What was the last film you watched? v3

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Feb 20 2013 18:58
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I watched Unthinkable the other night. An American citizen converts to Islam (Michael Sheen) and decides to plant nuclear bombs in cities in response to U.S. foreign policy. Samuel Jackson plays a contractor/interrogator and Carrie-Anne Moss plays an FBI agent.

I've only ever liked Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction, but his performance in this one was so good that it will definitely make it into my (very short) Sam Jackson movies to watch list. The film also has very light undertones regarding the implications of consequentialist ethics and how an agent that understands his/her role within this framework would behave.

I'd have let Jackson torture the shit out of Sheen's kids. There's a rather ironic line in there about the US being better since democracy/Jackson would go on trial afterwards.

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Feb 21 2013 11:11

Can Dialectics Break Bricks?, a film about class struggle of the proletariat against state-capitalist bureaucracy done via kung-fu cinema. It was made by the French underground group the Situationists in 1972. I highly recommend it for its revolutionary content, unique delivery, and humour.

It mentions many libertarian socialist thinkers and revolutionaries.

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Feb 23 2013 17:07

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (La classe operaia va in paradiso).
A disciplined, Stakhanovite worker, after losing a finger in a factory accident, becomes aware of his alienated condition and starts supporting direct action.

Critical of both the unions (who are preoccupied only with maintaining the status quo and winning small 'victories') and the radical students (lost in their fetishism of abstract theory).

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Feb 24 2013 16:52
wojtek wrote:
I'd have let Jackson torture the shit out of Sheen's kids. There's a rather ironic line in there about the US being better since democracy/Jackson would go on trial afterwards.

Schadenfreude!

SPOILERS:

I liked how that scene illuminated the shit morality the other characters had: Torture one guy? Sure. Slit his wife's throat? Pfft, go for it. Torture his kids? What kind of monster are you?!

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Feb 24 2013 22:09

argo
it didn't "take me back" but alan arkin is worth watching in anything.

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Feb 26 2013 07:51
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A disciplined, Stakhanovite worker, after losing a finger in a factory accident, becomes aware of his alienated condition and starts supporting direct action.

Reminds me a bit of my friend Chris. Then again he was like that before he lost his pinkie.

Loses his finger to the machine, boss calls asking him to come back into work on the day of surgery.

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Mar 1 2013 12:17

Looper. What actually is this genre called 'sci-fi'? I mean, fact is stranger than fiction, it would be more appropriate to name it ' sci-fact ' ? The propositions of any fiction are nothing more than a real factual desire for change, it is a psuedo-metaphor for revolution, a work of détournement..
HG Wells did this 100 years ago, then Butterfly Effect, Looper was still an interesting repeat of an age old meditation, that of cause and effect, moral obligations, the things that make us human, some dry wit mixed with a self-absorption in ones own identity.

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Mar 1 2013 12:14

I downloaded '1492', Ridley Scott's historical masterpierce, I love the experience of discovery, of being surprised, and therefore savouring a sensual experience, like a peasant that first tastes caviar and champagné, or holding a high powered rifle, these things belong to heroes, which we are all capable of being, we need the will, but I have scars as my passport, these are experiences that cannot be,,,deleted,,,hah,, I told a Catholic priest who loved my spirit and wanted to make a priest out of me, in the 70's, but I enjoyed sandoz lsd and pink rock cocktails mainlined, I mixed with the rabble, they were my bothers and sisters, society had become so dreary,to go out into the ocean without any system was freedom or death, but it was noble atleast, and required no cleaning up, hah! This is Columbus's spirit, the nuance that Ridley Scott imparted to an interpretation of a much politicized cultural historical clash is always going to invite critiques of neo-colonialism,,, is that term almost obsolete?

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Mar 21 2013 01:01

Just watched Rebellion in Patagonia. Really depressing film about the FORA being massacred in the 1920s. Think an Argentine Land and Freedom but with fewer trots, and no women, and where no one gets away.

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Mar 28 2013 01:21

Zero Dark Thirty. Everyone (mostly the media) made such a big deal about it that I decided to pay the $1.75 to watch it. My liberal friends refuse to even go near it, so I don't know how the "general public" felt about this, but I think that if you have a soul you'll come out thinking that everyone who is anyone when it comes to U.S. foreign policy is a psychopath; people willing to do exactly what their enemy does, and then some, for "God and country" (that phrase is actually in the movie). In the end the rah-rah-rah, flag waving, quasi-fascist (or perhaps blatantly fascist) ideology ends up backfiring.

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Mar 28 2013 14:36
Ethos wrote:
Zero Dark Thirty. Everyone (mostly the media) made such a big deal about it that I decided to pay the $1.75 to watch it. My liberal friends refuse to even go near it, so I don't know how the "general public" felt about this, but I think that if you have a soul you'll come out thinking that everyone who is anyone when it comes to U.S. foreign policy is a psychopath; people willing to do exactly what their enemy does, and then some, for "God and country" (that phrase is actually in the movie). In the end the rah-rah-rah, flag waving, quasi-fascist (or perhaps blatantly fascist) ideology ends up backfiring.

