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Re: The Cinema Thread

Unread post by JTA » Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:17 pm

rstrong wrote:
Shouldn't this be in the Food Thread?
I initially thought that. When I started watching it, I thought "man what an idiot". Then I gradually started feeling bad for the guy.

He clearly had some underlying issues. Failed actor, drug addiction. Living amongst grizzlies out in the wild became his raison d'être. It became his life. He hated the world of man. But he was also delusional, trying to impose human values upon the wild, which ultimately led to his "suicide by grizzly bear"

Best quote of the documentary:
But once in a while, Treadwell came face-to-face with the harsh reality of wild nature.
This did not fit into his sentimentalized view that everything out there was good, and the universe in balance and in harmony.
Here I differ with Treadwell. He seemed to ignore the fact that in nature there are predators.
I believe the common character of the universe is not harmony; but chaos, hostility and murder.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:48 pm

So many liberals, so little time. :P

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Unread post by rstrong » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:02 pm

Canadian author W.P. Kinsella ended his own life today under Canada's assisted-dying law. His 1982 novel Shoeless Joe was turned into the 1989 film Field of Dreams.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:17 am

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Unread post by rstrong » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:00 pm

Happy Public Domain Day! Every January 1st a vast number of movies, TV shows, books and musical works enter the public domain.

(But not in the US of course. As with the last 18 years, nothing will be entering the public domain there.)

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Unread post by rstrong » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:26 pm

I won't do the three million page loads needed go through the whole list. Especially not after the first item:

Of all the inaccuracies in Braveheart, they chose the date of the kilt? How about "William Wallace wasn't called Braveheart. That was a different guy." Or "Damn near everything in the movie."

In Mel Gibson's defense, those who mocked him for having an Australian rather Scottish accent were wrong too. If William Wallace didn't kill someone for speaking English or making him speak it, he probably spoke it with a French accent.

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Unread post by JTA » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:13 pm

One of the weirdest goddamn movies I've ever seen: The greasy strangler

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt4381236/
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Unread post by O Really » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:30 pm

Where/how does one even find out this film is playing? And, having read the title, how does one think, "I'll watch that."

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Unread post by rstrong » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:00 am

Maybe that's the point.

"Hollywood accounting" is used to declare that some of the biggest hits never actually made money, so that writers and others who get royalties or a percentage of the net profit don't have to be paid.

According to Lucasfilm, Return of the Jedi, despite having earned $475 million at the box office against a budget of $32.5 million, (plus VHS, DVD, Music CD and other revenue) "has never gone into profit." Batman (1989) made $2 billion but never turned a profit. Spider-Man (2002) made more than $800 million, but Stan Lee made nothing on his 10% of the net profits. The Lord of the Rings trilogy made $6 billion at the box office alone, but according to New Line the trilogy made "horrendous losses" and no profit at all.

One way involves "sharing" costs - sets, lawyers and accountants, distribution, marketing, payroll etc. - between an obscure money loser and a hit.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:32 am

O Really wrote:... And, having read the title, how does one think, "I'll watch that."
Have you met JTA? :P
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Unread post by O Really » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:46 am

rstrong wrote:Maybe that's the point.

"Hollywood accounting" is used to declare that some of the biggest hits never actually made money, so that writers and others who get royalties or a percentage of the net profit don't have to be paid.
Sounds like somebody needs better lawyers, agents, union reps reviewing their contracts.

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Unread post by rstrong » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:56 am

O Really wrote:Sounds like somebody needs better lawyers, agents, union reps reviewing their contracts.
It won't help. "Hollywood Accounting" is institutionalized, both by the industry and the government it pays for. It's been that way for many decades.

Peter Jackson knew all about it, and had as much power as anyone outside of the studio CEOs going into Lord of the Rings. And yet despite the trilogy making $6 billion at the box office alone, New Line declared "horrendous losses", no profit at all, and screwed over Jackson. The average "somebody" won't do any better, and they'll find themselves not getting work if they try.

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Unread post by JTA » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:03 am

O Really wrote:Where/how does one even find out this film is playing? And, having read the title, how does one think, "I'll watch that."
You aren't doing it wrong if no one knows what you are doing.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:42 am

Not everything is progress in the future. Star Trek never had seat belts, either.

Why 'Star Wars' Hates Handrails: Finally We Know Why People Keep Plummeting to Their Death

Otoh, maybe it's because the light sabers keep slicing apart the handrails.
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Unread post by O Really » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:35 am

Vrede too wrote:Not everything is progress in the future. Star Trek never had seat belts, either.

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Wasn't "future" in Star Wars.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."

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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:39 am

Ah, that explains it, thanks. No one had invented handrails, OSHA or labor lawyers ;) back then.
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Unread post by O Really » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:15 pm

They had the "send ... guns and money" part, but didn't know about the lawyers.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:42 am

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Unread post by Boatrocker » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:19 pm

With some awful damn haircuts.
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Re: The Cinema Thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:25 am

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