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Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2015 - 05:31pm PT
Yaaa, it lives!!!

Feb 27, 2015 - 07:14pm PT
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story


That is a great one, sullly. I've watched it twice already. If Lance had not fallen from grace, he would have made a horrifically prosperous politician.

Another good "sports and drugs" documentary (also on Netflix) is called All This Mayhem which is about two Australian brothers, Tas and Ben Pappas, who became pro skateboarders in the 90s. Doesn't really paint Tony Hawk in a good light and is a much sadder, darker tale than Stop At Nothing, but still a really absorbing movie.

Trad climber
Dec 22, 2016 - 08:37am PT

Social climber
Dec 22, 2016 - 08:43am PT
hey there say...



Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 1, 2017 - 08:09pm PT
Just saw the Eagle Huntress..Beautifully told story and gorgeous cinematography.


Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Jan 1, 2017 - 08:39pm PT

well crafted, well told

Half Dome Village
Jan 3, 2017 - 11:55am PT
Saw Rogue One last week, maybe the best Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back? It's got a fairly large cast but all the characters are pretty likable and well developed. The plot isn't very interesting, but at least it's relatively coherent. There are a lot of sappy death scenes where someone utters some final dying words while cradled in another's arms, and the storm troopers aim like storm troopers, but that's all to be expected. Darth Vader gets a 20 second action scene at the end which is pretty awesome. Worth watching for anyone who likes big budget action films.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 4, 2017 - 04:11am PT
Happy New Year!


Half Dome Village
Jan 5, 2017 - 11:01am PT
Went to see Fantastic Beasts yesterday, the Harry Potter prequel set in 1920s NYC. Its sort of mediocre, not as good as any of the films in the main series. The biggest problem is it has two plots going which are totally unconnected. The main plot is about these kids who repress their magic abilities. But then the film spends most of its runtime following this dude who loses some magical creatures in the city and has to recapture them. The tracking down of the fantastic beasts seems trivial because its so irrelevant to the main story.

And you know how right wing Christians are always railing against Harry Potter for teaching children witchcraft? Well I did like how this movie fires back by making one of the main villains a witch-persecuting, child-beating, religious zealot.
Edit: Actually, just the other day I got this pamphlet on my car at the Kmart parking lot of Bishop. Kind of hilarious.
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Mike Honcho

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Jan 5, 2017 - 01:49pm PT
Both fascinating, tragic and totally Rio, if you've ever been. Nothing like the Barry Manilow song..
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Social climber
Jan 5, 2017 - 04:04pm PT
hey there say, nita... wow, WHAT AN INTERESTING trailer... oh my...

say, will go read up on what the movie is...
thanks for posting...

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Andy Cairns
Jan 12, 2017 - 04:55pm PT
One of my favorites.

"Do I look like Donald Trump? I ain't got a dollah."


Half Dome Village
Mar 25, 2017 - 10:09am PT
Saw a couple movies recently.

Suicide Squad was shockingly terrible. I had heard nothing but negative things about it, so I went in expecting it to be sh#t, but I was still blown away by just how incompetently made a Hollywood blockbuster like this could be. I started typing out some specific things I didn't like about it, but quickly realized I was about to launch into a WOT because literally everything about the movie sucks. Even the action scenes are super boring and lame. I like superhero movies in general btw, The Dark Knight is one of my favorite films of the last 10 years.

The Magnificent Seven is another shitty Hollywood film of the more typical variety. Here's the plot in a nutshell (spoilers, but not really): An evil rich guy wants to force a bunch of ranchers off their land so he can mine it, then the townspeople hire a multicultural group of seven badassess to kill the bad guy and his men, which they do. It's coherent, but it's predictable, boring, and uninspired. And that describes pretty much everything else in the film from the dialogue to the action. Just a very by-the-numbers action western.

Half Dome Village
Mar 25, 2017 - 10:25am PT
On a more positive note, I recently finished watching season 3 of Black Mirror which continues to be excellent. Episode 4 "San Junipero" is my favorite from the series now, and one of the best pieces of film making (and story telling) I've seen in a long while. Episodes 3 and 5 were also great and some of the better ones in the series. If you aren't familiar, it's a scifi drama which often gets compared to the Twilight Zone but there's no supernatural stuff, just a look at all the terrible things that would be possible with technology. Very dark and depressing, but smartly written and a gold mine for philosophical and psychological discussions.

