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What to watch?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by May, May 18, 2015.

  1. May

    May Active Member

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    This time it's about a different kind of info sharing: video recommendations.
    Do you know of any 'moving pictures' that are worth a viewing?
    Be they Movies/Shorts/Animations/Series/TV programs/Clips/etc.
    Old or new, long or short, funny or thought provoking: all suggestions are welcome.

    Because I've been trying to find new additions for my video playlist.
    But it's quite hard to Google something, if you don't know what you're looking for exactly. :wink:
    And the comments on some streaming sites weren't very helpful in their recommendations.
    ("Darude-Sandstorm" is a lame response in any situation.) Meh, perhaps a different audience.
    So eventually I figured: why not ask it at a place where we all have at least 1 thing in common?
    (And it might result in giving us something entertaining to watch during sweating or crafting.)

    I'll start off: maybe there is something in my playlist that could pique someone's interest too.
    - A beautiful Animated Short: "Meet Me Far", by Ran Sieradzki. (+ Some videos about the process.)


    - And a funny one: "850 Meters", by Joeri Christiaen. (+ Making of videos.)

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    Edit: thanks to all for the recommendations. [​IMG]
    Adding the suggestions with links:





    - Time Enough For Love - Robert A. Heinlein
     
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  2. Hideo

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    i was kinda dissapointed when Dig ended.
    and i had a maybe 45min discussion about the limits of control by jarmusch recently.
    not everyones game but a well done cinematic.
    on the other hand why not start with the classics like battleship potemkin or one of my favs the maltese falcon...
     
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  3. San

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    - The Man Who Planted Trees

    - Everything made by Joss Whedon

    - V - The Visitors. In this case for once the remake is much better than the first version from the 80's. The message comes across with so much more power, a good portion of which is due to an absolutely brilliant Morena Baccarin. Even if you don't like SF, this isn't about fantasy-tech nonsense. It is an eye-opener about how manipulation of public opinion works and if you didn't know already, will make you see how very much real it is already in our world, exposing our sacred democracy as mostly stage theater. Watch it and get scared - not of aliens, but of your own ilk "nudging" you into swallowing toads you would never let anywhere near you if you had the reign over your own front yard.
     
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  4. Lizzy

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    Personal favorite - Beetlejuice

    I just watched Chappie yesterday and that was a fun watch too. And the day before that I watched the film Maggie, which I found was a good take on the zombie apocalypse theme (warning, it's a drama)

    I also watch weird stuff like John dies in the end. Seriously, the weirdest film you'll watch in the years to come. I always advice films to people if I liked them, and just watched them. I am generally bad at remembering names tho.

    On tv series, I watch a lot of crap to fill my time, but I have been told Black Mirror is good, short 3 or 6 episode series.

    Free to Play is a nice documentary about some E-sports gamers and their road to victory.

    Other names are Birdman, The Lovely Bones, Braindead, Ex Machinima, Death Race 1, Project Almanac, Red 1, Red 2, Safety not Guaranteed, and the list goes on and on, but you should be able to entertain yourself for a bit with these names.
     
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  5. Maximus Cashicus

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    Just off the top of my head, into the wild, its a few years old but a really good movie based on a true story with a great soundtrack.
     
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    Tonight I am planning to watch:
    Episode 1 of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
    Game of Thrones latest ep
    Brooklyn 99
    Penny Dreadful (now in season 2).
    Am currently downloading V (the original series) cos sometimes it's good to go back an look at the old stuff

    other mildly awesome shows include
    iZombie
    The Americans (season 3 has just finished)

    I'm a huge fan of Survivor but I can't honestly recommend it.

    not awesome at all is Hannah Montana (I checked and I want to spare anyone else the pain).
     
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    If you have not seen these, they are worth your time:

    - The Princess Bride
    - Big Trouble In Little China
    - The Usual Suspects
     
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    is this what you want?
     
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  9. May

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    Yay, thanks for the many replies so far. That's quite a wide range of suggestions. [​IMG]
    Which is great: the 'popular' lists on sites are generally the same, while I'm looking for new/other stuff.
    Getting recommendations of what other people like to watch, can unearth some gems that you normally never would have found.
    So thanks for taking the time to list your favorites, and in some cases even described why it's liked.
    Please keep them coming: I'll probably need months worth of watching. [​IMG]

    Because even though I do want to grow my playlist, admittedly, it's not the main motive.
    Atm my friend is hospitalized, with no access to the internet, and books are unfortunately not practical.
    (Well, there is a Television, but reality TV is too mind numbing/depressing.)
    So I've been collecting videos for him to watch, to (temporary) draw the mind away from bodily reality.
    But was running out of ideas of what to add to the USB sticks.

