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The 13th Day

Postby Scepcop » 18 Sep 2011, 14:05

This one looks interesting. We are going to go see it. Perhaps it will restore our faith in miracles?

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The 13th Day
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October 13th 1917, Fatima, Portugal.

FACT: Over 70,000 witnesses watched the sun spinning in the sky before plummeting towards the earth, in an extraordinary prophesised event, which became known as 'The Miracle of the Sun'.

In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3 children were chosen to offer a message of hope to the world.

Based on the memoirs of the oldest Seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the TRUE story of three young shepherds who experienced six interactive apparitions with a "Lady from Heaven" between May and October 1917, which culminated into the final prophesized Miracle.

Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government's attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story.

The lady, who later revealed herself to be the Blessed Mary, gave a SECRET to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of communism, and the assassination of the Pope.

All three Seers have since died. Two of them have been beatified.

Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, writer-directors Ian & Dominic Higgins use state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen.

Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, 13th Day Films worked with a cast of over 250 to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, and 3 Portuguese children play the iconic roles of the Seers.

Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and often harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.
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Re: Some highly rated movies I recommend

Postby Craig Browning » 18 Sep 2011, 21:03

Wow! I remember the original black & white film about that made back in the late 30s.

The last of the 3 kids just died a few years back, she was a Nun and if I recall correctly, she's one of those that don't decay; she looks exactly as she did the day she died.
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Re: Some highly rated movies I recommend

Postby JO 753 » 19 Sep 2011, 12:47

I saw Watchmen a few dayz ago. It didnt seem so bad wile i wuz watching it, but it left a bad impression on me.

I saw The Adjustment Bereau yesterday. Good movie. They did an amazing job uv supporting the premise with very minimal special effects.
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Re: Some highly rated movies I recommend

Postby Scepcop » 20 Sep 2011, 02:07

We just saw "The 13th Day". It was great, very inspirational. For some reason, they made it to look like an old film, even though it was made in 2009. It was in black and white but had a few scenes in color. Here is the trailer for the film. It looks pretty good and shows you what the film is like without giving away the ending.



It's hard to believe that 70,000 people could have hallucinated. But then again, how can the sun be spinning in the sky and come down, yet only these 70,000 people saw it, but the rest of the world didn't? That's what I don't get. But anything is possible I guess. It's a great film, and rated 9.9 out of 10 on IMDB.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1615865/
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THX 1138 - Orwellian film by George Lucas

Postby Scepcop » 07 Oct 2011, 03:40

Check this one out. It looks so interesting. I'm going to download and watch it.

THX 1138

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/

George Lucas adapted this, his first film, from a short he made at University. THX 1138, LUH 3417, and SEN 5241 attempt to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the surface of the Earth. The society has outlawed sex, with drugs used to control the people. THX 1138 stops taking the drugs, and gets LUH 3417 pregnant. They are both thrown in jail where they meet SEN 5241 and start to plan their escape.

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Re: Some highly rated movies I recommend

Postby JO 753 » 07 Oct 2011, 09:43

Thats a good movie. Some feeeeky stuff going on there!

The Island is a recent movie with some similar elements.
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Re: The Fountain and The Tree of Life

Postby Scepcop » 26 Oct 2011, 01:45

Scepcop wrote:Check out these films. A lot of people have rated them as 10 star masterpieces!

The Fountain

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Look! Everyone on IMDB gave it 10 stars! They said that it's comparable to 2001: A Space Odyssey as perhaps the greatest film ever made!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/reviews

Here's the trailer.



The Tree of Life

This unusual film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn is supposed to be a weird one that jumps back and forth without following a storyline. What's funny is that everyone on IMDB either gave it 1 star or 10 stars. lol It's like you either totally hate it or worship it as a deep masterpiece. lol Check out the mix of 1 and 10 star reviews below.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478304/reviews

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I just saw The Fountain, and wow, I am speechless. I had no idea what was going on in that last 20 minutes as the protagonist reaches the dying star in the nebula where he becomes enlightened and all his past lives come together, until I read interpretations of it on the IMDB message boards. That last part was a timeless masterpiece. It was very poetic, artistic, and dazzling. Something truly special.

Here are a few clips from the ending. It is incomplete, but the only ones I could find.





Here are two credible interpretations of the film.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/boa ... 940256?p=1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/boa ... 751723?p=1
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Re: Some highly rated movies I recommend

Postby Scepcop » 26 Oct 2011, 02:22

Some other interesting deep and unusual films that make you think.

2046 (2004, Chinese, winner of 6 academy awards in Hong Kong)

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He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention.....to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.

