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1  Other / Off-topic / Doing the splits. Going backwards. on: November 14, 2013, 07:59:57 PM
A commercial from Volvo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FIvfx5J10
2  Other / Off-topic / Battle of the movie clips: filmshool in a virtual box on: September 24, 2013, 03:33:39 AM
Post your favorite movie clips, but with the caveat that you must offer criticism, analysis, or discussion of some movie clips that have come before yours. Watch your fellow members' clips. Specifically, look for any of the following within the clips, and try and offer insights in to what you have seen, with regard to the following:

- Use of color and color palettes
- Compositional separation
- Mise-en-scène
- Alternative stories or metaphors within reflective surfaces
- Acting
- Underlying subtext
- Confined spaces, voyerustic views
- The withholding of data, through obstructed views
- Note where the director has put questions in your mind about things that you see
- Continuity, or lack of
- The use of pillow shots
- Choice of camera angles
- Choice of camera movements, and what those movements symbolize
- Overarching themes
- Soundtracks, and the possible use of metaphor within song lyrics
- Sound effects, for atmosphere and mood
- Use of slow motion

Anybody may begin. Post a clip you really like. Please provide the title of the movie and the director if you can. Please limit clips to five minutes or less if possible. However, there are no hard and fast rules. Anybody may then post their own analysis, critique, or discussion regarding the clip, and post their own clip. When someone has posted regarding your clip, make an attempt to defend your choice, or learn from it.

If you're unfamiliar with any of the concepts listed above, feel free to ask, or use google.
3  Other / Off-topic / List your top 10 favorite directors; enumerate 2 films from each and explain why on: September 17, 2013, 12:16:37 AM
Title says it all. And please, don't hesitate to discuss, disagree, and converse. Nothing is more boring than lack of dialog. Shall I start? I think not. I'll chime in after the ball is rolling.

And if you can't think of ten directors, that's fine. List five. Or three. Or seven.
4  Other / Off-topic / Asian films old and new: recommendations, discussion and appreciation on: September 12, 2013, 05:02:10 PM
Hlynur was going to start this thread, but I'll just go ahead and get it going. Off the top of my head, I can think of the following important film movements:

- The Golden Age of Japanese Cinema (the 1950s)
- The Japanese New Wave (the 1960s)
- The Taiwan New Wave (the late 1980s to about 2000)

Also, of course, is the distinction between mainland China films, Hong Kong films, and Taiwan films. Older films and contemporary films from the entire region should be discussed.

And finally, for those who aren't well versed in these films, please view the thread, ask questions, and so on, as some of the most famous films ever made came from Asia. The Asian film canon is rich and diverse.
5  Other / Off-topic / Some films that are bit longer than usual on: September 12, 2013, 03:37:59 AM
Cleopatra: 192 minutes
Celine and Julie Go Boating: 193 minutes
Eros + Massacre: 202 minutes
Seven Samurai: 207 minutes
Das Boot: 209 minutes
Ben-Hur: 212 minutes
Lawrence of Arabia: 216 minutes
Eureka: 217 minutes
The Ten Commandments: 220 minutes
A Brighter Summer Day: 237 minutes
Gone With the Wind: 238 minutes
The 47 Ronin: 241 minutes
Norte, the End of History: 250 minutes
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty: 288 minutes
Carlos: 338 minutes
Florentina Ubaldo, CTE: 360 minutes
Century of Birthing: 360 minutes
Satantago: 450 minutes
Death in the Land of Encantos: 540 minutes
Shoah: 550 minutes
The Human Condition: 574 minutes
Evolution of a Filipino Family: 593 minutes
6  Other / Off-topic / Movies you really want to see but haven't been able to yet on: June 29, 2013, 08:06:51 PM
Please post links to trailers or informational pages of movies you really want to see but haven't been able to yet.

I am going to start aggregating my choices in this first post:

