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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 31 July, 2021, 11:36:13 AM »
The Killing Fields

Sometimes I would stumble across a movie that I feel bad about it. Bad because they were so good I haven't caught them in my much younger years. This is one of it. Bruce Robinson-penned, although narratively it occasionally dips down, this is one of the finest biographical war dramas I ever heard. Nor I did know much about the subject matter. I knew that Paul Pot regime was bad, but not this bad. Also, I like that the movie doesn't try to justify US intervention in Cambodia; in fact, it implies its responsibility for Khmer Rouge movement. The shinest part of the film are not the American journalist trying to cope with the vanishing of his Cambodian translator. For me, it was the translator's struggle to escape the captivity from a Khmer Rouge concentration camp. The moment where he stumbles across a sea of  decomposed corpses nearly brought tears to my eyes. Very harrowing, very startling.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 July, 2021, 08:17:02 PM »
"Hm... Air Force One came one year afterwards."

I did say DECENT movie.

The coolest action film with US president in the main role.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 July, 2021, 11:33:38 PM »
Odd COINCIDENCE  we watched CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER last week and it got a good thumbs up.

Possibly the best Jack Ryan film (I think I rate it above Red October but not seen that recently;  certainly no other films come close) if not that accurate adaption but a lot of Clancy reads like extracts from a Weapons catalogue so that isn't a bad thing.

The action is great (the ambush rightly celebrated), the plot scarily believable (except where Ryan steps in at the end) though Ryan's deal with the devil at the end is conveniently absolved. Problems? Yeah. I'm pretty sure that a film about the drug war should focus a lot more on how the cartels impact the locals rather than just middle aged white politicians in another country.

Is it the last decent movie headlined by Harrison Ford?

Hm... Air Force One came one year afterwards.

Now that you mentioned it, I may need to revisit Patriot Games (never read the novel though).

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Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 29 July, 2021, 03:59:26 PM »
Blimey, ten years since DREDD last graced the Movie screen. So much has changed, yet the world has become more like Mega-City One in that time, proof to me that DREDD was ahead of its time. It seems a Neo-Medievalist style future may be on the cards, with Nation-states retreating or breaking up into smaller regions with plenty of scope for Authoritarians to get their wicked way. Let's hope Judge Dredd is just fiction, a horrifying warning of what may be rather than an accurate vision of a bleak future.

Dredd comics often have a foreshadowing take on the future. But it's maybe for the better. The whole world seems on going on what HG Wells proposed and that is one world government. And when i see what's going on in some areas in the globe, I am happy where I live in.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 29 July, 2021, 12:18:16 PM »
Well, haven't really read as I just got it brand new - One-Eyed Jack and Invasion 1984! so I am gonna see it thru the next few days. For some reason, the quality of the print of One-Eyed Jack is superior over Invasion, the latter using the same paper used for Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog etc collected gns.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 July, 2021, 12:11:19 PM »
The Gauntlet

Clint Eastwood in his Dirty Harry persona, but imagine Dirty Harry soaked in booze, who gets an assignment to bring a female witness to a testimony trails. The two spend time constantly bickering, much like in buddy cop movies (he's a cop, she's a hooker) and along the way obviously they had to battle mob members, bikers and Eastwood's own crooked colleagues. Not remarkable picture as Dirty Harry, but it does the job. Cheesy, trashy 1970s fun. Curiously, this film is remade in the 2000s as 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis.

The Rookie

Clint Eastwood in his... Well, every cop he played after Dirty Harry is the amalgamation of his iconic character. Here he mentors the young Charlie Sheen (the rookie) as the duo is onto car theft ring, led by a German, for some infamous reason played by Raul Julia. Aside that, Eastwood direction is rather toneless and drab. But, for some reason, I loved this film in my much younger years. I guess it had to do with the Eastwood-Sheen characters they're playing. But like The Gauntlet, the film is cheese, trashy fun. And Eastwood gets raped, which is done in a rather awkward, weird manner. Considering how went female to male rapes in the 1990s (the other one was Ricochet), it's no surprise we haven't had more of these

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 28 July, 2021, 11:16:15 AM »
Ah... Two Rebellion games were on my menu in the last few days. One was so-so, the other...

