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September 14, 2012, 05:45:26 PM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.
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September 14, 2012, 07:57:31 PM
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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress entered service in 1955. The U.S. Air Force intends to keep it in service until at least 2045. That's 90 years. They may extend that time frame.

I've wondered for awhile now how those things have lasted so long. Considering there's been so many plane crashes where metal fatigue was involved.

As far as I can tell, the last B-52s were produced no later than 1962 or 1963. They must have a rigorous inspection schedule (obviously) and standard procedures and infrastructure for airframe repair. No matter what, it's rather mind boggling.

Apparently nobody here likes films.

Still trying to confirm this, one way or another.
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September 14, 2012, 08:10:13 PM
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September 14, 2012, 08:30:40 PM
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September 14, 2012, 08:45:35 PM
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Apparently, so I am told, there exist "people" who prefer to wipe sitting down.  From the front.  Initial research indicates it could be up to half the population.

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September 14, 2012, 09:06:08 PM
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The Romans invented concrete. That's why their ancient structures still stand, such as the Pantheon. The also had zoning laws and building codes. Four story apartment buildings were common.
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September 14, 2012, 09:27:34 PM
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A lot of btc traders are secretly trying hard to make more fiat, even if they publicly despise it. Smiley
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September 15, 2012, 04:52:53 AM
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the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces (aglets) were created by the government for a nefarious purpose...
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September 15, 2012, 08:32:17 PM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.

Still trying to confirm this, one way or another.

I like films as far as their ability to entertain me while I watch them.  I don't stay for the credits and it's extremely rare I'm interested in cast interviews or "the making of" specials.  I also have 0 interest in the actors/writers/producers etc in any context other than them putting on an enjoyable performance for me.

Similarly I don't care about bands either.  I like some collections of sounds and not others and I judge them on a case by case basis regardless of the particulars involved in creating them.

There are some interesting people involved in making movies and music I'm sure, but they're strangers and if I'm going to spend time or energy on people, overall I'd rather it be people I have real relationships with.

The background to the making of a movie is about as intriguing to me as the history behind the company that produces the napkins I use to wipe bacon grease off my face (either might potentially make for a great story, which is something I do enjoy).

Not that I'm intending to put down movie buffs, I just don't "get it" I suppose.

Though I doubt this helps you much since historically I've noticed not many share my position on these types of things.

While we're on the topic I actually find credits at the beginning of a movie rather insulting.  Each day I use my car to drive to work.  My car does more for me than any individual movie has and exists due to the hard work and ingenuity of many people, and yet I don't have sit bored watching a list of names involved in the project before starting the ignition each time.  It's only showbiz people with ego large enough to think that everyone should have to see their names scroll by before consuming their product.
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September 15, 2012, 08:38:44 PM
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September 15, 2012, 08:52:47 PM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.

In the "Blade Runner" movie in the scene where Deckard is flying with the hoover-car is used a real movie model of Milenium Falco starship from Star Wars as a roof of the skyscraper.  Cheesy

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September 15, 2012, 10:16:55 PM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.

Still trying to confirm this, one way or another.

I like films as far as their ability to entertain me while I watch them.  I don't stay for the credits and it's extremely rare I'm interested in cast interviews or "the making of" specials.  I also have 0 interest in the actors/writers/producers etc in any context other than them putting on an enjoyable performance for me.

Similarly I don't care about bands either.  I like some collections of sounds and not others and I judge them on a case by case basis regardless of the particulars involved in creating them.

There are some interesting people involved in making movies and music I'm sure, but they're strangers and if I'm going to spend time or energy on people, overall I'd rather it be people I have real relationships with.

The background to the making of a movie is about as intriguing to me as the history behind the company that produces the napkins I use to wipe bacon grease off my face (either might potentially make for a great story, which is something I do enjoy).

Not that I'm intending to put down movie buffs, I just don't "get it" I suppose.

Though I doubt this helps you much since historically I've noticed not many share my position on these types of things.

While we're on the topic I actually find credits at the beginning of a movie rather insulting.  Each day I use my car to drive to work.  My car does more for me than any individual movie has and exists due to the hard work and ingenuity of many people, and yet I don't have sit bored watching a list of names involved in the project before starting the ignition each time.  It's only showbiz people with ego large enough to think that everyone should have to see their names scroll by before consuming their product.

