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    Are you guys talking about the same Era that produced movies like The King's Speech or The Good Shepherd?

    Entertainment for the most part has operated over a similar spectrum over much of humanity's existence, there has always been instant gratification type media and drawn out media. I just sort of resent, or dislike the opinion that is often the default that some people go to of "These dang kids!"

    That reasoning has always been present in media and it's just not very solid reasoning to me.

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    No one said there's not still slow movies, dude.

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    I understand, I just think sometimes people discount stuff that is produced now as being all twitch, all flash, no substance. I'm not saying you were necessarily doing that, but it's an issue that bothers me enough that I always do feel the need to comment on it. This generation is not a whole lot different than any other generation. Time progresses, technology changes, kids adopt it, it's a story as old as time.

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    Are you guys talking about the same Era that produced movies like The King's Speech or The Good Shepherd?
    Geoff Pevere of the Toronto Star had one of my favorite and most accurate reviews of any movie I've encounted in his line about The Good Shepherd.

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    I remember the month that the Good Shepherd was one of the movies being rotated on IU's dorm movie channel my freshman year. Much sleeping was done that month.

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    I understand, I just think sometimes people discount stuff that is produced now as being all twitch, all flash, no substance. I'm not saying you were necessarily doing that, but it's an issue that bothers me enough that I always do feel the need to comment on it. This generation is not a whole lot different than any other generation. Time progresses, technology changes, kids adopt it, it's a story as old as time.

    My only point is, movies today in general (note: pointing out exceptions do not disprove the general trend) are much faster paced and a lot more wordy than they were 20 to 30 years ago. Movies that were thought to be action packed and fast paced movies in the early 90's if you watch them today they seem much slower. Example - the Fugitive with Harrison Ford from 1993 at the time seemed like a movie that never stopped was tense and fastpaced from start to finish, but watch it today and it seems like a slow movie for that genre.

    Another good example is the movie Heat. That movie seems at the time fastpaced, not is seems rather slow.

    Another trend is movies used to be less wordy. That is why I think the movie Drive seems very different in 2012, that same exact movie in 1989 would seem more normally paced.

    TV has probably changed more than movies. Watch an action show from the 80's and compare to day and it is a huge difference. Even dramas and comedies are much faster. Scenes are so much shorter, they move from scene to scene much more rapidly.
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    My only point is, movies today in general (note: pointing out exceptions do not disprove the general trend) are much faster paced and a lot more wordy than they were 20 to 30 years ago. Movies that were thought to be action packed and fast paced movies in the early 90's if you watch them today they seem much slower. Example - the Fugitive with Harrison Ford from 1993 at the time seemed like a movie that never stopped was tense and fastpaced from start to finish, but watch it today and it seems like a slow movie for that genre.

    Another good example is the movie Heat. That movie seems at the time fastpaced, not is seems rather slow.

    Another trend is movies used to be less wordy. That is why I think the movie Drive seems very different in 2012, that same exact movie in 1989 would seem more normally paced.

    TV has probably changed more than movies. Watch an action show from the 80's and compare to day and it is a huge difference. Even dramas and comedies are much faster. Scenes are so much shorter, they move from scene to scene much more rapidly.
    I'll admit that my attention span is that of a gnat anymore. Probably cause I work at a computer all day.

    However, the reason I didn't like Drive wasn't because it was slow paced (I don't mind that at all). The violence was very violent, and it just wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped for some very cool car chases, but that wasn't the case.

    My favorite movie of all time isn't very fast paced at all, Shawshank Redemption.
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    The Interrupters - A ton of great content that highlights the struggles of inner city youth, the causes and symptoms of poverty, and just how ****ing stupid violence is and its paradoxically ingrained-in-us nature. Not much narrative to bring it all together though. It certainly held my interest and I felt terrible for those kids, but it was a message movie with no message, at least not a unified one. I almost felt like it became a competition in the viewer's mind to see which interrupter could help the most delinquents (Cobe won.). Waiting for Superman worked much better as a movie, though it may not have had some of the raw reality this had. Recommended.


    Every Pixar movie other than the Cars ones is better than E.T.

    If there is going to be a discussion of "then vs. now," you guys should bring up some examples. Though I haven't seen any of them, I don't get the sense that the Twilight movies are exactly fast-paced. Kids have sat through eight Harry Potter movies, the Transformers movies, Avatar, The Dark Knight are all really long movies. If you don't try to control for changes in film-making style, technology, and popularity/receipts, it seems to come down to cherry picking the movies you think explains your point.


