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Idle Chatter / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Drink?
« Last post by Sam the Cinema Snob on Today at 05:43:06 PM »
The only alcohol that touches these lips is wine at communion.
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Idle Chatter / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Drink?
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Today at 04:21:30 PM »
You lost me with the beer talk but I commend your taste in gin.
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Idle Chatter / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Drink?
« Last post by ˇKeith! on Today at 03:41:25 PM »
I'll second Hendricks and The Botanist, found them both to be excellent as well as both the standard and barrel aged versions of Blue Coat.

Beer:

Yes, by all means something dark, black butte is a solid starter from your neck and I'd also drop in Guinness, not as much for the flavour but as one of the few nitrogenated cans available they can get a sense of the textural difference without the need to abscond to the pub.

Sure, I guess bud, the logic is sound and kinda funny. Then maybe a good pils for comparison (Firestone Walker Pivo or Victory Prima).

A pale ale (Ballast Point Grunion or Alpine Happy Birthday), a West Coast IPA (Alpine Duet or Stone IPA) and a Northeast IPA (most of these are only locally/brewery available - check Great Notion maybe or Omnipollo's Fatamorgana) to taste what hops can do.

Then a wheat (Franziskaner) and a wit (Allagash White) for what yeast can do.
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Filmspots / Re: FYC 2017 - General
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Today at 03:31:54 PM »
Yay! LEGO Batman love! Such darkness!
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Filmspots / Re: FYC 2017 - General
« Last post by ˇKeith! on Today at 03:09:01 PM »
Best Line:

LEGO Batman
"We're gonna hit these guys so hard that words describing the intensity of the impact will spontaneously form in mid-air!"
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Marathons / Re: Westerns
« Last post by pixote on Today at 02:45:08 PM »
After wandering a while in the desert, I believe I see the trail up ahead in the distance, unless it's merely a mirage...

Harry Dean Stanton, R.I.P. :'(

pixote
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Marathons / Re: Westerns
« Last post by Corndog on Today at 02:11:47 PM »
After wandering a while in the desert, I believe I see the trail up ahead in the distance, unless it's merely a mirage...
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Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Today at 01:04:30 PM »
Yeah. Late to the party...
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Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by Corndog on Today at 01:02:18 PM »
Me too. We should form a some sort of group, like a cabale or a club or an army...I wonder what we should call it.

I accidentally opened the first page instead of the last and was answering a Corndog post from months ago...

Re: Harry Potter?
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Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Today at 01:01:00 PM »
Detroit
Kathryn Bigelow (2017)


I listened to a radio program the other day that was telling the story of a young black man who had recently been harassed by the police while sitting in his parked car, ultimatelly leading to the ruin of his life. It is heartening to see how much progress has been made since the Detroit riots fifty years ago.

Detroit is one of those movies that lead the foreign viewer to ask himself « What the CINECAST! is wrong with America? ». It lays bare the moral rot at the heart of racial relations in the country in its myriad forms, from outright racism to the feelings of inadequacy of white men who feel themselves robbed of what they are entitled to. There are a couple of moments of subtlety but the movie itself is more a straightforward punch in the face than anything else, and no perfume hides the rot.

If the movie can generally be described as a thriller, there are sequences where it veers into horror movie territory. As the abuse most of it takes place in escalates, the intensity and threat of the situation inexorably increase until (further) tragedy becomes unavoidable and it is only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes. Bigelow is relentless as she builds the tension up and knows how to keep it there. In its altercations with the police, Detroit manages to convey what it means to be a black American better than Get Out, the terror and sheer unfairness of it all.

To be fair, the script is not so facile that it portrays all cops or all white people as bigots and bullies, and all the black characters as innocent victims. There are infuriating scenes at the beginning that depict black men setting fire to their own neighbourhoods, looting the stores of their community or otherwise making a mess of things. Ultimately though, this is a film about the institutional prejudice of the law enforcement and judicial institutions and the manner in which abuse happens and spirals.

It is by no means a perfect movie ; its flaws are many. It is a powerful one however, and in spite of its plot problems and weak character building, it sheds a rare light into that which is darkest.

6.5/10

where the hell do you stay when Singapore gets such a film before other countries?

Does it? I never had to wait much time for a movie to be released as I remember.

I should get mother! in the following week, I think. This week was the occasion to watch other things (see above).
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