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Posted on 09/18/2012 9:51:49 AM PDT by Tuanedge
Hi everyone...I'm one of those people who broke the TV habit, but I still like to watch good movies, and living on a boat YouTube has become my sole source.
Thought if I ran across something special, I'd share it, and other people can share their faves too...
Enjoy, and God bless...Tuanedge
Chances are most of you have heard of or already seen The Crossing, I've seen it quite a few times... But with these days being what they are in our country, I needed to watch it again...
It's the Revolutionary War, George Washington and his ragtag rebels have suffered defeat after defeat. Starving and ill armed, they have reached their last stand.
His implacable will, the unique personalities of the people under his command, the diverse skills they bring to commit to the cause, the loyalty of his remaining men to a beloved commander in chief are the only assets the colonial army has left.
General Washington sees his army, farm boys and immigrants who look on him with hope, counts the superior forces arrayed against him, and knows the vicious winter approaching will surely decimate what is left of his men.
And he decides to attack.
Here it is on youtube without subtitles. (Just to get a feel for the it)
Here’s “The Crossing” as a single file, in HD.
YOUTUBE HAS EVERY MST3K EPISODE.
By the way, folks, you can help me a lot.
I translated a really raunchy, off-beat Japanese series called “World Downtown,” and it is comedy like you have never seen before...IF you can endure it.
Watch it with shocked laughter (the first few episodes are pretty tame but it soon goes off the rails)
I’ve been enjoying the BBC’s Story of Wales:
All six episodes are on YouTube (58 min each)
Also a great reality series on the London Underground called The Tube:
Several other episodes are there as well
I’m in a middle of a BBC movie on Charles II. A bit racy for a historical drama, but a fascinating look at the end of the Cromwell era and the Restoration.
Frankly, I haven’t watched any “regular” TV in over a year. Dont miss it. In fact the sound of a TV that is tuned to an actual network causes me to wince. If you can, just attach your laptop or a pc to your TV (these days a cinch procedure) and cancel cable TODAY.
I rediscovered the greatness of the TV Series “Connections” on YouTube, and I even got my kids hooked on it.
The Trigger Effect
Death in the Morning
The other episodes are there as well.
I saw James Burke speak while I was in college and he was thoroughly engaging. Two hours never went so fast. And thanks for pointing out the YouTube links. I loved that show.
Those were great shows. I’ll have to take a look at them again sometime.
If you want some weird, hilarious Australian sci-fi and fantasy comedy, check out “Danger 5”. (IMDb rating of 8.1).
“The show is set in a bizarre 1960s interpretation of World War II and follows a group of five international spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler and thwart his plans of world domination.”
“The Diamond Girls”
“I Danced For Hitler”
“Lizard Soldiers Of The Third Reich”
“Kill-Men Of The Rising Sun”
“Hitler’s Golden Murder Palace”
“Fresh Meat For Hitler’s Sex Kitchen”
Here is the plot(?) of ‘Lizard Soldiers’:
“American GIs are being decimated by Nazi dinosaurs all over the Western front. Danger 5 heads to Belgium to investigate and has a series of close shaves with a trigger-happy Triceratops and a perverted Nazi Pterodactyl. Claire discovers that the dinosaurs have all been implanted with a mysterious type of crystal, native to Antarctica and Danger 5 embark on a journey to the South Pole. Antarctica proves to be a lost plateau of prehistoric wonder where Danger 5 encounter the bizarre Dr Josef Mengele and his sinister volcano base filled with Nazi dinosaur minions.”
I seen a few episodes, it’s very weird.
But, I am discerning. This particular martial arts movie is not really an action flick per se....it's more along the lines of a fantasy film.
Not my usual bill of fare... and usually I'm critical of these fly by wire type of martial arts moves on film that have no practical basis in reality. But this movie is so beautiful. It's like a work of art.
Admittedly it's just a bit thin on plot... the ending is a bit pat...but it more than makes up for it in the gorgeous scenes, the intense actors, the beautiful women, and the ballet type moves that normally I would never care for, are so communicative and full of emotional content; it's a very singular and wonderful film.
Ladies, if you hate kung fu movies you will love this one...trust me it's sweet and full of romantic angles... and guys, if you like the MA genre I think I can guarantee you won't be bored.
For the first 10 minutes they're basically setting up the film, it doesn't start out like the high level flick I describe but it gets up to speed in no time. Definitely in the vein of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but with a shot of Lord of the Rings thrown in. And the special effects are inspired.