The Devil's Backbone: http://mubi.com/films/the-devils-backbone
The Spirit of the Beehive: http://mubi.com/films/the-spirit-of-the-beehive
Werckmeister Harmonies: http://mubi.com/films/werckmeister-harmonies
Pastoral: To Die in the Country: http://mubi.com/films/pastoral-to-die-in-the-country
The Color of Pomegranates: http://mubi.com/films/the-color-of-pomegranates
Summer with Monika: http://mubi.com/films/summer-with-monika
Odd Obsession: http://mubi.com/films/odd-obsession
The Mirror: http://mubi.com/films/the-mirror
The Scent of Incense: http://mubi.com/films/the-scent-of-incense
House of Bamboo: http://mubi.com/films/house-of-bamboo
Charulata: http://mubi.com/films/charulata
Zigeunerweisen: http://mubi.com/films/zigeunerweisen
Nostalgia for Countryland: http://mubi.com/films/nostalgia-for-countryland
Times of Joy and Sorrow: http://mubi.com/films/times-of-joy-and-sorrow
Full Moon in New York: http://mubi.com/films/full-moon-in-new-york
Spirited Away: http://mubi.com/films/spirited-away
Pacific Rim: http://mubi.com/films/pacific-rim
Brazil: http://mubi.com/films/brazil
Chinatown: http://mubi.com/films/chinatown
The City of Lost Children: http://mubi.com/films/the-city-of-lost-children
Ivan's Childhood: http://mubi.com/films/ivans-childhood
Oldboy: http://mubi.com/films/oldboy
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: http://mubi.com/films/once-upon-a-time-in-anatolia
With Beauty and Sadness: http://mubi.com/films/with-beauty-and-sadness
The Insect Woman: http://mubi.com/films/the-insect-woman
The Vertical Ray of the Sun: http://mubi.com/films/the-vertical-ray-of-the-sun--2
1984: http://mubi.com/films/-1984
I am Waiting: http://mubi.com/films/i-am-waiting
Capricious Summer: http://mubi.com/films/capricious-summer
Eros: http://mubi.com/films/eros
Inside Llewyn Davis: http://mubi.com/films/inside-llewyn-davis
History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess: http://mubi.com/films/history-of-postwar-japan-as-told-by-a-bar-hostess
I am Cuba: http://mubi.com/films/i-am-cuba
A Legend or Was It?: http://mubi.com/films/a-legend-or-was-it
The Professor and his Beloved Equation: http://mubi.com/films/the-professor-and-his-beloved-equation
The World of Apu: http://mubi.com/films/the-world-of-apu
Hour of the Wolf: http://mubi.com/films/hour-of-the-wolf
Human: http://mubi.com/films/human
Come and See: http://mubi.com/films/come-and-see
24 City: http://mubi.com/films/24-city
All About Lily Chou-Chou: http://mubi.com/films/all-about-lily-chou-chou
Linda Linda Linda: http://mubi.com/films/linda-linda-linda
Irma Vep: http://mubi.com/films/irma-vep
An Inn at Osaka: http://mubi.com/films/an-inn-at-osaka--3
Take Care of My Cat: http://mubi.com/films/take-care-of-my-cat
As a Wife, As a Woman: http://mubi.com/films/as-a-wife-as-a-woman
Daughters, Wives and a Mother: http://mubi.com/films/daughters-wives-and-a-mother
A Wife's Heart: http://mubi.com/films/a-wifes-heart
Two Wives: http://mubi.com/films/two-wives
Wife! Be Like a Rose!: http://mubi.com/films/wife-be-like-a-rose
The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka: http://mubi.com/films/the-wife-of-seishu-hanaoka
Seisaku's Wife: http://mubi.com/films/seisakus-wife
A Wife Confesses: http://mubi.com/films/a-wife-confesses
Mother: http://mubi.com/films/mother--5
Woman of the Lake: http://mubi.com/films/woman-of-the-lake
Flame and Women: http://mubi.com/films/flame-and-women
Women in the Mirror: http://mubi.com/films/women-in-the-mirror
The Garden of Women: http://mubi.com/films/the-garden-of-women
The Crucified Woman: http://mubi.com/films/the-crucified-woman
A Woman's Story: http://mubi.com/films/a-womans-story
Hideko the Bus Conductress: http://mubi.com/films/hideko-the-bus-conductress
Immortal Love: http://mubi.com/films/immortal-love
Carmen Comes Home: http://mubi.com/films/carmen-comes-home
Carmen's Pure Love: http://mubi.com/films/carmens-pure-love
Flowing: http://mubi.com/films/flowing
Untamed: http://mubi.com/films/untamed--3
Scattered Clouds: http://mubi.com/films/scattered-clouds
Floating Clouds: http://mubi.com/films/floating-clouds
Lightning: http://mubi.com/films/lightning
Yearning: http://mubi.com/films/yearning
Sudden Rain: http://mubi.com/films/sudden-rain
A Wanderer's Notebook: http://mubi.com/films/a-wanderers-notebook
Sound of the Mountain: http://mubi.com/films/sound-of-the-mountain
Repast: http://mubi.com/films/repast
Anzukko: http://mubi.com/films/anzukko
Medium Cool: http://mubi.com/films/medium-cool
A City of Sadness: http://mubi.com/films/a-city-of-sadness
A Story Written With Water: http://mubi.com/films/a-story-written-with-water
Eros Plus Massacre: http://mubi.com/films/eros-plus-massacre
Heroic Purgatory: http://mubi.com/films/heroic-purgatory
Coup d'état: http://mubi.com/films/coup-detat
Once Upon a Time There was a Singing Blackbird: http://mubi.com/films/once-upon-a-time-there-was-a-singing-blackbird
Giants and Toys: http://mubi.com/films/giants-and-toys
Cruel Story of Youth: http://mubi.com/films/cruel-story-of-youth
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era: http://mubi.com/films/the-sun-legend-of-the-end-of-the-tokugawa-era
Killers on Parade: http://mubi.com/films/killers-on-parade
Funeral Parade of Roses: http://mubi.com/films/funeral-parade-of-roses
The Sun's Burial: http://mubi.com/films/the-suns-burial
Where Chimneys are Seen: http://mubi.com/films/where-chimneys-are-seen
The Crucified Lovers: http://mubi.com/films/the-crucified-lovers
A Brighter Summer Day: http://mubi.com/films/a-brighter-summer-day
Taipei Story: http://mubi.com/films/taipei-story
That Day, on the Beach: http://mubi.com/films/that-day-on-the-beach
A Confucian Confusion: http://mubi.com/films/a-confucian-confusion
Mahjong: http://mubi.com/films/mahjong
Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees: http://mubi.com/films/under-the-blossoming-cherry-trees
The Sandwich Man: http://mubi.com/films/the-sandwich-man
A Summer At Grandpa's: http://mubi.com/films/a-summer-at-grandpas
