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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5240 on: May 30, 2018, 09:03:53 pm »
To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).
I enjoyed "Arrival" recently. I totally empathized with the protagonists excruciating pain at not being able to effectively communicate with those she was employed to communicate with. Also, how it basically took an act of God for her to finally understand the foreigner's language.

That did have me in tears. Or maybe it was just Amy Adams's'soulful eyes~

Amy Adams is just altogether lovely~

I quite liked Arrival, thought it was well done.  Also the alien design was pretty cool!  I'd like more movies of a similar ilk

similar ilk:

‘Sicario’: Same director, but with Emily Blunt’s’soulful eyes.
‘Blade Runner’: Same director, but with Ryan Gosling’s soulful eyes. Also another slow-burn sci-fi.
‘The Martian’: Same can-do collaboration-is-the-answer spirit, although a bit more upbeat.
‘Contact’: Kind of a (what’s another word for?) gyp because there ain’t no actual aliens (All’s you get is 18 hours of unaccounted for static on an audio recording) but still about as good as soft-core sci-fi gets.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5241 on: May 31, 2018, 09:17:34 am »
Personal top 5

1. Downfall - Though you could argue it's not really a war movie in the traditional sense
2. Where Eagles Dare
3. Cross of Iron
4. Thin Red Line
5. Gallipoli - 1981 film with Mel Gibson. I remeber crying when I was a little kid when we watched it in class. My friend laughed at me.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5242 on: May 31, 2018, 09:49:03 am »
I have never been hugely into war movies, but my tops are

1. Great Escape
2. Stalag 17
3. Dirty Dozen
4. Bridge On the River Kwai
5. Sand Pebbles (this one made me really sad as a kid cuz I used to have a crush on Steve McQueen)

I know these are all sensationalized and not accurate, but I still really like them.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5243 on: May 31, 2018, 10:03:35 am »
1. WAR-craft. Geddit? :P


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5244 on: May 31, 2018, 10:25:54 am »
I have never been hugely into war movies, but my tops are

1. Great Escape
2. Stalag 17
3. Dirty Dozen
4. Bridge On the River Kwai
5. Sand Pebbles (this one made me really sad as a kid cuz I used to have a crush on Steve McQueen)

I know these are all sensationalized and not accurate, but I still really like them.

Good choices, Halo3.

Does the Cold War count? Because The Spy Who Came In From the Cold is a masterpiece.

Also, Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Patton and Inglorious Basterds! So many......................
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5245 on: May 31, 2018, 10:44:23 am »
Top war films of all time:


1. Ender's Game
       How to go from annoying little beta kid to the saviour of the human race in one horrifyingly
        amoral process. Good social commentary on contemporary military training practices. The movie was
       pretty crap, but the book was awesome.

3. Independence Day
       Something about millions of people getting zapped like bugs. Lot's of pretty implausible
       military movie kitsch, but it starred Will Smith that sorta balanced the scales.

3. Starship Troopers
       Classic story of a team of plucky conscripts facing overwhelming odds, overcoming their
       personal demons, developing camaraderie, taking the fight to the enemy, and kicking some bug ass.

4. Battleship
       A bunch of of old dudes and quasi surfer-dude rejects in an antiquated boat play checkers
       with a hyper-advanced alien dreadnaught. The almost sickening amount of nationalism and ooh-rah
        could have been forgiven if only they had chosen to play chess. I mean, who plays checkers?

5. Battlefield Earth
       It's on the bottom of my list. Hell, it's on the bottom of everybody's list and rightfully so.
       That said, it's still better than most historical/contemporary war flicks.



      You might not have guessed, but I'm not really a huge war flick fan. Sci-fi is pretty awesome though.


*You'll notice that I left actually good films alone. You're welcome.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5246 on: May 31, 2018, 10:57:10 am »
Top war films of all time:


1. Ender's Game
       How to go from annoying little beta kid to the saviour of the human race in one horrifyingly
        amoral process. Good social commentary on contemporary military training practices. The movie was
       pretty crap, but the book was awesome.

