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Film criticism and recommendation

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Alan H
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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#41 Postby Alan H » March 19th, 2016, 11:48 pm

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#42 Postby Dave B » March 20th, 2016, 8:09 am


Getting lot of "not found" meesages on movie sites. Also free week trials but credit card needed to register . . .

Never really happy with these sort of sites.
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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#43 Postby Alan H » March 20th, 2016, 10:44 am

Dave B wrote:

Getting lot of "not found" meesages on movie sites. Also free week trials but credit card needed to register . . .

Never really happy with these sort of sites.
Are you clicking on the (slightly obscure) ads at the top?
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2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#44 Postby Dave B » March 20th, 2016, 12:28 pm

Ah, yes, thought that was part of the site navigation.

Blimey, some obscure stuff in there, takes me back to when I used to frequent the Cambridge Arts Cinema in the 60s. If it wasn't a tad way out it wasn't shown! (I was posted near there in the RAF, not at the uni!)
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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#45 Postby Maria Mac » November 26th, 2016, 11:23 pm

Today we went to see 'A United Kingdom', based on the very moving true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. Definitely recommend it. David Oyewalo plays Khama as well as he played Martin Luther King in Selma a few years ago. I wish Tony Benn had lived to see it, given his heroic role in the affair.

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#46 Postby Alan H » November 27th, 2016, 12:04 am

Athena wrote:Today we went to see 'A United Kingdom', based on the very moving true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. Definitely recommend it. David Oyewalo plays Khama as well as he played Martin Luther King in Selma a few years ago. I wish Tony Benn had lived to see it, given his heroic role in the affair.

Yes, thoroughly enjoyable.
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Jackie

#47 Postby Alan H » February 2nd, 2017, 5:13 pm

We have just been to see the film 'Jackie' about Jackie Kennedy at the time of JFK's death. A thoroughly dull and dreary film.

There was one scene in the White House (much of it was set there) where she was contemplating the legacy her husband had left and Bobby Kennedy pointed out they were in the room Lincoln signed the proclamation to free 4 million slaves.

What the fuck is Trump doing there?
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Jackie

#48 Postby jaywhat » February 2nd, 2017, 7:15 pm

Alan H wrote:We have just been to see the film 'Jackie' about Jackie Kennedy at the time of JFK's death. A thoroughly dull and dreary film.

There was one scene in the White House (much of it was set there) where she was contemplating the legacy her husband had left and Bobby Kennedy pointed out they were in the room Lincoln signed the proclamation to free 4 million slaves.

What the fuck is Trump doing there?



exactly !

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#49 Postby Maria Mac » February 12th, 2017, 5:31 pm

I've seen a few films since my last recommendation - including 'Jackie' about Mrs Kennedy, which was dull as hell and massively disappointing - and none have been worth writing about, though I enjoyed Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' late last year. Today's film, Lion, based on a true story about a child in India who got lost and ended up being adopted by an Australian couple and who, 25 years later, found his birth mother again by searching Google earth (really!), is one I'd urge everyone to go and see. It's of the same quality as Slumdog Millionaire and stars the same actor, Dev Patel. It's absolutely fantastic, imo, and has been nominated for several Oscars. I hope it wins them all.

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#50 Postby Compassionist » October 10th, 2017, 10:33 pm

I watched Blade Runnner 2049 and recommend it highly. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner. It is not essential to have watched the 1982 film but it does help.

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#51 Postby Alan H » October 10th, 2017, 11:19 pm

Compassionist wrote:I watched Blade Runnner 2049 and recommend it highly. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner. It is not essential to have watched the 1982 film but it does help.

A lot of people I know have seen it and have raved about it!
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#52 Postby Compassionist » October 11th, 2017, 11:10 pm

Alan H wrote:
Compassionist wrote:I watched Blade Runnner 2049 and recommend it highly. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner. It is not essential to have watched the 1982 film but it does help.

A lot of people I know have seen it and have raved about it!

That's great.

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#53 Postby animist » October 16th, 2017, 11:44 am

the original Blade Runner is a film which I assumed I must have seen since I've read about it over the years, but I don't think I actually did so till last night. It certainly did have atmosphere, helped by the wonderful Vangelis score, and Rutger Hauer's last moments, when he says that he's had experiences as a replicant that no human has had, were moving and interesting. However, the premiss is so silly (since why make robot slaves to look like humans?) that I don't rate the film that highly, and certainly have no intention of watching the sequel in a cinema for three hours. I actually dislike sitting in cinema seats, since I find them restrictive, while the sound quality is often poor; and a visit means suffering a slew of adverts and trailers for all the other crap films coming up. Hope this counts as film criticism :D

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#54 Postby Alan H » October 16th, 2017, 12:54 pm

animist wrote:the premiss is so silly (since why make robot slaves to look like humans?)
I don't understand why you say this is silly: they already exist - albeit not very good and at the moment, unconvincing - but I don't think progress on that is likely to stop any time soon.
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Film criticism and recommendation

#55 Postby animist » October 16th, 2017, 1:03 pm

Alan H wrote:
animist wrote:the premiss is so silly (since why make robot slaves to look like humans?)
I don't understand why you say this is silly: they already exist - albeit not very good and at the moment, unconvincing - but I don't think progress on that is likely to stop any time soon.
they may exist, but the question remains; why do it? At present they are a curiosity because of the novelty, but the film presupposes a society based on slave android labour


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