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Movie trailers

  1. Aug 11, 2005 #1
    Movie trailers....

    First, I would not recommend these to someone still on a 56k modem...

    For the first trailer we have a movie that I think the math people here will enjoy..

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/miramax/proof.html

    And here is something that is pretty interesting...what would the world be like if the South had won during the American Civil War?

    http://www.ifcfilms.com/ifcfilms?CAT0=3127&CAT1=6526&SHID=23963&VID=4263&CLR=red&BCLR=&VTYPE=6829

    Comments...
     
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  3. Aug 11, 2005 #2
    Proof looks half decent. I might even watch it if I find somewhere to download it. :biggrin:

    But CSA is just stupid. Just, plain, stupid. A moronic movie.
     
  4. Aug 11, 2005 #3
    Why is that?
     
  5. Aug 11, 2005 #4
    Well, obviously hard to tell from the trailer but it seems the entire movie is about slavery, as in that's the only change.

    That's what is stupid about hollywood, they think that if you change one thing it makes for good entertainment.

    It's totally historically improbable (and I'm not talking about the war). I've seen better hypothesis' from High School Students.
     
  6. Aug 11, 2005 #5
    Slavery is not the only thing that seems to change in this movie.....In this movie the US is part of the axis of evil and apperently all sorts of other things...

    I guess I thought it seemed like an original idea for a movie.....why not look at what might have been?
     
  7. Aug 11, 2005 #6
    It's great to look at what might have been, it's how they're doing it that's stupid.
    It's completely ridiculous, What if Martin Luther King was a slave? Come on! There wouldn't have even BEEN a Martin Luther King if his hundred year anscestors had a completely different fate! Come on, have sex on tuesday instead of monday and you got a completely different kid. How can you honestly expect all the same people to show up hundreds of years later, with only a few laws and geopolitical specifics having been changed!?

    And that's assuming that slavery would've even lasted that long in the states. Which I honestly don't believe it would have, at least not on the open-market kind of system we're assuming. Also It's ridiculous to assume that the USA would ahve risen to the same state as superpower had a MAJOR historical event gone completely differently.

    It's not looking at "what might have been" it's looking at "what is with a few differences", and it's stupid.

    I'm done editing now, you can respond.
     
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  8. Aug 11, 2005 #7
    Well, yeah, I see your point. But of course the idea of this movie is not to be totally realistic about everything....that would make for a boring movie. The point is to examine how the events that have happened would possibly be different. Obviously changing the winner of the civil war would have changed the world so completely that you could never really make a good prediction about anything.
     
  9. Aug 11, 2005 #8
    shoot.... :rofl:
     
  10. Aug 11, 2005 #9
    What? That would make a FASCINATING movie.
    I don't know, the whole 'what if confederates won the civil war' scenario is pretty old and I've seen some pretty interesting predictions. Focusing mainly on geo-political events, since they're pretty easy to predict (by comparison).

    I'll try to dig up some links for you, so you know how stupid this is by comparison to some of the good stuff about it. Turtledove and/or Sterling did something on it I think.
     
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  12. Aug 11, 2005 #11
    :rofl: You're not going to use your infamous one liner at such a golden opportunity as this? :smile:

    [edit] seems like a good artical by the way....I would expect nothing from Wiki of course [/edit]
     
  13. Aug 11, 2005 #12
    Well I'm kind of embarassed I spent ages googling and shuffling through my bookcase trying to find Turtledove's name, and then trying to find his website.
    I actually didn't think of using Wiki at all, It came up in a google search (I slapped myself in the head).

    But remember kids: Wiki is your friend.
     
  14. Aug 11, 2005 #13
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