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  1. I would choose the Bourne Ultimatum. If it's anything like the first time I saw it, I'd be feeling really confident that I could take them all on and do a runner from the prison.
  2. I've just seen it on DVD last night having missed out on it at the cinema. I felt the opening scenes were just as affective and intense and I don't feel like I've missed out by not seeing it on the big screen. I agree with a lot of the comments said already about how well it treads the fine line between humour and poignancy. One thing that struck me is the scene were one of the hospital staff switched off the TV while he was watching the football - prior to that it felt like he had accepted the way his life is and it almost felt like watching any ordinary scene in anyone's ordinary life. But his powerlessness to stop the TV being switched off drove home his predicament. I don't know if anyone else felt this, but the scenes where he was walking around the deserted night streets of Lourdes had echoes of Lost in Translation.
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    The Pop Thread

    The Beloved - Sweet Harmony - nice video too. Prefab Sprout - King of Rock n Roll
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    New Sigur Ros stuff

    Just in case no-one has noticed, the whole album is up on last.fm to listen to. Only on second track of the album so far but sounds very good.
  5. I've just watched In the Bedroom that I'd recorded last week. It got a good write-up when first released so I was really glad to see it, found it to be really engrossing. Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek were both very good in it. I've also got The Man Who Wasn't There still to watch, one of the few Coen brothers' films I've not seen yet.
  6. So the only way that a film can make you feel "insane" is if it has an unusual structure? I've not seen a definition in this thread about what such a film should be about perhaps you can provide this? I chose the film because even though like most people I had witnessed on TV the horror of September 11, this film drove home even the minutest feeling of what it must have been like to be on one of those planes (the portrayal may have been totally wrong, but at least it was an attempt), and it made me really think about the people who were on the plane - prior to this I had thought of a plane loaded with people, but this film made me think of the people as individuals and that made the film truly horrific to watch. Therefore for me it gave me a new viewpoint of something I was familiar with.
  7. That's partly what I was getting at though, that we can still feel some semblance of awe but without the reference to a divine force. I'm no poet myself, and I'm sure it would take one of them to properly describe the feeling of awe in new ways, much like what Jodie Foster's character says in Contact when she says "they should have sent a poet". I'm not doubting that I could feel heights of emotion if I was in such a predicament, but I'd draw the line at unprecendented thoughts if by that you think I may or could start believing that some other being is responsible for what I'm witnessing. If I were to witness Earth from space I would certainly gain a better appreciation of it and would be able to cherish it even more than I do now, but I still fundamentally doubt I'd change my entire belief system, if anything it would strengthen my current beliefs in a Universe made from matter and totally observable and subject to physical laws. I feel awe every time I see an image of the Earth or whenever I watch dolphins out at sea or witness the power of thunderstorms or see a comet in the sky, but I don't ever feel the need to describe these feelings as spiritual. I believe that spiritualism should not be our default way of describing things that make us see the world and everything around us differently. For me there is no question about the nature of existence - we either exist or we don't, and that's final. How we enrich our existence whilst alive is another matter, and I would contest that does not call for spiritual or religious inclinations even though much of our culture at the moment does.
  8. Thanks, I had just started a search on the net when you posted that and most results said American Airlines didn't want their name associated with it as it may imply that they appear to condone cocaine trafficking through their airline.
  9. Here's one that's been bugging me for a long time. In Goodfellas, there's a scene where one of the characters holds up an airline ticket, but it's been blacked out censor-style. Anyone know if this was genuinely censored for some reason or is there some artistic reason for it?
  10. In more seriousness, one film that really got me was United 93. Even though you knew what was coming, it was such an intense experience.
  11. If by that you mean I'm able to live my life without believing in stupid superstitions, then yes I agree with you.
  12. I do know for a fact that I wouldn't start thinking of some higher being - I don't have an ounce of spiritualism in my body, it simply is not there - I fundamentally disagree with it. However, back to the film, I didn't like the way that this was given such a prominent position within the film - after them describing their experiences, to edit the film in such a way as to have this as one of the statements that the film ends on was for me disappointing and it said more about the filmmakers than anything else. It might only be a small scene in the film, but it really stuck in my mind at the end.
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