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  1. The movie heads-up thread

    American Gangster 12/12/2014 9:30pm 7 Digital Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gangster_%28film%29 In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. A Fistful of Dollars 12/12/2014 11:30pm GEM Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fistful_of_Dollars A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
  2. Flickfessions

    Layer Cake http://en.wikipedia....Cake_%28film%29 An English gangster movie from director Matthew Vaughn before he made Snatch and before Daniel Craig was James Bond. The movie starts out with a successful cocaine dealer with semi legit businesses on the side planning his retirement from the underworld. However the underworld kingpin is privy to this and plans to use the dealer and spoil his plans. As with any good gangster movie, things don't go as planned and the plot has many layers of double crossing and surprises; and thankfully this is a good gangster movie. There's a lot going on within this movie, but not enough to overwhelm you. If you're a fan of Snatch, this is a must see. The Grey http://en.wikipedia....Grey_%28film%29 A Liam Neeson action/survival film from a few years ago I didn't get around to seeing until now. Oil workers in remote Alaska are involved in a plane crash and the survivors must defend themselves against a pack of wolves. A cool premise, but I couldn't believe how uneventful and dull this movie was. This has great reviews and is pretty highly rated, but everyone else must have watched a different movie. The main characters in this are bickering over nothing that drives the plot, the action scenes don't make sense, and everything the survivors did went against anything logical. I was kind of hoping for something numb and chilling like The Road where humans were replaced with wolves, but this was just a story pushed through the Hollywood gears for the sake of making a movie. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 http://en.wikipedia....E2%80%93_Part_1 The latest instalment of The Hunger Games franchise. I've had to go and see all past movies in the cinema, and honestly I couldn't tell you much about them other than in some alternate history or future (that's never clear), there's an arena with poisonous smoke, tidal waves and kids who kill each other with bow and arrows. The franchise so far certainly isn't bad, but it's not really my genre. However the interesting "arena event" that drove the last 2 movies doesn't make a return as now the story is a lot more political and focuses on there being an uprising to overthrow the government or the king; whatever the main dude is. If you liked the previous movies, this feels very much the same and I'm sure will satisfy fans of the franchise. The only thing that really stood out that was annoyingly bad was a new female character with an offensively bad haircut. All the other characters fit into the time period (whenever that is), but this one character is clearly trying to cater to the new 'retarded lesbian haircut' crowd. It was so hideous it took me out of the movie every time she was on screen.
  3. The movie heads-up thread

    Raging Bull 10/12/2014 12:05pm ABC Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raging_Bull An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
  4. The movie heads-up thread

    District 9 9/12/2014 9:30pm GO! Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_9 An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
  5. The movie heads-up thread

    Moon 26/11/2014 1:00pm (lunch time) Nine Adelaide Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_%28film%29 Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
  6. Flickfessions

    Videodrome http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Videodrome A B-grade horror film from the 80s (much like all 80s' horror films) about a TV executive in search for black market/snuff/borderline illegal videos to launch a new TV network. Being the birth of network TV, the air waves/channels are very experimental. Other parties are testing mind control techniques through TV sets. As the TV exec believes he's found what he's looking for, he gets lost down the rabbit hole where reality and hallucinations are blurred. This started off kind of cool with a few twists in the story. But towards the end it kind of goes off the rails a bit and the ending feels very unsatisfying. It was quite funny seeing all the ancient technology in action though. Probably worth the watch if you're a fan of 80s' horror. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz http://en.wikipedia....of_Aaron_Swartz A documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz; one of those freaky child geniuses. Aaron started his claim to fame by being a founder in web technologies such as Reddit and RSS feeds. He also had his own version of Wikipedia before it became what it is today. Being a genius and having a strong interest in web programming, he had his hand in everything that was up and coming. After becoming successful, yet this not being his goal, he changed his focus to activism and making the web a fairer place. One issue he focused on was JSTOR, a third-party business that sold US public domain court documents. They held ownership over free information that could potentially be helpful to people defending themselves in court. Through loopholes, Aaron backed up terabytes of these documents and provided them for free. As a result he came under investigation from the FBI for computer fraud. He refused to take a plea bargain; meanwhile his paranoia started to get the better of him. If you haven't seen a good documentary in a while, I highly recommend this. There is so much irony here with the corruption of the US government. The exact thing Aaron was trying to fix was turned on him and caused his demise. Blackfish http://en.wikipedia....fish_%28film%29 Another documentary, which came out last year and became a surprise hit that had a real world impact on SeaWorld shares. It's no secret that animals in captivity don't have the best lives, but this documentary takes it to another level; not just showing the cover-ups of animal mistreatment, but the human deaths as a direct response to the mistreatment. Killer whales have been held in captivity for entertainment purposes since the 70s. Since then there have been consistent attacks on humans, which appears to be a result of the intelligent animals' frustration from being kept in a sensory deprived environment. Despite this going on for over 40 years, SeaWorld refuses to acknowledge this fact as they the killer whales are a cash cow. What's worse is that in all cases they report the attacks are due to 'trainer error'. So SeaWorld is knowingly putting people in harm's way, and when the inevitable happens, they blame the innocent trainer. Not surprisingly SeaWorld copped a lot of backlash from this film and tried to disprove a lot of what you see in this. A very interesting and eye opening documentary.
  7. The movie heads-up thread

