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01-31-2014, 06:40 AM
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The best movie to watch in an airplane full of sleeping people is still Inception. Just for the meta-LOL it brings.

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It starts to become a parody of itself in that a lot of the constant swearing and violence no longer seems to be part of showing you how rough and crude things were back in the day, but instead it just seems to be there to remind you of how much they swore and killed and fought in the previous season. Beyond that there are a lot of hokey moments (you would have already seen one in Bullock's "but I love her" little moment), and overall the story itself is just less interesting. A lot of the characters become a bit too...charactery at times as well, haha.

The pacing of 2makes sense once you see what it builds towards though, and the show becomes easier to buy into once again as it approaches the end of the season. It is worth enduring in any event. Season 3 is so full of tension that it is hard to avoid watching it all in one go.
Interesting, thanks. I'm already not a big fan of Bullock's arc with his wife and kid and his little "love triangle" thing. Feels a bit too much like a soap opera.

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01-31-2014, 09:38 AM
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Battlestar Galactica is overrated among nerds, for whatever reason. I think it's a good show, but a lot of people speak of it like it's above the rest of the genre -- it's not. It has a lot of serious issues but it didn't really tackle them, character development largely took place offscreen, and actions often, too often, lacked consequences.

Babylon 5 may be the best space opera ever made, if you can get past the unbelievably awful first 6 or 7 episodes. The first season is brought down by the fact that the main actor developed a mental illness while filming; he was replaced in season 2.
I kinda dont agree with your statement that BSG is overrated. I just can say that im not a sci-fi fan. Didnt have any interest in Star Trek, and watching a sci-fi show was not in my interest. My friends told me its one of the best series ever made, and i decide to give it a try. I got literally hook by everything in this serie, and i can say its in my top 5 of best series i watched, even considering if i didnt enjoy more watching this series than the first 3 star wars, which were for me the reference in sci-fi.

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01-31-2014, 10:06 AM
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The best movie to watch in an airplane full of sleeping people is still Inception. Just for the meta-LOL it brings.
It is especially meta to those of us who live in Australia.

"Sydney to Los Angeles, one of the longest flights in the world" ... I already know that *******.

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01-31-2014, 03:50 PM
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Europa Report
Definitely the cream of the crop of what I've watched on planes recently. It's a hard science fiction portrayal of what a manned trip to Europa (a moon of Jupiter) might be like, partly filmed as a "documentary".

For those unfamiliar, Europa is an icy moon of Jupiter that many scientists believe should have an ocean under it, and thus possibly life. I've heard leading astrophysicists describe it as the most likely location in the solar system other than Earth to host life.

In this movie, a manned mission goes to Europe to drill over the ice sheet to see if there is water under it, to then take samples to bring back to Earth. Things go wrong, a lot of the equipment breaks and thus they lose communication with Earth, but they decide to go to Europa regardless and complete their mission. This movie is part space-horror, part scientific exploration... you know like what Star Trek was supposed to be like before Jar Jar Abrams got involved.

A criticism: a lot of the cast members look alike, which made it a little harder for me to follow the story.
A praise: The great Bear McReary did the music.
A query: How did they make this for less than 10 million dollars?

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Just watched the trailer. It looks so ****ing bad...I can understand why you liked it tho after watching all these other brutal movies.

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01-31-2014, 04:30 PM
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Just watched the trailer. It looks so ****ing bad...I can understand why you liked it tho after watching all these other brutal movies.
If all you care about are special effects then Europa Report is not for you. It's a story about exploration and how human beings deal with it, it's not a blockbuster.

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i lol'd harder at 'jar jar abrams' than I should have.

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DA, I'll respond to you soon. I've been studying the act structure breakdown recently, there are more than you'd think!

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01-31-2014, 08:58 PM
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i lol'd harder at 'jar jar abrams' than I should have.
because its so true

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Dallas Buyers Club - Very Good.

McConaughey is brilliant. I disliked this actor early in his career but he's turned me into a fan.

Like Christian Bale in the Machinest, McConaughey lost weight to the point of being gaunt. He was so committed and acted his character to perfection.

Another film based on a true story that brings realism to the screen. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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just started watching archer, its pretty amazing

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Dallas Buyers Club - Very Good.

McConaughey is brilliant. I disliked this actor early in his career but he's turned me into a fan.

Like Christian Bale in the Machinest, McConaughey lost weight to the point of being gaunt. He was so committed and acted his character to perfection.

Another film based on a true story that brings realism to the screen. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
His acting in True Detective is the pinnacle of his career. It's mesmerizing.

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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, according to a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because he was not certain the actor’s family had been informed of the death.

The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46, had been found in his West Village apartment around 11:30 a.m. by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach Mr. Hoffman.

A cause of death had not yet been determined, the official said, but it appeared to have been the result of an overdose.

