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Postby letsgobobby » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:39 am

For no particular reason tonight I was reminiscing about one of the most amazing movies I've ever seen: Man On Wire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3gWz8pLqY0

The artistry; the daring; the bravado; the grandiosity; the painful trail of damaged relationships; the magic of another, more innocent time - when the Twin Towers served as a prop for majesty, rather than tragedy.

This movie was widely praised and widely seen, so I'm not alone in my appreciation for this incredible work of art. If you missed this movie, it is available on youtube in 5 parts and is utterly compelling.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I saw that Crash was on TV last night. I still cannot believe that movie won the Oscar for Best Picture. It has to be the stupidest, most pretentious, self-unaware movie I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through. It wasn't "so bad it's funny" bad like Hoodlum or the Island of Dr. Moreau (the remake with Val Kilmer) - it was just plain bad. Bombastic and self-righteous without even a hint of irony. I watched a few minutes last night, thinking that with the passage of time, perhaps my opinion would have changed, or I would have matured. Negative. It is either just as inane as ever, or I am as immature as ever. Either way, it still blew rocks.

Any other best/worst to add to this incipient list? Especially something that others may not have seen, or may have forgotten? Bogleheads turned me on to Stephen King's The Stand, which I finally worked my way through - a tip or two on an overlooked movie would be great.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby rmelvey » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:33 am

I thought Crash was very terrible as well. The worst part is that I was telling my sociology professor how bad the acting and premise was.. turns out she loved it! :|
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby bengal22 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:19 am

I thought Crash was a very good movie.

On the other hand I thought Hangover 1 and 2, Something about Mary, and the last 5 years worth of Will Farrell were terrible movies.

El Cid and Spartucus and Space Odyssey were spectacular movies.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Cautious Optimist » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:54 am

Which movie "Crash" are you referring to..?? The one in 2004 set in LA with the all-star cast (which I liked) or the film noir from 1996 with James Spader, which I recall not liking at all..??
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby VictoriaF » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:00 am

letsgobobby wrote:For no particular reason tonight I was reminiscing about one of the most amazing movies I've ever seen: Man On Wire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3gWz8pLqY0

The artistry; the daring; the bravado; the grandiosity; the painful trail of damaged relationships; the magic of another, more innocent time - when the Twin Towers served as a prop for majesty, rather than tragedy.

This movie was widely praised and widely seen, so I'm not alone in my appreciation for this incredible work of art. If you missed this movie, it is available on youtube in 5 parts and is utterly compelling.


I liked Man On Wire, too. I think I saw it at a Banff Mountain Film Festival.

letsgobobby wrote:Any other best/worst to add to this incipient list?

I don't have a TV and avoid Hollywood made films. I cannot recall what was the last film that I would qualify as the "worst." I intensely disliked The Black Swan not only because its title encroached on my favorite book but also because its purported psychology was pretentious and the Russian mentality was distorted.

The two in the "best" category that immediately come to my mind are The Decline of the American Empire (Canada) and La Dolce Vita (Italy).

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby eucalyptus » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:01 am

"It has to be the stupidest, most pretentious, self-unaware movie I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through"


Try American Beauty for another example of this genre.

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby bottlecap » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:13 am

Thought Crash was horrible myself. Haven't seen Man on Wire, but I will now.

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby SPG8 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:31 am

This is a great post. I'll fill in the disclaimers, then my selections...

letsgobobby wrote:Oscar


I'm OK with the Oscars for what they are, they just have little value for me in terms of evaluating films.

Crash - bad
Man On Wire - good
Will Ferrell - extremely funny (I'm in a good spot here, because I'm the only one who still thinks that, and that's good company)
James Spader - Secretary - good
American Beauty - good

Spectacular Movie = The Chaser (2008) - kind of a throw away selection because I'll take any chance to push people towards modern Korean cinema, valid though.

Terrible Movie =

This takes thought, because you don't want to just pick a bad movie, you want to pick a terrible movie that many (most) think is good, and I have many choices for purely awful;

The Tree of Life
The Departed
Gone Baby Gone

but the winner has to be...Eyes Wide Shut

Now Stanley Kubrick is a genius, so it's a conundrum that I've solved. The task at hand was to take two of the biggest actors of that time, Cruise and Kidman, and make them look utterly ridiculous in a terrible picture, but have it open to critical acclaim. It's a crowning achievement to a brilliant career.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby nisiprius » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:37 am

(Shrug) I liked "Crash." Contrived and unbelievable as it was, the subplot revolving around the cop's giving his little kid an invisible magic armor cape so that she would feel secure, made me cry. Just like the Kathryn Forbes story, "Mama's Bank Account."