Profound Desires of the Gods: http://mubi.com/films/profound-desires-of-the-gods
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: http://mubi.com/films/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors
Taira Clan Saga: http://mubi.com/films/taira-clan-saga
The Naked Island: http://mubi.com/films/the-naked-island
Silence Has No Wings: http://mubi.com/films/silence-has-no-wings
Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice: http://mubi.com/films/flavor-of-green-tea-over-rice
Temptress Moon: http://mubi.com/films/temptress-moon  
From Up on Poppy Hill: http://mubi.com/films/from-up-on-poppy-hill--2
La Notte: http://mubi.com/films/la-notte
The Life of Oharu: http://mubi.com/films/the-life-of-oharu    
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: http://mubi.com/films/the-life-and-death-of-colonel-blimp  
Plastic City: http://mubi.com/films/plastic-city                      
Still Life: http://mubi.com/films/still-life    
The World: http://mubi.com/films/the-world
Remembrance: http://mubi.com/films/remembrance
Our Ten Years: http://mubi.com/films/our-ten-years
Unknown Pleasures: http://mubi.com/films/unknown-pleasures
She and He: http://mubi.com/films/she-and-he
Confessions Among Actresses: http://mubi.com/films/confessions-among-actresses
The Devils: http://mubi.com/films/the-devils--2
Yôkihi: http://mubi.com/films/yokihi
Himiko: http://mubi.com/films/himiko
Leningrad Cowboys Go America: http://mubi.com/films/leningrad-cowboys-go-america
Wonderful Town: http://mubi.com/films/wonderful-town
The Strange Tale of Oyuki: http://mubi.com/films/the-strange-tale-of-oyuki
The Big City: http://mubi.com/films/the-big-city
Tony Takitani: http://mubi.com/films/tony-takitani
Affair in the Snow: http://mubi.com/films/affair-in-the-snow
The Affair: http://mubi.com/films/the-affair
What Time is it There?: http://mubi.com/films/what-time-is-it-there    
Older Brother, Younger Sister: http://mubi.com/films/older-brother-younger-sister  
Love for an Idiot: http://mubi.com/films/love-for-an-idiot
Farewell to the Summer Light: http://mubi.com/films/farewell-to-the-summer-light  
Yumeji: http://mubi.com/films/yumeji
An Actor's Revenge: http://mubi.com/films/an-actors-revenge
The Sword of Doom: http://mubi.com/films/the-sword-of-doom
Fighting Elegy: http://mubi.com/films/fighting-elegy          
Jackie Brown: http://mubi.com/films/jackie-brown
Black Lizard: http://mubi.com/films/black-lizard        
Gate of Hell: http://mubi.com/films/gate-of-hell  
Red Dust: http://mubi.com/films/red-dust--2
Eijanaika: http://mubi.com/films/eijanaika                    
Kagerô-za: http://mubi.com/films/kagero-za
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles: http://mubi.com/films/riding-alone-for-thousands-of-miles
Alone on the Pacific: http://mubi.com/films/alone-on-the-pacific
A Simple Life: http://mubi.com/films/a-simple-life
Shanghai Triad: http://mubi.com/films/shanghai-triad
City of Life and Death: http://mubi.com/films/city-of-life-and-death
Black River: http://mubi.com/films/black-river
Cloud Atlas: http://mubi.com/films/cloud-atlas
Beasts of the Southern Wild: http://mubi.com/films/beasts-of-the-southern-wild
Away With Words: http://mubi.com/films/away-with-words
East of Eden: http://mubi.com/films/east-of-eden
The Goddess: http://mubi.com/films/the-goddess
Everlasting Regret: http://mubi.com/films/everlasting-regret
Eat Drink Man Woman: http://mubi.com/films/eat-drink-man-woman    
The Ice Storm: http://mubi.com/films/the-ice-storm
Farewell China: http://mubi.com/films/farewell-china
Song of the Exile: http://mubi.com/films/song-of-the-exile    
Comrades: Almost a Love Story: http://mubi.com/films/comrades-almost-a-love-story
Sausalito: http://mubi.com/films/sausalito
Children of Nagasaki: http://mubi.com/films/children-of-nagasaki  
The Munekata Sisters: http://mubi.com/films/the-munekata-sisters
The Story of Qiu Ju: http://mubi.com/films/the-story-of-qiu-ju
Breaking the Silence: http://mubi.com/films/breaking-the-silence
The Burmese Harp: http://mubi.com/films/the-burmese-harp  
The Red Shoes: http://mubi.com/films/the-red-shoes
Repulsion: http://mubi.com/films/repulsion
Red Beard: http://mubi.com/films/red-beard        
A Japanese Tragedy: http://mubi.com/films/a-japanese-tragedy
Army: http://mubi.com/films/army--2
The Ball at the Anjo House: http://mubi.com/films/the-ball-at-the-anjo-house
Here's to the Girls: http://mubi.com/films/heres-to-the-girls
The Ruined Map: http://mubi.com/films/the-ruined-map
Flame of my Love: http://mubi.com/films/flame-of-my-love
I was Born, But...: http://mubi.com/films/i-was-born-but
Pastorale: http://mubi.com/films/pastorale
The Lonely Voice of Man: http://mubi.com/films/the-lonely-voice-of-man
By the Bluest of Seas: http://mubi.com/films/by-the-bluest-of-seas
The Lower Depths: http://mubi.com/films/the-lower-depths
Through a Glass Darkly: http://mubi.com/films/through-a-glass-darkly        
Winter Light: http://mubi.com/films/winter-light  
Howl: http://mubi.com/films/howl                                
Mandara: http://mubi.com/films/mandara
Diary of a Country Priest: http://mubi.com/films/diary-of-a-country-priest
Rouge: http://mubi.com/films/rouge
Hold You Tight: http://mubi.com/films/hold-you-tight
Humanity and Paper Balloons: http://mubi.com/films/humanity-and-paper-balloons
Samurai Spy: http://mubi.com/films/samurai-spy              
Departures: http://mubi.com/films/departures    
Children of Hiroshima: http://mubi.com/films/children-of-hiroshima
Caught in the Web: http://mubi.com/films/caught-in-the-web    
3-Iron: http://mubi.com/films/3-iron
Oasis: http://mubi.com/films/oasis
Lullaby of the Earth: http://mubi.com/films/lullaby-of-the-earth
Her Brother: http://mubi.com/films/her-brother
Capricious Young Man: http://mubi.com/films/capricious-young-man
The Grandmaster: http://mubi.com/films/the-grandmaster                
Fallen Angels: http://mubi.com/films/fallen-angels
Punishment Room: http://mubi.com/films/punishment-room
Glass-Hearted Johnny: http://mubi.com/films/glass-hearted-johnny