Director Wong Kar-Wai's style reaches its fullest expression in his stunning film 2046. Picture period sets and intricate costuming, finely wrought atmospheres, languid shots, glamorous cigarette smoke, lamplight and allusions to film noir. 2046 is a meditation on memory, eroticism, love, loss, and longing which surpasses the director's beautiful, widely acclaimed IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) in terms of formal ambition and visual sumptuousness. With its intriguing, layered structure, the film follows the adventures of Chow Wo Man (Tony Leung), a womanizer who is writing a science fiction novel about a future year in which all memories are suspended. The film shuttles between the BLADE RUNNER-like world of Chow's futuristic novel (complete with androids and other metaphors of emotional disconnection) and late-'60s Hong Kong--where Chow writes from a hotel room, and engages in relationships with a series of beautiful, complex women. The film also journeys to Singapore and through the increasingly mysterious corridors of the protagonist's memory.

2046 resists tidy plot summaries with its disjointed, zigzagging construction. Yet, coupled with Wong's rich cinematography and dazzling formal techniques, it is as fluid, associative, and labyrinthine as memory itself. Sliding between keenly detailed realism (Wong's camera can capture the subtlest flicker of emotion in a characters' eyes) and lavish, expressionistic metaphor, the film is a deeply entrancing experience. Even given its jumbled, sometimes chaotic narrative, 2046 creates a poignant, emotionally charged, and richly rewarding experience.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212712/

Mr. Nobody

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485947/

In the year 2092, Nemo Nobody is a 118-year-old man who finds himself as the last mortal amongst humans who have become immortal due to scientific advances involving the perpetual rejuvenation of telomeres. When Nemo is on his deathbed, he reviews three possible existences and marriages he might have experienced. References to the big bang theory, the nature of time, superstring theory, and memory help structure the plot.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/

Starring Jim Carrey. A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

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Re: Great films to check out!

Postby Scepcop » 26 Oct 2011, 05:06

Wow these look VERY interesting. I can't wait to watch them.

This one has no action and is all philosophical discussion among college professors. People say it's highly engaging for thinkers.

The Man from Earth (2007)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

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If you've ever been so lonely before that you started to hallucinate, you will love this next one.

Moon (2009)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182345/

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.

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The Quiet Earth (1985)

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089869/

A man wakes up to find himself literally alone in the world, and goes about trying to find other survivors, as well as to find out what happened. He suspects that a government research project he was involved in had something to do with the disappearance of everyone. Eventually he finds several other people, and once they begin to trust each other they try to figure out why they were left on earth.

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Re: Great films to check out!

Postby Scepcop » 26 Oct 2011, 07:51

Check out these scary movies. The trailers made the hair on my back stand up. Yikes! Jacob's Ladder is the most highly rated one and is a very disturbing psychological thriller that leaves you feeling unsettled after watching it. The trailer for it is really creepy.

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Cult psychological horror-thriller starring Tim Robbins.
A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him.

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The Orphanage (2007)

Laura, a former orphan, raises her adopted son Simón together with her husband Carlos in an old house and former orphanage where she was raised. While at the orphanage Simón tells Laura that he has five invisible friends which she believes are a product of his active imagination. Laura decides to reopen the orphanage to cater for disabled children and throws a party. During the party Simón tries to persuade Laura to go and take a look at his friends cabin but she's too busy. Later on she sees a mysterious masked boy and realizes that Simón has also disappeared. Laura feels the presence of other people in the house and months later Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery.

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Cube (1997)

Cube has stormed the world with it's unique plot and captivating horror/thriller atmosphere. A true cult film!

Plot: 7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.

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Identity (2003)

Strangers from all different walks of life: a limo driver escorting a fading television star, parents with a young son whose marriage is in crisis, a cop transporting a dangerous convict, a beautiful call girl, a couple of young newlyweds, and a nervous motel manager are caught up in a severe rainstorm, stuck at a motel in desolate Nevada. Soon they realize they may be at the motel for another reason when one by one, people start getting killed off. As tensions flare and fingers are pointed, they have to get to the bottom of why they're there. Meanwhile in an undisclosed location, a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder in an eleventh hour trial. How these two through-lines are related can only be found in Identity.

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Re: Great films to check out!

Postby Scepcop » 28 Oct 2011, 19:17

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Gandhi (1982)

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Brave New World (1980)

This 3-hour TV adaptation of the 1932 Aldous Huxley novel is set 600 years in the future. In this "well- ordered" society, the citizens are required to take mind-controlling drugs, sex without love is compulsory, and test-tube babies are commonplace because of a ban on pregnancy. Keir Dullea heads the cast as Thomas Grahmbell, "director of hatcheries". Not everybody is satisfied with society's lack of humanity and feeling; the loudest dissidents are free-thinking poet Heimholtz Watson (Dick Anthony Williams) and brilliant oddball Bernard Marx (Bud Cort). An injection of new "old" ideas are brought in by "primitive" John Savage (Kristoffer Tabori), who lives on an Indian reservation which still honors 20th century values. Meanwhile, Linda Lysenko (Julie Cobb) becomes a natural mother--and in so doing becomes a criminal. In keeping with the style of the original book, the script's newly-minted characters are given names of pop-culture icons (Disney, Maoina, Stalina, and so on). Brave New World was first telecast March 7, 1980.

