what are YOU lookin' at ?

i thought i'd start a thread dealing with the movies just RENTED or OWN.
Whenever you've just checked something out, let us know:
have you seen it before?
how many times?
virgin eh?
do you own it?
DVD or VHS?

last night i rented 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'. wow.
another good job by Sodoghberg(?)
what got me was that i had to keep wrestling with what i thought i was watching. i didn't know the events depicted were allegedly "true".
so i kept wondering, howe are they allowed to use all these gameshows unless it's...ummm...."real"?

loved the 5 sec. cameos by Pitt and Damon. funny.

i might go buy this one, though it's at the bottom of a not-so-short list.

also watched 'Commando'.
i've seen this movie countless times, the beginning of Arnie's one-liners.
watched it on an ancient VHS to VHS dub. sweet.
this one is indeed a guilty pleasure. Wink
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-Once upon a Time in the West:the Special Edition. - Maybe the best western ever made.
I always cry watching this movie.

-The Prisoner box set- Amazing. I wonder how they got away with this back in 1968!

- Assult on Precint 13- An urban western. John Carpenter's first movie. Proof you can make a decent movie with very little money.
Waiting for the Escape from New York Special edition DVD due this week...

-The Andromeda Strain- Intelligent Science Fiction movies are an endangered species. Watch this and then watch The Core and you'll see what I mean.
Finished watching The X-Files - Season 3
Now I'm waiting for the 4th (download or buy, depends of which is the fastest Smile )

I used to watch theses series some years ago, when I was around 12. I enjoy it more, now that I have more movie culture (and now that I am no longer afraid when there's a monster around the corner...)

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ArkanGL
I was young... and easily scared
Not in the 'rented' or 'owned' category, but a local cinema is running The Fellowship of the Ring last week and The Two Towers this week, in their extended remixes, on the big screen, so we're doing that. They cranked the sound massively, which made it impactful but a little deafening, but it was fantastic, and the extended version makes *much* more narrative sense. Then, of course, it's Return of the King next week: woot!

On that topic, thought I'd share this: http://corvette.boise.wirestone.com/gollum/gollum.swf

Bravus
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Originally posted by striv:
Finally rented "Donie Darko". See how it goes.

I recently saw that too. I had to discover myself what all that creepyness was about.
Recent viewings include:
"Hitler - the touch of evil" and LEON (for the 548th time)
I'll be seeing RotK in Thursday, should the local taxis' stike is over! *@&$%#$%* grr!

PS. any fans of the infamous Chris Carter's Millennium series out there ?!
Well, the plan to see The Two Towers at the cinema went awry - the bastards stopped it the day before we went to see it (yes, we should have been more vigilant in checking it out), but it's brought us back on topic for this thread, because we went out and bought the 4-DVD Extended version of the movie instead, and watched that last night.

Which brings me around to the whole 'does size matter?' argument. The extended versions of both Fellowship of The Ring and The Two Towers were *sooo* much more coherent, it makes you wonder why the studios would cripple them by forcing shorter versions. Sure, the churn rate in the cinemas is too low with longer movies - but I'd be willing to pay a bit more for a coherent 4 hour experience than a less coherent 2.5 hour one...
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Originally posted by Bravus:
it makes you wonder why the studios would cripple them by forcing shorter versions.

They often edit foreign movies as well. Usually,
the claim is to account for cultural differences,
but equally as often, the original foreign movie
is way better than the American release. This
pisses me off.

It's getting really close to Christmas and as such,
it's time to watch the traditional movies (watched
while wrapping gifts, writing Christmas cards,
&c.). Sneakers (VHS), Pi (VHS), Brazil (choice of
American release (VHS), the International release
(DVD) or the crappy American re-edit (DVD)).
Got a couple DVDs lent from unsuspecting parties (got a tendency to, well, hold on to discs until owner asks for them with a judicial order): Lucia and Sex, a spanish movie; the Animatrix (this one I must get), a couple forgetable anime titles, Rat Race (looked forward to see Rowan Atkinson's performance, and he ended up as a minor character and relatively unfunny, while Jon Lovitz's scenes were a riot!).
Mmhh... just recalled someone has my Toy Story 3 Disc set ever since... *cough*
Recently bought: Mulholland Drive, Metropolis (anime), NIN's 'all that could have been'. Salivating over the 'Director's Label' series: Cunningham, Gondry, Jonze. Oh yeah.