This Transient Life: http://mubi.com/films/this-transient-life    
Raging Bull: http://mubi.com/films/raging-bull
Ikiru: http://mubi.com/films/ikiru
The Double Life of Veronique: http://mubi.com/films/the-double-life-of-veronique
Videodrome: http://mubi.com/films/videodrome
Night of the Living Dead: http://mubi.com/films/night-of-the-living-dead
Badlands: http://mubi.com/films/badlands
Andrei Rublev: http://mubi.com/films/andrei-rublev
Paths of Glory: http://mubi.com/films/paths-of-glory
Paris, Texas: http://mubi.com/films/paris-texas    
Adaptation: http://mubi.com/films/adaptation
Days of Heaven: http://mubi.com/films/days-of-heaven
Lolita: http://mubi.com/films/lolita
The Night of the Hunter: http://mubi.com/films/the-night-of-the-hunter
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring: http://mubi.com/films/spring-summer-fall-winter-and-spring
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom: http://mubi.com/films/salo-or-the-120-days-of-sodom
Harakiri: http://mubi.com/films/harakiri
The Sacrifice: http://mubi.com/films/the-sacrifice
Pi: http://mubi.com/films/pi
Inland Empire: http://mubi.com/films/inland-empire
Belle de jour: http://mubi.com/films/belle-de-jour
Vampyr: http://mubi.com/films/vampyr
Audition: http://mubi.com/films/audition
Das Boot: http://mubi.com/films/das-boot
The Leopard: http://mubi.com/films/the-leopard
Nostalghia: http://mubi.com/films/nostalghia
She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum: http://mubi.com/films/she-was-like-a-wild-chrysanthemum
Conflagration: http://mubi.com/films/conflagration
Ten Dark Women: http://mubi.com/films/ten-dark-women
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: http://mubi.com/films/one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest
The Woman Who Wanted to Die: http://mubi.com/films/the-woman-who-wanted-to-die
Rusty Knife: http://mubi.com/films/rusty-knife            
Dirty Ho: http://mubi.com/films/dirty-ho
King of the Children: http://mubi.com/films/king-of-the-children
The Straits of Love and Hope: http://mubi.com/films/the-straits-of-love-and-hate
Scenes of City Life: http://mubi.com/films/scenes-of-city-life  
Foundry Town: http://mubi.com/films/foundry-town
Goodbye, Dragon Inn: http://mubi.com/films/goodbye-dragon-inn
Dispersed Clouds: http://mubi.com/films/dispersed-clouds
Children of the Beehive: http://mubi.com/films/children-of-the-beehive
The Rickshaw Man: http://mubi.com/films/the-rickshaw-man
Spring in a Small Town: http://mubi.com/films/spring-in-a-small-town
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief: http://mubi.com/films/diary-of-a-shinjuku-thief
Violence at Noon: http://mubi.com/films/violence-at-noon
The Man Who Left His Will on Film: http://mubi.com/films/the-man-who-left-his-will-on-film
Boy: http://mubi.com/films/boy--2
Afraid to Die: http://mubi.com/films/afraid-to-die
A False Student: http://mubi.com/films/a-false-student
Black Test Car: http://mubi.com/films/black-test-car
Red Angel: http://mubi.com/films/red-angel
Irezumi - Spider Tattoo: http://mubi.com/films/irezumi-spider-tattoo
A Certain Killer: http://mubi.com/films/a-certain-killer
Blind Beast: http://mubi.com/films/blind-beast      
A Hen in the Wind: http://mubi.com/films/a-hen-in-the-wind
Miss Oyu: http://mubi.com/films/miss-oyu
Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka: http://mubi.com/films/chikamatsus-love-in-osaka
Go, Go Second Time Virgin: http://mubi.com/films/go-go-second-time-virgin
Sing a Song of Sex: http://mubi.com/films/sing-a-song-of-sex
Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter: http://mubi.com/films/stray-cat-rock-sex-hunter
Stray Cat Rock: Female Boss: http://mubi.com/films/stray-cat-rock-female-boss
Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal: http://mubi.com/films/stray-cat-rock-machine-animal
Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo: http://mubi.com/films/stray-cat-rock-wild-jumbo  
Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion: http://mubi.com/films/female-prisoner-701-scorpion
Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion: Beast Stable: http://mubi.com/films/female-prisoner-701-scorpion-beast-stable
Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song: http://mubi.com/films/female-prisoner-scorpion-701s-grudge-song
Wandering Ginza Butterfly: http://mubi.com/films/wandering-ginza-butterfly
Gate of Flesh: http://mubi.com/films/gate-of-flesh
Three Extremes: http://mubi.com/films/three-extremes
Tokyo Decadence: http://mubi.com/films/tokyo-decadence
Stolen Desire: http://mubi.com/films/stolen-desire
Endless Desire: http://mubi.com/films/endless-desire
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty: http://mubi.com/films/as-i-was-moving-ahead-occasionally-i-saw-brief-glimpses-of-beauty
Céline and Julie Go Boating: http://mubi.com/films/celine-and-julie-go-boating
The Girl Who Picks Flowers and The Girl Who Kills Insects: http://mubi.com/films/the-girl-who-picks-flowers-and-the-girl-who-kills-insects
Silvestre: http://mubi.com/films/silvestre
A Page of Madness: http://mubi.com/films/a-page-of-madness
My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?: http://mubi.com/films/my-god-my-god-why-hast-thou-forsaken-me
Shozo, a Cat and Two Women: http://mubi.com/films/shozo-a-cat-and-two-women
March Comes in Like a Lion: http://mubi.com/films/march-comes-in-like-a-lion
The Days of Evil Women: http://mubi.com/films/the-days-of-evil-women
The Man from London: http://mubi.com/films/the-man-from-london
Death in the Land of Encantos: http://mubi.com/films/death-in-the-land-of-encantos
I Saw the Devil: http://mubi.com/films/i-saw-the-devil
Spring Snow: http://mubi.com/films/spring-snow
Autumn Adagio: http://mubi.com/films/autumn-adagio
Like Someone in Love: http://mubi.com/films/like-someone-in-love
7  Other / Off-topic / Favorite movies done a different way on: June 29, 2013, 05:25:23 PM
Mention a favorite movie of yours. But please do it in the way described below, as posting a title of a film and fleeing seems so vacuous:

