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imbenurnot

Member Since 24 Jul 2003
Offline Last Active Aug 15 2017 04:21 PM

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In Topic: Planet Earth II

05 April 2017 - 05:56 PM

I've bought it, but I've only had time to watch the first three episodes. The rain forest one is incredible. The jaguar footage has been a clear highlight so far. Perfectly lovely.


In Topic: What Was The Last Movie You Saw?

19 March 2017 - 03:14 PM

I watched Kong: Skull Island yesterday. It was good, not great. The humans were better than those in 2014 Godzilla, but not by some extraordinary margin. The monster design was a little bit weaker, though. At first I liked the Skullcrawlers, but by the end of movie I wanted to see something a little more interesting. Plus, Kong is always better when he fights dinosaurs, as is any movie ever. Can you imagine Rocky if at the end he had to face off with a velociraptor? Yeah, I just ruined your life because it doesn't have that in it. I liked Peter Jackson's King Kong better, despite the great editor shortage of 2005 which clearly existed. Kong the character was simply more captivating, and its heightened 1930's setting had a bit more magic in it. Not that the Vietnam-era setting used here wasn't creative or well served. The temporal setting was one of the highlights of Skull Island. Now I really want to watch the original King Kong again. I think I was just out of high school when I watched it before, and I would love to revisit it.

Later that night, I think I watched what could truly be described as the opposite: "Lagaan: Once a Time in India". It's a Bollywood movie from 2001 telling a completely fictional story of how an Indian village in 1890ish first learned of cricket, and used it to win a game against the oppressively-assholeish Brittish governor, and win a bet freeing them from 3 years worth of tax. It was very good, and quite refreshing to see a movie completely removed from the Hollywood system which clearly operates with its own cinematic language and expectations. And yeah, Bollywood songs are freaking ear-wormy. Throw in my friend's homemade chicken curry, and it was a damn good night.


In Topic: RIP Chuck Berry

19 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

...I'm okay with it. I tend not to be overly upset when 90 year-olds die of natural causes, obviously unless its somebody I have personal attachment to. (Oh god, don't take Attenborough because I said that!)

Plus, from I understand, he did not age into a particularly admirable person. His music was, of course, amazing and criminally overlooked.


In Topic: Planet Earth II

28 February 2017 - 11:58 AM

You should really read his autobiography, Kat! The man has some amazing stories to tell.

I think one of my favorite things I've seen him do was a documentary in the 1970's, where he and his expedition make first contact with a tribe in New Guinea.


In Topic: Planet Earth II

27 February 2017 - 01:29 AM

Oh man, I may have to expand my documentary shelf soon. Since I don't normally get a chance to do this, I'm going to take a minute to brag about all of the BBC Earth documentaries I have:

 

Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Nature's Most Amazing Events, Life, Frozen Planet, David Attenborough's Wildlife Specials, Life of Mammals, Life in Cold Blood, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, David Attenborough's Life Stories, the Great Rift, Africa, Galapagos, Yellowstone, Wild Pacific, Madagascar, Wild China, and the Hunt.

It doesn't count, but I should really mention Attenborough's autobiography Life on Air. It's one of my favorite reads.