3. Independence Day
       Something about millions of people getting zapped like bugs. Lot's of pretty implausible
       military movie kitsch, but it starred Will Smith that sorta balanced the scales.

3. Starship Troopers
       Classic story of a team of plucky conscripts facing overwhelming odds, overcoming their
       personal demons, developing camaraderie, taking the fight to the enemy, and kicking some bug ass.

4. Battleship
       A bunch of of old dudes and quasi surfer-dude rejects in an antiquated boat play checkers
       with a hyper-advanced alien dreadnaught. The almost sickening amount of nationalism and ooh-rah
        could have been forgiven if only they had chosen to play chess. I mean, who plays checkers?

5. Battlefield Earth
       It's on the bottom of my list. Hell, it's on the bottom of everybody's list and rightfully so.
       That said, it's still better than most historical/contemporary war flicks.



      You might not have guessed, but I'm not really a huge war flick fan. Sci-fi is pretty awesome though.


*You'll notice that I left actually good films alone. You're welcome.

If you're into video games and haven't already played it, I think you'd really like the StarCraft campaign story.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5247 on: May 31, 2018, 11:23:35 am »
If you're into video games and haven't already played it, I think you'd really like the StarCraft campaign story.
I played the crap out of that when it first came out. Good times.
Normally, I might take your mention of it as an opportunity to take another look at it, except...

... 2 years ago, in a group bonding attempt, a bunch of the under 40 teachers at my school decided to all go out together to a nearby PC bang and load up on junkfood, energy drinks, and bet blasted on Starcraft. Literally all the youngish teachers were there: the IT guy, the handful of mid 20's just-out-of-uni female contract teachers, the gym instructors, the hard-core gaming science fellow, and of course, me. I was ready to crack my knuckes and show 'em how it was done, but I then proceeded to spill hot^6 down the front of my shirt, and then lose (horribly) for the next 2 or 3 hours.
    I mean, the home-ec teacher who spent the entire time squinting into a mirror to fix her makeup and could only spare one hand for the mouse? Schooled me. The PE teacher who left every 2 minutes for a 2 minute smoke break? Ran laps around me. The random grade one student who took over for the science teacher while he went to fetch back soju? I was barely out of the faction selection team when he dropped in with his bajillion battle-cruisers and obliterated me.  :cry:

I guess it just goes to show that a few dozen hours nearly 20 years ago can't compete with 40 hours a week dedicated practice...


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5248 on: May 31, 2018, 11:24:25 am »
To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).
I enjoyed "Arrival" recently. I totally empathized with the protagonists excruciating pain at not being able to effectively communicate with those she was employed to communicate with. Also, how it basically took an act of God for her to finally understand the foreigner's language.

That did have me in tears. Or maybe it was just Amy Adams's'soulful eyes~

Amy Adams is just altogether lovely~

I quite liked Arrival, thought it was well done.  Also the alien design was pretty cool!  I'd like more movies of a similar ilk

similar ilk:

‘Sicario’: Same director, but with Emily Blunt’s’soulful eyes.
‘Blade Runner’: Same director, but with Ryan Gosling’s soulful eyes. Also another slow-burn sci-fi.
‘The Martian’: Same can-do collaboration-is-the-answer spirit, although a bit more upbeat.
‘Contact’: Kind of a (what’s another word for?) gyp because there ain’t no actual aliens (All’s you get is 18 hours of unaccounted for static on an audio recording) but still about as good as soft-core sci-fi gets.

Ooo Emily Blunt!  Fan of her as well. 

You must mean the new Blade Runner??  I only recently saw the old one not long ago, though I had a prickling of deja vu so maybe I did see it when I was younger. 

Enjoyed The Martian, been meaning to read the book sometime.  Thanks for the recommendations!


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5249 on: May 31, 2018, 11:37:02 am »
To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).
I enjoyed "Arrival" recently. I totally empathized with the protagonists excruciating pain at not being able to effectively communicate with those she was employed to communicate with. Also, how it basically took an act of God for her to finally understand the foreigner's language.