    Reason this wasn't mentioned in the OP, is because by instinct it tends to result in 'positive' and 'you-can-do-it' kind of movies. At least, I had that tendency initially, but was made to understand that that's not what's needed right now. But rather something that's immersive, and engages the brain, imagination or funny bone.
    (Besides that, I don't like being public with RL issues.)
    But I was told that it would be better to be clear about the purpose: so hereby I hope it's 'clearified'. [​IMG]

    There are a a lot of titles here that I've never heard of, so thanks very much for those and future recommendations. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm a sci-fi addict, so if I were to recommend, if you didn't watched yet, old but gold:

    Star Trek Series
    -Enterprize
    -The New Generation
    -Voyager

    Stargate Series
    -SG-1
    -Atlantis
    -Universe

    But I'm also ecchi addict and guess what they released the third season of HighSchool DxD Born. This is "a must watch" anime.
     
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    Its a really nice thing you are going May, hope your friend gets better soon. Does he have a particular genre he likes?
     
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    Can't forget Kiwi!

     
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    yeah, this! hope he gets well soon!!! :coldfeet:
    and thats what the initial post should have said. prefered genre: becuz as u can see people here do have various backgrounds and favors, with a bit of narrowing it down you might get the bestest of best ;)
    author movies, sci-fi, comedy... u name it and prolly will get awesome recommendations by our knowledgable community.

    edit: i was kinda stoked by iorigins and laughed at fresh off the boat, same for the pilot of cocked. constantine is oke too and if you like ironic, cynic stuff check out parks and rec. i canĀ“t stop laughing cuz it is so fu**ing true and u should not laugh about these things but have to. ;)
     
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    Hope the best for your friend getting well soon, May.

    To the list here I'd add Neon Genesis Evangelion and the whole collection of Miyazaki (Ghibli Studios). Most of it sure isn't typical "happy end" stuff, and only partly for children. 'Grave of the Fireflies' makes grown men weep. Never seen anything so powerful.

    I had started to include some of my all-time SF favourites in the bumps of my selling thread before this came up, maybe pick up some from there if your friend likes that genre.

    Absolutely same here :biggrin2: I just never became a Trekkie, loved the classic series and a few outstanding Picard episodes but they turned it into such a whiny-whimsical soap opera after that. A shame, really. Stargate is a great idea and the movies are epic (esp. 'Continuum'), but I got fed up with all the religion stuff in the series and too much outright ridiculousness when they made McGyver play a diplomat. They should have stopped that after the first fail, makes one cringe to watch even if just fiction.

    PS- for something different: 'Night on Earth' by Jim Jarmush
     
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    Since they're not on the list, and in the unlikely event your friend has never seen them:

    - THE MATRIX series :)
     
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    For a tv show I'd add Person of Interest. For anime - Cowboy Bebop, Ghost Hunt, Ghost in the Shell (two series, three films and a 4 part prequel) and Black Lagoon.

    If you can find it a short film called 'The Punisher: Dirty Laundry' but the original version that Thomas Jane made and put on youtube seems to have been removed, a few others have reuploaded it but the version I found was recorded on a webcam :(
     
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    Thanks again for posting many suggestions, it's very helpful. :biggrin2:
    I don't have the time to watch them all in full myself ofc. But from the pieces that I saw while copying, there are a couple that will be on my own playlist this weekend.
    He wanted to say thanks to you all: there is a lot more variety now, which makes it more interesting.

    The narrowing down to a few genres is a good point, so I asked, and genres are apperently:
    - animation/anime
    - action/sci-fi
    - comedy/standup
    But ranging quite widely: movie-wise from "Tokyo Godfathers" to "Ninja Scroll", from "Pulp Fiction" to "Trainspotting" and "Life of Brian" to "Monsters Inc".
    I don't know if that's helpful info or not? I find it quite hard to 'categorize' taste. :wink:

    Btw, since I had to make a list with links anyway, I figured I might as well put it in here too.
    So if anyone wants to watch some of the posted suggestions: links are in the OP.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Recent release: Jupiter Ascending, awesome sci-fi with cool effects
     
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