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Old 11-29-2012, 10:42 PM   #11686
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Default Re: Rate the last movie you watched.

I did a Google search to see if anyone in this thread viewed/rated Precious. It didn't exactly find any results, but that can't be right, can it? There has to be thousands of reviews/rates in here, and not a single one for Precious?

Anywho, I know many of you have see that beast - and - I originally seen it a few years ago, but seen it again just here recently, and it reconfirmed my initial reaction of "damn, what a great, powerful moving movie" ...

The main character (can't recall the actress' name) played the role perfectly, and it's sad she'll never really play additional roles in future films b/c her look (big fat black girl) isn't going to be a highly desired part for movies. She's a damn good actress.

I give it 9.5 out of 10.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:26 PM   #11687
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Amazing Spider-Man - 7/10
Ted - 7/10
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:47 PM   #11688
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Amazing Spider-Man - 7/10
Ted - 7/10

I watched Ted in the theater. I wasn't expecting some masterpiece comedy on the level of say Knocked Up or Hangover for example(s), but I was just a bit underwhelmed. There were a couple of super hilarious scenes, but not enough to have me itching to see it again and again (like say the original Friday or Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls).
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:58 PM   #11689
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I did a Google search to see if anyone in this thread viewed/rated Precious. It didn't exactly find any results, but that can't be right, can it? There has to be thousands of reviews/rates in here, and not a single one for Precious?

Anywho, I know many of you have see that beast - and - I originally seen it a few years ago, but seen it again just here recently, and it reconfirmed my initial reaction of "damn, what a great, powerful moving movie" ...

The main character (can't recall the actress' name) played the role perfectly, and it's sad she'll never really play additional roles in future films b/c her look (big fat black girl) isn't going to be a highly desired part for movies. She's a damn good actress.

I give it 9.5 out of 10.

Maybe, but she snagged a recurring role on Showtime's the Big C. She was great in Precious, and so was Monique who I always thought was a turrible actress. But the writing and direction was on point, so it all worked out.

Just looked up her IMDB, looks like she was in Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths, and has another flick she's working on. So she's doing pretty well considering.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:02 AM   #11690
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Maybe, but she snagged a recurring role on Showtime's the Big C. She was great in Precious, and so was Monique who I always thought was a turrible actress. But the writing and direction was on point, so it all worked out.

Just looked up her IMDB, looks like she was in Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths, and has another flick she's working on. So she's doing pretty well considering.



I always enjoy reading Thorpe's movie reviews, and his posts in general.

DonDadda, from what I've read you typically have really good tastes in films. Have you seen anything good recently you'd recommend? Have you seen Flight, or plan/desire to?

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Oh, and Thorp also does video game reviews very well too. He'd make a great "professional" reviewer for some type of newspaper outfit or something.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:07 AM   #11691
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DonDadda, from what I've read you typically have really good tastes in films. Have you seen anything good recently you'd recommend? Have you seen Flight, or plan/desire to?

Saw Flight, but I didn't catch the very end since I had a meeting I had to duck out to. But Denzel was great, John Goodman was hilarious and I wish he was in it more, the plot was solid but a bit slow in parts. The plane crash scene was intense. Overall I'd give it a 7.5/10... but again, I missed the last 10 min or so.
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You don't like Nolan's Batman movies, yet Skyfall, a direct rip off you consider an A- film ...
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:42 AM   #11693
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After Baraka we watched this and it is insane how violent humanity is, especially white people;

Are you white?

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:47 AM   #11694
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8.5/10

The movie has a deep message and very moving scenes. The one that stands out to me is when Jared Leto calls his girlfriend from the pay phone and they both just face reality while still making unrealistic promises. Definitely a heartbreaking movie. It will make you think about how far you would go for something. What your priorities are. You can get so much out of this film by watching it.

Great movie.

EDIT: Here's the scene I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlcxW8KUzks

No offense, reading this from you I can tell you're young. Would I be correct in saying you're in your late teen's / early 20's?

BTW, you're right, great movie.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #11695
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Thank you gentleman.

I try hard to be detailed enough to give people info on weather or not they want to see something but without spoiling it, and enough to spark dialogue with anyone who's actually seen it. It's a tricky balance.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:25 AM   #11696
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The most recent films I've seen:

In Time
More like waste of time. C

Due Date
Kind of an enjoyable road trip comedy. It's not really enjoyable to where you'd want to watch it again, but it's passable. It tries to be Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's just not nearly as good. C+

Contagion
Not a whole lot to say about it. The movie is kind of sterile and cold which is fitting. B

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Disappointing. Not all that funny overall, but has redeeming parts to it. I expected better or at least for it to be funnier. C+

Horrible Bosses
Decent enough comedy. I thought Colin Farrell's character had plenty of potential, but then they barely use him in the movie. Other things had potential, but also kind of fizzled out a bit, as well. I liked it, but I think it could have been done much better. B-

Cherry Falls
Abduction
I put these 2 together because I gave them the same grade and have the same criticism: just really average movies making you left to wonder what's the point? C

Fast Five
If you liked the rest of the series, then you'll like this too (probably more than the others), but if not, then you probably won't like this either. B-
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Are you white?

