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  Reply # 957072 24-Dec-2013 19:54 Send private message quote this post

Hacking Democracy (2006) (Internet Archive)

"The documentary, broadcast on HBO throughout November & December 2006, exposes the dangers of voting machines used during America's mid term and presidential elections. Electronic voting machines count approximately 90% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections. The technology is also increasingly being used across the world, including in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America. Filmed over three years this exposé follows the investigations of a team of citizen activists and hackers as they take on the electronic voting industry, targeting the Diebold corporation."

Review: Like many of these 'advocacy' type documentaries it feels a bit staged in parts, but it is still shocking. The lengths that local election committees go to in obstructing auditing, election records in the trash, probable kickbacks to manufacturers and congressmen, the unaudited 'editability' of vote memory etc. Free from the Internet Archive. Additional content is also available.

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  Reply # 957362 25-Dec-2013 23:19 Send private message quote this post

The Hobbit on Blue Ray.

It was boring. I saw it in the cinema once when it came out and this time I turned it off and went and found something else to do.

To be honest I am in two minds whether to even bother seeing the next two bits.








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  Reply # 957364 25-Dec-2013 23:22 Send private message quote this post

ilovemusic: alan partridge film - 5/10 ap is much funnier in 30min doses...


Saw that a week ago. Being English I perhaps found it funnier than a non-native may, as there are a few visual gags and things that are a bit culturally specific. I know that works in reverse - I find Kiwis roaring with laughter at stuff that leaves me scratching my head and asking "why is that funny?"!








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  Reply # 957368 25-Dec-2013 23:43 Send private message quote this post

Geektastic: The Hobbit on Blue Ray.

It was boring. I saw it in the cinema once when it came out and this time I turned it off and went and found something else to do.

To be honest I am in two minds whether to even bother seeing the next two bits.


Second movie is a lot better. Plus also backing the "Kiwi" film

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  Reply # 957388 26-Dec-2013 00:14 Send private message quote this post

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Geektastic: The Hobbit on Blue Ray.

It was boring. I saw it in the cinema once when it came out and this time I turned it off and went and found something else to do.

To be honest I am in two minds whether to even bother seeing the next two bits.


Second movie is a lot better. Plus also backing the "Kiwi" film


Maybe. Probably wait until DVD based on the last one though. To stretch the story to 3 films is ridiculous if you can fit LOTR into 3. On that basis, you need 12 for LOTR. It makes it feel unnecessarily slow to me, as if it was meant for a series of 1 hour GOT type slots on SOHO or something.

I found it plodding, anyway, with at least 2 dwarves that don't look at all like dwarves and an obvious dark streak that is not present in the book to anything like the degree it is in the film.








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  Reply # 957390 26-Dec-2013 00:17 2 people support this post Send private message quote this post

Love Actually, one of my top 5 movies of all time (100% of favourite xmas movie ever). I have seen it 6+ times. 10/10 no doubts. and Yes I am a red blooded male and unashamedly have no hesitation in recommending it anyone.

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  Reply # 957462 26-Dec-2013 10:41 Send private message quote this post

Geektastic:
Finch:
Geektastic: The Hobbit on Blue Ray.

It was boring. I saw it in the cinema once when it came out and this time I turned it off and went and found something else to do.

To be honest I am in two minds whether to even bother seeing the next two bits.


Second movie is a lot better. Plus also backing the "Kiwi" film


Maybe. Probably wait until DVD based on the last one though. To stretch the story to 3 films is ridiculous if you can fit LOTR into 3. On that basis, you need 12 for LOTR. It makes it feel unnecessarily slow to me, as if it was meant for a series of 1 hour GOT type slots on SOHO or something.

I found it plodding, anyway, with at least 2 dwarves that don't look at all like dwarves and an obvious dark streak that is not present in the book to anything like the degree it is in the film.


While I'd partially agree with you on the first film the second is far superior. I saw it in the weekend in 3D HFR. It was the first film I'd seen a film in HFR so maybe it was that as I was rather blown away by the visuals. But I feel it was more than that, the introduction of some more interesting characters certainly makes for a more compelling movie and you can really start to see how they are bridging the two trilogy's together. Basically I'm saying don't write it off just yet remember the fellowship was rather boring too. A solid 8/10 for me.




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  Reply # 957677 26-Dec-2013 20:18 Send private message quote this post

I havent seen the desolation of smaug but 'an unexpected journey' certainly had its issues.

The plodding pace, and stretching of a short story out into three 3 hour movies is a bit cheeky and deserves criticism.

Also the story telling elements are too derivative of LOTR trilogy. Like when they introduce 'Wargs'. Whelp that would have been quite cool, if I didn't already see it 7 years ago in LOTR.

Same with the scene where Golum is singing at the pool, where the director is 'fishing for a laugh', well you already made me chuckle with the exact same thing 7 years ago, I'm over it now.

Other elements are too similar as well in look & feel & characters, it feels like i'm just watching LOTR again. They need yo make it feel new while still keeping it in the same 'universe'

As for HFR 3D. I agree its nice, personally I felt that HFR seemed more detailed, like comparing hd-ready to Full HD.


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  Reply # 957831 27-Dec-2013 09:51 Send private message quote this post

Watched Elysium on DVD...kind of OK, but a bit crap too.

Can't put my finger on it.

4/10

Kick A$$ 2 - as good as Kick A$$ 1? Probably. Just doesn't have the unexpected shock value - you know what you're going to get with this, so there's a little missing for the audience, in my opinion.

7/10

Anchorman 2 - Saw this at the movies the other night.
I enjoyed it...to a point. Again - there was nothing unexpected about it, it felt a bit laboured and over-long, with the shark bit being really quite ridiculous (not in a good way).
Baxter was great, as always, but the general feel of the film was that it could have been 20min shorter and as a consequence, funnier.




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  Reply # 957966 27-Dec-2013 14:28 Send private message quote this post

Dairyxox:
Same with the scene where Golum is singing at the pool, where the director is 'fishing for a laugh', well you already made me chuckle with the exact same thing 7 years ago, I'm over it now.


To be fair that whole scene is probably the most true to the book, of any scene in any LOTR of Hobbit movie (so far).

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  Reply # 959401 31-Dec-2013 01:03 Send private message quote this post

Rush - 8/10

Bloody good watch - strong acting by the leads, i ended up liking them - nice and dramatic re the battle between lauda and hunt - captures the 70s thing real well - and the racing filming / cinematography is excellent (play it loud!)

definitely recommend

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  Reply # 959404 31-Dec-2013 02:20 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

The Wolf of Wall Street

7.5/10 - Was rather graphic, not sure the wife enjoyed it too much, but DiCaprio did a great job

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  Reply # 959411 31-Dec-2013 07:26 Send private message quote this post

I had high hopes for The World's End. Lucky I got it on Amazon rental for US$3 instead of paying a full theatre ticket for it. 5/10.




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  Reply # 959413 31-Dec-2013 07:32 Send private message quote this post

Geektastic: The Hobbit on Blue Ray.

It was boring. I saw it in the cinema once when it came out and this time I turned it off and went and found something else to do.

To be honest I am in two minds whether to even bother seeing the next two bits.


The first Hobbit movie got into far too much action long before we gave a rat's about any of the characters. Yes....it became tedious. 

The second Hobbit movie is much better. I really enjoyed it. I'd watch it again. But I still don't have that feeling about the first movie.  




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  Reply # 959414 31-Dec-2013 07:39 Send private message quote this post

The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.......OK 6/10.

Dr Who Christmas special, hmmm odd. 4/10





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