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    Box office galactica--Big Hero 6 vs Interstellar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    Today I'm going to the movie theater to finally see Interstellar. We have been waiting this movie with my physics pals because it contains some depictions of black holes and wormholes that were supervised in their accuracy by a famous relativist (Kip Thorne, he also advised Carl Sagan for his novel Contact). Apparently, Thorne and the visual effects team were very precise with the details and they say that what you see in the movie is exactly the appearance of these objects as predicted by the theories, i.e., they are more like actual computer scientific simulations rather than visual effects! that's really cool.

    We all studied these solutions in our relativity courses, so we are quite excited to see the results... and to see if they actually are as accurate as Thorne says! we will have conversation topic for many weeks to come!
    So, I saw the movie. I liked it. But, above all, I enjoyed it more as an epic adventure film rather than as a "hard core sci-fi film". I say this because the film was featured as a hard core sci-fi movie (like, e.g., 2001), which is not. But when you change your optic from expecting that to the reality of an adventure film, it's pretty fun, thrilling, and will hold you in your seat. Great acting by M.McC. Some typical Hollywood overblowns here and there, but that's expected.

    In the science part, my favorite was the rendering of the wormhole as seen before they enter into it. That's pretty accurate about how a wormhole would look like. The bending of the light at the surface is also very accurate and nice.
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    Jurassic Part 3

    Load of rubbish but fun picking out the ones who are going to be eaten by the monsters!

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    Last night I saw Fury : WWII, Sherman tanks, Nazis, mucho blood and explosions and almost credible acting by Herr Bradley Pitt.

    Next up will be Interstellar on the strength of Aleazk's review above.

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    So it seems Christopher Nolan has a chance to be redeemed after the god-awful Inception and Dark Knight Rises.

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    I finished watching How The Universe Works Season 3. Excellent and so much better and more informative than Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which I really wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalkingHead View Post
    Last night I saw Fury : WWII, Sherman tanks, Nazis, mucho blood and explosions and almost credible acting by Herr Bradley Pitt.

    Next up will be Interstellar on the strength of Aleazk's review above.
    lol, well, it's an epically absurd film, 100% Hollywood. If you don't care about that, then it will be a fun experience. If you do care about that, you will hate it with authentic passion.

    Some time ago, I decided that I would not care about it, and I started to enjoy more these movies. But it comes at the expense of shutting up the little voice of that 'art-film appreciator' you have inside. This annoying voice speaks with the arrogance of truth, and says things like "oh, please, that's utter cliché", "what this character just did is absurd and, in fact, the character itself is badly developed", "deus ex machina ending/resolution", "that's utter nonsense", etc.

    But, faithful to Hollywood's style, just kill that little **** with a machine gun and just enjoy the Sherman tanks, Nazis, mucho blood and explosions. :-)

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    Jurassic Part 3

    Load of rubbish but fun picking out the ones who are going to be eaten by the monsters!
    Favourite bit: where the implausibly robust satellite phone starts ringing after the spinosaurus has excreted it.

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    Just got back from Interstellar. Long, absorbing, largely incomprehensible and improbable...what more do you want from a sci-fi epic??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figleaf View Post
    Favourite bit: where the implausibly robust satellite phone starts ringing after the spinosaurus has excreted it.
    William H Macy mangling his dino-speak..."Tricickloplots"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Just got back from Interstellar. Long, absorbing, largely incomprehensible and improbable...what more do you want from a sci-fi epic??
    Got my tickets for the 4:20 IMAX tomorrow. Hope there are no little green men!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    lol, well, it's an epically absurd film, 100% Hollywood. If you don't care about that, then it will be a fun experience. If you do care about that, you will hate it with authentic passion.

    Some time ago, I decided that I would not care about it, and I started to enjoy more these movies. But it comes at the expense of shutting up the little voice of that 'art-film appreciator' you have inside. This annoying voice speaks with the arrogance of truth, and says things like "oh, please, that's utter cliché", "what this character just did is absurd and, in fact, the character itself is badly developed", "deus ex machina ending/resolution", "that's utter nonsense", etc.

    But, faithful to Hollywood's style, just kill that little **** with a machine gun and just enjoy the Sherman tanks, Nazis, mucho blood and explosions. :-)
    Never saw, Fury, never going to, but that review of yours is fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    lol, well, it's an epically absurd film, 100% Hollywood. If you don't care about that, then it will be a fun experience. [...]
    For me, Aleazk, films have always been about "the suspension of belief". I like Hollywood (or Bollywood) films for the same reason as I like opera - totally absurd, but totally enthralling. Film is today's "total art work" experience, no?

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    Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch. One of Johnny Depp's major roles, though this film is more of an art film. Weird combo of being an art film and being set in the american west, and weird combination of humor and grimness. I enjoyed it a lot! Hard not to love Nobody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalkingHead View Post
    For me, Aleazk, films have always been about "the suspension of belief". I like Hollywood (or Bollywood) films for the same reason as I like opera - totally absurd, but totally enthralling. Film is today's "total art work" experience, no?
    Problem is, there are millions of doofuses around the world that use movies like this one ( and that Private Ryan crap) as their only source of historical information. And even worse, their opinion of the world and of certain cultures and nations is formed on the basis of these movies alone. Whereas those who go to the opera are usually more educated, and surely nobody gets their knowledge of the world and history from opera (except Wagner's opera maybe).
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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