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28-12-2014, 06:46 PM
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Oooh I saw the movie Birdman.

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28-12-2014, 07:13 PM
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(28-12-2014 06:46 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Oooh I saw the movie Birdman.

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Edward Norton was overly amazing as usual.

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28-12-2014, 07:25 PM
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(27-12-2014 09:18 PM)claywise Wrote:  
(27-12-2014 08:41 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  Unbroken, 7/10. Tough to watch because of content but well acted and scripted.

'Unbroken' is absurd myth-making of the highest order. Hillenbrand's book (beloved by many millions) portrays Louis Zamperini as a kind of demi-god, to the point of utterly implausibility.

He had pneumonia as a two-year-old and shinnied down a drainpipe and sprinted naked down the street ... ho-ho, what a little rebel!

After weeks of starvation and sun exposure on a raft in the Pacific, SuperLouis literally punches out shark after shark.

Louis the Great runs a 4:12 minute mile ... in the sand.

The man of steel endures hundreds of full-force blows from fellow inmates at a Japanese prison camp ... but never falls. Muhammad Ali couldn't bring this hero down!

That is a bare smattering of the kind of hyper-exaggeration Hillenbrand engages in. She claims that it's all supported by eyewitnesses and so on, but even Zamperini's own 1956 version, "Devil on My Heels"—itself dubious and grandiose—doesn't push his supermanity nearly that far.

It's also interesting how we now see Zamperini as a "hero"—he certainly endured and survived appalling suffering, but since when did mere survival become the stuff of heroism?

Not sure, but it accelerated when Tom Brokaw—cursed be his name—created the myth of the "greatest generation." Silly horseshit, that. The "greatest" rose in the face of incredible adversity, but the broad-brush worship is ridiculous and there is no reason to think any other generation would have failed to rise.

It's also hard to ignore that Zamperini's heroic status despite his impish beginnings—some of that's myth-making, too—is embraced because—ta da!—he found Jesus through frickin' Billy Graham. Redemption! He became a fundamentalist wingnut. (Hillenbrand, smart enough to seek the broadest possible audience for her fairy-tale, downplayed the Christian stuff, but Z himself did not in '56.)

And "American Sniper": Just more war porn. Read up on Chris Kyle and see how he compares with this portrayal. And when, exactly, did it become cool to brag and boast about killing in war? The "greatest generation" types mostly came back and kept their mouths shut, but now people write books.

And no, I'm not "anti-military." Just the opposite, actually. I'm anti-myth, anti-jingoism, and very much anti-propaganda and citizen cheerleading that sends American troops to war—other people's kids for 99.5% of the population—with so little thought for them during or after the fighting. As if yellow fucking ribbons and "they are all heroes" is enough.

Sorry. This probably should have gone in the Rant Corner.

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I did not read either the book or his 1956 memoir but I did know what it was about.

You don't have to consider "surviving" heroism, and I understand your point of view however I still found the movie mostly believable and well acted.

The only part that I turned to my friend and said "no one can survive that" was the punching by the rest of the prisoners.

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28-12-2014, 07:40 PM
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(28-12-2014 07:13 PM)Smercury44 Wrote:  
(28-12-2014 06:46 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Oooh I saw the movie Birdman.

6/10 Heart

Edward Norton was overly amazing as usual.

When I left the theater I hated it, but then I just pondered it for a long time and decided it was good. It was weird, but...

Interesting to say the least.


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28-12-2014, 10:22 PM
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Finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy. It was good but not what I hoped it would be.

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28-12-2014, 10:25 PM
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The Theory of Everything 10/10 Just marvelous. Deserving of an oscar for best picture, best actor, best actress, best screenplay, best director. Of course it won't win any of those but it might get a few nominations.

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01-01-2015, 09:15 PM
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The Equalizer with Denzel Washington 8/10 for the sheer fun of living vicariously through a guy who kicks ass.

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02-01-2015, 12:20 PM
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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

3/5

Horrific monster effects, gorgeous sets, and marvelous performances by Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. However, the movie is marred by a world class shitty performance by Keanu Reeves. It's like a massive scar running across the face of a beautiful woman.
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05-01-2015, 12:09 AM
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It was a Denzel Washington night.

Flight (2012)

4/5

Solid movie.

The Equalizer (2014)

2.5/5

Meh. Zero character development.
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08-01-2015, 03:50 PM (This post was last modified: 08-01-2015 03:55 PM by ghostexorcist.)
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Live. Die. Repeat. (a.k.a., Edge of Tomorrow) (2014)

4/5

I originally passed this up because it looked like the bastard child of Groundhog Day and Independence Day. Don't get me wrong, I love these films, but the Tom Cruise factor made it less attractive. I had no interest in watching it until it popped up on a "best films of 2014" list. Let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised with the movie. It's a good mix of action, drama, and humor.
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