In Chinese with English and Mandarin subtitles.
Everyone's heard of it; the only thing I'll say is that if any movie was perfectly made, this one was perfectly made. IMO there is not one thing you could do this movie to make it any better, not one scene you could take out, not anything that you could put in. Every actor is a perfect choice, every scene is a perfect shot. Poetry on film.
Some people say that one particular scene could be charged as a display of wife abuse, but my defense is that Maureen O'Hara is 1 tough gal and could have knocked out John Wayne anytime she wanted to, her character was just letting him THINK he was in charge. My proof is at the end of the scene, she walks off looking like the cat that ate the canary. What a woman.
In the movie John Wayne, in character, says that the village of Innisfree always seemed to be an image of heaven for him. I can't argue.
At the end of the movie, you can try to help solve a mystery that millions of people all over the planet have been trying to solve ever since this movie was made. The movie is almost over, the scene shows John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara standing by the brook in front of their cottage, and she turns and whispers something into his ear, that makes John Wayne quickly turn towards her in a look of startled surprise...she steps away, gives a "come hither" look, and then he follows her.
Maureen O'Hara has said in interviews that the director told her to whisper something truly obscene of a sexual nature into John Wayne's ear in order to produce that startled look. And to my eyes at least, when he follows her afterwards, it seems he wants to follow her, but he's also a little afraid to...LOL!
To this day, Maureen O'Hara will NOT say what she whispered into John Wayne's ear, and she says she's going to take it with her into her grave. People with digital enhancers and lip readers have tried to discern what she actually says in that scene, to no avail.
I have my own psychic guess, but I won't say what it is. ENJOY.
I've seen a lot of war movies, IMHO, this is the best war movie, ever.
Thanks for this link ....ping...
Do you long for a simpler time, when the whole world seemed new, no pollution, no energy crisis, no religious radicals, no corrupt government officials, no economic woes, and no sexual diseases...a place where everyone can go where they like and do what they please, living lives of perfect freedom.
Well, almost perfect. Occasionally you have to run for your life, with sabretooth cats chasing you across the landscape. And your neighbors down the street seem to have this addiction to the taste of human flesh.
Everything would be right as rain if you could just get that first cup of coffee to get you started in the morning. But there is no coffee. And even if there was coffee, you couldn't make it, because you haven't discovered how to make fire yet.
Oh, well...every paradise has its problems.
Don't worry about the YouTube title being in Spanish...the movie is in English. Well, kind of. Not sure what language "Ook Ook, Aak Aak" is, but you'll understand it anyway. Warning: contains nudity and non explicit caveman sex.
(aka "La Guerra de Fuego")
But in the process of looking for that movie, I ran across a documentary about the Third Crusade, and Richard the Lionheart's quest to take Jerusalem from Saladin. I'm no history expert, so a lot of what I learned was new to me, and I found the documentary very watchable.
Two main points stuck with me after watching this documentary: One, although I'd always known that Saladin's reputation was as a noble and magnanimous opponent who spared the innocent, Saladin was not an Arab, he was a Kurd, and Kurds are a different kettle of fish. Second, although I'd always been told how Richard was a bloodthirsty bastard who slaughtered civilians, I learned from this documentry that the Muslim army did not respect him and would not negotiate with him until after they learned how ruthless he could be. The fact that he was so dangerous was the only thing that forced them to dialogue with the infidel and only then did they find any common ground.
It's filmed is kind of a docudrama, with experts from both the west and the east illustrating certain points from time to time, and it's not at all dry-it was very engaging. Saladin and Richard the Lionheart
AFAIK this is just about the best Western of recent years. Two lone entrepreneurs against a monopolistic megalomaniac. (Try saying that five times fast... Or getting a smartphone voice texting program to understand it once) I also like it because it's about the changes you go through when you're a lone wolf getting older, and I can relate. It also has one of the more realistic gun battles I've seen in any action movie. And finally, it's also about finally finding true love late in the game... I am so tired of movie after movie where the love interests are two rich fetuses, and they expect me to care how the movie ends. This is a movie with a mature love interest, and when that love interest is Annette Benning, all I can say is I know what I'm going to be dreaming about tonight. Go ahead and take your 20 somethings to the ice cream store, Annette Bening and I are going to go for a ride on the prairie, and we won't be back until morning.
Oh yeah, I forgot... Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall are also in this movie, I guess...LOL...IMO they both can list this movie in the ranks of their best work.