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Re: Great films to check out

Postby Scepcop » 06 Nov 2011, 10:13

Wow, I just saw "Born on the Fourth of July" again on YouTube. I haven't seen it since 1990, but back then I didn't appreciate or understand it like I do now. This is one of the most moving sad touching films I've ever seen. It's the kind that will bring you to tears. It's a total must see. If everyone saw this film again, there would be no support for US wars any longer.

Directed by Oliver Stone, "Born on the Fourth of July" stars Tom Cruise, who plays a Vietnam veteran who comes to realize that the war is wrong after experiencing its horrors and pointlessness first hand. His transformation from being the most patriotic pro-war American to the most vehement anti-war protester is moving, sad, and realistic. Everyone ought to see this film.

You can see it for free on YouTube. Here is the link:

Full movie, Part 1



Here is a great review and summary of it on IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096969/

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'There was another war waiting for the soldiers when they returned home.'
24 October 2004 | by ilovedolby (New York State) – See all my reviews

When asked why he wanted to make another film about Vietnam after the success of 'Platoon,' Oliver Stone is quoted as saying, 'There was another war waiting for the soldiers when they returned home.' Indeed, he was right. 'Born On the Fourth Of July,' based on the book by Ron Kovic, follows Kovic's account of his experiences in Vietnam and the indifferent nation that he returned to. Although released in 1989, it holds up to the current situation that exists in Iraq now-many refer to it as the new Vietnam. Regardless of anyone's opinion on the current Iraq war, 'Born On the Fourth of July' is one of the most affecting, and important war related films of all time.

As the film opens, we find a young Kovic pretending to be a soldier with friends-a time when the idea of being a soldier was heroic since their father's had been heroes in WWII. The film then follows Kovic as a popular athlete in high school up to his recruitment as a Marine. Kovic rationalizes his reasons for joining up as Communists have missiles pointed at us now and we have to save our country from its threats.

During his time in Vietnam, Kovic sees the true nature of war. His platoon mistakenly fires upon a town where the enemy is supposedly hiding; however, they end up killing women and children. During the confusion that follows, Kovic accidentally shoots a fellow soldier-his guilt would encompass him for years to come. But when Kovic himself is wounded in a field, he is sent home paralyzed from the waist down. He spends the first few months in a veteran hospital, which in this case, was a slum. The doctors inform him that he will never be able to use his legs again, and that he no longer has the ability to have children.

When he returns to his home, he realizes that the world has changed. People protest the war, sometimes protesting against the soldiers themselves. His own family is indifferent to the war, as are his old friends. In one scene, he is told by an old friend who has become successful as a fast food manager, 'people here-they don't give a s**t about the war! To them it's just a million miles away.'

Eventually becoming disillusioned by everything in his hometown, Kovic spends a great deal of time with other veterans like himself at a resort in Mexico. Later he becomes an activist-his first public activism took place at the 1972 Republican National Convention where he was televised for exposing the reality of what soldiers endured in Vietnam, but also on the reasons why we did not belong there in the first place.

'Born On the Fourth of July' spends a good deal of time focusing on the misplaced patriotism that the politicians spewed at the public to drum up support not only for Vietnam, but the Cold War, in general. The film shows this by Kovic's own mother constantly reminding her son that he was doing the right thing by going over there and fighting and that he was in God's hands. When Kovic returns home and his disillusionment grows, he gets drunk one night and yells at his mother, 'There is no God. There is only me in this chair for the rest of my life!'

The film does stand up today just as strong as ever. With soldiers returning home from Iraq, and the constant media attention of terrorist attacks over there and seeing our own soldiers ambushed all the time, those who fight now must feel the same anger and frustration that Kovic felt year ago. It does make one wonder, when will the politicians ever truly get it! ****"
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Re: Great films to check out

Postby NinjaPuppy » 07 Nov 2011, 05:56

Scepcop- Should I buy stock in popcorn? You've been very busy watching movies this month. :D
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Re: Great films to check out

Postby Arouet » 07 Nov 2011, 06:16

Not a movie, but just noticed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing on netflix! Just marathoned through season 1. Still one of the cleverest and fun shows on tv!
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Re: Great films to check out

Postby NinjaPuppy » 07 Nov 2011, 20:56

Arouet wrote:Not a movie, but just noticed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing on netflix! Just marathoned through season 1. Still one of the cleverest and fun shows on tv!

I'm curious as to why you say that. I guess I should give it a watch and see. For some reason it's one show that I never bothered even checking out.
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