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  1. #3871
    Quote Originally Posted by TeeEye7 View Post
    I came away with the latter impression of your statement, BigB. I thought it was a failed attempt at being cute. I'm horrified to think they wanted the audience to look at it as a serious attempt at sci-fi in an unconventional setting. *sheesh!*
    I guess I just assumed that the director was going for the same level of realism that he put into the Iron Man films. I thought some of the concepts were interesting, like the aliens looking for gold. Gold is one of the best conductors of electricity, so obviously it would still be valuable to a technologically advanced race.

    Anyways, I finally got around to watching the new Clash of the Titans. Sigh, yet another male lead character who spends most of the film brooding. I think the only interesting character in the entire film was the mechanical owl who only appeared for about 2 seconds; but at least you felt some empathy for him as he was shoved back into the chest where he was found. The special effects were pretty good for the most part. A little too much CG at times, but overall fairly competent visuals.

    What I really don't understand was the message of the movie. The movie ended with Perseus becoming exactly what he spent the entire movie trying not to become. To me it felt like the movie was saying, "We need to rage against the gods, because we're humans and that's what we do: rage against things. But every once in a while the gods will give you some cool stuff, so maybe they're not all that bad."

    Also, Sam Worthington's haircut completely pulled me out of the movie. It was way too contemporary. He looked more like a modern US Marine who fell through a timewarp than an ancient Greek demi-god.

  2. #3872
    Haulin' A__. Its a documentary would burro racing in Colorado, it was on PBS and actually pretty interesting.

  3. #3873
    I'm watching the HBO series The Kennedys.

    It's about John F. Kennedy.

    And his father. Senator Joe Kennedy.

    And his brother. Robert Kennedy (Bobby).

    The Kennedy's were running alcohol during Prohibition. They moved with gangsters and made a fortune and became another Mafia tie-in to the government.

    The Mafia got JFK elected to do their bidding.

    Kennedy was the heroic idealist that progressives worhsip.

    He appointed brother Bobby to Attorney General and the Justice Department went after the Mafia and organized labor unions who were controlled by the Mafia. It was all corrupted. However, the Democrats of the 60's were using Union muscle (Mafia coerced) to get into power and promote their liberal ideals.

    Translation:

    Democrats - intellectual idealists use uneducated thugs moved by organized crime to gain power so they can improve the lives of the poor while they make certain rich still richer through illegal activity.

    Republicans - greedy capitalists use uneducated religious zealots moved by evangelism to gain power to represent tax cuts so the wealthy don't have to pay for the poor except by volunatary charity, yet claim they are more patrioitc because "socialism is not patrioitc, but Un-American."

    Meanwhile, I am working on my master plan so we won't need either of them!
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  4. #3874
    I saw The Kennedy's mini series, it was ok. Some shady history was told, shady as in "not correct."

  5. #3875
    Wasn't that on The History Channel?

    They told me that aliens built the pyramids. Are you saying that might be suspect?
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  6. #3876
    Quote Originally Posted by JimJamBonds View Post
    I saw The Kennedy's mini series, it was ok. Some shady history was told, shady as in "not correct."
    I took a history class in college and we were told that filmmakers had become the new historians and that was not presented as a good thing. Because filmmakers are only interested in storytelling, creating drama and making a profit. Accuracy and faithfulness to the historical record is secondary. So whenever I watch "historical" films, TV shows, documentaries, etc., I always remember to take what I am seeing with a grain of salt because most filmmakers are only interested in sensationalism, not an accurate portrayal of the facts.

  7. #3877
    If you want a prime example of that, watch anything on any of the educational channels (I think they're all the same channel except National Geographic and Smithsonian) about vampires. It will discuss Elizabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess."

    Pay close attention to the "facts" it gives you.

    Then go and look up the real Elizabeth Bathory. Most of what those shows present as fact was concocted for a novelization over a century later.

    Another great one is this special they have about Native Americans during the Civil War. It talks about the Lowry Gang, and how they fought the Confederates during the Civil War, and even guided Sherman through the swamps of NC.

    Too bad the gang didn't exist until a few years after the war ended. And I've never been able to find out where the claim about Sherman originated.

    Those channels are like Wikipedia--great to use as a starting point if you do your own research; just don't cite them.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  8. #3878
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Wasn't that on The History Channel?

    They told me that aliens built the pyramids. Are you saying that might be suspect?
    I'm not sure what channel was originally on.

    Thanks for the insight guys!

    By the way the Transformers built the pyramids. I saw it in a movie
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  9. #3879
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    I took a history class in college and we were told that filmmakers had become the new historians and that was not presented as a good thing. Because filmmakers are only interested in storytelling, creating drama and making a profit. Accuracy and faithfulness to the historical record is secondary. So whenever I watch "historical" films, TV shows, documentaries, etc., I always remember to take what I am seeing with a grain of salt because most filmmakers are only interested in sensationalism, not an accurate portrayal of the facts.
    Pretty much!

    I saw American Reunion, not as good as the first couple American Pie's but it killed an hour and a half or however long it was.

    My Way, this Korean movie while interesting certainly brings a few questions to my mind. In short: starts in Korea in the late 1920's when Japan takes over. Two young boys are both good runners who hate each other. They go into the army and fight the Russian's become POW's and eventually fight for the Russian's inorder to leave the pow camp. They get caught by the German's and end up at Normandy and on June 6th, 1944 they attempt to go AWOL but for some reason there is "something" going on that prevents them. The Korean is mortally wounded but gives his dog tags to the Japanese telling him the American's would kill him for sure. Flash forward and the Japanese wins the Olympic marathon while competing as the Korean's identity.

  10. #3880
    Moneyball. It was pretty decent, as usual the book was better and they made up stuff/omited things/looked the other way on telling things that actually happened in order to further the story THEY wanted to tell... but still its a movie about baseball and its not bad.

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