And: just saw Cronenberg's 'Spider' on film. Mixed feelings... beautiful photography and acting, but it could have been a 'Twilight Zone' episode. Or perhaps I expected entrails and wires...
Watched "Citizen Kane" over again. It really is amazing how clever some of the scenes are shot, and how the film is setup. It probably seems cliche mentioning this, but it is definitely worth a viewing or two.

"The Mummy" still stands the test of short time as an enjoyable popcorn flick.

As far as holiday films go, "Holiday Inn" will probably be showing at my house within the next week or so. I have never actually seen all of "Its a Wonderful Life", so I may make an attempt to watch it all the way through this year.

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I could be wrong on that.
watched Buffalo '66 last night. AGAIN.
this movie cracks me up. i bought it brand new on DVD for a mere 10 bucks.
a great black comedy if there ever was one.
what impresses me is the fact that Vincent Gallo wrote, directed, stars, and scored the movie.
and when i say stars, he is in virtually every scene and he doesn't shut up. it's a riot "spen-ning time" watching Gallo at his best.
Last week I bought Three Kings and Chopper on special and watched them (again) over the weekend. Only had time to watch a few minutes of Chopper with commentary from the actual Mark Read but it sounded, er, interesting. "That's the best way to stab someone, get in, get out, fast, before the blood has time to come to the surface. You won't get a drop on you." Yeesh.
was gonna watch Three Kings tonight, ....
but instead i whipped out my trusty VHS Boyz N The Hood. it's 12 years old already...wow.
soooo many lines from this movie are repeated in my household on a daily basis.
come to think of it...a lot of lines from a lot of movies are repeated in my household on a daily basis.... Roll Eyes
Buffalo 66 rocks ("just make me look good").
Vincent Gallo fans should all watch Trouble Every Day, which I find too be the most disturbing movie ever.

Yesterday, I watched some episodes of X-Files season 4... On divx (and I plan to buy the DVDs if I enjoy it as much as the previous seasons).
It discovered the episode with the killer who makes black people turn albinos. Thats just weird.
(speaking of Boys in the Hood... )

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ArkanGL
watched it last night when i got home from ROTK.
jeez i'm such a sucker for loooooooong movies.
Magnolia. what can i say about this masterpiece?
top contender for the best film i've ever seen, and the only dvd i've bought where price was no object whatsoever.(i'm a bargain shopper. in fact, BTW, every hardcover i own with the exception of maybe a dozen or less, was bought at a bargain table or second hand shop for like, two or five bucks.)

it drives me crazy to no end that p.t. anderson has only 3 films. every one a perfect gem. and i own all of these gems.

as a matter of fact i purchases Punch Drunk Love the day it was released having never seen it. of course i wasn't disappointed.
hmmmmmmm, that's a thread all its own.(being so sure of a purchase you've never seen before.)
I just went and rented Hollywood Homicide, Tears of the Sun, and Pirates of the Carribean. I know I spelled that last one wrong, but oh well. As you can see I'm a sucker for big budgets / action movies.

Oh, and I intend to watch the new animated Bat-film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman sometime over winter break (fuyu yasumi).

OT: At my Blockbuster they've dedicated a few shelves to employees' favorites. One guy had Johnny Mnemonic up there, so I went over to the counter and punched him. What would you have done?
i knew there was a movie i forgot i just watched.
i rented HH on monday and i really liked it.
the final chase sequence was a little drawn out, but oh well.
the price of the rental is worth it just for the interrogation scene. hilarious.
Lena Olin is great as usual.
love the constant cell phone ring tones.
*funkytown ringtone* now

oh, and about the Johnny Mnemonic.
i'd a shook his hand....
i liked it. it was good clean cyber-fun.

tut-tut Kieth. remember where you are... Wink
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Originally posted by ArkanGL:
Bought the Chris Cunningham DVD this afternoon. (I have to wait until christmas, since it's supposed to be a gift from my mother...)

and you'll actually do it? never happen here.

of the three directors dvds, i most recommend the michel gondry one. he's so funny! and he's put together a 75 minute film where he explains how and why he did it. it rules.
I'll do it.. she's already wrapped it, and hidden in a closet (it feels funny to live with my parents again, just for holidays...).

