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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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

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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.
quote:
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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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
quote:
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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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.
quote:
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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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?

underworld. a textbook example of what not to do with a vampire movie. what a piece 'a JUNK.

here's what i've seen lately.

rented: The Hunted. disappointing but what was i expecting?
Bringing Out the Dead. first time. was good, though the film doesn't allow you to gravitate towards any of the characters including Cage. i'm thinking that was the point.
21 Grams. great human drama. this one's cut up like a motherfucker. good performances.
Cronenberg's The Fly. how wonderfully, wretchedly disgusting. only Jeff Goldblum could've portrayed such a perfect Brundlefly. what a classic.
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
M. Night Shayamalan's _The Village_.
Yep, I'm drooling about that one too.

Saw Torque. Stupid, brainless, full of speed and pissing contests and very very very cool bikes; which is the reason why I saw it and was very satisfied about it. Big Grin

Butterfly Effect. Not as dumm as you'd expect. I liked the ending a lot. I guess if you're a hard core sci-fi fan, it's predictable but with Hollywoods atrocities not at all. Only kinda hasty and disjointed though, especially in the second half.

i watched a trio of rented flicks last night.

Cabin Fever. this movie would be good if it wasn't such a fucking piece of worthless shit. i can't believe it's by the same director as LOTR. so here's the deal. i'd seen a few of PJ's earlier movies and thought they were worthless. turns out i was right. his newer movies are worthless too. i think the quality of LOTR is due solely to the fact that a directer had the correct interpretation of the books and directed with stringent guidelines. this is probably the only good decision PJ's ever made.
CF did show flares of good movie making but jesus what's with all the junk? the ending in the general store!? give me a fucking break. Mad

Confidence not bad at all, especially after seeing the previously mentioned trash.
a little too "cute" at times, seemed like they tried to be a little too cool but hey, i'm a sucker for con/heist/set-ups.

Freddy Vs. Jason i'd already seen this in theatre and loved it. it's just a lot of fun. so overkill. great blend of styles. Big Grin
Heyyyy!
Cabin Fever wasn't directed by PJ!
Eli Roth did. I just checked imdb because you scared me.

The only things that I found relating PJ to this worthless crap (I haven't seen it, but I trust you Smile ) is this review I found on the official website:
"Brilliant! Fantastic! Horror fans have been waiting years for a movie like 'Cabin Fever.' I loved it!"
-Peter Jackson, Director of the 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy"


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I was reasonably certain 'Cabin Fever' wasn't 'a Peter Jackson joint'...

/me goes off happily imdb-ing...

Hmm, one movie in 2001, directed by Chuck Griffith, with this plot summary: 'Four friends from Boston spend a weekend in a cabin in Northern New Hampshire when they are suddenly trapped by a snow storm...' and another from 2002, written and directed by Eli Roth (the one I was thinking of), 'A group of people are trapped in the woods and methodically killed off by a horrifying flesh-eating virus.' Which did you see, and what made you credit - er, I mean blame - PJ?
Just watched "Ring" the original 1998 movie, with english subtitles and straight after watched "The Ring" the hollywood remake... the movies are practilly the same, same scenes , same characters etc. Only one is in Japanese while the other is english and has Naomi Watts hmmmm.. she was hot in Tank Girl.. shit remember that.. god.

Ow yeah also saw "BASIC".. the only movie that made me think WHAT THE FU*K did i see Eek.. maybe because it was 3 in the morning and i was not paying too much attention...jees need to watch that again. Razz
see, what happened was i took the word of another person in good faith, then i kept hearing radio commercials "...director Peter Jackson calls it..."
i see now that it meant, a director, not The director.

so, PJ liked it, which is bad taste, and his old stuff still sucks.

how embarassking, how embarassking.
quote:
Originally posted by Hyperion:
Only one is in Japanese while the other is english and has Naomi Watts hmmmm.. she was hot in Tank Girl.. shit remember that.. god.

Naomi Watts --- "Mulholland Drive" by David Lynch
"Tank Girl" --- Lori Petty
Right? / Wrong?

Which anime are those from Metro? Very nice.