1. Look at the trailer or clip in the post above you, or if there isn't one, then one further above. Make some comments or ask some questions about the movie. This is what earns you the right to post your own trailer or clip.

2. If another member has posted some comments or asked some questions about a movie you recommended, try and discuss.

3. And finally, in the last part of the your post, post the title of one of your favorite films and optionally the director, and then a link to a clip or trailer of the film.

I will refrain from starting, and leave that to the next person who posts.
8  Other / Off-topic / Recommend me some movies on: June 18, 2013, 03:42:07 AM
Title says it all.
9  Other / Off-topic / Woman in the Dunes on: May 13, 2013, 05:32:06 PM
I mentioned this in the Cannes thread, but I think only about two people actually read that thread.

Just a heads up here. For what I believe is a limited time Hulu via Criterion is offering Woman in the Dunes for free. Very famous semi sci fi film by Hiroshi Teshigahara. It poses some interesting questions about personal identity. It's a tad erotic, and has interesting cinematography. If you like it, check out Teshigahara's The Face of Another as well. Welcome to the Japanese New Wave.

You can watch Woman in the Dunes here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/234920?playlist_id=1717
10  Other / Off-topic / Like a futuristic city on: April 02, 2013, 06:00:03 PM
Inside the cell. Watch at 1:14 as the large balloons are transported via the 'walkers' which tow the balloons.

http://www.xvivo.net/the-inner-life-of-the-cell/
11  Other / Off-topic / Supplementary to the thread "Post a comment or question about the movie..." on: March 21, 2013, 03:18:37 AM
This is the supplementary thread to the thread found here entitled Post a comment or question about the movie above, and then post a movie you like: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155743.0

The purpose of this thread is to encourage discussion about the films posted in the other thread, without disrupting the flow of the other thread.
12  Other / Off-topic / Post a comment or question about the movie above, and then post a movie you like on: March 21, 2013, 03:18:23 AM
This thread has a companion thread entitled Supplementary to the thread "Post a comment or question about the movie...". Use that thread to carry out additional discussions about a movie commented about or in which a question is asked in this thread which forms here. That thread may be found here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155744.0

In this thread, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Look at the post preceding the one you wish to make, and then post a comment about the film posted at the bottom of the post.

Step 2: Start a new paragraph, and then proceed to share a film yourself, presumably one you enjoyed. At the very least, share the title of the film, and optionally more information, possibly including a picture, the director, who stars in it, a link to a trailer, etc.

Regarding the post above the one you make: the person who made the post above yours should try and answer or discuss the comments or questions posed to him or her in the companion thread, found here:  https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155744.0

Since there is no post above this one, there is no comment or question for me to make about a film posted in a post above me. Therefore, I will start by simply posting a movie. In subsequent posts, follow the instructions above.

