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Offwidth - on 15 Jul 2017
A few more recommendations from the last week or so.,

The experimenter: a research narrative style covering some very important work on the nature of obediance in the face of feigned immoral results. "In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram's Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster."

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/experimenter/

Her: as oddball as you might think for a gentle comedy Sci-Fi Romance... a relationship with an AI....but much better than you would expect. The added bonus of a soundtrack by Arcade Fire for fans.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/her

Also saw King Charles III ....clever propaganda in the style of Shakespeare's War of the Roses plays with the war in this case political and domestic.... in practice didn't quite reach its high aims but worth the watch.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_charles_iii_on_masterpiece


Jon Stewart - on 15 Jul 2017
In reply to Offwidth:

> The experimenter

Thanks for the recommendation, interesting subject. I wish I could get round to watching films, for some reason I find sitting on my arse concentrating on one thing far more difficult than sitting on my arse flitting my attention between a few different things...

> Her

Awesome film. Really loved it.

Have you seen Anomolisa? Worth watching if not.


Offwidth - on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Jon Stewart:
I find seeing films and plays can get a message across to me very effectively. I knew all about the research the film covered but it really hit home watching this: most normal people facing authority obey orders that are clearly stupid and damaging instead of challenging them (the opposite of what most of his fellow researchers expected).... something I've experienced too often in my relatively comfortable life (but the researcher was of course interested in the bigger picture, like the holocost).

Thanks for the tip... not seen that.
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deepsoup - on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Offwidth:
> With Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America...

Speaking of which - did you see "The Eichmann Show" on telly earlier in the year? I think you might like that.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/11/exposing-adolf-eichmann
Blue Straggler - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Offwidth:

Seen a few films at the cinema but nothing highbrow enough to keep up with these threads.

The little gem was "Gifted". On paper, should be awful. But I liked it. The trailer shows Captain America trying to raise a maths genius as a normal kid against the wishes of his evil mother. And that is pretty much the plot, but it is less trite than that. Well written, directed and acted. No classic and a total box office dud. Would work better on television actually. 8.5/10
Offwidth - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Blue Straggler:
Will you please stop being so snippy: the thread is for people to recommend films they enjoyed for whatever reason. Although mine tend to art house stuff at the moment its only as I'm slowly clearing those movies left after those I couldn't wait to watch have gone (from the free stuff on the BBC channels and Film4)..... almost any crappy Sci-Fi will have been watched near enough on the night. Talking of which, the moon has sadly left earths orbit... https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jul/17/martin-landau-star-of-ed-wood-and-crimes-and-misdemeano...

Last night I watched Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman a bleakly enjoyable, inverted 'western' about the difficult realities of life on the Frontier (Nebraska in this case), especially for women. Just about on the right side of madness.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_homesman

Quite enjoyed Middlemen the other night as well, which is hardly highbrow and never even got a release here

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/jul/07/middle-men-luke-wilson-porn
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Offwidth - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to deepsoup:

No I didn't... cheers for the heads up.
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Blue Straggler - on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to Offwidth:

> Will you please stop being so snippy

For Heaven's sake, people are terribly sensitive. I wasn't being snippy at all! I was just making reference to the fact that I've been watching a bunch of "silly" films at the cinema; films which perhaps don't warrant highlighting here because everyone knows plenty about them and will make their own decision about seeing them (e.g. the new Spider-Man film).

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