What was the last movie you watched?

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  1. ollinger

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    ^^ a whole new meaning to "cross marketing." At least they didn't get Vijay Amritraj to play the role in the Martian; his performance in "Octopussey" was a new low.
     
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    (I'd have liked to see Lisa Ray in the role, change the character to Vivian Kapoor)
     
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    I also read of a new FBI TV series (Quantico) the other day which has Priyanka Chopra in the lead role.

    Regarding your and @ollinger's comment, I saw a movie the other day that was a huge hit back then ("Love is a Many Splendored thing", 1955) in which Jennifer Jones plays the role of a Chinese woman, and there's no way she looks Chinese. She does call herself "Eurasian", though. All the main Eurasians were played by American women, the small Chinese roles went to Chinese looking people.

    IIRC, even the "King and I", another old movie had Yul Brynner playing a King in Siam/Thailand or some far East country.

    In the TV Series, Lost, Naveen Andrews (a Keralite) plays an Iraqi, but i suppose for most international audiences these things are okay.
     
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    Yes, I am noticing Indian characters in various TV series. Blacklist had an Indian lady playing a senior CIA person (and Lost mentioned earlier). I actually could not place her but the credits give an Indian name. Of course, there's always a black person (or lady) playing the top person in the FBI/CIA. The Flash also has an Indian playing a senior police person -- actually it's a Canadian actor whose character has the name "David Singh" :D
     
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    Priyanka Chopra is the rage in Quantico. She was interviewed recently in US media. What is surprising is that I heard she is the main character. I am not sure if that is true. But in the interview, PC said she went to college in Boston and is quite familiar with the US (I got the impression she never graduated).
     
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    That's what i read too. I noticed in my torrent listing for TV Series that a new show Quantico had started. when i clicked to see details, one comment mentioned that PC was in the lead, and that's what the summary said.

    I would have liked to check out the pilot but i have had my fill of TV series based on FBI stuff.
     
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    She says whatever is convenient. I saw a show on Bollywood where they dug up her older comments about the US. She claimed that she quit school because of racism. Who knows?
     
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    I thought 'Unbreakable' was better actually. But sadly it is highly underrated. If it came out today amidst all this superhero stuff it would've been lauded.
     
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    LOL that's Ridley Scott for you. Gets a white dudes to play Ramses and Moses and a black gentleman to play an Indian.
     
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    So I saw 'Black Mass' by Scott Cooper. I liked it in parts. It tried too hard to be the next Goodfellas/Departed but it wasn't nearly as smart or entertaining. By Johnny Depp's best performance in ages.
     
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  14. Bobby Jr

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    I think you missed the intended comedy there. Perhaps it's a cultural thing where you didn't grasp what was pretty obvious - that he was mocking common stereotypes (about Asians being smart).
     
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    Watched the "Hidden". great movie.....very good
     
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    I don't think so. Asian smart stereotype may have been there about him in general, but he seemed more of a leader-type. The cultural joke was not about smartness - having an uncle in China isn't about smartness. I was talking about that particular comment, maybe you are referring to the character in general. Would a different guy be assumed to have an uncle in Norway because he is of Norwegian descent or someone else an uncle in Ethiopia?

    The overall level of comedy was low. This is the second movie after Jurassic World in which the characters are parodies of themselves. Do you think the Martinez (the Hispanic requirement) guy would be really smiling and cracking jokes if he was in a spaceship which could be destroyed any time in a dangerous maneuver? It is a joke about him being a joke.

    I cannot understand why they do this. After spending so much time and money on special effects, they make a mockery of the human characters.
     
  17. Bobby Jr

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    No. I am specifically referring to the comment he made. You clearly missed the frankly quite obvious joke he intended with his comment. You misinterpreted it as him actually meaning he had an influential uncle in China when in fact he was boasting to his peers that it took his type (Asian/Chinese people - pandering to the stereotype) to solve the problem for them... effectively: "look at how we saved your ass."

    Your sarcasm radar was really off on that one.
    They cast Kristen Wiig in a key, supposedly serious, role. That should tell us enough about how much they cared about attempting to be credible.
     
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    Elevator to the Gallows / Ascenseur pour l'echafaud (1958) - Louis Malle. Seeing it again after a year or so. Very interesting.
     