Half Dome Village
Apr 2, 2017 - 09:01pm PT
I saw Ghost in the Shell today. It's been getting poor reviews so I didn't expect much, but it's not bad...it's not good either...it's just sort of average. The trailer and previews made it look like it was going to be a shot-for-shot remake of the anime, but it's actually a totally different story and film. But first let me provide a bit of context for anyone unfamiliar with the source material. This is all spoiler free.

The original manga was created by Shirow Masamune in 1989 and is a pretty remarkable piece of "hard" science fiction about a futuristic police force. The central focus of the book isn't in telling a story or developing characters; it's in bringing to life the futuristic setting of 2029's Japan. Shirow put an immense amount of detail and research into every aspect of the world, from technology and robotics to political organizations and international relations. Here's a quick quote from one of his footnotes (there are pages and pages of these) just to highlight this obsessive realism "Panels four and five show a screw-activated switch, the type used in bomb casings. But in this era, the system is electronically activated with only a half-turn because the shape-memory alloy wire is used. As a result, the easiest way to dispose of bombs is to cover them with a titanium shell and blow them up.".

In 1995, the manga was adapted into an anime and this film was met with even more critical acclaim than the original book. A lot of changes were made: the tone of the film is much more serious, the plot is simplified and easier to follow, and the weighty technical jargon is done away with in favor of a much more visual style of story telling. However I would not say that plot and characters are the main focus of the film either; rather it presents a vivid panorama of future Japan and lingers on the existential questions that arise in a society where humans are more machine than human. In general, I would agree with critics that the anime is an improvement over the manga and would recommend it to anyone. It is probably one of the more important philosophic works of the 20th century.

And that brings us to the live-action adaptation which again makes many changes. I would almost go so far as to say that it is the total opposite of Shirow's original work. This is both good and bad, but mostly bad. Plot and characters are now at the forefront, at least as much as they can in any big Hollywood action film. What I mean is that most scenes are set up to either advance the plot directly, or develop the characters in some way as to make sense of their later actions. This much the film does adequately. The plot is new (ie: a totally different plot than in the manga or anime) and at times interesting although it's mostly predictable. The characters feel more like "archetypes" than real people, but they're enjoyable characters none-the-less with tough likable heroes and a detestable villain. But because the story and action move along at such a brisk pace, no time is given for reflecting on whatever philosophical underpinnings might be in there.

The biggest problems comes from those moments when the film isn't concerned with plot or characters and instead becomes "spectacle". This is a criticism that applies to basically every big-budget film that has come out of Hollywood in the last 15 years. Most people maybe think of spectacle as being just gun fights and car chases, and those do often qualify, but really I'm talking about any scene or shot which doesn't serve any purpose other than to "look cool". While everyone likes a film that looks cool, the problem is that directors are so willing to sacrifice realism and continuity in order to force these shots into the film. Like, why is the geisha robot able to crab-walk up a wall? Because it looks cool. Why is the bad guy standing out on the balcony in the pouring rain and ruining a $10,000 suit? Because it looks cool. Why is Scarlett Johansson delivering these awkwardly contrived lines of dialogue? Because they sound cool, and we needed them for the trailer! And just to drive home this difference from Shirow's methodical realism, here is another one of his endnotes from the original GitS: "In movie scenes of special forces making indoor assaults, one often sees several people with guns drawn, charging down a hallway... In reality, they usually peek around a corner first and then, depending on the situation, make their move (like they did in CI5 and Silence of the Lambs). In the old days, they probably used a dental mirror or something. The most important thing is to make sure you have the advantage before the enemy spots you and to not just start blasting away." I'll leave it to you to guess how the special forces clear buildings in this movie...

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Apr 3, 2017 - 08:20am PT

This is long on diatribes, short on nitty-gritty details or proof to back up his claims. And other posts by the dude are vaccine conspiracy theories. Even though there may be a fair amount of truth in what he says, there' no way to tell from this. If he's for real in his work and the lab he claims to have set up, I'd be interested to see what he fins. But for now I'm moving on.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Apr 3, 2017 - 06:36pm PT

Just finished Black Mirror. Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, couldn't agree more... "San Junipero" was awesome! Grade A+. The entire season three was good. Really liked #5 (Men against Fire) and #6 (Hated in the Nation) too! So good!!

Beware those ADIs... Autonomous Drone Insects... :)

PS Yuval Harari on Sam Harris podcast talks about Virtual Reality capabilites and consciousness manipulation in the future... not just by psychotropic drugs but electronics interface (Men Against Fire). Brave new world!
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