Sniper Elite III

After SE v2 and Zombie Army Trilogy, I said it was time to visit Africa. Overall, this was slightly engaging. The gameplay largely remained unchanged, but now instead of war torn Germany, you are amid the desert. And have to admit, I prefer the war ravaged cities in Germany than drab, uninspired look of our southern neighbor. On a brighter side, at least graphics are worthwhile. Shading and sun effect effects never looked so gorgeous. Unfortunately, facial characteristics look rather dowdy and crude. But X-Ray shots are always fun to watch, which I must say are the primary reason I play Sniper Elite. I also did the four DLC missions, the first one was perhaps the most interesting where you get to assassinate the Hitler (or choose not to) in a myriad of ways. But damn, I only once pulled one-nut shot! (I like how the devs paid attention to such a small detail). I only lost my nerves in the last DLC which as I write this, never managed to finish it, not even after two hours of working it out. Enemies popping out of anywhere, some equipped with bazooka, and a tank.

Rogue Warrior

This I only tried to. I already heard nothing positive about this game, but nevertheless, I masochistically went into it. Although if I knew that the game would largely feel like Shellshock 2 (which was at the Rebellion development around the same time), I'd probably avoid it. Unfortunately, everything in Rogue Warrior felt painfully similar to Shellshock 2. Lackluster graphics, clanky, awkward control system, weapon accuracy, ridiculously stupid enemy AI, but whose shots really hurt, the length... Well, I haven't got the time to test the length. I perhaps could sway aside all shortcomings in the game, if I didn't have a constant exiting to desktop for a very brief, but annoying period of time, and after several times of such, I got the error runtime... application terminated, blah blah... In this cases, add/remove programs is the only option to do.
Not even Mickey Rourke in his badass, extremely profane tirades could save this. For what it's worth, Duke Nukem Forever is a much better choice.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 July, 2021, 10:40:45 AM »
Guilty pleasure?  Come on ... Tommy Lee Jones ... Gary Busey in drag ...

Whatever you do though, don't try Under Siege 2 ...

That gave me nightmares in me much younger years.

Fun fact: the movie was originally supposed to be called Dreadnought, as scripted. Too bad they didn't give it a go with that. It's the coolest name ever conceived!

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Off Topic / Re: Debating online? You’d better read this.
« on: 25 July, 2021, 11:44:46 PM »
This document is quite useful as a basic introduction but is quite skewed.

On page 5 it states: "Misinformation damages society in a number of ways. If parents withhold vaccinations from their children based on mistaken beliefs, public health suffers. If people fall for conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19, they are less likely to comply with government guidelines to manage the pandemic, thereby imperiling all of us." (My emphasis.)

This presumes that governments neither misinform nor disinform and that their guidelines are the best possible strategies (appeal to authority). It also presupposes that all counter-arguments to official arguments are, necessarily, conspiracy theories (a hasty generalisation).

Also page 5: "Misinformation is also often steeped in emotional language and designed to be attention-grabbing and have persuasive appeal. This facilitates its spread and can boost its impact, especially in the current online economy in which user attention has become a commodity."

This is a very important point and must be kept in mind when accessing any source from the MSM to the independent media. I don't watch much BBC, as just one example amongst many mainstream sources, for this very reason.

In short, there are some excellent tools in this little kit - tools which must be used across the board to assess all sides of any issue and not, as the very title suggests, to debunk arguments without first exploring them. Of course, censorship currently hobbles this process very effectively.

I remember in the earliest days of lockdown, I've broken the rule once and me and me mates were outside, enjoying our ale. Two coppers came and demanded we go to our homes. One of the pals started arguing against lockdown restrictions and one of the coppers responded with "I don't trust these government measures like you, but I trust our doctors". And he was right obviously. In the government are all bunch of fuck-ups, twits and twats, but whom else to turn to other than medicine men (and women)? Better listening to them even if they disagree among themselves than big man Boris.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 July, 2021, 02:31:10 PM »
She's the Man

I don't know what devil made me sit in front of the telly to watch this. They made absolutely bollocks of the Shakespeare work, which I cannot even believe they stated that during the opening credits. Annoying gender politics, annoying Amanda Bynes, absolutely predictable and Channing Tatum totally miscast as a teenage kid. Come to think on it, I better re-watch the Gregory's Girl. That is the real movie.

