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Old 07-31-2010, 10:01 PM   #1
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To post anything about movies. Recommendations for cheesetasticness movies, good or bad movies you've seen, movies you want to see....you get the picture.


Every Friday Bams & I have Fear Friday where we stay up all night and watch Horror/Thriller flicks. Last night we watched Black Christmas with Margot Kidder. It was awesome! Creepy and just cheesy enough. I actually found myself peeking under the bed before I went to sleep and I haven't done that in years.

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Baraka is my favorite movie, but it isn't for a lot of people. It's mostly beautiful cinematography and music.

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Breaker Morant
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Cold Fever
A Pure Formality
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Baraka is my favorite movie, but it isn't for a lot of people. It's mostly beautiful cinematography and music.
The scene near the end inside the mosque of mirrors will remain with me til my final days. I can't get that image out of my head, pure magic in reality.
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Oops, I also forgot, The Red Violin. I love that one, too.
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Since you're on Netflix, we just saw Into The Wild. I had read the book, and was frankly not sure about the film, but it is a stark and riveting journey. Sad, in a way, but really pulls you in. Good songs by Eddie Vedder, as well. Not necessarily one of the greats, but certainly one to put in the queue.
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Since you're on Netflix, we just saw Into The Wild. I had read the book, and was frankly not sure about the film, but it is a stark and riveting journey. Sad, in a way, but really pulls you in. Good songs by Eddie Vedder, as well. Not necessarily one of the greats, but certainly one to put in the queue.
NPR did a story about him and after hearing that. I have always had a hard time getting my head around seeing the movie. From what I have been told they make him out to be a hero. The NPR report painted him as something else.
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I am dying to see this.

I Am Love.

"As unrepentantly grandiose and ludicrous as its title, Luca Guadagnino's visually ravishing third feature suggests an epic that Visconti and Sirk might have made after they finished watching Vertigo and reading Madame Bovary while gorging themselves on aphrodisiacs." Melissa Anderson in the Voice on I Am Love: "That it works so well — despite frequently risible dialogue and a notion of feminism that carbon-dates around the time Kate Chopin published The Awakening — is a testament to the film's loony sincerity and seductive voluptuousness, anchored by the magnificence of Tilda Swinton."

"Amid all the luxuries on display in the Italian film I Am Love — the chandeliers, tapestries and paneled walls, the paintings, statuary and white-gloved servants — nothing holds your gaze as forcefully as Tilda Swinton's alabaster face." Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: "The first time you see that vision, her character, Emma Recchi, a Russian who's married into a wealthy Milanese family, is stage-managing the lavish birthday party that opens the film. By the end of this often soaringly beautiful melodrama, which closes with a funeral, Emma's face will have crumpled into a ruin. But it will also be fully alive, having been granted, like Pygmalion's statue, the breath of life."

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Exactly.

Maybe it is because I read the book first that I didn't go the "triumphant loner" route. He was a troubled, impassioned young man who went to meet what life would bring him. And, still, I'm glad I saw the film.
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Aw, Bunns, I'm sorry I'm not being coherent and putting this all in one message. How about a Jamie Foxx duo, both strong pieces.

Collateral pairs him with Tom Cruise in a very non-TC role. The directing and cinematography by Micheal Mann are top-notch, and as this thing spins out it is really gripping. Good popcorn film with some fine acting by the principals.

The Soloist is a well-done take on the true story of a homeless schizophrenic man, formerly a student at Julliard, found playing beautiful music on the streets of LA. There are a number of things to recommend this, but part of it is how properly the homeless citizens are portrayed, due in no small part to their actual inclusion as actors in the film. Considering I'm a musician professionally, I was waiting for the grimace points, but it really is credibly done in that area as well. Foxx is pretty amazing in the lead role.
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Watched Bolt a couple of nights ago. Loved it.

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I Am Love.
That film does look fantastic and can't wait to see it. Love Tilda Swinton.

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Duh, of course I didn't think of posting trailers for my recommendations...





