What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

July 15th, 2017 at 4:23:15 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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The world population growth as a percent peaked around 1962. But 1960 and 1961 saw one of history's greatest famines in China which greatly reduced the population growth. While some saw the famine as one of the dangers of government intervention in an economy, others were bound to see it as part of a Malthusian catastrophe which had been predicted since the early 19th century.

Malthus said that there will always be sex, hence there will always be children, hence in a world where plagues were no longer commonplace, population would always grow exponentially while resources would grow arithmetically. The inevitable result would be war, famine, or disease to control the population (i.e. a Malthusian catastrophe).

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Soylent Green?

By 1968 the Club of Rome was making popular the idea that long before the people died of a Malthusian Catstrophe, modern communications would make people want to live like the elite. So the resources to let billions live up to the American poverty level would collapse the world.

I have always thought of the corporate presence in Soylent Green as a natural outgrowth of the world demography, but not necessarily the driving force. So I would argue that it is different than Rollerball . The Omen just introduced the idea that the anti-Christ would be born into the corporate elite, and not necessarily the political elite.
July 15th, 2017 at 5:31:26 PM permalink
rxwine
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Rollerball is unwatchable now, it's corny
and dated.


It wasn't that bad. It's good enough for late night, nothing else on.
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July 17th, 2017 at 6:53:50 PM permalink
rxwine
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Went and saw the "Ape" movie currently showing.

Gotta say, I really only give it 3 out of 5 bananas.

Story just didn't really engage me. Maybe I've seen too many war movies. The CGI battle scenes in the beginning were the best part for me.

Woody Harrelson was channeling a tepid copy of Marlon Brando, the mad colonel from "Apocalypse Now." There is even a direct reference in some graffiti.

Personally I'd wait until it hit cable/Netflix myself.

I guess it's doing pretty well at the box office, so maybe others see something different.
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July 18th, 2017 at 12:13:46 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I guess it's doing pretty well at the box office, so maybe others see something different.


My brother went and said it was a CGI mess and overly sadistic.

The movie is almost a certain to have higher box office revenue in China than in the USA. The foreign box office for these films keeps on rising. Revenue domestically should be equivalent to the 2001 and 2011 film,

War for the Planet of the Apes July 14, 2017 Production Budget: $150 million

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes July 11, 2014 Production Budget: $170 million
Domestic: $208,545,589 29.3%
+ Foreign: $502,098,977 70.7%
= Worldwide: $710,644,566

Rise of the Planet of the Apes August 5, 2011 Production Budget: $93 million
Domestic: $176,760,185 36.7%
+ Foreign: $305,040,864 63.3%
= Worldwide: $481,801,049

Planet of the Apes (2001) July 27, 2001 Production Budget: $100 million
Domestic: $180,011,740 49.7%
+ Foreign: $182,200,000 50.3%
= Worldwide: $362,211,740
July 18th, 2017 at 12:39:39 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Woody Harrelson was channeling a tepid copy of Marlon Brando,


I refuse to see any movie that has Harrelson
in it. He can't act worth a shit, why they
keep hiring him has been a mystery for
20 years. To me he'll always be the stupid
bartender on Cheers, and he wasn't very
good in that either.
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July 18th, 2017 at 12:57:57 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I refuse to see any movie that has Harrelson in it.


For The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger, Harrelson earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
I've never seen The Messenger but it is supposed to be his best performance,
July 18th, 2017 at 1:27:36 AM permalink
rxwine
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My brother went and said it was a CGI mess and overly sadistic.

The movie is almost a certain to have higher box office revenue in China than in the USA. The foreign box office for these films keeps on rising. Revenue domestically should be equivalent to the 2001 and 2011 film,

War for the Planet of the Apes July 14, 2017 Production Budget: $150 million


I wouldn't be surprised if the Planet Ape franchise is dead after this one.

I saw that they've done a remake of "Murder on the Orient Express" at previews. This may be the third remake.

I suppose you could do hundreds and have the murder play out differently each time. Kinda weird, but I don't see why not; it would make a different twist each time.
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July 18th, 2017 at 1:54:37 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I wouldn't be surprised if the Planet Ape franchise is dead after this one.


No way! This series has at least two more films in it. It doesn't matter that domestic boxoffice is dropping.

As a matter of fact I think that many of these ongoing CGI based series are being purposefully made to be even cheesier by USA standards as they do better with audiences that don't speak English as their first language.

Planet of Apes Series foreign box office
2001 $182.2 million
2011 $305.0
2014 $502.1
2017 three days

Transformers Series foreign box office
2007 $390.5
2009 $434.2
2011 $771.4
2014 $858.6
2017 twenty six days
July 18th, 2017 at 5:59:22 AM permalink
zippyboy
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Quote: Evenbob
I refuse to see any movie that has Harrelson
in it. He can't act worth a shit, why they
keep hiring him has been a mystery for
20 years. To me he'll always be the stupid
bartender on Cheers, and he wasn't very
good in that either.

But that's the sign of a great actor isn't it? Someone who so completely nails his role that the public genuinely believes he's that way in real life. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape or Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman.
July 18th, 2017 at 7:13:36 AM permalink
rxwine
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Quote: Pacomartin
As a matter of fact I think that many of these ongoing CGI based series are being purposefully made to be even cheesier by USA standards as they do better with audiences that don't speak English as their first language.



So, what you're saying is we are the "Godzilla" makers of the 21st century.
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