I watched Revenge Of The Nerds tonight. Introducing my brothers and sister to this masterpiece. And the more I watch it, the more I love this movie.
I have also watched the first sequel, which is not as good... and I'm desperately looking for the 3rd and 4th, who were only released as TV-films.

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ArkanGL
These movies were never released in France.. that's a shame!
borrowed a copy from a friend. i wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it had its moments. the acting's mostly good, especially naomi watts. and to give david lynch credit, he does something new with the 'it was all a dream' concept. but still, it was all a dream??? how lame doesn't that feel. we could also have done without all the cheesy symbolism characters. and david? learn to kill your muthafucking darlings! thankyouverymuch.
.....is watch movies lately it seems. watched another pair last night.

Punch Drunk Love. okay, just watched Magnolia and thought, hey, more pt anderson is not a bad thing. this was my 4th viewing of this film and the most enjoyable. the color schemes, photography, sound effects, acting are all superb. hats off to Sandler for proving me right. he has a real talent that i think has only just been tapped.

Waking Life by director Richard Linklater. another bargain bin special i bought for 7 dollars. this film is so totally engrossing.
i love watching it with a small group of like-minded folks, the ensuing discussions are among the best i've ever had.
for anyone into lucid dreaming or states of conciousness, check this film out....

ArkanGL...Revenge of the Nerds?
bravo bravo! "rooks rike sarad.."
johnny mnemonic, last friday night. no comment, whatsoever.

now I've got Brazil which has been brilliant so far (and that's just the first 10 minutes). I probably do not need to point out that it has terry gilliam written all over it.

bought a anime dvd box set - ghost in the shell, akira and ninja scroll ($40 AUD!!) now I'm just waiting for the dvd player I ordered last week to be delivered so I can watch them.

last night I watched the pricess bride for the gazillionth time. inconceivable!

of course then there's ROTK on Thursday - I have two free movie tickets that will be splurged on that one. can't wait - having a hard time keeping out of that topic!
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anyone ever pulled a "she's lost that loving feeling"?


As a matter of fact, yes. Me and about 8-9 of my friends serenaded our waitress at the local family style italian restaurant one night. We also tagged along to the two birthday tables to sing "Happy Birthday" with the staff. We're an odd bunch.

-Ink
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Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
it drives me crazy to no end that p.t. anderson has only 3 films. every one a perfect gem. and i own all of these gems.



Hard Eight
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love

Which one did you miss? Probably Hard Eight. I highly recommend it. Soundtrack by Michael Penn... Gwyneth Paltrow as a white trash waitress/hooker... Samuel L. Jackson as a bad dude with bad hair... priceless.

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That's a lie, but I said it with a smile -- John Roderick
what a bore.
was over at my Moms' for dinner and rented it mostly for her sake.
it wasn't bad, i mean, there was a bit of good acting in there, a little wit....
but then my cat jumped up and wanted to snooze, so i figured why not?
basically i don't do musicals. this was no exception and had nothing of real interest for me.
AND I HAVE A PATHELOGICAL UNDYING PSYCHOTIC HATRED OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
just thought i'd get that out of the way.
on a good note, i was actually very impressed by, and thoroughly enjoyed Mulan Rouge. go figure... Confused
That was cute, wasn't it? I enjoyed especially the part where Hugh Grand is dancing in a house that is not as empty as he thinks. Brittish humor; excellent! And warm hearting. Perfect for the season spirit.

Did anybody here see the Human Stain?

Anyway, the best movie I saw this summer was American Splendor. Definitelly the most memorable.
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Originally posted by mrgy786:
This was one great chick flick!!! I'm so glad my husband didn't go see it with my daughter and I!!!

I laughed so hard I cried. It was so English in it's style and humor. Totally enjoyable!


Yeah, I loved that movie too. It was totally chick flick and proud of it too!
rented League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Bay of Love and Sorrows last night.

LXG. i really loved the idea of using classic fictional characters.
all were portrayed well i thought but found Sawyer to be annoying. old style actioneer in the vein of Raiders and the Mummy. of course all the Indy films are unapproachable, LXG was IMO, at least entertaining. good sets.

