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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - 4/5

A has been actor who's claim to fame is portraying a superhero attempts to make a comeback by putting on a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver story. Good, surreal black comedy about an artists desperate attempt to remain relevant while staying true to himself. Great acting by all, especially Keaton & Norton. Superb direction & cinematography.

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Snowpiercer - 8/10
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FURY Great movie. Nothing terribly original as far as story goes, but a good cast and gritty realistic battle sequences
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Deadgirl - 2/5

Two high schoolers cutting class wander around in an abandoned mental hospital. While there they find a nude shackled woman who seems to be in some kind of state between life and death. A disturbing coming of age tale about how boys view women as sexual objects. Starts out interesting and then becomes a predictable mess.

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Deadgirl - 2/5

Two high schoolers cutting class wander around in an abandoned mental hospital. While there they find a nude shackled woman who seems to be in some kind state between life and death. A disturbing coming of age tale about how boys view women as sexual objects. Starts out interesting and then becomes predictable.
Started watching this Friday night, but the two leads were so unlikeable and annoying, I had to turn it off.

Instead, I watched "Frontiers." 3.5/5 for that one. Pretty relentless horror movie.
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Watched The Conjuring on 10/31. Thought it was pretty good.
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Started watching this Friday night, but the two leads were so unlikeable and annoying, I had to turn it off.
You didn't miss out on much

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Instead, I watched "Frontiers." 3.5/5 for that one. Pretty relentless horror movie.
Hated that one.
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You didn't miss out on much



Hated that one.
Any similar movies in the ultra-violent vein that you'd recommend?
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Any similar movies in the ultra-violent vein that you'd recommend?
Not all are extremely violent but they are all disturbing in some way :

Ichi the Killer
Dead Alive
Gozu (not very violent but more surreal/disturbing like Lynch)
Calvaire (not very violent but more surreal/disturbing like Lynch)
In a Glass Cage
I Stand Alone
Irreversible
Enter the Void
In My Skin
Strange Circus (not very violent but more surreal/disturbing like Lynch)
3 Extremes
Visitor Q
Antichrist
The Girl Next Door
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I've seen some of those and have been meaning to watch some other listed. I guess Enter the Void is the only Gaspar Noe film I've yet to see (hated I Stand Alone, really like Irreversible). Thanks for the recommendations.
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Squirm...just as cheesy and bad as i remember. loved every minute of it!!
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Big Hero 6 3D - 5/5 - Cute! Funny! Awesome!
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PTU: Police Tactical Unit - 4/5

After a confrontation with some gang members, a detective realizes that he has lost his service weapon. He has until morning to recover it before having to face the repercussions of notifying his superiors. A good police procedural that will disappoint those seeking endless gunplay.
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North Dallas Forty

Love this movie. Nick Nolte and Mac Davis should have made more movies together.

Oddity: It's set in 70s Texas, but their spiritual leader is a Catholic.
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Wolves - 5/5 - Movie was awesome!
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Squirm...just as cheesy and bad as i remember. loved every minute of it!!
I know that movie from MST3K.
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Transformers. To call this thing too long is an understatement. With mind numbing length and the most uncomfortable humor I've seen in a long time, this movie is a chore to get through.
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A Most Violent Year - 1/5 - The most boring movie of the year!
Interstellar IMAX 70mm - 5/5 - It was awesome! It didn't bored me still want to see more.
The Wedding Ringer - 4/5 - Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is in it. Kevin Hart & Josh Gad are quite funny. The very last line was very interesting.
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Chronicle- Interesting and surprisingly smart deconstruction of superhero origin stories about an unstable teen gifted with extraordinary powers. The found-footage aspect and rattling camera are disappointingly irritating, but the actual central narrative has interesting ideas and a sad story about adolescence and personal pain. Director Josh Trank is a classic "young filmmaker:" energetic, occasionally scattershot, and exuberant. Max Landis' script is smarter than you'd expect.

