what are YOU lookin' at ?

finally watched 'Chopper' a few nights ago.
knew it'd be good.
i was right.
knew Eric Bana would be good.
i had no idea....

also rented along with 'Chopper' was

'Kiss of Death'. not bad. the continuous right eye drip was a neat character trait.
Cage was good. but..... i don't know....

watched 'Spun' on the weekend.
i can't or won't comment.
Alien 3 Extras disc
I just watched it, and I realized that David Fincher is not only amazingly good at directing movies, but is (or at least was, by the time he did Alien3) the best looking director I've ever seen.
Aronovsky is trying to beat him, but he won't Smile

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ArkanGL
Gay otaku
quote:
Originally posted by ArkanGL:
Alien 3 Extras disc
I just watched it, and I realized that David Fincher is not only amazingly good at directing movies, but is (or at least was, by the time he did Alien3) the best looking director I've ever seen.
Aronovsky is trying to beat him, but he won't Smile

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ArkanGL
Gay otaku!!!


Aliens 3 was a shoddy, shoddy movie making attempt. Even David Fincher(who is not better that Aronovsky) couldn't rescue that one. Has David Fincher written any movies? And directed them also? Even if he has I doubt they are even close to Requiem, let alone Pi.

I feel certain there's more, always is.
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Originally posted by TheMythod:
quote:
Originally posted by ArkanGL:
Alien 3 Extras disc
I just watched it, and I realized that David Fincher is not only amazingly good at directing movies, but is (or at least was, by the time he did Alien3) the best looking director I've ever seen.
Aronovsky is trying to beat him, but he won't Smile

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ArkanGL
Gay otaku!!!


Aliens 3 was a shoddy, shoddy movie making attempt. Even David Fincher(who is not better that Aronovsky) couldn't rescue that one. Has David Fincher written any movies? And directed them also? Even if he has I doubt they are even close to Requiem, let alone Pi.

I feel certain there's more, always is.
I have to agree with ArkanGL here. My favorite Alien movie was always #3 (that is till I saw Resurrection). I love the aesthetics of it, the atmospheric direction and nothing beats the dramatic ending it has. Just picturing her tumble in oblivion, embracing that creature... Just brilliant.

And I'm sorry Mythod, but I think that Pi is overrated; (First of all the math in it are hilarious).

Mythod don't start the olive oil war again...
Granted, it was cool to see one Alien decimate a large population of humans and rend their flesh like the proveribial hot knife through butter. However, I thought it was a little contrived and the ending, although dramatic and certainly cinematic(liquid metel covering Alienflesh is just sickeningly awesome) was totally predictable. I am a huge Alien(s) fan, Gieger fan and have plenty of Darkhorse comics to prove it(though that does not necessarily prove anything but Batman/Predator/Alien comics punt anus). I was harsh on Aliens 3, I admit it, I didn't have a cigarette for like 4 hours so I was a little...teste shall we say.

What math is "hilarious" in Pi. I am not a math head so give me the long and the short version. I mean he wasn't explaining rotating clear text funtions or Mandelbrot patterns so where is the funny part? Decryption is a complex field of study in and of itself, are you a cryptographer? If not simply explain what parts of his math dialogue (or diatribe hehe) you thought were funny.

Italian Olive Oil is the best.
Especially from Pulgia. Razz

I feel certain there's more, always is.

[This message was edited by TheMythod on January 17, 2004 at 04:23 PM.]
For me Alien 3 had its moments, and certainly was nicely shot (although a bit too dark, and I didn't like the Alien 'point of view' shots). However, it left me disappointed in the end. Perhaps it was too relentless. As a concept it seems like a great way to end the series, but rendering everything Riply and the others ever did (almost) completely pointless was a bit too much for me, I guess.

Hmm. Now that I think about it, I guess the problem is that there was nobody left to care about in the end. Nobody except Riply was in the least bit sympathetic, and I couldn't really care less whether they lived or died. Fairly early on in the film it became obvious where it was heading, and from then on it was just going through the motions of getting to the end.

I absolutely loathed Alien: Resurrection though. It didn't add anything to the story, and I thought the ending was pretty damn silly. (I saw it on TV. Choosing not to see it in the theater was one very rare example of good judgement on my part.)

