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Or somebody that did a quick conversion because I couldn't get x264 DTS to stream through my bluray player and I really wanted to watch the movie

Watched Tron:Legacy last night. I've always loved that movie, and I saw it in a new light last night. Even with my budget build theatre it was stunning. I may watch it again tonight.
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Or somebody that did a quick conversion because I couldn't get x264 DTS to stream through my bluray player and I really wanted to watch the movie

Watched Tron:Legacy last night. I've always loved that movie, and I saw it in a new light last night. Even with my budget build theatre it was stunning. I may watch it again tonight.
Why not just watch the bluray with your bluray player then?

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I watched 'Get On Up' on Blu-ray last night. ...I enjoyed it.

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Watched Lucy
3.7/5 (amazon 3.3/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 47%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and scenes with Scarlett Johansson walking and breathing (aka scenes of sexuality).
Directed by Luc Besson (Leon the Professional, The Fifth Element, Taken, Transporter, Taxi, No Limit, District 13, etc)
Exactly what I had expected from the television previews, and the various comments (like below). Girl develops supernatural powers and wanders around using them.
The National Geographic 'flashback' scenes through time and space rather took me out of the plot, and the 'science' of 10% of the brain and up is both debunked and fiction so it was difficult to listen to Morgan Freeman utter those words. Actually I don't think I liked any scene Morgan Freeman was in in this, although he did it well.
Scarlett Johansson's acting was a bit weak in my opinion, but easily watchable. Supposedly she had a chart of 'senses/emotions at each brain power percentage' and tried to act relative to that, but if she did I didn't notice it. Makes me a bit worried about if she'll carry the upcoming Black Widow movie.
Min-sik Choi was perfect as the bad guy. No complaints possible about his performance.
Amr Waked, as the policeman, was also excellent.
Her abilities and transformation are all entertaining. The triple plot (drug trafficker revenge, evolution retaining knowledge, history of life) never fell apart in any too bad ways.
The action sequences are all well done. It was shot on location in Taiwan, France, with a little bit in Germany.
Overall a pleasant popcorn flick.

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Yeah, I knew that the film had a stupid premise (at this point, every school kid knows that humans use their entire brain unless the brain is damaged), but I was willing to suspend disbelief (and disregard all of the online reviews which said how awful this film was) in order to watch what I thought would be "Limitless" with a beautiful female lead. What a mistake! If you loved "Limitless" (as I did) and expect anything remotely as clever, witty, and believable will play out here, you will be immensely disappointed. First, the dialogue is almost non-existent (save for Morgan Freeman's dire predictions about what a fully realised human mind can do). Seriously, almost no one else speaks. Second, in terms of the effects of the drug, it's more "Inception" than "Limitless." Freeman's character never explains why humans would become gods by fully accessing their brains (or why, as he proposes, if dolphins can access 20% of their brains, their cannot control the minds of other marine life as Lucy does with other humans when she reaches 20%. Clearly, no dolphin would ever be eaten by a shark if they could practice mind control). Nothing in this film makes even movie-sense. Third, I know this is a stupid point and a matter of taste, but Scarlett isn't looking so hot these days. If I'm going to be sold a movie based primarily on the lead's good looks, she needs to look better than my Chilis waitress. Lastly, the ending left me cold. It was so unsatisfying on so many levels. Spoiler: after acquiring all of the knowledge in the universe and witnessing the Big Bang, she transforms into black goo before ultimately disappearing into "everywhere." Freeman then states that she has discovered the true meaning of life. Huh? Did I miss that part? She had pronounced some mumbo-jumbo about how time, not mathematics or science, defines the universe, but how in the world is that the meaning of life? God? Gods? Afterlife? Reason for existence? Nope, just time. God, this was stupid. And never mind the fact that half of Paris is destroyed because the one person Lucy couldn't kill in cold blood is the drug lord who inserted the package within her when she had the chance back in Asia. We're supposed to cheer for this character who has no real purpose, no real personality, and who ultimately changes nothing. The world before Lucy's transformation is exactly the same as the world after her metamorphosis, with the exception of the many dead French cafe patrons, police, and the destruction of beautiful French buildings. I actually wanted the Chinese mobster to win in the end because she had caused so much pain and suffering for nothing. This is one of the worst nonAdam Sandler I have seen. Watch only if you wish to appreciate "Limitless" more.