    The only difference in TV other than the fact that it's better in all ways, is that network stuff is way more watered down and politically correct (offensively inoffensive, I'd like to call it.) in contrast to cable and pay cable. The edginess that used to be on display in some shows like All in the Family or even The Twilight Zone (oh how teenaged girls have ****ed that word up!) is just on different networks now. The only degradation has taken place in non-fiction, in "news" especially. There's a much more fruitful venue for any ADD hypotheses.

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

    Good movie. Stupid humans.
    I enjoy the moment of the rise of the alps.
    Some strange feeling or conflicts of emotion and sanity involve.

    It make me re-think my ideas on race and class conflicts.

    I love this movie.

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    I enjoy the moment of the rise of the alps.
    Some strange feeling or conflicts of emotion and sanity involve.

    It make me re-think my ideas on race and class conflicts.

    I love this movie.
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    I cried at the end of that film...literally tears (granted I am biased dad was a SEAL) great film. Great. A guy in front of us stood up at the end when the names of dead SEALs were running and said "what a freaking waste of money and time." my father looked him in the eye and said, "Sit down now." he did was pretty hilarious.

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    I cried at the end of that film...literally tears (granted I am biased dad was a SEAL) great film. Great. A guy in front of us stood up at the end when the names of dead SEALs were running and said "what a freaking waste of money and time." my father looked him in the eye and said, "Sit down now." he did was pretty hilarious.
    It was a great movie. I don't know how anyone could leave disappointed.

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    It was a great movie. I don't know how anyone could leave disappointed.
    My 10 year old is into the military, especially WWII and has seen most war movies except Saving Private Ryan, whose opening sequence is really intense. Do you think it's appropriate for him? He can handle R movies, but I don't take him to any movies that I know contain sex and nudity.

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    Just saw acts of valor. Loved it.

    Not great acting, but amazing action and a great storyline. I actually teared up a bit at the end.

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    My 10 year old is into the military, especially WWII and has seen most war movies except Saving Private Ryan, whose opening sequence is really intense. Do you think it's appropriate for him? He can handle R movies, but I don't take him to any movies that I know contain sex and nudity.
    I think it would be appropriate. He will really like it if he is into military movies.

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    Being Elmo - Not a lot of things get to me emotionally, but anything having to do with making kids smile and laugh is pretty much a surefire way to turn me into a little pussy. The movie is only 76 minutes long but manages to squeeze in a lot of interesting details about puppetry, early kids television, and the story of Kevin Clash himself. Maybe the films nominated for Best Documentary were all super amazing, but it's hard to believe considering how wonderful and life-affirming this movie is. If you're even mildly interested in the Muppets, Sesame Street, or have kids, I can' t imagine not enjoying and appreciating this man's work. It just went on Watch Instantly.

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    Chronicle. Nice take on the superhero/superpowers story arc.

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    Chronicle. Nice take on the superhero/superpowers story arc.
    It was really good.
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    Anyone see John Carter? I'm thinking about seeing it today, but not quite sure if I should.
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    Moneyball - watched it with 2 others who don't follow/care for baseball but still liked the movie a lot.

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    50/50

    Really enjoyed this movie, but started off pretty slow.


    Hugo

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    As painful as it was, it waqs The Smurfs with my little girls.

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    21 Jump Street - Thoroughly enjoyable and funny all the way through. One of the few recent action-comedies to do both the action and the comedy well. (I will say that, though there were several comedic beats to the actions sequences, I generally think trying to play action in these kinds of movies as cool or badass defeats the purpose of comedy, but whatever.) Everyone is strong especially Brie Larson and Dave Franco, who play a couple of the most convincing mature high-schoolers in recent film-going. The real standouts are directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and screenwriter Michael Bacall (co-writer on Scott Pilgrim). Just perfectly paced, great comedic timing, and a really interesting take on current youth culture: a more liberal, non-jock, hipster-y way of seeing the world. Not perfect, but extremely satisfying. Highly recommended. 3 1/2 out of 4 C-Tates.

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    The Artist
    wasn't really sure what to expect or how I would react to it when I went to it - I've had my doubts whether or not it would keep my attention till the end of the movie...my doubts were put to rest though - it was nice to take a break from all the noise pollution in the world even if for a few minutes and enjoy a bit of a time travel to the past.

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