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You have to give up.
colin i can't say i's agree with you on
" rendering everything Riply and the others ever did (almost) completely pointless ".
don't you find Ripley's martyrdom to be rather bittersweetly uplifting and satisfying?
as far as nobody being left around, well, IMO that only adds to the power of Ripley's final act.
c'mon colin....can ya dig IT ?!?
just watched
fear and loathing in las vegas, which is uproariously funny in parts. still, got bored/couldn't take it after a while and switched over to
grosse pointe blank, which i love, totally. the fact that everybody, always, has a snappy come-back when he says he's a contact killer. john cusack is so perfect for that film. then i coaxed my ibook into showing
spirited away, which was very nice. superior animation. it has nothing on akira, but then again, little has. (getting the ibook to put the subtitles in the correct place was a bit of a nightmare though, as my screen is 4:3 and the tv is 16:9...)
now i'm considering running
mission: impossible 2, which i taped earlier. it's probably a shitfest deluxe, but some mindless action for two hours isn't always a bad thing.
or maybe i should go to bed. it is, after all, 5 AM.
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Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
colin i can't say i's agree with you on
" rendering everything Riply and the others ever did (almost) completely pointless ".
don't you find Ripley's martyrdom to be rather bittersweetly uplifting and satisfying?


How can I put this? Um... no. Wink

I didn't really feel anything 'bittersweet' about it, because we know Ripley is going to die from quite early on in the film, and even if she was rescued by some miracle, there is absolutely nothing left in the world for her to want to hold on to. For it to be uplifting, to me, there would have to be some sense of Ripley choosing to die for the greater good or something like that, but she knows she is going to die and taking the queen with her is just icing on the cake. At that point she wants to die. It is also, I think, clearly a kind of revenge act on her part aimed at the corp guy who wants the queen for the bioweapons potential, as well as at the queen and aliens in general. So, no, there's not much uplifting or powerful in that for me.

For me, like Ripley, the ending was mostly a matter of 'thank God this is finally over'.

quote:
as far as nobody being left around, well, IMO that only adds to the power of Ripley's final act.


The fact that she dies essentially alone does contribute a bit of pathos, I admit. However, the pathos was mostly killed by being dragged out for the length of the film.

What I should have said is that there is nobody we care about in the beginning. That is, the film starts by killing off all the characters we might like, and introduces no replacements, while Ripley searches for some way to make her final exit. Audience members could be forgiven for cheering on the alien; at least it was vaguely cool looking.

All these judgements are purely personal of course. I have nothing against people who enjoy films I did not. Wink

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You have to give up.
I love Pi, and Requiem For A Dream is my favourite movie ever.
Aronovski is the closest thing I have to a God.
But Fincher is not Far.
Alien3's story might be disappointing, but so are every Alien's stories : it's just studio policy taking over the good ideas.
But Alien3 has such a weird feel, and such good characters, and visually kicks more ass than I could if I had four legs.

What I meant by Fincher being hotter than Aronovski is that he looks better Smile

See for yourself:

Fincher


Aronovski (suddenly I'm not sure about the spelling)


I could not find any good pics.
Aronovski had a Foincheresque look when he directed Requiem for A Dream, that's why I mentioned him as a possible oponent.
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ArkanGL
It's true that Fincher became fatter and is only the shadow of his former self now.
quote:
Originally posted by colin:
... For it to be uplifting, to me, there would have to be some sense of Ripley choosing to die for the greater good or something like that, but she knows she is going to die and taking the queen with her is just icing on the cake. At that point she _wants_ to die. It is also, I think, clearly a kind of revenge act on her part aimed at the corp guy who wants the queen for the bioweapons potential, as well as at the queen and aliens in general. ...
Actually that is exactly how I saw it. That she was giving up her life to eradicate the last Alien traces. Making sure that nothing was left for the corporation to take advantage of and consequently jeopardize the survival of the human species. Basically saving a fool from their own stupidity.

But that was my point of view and that is purely subjective. Same way my opinion on Pi is. Sorry guys, nothing as sensational for me there. The math, I saw it so many years ago, I don't remember even what they were. All I remember is that feeling of how hilarious they seemed to me. Big Grin
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Originally posted by ArkanGL:
It's true that Fincher became fatter and is only the shadow of his former self now.
Pooh, pooh pooh. That is a shame!

