• OT: Oddest by far

    From Don Y@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 3 05:52:36 2022
    My previous record for oddest film had to go to _Rubber_.
    And, perhaps a little affection towards it (being truly
    novel).

    But, tonight's review tops it: _A Glitch in the Matrix_.
    Weird enough to need a second viewing just to make sense
    of it (likely just listening to the *audio* soas not to be
    distracted by the visuals!)

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  • From John S@21:1/5 to Don Y on Sun Apr 3 12:55:04 2022
    On 4/3/2022 7:52 AM, Don Y wrote:
    My previous record for oddest film had to go to _Rubber_.
    And, perhaps a little affection towards it (being truly
    novel).

    But, tonight's review tops it:  _A Glitch in the Matrix_.
    Weird enough to need a second viewing just to make sense
    of it (likely just listening to the *audio* soas not to be
    distracted by the visuals!)


    I might watch it tonight, but Rubber may be more to my liking.
    You need help.
    .
    .
    .
    Me, too.

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  • From jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Apr 3 12:12:17 2022
    On Sun, 3 Apr 2022 05:52:36 -0700, Don Y <blockedofcourse@foo.invalid>
    wrote:

    My previous record for oddest film had to go to _Rubber_.
    And, perhaps a little affection towards it (being truly
    novel).

    But, tonight's review tops it: _A Glitch in the Matrix_.
    Weird enough to need a second viewing just to make sense
    of it (likely just listening to the *audio* soas not to be
    distracted by the visuals!)

    Looks tedious.



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    I yam what I yam - Popeye

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  • From Don Y@21:1/5 to John S on Sun Apr 3 18:07:49 2022
    On 4/3/2022 10:55 AM, John S wrote:
    On 4/3/2022 7:52 AM, Don Y wrote:
    My previous record for oddest film had to go to _Rubber_.
    And, perhaps a little affection towards it (being truly
    novel).

    But, tonight's review tops it: _A Glitch in the Matrix_.
    Weird enough to need a second viewing just to make sense
    of it (likely just listening to the *audio* soas not to be
    distracted by the visuals!)


    I might watch it tonight, but Rubber may be more to my liking.
    You need help.
    .
    .
    .
    Me, too.

    Our library has a rather large collection of DVDs (~8000?) plus
    other streaming choices. So, its silly not to avail yourself
    of them.

    And, a generous check-out policy -- up to 15 DVDs in your 25 item
    quota. So, we tend to have ~20 titles on hand, at all times.
    (several visits to the local branch, weekly, ensures a constant
    churn).

    I've learned NOT to explore what a title is about prior to deciding
    whether to check it out as that makes it too easy to limit your choices
    and get into echo-chamber mode (though there are some titles I know
    to avoid simply by their cover art, etc.). "Variety is good" -- even
    if you later decide you didn't like what you checked out! :>

    So, this *seemed* like it would have been yet-another of the Matrix
    series (the last -- 0th? -- being _The Animatrix_).

    The material covered seems like it might be worth reviewing. But,
    the visuals were too distracting -- like watching a guy juggling
    fire axes while he's discussing particle physics. So, I'll "watch"
    it again, but without the video (which, IMO, didn't really *add*
    anything to the subject that you couldn't have already known)

    I suspect there is a list, somewhere, of the N different plot lines
    that a story arc can take. So, its really hard to come up with something
    truly unique, in that regard. (_Rubber_'s uniqueness is its absurdity.)

    But, while I'm rarely impressed with an electronic design, story-telling
    and film-making are truly impressive (to me) undertakings; imagining the
    sets, the character visuals, personalities, etc. just seems to be a
    hugely creative process (whereas "electronics" has too many fixed rules
    in place as to how you can meaningfully connect a small number of different component types).

    [E.g., _Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets_ is a stupid plot with
    piss-poor acting. But, the (some of the) visuals are truly stunning!
    That seems to be a common thread in Luc Besson's products]

    Enjoy _Rubber_. Reimagining it with the protagonist being a person would
    be a huge let-down -- LESS worth watching!

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  • From John S@21:1/5 to Don Y on Sun Apr 3 20:37:20 2022
    On 4/3/2022 8:07 PM, Don Y wrote:
    On 4/3/2022 10:55 AM, John S wrote:
    On 4/3/2022 7:52 AM, Don Y wrote:
    My previous record for oddest film had to go to _Rubber_.
    And, perhaps a little affection towards it (being truly
    novel).

