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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue, notorious hater of movie theaters, surprised my last night by spontaneously announcing we needed to go see The Artist, the first Hollywood silent movie since, well, Silent Movie. It might seem like a lot of work for a modern audience to take in a silent flick, but the storytelling was effortless, and the movie was pretty magical. Oddly, over the past six years, I have seen exactly one best picture nominee before the Oscars every other year. Sadly, this isn't a predictor, as the ones I've seen are 50/50 at winning (Avatar lost and No Country for Old Men won).

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17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2012, 18:15 PHJF
 
It was fine, but the cheap CGI really irked me at times. Suffice it to say the first scene involving CG involves a baseball, and it looked really, REALLY bad.  
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2012, 16:13 Mr. Tact
 
And what did you think of Chronicle?  
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15. Re: the technology tree is now complete Feb 19, 2012, 13:28 PHJF
 
I saw Chronicle yesterday and there was a trailer for... The Three Stooges. I wanted to burn down the theater with everyone still in it.  
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14. Re: the technology tree is now complete Feb 19, 2012, 10:02 Mr. Tact
 
space captain wrote on Feb 19, 2012, 00:00:
you've discovered subjectivity! amazing!
Sorry, sometimes (like now) I'm just in the mood for posting. You'd be surprised at percentage this forum accounts for my total amount of human interaction -- especially since I quit WoW. =p
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2012, 07:09 Golwar
 
Sweet that you liked "The Artist" Blue, good taste (especially of Mrs. Blue).

But please don't claim that is an Hollywood movie, because it is everything but that.
 
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12. Re Daughter of 'Star Wars' creator, fighting for MMA title. Feb 19, 2012, 06:44 Kosumo
 
Sweet, filmed her first fight in New Zealand back then  
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11. the technology tree is now complete Feb 19, 2012, 00:00 space captain
 
you've discovered subjectivity!

amazing!
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 22:26 Mr. Tact
 
Meh, if you enjoy it I'm happy for you. It certainly is a matter of taste. I've seen some Chaplin stuff was neither especially impressed nor did it create any desire to see it again or anything like it.

Reminds me of The Three Stooges. Some people laugh their asses off watching that stuff. Me? I just shake my head and shrug.

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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 22:20 Cutter
 
Max-Ray wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 22:03:
I think "The Artist" is a beautiful movie. If per chance you'd want to delve into other traditional silents, I'd recommend "The Black Pirate" because it is THE quintessential pirate move and "Wings" as its the first Best Picture Oscar winner - and the flying sequences are pretty spectacular. Anything from Chaplin is exceptional. For flat out comedy, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd can't be beat.

Agreed. I watch a ton of TCM and some of those old silents are just brilliant.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 22:03 Max-Ray
 
I think "The Artist" is a beautiful movie. If per chance you'd want to delve into other traditional silents, I'd recommend "The Black Pirate" because it is THE quintessential pirate move and "Wings" as its the first Best Picture Oscar winner - and the flying sequences are pretty spectacular. Anything from Chaplin is exceptional. For flat out comedy, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd can't be beat.  
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7. Re: Linsanity helps end Knicks blackout on N.Y. cable Feb 18, 2012, 18:22 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, now that is damn funny.  
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 17:40 The Half Elf
 
I think you'd be surprised Cutter, if I remember correctly, Lego can be re-melted back down to make more of them fairly easily and without much or any leftover waste. The glue that we used to make the larger sets, is a (for lack of better phrasing) type of liquid plastic that is the same used for the bricks. So when we were done with a set piece it would be shipped back and re-melted down and made into more Lego.  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 16:40 Cutter
 
Interesting documentary on LEGO. It got me to wondering about LEGO and the environment though. Surely it can't be good.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 15:39 eRe4s3r
 
And 20m of ads... on volume level 11  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 15:14 DangerDog
 
Did they play the extra loud THX intro before the movie started?

 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 15:10 Hoop
 
" ..... , ."  
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Um .. Behind you...
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 14:47 Enahs
 
Silent Movie in a movie theater? I dunno. I know they are not actually silent, there is musical scores and ambiance. But a cell phone ringing during a "silent movie" would piss me off 1000 times more then in a normal movie. It would also probably ruin it more from me as well.
 
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