2001: A Space Odyssey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-QFj59PON4
13  Other / Politics & Society / I acquire property, and through my hard work, improve the land I now own. on: October 28, 2012, 04:05:53 AM
Please explain. It's such an obvious thing.
14  Other / Off-topic / Alpha Centauri B moves to and fro at about 20 inches a second. on: October 17, 2012, 04:37:35 AM
Alpha Centauri B, one of three stars that are the closest to our solar system moves to and fro at about 20 inches a second. This is perhaps one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the decade. Now, Alpha Centauri B is about 25 trillion miles away. So it's nice that we can now detect such small velocities in the star's wobble. Half a meter a second, it wobbles this way and that.

What causes that wobble? An earth sized planet which orbits the star. While extrasolar planet detections have become commonplace, we've never been able to determine if there were planets around the nearest star, until now. An added bonus: the earth sized planet is one of the smallest ever detected. It's a rocky world. Unfortunately, it's too close to the star to support life.

However, in general, where there's one rocky planet, there's another. Now we need to find one which orbits not 4 million miles from it's host star, but about 65 million miles away. That would put it in the habitable zone, where there could exist liquid water. If such a detection was made, the next step would be to apply technology in such a way that we could get one pixel in an image representing light from the planet. Difficult task. For every photon coming from such a planet, about 2 billion photons or so would come from the star.

But if we could get that pixel, we could do spectrographic analysis on it, and determine what kind of molecule it bounced off of. You know, molecules like water vapor, carbon dioxide, and so on. Observations over the course of a year, yielding just one pixel in each image, could tell us if there were specular reflections, which would indicate oceans of water. Such a pixel, and all its information, might be able to tell us if there was life on that planet, if it existed.

And it would only be 25 trillion miles or so away. Practically spitting distance. Why, a spacecraft like Voyager could get there in less than 70 thousand years.
15  Other / Off-topic / There are films. And then there are films. on: September 16, 2012, 03:47:33 AM
Please discuss and share. Try to do better than just posting a link with no explanation. The point is to discuss.

Try not to provide spoilers. Always assume others have not seen the film you are discussing. If you must, and I firmly object, then be courteous enough to provide a very clear BOLDFACED CAPITAL LETTER warning like this:

SPOILER WARNING about STAR WARS:
Try to make the spoiler have enough verbiage leading into the spoiler itself such that the information is not immediately visible to the eye. Then you can proceed with the relevant information that you really shouldn't be saying, such as Darth Vader is Luke's father. Keep the WARNINGS above and below without extra linefeeds so the spoiler text does not stand out. I'm serious. Spoilers wreck the film watching experience.
END SPOILER.

But there's really no need to provide spoilers. Films can be discussed intelligently in very interesting ways without spoilers. When providing links, try not to create links that would create too much of a spoiler. Trailers sometimes are spoilers themselves, but if it's the official trailer, then that's okay.

53 films to watch right now:

Tokyo Twilight: This is an exceptional film from director Yasujiro Ozu. It will leave you in tears. More info: http://www.criterion.com/films/771-tokyo-twilight

In the Mood for Love: This film is pretty much considered to be Wong Kar-Wai's masterpiece. However, watch his other films as well. In the Mood for Love is actually the second in a very loose trilogy, comprised of Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046. More info and trailer for the film: http://www.criterion.com/films/198-in-the-mood-for-love

Let Me In: This film is very underrated. The problem is further compounded by those who watched the Swedish version first, and can't accept the fact that Let Me In is actually an astounding film. Why? It has an extraordinarily beautiful soundtrack, superb acting, beautiful lighting, metaphors within the cinematography and lyrics, and the story is simultaneously tragic and beautiful. A clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F62GjsKAfNs&feature=relmfu

2001: A Space Odyssey: Maybe you've seen this. But if you haven't seen it properly, then you need to watch it again. It is generally considered the greatest science fiction film ever made, is pretty much considered one of the greatest films ever made (consistently in the top ten - Sight & Sound's Directors Poll rates it at #2), and is generally one of the most discussed films ever, and will continue to be for the next 100 years. Watch every minute of this film with rapt attention. It is simultaneously very slow (sometimes boring), and yet also the most incredible trip anyone will ever go on: I defy you to watch the following clip and tell me it isn't art of the highest form. And remember this film was produced 46 years ago. Yes - 46 years ago, as production began in 1966. A clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpvOUnz4T7Q

Pale Flower (subtitled): I truly love this film. It's a beautiful example of the Japanese New Wave of the sixties. It's a noir with the deepest blacks and whites that almost seem blue. It's a morality tale (or would that be an immorality tale?). Whatever the case, you should watch it. The original trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOr4nuWFqU

Hunger: This film will take you to the grave. Fassbender's performance is dedicated, to say the least, and McQueen's direction is fantastic. The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9IiUbBV4zc&feature=relmfu

The Face of Another (subtitled): This is another film from the Japanese New Wave. However, it's also a film from Hiroshi Teshigahara. That means a lot. Please do not consider passing this one by. Tell me, how many films have you watched which belong to the category of avant-garde existentialism? I thought so. This film will stay in your mind. Trust me. The trailer just doesn't do the film justice. The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK5Rz6txcDU

Yi Yi (subtitled): How can I convey what a beautiful film this is? So poignant, powerful, touching, sad, and wonderful. It's long, but worthy of several viewings. The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F6tSorwYqw

Never Let Me Go: Carey Mulligan and Izzy Meikle-Small's performance are beyond measure. The cinematography is beautiful. The story just stabs you in the heart. The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXiRZhDEo8A