    But, tonight's review tops it:  _A Glitch in the Matrix_.
    Weird enough to need a second viewing just to make sense
    of it (likely just listening to the *audio* soas not to be
    distracted by the visuals!)


    I might watch it tonight, but Rubber may be more to my liking.
    You need help.
    .
    .
    .
    Me, too.

    Our library has a rather large collection of DVDs (~8000?) plus
    other streaming choices.  So, its silly not to avail yourself
    of them.

    And, a generous check-out policy -- up to 15 DVDs in your 25 item
    quota.  So, we tend to have ~20 titles on hand, at all times.
    (several visits to the local branch, weekly, ensures a constant
    churn).

    I've learned NOT to explore what a title is about prior to deciding
    whether to check it out as that makes it too easy to limit your choices
    and get into echo-chamber mode (though there are some titles I know
    to avoid simply by their cover art, etc.).  "Variety is good" -- even
    if you later decide you didn't like what you checked out!  :>

    So, this *seemed* like it would have been yet-another of the Matrix
    series (the last -- 0th? -- being _The Animatrix_).

    The material covered seems like it might be worth reviewing.  But,
    the visuals were too distracting -- like watching a guy juggling
    fire axes while he's discussing particle physics.  So, I'll "watch"
    it again, but without the video (which, IMO, didn't really *add*
    anything to the subject that you couldn't have already known)

    I suspect there is a list, somewhere, of the N different plot lines
    that a story arc can take.  So, its really hard to come up with something truly unique, in that regard.  (_Rubber_'s uniqueness is its absurdity.)

    Indeed. I watched it this afternoon.

    But, while I'm rarely impressed with an electronic design, story-telling
    and film-making are truly impressive (to me) undertakings; imagining the sets, the character visuals, personalities, etc. just seems to be a
    hugely creative process (whereas "electronics" has too many fixed rules
    in place as to how you can meaningfully connect a small number of different component types).

    [E.g., _Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets_ is a stupid plot with piss-poor acting.  But, the (some of the) visuals are truly stunning!
    That seems to be a common thread in Luc Besson's products]

    Enjoy _Rubber_.  Reimagining it with the protagonist being a person would
    be a huge let-down -- LESS worth watching!

    Have you seen Black Crab?

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  • From Don Y@21:1/5 to John S on Sun Apr 3 20:33:49 2022
    On 4/3/2022 6:37 PM, John S wrote:
    On 4/3/2022 8:07 PM, Don Y wrote:
    On 4/3/2022 10:55 AM, John S wrote:
    I suspect there is a list, somewhere, of the N different plot lines
    that a story arc can take. So, its really hard to come up with something
    truly unique, in that regard. (_Rubber_'s uniqueness is its absurdity.)

    Indeed. I watched it this afternoon.

    If the protagonist had been a human, it would have been far less interesting: "<yawn> Yet another shoot-em-up flick..." Somehow, the absurdity of a tire just makes it fun!

    Have you seen Black Crab?

    No, I will look for it.

    In no particular order, you might want to try (for oddities):
    _Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets_ (stunning visuals)
    _The City of Lost Children_ (how do they come up with this stuff??)
    _The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec_ (ditto!)
    _Man Facing Southeast_
    _The Fifth Element_
    _RED_ (for humor/fun)
    _The Zero Theorem_
    _Pan's Labyrinth_
    _Hellboy_ (for humor)
    _9_ (likely the most well-crafted production I've ever seen)
    _Harold and Maude_ (though this is pretty mainstream/cult, now)
    _Cashback_ (delightfully light-hearted)
    _God Bless America_ / _Parting Shots_
    [similar plots -- ever notice how often that's the case? As if one
    firm was shopping around a script and another firm decided to WRITE
    one just like it! IIRC, the second is the better executed of these]
    _John Dies at the End_ (I would enjoy a sequel)
    _Journey to the West_ (sequel was disappointing)
    _Troll Hunter_ (a different "culture" to wrap your head around)
    _Little Shop of Horrors (remake)_ (one of the few musicals that I enjoyed) _Mars Attacks_ (ack! ack!)
    _The New New Testament_ (you'll likely have to resort to subtitles)
    _Mr Nobody_ (preachy -- but only after-the-fact)
    _The Happytime Murders_ (silly enough to border on slapstick)

    Apologies if I've misremembered some of the titles!

    By far, I find more of these "oddballs" more entertaining than most of
    the "mainstream" offerings!

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