Interstellar- Celluloid makes its last stand in Christopher Nolan's fascinating and frustrating sci-fi trip. Ambitious and interesting, but I found that I admired the film more than I liked it. That a studio was willing to give him $160 million is encouraging though, and it'll be intriguing to see what kind of box office figures it pulls. One of today's most interesting filmmakers continues to show that if nothing else, he's always worth watching.

A Million Ways to Die in the West- Interminably long Seth McFarlane vehicle which is a bunch of sketches stretched out way beyond its length. When the central plot does kick in, it's basically self-aggrandizing and allows McFarlane to be fawned over by beautiful women. Sporadically funny, but not enough to justify the film's bloated runtime, and too many gags go for cheap vulgarity.

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IAN FLEMING
...with most of my sex behind me now

Part 1:

"I remember an old girlfriend of Ian Fleming's saying: ‘Ian was like one of the characters in the plays of that major 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen; that character was always waiting for something wunderbar to happen to him.’ Ian has, or rather had, lots of company in this regard. Millions now wait and hope for little and large stimulus packages to come their way as they go through their lifespan. The Facebook-Twitter generations are especially prone to this 'wunderbar' orientation to life.

Readers will find the remark I have quoted above in John Pearson's 500 page biography The Life of Ian Fleming. "I think The Bond Books function as the dream autobiography of this man," writes Pearson. We who read and watch what Ian Fleming has produced search, too, for our dream autobiography, some with success and some not-so.

There have already been several stabs at dramatising this famous writer’s life, including two television films from 1989 and 1990, the first starring Charles Dance, the second Jason Connery. But Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, a co-production between Sky-Atlantic and BBC America, is the most opulent yet.1 Sky Atlantic is a television channel owned by British Sky Broadcasting. This channel was launched on 1 February 2011 on Sky in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is this docudrama that I have just enjoyed involving, as it does, a look at the life of Ian Fleming from when he was in the UK's naval intelligence as a commander until his death in 1964. It gives an insight into what Fleming was really like, and how he came to write his Bond novels. I watched the two episodes in the first 10 days of November 2014.2

Part 2:

Ian Fleming: Bondmaker was a 60 min docudrama which I watched on its release in Australia eight years ago on 10/12/'06. I had just completed my retirement from all FT, PT and casual employment and was beginning to watch at least two hours of TV everyday for the first time in my life. I still was involved in Baha'i community life as the secretary of the local Baha'i community. This Baha'i activity has been part of my life now for over 60 years.

This film is now available on the history channel in the UK. This latest docudrama, The Man Who Would Be Bond, tells what seems in some ways, and at least to me, like a fantasy story. It portrays the extraordinary true life story of this creator of James Bond, one of the great icons of 20th century culture. The film takes a bold and innovative approach to dramatizing the story of the author’s life, by using his own words. Shot on location in the UK and Jamaica, the film explores the relationship between Fleming’s life and the legend that is James Bond. Dominic Cooper starred as Fleming and he appeared, certainly in episode #1, very strongly as a womanizer living off of his family fortune just before World War II begins.

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In 1964, just as I was about to begin the second year of my five years of post-secondary education, in an honours history and philosophy course at the university in Hamilton Ontario, the lunch-pail city so-called due to its working-man's culture, this British author and journalist Ian Fleming, creator of the world’s most famous fictional spy, died of a heart attack at age 56 in Kent, England.

I was 20 back then, and knew nothing of Ian Fleming and his James Bond character. I was dealing with an episode of bipolar 2 disorder, little did I know, and had just begun a part-time job in the evenings working with the T. Eaton Co. Ltd, Canada's largest department store retailer at the time.

Fleming’s series of novels about the debonair Agent 007, based in part on their dashing author’s real-life experiences, spawned one of the most lucrative film franchises in history. The first of the 23 films was Dr No which was released in early October 1962, in the first 40 days of my many decades of travelling-and-pioneering in and for the Canadian Baha'i community. I moved with my parents from Burlington to Dundas in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe, and they served on the first LSA of the Baha'is of Dundas.

