reality-questioning entertainment

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That borg-eye is never seen.
That borg-eye is never seen.

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/
http://www.uphe.com/movies/12-monkeys

From a future destroyed by plague, a prisoner "volunteers" to be sent back in time to fetch pre-infection samples.

A great movie that stands apart both from its contemporaries and even from movies of today. It touches upon a lot of topics I find interesting in movies.



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Beautiful Prison - (2016 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2484254/

This is the sort of movie that I can't explain without spoiling it.

It ought to be started at 17:10 with zero introduction.

The fact that I can write that with confidence should speak loudly as to its quality. It doesn't have enough "content", and so it feels drawn out. If you are passionate about reality-questioning movies, then for sure see this. Otherwise, pass.



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The Discovery - (2017 movie) image

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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5155780/
Trailer

People kill themselves because they're stupid, because hand-waving science and shit.

Firstly, this is not a romance. Lastly, it's shit. Terrible writing for a terrible world with terrible characters.



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Arrival - (2016 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543164/
http://www.arrivalmovie.com/

Aliens arrive, but nobody knows the first thing about talking to them.

This is another movie whose description would spoil it. With a rather mellow and thoughtful tone throughout, it pulls the viewer in. I think it will hold up well over time, too.



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Source Code - (2011 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0945513/
http://www.enterthesourcecode.com/

A military man is enlisted into a mission to save Chicago United States from a terror attack.

A fantastic, emotional, movie. This has all the elements of quality which make a movie truly great.

I'm surprised I took next to no notes. There really isn't any actual "substance" to this film, in the sense that there are few references to people, places, or things. It's all one contained package that is surprisingly easy to lose time with.

See also Groundhog Day - (1993 movie), maybe even Unbreakable - (2000 movie).



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The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242653/

With killer-machines digging down to bypass the defences of the last refuge of mankind, a man with sudden magic powers magics with his powers.

Oh god, make it end. The writing is so fucking sloppy that the second movie and this third movie should not be watched by anyone, most especially fans of the first movie.

  1. The Matrix - (1999 movie)
  2. The Matrix Reloaded - (2003 movie)
  3. The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie)



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Just like this poster, this movie has no brains.
Just like this poster, this movie has no brains.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234215/
http://www.thematrix.com/

The war against The Machines escalates, and it's a race between them digging down to Zion and The One pushing his way into the core of The Matrix for reason that wasn't explained very well.

If there are people out there who saw the first one and somehow get to this post before seeing this movie, please avoid this. Yes it's more of the same and it's "good", but this is a shit story that should be skipped.

This movie does not have an ending. It is part one of a mandatory two-movie binge.

  1. The Matrix - (1999 movie)
  2. The Matrix Reloaded - (2003 movie)
  3. The Matrix Revolutions - (2003 movie)



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TO GET - The director's cut doesn't have the opening spoiler narration.

Dark City - (1998 movie) poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118929/

A man, waking with no memories and thought to be a serial killer, flees his pursuers and not only learns he isn't who they think he is, but they aren't who they think they are either.

A fantastic movie.. at no point was I bored. To me, this one of the foundations of a particular movie style. It isn't that it's whatever kind of "neo-noir" but that it tells a tale about reality itself.



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doctor-strange-2016-poster

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211837/

A distracted surgeon crashes his car and is left with ruined hands, but he's brought into a magic order who defend the planet and universe and stuff.

A decent movie, although fluffy and of narrow scope.



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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3489184/
http://www.nbc.com/constantine

A man attains mystical powers originally for selfish reasons, but they taint with a life fraught with danger and demons.

Not a bad show, but the lead character's personality isn't attracting, and there's the old celestial stick-up-the-ass personality in another. The lead female is hot. Hotty hot hot.

This was cancelled after one season. Back in the 90s this show would have done well, but I'm guessing this genre has alternately been well-poisoned or saturated. This show has too much it has to be better than to catch enough attention to survive. I think that it's magic-fantasy was competing with an extraordinarily-strong superhero-fantasy genre.