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    On the Waterfront (1954)
    Watched it for the first time and enjoyed it but will forget it quickly IMO. Put back into the context of 1954 it sure is a great movie however.
    Featuring Marlon Brando (Best actor award).
     
  20. sureshs

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    Oh I see.

    But usually an Asian-American is an institution like NASA would go out of the way to avoid being linked with China. He might crack a joke about smart Chinese-Americans, but not one implying people in China being superior to people in the USA.

    So then it comes back to a bad stereotype (unpatriotic) that the director is implying.

    Why I say this is because in the photos of some older launch by NASA, there was an Asian guy who was easily identified because he used to keep an American flag beside him in mission control (some non-Caucasian guys think that they need to display flags or be overtly patriotic to compensate for not fitting in).
     
  21. Bobby Jr

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    FFS he wasn't implying that people IN China were superior or anything to do with avoiding being linked with China. He was playing to the stereotype by suggesting it took China to solve America's problem and, because he himself is of Chinese lineage, the joke is complete.

    You have totally missed the plot here. The stereotype is in commonplace and since movies generally try to somewhat reflect the real world, and most people would find humour in it, the director made use of it. It meant he could get a laugh without telling an obvious gag - which wouldn't fit with the tone of the film at all.

    Seriously. If it takes this much effort to explain such an obvious joke you really lack a basic skill. You seem to have some slightly psychotic racism-obsessed mindset which constantly overlays misguided and frankly stupid cultural/racial overtones on things that don't warrant it at all.

    I suggest you do some further looking beyond stopping at the first photo that confirms your own story. I google image searched for "nasa mission control flag" and dozens of the photos contain flags all over the place. My assumption from that is that a US flag in mission control is nothing remotely out of the ordinary. But your obsession with racism issues sees you interpret a random photo in a way which is almost certainly spurious.

    For the sake of preventing you arguing this instead of googling I've collated a random selection here:
    http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/jsc2013e066482.jpg
    http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/64569main_ffs_gallery_mcc_image3.jpg
    http://www.nationsonline.org/gallery/USA/STS-128-MCC-space-station-flight-control-room.jpg
    http://www.rocketstem.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/19710507-AS15-S71-55990.jpg

    (All show multiple US flags strewn throughout mission control.)
     
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  22. sureshs

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    I don't understand why you take such a small issue so seriously.

    The photo I was referring to was not just a US flag in a room but one that this guy kept with him at all times in all photos.

    In any case, I don't think you have explained the uncle reference. Being of a certain lineage and having an uncle there are two different issues. In fact, having too many relatives in a supposedly unfriendly country can be used to deny security clearance.

    The joke was more similar to asking someone called Francino if he has relatives in the mafia.
     
  23. Bobby Jr

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    Because you claimed "But they had to screw up somewhere - and they did. The lead mission engineer, a fat Chinese-American guy, somehow turns out to have an influential uncle in the Chinese space mission. Yeah they still could not leave him alone as a guy born and brought up in the US and leave it at that. Stupid."

    You missed the mark on basically every point in that paragraph. Since you're so intent on always being a bringer of knowledge etc on the board you needed to be called out on it. Period.

    Then you should have said so instead of "...because in the photos of some older launch by NASA, there was an Asian guy who was easily identified because he used to keep an American flag beside him in mission control..."

    You just changed your example slightly now so it shifts the goal posts to make your example seem special when it probably isn't.

    Cousin/uncle is a pretty commonplace joke which basically means "people like me" (e.g. ethnically, by nationality, religiously etc)

    I cannot believe I am still explaining a joke most 15 year olds would get.

    WTF? The guy is HEAD of JPL, the time for him to worry about security clearance because of some chance a relative might increase his likelihood of risk is probably 20 years gone.

    No, it's more similar to an Italian-American taking pride in an Italian football team beating another country and joking to his mates how good "my cousins" are.

    Man I struggle to remember someone with a humour radar as busted as you've demonstrated here.
     
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    Watched The Accused that gave Foster her first oscar. Good but not remarkable movie. It's one of these films that doesn't have anything special plot wise or anything else but is made good due to opportunities it gave to the performers
     
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    Watched The Dark Knight Trilogy back to back to back (with breaks of course). Watching it this way, I feel the movies come as one great cohesive story. Just how Nolan's storytelling was done on each movie is awesome; and as a whole it comes together epically.

