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July 3rd, 2014, 5:08 am #51

Yesterday evening I watched on TV an interesting movie called United Passions. It's a French film about FIFA and the World Cup, with Gérard Depardieu's starring as Jules Rimet. There are some interesting reconstructions about the 1924 Olympic Football tournament and the origins of the World Cup. The movie continues with narration of the most important events in FIFA's history until 2010.
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August 11th, 2014, 2:12 pm #52

I saw recent 'cult classic' film Sharknado the other day and have to say I get the hype: It. Was. Terrible.
There was no way they could have made that film with a straight face, they knew full well what they were doing and they've been rewarded with two sequels. To sum up the plot: sharks. Being thrown by tornadoes. What more could you want?
//www.youtube.com/embed/DufCcLXOTwc
Any other favourite 'so bad its good' films out there?
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August 11th, 2014, 2:43 pm #53

I particularly like Hong Kong films, many of which combine extraordinary martial arts and general dexterity of the "actors" with corny jokes, terrible acting, inexplicable cameos, hilariously ill-conceived plots, and sudden segues from "Three Stooges"-esque comedy straight into a gory triad-style shootout.
What makes it even better is that the same actors are in every film, including the minor henchmen roles.

Some favourites (most of these available in full on Youtube):

Tiger on the Beat, Winners and Sinners, Carry on Pickpocket, Skinny Tiger Fatty Dragon, Dragons Forever, Wheels on Meals, Full Contact, Spooky Encounters, Millionaire's Express,

any of the Lucky Stars or Aces Go Places series.

I have become conditioned to the genre, to the extent that when I watch one which is actually genuinely good all round (recommend "Election" and sequel) I'm almost disappointed.
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August 11th, 2014, 5:36 pm #54

Stereotyping a bit here, but my only experience has been "Jackie Chan movies" which seem to fit the general description well.
//www.youtube.com/embed/AtuGZvjU0e8
He fights a shark near the end of this one, I'm detecting a theme here...
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August 11th, 2014, 7:29 pm #55

Yes about 1/3 of those I mentioned have Jackie Chan. The others mostly his associates, and also Chow Yun Fat.


I also forgot to mention Eastern Condors, Prodigal Son, and Magnificent Butcher
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August 14th, 2014, 4:43 pm #56

I'd never heard of any of them to be honest. I know he's been in a lot in both languages, but my knowledge of Jackie Chan movies doesn't extends much beyond the 'western' ones (not just Shanghai Noon ).
For an action hero that puts him to shame, though (even if his talents may not be as natural), meet Ajay Devgn, star of Indian film series Singham. Not seen them yet, but the clips are enough to convince me he should be second only to Chuck Norris in terms of 'epic meme' value:
//www.youtube.com/embed/3CwQjsdE-1Q
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September 6th, 2014, 2:43 pm #57

Not a film but a documentary series, I've been getting into ESPN's 30 for 30 series recently, each one covering a different sports story, usually American-focused and also usually really well-made. Best one I've seen so far is Catching Hell, covering two plays in baseball championships that saw the person responsible become a 'scapegoat' for the entire defeat.
Boston Red Sox's Bill Buckner, 1986:
//www.youtube.com/embed/6er1XE2j0pE
Worth noting that at the time of these decisive plays, the teams had gone 68 and 95 years respectively without winning the World Series, so to say the fans were annoyed at their chosen targets is an understatement...
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September 16th, 2014, 5:25 pm #58

What if I told you... that some of the above-mentioned 30 for 30s are on YouTube? Not quite Netflix HD-quality but handy for anyone interested since half of them seem to have been taken off Netflix for some reason...
//www.youtube.com/embed/hkblpPxLrcw
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February 10th, 2015, 1:05 pm #59

Recently saw the award-winning film Boyhood, a decent enough movie on its own but the main attraction is obviously the way they filmed it - gambling on keeping the core cast coming back every year for 12 years to let the main characters in the story 'grow' with the actors, all for a single film. An experiment never tried before and not likely to be tried again for a long time...
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February 10th, 2015, 3:01 pm #60

I thought it was quite boring. But of course, if something is "different" or "ground breaking" then it must also be "good" (critically).
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February 11th, 2015, 1:10 pm #61

It wasn't as good as the critics gushed over it, but certainly much better than some of the 'blockbusters' released in recent years. For me, a gimmick can become a key part of forming an opinion on a movie if it is there for good purpose and it is something that genuinely stands out (rather than "record-breaking number of CGI alien head explosions", or something).
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February 11th, 2015, 9:32 pm #62

I've not watched many new films recently. Partly just didn't get round to it, but also I can't really watch Eddie Redmayne films given that I lived in the same corridor as him at college.
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February 12th, 2015, 2:45 pm #63

His Wikipedia page doesn't mention that fact (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Redmayne#Early_life), you're not too good at this name-dropping stuff ...
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February 12th, 2015, 5:57 pm #64

Yet another glaring omission from wikipedia. I also graduated from Trinity in 2003. But I didn't go to Eton. And I wasn't one of Britain's 50th best dressed men - again a staggering omission. But I did get a first.