I couldn't find trailers for the other two.
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Super Troopers and Beerfest.

These sound like horrid sophomoric comedies and they are to some degree, but they're legitimately funny.
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We just finished watching all 14 episodes of Firefly plus the Serenity movie.

If you're not familiar with Firefly, it was a sci-fi series that aired on Fox (spit!) in 2002-2003. Set 500 years in the future, humans have left the used-up Earth and migrated to other star systems. Firefly is set in one such system containing a dozen planets and hundreds of moons where the Core Planets formed a repressive government -- the Alliance -- and attempted to force the other worlds to join. They resisted, and war broke out. The Alliance won.

Now, some years later, the story line of Firefly concerns the crew of the Serenity, which is a Firefly-class space freighter, and all the predicaments they get into.

It's a great little ensemble cast with nine principals, the crew of the Serenity. Very character-driven with some amazing plot twists.

Unfortunately, Fox (spit!), in their wisdom, cancelled the show midway through its first and only season, so there are only 14 episodes. Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse), the series to me has a tasty mix of drama and comedy.

Two years after the series' demise, Whedon reunited the cast for a feature film entitled Serenity which wraps up the story line as neatly as could be reasonably expected. Sans and I enjoyed both the series and the movie very much.

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Love this film, every time I see it I just crack up with laughter

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The con scenes in Galaxy Quest were spot on.

Do the trekkies know they were being made fun of ?
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Last week I started attending Rocky Horror shows for the first time in 10 years, and almost <mumble>20 years<mumble> after being part of a cast.

Last night was my kid's first time and I think I damaged him
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Last night was my kid's first time and I think I damaged him
Haha

We took our girls when they were teenagers to a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with some friends of ours. One of the main characters cavorted onstage the entire time in a thong, and he had the body to do it, too.

I worried about that some.

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Yep...I think I damaged my son most when I told him which part I played in our cast (More than likely the one you're speaking of, Coco), and when we got home I pulled out the old costume and umm.....


It doesn't come close to fitting anymore...17 years and <mumble> pounds don't help. The wig still fit tho, so that was encouraging
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Of course we did.

I mean they did.







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A great, supersad cryyoureyesout cuz it's so sad movie is Night, Mother(no trailer on IMDB)

The only other movie that made me bawl as hard was The Color Purple

Bams doesn't like sad movies, so I have only gotten her to watch The Color Purple. The other movie is so amazing, but I know Bams would not like it. :\
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Just watched it last night and enjoyed it! It's a Swedish film (you can choose subtitles or dubbed in English) and one you'll want to watch after the kids go to bed for sure.

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Just watched it last night and enjoyed it! It's a Swedish film (you can choose subtitles or dubbed in English) and one you'll want to watch after the kids go to bed for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlF-hk3IJQE
This movie was one of the biggest let downs I've seen in awhile. I was promised this was one of the most prolific hacker movies of my time and it had about nothing to do with hacking and everything to do with crazy sick rapists.

I'm disgusted with the number of films that include graphic scenes of rape in them. I can't believe people actually WANT to watch this type of thing anyone who would enjoy viewing that type of material needs mental help.

It's a shame because it looked like it might be an awesome hacker movie in the first 10 minutes, and then it was like someone shit their brains out onto the carpet and wrote the rest of the film.

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I was kind of psychic today. I found myself thinking about the movie "Frida" and ever so strangely, it aired on WGN tonight. It has it's faults, but visually it's so stunning -- I was delighted to see it again.

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You got me thinking. Are there any good hacker movies around?

I loved Wargames, even got the screenplay book and read it a thousand times. The Net is the worst piece of crap ever filmed. Hackers? Angelina Jollie and skate rollers... meh.. "look dude! it is the orange book!!!! he he he".

There was this movie with Robert Redford, Sidney Poiter (sp?) and Gandhi that was half way good... until they uncover the plug-it-and-decrypt-everything-black-box.

I do not recall many more... help?

