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FanFiltration said:

I was so happy today to find a film that I have been searching for for many many years. Close to 18 years ago, I saw the last hour on T.V., but never knew the name. Every time I would ask people if they knew what it was, they would say "Quest for Fire". That was incredibly frustrating. Well after all this time, someone replied with the film's title to a Google post describing the basic plot as I had remembered it.

Missing Link (1988)

The movie is set in Africa roughly one million years ago, at a time when one species of "man-apes" was being displaced by the ancestors of modern humans.

After experiencing a hallucination brought on by ingesting a hallucinogenic plant (possibly a reference to the stoned ape theory), he realizes the stone ax that he has been carrying after finding it at the site where his tribe was killed is a weapon. When he comes across a human footprint at the ocean shore, he sniffs it and then starts hitting it, wanting revenge against the humans.

Missing Link is an unusual film in that it blends elements of drama, documentary, and avant-garde cinema. There is no dialogue, though there is narration (by Michael Gambon). There is also very little action. Instead, the film is filled with extended, picturesque sequences reminiscent of the style often used in nature documentaries. Perhaps due to its unconventionality, the movie was not a commercial success.

This film remains out of print, and hard to find. A very poor copy is on YouTube. It's mistitled as "Missing Link - 2013 Full Movie HD". It's not from 2013, and it most certainly is not presented in HD. Worth checking out if you are a fellow psychedelic warrior. 

8 Magic Mushrooms out of 10

 Whatever else the Internet has done, it's certainly made it sometime barely possible to see things which were completely impossible to find once upon a time.

Anyway....

Dazed and Confused- What a difference a decade makes. First saw this on TV almost ten years ago during my own high school years. At the time, I found it a little bit nostalgic, a sort of look at what I was presumably supposed to going through during my own rigorous high school education. Now, quite apart from looking back on what I've missed, I noticed the aching streak of sad melancholia which runs through, a tale of existential emptiness and purgatorial suburban existence which though bound by its setting, is curiously forward-looking too. That's not to say that there isn't lots of humor and stoner jokes, but bubbling underneath is a much darker story, youth viewed with experience, not nostalgic, but melancholic and almost sad and existentially empty. Though there's joy in discovery, there's a darker underpinning of unrest and even sadism in the little small town setting. Committing a felony is a hell of a lot more exciting than graduating. Even the film grain now seems like a reminder of something soon-to-be-gone. Linklater's sitcom setting exists at the corner of Sartre and Camu's hell, the director's look back to the 70s defined the 90s in ways I couldn't even realize. A cast of future stars and a killer soundtrack too. Tuesday's gone, but it's what she's taken with her that you can only see in your rear-view mirror.

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.”

Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

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Speaking of movies/shows that cannot be found, I have memories of something I watched probably no earlier than 1992 and perhaps later than that. Several scenes stuck with me because they were so strange.

One scene involved what looked like a boy-scout troop leader sinking in quicksand while his troop reached out in an attempt to rescue him. Another scene involved a group of pirate-ish people using hooks to climb a massive rope at the center of an old stone tower. As one of them leaps onto the rope, it pulls a bell and alerts a king or sultan at the top of the tower, who is immersed in a noisy party.

It's a strange memory, and it's annoying that I cannot find this show/movie. It seemed to have pretty good effects as well, and felt kind of like an 80's movie.

Anyway, the last movie I watched was Guardians of the Galaxy. Everyone talks about how fun it is, which is true, but the first scene can be pretty tough emotionally, especially as many people have personally been affected by cancer. That whole first scene, while necessary, is very jarring.

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^Yeah, I've been debating warning people about that. I almost bolted from the theater when I saw the Planet of the Apes reboot a couple years back. The caregiver scenes with John Lithgow's character poked at wounds that were still pretty raw. I even had problems with the death of a character in Trek 2009 when my wounds were still gushing, but I still saw the movie about three times.

I weathered the GOTG opening scene a lot better than I thought I would.

There was a Christopher Lee horror flick I saw on tv in the 70's the title of which eluded me until TCM ran it one Halloween a few years back. All I was able to recall of it for years was a castle full of people being turned into statues by a mad scientist fellow.

As for GOTG itself. You'll believe a raccoon can cry. I loved it, and bought the soundtrack same day I saw it. (Nobody told me there was a two disc version with the score though!) See it in IMAX 3D if you can.

Four out of four spherical galactic Macguffins.

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From this time forward, all movies shall feel incomplete without a talking raccoon.

I'm just sayin'.

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I can name two movies with talking raccoons in them, and one is an old Disney live action film. ;)

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hairy_hen said:

From this time forward, all movies shall feel incomplete without a talking raccoon.

truthiness

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Nice to see 35mm still has a pulse in 2014. :)

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Jurassic Park 2: 

DAMN this movie is stupid. Some great sequences, but overall, everyone and every plot point, and every even it stupid. 

I give it one Vince Vaugn out of eight.

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TheBoost said:


everyone and every plot point, and every even it stupid. 

 Okayyyyy.....

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I think GOTG deserves it's own thread. Who's with me?

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SilverWook said:

I think GOTG deserves it's own thread. Who's with me?

 I was thinking there needs to be a dedicated thread to just posting animated memes of Rocket saying stuff, so yeah. e.g.

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Snowpiercer.

I'm probably in the minority here but I just found it really boring. Chris Evans and John Hurt were okay, Tilda Swinton was really annoying.

1 ball.

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SilverWook said:

^Yeah, I've been debating warning people about that. I almost bolted from the theater when I saw the Planet of the Apes reboot a couple years back. The caregiver scenes with John Lithgow's character poked at wounds that were still pretty raw. I even had problems with the death of a character in Trek 2009 when my wounds were still gushing, but I still saw the movie about three times.

 I left GotG during the first scene. Came back in when I heard the Marvel logo.

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Dead Poets Society. Followed by Good Morning, Vietnam. Last one for today will be What Dreams May Come.

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Someone is going to have to explain to me why GotG is so great, because all I saw in the commercials was Andy and a talking squirrel.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

If you haven't seen it yet, go now.

Every Ball.

Though I've been left cold by every entry I've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, I'm tempted to see this one if only because of the anthropomorphic raccoon. 

Starve the rich.

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TV's Frink said:

Someone is going to have to explain to me why GotG is so great, because all I saw in the commercials was Andy and a talking squirrel.

 You're just going to have to trust us on this one. :)

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Seize the Day (1986)

I went through a list of Robin Williams films I hadn't seen, and this was one of them. It was a very tough film to watch considering the events of yesterday. I've never actually cried over the loss of an actor, but Robin was a part of my life. I felt like I knew him. I can honestly say I loved the man.

This film without going into to  much is the struggles of a man who has hit rock bottom. Being one of the early examples of Robin's dramatic side, this film showcases his power as an actor. It was an HBO film, but in no way does it's performances feel cheap. I won't rate it, but I highly recommend it.

"The other versions will disappear. Even the 35 million tapes of Star Wars out there won’t last more than 30 or 40 years. A hundred years from now, the only version of the movie that anyone will remember will be the DVD version [of the Special Edition], and you’ll be able to project it on a 20’ by 40’ screen with perfect quality. I think it’s the director’s prerogative, not the studio’s to go back and reinvent a movie." - George Lucas

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