Part 4:

By October 1962 I was fully occupied with four hours of homework on a nightly basis dealing with 9 subjects in Ontario's demanding and controversial grade 13, the entrance requirement for university. I spent the previous summer, before that infamous academic year of grade 13, working for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in three different capacities: cleaner, store man and packer, and then data processing clerk. I also worked overtime in my psycho-emotional life keeping my libido under control, no easy task in this later adolescent period of my life. The part I was playing in the Baha'i Faith, which I had joined three years before, was also a work in progress, as they say these days.

Ian Fleming: Bondmaker was a 2005 BBC TV series with the award-winning actor Ben Daniels from Cutting It and Conspiracy. He brought the author to life. The film also starred Emily Woof who had been in The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, School for Seduction, The Full Monty. She starred as Ian’s wife, Ann, and Pip Torrens (The Government Inspector, The Rotters Club) were Ian’s close friend and Jamaican neighbor, Noel Coward. After 8 years I don't remember much about that bio-pic of this famous writer who chronicled his adventures in 12 novels and nine short stories.

Part 5:

Fleming's famous alter ego represents a modern hero who is at home in the modern world which emphasizes technological expertise over spiritual values. Set in the context of the Cold War, of good vs. evil, Bond nonetheless operates in the shadows, in the amoral mass of combat between "shadowy figures." However, that realism is overlaid with exotic locales, exotic women and the glamour of the "jet set," as Bond proves his mastery over every situation. Bond represents the desire for mastery in an increasingly complex world that has reduced the human sense of size and value.

For over half a century the Bond novels have entertained millions around the world. But no book has used the Fleming archive to explore the three-dimensional world of this quintessential secret agent, revealing what inspired it, and who inspired him. Complete, authoritative and entertaining, it will take you on a journey through myth and reality, from Moscow to Mayfair, the bedroom to the war-room, the casino to the villain’s lair.

In 1959, the year I joined the Baha'i Faith, this creator of James Bond was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore fourteen of the world’s most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer’s eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd owns and administers the literary copyright in Ian Fleming’s fiction and non-fiction books. The company’s aim is to promote and make available all of Ian Fleming’s books worldwide. Ian Fleming Publications looks after the literary James Bond brand, keeping it alive through the publication of new stories based on the characters Ian created by authors such as William Boyd, Jeffery Deaver, Sebastian Faulks, Charlie Higson and Samantha Weinberg.

Part 6:

Working alongside Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, The Ian Fleming Estate owns the copyright in Ian Fleming’s personal letters and other non-Bond writing and in some journalism. It manages the use of the Ian Fleming name and of his likeness. The Bond stories now rank among the best-selling series of fictional books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming 14th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

On 13 April 1953 Casino Royale was released in the UK in hardcover, with a cover designed by Fleming. It was a success and three print runs were needed to cope with the demand. My mother joined the Baha'i Faith that year. The year 1953 was a centenary year of celebration, a Baha'i holy year. That year was the 100th anniversary of the first intimations of Baha'u'llah's revelation in the infamous Siyah-Chal of Tehran. That celebratory year ran from October 1952 to October 1953.3

In a 1962 interview in The New Yorker, Fleming further explained: "When I wrote that first book in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument. When I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought: "by god the name James Bond is the dullest name I've ever heard."

Fleming's mood of weariness and self-doubt began to affect his writing by the late 1950s and early 1960s. This can be seen in his thoughts and his writings. On 17 March 1961, four years after the publication of his fifth nocel, From Russia With Love, and three years after the heavy criticism of Dr. No, an important article appeared in Life Magazine. It was important to Fleming because it referred to From Russia, with Love as one of the US President John F. Kennedy's ten favorite books.

Part 7:

Kennedy and Fleming had previously met in Washington. This accolade and the associated publicity led to a surge in sales that made Fleming the biggest-selling crime writer in the US. Fleming considered From Russia, with Love to be his best novel, although he admitted, "the great thing is that each one of the books seems to have been a favorite with one or other section of the public and none has yet been completely damned." Benson argues that Fleming had become "a master storyteller" by the time he wrote Thunderball in 1961.