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Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 25 July, 2021, 02:25:28 PM »
so far only i've heard on the woke is the phrase "get woke, go broke" or it is "go woke, get broke", I forgot how exactly it goes.
life in contemporary times demands discussion on the various tacky issues involved. I say, if you want to discuss, then there shouldn't be taboo words and taboo topics. Hence why the notion of thought police scares me. At least let the people be arseholes if they want to. Like Sharky said, live your own life, doesn't matter if you get on the wrong foot with your family members, friends, least random strangers on the street.

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Uh... I am aware of and writing in this thread for days, only to forget about it in the meantime; now, I took the courage to write my thoughts on the matter with enough will and time because this is going to be a lengthy one.
First, I'll express my pleasure that someone opened a thread like this (so kudos to Funt) as we live in hot times where matters like this are not bedroom stories. Also, I'd like to suggest a minor modification to the thread, but I'll get there when the time is ripe. Anyway, I hope that commenting won't get out of hand as it did on conspiracy one (which is the only one that was locked during my tenure here, I think), but I must warn that this comment may not be up to someone's liking.

So...accurate representation in the media? On the point? Under-deserved, over-deserved? To me, media, at least when it comes to the telly and movies, followed closely social trends. That's why earlier films had to show black people, used (white) actors in the blackface. And this was even before when Sean Connery or Mickey Rooney played Japanese guys (I have to admit, I loved Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's), but at that point, at least when it comes to people of AfroAmerican heritage, have vastly improved. Actors got more recognition, and their stories got more coverage.
True, Hollywood has not always been on the spot when it comes to representation. From blackface, which was around 100 years ago to today, things changed, but occasional controversies remained. For example, Exodus. Hollywood has a certain standard on how they run things, and most of it revolves around bankability. So when Ridley Scott said he had to find actors with an (international) appeal to play Moses and Ramses, you better believe it. And speaking of, almost all of the Hollywood movies are done from the American point of view. History in movies often doesn't stray away from controversial material, where sometimes a fucking hair is a problem, least accurate representation and justice is done to a specific character. As I said, the reasons are few. Bankability, artistic choices, vanity of filmmakers... Sometimes the problem is the fucking hair. In not just biographical movies but historical fiction as well. But representation, if done right, is always welcome, instead of making rather political choices, and definitely some people deserve their story to be told appropriately. And it goes both ways (that is, if you want to sound like a hypocrite). A movie about Samuel Coleridge Taylor (not to be confused with the 18th century poet) is welcome but Jodie Turner-Smith as Anna Boleyn - bollocks no. Ofcourse, I always say that such issues shouldn't be taken into account; someone's ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation shouldn't be the most pertinent factor (none whatsoever), but rather if you have something under your belly to show. Show skill. It's definitely a tacky subject for sure.

Regarding black people specifically participating in ww2, I found this article:
http://lestweforget.hamptonu.edu/page.cfm?uuid=9FEC3345-FDE7-5326-01EF58424224C02E

Obviously, the situation for black people greatly improved in the 1940s, after post-slavery times, in where the most significant leap toward the rights of black people was land-owning (after abolition), and even that was for very seldom number of them and still had very little advanages to advance in life. Nor the conditions they were living were like in Song of the South. But the1940s were far from ideal. Segregation, violations of human rights, etc., affected even their plight during ww2. I'll still insist on that if you were a soldier somewhere on European soil, there was a fat chance you wouldn't stumble across a black person. Ofcourse, their contribution to defeating the German war machine, whether minor or significant, should be seen as admirable, at least. Even though I prefer they didn't take part in it, that I say for every soldier out there, but such statement belongs to an entirely different subject.