One of the big unresolved mysteries to me is the whether we believe movies, fiction, etc. to the point of being dangerous... for example, action-movie physics, in which anyone falling through space, off a building perhaps, is OK provided they can reach and grab something along the way. You know, hiding the ground is going to decelerate them enough to kill them, but grabbing onto a rope or flagpole while falling at the same speed isn't... In one of the Superman movies, a kid is playing on the railing in the park overlooking Niagara Falls, and falls in. What's funny about the scene is that you can see in the background that it takes less than a count of four for the water in Niagara Falls itself to fall from top to bottom. Yet when the kid starts falling, I forget the exact count, but it is something over 15 seconds before Superman arrives to catch the kid safely, a few feet above the water. And the kid suffer no ill effects from decelerating from 80 mph to 0 over a distance of maybe twenty feet. Because he's in contact with Superman's arms.

Needless to say, even "documentaries" can be misleading... even nature films, which are selective in what they show.

Do we believe enough of what movies show us about the experiences of fighting, war, seduction, etc. to be a danger to us?
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby WendyW » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:47 am

eucalyptus wrote:"It has to be the stupidest, most pretentious, self-unaware movie I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through"

Try American Beauty for another example of this genre.

Agreed. The antidote to this film, surprisingly, is 2002's "The Good Girl" with Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.

bengal22 wrote:On the other hand I thought... Something about Mary... terrible movies.

Disagree. I saw Something about Mary in the theatre and have never heard an audience laugh so hard.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby House Blend » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:07 am

LGB,

I'm with you on "Crash". It had me hooked initially with the curveball opening, but it rapidly went downhill from there. What really baffled me was the critical acclaim for its supposed insight into race relations. To my eyes there was about as much insight as you would expect had the script been written by a 14 year old. Full of cliches.

As far as "Man on Wire", it has come up before here on BH. Here is my review:
viewtopic.php?p=491227#p491227

Saw it a few weeks ago, but couldn't stay awake through it.

On the House Blend scale of 1 to 5, this was a 2.

I would separate the event, which I found to be a fascinating combination of art and engineering, from the movie, which drained nearly all of the joy out of it for me. I spent most of the time I was awake thinking about (a) what a pr**k Petit is/was, and (b) the unmentioned elephant in the room--how the subsequent collapse of the WTC forever changed how people will view the event.

Felt like a bad episode of the old TV show "Thrillseekers".

If you want to see a much better documentary about a man living on the edge, look for Herzog's Grizzly Man. It lingered with me for days afterward. An amazing, disturbing film, 4.5 stars on the HB scale.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby gerrym51 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:35 am

great Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy.


terrible Sharknado
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby HomerJ » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:36 am

I saw "Fearless" with Jeff Bridges not too long ago... about a man who survives a plane crash.

I really really liked it.

But it would be hard for me to explain why.

A couple of absolutely terrible movies I saw recently was "Drive" and "Death Sentence". They both had a lot of potential, but the main character does really stupid things and yet somehow survives...

Let me ask you something... A gang leader tells you he is going to come by your house that night and kill you... Let's assume you can't call the police (which is stupid assumption all by itself, but hey)

Do you:
(a) Send the wife and kid away, get a couple of guns (and maybe some friends with guns) and lie in wait for the bad guys.
(b) Don't tell the wife and kid anything, let them sleep in the house, and wait downstairs for 10 armed gang members... with.. wait for it.... a baseball bat.


Oh, another very good (but gory) movie that I didn't expect to be so good was "Seven Psychopaths"... About a Hollywood writer writing a movie called "Seven Psychopaths"... Heh, it actually works... Pretty funny, and with some good twists.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Mark13 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:54 am

Great movie: The Lives of Others. It stuck with me for days after seeing it.
Bad movie: Pan's Labyrinth. I know people who rave about how great this is, but I just thought it was kinda lame. Sorry, just my opinion.
Also, +1 on Grizzly Man being a better documentary than Man on Wire (which was still pretty good).
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby SPG8 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:14 am

HomerJ wrote:Fearless


The opening scene is really well done and not from the book.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby jlawrence01 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:17 am

I spent last night watching two Godzilla movies ... at my nephew's request.

