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Pimji
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posted 02 June 2001 12:54 AM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Please don't be shy even if the movie is shallow but still enjoyable. It's a personal preference. I got a real charge out of Gladiator but was shaken and moved by Boys Don’t Cry. From Hollywood to Baliwood.
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Bulworth, starring Warren Beatty.
The Candidate, starring Robert Redford.

And, of course, ANY Rutger Hauer movie.


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I love old musicals, especially ones starring Gene Kelly. Otherwise, I like such a variety I can't even think of one at the moment.
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I love The Third Man so much that I finally found and bought an old video (and downloaded that wonderful zither theme from Napster ).

I could also watch again, any time, Charade, Zulu, and just about anything with Alec Guinness in it.

[ June 02, 2001: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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I once made a mental list of my favorite movies, and found that four of the five I thought of first were Kubric films.

I like "2001,a Space Odyssey", "A Clock Work Orange", "Dr. Strangelove" and "Sparticus" (in spite of Tony Curtis--"I love you thparticuth")

I'm not partial to Westerns, but "Pale Rider" and particularly "The Unforgiven" hit a cord with me.

"Lawrence of Arabia" might be my favorite movie of all time.

I used to like the horror genré, until it degenerated into slasher films and gross out contests between special effects guys working for Cronenburg.

"The Haunting of Hill House" I found to my liking. And for shlock effect, I prefer anything with Vincent Price.

Scarriest clip from a movie? The end of the original "The Fly" I guess you have to be eight or nine for it to creep you out.

"Help meeeee... Help meee-eeee-eeee"


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posted 02 June 2001 03:20 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I don't have any "favorite" movies because I usually watch them for an hour or two of fun and that's about it. If it makes me think, then bonus. But that's not a prerequisite.

It's weird, I'll see movies with friends, we'll laugh and be interested throughout the whole movie, and then sometimes the friend will say, "Well, that's not a very good movie, really." And I'll think, what's not good about it? It performed its purpose, didn't it? We got an hour of entertainment out of it, didn't we? I guess I'll never be a critic.

A couple of movies I really liked: "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" starring David Bowie. "Keeping the Faith" with Jennifer Elfman (think that's her name). And I just saw Miss Congeniality. While I didn't really like the moral that you could take away from it (that beauty pageants are really legitimate), I liked it because it was pretty funny in a lot of places, and the heroine was a very capable, intelligent woman who made some pretty shrewd and biting comments about beauty pageants in general. So I liked that one too.

"Kindergarden Cop" and "True Lies" are on my "repeats" list too - I'm a sucker for stupid one-liners I guess.


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Ah, yes, Tommy P, Lawrence of Arabia -- that was my first date with an "older" man (I was in grade 12; he was a first-year engineer). And I should have concentrated on the guy, but the movie was so breathtaking ... I wonder where he is now ...

Kubric too -- Strangelove especially is full of the purest laughs, and so many other geniuses besides Stanley. Did you ever see Barry Lyndon? My younger brother is the only other person I've ever met who liked it.


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I can't get enough of the vacuousness that is Empire Records (I really want to work in a music store), but I also really like The BIG One. Michael Moore is my hero sometimes. Drop Dead Gorgeous makes me laugh a lot (oh goodness, does it ever). I also have a fondness for The Power of One, which is about the English in South Africa during World War II.
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STAR WARS

The defining moment in my life. I was seven years old, and it spoke to me on a level that nothing else ever has. It is the only movie that I feel emotional about even when it's only mentioned in passing. It's so important to me that I don't care what anybody else thinks.

As for other films: Catch-22, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, The Manchurian Candidate, Awakenings, Forbidden Planet, This Is Spinal Tap... These are all good too.


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denise
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There are a lot of movies I like a lot, but not many I can say are favourites, as such. But I loved loved loved Somewhere in Time, and I'm itching for Crouching Tiger to come out on video, after seeing it twice in theatres. Also, I've been raving as if obsessed about Dancer in the Dark, and the soundtrack hasn't left my playlist for months.
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Pimji
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posted 03 June 2001 12:29 AM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Planet of the Apes when I was 10. They were so real. I doubt the new one coming out this summer will have the same magic.
Immortal Beloved
Killing Fields Wrenching but a very accurate account
Dead Man Walking
American Beauty
recent movies I saw and liked very much are:
Sunshine with Ralph Fiennes
Quills Geoffrey Rush
Traffic British TV MiniSeris was better

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Trisha
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The Man Who Would be King and Braveheart are two that I've watched over and over along with Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. I searched for over a year for a copy of Merlin starring Sam Neill.
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Charles
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posted 03 June 2001 11:18 PM      Profile for Charles   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hope and Glory; The War Room; Election; The Empire Strikes Back; Wag the Dog; Glengary Glen Ross; Xanadu; American Beauty; South Park - Bigger Longer Uncut; Office Space; Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle; My Life; Bob Roberts; This is Spinal Tap; The Year My Voice Broke; Da; and recently, Quills, Best in Show and Traffic.