[This message was edited by striv on January 27, 2004 at 05:28 AM.]
here we go.

the good photography was well done, i always like alien crashes in the snowy wilderness, perhaps due to the reduction in the amount of characters.(anyone ever read Koontz's Winter Moon?) the aliens were decent and i liked how they powered their own ship. the character interaction was well done IMO, especially Damien Lewis who i've been watching with some interest since 'Band of Brothers'.

the bad no explanation of the different alien 'forms'. shit weasels, little shit weasels, alien, red fungus, we only guess as to what leads to what for the most part. the Tom Sizemore vs Morgan Freeman in a helo was ridiculous. only a cursory explanation of why Jonesy is immune because he died. "must've changed him somehow." no shit.

the ugly the shit weasels were very satisfyingly sick.
I watched yesterday GACY, a movie based on John Wayne Gacy, the famous Pongo-clown serial killer.



though not being a precise represantation of his life, some things were fictionalized for the movie script, it was an interesting approach for those interested in Gacy's story.

anyone else have seen it?
i watched a movie called Dagon last night.
based on an H.P. Lovecraft story i haven't read.
i really enjoyed this one. the fish people were sooooo creepytime. good sound effects. lovely decrepit rotting town.
who coulda resisted the mermaid after all that? not this charmakarmacat.
bought this tonight without having seen it first.
i went on a friend's trusted opinion....also it was only five bucks previewed at my local video store. what a buy.
absolutely tremendous film i must say omae.
i think Salma Hayak is one of the most fascinating creatures to grace the screen. her work here is so....radiant and she seems so natural. Frida Kahlo is depicted to be quite a vibrant and intertesting spirit. my curiosity is aroused and i believe i will hunt down some more on this interesting figure.
the photography by the way is wonderfully rich in texture and color.
i didn't expect to be this impressed. doncha love it when that happens? Big Grin
I totally go with you on this.
I adore Kahlo as a painter and the movie "suited" her personality very well, plus Hayek was a perfect match for playing her.



Definatelly one of the most well-shot and amusing movies I've seen lately. I enjoyed it's soundtrack too. Not to mention the funny stop-motion short clip animated by the Quays and the fantastic animated collage-like compositions.

It is amazing what the director has suceeded to do in that movie, considering the fact that they had a fairly low budget for it.
For some reason I ignored this thread until now...
I don't own many movies; luckily I know people who do and will lend them out. I got to see most of the studio Ghibli productions that way. I have a pile of borrowed DVDs right now but the only one I'm managing to get to is The Family Guy, in nice undemanding 25 minute chunks, suitable for distraction at the desk.

Movies I do own:
Les Vampires (by Louis Feuillade)
Dead Man
CQ
Jesus Christ Superstar. I love this! some of the moving camera shots are compellingly awkward, and then there are the dancers coming across the desert, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas with fringes, etc. Look up on IMDB the guy who played Peter.

The last movies I saw in the theatre were Big Fish (which was mostly just annoying until it was sort of pulled together at the end), and Pistol Opera (which I saw twice, and liked even better the second time round; maybe movies that aren't baffling in some way just aren't worth seeing a second time).
got up at the crack of nine this a.m. to be up and out to purchase Lost in Translation, a film i had not yet seen, but one i've been awaiting hungrily.(i was the same way with Punch Drunk Love)
and as with PDL, i was not let down.
what a fuckin' great piece of cinema Ms. Coppolla has bestowed upon us. everything seemed to work perfectly. the photography was gloriously beautiful, the actors were splendid, and the story was touching, yet not agonizingly so. the film seems to mirror the Japanese culture with it's charm and subtlety.
woot woot. Big Grin

listen to me. i'm gushing Roll Eyes
quote:
Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
i watched a movie called _Dagon_ last night.

Dagon has to be my favorite movie based
off of Lovecraft. It's not great, but you could
tell they were trying to pull off a Lovecraft
story instead of taking the name and basic concept
and creating a new story around them.
Marshdrifter: agreed.

sooooo, ya think i could sleep last night? hell no. instead of being a good charmakarmacat and putting away some more of TCOMC, i submitted to the lazy way out with a few movies. BLAST!

Battlestar Galactica. the original of course. yes there's a lot of cheese and things-not-so-great, but hey, there's also a lot of great ideas going on here as well. small, but really cool stuff such as the evolution of the english language (daggits = dogs, socialaide = hooker), Muffy II, Cylons, the ship architecture....anyways I like it.

you'd a thunk that woulda put me to sleep or at least got me ready. nope.