It was extremely enjoyable. The movies were SO BAD that they were good. Hint to producers - don't dub a 30 year old's voice on an 8 year old character.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Randomize » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:13 pm

The only thing more terrible than Crash was that it stole "Best Picture," from Brokeback Mountain. Regardless of your politics, that was a solid movie.

eucalyptus wrote:"It has to be the stupidest, most pretentious, self-unaware movie I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through"

Try American Beauty for another example of this genre.


No way - American Beauty is great. Perhaps blackmailing the efficiency expert and blowing the cash on a '70 Firebird and high-end dope doesn't appeal to everyone? :D
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby chaz » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:36 pm

DW and I liked "The Lone Ranger".
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby letsgobobby » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:09 pm

House Blend wrote:LGB,

I'm with you on "Crash". It had me hooked initially with the curveball opening, but it rapidly went downhill from there. What really baffled me was the critical acclaim for its supposed insight into race relations. To my eyes there was about as much insight as you would expect had the script been written by a 14 year old. Full of cliches.

As far as "Man on Wire", it has come up before here on BH. Here is my review:
viewtopic.php?p=491227#p491227

Saw it a few weeks ago, but couldn't stay awake through it.

On the House Blend scale of 1 to 5, this was a 2.

I would separate the event, which I found to be a fascinating combination of art and engineering, from the movie, which drained nearly all of the joy out of it for me. I spent most of the time I was awake thinking about (a) what a pr**k Petit is/was, and (b) the unmentioned elephant in the room--how the subsequent collapse of the WTC forever changed how people will view the event.

Felt like a bad episode of the old TV show "Thrillseekers".

If you want to see a much better documentary about a man living on the edge, look for Herzog's Grizzly Man. It lingered with me for days afterward. An amazing, disturbing film, 4.5 stars on the HB scale.


HB, yes, exactly on Crash. In its effort to dismantle stereotypes it became the ultimate caricature.

re: Man on Wire - your two points were part of the movie's compelling essence (for me). Watching this brilliant and daring artist leave utter human destruction in his wake with such self-absorption - the genuine pain of his former co-conspirators as they recalled their relationship with him - it was so moving and so not simple. And the backdrop of the Twin Towers - construction completed just shortly before Petit's walk, and destroyed not even thirty years later - just added to my sense of wonder. I thought of how the stars had to align in just such a way - that a man like him, with his vision and his ability, had to cross paths with this other crowning human achievement in engineering and architecture - in this tiny window of time, before the WTC vanished into history. And watching New Yorkers in the 1970s, set to the notes of Satie's Gymnopedi No 1, gazing up in astonishment 1000 feet over their heads - a time when New York was bankrupt, riddled with crime, dirty and cynical - yet these New Yorkers of all backgrounds could stop and share in their recongition of this profound human achievement. Wow. Yes the art and the act are separate, but for me the art captured the act.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Wade Garrett » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:15 pm

Agreed.... Crash was terrible. The fact that it won Best Picture says everything about what the Academy Awards have become.

I thought Man On Wire was good, but it didn't blow me away.

Agree with gerrym51 that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a great flick and agree with Mark13 that The Lives Of Others is a great flick.

In my opinion, There Will Be Blood is the best movie of the last 10 or so years. It's intense and has some dark themes, so it's not for everyone. And it probably needs to be watched 2 or 3 times to be fully appreciated. But the acting, directing, writing, cinematography, music score, etc. are all top notch.

The Insider with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe is a really good movie that a lot of people haven't seen for whatever reason.

I also thought Silver Linings Playbook was good. There's a lot of drama and dysfunction in it, so it's another movie that probably won't appeal to everyone, but there's also a lot of humor in it. And the football and dance contest subplots were great.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby greenspam » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:19 pm

spectacular: the other night "whatever happened to baby jane" was on pbs, and i must say, bette davis is scarier (looking and acting) than just about any other movie monster or ghost or witch or demon or villain... horrific.
here is one probably no one has heard of; "the old dark house" from 1932, with boris karloff, melvyn douglas, charles laughton, gloria stuart... catch it if you can.
a patch of blue, 12 angry men, to kill a mockingbird, easy rider...
pulp fiction, apocalypse now,

terrible: all the recent "summer blockbusters". what a bunch of crap....
i particularly hate movies where you already know the ending, eg, titanic, passion of the christ...
(although the titanic movie with barb stanwyck is much better than the one with leonardo decrappio)
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Chan_va » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:25 pm

This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby letsgobobby » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:28 pm

MOW won best documentary so it wasn't very obscure at all!