Awright...no more yappin'... time to round up the cows, blast some desperados into ribbons, and light Annette Benning's fire...Open Range
One more time...Open Range
He rides a mule. He wears a poncho. He smokes a short cigar. And at his side he wears a Colt 45 that blows his enemies 6 ways into Hell.
A mysterious stranger rides into a ravaged town divided by two warring criminal families, the Baxters and the Rojo's... and everywhere he treads, he brings dark justice, fills his pockets from the wealth of his enemies, and leaves only death.
Extremely cool music. Iconic Spaghetti Western scenes. One hot Italian babe. Saddle up...A Fistful of Dollars
John Wayne in the Quiet Man, 1952.
He also did a series called “The Day the Universe Changed” and it looks like there are several episodes of that program on youtube as well.
Quiet Man full length link:
You may have figured out how to defend yourself if SHTF... you may know how to live off the land... you may know how to brain tan a dead skunk... but let's see how your survival skills work in outer space!
You're on a trip to Mars with Batman as your copilot... And everything goes to hell. You end up living in a cave with basic supplies and you're low on oxygen and water... What do you do...channeling Karl Malden...what DO you DO??
Well, thankfully our hero does figure out something, because otherwise there's no movie. At least he has a beautiful companion named Mona...who's a monkey. And our hero fine aliens on Mars too...one who helps im, and others who seemed to be obsessed with blasting him to smithereens at every opportunity.
I was a kid when I first saw this movie, and every time I watch it it takes me right back to being hunkered down in front of the TV on Saturday morning in my pj's watching science fiction theater. Get your PJ's, the cereal and the milk... And enjoy ...Robinson Crusoe On Mars
For those of you who never seen it, I'm going to introduce you to the worst of Wayne... A movie so bad, that it's good...
John Wayne struggles to fulfill Howard Hughes vision of Genghis Khan... but without cattle to round up, or a sixgun to draw, he doesn't seem to know what to do with his hands... at the beginning of the movie he's busy with the hawk flapping on his wrist as he's galloping up and down mountains... later he's got his hands full with uberbabe Susan Hayward, and trying to get into her mountains...LOL... but John Wayne as a Mongolian warlord and Susan Hayward as a Chinese princess isn't just a stretch, it's a trip to the moon!
It's a goofy movie, and I sure wouldn't write a term paper on Genghis Khan based on this movie... but it is watchable, I've enjoyed it more than once, it has many interesting scenes... some of them unintentionally humorous. Give John Wayne credit for trying to break new ground... And with Susan Hayward in the offing, who can blame him? Have a few alcoholic beverages or a smidgen of your favorite controlled substance, and I'm sure you'll enjoy ... The Conqueror
Well, if John Wayne doing Temujin has warped your classic movie mind, here's just the thing to restore your favorite American movie icon back to black and white he man reality... John Wayne is still on the Chinese mainland, but this time they found a P-40 big enough to fit the big galoot and he's shooting down Japs, who are in China getting there jollies bombing the innocent Chinese. Remember, these are the old Chinese... back when Mao only a screwed up little kid with nothing to do. Soon after the war ended, the Chinese in this movie got to experience their kids sending them all to concentration... umm, reeducation camps, and then see their grandchildren foreclose on the United States. The ones that survived, that is... 30,000,000 of them died at the hands of their liberally enlightened offspring. Next time you complain about your kids, just remember: at least they didn't put you behind barbed wire eating fish heads with megaphones blasting in your ear.
Well, enough of that hoo haw... let's see the Duke send some samurai flyboys to the happy hunting ground for their Emperor ...Flying Tigers
Now, go hug your kids and tell them you love them, and remind them how much you HATE fish heads...bye bye!
If you like that kind of movie you're probably familiar with Ivanhoe... this is a 1997 BBC miniseries based on the book/movie
IMO it is excellent... the fight scenes are very good, realism and grittiness prevails, no CGI whatsoever...and the women are beautiful... just as in the original Ivanhoe, it would have been my choice to a become a Messianic Jew and married Rebecca...I always go for the dark haired complex ones, not the blonde barbie dolls. Not trying to make young people avoid reading, but I read the book, and if you base your book report on this movie you probably will get a decent grade.
Only downside, is that it's broken into 15 minute vids, so every 15 minutes you have to click on the next part. This series is well, well worth the wear and tear on your index finger.