Finally saw Chinatown last weekend. Good movie. Now that's a bitter ending. Friday, I watched The Devil's Backbone. A very good movie. The only other Guillermo Del Toro film I'd seen was Blade II, which is fun and I love, but, frankly, is no Devil's Backbone. Also been catching up with the Alien series, watching Alien and Aliens (Aliens with the commentary track on). I'm still working up the courage to check on Alien 3 (which I hated on first viewing. I really want to see if the expanded cut does anything for it). Alien 4 I really like in 97, but then I was really into the Jeunet aesthetic (had just seen and loved City of Lost Children), so responded to it in a really basic way. Jeunet pushes the freakshow buttons and I really liked how perverse the whole movie feels.

Justin Roby
Adjunct Instructor in English
GWU
Signs i think this one is perfect. every aspect. can't wait to see his next. Signs gets better with each viewing.

bravo! aired back to back classics on sunday night.(uncut)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off followed by
Pretty in Pink

what's not to like? there is the best shot in PIP : when Andie and Blaine are walking out of Trax Records just as the sun is setting. really good light, great photography.

i'm not really a big fan of The Actor's Studio unless Will Farrell is doing it but....saw a really good one with Julianne Moore. she was super. she picks her roles very well.
I am OVER lord of the rings, having seen ROTK three times in a three week period.

Last weekend I saw highlander - possibly 17 years too late because it was utter crap. Maybe my expectations were too high after hearing over the years how wonderful it's supposed to be.

One question: the evil dude - was he Jaws from a couple of James Bond movies?
This weekend: KISS OF DEATH, with Victor Mature and Somebody Widmark (forget his first name). Widmark is fantastic as a psycho killer; Mature is pretty good. Mature was HUGE, by the way. A giant among men. He has this habit in KISS OF DEATH, also, of grasping the head of his wife or child as he kisses them... his hands are so massive that their entire head disappears and you can imagine them thinking "Please, God, don't let him crush me! Aaiaiaiaiigh!"

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That's a lie, but I said it with a smile -- John Roderick
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
_Signs_ i think this one is perfect. every aspect.


Except for that part where the alien race whose weakness is water, invades a planet which is, oh...

...70% water.

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Remember, frozen ponds and rivers may not be totally frozen.
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Originally posted by Herr_Kuchen:
The first series of _The Office_

Just rented the dvd on that one. I thought it was horrible. I didn't like the humor, which is strange for me cause I love brittish humor, but what can you do. My $.02 .
quote:
Originally posted by Herr_Kuchen:
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
_Signs_ i think this one is perfect. every aspect.


Except for that part where the alien race whose weakness is water, invades a planet which is, oh...

...70% water.

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_Remember, frozen ponds and rivers may not be totally frozen._
That was not the point of the film. And yes it works for me every time I see it. It's more like a homage to the "War Of The Worlds" 1938 radio panic by Orson Welles. It's excellent how he made it, for me at least, in the old b&w sci-fi movies style. It's a character driven story, and then he goes beyond the sci-fi subject into spirituallity and religion. Again this is just my subjective opinion.

quote:
Originally posted by striv:
Again this is just my subjective opinion.



I just didn't like signs. The water thing. The aliens unable to kick down a door despite being able to jump up onto a roof thing.

And I just lost my train of thought because a massive christmas beetle just flew into the side of my head.

Yeah. Didn't like it.

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Remember, frozen ponds and rivers may not be totally frozen.
The X-Files 5the Season
Episode : Kill Switch
Written by WG Smile

Some posts I read here gave me a poor idea of this episode.
But I ended up liking it.
I couldn't explain why... it just feels like a not-so-ridiculous-Hackers-movie, and that's enough for me.

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ArkanGL
The guys had a movie night for me tonight, (all part of the going away thing).

Saw "Full Metal Jacket" for the first time. Holy shit. Kubrick was a genius. (Not the first thing a saw by him, but still ouaou).
..>How can you shoot women and children?
..>Easy, I just give them a shorter lead.

Followed by "Shrek". Every time I see that one, it looks better and better. Big Grin
..>You think he's compensating for something?

And for a closer we had "Underworld". I mostly slept through it. Woke up to see the final fight scene which held the most interest for me. When he totally transforms at the end... man, what a babe. The artistic direction is so excellent. The director could not possibly be any worse, but then again the script they were working on was so crappy. Such a great concept and cast gone to waste.
There's like a million pictures of Kate available and none of him. What the hell! Has anyone seen a Hybrid picture anywhere?

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