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What are you watching?
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How come "what are you reading" , "what are you listening to", but no "what are you watching?"

Anyway ... I just watched "Predestination" .... weird, weird,... need to find the original story now, I thought I read all of Heinlein but guess not... S10
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Its another of his time travel stories"All You Zombies", with a very weird twist. I must have read it a long time ago, but it didn't affect me like "The Door Into Summer", also a time travel story(novel). I've always been a 'dog' person, but would have loved to have had a cat like Pete. That novel is one of my favorite all time stories.

Did you see where Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 82+ rating?
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The movie definitely has "a very weird twist"..... having sex with yourself ... I need to read the story now... does not look like it made it into any collections? but here is the pdf scan of the original if you want it.

Rotten tomatoes: not sure is 82% is good or not, but IMDB rates it as 7.5/10 .. yeah, this is about right. Not a great movie, but unusual enough to see.. and yes, like one of the R.T. reviewers said, I have to go back and watch it again to make sure all parts do fit together.

Hmm.... The door into summer.... I definitely have it, but did I ever read it?... maybe time to try again.



The other recent SciFi: Interstellar ... anyone saw it? ... from the trailer looks like crap, but perhaps I'm wrong.
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(11-30-2014, 12:44 AM)mv Wrote: The movie definitely has "a very weird twist"..... having sex with yourself ... I need to read the story now... does not look like it made it into any collections? but here is the pdf scan of the original if you want it.

Rotten tomatoes: not sure is 82% is good or not, but IMDB rates it as 7.5/10 .. yeah, this is about right. Not a great movie, but unusual enough to see.. and yes, like one of the R.T. reviewers said, I have to go back and watch it again to make sure all parts do fit together.

Hmm.... The door into summer.... I definitely have it, but did I ever read it?... maybe time to try again.



The other recent SciFi: Interstellar ... anyone saw it? ... from the trailer looks like crap, but perhaps I'm wrong.

I'm sure I have it somewhere.

If you haven't read "The Door Into Summer", you're missing a real treat. The story line is well done, and you just have to love the main characters, including Pete the cat. He's always looking for that door into summer. If he can't find it out the front door, he will just have to check out the back door as well.
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This evening I have watched the movie "Interstellar".
Great movie!

Some off-science mystic at the end that breaks the realism of the story (as usual), like in the "2002 Odyssey", but a more complete story than in Odyssey, and great emotions, scenario, play, sound,... etc...

John must like it since there is Worm Hole travel involved. But they messed it up with the mystic of the Black Hole, but still ok.
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(12-01-2014, 08:58 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: John must like it since there is Worm Hole travel involved. But they messed it up with the mystic of the Black Hole, but still ok.

When it comes out later on, I'll have to watch it. S22
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Spoiler alert! My middle son came up to visit over Thanksgiving and we went to see it. Tough getting it in because of my limited hours with deadlines pressing - anyway - it was okay, nothing great. Entire plot-line of a dying Earth was ridiculous, (but at least they didn't claim Global warming as the cause - but it was hinted) and the advance in cryogenics, when the rest of the world couldn't recall history, was disappointing. Most of my time was spent picturing Matthew McConaughey driving a Lincoln. The whole science misdirection given by Michael Caine being solved by a glimpse at a black star made no sense. Another SF adventure saved by Morse code. Anne Hathaway was good - she didn't try to over-act and has filled out a bit since Les Miz.
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You're probably right Bill. I just cannot get into "End of the World" scenarios. I don't know why so many people are into doom and gloom so much. The truth is that things tend to almost always be getting better. And once we are able to make a cheap means of getting into space, Katie bar the door.

I realistically envision the creation of scores of huge, and untold medium, habitats out there. I suspect they will be also full of open natural spaces, with "you name it" custom made wildernesses and recreation areas, so humans can really enjoy their surroundings.