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Me too, I watched 'Lucy'



Really enjoyed it overall.
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Played The Fog (1980)
3/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 6.8/10, rotten tomatoes 64%)
A while back I was looking at a list of John Carpenter movies, and it occurred to me that I hadn't seen 'The Fog' and 'In The Mouth Of Madness', or if I had I couldn't remember them.
Neither did too well at the box office, but both seem to show up on various top 100 lists.
The video of the BluRay was fine.
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook
An ok little film. Wasn't expecting much, and got a B movie.
Carpenter finished principle photography, edited and watched it, and went back and reshot 1/3 of the movie to make it better, then released it for the frist time.
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As the coastal town of Antonio Bay is about to celebrate its centennial, strange phenomena occur. Objects move by themselves, machines turn themselves on, and all the public payphones ring simultaneously. Priest Father Malone is in his church when a piece of stone falls from the wall revealing a cavity. Inside is an old journal, his grandfather's diary from a century ago. Malone removes the journal which reveals that, in 1880, six of the founders of Antonio Bay (including Malone's grandfather) deliberately sank and plundered a clipper ship named the Elizabeth Dane. The ship was owned by Blake, a wealthy man with leprosy who wanted to establish a colony near Antonio Bay. One foggy night, the six conspirators lit a fire on the beach near treacherous rocks. The ship's crew, deceived by the false beacon, crashed into the rocks and perished. The conspirators were motivated by both greed and disgust at the notion of having a leper colony nearby. Antonio Bay and its church were then founded with the gold plundered from the ship.
A supernaturally glowing fog appears over the sea, moving against the wind. An old clipper ship appears in the unnatural fog. It is the Elizabeth Dane carrying the vengeful ghosts of Blake and his crew, who have come back on the hundredth anniversary of the shipwreck.

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Played In the Mouth Of Madness (1994)
1.8/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 7.4/10, rotten tomatoes 47%/73%)
I think I may have seen this before. A few attempts to be creepy, but it was easy to ignore while I went and did other things.

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There are two "The Fog" movies (the 1980 original, and the 2005 remake). I preferred the 1980 one.

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Always wanted to jump into this game, although I am horrible at "in depth" type reviews.

Finally got around to buying "remastered" blu-ray versions of Gladiator (Ridley Scott) and 5th Element (Luc Besson). Previously had both on DVD, but wanted to go blu-ray for my newly installed projection system. Also grabbed "Inception" (Christoper Nolan) at the same time.

Gladiator and Inception arrived together. I wanted to make sure I received the "good" version (there is an earlier blu-ray that is a bad transfer) so I popped it in to my den TV. Gladiator is one of those movies that I can't stop watching. Instead of the big screen, I ended up watching the entire movie on the TV. As always, it was great. The blu-ray version is really nice.



Two nights later I was able to sit down in the projection screen room. Popped in "Inception." I haven't seen this one in a while. Blu-ray transfer is top notch and it looks great on a big screen.

The first time I saw Inception, the twists and turns were a little hard to follow. When they go multiple levels deep, it can be difficult to keep track.

Inception is a good movie that tries something different than the standard Hollywood formula. Some good performances and an interesting story.

This time around it seemed easier to understand. I guess it is the kind of movie you need to see more than once. The ending is still a bit of a puzzle, but it is supposed to be. I still feel more confident in guessing what it means than the first time around.

Funny, but first time around I didn't realize Christopher Nolan was the director. When Michael Caine shows up, I started thinking "Alfred" from the Batman movies... then I made the mental leap to Nolan and realized that the movies didn't just share a few actors, they also (on some level) had a bit of a similar feel.


This weekend, the blu-ray version of Fifth Element is in the plan. That's a fun movie - can't wait to see it on the big screen.
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Yeah, I didn't really understand Inception until the second time through either.