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You got me thinking. Are there any good hacker movies around?

I loved Wargames, even got the screenplay book and read it a thousand times. The Net is the worst piece of crap ever filmed. Hackers? Angelina Jollie and skate rollers... meh.. "look dude! it is the orange book!!!! he he he".

There was this movie with Robert Redford, Sidney Poiter (sp?) and Gandhi that was half way good... until they uncover the plug-it-and-decrypt-everything-black-box.

I do not recall many more... help?

Wow that's tough. Hacker movies suffer from 1) the fact that real life hacking is boring as shit and 2) the actresses(ors) in hacker movies usually know jack and shit about computers and it shows when they try to 'walk the walk' and 'talk the talk'.

So you're usually forced to make some trade-offs in hacker movies, reality for action, acting for accuracy, stuff like that. Here's a list of 'tech' movies I liked. Not all are 'hacker' movies but all of them are entertaining. You're right, the Net was pretty lame. But I like Sandra Bullock.

Hackers - Overall pretty decent. It's based on real life events (it melds three major events into a single story and then makes the rest up). So it's alright if you know the background of the stories because you catch the nod. The 'hacking' was fairly realistic but the visuals were obviously broadly over-exaggerated, and the most 'realistic hacker' in the movie was the wannabe (Joey). And they make a point to mention every 'real-life' hacker fact they use. Like the crayola books (my brother still has a set in his library I should scan them).

Sneakers - Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier play pen testers and security auditors who get sucked into a plot where the government wants some ultimate decoding box before the Russians get it. Overall, not bad but the tech is overreaching (especially for the time).

Wargames
- Based on some real events that were largely exacerbated for the film. I liked the fact that it shows the perils of wardialing, which used to be a pretty common practice and a good way to get boned if you didn't know what you were doing. Overall it was decent entertainment.

Tron - Not technically a 'hacker' movie but definitely on my list of tech films. It's just kick ass. I can't wait to check out the new one, I hope they don't fuck it all up.

Swordfish - John Travolta and that guy who plays wolverine. It's largely an action movie but the plot is based on a rather sophisticated hack robbing a federal reserve bank to get access to a hard-line terminal. The tech is mostly believable but they talk in random meaningless phrases that sound nice but really don't add up to much. If you don't know the lingo, you'll never know the difference.e

Takedown - This has Skeet Ulrich in it and is the 'true' story of Kevin Mitnick. Basically, this is mostly accurate except for the fact that Kevin Mitnick was a nerd. Other than that, he has him down pretty good... he was a cocky egomaniac who couldn't stand to be goaded which was his ultimate downfall. So if you can watch that movie and keep in mind it's been painted with a very glossy brush, it's good.

Pirate's of the Silicone Valley - Is probably going to get me laughed at but it's a semi-accurate version of the Apple/MS story and while it's not a 'hacker' movie most consider these fools to be pioneers of modern day hardware hacking.

The Matrix - Rocked. Only the first one then the premise gets boring and totally falls apart in the last ep. Other than that I found this movie to be pretty badass as an action movie and the tech was explainable to a level that made it entertaining. Sometimes it makes perfect sense that the world is only going on in my head. :P

Antitrust - A movie that basically tells the story of the rise of MS and how Bill Gates used to absorb talent or eliminate it. IT's told as a fiction action thriller but mimics real-life events and the main character draws a direct parallel with Gates.

The 13th Floor - is about scientists who create a virtual world where participants plug in and take over a computer character's life. The characters are unaware of their puppet existence, but then a real life murder shakes the foundation of the game. Some of the toons realize they are in a sim and want out. It's a thriller, and not bad.

