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  • 2 years ago · #2481


    Sunshine (2007) started out to be a pretty original looking sci fi. Initially I enjoyed it. Then the plot line started to get a little too complicated and the characters started to die in ways that were a little too spectacular. I'd give it about a C.

  • 2 years ago · #2482


    @Lisa: Goodness you're funny!Laughing I saw both versions of Solaris. Tarkovsky's is betterWink

    @jesterville: I'm glad you finally got to see your movieLaughing

    @corrijean: I was very disappointed with "Sunshine". It started off so well, then unexplainably turned into a slasher film.

  • 2 years ago · #2483


    Lisav- wow..did you recently go to a high school reunion or what . I can't think of what else could trigger such an  intense association of memories.  Or maybe it was just some old fashion mind altering drugs .
  • 2 years ago · #2484


    Nice piece of writing, Lisa. I love your candor and humor and your willingness to share those moments from your youth. Earlier youth; you're still young!

  • 2 years ago · #2485


    Watched the film - Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief)  (1948) last night.  Excellent movie that takes place in Italy right after WWII . The movie has a simple plot line involving a man who is the head of household in a very poor family. He has been out of work for over a year and finally gets a job as someone who hangs advertising posters on the walls around the city. The only problem is that he needs a bicycle for the job.  The boy who plays Bruno ,the man's young son, is superb . While watching this movie and seeing how hard the conditions were after the war, one can't help but realize what a freakin spoiled society we have become and what a ridiculous sense of entitlement many of us have.
  • 2 years ago · #2486


    Sense of entitlement in what way?

  • 2 years ago · #2487


    Excellent film, gretagarboWink

  • 2 years ago · #2488


    Sense of entitlement in what way? Well... The main character  in the film is so thrilled and thankful to get any job  and expresses such joy at the prospect of making some money to support his family, that he never even considers the job menial .   The family has no running water, is forced to sell the sheets off their beds to recover the bicycle that was originally hocked to get money for the household . They have no appliances and daily living is full of hardships. I believe, most  families today would curl up and die under those  conditions.
  • 2 years ago · #2489


    I met my wife in Des Moines, but she's originally from the Philippines. We went to Manila so I could meet her family a couple years after we were married.We stayed for a month.

    I don't mean to offend any Pinoy who may be reading this, but the poverty and living conditions are beyond comprehension to anyone who grew up in more economically advanced countries.

    We went to the cemetery to visit my father - in - law's grave, and there were people living in the cemetery. There were little kids walking around nearly naked, guys with brooms pretending to sweep the tomb of my father - in - law hoping we'd give them money.

    There were beggars everywhere. Since the American military left, there are virtually no Americans in the Philippines. At 6'2", I was pretty conspicuous. Little kids would try to sell me a comb, a newspaper, anything. There's no social safety net, and you saw people missing legs or blind begging for money. It was incredibly sad.

    We stayed in the house that my mother - in - law shared with my sister - in - law, her kids and some cousins. When we sat down to eat lunch the day after we arrived, I was given a plate with a little fish on it. Everyone was looking at me, so I began to eat the little fish. My wife nudged me with her elbow. That was all the meat they had for that meal, and I was supposed to take a little piece and pass it.

    I could go on, but my point is that I've had some experience with what you're talking about. And I've heard people complain about their economic situation in the US and thought, like you, "what a lazy, spoiled person. You can't even find a job in the Philippines and there have been times that I've worked 2 jobs in this country - which is a great country."

    But when I think of some of the things I saw in the Philippines, it's hard for me to equate the expectation of a decent standard of living with a feeling of entitlement. I think that the kind of lifestyle people have to endure in poor countries should be considered unacceptable, although I have no idea how to change things in those places.

  • 2 years ago · #2490


    Great story "electricpawn", I have done some travelling myself, and seen a lot of what you have witnessed first hand. Poor Countries are constantly struggling to feed their own...while Rich Nations continue to waste food and resources. There is no simple solution.

  • 2 years ago · #2491


    The Exterminating Angel(1962)

     After an opera, some of the rich people get together for a dinner at a mansion. At about three o' clock in the morning it is time for everyone to leave. But, they won't leave...

    This is one of the best films I have ever seen. It's directed by the great Luis Bunuel. I laughed sooo much! It's surreal/absurdist comedy, the ending being the whole point of the film, i.e., the church/religion/bourgeoisie, are hysterically absurd! Absolutely brilliant film!Laughing

  • 2 years ago · #2492


    The Illusionist (2006)

    Let me start by saying that I'm a fan of Edward Norton who starred in this movie. I'm not going to disclose details - magicians secrets. Norton plays a spectacularly intense and passionate illusionist. Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel also performed magnificently. On a literal level, the movie is a love story, but it transcends that in execution. This is an excellent movie, and I recommend it highly.