[ June 07, 2001: Message edited by: Charles ]


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posted 04 June 2001 07:55 AM      Profile for wagepeace     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Quiet Man
The Longest Day
Arsenic and Old Lace
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Meet John Doe
Pocket Full of Miracles
From Here to Eternity (The Orginal with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr)
The King and I
The Ten Commandments
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
The Goodbye Girl (Really Really Funny Movie)

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Victor Von Mediaboy
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Movies I've repeatedly viewed the most (in no particular order):

Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Princess Bride
Batman
Citizen Kane
Akira
Clerks
Mallrats
Chasing Amy
M*A*S*H
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: The Year We Make Contact
Ghostbusters
Star Trek I through IX
The Living Daylights
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Tommorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Office Space
Glory Daze
Animal House
P.C.U.

[ June 04, 2001: Message edited by: mediaboy ]


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Boondock Saints (Willem Defoe makes a hot chic/FBI agent)

Fight Club

The Last Supper

Old standbys:

Silence of the Lambs
Star Wars trilogy (all those weekends spent with my brother, the only thing we ever really did together and both enjoyed)


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Bobcat
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I have many pet movies, but here's my short, short, short list:
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". It deserved all those Oscars. No one can grab and hang onto you like Jack Nicholson, but the others were right in there too - including Danny di Vito in what I believe was his his first real starring role.

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Eddie Lear
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One flew over the cuckoo's nest is brilliant but like another one of my favorites,fight club,the book is much better,I love ken kessey.Let me say that I Hate the word "movie",I haven't said it in at least five months,I will accept motion picture,production or film.The best piece of Art of have ever seen is The Wall by Pink Floyd,Everyday after school I would watch it,I have read countless interpretations an interviews about it and am
still going,it will never get boring to me.
On the List of favorites are The dead Poets society,Hamburger hill,Fear and Loathing in
Las Vegas,Blow,Trainspotting,Man on the moon
Taxi driver and death of a salesman.

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chatnoir
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Okay, here's my list:

Just about any movie that features a tough girl kicking butt. Particularly '70s Pam Grier movies such as "Coffey" and "Foxy Brown," but also:

Set It Off
The Bandit Queen
Freeway
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Tank Girl
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)

I also loved these tear jerkers:

Fried Green Tomatoes
Land and Freedom

"The Emperor and the Assassin" rocked, and, finally there's "Cabaret" with Liza Minnelli. Oh baby!

I'm going to see "Aimee and Jaguar" tonight. If it's good I'll come back here and add it to my list...


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bear604
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Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Do The Right Thing, Jesus of Montreal, Wings of Desire, Riders of the Storm, Wag The Dog, Perfectly Normal, Brazil, The Fisher King, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Schindler's List, Jailhouse Rock, The Full Monty, Bob Roberts, Annie Hall, The Wild Bunch, Throne of Blood, Little Man Tate....
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Dawna Matrix
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Fisher King, Jesus of Montreal, and Brazil are my favourites on your list, bear604.
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chatnoir
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I agree. Jesus of Montreal is a must see.

Well, Aimee & Jaguar was really excellent and I recommend it to anyone. I won't be adding it to my list of favourites just yet though. I have to see how long it lingers for me...


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Dawna Matrix
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Gotta go with Joy Luck Club too. Forgot about that one.
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Priest, Bram Stokers Dracula, Elizabeth,

Any production by Bruce MacDonald.
Roadkill, Highway 61, Dance Me Outside and Hard Core Logo What is he doing these days?

I found an interesting link describing the male characters in his films. Masculinities Conference Page I can relate.

It's to bad that English Canada has very limited or no access to Quebec motion picture productions. I really want to see Hochelaga. I loved a film translated from French called Cruising Bar. French with English subtitles. The same actor played 4 different types of males. The worm, the lion the peacock and a hippo. Hilarious.