The Bay of Love and Sorrows. based on the novel of the same name by David Adams Richards, it wasn't as good as i had hoped. it lacked the monstrous power of the book's plot, in particular the intensity of the character's downfalls, redemptions, and emotional subjugation.
however, i still liked it though i think only because i had previously read it.

Yelena, you mentioned before that you thought For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down was the best piece of Canadian cinema you saw. i'm curious of your opinion on this film.
not about movies about xmas.
rather gifts recieved.

spent all day watching the Indiana Jones trilogy.
what can i say that everyone else shouldn't already know? my fave of the 3 is leaning towards...no wait....
i know....no i don't......
i often lean towards Last Crusade but really it's in a constant state of flux.

also today, i watched a rented dvd of 'The Weight of Water'. i rented it because Sean Penn is currently doing the best work of his life (for the last 5 or 10 years i guess) and to my happy surprise found out it is directed by Katheryn Bigelow who directed 2 of my favorite films 'Strange Days' and 'Near Dark'.

i was quite impressed. the tension is thick and deliciously subtle, rife with overtones of sex, jealosy, and closetal skeletons. two timelines to keep things interesting. Sarah Polley is exceptionally good. i was riveted watching her character grow from a seemingly weak and diminutive housewife, to a woman with passion and voice who inevitably rebels against her unsuited station. superb.
oh, and there's a lovely axe murder. just lovely. Roll Eyes

i will now spend the rest of my evening eating many many snacks and view as many episodes of 'Band of Brothers' as i can. i've been awaiting this set for a long while now and finally unwrapped it as the last gift yesterday.
mmmmmmm, cheeseball and bretons.>drool<
charmakarmacat's loser movie junkie journal.
or "log" for all you thailors Wink

still watching "xmas" dvds.
powered through episodes 1 to 5 of 'Band of Brothers' last night. just great stuff, jawdropping. Cool

this morning i woke up on the couch i fell asleep on.(we have seven)
invoked the "while yer up..." rule and had 'Ocean's Eleven' placed into the dvd tray and the remote handed to me. i didn't even have to move, how sweet is that.... Razz

the words i would use to describe this movie all start with 's'.

smart, slick, sharp, sexy.

and now for the non-s description:
pure entertainment that's alot of fun.
since coming home from xmas day fam schmoozing,
i have remained on my couch watching continuous movies. did i mention i watch only oh..1 or 2 hrs of tv per week?
anyway, i digress.
aside from the odd sojourn into the kitchen, bathroom, and computer, none of which rates much more than 20 minutes or so, the time spent on the couch has now reached....>drum roll please<

.......44 hours. that includes 2 nights of sleep and about 5 naps. god DAMN i love myself. Big Grin

entire 10 episodes of 'Band of Brothers' watched.
also under my belt now is the greatest movie of all time......

The Empire Strikes Back

weird trend emerging: war, nazis, Harrison Ford.
what oh what do i watch next..... Roll Eyes
another xmas present i watched xmas night.

Gangs of New York.

Daniel Day nailed his performance as Bill the Butcher.
Great sets. i find the time period of this movie very intiguing. real mishmash of oldey timey and new school anachronisms.
the fact that it's a Scorsese gang film and only has 2 or 3 gunshots (army exluded) is entirely new ground.
these characters are barely one step up from "eat thine enemy". savage and savagely rewarding fare.
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LXG. i really loved the idea of using classic fictional characters.
all were portrayed well i thought but found Sawyer to be annoying. old style actioneer in the vein of Raiders and the Mummy. of course all the Indy films are unapproachable, LXG was IMO, at least entertaining. good sets.



Saw it in the theater when it was out and just watched it again tonight on DVD with my daughter. She loves Dorian Gray...I love Nemo!!! Guys with lots of gadgets are so cool!!! It would have been better without Tom Sawyer.
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
spent all day watching the Indiana Jones trilogy.
what can i say that everyone else shouldn't already know? my fave of the 3 is leaning towards...no wait....
i know....no i don't......
i often lean towards Last Crusade but really it's in a constant state of flux.

Last Crusade had too much of a blockbuster feel,
where Raiders has a cool sort of pulpy b-movie feel.

My tape copies are wearing out, it might just be
time to get the DVD box set.