    I also want to note that, I think, The Dark Knight is cited by a good majority as the best in the trilogy; but for me I'd have to go with Batman Begins, as I prefer its overall tone, story and representation of Batman himself.
     
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    Begins is a better Batman movie, but I find TDK a better overall movie. Not by much, though.
     
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    I watched The Fighter again tonight and enjoyed it even more than the first time I saw it. I had a tear in my eye and a big smile on my face at the very end haha. :)
     
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) - Several versions exist. Nice.
     
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    suresh is too busy discovering the origin of the universe, and mathematically working out the meaning of life to apply any logic or common sense (which he thinks is useless anyway) to ordinary discussions. Which is why someone recently called him the rainman of TW :D
     
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    Black Mass= bad *** and The Gift-worth a rental
     
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    When I watched the trilogy this way I thought The Dark Knight came off worst. It didn't quite fit. On the other hand The Dark Knight Rises came off much better than when I saw it at the cinema. I agree overall it works brilliantly as one epic 7 hour film.
     
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    Going to watch the Austrian horror movie Goodbye Mummy
     
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    "Under the skin"

    Loved it. Some people hate it. My brother, when I told him about loving this movie, said something like "what's wrong with you". Oh, and he said that I only liked it because it features a naked Scarlett Johansson (yeah he's got my number). I admit that S.J. was a plus, but seriously, I really liked the movie as a piece of art.
     
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    The Scapegoat - based on the novel by Du Maurier. Alec Guiness. Decent movie, but pales in front of the book. The movie cuts down the story and the characters far too much to fit it all into 90 minutes. also, has Bette Davis playing Alec Guiness' mother.
     
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    Yes,I thought it was a really good movie,enjoyed it more than so called thinking person's sci fi like Interstellar.

    Watching a double header tonight of road movies,The Vanishing (1988) and Duel (1971),although the former isn't as much of what you'd call a 'road movie' as I remember...
     
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    Prisoners. I had forgot that it ended that way! :mad: Similar to Inception ending. Leaves you in suspense.
     
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    The Age Of Adaline

    I saw it at the movies, now own it on dvd, made Dad watch it and he guessed what would happen and got it right every time lol
     
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    "The Intern" --- wife and daughter chose this chick-flick for us; is it a comedy without laughs, a drama without drama, or is it just another tedious bore from director Nancy Meyers in which she works through her own issues of womanhood and divorce.
     
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    Great movie with a completely unforeseen twist at the end. But very dark themed.

    Also saw Hamari Adhuri Kahani with Vidya Balan. Quite good.
     
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    BBC America got some good flicks on today. The original Total Recall and Escape from New York. As for some other stuff I've watched lately. Watched Insidious when it was on at some point. Also watched Sinister, but I thought it was kinda crappy. Preferred Insidious.
     
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    Siciaro...

    quite dark, very somber and pessimistic.

    not bad though, however some of it was not that realistic which is surprising given the movie's hard/no-nonsense tone.

    oh and i sincerely hope Trump supporters don't go and watch it!
     
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    Watched To Catch a Thief. I guess it was the third or fourth time. I didn't remember most of it, so all good.

    Intelligent dialogues are maybe the best feature of the movie, always engaging and amusing.
     
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    Watching a documentary about North Korea at present. Amazingly, the Pyongyang subway system appears to be a few decades ahead of NYC in terms of technology and overall quality.
     
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    I am "offended" that you are watching a documentary on a former communist country, so I'm telling that you are committing the "T" word. The subway in NYC is far from a great ex. of quality. When are the Langsi's releasing the new teleporter transit?
     
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    And what did the good ladies of your family make of it!?

    Next time I would sneak off to the thriller in the screening next door.
     
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    Are you talking about air force 1 helicopters?
     
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    I didn't like "Interstellar" at all.

    Throwing a lot of intelligent science doesn't make smart cinema, as throwing a lot of intelligent lyrics doesn't make smart music.
    Science is science. Cinema is cinema.
    I found "Under the skin" to be much more smart cinema.
     
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    actually I didn't. will remedy that. Sentinel, here is a good list http://www.eddiemuller.com/top25noir.html

    of the ones I've seen on that list, these were my favorites: Out of the Past, Nightmare Alley, Night and the City, The Asphalt Jungle, Criss Cross, The Killers.
     
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    very good movie
     

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