That did have me in tears. Or maybe it was just Amy Adams's'soulful eyes~

Amy Adams is just altogether lovely~

I quite liked Arrival, thought it was well done.  Also the alien design was pretty cool!  I'd like more movies of a similar ilk

similar ilk:

‘Sicario’: Same director, but with Emily Blunt’s’soulful eyes.
‘Blade Runner’: Same director, but with Ryan Gosling’s soulful eyes. Also another slow-burn sci-fi.
‘The Martian’: Same can-do collaboration-is-the-answer spirit, although a bit more upbeat.
‘Contact’: Kind of a (what’s another word for?) gyp because there ain’t no actual aliens (All’s you get is 18 hours of unaccounted for static on an audio recording) but still about as good as soft-core sci-fi gets.

Ooo Emily Blunt!  Fan of her as well. 

You must mean the new Blade Runner??  I only recently saw the old one not long ago, though I had a prickling of deja vu so maybe I did see it when I was younger. 

Enjoyed The Martian, been meaning to read the book sometime.  Thanks for the recommendations!

She's also excellent in the superb war movie 'The Edge of Tomorrow'.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5250 on: May 31, 2018, 11:45:19 am »
Surprised that Saving Private Ryan didn't make the list.

Not that into war movies myself, but Inglorious Basterds is a top 10 favorite of mine.

And Rambo. But only the first one... STOP LOOKING AT ME (I know, not technically a war movie, but it still counts).

Interstellar is another slow-burn scifi that no one's mentioned, yet. And I just recently watched
Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman (in case anyone's been wondering what happened to her). It's worth watching once.

Also, anyone watch the new Han Solo film? Who dafuq is Kira supposed to be again? Because I'm not looking it up, but I still want to know, and does anyone actually know without having to Google it, too?
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5251 on: May 31, 2018, 11:57:52 am »

Also, anyone watch the new Han Solo film? Who dafuq is Kira supposed to be again?

Was that Khaleesi? It was very hard to care about or even remember that character. I was not impressed by that film at all. I didn't like Last Jedi, but it at least had moments that make it worth remembering.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5252 on: May 31, 2018, 12:06:36 pm »

Also, anyone watch the new Han Solo film? Who dafuq is Kira supposed to be again?

Was that Khaleesi? It was very hard to care about or even remember that character. I was not impressed by that film at all. I didn't like Last Jedi, but it at least had moments that make it worth remembering.

Was that her name? I just kept hearing "Kira" or however it's supposed to be spelled. But yeah, Solo's love interest.

I mean. I liked Chewbacca. xD But I'm pretty much on board with you. I felt like everything was made to seem like it was more "larger than life" than it all actually was, and I found the movie flat and boring in general. My main beef was how everyone just kind of went along with everything so easily, and stuff that was being presented as "unpredictable" and "clever" really wasn't all that anything. I think they were trying too hard to introduce too many characters into a single storyline, and fell short on the actual characterizations as a result. That's what did it for me.

But I get why everyone else like it so much. I was just afraid I was the only real hater or whatever.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5253 on: May 31, 2018, 12:11:40 pm »
It's been pretty lukewarm at the box office and has been mostly panned by the critics if it makes you feel any better, Chinguetti~


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5254 on: May 31, 2018, 12:16:57 pm »

Also, anyone watch the new Han Solo film? Who dafuq is Kira supposed to be again?

Was that Khaleesi? It was very hard to care about or even remember that character. I was not impressed by that film at all. I didn't like Last Jedi, but it at least had moments that make it worth remembering.

Was that her name? I just kept hearing "Kira" or however it's supposed to be spelled. But yeah, Solo's love interest.

I mean. I liked Chewbacca. xD But I'm pretty much on board with you. I felt like everything was made to seem like it was more "larger than life" than it all actually was, and I found the movie flat and boring in general. My main beef was how everyone just kind of went along with everything so easily, and stuff that was being presented as "unpredictable" and "clever" really wasn't all that anything. I think they were trying too hard to introduce too many characters into a single storyline, and fell short on the actual characterizations as a result. That's what did it for me.