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No i'm not white. I know, it seems like a lot of my recent post have been anti-white, but its because i've been reading up on some history lately, and its all been filled with Europeans spreading themselves around the world, putting their paws on everyone.
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No i'm not white. I know, it seems like a lot of my recent post have been anti-white, but its because i've been reading up on some history lately, and its all been filled with Europeans spreading themselves around the world, putting their paws on everyone.
I actually did think you were white and just feeling guilty.

Well if you want to flesh out your knowledge of the horrible side of humanity, I can suggest you look at Nanking or Pol Pot's Cambodia or China under Mao or this charming little fella
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The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study.
The deaths of 40million people meant that large areas of cultivated land grew thick once again with trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

and's that's just Asia. If you want to go to Africa, you can find ample evidence in Africa's ongoing wars: 5 million people have been killed in the Congo in the last 15 years. If you go back in history and look at the supply-side of the slave trade, you find
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I recommend this book on the genocide in Rwanda where something like 800, 000 died in less than 4 months


When you learn a little more, you might come to realize that this is not a trait of a single group. The capacity to violence is inherent in all humanity and society has many "civilizing" factors that help keep it in check, religion, law, culture, etc. It has some that help increase it (nationalism, xenophobia, etc).

If you look at some atrocities like the Rwandan genocide or the Holocaust, you'll find they are not spontaneous, they are usually preceding by a campaign of hate, a campaign that poses the "other" either subhuman or a direct threat that must be eradicated. Once you have people in a fearful state, it's easy to have a campaign of violence. Before the Nazis came to power, people considered Germany one of the most highly civilized states in Germany, including German Jews.

One of the most amazing books, I've read is the diaries of Victor Klemperer called I Will Bear Witness. He was a Jewish professor of literature in Germany and he was married to a German woman and converted to Protestantism (so he tended to be last of the list of people to be rounded up). He documents the incremental changes in Germany during the 30's. One problem with reading history is the hindsight bias or the historian's fallacy, since you know about WWII and the Holocaust, you pretend that this was obvious all along where this was headed and everyone at the time should have known. People wonder why didn't the Jews all flee Germany? Klemperer's diary shows day by day, it getting a little and little worse and one of the themes is he simply can't believe this is happening in Germany, the most cultured place on the continent.
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Reading his day by day account really gives you a different feeling of how it went down.

The other thing to realize about humanity is there's nothing to say that people who have suffered injustices are not also capable of the same injustices.

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No i'm not white. I know, it seems like a lot of my recent post have been anti-white, but its because i've been reading up on some history lately, and its all been filled with Europeans spreading themselves around the world, putting their paws on everyone.

Yeah, I'm not white either and this isn't a knock on you but rather, an expression of my dislike for when people read a few books and draw conclusions that, somehow, European Imperialism is the only bad thing in the world and that we, as liberal arts majors, need to criticize it every day because it makes us more sophisticated to look at things in hindsight without considering other factors such as geography, literacy/education levels, religious extremism, technology, etc.

My problem with the New Left approach to things is that it's no different from what they were fighting against in the first place. It espouses a black-and-white view of "progress". Essentially, it is still very much Euro-centric.

Because of that, you don't have to be white to suffer white guilt. You can easily just read something like this and feel that way too because it presents this knowledge in such a way that is directed only towards to white liberals. Thus, for minorities, it's even worse because not only do you suffer the guilt of living in an "educated" country but you also suffer shame. Hence why us minorities are so angry, confused, and frustrated. It generates a feedback loop that slows our culture down and stagnates it.

Now, it's not a bad thing to read these books because we need to remember history to not repeat it. But without moderation, exposure, and real-world experience guiding it, these sort of conclusions have led us to this modern age of political correctness and academic elitism. As a result, it has isolated minority groups, polarized our political system, and lowered our educational/economical status as a whole.

I mean, I hate sounding like a Republican conservative, but my problem with these types of approaches is that it ignores human nature and rewrites itself so that only one side of history is approached. It limits perspective and as a result, limits your mobility as a minority.

That's just my $.02 though. I'm not claiming to have answers or the truth or anything.
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Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

Gatacca

9/10.

Not a 9/10 film but I just like the concept and the discussion this film generates so I'm giving it 9.
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