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One can warm up for Inception (2010) by watching The Thirteenth Floor (1999).
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Watched Fury (2014)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 7.8/10, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5, rotten tomatoes 78%/87%)
It was exactly as advertised, although a bit weaker acted/story than I was expecting. I was expecting the unusually bright tracers. Good for having all the WWII correct equipment and tanks.
Brad Pitt and Michael Peña I thought did well. Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman not so much.
There was a bizare 3 second pause near the beginning.
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This movie is entertaining, but suffers from some serious flaws.

First the good news:
1. Realistic "look" -some parts look like WW2 photographs come alive before your eyes. Well done.
2. War movie set in 1945 Germany. There are very few movies that display this time, probably because it was so depressing. Child soldiers, executions of civilians, lots of fighting while the war was obviously lost for the Germans.
3. For the first time, a real Tiger I tank in action. Absolutely fabulous.

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1. The main problem is an absolute disregard for anything resembling realistic tactics: US troops would not have frontally assaulted a German unit, taking massive casualties. What was that Tiger I doing there all alone? Since when do we have 5 tanks going off on some kind of safari trip without infantry support?
The worst is the last scene. The Germans could have easily walked around a disabled tank. Or better, walk around it and take it out with a panzerfaust or a hollow charge. End of tank-story. No, in this movie, we have elite Waffen-SS infantry frontally storming into a machine gun....

2. Related to the above: despite the gory "realism" it is still trying to make a kind of John Wayne movie. This is the problem with many war movies: they want to portray something heroic, heroes fighting against overwhelming odds. In reality, it is about putting your enemy in a position where you can safely massacre them. It doesn't make for nice movies.
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I had great hopes for this film. I knew in advance how picky the film makers were being with the vehicles. My high expectations quickly turned to disappointment . The film almost immediately implied that the Americans were on their last legs struggling for men and equipment while the Germans fiercely contested every square inch of ground. First like alot of American films they can't help but work in the cheese which immeadiately undermines the film. Hilariously they made out in the beggining that the Allies were at some kind of military disadvantage. The truth is that by this stage of the war the Americans had an overwhelming number of men , weapons , aircraft ,tanks and supplies. Most German towns they entered had white sheets hanging out of the windows and the Germans were keen to surrender into the British and Americans so that they wouldn't fall into the hands of the Russians. Taking tanks into towns without infantry well in front would be akin to suicide; in reality Allied crews would send in recce troops and the Allies would often simply ring up the mayor of the next town and tell him that unless all civilians and soldiers surrenderd the town would be levelled at the slightest sign of resistance. If anti-tank guns were suspected the Allies would use their plentiful artillery and air support to plaster the area first and would then gingerly advance, rather than go charging in, as in the film. At the ranges depicted, the German anti-tank guns would not have missed, even with their first shots, and Allied tank crews would not have bunched as closely as in the film - this merely gave the enemy easy targets without the need to traverse very far. The 76mm gun on Brad's tank would easily penetrate the 102mm frontal hull armour out to about 1,000 yards using conventional APC rounds, let alone the more effective but rarer APCR, whereas Brad's projectiles are bouncing off at 500! Similarly, it would not have been necessary to hit the Tiger only in the rear, as the hull sides and rear were all 80mm thick, and to engage a Tiger Allied crews would come at it from different directions rather than bunch close together, thereby giving the Tiger crew problems from the fact that the turret took 60 seconds to traverse 360 degrees. All this of course makes for a less exciting film though...
The charecters were so clich'ed it seemed as if you had seen them before. I started to lose heart when Brad Pitt forces a new crew member to shoot a prisoner to toughen him up. We then descend into an encounter between four Shermans and a Tiger 1 - vehicles 10 out of 10 , realism and tactics 3 out of 10. The final scene was crazy. We see what looks like a fresh fully equipped SS battalion on the march ( a very rare sight in May 1945 ! ) who sacrifice themselves by continually throwing themselves in front of a static Sherman tanks machine guns, running from left to right again and again over an open field, frontally assaulting a tank with blazing rifle fire (!). All the panzerfaust ant-tank weapons we see them carrying at the start when they march singing (lol) to battle suddenly vaporise when confronted by the knocked out Sherman. Absolutely ridiculous. Such a shame , all that trouble to get real vehicles and accurate uniforms, all that potential wasted on unconvincing scenarios. Entertaining enough to watch if accuracy is not your thing .

