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Old March 6th, 2018, 03:55 PM   #41
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Beautiful actress Hedy Lamar was the key to invent the Norton Bomb electronics which brought Nasi (my laptop refuses to print the last letter in the alphabet) Germany and Imperial Japan to their knees. A Norton Commando is a cool bike to ride.
My younger brother was drafted in 1970 and stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. Went to England and bought a Norton 750 Commando. Rode it for years, says you could not give him a Harley. He just bought a new bike, a big ass Honda Gold Wing.
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Beautiful actress Hedy Lamar was the key to invent the Norton Bomb electronics which brought Nasi (my laptop refuses to print the last letter in the alphabet) Germany and Imperial Japan to their knees. A Norton Commando is a cool bike to ride.
What she invented was a signal hopping technology for torpedoes that prevented their radio targeting systems from being jammed. Sadly even tho she patented it in 1942, the navy didn't use the technology until the early 60's.

That same technology is the foundation for wifi and bluetooth.

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Well, common man, you are wrong.

People *do* watch movies now. With just as much fervor and regularity as they have since tv took over a large portion of the entertainment audience in the 1950's (how's THAT for quality observation?!).

The difference is now we pay less money and watch them at home on our giant tv screens in our teeshirts and boxers instead of getting dressed for the public and sitting politely in a theatre for more money.

They don't spend 50 million dollars to make a film because nobody is going to see it.

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A lot of films now are made for a foreign audience and not for Americans themselves. This is why most films are just two hour chase scenes with people taking their clothes off in between the hail of bullets. The whole lot should move to the Pacific Rim and just make films there.

The Academy Awards telecast is way down from the year before, so I still stand that most Americans don't care and we can get many modes of media now. But films are now mostly made for the foreign market.
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What is the big deal for the oscars anyways? And how does its existence equate with substance in the lives of ordinary people?
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What is the big deal for the oscars anyways? And how does its existence equate with substance in the lives of ordinary people?
Remember just like 10 years ago they were films that people watched. By "people" i mean every day americans. We had best pictures like the godfather, titanic, breaveheart, the gladiator. People were invested, they cared. Now it is like hollywood is lecturing us. It all feels like propaganda and the shitty thing is they don't even pretend to live up to the standards of this fictional moral high ground that they are preaching from.
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What is the big deal for the oscars anyways? And how does its existence equate with substance in the lives of ordinary people?


Here's my best guess. There was a time when the gathering of beautiful, wealthy people sparked an interest and glimmer of hope for those who had no such hope...but that's just part of it. Mostly I think it defines WHY people love this country. It's a place where someone can rise from obscurity (and possibly poverty) to become a household name. It's an event that showcases the quintessential rags to riches stories--not only in reality but in the films that are produced and where a nobody can become a somebody.

Also, I think we are drawn to this star-studded gala because of the stories. Ever since we were young we have been fascinated by stories. From bedtime to TV time we have been surrounded by stories. They help captivate the human experience through the use of imagination. What the Oscars has done is made a night of celebrating storytelling at its finest. We fall in love with these movies, not just because of the actors or the effects but because of the story they tell. There's a sense of triumph at the Oscars.
I find the whole process fascinating and mind-boggling, particularly now that our technology is so advanced. I'd like to hear Tristan's spin on this topic.
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What is the big deal for the oscars anyways? And how does its existence equate with substance in the lives of ordinary people?
sheer entertainment for the glitz and glamour and a peek at all the pretty rich people

like a GOP campaign fund raiser for the right wingers
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This is why most films are just two hour chase scenes with people taking their clothes off in between the hail of bullets.
Other than "Dunkirk," please explain how that description fits any of the films being presented as contenders at the Oscars?

That doesn't even describe "Wonder Woman" or "Black Panther" - two of the biggest box office hits of the past year.

I repeat, common man, you're wrong.
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Other than "Dunkirk," please explain how that description fits any of the films being presented as contenders at the Oscars?

That doesn't even describe "Wonder Woman" or "Black Panther" - two of the biggest box office hits of the past year.

I repeat, common man, you're wrong.

Mr. Clara and I saw Dunkirk and I was disappointed. Also saw Phantom Thread and that was weird although Daniel Day-Louis and Leslie Manville were awesome.
The costumes were gorgeous. LOVED Wonder Woman. Haven't seen Black Panther yet.

What did you think, Tris? Oh, Richard Jenkins--The Shape of Water--and I went to college together. I was pulling for him.

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This was the first year since they went to ten nominees for best pictures that we saw them all. The only performance we missed was Denzel Washington's - because I can't stand watching autistic impersonations. Drives me crazy. LOL

I actually liked "Dunkirk" quite a lot. I didn't expect to - I don't really care for war movies in general and I knew this was mostly all about sea battles. But it got such rave reviews we took a chance. I was surprised how thoroughly riveted I was by a film which had no traditional "plot" and no characters to really care about. I thought it was very well crafted.

On the other hand, I found "Darkest Hour" to be tremendous bore. And, other than Gary Oldman's FANTASTIC performance, was almost reduced to dozing. If it weren't for Oldman pulling every acting trick up his sleeve out, I think this would have been a b-grade movie.

My pick for Best Picture would have been "Three Billboards" - loved every single moment in it. It kept swerving in unexpected ways. The characters kept evolving and my allegiances changed as the film progressed. Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell totally deserved their awards - and there should be another award that Woody Harrelson could win LOL. They all stole - and then broke - my heart.

I adored "Phantom Thread" - but I can see why some people didn't care for it. It was definitely a strange story and told in a strangely modulated way. I enjoyed it - and even if I didn't care for the story, LOL, you're right - the production is exquisite and a true joy to experience! You could almost feel the textures!

"Call Me By Your Name" and "Lady Bird" - though very different genres (one a romance, the other a coming of age tale) - were both extremely well done examples of their individual genre films. "Call Me By Your Name" was populated with pretty people doing pretty things in pretty places with plenty of room for tears of happiness and sorrow. "Lady Bird" was filmed in a more realistic gritty style and was grimly funny in its story of quirky young lady who comes to value her family and their values. Nothing earth shattering in information - but quite enjoyable with terrific performances all around.

"The Shape of Water" deserves its Best Picture win, if "Three Billboards" wasn't going to win. It's a beautiful film - loving photographed and quite enchanting to see which is surprising since it's a very mundane background. Though complete fantasy and faery tale, it is completely believable and touching and beautiful. It's SO worth seeing more than once.

"The Post" was just a bit too much of "All the President's Men" for me to make a really sharp shooting 'new' movie. But, it was excellent - and the cast was excellent - even Tom Hanks, of whom I'm not a huge fan. Meryl is her usual absolute genius self. I didn't know the entire story behind the publishing of The Pentagon Papers, so I was grateful for that piece of history without having to suffer through a no-doubt insufferable book to find out.

"Get Out" is simply one of the best - and wittiest - horror movies I've ever seen. It's rather difficult to tie up social issues with horror movies (it's certainly been tried but never really succeeded before), and this one ties it up in ribbons. Daniel Kaluuya is very very good - if Oldman hadn't won (and he should have won), Kaluuya should have been the very next top contender.

My capsule takes on the top nominees.

I didn't see "Wonder Woman" ... I only went to see "Black Panther" because of the photos of the costumes I've seen. I HATE superhero movies. I didn't care for "Black Panther" because - well - it's just another stupid superhero movie - BUT the art direction is superb and the costumes, settings, photography is spectacular. I just wish they were telling a 'real' story LOL.
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