[ June 10, 2001: Message edited by: Pimji ]


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Rob Reiner films
girls kicking butt films
lesbians who kill films (even though politically incorrect) - for those who are confused by this genre: Bound, Heavenly Creatures, Fun, etc...
It's a Wonderful Life
Das Boot
Like Water for Chocolate

Stanley Kubric has always been completely lost on me.


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Michelle
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"Married To It" was pretty good too - saw it a long time ago on the cable movie station, and I really liked it. Anything with Stockard Channing can't be all bad.
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Marc
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Gotta say that Schindler's List is my all-time favorite followed by Seven, Copycat, Philadelphia and Silence of the Lambs.
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Darren Stewart
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Croupier. A story about a struggling writer who renews his job as a casino dealer to pay the bills.

Train of Life. (subtitled) A small Jewish village tries to escape the oncoming Nazi's and flee the country by purchasing their own train and impersonating a train en route to a concentration camp.

American History X
Princess Mononoke. Animated and excellent. All about humans quest to conquer nature.

Yellowbeard. A Monty Python and Cheech and Chong collaboration.

The Tao of Steve
Run Lola Run
Man Bites Dog. Disturbing but quite good.
Beyond the Mat. An suprisingly candid inside documentary of the surreal world of professional wrestling.

Bladerunner
High Fidelity
Hard Core Logo
Anything by John Hughes starring those kooky kids from Shermer, IL
Fargo
Barfly. Only because it's about Buk


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Croupier: I've heard that there's an informal campaign afoot to get Clive Owen from Croupier to be the next James Bond, and have the post-Brosnan movies set in the 1960s. I won't hold my breath, but it would be awesome.
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Dawna Matrix
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Kids and Gummo. Gritty and sickening. Gotta love a movie that makes you wanna puke, such as American History X and Boys Don't Cry.
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Ven. Jason W. Smith
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Having seen it well over 30 times now, I would have to say Casablanca.

"Mr. Rick, what is your nationality?"
"I'm a drunkard."


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Boinker
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I have kids and so we go see all the latest movies and they keep me tuned in to what is the thing. So in the last month we have seen Tomb Raider and Shrek. Others up for viewing are Evolution and Moulin Rouge.

Movies these days are really becomming a formal artform connected to fashion and secular values in the most banal sense of the word. They serve the same function as progranda films but without any real enemies other than the "opponents".

Lara Croft was typical, a fashion flick with guns. Very pleasing to look at but I was drifting off about halfway through as the radical anarchy of a catnap in a two hour hollywood "action" film was too tempting for my "radical" nature to ignore.

Shrek was a fashion show with a moral - that the big guy guy or girl could get the girl or guy in the end. I wasn't quite sure about all the displaced disney charcters who the hero saves in the end but it was a more pleasant view. And I love special effects and animation being a cartoonist at heart.

It is puzzling to think how one could make a movie these days that has popular appeal but that puts all the concerns of the left in focus. Can movies change opinions and raise conciousness? Or are they so co-opted as a means of expresion that they are unable to reach the masses in a way that doesn't simply reaffirm prejudices or put us to sleep? ( Radical nap or not, the result is the same.)

Just wondering, any thoughts?


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I mentioned "Bulworth" before - I should also have mentioned "The Candidate" (starring Robert Redford). It's an older movie, having been made in 1972. Don't expect it to tie everything in a neat bow for you tho.

As well, I should mention a quite underrated movie: "White Man's Burden". It actually involves a total reversal of race roles - whites have become the marginalized underclass while blacks have become economically secure and prosperous. Call it an "alternate universe" if you will. I'm surprised it didn't get more press than it did, but it's really an eye-opener, because you just don't expect some things to happen.

One scene, in particular, is poignant. The main character's kid is given some money for his birthday and told to buy anything he wants in a toy shop. The action figure he wants is black, and is too expensive. The main character keeps trying to recommend the cheaper, white, action figure, but nope, the kid wants the black one.

Kinda stopped and made me think of how many subtle ways society reinforces roles.


