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Old 08-28-2015, 03:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:00 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Maybe the same way McDonalds ended up in China?
Mickey Dees are everywhere. Local Chinese banks, not so much.

They had such blatant Chinese product placement in the half of the movie that occurred in the USA, I was laughing my arse off.

And then they moved to China, where Michael Bay and the scriptwriters were falling all over themselves with praise for the Chinese government... (after spending half a movie telling us the US Gubmint is bad bidnes)... at that point, it all got a bit too much for me.

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Also, in Tomorrowland, they show an Asian-market only Chevy Trailblazer in a US parking lot for about half-a-second as they pan across the lot. Which I thought was kind of... subliminal.
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Mickey Dees are everywhere. Local Chinese banks, not so much.
Yet :-) This is supposed to be the future, no? Or so I assume: it doesn't seem like a movie I'd choose to watch, even if I watched movies much.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:38 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Yet :-) This is supposed to be the future, no? Or so I assume: it doesn't seem like a movie I'd choose to watch, even if I watched movies much.
All hail our conquering Chinese overlords, eh? Sounds sort of like half of every post-America sci-fi scenario out there!

I, thankfully, did not have to watch it on my own coin (GM-sponsored movie screening).
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Old 08-30-2015, 01:42 AM   #25 (permalink)
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All hail our conquering Chinese overlords, eh?
Oh, I wouldn't say that, as I expect there's branches of BoA, Wells Fargo, & Chase all over China. (In that universe, anyway.) Just as we have lots of Chinese restaurants, while the Chinese got McDonalds - and I think we came out WAY ahead on that deal.

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I'm not sure I fully understand my own criteria for enjoying a sci-fi movie. Star Wars is among my favorite movies of all time despite the low adherence of science and large helping of fantasy. Perhaps it's that I saw the films as a child when I had no understanding of physics, and the positive association just carried over into adulthood.

I don't care much for Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter because the rules of the universe are too arbitrary and breakable.

I did enjoy the first Iron Man, but again it might be because of my fondness for the comics as a child. The "super powers" are still governed by the imagined science of the universe in which it exists, and isn't explained by magic. For the same reason, Batman was always my favorite super hero since his ability relied on technology and skill, and not on magic.

My appreciation for 2001 comes from the adherence to science and interesting thoughts on the origin and evolution of life. That said, it took me about 6 attempts to watch the film without falling asleep during absurdly long cuts of space ships barely doing anything at all in the quietness of space.

I watched Moon for about the 10th time recently, and I find the pacing of the movie to be perfectly acceptable along with most of the physics (no explanation of normal gravity in the habitat is given). Show the movie only to women you wish to torture though.

I'm looking forward to The Martian as the book is superb. No doubt I'll be disappointed as the action is cranked up and the movie dumbed down for general consumption by the masses.
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If you REALLY want some 'scientific' laughter, watch some old "Flash Gordon" TV shows (wink,wink)!
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You describe it very thoroughly, sir!

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Something I dislike about a good number of present day and near-future sci-fi movies is that a breakthrough in one field magically means other fields catch up to it with no explanation. Create AI? A month later, humanoid robots with super strength and days of battery life are available, as if the only thing holding them back was the lack of AI.

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