    Let the Right One In 19/11/2014 10:30pm SBS TWO Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_the_Right_One_In_%28film%29 Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
  8. Flickfessions

    My Own Private Idaho http://en.wikipedia....n_Private_Idaho Not knowing this was a Gus Van Sant movie going in; I was expecting a road trip style movie about two guys on a journey of self discovery. In a way is sort of was that, but in true GVS style, the story is mostly left open to the interpretation of the viewer. Scenes don't make sense, the plot is patchy, and you're assuming the story will come together at the end, but instead you're left with a lot of loose ends. If you're into those kind of throw away movies that leave you feeling like you've just stared out the window for an hour, great. The story itself is about two best friends, both borderline homeless and part time gay prostitutes. One is the son of a wealthy business man and is about to contractually receive a large sum of money on his 21st birthday. The two men then try to bring clarity to their lives in preparation for this. This isn't really a movie I can recommend to anyone. I Am Steve McQueen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2649194/ A recently released documentary about the acting and personal life of Steve McQueen. I have seen most of his movies from The Magnificent Seven to The Towering Inferno, and this was a trip down memory lane to revisit some great and iconic movies. Being a Paul Newman fan, I've always heard that McQueen was a bit of a dick with an inflated ego, as what happened with The Towering Inferno. This documentary sort of confirmed that, but in a way it was necessary for him to break into Hollywood. He certainly was an alpha male and had presence. I didn't know he was such a big racing fan and had a big part in motorsport outside of his acting career. Even though he had such a massive film career, he died in his early 50s and had potential to be a movie star for decades more. If you haven't seen many of McQueen's movies, this will give you a good list. Rio Bravo http://en.wikipedia....ravo_%28film%29 An iconic John Wayne western that had massive success in the 50s and has inspired many films since. The town, looking suspiciously like Armadillo from Red Dead Redemption is very short staffed of law enforcement. There is an uneasy standoff occurring between the law men and an outlaw gang increasing in numbers and residing in the town. After one of the gang members kills a man in a bar fight, he's thrown in the local jail until the marshals can arrive and take him away. Hold up in the jail, the law men try to keep the status quo during the tense standoff while defending themselves against attacks and bribes. For a simple premise, there's a lot going on within the story and many suspense filled scenes. I really liked this and would easily include it in my Top 10 Westerns list. This is an easy movie to jump into and is entertaining all the way through.
  9. The movie heads-up thread

    Looper 13/11/2014 9:35pm Nine Adelaide Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looper_%28film%29 In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
  10. The movie heads-up thread

    Falling Down 12/11/2014 11:10pm GO! Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_Down An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
  11. The movie heads-up thread

    V for Vendetta 10/11/2014 9:30pm GO! Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_for_Vendetta_%28film%29 In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. Blackfish 10/11/2014 10:05pm ABC2 Documentary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackfish_%28film%29 A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  12. The movie heads-up thread

