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Old 01-08-2012, 08:20 PM   #2941 (permalink)
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The topic at hand in Cave of Forgotten Dreams wasn't science. It was art. Art from 30000 years ago. How was that not an essential question to ask? It gets an 11 out of 10 from me, but I saw it in 3d.

This afternoon I saw the Descendents. I liked it a lot. I'm pretty big on Hawaii, and it was a big part of the movie. Some nice Hawaiian music throughout. Pretty weepy at times. Really well written.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #2942 (permalink)
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The only other film of his I've seen is "Grizzly Man" which was really good.

The bit at the end of this movie with the albino alligators had us all laughing and saying "WTF?"

I would have greatly preferred a fact filled 1 hour PBS show on the cave paintings. I had about 10 questions at the end of this movie.

This snippet of a review from IMDB sums it up for me: "The narrative around the cave, however, ended up being an aimless collection of some facts, lots of speculation, and airy fluff about the "human spirit" that couldn't quite get to the core of what it wanted to say. You leave feeling like you've learned almost nothing about the cave or its people in the end. Twenty minutes of haunting, slow-panning shots of cave artwork would have had the exact same effect. No hyperbole intended."
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #2943 (permalink)
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'Up' is on CBC tonight. Great movie.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:31 PM   #2944 (permalink)
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:32 PM   #2945 (permalink)
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #2946 (permalink)
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The only other film of his I've seen is "Grizzly Man" which was really good.

The bit at the end of this movie with the albino alligators had us all laughing and saying "WTF?"

I would have greatly preferred a fact filled 1 hour PBS show on the cave paintings. I had about 10 questions at the end of this movie.

This snippet of a review from IMDB sums it up for me: "The narrative around the cave, however, ended up being an aimless collection of some facts, lots of speculation, and airy fluff about the "human spirit" that couldn't quite get to the core of what it wanted to say. You leave feeling like you've learned almost nothing about the cave or its people in the end. Twenty minutes of haunting, slow-panning shots of cave artwork would have had the exact same effect. No hyperbole intended."
Airy fluff about the human spirit? The film offered a look at what could have marked the first sign of the sort of consciousness that separated us from other animals. Is that speculation? Well, considering that there's not a lot from 30000 years ago to go by, I suppose it would have to be. How anyone could come away from seeing this and feel they've learned nothing about the cave is beyond me. He was able to peer into angles that the archaeologists had not. And getting a sense that people fom that long ago were complex enough to represent their world in ways that were so expressive gave me much more of an understanding of them than I would have expected.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:29 PM   #2947 (permalink)
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The film offered a look at what could have marked the first sign of the sort of consciousness that separated us from other animals.
I shouldn't post this. To each his own. I'd think that evidence of using stone tools 2.5 million years ago and fire 400,000 years ago separated humans from animals.

If the question the movie asked was: "Why did humans 35,000 years ago make art?" then the question is unanswerable. I assume it had something to do with magical thinking. If the question was: "Why do humans currently make art?" then I think it can be answered by asking living artists.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #2948 (permalink)
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I shouldn't post this. To each his own. I'd think that evidence of using stone tools 2.5 million years ago and fire 400,000 years ago separated humans from animals.

If the question the movie asked was: "Why did humans 35,000 years ago make art?" then the question is unanswerable. I assume it had something to do with magical thinking. If the question was: "Why do humans currently make art?" then I think it can be answered by asking living artists.
Are you saying no other animals use tools?

Fire was certainly something that allowed for a clear separation. The question that leads to is what came of that? How did it allow us to evolve in ways that reflected a different consciousness. Using fire offers no evidence, in and of itself, of humans seeing the world in a self-conscious manner.

The movie did not ask the question, "why did humans make art 35000 years ago". Not as I remember it. It certainly was not the central premise. It was about having the opportunity to see something that connects us to humans from so long ago, and I would say connects us on a pretty dep level. And the artifacts in question are there just as they would have been seen then, perfectly preserved. What a fantastic opportunity to go back in time.