Die Hard 4: Live free or die hard - Covers the fictional tale of what will happen when someone gets the balls to run a firesale. I love how they took this catch phrase from a random discussion within the 'hacker' blogs and ran with it. Anyhow a 'Firesale' is a scenario in which hackers take control of the grid. Power, water, gas, communications, utilities, you name it... they own it, and either control it or shut it down. That's why it's called a firesale - everything must go haha. Overall this movie was cool. I like most of the actors and even though they overreach a bit with the tech and the abilities of the bad guys, a good majority of what they demonstrate is fully realizable right now.

existenz - A game designer creates an artificial reality game that plugs directly into people's minds. The line between reality and game then blurs in a violent and gruesome way. This is very much a powerful art film, and not for everyone.
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How could I forget Enemy of the State. Wil Smith plays a lawyer and Gene Hackman is in it along with Jon Voight. IT's a CIA, big-brother is watching you kind of thriller. Good entertainment... I like Wil Smith, Hackman and Voight so lots of good talent.
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Wow that's tough. Hacker movies suffer from 1) the fact that real life hacking is boring as shit and 2) the actresses(ors) in hacker movies usually know jack and shit about computers and it shows when they try to 'walk the walk' and 'talk the talk'.

So you're usually forced to make some trade-offs in hacker movies, reality for action, acting for accuracy, stuff like that. Here's a list of 'tech' movies I liked. Not all are 'hacker' movies but all of them are entertaining. You're right, the Net was pretty lame. But I like Sandra Bullock.
Just commenting on some of your movies, I've seen most of them and will add the rest to my netflix queue when I get home.


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Tron - Not technically a 'hacker' movie but definitely on my list of tech films. It's just kick ass. I can't wait to check out the new one, I hope they don't fuck it all up.
Never watched it, have to...

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Swordfish - John Travolta and that guy who plays wolverine. It's largely an action movie but the plot is based on a rather sophisticated hack robbing a federal reserve bank to get access to a hard-line terminal. The tech is mostly believable but they talk in random meaningless phrases that sound nice but really don't add up to much. If you don't know the lingo, you'll never know the difference.e
Started to look good until wolverine is forced to break DES while getting a BJ in under one minute... please...

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Takedown - This has Skeet Ulrich in it and is the 'true' story of Kevin Mitnick. Basically, this is mostly accurate except for the fact that Kevin Mitnick was a nerd. Other than that, he has him down pretty good... he was a cocky egomaniac who couldn't stand to be goaded which was his ultimate downfall. So if you can watch that movie and keep in mind it's been painted with a very glossy brush, it's good.

Pirate's of the Silicone Valley - Is probably going to get me laughed at but it's a semi-accurate version of the Apple/MS story and while it's not a 'hacker' movie most consider these fools to be pioneers of modern day hardware hacking.
Another two to add.

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The Matrix - Rocked. Only the first one then the premise gets boring and totally falls apart in the last ep. Other than that I found this movie to be pretty badass as an action movie and the tech was explainable to a level that made it entertaining. Sometimes it makes perfect sense that the world is only going on in my head. :P
LOL, never thought about Matrix as a hackers movie, but you are correct.

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Antitrust - A movie that basically tells the story of the rise of MS and how Bill Gates used to absorb talent or eliminate it. IT's told as a fiction action thriller but mimics real-life events and the main character draws a direct parallel with Gates.
Will add it.

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existenz - A game designer creates an artificial reality game that plugs directly into people's minds. The line between reality and game then blurs in a violent and gruesome way. This is very much a powerful art film, and not for everyone.
Never heard of it... another one for the queue!

Thanks for the recommendations

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NP. Travolta makes a great bad guy, I like him as an actor I haven't seen much that he did I didn't like. I agree, the DES BJ thing was nonsense. But Travolta had the sickest ride in that movie.

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This movie was one of the biggest let downs I've seen in awhile. I was promised this was one of the most prolific hacker movies of my time and it had about nothing to do with hacking and everything to do with crazy sick rapists.

I'm disgusted with the number of films that include graphic scenes of rape in them. I can't believe people actually WANT to watch this type of thing anyone who would enjoy viewing that type of material needs mental help.

It's a shame because it looked like it might be an awesome hacker movie in the first 10 minutes, and then it was like someone shit their brains out onto the carpet and wrote the rest of the film.