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Liam McCarthy
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Some of my faves and least faves:

Drama:
Brazil
Titus
Dancer in the Dark
Clockwork Orange
The Field
The Wicker Man
Leaving Las Vegas
Fargo
Taxi Driver

Comedy:
O Brother Where Art Thou
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Best in Show
Roger and Me
The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Hudsucker Proxy
Clerks

Action:
The Wanderers
Switchblade Sisters
The Warriors
I'm gonna get you sucka
Any Jackie Chan movie (especially Supercop)

Romance:
Moulin Rouge (It's like being stuck in an elevator with the circus)
Breathless
Absolute Beginers (Bowie musical)
Romeo & Juliet (the recent version)

foreign language:
Il Postino
Siberiad (if you can stand five hours of Russian)
Ran (Kurosawa)
Crouching Tiger....
Matador (it's a little creepy but its an interesting plot)

Do not see:
The Stalker (it is the worst movie I have ever seen, and it's not funny bad either)

That is just a few off the top of my head. I watch way too many movies.


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I'm not gonna answer this one truthfully, or DrC might think I was pretentious
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Liam, you didn't think Fargo was a comedy? I busted my guts. Like the eclecticism of your list.
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Liam McCarthy
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Right you are, fargo was a comedy. I guess some of the long slow artsy shots put it in the drama category for me at certain points. I guess I would get fired from blockbuster (Driving Miss Daisy wasn't an action flick!)
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Thelma and Louise, Fargo, Raising Arizona

Sean S.
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Instead of gambling on the eternal impossibility of the revolution, why not think that a new type of revolution is becoming possible? - French philosopher Gilles Deleuze


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Liam McCarthy
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How about least favorite movies?

Here are some of mine

The Stalker (proof that russian movies can be bad, very very bad)

Walk in the Clouds (gotta hate Keanu, especially when he's sensitive)

Monkeybone(you actually get dumber watching it)

Terms of Endearment (Am I the only one who didn't like this sacred cow?)

Driving Miss Daisy (I just couldn't stay awake or care any less)

First Blood Part II: Rambo (Yankee B.S. at its worst)

Stigmata (protestant B.S. at its worst)

Satiricon (maybe I'm just not smart enough for Fellini)

Oh well, that's a good start.


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Oh, Liam, do we know what you mean about Satyricon! A couple of Christmases ago we thought we'd fill in a day by watching all the old Fellini movies we'd thought were so deep when we'd first seen them ...

Oh, it was so awful. So, so awful. Some still impress me (except gosh, are they loooong), but that one!


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Favourite movies:

Rushmore

Magnolia

All of Jim Jarmusch's films (Down by Law is probably my favourite, mostly because of the Tom Waits factor. Can't go wrong with anything involving Tom Waits!)

Worst movies ever:

Cop and a Half (I probably don't need to explain).

Over the Top (Stallone demonstrating the graceful art of arm wrestling, gently defeating any ruffian who gets in his way!)

Any Chuck Norris movie.

It would have been easy to further ridicule Pauly Shore's illustrious career, but his movies have always been somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me.


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I refuse to list my favourite movies as I think there are at least two dozen tied for first place on my list, but as this is rabble, I thought I throw out the names of a few well-made political movies.

Unfortunately many of the best have never reached the video stores, but can still be found at progressive film fests and radical book shops.

Land and Freedom - Called a romance on the back, but mainly centered around the struggles and betrayals of the Spanish Civil War.

Dr. Strangelove - May be my favourite movie ever. Kubric takes a dark, satirical look at nuclear apocalypse

Micheal Collins - Not really a well made movie, and it does have Julia Roberts which is a bit of a downer, but still worth a watch and a great way to teach kids a little about the IRA and the Irish Revolution without boring them.

Hate (AKA La Haine) - Is a French masterpiece about race riots in the Paris slums.

American History X - You know it. You love it. Go watch it again.

Wag The Dog - Remember when Clinton shot a few cruise missiles at a pharmaceutical factory in Suden at the height of the Inappropriate Use Of A Cigar Affair?

Breaking The Spell - The best documentary on the WTO protest I've seen so far. Extremely well put together and very inspirational. This one can't be found in regular video stores, but I think you can order it online if you look hard enough.

Lastly, stop in at www.allmovie.com if you want to find out more about almost all of the titles that have been mentioned in the topic.


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skdadl, the best thing about fellini movies are all the beautiful people. And you get to see a lot of them, for a long time. Well I'm thinking La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. Mind you Latin/Italian and me, I dunno, maybe I'm biased, but the Italian resolution of life's riddle has always seemed unsatisfying and facile, like a little dessert. Think of Eco, dazzles but does not illuminate, as my high school English teacher used to write in our essays (or illuminates but does not dazzle).


