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Old 30.04.2009, 17:00
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Saw an interesting and funny Swiss movie called 'Notfall in Havana' (Incident in Havana). About the Swiss embassy in Havana with an office there representing US interests, one of its hapless officers and a Cuban woman who wants a plane out of Cuba and takes a US senator hostage.
It's called "Ernstfall in Havanna". I like it!
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And as for "Watchmen", had anyone read the novel?
Ya I just finished reading the graphic novel of Watchmen, it was pretty good, but havent seen the movie, so cant really compare..
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Ya I just finished reading the graphic novel of Watchmen, it was pretty good, but havent seen the movie, so cant really compare..
It's surprisingly faithful. Some would say almost too much, though I disagree.

And I like Wes Anderson movies, but I think they're sort of superficial by design. The comedy works, but I've almost never bought the emotion in them. It's either completely deadpan or just silly, with very little inbetween.
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Old 01.05.2009, 09:35
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I like Wes Anderson movies. The Darjeeling Limited is a nice way to unwind. Light comedy with a pleasant, euphoric tone.
it was very light on comedy.

i really liked some of his earlier stuff.... the royal tenenbaums and rushmore. life aquatic and darjeeling have just gone too left field for me.
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Old 01.05.2009, 09:38
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Re: Movie recommendations?

its not a movie, but HBO mini series Generation Kill about marines in the iraq war, is very very well made and entertaining. seven one hour episodes.

oftentimes lately, i find that such quality television shows outshine the majority of movies around.
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Old 01.05.2009, 10:10
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Re: Movie recommendations?

If you're in to Sci-Fi, Serinity is great, I'd Transformers too.
For TV series, the new Battlestar Galactica is just, well, wow!!

And in a kino near you soon, there's of course the new Star Trek... enought said
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Old 01.05.2009, 10:24
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its not a movie, but HBO mini series Generation Kill about marines in the iraq war, is very very well made and entertaining. seven one hour episodes.
On the subject of Iraq, I found:

"Battle for Haditha" by Nick Broomfield
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870211/

very good
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Old 01.05.2009, 10:46
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its not a movie, but HBO mini series Generation Kill about marines in the iraq war, is very very well made and entertaining. seven one hour episodes.

oftentimes lately, i find that such quality television shows outshine the majority of movies around.
Most definitely. Check out the 5 seasons of The Wire if you haven't already. I am convinced that the show will be looked back upon as one of the most important works of this century.
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Old 01.05.2009, 10:49
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Re: Movie recommendations?

definitely DONT check out season 5 of the wire.... start at season 1!

yes it has been a great show. jeez, most important work of the century is somewhat audacious though!!!
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Old 01.05.2009, 11:00
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Most definitely. Check out the 5 seasons of The Wire if you haven't already. I am convinced that the show will be looked back upon as one of the most important works of this century.
Well I watched a few episodes of season 1 on BBC2 recently and don't really understand what all the fuss is about?

To me it is just a "realistic" police series set in Baltimore.

What am I missing? What makes it so brilliant in your opinion?
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Old 01.05.2009, 11:10
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The missus went to see "The boat that rocked" last week and loved it.
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definitely DONT check out season 5 of the wire.... start at season 1!

yes it has been a great show. jeez, most important work of the century is somewhat audacious though!!!
I said "the 5 seasons".
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Well I watched a few episodes of season 1 on BBC2 recently and don't really understand what all the fuss is about?

To me it is just a "realistic" police series set in Baltimore.

What am I missing? What makes it so brilliant in your opinion?
The fact that it's not just about the police work, but it also shows the city from the point of view of the dealers/foot soldiers, the gang higher ups, the politicians, etc. Each seasons adds a new layer and there's no "main character" to speak of. Just as there isn't one in real life. The stories are intertwined in a way that manages to feel realistic. It's also uncompromising, and some of the things that happen (especially in the later seasons) are heartbreaking. Watching a few episodes is only skimming the surface of everything the show has in store.

Going back to Watchmen, here are the thoughts of its creator, Alan Moore, on The Wire: "The absolute pinnacle of anything I’ve seen recently has got to be The Wire. It’s the most stunning piece of television that has ever come out of America, possibly the most stunning piece of television full-stop.[...]Everything else looks pretty lame compared to it."

I especially agree with the last part. While I was watching it, I had a hard time going back to some of the more mindless shows and enjoying them as I once did. The Wire changes your palette and tolerance for lesser TV material forever.
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Old 01.05.2009, 14:46
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Re: Movie recommendations?

sorry russkov, i misread your first wire post.

i think you are setting up very unrealistic expectations about the wire though, for anyone who hasnt seen it. Its a very very good cop show, for sure.

guess we shouldnt derail this thread though as it is for movie recommendations.
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Old 01.05.2009, 14:57
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Re: Movie recommendations?

To bring the thread back on track:

The Wire makes me think of "Colors":
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094894/

Except that it's in Baltimore while Colors was in L.A. Also Colors was made 20 years ago so nothing very new in the Wire's style.

I didn't much like Colors and I don't find The Wire that good either...But I will give it another chance as you guys seem so positive about it.
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Old 03.06.2009, 16:58
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I watched Death Race last night absolutly FANTASTIC, really good action film
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I watched Death Race last night absolutly FANTASTIC, really good action film
As movies go, Death Race was absolutely atrocious. However, as "daft action movies" go, I thoroughly recommend it. Locate couch, open beer, deactivate brain, press play. Genius!

The Wire requires effort to get into and given its nature, it's more like a set of five 10-hour long movies rather than a typical episodic show where every episode has a start, middle and an end. It's worth the effort though. I went back and revisited "Oz" when post-wire depression hit me. It's not quite the same class but it makes for powerful watching (although the first season takes about 8 episodes before you get 'hooked').
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Old 03.06.2009, 17:43
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As movies go, Death Race was absolutely atrocious. However, as "daft action movies" go, I thoroughly recommend it. Locate couch, open beer, deactivate brain, press play. Genius!

The Wire requires effort to get into and given its nature, it's more like a set of five 10-hour long movies rather than a typical episodic show where every episode has a start, middle and an end. It's worth the effort though. I went back and revisited "Oz" when post-wire depression hit me. It's not quite the same class but it makes for powerful watching (although the first season takes about 8 episodes before you get 'hooked').
I never said you had to have a brain to watch it, just that it is a good action film
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Re: Movie recommendations?

well, if everyone prophesies rain for the weekend I guess I go watch Angels & Demons and then go and fetch a bottle in DB's fridge

anyone seen the movie yet? is it any good? read the book which was good.
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well, if everyone prophesies rain for the weekend I guess I go watch Angels & Demons and then go and fetch a bottle in DB's fridge

anyone seen the movie yet? is it any good? read the book which was good.

The movie is not bad and fortunately the ending of the movie is not quite as ridiculous as that of the book. For me Tom Hanks spoils it. I confess that I've never liked him in anything he's done in the last 10 years, as he seems to treat ever scene as "an oscar winner" and overacts. Alas in Angels & Demons he seems to have got mixed up between "looking serious" and "tilting your head forward until your double-chin protrudes". That said, it's not a bad movie but I just kept thinking how much better it would have been with Harrison Ford instead of Hanks.

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Old 03.06.2009, 18:37
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Re: Movie recommendations?

The last movie that I saw that is worth mentioning was TAKEN starring Liam Neeson a former CIA agent whose daughter was taken by sex traffickers.
Great entertainment value - I was glued to my seat right till the very end! Movie of the year for me still has to be Slumdog Millionare though.

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