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Watched Greatest Show On Earth (1952)
2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 6.7/10)
I remember this film fondly from decades ago, but the first half was fairly dull this time.
The elephant act under the big top, and the train wreck were both quite exciting though. He wrecks two trains with circus animals, lions and tigers, pouring out of busted cages
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
Charlton Heston's first big break as a star. Heston was fourth billed behind Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, and Gloria Grahame, all better known than him at the time.
The film is in the top 100 Highest Grossing Films

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground. Subplots involve the secret past of Buttons the Clown and the efforts of racketeers to move in on the game concessions. Let the show begin!

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Watched Zero Hour! (1957)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 6.6/10)

Written by Arthur Hailey and others, who had served as an RAF pilot in WWII, this production first saw the light of day on April 3, 1956 on the CBC (Canadian) television network entitled 'Flight Into Danger', starring James Doohan (Scottie of 'Star Trek' fame) as George Spence, the former RAF pilot forced to land a troubled airliner. It was re-staged under the same title on September 16, 1956 on The Alcoa Hour, this time with Macdonald Carey in the George Spence role. In 1957, Hollywood remade 'Flight Into Danger' as a theatrical film, expanding the from 60 to 81 minutes, after undergoing a title change to Zero Hour!, and changing George Spence to Ted Striker. Arthur Hailey later went on to write Airport (1970).

Although it was a frightening film to watch anywhere from 1957 to 1979, today it's hilarious and nostalgic.

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Ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker became traumatized during an unnamed war, leading to a pathological fear of flying. As a result, he is unable to hold a responsible job. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine/Ellen, leaves him. Striker nervously boards a large passenger aircraft on which she is flying, hoping to win her back, but she rebuffs him.

The boy Joey visits the cockpit and talks with both pilots and receives a model airplane, which later breaks.

After dinner is served, many of the passengers fall ill, and fellow passenger Dr. deduces that the passengers have contracted food poisoning from the fish. The cockpit crew, including pilot and co-pilot (football star) , have also been affected, leaving no one to fly the plane. With the plane on autopilot, they contact the control tower for help, and are instructed by tower supervisor, how to get to the airport, but will not be able to land the plane. The doctor convinces Ted to fly the plane, though Ted feels unable to handle the pressure and the unfamiliar aircraft.

The tower supervisor knows that he must get someone else to help take the plane down and calls Ted's commanding officer in the war, and despite their hostile relationship he remains the best choice to instruct Striker. As the plane nears the airport, Ted is overcome by stress and can land the plane only after a pep talk. With the commanding officer's advice, Ted is able to land the plane safely with only major structural damage to some parts of the aircraft. Ted's courage rekindles Elaine's love for him, and the two share a kiss.


Played Airplane! (1980)
4/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 7.8/10)

Written by Arthur Hailey and others. Arthur Hailey earlier wrote Airport (1970).

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Ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker became traumatized during an unnamed war, leading to a pathological fear of flying. As a result, he is unable to hold a responsible job. His wartime girlfriend, Elaine/Ellen, leaves him. Striker nervously boards a large passenger aircraft on which she is flying, hoping to win her back, but she rebuffs him.

The boy Joey visits the cockpit and talks with both pilots and receives a model airplane, which later breaks.

After dinner is served, many of the passengers fall ill, and fellow passenger Dr. deduces that the passengers have contracted food poisoning from the fish. The cockpit crew, , including pilot and co-pilot (basketball star), have also been affected, leaving no one to fly the plane. With the plane on autopilot, they contact the control tower for help, and are instructed by tower supervisor, how to get to the airport, but will not be able to land the plane. The doctor convinces Ted to fly the plane, though Ted feels unable to handle the pressure and the unfamiliar aircraft.

The tower supervisor knows that he must get someone else to help take the plane down and calls Ted's commanding officer in the war, and despite their hostile relationship he remains the best choice to instruct Striker. As the plane nears the airport, Ted is overcome by stress and can land the plane only after a pep talk. With the commanding officer's advice, Ted is able to land the plane safely with only major structural damage to some parts of the aircraft. Ted's courage rekindles Elaine's love for him, and the two share a kiss.