2046 (subtitled): Are you prepared to watch what many consider to be one of the most beautifully filmed movies ever? Until you've watched a Wong Kar-Wai film, you're not yet complete. There are films, and then there are Wong Kar-Wai films. Words to describe his works? Dreamy. Sublime. Swooning. Meditative. Sumptuous. Beautiful. He is the master of love found and lost across the hallway corridor, and his films are a visual and auditory experience that just sings to the soul. The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8OAxS9L7es

Here's an example of Wong Kar-Wai's film grammar (and Zhang Ziyi's incredible performance). In this clip from 2046 (only this scene is in black and white), Zhang's character realizes she's just fallen in love. The clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRfPF3tLIGQ

Mystery Train: I don't know how to describe this one. All I can say is, it provides fond memories after having watched it. The trailer: http://www.criterion.com/films/2057-mystery-train?q=autocomplete

Woman in the Dunes (subtitled): This is pretty much the most famous film from Hiroshi Teshigahara. And it's actually a very famous film, period. It's another film that belongs in the category of avant-garde existentialism. It's a deep probing film about identity, freedom, and life. It will not go away when it's over. More information and a trailer: http://mubi.com/films/woman-in-the-dunes

Inglourious Basterds: This movie has grown on me. On the second and subsequent viewings, I have come to really enjoy this film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/inglourious-basterds

Chungking Express: Wong Kar-Wai banged out this movie because he and his actors needed a break while filming Ashes of Time. Despite the quick production, it's a beautiful and fun movie to watch. Faye Wong, one of the stars in the film, also covers a song by the Cranberries, in Cantonese! More info: http://mubi.com/films/chungking-express

Barry Lyndon: This is a Stanley Kubrick film. He actually used special lenses from NASA to film many of the scenes lit only by candlelight. More info: http://mubi.com/films/barry-lyndon

An Education: Carey Mulligan shines in this modern film about a student in 1960's London coming of age. More info: http://mubi.com/films/an-education

Three Colors: Blue: Juliet Binoche stars in this in this beautiful french film about surviving tragedy. More info: http://mubi.com/films/three-colors-blue

No Country for Old Men: Who doesn't like this movie? One of the Coen Brothers' best. More info: http://mubi.com/films/no-country-for-old-men

The Innkeepers: Horror done right. It's not about blood. It's about what forces lie down the hallway when you're alone at night. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-innkeepers

Lost in Translation: Sofia Coppola says she was most inspired by Wong Kar-Wai's film In the Mood for Love (see further above) when she directed this film starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. More info: http://mubi.com/films/lost-in-translation

Secret Sunshine (subtitled): This film features a devastating performance by the lead. It asks some tough questions. Midway through might put the viewer in a position to judge, but nothing is cut and dried in this film: The trailer: http://www.criterion.com/films/27750-secret-sunshine?q=autocomplete

True Grit: I love this film by the Coen Brothers. Hailee Steinfeld steals the show. More info: http://mubi.com/films/true-grit--2

The Makioka Sisters: This film might not be for everyone. But if you give it a chance, you'll be drawn into the lives of these four Japanese sisters. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-makioka-sisters

Jane Eyre: The cinematography in this film is excellent and the dialogue between Jane and Mr. Blackthorne is top notch. Some of the shots look like Rembrandt paintings. More info: http://mubi.com/films/jane-eyre--2

The Thin Red Line: A surreal existentialist piece by Terrence Malick. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-thin-red-line

The asterisk next to the following movies indicate that I actually have not yet seen the following films, but they are so highly critically acclaimed or loved by many, and on my soon to watch list, that they bear mentioning.

*Raise the Red Lantern: More info: http://mubi.com/films/raise-the-red-lantern

*Cyclo: More info: http://mubi.com/films/cyclo

*The Human Condition: More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-human-condition

*Seven Samurai: Without a doubt Akira Kurosawa's most famous film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/seven-samurai

*The Cranes are Flying: Russian film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-cranes-are-flying

*The Spirit of the Beehive: Spanish film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-spirit-of-the-beehive

*Tokyo Story: Yasijuro's most famous film and voted the greatest film of all time. More info: http://mubi.com/films/tokyo-story

*Raging Bull: A Martin Scorsese film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/raging-bull

*Lust, Caution: More info: http://mubi.com/films/lust-caution

*Fallen Angels: A Wong Kar-Wai film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/fallen-angels

*Oldboy: More info: http://mubi.com/films/oldboy

*The Mirror: One of Andrei Tarkovsky's most famous films. More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-mirror

*Woman of the Lake: More info: http://mubi.com/films/woman-of-the-lake

*Twenty-four Eyes: A Japanese film very much loved film by the Japanese. More info: http://mubi.com/films/twenty-four-eyes

*Vengeance is Mine: More info (trailer contains nudity): http://mubi.com/films/vengeance-is-mine

*Ashes of Time Redux: A Wong Kar-Wai film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/ashes-of-time

*The Insect Woman: More info: http://mubi.com/films/the-insect-woman

*Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring: More info: http://mubi.com/films/spring-summer-fall-winter-and-spring

