What are some of the best movies you've ever seen?

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  1. Don Wassall

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    I watched the 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny recently for the first time. It plays on stereotypes of New Yorkers and Southerners but not in a malicious way. It drags at times but overall is pretty funny.
     
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    Interestingly, I read some lawyers saying that My Cousin Vinny is one of the most accurate portrayals of how courts really operate. I found this hard to believe but I guess these lawyers should know.

    In a similar vein the TV show Barney Miller has been described by some police officers as the most accurate portrayal of real police stations.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    Procedurally it wasn't realistic at all, as it takes lots of time to properly introduce exhibits and other pieces of evidence and then have each entered into the record among other rituals, but obviously the movie can't waste time showing that. What was praised was Joe Pesci's cross-examination of the prosecution's witnesses as well as his questioning of his own witnesses. In the beginning of the movie he's completely inept as he's a novice lawyer, but he learns on the fly with help from his girlfriend, the very sexy and funny Marisa Tomei (who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role), which makes the movie fun to watch and also provides a happy ending.
     
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    How about Deliverance! A cutting edge movie then and now. It was Burt Reynolds's greatest performance along with Ned Betty, Jon Voight and Ronny Cox. Epic film. I view once every 5 years or so.
     
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    Don you want sexy Tomei, watch the Wrestler!
     
  6. La France Blanche

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    I think anyone who's had jury duty should have a good idea of the differences between real courts and movie courts. I haven't seen My Cousin Vinny but may have to check it out.

    After my first time on a jury, I discovered that although lawyers really do say "Objection" and judges really do respond with "Sustained" or "Overruled," that's about it when it comes to similarities between real and fictional courtrooms.
     
  7. Don Wassall

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    True, that's why I've always advised people not to get involved in the legal system under any circumstances. There's this prevailing mythos from TV shows and movies of "sue him" (or her, or it when it's a corporation) every time someone is wronged, but the reality is, the side with the most money and influence will win 99+% of the time. Truth and justice has nothing to do with it. The unjustly wronged little guy wins about as often as he wins the lottery. Being involved in a lawsuit, as a plaintiff or defendant, is mostly about huge legal fees and untold amounts of stress over prolonged periods of time, with rarely a satisfactory ending.
     
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    Also, public defenders are useless. The main thing they'll do is try to get their client to take a plea bargain, whether he's innocent or guilty. An innocent person who wants any shot of winning needs a real lawyer, and a very expensive lawyer if he wants any significant shot of winning.
     
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    La France Blanche every word you said about public defenders was spot on. Unfortunately, I have had to use a public defender and, they are worthless and they are there to help the prosecutor to clear a case as quickly as possible by getting me to take a plea deal and close the case and put another win on the prosecutor resume. I tell everybody never take a plea deal. It's a no-win situation. You take a plea deal you lose all your rights to appeal your case to try to get a new trial. Defund the prosecutor's office, not the police and you would have a little bit fairer justice system.
    Cool Hand Luke is one of my top 5 movies.
     
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    I crushed season 3 of Cobra Kai today. Yes its written and produced by the usual suspects and there is some typical subliminal commie stuff in there. But not too bad and much better than normal tv series.
     
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    What!! I thought that was just a commercial for Karate Kid! Never realized it was a series. No clue where it's played. Netflix?
     
  12. The Hock

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    If you like space movies "Ad Astra" might be for you. It's mostly quiet and well done with a thoughtful plot, and some good space travel effects. With a good if a little short turn by Donald Sutherland.
     
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    A few off the top of my head:


    Back to the Future still hold up well. Better than I expected it would.

    Midnight Run with midget/oildriller Robert Deniro was a great movie

    Christmas Story

    I always enjoyed The Game with Michael Douglas, except for the ending it's a great movie.

    Trespass with Bill Paxton. 2 White guys go looking for a treasure hidden in a warehouse in East St. Louis and are quickly targeted by darkies.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105636/


    More recent movies:

    Inception

    From Paris With Love

    Haywire

    Lockout

    It's pretty slim pickings on modern movies.
     
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  14. knightedsoldier5000

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    In the Heart of the Sea, produced by Opie, was pretty good. I don't remember any non-whites in it, but i could be wrong.


    A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/
     
  15. Don Wassall

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    I just tuned in to watch Trading Places while working out, and along with the usual descriptions of what gave the movie its rating -- V for violence, L for language, S for sex, etc. -- there is a new one: OC, for Outdated Cultural Depiction.

    Trading Places is quite funny in parts, especially Dan Aykroyd's character, but I guess the next step will be banning this 1980s comedy altogether. Maybe anything made before woke totalitarian communism emerged in the past year or so will be censored and banned soon enough.
     
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    This season is on Netflix. It took forever to come out after it was filmed ( probably because it is now on Netflix).

    Before you get the wrong idea about me. Its not my account, nor is their anything else of interest on that Marxist network.
     
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    They're using the OC tag for the old TV Westerns on the Western Channel. It's starting to appear everyshere.
     
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    No ****? Man, that is downright evil! They truly are trying to erase us. They're trying to hit the reset button and write us out of the story.
    A movie like Fast Times At Ridgemont High, with its nearly all white cast, set in Southern California in the 1980s, might fit this Orwellian "outdated" label.
    I have not seen this OC rating yet, but will be looking for it.
     
  19. Bucky

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    First time I've heard of that Globohomo, commie speak. Outdated Cultural Depiction: aka Anything with too many Honkeys before The Great Replacement. In your face propaganda, they don't bother to hide it anymore.
     
  20. La France Blanche

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    Even Friends, which ran from 1994-2004, not long ago at all, will probably get the OC rating when reruns are shown on television because of its all-white main cast (Ross and Monica technically were Jewish, but were perceived as white by the audience). It was one of the last shows that was allowed to have an all-white main cast, and it was one of the reasons why it was so popular (the other main reason being that it stayed away from SJW - or any other kind - of politics, which now have to be crammed down our throats in virtually every show).
     
  21. Don Wassall

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    Trading Places stars Eddie Murphy, who was a megastar from SNL at the time the movie came out in 1983, as popular as Richard Pryor if not more so. There's nothing offensive about the movie other than to the eyes and ears of the humorless misfits and haters who now reign as Cultural Commissars.

    It's amusing that the fictional high-falutin' Duke and Duke brokerage company in Philadelphia has only White men working for it. That's surprising even for a 1983 movie, likely about the last time a movie depicted such an overwhelming White cast in positions of authority and prominence. But Eddie Murphy's character is shown elevating himself from a street criminal into an instant capable broker with a strong conscience, hardly demeaning.
     
  22. knightedsoldier5000

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    I've already seen articles from young communists describing Friends and How I Met Your Mother (the tv show with a *** who plays a ladies man) as "problematic". I remember an episode of How I Met Your Mother where the young cast members teach their audience to hate their grandparents "because they're all racist." That isn't woke enough for the young communists.
     
  23. Bucky

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    Not to mention the actor that plays "Ted" in How I Met your Mother is jewish. So is the actor that plays "Marshall".
     

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