    John Q 07/11/2014 8:30pm GEM Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Q A down-on-his luck father, whose insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant, takes the hospital's emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation. The Wicker Man 08/11/2014 12:50am Nine Adelaide Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wicker_Man_%281973_film%29 A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
  13. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    By the way I had skin fold tests done before and after the challenge. Some stats from the skin fold tests. --------------------- Start -------------- End Weight: ------------- 78.9kg ------------- 68.7kg Abs: ---------------- 21mm --------------- 7mm Thigh: -------------- 24mm --------------- 13mm Tricep: ------------- 18mm --------------- 12mm Suprailiac: --------- 13mm --------------- 6mm Body Fat: ----------- 18.2% -------------- 9.24% Fat Weight: --------- 14.36kg ------------ 6.35% Lean Body Mass: ----- 64.54kg ------------ 62.35kg Start. End. Progress photo at my lightest weight (68.6kg) in the final day of carb depleting looking pretty flat.
  14. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    --- Food ---------------------------------------- Calories ----- Fats ----- Protein ----- Carbs BREAKFAST (7am) 4 egg whites and 1 egg omelette. 2 pieces of wholemeal toast. -------------------- 338 ---------- 25% ------ 35% --------- 40% OR 170g of low fat yoghurt. 60g of oats in water. -- 330 ---------- 15% ------ 32% --------- 53% MID MORNING (10am) 30g of Max's SuperShred protein. 10g of instant coffee. -------------------------- 113 ---------- 2% ------- 97% --------- 1% LUNCH (1pm) 150g of tuna. 125g of brown rice. --------------- 432 ---------- 12% ------ 47% --------- 41% OR 100g of smoked salmon and 1 egg. 2 pieces of wholemeal bread. -------------------- 433 ---------- 36% ------ 33% --------- 31% PRE WORKOUT (5pm) 10g of pre workout (BCAAs & Creatine). ---------- 34 ----------- 1% ------- 13% --------- 86% POST WORKOUT (6:30pm) 30g of Max's SuperShred protein. ---------------- 113 ---------- 2% ------- 97% --------- 1% DINNER (8pm) 1 kale shake (100g kale, 50g spinach, 25g celery, 25g Lebanese cucumber, 10g garlic, 10g ginger). - 84 ----------- 13% ------ 26% --------- 61% 300g of chicken breast. ------------------------- 495 ---------- 21% ------ 79% --------- 0% OR 275g of topside beef. --------------------------- 487 ---------- 28% ------ 72% --------- 0% OR 100g of smoked salmon. 4 egg whites and 3 eggs omelette. --------------- 448 ---------- 49% ------ 49% --------- 2% OR 250g of salmon. --------------------------------- 505 ---------- 59% ------ 41% --------- 0% OR 250g of squid. ---------------------------------- 513 ---------- 41% ------ 46% --------- 13% BEFORE BED (11pm) 30g of Max's Nitetime protein. 5g of psyllium husks. --------------------------- 122 ---------- 7% ------- 86% --------- 7% TOTAL (Target. Based on 70kg: f*0.5, p*3.5, c*1.5) ------------ (35g) ---- (245g) ------ (105g) Average ----------------------------------------- 1723 - 18% (33.9g) - 58% (244.3g) - 24% (97.1g) - Fibre 20.5g
  15. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    Regarding training during maintenance and training during the challenge, it didn't change much at all. I still did 5 weight sessions a week. All I did different was add in cardio that I wasn't previously doing. This included 30minutes on the treadmill or bike each morning before work. Then on Saturday I would go hiking that would normally take 2 hours. In the second half of the challenge I added in an extra 15 minutes of cardio after my weight training in the afternoon and instead of regular low intensity cardio in the morning, I changed it to HIIT. No doubt diet plays the biggest impact on how you look. You need to find where you maintenance caloric intake is and eat below that. But it is a balancing act as you want to lose fat, but not be too much in a deficit that you will also lose muscle. Including BCAAs in your diet will help preserve muscle. I was eating around 1700 calories a day. There is where I felt comfortable and not too hungry, but low enough to consistently be losing fat. My strength didn't suffer in the gym either, which can happen when you cut back the calories too much. I'll post my meal plan in my next post. It's one thing eating the correct food to get big and strong, but it's different thing to deny yourself food/snacks, especially when out with friends. Many times I would have a glass of water and grilled fish at a restaurant instead of all the wonderful things they would eat. With the meal plan you posted, I would be cutting out the dessert meal. Or replace the protein bar with a shake. The bars are quite calories dense (300cal) where a shake is around 100cal.
  16. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    Yeah I did a bit of a bulking experiment earlier this year knowing I would do the challenge again if I put on too much weight. From the end of the challenge last year until Feb this year, I maintained my weight around 72-73kg. Only 2kg more than when I finished the challenge on a very strict diet. I was able to eat pretty freely on this maintenance plan of around 2100 calories. I just kept my protein macro high and didn't eat anything obviously bad. Also I trained 5 times a week and never skipped a day. Starting Feb this year, I upped my calories to 3000 a day, not really knowing how fast I would put on fat or muscle. Still eating similar food, just a bigger lunch of tuna and brown rice with almonds. I started packing on about 1kg a week and after about an 8kg gain over 2 months, it leveled off to about half a kg a week until I got to 82-83kg. Then my weight stayed here with the same amounts of calories. Here are some comparison shots.
  17. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    https://www.facebook.com/maxchallenge The statuses about the Top 50.
  18. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    True. I was just hoping to get my body fat a little lower. As that's what I thought was the main goal/the look they're after. And once everyone started posting their official photos, I didn't think I had a chance. Having a bit of a laugh at the whingers on the Max's Facebook page that didn't make the cut. Some of them I thought were a sure thing, but I guess even though they got ripped, they started out in reasonably good shape. One dude throughout the challenge was sucking up, praising Max's for all their supplements and showing off the purchases he made through their store. Now he's claiming it's all going in the bin because he didn't get Top 50.
  19. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    The Max's and Maxine's Top 50 were announced today. I was surprised to find my name amongst all the other amazing transformations. I didn't think I had a chance seeing how lean everyone else got. Max's Max's Muscle-Up Challenge 2014 Maxine's. Maxine's Shape-Up Challenge 2014 Profiles worth checking out. Artur Migas Clint Currie Gary Ruiz Iain Nash John Landau Marc Baker Nathan Karas Rick Longden Troy Davies Profiles worth checking out. Elle Hickey Lindsay Turner Montana Black Nadia Cassidy Sonia Pagnin Tara Vear Tina Louise
  20. Vietnam Travel