It's nice to see less profiled movies though. The widely-reviewed ones I pretty much can tell if I'm interested in seeing it or not - the ones with little press would be harder to seek out.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby greenspam » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:30 pm

Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.



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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby chaz » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby floydtime » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Great: Snatch
Terrible: Almost anything by Kevin Smith...also Highlander 2
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby trustbutverify » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:35 pm

There was a book written several years ago "Let The Great World Spin" that uses the tightrope walk between the twin towers as a point of reference for several of the main characters. I enjoyed the book.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby SPG8 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:35 pm

floydtime wrote:Almost anything by Kevin Smith


How about...everything besides Clerks?
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby SPG8 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:36 pm

Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.


You forgot your picks. What are your picks?
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Chan_va » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:38 pm

SPG8 wrote:
Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.


You forgot your picks. What are your picks?


I outsource my picks. When I am able to watch a movie (tough with young kids), I watch the biggest blockbuster currently on show.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby SPG8 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:40 pm

Chan_va wrote:I outsource my picks


First post...1) a spectaculkar movie 2) a terrible movie

Two movies, lets heve 'em.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Tycoon » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:43 pm

I'm a huge "B-Movie" fan. The dumber the plot, the more terrible the cinematography, the better. My kids and I recently watched The Brain That Wouldn't Die and laughed more watching it than I can remember. I haven't seen what I would call a "spectacular movie" in years.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby floydtime » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:47 pm

Tycoon wrote:I'm a huge "B-Movie" fan. The dumber the plot, the more terrible the cinematography, the better. My kids and I recently watched The Brain That Wouldn't Die and laughed more watching it than I can remember. I haven't seen what I would call a "spectacular movie" in years.

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby gerrym51 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:50 pm

spectacular-Sharknado

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Tycoon » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:00 pm

Outstanding! '

Flying sharks, tornadoes, and "And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air."

All that's missing is aliens.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby VictoriaF » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:24 pm

Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.

Those who don't give in to the media hype and don't follow the herd invest in index fund and avoid blockbusters.

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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby chaz » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:12 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
Chan_va wrote:This thread is quickly going to turn into a "who can name the most obscure" movie contest. Extra points if it was in black &white, silent or international.

All of you who think blockbusters are awful, and your taste/intellect/refinement/sophistication is better than the average moviegoer, I wonder how you justify investing in index funds.

Those who don't give in to the media hype and don't follow the herd invest in index fund and avoid blockbusters.

Victoria

But I have index funds and yet I went to see "The Lone Ranger".
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Fallible » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:14 pm

letsgobobby wrote:For no particular reason tonight I was reminiscing about one of the most amazing movies I've ever seen: Man On Wire.

The artistry; the daring; the bravado; the grandiosity; the painful trail of damaged relationships; the magic of another, more innocent time - when the Twin Towers served as a prop for majesty, rather than tragedy.

This movie was widely praised and widely seen, so I'm not alone in my appreciation for this incredible work of art. ...


Man on Wire is a work of art, a near perfect documentary with the perfect ingredients. Yet when I saw it a few years ago, I was as much in awe of workers building the towers as Petit’s performance between them. I ended up comparing the workers’ bravery, if that’s all you would call it, to Petit’s, if that’s all you would call it. Movie over, I checked for the number of workers killed during construction: 60. I don’t know how each died, but I was looking for those who might have fallen from the upper floors, the way Petit might have fallen. If even only one worker died in a long fall, how would that compare to a fall by Petit?
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby Imperabo » Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:30 pm

nisiprius wrote:
One of the big unresolved mysteries to me is the whether we believe movies, fiction, etc. to the point of being dangerous... for example, action-movie physics



There's no doubt in my mind that lives have been lost because of how movies portray cars exploding. Some people are afraid to approach a car wreck to help the occupants for fear that it will explode like a bomb. I recall a story a few years ago where a car crashed into a house and people died inside from a fire, including children, that could have been saved by the people in the house but as they said later they were afraid of the car exploding. They didn't know it at the time, but the occupants turned out to be family members of the people in the house.

