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Ever since I saw "De Lift" as a kid, getting chopped in half by an elevator is one of my minor nightmares. I always cringe when people try to escape an elevator stuck between floors in movies.
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Of course, they'd had the downed alien ship from Roswell in '47... who knows what they managed to learn in the intervening years. Wasn't there a Star Trek Voyager episode where they were sent back into the past because someone in the 20th century was using advanced future tech to become a millionaire. Who says Bill Gates developed Windows in his garage...??  ;) Or in the Men in Black franchise, the MiB funded themselves with alien tech.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by werecow on March 23, 2017, 04:25:55 PM »
American Ultra 5/10

I'm sorry, but I could kick Jesse Eisenberg's ass by accident so seeing him as an ultra badass was jarring and off-putting.

I don't remember much about that movie, but wasn't that kind of the point?

If that was the point, then they beat if over everyone's head. Literally.
It has 62,910 votes on IMDB. Their arms must be really tired after so many literal over the head beatings.

Eeeenyhoo... The Truth About Love (2005): Moderately bad romcom starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The premise sounded kind of interesting (woman sends husband an anonymous love note and, when he fails to share it with her, shenanigans ensue as she decides to have an affair with him as an anonymous admirer), but the execution was not great. The acting was kind of mediocre and most of the jokes fell flat. But by far the most distracting to me were the sound issues.

First of all, JLH does a pretty bad English accent (which, as a non-native, I usually don't find that bothersome). Second, the movie just sounds weird, like it was poorly dubbed. I'm not sure it actually was dubbed, mind you - I think it was just a combination of recording equipment and bad mixing - but it sounds that way. I think it might be mainly due to the way the sound is mixed. It has a 5.1 surround sound track, but all the dialogue is coming from my center speaker (the stereo track was not much better). The music (which isn't bad in and of itself) is also way too loud compared to everything else (incidentally, I thought American Pie had the exact opposite problem, with its really anaemic pop-punk music). The environmental sound seems really suppressed to the point where it's basically absent (except for the sounds of the actors' clothes and body parts). There's also almost no difference in sound ambiance between the different locations.
And there's something off about the loudness as compared to the visuals. As a result, the sound seems to be unrelated to the setting and the positions and orientations of the actors, and appears disembodied somehow. For example, an actor is walking around while talking, and his voice sounds exactly the same while he's facing the camera up close on the left side of the screen as it does when his back is turned and he's on the far side of the room on the right hand side of the screen. It's like they recorded the whole thing with a single mono microphone that was right in their face.
That might all sound like a minor thing, but it was so distracting that I couldn't actually focus on what they were saying because I kept wondering why it sounded so poorly. It might have been better if it was at least a very obvious dub with bad lip syncing, at least then it wouldn't have kept me wondering and I could've focused on what was actually happening on screen.

And finally, most of the time the actors failed to show any real emotion. Apart from a few scenes, their delivery was very flat. You know how someone who's afraid to scream might sort of half-scream out of peer pressure, never quite going full-out? That's the impression I got from their delivery, only replace loudness by emotion (maybe think Hayden Christensen's delivery in every line in the Star Wars prequels where he doesn't act angry, except less whiny). I've seen JLH act much better in some other movies, so I'm guessing that (like with the SW prequels) that might have been the direction.

It's not 100% without merits, I guess (but then, few movies are). The third act was better than the rest. JLH was not great, but not terrible, and her character was likeable enough. The ending was pretty good. But it never quite drew me in. Also, they insisted on calling her alter ego "Anonymous", which kept conjuring up this sort of image in my mind:



5/10
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General Discussion / Re: Maps are so cool
« Last post by gmalivuk on March 23, 2017, 04:24:12 PM »
Incidence - new diagnoses in a given time period.
vs
Prevalence - total cases in a given demographic.
This is another pair like sensitivity/specificity, where I know there's a difference, I know the two concepts, and I know the two names, but I can never remember which name goes with which concept so I have to look it up every time.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Sam Harris on the golden age of Islam
« Last post by Rai on March 23, 2017, 03:52:05 PM »
The tolerance shown towards clueless gits like him is one of the reasons I can't be arsed about the sceptic movement any more.

This seems a bit overblown. Harris is speaking in a Youtube video for himself, not as a representative for a skeptical organization, much less the movement as a whole.

He is still an accepted member whose videos are being watched by a lot of people, insted of being ridiculed and ignored. Sam Harris is one of THE faces of the atheistic wing of the movement, there is no going around that.
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TV & Movies / Re: The most influential movies and films in history
« Last post by Paul Blevins Jr. on March 23, 2017, 03:30:18 PM »

Interesting... of the list of sequels I think "Airport" is the only one that doesn't have characters from the original continue in the sequels. Can't think of any others.

BOOK OF SHADOWS Blair Witch sequel

DAWN OF THE DEAD



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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Sam Harris on the golden age of Islam
« Last post by Quetzalcoatl on March 23, 2017, 03:17:13 PM »
The tolerance shown towards clueless gits like him is one of the reasons I can't be arsed about the sceptic movement any more.

This seems a bit overblown. Harris is speaking in a Youtube video for himself, not as a representative for a skeptical organization, much less the movement as a whole.
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Music / Re: Hallelujah
« Last post by Jeremy's Sea on March 23, 2017, 02:35:56 PM »
I mean, it HAS to be Jeff Buckley. This poll should be "After Jeff Buckley's version, which is the best?"  :laugh:
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Music / Re: Hallelujah
« Last post by Rai on March 23, 2017, 02:16:47 PM »
Buckley for me, I hate the nasal voice of Rufus. I think he even plays the piano through his nose.


It is funny how the middle version of the song by John Cale is always forgotten, even though that is the version that Buckley was covering:



Also, y'all should listen to this podcast episode (it is also about Elvis Costello, but totally worth it):

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