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@Lisa: Goodness you're funny! I saw both versions of Solaris. Tarkovsky's is better
@jesterville: I'm glad you finally got to see your movie
@corrijean: I was very disappointed with "Sunshine". It started off so well, then unexplainably turned into a slasher film.
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!
Sense of entitlement in what way?
Excellent film, gretagarbo
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.
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.
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!
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.
I liked that movie, too, EP.
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!
Good to this thread again (thanks kohai).
I am very happy to see it back, too.
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.
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.
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...