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Old 06-09-2019, 01:13 PM   #871
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If you enjoy Science Fiction I've seen what I consider to be 3 fairly exemplary ones this year.

By far the very best for those who enjoy realistic yet far-reaching, deep thought-movies is the 2014 The Arrival. Just don't confuse it with the decades earlier Charlie Sheen movie which is merely clever and entertaining.

Nearly as good, especially since we are just beginning to see the actual effects of advanced Artificial Intelligence, is Her featuring a terrific performance by Juaquin Phoenix. It is not at all the typical "Terminator" type AI Monster movie but more along concerned with psychological effects and real alienation between all people with a focus on friend and intimate relationships. It also features a surprise ending nearly as dramatic as that in Arthur C. Clarke's awesome novel, Childhood's End.

Also with a heavy focus on human relationships, especially motivations, needs and trust, as well as grace under pressure, life and death, is Passengers. It is visually stunning and the plot is even bigger and better. Highly recommended.

One Australian/New Zealand movie that is a somewhat similar psychological study of isolation versus alienation with a huge surprise ending is 1985's The Quiet Earth. It drives the protagonist crazy and may have a similar effect on viewers until the credits roll, trying to figure out what is real and what is not.
 
Old 06-09-2019, 03:21 PM   #872
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Logans Run
Star Trek (Originals Only)
The Matrix
1984
Stand By Me
Enemy at the Gates
Hackers
Star Wars (Originals Only)
The Lord of the Rings
Blade Runner
 
Old 06-09-2019, 03:42 PM   #873
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Enemy at the Gates
This is one of my favorite WW2 movies of all time. It's insanely underrated, despite some inaccuracies. The production and set design really blew me away when I first saw it.
 
Old 06-11-2019, 09:15 AM   #874
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Recent brilliant movies: Green Book, The Favorite, also, the new live version of Disney's Aladdin is kinda ok
 
Old 06-13-2019, 01:35 AM   #875
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From recent Oscar winners check out Green Book and The Favorite, both are very different in genre and style but both worth a watch.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 04:28 AM   #876
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There are hints of Matrix 4 movie being in progress. Should be epic once released.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 11:09 AM   #877
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I really enjoyed this movie, but it's not for everyone.

The director also released two other, well-known films: The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. I recommend watching the former first to see if you enjoy his style of satire.
 
Old 06-15-2019, 01:42 AM   #878
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Recent brilliant movies: Green Book, The Favorite, also, the new live version of Disney's Aladdin is kinda ok
Do you mean The Favourite or The Favorite?
 
Old 06-15-2019, 02:04 AM   #879
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There are hints of Matrix 4 movie being in progress. Should be epic once released.
All those are fan made fake trailers. Can you please point to a more legitimate source?
 
Old 06-15-2019, 02:44 AM   #880
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^ nothing on imdb.com either.
as much as i love(d) the matrix, i think the third part already wasn't very convincing, keanu reeves' acting abilities are ... limited, and most importantly: the idea of the matrix, as amazing as it was in 1999, has become part of sci-fi film history itself.

that said, i'm always a sucker for another sci-fi film with a matrix theme, surreal martial arts scenes and Mr Smith.
 
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I think I must be one of the only people who found The Matrix boring. The first film did, indeed, surprise on initial viewing and was fun to watch the first time. However, I found the ridiculous explanation of why The Matrix existed to be farcical and the "rules" inconsistent, especially in the further films, to the point of being a fantasy film more in the nature of Superman than anything remotely believable.

Not a film, and apologies if it has been mentioned but I can never get search to work on this site, but Black Mirror is a series well worth watching. It says a lot that I am not sure I like the main writer or agree with his politics and I even start watching every episode expecing not to like it but he continues to impress.

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Old 06-15-2019, 09:36 AM   #882
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to the point of being a fantasy film more in the nature of Superman than anything remotely believable.
That's not a bad hing is it?
I think to judge The Matrix by its scientific credibility is to misunderstand it.

Granted, I was young and impressionable when I watched it almost 20 years ago together with people who were even younger and more impressionable than me... it was a big event.

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Fully agree!
Is it ongoing still? Must be almost 2 years since I first saw it and almost a year since I watched the last episode...
 
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I suppose I have a dislike of non-consistent fantasy and will admit i'm not a great fan of fantasy in general. The fact that the writers of The Matrix based it upon something scientifically idiotic put me off. Anyone who ever attended a science class should know the premise is stupid. It's Superman-winding-the-earth-back stupid and more.
 
Old 06-15-2019, 12:07 PM   #884
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I think to judge The Matrix by its scientific credibility is to misunderstand it.
Exactly. The power of The Matrix is precisely that it's a metaphor. It represents something else beyond all the action and special effects you can see (that are really cool, by the way, which makes it more attractive).
 
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Exactly. The power of The Matrix is precisely that it's a metaphor. It represents something else beyond all the action and special effects you can see (that are really cool, by the way, which makes it more attractive).
A metaphore for a dream with deliberately annoying rules, with no explanation, which may or may or may not be real and/or moral? There's no attempt to even attempt to even look at anything to do with the rules, technology or morality upon which the film depends.
 
  


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