they or the State could be wrong, even when confronted with forensic evidence that is incontrovertible. When someone comes up with a ruse that would make a Banana Republic blush to allow the Arkansas criminal and judicial systems to safe face, the State continues to stall. Though it could use a bit of editing here and there, West of Memphis is a thoroughly engrossing documentary.
I'm a little surprised another documentary was made about these guys.

HBO did a series of three documentaries on this case, one in 1996, one in 2000 and one in 2011. Paradise Lost. I always thought it was a great set of films, and provides a very different look than you would normally get from a documentary in that you are given a glimpse at three different times in relation to the case. The last one was nominated for best documentary at the last Oscars.

I'm interested in checking this one out though.

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02-03-2013, 04:09 AM
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Summer Wars (2010)

9/10

Very funny anime, with spectacular visuals and great characters. Light-hearted tone makes it a good choice for a family film.

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I'm a little surprised another documentary was made about these guys.

HBO did a series of three documentaries on this case, one in 1996, one in 2000 and one in 2011. Paradise Lost. I always thought it was a great set of films, and provides a very different look than you would normally get from a documentary in that you are given a glimpse at three different times in relation to the case. The last one was nominated for best documentary at the last Oscars.

I'm interested in checking this one out though.
I just watched the 2011 version a couple nights ago.

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02-03-2013, 08:09 AM
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Skyfall - 8.9/10 Definitely one of the Best Bond films ever. Without a doubt the best visually. I was somewhat disappointed seeing so many familiar plot events, like the villain allowing himself to get caught bit. Not so sure about "Mr Silver's" brilliant scheme either, seemed to waste a lot energy on nonsense. Good acting performances throughout. I was expecting more humour based on comments after the movie came out so I was a little disappointed.

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I'm a little surprised another documentary was made about these guys.

HBO did a series of three documentaries on this case, one in 1996, one in 2000 and one in 2011. Paradise Lost. I always thought it was a great set of films, and provides a very different look than you would normally get from a documentary in that you are given a glimpse at three different times in relation to the case. The last one was nominated for best documentary at the last Oscars.

I'm interested in checking this one out though.
I didn't see that series of docs, but West of Memphis certainly feels authentic. It's produced by Peter Jackson, who in part financed and help to plot strategy for the appeal, and Damien Echols, the most charismatic of the wrongfully accused teenagers. It makes a hell of a case against the State and doesn't shy away in the least from naming names. The State also provided a lot of footage that I'm surprised it was willing to let see the light of day. As exposes go, this is a very thorough and well done work.

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I just watched the 2011 version a couple nights ago.
Even so, I think you might find this one worth seeing. For one thing, I suspect that there is more of a sense of resolution with this one, catharsis even.

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I have seen all 3 of the Paradise Lost movies, as well as West of Memphis. I think West of Memphis is the most informative and complete documentary, because it's told with the benefit of hindsight. Paradise Lost 1 is very good, because it is such an inclusive look at the trial. I don't really love 2 or 3.

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1/10

What the hell did I just watch?
It was really awful. I know there were some ideas or themes bubbling under there - about salvation, heaven and hell, Nordic mythology and whatever - but the narrative didn't make a lick of sense. The mudfights in the first ten minutes were cool though, I thought it was just going to be a mudfight movie but ultimately, it wasn't .

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I'm half way through Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (Steve Martin) and also Midnight Run (R DeNiro). Both decent so far, both on Netflix btw.

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I'm half way through Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (Steve Martin) and also Midnight Run (R DeNiro). Both decent so far, both on Netflix btw.
Half way through 2 movies?

Everyone has their own way to watch I guess.

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I liked midnight run..watched it a couple times

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I didn't see that series of docs, but West of Memphis certainly feels authentic. It's produced by Peter Jackson, who in part financed and help to plot strategy for the appeal, and Damien Echols, the most charismatic of the wrongfully accused teenagers. It makes a hell of a case against the State and doesn't shy away in the least from naming names. The State also provided a lot of footage that I'm surprised it was willing to let see the light of day. As exposes go, this is a very thorough and well done work.
The first doc in the paradise lost series is a big reason why these three men are free today.

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There's a book called The Devil's Knot that's a very good read if you want to learn more about the WM3 case (although it's probably outdated by now, I think it was published at least 10 years ago).

I saw Paradise Lost 1+2, both were excellent. Was kind of surprised there was another WM3 doc, but I'm glad it's getting good reviews.

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Sound City. 8.5/10. Very interesting although it seemed to drag on a bit. Do reccommend.

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Best Sci-Fi film since Inception

Was kinda confusing at times but Gordon-Levitt and Willis were both great

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Interesting movie, but the dialogue was so bad and awkward. Still fun, car chases were cool.

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Guy Ritchie movie. Pretty interesting, a little confusing and a little slow, never know where your heading. Got kind of annoying near the end.

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My favorite romantic comedy in recent years. Jason Segel always nails it when he has the leading role.

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Apocalypse Now
First time watching it. I'm blown away... I can't really judge this movie on the same systematic scale that I'd judge most other movies - direction, pace, subtext, etc. It's an experience, it's based off of the novel I most recently finished and I guess I just feel that much more engaged because Heart of Darkness is still in my mind. I think the cinematography was great, the effects were beyond reproach and the general tension to be something I won't forget any time soon.

Reminded me of Blade Runner a bit - a movie ahead of its time but so definitive for its genre that no one even bothered to try to replace it. It's THE psychological war movie, it's about civility and savagery and light and dark and what it means to represent good versus bad. As a movie, above its concept, I have no complaints - it might've been too long but then the tension and pacing wouldn't allow for the "slow decent into madness and nightmares and savagery" to be fully fleshed out.

I wish we saw the photographer, Dennis Hopper, a bit more I think after he disappears the movie is a bit jarring - Willard (Sheen) wakes up on the boat and there is a gap of several hours (days? weeks? who knows) in the narrative that doesn't follow with the same storytelling style the movie had up to that point.

Also that Sisyphean bridge just before they get to Kurtz was terrifying, pure madness!

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