Hardware this is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi horror films. so much good stuff in here: Iggy Pop as Angry Bob, Motorhead's Lemmie 'the mole' as the cabbie, Ministry's Stigmata belted out over a Gwar music video, zonetrippers, cybertech, psychotic robots, welder/visual artist recluse chick, creepy peeping tom, wacked out acid tripping best friend, midgit robot pawn broker, orange skies day and night, all the makings for a great post-apocalyptic cyberpunk horror masterpiece. whew.
quote:
Originally posted by striv:
Absolutelly nothing. Greek tv sucks, big time.
Segmoria what the hell; why didn't you tell me so before I came here? (>_<)?;;



Was it any better the previous time you were here? it actually gets worse day by day, but one gets used to it Frown

The only thing I watch daily are the midnight X-files screenings on Ant1 (somewhere between 4:00am and the late night telemarketing marathon)
Currently they are projecting the 7th season episodes so if you're that bored you can stay up late to see it.

Speaking of X-files, last week the second episode that W.Gibson and T.Maddox had written, titled First Person Shooter was displayed.

"What a complete dissapointment" is all I can say on it.And now that I think of, "Kill Switch" wasn't any better, though not THAT lousy and highly predictable.

I stop here as I suspect this has already been broadly discussed on another thread.
Must be exactly what you said. When I left six years ago it was half decent. I guess for every year away it went down about 10 points in quality. This is horrendous. Especially on an election year. yiagh!

Τα παιδεία παίζει.
woke up at a ridiculous seven a.m. fuck that pisses me off. so i thinks to myself, "movietime i suppose".

threw down the Kubrick gem written by Dalton Trumbo (2nd post today regarding him).
masterful. Peter Ustinov rules this movie, followed closely by the tremendous effort of Laurence Olivier. sooo great. Big Grin

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Saw intolerable cruelty the other day. It was strange seeing something with subtittles hindering the screen in my native language. It was kinda annoying cause my eyes, even after all these years, are conditioned to read greek subs instantly. And then I would hear the dialog and I don't know... very strange.

At least it was subs though and not dubbed; thank God I don't live in Germany. Big Grin

Τα παιδεία παίζει.

Oh yeah, the movie: dissapointing for a Koen movie.
saw a few in the last 'lil bit.

Romeo and Juliet. thus far, my favorite Shakespeare retelling. when this movie first arrived, it was a rare occasion where i had been, up to that point, blind to the possibilities of remaking the Bard's work.

Ghostbusters. all this talk about Bill Murray and LIT, then POW! Space Channel numba one aired it last night. Vintage Murray.

The Anniversery Party. i LOVE this movie. what a phenomenal showcase of great acting. i own it on VHS but i should get off my sweet ass and puchase some DVD action as i'm dying to hear the directors' commentary.

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quote:
Originally posted by striv:
At least it was subs though and not dubbed; thank God I don't live in Germany. Big Grin



you say that again!
at last here in greece they don't fully dub the films, which is something that happens in many other countries like Italy or France.
And it is very annoying, I mean I like watching films in their original soundtracks and audio language. I have no problem following subtitles when watching a foreign film.

I watched Suicide Club yesterday, a film following the same path as many late jap movies which tend to be very promising and interesting in the start but end up with a disappontingly shallow and "easy" ending.
It had some very nice bloody and gory visuals though Wink which I particularly enjoyed, but apart from that dont expect a masterpiece here.

Watched "Gothika" yesterday : the story is lame and doesn't make much sense, when you think about it. I like some ideas, though...
Anyway : not a memorable movie, but Kassovitz is definitely a good director.
I guess he made this one to have some money to fund "Babylon Babies".
He plans to shoot this adaptation of a Maurice G. Dantec novel... cyberpunk movie ahoy!

French dubbing : in Paris, you can find plenty of thaters that show movies in original version, with French subs.
But in Orleans, the only theater that does it, only shows independant, underground movies. It's not bad in itself...
but when I want to watch a big movie with English audio, I have to go to Paris.

And that's the case right now : I want to watch Jan Kounen's "Blueberry", but I want it in English. Vincent Cassel bothered to speak English in the movie, I would feel like a sucker watching him dubbed in his own movies (probably by himself... which is weird).

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"Secretary", which I'd missed at the cinema. Quirky (I like quirky), intelligent, entertaining.

"Le Mans" - Steve McQueen's 1971 hard-core car racing pic. Still the best car racing movie ever made, and a great period piece.

"Yes Minister" (series 1) - probably the funniest TV comedy ever, and certainly the most acute. 25 years later it still shines.
Matt Dillon's directorial debut.
enjoyed it a lot.
filmed on location in Cambodia.