  • 2 years ago · #2493


    I liked that movie, too, EP.

  • 2 years ago · #2494


    Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti are excellent actors! The only thing I've seen Jessica Biel in was "Elizabethtown", which was kind of dull. Thanks, electricpawn!

  • 2 years ago · #2495


    Good to this thread again (thanks kohai).

  • 2 years ago · #2496


    I am very happy to see it back, too.

    Thanks, kohai.

  • 2 years ago · #2497


    ok... we can again contribute towards those great threads that "trysts" created...yes sir Bobby...thank you Madam Kohai.

    ...I really did not understand why there was a need to hide all of "trysts" contributions...it actually gave the impression that she was booted out of chess.com.

  • 2 years ago · #2498


    Hi "LisaV", your "Elizabethtown" experience has now thought you a valuable experience.

    The fact is that because of cost considerations, movies are filmed at cheap locations and they just dress-up the place to look like where-ever they are depiction...it is sad, is it not? A lot of these movies are filmed in Vancouva, Canada...and you see all the extras dressed in Indian wear as if they are filming in Bombay, India.

  • 22 months ago · #2499


    Every ten years since 1952, the film magazine/website "Sight and Sound" polls hundreds of critics, historians, and directors around the world to list the greatest films ever made. The 2012 poll was released in August. Here are the results:

    Critics poll top 50 films of all time in descending order of votes...

    People who added this item 1930  Average listal rating (1137 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
    1. Vertigo (1958)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 1917  Average listal rating (1104 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
    2. Citizen Kane (1941)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 385  Average listal rating (188 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    3. Tokyo Story (1953)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 311  Average listal rating (157 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8 
    4. The Rules of the Game (1939)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 392  Average listal rating (212 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.3 
    5. Sunrise (1927)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 2945  Average listal rating (1798 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 494  Average listal rating (340 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8 
    7. The Searchers (1956)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 343  Average listal rating (183 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.3 
    8. Man with a Movie Camera(1929)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 430  Average listal rating (215 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    9. The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 1019  Average listal rating (480 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    10.  (1963)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 595  Average listal rating (355 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    11. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 263  Average listal rating (129 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
    12. L'Atalante (1934)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 772  Average listal rating (439 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
    13. Breathless (1960)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 2800  Average listal rating (1644 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.6 
    14. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 153  Average listal rating (76 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    15. Late Spring (1949)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 177  Average listal rating (94 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
    16. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 1449  Average listal rating (798 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.8 
    17. Seven Samurai (1954)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 847  Average listal rating (419 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    18. Persona (1966)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 439  Average listal rating (205 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
    19. Mirror (1975)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 1310  Average listal rating (780 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    20. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 262  Average listal rating (144 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
    21. L'Avventura (1960)
    People who added this item 412  Average listal rating (224 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
    22. Contempt (1963)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 4505  Average listal rating (2854 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.2 
    23. The Godfather (1972)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (81 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8 
    24. Ordet (1955)
    People who added this item 815  Average listal rating (448 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    25. In the Mood for Love (2000)
    People who added this item 848  Average listal rating (495 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    26. Rashomon (1950)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 376  Average listal rating (167 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    27. Andrei Rublev (1966)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 2297  Average listal rating (1331 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8 
    28. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 812  Average listal rating (397 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    29. Stalker (1979)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 111  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating 8 
    30. Shoah (1985)
    People who added this item 3126  Average listal rating (1924 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.1 
    31. The Godfather: Part II(1974)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
  • 22 months ago · #2500


    People who added this item 3366  Average listal rating (2067 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
    32. Taxi Driver (1976)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 806  Average listal rating (472 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    33. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 451  Average listal rating (277 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.3 
    34. The General (1926)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 1336  Average listal rating (656 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    35. Metropolis (1927)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 2840  Average listal rating (1796 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
    36. Psycho (1960)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 94  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
    37. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Br... (1975)
    People who added this item 276  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
    38. Satantango (1994)
    People who added this item 815  Average listal rating (471 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    39. The 400 Blows (1959)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 756  Average listal rating (348 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    40. La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) (1960)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 87  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
    41. Journey to Italy (1954)
    People who added this item 153  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
    42. Pather Panchali (1955)
    People who added this item 1351  Average listal rating (856 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
    43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 95  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
    44. Gertrud (1964)
    People who added this item 544  Average listal rating (261 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
    45. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 
    People who added this item 228  Average listal rating (125 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
    46. Playtime (1967)
    People who added this item 154  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8 
    47. Close-Up (1990)
    People who added this item 359  Average listal rating (190 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
    48. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
    49. Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires
    People who added this item 850  Average listal rating (498 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
    50. City Lights (1931)
    Mr. Saturn's rating: 

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