I found LXO to be full of action scenes that
weren't very exciting. It was like Last Samurai in
that it was interesting and pretty to watch, but
devoid of much soul.

Some movies watched over the past week:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Two Towers (Extended edition)
Fish Called Wanda

Also at friend's house:
Cradle 2 the Grave (dvd)
Pirates of the Caribbean (dvd)
Piranha! (on tv)
Anatomy of a Murder (tv)
ok, the remaining list of movies i watched in the last 4 days:

'Star Wars Episode II' NEEDED MORE STAR WARS
'Back to the Future'
'Pirates of the Carribean' Depp's accent RULES!
'Fargo' i beat myself for having forgotten how damn GOOD this film is...
'U-turn' needed another Sean Penn fix
'Good Morning, Viet Nam' nuff said.

that brings my four-day total to....

....18.

this past 4-day holiday was the most relaxed, needed, time-well-spent break from the grind that i've had in years.
times are tough all order and everyone needs a real break more often than we get it.
Yesterday night, I had a break from my X-files marathon (just watched Tunguska, 4th season): my girlfriend convinced me to watch Ring (she gave me the 3 DVDs for christmas).
That was scary : after the movie, I just thought "whaaaaat? no scary monster closeup? no hardcore psychological pressure? not as scary as Dark Water!"
But then, after midnight, I was woken up by the phone ringing (and too confused to answer in time). After that, I spent 10 minutes sitting on my bed, reviewing the events from the movie, in the dark (and scared beyond reason because of the phone and the confusion). I could not sleep for 2 hours, because I couldn't help thinking about the little details I didn't found scary at first, and who suddenly terrified me...

I won't spoil anything here (I knew too much about the movie, because of some posts I had read here), and just say that Ring is really good. Now I can't wait for Ring 2 and Ring 0.

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ArkanGL
I still think Dark Water is better...
Smile
Yesterday I watched a single X-Files episode.

And then "La Sirene Rouge", a movie adaptation from Maurice G Dantec's novel (the best French cyberpunk writer). Quite a good movie. Not as bad as I remembered it.

Then some Simpsons episodes (I've just downloaded the first season).

Edit : I forgot to add that after that I watched Top Secret, which I hadn't watched for almost ten years.

Trying to have some space between X-Files eps.
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ArkanGL

[This message was edited by ArkanGL on January 02, 2004 at 11:19 AM.]
Tivo'd Fellowship and Two Towers extended editions and watched them last week before going to ROTK. Made my own marathon. Smile

Been mostly too busy with games to watch movies during the holiday but I did watch plenty of SciFi's Twilight Zone marathon over New Years. <-- That's becoming an annual event for me.

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due to the brainfart i had recently while watching this film(i had disdainfully forgotten how good it is) i purchased an outrageously priced copy for my own and watched it last night. Cool

yesterday i watched a borrowed copy of 'The Secret of Nimh'. how fantastic is this movie huh? Big Grin

also observed a borrowed 'Darkness Falls'.
what a piece of shit. worst movie i've seen in a few years that's for sure. i'm still pissed off that i cannot get that lost time back. Mad