"this whole country needs a paintjob. that's part of its charm." (roughly)

indeed this is so. everything is decayed beauty, a decrepit world being swallowed back, it seems, by the jungle and both its natural and human weather systems.
the lighting was very interesting, all neon and shadows.


also watched Lost in Translation again. better with a second viewing "if that's even possible".

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Just finished watching 'The Virgin Suicides' from Swedish TV - I could be developing an addiction to Kirsten Dunst. Watched her halfway through a really bad movie yesterday (The Faculty?)

The real reason I'm at my computer right now is that I've just booked tickets for Brother Bear - all I ever get to see at the cinema these years seem to be Disney movies (really loved Find Nemo), Matrix stuff, Star Wars and LOTR. Want my old life back (b.c.= before child). Or perhaps not ....
Watched yesterday:

A Beautiful Mind : I really like this one. Like "revenge of the nerds" meets ... err... I don't know, actually.

Brother Bear: I am very disappointed. It's just cheesy, and funny. But not as funny as The Emperor's New Groove, which is my favourite Disney ever.

Blueberry : Wow! Really impressive. It just gave me the feeling Jan Kounen could direct the Neuromancer movie. His depiction of the shamanic spirit-world looks sort of like how I imagine the Matrix...
Maybe I'll post something longer about this one.

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The wife and I watched the Westminister Dog Show earlier this week. A yearly highlight of our television viewing. Once again we were disappointed that the Shetland Sheep Dog didn't win. Our own Sheltie, Spirit, slept through the herding dog. This was the first time I've ever seen the show winner, a NewFoundland, talking smack when he won. It was amazing. The dog knew he had won and was barking to tell the world, ala Ali, "I AM THE GREATEST."

Last weekend rented "Pulp Fiction" DVD. Still good as ever.

Bought the "Lost In Translation" DVD last night at Wal-mart. Should be some good viewing for a cold, dreary Mississippi Sunday afternoon.
Just watched School of Rock again. Damn, what a movie. I'd be interested to see the impact (if any) it had on young kids. Can Jack Black save Rock 'n' Roll?

Probably not, but at least he'll go down with a guitar in his hands and rock in his heart.

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"Le Mans" - Steve McQueen's 1971 hard-core car racing pic. Still the best car racing movie ever made, and a great period piece.


One of the three or four films I actually own.

Two hundred and forty miles per hour! Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!



Hmmm. I may just drag a videocassette player out of the cupboard this week.
thanks again for the head's up on Hard Eight. after a month or so of searching with no success, fianlly ordered it online (along with Boogie Nights.) let the waiting begin.

Watched Casablanca today on the tellie. i'm not really one for old school films(at least not that old school), but i love this one. perhaps it's all the crooked characters who look cooler by smoking and drinking all the time. Wink
Ingrid Bergman is just a stunning woman. her smile and eyes - radiant. she's got the greatest just-before-crying-glisten to her eyes. you could get lost in those.

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last night i hopped between bridget jones' diary and tomb raider.

the fight scene in bridget jones had me absolutely kakking. the fight scenes in tomb raider reminded me why i think angelina should play molly. and then hackers was on afterwards. johnny lee and angelina would make such a great pair for neuromancer (i've said that before)

watched gosford park on friday night - i'd been trying to get our video shop's only copy for ages - and it was quite good. i thought it was great to have all the names in the cast cause it made it easier to keep track of who was who, but i guessed the ending early on in the piece (before the murder). oh well.
Sticking with the current trend of films with an Asian Persuasion, I really enjoyed Lost In Translation and Audition .

Audition if you have never seen it, is a deeply disturbing film. Not at all like American cinema, in that it almost allows you to have a happy ending. It then promptly snatches that possibility away, leaving you in a very despondent, and horrified, frame of mind. Mind you, all the atrocities that take place in this film are at the hands of Eihi Shiina, arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world.
For this reason, and many others, its an intensely disturbing film. Definately to be enjoyed.

Another great film is Requiem for a A Dream by Aronofsky(?). Very depressing film, once again, but it has an incredible cast, and a fantastic story.

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Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
thanks again for the head's up on _Hard Eight_...

Watched _Casablanca_ today on the tellie. i'm not really one for old school films(at least not that old school), but i love this one.


You won't regret Hard Eight; it's a hell of a flick. It stands up to multiple viewings better than any other PTA film, IMO. I still like the others, and love Magnolia, but Hard Eight never seems to lose that first-viewing kind of attraction.

And if you love Casablanca, you've got to rent Maltese Falcon. The babe in Falcon is far inferior, admittedly (in fact, I don't even find her attractive), but the dialogue is even better, which I know doesn't seem possible.