Now I'm an art and anthropology freak, and I do think the 3d experience was a tremendous part of what the film offered. I would certainly recommend that people go into a viewing of the film in a certain frame of mind. But there is plenty to be gained from it in any case, unless you think that there is a chance to have access to such things everyday. It was very special subject matter handled very adeptly by a master willing to offer us a remarkable experience. And the fact that you have ten questions sort of speaks to that. It made my head explode with questions. Questions are wonderful (and now I seem to be morphing into Herzog myself).
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:24 PM   #2949 (permalink)
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 9/10

Excellent movie. I went in knowing NOTHING about it (no trailers seen, no books read). First time I've done that in a LONG time. I'll probably get the books now and read them before the other movies come out.
You're talking about the remake with Daniel Craig? I saw it too and I think I actually prefer it over the original. I'll have to watch the original again soon to compare properly since it's been a while.

I heard the remake was able to fit in more content so I'm interested in picking up the book as well to see how true to the book it was. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig did an amazing job in that film though.
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Saw the Tree of Life after all three Siskel critics put it in their top 5 this year.

Jaw dropping visuals. Didnt know what really happened. Not really a story movie persay.

One of those movies that people say they like it just to look smart.

I liked the snippets of movie here and there and the attempt at doing something different. But I am a "story" type of movie goer. I guess I am just not that smrt.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #2951 (permalink)
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I watched Contagion, then I watched Moneyball.

liked um both.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #2952 (permalink)
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6.5/10

It was to much the same as the first one, was real dissapointed
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:03 AM   #2953 (permalink)
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Last two were:

Moneyball 8.4 out of 10

Sherlock Holmes - a game of shadows 8.7 out of 10

I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes (and have read many of Doyle's short stories) and re: some of the talk in here, I LOVED the first one (actually watching it on tv right now), and if you've read some of the short stories from Conan Doyle, you see some of the brilliance in the movies. What Doyle does, is set up the character, almost piece by piece, throughout different stories. The first movie does a really good job of this, but had to kind of use some of the time to set up the character. Lord Blackwood was a good character (who was made up for this movie), and in this instance you wouldn't want to start right away with Moriarty.

The second one was a little more "Hollywoodicized", and they used a lot of special effects, but Downey Jr. was still Holmes. Again, the try and build the character a little more throughout this movie, but this was another really well done film. I wonder though, if there are talks of a 3rd movie? If there is, it will be interesting to see what they do with it, as they ended with the death of Moriarty in this one (sorry if that's a spoiler alert). Maybe they'll carry on like when Doyle brought Sherlock back...

Interesting fact - for those that didn't know - but Doyle was actually trying to "kill off" Holmes in his book "the final problem". He wanted to write other, more "serious" things, however, when he kills him off in this story - there was suck public outcry, that he almost HAD to bring him back in "the adventure of the empty house".

For those that aren't fond of reading long books, etc, try reading some of Doyle's Holmes' stories, they're build up and solved in about 25 pages, and go away from the dragging out that some writers do...such as perhaps the author of this post has done.
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Saw the Tree of Life after all three Siskel critics put it in their top 5 this year.

Jaw dropping visuals. Didnt know what really happened. Not really a story movie persay.

One of those movies that people say they like it just to look smart.

I liked the snippets of movie here and there and the attempt at doing something different. But I am a "story" type of movie goer. I guess I am just not that smrt.
I liked how it brought this guys life together, almost like a guy reflecting on his past before he died.
At times it mADE you feel like your life was just a drop in the bucket compared to how the earht evolved and how old the earth is.
Brad Pitt had some great scenes.

If you were looking for a riveting story then you would not like tis movie.
This movie plays with your emotions. Most importnantly a father and sons relationship.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #2955 (permalink)
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liked um both.
See? Told ya not to shut it off after 5 min.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:12 PM   #2956 (permalink)
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:24 PM   #2957 (permalink)
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You're talking about the remake with Daniel Craig? I saw it too and I think I actually prefer it over the original. I'll have to watch the original again soon to compare properly since it's been a while.

I heard the remake was able to fit in more content so I'm interested in picking up the book as well to see how true to the book it was. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig did an amazing job in that film though.
Yep. The remake.

A buddy of mine saw both versions and agreed that the remake was better (in his opinion).
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #2958 (permalink)
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Yep. The remake.

A buddy of mine saw both versions and agreed that the remake was better (in his opinion).
Remake was better, lots better actually.

Book was better than both.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:29 AM   #2959 (permalink)
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9.1/10

Watched it as a kid 9-10 years ago but didn't understand it. Watched it again yesterday and man is that movie a mind fuck.
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