What is BORING in Russian? "Stalker". You're right Liam, that one is a total stinker. That's a pretty valuable pretentiometer. OTOH call me pretentious BUT Andrei Rublev is one of the most incredible movies I have ever seen, I was just sobbing at the end of it.

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To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck. Mrrowr!
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Boinkland

Does this link work?


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I second Stigmata as a godawful film. Perhaps the lowest point in this waste of time was when the Patricia Arquette character was bloodied and injured by several vicious and mysterious stigmata marks while with her fellow hairdressers. The next time we saw them together, the hairdressers were making catty remarks about Arquette's stigmata experience behind her back. It sounded like they were talking about an ugly pair of shoes rather than a supernatural happening. Bizarre.

I've seen The Great Escape countless times. The tunnel escape scene still seems as suspenseful (how 'bout that alliteration??) after the sixth watch.


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Well I only mention this film (although it will brand me as pretentious) because it is one of my favourites and it is playing next Wednesday at the Cinematheque in Toronto, for all you Torontois. It is a film by Robert Bresson, who is definitely an either-you-hate-him-or-you-love-him artist. I love him, though his worldview is totally alien to me (he is a Jansenist, and his films are very Catholic). It's definitely art house, just so you know.

Anyway the film is Au Hasard Balthazar, and its main protagonist is a donkey. Here is the blurb:

quote:
Godard called Au Hasard Balthazar "absolutely magnificent... one of the most significant events of the cinema." [snip] Bresson parallels the mistreatment and downfall of two innocents: Marle, a young farmer's daughter, who is seduced by the leader of a motorcycle gang; and the Christ-like Balthazar, a donkey, who is passed from cruel master to cruel master. The Village Voice's J. Hoberman has chosen Balthazar as one of the ten greatest films in the history of cinema. "No film I have ever seen has come so close to convulsing my entire being as Au Hasard Balthazar... It stands by itself as one of the loftiest pinnacles of artistically realized emotional experiences." (Andrew Sarris).


The final scene, in which Balthazar experiences grace, is incredibly beautiful.

It's only 95 minutes, btw.

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This is not a favourite movie. I saw it last night, Godard's Weekend. I guess I don't like the New Wave, and consider it very fortuitous that the word for "wave" and "vague" in French is the same. It was OK I guess, but it really hasn't aged well. It lacked a clear point. Pure flamboyance and self-consciousness become irritating after a while. At a certain point I turned to the man next to me, who was wearing a suede jacket, and asked, how long is this movie? He smiled but didn't answer. I guess the hot dog (veggie dog) breath didn't bother him, though, because for the rest of the movie suede boy was doing this leg flirting thing. The movie was too long.

skdadl: Weekend: explain, please.


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You want a movie that sucked so bad you were embarassed to have rented it?

I've got two examples, SHINING examples for ya: Speed 2, and the Philadelphia Experiment 2.


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rasmus, I realize that I was thinking of Blow-Up, not Weekend, when I said whatever loosely positive things I said -- can you remind this poor old brain both of what I said and vaguely (<-- weak pun) of Weekend's plot (ok: of what seems to be trying to pass as one).

Oddly enough, your criticism of Weekend would also apply to Blow-Up -- it's a tease; it looks dated ... Historical interest? Beautiful people? You used that defence yourself above for Fellini ...


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My favs all seem to be subtitled:

The Scent of Green Papaya - the quietest movie you'll ever watch

Far Away, So Close - the movie City of Angels tried to take off and failed

Ma Vie En Rose - try not to do the dance for days aferward

The Colours Trilogy Blue/White/Red - the music in Blue makes me cry, White is funny all around and Red makes me want to live in Geneva

The Horseman on the Roof - Juliette Binoche in a romance with the most handsome guy

City of Lost Children - wacky and terrifying

In English I'd have to pick:

A Bridge too Far - big names in a war movie that stays just this side of schmaltzy even though it seems like the Americans won the whole thing again

The English Patient - even though the book is much, much better. Maybe I just like Juliette Binoche

Logan's Run - what science fiction should be, well maybe without the sexist stereotypes

Roman Holiday - Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, say no more, say no more

E.T. - I still have a soft spot for the little guy

Alastair Sym's Scrooge - It wouldn't be Christmas without it

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I ABSOLUTELY hated Speed 2!!! Ugh! I also hated Vertical Limit.
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Just gonna close this and start another.
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