Pour yourself a leather jack of mead, and enjoy ...Ivanhoe, the miniseries
This movie is also a beautiful movie, in a much more simpler and realistic way... beautiful like a Zen garden, very realistic, no CGI, no wires, no fakery.
And I have to say, if there's another MA movie that has as hard hitting, realistic fight scenes as this one does, I don't know what it is. Some martial arts movies, you watch, and you say to yourself, well that's fake, or well that's interesting, or hey that was badass. This movie will be having you say, Damn. Geez. Holy crap.
It's about a karate master in Japan, training in the mountains with 3 students, planning to pass on his black belt to the one who will become the new master of his style. Japan has invaded China, but is not yet at war with America. And I won't say more than that, except that I love this movie for the beauty and it's realism, for this hard hitting action, but also with the way it focuses on the value of restraint and the higher goals of the martial life.
If you are a watcher of martial arts movies, this will be put on your top shelf, might make you rethink what you're looking for in a martial arts movie. It sets a standard.
Focus your energy into your hara, pour yourself a cup of green tea, and enjoy ...Kuro-Obi (Black Belt)
This drama tells that story, and also the story of William Wilberforce, who founded the SPCA, and then took up his life's work, fighting in Parliament to have the British transatlantic trade and transport of slaves, eliminated.
A very good movie, it grabbed me and held me from the beginning ...Amazing Grace
Anyway...the last Susan I was with, we were trying to decide on a movie, and I was trying to convince her to watch this. And she kept telling me, over and over, "No, I hate sci fi. I had a boyfriend who was in love with Star Trek, and now I just hate all those stupid shows."
I told her, but you'll love this.
No, I won't.
This is different, trust me...you will.
She looked at me like I was recruiting her for the Church of Satan. "No, I won't."
Finally her two young boys said "PLEEEEEZE?"
Why didn't I think of that.
Later, she told me, "You know, that was really a good movie...you were right. That's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time."
We were together a year, and I think that's the only time that woman let me be right, about anything.
Anyway, I think I've exhausted the possibilities of women named Susan. And whenever I see this movie, I want to give girls named Milla, a chance. Definitely,,,The Fifth Element
First, the people who made this movie started out with the really great idea in mind.... an English man, who's Muslim, has a son who wants to marry into a family of strict fundamentalists... In fact, the movie suggests, but does not say, that the daughters family has links to terrorists in Pakistan. So the son tells the father, that he wants their family to appear even more fundamentalist in order to make the family of his espoused more at ease, and approve their marriage.
At the same time that our main character is facing getting ready for the visit of his new inlaws to be, he's faced with taking care of his late mother's affairs, and cleaning out her house, and it is while he is doing this that he makes a discovery.
****WARNING...MILD SPOILER AHEAD****
This won't ruin the movie for you, it happens in the beginning, so it's just the one surprise that flies by, be ready, I warned you here it comes...Heeyay findethoutay heesay adoptethay, andhay wassay bornethay Ewishjay...Comprendes? LOL
What a great plot!... I thought. And after the movie is rolling, it is a laugh riot. BUT...BUT...I say, but, it seems to take a great stretching of the truth in normalizing Muslim beliefs, Muslim social issues, and, worst of all, it trivializes Muslim terrorism... and I have a big problem with that. And since it is a British film, I wonder how much of the direction of the film lay with a purpose of re educating British audiences to issues regarding radical Islam.
Like I said, I have problems with this movie. However, I also thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. I wish Muslims and Muslim issues were as mainstream and Easy to solve as this movie makes them seem. Al Quaeda is not a Three's Company misunderstanding.
But, I figure folks at FR are smart people, you can probably separate the wheat from the chaff just as I did, plus it is at least informative in that you get to see how moderate Muslims would like us to see them, or perhaps even how they would like to see themselves. With my aforementioned grain of salt, I recommend...The Infidel
You're the king of Ithaca and you just delivered your wife of your first born son... but war with Troy is coming, and although you have the genius for victory, a god's curse will cause you to wander far before you finally find your way home to your family...Armand Assante brings his legendary macho to Homer's tale of...Odysseus
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P. S. : For the ladies, and the men who do love a good romance movie (I'm one of them...but I'm picky)... I realize I've been hitting the action flicks and the guy movies kinda hard, so I'm going to start compiling some romance flicks that I actually like... I'll try to have them up tomorrow, or thereabouts...cya T.
I'll keep an eye out for more...
also the debate 1, between Obama and Romney.
both reveal truth