A woman answering the phone at Mr. Hoffman’s New York production company declined to comment. “I don’t have a comment at this time on that, thank you,” she said.
Such a wonderfully gifted, versatile actor. Terrible loss.

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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/mo...-at-46.html?hp



Such a wonderfully gifted, versatile actor. Terrible loss.
Totally agree. A marvelous actor, only 46 years old as well. What a shame :-(

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02-02-2014, 10:17 PM
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On my recent trip tp Quebec, I picked up the following French-language DVDs, since those are hard to find in Australia:

Omerta
Incendies
Coco avant chanel
C.R.A.Z.Y.
La Grande Seduction
Bon Cop Bad Cop
10 1/2
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Horloge Biologique
13 Tzameti

Hopefully they're entertaining.
You'll be disappointed by Omertà if it's the movie, the series was MUCH better.

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So I caught up on a lot of things the past 3 months.

Watched the entire Breaking Bad series. Amazing show from start to finish... 1st season was a bit depressing and slow but it sets up the show perfectly

Then I watched Homeland, the whole thing. Took me a while to get into because I'm not a huge fan of Damian Lewis but end of season 2 really amazing with great twists.

And I finally finished Game of Thrones. I started season 2 a while ago but found the first 2 episodes bad so I stopped. Watched the whole thing the last 2-3 weeks. Season 3 was something... so much stuff happening and I can't wait for season 4.

I've been looking for something scifi space'ish recently since my 2 all time favorite shows were Babylon 5 and Firefly so I might try Cowboy Bebop even tho I'm not a huge anime fan or Vikings, which looks like a nice historical type of show.

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02-03-2014, 11:31 PM
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You'll be disappointed by Omertà if it's the movie, the series was MUCH better.
Do you have recommendations for french language material?


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I think I just watched the worst movie ever: Resolution. This is the Michel Therrien of movies, holy ****.

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Do you have recommendations for french language material?
From France:

Intouchable
Bienvenu chez les ch'tis
District 13
Les Revenants (haven't watched it yet, but it seems pretty good for a French series)
Le Pacte des Loups

From Québec:

Les Doigts Croches
Louis Cyr
19-2
Omertà(the Series)
Les Bougons
Fortier
Un gars, une fille
La petite vie
Dans une Galaxie près de chez vous (Star Trek parody)
Radio Enfer
Monsieur Lazhar

Some of those are pretty old, but worth the watch IMO.

Well received stuff I haven't watched yet: Minuit le Soir, Incendies, Les Invincibles, Musée Eden, Les Parents

good picks from your list: Grande Séduction, Bon Cop Bad Cop, C.R.A.Z.Y

If anyone feels like adding to this list, go ahead, I don't watch much TV in French besides news and sports. I try to watch the well received stuff.


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If anyone feels like adding to this list, go ahead, I don't watch much TV in French besides news and sports. I try to watch the well received stuff.
Just gonna add 2 Quebec movies I liked: Monsieur Lazhar, 5150 Rue des Ormes.

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Just gonna add 2 Quebec movies I liked: Monsieur Lazhar, 5150 Rue des Ormes.
Nice call on M'sieur Lazhar, adding it.

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Probably said/know but (non-quebec)
A Prophet (2009)
La Haine (1995)
C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992)
99 francs (2007)

off the top of my head ;o

Monsieur Lazhar +1 was great movie.

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From France:

Intouchable
Bienvenu chez les ch'tis
District 13
Les Revenants (haven't watched it yet, but it seems pretty good for a French series)
Le Pacte des Loups

From Québec:

Les Doigts Croches
Louis Cyr
19-2
Omertà(the Series)
Les Bougons
Fortier
Un gars, une fille
La petite vie
Dans une Galaxie près de chez vous (Star Trek parody)
Radio Enfer
Monsieur Lazhar

Some of those are pretty old, but worth the watch IMO.

Well received stuff I haven't watched yet: Minuit le Soir, Incendies, Les Invincibles, Musée Eden, Les Parents

good picks from your list: Grande Séduction, Bon Cop Bad Cop, C.R.A.Z.Y

If anyone feels like adding to this list, go ahead, I don't watch much TV in French besides news and sports. I try to watch the well received stuff.
Its good, watched the whole serie on tou.tv and it was a pleasant surprise.

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Watched Rush on weekend . It's as good as people have been saying. Once again Ron Howard does his research and makes a thrilling movie from a true story.

Only minor complaint against the film might be the CGI . Some of the racing scenes looked like a video game.

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I think I just watched the worst movie ever: Resolution. This is the Michel Therrien of movies, holy ****.
I saw that at Fantasia a couple years ago and I agree, it's pretty terrible. Too bad though because it had a decent premise and built up some good tension. Then it went absolutely nowhere.

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