other flicks seen over the past few days:
Superman I and II (TV)
# II is my favorite of that series.
1 - LotR:RotK. ---------------------no comment necessary. Saw total of FOUR times.
2 - Cheaper by the Dozen -----------funny, nothing memorable.
3 - Cold Mountain ------------------two words: great drama.
4 - Something's Gotta Give ---------funny as hell. fell in love with Keanu again, even if he's a schmuck.
5 - Paycheck -----------------------Lost effort down the tubes.
6 - Mona Lisa Smile ----------------Yawn.
7 - Peter Pan ----------------------Better than previous screen adaptations, but not as magical as I expected. The leading boy wasn't as stellar.
8 - The Last Samurai ---------------Well, I did love this one. Mostly because all the supporting actors were beyond stellar.
9 - Bad Santa --------------------- CoolInstant Christmas classic. People you need to go see this one. Why we call the Coens geniuses. Absolutely demented and hilarious. The best comedy of the year!
10 - Elf --------------------------OMG, brain tumor. Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to see this one. I was blinded by the light.
11 - Stuck on You -----------------Didn't see. Will wait for it on cable, and even then maybe.
12 - Love Don't Cost a Thing ------Wake up dude. The story's been beaten to hell and back. Nothing notable. Saw it cause I like the boy from Drumline.
13 - The Haunted Mansion ----------Could not get the big deal about this one either. Also unmemorable.
14 - Big Fish --------------------- Cool Awesome. Tim Burton rocks. Big yes to surrealism.
15 - House of Sand and Fog --------Cool everybody should see this one. For me the best of the year and with a distance from the second one too.
16 - Honey ------------------------Funky. Loved it. Body language movies always speak to me, and this one was fluent.
17 - Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat --I know you people grew up on the books and you hated the film. Oh well. Myers did do his best. I went to see it for the girl; she has amazing talent.
18 - 21 Grams ---------------------Didn't see yet. Focus on the YET. Will remedy this weekend. They don't show it near me; will have to hop to Wilson town for this one. Naomi Watts is also worth it.
19 - Master and Commander ----------Well yahoo! We did love this one.
20 - In America -------------------Didn't see. Heard good things about this one, but like 21 grams, not near me. Will see.
21 - Love Actually ----------------Beautiful english humor.
25 - Calendar Girls ---------------Hey, it just came out. I will see it this weekend, just wait and see. Looks good.
26 - Lost in Translation ---------- Cool Just plain brilliant. A masterpiece.
27 - Mystic River -----------------Have to admitt, quite good.
28 - The Cooler -------------------Didn't see. But I want to see. Hell, it's nowhere near me. I really want to see.
29 - School of Rock ----------------Regrettably did not see. Oh well, will wait for video.

Cool American Splendor did not make the list, but it should have. Excellent work of art, far better than most of the junk on the heap.

[This message was edited by striv on January 03, 2004 at 12:28 AM.]
Bad Santa - "Are you fuckin' with me?!"

Last night's before bed movie was 'Higher Learning'. "Mista Williams...."
Ice Cube is , actually everyone is great in this film.
'Cube's character is my favorite, but i think the best performance should be credited to Michael Rappaport's portrayal of Remy.....
I love this thread :
I had never heard about Big Fish, and I did not expect anything from Burton right now.
I didn't know the Coen bros had anything to do with Bad Santa.
I really have to see these two as soon as they are realeased.

I watched Hard Eight yesterday, and I really feel stupidj for not having known it existed. P.T. Anderson is a true master.

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quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
Bad Santa - "Are you _fuckin'_ with me?!"

Hey Cat, do you remember the slogan on the kids t-shirt at the end...? You know, the christmass present? (I think it was something ,,,nude or something.)

ArkanGL it's a Coen brothers story. directed by Terry Zwiggof.


Edit: one picture is a thousand words...

[This message was edited by striv on January 04, 2004 at 08:45 AM.]
I'm sick. Sick, sick, sick.

All I can really do is focus (somewhat) on movies,
so when I ran out to grab some emergency flu
supplies, I picked up the Cowboy Bebop movie.

Never seen it before, but I'm not surprised that I
really enjoyed it. One of these days, I need to pick
up the show.

I think Yoko Kanno helps to make CB as good as it
is. Great music.
watched 'Solaris' last night.
geez i shoulda seen it sooner. Soderbergh directed, based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem, starring George Clooney who hasn't shit the bed yet, produced by James Cameron.... why was i so hesitant to watch this?!?

great film on so many levels.
Visually deliberate (reminiscent of Kubrick's work), great acting during flashback scenes without much context, intellectually provacative,
and Jeremy Davies was so brilliantly...vague.
i think i'll check imdb when i'm done here to find more stuff with him in it.

as of yet, no one has really mentioned kid's stuff. i have THE BEST 19 month old nephew, armed with an assortment of 'Baby Einstien' videos. these vids are absolutely wonderful things. for anyone with young kids who has never heard of these i urge you to check them out.

Striv, i believe it was along the lines of " i ride naked" or close to. Wink
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
and Jeremy Davies was so brilliantly...vague.
i think i'll check imdb when i'm done here to find more stuff with him in it.
That Solaris I did like a lot better than Stanislavs version. But you can't really compare the two. Yeah, it was a pretty good film.