Crap.

Somebody told you wrong then. Are there hackers in the movie, yes, do they really show much of it, no. Now the books have more of it in them, but I would still not call them about hackers. It's about a woman (who happens to be a hacker) who has been abused by the Swedish government (security police to be exact) for the sake of protecting her abusive criminal father who defected from Soviet Russia and is feeding them information. They don't really get into that in the first movie either. The books go into more detail. What can you do. It's still a good movie, in my opinion.
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Somebody told you wrong then. Are there hackers in the movie, yes, do they really show much of it, no. Now the books have more of it in them, but I would still not call them about hackers. It's about a woman (who happens to be a hacker) who has been abused by the Swedish government (security police to be exact) for the sake of protecting her abusive criminal father who defected from Soviet Russia and is feeding them information. They don't really get into that in the first movie either. The books go into more detail. What can you do. It's still a good movie, in my opinion.
I guess the movie could have introduced the story a bit better then. I understood she was in the grips of the government, and that her handler was a sicko, but they didn't flesh out the part about the father or the Russians, might have made it a bit more interesting.

My problem with it was that the movie tosses the sex abuse in there with no seeming connection to the plot. It's bad enough to have to stick rape scene in a film to get the point across, but when it's disconnected from the main plot, it's frivolous and unnecessary. They could have demonstrated the situation without the need for the graphic rape.

No to mention it really had nothing to do with the plot. In the movie, at least, very little attention at all if paid to the girl and it's more focused on the reporter and his life, and the story he's buried himself in. The end of which was glaringly obvious so you can't even really call it a thriller.

I guess I might have seen it a bit different if I wasn't expecting a great hacker movie, and instead was expecting a half-ass 8mm rehash.

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I guess the movie could have introduced the story a bit better then. I understood she was in the grips of the government, and that her handler was a sicko, but they didn't flesh out the part about the father or the Russians, might have made it a bit more interesting.

My problem with it was that the movie tosses the sex abuse in there with no seeming connection to the plot. It's bad enough to have to stick rape scene in a film to get the point across, but when it's disconnected from the main plot, it's frivolous and unnecessary. They could have demonstrated the situation without the need for the graphic rape.

No to mention it really had nothing to do with the plot. In the movie, at least, very little attention at all if paid to the girl and it's more focused on the reporter and his life, and the story he's buried himself in. The end of which was glaringly obvious so you can't even really call it a thriller.

I guess I might have seen it a bit different if I wasn't expecting a great hacker movie, and instead was expecting a half-ass 8mm rehash.

Yeah, they could have done better explaining the premise of the story. Now that rape may not seem important to the storyline at this moment, but in the third book it does play an important part. I guess it all makes more sense if you have read the books. Believe me, they go into A LOT more detail.
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Swordfish, full of cheese. I love the part where he's boozing it up while "super-hacking" on the retarded system all while listening to horrible techno and dancing around. Awesome!
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I can't quite figure out why, but Boondock Saints was good in a wierd B movie sort of way, except they weren't B movies.


On a more serious note The Warlords is a great historically accurate movie set in China during the late 1800s. NOT a wire-fu movie. Jet Li stars as an actor--not an action hero and does a good job at it. Worth watching.
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Do you know why I didn't give a shit about Avatar despite everyone gushing all over it?

In the years to come if I have a kid, I can't see myself sitting down to watch it with him, or her. There will be none of the generational sharing that I had with my parents and Star Wars. They won't grow up with it. It's pure unfiltered shit.

Some of what will be watched, just hearing the THEME music of these movies sends a tingle down my spine.








I'd like to double forrest gump, the power of that movie fucked me up for YEARS.

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Nice list Jorus. I haven't seen Schindler's List. V was great. Shawshank was pretty good, and one of the only King movies I thought held close to the book in a way that didn't make me wanna roll my eyes (one more demon clown or magic spider and ).

We just watched Forest Gump the other night, Hanks kicks ass in everything. Green Mile was really good.

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