*Adaptation: More info: http://mubi.com/films/adaptation

*Poetry: More info: http://mubi.com/films/poetry

*Farewell my Concubine: More info: http://mubi.com/films/farewell-my-concubine

*Intentions of Murder: More info: http://mubi.com/films/intentions-of-murder

*Sansho the Bailiff: More info: http://mubi.com/films/sansho-the-bailiff

*Rashomon: More info: http://mubi.com/films/rashomon

*Ivan's Childhood: One of Andre Tarkovsky's most famous films. Actually, does Tarkovsky have any films that are not famous? More info: http://mubi.com/films/ivans-childhood

*When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: More info: http://mubi.com/films/when-a-woman-ascends-the-stairs

*Yojimbo: An Akira Kurosawa film. More info: http://mubi.com/films/yojimbo

*Harakiri: More info: http://mubi.com/films/harakiri

*Cafe Lumiere: More info: http://mubi.com/films/cafe-lumiere

*Ugetsu: Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. More info: http://mubi.com/films/ugetsu

*Street of Shame: More info: http://mubi.com/films/street-of-shame

16  Other / Politics & Society / What is environmentalism, really? on: July 28, 2012, 04:36:12 PM
This thread arose out of a discussion between TheBitcoinChemist and myself. It's so we can continue our discussion, with the participation of others, regarding what it means to be green, how people perceive environmentalism, what the benefits of it are, how it should be implemented, whether it's important, why it fails or succeeds, the character of those who embrace it or call it foolishness, and the science behind it.

I could begin by explaining what the point of contention between TheBitcoinChemist and me was, but I'd like to get a fresh start. I'll let BitcoinChemist begin, unless I choose to write a second post before he gets to it. Also, anybody else can jump in right now if they wish.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Ecosystems (edge effects and related environmental issues) on: July 12, 2012, 06:51:14 PM
This thread is in response to various comments in other threads by myrkul. It is intended as a serious discussion with regard to the following concepts:

- Ecosystem fracturing
- Edge effects

Edge effects are a direct result of ecosystem fracturing, which will be defined and discussed. There is a whole cascade of effects and interrelated issues that apply here. They are:

- The importance of wildlife corridors
- The dangers of ignorance
- Exploitation via corporations
- Lack of regulation
- Solutions via private enterprise
- Habitat loss
- Information loss
- Bioproductivity loss
- Natural capital
- Water quality
- Trophic cascades
- Policies

The list goes on. And on.

The whole substrate upon which humanity, society, and life depend on begin in the soil and water (essentially our planet), as nourished by the incoming sunlight from above.

Here's a thought for you: the very complex systems which naturally occur within the soil and above the soil define everything we have to support ourselves and they define everything we have available to educate ourselves (outside cosmology and related fields). There is more going on here than you think. Humanity thus far has been built from those systems, but humanity itself is also depleting, fracturing (and thus destroying) the very systems which allowed it to come this far.

Edge effects: What are they? Imagine a parcel of land that is fairly large and of a particular shape, mostly undisturbed. Let's say it's unspoiled rainforest. We'll begin with a circle 100 miles in diameter.

The circle: A circle 100 miles in diameter has an edge that is 314 miles long. It's area is a little more than 7,500 miles. The ratio of area/edge is 7,500/314 which equals about 24.

The fractal shape: A fractal shape with an area of 7,500 miles but with a ragged edge that is 1,000 miles long has a ratio of area/edge of 7,500/1,000 which equals 7.5.

Among the two shapes described above, each say being a rainforest ecosystem, the circle will generally be healthier and more viable. What does this mean? The circle, will in general, be richer in all of the following:

- Number of species
- Lower extinction rate
- More nutrients within the soil
- Lesser vulnerability to drought, heat, cold, etc.
- More information, complexity and potential knowledge to be discovered within
- Greater productivity within: (i.e ability to nourish, support and grow)
- Ability to support larger fauna

A circle was used above as an example. One could just as easily substitute a square instead and get similar results. Therefore, consider a square 100 miles on a side. It has a ratio of area/edge of 10,000/400 which equals 25.

Assuming that square contains rainforest (but it could just as easily be another type of ecosystem), let's now fracture it. We'll turn it into a checkerboard of 64 black and white squares. Black are rainforest squares. White are squares burned to remove the trees, and then tilled for agriculture.

Our total area of rainforest within the checkerboard is now half what it was. The original square contained 10,000 square miles of rainforest. It now contains 5,000 square miles of rainforest. But look at the change in rainforest edges. The original square had only 400 miles of rainforest edge. The checkerboard has 1,600 miles of rainforest edge.

And so we can get a sense of the difference between these two extents of land. Recall that the unspoiled square had 10,000 square miles of rainforest and total edges measuring 400 miles with a ratio of 25. Look at the ratio of the fractured checkerboard to get a sense of how less rich its potential is. It's ratio is 5,000/1,600 which equals 3.125.

Compare the two numbers: 25 vs. 3.125.

More to say later.
18  Other / Politics & Society / DamNation on: July 12, 2012, 05:39:53 AM
http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=75082&ln=hp2

Video: http://video.patagonia.com/video/DamNation-Trailer
19  Other / Politics & Society / What provisions does NAP have to stay NAP? on: July 05, 2012, 06:39:27 PM
I don't get it. NAP has no means of remaining NAP. NAP is meaningless and useless.
20  Other / Politics & Society / Resources on: July 05, 2012, 03:45:15 PM
Please help me out here...

Does Bitcoin analogize to gold? Is gold an excellent example of a precious resource?

Let's discuss resources. Let's discuss free markets.
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