Maybe fitting then that this dude with downs syndrome was suffocated to death by pigs at one of the screenings. http://thepeoplesrecord.com/post/43367912794/police-murder-man-movie-theater-for-disobeying

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Mar 28 2013 19:50
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Ethos wrote:
Zero Dark Thirty. Everyone (mostly the media) made such a big deal about it that I decided to pay the $1.75 to watch it. My liberal friends refuse to even go near it, so I don't know how the "general public" felt about this, but I think that if you have a soul you'll come out thinking that everyone who is anyone when it comes to U.S. foreign policy is a psychopath; people willing to do exactly what their enemy does, and then some, for "God and country" (that phrase is actually in the movie). In the end the rah-rah-rah, flag waving, quasi-fascist (or perhaps blatantly fascist) ideology ends up backfiring.

Maybe fitting then that this dude with downs syndrome was suffocated to death by pigs at one of the screenings. http://thepeoplesrecord.com/post/43367912794/police-murder-man-movie-theater-for-disobeying

I wish I could say I was surprised... Thanks for the link, though.

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Aug 17 2013 22:28

Just saw Compliance. Don't know what to make of it.

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Aug 18 2013 23:23
Ethos wrote:
Zero Dark Thirty. Everyone (mostly the media) made such a big deal about it that I decided to pay the $1.75 to watch it. My liberal friends refuse to even go near it, so I don't know how the "general public" felt about this, but I think that if you have a soul you'll come out thinking that everyone who is anyone when it comes to U.S. foreign policy is a psychopath; people willing to do exactly what their enemy does, and then some, for "God and country" (that phrase is actually in the movie). In the end the rah-rah-rah, flag waving, quasi-fascist (or perhaps blatantly fascist) ideology ends up backfiring.

Those are some cheap ass tickets.

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Aug 18 2013 23:31

Kick Ass 2 - actually pretty funny

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Aug 18 2013 23:51
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Ethos wrote:
Zero Dark Thirty. Everyone (mostly the media) made such a big deal about it that I decided to pay the $1.75 to watch it. My liberal friends refuse to even go near it, so I don't know how the "general public" felt about this, but I think that if you have a soul you'll come out thinking that everyone who is anyone when it comes to U.S. foreign policy is a psychopath; people willing to do exactly what their enemy does, and then some, for "God and country" (that phrase is actually in the movie). In the end the rah-rah-rah, flag waving, quasi-fascist (or perhaps blatantly fascist) ideology ends up backfiring.

Those are some cheap ass tickets.

Redbox, baby. wink

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Aug 18 2013 23:54

Its a rental service? I thought you went to the theaters.

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Aug 19 2013 00:04
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Its a rental service? I thought you went to the theaters.

Yeah, it's a kiosk where you rent movies. I ain't paying $10+ to see some state propaganda. I get my state propaganda the ol' fashioned way: by getting it hammered into me at school.

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Aug 19 2013 00:13
Ethos wrote:
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Its a rental service? I thought you went to the theaters.

Yeah, it's a kiosk where you rent movies. I ain't paying $10+ to see some state propaganda. I get my state propaganda the ol' fashioned way: by getting it hammered into me at school.

My household spends almost two hundred bucks for Verizon triple play and its mostly garbage. We only have Showtime and The Movie Channel as our premium channels for movies, and their some of the worst forms of state propaganda. Occasionally their service has a glitch that allows you to access all of the other channel premiums and watch how many movies you want. So I take advantage of that when the opportunity comes.

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Aug 21 2013 23:16

Got a crush on Owen Wilson atm so Drillbit Taylor, Shangai Noon and Midnight in Paris (all hilarious!) Anyone see either This Is The End or Anchorman 2? The first has THE BEST CAST EVAR!

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Aug 22 2013 11:58

i watch Chennai express.

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Aug 31 2013 13:27

I saw Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. I found it to be racist and pointless. The filmmaker tries to address "race struggle", but reproduces stereotypes that are not really helpful for whatever he's trying to prove.

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Aug 31 2013 14:40

The Wave. Thought it was cack. Only managed to get about half way through it.

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Aug 31 2013 15:37

ELYSIUM, brilliant. They didnt quite 'organise the space workers' though.

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Aug 31 2013 16:08
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ELYSIUM, brilliant. They didnt quite 'organise the space workers' though.

Alex Jones is apoplectic about it. Jones at his most blatently racist and right wing likening it to 'Birth of a Nation'

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ELYSIUM, brilliant. They didnt quite 'organise the space workers' though.

Alex Jones is apoplectic about it. Jones at his most blatently racist and right wing likening it to 'Birth of a Nation'

I could only make it into two minutes.

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Aug 31 2013 17:04

fair enough.

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Sep 8 2013 06:27
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ELYSIUM, brilliant. They didnt quite 'organise the space workers' though.

One of the best big budget Hollywood action movies I've seen in recent years but only because the others of that genre are usually so pathetic.

Why can't the police robots be made by other robots? The new Total Recall had its hero work in cop robot factory as well BTW.

I get that the bourgeoisie want to physically separate themselves from the (lumpen-)proletariat, they already do that now but they're capitalists for fucksake so there's no reason access to their magical medbeds wouldn't be restricted by money rather than citizenship.

I guess I liked it but I'm disappointed because it could have been a much better film. Even if only by calling the hero Max Hoelz instead of Max Da Costa.

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Sep 8 2013 19:52

The Kings of Summer. Good film, well made, and funny too.

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Sep 8 2013 22:07

I enjoy jones. It's guilty pleasure. Laugh my ass off.