Cars don't explode.
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby telemark » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:25 pm

Tycoon wrote:Outstanding! '

Flying sharks, tornadoes, and "And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, natures deadliest killer rules water, land, and air."

All that's missing is aliens.


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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby ryuns » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:42 pm

I never imagined I'd watch as many documentaries as I've seen on Netflix. I saw a few good ones over time and decided to simply trust their ratings, and now, I could basically never get bored watching doc's on Netflix. I've seen some that I thought sounded very unappealing, but got 4.5+ stars, and which I ultimately enjoyed.

Recent examples: Kumare (about a man who pretends to be an Eastern Indian guru, quite convincingly). Also, How to Die in Oregon (who doesn't like a nice uplifting film about physician assisted suicide? Powerful movie but it was so sad to watch that I'm not sure I would recommend it. Dear Zachary is another documentary along those lines).
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby ryuns » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:44 pm

VictoriaF wrote:I don't have a TV and avoid Hollywood made films. I cannot recall what was the last film that I would qualify as the "worst." I intensely disliked The Black Swan not only because its title encroached on my favorite book but also because its purported psychology was pretentious and the Russian mentality was distorted.

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As a fan of Taleb, I thought you'd be more forgiving of pretentiousness. :happy
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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby VictoriaF » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:52 pm

ryuns wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:I don't have a TV and avoid Hollywood made films. I cannot recall what was the last film that I would qualify as the "worst." I intensely disliked The Black Swan not only because its title encroached on my favorite book but also because its purported psychology was pretentious and the Russian mentality was distorted.

Victoria


As a fan of Taleb, I thought you'd be more forgiving of pretentiousness. :happy


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Re: A spectacular movie, and a terrible movie

Postby eucalyptus » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:54 pm

Ryuns, watch The Flat, great documentary IMO.

I also hated the new Gatsby.

Netflix lets me watch the gory gangster movies of many cultures! Never heard of Oldboy until recently.
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Postby LadyGeek » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:19 pm

letsgobobby wrote:Any other best/worst to add to this incipient list? Especially something that others may not have seen, or may have forgotten? Bogleheads turned me on to Stephen King's The Stand, which I finally worked my way through - a tip or two on an overlooked movie would be great.

To keep this thread on-topic, I retitled the thread. The guidelines are set by the site owner, Alex Frakt here: Re: Consumer Forum Reopened

Update: The intent is that you should have specific recommendations.

Bear in mind that we also have available: Movie night in recommendations

letsgobobby - Let me know if you want me to combine this thread into the above.
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Postby letsgobobby » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:56 pm

LadyGeek wrote:
letsgobobby wrote:Any other best/worst to add to this incipient list? Especially something that others may not have seen, or may have forgotten? Bogleheads turned me on to Stephen King's The Stand, which I finally worked my way through - a tip or two on an overlooked movie would be great.

To keep this thread on-topic, I retitled the thread. The guidelines are set by the site owner, Alex Frakt here: Re: Consumer Forum Reopened

Bear in mind that we also have available: Movie night in recommendations

letsgobobby - Let me know if you want me to combine this thread into the above.


No, let's keep it separate; I really like to live life on the edge. Walking a tightrope, as they say.
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Postby blurryvision » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:10 pm

Spectacular movie: Gattaca

Terrible movie: Wrath of the Titans
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Postby Big Worm » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:30 pm

I like Sniper. "One shot, one kill"
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Postby market timer » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:42 pm

Anyone who hates Crash and likes Man on Wire is someone whose opinion in movies I'd trust. The twist in MOW caught me by surprise, and is something anyone who has left friends behind in pursuit of a dream has had to encounter. That turned an interesting documentary into something really remarkable.

For another movie that didn't receive much attention that I found hilarious, check out the Informant. A psychiatrist may especially appreciate the internal monologues. Several other good suggestions above, like There Will Be Blood (one of my favorite movies of the last decade) and Lives of Others.
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Postby Ged » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:11 pm

I liked Man On Wire, and I thought Crash was interesting, certainly not terrible.

But for spectacular movies I have the following list:
Lawrence of Arabia
Ghandi
Spirited Away
Gone With The Wind
Sophie's Choice

and for terrible movies: (actually what I consider the most overrated films)
Argo
Ordinary People
How Green Was My Valley
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