But cinematically, so far, at least I know about:
Red Tails
Miracle at St. Anna (which is historically half-accurate, and not because of the portrayal of black soldiers who participated there)
Tuskegee Airmen
Hart's War
The Affair (not much in representation matters, but more as an interracial love story.
And there is Windtalkers (glorious ww2 epic, but like most of Woo's films, weak on the characters).

Accurate representation doesn't affect just movies or Hollywood.  The following is the excerpt from the Wikipedia page on the game Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

Some publications and websites accused the developers of "whitewashing" for not portraying people of color in the game, and for the game's portrayal of Cumans and Hungarians as cruel invaders.[34] The developers responded by asserting that the game is historically accurate since people of color did not inhabit early 15th-century Bohemia in significant numbers.[35]

European media also responded to some aspects of the criticism. A commentator at the Czech newspaper Lidové noviny called the accusations "out of place" and claimed that most Europeans would respond that there were very few, if any, black people in early 15th-century central Bohemia.[36] To evaluate if non-white people lived in 15th-century Bohemia, the German magazine M! Games asked scholars at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. According to them, there were at most Turkic peoples, like Cumans (who appear in the game as enemies), but otherwise the presence of non-whites is "questionable".[37]

Some of these publications also reproached the views held by the game's director Daniel Vávra, who has been a vocal critic of what he believes is a progressive bias in video game journalism. Vávra associates his views on video game journalism with #GamerGate.[38][39] Daniel Vávra and Martin Klíma responded to the accusations in an interview, stating that Vávra might be a little "quick with words", apologizing for anyone who felt offended.[35]


I'll let people make their own conclusions on the subject.

When it comes to the modification I suggested above, I'd like to see this thread expanded to the females as well, not just ethnicity because women were here and there in particular historical events, in minor or significant numbers. I already mentioned Flora Sandes as an example. Now, if there is a movie about soldiers in the trenches, and you know it's the battle in which Ms. Sandes participated, and all soldiers are male... hardly that would be malewashing for just one character. Unless you make a movie totally based on her persona.

About soccer/football players' racial abuse, I wonder if all those people would react the same if Rashford, Saka, and Sancho scored their goals. I bet those same people would hail them as national heroes.

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Off Topic / Re: Debating online? You’d better read this.
« on: 24 July, 2021, 11:30:55 PM »
I watched a rather funny discussion between two older people (man and a woman) irl (not online) and while I thought it's nice to see older people keeping fiercely to their points and don't bleat about issues that usually got to those who pass over 60, the woman was actually awful in the debate, but she was right (the debate was about the death penalty in UK).

I like to think that in order to alleviate the awkwardness that looms in such situations, a speaker should place him/herself in the boot of the other - and vice versa. In order to double down their positions, maybe see their errors etc. Maybe remaining at the status quo, but at least both would respect each other's opinion.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 July, 2021, 12:36:30 PM »
Regarding John Woo, I took my time in front of telly to watch a movie that influence Woo's work and that is The Wild Bunch. Peckinpah's film about the last days of outlaws and gunslingers. It's not difficult where Woo took his influence. Grand, haotic, slow-mo, violent shootout which were quite fresh for when the movie is released. Unfortunately, these only occupy the beginning and the ending, and in between there's nothing worthwhile, which makes watching it for 2 and half hours a bit like chore.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 July, 2021, 08:07:22 AM »
Anybody, everybody, check out some vintage Woo, if you haven't. The Killer especially. Chow Yun-Fat is so good too.

This stuff being referenced in Dredd comics surely is a measure of cool. Remember that Johnny Woo guy?

Here's a random one, saw that great 80s B-movie Trancers again recently. So good. Jack Deth is one cool future cop.

The Killer may be the least favorite of mine; just for the unnecessarily gut-wrenching ending. Then again, I realized that the plot and characters usually suffer in Woo's movies (then again, these things should be secondary in action movies). That's why I am a huge fan of Hard Boiled. Cliched, overtroped plot, cheesy dialogues, ludicrous music, one-dimensional character that act undestructible - yet, it's the best action film I have ever seen. Take that, Die Hard!

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