The sound effects, including the propeller driven aircraft while we watch a jet, are retained from the 1957. The scene staging is recreated, and most of the dialog is retained.


Airplane vs. Zero Hour
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Thanks for that. I had no idea "Airplane" was such a direct spoof of Zero Hour. I will have to check that out.
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I will have to check that out.
This is where I actually got it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OHZJHI



James Doohan, in Flight Into Danger, April 3 1956

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Watched Destination Moon (1950)
2.3/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 6.4/10)
One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the moon.

After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. this time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation construction firms to help build a rocket that will take them to the moon. Together they gather the captains of industry and all pledge to support the goals of having the united States be the first to put a man on the moon. They build their rocket and successfully leave the Earth's gravitational pull and make the landing as scheduled. Barnes has miscalculated their fuel consumption however and after stripping the ship bare, they are still 100 lbs too heavy meaning that one of them may have to stay behind.

A lot of films done two decades before something happens, get everything wrong. I've seen my fair share of sci fiction rocketship films from the 1930s to 1950s, even the 2010s, and a bunch of them just botch the physics left right and centre. This one, the physics we take for granted these days, is explained not too badly. The atomic engines, and the rope, and a few other things weren't done quite right, but quite forgivable nonetheless. The weightlessness in space, the 1/6 gravity of the moon, the sinking into couches during acceleration, the all important fuel/weight limits, are all done unexpectedly well, even if nauseously explained.

Video quality is a little splotchy in places, but still quite watchable.
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Destination Moon was the first major technicolor motion picture produced in the United States dealing with a trip to the moon, and the first serious, big budget science fiction film. Robert A. Heinlein (author of Starship Troopers, The Puppet Masters, Stranger in A Strange Land, and Space Cadet) co-wrote the screenplay very loosely from his 1947 novel Rocketship Galileo, although about all that remains unchanged in the film is the name Dr. Cargraves. In the book there is a veiled threat from unknown enemies that turn out to be Nazis (this was the first thing Heinlein wrote after the war) - in the film there's just a veiled reference to a communist threat. I suspect the film also draws from Heinlein's more sophisticated treatment from the same period, The Man Who Sold The Moon. The film's suspenseful and scientifically accurate plot depicts man's first voyage to and landing on the Moon, and the dangers of outer space travel. A Woody Woodpecker cartoon is included to demonstrate the principles of rocketry.

George Pal's first science fiction film (earlier he had done Puppetoons and The Great Rupert), Destination Moon earned an Academy Award for Special Effects. Later Mr. Pal would produce more science fiction classics including When World's Collide, War Of The Worlds, and The Time Machine. Photographed in Technicolor with an original musical score by Leith Stevens and stunning artwork by Chesley Bonestell, Destination Moon is a milestone in special effects and a classic in the science fiction genre.

It is said that this film was shown to President Eisenhower to persuade him to support the pre-NASA space programs. On 6 October 1988, after the Robert Heinlein's death, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded him the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal:

"In recognition of his meritorious service to the Nation and mankind in advocating and promoting the exploration of space. Through dozens of superbly written novels and essays and his epoch-making movie Destination Moon, he helped inspire the Nation to take its first step into space and onto the Moon. Even after his death, his books live on as testimony to a man of purpose and vision, a man dedicated to encouraging others to dream, explore and achieve." -- James C. Fletcher, Administrator, NASA

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Watched El Cid (1961)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 7.3/10)
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Sophia Loren has never looked better
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The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors around 1072ad.
The movie opens with El Cid, having captured a couple of Moor Kings, offers them their freedom for their oath never to attack a Christian or move against Spain again. They all give the oath. One means it, and his forces come to the aid of El Cid's army. One doesn't mean it, and holds a city for Spain's enemies.
By offering the kings freedom, he's deemed a traitor to his Spanish king. Trial by combat proves his innocent for a while, until the kingdom is divided between two princes who try to kill each other to be king of Spain. The surviving prince banishes El Cid, and unexpectedly a good chunk of the Spanish army goes with him. They return when their king needs them, but ... that would be telling.
The movie spans two DVDs
The movie doesn't seem to correspond 1-to-1 to the events in the wiki page

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