Anyway, I didn't know him well (as I said, I didn't go to Eton) but he was pleasant enough in passing. I spent more time at the other end of the corridor. The room opposite me was the ladies lacrosse captain (these two facts may or may not be related).
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February 12th, 2015, 6:17 pm #65

Also (name drop 2) in the maths building, for a while I had the office facing Stephen Hawking's office, so "The Theory of Everything" is particularly unwatchable for me.
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February 13th, 2015, 12:15 pm #66

Wouldn't that make you want to watch for some kind of sentimental "I've been in that place!" feeling? Or are you so familiar with Hawking's office door that any possible glimpse of it now sickens you?
And you're already 1-up on any name-dropping totals I could manage. I once got a smile and wave from Murray Walker when I was 8. That's about it .
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February 15th, 2015, 2:47 pm #67

I once brushed against the coat sleeve of Rory McGrath in Glasgow.
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February 16th, 2015, 5:00 am #68

Sorry guys, but nothing is comparable with His Majesty Brian May singing Love Of My Life in front of me, as happened last week at Forum di Assago
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February 16th, 2015, 12:36 pm #70

Luca wrote:
Sorry guys, but nothing is comparable with His Majesty Brian May singing Love Of My Life in front of me, as happened last week at Forum di Assago
Does being in a concert audience really count, though? I only ask because then I could count when I went to the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony where Coldplay, Rhianna, and Jay-Z performed at the same time (not much of a music fan, so does even having all 3 at once compare to Queen?). Also, Boris Johnson .
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February 16th, 2015, 2:50 pm #71

mattsanger92 wrote:
Coldplay, Rhianna, and Jay-Z performed at the same time (not much of a music fan, so does even having all 3 at once compare to Queen?)
Definitely not!! Even if there had been Jay Z's wife: all four put together 
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February 16th, 2015, 6:07 pm #72

TheRoonBa wrote:
I once brushed against the coat sleeve of Rory McGrath in Glasgow.
This is probably the all-time textbook underwhelming celebrity encounter.Everything about it is perfection.
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February 17th, 2015, 7:06 pm #73

nfm24 wrote:
"The Theory of Everything" is particularly unwatchable for me.
BTW, apparently Frank Leboeuf is in this, so that legitimizes my gratuitous name drops.
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March 30th, 2015, 4:24 pm #74

Sort of on the topic of celebrities still, what do you do when something you really like is perfectly juxtaposed with something you really don't like?
Case in point: to celebrate the day they go to the future in Back to the Future Part II (this year is also the 30th anniversary of the original film), ITV are making a 90-minute documentary on the series to air in October, presented by 'Keith Lemon' (http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-re ... ack-future). I don't feel the need to point out the part I'm disappointed with ...
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March 30th, 2015, 5:48 pm #75

You hate ITV. I understand fully.

Also back on the subject of name drops, prior to Redmayne (who wasn't famous at the time), the most famous person I met was the Sultan of Brunei. I also helped the astronomer Patrick Moore walk down some stairs on the way to giving a lecture. He was wearing his monocle and everything.
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March 31st, 2015, 1:41 pm #76

nfm24 wrote:
You hate ITV. I understand fully.
Only in a roundabout way, I'm glad someone is doing something over here for the film's anniversary (it should hopefully challenge a more competent channel to make something for the occasion), but the casting for the scene re-enactments can never be viewed seriously even if they play it that way, speaks volumes that TV chef Gino D'Acampo is the most logical casting choice. Sorry Luca, the only Italian fit to portray Doc Brown is on the dubs...
Use of McBusted as the band in the "Johnny B. Goode scene actually makes some sense considering what inspired McFly's band name, the only potential problem is that this is McBusted:




And this is Marvin Berry and the Starlighters :



Do any of McBusted even know how to play a saxophone ?
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March 31st, 2015, 6:18 pm #77

Those pictures suggest that the 1950s was a lot cooler than now.

McBusted looks like something "The Thing" would morph into in that film with Kurt Russell.
Also it sounds like a term for getting caught stealing a hamburger (Hamburgling, if you will).
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April 1st, 2015, 5:02 pm #78

You probably would get caught being so conspicuous:



I wouldn't say the 50's were 'cooler' as such, but if I had a time machine then it's somewhere I'd want to visit a while. Not quite sure what it is about the era, it seems to be as though they had all this post-war technology/development with a pre-war way of thinking. And a range of helpful videos to tell people exactly how they should be thinking:

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April 1st, 2015, 5:31 pm #79

No wonder it took the USA 40 more years to catch up with professional football.
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April 2nd, 2015, 12:41 pm #80

nfm24 wrote:
No wonder it took the USA 40 more years to catch up with professional football.
At the very least, if Cristiano Ronaldo had watched this video in his youth he might not have become the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner he is today. But of course it took the USA ages to catch up, they were spending all their time on playground basketball . Not to mention that they were using up precious minutes of sports promotional time on how to use school book priority lists...
I find these 50s documentaries fascinating mainly because of how unintentionally hilarious they have become:



A lot of the stuff in here is obviously still true today, but the actions/reactions of those horrible teens are so tame by today's standards . If there were no butterfly effect on this hypothetical 50's trip, you could show them a few modern video clips of our finest reality TV 'stars' and wait for their reaction...
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April 2nd, 2015, 7:52 pm #81

I say let the 1950s kids enjoy themselves. For all they knew they were going to be nuked any second.
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October 26th, 2015, 5:36 pm #82

In case anyone was living under a rock the last week, we are now 5 days into the future, and today is the 30th anniversary of the first time-travel  (and to keep it forum-specific, the 152nd anniversary of The FA as well)...
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October 27th, 2015, 9:15 pm #83

mattsanger92 wrote:
today is the 30th anniversary of the first time-travel
Surely there is no such anniversary, given that time travel necessarily involves two different points in time?   A proper anniversary would be if someone made a commemorative jump between the same two points in time + 30 years at each end.  Or something.   Why do you have to bring these things up!
I found it odd that people were saying "hey, how come we don't all have hoverboards yet?"As if everybody had a DeLorean in 1985.
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November 1st, 2015, 11:27 am #84

nfm24 wrote:
mattsanger92 wrote:
today is the 30th anniversary of the first time-travel 
Surely there is no such anniversary, given that time travel necessarily involves two different points in time?   A proper anniversary would be if someone made a commemorative jump between the same two points in time + 30 years at each end.  Or something.
Don't think I didn't think of that , I think it gets a pass for being a jump of only 1 minute:


As for the hoverboards question, they released a 10-minute short a couple of weeks ago called 'Doc Brown Saves The World' that pushes the timeline in the movie into our one, writing out the invention of hoverboards, food hydrators, fusion energy etc.. Main observation from that short though was that Christopher Lloyd+30yrs does not match up to what experimental 80's make-up artists were predicting...
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November 2nd, 2015, 10:47 am #85

Presumably Michael J. Fox also.
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November 5th, 2015, 12:52 pm #86

nfm24 wrote:
Presumably Michael J. Fox also.
Surprisingly not, he doesn't look all that aged despite the Parkinson's, although 80's makeup did seem to over-estimate what 30 years can do to a face:
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November 5th, 2015, 3:45 pm #87

That's what I meant. They underestimated the babyfaced D(eL)orian Gray.
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November 27th, 2015, 4:00 am #88

Happy 30th anniversary to one of my favourite movies: Rocky IV, a terrific picture on the Cold War. And in fact yesterday evening the Italian TV channel Raidue broadcast it.
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November 27th, 2015, 6:45 am #89

One of my favourites is Intouchables.

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May 13th, 2016, 8:31 am #90

"Ola Bola" movie dramatisation of Malaysia's campaign to qualify for the 1980 Olympics. It is quasi-fictional in the sense that the prominent players are renamed and some the events vary (e.g. the final score of the last game)
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July 3rd, 2016, 10:21 am #91

A few weeks ago it was the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
A decent enough 4-star film and a nice product of its time, I get that there are underlying themes and theories about it but can you imagine trying to sell the basic concept to a major studio today? "So it's about this kid... he bunks of school for a day with his friends... no, that's about it."
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December 2nd, 2016, 2:03 pm #92

Last weekend I saw a good film about sport. "The Program" is the title, a
biopic about the controversial Lance Armstrong's doping affairs. It's a
movie in which Lance and, in general, cycling come off awfully once
again. A very good soundtrack too.
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July 11th, 2017, 2:43 pm #93

I mentioned it when the trailer came out, now this weekend I finally got to see Don't Take Me Home. In my completely unbiased biased opinion it was brilliant , although if it was about another team I still would have enjoyed it, very well-made documentary.
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September 4th, 2017, 5:08 am #94

I finally watched "Pelé: Birth of a Legend". On the whole not a bad film, but how many historical imprecisions!

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October 2nd, 2017, 5:09 pm #95

The Pele film has literally been sitting at the top of my pile of 'to watch' DVDs for a couple of months now, when I get the time I'm definitely seeing it...

Meanwhile I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle the other week. Not outstanding but good as far as sequels go, and I got to watch a film on opening night for the first time, next step an actual premiere (the lack of being a celebrity being a bit of a roadblock).

Whatever you think about Kingsman just be nice about it, manners maketh man, innit bruv?
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October 30th, 2017, 7:05 am #96

Finally saw the Pele film a few days ago. Good enough movie, but bias aside I'm surprised they completely skipped over Brazil's Quarter-Final in that tournament, wasn't that match supposed to be Brazil's toughest test and the 'making' of Pele on the world stage? Yet they made it seem as though the match didn't exist and that he only got going in the Semi-Final...
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December 5th, 2017, 9:59 am #97

Not actually seen the rest of the movie it's from, but came across this scene recently. Bobby Charlton really let himself go near the end of his career:

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December 5th, 2017, 3:55 pm #98

Not as good as the football bit in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
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January 9th, 2018, 5:12 am #99

Has anybody else ever watched Batman (the 1989 film)?



I watched it many times when I was a child and I got round to watching it again a couple of days ago. Really fantastic.
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January 9th, 2018, 2:13 pm #100

It's no Spaceballs.
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