But I get why everyone else like it so much. I was just afraid I was the only real hater or whatever.

I was referring to her role in Game of Thrones  :laugh: Yeah, I find it hard to believe that some people even find it a "fun" film. I agree with much of what you said. That and the fact that Han didn't even feel that important as a character in this compared to Lando. Even the droid had more character than him. Though I will say...

*SPOILERS*

The scene where they showed Darth Maul was the only moment in the movie that I actually perked up, but even that was disappointing when you think back to how amazing Vader was in Rogue One's ending.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5255 on: May 31, 2018, 12:20:34 pm »
The cinematography was awful. It was so dark and lifeless. Dark movies can be good, but they still need to have some life to them.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5256 on: May 31, 2018, 01:23:26 pm »
Also, to answer waygook.org user Chinguetti's question: Do you mean who is the actress who played Qi'ra, or who was she in the story?

The former: she's the woman who plays Daenarys in Game of Thrones. And the latter: she's Han's girlfriend from the first scene.

I meant the latter, but as in what part she may have played in previous films (if at all). They presented her as if she's some kind of returning character in the future, and so I assume she's maybe a key person that has either appeared in previous Star Wars films (just downplayed), or one that hasn't been intro'd before now but is somehow connected in a really big way. Just trying to make sure I'm not missing something in case of the former bolded.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5257 on: May 31, 2018, 01:28:30 pm »
Best war movies:

Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket (the first part, anyway)
The Dirty Dozen
The Caine Mutiny (maybe not technically a war movie)
The Longest Day
Patton
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5258 on: May 31, 2018, 01:41:12 pm »
It's been pretty lukewarm at the box office and has been mostly panned by the critics if it makes you feel any better, Chinguetti~

Really? Everyone I've talked to have all been jazzed over it.

I think they're all just geeking out over it, personally, because, as #basedcowboy has pointed out, a lot of the banter and dialogue reads like the older films, so it gives the movie more of that nostalgic feel without relying on throwbacks.

But while the direction and editing was cleaner than the other newer films, I felt like the execution of the plot was sloppy, which is bad because it was so ****** simple, and how do you **** that up? Because they did. The focus was all on the character interactions and not-so-much on the story itself. It was all just fun shenanigans with Solo and his crew, and let's just plug and chug them wherever so that we can give the audience a, "Ohhhh, so that's how THAT happened."

Can't we have a good balance of all of the above?

Anyway, I liked Beckett. So at least it has that.

And **** Lando, guys. I mean it. **** him.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5259 on: May 31, 2018, 01:53:20 pm »
It's been pretty lukewarm at the box office and has been mostly panned by the critics if it makes you feel any better, Chinguetti~

Really? Everyone I've talked to have all been jazzed over it.

I think they're all just geeking out over it, personally, because, as #basedcowboy has pointed out, a lot of the banter and dialogue reads like the older films, so it gives the movie more of that nostalgic feel without relying on throwbacks.

But while the direction and editing was cleaner than the other newer films, I felt like the execution of the plot was sloppy, which is bad because it was so ****** simple, and how do you **** that up? Because they did. The focus was all on the character interactions and not-so-much on the story itself. It was all just fun shenanigans with Solo and his crew, and let's just plug and chug them wherever so that we can give the audience a, "Ohhhh, so that's how THAT happened."

Can't we have a good balance of all of the above?

Anyway, I liked Beckett. So at least it has that.

And **** Lando, guys. I mean it. **** him.

Yeah, I'm a huge Star Wars fan but the pacing of this movie was just...meh. I didn't get over excited for any part of the movie besides that big character reveal at the end.

I do think however, that this film helps clarify some things from the original trilogy... like how in Empire Strikes Back  Lando was so willing to give up his "friends" to the Empire. Well turns out they aren't really good friends and Lando is bitter about the Falcon.