During his lifetime Fleming sold thirty million books; double that number were sold in the two years following his death. In 2008 The Times ranked Fleming fourteenth on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945." The 23 films from Eon Productions with the most recent, Skyfall, released in October 2012, have grossed more than 6 billion worldwide, and many more billion when adjusted for inflation. This makes the Bond film franchise the second highest grossing film series, behind Harry Potter.-Ron Price with thanks to 1Mark Monahan, "Ian Fleming: the man who would be Bond", The Telegraph, 11/2/'14; 2Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, a four-part mini-series which debuted in the USA on 29 January 2014, and in a two-part mini-series in Australia 2/11/'14 and 9/11/'14 at 8:30 on ABC TV, and 3 from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi in Directives from the Guardian.

Part 8:

I've never really enjoyed films
from the James Bond franchise.
And I've never read any of his
books; I'm not a reader of this
who-dun-it genre, to say little
of fiction books across a wide
expanse of literature. But, still,
Bond, and his creator, Fleming
have come into my life recently
in these years of my retirement
from FT, PT & volunteer-work.

Biography has come to interest
me more & more as I have gone
into my 50s, then 60s, and now
70s. Ian Fleming, a lonely man,
who seemed to like his share of
SM sex, in addition to his large
appetite for sex very generally,
is most interesting and it is, for
this reason that I have written
the above prose-poem in these
evening hours of my life which
have all my sex behind me now.

Ron Price
4/11/'14 to 7/11/'14.

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Begin Again...not bad but i was expecting better.
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In The Blood Gina carano in what I believe is a low budget independent DTV. A poor man's Taken. Gina Carano sexy as usual. Tons of great fights as usual.
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In The Blood Gina carano in what I believe is a low budget independent DTV. A poor man's Taken. Gina Carano sexy as usual. Tons of great fights as usual.
As I didn't like Taken much, that doesn't constitute much of a recommendation . I'll probably pick this up as a Redbox rental at some point. Sounds like the kind of DTV 90s fare with which I great up. Carano and Adkins would've been stars on the cover of every VHS tape back in those days.

Olympus Has Fallen- How can a film with so much violence be so dull? That is the question of the day in this vulgar, stupid, boring action vehicle which assumes no one in its audience has seen Die Hard, Red Dawn, or an episode of 24. Wall-to-wall brutal ultraviolence is incredibly boring, directed without any rhythm or excitement, and acted by cardboard cutouts. The R-rating & violence seem to have clicked with a lot of action fans though, so maybe I've just become pickier as I've aged. Shot in 35mm though, so whatever keeps Kodak in business, I guess.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Marvel Studios scores again with another entertaining pulp superhero yarn. Though the screenwriters' claim to have been inspired by classic 70s thrillers, I think the notion is a bit misguided. As a superhero film, most of the political issues the film brings up aren't of as much interest to it as SFX destruction, and thought the film admirably tries to show a moral grey area, I wonder if that possible with the moral simplicity of the superhero genre. The Russo brothers are TV-bred, and their occasional penchant for shaky-cam can grow tiresome, but it gives the film a nicely rough-and-tumble visual aesthetic. To my mind, it hews closer stylistically to Tom Clancy or 24 than All the President's Men, but that hardly a bad thing, and it's lots of fun, though the crashing action climax does drag on a bit. Shot digitally, presumably because of concerns that Scarlett Johansson was so hot she'd burn the film stock .

Texas Chainsaw 3-D- Though lead actress Alexandra Daddario, clearly chosen as eye-candy, makes an acceptable scream queen, this is a horrendously terrible film which sullies the legacy of Toby Hooper's raw classic. Even by slasher film standards, the characters in this film are so mind-bogglingly stupid as to defy even the most basic human logic, the gore is neither gross no frightening, and no one is worth caring about, nor is anything which happens. Apparently the unrated cut was only released as a download and not on any physical copy, but as I'd rather not watch this a second time, well, for once I won't complain much.

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