    Decided to try Vietnam this year as somewhere to visit. The plan is to fly into Ho Chi Minh City and have a few nights already booked. Then once there figure out where to travel to. Reading this thread, others have done something similar. Any tips? Also, getting a visa looks like a hassle. What's the best way, apply online for a pre approval letter and then get a Visa On Arrival when you land?
  21. The problem with that is now there's basically no one left. I would much prefer an active forum with a few tards than 3 active members and a few tumbleweeds.
  22. Agree with everything that was said. It's one of the main reasons I use Facebook less and less; it's all disposable information/media. There's no point putting any time and effort into legit replies as it gets swamped by hash tag retards. And like what was said, there's no way to easily search on past information. I still like forums and try to be active on some, but it's hard these days when everyone is lazy where they just want a central hub where everyone else brings the information to them.
  23. The movie heads-up thread

    The Thomas Crown Affair 28/10/2014 1:30am ABC Movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thomas_Crown_Affair_%281968_film%29 A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
  24. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    I don't want to be that guy, but voting has opened today. It doesn't mean a whole lot in terms of who makes the Top 10, but there are a few giveaways for people with the most votes. This is a link to my Max's profile where you can see my official after photos, blogs, write-up info and where you can vote for me. Give it a look over if interested. http://www.maxchallenge.com.au/2014/maxs/vote/user.php?Stephen+Penney-4072
  25. Max's Muscle Up Challenge

    It does. It's really hard. But you soon settle into a routine and time starts to go by pretty fast. I did a lot of cardio this year. Every Saturday morning I went hiking over about 10-12kms of hills that took me 2.5 hours. I would then have a refeed day where I would up my carbs and fat a bit. Little things like that help keep you motivated. Also my before photo probably looks worse than it actually is. I had a massive dinner and drank lots of water to make myself look fat and bloated lol.