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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:28 pm

That's kind of an interesting mistake. He seems to be a genre fan. I wonder how old he is, though. The first ten times I saw War of the Worlds it was a black-and-white film.... because I didn't own a color TV. :lol:
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:32 pm

Possible. At the time I assumed that he had just watched the first few minutes of it (which is in B&W) to familiarize himself with it and mistaken assumed the entire film was that that.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:40 pm

Interesting. Well, everyone makes mistakes. I've always gotten the impression that he was a genre fan. And the vast majority of 50s movies were black and white-- something from the 50s came on the other day and I was surprised that it was in color. Well, if I win the contest and meet him, I'll say, "Aren't you the guy who thought War of the Worlds was in black and white?" :lol:
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:42 pm

^ :lol:
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby emma glitch » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:06 am

Good luck
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:06 am

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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby jgc » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:42 pm

Trying to watch some DVDs. My DVD player is on working well at all. Just had to order a new one. Crap.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Gary » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:31 pm

Last night, I watched Finding Dory. Ed O'Neill as Hank, the octopus, was killing me. Great movie. I then started watching The West Wing, from the first episode (having never watched the series). So far, I really like it.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:35 pm

I'm still working my way through my Lovecraft short film collection. It's a mixed bag, as expected, but it's amazing what independent filmmakers can do.

jgc wrote:Trying to watch some DVDs. My DVD player is on working well at all. Just had to order a new one. Crap.

Oh, no. :( Did you already order it? It might be better to get a Blu Ray player at this point. They're backward compatible and they can also stream YouTube and other services via Wi Fi.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:33 pm

Speaking of film, Robert Osborne has passed. :bye:
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:08 pm

That was in my email after work today. :( I had just been thinking that I hadn't seen him in a while and I was wondering if he retired. Such a shame. He was really wonderful and was a huge part of making TCM what it is-- his personality is all over the place there. Now even if I did win that contest I won't get to meet him.

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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:55 pm

Not unexpectedly, I did not win the contest. I did get a nice personalized reply, though, and they encouraged me to enter again next year-- using the same video. I suppose that means they liked it.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:08 pm

^Pity :( , though good they recommended the same video for ext year.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:13 am

Yeah, it was interesting that they did that. They also steered me toward a fan programmer's contest that is held several times a year, which I will check out.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:31 pm

Caught an episode of National Geographic's Origins last night. This one focused on fire and how it changed humanity. No major factual boo-boos (from which a lot of documentaries suffer from these days), but the show really was light on details filling the time with the host overhyping, too many reenactments, and really low on information.
However as bad as the show was, the comments about it on Facebook will basically make you lose all hope for the future of humanity. :lol:
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Gary » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:39 pm

Lupine wrote:Caught an episode of National Geographic's Origins last night. This one focused on fire and how it changed humanity. No major factual boo-boos (from which a lot of documentaries suffer from these days), but the show really was light on details filling the time with the host overhyping, too many reenactments, and really low on information.
However as bad as the show was, the comments about it on Facebook will basically make you lose all hope for the future of humanity. :lol:


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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:26 pm

Most of the comments on the Internet make me lose hope for humanity.

Shame about the show. I saw some commercials for it and thought it looked good. Oh, well.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Gary » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:19 am

I have almost finished Season 1 of The West Wing and am thoroughly enjoying it. Love all of the actors and the respective parts each play. I can see how Aaron Sorkin went on to develop The News Room after this series.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:47 pm

I'm still working my way through the four-volume collection of Lovecraftian short films. Some are better than others, of course, but I just think it's very cool that they exist. I'm inspired to make one of my own.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Gary » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:00 pm

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Not as good as the original, but it's still a great Tom Cruise action movie with some interesting character surprises.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:02 pm

I watched the first episode of the new Samurai Jack season, and it was pretty good. Very much the familiar surrealism, but it's set fifty years further in the future and features a Jack who's a bit off his rocker. And we're heading toward a climax this time.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Gary » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:55 pm

Arrival. Serious, intelligent Science Fiction instead of *pew* *pew* *pew*.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:09 pm

That looks really good. I've got it in my Amazon Shopping Cart for my next order.
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby Lupine » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:59 pm

I've been watching Believer with Reza Aslan on CNN on Sunday nights. So far with the episode's he's done, I've been impressed with his style. He highlights the religions (like Voodoo and Scientology) without the snark you see on a lot of other shows. He simply lets the adherents talk- which in the case of the doomsday cult in the premiere doesn't totally help their case :lol: .
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Re: The Watching Thread #3

Postby RJDiogenes » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:54 pm

I don't know, I think a little more snark in religion's direction would be helpful these days. :lol:

I got my Arrival DVD and it was very good, although not what I expected. The images of the alien crafts hovering at their landing points and the interactions with the aliens were all very Clarkean (or Analogian). It was pretty much a genuine SF story, although I was surprised by the metaphysical angle-- I guess I was expecting it to be even Harder SF than it was. I'm not sure if the aliens being unprepared to communicate was a plot hole or a test, but it doesn't really ruin the movie. And I'm pretty sure that the scientist guy was Hawkeye in The Avengers.

I've also been watching the return of Samurai Jack. This short season is supposed to bring the story of Jack to a close, but so far there's nothing to indicate that we're even close to a finale.
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