But Jeremy Davies I love. I love his talent ever since I saw him in Wim Wenders Million Dollar Hotel. Actually I liked the directors "making of the movie" documentary a lot better than the movie itself. They used to show that on IFC. So very surreal and atmospheric.

And I certainly love anything by Wim Wenders. "Wings of Desire" and "Faraway so close" were nothing short of masterpieces.

"Cowboy bebop: the movie" I liked far better than the series actually; that doesn't mean it's bad. The series soundtrack is mainly bebop, but I really loved the classical pieces in the film. As for the action sequences, they were brilliant. Especially for an MA geek the way they had the moves so accurate; it just blew me away... the sidekicks, the spinning kicks. They animated everything with such detail to the actuall physics/sequence of the movements, you can easily use it as instruction reference.

Edit:Oh, yeah. Last movie I saw was "Read my lips" with Emmanuelle Davis and Vincent Cassel. Pretty interesting.
The French Connection



Watched it earlier this evening, after at least fifteen years since I last saw it. My girlfriend magically produced a DVD set of of both the original and sequel; turns out her brother'd gotten them as a Christmas gift a few years back.

This film still holds up after 33 years, even with Frog One's appalling French. And perhaps the most incompetent rooftop sniper in cinema...
House of Sand and Fog

I had looked forward to seeing this...the reviews were good and I thought it would be interesting. I'm sorry to say it was absolutely the worst movie I've seen in years! My Iranian husband liked it, though. I really can't understand why. Although there was some truths about how many Iranians live here in this country, I thought it was demeaning. I also couldn't stand the American characters in the film. The story was incredibly depressing...maybe it would have played better as an opera. At least then there would have been some passion in the performances.

The only highlight was that the guys who sang at my husband's brother's wedding sang at the wedding scene in the movie.
ok, take a deep breath and sit down.....

a very guilty pleasure viewed on a relic of a vhs to vhs copy.....

Iron Eagle. a veritable forest of cheese.
if i hadn't seen this movie all those years ago....well, you figure it out.

the best part....doug's dad shot down and captured by "hostile forces"
i loooove movies where the antagonists don't even deserve a nationality or anything.:
enemy nation
general blah blahblah
evil dictator "somewhere in the eastern bloc"
geez, i even watched the whole thing.
in the credits, the third character listed after Jason Gedrick and Louis Gossit Jr was David Suchet, and the character was Minister of Defense. no name!!!! what a riot.

last night watched Fargo again. must be the weather here or something. cold as hell with snow.
was on tv tonite. i LOVE this movie SO much. it never gets old. i must've seen this now 20 or 30 times (everytime it's on tv. that's alot over the years.)

i imagine 'Big Fish' to be along these lines.
now i'm gonna check it out sooner rather than later.

"if you build it, he will come..."
maybe Tim said to a buddy he has in broadcasting:
"if you play it(FOD), they will come(to my movie)..." Razz
Saw today in the presented sequence.

Chasing Liberty Yes, it is a juvenille bullshit, and she is an unbearable bimbo. BUT allow me to have a rare girl moment here when I say: Matthew Goode is The babe. I kept thinking, while watching it, get real dude; why don't he ditch the bimbo already. The story was made bearable by the small romance from the sidekicks - Jeremy Piven and Annabella Sciorra.

Calendar Girls The first half of the film was laugh non-stop. The second half left things to be desired, but still not bad.

Monster Charlize Theron is truly unrecognizable here. I kept looking for that beautiful face and couldn't see it anywhere. Her and Christina Ricci gave some excellent performances. Hardly any sex scenes guys, so no need to start drooling when you read the story line. which is interesting to say the least. As a character study it's perfect.

I just watched Pi for like the 5th time and it is FUCKING AMAZING. If you haven't seen it, see it. Don't bother trying to give some pithy critique of it, the movie is brilliant. Not the best movie ever made but probably my favorite, right next to The Godfather and some others(including Usual Suspects and Brazil) that changed cinema as a whole(yes Pi did change cinema as a whole).
So, what are you lookin' at?

I feel certain there's more, always is.
No, feta cheese is ok, Greek olive oil is ok(Italian is better), your Madza 626 is ok. That movie is the shit.

Sorry, I get a little upset when people don't agree with me 100% all the time like they should Razz

I feel certain there's more, always is.
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.
quote:
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

--
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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