I think you've misconstrued the concept of being a movie buff. It's not about following the actors, directors, etc. It's just so not that. Let me try and explain:

You said:
I like films as far as their ability to entertain me while I watch them.

That's all there is to it. As a movie buff, I provided several links to films, with little known facts that other people likely don't know, hence the opportunity to post in this thread - also simultaneously sharing films which are entertaining, enjoyable to watch, etc.

The little known facts are about enjoyable moments or enjoyable feelings or enjoyable synchronizations of music and visuals, etc. Everything about being a movie buff is about getting as much enjoyment out of the film as possible, or...

By knowing the director or actor, you then have a means of finding more films which will give you a similar quality or experience. If one film was great, then another by the same director might be great too, especially if he has a certain quality. As regards actors, you will typically find that enjoying a film actually has a lot to do with simply liking the actor or not. Finding other films with the same actors often yields good results.

As you have said, it makes no sense to care too much about the actor's real world personas or the director's real world persona, except in as much as how successful it is in helping you track down other movies.

Soundtracks and visuals merged together often yield an amazing experience. As an example, Wong Kar-Wai often creates a dreamy/swooney experience as he merges very beautiful cinematography with beautiful soundtracks, hence the reason for posting the following links earlier. Watch them, and you'll understand:

2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePU0KP5vHfo

In the Mood for Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRQqksluZk

Fallen Angels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZda7nWftQI

Chungking Express: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7yez4lXjBI

Days of Being Wild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cExEkJjyD8

In my post about the film Let Me In, the appreciation is analogous to appreciating a literary form of storytelling in prose, and through repeated viewings (or readings), one can gain additional enjoyment. See this post: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109258.msg1189556#msg1189556

And a clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ671P3u0o

Regarding the last scene of Briggite Lin and the first scene of Faye Wong, the meta info adds a unique twist to the story by analogy. Knowledge of it is unnecessary, except perhaps for those who enjoyed the film and wish to use the actress's career trajectory to locate other films, which of course is beneficial to those who like films and seek films to watch.

As for Faye Wong's singing, it is so amazing, that one barely notices the the Cranberries cover is being sung in Cantonese! It's simply a beautiful thing to hear and worth pointing out. See this post: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109258.msg1189894#msg1189894

Regarding Adagio, Syboney and 2046, it's simply a pointer to the pleasures of watching a pairing of beautiful music and a visually beautiful film. Surely you can appreciate such things, since you seek enjoyment when watching films:

Adagio in 2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ZKzBc6QTY

Siboney, by Connie Francis in 2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNl_8VSmYu8

Regarding tributes to a film, within another film: They're typically made to pay homage to a great film, thus a clue that such film is a candidate to put on your list to watch, for purposes of pure enjoyment. Furthermore, it's pleasurable to notice them.

The tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9OUrAHWOME

The film being paid homage to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpvOUnz4T7Q

In closing, I can only say that by following these things, I have discovered new films to watch that have given me great pleasure and enriched my life.
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September 16, 2012, 02:16:29 AM
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September 16, 2012, 02:24:20 AM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.

Still trying to confirm this, one way or another.

I like films as far as their ability to entertain me while I watch them.  I don't stay for the credits and it's extremely rare I'm interested in cast interviews or "the making of" specials.  I also have 0 interest in the actors/writers/producers etc in any context other than them putting on an enjoyable performance for me.

Similarly I don't care about bands either.  I like some collections of sounds and not others and I judge them on a case by case basis regardless of the particulars involved in creating them.

There are some interesting people involved in making movies and music I'm sure, but they're strangers and if I'm going to spend time or energy on people, overall I'd rather it be people I have real relationships with.

The background to the making of a movie is about as intriguing to me as the history behind the company that produces the napkins I use to wipe bacon grease off my face (either might potentially make for a great story, which is something I do enjoy).

Not that I'm intending to put down movie buffs, I just don't "get it" I suppose.

Though I doubt this helps you much since historically I've noticed not many share my position on these types of things.

While we're on the topic I actually find credits at the beginning of a movie rather insulting.  Each day I use my car to drive to work.  My car does more for me than any individual movie has and exists due to the hard work and ingenuity of many people, and yet I don't have sit bored watching a list of names involved in the project before starting the ignition each time.  It's only showbiz people with ego large enough to think that everyone should have to see their names scroll by before consuming their product.