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Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
Matt Dillon's directorial debut.
enjoyed it a lot.
filmed on location in Cambodia.

"this whole country needs a paintjob. that's part of its charm." (roughly)

indeed this is so. everything is decayed beauty, a decrepit world being swallowed back, it seems, by the jungle and both its natural and human weather systems.
the lighting was very interesting, all neon and shadows.
I rented this some time ago. Tried to get into it but couldn't. Only got less than half way through in. Accumulated a whole bunch of late fees and then returned it without ever watching it.

The Maltese Falcon on the other hand is very much worth it. The dialog is amazing. And Boggie is the One. Yeah the chick was a thousand times inferior.

Τα παιδεία παίζει.
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Originally posted by Sunc:
_Audition_ if you have never seen it, is a deeply disturbing film. Not at all like American cinema, in that it almost allows you to have a happy ending. It then promptly snatches that possibility away, leaving you in a very despondent, and horrified, frame of mind.



kiri-kiri-kiri-kiri Wink



definatelly one of Miike's most beautifull movies, yet not reminding at all his "well-known" personal style.
Ouch did someone say Audition ? Sick film but beutyful indeed.

Military pscyhopathic "feminist" goes akupuncture torture on lolitashopping man in modern sexual nippon.

I must add to the collection of quality movies:
"the party" Dogma film in the vicinity of MR Trier. NICE ONE ::indeed.


Btw I lack the narrative quality of diverse sexual perversions and the likes in WG´s writing and derivate from Japan´s culture, that is touched upon in this above mentioned film.

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So I thought a haynes manual on sex was an good avatar, freudian? I think not, Disclaimer: the syntax is due to the fact I´m swedish.
i saw Mystic River last night.
wow. what a tremendous effort.
all players were top-notch. Tim Robbins was so good he actually looked like a physically different person.

the bedroom scene in the end between Jimmy and his wife.....chilling to say the least. put a whole new dynamic on the entire movie in that 3 or so minutes alone.

i could rave for pages but lucky for all you kids out there i won't.

edit: oh yeah....Sean Penn rules.

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Originally posted by charmakarmacat:
i saw _Mystic River_ last night.
wow. what a tremendous effort.
all players were top-notch. Tim Robbins was so good he actually looked like a physically different person.

the bedroom scene in the end between Jimmy and his wife....._chilling_ to say the least. put a whole new dynamic on the entire movie in that 3 or so minutes alone.

i could rave for pages but lucky for all you kids out there i won't.

edit: oh yeah....Sean Penn rules.

Dunno why but many compared it to a greek tragedy, which for me, especially cause of that epilogue, is as far from one as it could possibly be.

Eastwood is awesome, have to admitt, that note is very pragmatic and gives a very realistic side to the movie. Sort of a present times global politics allegory. Needless to say I felt very unfair with it.

The way Marcia is walking frantic through the crowds in the end looking for her husbant and Sean Penn watching the parade as if he's holding court sitting up there like a king or something. His grieving period was like a medeor, got the human sacrifice and all is peachy in the end.

Τα παιδεία παίζει.
then we will hear colin's comments about it in two weeks...does anyone know US release date?
PS. my japanese sucks...but heavy boots said this in the GITS thread a while back
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...And as a side note, the Japanese television series they did last year called Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was pretty fun too.
Collect all 26 avi's from alt.binaries.multimedia.anime!
And further afield, I just watched Avalon, a live action film by the Ghost in the Shell director. It was pretty good--more of a rental than a keeper though.
And even further afield...
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
EDIT: You know, after guessing at kanji for a while, I'm providing another link that goes pretty much straight to the trailers (bottom left corner)...
Thanks yall,
I await colin's report.
Now i gotta watch "johnny english" b4 the late dues kick in tomorrow.....



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....ain't nothing strange about an axe with bloodstains in the barn, cause theres always some killin' ya got to do around the farm.
Underworld. Good fun romp. Kate Beckinsale is just edible in anything, and more than usual in black leather and latex...

{science geek}Silver nitrate solution is not viscous and silver-coloured like mercury, dammit - why didn't they just say something like 'a suspension of fine silver particles in a silver nitrate solution', to avoid pissing off us science geeks, and confusing the hell out of students?{/science geek}

Gun geeks (Why yes, I do believe I mean you, MOM, among others!) - were those full auto handguns she had anything like something that actually exists? Discount the movie standard infinite capacity magazines, of course!

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