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Postby Tigerslayer » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 6:06 pm

1. Blood Diamond, 2. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 3. The Life Aquatic 4. True Grit 5. Big 6. Trading Places 7. The Social Network 8. Gremlins 9. Hot Shots (both) 10. Mallrats 11. The Matrix 12. Jurassic Park 13. 12 Monkeys 13. Groundhog Day 14. The Usual Suspects 15. Goodfellas

(In No particular Order) I'd stick Dances with Wolves somewhere in there also :P

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 6:37 pm

Mary Hatch Bailey wrote:
JR8 wrote:Apocalypse Now


The opening scene with Martin Sheen in Bangkok with 'The End' playing in the background is the best combination of setting and sound in 125 years of moving making.


Apparently that hotel room scene was unscripted.

There is so much to say re that film, better I wait til I'm home on desktop/cabled network.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 6:39 pm

Tigerslayer wrote:1. Blood Diamond, 2. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 3. The Life Aquatic 4. True Grit 5. Big 6. Trading Places 7. The Social Network 8. Gremlins 9. Hot Shots (both) 10. Mallrats 11. The Matrix 12. Jurassic Park 13. 12 Monkeys 13. Groundhog Day 14. The Usual Suspects 15. Goodfellas

(In No particular Order) I'd stick Dances with Wolves somewhere in there also :P




Trading Places lol. I watched that, thought 'I can do that', dropped out of uni and went and did it :)

If a movie can be life-changing, for me that was it.

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Postby Tigerslayer » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 7:04 pm

Haha thats awesome :lol:

I watched it and thought 'I wish I could do that' and I tried it (on a minuscule scale) for the first time this year and have to say... its not going terribly well

Definitely will not be giving up the day job just yet :P

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 4:16 pm

Tigerslayer wrote:Haha thats awesome :lol:

I watched it and thought 'I wish I could do that' and I tried it (on a minuscule scale) for the first time this year and have to say... its not going terribly well

Definitely will not be giving up the day job just yet :P


I started as a runner on the London LIFFE floor (open outcry futures trading) back in the 80's..

That was back when you didn't have to have a masters degree to do the photocopying. Common sense, numeracy, and an serious drive to succeed got you a long way. That ethos gave opportunity to a lot of people who otherwise would never have had it. Of course these days when a full 50% of UK students go to uni....well...

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Postby Tigerslayer » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 6:48 pm

I think even today that will to succeed should not be underestimated.

Although the world is increasing becoming 'paper centric'. There are plenty of opportunities available to people with the right mind set and application even without the almost default path of higher education.

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 6:48 pm

taxico wrote:Airplane!

If Airplane then I am surprised "Top secret" is not on the list.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 8:07 pm

JR8 wrote:
Tigerslayer wrote:Haha thats awesome :lol:

I watched it and thought 'I wish I could do that' and I tried it (on a minuscule scale) for the first time this year and have to say... its not going terribly well

Definitely will not be giving up the day job just yet :P


I started as a runner on the London LIFFE floor (open outcry futures trading) back in the 80's..

That was back when you didn't have to have a masters degree to do the photocopying. Common sense, numeracy, and an serious drive to succeed got you a long way. That ethos gave opportunity to a lot of people who otherwise would never have had it. Of course these days when a full 50% of UK students go to uni....well...


Needing to be a grad is too simple a resume filter for unthinking or lazy HR (just ask SE or SMS). Then you have the issue of visa hurdles of course.

Pit trading might have been unusual in that the ability could not really be taught. You had it or didn't, hence your education was almost irrelevant. Many of the best traders back then had no education beyond the age of 14, but when it came to numbers any of them could burn the tail of any grad, masters, PhD what ever - don't even imagine those 'barrow-boys' couldn't scalp you without noticing. It is no wonder I'm rather cynical of the worth of much higher ed.

I'm curious though, in what significant professions do you think you're going to get a foot in thedoor these days without being at least a grad?

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Postby taxico » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 9:57 pm

x9200 wrote:
taxico wrote:Airplane!

If Airplane then I am surprised "Top secret" is not on the list.


ah... me thinks favorite film, not favorite films. too many to list... : )
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Postby Tigerslayer » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 10:08 pm

From my experience there are two main paths outside of starting up on your own... One is the graduate path and the other is leaving school and starting in an entry level position where you slowly (or quickly if you are lucky) rise through the ranks.

I have seen school leavers start as bank tellers and go quite far in the finance industry.

It is also not uncommon to find executive level people who came through the ranks of a fast growing company without any major qualifications but a wealth of steadily gained experience.

There are obviously industries where the core knowledge cannot be gained in any other way than through graduate courses but like I said there are plenty of other opportunities for people with the right mindset and appliance of skills born from experience which can excel at the same rate if not faster than a graduate.

As far as visa hurdles I belong in the club with 0 recognized qualifications to my name. (I'm sure some here would say that is exposed in the way i express my views ) :oops:

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Postby Tigerslayer » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 10:20 pm

taxico wrote:
x9200 wrote:
taxico wrote:Airplane!

If Airplane then I am surprised "Top secret" is not on the list.


ah... me thinks favorite film, not favorite films. too many to list... : )


leslie nielsen was a legend, you are definitely correct waaaaay too many films to try and fit them all into a top 15. I think most of his films would be in my full list of favorites.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 10:27 pm

Tigerslayer wrote:As far as visa hurdles I belong in the club with 0 recognized qualifications to my name. (I'm sure some here would say that is exposed in the way i express my views ) :oops:


No more than my own, which I alluded to early on. Which, if two people looked at it from a different perspective, probably goes a long way to explain some things as well if one were to read between the lines. :wink:

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Postby poodlek » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 11:01 pm

1. The Big Lebowski
2. O Brother Where Art Thou?
3. The Fog of War
4. Mississippi Burning
5. Platoon
6. The Last of the Mohicans
7. There Will Be Blood
8. A Clockwork Orange
9. Fargo
10. Napoleon Dynamite
11. Reservoir Dogs
12. Pulp Fiction
13. Forrest Gump
14. District 9
15. No Country For Old Men

I feel like something with Leo should be in there but it hasn't really come to me...The Aviator perhaps. There are dozens I could put on this list, these are just the ones I could (and do) watch over and over.

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Postby Tigerslayer » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 11:07 pm

5. Platoon


Happen to be watching the right now. Fantastic movie!

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Postby BillyB » Sat, 06 Aug 2011 11:10 pm

Tigerslayer wrote:1. Blood Diamond, 2. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 3. The Life Aquatic 4. True Grit 5. Big 6. Trading Places 7. The Social Network 8. Gremlins 9. Hot Shots (both) 10. Mallrats 11. The Matrix 12. Jurassic Park 13. 12 Monkeys 13. Groundhog Day 14. The Usual Suspects 15. Goodfellas

(In No particular Order) I'd stick Dances with Wolves somewhere in there also :P


I forgot about blood diamond - one of DiCaprio's finer efforts along with the Departed.

But, TS, some of the stuff you listed is pretty lame!!

12 monkeys, jurassic park??!! WTF!!!


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