I think you've misconstrued the concept of being a movie buff. It's not about following the actors, directors, etc. It's just so not that. Let me try and explain:

You said:
I like films as far as their ability to entertain me while I watch them.

That's all there is to it. As a movie buff, I provided several links to films, with little known facts that other people likely don't know, hence the opportunity to post in this thread - also simultaneously sharing films which are entertaining, enjoyable to watch, etc.

The little known facts are about enjoyable moments or enjoyable feelings or enjoyable synchronizations of music and visuals, etc. Everything about being a movie buff is about getting as much enjoyment out of the film as possible, or...

By knowing the director or actor, you then have a means of finding more films which will give you a similar quality or experience. If one film was great, then another by the same director might be great too, especially if he has a certain quality. As regards actors, you will typically find that enjoying a film actually has a lot to do with simply liking the actor or not. Finding other films with the same actors often yields good results.

As you have said, it makes no sense to care too much about the actor's real world personas or the director's real world persona, except in as much as how successful it is in helping you track down other movies.

Soundtracks and visuals merged together often yield an amazing experience. As an example, Wong Kar-Wai often creates a dreamy/swooney experience as he merges very beautiful cinematography with beautiful soundtracks, hence the reason for posting the following links earlier. Watch them, and you'll understand:

2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePU0KP5vHfo

In the Mood for Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRQqksluZk

Fallen Angels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZda7nWftQI

Chungking Express: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7yez4lXjBI

Days of Being Wild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cExEkJjyD8

In my post about the film Let Me In, the appreciation is analogous to appreciating a literary form of storytelling in prose, and through repeated viewings (or readings), one can gain additional enjoyment. See this post: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109258.msg1189556#msg1189556

And a clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ671P3u0o

Regarding the last scene of Briggite Lin and the first scene of Faye Wong, the meta info adds a unique twist to the story by analogy. Knowledge of it is unnecessary, except perhaps for those who enjoyed the film and wish to use the actress's career trajectory to locate other films, which of course is beneficial to those who like films and seek films to watch.

As for Faye Wong's singing, it is so amazing, that one barely notices the the Cranberries cover is being sung in Cantonese! It's simply a beautiful thing to hear and worth pointing out. See this post: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109258.msg1189894#msg1189894

Regarding Adagio, Syboney and 2046, it's simply a pointer to the pleasures of watching a pairing of beautiful music and a visually beautiful film. Surely you can appreciate such things, since you seek enjoyment when watching films:

Adagio in 2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ZKzBc6QTY

Siboney, by Connie Francis in 2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNl_8VSmYu8

Regarding tributes to a film, within another film: They're typically made to pay homage to a great film, thus a clue that such film is a candidate to put on your list to watch, for purposes of pure enjoyment. Furthermore, it's pleasurable to notice them.

The tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9OUrAHWOME

The film being paid homage to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpvOUnz4T7Q

In closing, I can only say that by following these things, I have discovered new films to watch that have given me great pleasure and enriched my life.

Fair enough.  It's probably more that I just saw an opportunity to rant a bit. 

I have known plenty of people that like to drone on and on about what this director's motivation for this or that scene was or where the inspiration for this or that came from and why it makes that clip of video more important, this usually kills any enjoyment I once felt for said film, kind of like taking notes for a book report ruined any enjoyment of reading many great novels back when I was in school.  Since your posts were all about movies and you were asking if anyone "liked" movies I sort of assumed you meant "liked" in that way.  I think most people really like watching movies in general.

I'll go back and give your posts another look.  I do always appreciate good tips on movies to check out.

As for actors I usually use them more as a negative warning indicator for a movie (say anything with Tyler Perry attached to it etc.).  However there have been countless movies I've really liked that had no actors I recognized at all.  I dislike it when an actor plays a role well and builds a reputation, but then wants to branch out and "grow", then sometimes you watch a movie based on the actor and in a small way feel ripped off when it sucks because he/she didn't stick to what they were good at.
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September 16, 2012, 02:27:41 AM
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Apparently nobody here likes films.

Thanks to you I found a new movie to get for my son, "Horton Hears a who" ty

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