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 on: September 21, 2014, 04:14:05 PM 
Started by Allhallowsday - Last post by JaseSF
Captain Atlantis Redux

 on: September 21, 2014, 03:50:07 PM 
Started by indianasmith - Last post by ulthar

Any ideology that regards human life as a disposable commodity is dangerous.

Sorry - not to veer this too far off the time travel topic, but can you name one government ideology that does not regard human life as a disposable commodity?

It sure seems to me that they all start with "good intentions" and some fulfill those on a small scale, but the asymptotic point all governments seem to reach is "self serving," even to the point of "kill our own."  Some take longer to get there than others, but that convergence seems common in my observation.

I will be happy to exempt our own Constitutional Republic from that "condemnation" on the grounds that it has not really been tried.  Our government began drifting from Constitutional principles almost immediately, such as, but not limited to,  Marbury vs Madison (cf here for an interesting 2009 legal discussion of that case).

I do believe a system formed by and that strictly adhered to the Constitution could be the exception.  I'd love to see THAT experiment tried. 

 on: September 21, 2014, 03:33:15 PM 
Started by retrorussell - Last post by Allhallowsday
THE BLOB (1988) remake has the heroine, her younger brother, and his pal Eddie (DOUG EMERSON) in the sewer attacked by the Blob.  About 12, Eddie is engulfed and pulled under the water...

 on: September 21, 2014, 03:19:37 PM 
Started by venomx - Last post by RCMerchant
Lionel Atwill. - House of Frankenstein (1944)

It is indeed Lionel Atwill.

 on: September 21, 2014, 03:00:07 PM 
Started by BTM - Last post by JaseSF
Football makes me yawn. So does baseball, golf, tennis (well less so women's but that's not because of tennis), basketball, soccer, MMA, etc. Hockey I do enjoy though and pro wrestling (especially pre-sports entertainment pro wrestling). I also like old boxing (90s and before)...

 on: September 21, 2014, 02:11:55 PM 
Started by Bushma - Last post by Trevor
I wish these damn undies of mine would go missing..... ;)

 on: September 21, 2014, 02:00:35 PM 
Started by A.J. Bauer - Last post by Josso
lol I've wanted to see this since it first came out, I take it you guys have seen Cannibal: The Musical? Also does anyone know where there will be a retail version of the play on dvd/bluray.

 on: September 21, 2014, 01:54:03 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by JaseSF
Where the Red Fern Grows (2003): Now an old man (played at this stage by Kris Kristofferson), Billy Coleman (as a young boy played by Joseph Ashton) recalls his days living in the Ozark mountains and his desire as a young lad to own two red-bone hound 'coon hunting dogs and then the adventures and life he enjoyed when he finally managed to secure the two dogs whom he named "Old Dan" and "Little Ann"  

This movie, apparently pretty much an outright remake of the 1974 film both based on the novel of the same title, does a pretty good job IMO. Now I haven't seen the original film but I felt this movie does its job very well in terms of getting us to sympathize with and like the lead Billy as played by Joseph Ashton and his family and friends including his father Will (played by Dave Matthews), his mother a Cherokee Indian named Jenny (Renee Faia), his Grandpa (played by Dabney Coleman), his friend Sheriff Abe McConnell (Ned Beatty), and finally Hod Bellington (Mac Davis). Quite a good cast of supporting characters in this one. It does feel like a throwback in many ways and actually feels like a much earlier than 2003 film in terms of storytelling and style of film (in terms of that I suspect it's very close to its 70s predecessor). Still our story does take a sad turn before it is over which may well disturb many viewers. In addition, the fact that the main thing Billy wants the dog for is to hunt cute little raccoons in this movie may bother many other viewers but thankfully they don't dwell too much on that or show 'coons getting killed. Still there's a certain realism to the story here that does ring true and the ending does prove somewhat bittersweet and helps us understand the events that helped shape Billy into the man he would later become. ***1/2 out of ***** stars.

Kettle of Fish (2006): Now in his 40s, musician Mel (Matthew Modine) begins to get the itch to settle down and finally have a serious relationship and believing he may have found that in a young woman he's dating named Inga (Ewa Da Cruz) decides to sublet his apartment which is quickly rented by a gorgeous animal biologist named Ginger (Gina Gershon). However when his relationship with Inga doesn't turn out quite as expected, he suddenly finds himself thrown back into his old apartment and reluctantly living with Ginger. Soon he turns his attentions towards a new romantic conquest, the newly married Diana (Christy Scott Cashman) whom he believes he's made an "instant connection" with. Eventually Mel begins to learn some truths about himself and what it is he truly wants in love.

This romantic comedy was actually quite enjoyable. Some of the stuff with the fish and the frog did seem rather far fetched but getting past that, this movie has a certain charm. It's a slightly different spin on the romantic comedy as the lead looking for love in all the wrong places and wanting to settle down proves to be a man, a role typically played by women in these films. Modine is pretty good here and for once gets to play a likable, average guy who perhaps just a bit misguided. His friends actually behave like friends. The funniest bits involve a misguided strip tease dance (done by Christy Cashman), the boring comment, the interaction with the slightly creepy Harry, and the Central Park miscommunication but these are more amusing, peculiar funny than laugh out loud funny. The film is also a tad formulaic but I enjoyed it more than I do most of these type of films so I'll give it ***1/2 out of ***** stars.

 on: September 21, 2014, 01:52:23 PM 
Started by trekgeezer - Last post by claws
Trance (2013)

Young man with gambling addiction working at auction gets involved in a heist but lost his memory during an accident before he could hand over the stolen painting. A gang of criminals he was working for sends him to a female psychiatrist specialized in medical hypnosis so they can find out where the stolen painting is hidden.
Multi-layered sexy crime thriller tossing countless plot twists your way that will make your head spin. Almost flawless. 4.5/5

The Croods (2013)

A family of cavemen go on a dangerous journey to a "better" place when their old neighborhood falls victim to earthquakes and volcanic activity.
Pretty neat DreamWorks animation. I really enjoyed this a lot. 4.5/5

Now You See Me (2013)

A cop is investigating criminal activities of four superstar magicians who rob banks with tricks and illusions during their sold out shows.
Slick thriller filled with tons of surprises. Think David Copperfield meets The Usual Suspects. 4/5

 on: September 21, 2014, 12:48:13 PM 
Started by retrorussell - Last post by Andrew
Most of "Lifeforce" (1985).

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