The sky's going to be the limit. S22

Er, wait, there really won't be any limit.
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One of the sad plot-lines for us migrating to the stars starts with a planetary war or Earth being destroyed due to bad stewardship. Phooey on that. Since 1969, when we started our march to populate the stars, the only thing holding us back has been politics. Like in the early 1900's it was economic forces that overcame government monopolies and backward-thinking. The same forces will get us into space.

The one thing I don't expect, is for space being a panacea for all troubles dirt-side. Solutions for Earth will be home-brewed. Space will just be a synergistic partner - not a solution for all things.
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#10
Fox News Channel continues to bury the competition. Only ESPN has more viewers of all cable channels.

   

"You”ll note that CNN and MSNBC are nowhere to be seen, as MSNBC placed 26th in primetime and 27th in total day; CNN placed 25th in primetime and 20th in total day."

Link: http://thoughtfulwomen.org/2014/12/05/bo...rash-heap/
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JL Wrote:I just cannot get into "End of the World" scenarios.
I agree it's a fashion these last years as Climate Change is constantly everywhere in the news.
The 3 last Sc-Fi movies I'v watched used this theme as a start to colonize space: "After Earth" (the story of a 12 years old kid for 12 years old kids) and "Elysium" (a great movie too, but again, you won't like the latino-leftist part of it - LOL - Well, like this, you won't like many movies).

I don't think that we will wait until the Earth is destroyed to explore other stellar systems nor that we will ever destroy our planet so bad that escape to another one will be our last chance of survival... but this is not why I watch Sc Fi movies.

I watch them for the dream, for the action, for the special effects, for the robots, exoskeletons, spacecrafts, flying suits and 3D hologramic computer screens. And of course the laser gun battles (when laser guns are invented, and they don't make use of sabres)!

I don't pay too much attention to the political philosphy behind it.

I think that authors want to get to the theme of the "working class against the rich and the oppressor" or the "brave american soldier abused by the interrests of a big private corporation", and add a "let's protect the amazon forest" message at the beginning.
Poeple like it and it sells more than "private equities and billionaire phylanthropism will get us into space travel commercialy" (which is being actualy tried but not realy succeeding neither).
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(12-06-2014, 03:02 PM)Ron Lambert Wrote: Fox News Channel continues to bury the competition. Only ESPN has more viewers of all cable channels.



"You”ll note that CNN and MSNBC are nowhere to be seen, as MSNBC placed 26th in primetime and 27th in total day; CNN placed 25th in primetime and 20th in total day."

Link: http://thoughtfulwomen.org/2014/12/05/bo...rash-heap/

Too bad that chart isn't representative. ESPN has almost twice as many viewers as anyone else, but you'd think they were just a smidgeon more than the rest.What also isn't represented is the idea that Fox News so thoroughly dominates the cable news industry.
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The graphic is not to scale, but the actual viewership figures are given. I think it is amazing that FNC has more viewers than USA or AMC.
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(12-10-2014, 03:24 AM)Ron Lambert Wrote: The graphic is not to scale, but the actual viewership figures are given. I think it is amazing that FNC has more viewers than USA or AMC.

AMC is interesting. It has the number one program on cable/satellite, yet is not at the top. I'll bet AMC is going out of its way to accommodate the "Walking Dead" folks, so as not to lose them.

I suppose some folks would be jumping out of windows, should they go elsewhere. S13
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There are program "factories" that produce pilot shows and then sell to the highest bidders. USA network and the BBC have many shows that are sold to other networks. Most never see airtime and are sold on sheer speculation. There are many good ideas that never were picked up, which we never got to see. In past decades, shows like Star Trek were unwanted properties that never got much publicity from the network and were close to being written off until the people sent Molatov Cocktails to make their displeasure known.

There are two sides. There are those who only care about ratings, and those who want specific demographic ratings. Zombies may be appreciated by some - but most parents are written off by K-12 sponsors. In a given season with successful shows, spin-offs are rampant until the sponsors who sell to the same audience become stretched too thin. Soaps have always been interesting, because at a certain time of the day, ads for family/home are readily signed-up.

When Mary Hartman Mary Hartman broke the late night soaps/comedy barrier the sponsors were just the eclectic ones. Car companies like sporting events (ESPN). In general, a show does not succeed without supporting sponsors.

If we look closely to the success from the Fox advertisers, vs. the Leftwing MSNBC news shows, I wonder if the marketplace can really be denied forever.
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I wasn't sure where to put this, and didn't want to start a Cannes Film Festival Thread. So, its here instead.

I was going through the news and saw something that was eye opening and at the same time disturbing. It was this in the Hollywood Reporter, near the bottom of the page.

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And for the very life of me, I just can't see how anyone could possibly find this person attractive, or even sexually enticing. So I did a Google search of Rossy de Palma, in hopes of finding a picture, any picture, that was flattering. And I couldn't find anything, but I'll let you take your pick. S18

I think I see several things here: the state of Spanish cinema; the state of the movie industry in general; and why I have quit being interested in movies. Gah
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Coming soon.




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We just got back from Saginaw to watch one of our grandkids play in a soccer tournament... Miserable drizzling weather, but she played well and even scored a left-footed goal (She is right-handed.) We drove back home and turned on the TV, and couldn't find anything worth watching.

I went through hundreds of channels until I found one single presentation that seemed worthwhile. I turned it on.

Instead of The Tenors Singing in concert in Windsor, Ontario, (Which is just south of Detroit, BTW) - we saw a very uncharismatic fundraiser for some PBS channel asking for money, so that Free Public Broadcasting can continue to bring us such wonderful events. Must be the one-millionth time I've found something on PBS which may be worth watching, only to find it buried in fundraising. They are so heroic about having no advertising, yet every time there is something worthwhile, you must endure far worse than normal and sometimes entertaining commercials.

I went through this years ago, and put up with watching Steambath when it came on. For years I'd look forward to finding it, but it only came on with the fundraising. Now that I have a DVR so I could record it, it is no longer ever shown.

I understand one of the Cable channels purchased Sesame Street. Is there anything good about PBS?

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(08-29-2015, 11:23 PM)WmLambert Wrote: I understand one of the Cable channels purchased Sesame Street. Is there anything good about PBS?

Perhaps Nova, and a few other science programs. As long as it isn't about AGW. Gah
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(08-29-2015, 11:23 PM)WmLambert Wrote: We just got back from Saginaw to watch one of our grandkids play in a soccer tournament... Miserable drizzling weather, but she played well and even scored a left-footed goal (She is right-handed.) We drove back home and turned on the TV, and couldn't find anything worth watching.

I went through hundreds of channels until I found one single presentation that seemed worthwhile. I turned it on.

Instead of The Tenors Singing in concert in Windsor, Ontario, (Which is just south of Detroit, BTW) - we saw a very uncharismatic fundraiser for some PBS channel asking for money, so that Free Public Broadcasting can continue to bring us such wonderful events. Must be the one-millionth time I've found something on PBS which may be worth watching, only to find it buried in fundraising. They are so heroic about having no advertising, yet every time there is something worthwhile, you must endure far worse than normal and sometimes entertaining commercials.

I went through this years ago, and put up with watching Steambath when it came on. For years I'd look forward to finding it, but it only came on with the fundraising. Now that I have a DVR so I could record it, it is no longer ever shown.

I understand one of the Cable channels purchased Sesame Street. Is there anything good about PBS?

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I watch the same PBS channel as you do. For the past twenty-five years I reserved Saturday monrings for DIY shows and afternoons for the cooking shows. My wife and I also watch the British seroes shown in the evenings. Lately they've been showing nothing but repeats or self-help shows, so I no longer watch the channel. A good portion of the funds PBS Detroit raised were from Ontario viewers, the drop in quality programming has cost them dearly.
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